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Archive for December, 2009

8 Dec

Cell Phone Health Hazard?

HiResIt’s become one of those oft-repeated half-truths floating around that people either assume to be unerringly true or completely false. It draws both sides of the spectrum: those that eschew all traditional medicine, and the folks who take the official governmental recommendations and proclamations as gospel, every single time. Every now and then, you might hear a blurb about the cell phone-cancer connection on Oprah, or on the evening news, or from the neo-hippy mother picking up her child from daycare. You probably can’t really quite place where you first heard about it. It’s just there, lingering in the public mind space. And it never really gets a clear answer. Now, a growing body of research seems to suggest that a link between cell phone usage and brain tumor incidence does exist, but it’s just that: an association, a correlation. Correlations are interesting, but you can’t draw concrete causal conclusions with correlations alone (Ancel Keys’ dietary fat graph, anyone?).

7 Dec

Dear Mark: Feast or Famine Diet?

plate2Among the questions I get from MDA readers are those that ask about timely diet trends – you know, the latest regimens highlighted in the media or promoted by high profile stars and athletes. Some are bookstore blockbuster plans like The Zone, while others are the latest celebrity diet du jour. As my wife and – well, everyone who knows me – can tell you, I’m always up for talking, debating, deconstructing, and fully dissecting any version or concept of diet under the sun. (Thankfully, my wife at least finds it endearing after all these years.) But it’s a treat when a diet trend comes up I can actually find common ground with. Take this question from reader Jim.

Dear Mark,

I saw something this week about a “feast or famine” diet. From what I get, people alternate eating a small amount and eating as much as they want. I’m still kind of a newbie and wondered what you thought of it. Thanks! Love the PB!

7 Dec

Announcement: New Recipe Theme for the Cookbook Contest

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Enter your best Primal Blueprint recipes for your chance to win prizes and be featured in the Reader-Created Cookbook

The new theme: Primal Soups!

We’ve received some delicious Primal breakfast recipes from readers:

Almond Banana Pancakes

No Oat Oatmeal… It’s Noatmeal!

Omelet Muffins

Frittata Aleta

All of these recipes will be featured in the Reader-Created Primal Blueprint Cookbook and the entrants have a chance to win an über cool Primal prize package.

If you’d like to participate in this contest send in your own favorite Primal recipes that relate to the current theme – Primal Soups. Click here for all the details.

6 Dec

Announcement: Free Events

This is a last minute reminder for two events I’m speaking at in Northern California. The more the merrier so bring your friends and let’s get Primal!

Here are the details for both events. RSVP now to guarantee your seat!


Sunday, December 6th
Catalyst Athletics

1257 Tasman Dr., Suite A, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089

Please RSVP at or 408-400-0067

DiabloCrossfit FitBeyondExpectation

Monday, December 7th
Diablo CrossFit
2447 Estand Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Please register for the event by clicking here.

6 Dec

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveAtlas Stoned? Learn how to make your very own giant ball of cement at Wilderness Sports Conditioning. Use it for strength training or for crushing small enemies.

Get your fill of dirt, bugs, and shoe leather over at Mental Floss with their no-budget diner’s guide.

Some of you may remember Michelle’s Primal Journey she shared with us back in August. If you want to know how she’s holding up today, I’ll just let her most recent pictures do the talking.

Nutria is not a new brand of artificial sweetener; it’s actually a large rodent. And you can trap them and eat them any time you want. Warning: Video is NSFV (not suitable for vegetarians).

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