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22 Sep

Dear Mark: High Uric Acid and Gout; From Vegetarian to Primal Without a Gallbladder

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m covering two questions. First, what’s the deal with really, really high uric acid levels? Assuming a person is fit with good body composition, feels good, and has no complaints, are they still worrisome? Can they still lead to gout? Maybe. Read on. And then I cover a question […]

16 Apr

Dear Mark: Vegetarian-Fed, BCAAs, and Bland Grass-Fed Beef

You’re at the store, and you want to get some beef. You’ve been keeping up with the word on the street, so you’re aware of the importance of the cow’s diet. You look around for grass-fed beef, but have zero success. They do, however, have “vegetarian-fed” beef, which sounds nice. I mean, who wants their […]

1 Sep

How to Eat Meat: Transitioning Away from Vegetarianism

As you all know, I have a number of vegetarians in my life, and there are many present and active in our MDA community. I empathize with the thinking that goes into their commitment, but I choose to eat meat and obviously encourage others to do the same for the sake of optimum health. I […]

25 Nov

The Vegetarian Myth

Wow. It isn’t often that I write book reviews (have I ever? – serious question), but it isn’t often that a truly important book like Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth pops up on my radar just begging for one. You may remember it from a brief mention I gave back in September, or maybe from […]

3 Mar

Dear Mark: Vegetarian Protein Possibilities

In response to last week’s “Encore on Omegas” post, reader dunim asked this question about alternative protein sources: Mark, how can an active person who doesn’t eat meat or fish and wants to eat minimum soy get good quality protein? Would you suggest whey supplements in case the protein requirements are not met? How much […]

9 Nov

Guest Post Friday: Almost Vegetarian and Kitchen Geology

The best French vegetarian recipe and the amazing laws of physics! by our friend and fellow blogger Almost Vegetarian I can’t tell the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. I know one goes up and one goes down, but I can never tell which is which. And I need to know. Otherwise, how am I going […]

10 Aug

Can Vegetarians and Carnivores Agree? Factory Farms Stink!

Is such a thing possible? Some of you are vegetarians, while others are confirmed steak-lovers, and we’ve had some lively debate about meaty matters in the last week! But there’s no question that factory farming is not what’s best for the earth, animals, or humans, either. Is there? Check out which states have the most […]

7 Jun

Those Darn Vegetarians

I am not a vegetarian and I do espouse responsible meat consumption: organic, free-range, and emphasizing fish and poultry. However, I have plenty of family members, friends and staff who are vegheads, and while I’d sooner die than return to Vegan Island, I get where they’re coming from and I respect their choices. I’d love […]

15 May

Top 10 Best & Worst Protein Sources (vegetarians take note)

Yesterday, I discussed protein a little bit, and it’s such an important topic that I think it deserves its own Tuesday 10 (Read all Tuesday 10 columns here). In all the debates this year about sugar (carbohydrates) and hydrogenated oil (fat), we forget that protein warrants consideration as well. The wrong proteins in the diet […]

24 Aug

Dear Mark: Anti-Paleo Guardian Column (Plus, Did Big Brains Need Carbs?)

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering one question. First up is the latest anti-paleo piece of clickbait, this time from the Guardian. Apparently the ancestral health movement has had a really bad year or something, and we’re barely hanging on after being dealt a series of devastating blows from the scientific community. Will […]

14 Aug

From Surviving to Thriving: Power Couple Becomes Primal Team

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

2 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 359

Research of the Week There is no connection between salt intake and heart disease or overall mortality in healthy older adults. A single night of sleep deprivation can have lasting effects on circadian-related genes that control metabolism in men (PDF). According to a recent review, low intensity radiofrequency radiation (emitted by devices such as smart phones) […]

26 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 358

Enter to win my favorite things at Thrive Market. $100+ value. No purchase required. Expires July 29. Research of the Week Soybean oil is more obesogenic and diabetogenic than either coconut oil or fructose. Yes, pure unadulterated fructose. Soluble fiber might actually be more satiating than protein, according to a recent animal study. Whole body vibration […]

24 Jul

My Top 11 Benefits of Going Primal

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

12 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 356

Check out the new trailer for We Love Paleo, the upcoming documentary about ancestral health. A condensed guide to Dr. Ron Sinha’s South Asian Health Solution: because time is a precious resource these days. Research of the Week Type 2 diabetes does a number on the brain. Hikes improve mental health and may fight depression. […]

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