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!
Six years ago, I was a freshman at Kalamazoo College, majoring in biology and tentatively planning to go to vet school. I was known for my ability to pack away refined junk food and not gain a single pound. I was a two-sport collegiate athlete, starting goalkeeper for the soccer team, acing my classes, and working in a research lab. By all measures, my life was wonderful. That is, except for my eczema.
My staff and I are quite close. Things stay busy these days, so there isn’t a lot of downtime, but I’ve worked with some of these folks for over a decade. We don’t discuss every grisly detail of our lives with each other. But we do share. We care about each other.
So when one of the Worker Bees mentioned he was having some potentially serious medical issues, I asked for details. Turns out he went to his doctor for a hard lump on his throat that was getting progressively bigger. Initial pokes and prods were inconclusive. An MRI led to a biopsy, which led to an email in the middle of the afternoon with the results and a hell of an opener: “This may be a cancer.” May helped. It wasn’t a sure thing yet.
All-meat diets are growing in popularity. There are the cryptocurrency carnivores. There’s the daughter of the ascendant Jordan B. Peterson, Mikhaila Peterson, who’s using a carnivorous diet to stave off a severe autoimmune disease that almost killed her as a child. The most prominent carnivore these days, Dr. Shawn Baker (who appears to eat only grilled ribeyes (at home) and burger patties (on the go), recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience and Robb Wolf’s podcast, and is always breaking world records on the rower. Tons of other folks are eating steak and little else—and loving it. There are Facebook groups and subreddits and Twitter subcultures devoted to carnivorous dieting.
What do I think?
Where I’m from, snow showers aren’t unheard of over graduation weekends. To this day, I hold to the traditional “Memorial Day to Labor Day” timeline—and, well, here we are finally (or almost anyway). I love summer, which may explain why I fled to Southern California decades ago and just recently migrated to Miami, where life is just as awesome. But even in these warm locales, I still get excited for the summer months themselves. There’s a more casual, maybe even improvisational rhythm, a deeper focus on relaxation, more intention toward fun.
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, today I thought I’d offer up a look at what’s coming to MDA this summer. Because I aim to make it a good one.
Last week, I updated an older post on women and intermittent fasting. For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ll be answering some of the comments and questions from that post. First, should a lean woman with a stressful life try fasting to heal her gut? Maybe, maybe not. Second, does coffee break a fast? Now, where have I heard that one…? Is a 12-hour fast a good starting point for women? What are the IF “pre-reqs”? And finally, what do we make of women who can fast successfully? Does habituation have an effect?
Research of the Week
Healthy food rules at home stick outside of the home.
CBD (marijuana compound that doesn’t get you high) reduces seizures.
Smart people’s neurons have fewer connections.
People who live in small towns and rural areas are happiest, at least in Canada.
New Primal Blueprint Podcasts
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Interesting Blog Posts
What’s the most vegan item in the supermarket?
Interesting research findings regarding the psychology of combat sports.
Get ready for drug-resistant fungal infections.
This explains why ancient European hunter-gatherers never got around to planting things.
Back when China regulated that every apartment receive at least one hour of sunlight per day.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
I can see this being a kitschy product or gag gift available in the next ten years: Miniature (living) neanderthal brains in jars.
I have to wonder: Did he get to choose which one he got?
I’m curious: Does the same thing happen in other species?
I wasn’t expecting this: People with more extreme political views are happier (and have more sex).
I’m sadly not surprised: Even the world’s remotest ocean has microplastics.
Instant Pot oxtail stew. No Instant Pot? You can still do it, but it won’t be so instant.
Perfect steak in a cast iron (plus how to care for the iron).
One year ago (May 13– May 19)
How Your Oral Biome Influences Your Overall Health – It’s way more than just the teeth.
7 Reasons to Love Wheat – Give it up for the greatest grain of all.
Comment of the Week
“I am very proud of myself, through many years of self-reflection and meditation I’m sure I have the least Ego of anyone … possible ever. #myEgoIsLessThanYours”
– Exactly, HealthyHombre.