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19 Jan

The Pill: What You Need to Know About Oral Contraception

Over the years I’ve received questions about the Pill on a pretty steady basis. As one female reader put it, if you go Primal and do all the work of normalizing your hormones, does taking the Pill undo all the good? Are the cautionary rumors I hear just overblown, or are there substantial risks? What […]

21 Dec

How to Interpret Cholesterol Test Results

Before we get into the big job of interpreting cholesterol numbers, let’s review what cholesterol actually is. Cholesterol is cholesterol: a waxy steroid of fat that serves as an essential structural component of cellular membranes and in the production of steroid hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids. Contrary to what the terminology indicates, there’s actually […]

18 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 169

What is the single best thing you can do for your health? Why letting a fever run its course might be the best plan of action when you get one: elevated body temperatures (fevers) make certain immune cells work better. The NY Times beats a drum that we’ve been pounding for years – the drum […]

15 Dec

The Importance of Dreaming

Some consider it the ultimate Primal ground – a terrain unapologetically wild and forever untamable. It’s the last place a man or woman can live out every deep seated instinct and inclination with no interference from cultural authorities, no entanglement with others and their needs or opinion. I’m talking of course about dreams. (Those titles […]

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ll admit I love Thanksgiving. I love the ritual of coming together as a family – often with close friends adding to good company. I enjoy spending the day cooking and sharing food with the most important people in my life. I appreciate the modest but meaningful dimensions of the tradition – a time fully […]

23 Nov

The Problems with Antibiotics: Possible Alternatives and Damage Control

Are there any viable alternatives to antibiotics? I just spent the last few posts talking about all the bad things that stem from taking too many antibiotics, and you’re likely wondering if there’s anything you can do when an infection comes around. Although I wouldn’t suggest ignoring your doctor’s antibiotic prescriptions for some herb you […]

17 Nov

The Problems with Antibiotics: They Kill the Good Guys and Make You Fat

Whenever I think about antibiotics, I stymie my inner Star Wars fan and admit that it’s a good thing the Force isn’t real and Art Ayers is not actually a wizened microbiologist version of Ben Kenobi. Otherwise, he’d be internally wincing every few seconds as another round of antibiotics commences somewhere in the world and […]

14 Nov

Dear Mark: Matcha Tea, Runner’s High, Stress and Weight Gain, and Fasting for Teens

Yesterday was the Malibu Marathon (and Half Marathon), and yeah, I snuck a peek. I could never do it myself, not ever again, but I always like to take a gander at the hordes of faithful. Tons of folks in Fivefingers (and even a few totally barefoot runners), about half of whom were either still […]

8 Nov

Stand Up, Kick Off Your Shoes and Eat Some Dirt

By now, you’re all probably thinking the same thing. “What else is there?” We’ve covered diet, exercise, sleep, stress, and sunlight – is there anything else we need to worry about? Honestly? No. You don’t need to worry about the stuff I’m about to tell you. Millions of people don’t, and they apparently get along […]

31 Oct

Dear Mark: CoQ10, Gelatin, Fruit, and Eggs and LDL

Happy Halloween, folks. On its face, Halloween seems pretty un-Primal, what with all the reverence for cheap candy that surrounds it, but getting dressed up is undeniably fun. I guess that’s a subset of “play,” yeah? I’ve heard about the post-AHS shenanigans. You guys aren’t ascetics. Anyway, today I cover CoQ10 dosages and forms, whether gelatin […]

30 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 162

The ever-elusive barefoot dress shoe may soon be upon us – with your help. The folks behind the Primal Professional are trying to raise capital for the project through pre-orders. Go grab one today (for tomorrow) and help this stuff hit the corporate world! Are you ready for Super Broccoli? Sean Croxton and I just […]

10 Oct

Grokfeast in North Carolina

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness. Welcome stumblers and all newcomers to the Windsor Oaks […]

10 Oct

Grokfeast in San Antonio, Texas

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness. The Grok-on-Tonians: Just who do they think they are? […]

9 Oct

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

The Prize: Heath Putnam Farms, formerly known as Wooly Pigs, was formed to produce pork equal to Europe’s best. So what did they do? They imported the Mangalitsa, a highly specialized breed that produces some of the world’s most juicy and flavorful meat and fat. And they haven’t stopped there. They raise their Mangalitsa with […]

18 Sep

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

The Prize: Tanka Bars. Snack food made of buffalo. That’s pretty much all that needs saying. In the pursuit of quick-fix meat-chunk eats, Tanka is offering up a variety of Tanka Bars, Tanka Bites, and Tanka Wild Sticks (valued at around $100) to the winner of today’s post. BONUS: Enter “30DAYCHALLENGE” when ordering from TankaBar.com […]

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