The book is an ancient technology whose importance has only increased in modern times. With a book, you gain access to another person’s mind or life experiences. That’s hard to beat. People who aren’t reading are really selling themselves short and missing out on an enjoyable pastime as well as a leg up on the competition.
Here are some fantastic books to dig into this coming year. Most of them are new and deal with health, fitness, and nutrition. Others are about history, productivity, or self-improvement. Some are just fun reads. They’re some of my recent (or long-time) favorites and all great options for people looking to read more this coming year.
If you look at the latest stats, you might assume there’s no cognitive health crisis. The overall number of dementia cases are going up, but that’s because the aging population is growing. Older folks are living longer than ever before, so there are more people around who can develop dementia. Dementia and Alzheimer’s rates are dropping in the Western world. Politicians, those archetypical paragons of cognitive aptitude, are hanging around in office longer than ever. Technology, science, and other fields that require large amounts of cognitive ability are progressing.
But broad trends and large numbers are just statistics. However reassuring they are to public policy analysts, they mean nothing to the individual suffering from cognitive decline. They’re too abstract. Your grandpa no longer knowing who you are? That’s real. You, personally, don’t want to lose your cognitive abilities as you age. You, personally, don’t want to see the people you love get Alzheimer’s. Individual cases matter to those individuals and their loved ones. And it’s still happening more than it should.
Sure, this post comes right on the heels of Cyber Monday…but is there ever a perfect time for a message like this? Yes, I run a business, but I still don’t mind kicking the cultural hornet’s nest. Some things don’t change.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t contradiction. Here I am doing my own holiday shopping today (don’t tell Carrie)—and offering my own deals to those who are interested. The holidays—with all the shopping and parties and prep—are fun. No doubt. Simultaneously, I know financial stress takes a major toll this time of year, and it doesn’t have to be that way.
For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions from readers. First, I give my take on a new, big coffee study, which analyzed several meta-analyses of existing coffee and health data. Second, should you let a fever run its course or try to defeat it at all costs? The body obviously “wants” to get hotter in these situations. Is there a good reason? And finally, how much glycine do people need per day?
The staff and I may have taken off Black Friday, but it somehow wouldn’t be right to not offer a deal for Cyber Monday. That said, I’m all about keeping it simple. No zillion ads to scroll through, no half an hour of browsing to catch every discount. Online shopping should save time, not squander it.
Today on both PrimalKitchen.com and PrimalBlueprint.com, receive $10 off any $50 purchase, and get free shipping to boot. It applies to everything there: books, desk calendars, bars, supplements, dressings, oils, mayo, collagen, and online courses. One day, one deal.
So, whether you’re looking to stock up on a favorite product, do a little holiday shopping, or try something new, today’s a good day to go for it.
For those readers interested in additional Primal-worthy, affiliate deals, let me share a couple of those, too.
Research of the Week
Dietary linoleic acid makes alcohol even worse for your liver.
The study results that the sugar industry suppressed—because they showed animal data indicating that sucrose increased cancer risk.
Moderate drinking appears to be protective against all-cause mortality even in Japan, where rates of suboptimal genetic ethanol metabolism are higher.
Exposure to green spaces may improve children’s ability to pay attention.