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12 May

How to Have a Civil Discussion About Divisive Issues

How to Have a Civil Discussion about Divisive Issues FinalI made the decision long ago to slash my media intake, and I’ve never looked back. It’s not that I abstain entirely. Since my chosen professional and family obligations meant I never had a ton of time for it to begin with, I simply became much more selective. In particular, I had no patience for the irate, drama-inducing screaming matches that had begun taking over the airwaves. For years now people have bemoaned the coarsening of public discourse (and with it, general behavior), and experts have been analyzing its cause. Jonathan Haidt in his book, The Righteous Mind, is a clear example. How did we come to a place of perpetual mouth foaming? While I won’t delve into that particular swamp, I will take up the flip side of that coin today, which has been on my mind lately (maybe on many people’s minds). What primal principles can help us remember how to have a civil discussion about divisive issues?

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11 May

10 Ways to Treat Burnout (and How to Avoid It Altogether)

10 Ways to Treat Burnout (and How to Avoid it Alltogether) FinalThis year it was all over the headlines that what we typically call “burnout” just might be depression. Beyond the vagueness such wording introduced (another way to push anti-depressants?), the actual research further affirms burnout as a genuine psychological and physical experience. The study confirmed that those who suffer from job “burnout” also experience the onset of key depression symptoms, something of little surprise to anyone who’s ever been through it. Yet, as an earlier study suggests, burnout is its own animal. Symptoms are largely linked to “atypical” depression, which behaves differently and can more readily suggest situational origins. It’s something I’ve been saying for years—certain elements of the modern (unmitigated) experience promotes neurosis more than we’d like to admit. Burnout is one common example.

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10 May

Did Grok Suffer from Seasonal Allergies?

Did Grok Suffer from Seasonal Allergies FinalSpring has sprung across most of the country. Awesome, right? Not if you’ve got seasonal allergies. Anyone with a severe case of hay fever knows how horrible it is being outside on a windy otherwise beautiful spring day with pollen blowing and rapacious bees buzzing around. Your eyes water and swell up. Your nose congests, you go into mouth breather mode. Pressure headaches start. You can’t taste your food. You can’t really see through the tears and redness. Everything above the neck itches. Sneeze attacks seize you. You’re supposed to be in heaven. It’s all so lovely. Yet all that beauty, greenery, and life are lost on you. Spring is your enemy when you have hay fever.

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10 May

Limited Time Only: Win the Ultimate PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Prize Package!

Primal Kitchen Facebook Contest FinalWe have a hot contest running right now and it only takes a second to enter. All you have to do is follow the instructions here, “like” the Primal Kitchen Facebook Page and leave a comment. This is a great opportunity to tell us what you think about the whole Primal Kitchen endeavor. You could mention your favorite Primal Kitchen product, what you like about our healthy ingredient profiles, your favorite Primal Kitchen recipe, what you’d love to see from Primal Kitchen in the future…just go crazy!

Now’s not only a great opportunity to let Primal Kitchen feel the love—it’s your chance to win a killer prize package for doing so. Once you take a moment to “like” the Primal Kitchen Facebook page and leave a comment, you’ll be in the running to win the whole kitten kaboodle of Primal Kitchen products (over $150 value!), comprising:

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9 May

Dear Mark: Lead in Bone Broth, Cooked and Cooled Potatoes, and Stress Strategies

DM-Lead in Bone BrothFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions. First one concerns the lead content in bone broth. A 2013 study reported elevated levels of lead in chicken bone broth. And not the canned or boxed stuff, but the real thing: broth made from actual chicken bits. Should you worry? Second, do cooked and cooled potatoes really make the carbs less problematic for people who typically try to avoid them? How and why should people who otherwise avoid potatoes consider eating cooked and cooled ones? And finally, do I have any good, simple strategies for dealing with stress? Why yes, yes I do.

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