Episode #30 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast  is now live. I read another essay, this time an excerpt from The Primal Connection  about the pursuit of Primal thrills – safe (but not too safe), exciting, healthy ways to sate that very human desire for adventure. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!
The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is coming to you, West Bloomfield! If you live in Michigan and want to learn more about Primally transforming your life, come join us Thursday, August 7, at 7 PM .
Research of the Week
Former elite athletes are more likely to have osteoarthritis  than members of the general population.
As long as you maintain the intensity, varying the exercises you do seems to improve strength development  more than sticking with the same movements.
Extra virgin olive oil doesn’t just increase HDL. It increases the quality and protective function of your HDL .
Having lots of skeletal muscle – and using it – upregulates the human “longevity protein .”
Chimps prefer African and Indian rhythms  to western or Japanese music, perhaps because the latter remind them of “chimpanzee dominance displays [which] commonly incorporate repeated rhythmic sounds such as stomping, clapping and banging objects.”
Interesting Blog Posts
This dentist gets it . Do you?
Too much medical intervention may not just be useless and costly, it could actually be making us sicker .
The guys from Gibbon Slacklines brought their unique mode of play to the favelas of Brazil and shot a gorgeous video  of the reactions. Slacklining might not replace soccer anytime soon, but they really seemed to dig it.
Poop is really important. It’s also kinda funny, but how (and what) we poop tells us a lot about the state of our health. Here’s a free downloadable poster  with helpful graphics to teach you and your kids what your poop’s trying to tell you.
If you’re going to run, five minutes a day is enough to show benefits . Hour long slogs are unnecessary.
A paleo pre-teen from 100,000 years ago who suffered severe blunt head trauma and brain damage as a young kid  lived to 12 or 13 and was loved enough to receive good care and a ritualized burial. So much for our ancestors being mindless savages.
It’s not like you guys were lining up for Walmart ice cream sandwiches anyway, but this should put you off them even more .
- Forget Ikea. These paleo Swedish meatballs  are far superior.
- Man, do these bumbleberry baby back ribs  look incredible.
One year ago (Aug 3 – Aug 9)
- How to Turn Your Nature Deficit Into a Nature Surplus  – We all need to get away, more often than we think. Here’s how to do it.
- 15 Concrete Ways to Play  – Some people need a little help with having fun.
Comment of the Week
– I’m unclear what this comment  had to do with the subject at hand, but I support and agree with it nonetheless.