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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Spar of the Day: Taking on MSG

January 09, 2008 - Now and then, we at MDA like to branch out from our usual shrinking violet positions and journey into the precarious territory of current controversy. Today we venture into the debate over a disputed ...

3 Common Types of Headache (and How to Treat Them Naturally)

July 20, 2016 - One major downside to having these big prominent heads stuffed with consciousness-spawning brain matter is that they sometimes ache. Nobody likes a headache. You can find fetishists who enjoy pinchin...

Primal Furikake

February 06, 2016 - Furikake is a Japanese seasoning made from dried fish (bonito), sesame seeds, dried seaweed, salt, sugar, and often msg. A Primal version is easy to make–simply drop the sugar and msg–and you have...

Contest: Win a Better Breakfast

January 22, 2016 - The Prize: A $200 Breakfast (and more) package from U.S. Wellness, comprising the following: Beef Minute Steaks, Beef Breakfast Italian, Sausage Sliders, Beef Breakfast Polish, Sausage Sliders, Bee...

6 Hidden Superfoods You Probably Already Have in Your Pantry

October 27, 2015 - I generally don't subscribe to the idea of superfoods. While I'll try your obscure Amazonian berry that spent a fortnight fermenting in a capybara's colon, I won't join your pyramid scheme to help sel...

Dear Mark: Kid Skipping Breakfast, Rinsing Meat, Glutamate, and the Snooze Button

February 23, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four reader questions. First we have a question about an inadvertently fasting 11 year-old girl whose mom is concerned. Should she force the issue and c...

Contest: Social Media Love for $1100 in PrimalCon Goods!

February 11, 2015 - To celebrate the announcement of PrimalCon Oxnard 2015, some of our favorite PrimalCon sponsors have offered up a handsome prize package to celebrate! This contest is SIMPLE. EASY, I promise you.....

Hawaiian Primal Fuel (PLUS a Contest!)

January 31, 2015 - With most of the country getting hit with severe winter weather, I thought a number of you might appreciate a little tropical break—even if it’s in your kitchen. This week’s recipe is from the n...

The Evolution of a College-Age Caveman

January 10, 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

The Wonderful, Pungent World of Asian Fermented Condiments (and Why You Should Visit)

November 19, 2013 - To your friends, family, and co-workers, you're the weird one for that crock of fermenting cabbage on your counter, the packets of kefir grains you're always giving away as gifts, and the fact that yo...

Spar of the Day: Taking on MSG

January 09, 2008 - Now and then, we at MDA like to branch out from our usual shrinking violet positions and journey into the precarious territory of current controversy. Today we venture into the debate over a disputed ...

3 Common Types of Headache (and How to Treat Them Naturally)

July 20, 2016 - One major downside to having these big prominent heads stuffed with consciousness-spawning brain matter is that they sometimes ache. Nobody likes a headache. You can find fetishists who enjoy pinchin...

6 Hidden Superfoods You Probably Already Have in Your Pantry

October 27, 2015 - I generally don't subscribe to the idea of superfoods. While I'll try your obscure Amazonian berry that spent a fortnight fermenting in a capybara's colon, I won't join your pyramid scheme to help sel...

Dear Mark: Kid Skipping Breakfast, Rinsing Meat, Glutamate, and the Snooze Button

February 23, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four reader questions. First we have a question about an inadvertently fasting 11 year-old girl whose mom is concerned. Should she force the issue and c...

The Wonderful, Pungent World of Asian Fermented Condiments (and Why You Should Visit)

November 19, 2013 - To your friends, family, and co-workers, you're the weird one for that crock of fermenting cabbage on your counter, the packets of kefir grains you're always giving away as gifts, and the fact that yo...

Is It Primal? – Pork Rinds, Cottage Cheese, Monk Fruit Sweetener, and Other Foods Scrutinized

March 12, 2013 - It's time for another edition of "Is It Primal?" Before I begin, though, I want to reiterate that these are just my general recommendations. People ask for my opinion on various foods, and I provide t...

Is It Primal? – Popcorn, Corn Tortillas, Rye, and Other Foods Scrutinized

February 12, 2013 - Every so often, people ask about foods that are clearly not Primal. While the more diehard among you might expect me to ignore and lambast these fine folks, I think this is the wrong tactic. We can't ...

Dear Mark: Ornish Strikes Again, Vitamin D from Light Boxes, and Kimchi and Cancer

October 02, 2012 - Ah, it's good to be back in the saddle again. The challenge was a lot of fun - don't get me wrong - but ultimately both you guys and I come here for the dispensation of musings and information and wri...

Is It Primal? – Paleo Bread, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Psyllium Fiber, and Other Foods Scrutinized

July 17, 2012 - I love doing these "Is It Primal?" posts. For one, the supply of topics is virtually limitless, because you guys are constantly sending in new foods and products for me to research. Two, I'm learning ...

On the Question of Sweeteners

April 09, 2008 - An inevitable question surfaced this past week regarding the use of artificial sweeteners. When you adopt a low carb, no or next-to-no sugar diet, it's almost assured that you'll come up against the q...

How to Work Outside (Even If You’re a Desk Jockey)

June 13, 2012 - Last week, I told you why working outside - at least from time to time - can be helpful, relaxing, and even performance-enhancing. A number of you emailed me directly, or left comments thanking me for...

3 Common Types of Headache (and How to Treat Them Naturally)

July 20, 2016 - One major downside to having these big prominent heads stuffed with consciousness-spawning brain matter is that they sometimes ache. Nobody likes a headache. You can find fetishists who enjoy pinchin...

Dear Mark: Kid Skipping Breakfast, Rinsing Meat, Glutamate, and the Snooze Button

February 23, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four reader questions. First we have a question about an inadvertently fasting 11 year-old girl whose mom is concerned. Should she force the issue and c...

Dear Mark: Ornish Strikes Again, Vitamin D from Light Boxes, and Kimchi and Cancer

October 02, 2012 - Ah, it's good to be back in the saddle again. The challenge was a lot of fun - don't get me wrong - but ultimately both you guys and I come here for the dispensation of musings and information and wri...

How to Work Outside (Even If You’re a Desk Jockey)

June 13, 2012 - Last week, I told you why working outside - at least from time to time - can be helpful, relaxing, and even performance-enhancing. A number of you emailed me directly, or left comments thanking me for...

Primal Furikake

February 06, 2016 - Furikake is a Japanese seasoning made from dried fish (bonito), sesame seeds, dried seaweed, salt, sugar, and often msg. A Primal version is easy to make–simply drop the sugar and msg–and you have...

Hawaiian Primal Fuel (PLUS a Contest!)

January 31, 2015 - With most of the country getting hit with severe winter weather, I thought a number of you might appreciate a little tropical break—even if it’s in your kitchen. This week’s recipe is from the n...

Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing

September 22, 2012 - This recipe for Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing turns salad into a sumptuous feast. The creamy texture is outrageously good, without any dairy or mayonnaise. How? The trick is blending a little coco...

Quick and Easy Mushroom Sauce

September 15, 2012 - This recipe for Quick and Easy Mushroom Sauce gives a taste of how easy it is to transform a simple Primal meal into something absolutely sensational. Whether you’re a Primal veteran or you’ve ...

Creamy Ranch Dressing

August 27, 2011 - It’s an undeniable fact that homemade recipes usually don’t taste exactly the same as a store-bought version of the same food. This is most clearly the case with processed foods, which are especia...

Getting Canned: Is Canned Soup Really that Bad for You?

March 05, 2008 - Although we’re slowly edging into spring, there’s still enough cold days left on the calendar that are sure to find you reaching for a can of soup. I mean honestly, could a meal be any easier? Sim...

The Evolution of a College-Age Caveman

January 10, 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

From Sugar-Burner to Fat-Burner: A Transformation Story

September 21, 2012 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mar...

Reader Response: Fast Food Indulgence, Dirty Marketing Tricks and Personal Responsibility

March 06, 2008 - In response to last month's post about Carl Jr.’s fat fetish, conversation got going about occasional fast food indulgence (the temptations, the how-to’s, etc.) as well as whether we were placing ...

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