Meet Mark

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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Sting Operation

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: News for the men, news for the women, news for the kidlets… 1) First there was cellulite cream…now this? This week in quackery: was it the metrosexual trend that got men worrying about things like body wash and, now, testosterone cream? We’re not complaining about the body wash, but who needs one more unhealthy, questionable miracle cure on the market? Testosterone does diminish with age. But supplementing with hormones is a dicey proposition that we don’t recommend unless there’s a medical need. A better way to keep those hormones pumping naturally (make that several ways): – Pump some iron, guys! – For goodness’ sakes, go to bed before midnight once in a while. – Easy on the beer. – Overcome vegetable aversion. It’s not like they meow. – Express yourself. You don’t have to start writing poetry, but find ways to let those feelings out once in a while. Sports count. – Get plenty of antioxidants in your diet and enhance your intake with a good, potent multivitamin. – Stick to healthy friendships and relationships as much as humanly possible. It’s good to be responsible and reliable, but don’t overlook the damage that too much stress can do to your body’s regulatory functions. We all age (well, except that guy in sales who thinks he does a great Austin Powers imitation). But stress has a big impact on how you age. Cutting back on stress does a lot more for your mojo than any Rx. 2) No one said it was fun… Women, especially young women, are avoiding their annual female exam like the plague. Hey, no one loves it. But five minutes now means prevention of potentially fatal STDs and cancer. Yeah, it’s annoying. And? To learn about the new vaccine for cervical cancer, check this out. Your insurance should cover it, and if not, it’s pretty inexpensive. 3) If you want to live to 100, move here. Just leave a note for the kids first. Or not. Web it out: For the girls (but we know you’re looking, boys): How Much Energy Is In a Kiss? The reason for this clickativity: remember that it doesn’t really take a lot of calories to fuel your body, so choose them wisely. A little food goes a long way. Choose the foods that pack the most nutrition. Which definitely does not include a Hershey’s Kiss. Check out the category “Healthy Tastes Great!” at right for simultaneously delicious and nutritious foods. Dog People: 1, Cat People: 0. At any rate, this is cool health news. Remember that good health is a holistic, comprehensive endeavor. Concentrate on improving quality of life at home, at work, and at the dinner table, and you’ll feel great! Charity-Challenged Brains? This is going to be all over the news in about 20 minutes. That’s because drug merchants (ahem) some people might not want this important news about antidepressants to get out. Though depression varies in magnitude and therefore treatment needs vary, there are … Continue reading “Sting Operation”

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Here’s a handy little example of the need to keep some health fears in perspective.

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Healthy Tastes Great!

Peach-Blackberry Smoothie

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Fresh Mix

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Not just the latest news – the best!

1) Folic Acid Rocks

A major study on folate is making a splash. Scientists say folic acid appears to help stave cognitive decline and may even be linked to reduced chances of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. What is certain is that folic acid appears to aid in memory, cognition, and information processing speed. Clickativity!

Folic acid is found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and a daily multi.

2) A Must Read!

Wow – here’s an excellent op-ed piece on the psychology of cancer fears. The great tragedy of the cancer situation today – which still kills half a million Americans every year – is that modern advances in both prevention and medicine mean excellent survival rates, but many people wait so long to get standard screenings it’s often too late. It’s the “fear of the known” clinging to our national mindset from days when cancer truly was a death sentence.

3) Common Commode

Drug advances. Scientific knowledge. Nutritional information. Exercise expertise. Lasers. Ingenious surgical procedures. According to the British Medical Journal, none of this compares to…the flusher. When you’re feeling bummed about your day, just remember, before 1840, you could be feeling bummed about your day and have to use an outhouse.

4) Oh yeah…these things do beat stress!

The Dumb Little Man is not dumb at all (but that cheesy line sure was – our bad). While he does invent statistics (and gleefully admits this), his implementation/identification point is right on the money. And his list of ways to beat stress is so wonderful and so obvious, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this stuff sooner. If you already have, well, good for you. Bees are slower.

Web it out:

What Mark and the Bees read. Translation (whew): Lifestyle changes slash your diabetes risk in half!

“Lifestyle changes”. Kinda nebulous, right?

Here’s how, in 5 quick steps:

1. Stop eating so much sugar! Cut out as much sugar, refined grain, starch, and other pale pathetic excuses for food as you can.

2. No more sugary drinks, either.

3. Daily exercise of some sort. Walking is just fine and dandy!

4. Stop with the self-destructive stuff: smoking, drinking, too much food, not enough sleep.

5. Reduce inflammation in three easy steps: switch from bad fats to good fats, reduce stress, and flood your body with antioxidants from food and a good, sturdy multi.

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Healthy Tastes Great!

Chicken Stir-Fry with Eggplant and Basil

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Smart Fuel

The Top 10 Smartest Foods…possibly even genius.

1. Broccoli

Why: Fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, flavor. Broccoli is an internal scrub-brush – and it tastes better than oatmeal.

2. Dark greens

Why: Again with the fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Greens ought to be the basis of every diet. Low in calories, high in nutrition, and disease-preventing.

3. Red bell peppers

Why: Like tomatoes (another great red veg), red bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants and may be a cancer-fighter.

4. Wild salmon

Why: Rich in protein, brain-boosting fat, and flavor. A cleaner source of protein than regular old chicken and hamburger. Be sure you pick this wild child.

5. Eggs

Why: High protein, valuable vitamins, enzymes and fat. An incredibly dense energy source. Buy the Omega-3 enhanced version for a morning boost of good fat!

6. Garlic

Why: Fresh garlic (not crushed, peeled or powdered) is a potent cancer-fighter and artery-scrubber. Loaded with antioxidants.

7. Berries

Why: Again with those antioxidants. Berries are one of the most vitamin-rich, free-radical fighting foods on earth. Blueberries are among the best.

8. Olive oil

Why: By now, everyone knows about the heart-healthy benefits of Omega-3 rich olive oil. But avocado oil, walnut oil, and coconut oil are also healthy choices. Use instead of butter, canola oil and corn or soybean oil.

9. Apples

Why: I’m biased. But in fact, apples have more vitamin C than oranges, are high in fiber, and have one of the lowest glycemic index rankings of any fruit.

10. Tie-breaker: tea and almonds

Why: tea is rich in antioxidants and stimulates important immune functions. New evidence suggests that a little morning coffee is beneficial, too. And nuts like almonds are full of healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

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