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4 Jan

Stuff That I Read (or Watch), And You Should Too

I recently received an email question from a knowledge-hungry reader.

Mark,

I’m becoming VERY interested in learning how the body works; what happens when we eat carbohydrates, the effects of antioxidants, etc. I was given a good introduction in “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and of course the 3rd chapter in your book, where you talk about insulin, or even your article “what happens when you carb binge”. Wikipedia and Google help me to a certain point, but I soon become overwhelmed; it’s hard to put everything together… where do I go from there?

Great question. Yeah, Google is a godsend, but it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially when a top 10 Google search ranking doesn’t necessarily indicate quality of content so much as it indicates the effectiveness of a site’s search engine optimization (although it doesn’t hurt to have both…). And a quick peek into the blogrolls of your favorite sites can be useful, but there’s often little explanation or explication to accompany the listings. Besides, blogrolls don’t cover books, or films, or other offline resources, and despite the undeniable ease of relying totally on blogs and websites, those offline resources can’t be ignored.

Quick. How’d you hear about your favorite book or album of all time? Did you let an online algorithm determine what genre/artist/author/etc you’d prefer? Or did a trusted friend, colleague, or family member make a recommendation? I dunno about you, but I’ll take personal recommendations from people I trust over what some impersonal line of code thinks I should like, given the choice between the two.

You’re reading MDA, so I’m going to assume you care about what I have to say – at least a little bit. So, without further ado, I present my recommended list of nutrition, health, fitness, and all things Primal-related readings, viewings, listenings, and perusings.

Blogs

Whole Health Source – Stephan is logical, rational, and completely fair. If he’s biased, it’s in favor of unfettered, unfiltered science. If you’re interested in fat-soluble vitamins, traditional diets, and understanding the increasingly-obfuscated science of lipids, Whole Health Source is the place to go.

Hyperlipid – Peter delves deep into the science of fat. He’s a veterinary anaesthesiologist by day and a high fat nutrition expert by night. He gets ultra technical, though, so if you aren’t familiar with such terminology as oxidized LDL, familial hypercholesterolemia, lipoprotein(a), or ApoE, you may want to wade in slowly. It’s definitely worth getting your feet wet.

Free the Animal – Richard is fiery and can really rub people the wrong way. He swears on a semi-regular basis, and he definitely doesn’t suckle fools. He’s also a damned entertaining writer with a complete lack of fear when it comes to dietary self-experimentation. His experiment has gone pretty well, and you could learn a lot from it. Read this blog daily.

Theory to Practice – Keith Norris trains hard in a pretty unique way. It’s not quite CrossFit, and it’s not quite basic barbell training. It is brutally effective and efficient, though, and Keith’s theories on power, CNS stimulation, and “the perfect rep” are insightful and evocative. His attempts to articulate the intangible aspects of training succeed, time and time again.

Protein Power – It’s always a pleasure watching Dr. Michael Eades dismantle studies, especially pro-statin papers (for which he seems to reserve special rancor). Dr. Eades’ firm grasp on the science, coupled with his acid wit, makes for an educational, entertaining read on the soft science of dietary fat and carbohydrates.

Conditioning Research – Cutting edge research, especially the stuff on fitness. I don’t know how he finds this stuff, but Chris always manages to pull something interesting out of the Internet ether and highlight it on his blog.

Son of Grok – Although he hasn’t updated in awhile, I’ll always reserve a special place in my heart (and on my blogroll) for the Son of Grok. He makes delicious Primal food and writes honestly about everyday life as a modern Grok.

Animal Pharm – Dr. BG is a little wacky and a bit zany, but she somehow manages to seamlessly blend steady references to mainstream pop music with science-based lipophilia. How could you not love this blog?

Nephropal – “Health from an evolutionary standpoint,” with a nod to kidney function in particular. This is high-level stuff that might require a second (or third) reading, but it’s worth the time and effort. I think there was a merger between Animal Pharm and Nephropal; not sure.

PaleoNu – An MD, and a practicing radiologist, Kurt Harris runs a fantastic no-nonsense blog exploring the evolutionary diet. What I like about PaleoNu is its insistence on corroborating the speculative nature of the Primal lifestyle with hard science. The two coincide more often than not, but Kurt is committed to making sure.

Robb Wolf – Former nutrition expert for CrossFit, Robb is a true advocate of the ancestral lifestyle. He’s worked closely with Loren Cordain, and with years of experience helping tons of clients lose weight, beat autoimmune issues, and improve athletic performance via paleo methods, Robb knows his stuff. He’s also got a great podcast called the Paleolithic Solution.

Heart Scan Blog – Dr. William Davis has been reversing atherosclerotic plaque in patients for years by eliminating fructose and wheat, and supplementing with niacin and fish oil. Statins? What’re those? Dr. Davis is working on changing the system from the inside, from the belly of the beast. If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, his blog can probably help.

Art de Vany – The old guard. One of the first Primal practitioners with an online presence. His site is pay-only now, but he’s been doing this for years and he’s absolutely legit. The man is over 70 and could kick the asses of most guys a third his age. You’d do well to pay attention to what he says concerning diet and exercise.

Jimmy Moore – Some people begrudge him for his promotion of low-carb products, but Jimmy consistently highlights new research, and his podcast is always packed with quality interviews. There’s nothing wrong with making money.

Websites

WAPF – A foundation dedicated to the research of Weston Price, the WAPF site contains tons of helpful info on fats, raw dairy, and the importance of animal foods in an optimal diet. Some of their claims regarding homeopathy and alternative medicine should probably be ignored, but their dietary advice (despite the acceptance of sprouted and fermented grains) is generally top notch.

Paleo Diet – Loren Cordain’s site has a ton of research on the evils of cereal grains and legumes, the importance of protein in the diet, and he’s even softening his stance on saturated fats.

Beyond Vegetarianism – A fantastic resource for people considering a vegetarian, vegan, or raw food lifestyle. Much like Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth, Beyond Vegetarianism represents the views of former vegans and vegetarians who realized their former diet was less than optimal. There is special emphasis placed on Paleolithic diets.

Lyle McDonald – Love him or hate him, Lyle generally knows his stuff. His heavy-handed “paleotard” talk can get annoying, but if you don’t let that cloud your perception I think you’ll find some valuable information, especially with regards to strict cutting diets and performance nutrition.

CrossFit – A ridiculously intense total body fitness program, CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but thousands swear by it. Very Primal-friendly for the most part.

Mind and Muscle Forums – Most of the talk revolves around supplementation (illegal and legal alike), but there are some interesting, super involved discussions on diet, nutrition, and fitness with plenty of paper analysis. Things can get extremely advanced extremely quickly.

Immortality Institute Forums – These guys are obsessed with living as long as possible. Some seem to focus on longevity over quality, but the geekiness is undeniably informative.

Ross Training – A premier site for functional fitness, Ross Training has a ton of great information on “unconventional” workout techniques (kettlebells, bodyweight, sledgehammers, ropes). I’m especially fond of the homemade equipment tutorials.

Scirus – Search hundreds of thousands of study abstracts. If you’re lucky, you might even happen across the occasional free text.

Books

The Vegetarian Myth – Eades reviewed it, Richard reviewed it, and I did, too. This should be read by anyone, not just prospective or current vegetarians. It’ll either change minds or anger them, and that’s exactly what a good book should do.

The Paleo Diet – Cordain’s book. Solid, solid info backed up by good research. He gets a lot of flack for his stance on saturated fats, diet soda, and canola oil, but paleo and Primal see eye to eye far more often than they clash.

Protein Power – Dr. Eades’ bestselling diet book. Fantastic diet plan with the research to back it up.

Good Calories, Bad Calories – Should be required reading for all health care practitioners, as far as I’m concerned. The bias and bad science it exposes will make you swear off sugar forever.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration – Dr. Weston Price chronicles his ten-year global search for the secret to health. He found, almost without exception, that cultures eating indigenous, traditional foods had perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, strong immune systems, and freedom from signs of degenerative diseases. Just a dentist? Not by a long shot. Free text available online.

The Primal Blueprint – I heard this one is supposed to be pretty decent.

And a few more from my Suggested Reading list.

Films

Fat Head – Guy eats nothing but low-carb fast food fare and loses a ton of weight, then spends the rest of the movie demolishing the lipid hypothesis of obesity and heart disease. Dr. Eades’ makes an appearance. Better than Super Size Me, if you ask me. He also runs a great blog.

Food, Inc. – We know CAFOs are bad, but this movie shows us why – in graphic detail. It’ll probably turn a bunch of people off meat altogether, but Primal folk will only redouble their efforts to source free range food.

King Corn – We also know corn is bad for us, but this movie makes it abundantly clear just how abundant the stuff is across all segments of our food supply. Again, all the more reason to go grass fed.

Paleo in a Nutshell Part One and Part Two Our very own Methuselah put together a great pair of Youtube videos explaining the basics of Primal lifestyle. Send these along to friends and family members who can’t be bothered to read.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth – The YouTube description says it best: “Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods.” That about sums it up. Fructose is bad; here’s why.

Gary Taubes’ “Big Fat Lies” Lecture – If you can’t get a hold of Good Calories, Bad Calories, watch Taubes in action here. Pretty much everything we thought we knew (well, maybe not us) about nutrition, diet, and disease is wrong, and Taubes shows why.

This list is by no means comprehensive. Instead it’s simply a good starting point in my estimation. Let me know what you would have included in the comments section!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I recommend the movie Food Inc to everyone. Powerful stuff.

    stevew2023 wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Food Inc is a must. From loaning that movie out, I have turned two households onto grass-fed, pastured beef (and pork and poultry) as well as gotten them to participate in a local CSA. It really makes you think about where your food is coming from.

      Krys wrote on January 4th, 2010
      • Everyone who has seen Food Inc. should recommend a screening to their local high schools and colleges/universities.

        There is an email address on Food Inc.’s website for receiving the rights and a copy of the film for education screenings. They even have supplemental material.

        Taken off they’re site:
        “The Food, Inc discussion guide provides a series of questions to facilitate thoughtful discussions for audiences high school age and older about the issues presented in the film, including health, sustainability, animal welfare and workers’ rights. If your school is interested in hosting a screening of Food, Inc.”
        The email address: bfox@swankmp.com

        Matthew Odette wrote on January 31st, 2010
        • I show Food inc to my university freshmen English students each semester and have them write papers about Food issues. While I’m ostensibly teaching them argument and analysis, I’m also pushing my real-food agenda. Muwahahahahaaaaa!

          Rraabfaber wrote on January 19th, 2012
  2. Wow, I just finished a great lunchtime conversation with some co-workers about primal eating and they were asking me about books and websites. Eerily timely, Mark! Thank you – it will be so nice to have all these in one place to pass out when asked for more info.

    lbd wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Nice to hear that they were interested. Last time I spoke about anything primal/paleo to my co-workers I just got called crazy and weird.

      arlojeremy wrote on January 6th, 2010
  3. Great list! I follow that blog list, too, with the addition of Don Matesz’s Primal Wisdom blog http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on January 4th, 2010
  4. I used to love Super Size Me until I got into traditional foods. Now Fat Head suits me much better – especially when he attacks carbs in favor of saturated fats! That’s something you don’t see every day. I think it might be a great DVD to introduce someone to the primal/traditional food lifestyle.

    As for Food Inc., my younger brother recently watched it and has had trouble eating Tyson chicken ever since.

    Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life wrote on January 4th, 2010
  5. Mark,

    Do you know of any textbooks on metabolism that are accessible by people who are/were not chemistry majors?

    I tried to read a metabolism textbook, but I was quickly overwhelmed by an endless list of archaic enzyme names and formulae, so I quit reading it.

    I’m really interested in understanding how calories and nutrients are processed but need something that uses more analogies, pictures, and intuitive descriptions to describe how the relevant molecules are formed and do their job. I can’t compile a bunch of chemical names into a working model of an enzyme or nutrient inside my head.

    I don’t want to read any book that is promoting any specific diet. I just want the facts of how it works. Hence, I’m looking for a textbook or something similar.

    Jon wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Have you tried reading Good Calories, Bad Calories? It’s a somewhat technical, but very readable, overview of the science of diet and nutrition. He goes pretty in depth with the effects of lipids and carbs (not much on protein) on metabolism, hormones, weight gain/loss, and the diseases of civilization, with constant reference to, and analyzing of, relevant studies. There’s a little bit about vitamins (including a fascinating aside about vitamin C and scurvy) but not as much as I’d like. Otherwise, it’s excellent.

      Other than that, I’ve been looking for a readable biochemistry overview as well, and unfortunately you’re probably out of luck. The best way to get into nutrition research is to simply read up on as much of it as possible; sites like Protein Power (not so technical, but well-explained) and Hyperlipid (very technical, and honest about potential dangers of low-carb diets) will go through studies, break them down, and look at the important flaws and facts to be taken away. For what it’s worth, enzymes are not really hugely important information; that kind of biochemical arcana would likely bog you down very quickly if you were really concentrating on it. Hormones, especially insulin, serotonin and cortisol, are much more interesting from a health perspective.

      Icarus wrote on January 4th, 2010
      • I only mentioned “enzymes” because the first section of the book I read was on the mouth, which contains enzymes that begin digestion. I didn’t make it to the endocrine section. I was already lost :(

        I should mention that I’m also interested in why various types of exercise are healthy. What chemical changes does exercise cause that are good? (that’s a rhetorical question)

        Jon wrote on January 4th, 2010
        • I haven’t read up much on exercise. I don’t know if the research is all that hot in that area either. The most technical thing I’ve read is about different types of muscle fibers; most of the purported benefits of exercise are based on observational studies, which are tenuous at best and which don’t differentiate much between anaerobic and aerobic exercise even though the two are quite different metabolically.

          I think Taubes touches on it, but doesn’t go in-depth the way he does with some of the other subjects in GCBC. Which, by the way, is not really a diet book, and though it does argue in favor of certain patterns of eating compared to others, this doesn’t really bog it down and Taubes never claims any of it as definitive (he’s big on the difference between hypotheses and theories.) There’s a fair amount of good stuff on biochem peppered in, especially in the chapter on cholesterol and its subtypes.

          Icarus wrote on January 4th, 2010
        • Try Dr Doug McGuff’s “Body by Science”, particularly chapter 2. Chapter 2 provides the metabolic science and the rest of the book draws on that science to explain and illustrate his approach to exercise, so you come to understand more about the science as you read on through. McGuff also recommends “Metabolism at a Glance” but his 2-page quotation from chapter 26 makes challenging reading for a beginner to this topic.

          However, I should add that it just may not be possible for a liberal arts major who did not do well in chemistry at high school to understand all aspects of this stuff – without also learning chemistry and biochemistry first. The science is complex.

          Keith wrote on January 5th, 2010
      • it’s a great book but i would like to read more of a textbook on just what happens to food/energy between the time it hits the small intestine and then what happens in our cells. the taubes books makes me want to know more about this part of the process

        DThalman wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Another J Salway book that I’ve just ordered as it looks really useful is Medical Biochemistry at a Glance (Paperback)

      Nige wrote on January 9th, 2010
  6. Rosstraining.com is a great site. His Never Gymless book is a great read…. taught me a lot. The homemade equipment videos are great too.

    arthurb999 wrote on January 4th, 2010
  7. Mark,
    Bummer I didn’t make the list….
    For four years I’ve documented easy to make delcious primal meals.
    My only motivation for doing it is giving back what I’ve reaped from living the primal way.
    Anywho…your list is perfect for folks in my opinion.

    Marc

    Marc Feel Good Eating wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Hey Marc, don’t feel bad. You have lots of fans. I visit Feel Good Eating regularly and have got lots of useful info and recipes. Especially recipes!

      Cloudberry wrote on January 4th, 2010
      • I read you every day too Marc! You have some of the BEST recipes ever, and so simple, even for the beginner.

        Krys wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Marc, don’t feel bad. There are tons of us out here.

      Hell I didn’t even go to the grocery store for two months. I killed and gathered all my food. Now that’s primal ;)

      Grok wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • I hope no offense was taken. You do a great job at Feel Good Eating and are a valued part of this community. I had a tough time narrowing it down. If I had listed every blog, book and website this list would be hundreds long. Thanks for your regular comments and keep up the great work at FGE.

      Mark Sisson wrote on January 5th, 2010
  8. Wheat from the chaff, Mark? Was that intentional or not?

    Some good reading in that list for sure!

    Justa wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • I laughed at that comment too. hehe.

      FlyNavyWife wrote on January 4th, 2010
  9. Thanks for the link Mark. By the way, I’ll be reviewing your book soon (long overdue). I enjoyed it.

    Stephan wrote on January 4th, 2010
  10. Thanks for the great suggestions. I have bookmarked several of the mentioned sources and will give them a thorough reading in the coming weeks. I like this as an annual New Year post, to update your current favorites and hear from readers as well.

    Rodney wrote on January 4th, 2010
  11. Thanks for t he sources, Mark. I’ve digested many of these already, but need to add a few more from the list to complete it. Excellent info gathering!

    Johnny at The Lean Saloon wrote on January 4th, 2010
  12. Thanks for the love, Mark. I just enjoy being one small piece of the total Paleo-puzzle. All of us – bloggers, readers, Paleo-practitioners – together we’re slowly but surely changing the way the world defines “diet and fitness”.

    Keith Norris wrote on January 4th, 2010
  13. Thanks for that Mark. This is one of the top sites out there and to get a name check is humbling.

    Chris wrote on January 4th, 2010
  14. Thanks Mark! The Big Fat Lies lecture was awesome! I can’t wait to share it with my husband and even more excited for your book to get here!

    Jennifer wrote on January 4th, 2010
  15. Mark:

    As always, thanks for the support you’ve given me — from that original guest post by me over here, then your reader Q&A on my blog, the many weekend link loves, recognition as a raging Conventional Wisdom debunker and finally the distinction about my blog in your summary which I’m sure you know just thrills my soul.

    I hope to keep it up and never to disappoint too much.

    You definitely have the absolute right approach to promoting this movement, Mark. Many, many voices.

    Richard Nikoley wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • It’s my pleasure, Richard. Keep up the great work.

      Mark Sisson wrote on January 5th, 2010
  16. What you all mean when you say Cordain is softening his view in regards saturated fats? I’m not a frequent Cordain’s blog visitor so i haven’t seen much stuff… I was kind of reading and found something about he recommending coconut oil but is there anything else?

    It’d really make me happy if that is actually happening =)

    Mary wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Apparently he has said that saturated fats should be consumed in proportion with monounsaturated fats, or somesuch. Somebody should tell him, then, that his beloved olive and canola oils are out of proportion, and the dreaded hard animal fats all have close proportions of MFAs to SFAs.

      But that’s just hearsay.

      Icarus wrote on January 4th, 2010
  17. Omnivore’s Dilemna is a powerful read – I grew up on a farm & learned more than I ever thought I would about where our food REALLY comes from.

    Fast Food Nation is fascinating just to see how our relationship with our cars has completely messed up the country. Hardly anything most of us do isn’t related to a chain store of some sort.

    Sarah wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • Yep, Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s author) has a subtle yet witty way of making his point. His follow up book, “In Defense of Food” is a must read for, well, everyone!

      Put me down for a thumbs up to Food Inc movie too.
      Going slightly off the food topic, but Food Inc fans should also check out the ’09 doco “Home” by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

      Will wrote on January 4th, 2010
  18. I didn’t like food inc. It started off as pro grass fed free range meats movie, but by the end came off more as a ‘don’t eat meat at all’ message.

    Brad wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • That’s more or less the Michael Pollan approach (although he recommends eating a lot less meat, not no meat) and I don’t like it either. It’s my main problem with his work, because I agree with him on a fair amount of stuff. That said, I haven’t seen Food Inc. yet.

      Icarus wrote on January 4th, 2010
    • I didn’t really get that impression. I heard more of the “don’t eat corn” message. :)
      Food, Inc. has an amazing interview with a farmer who raises grass-fed animals and slaughters them in open air – I thought he was the best part of the film.

      Erin wrote on January 4th, 2010
  19. Just want I needed, more research. ;-) Thanks Mark and everyone. Seriously though this can only help me become more knowledgeable to better serve.

    neighborhood fit wrote on January 4th, 2010
  20. Genocide by James Carlson is also a good book. If you don’t feel like reading you should check out his videos up now on youtube. Very simple to understand and would be great to show to people who are just starting the low carb lifestyle.

    Erika wrote on January 4th, 2010
  21. Hello Mark

    Thank you for the link and inclusion on your list. I am pleased to be a resource for your fine efforts and flattered to be included in such impressive company- you really have a who’s who of paleo/primal bloggers there – all of my favorite sources are on your list as well.

    Keep up your good work, we all appreciate it!

    Kurt G Harris MD wrote on January 4th, 2010
  22. That’s great! I’ve read all the books and watched all the videos Mark recommends here.
    Another great source for wandeful books to read is Weston Price’s Foundation web-site. They do a book review and they have a very nice list of books that are rated high and books you probably shouldn’t bother with. Surpisingly, Protein Power book wasn’t rated as a good one.

    chocolatechip69 wrote on January 4th, 2010
  23. The original and still the best:

    Fast Food Nation (the book, not the movie)

    Cherie wrote on January 4th, 2010
  24. Mark,

    Very good list. I have become a really big fan of Chris over at “Conditioning Research”. I feel like I was a little late to the party with his site, but have been reading consistently for 6 months.

    Also, I am very familiar and big fans of “Free the Animal”, “Theory to Practice” and “Son of Grok”.

    I know you can’t really list your site as part of the list, but it really sets the standard for great free content and a fun community.

    -Rusty

    PS: Oh yeah and Methuselah gets Paleo Video of the Year for sure with his two videos. Seriously well-done!

    Rusty - Fitness Black Book wrote on January 4th, 2010
  25. HI Mark,

    Thanks for the mention!

    It was very nice meeting you in northern Cal (yeah… umm.. TWICE…)I am an EXUBERANT fan-groupie!!!!!

    Hey everyone loved your books as gifts for Xmas!! It was nice meeting Brad too!

    -g

    g wrote on January 4th, 2010
  26. Yes… we’ve merged with Mr.Billy E! BTW we really appreciated your visiting us at Diablocrossfit.com !

    animal pharm wrote on January 4th, 2010
  27. “Starting Strength” by Rippetoe for expert instruction on how to lift correctly. It really goes in depth on five big compound lifts: squat, deadlift, bench press, press and power clean.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0976805421?tag=ther0e-20

    The DVD is excellent too…
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001U9FDP2?tag=ther0e-20

    Steve wrote on January 4th, 2010
  28. Hey, if any one wants a transcript of “Sugar: The bitter Truth”, you can get it here.

    http://www.slideshare.net/guest486771/sugar-the-bitter-truth

    I’m going to memorize (while learning) the speech and how to draw the graph of what happens during glucose and fructose consumption (and ethanol perhaps) and I’m going to BLOW the minds out of my friends

    Trevor wrote on January 4th, 2010
  29. I always hear about people recommending that “Bad calories, good calories”. It looks great and it’s on my list. Fast food nation is also a great book on fitness. Personally, the Okinawa book was a real eye opener for me.

    Richard wrote on January 5th, 2010
  30. Fat Head for sure is a must watch. Will look into the other movies, right now its like I dont have time for books at all which is crazy considering I am on winter break(been working on the blog for countless amount of hours).

    Look forward to all the information from the blogs you presented Mark!

    Tanner wrote on January 5th, 2010
  31. If you ♥ Nephropal, you’ll ♥ Cooling Inflammation.

    Cheers, Nige (the nerd).

    Nige wrote on January 5th, 2010
    • I’ll second the vote for Cooling Inflammation.
      Dr. Ayers has such a unique lateral way of using science to progress his theories.
      The science can be challenging for the layman but the practical advice from Dr. Ayers, and the continual debating and development in the comments section is compelling.
      Second on my list after Arthur De Vany.

      Bill wrote on January 5th, 2010
      • Panu, the blog of Dr. Kurt Harris is also up there with the best.

        Bill wrote on January 5th, 2010
  32. Great list. Most of my favourites were on it. I’d add Nora Gedgaudas’ “Primal Body, Primal Mind”. It seems to sum everything up for the lay-reader and clarified hazy areas for me.
    There’s also a one page summary of “Good Calories, Bad Calories” available via Mother Earth magazine website. ‘Cause getting through GCBC was very tough.
    Best wishes for 2010!

    Andrea wrote on January 5th, 2010
  33. A good site for Medical Biochemistry information is Professor em. Robert S. Horn’s MedBio.info.

    Nige wrote on January 5th, 2010
  34. Mark..
    LIGHTS OUT “SLEEP,SUGAR,AND SURVIVAL by T.S. WIley with Bent Formby, Ph.D. is a MUST!!
    Great List, my blog list continues to grow!

    Charles Olson wrote on January 5th, 2010
  35. I recommend Gary Taube’s more recent Dartmouth presentation, which is available online:

    Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

    http://www.dhslides.org/mgr/mgr060509f/f.htm

    erik wrote on January 5th, 2010
  36. I think Uber strength coach Charles Poliquin is worth a shot as well. He has some great articles on training and nutrition (charlespoliquin.com). His work called Biosignature modulation where you look at skin fold measurements from specific areas (like chest, umbilical, knee etc) and relate them to specific hormonal imbalances is interesting. For example, too high a skin fold on legs and chest for men points to high estrogen levels.

    Kishore wrote on January 5th, 2010
  37. Ok…I am going to recommend “Earthlings” (a documentary about animal abuse in many industries)

    There are definitely vegan undertones, but I found it easy to ignore them and take away my own message (mostly about respect and awareness in consumption of food/clothing/entertainment/etc.)

    WARNING: This movie is seriously traumatizing. I must have cried throughout the entire thing. It is not for the faint of heart.
    The upside is that it will seriously kick your ass into considering where your animal products are coming from. No more CAFO’s, leather from India, and circuses for me.

    Agi wrote on January 5th, 2010
  38. I would highly recommend “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” By Elaine Gottschall. Not only did we evolve on a certain diet, but so did the bacteria that serve as our first line of defense. The high grain and starch modern diet not only causes issues with us, but can change our floral balance as well. For those with autoimmune, gi, autism and neurological issues it can help to understand this better. You will understand even more how grains can devestate health. This was my intro into dietary health (plus my son came out of autism 3 weeks into the diet).

    Tracee wrote on January 5th, 2010
    • I have heard good things about RAW milk from PASTURE raised, GRASS FED cows. It can provide a ton of good bacteria and immunoglobulins. ‘Organic pastures’ can ship anywhere in CA.

      Kishore wrote on January 5th, 2010
  39. Wow, I’m stunned to discover that I am actually reading all those blogs, most of those books, AND have heard most of Jimmy’s podcasts over the past year, AND seen all the films. OMG, I’m a FANatic!

    John Keith wrote on January 5th, 2010
  40. Hey Mark,

    THANKS for mentioning my blog and podcast show among your prestigious list of stuff that you read and watch. I’m humbled by the success I’ve seen with my projects and only aspire to be like Mark Sisson someday. There’s a film expected to release in 2010 that you and your readers will DEFINITELY want to keep an eye out for — “In Search Of The Perfect Human Diet” from CJ Hunt. It is a documentary that includes interviews with all the biggest players in the Paleo/low-carb movement explaining why this way of eating really is the “perfect human diet.” WATCH FOR IT!

    Jimmy Moore wrote on January 5th, 2010

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