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: June 2014

Dear Mark: Red Meat and Breast Cancer, Net Carbs, and Solutions for Excess, Unavoidable Sun

For today’s Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First up, I discuss the latest study claiming that red meat will kill us all. Or maybe it’ll be killing roughly half of us all, seeing as how this paper concerns red meat and women’s breast cancer risk. Next, I give my position on the “net carbs” issue. Do we subtract fiber, leave it as is, or do something else entirely? And finally, I talk a lot about the importance of getting enough sunlight. But what happens when getting enough sun isn’t the problem? What can an outdoor worker do about too much sun?

Let’s go:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 302

Episode #25 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. Host Brad Kearns and I talk to Dr. Ron Sinha (author of The South Asian Health Solution) about his battle to change the position of the mainstream medical community on dietary fat and cholesterol and help them realize the roles of stress, inactivity, and high insulin in heart disease. It’s certainly hard fought, but he’s working from the inside and has as good a shot as anyone. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

If you know someone who could use a lifestyle overhaul but hasn’t the time or inclination to read, the perfect solution is now available: the Audible audiobook version of the bestselling The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation.

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Primal Egg Coffee Frappe

Reader Alex Straftis has come up with a twist on Primal egg coffee that’s so refreshing and invigorating, it’s worth sharing. Simply by adding ice, he’s whipped up a whole new drink with all the same health benefits as regular Primal egg coffee.

His Primal egg coffee frappe is perfect for a hot summer day, a pre-workout boost or a post-workout cooler. The spices can be changed as desired (Alex also adds Hungarian paprika) but the blend below adds a nice hint of flavor while letting the coffee still dominate.

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Believe It or Not, the Human Body Is Remarkably Resilient

Sometimes in the midst of fine-tuning our health – learning this fact, experimenting with that change – we can get caught up in the drama of nuance. Trust me, I’m all for improving my personal outcome. I’m grateful to be at the point of having all the fundamentals of good health more or less down. I’m happy to be playing with the details, but on some level I recognize it as such. I get to play on the upper rungs of health and vitality. While I wholeheartedly believe the efforts and experimentation are well worth the added benefits, I don’t take myself so seriously at this point. I’ve learned to loosen up. Not only does taking a more casual approach make the process more fun, I think it confers perspective on the whole game. The fact is, I believe in passing on information that can help people lead healthy lives without running around like chicken little if someone so much as eats a French fry. Humor, irreverence, even contrariness might be my bag, but sensationalism just isn’t. Frankly, I find the hype and anxiety of it exhausting.

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16 Things That Affect Your Gut Bacteria

A couple months ago, we explored many of the ways our gut bacteria affect us, focusing on the lesser known effects like anti-nutrient nullification, vitamin manufacture, and neurotransmitter production. Today, we’re going to discuss all of the ways (that we know) we can affect our gut bacteria. It turns out that the food we eat, the amount of sun we get, whether we eat organic or not, the supplements we take, and even the kind of nuts or chocolate we decide to eat – just to name a few factors – can change the composition and function of our gut microbiota for the good or for the bad. We may still have a lot to learn about this gut stuff, but the bulk of the evidence says that we do have the power (and responsibility if you care to be healthy) to affect the health of our gut microbiota.

Here are 16 things to do, eat, avoid, and/or heed:

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A Weekend to Remember: PrimalCon New York 2014

I wrote this blog post as PrimalCon Mohonk was coming to an end a couple weeks back, but am just now getting around to publishing it. As you’ll see, it was an incredible event.

I hope you’ll join me and other paleo experts and enthusiasts at PrimalCon Oxnard this coming September. But more on that at the end of this post…

Just sitting down to reflect for the first time in 72 hours of absolutely whirlwind fun, excitement and enjoyment at the amazing Mohonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley of New York. Seventy-five of us are now headed our separate ways as we closed our eighth PrimalCon event on Sunday afternoon June 8th. With this being a new PrimalCon venue there were a few unknowns, but we were more than pleasantly surprised by this amazing resort.

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