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11 Apr

Dear Mark: Vegetarianism Causes Cancer?; Glucosamine Useless?; Decision Fatigue Debunked?

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answer three questions. First, does long-term vegetarianism cause cancer or alter our genetic code? Some media coverage of the latest vegetarianism study seemed to suggest as much. Next, is glucosamine just totally useless if you’re not going to fork out a ton of money for pharmaceutical grade stuff? […]

24 Feb

17 Primal Tips for Vegans and Vegetarians

We all know vegetarians and vegans. And while we have our differences, they are our friends, our family, our partners, our spouses, even our children. We all have people in our lives who avoid meat and/or animal products in general for multiple reasons—health, ethics, the environment, squeamishness, animal welfare—but we care about them. We also […]

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 […]

3 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 394

The Best Paleo Recipes 2015 eBook is 20% off. I contributed a few of my favorites, so go grab a copy. Research of the Week Exercising before a stressor dampens its impact. What Maori dogs ate. Not knowing the outcome is worse than the outcome. Historically vegetarian populations have enhanced long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis. In […]

30 Mar

How Going Primal Can Help With 5 Common Genetic Mutations

As I mentioned earlier this year, our personal ancestry can help determine how we respond to certain dietary, behavior, exercise, and lifestyle patterns. The big question remaining is this: does going Primal mesh with some of the more common polymorphisms? Yes. The Primal Blueprint is a living document. Its foundation rests on pre-agricultural human evolution, but […]

20 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 392

Primal Kitchen Mayo is back in stock. Finally! We’ve had too many choking deaths attributed to consumption of dry tuna. Research of the Week Collagen isotope analysis reveals that Neanderthals were total vegetarians, except for all that meat they ate. Kids in the ICU recover quicker when they fast. A new finger prick test for […]

9 Mar

Should You Be Getting More B Vitamins?

When it comes to obtaining sufficient amounts of certain micronutrients, you’re hyper vigilant. Magnesium? You’re eating spinach, throwing back magnesium glycinate, and adding Trace Mineral drops to your water. Iodine? You’re making dulse “bacon.” To bask in the holy triumvirate of vitamin K2, vitamin D3, and vitamin A, you’re willing to eat fermented cod liver […]

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