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December 08, 2016

Dear Readers: What Do You Want from Mark’s Daily Apple in 2017?

By Mark Sisson
208 Comments

Inline_Ideas_WantedNo doubt, 2016 will go down in the books as one mammoth year for Mark’s Daily Apple. We went through an entire site redesign, a.k.a. MDA 3.0.—informed by your ideas last winter—and loaded it with a host of new resources.

As we close out this year, I’ll have plenty of announcements for what’s coming down the pipeline in 2017. I’ll also take a look back at the best of 2016—as I see it. What have we learned, what have we accomplished, and how has the health and wellness world changed in the span of twelve months?

For now, as I sit down to my New Year’s planning, I want to bring your thoughts to bear—your wish list for article topics, site resources, and all things Primal. And, let’s just throw in a contest for good measure….

This blog from the very start has been a community effort, and I can’t imagine it any other way. Reader feedback throughout the years has propelled everything from what I write about and how the site functions to what products I create and what Primal events we’ve put together. Now’s your chance to make your mark on what’s to come for Mark’s Daily Apple in 2017!

One note before we get going… I know folks have experienced continuing issues with the forum since the site upgrade, and I appreciate the feedback that’s come in. It’s been a frustrating knot to untangle the last several weeks, but I want you to know I consider the forum a centerpiece of Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal Blueprint community. Getting the forum back to full capacity is a top priority for me and my staff. We’re working on it as I speak. Thanks for your patience on this, gang, and hang tight!

So, all this said, let’s get cracking on taking Mark’s Daily Apple to a new level in the New Year! Without further ado…

The Contest

“What do you want me to write about?” I take ideas and inspiration from you, MDA readers, every week. Today I’m handing you the mike and asking what you’d like to see me research and write about in 2017.

In the comments section below, tell me one topic you’d like to see covered, or one question you’d like to see answered, the title of one blog post that just has to be written this year, or one resource you’d like to see added to our site or weekly newsletter.

No idea is too small or big.

A winner will be chosen at random. Supporting others’ ideas (+1) is allowed (and encouraged), but only the idea comments will be counted for drawing purposes.

The Prizes

The Deadline

Midnight (PST), Friday 12/9/16!

Who is Eligible

Everyone. I’ll ship these items anywhere in the world.

Thanks in advance to everyone who offers an idea. I’ll see what I can do to give you what you want in 2017! In the meantime, Grok on!

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Art
Art
8 months 11 days ago

I’d like to know how ketones affect the immune system. How do they regulate inflammation while still letting the immune system work fine.

Elisabeth
Elisabeth
8 months 11 days ago

Proteïn needs for children

Sam Poland
Sam Poland
8 months 11 days ago

I would love to hear where the forefront of the conversation around nutrition is right now. Who are the nutrition authorities thinking about this stuff, and who is informing their opinions? I think this would naturally lead to a conversation about what the next steps are for those who believe in the primal movement, and how we can take this even more mainstream to help more people (and have delicious healthy food available more widely).

Carol Corbridge
Carol Corbridge
8 months 11 days ago

Anything and everything about Adrenal function, thyroid function and food. How the endocrine system works as we age.

Platypus
Platypus
8 months 11 days ago

Me too

Zoltan
Zoltan
8 months 10 days ago

And specifically, what to do when someone’s reverseT3-to-freeT3 ratio is too high. Any primal dietary approaches/supplements that might work.

Jen
Jen
8 months 10 days ago

Agreed!

Groktimus
8 months 11 days ago

I want it all Mark and a fecal transplant to go! Seriously I think you need to become the ever dreaded more political beyond the usual wispers of sustainability. The U.S. as a tribe is pretty damn fractured and screwed. It would still be if the opposite party won too so I’m not party wining either.

Ross
Ross
8 months 10 days ago

I’m dismayed and staggered by this suggestion. And I could not disagree more. MDA has been a glorious wellspring of non-political advice and support these many years. Mark doesn’t even try to slip it in as if we were all too dumb to notice.

Paleo is a big beautiful tent containing a bunch of folks who come at it from many different and unpredictable angles. The surest way to knock down the center pole is to turn it political.

Just the facts, Mark. None of the politics. I implore you.

Will Wilkin
8 months 8 days ago

Please no politics here, I just quit politics this summer, after 30 years of futility. I changed my life at that time, to orient around wellness, and this site (and reading the New Primal Blueprint) have been very healthful to me already! Let’s PLEASE stick to talking about being healthy and leave out the politics and ideologies and contention politics breeds.

Steve
8 months 7 days ago

Definitely no politics! It was so refreshing during the American election, when the new feed was filled with Trump this, and Clinton that, and then clouds parted, and a ray of sunshine came in the form of a completely non-political post from Mark.

Gentleman Jak
8 months 11 days ago

Proper techniques for stalking woolly mammoths, how to start a fire with sticks, painting on cave walls for dummies…Can’t believe these topics haven’t already been covered!

Steve
8 months 7 days ago

I actually wouldn’t mind learning to start a fire without matches (or a lighter). We’ll have to wait until they come mammoths before we can start hunting them.

Sarah
Sarah
8 months 11 days ago

I’m kinda interested in your thoughts about minimalism and keeping a paleo lifestyle simple, e.g., cooking, working out, etc.

BTW, I really enjoy the Weekend Link Love post. Thanks!!

Susanne
Susanne
8 months 11 days ago

I would like to know how the primal blueprint can help dysautonomias, like Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

maxjohnson
maxjohnson
8 months 11 days ago

A night mode, background is too bright.

maxjohnson
maxjohnson
8 months 11 days ago

Actually I’ve been more interested in Ron Rosedale works, and like to see more articles about increasing longevity.

Tribalone
Tribalone
8 months 11 days ago

I don’t want to be a math whiner but…the grams of protein to body weight would lend itself a great chart with the calculations completed. Is there a difference between grams in food weight and grams in protein?
Example headers:
Body weight / Lean mass / grams of protein suggested / in ounces / typical serving sizes
Different charts for different levels of activity.
Thanks

Matthew
Matthew
8 months 11 days ago

I actually enjoy the edible insects stuff! Bring on more!!

Tami
Tami
8 months 11 days ago

I’d like to see an in-depth post about MTHFR issues. For myself I have been able to get off anti-depressants completely (finally!) but it was not without supplements AND focused nutritional changes, most importantly trying to oust anything left in my diet that was fortified with B vitamins or folic acid. A Primal point of view on managing this issue would be awesome!

Dorice
Dorice
8 months 11 days ago

I too am interested in learning more about MTHFR issues. Diet suggestions to control inflammation, supplements and essential oils.

Steve
8 months 7 days ago

Forgive my ignorance, but what is MTHFR?

barry
barry
8 months 11 days ago
I would like to know more about a nifty little substance called pyrroloquinoline quinone (short for PQQ). I’ve done some independent research on it and from what I’ve been able to gather it’s actually a pretty important compound. Apparently it helps to regenerate and even create new mitochondria. It works even better when combined with CoQ10 and resveratrol. I’ve herd your piece mark about how important and essential mitochondria is and was interested in hearing your take on PQQ. It’s also not high in many foods either from what I’ve gathered. Kiwifruit, papaya, and green tea all have trace amounts… Read more »
HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
8 months 11 days ago

Barry FYI, the folks at LifeExtension have in-depth articles with dozens of references re: PQQ

barry
barry
8 months 11 days ago

Thanks, you don’t happen to know any more food sources that contain PQQ do you? Most supplemental form of PQQ are a bit pricey.

Kristin
Kristin
8 months 11 days ago

Menopause. And recovery after surgical menopause. I find this topic sadly lacking across all the primal blogs. It’s life-changing, and adjusting is hard. Not the nutritional needs of older (and many younger) women, necessarily, but the mental and emotional challenges. How do I really get a good night’s sleep? Why can’t I remember things anymore? I still have young children, but I feel so old now.

Heather
Heather
8 months 10 days ago

+1 for this – and how a Primal lifestyle can reduce the symptoms!

Barbara Wood
Barbara Wood
8 months 2 days ago

+1 and hormone balance

Hotstreak
Hotstreak
8 months 11 days ago

Mark, you should write an article about grunting, growling, and other primal noises that modern humans continue to make. What are the physiological effects of grunting (in different situation)? Is it ever beneficial to incorporate it deliberately, or should it always happen spontaneously? Thanks.

Grace
Grace
8 months 11 days ago

I’d love more on Primal ways of coping with the menopause, also the other less pleasant conditions that often come with ageing, prolapses, haemorrhoids etc There’s a Dear Carrie post on Hot Flushes back in 2011 but I can’t find much else.

Nocona
Nocona
8 months 11 days ago

I get hot flushes if I eat at Taco Bell.

Dennis Mänty
Dennis Mänty
8 months 11 days ago

Thank you for everything Mark, great site!

I would love to hear your thoughts on how the seasons affect us. For example, would it be optimal for your health to eat differently during the winter months and during the summer months?

Also, I am from Finland and we have very dark winters. It would be nice to hear your thoughts on weather or not you think that people in the north are evolutionary adapted for this kind of darkness.

Eric
Eric
8 months 11 days ago

I understand that a cooler temperature is better for sleep. But what I don’t understand is the trade off between a cold temperature and using blankets to keep warm. And what is optimal? If I’m just going to use winter blankets to stay warm, why bother sleeping in a cold room. Why not raise temperature to where I just need a sheet? Unless it’s just to keep my head cold. Or maybe there is something else going on.

Shary
Shary
8 months 11 days ago

Interesting you should mention this, Eric. I’ve wondered about this “advice” too. Personally, I’m the most comfortable with the bedroom at about 70 degrees so I can sleep with only a sheet and light blanket. I don’t like a lot of covers on top of me. As such, I can’t stay warm enough in the winter if the room is too cool. I think that whatever is “optimal” is what works best for each of us as individuals.

Kathy
Kathy
8 months 11 days ago
I started experimenting when I read something here about fresh air and sleeping. It’s really helped me. So in summer I sleep out in a flyless screen tent (to keep out mosquitoes) on top of a sleeping bag until the night cools. In winter I sleep with a window open down to zero degrees F. I’ve found that my lungs want to be cold and my skin warm, so I sleep with a heap of blankets and down pulled over my chin and a thermal cap pulled down over my eyes and just my nose out. Sounds silly, I know,… Read more »
Joe
Joe
8 months 11 days ago

I’d like ideas on how to balance the primal lifestyle with friends and family who are not primal.

Kathy
Kathy
8 months 11 days ago

Yes, this! Also how to cook two meals effectively, so you can eat primal and not force it on an unwilling family. I’d love if my husband agreed on primal, but he doesn’t, and I hate people who try to force their diet on others.

paul
paul
8 months 11 days ago

I’d like more articules regarding different types of strength training.
Cbd oil, good ,bad or so so.
Primal clothing?

Dennis
8 months 11 days ago

Yes, primal clothing would be great!

gemma
gemma
8 months 11 days ago

I would love to see more information for parents raising groklings. Specifically primal pregnancies and feeding infants and young children.

Zoltan
Zoltan
8 months 10 days ago

Gotta love that word grokling.

Juddy Ferguson
8 months 11 days ago

I would like to know more about extended fasting. 24 hour, 36 hour and multiple days. The benefits of it. How to train while extending the fast. What to eat after breaking a fast. Can you lift heavy while fasted for days? How it resets your biological clock. A Mark’s Daily Apple Guide to Extended Fasting Techniques.

David
David
8 months 11 days ago

Mark, I second this request. I know Valter Longo at USC has/is doing cutting edge research on extended fasts and their benefits to longevity, fighting cancer, and resetting the immune system. Also Ray Cronise, Damien Blankenship and other bloggers have done n=1extended fasting experiments and written about them.

Brandi Carrier
Brandi Carrier
8 months 8 days ago
+1 for this idea. I’m just now (I know, behind the curve again) beginning to experiment with intermittent fasting because regular old primal eating took me to within about 10-15 lbs of my ideal body comp, but I kept having trouble staying there and getting any kind of reasonable exercise in. I think I’ve damaged my metabolism so significantly in the past that I needed additional help at controlling my insulin response and reducing inflammation. IF is helping with this, in 36-hour blocks every 2-3 days. However, figuring out how to integrate the primal fitness (lifting / sprinting) with the… Read more »
Troels Rasmussen
Troels Rasmussen
8 months 11 days ago
The ideas of The Continuum Concept and, especially, how it applies to fixing neoteny. I look at a lot of things through the lens of the book The Continuum Concept, which says that children should be carried in safety by caretakers without being doted on and be allowed to participate in adult life at their own initiative. I think it gives reat insight into the difference between ancient and modern man. Modern man as ever striving and overly rational. I recently heard Darcia Narvaez talk about these things on a podcast. She’s a professor who (I think) studies morality in… Read more »
Lynn
Lynn
8 months 11 days ago

More topics on the Primal lifestyle and how it’s different for most women – pre- and post-menopause stages. I’m in my early forties with a young family, so I’m very much looking forward to Carrie’s book (Primal Woman) in the spring (?)!

wildgrok
wildgrok
8 months 11 days ago

The return of the WOW: Workout of the Week

Don
Don
8 months 11 days ago

I’d like to read about how you and others go Primal in their various home cities and towns – where do you eat out, go play, and get recharged.

What would be the tips and tricks you’d give for those traveling into your home towns?

Shayla Cherry
Shayla Cherry
8 months 11 days ago

Write about the true mastodon in the room: vaccines!

Tracy Parrish
8 months 11 days ago

“What do you want me to write about?” I’d love to see a section where someone (featured guests) posts what their meals of the day look like (“What I ate” in Pictures).

Amanda
Amanda
8 months 11 days ago

Yes! a great idea, Mark should be the first cab off the rank !

laura
laura
8 months 11 days ago

I like this too!

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
8 months 11 days ago

I realize 95% of the Primal Way is applicable for all ages, but maybe some geriatric-oriented diet, nutrition, supplementation, exercise and lifestyle guidelines for us baby boomers! 🙂

Beth
Beth
8 months 11 days ago

I will join the chorus on women’s issues in being Primal. Primal, for the most part, hasn’t solved many of my issues, and I suspect hormones have a lot to do with it. I’d love to see a forum dedicated entirely to women’s issues: pregnancy, raising Primal kids; how to deal with the end of childbearing years; life after menopause.

Tanya E
Tanya E
8 months 11 days ago

Another one for peri-menopausal/menopausal women. Maybe supplements, nutrients that might help.

OnTheBayou
OnTheBayou
8 months 11 days ago

A working website? I’m sure you are just as frustrated as us. And all this Captcha stuff, ditch it. Suddenly I’m having to do the visual thing, Up to EIGHT clicks to post a comment. This is totally absurd.

Tim
Tim
8 months 11 days ago
More indepth information and analysis of the lower end spectrum of carb curve and especially ketones, please! I’ve been 50 years on “high-end” carbs, never too overweight, but some depression, lowish energy, hypertension and hyperthyrydoisms, ughh! Now about 18 months 80-95% primal and lost weight, got better physics thru gym and more energy overall, yehh! However, recently digged into ketosis area as I’m really interested in even better mental clarity and cognitive benefits while keeping/slowly improving my current body. I’d like to better understand how beneficial it would be both mentally and physically to try to stay in ketosis and… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
8 months 11 days ago

I’d like to hear Denise Minger, Gary Taubes and other brilliant thinkers about diet on your podcast, or to write guest columns.

I’d also like you to write about world over-population, how to feed people while saving the planet. Is it possible?

400,000 people are born each day and only 160,000 die, so about every 4 days we have almost 1 million more mouths to feed. Think about that one!!!

maxjohnson
maxjohnson
8 months 11 days ago

I firmly believe regenerative farming with the help of sustainable grazing can do that. Unfortunately that is not the direction it’s going right now, especially with the growing population of China and their increasingly resource needs.

Shary
Shary
8 months 11 days ago

An in-depth discussion of alternative medicine would be useful; i.e. what modalities are worth trying and which ones aren’t. People are increasingly fed up with the toxic pharmaceuticals and invasive procedures that have become the mainstay of allopathic medicine, but lack of accurate information makes alternatives a real challenge.

Dennis
8 months 11 days ago

+1

wildgrok
wildgrok
8 months 11 days ago

another +1

Platypus
Platypus
8 months 11 days ago

Yes please

Lynn
Lynn
8 months 11 days ago

I would like to know more about all the ways in which living primal does or does not help the environment’s health

Melanie
Melanie
8 months 11 days ago

I’d love to know how to primally support getting pregnant naturally and then through pregnancy to wonderful yet exhausting months of a newborn. Primal support for the mother and father.

Jturp
Jturp
8 months 11 days ago

It would be great if you could write about lifestyle modifications and supplementation geared towards helping to prevent various conditions (like heart disease). I currently take COQ10, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K2 to help with preventing/delaying heart disease myself, so I’m always interested in further information.

Sylvie
Sylvie
8 months 11 days ago

I’d love to hear your thoughts on body acceptance and on addiction (especially sugar, but addictions morph . . .). No matter how primal I get — and I’ve been eating this way for 3-4 years now — I continue to struggle with how my body doesn’t measure up and how cravings for crap-food persist. More generally, I second the requests for more on menopause and post-menopause. Thank you, Mark, for asking!

Elizabeth Resnick
8 months 11 days ago
Wow, there is so much good stuff here in the comments! I definitely want more of what you have been doing…exploring topics that really make me think and even make me a little uncomfortable. Like the bugs (not there yet, but it’s not out of the question. Never thought I’d eat liver either!) And the mind-body connection. Reading the comments I see that women are looking for support. And I know you’ve done some posts on personal care in the past (I remember one on the no-poo method for hair, and have seen some on acne) but it’s been a… Read more »
Andrew H
Andrew H
8 months 11 days ago

I’m curious about the true importance of a completely dark room for sleep. Surely our ancestors would have experienced starlight, moonlight, and other things that prevented complete darkness, especially with less light pollution and more visible stars. Yet I notice that even with the same sleep duration, I feel much more rested when I sleep with a light-blocking eye mask.

I’d also like to know about bug consumption for those with shrimp allergies. I’m curious to try eating bugs, but the fear of a reaction holds me back.

Mrs Coffee
8 months 11 days ago

I’d like to hear more from Carrie and see more success stories from women. Also more on middle age women’s changing nutrition/supplement needs.

Maureen
Maureen
8 months 11 days ago

“Leaky Gut” has been thrown around a lot lately, and with good reason. More info on healing that, beyond diet and probiotics, would be great.
I’ve spoken to many people who are hesitant to see ‘alternative practitioners’. How can we get that to change, and how can we make it more accessible (ie covered by insurance)?
And to reiterate what others have said…addressing issues specific to women (either by you or guest posts) would be really helpful too.
Please and thanks!

Felix
Felix
8 months 11 days ago

Dear Mark, wouldn’t it be great if you you’d pay a visit to our comrades, the Hadza, in Tanzania? That would be really great infotainment!

Orsi
Orsi
8 months 10 days ago

+1 and possibly take me with you!

Mark
Mark
8 months 11 days ago

More about sexual health, especially as we age.

Stefano
Stefano
8 months 11 days ago

How about a Primal Approach to (Preventing) Snoring?

Mrs G
Mrs G
8 months 11 days ago

I would like to have meal plans for toddlers and young children. And some information about children digestive issues. And an article about functional additives, ingredients disclosure threshold and similar.
And, please please, use the metric system along imperial units, especially if it concerns about precise measurement (eg. I know that for baking I can convert 350f into 180c, my dish will turn out fine, but I have trouble figure out what a body temperature of 100.4 f means).

Amanda
Amanda
8 months 11 days ago

+1 on the metrics!

Margaret
Margaret
8 months 9 days ago

You could use a handy calculator like this one (or a million others that are easily found via google): http://www.amamanualofstyle.com/page/si-conversion-calculator;jsessionid=FFAC0B89392477F73279F85FCB8E71FD

Brittany
Brittany
8 months 11 days ago

I would love to hear more about the families with kids adopting this lifestyle and their successes as well as tips for making the primal lifestyle easier with kids.

Andrew Mencher
Andrew Mencher
8 months 11 days ago

I would like to see a practical view of school food reform and a nutritional guide for children and teens.

Anca
Anca
8 months 11 days ago

All about colonics please!

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