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8 Jan

Introducing The Primal Connection

The Primal ConnectionUPDATE: The limited-time bonus offer presented in the following article has expired. Thanks to everyone that ordered a copy during release week!

I’m pleased to announce the release of The Primal Connection. Three years in the making, this new book explores the assorted genetic disconnects inherent in hectic modern life and how to correct them. As friends and colleagues within the ancestral community have so generously described, The Primal Connection offers a fresh perspective and an extension of the evolutionary health theme outside the basics of diet and exercise for the first time.

Like The Primal BlueprintThe Primal Connection is both a culmination and expansion of principles I’ve first introduced here on MDA. It picks up where The Primal Blueprint left off. In it I describe a comprehensive plan to overcome the flawed mentality and hectic pace of high-tech, modern life and reprogram your genes to become joyful, care-free, and at peace with the present. Inherent to The Primal Connection is the concept that we can use the model of our ancestors to create not just a healthier physical existence but also a more balanced and fulfilling life. My hope is that upon reading it you’ll emerge with a renewed appreciation for the simple pleasures of life, and our most precious gifts of time, health, and love.

Just as I like to do for all of my book releases, I have something special put together for devoted Mark’s Daily Apple readers. Below you’ll find a limited-time (just two days!) bonus offer. But before we get to that, here’s a little more about the book…

If you are diligently adhering to the evolutionary model of what to put in your mouth and how to exercise, you have sufficient momentum to create a deeper and more fulfilling connection with your genetic expectations for health, happiness, and wellbeing. The Primal Connection is about not resting on your laurels, but rather directing existing Primal momentum that you have into intangible, esoteric topics such as your thoughts and interpersonal relationships. Yep, our evolutionary history also shaped our “best practices” for thinking, socializing, touching, feeling, and experiencing the world. By paying attention to and learning from our ancestor’s social and mental “environments,” we can apply those lessons to the modern day and become happier, healthier, more productive, and more fulfilled as a result.

During the writing journey, it was wonderful to realize how many academics and scientists are devoting their life’s work to the topics that we banter about on Mark’s Daily Apple and in the larger community. For example, Stuart Brown, the world’s leading scholar on play. Or microbiology and immunology expert Mary Ruebush, who explains how being in contact with dirt (gardening, playing with kids, doing those crazy-popular mud runs) and relaxing our hygiene standards in general (time to ditch the antibacterial wipes!) can improve mood and immune function. Or Michael McCullough, who talks about the evolutionary underpinnings of our instinct, and need, to forgive and move on.

I cite other experts on silence (yes, three of them actually!), attention restoration through nature experiences, sleep and circadian rhythm, vitamin D and sun exposure, neuro-plasticity (keeping the brain sharp and nimble. Hint: exercise and spending time in nature help!) – all referencing the evolutionary example to describe what makes us operate optimally today. While my editors and I tried to make this book a fun and breezy read, it is steeped in the science of what I call “feelgood hormones”. Our genetically optimal behaviors stimulate the release of mood and performance-elevating hormones into the bloodstream, giving us the feedback on a cellular level that drives us to repeat these behaviors, and avoid behaviors that lack the feelgood component. For example, rushing off to a crowded mall on the heels of a stressful workday to finish your holiday shopping will leave you devoid of any feelgood component and awash in catabolic stress hormones. Is this what the holidays should be about – a cortisol bath? We know better on occasions like these (me, I prefer holiday shopping on Amazon Prime in the comfort of my office!), but sometimes we lack the roadmap, the discipline, or the motivation to act in our best interests. On the topic of feelgood hormones, it should also be noted that since we are no longer under the influence of life or death selection pressure, we must apply high level reasoning to our genetic instincts so that we act in our best long-term interests. Tiger Woods’s genetically-driven misbehavior that cost him dearly is a poignant example of how the realities and conventions of modern life are at odds with our still primitive hard-wiring, and how perilous it is to ignore this truth.

The connections in the book are organized into six categories as follows:

  • Inner Dialogue: Reject self-doubt and gain mastery over your thoughts and actions by following the 10 Habits of Highly Successful Hunter-Gatherers.
  • Body: Rediscover the pleasure of touch. Rethink footwear to cure foot and back pain; learn correct posture and biomechanics, maybe for the first time ever!
  • Nature: Relieve stress at the biochemical level simply by immersing yourself in pleasant natural surroundings – anywhere, even if you are city-bound.
  • Daily Rhythm: Prioritize healthful sleep habits, wholesome diversions, solitary downtime, and limit technology to remain focused, creative, and productive.
  • Social: Withstand the pull of instant gratifications and narrow your social circle to honor real-life friends over Facebook. Build a supportive and nurturing tribe.
  • Play: Rediscover your innate cravings for daily doses of spontaneous, physical fun! Finally understand the true meanings of pleasure and leisure.

The Primal Connection allows you to have it all; you’ll honor your ancient genetic recipe for health while still enjoying the comfort and convenience of modern life.

While I talked about Primal enthusiasts building momentum from having the basics wired, this book is also ideal for a general audience person who may not have any exposure to ancestral diet and exercise principles, and is simply interested in navigating the stresses and disconnects of hectic modern life. In the early pages, I emphasize how helpful it is to start this journey after ditching grains and avoiding chronic exercise, but this book is definitely for everyone. And for the masses of potential readers who aren’t quite devoted fitness enthusiasts, I believe The Primal Connection could be the best catalyst to date to help take the Ancestral Health Movement mainstream. I urge you to do your part to transform lives by getting this baby on the New York Times bestseller list right away, for this is an event that creates tremendous leverage and additional mainstream interest in the book, and in the movement as a whole. I need your help to do that, so I’m offering some fantastic free gifts for this urgent promotion that expires on Thursday, Jan. 10, 11:59 pm PST Sunday, Jan. 13, 11:59 pm PST.

The Primal Connection Bonus Giveaway

UPDATE: The limited-time bonus offer presented in this article has expired. Thanks to everyone that ordered a copy during release week!

Here’s how it works:

Order one or more copies of The Primal Connection from any retail location (online or brick and mortar) in any format (physical or digital) between now and January 10, 11:59 PST January 13, 11:59 PST, and you’ll receive one or more bonus items as a token of my appreciation. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Pick one of the two bonus package below
  2. Place your order
  3. Send me a copy of your receipt through one of the special online forms

See the instructions and fine print below for further details.

BONUS PACKAGE #1: Order 1 Copy and You Get…

Exclusive access to my PaleoFx Seminar Presentation: In this 1-hour video recorded in Austin, Texas in March of last year at the PaleoFX symposium, I discuss how there are no right or wrong decisions in your Primal journey, only choices. I explore how to customize the Primal lifestyle to address your own unique health circumstances using self-experimentation methods. Also included is a lively Q&A session with the audience. This video isn’t available anywhere else. Order one copy of The Primal Connection and I’ll send you a password to a special page where you can stream and watch the video online.

Here’s a highlight reel to give you taste of what the presentation is all about:

BONUS PACKAGE #1 Instructions:

  1. Buy 1 or 2 copies from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.
  2. Fill out this form to get your bonuses.

This offer is unlimited.

BONUS PACKAGE #2: Order 3 or More Copies and You Get…

Exclusive access to the PaleoFx Seminar Presentation highlighted above PLUS…

Image of the Primal Posture DVD preview

Access to a video presentation from posture specialist Esther Gokhale:

In a 15-minute preview of the Primal Posture Solution DVD you’ll receive extensive instruction on stretchsitting and the inner corset (two major components of Esther’s program), as well as a rich introduction into the theory behind the Gokhale method.

I’ve been a long-time supporter of Esther and the work she does helping people correct years of poor standing, sitting and walking techniques. So much so that I asked her to come to the inaugural PrimalCon some years back, and I discuss her methodology in The Primal Connection. Anyone that’s been to PrimalCon and has sat through one of Esther’s or her daughters’ presentations knows how valuable this information is. Whether you have back pain or not, the Gokhale method is an invaluable resource that teaches us how to re-establish our body’s structural integrity and live a pain-free life. Order 3 or more copies of The Primal Connection and I’ll send you a password to a special page where you can stream and watch the video online.

Grok 10 dollar bill

A $10 Gift Certificate to

Spend it like cash and order whatever you want, perhaps the prequel to The Primal Connection, The Primal Blueprint? Or maybe one of the nifty new apparel items we have in stock? (This gift certificate expires on 02/28/13.)

Tendergrass FarmasA $10 Gift Certificate to Tendergrass Farms:

The Tendergrass Farms online marketplace serves as a way for us to support a number of small family farms that might not otherwise be able to find the customers they need to survive.

With this $10 gift certificate you can take your pick from a variety of grass-fed, pastured and organic meats such as flat iron steak, whole organic turkeys, grass-fed ground beef, and help sustain local grass-fed family farmers and their superior quality food in the process. (This gift certificate expires on 02/19/13.)

BONUS PACKAGE #2 Instructions:

  1. Buy 3 or more copies from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.
  2. Fill out this form to get your bonuses.

This offer is limited to the first 2,000 form submissions.

Many thanks to everyone that purchases one ore more copies of The Primal Connection in the next couple days. I appreciate your support and hope that this new book will touch your lives just as Mark’s Daily Apple and The Primal Blueprint may have in the past. Grok on!

UPDATE: The limited-time bonus offer presented in this article has expired. Thanks to everyone that ordered a copy during release week!

Fine Print:

  • This special bonus offer ends at 11:59 pm, Jan. 10, 2013 11:59 pm, Jan. 13, 2013 (PST). (The bonus offer has been extended.)
  • These bonus offers are strictly first come, first served. “Limited to 2,000 orders” means the 2,001st person doesn’t get it. The 3-Book Bonus Offer receipt submission form will automatically stop accepting entries once the limit has been reached.
  • All receipts must be received by 11:59 pm, Jan. 12, 2013 11:59 pm, Jan. 14, 2013 (PST). The forms will stop working on Jan. 13 Jan. 15, so be sure to fill out the form and submit your pre-Jan. 11 pre-Jan. 14 receipt(s) by then.
  • On an iPhone? You won’t be able to upload your receipt from it, unfortunately. You’ll have to use a computer.
  • You will receive access to both videos and your gift certificate via email within 24 hours. You will receive your Tendergrass Farms gift certificate via email within two weeks.
  • Pre-orders will be honored for all bonus offers.
  • Both orders placed online and in brick and mortar retail locations will be honored.
  • Both domestic (U.S.) and international orders are eligible for the bonuses, but keep in mind that Tendergrass Farms does not ship outside of the United States.
  • All book formats are eligible, including physical books and and digital versions (e.g. Kindle).
  • Your email address will be shared with Tendergrass Farms in order to distribute your gift certificate bonus. Tendergrass may contact you with special offers.
  • The Tendergrass Farms gift certificate expires in six weeks on February 19, 2013.
  • The gift certificate expires on February 28, 2013, and is valid for a single use.
  • Both the PaleoFX video presentation and the 15-minute clip from Esther Gokhale’s Primal Posture DVD can only be streamed online, and cannot be downloaded.
  • Access to both the PaleoFX video presentation and the 15-minute clip from Esther Gokhale’s Primal Posture DVD expires in 90 days on April 8, 2013.
  • The Primal Connection is not yet available on

Get Your Copy of The Primal Connection Today!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Placing my order now, Primal Blueprint changed my life and my wardrobe! Not sure if anyone saw the link on CNN website today on best diets….Paleo came in dead last #28! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it and it really fried my noodle (not that I eat those anymore). The comments made are outrageous (see link in the first sentence) and the timing of today’s news story is suspicious….I’m thinking a conspiracy by the wheat and dairy farmers. Good Luck Mark and I’ll keep promoting the Primal Blueprint lifestyle!

    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2013
    • At this point in my life, if mainstream media is promoting something, and advising against something else, i tend to believe the latter is better. The first diet sounds like a blueprint for the USDA’s food pyramid, and it will be a cold day in you know where when I listen to the USDA, perhaps the most biased corrupt organization in the country, with the FDA and TSA a close second.

      jrVegantoPrimal wrote on January 8th, 2013
  2. Mark,

    Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to read it!


    Alykhan wrote on January 8th, 2013
  3. Congratulations Mark!

    I already pre-ordered my copy and looking forward to receiving (and reading) it !

    Gabriele wrote on January 8th, 2013
  4. Awesome. Done. Looking forward to watching the seminar. Thank you Mark.

    Mikki wrote on January 9th, 2013
  5. I was hoping it was a dating site for those living the Primal lifestyle….

    /so disappointed…

    Firemanbuck wrote on January 9th, 2013
  6. I bought 3 copies I was so excited to read more of Mark’s work. Thanks!

    Chris wrote on January 9th, 2013
  7. Guys,

    Where can I order the Ebook?

    I’m having a blonde moment here!


    Nathan wrote on January 9th, 2013
  8. I just ordered. Looking forward to it. Mark deserves all the support in the world for the difference he is making. Thank you so much for continuing to teach and inspire.

    Rosa Coelho wrote on January 9th, 2013
  9. Please can you make the kindle version available in the UK?

    Emma wrote on January 9th, 2013
    • oops found it eventually! ignore above comment.

      Emma wrote on January 9th, 2013
  10. It would be nice to be able to pick multiple digital formats at once, as it should be a decent digital pack (pdf, epub and mobi).

    Attila wrote on January 10th, 2013
  11. Hi there Mark…it looks like the receipt submission form link is out of whack with the date for submittal. Won’t let me upload my receipt. The January 10th post says we can submit until January 14th at 11:59 PM PST. Just emailed you my receipt in case…thanks!

    primalpal wrote on January 14th, 2013
    • I can’t submit either, what email did you use to send your receipt, the only contact info I see is an online area to send a message. Thanks.

      Robin wrote on January 14th, 2013
  12. I am so exited! I get both books today!

    Alexandra wrote on January 15th, 2013
  13. Mark,
    I think the most important pages of your book are the ones about gratitude (pages 67, 68 …). It rings so true to me. And frankly, isn’t it the simplest way to reach happiness?
    I am always grateful when I wake up each morning whatever the season or the weather… I will be even more so now, after reading these pages. Thank you!

    Raynote wrote on February 6th, 2013
  14. I bought my copy within the dates for the free bonus #1 however it is not allowing me fill out the form.

    Jonathan wrote on February 6th, 2013
  15. Am changing from paleo to primal, just makes more sens to me. Have lost 41lbs so far, and have come to a grinding halt. Am eagerly awaiting my copy of PRIMAL CONNECTION which I ordered from amazon. This will reboot and reinspire me to shed the last 20lbs. Have been reading marks daily apple for coupla months now. Awesome and very informative. Woohoo

    Kerri wrote on March 12th, 2013

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