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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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Why Does the FDA Call This Omega-3-Rich Green a Weed?

October 25, 2007 - Purslane belongs in your diet! This abundant "weed" is a deliciously sour green that makes a wonderful addition to salads, stir fries, vegetable dishes, soups, and salsas. It pairs nicely with citrus ...

FDA Gets Schooled, Bees Rejoice

May 09, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: You best be clickin'! No More Gold Stars for Fidgeters Remember that "news" a while back that fidgeting was supposedly some glorious fountain (pen) of health? Well, ...

Is the FDA Serious?

April 17, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: They're for real. Read on. FDA Officially Jumps the Shark The FDA is attacking your freedom. That's no hyperbole, and it's not just because we take issue with Labelm...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 417

September 11, 2016 - Research of the Week Vitamin D may reduce asthma attacks. Nibbling your nuts linked to lower inflammation. Human brains are particularly blood-thirsty. Antibiotic prescriptions linked to foo...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 414

August 21, 2016 - Want to run your own Primal Kitchen Restaurant? Submit your info here. If you're a match, you'll get access to an exclusive informational webinar on September 8th. Research of the Week A 30% keto...

Primal Blueprint Shopping List

August 15, 2016 - So you've read the book and you're ready to go Primal. You've purged your pantry and fridge of every last SAD (Standard American Diet) "food" item and you plan on hitting up your local farmers' mark...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 405

June 19, 2016 - 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 Bl...

Top 8 Changes Coming to Nutrition Labels

June 15, 2016 - After years of committees, debates, panels, "consensus-building" retreats, and literature reviews, the FDA has finalized the new nutrition label guidelines. Packaged food companies have two years to ...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 403

June 05, 2016 - Heads up. For the month of June, the following digital books are on sale for only $3.99 on Amazon: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings, Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals, Pa...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 401

May 22, 2016 - Primal Blueprint Publishing's newest book, Good Fat, Bad Fat, is now available for purchase. Another round of Phat Fudge is coming. The stuff is addicting and sells out fast, so use PK10 to gra...

Why Does the FDA Call This Omega-3-Rich Green a Weed?

October 25, 2007 - Purslane belongs in your diet! This abundant "weed" is a deliciously sour green that makes a wonderful addition to salads, stir fries, vegetable dishes, soups, and salsas. It pairs nicely with citrus ...

Top 8 Changes Coming to Nutrition Labels

June 15, 2016 - After years of committees, debates, panels, "consensus-building" retreats, and literature reviews, the FDA has finalized the new nutrition label guidelines. Packaged food companies have two years to ...

Why Are Some Wines More Primal-Approved Than Others?

March 22, 2016 - Wine is one of humankind’s oldest and most favorite beverages not for the health benefits, or the antioxidants, or the resveratrol, but because it enhances life. Poets, authors, artists, philosopher...

Should You Be Getting More B Vitamins?

March 09, 2016 - When it comes to obtaining sufficient amounts of certain micronutrients, you're hyper vigilant. Magnesium? You're eating spinach, throwing back magnesium glycinate, and adding Trace Mineral drops to y...

Foodborne Illness Wrap-Up: The Role of Your Health and Your Food’s Health

October 01, 2015 - One of the things I love about doing this blog is the continual incentive to examine different angles of issues, dig up varying resources around questions and discern ways our smallest choices establi...

Dear Mark: Lead in Crock Pots, Norovirus in Smoked Oysters, and Creatine and Carbs

September 28, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions from readers. First, what's the deal with lead in crock pots? Some say lead leaches into the food when we cook with crock pots, while ot...

What You Need to Know About Foodborne Illness – Part 2: Kitchen Strategies

September 22, 2015 - Last week’s post on foodborne illness might have set a few people’s teeth (or stomachs) on edge. For others, it might have brought up some unfortunate memories of weathering their own bouts of foo...

What You Need to Know About Foodborne Illness – Part 1

September 15, 2015 - It’s a regular headline: “# of People Sickened by Contaminated Food.” Most recently, it was a case of imported cucumbers with salmonella (one of the most common and serious foodborne pathogens) ...

Is Raw Milk Really Better?

May 20, 2015 - I don't drink much, if any, milk. A little cream in my morning coffee, good cheese regularly, some yogurt and kefir on occasion are about the extent of my dairy consumption. But milk? That pure white...

How Much Sugar Is Recommended Per Day?

April 15, 2015 - By now, American exceptionalism is a universally-accepted truism. Like dogs over cats and Star Wars over Star Trek, it's simple fact that America is qualitatively different than other nations. Some wo...

10 Principles of Primal Living That Are (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage

April 30, 2014 - We don't take credit for everything, of course, but the fact remains that the Primal/ancestral health community has been championing principles that directly oppose the conventional wisdom for nearly...

Will We Ever Accept that Exercise is Often the Best Medicine?

April 03, 2014 - For years, experts have known that in mild to moderate cases of depression exercise is as effective (or more effective) a treatment as prescription drugs. Yet, here we are in 2014, with still climbing...

Dear Mark: Salmon and Mercury, Fruit and Sugar, plus Seniors Gaining Muscle

January 20, 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three topics. First, salmon and mercury. We're often told to watch out for mercury in wild fish, but the story is actually more complicated than that...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21, 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Dear Mark: Should I Consume Caffeine Before My Workout?

February 20, 2012 - In today's edition of Dear Mark, I cover a topic near and dear to many of your hearts: caffeine. But I don't just cover caffeine; I explore whether caffeine truly does act as a diuretic, especially du...

Getting Back to Nature

August 28, 2008 - As Primal enthusiasts, we owe it to ourselves to spend time in the great outdoors – early man’s original stomping grounds. Sadly enough, the increasing encroachment of civilization upon nature’s...

This Is a Big Fat Blog Post

January 12, 2007 - Apples, as you know, this is a pro-fat health site - pro-fat meaning we recommend eating beneficial fats, of course, not getting fat. There are a lot of issues to consider when it comes to fat - heart...

8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment

February 15, 2012 - We all make poor choices against our better judgment. It's kind of what makes us human - the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy...

Your Belly Bone’s Connected to Your Brain Bone

March 28, 2008 - A study published online in this month’s Neurology suggests that people whose waistline expands once they hit age 40 are more likely to develop dementia in their 70s than their slimmer peers. For...

A Salad With Your Sorrow?

February 29, 2008 - A pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That whole freaking bag of potato chips. A box of donut holes. No, it’s not the MDA trifecta of evil (although it could be). Sure, they’re among the proverbial symbo...

Sting-Free News

March 02, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites 9 out of 10 taste-testers agree: Today's wrap contains 100% more flavor than the leading competitor. What a Headache The FDA swipes 15 migraine medications off the sh...

10 Principles of Primal Living That Are (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage

April 30, 2014 - We don't take credit for everything, of course, but the fact remains that the Primal/ancestral health community has been championing principles that directly oppose the conventional wisdom for nearly...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21, 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Is Your Doctor Getting Cash Payouts from Big Pharma? (plus More Findings from the Drug Biz)

October 20, 2010 - There’s been a lot of news from the Pharma realm these last few weeks. As you all know, I make a point of passing this kind of thing along…. Given the massive role pharmaceutical drugs play in our...

Assessing Sanitizers: Cleaning Up the Confusion

January 07, 2010 - If you believe the ads, we live in a squalid hotbed of menacing microbes. Evil germs are everywhere and out to get us – especially the innocent, well-dressed children playing nearby. The smart ones ...

Is Canned Food Safe to Eat?

December 29, 2009 - Ideally, The Primal Blueprint is a living, breathing document. Whether it’s emails from insightful readers or random articles from my RSS feed casting a subject in a completely different light, or e...

Marlboro to Introduce “Smoke Rite” 6 Cig Health Packs

December 04, 2009 - Smokers rejoice. There is a new, healthier way to smoke, all thanks to the innovators at Altria (formerly known as Philip Morris). Marlboro has just released Smoke Rites, a new line of health consciou...

Off-Label Cosmetic Prescriptions

December 20, 2008 - Last month we brought you news (and humble perspective) on the pharmaceutical industry’s off-label marketing practices. Just a couple weeks after the fact, what before our wondering eyes should appe...

NNT (Number Needed to Treat)

October 02, 2008 - As you’ve likely noticed, we’re getting back in touch with our more surly, snarky side this week. It can be fun now and then to channel one’s inner Fuji…. (Frankly, we can’t imagine MDA with...

Irradiation: Savvy Safety Mechanism or Band-Aid for a Bigger Problem?

September 04, 2008 - Following the recent tainted spinach controversy, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month ruled that food manufacturers can now irradiate fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to kill ba...

Getting Back to Nature

August 28, 2008 - As Primal enthusiasts, we owe it to ourselves to spend time in the great outdoors – early man’s original stomping grounds. Sadly enough, the increasing encroachment of civilization upon nature’s...

10 Delicious DIY Salad Dressings

July 22, 2008 - Last week we gave you Mark's 2 Minute Salad recipe and while we learned that many of you are already heartily digging into a big bowl of the good stuff each day (or Kitchen Sink/Really Righteous/Prima...

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 Primal Transplant: A Story of Living with New Lungs, a New Lifestyle, and Swinging Kettlebells

April 08, 2016 - 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 Ma...

The Struggles of a Navy Man: Fighting Bad Conventional Advice with Primal Successes

January 23, 2015 - 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...

How I Lost 40 Pounds and Banished Rosacea Using Primal Principles

May 23, 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...

I Have Never Felt Better in My Life

November 23, 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...

Primal Blueprint Success Story: More Like Grok

June 12, 2009 - For anyone that is now familiar with The Primal Blueprint, you'll recognize both of the characters to the right. It's our lovable Primal role model, Grok, and his modern antithesis - your average over...

7 Common Calorie Myths We Should All Stop Believing

January 07, 2015 - Many people think weight loss is simply about cutting calories. They believe that to lose weight, you must reduce calories (either eat less or burn more), to gain weight you must add calories, and to ...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21, 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment

February 15, 2012 - We all make poor choices against our better judgment. It's kind of what makes us human - the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy...

Your Belly Bone’s Connected to Your Brain Bone

March 28, 2008 - A study published online in this month’s Neurology suggests that people whose waistline expands once they hit age 40 are more likely to develop dementia in their 70s than their slimmer peers. For...

A Salad With Your Sorrow?

February 29, 2008 - A pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That whole freaking bag of potato chips. A box of donut holes. No, it’s not the MDA trifecta of evil (although it could be). Sure, they’re among the proverbial symbo...

“Lunchtime Lipo”

December 06, 2007 - Simple observation: As cosmetic procedures grow in both popularity and efficacy the number of people that look fit but are in fact unhealthy will rise. This is a version of the skinny-fat phenomenon. ...

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

July 03, 2007 - So we're beating a dead llama here, but it's just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I'm just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dan...

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes (and you’ll understand it)

June 27, 2007 - BITE ME, ADA We all know by now that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. We’re seeing words like crisis and runaway all over the news and in the journals. Heart disease rates have been cut in half si...

You Best Be Clickin’!

March 14, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: The Bees are proud to bring you all kinds of fascinating, humorous, important and compelling news bites today. Would you expect anything less? We hope not! Check out this ...

And This Is What I Call a Deal-Breaker

February 08, 2007 - I'm sure you've heard the headlines about Orlistat, the obesity drug, being approved for OTC use. What you may not have heard about are the side effects of this fat-blocking drug. Orlistat, which will...

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