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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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Month: June 2015

9 Primal/Paleo Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts have become a lifesaver for me. Whenever I’m stuck in traffic (which is whenever I drive in LA), or have a long trip ahead of me (and I don’t feel like or can’t read), I use podcasts to make otherwise wasted time incredibly productive, engaging, and enjoyable. Here are what I consider to be the best Primal/paleo/ancestral health-related podcasts in the world. I’ll also throw in some of my favorite podcasts that have nothing at all to do with health and fitness and Primal living.

Let’s get right to it:

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The Pitfalls and Limitations of Self-Experimentation

I’m a huge proponent of self-experimentation. We can’t always rely on funding for research relevant to our needs, interests, and desires, and those studies that are relevant are still using participants that are not us. We like control, when it comes down to it. We want to be the arbiters of our own destinies, and running (formal or informal) self-experiments of 1 can help us get to that point. But as helpful as it can be, there are both inherent limits to self-experimentation and common pitfalls people fail to take into account when designing their experiments of one.

I’m not referring to the basics of experimentation, like the need to control for variables or the importance of limiting the number of interventions you test at once. You guys know that stuff. I’m talking about the limitations most people don’t foresee:

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Dear Mark: Melatonin Supplementation, Overcoming Previous Poor Health, and Is HIIT Too Stressful for Women?

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions from readers. First up, what’s the deal, exactly, with melatonin supplementation? Is it harmful? Dangerous? Will it impair our body’s own production of melatonin? Second, a reader wonders whether his past poor health decisions are sabotaging his health today. Even if he’s feeling great now, shouldn’t he worry about the permanent effects from all that pizza he ate and sleep he didn’t get back in the day? And finally, some people recommend against sprinting or high intensity interval training for women. Is it true? Should women only go gently into the gym to tread lightly on ellipticals and avoid all that sweaty, icky fast stuff?

Let’s find out:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 353

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Research of the Week
High levels of circulating coffee metabolites are associated with a lower colorectal cancer risk.

People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity are more likely to have an autoimmune disease.

Among people with hereditary neuroticism, consumption of fermented foods may reduce social anxiety.

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Chocolate Espresso Irish Moss Pudding

Irish moss is a type of seaweed that grows along the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America. Like most sea vegetables, Irish moss is high in iodine, magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc, bromine, and other minerals. It’ s also a source of carrageenan, the jelly-like thickening agent used to thicken a variety of food products.

Irish moss isn’t something to eat every day, but transforming seaweed into gel is a fun little experiment. Plus, there’s a burning question about Irish moss that needs to be answered. Can pudding made from seaweed actually taste good? Not just tolerably good, but really good?

When a package of Irish moss is opened and a strong aroma of ocean wafts out, it’s hard to believe that throwing seaweed in a blender with chocolate is a good idea. But once it turns into gel, Irish moss has only a slightly detectable flavor that’s completely masked by chocolate, espresso and coconut. The espresso powder in this version of Irish moss pudding is an especially nice addition, giving the pudding a more complex dark chocolate flavor.

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From 500 Pounds to a 500 Pound Deadlift

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 Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

My name is Mike, I am 31 years old and I have lost over 100 lbs…twice.

Growing up I was always a big kid, but by the time I was going into my senior year of high school, I found myself at 300 lbs. My dad had been giving me a hard time about it for quite some time, a bit of the pot calling the kettle black, but he was right. As a lifelong baseball player, I was in danger of getting cut from the high school team due to my weight, despite having been on a club team since the age of twelve and having played all over the country, in Mexico, and in the AAU junior Olympics as a sixteen year old.

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