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Archive for November, 2008

10 Nov

Statin Insanity

iStock 000004888482XSmallDon’t know whether to laugh or cry (I have already screamed), but the headline in today’s LA Times and in many major papers across the country seemed like a paid advertisement for Big Pharma.

“A New Front on Heart Disease: Stain drugs can cut cardiac and stroke risks in people with normal cholesterol levels, researchers say.”  Wow! As I predict Dr. Michael Eades will say, “Jesus wept.”  As I say, “here we go again digging a hole to place the ladder in so you can wash the basement windows.”

10 Nov

Dear Mark: Rest Days

2812618634 23602e7a85Hi Mark,

Do you ever take a rest day? I know Jack LaLanne claims he exercises even when tired and Art DeVany says you should do something every day. Spent last weekend splitting wood and lugging it into the barn and then Monday I did a 6 mile fall foliage hike in the mountains. Tuesday I was too tired to do anything. Today I took another rest day as I struggled getting up for work after 8 hours of sleep. I imagine Grok must have taken rest days where he dozed or just rested in camp after an especially grueling hunt. What’s your opinion on taking a day off?

9 Nov

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveGetting in shape used to be tough, but thanks to lowered standards, fitness is now more achievable than ever! Michael R. Eades M.D. comments on the government’s idiotic attempt to make fitness easier just by changing the guidelines!

Remember the Heart Attack Grill from a few weeks ago? Well, a new local eatery is trying to raise the bar of gross American consumption by running the world’s Largest Pizza Delivery.

But, enough with burgers and pizza. Cook up something Primal. Eat. Move. Thrive. serves up a delicious pork and peppers recipe for the enduring Primal chef.

8 Nov

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

103816295 5899f9ed70Conventional wisdom (our dear, dear friend) tells us that without the constant application of skin creams and face lotions and mineral moisturizers, we’ll become haggard parchment people with wrinkled mugs that’d put an elderly Sharpei to shame. It seems to have worked, too. Most bathroom mirrors conceal impressive caches of creams, lotions, and oils, and many people instinctively and compulsively lather the stuff on any chance they get (similar to our infatuation with Purell, but that’s another post altogether). But, as we’ve often wondered, is confronting a totally natural occurrence – dry skin – with unnatural methods and products really such a good idea?

7 Nov

Snack Solutions: Primal Alternatives For Non-Primal Snacks

In one sense Grok had it easy. He never had potato chips or candy bars in his diet. You, on the other hand, likely used to eat these foods in some way, shape or form before you found the Primal lifestyle. And, while you’re happy with all the changes that Primal Living has afforded, every now and then, when you least expect it, a craving for a cheese doodle – of all things! – sneaks up.

Well, fear no more, because we’ve figured out some great Primal alternatives to some of your favorite not-so-Primal foods. Granted, they’re not perfectly Primal and may contain a bit more sugar than we usually recommend, but they’ll beat store-bought, HFCS-laden, processed junk food any day.

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