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23 Jun

From Float Tanks to Silent Retreats: Why Are People Looking for More Extreme Forms of Sensory Deprivation?

quiet finalI’m thinking about a Philip K. Dick story, never published, perhaps never put down on paper or even imagined. In this story, which might only exist in my mind, the world is awash in sensory stimuli. Bright lights, flashing signs, an endless cacophony. A world of quick jump cuts. It’s like the Khaosan Road at 11 PM, standing on a Los Angeles overpass at rush hour, or living inside a Youtube video. Imagine your first night in the Amazon, only instead of insects and birds and other creatures, it’s horns and conversations and alarms and drunks and car doors and rattling manhole covers and ringtones. In the world of this story, silence is a premium. To escape from your senses, you need to pay up.

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22 Jun

Are Cell Phones and EMFs Really Harming Your Health?

Cell phone use and EMFs FinalI’ve covered GMOs (twice), organic food, and pesticides. Today, I’m tackling another hot button issue: the dangers (or lack thereof) of modern electronics, specifically mobile devices and the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

Obviously, the way we use electronics has impacted our lives in both positive and negative ways. Positives include greater dissemination of knowledge, democratization of communication, economic growth, and increased opportunities for people in far-flung locales and otherwise oppressive situations to learn about and impact the world. Without modern electronics, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do and you wouldn’t be able to read this. That’s fairly unassailable.

But from brain cancer to bone loss to sperm mutation to behavioral problems, EMFs (a byproduct of many electronic devices) have been blamed for many health problems. What does the evidence say? And if there are real issues, what can we do to mitigate them? How far should we go?

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21 Jun

What is the Experience of Awe and Why Does it Matter?

Why Awe Matters FinalI camp mostly for the stargazing. Everything else is important, of course. The campfire, the smoky bacon, the muddy coffee. Trees, fresh air, endless trails. All great. But what I look forward to most of all is slipping out of my tent on a dark, moonless night, finding a clearing in the trees, looking up at the sky, and realizing that light from a star that shot out a hundred thousand years ago is only just now hitting my retina.

That’s awe.

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20 Jun

Dear Mark: Primal Sun Protection and Stigmasterol Stability

Sun ProtectionFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions. First up concerns the effect going Primal has on your skin’s resistance to sun damage. While there isn’t any specific research examining ancestral eating and sun damage, several lines of evidence suggest a protective effect. Second, what’s the deal with stigmasterol, AKA Wulzen anti-stiffness factor? The WAPF says butter and cheese and milk are the best place to get it, but that pasteurization destroys it. Is this really true? And how does fermentation affect stigmasterol?

Let’s go:

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19 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 405

Weekend Link Love

Well, looks like we swept Paleo Magazine’s Best of 2015 contest. Thanks to everyone who cast their vote! We took home awards for the following:

Best Blog (Health): Mark’s Daily Apple

Best Blog (Fitness): Mark’s Daily Apple

Best New Packaged Product: PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo

Health Hero of the Year: Mark Sisson

Best New Idea: Primal Kitchen Restaurants

Abel James teamed up with Quarterly to put a paleo/Primal-friendly Summer Survival pack together, complete with PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Dark Chocolate Almond bars. Check it out.

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