Meet Mark

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: May 2009

The Definitive Guide to Conventional Wisdom

Every story needs a villain, and every protagonist needs an antagonist. Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, my regular nemesis is none other than Conventional Wisdom.

But first, let me qualify that statement. Conventional Wisdom isn’t necessarily evil. Take the current medical position on smoking. It seems like common sense to us now that inhaling superheated carcinogenic vapor on a regular basis leads to health issues, but fifty years ago, doctors swore up and down that it wasn’t harmful. They’d light up while taking your temperature, and it was common for pregnant women to enjoy a nice smoke. That was the CW regarding smoking (though I wonder what kind of moneyed interests were behind that one) for years. Eventually, the lung cancer-smoking link became undeniable, and scientists now unanimously agree that smoking is bad for your health. It took them awhile, but they did get it right, and Conventional Wisdom shifted to acknowledge this “new” reality.

That’s rare, however.

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Unleash Your Inner Grok

Even though we, as Primal enthusiasts, do acknowledge his presence by eating his food, doing his exercises, and minimizing the kind of artificial stress he rarely experienced, something seems absent from our relationship with Grok. We pay attention to his counsel when it comes to nutrition and biology and fitness – but is something lost in the translation between his past and our present? It’s almost like we’re tourists on some grand expedition: temporal-anthro-eco-nutro tourists who visit the Edenic past and, indeed, adopt its way of life and follow its precepts to a tee with resounding success and inimitable results. But in the end, we remain tourists. We aren’t yet truly going Primal.

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Top 10 Ways the New MDA is Going to Help You Succeed

Mark’s Daily Apple is your road map to success. Here are the top 10 ways (yes, there are more than 10!) Mark’s Daily Apple is going to help you succeed in all of your health and fitness goals. Take advantage of them all and you’ll be like Grok in no time.

Daily articles

Our bread and butter (or is it “apples and almond butter”?), the daily article will remain the primary focus of the site as we encourage, inspire, and inform you with the latest scientific releases, Primal recipes, workout tips – plus, we’ll be expanding our Definitive Guide series to encompass a whole host of contentious topics.

PB 101 Page

A great resource for those just starting with the Blueprint, the PB 101 page distills all pertinent information into an organized, concise collection of article links, lists, and advice. If anyone’s got questions about your weird eating habits, just send them to the PB 101 page.

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Welcome to the All-New Mark’s Daily Apple!

Welcome, everyone, to the redesign of Mark’s Daily Apple!

If you watched the video you know the basics already, but here is a more thorough introduction to the new site.

We really did outgrow our old site. Loyal MDA readers wanted more ways to connect with me and the community so I’ve tried to incorporate some elements into the site that help facilitate this.

There are so many things that have been updated! I’ll try to be brief and just touch on some of the more important changes.

[UPDATE: Existing newsletter subscribers will be sent the confirmation email over the course of the entire week. If you are an existing newsletter subscriber and don’t want to wait to for the Free Introduction to The Primal Blueprint and want to ensure you get this week’s newsletter go ahead and enter your email address Weekly Newsletter Subscribe box in the sidebar and you’ll get the confirmation link immediately. Thanks, everyone!]

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 49

Hospitals are supposed to make people healthier, and yet the food they serve… This Hospital Food blog shows mostly horrifying (but occasionally beautiful) hospital food from around the world.

Grocery store trickery is nothing new, but read this great Wall Street Journal article to find out what’s pumped into your chicken to weigh it down.

Watch the preview for Food Inc., an upcoming documentary on big agra’s twisted control over the food industry. I can’t wait for this one to come out!

Here’s an unusual one from FitSugar: relax your neck through strategic tongue placement.

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Fiddlehead Ferns With Bacon, Browned Garlic and Onion, and White Wine Reduction

As promised yesterday, I’ve prepared an incredibly simple yet delicious Primal Fiddlehead Fern recipe. I originally planned on making a big dish, with lots of ingredients, but I realized that doing so could weaken the presence of the fern. Since these things are relatively rare, I wanted to make sure they were the stars of the show and didn’t get lost in the melee.

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