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27 May

How Does Ancient Wisdom Intersect with a Primal Perspective?

I spend a lot of time talking about evolutionary blueprints, primordial logic and genetic instinct because I happen to think there’s value in it. We live today with the belief (or maybe bluster) that we’re “evolved” beyond our evolution. Too often there’s a resistance to scrutinize our innate responses to the world, to question our choices or to imagine that what we want to pursue is anything other than deep and enlightened rationality at its finest. Sometimes people are offended by the concept of seeing themselves as products of their evolution. For some people, it’s the equivalent of calling them advanced animals, to which I basically agree (much to their continuing exasperation). And, yet, there’s the crux of our human story – these additional, incredible capabilities that we can access and use to guide our lives. These capacities over the millennia have impressively flowered into everything from science to art to, most notably for today’s post, life philosophy.

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27 May

A Brilliant Way to Enjoy the Summer

We’re springing into summer, and into perfect weather for outdoor activities—we’re already there in Malibu. I’ve been catching some rays (and vitamin D as a result) while hiking, paddle boarding, cycling, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. The key word in that last sentence is “playing”—it’s central to how I stay in shape and enjoy life. But it wasn’t always this way.

As many of you probably know, my love of low level aerobic activity and sport as play developed from a 20 year career as a competitive endurance athlete. I logged tens of thousands of training miles pounding the pavement and hammering the bike, developing all sorts of physical ailments in the process. At the age of 28, I was diagnosed with debilitating osteoarthritis, and eventually succumbed to chronic hip tendonitis and nagging recurrent upper respiratory infections. I continued my pattern of chronic cardio, and subjected my body to dangerous levels of continuous systemic inflammation that suppressed my immune system and elevated oxidative damage to the point where my precious muscle and joint tissue was quite literally being torn apart.

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26 May

Introducing The Primal Endurance Podcast!

PrimalEndurance_Podcast_r9_600Back in November of 2013, we published our first Primal Blueprint Podcast, and have since published a total of 69 weekly feature-length episodes, along with over 100 audio recordings of Mark’s Daily Apple articles. Check out each of the feature-length shows here at the Archives. We started this venture on a whim, noticing that podcasting was becoming pretty popular. Since then, podcasts have become one of the most prominent emerging media forms in our high tech world, and the Primal Blueprint Podcast and the Mark’s Daily Apple audio narrations have become a major element of our publishing efforts.

Articles abound about the amazing podcast advertising power of reaching a niche audience, the convenience of getting podcasts on demand through mobile devices, and the increasing ability of the consumer to completely customize their informational and entertainment experience. It’s seriously cool stuff, especially in comparison to the recent past when our mornings were commandeered by over-the-top radio deejays (different one in every city, except they weren’t that different…) serving up low brow fodder and tons of annoying commercials.

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25 May

Dear Mark: Your Milk Questions Answered

For today’s Dear Mark, I’m responding to as many of the questions and concerns relayed in the comment section of last week’s raw milk post. You guys had a lot of them, ranging from whether raw milk can help with eczema and adult asthma, if homogenization is dangerous, why raw milk might taste and smell fishy, to how many people get sick from pasteurized milk. I also respond to reports of raw milk not being a panacea for immune health, and even an active impediment to it.

Lots of ground is covered today, so let’s get right to it.

Here we go:

Is homogenization dangerous?

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24 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 349

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Tomorrow’s your last chance to get the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle: more than 40 premier autoimmune resources, a $500+ value, for just $39.

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Research of the Week

Researchers just found stone tools from 3.3 million years ago, pushing hominid technology back 700,000 years.

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