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Dairy: Blunder Tonic

December 29 2006 - THE LATEST PLAY IN THE STATISTICS GAME We’ve all seen the ads touting dairy as a weight-loss aid. Every granola bar, breakfast cereal and block of cheese now brags about it. Welcome to yet anothe...

The Daily Linky Link

May 14 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: What's shakin', Apples? I'm here to highlight the best links to get your week off to an informed and healthy start: Big Pharma Misleads Consumers Do you trust Big Ph...

10 Amazing, Bizarre, & Useful Health Facts

February 27 2007 - The Tuesday 10: This Tuesday's 10 serves up a tempting buffet of unusual and useful health nibbles. Guaranteed to be at least as entertaining as a heat lamp and definitely more interesting than a pan...

Got News?

January 11 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: You'll want to click out today's most interesting news, Apples: 1) We Promise, This Is the Last Dairy Discussion ...for a while, anyway. This is merely to highlight ...

8 Essential Aging Hacks

July 25 2007 - We face eight key health challenges as we age. The steps you take to prevent and mitigate these challenges can make the difference between just hobbling through your golden years and actually thrivi...

Dear Mark: Fat Roundup

June 19 2017 - Last week, I wrote about my 16 favorite fats. You had questions. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll answer some of them. First, I explain why my keto salad recipe didn't include any dense protein....

8 Tips for Cooking Vegetables

September 12 2017 - This spring when I asked what nutrition topics folks would be interested in reading about on the blog, the subject of vegetables came up repeatedly. Specifically, several readers wanted more ideas for...

Dear Mark: How Do Fermented Food and Meat Interact?

January 15 2019 - For this week's Dear Mark, I'm answering a question from a reader about a topic I thought I'd covered (so did they) already. A quick look through the archives (hey, I can't remember absolutely everyth...

Primal Mocha

November 30 2013 - We've got a super simple recipe for you today. After all the Thanksgiving festivities, simpler is probably better in the recipe department. So, start with your favorite cup of piping hot coffee and...

Dear Mark: Roundup Safety and Polyamory to Monogamy

May 22 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm covering two entirely different topics. The first is a fairly familiar topic to readers of this blog—whether a popular pesticide is actually dangerous or not. ...

Dairy: Blunder Tonic

December 29 2006 - THE LATEST PLAY IN THE STATISTICS GAME We’ve all seen the ads touting dairy as a weight-loss aid. Every granola bar, breakfast cereal and block of cheese now brags about it. Welcome to yet anothe...

10 Amazing, Bizarre, & Useful Health Facts

February 27 2007 - The Tuesday 10: This Tuesday's 10 serves up a tempting buffet of unusual and useful health nibbles. Guaranteed to be at least as entertaining as a heat lamp and definitely more interesting than a pan...

Got News?

January 11 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: You'll want to click out today's most interesting news, Apples: 1) We Promise, This Is the Last Dairy Discussion ...for a while, anyway. This is merely to highlight ...

8 Essential Aging Hacks

July 25 2007 - We face eight key health challenges as we age. The steps you take to prevent and mitigate these challenges can make the difference between just hobbling through your golden years and actually thrivi...

Dear Mark: Fat Roundup

June 19 2017 - Last week, I wrote about my 16 favorite fats. You had questions. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll answer some of them. First, I explain why my keto salad recipe didn't include any dense protein....

8 Tips for Cooking Vegetables

September 12 2017 - This spring when I asked what nutrition topics folks would be interested in reading about on the blog, the subject of vegetables came up repeatedly. Specifically, several readers wanted more ideas for...

Dear Mark: How Do Fermented Food and Meat Interact?

January 15 2019 - For this week's Dear Mark, I'm answering a question from a reader about a topic I thought I'd covered (so did they) already. A quick look through the archives (hey, I can't remember absolutely everyth...

Dear Mark: Roundup Safety and Polyamory to Monogamy

May 22 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm covering two entirely different topics. The first is a fairly familiar topic to readers of this blog—whether a popular pesticide is actually dangerous or not. ...

Monday Musings: Vitamin D, Toxic Strawberries, New PUFAs Coming Soon

December 06 2010 - A quick look at Google Trends shows a clear, undeniable trend: that of regular folks armed with curiosity, questions, and Internet connections taking their health into their own hands and searching fo...

Dear Mark: Low Carb Powerlifting, Why We Store Fat, Houseplant Bathing, and Elk Tallow

February 16 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from readers. The first one comes from Mike, a powerlifter who's looking to drop carbs and eat healthier without sacrificing his performa...

Dear Mark: Low Carb Powerlifting, Why We Store Fat, Houseplant Bathing, and Elk Tallow

February 16 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from readers. The first one comes from Mike, a powerlifter who's looking to drop carbs and eat healthier without sacrificing his performa...

Dear Mark: Adding a Workout to an Active Life and Topical Wound Ointments

January 28 2013 - We've got a nice pair of questions for today's Dear Mark. In the first, a young woman who's perhaps the most intuitively active person I've ever heard about asks whether or not she should incorporate ...

Dear Mark: Salmon and Mercury, Fruit and Sugar, plus Seniors Gaining Muscle

January 20 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three topics. First, salmon and mercury. We're often told to watch out for mercury in wild fish, but the story is actually more complicated than that...

5 Non-Dietary Factors That Influence Your Microbiome

July 25 2017 - The microorganisms that reside in, on, and around our bodies influence almost every facet of our well-being. Part of maintaining microbiome health is maintaining homeostasis. Another is supporting div...

Physical Inactivity Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

February 22 2008 - - According to a study in this month's Cancer Causes & Control, men who hold desk jobs are more likely to develop prostate cancer than those with careers involving manual labor. (more…)

12 Health and Fitness Blogs You Should Be Reading

July 11 2012 - With the Primal/paleo/ancestral/real food/whatever-moniker-you-prefer community growing by leaps and bounds over the past year, I thought I'd do another "blogs you should be reading" post. I've done t...

Dear Mark: Swimming Tips; High Weight, Low Reps vs High Reps, Low Weight

July 18 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions. First up are some swimming tips for a novice swimmer who read last week's post and wants to incorporate swimming into the schedule. What ...

Mark’s Favorite Exercise: Trap-Bar Deadlift

October 08 2019 - As you might have noticed, I've been doing more mini-videos about my daily routines, training regimens, and other thoughts on health. After some initial trepidation and a lot of demand from readers, I...

Dear Mark: Strong but Stiff, Denatured Proteins, Weeklong Fasting, and Oxalates

December 17 2012 - Today's edition of Dear Mark is a bit of a grab-bag. First, I give advice on how to loosen up after strength training. Being able to deadlift however many pounds is nice and all, but what if you're to...

Primal Challenge Point: Live Your Inner Athlete

January 08 2018 - It’s fascinating, I think, to see what the human body is capable of—not a “perfect,” standardized, conventionally “ideal” physique but a real body with individual uniqueness and stunning u...

8 Essential Aging Hacks

July 25 2007 - We face eight key health challenges as we age. The steps you take to prevent and mitigate these challenges can make the difference between just hobbling through your golden years and actually thrivi...

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

January 28 2009 - We thought this might be a good time to check in with newer folks who have taken on the 2009 Primal Challenge. (With four weeks in, how’s everyone doing?) But the truth is, the title has bearing ...

Psychedelics: A New Medical Frontier?

December 17 2015 - Long before humans interacted with the numinous through intermediaries and holy books, we experienced it in other ways. All night drumming and dancing sessions, extended fasts, exposure to extreme te...

Dear Mark: Alternative Therapies Follow-up

February 20 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from last week's "Alternative Therapies" comment board. I asked you for questions and comments about other potential therapies, and you a...

What Will 2018 Mean For Your Life? (And a Giveaway)

January 03 2018 - Every New Year, the cynics are quick to tell you how arbitrary all the motivational messages, resolutions, and new beginnings are. It's just another day, they grumble. And, sure, they have a point. ...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

Do We Need Rites of Passage? – Part 2

May 02 2013 - Ontogeny - the 25¢ word of the day, but you’re living it right now. From a strict biological perspective, ontogeny refers to the physical development of an organism from embryo to adult form. In a ...

Diet as Dogma

November 24 2009 - People are dogmatic. We’re territorial, stubborn, obstinate, and we cling to our ideologies even as accumulating evidence invalidates them. I sometimes wonder whether there’s evolutionary preceden...

18 Underrated Blogs You Should Be Reading

May 05 2011 - Blogging is the lifeblood of the growing Primal/paleo movement, as you know, and new veins, arteries, and capillaries are popping up every day. I'm calling this the underrated blog post, but really, g...

6 Reasons Why Mistakes Are Important for Success

October 06 2016 - Ask a hundred people you meet this week what instances spurred their biggest growth in life (any dimension of it) and I’ll wager most of those stories will fall under the umbrella of “mistakes.”...

Dear Mark: Roundup Safety and Polyamory to Monogamy

May 22 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm covering two entirely different topics. The first is a fairly familiar topic to readers of this blog—whether a popular pesticide is actually dangerous or not. ...

Monday Musings: Vitamin D, Toxic Strawberries, New PUFAs Coming Soon

December 06 2010 - A quick look at Google Trends shows a clear, undeniable trend: that of regular folks armed with curiosity, questions, and Internet connections taking their health into their own hands and searching fo...

13 Holiday Gifts to Support a Primal Lifestyle

December 15 2010 - Whether you plan to herald the birth of an early Jewish radical, celebrate your Pan-African heritage and tradition, stimulate the lagging economy, perform feats of strength around the Festivus pole, o...

Essential Oils: Separating Fact from Fiction

April 21 2015 - If you spend a day or two on social media sites, you get the idea that essential oils are a panacea that can replace every modern medicine, both over the counter and prescription. Kid got a fever? Rub...

Dear Mark: Are My Vibram FiveFingers Dangerous?

May 19 2014 - Today, I'm answering one hot-topic question for this week's Dear Mark. It concerns an issue that's inspired several dozen emails from readers: the Vibram FiveFingers lawsuit and settlement. If you wan...

Sustainable Lifestyles: Green Living and Health

March 26 2010 - Over the last couple weeks I've had the pleasure to announce two PrimalCon speakers: Maya White and Brad Kearns. As you may recall, Maya will be teaching PrimalCon participants how to sit, stand and w...

Grok’s Favorite Things: 14 Gifts For Yourself (or Other Primal Types in Your Life)

December 19 2017 - Grok may not have an entire cable network or billions of dollars in net worth, but I'd suggest he's at least as good as Oprah at picking good gifts. This is his gift list for 2017. For a dude whose i...

Nature’s Serum: 9 Ways To Take Advantage of Avocado Oil’s Skin and Hair Benefits

September 13 2018 - Much has been made of avocado oil’s ample nutritional benefits; however, its healing properties for skin and hair are too often overlooked. Sure, it's hard to compete with improving lipid profiles ...

Irradiation: Savvy Safety Mechanism or Band-Aid for a Bigger Problem?

September 04 2008 - Following the recent tainted spinach controversy, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month ruled that food manufacturers can now irradiate fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to kill ba...

Primal Advice for Acne Sufferers

June 16 2010 - Included among last week’s “Ask Me Anything” responses were several requests for a Primal commentary on acne. A lot of people have asked for this kind of post over the years. The fact is, it’s...

Primal Mocha

November 30 2013 - We've got a super simple recipe for you today. After all the Thanksgiving festivities, simpler is probably better in the recipe department. So, start with your favorite cup of piping hot coffee and...

10 Tips for Making the Best Coconut Butter Ever

April 13 2013 - Servings: 1 to 2 cups Time in the Kitchen: 10 to 20 minutes You don't need a recipe for coconut butter. After all, coconut butter only contains one ingredient: coconut. And to make coconut butte...

7 Healthy Coffee Ideas for Every Primal Taste

August 09 2017 - Normally, I'm deep in the thick of nutritional research or other heady topics midweek. Today, not so much. I have coffee on the brain after trying a few new concoctions recently. As I've noted in the ...

Curried Chicken Salad

September 05 2009 - Thanks to a generous forum member, curried chicken salad is now an official Primal recipe! And a delicious one, to boot. It's the perfect combination of crunch and flavor, using nuts, celery, and a bi...

Grilled Beef Satay

September 02 2017 - Satay is often served as an appetizer, but it makes a fantastic main course when served with a rich, creamy satay sauce and crisp raw veggies on the side. In this Primal version of beef satay, suga...

Enjoy a Collagen Peptides Green Smoothie—And Win a Vitamix!

March 13 2018 - We're serving up an early midweek recipe that will have you thinking spring—or St. Patty's Day—along with a giveaway you won't want to miss.... Fresh basil gives this refreshingly tart and trop...

Mexican Mole Sauce

January 15 2011 - This particular recipe is a cross between red and black mole (pronounced MOLE-lay); the flavor and color influenced by a blend of dried chiles, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate. This is the type...

Primal Egg Coffee Frappe

June 28 2014 - Reader Alex Straftis has come up with a twist on Primal egg coffee that’s so refreshing and invigorating, it’s worth sharing. Simply by adding ice, he’s whipped up a whole new drink with all th...

Chocolate Espresso Irish Moss Pudding

June 20 2015 - 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, ...

Watercress Herb Sauce with Fish

October 11 2014 - This vibrant green sauce is such a simple way to add a powerhouse green – watercress – to your diet. Make the sauce in your blender in a just few minutes by combining coconut milk with watercress,...

Success Story Follow-Up: Finding My Passion Through Healing

April 08 2019 - 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 Da...

From Bedridden to Radiance: How I Used a Holistic Lifestyle to Heal From a Near-Death Accident

October 19 2018 - 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 Da...

I Decided to Do Something About It

April 08 2011 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint success story. Many thanks to Albert for sharing his inspirational account of how he grabbed control of his health and lost nearly 100 po...

Paleo Thyroid Solution Success Story: Morgan Buehler

September 09 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured testimonial is one of many success stories spurred by Primal Blu...

Success Story Follow-Up: Each Modification Has Built on What I Had Established

July 28 2017 - 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’...

Primal Not Only Transformed My Body, but My Passion for Life

August 19 2016 - 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’...

I Have Never Felt Better in My Life

November 23 2012 - 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 Da...

Challenging Conventional Thinking Left Me 100 Pounds Lighter and Medication-Free

January 16 2015 - 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’...

My Mind Is Still Catching Up With the Reality Of My Transformation

November 26 2018 - 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 Da...

Dear Mark: Why Hyperglycemia Is Bad and Those Stubborn Final Pounds

April 21 2014 - Today we've got a fairly short one with just two questions and answers. First, I tackle a big topic: the specific effects of hyperglycemia on the body. That hyperglycemia is bad for us is implicit, bu...

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

January 28 2009 - We thought this might be a good time to check in with newer folks who have taken on the 2009 Primal Challenge. (With four weeks in, how’s everyone doing?) But the truth is, the title has bearing ...

Dear Mark: What Does High HDL Mean? and Is Exercise Good or Useless for Weight Loss?

December 26 2016 - Today's edition of Dear Mark is a relatively brief two-parter, but it's a good one. First, I answer a question about HDL. Is higher good? Is higher (sometimes) bad? How does a person make sense of all...

12 Favorite Keto Blogs

April 04 2019 - With the explosion of keto, there's an ever growing constant stream of new information about the significant benefits, supposed risks, and varying “rules” for how to adopt a keto diet. As with mos...

Dear Mark: Salmon Pouches, Ray Peat, and Our Inherent Desire for Crispy Food

October 08 2013 - Ah, it's good to be back with a regular old Dear Mark. Today we're discussing the nutritional value of canned salmon, and whether the canning process negates some or much of the impressive nutrient pr...

Dear Mark: Sun Beds, Skipping Breakfast, Cooking with Essential Oils, and Glycerol

December 19 2011 - It's Monday, which means it's time for another round of Dear Mark questions and answers. This week I'm answering four reader inquiries. First, I discuss the suitability of tanning beds, and try to giv...

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes (and you’ll understand it)

June 27 2007 - BITE ME, ADA We all know by now that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. We’re seeing words like crisis and runaway all over the news and in the journals. Heart disease rates have been cut in half si...

You Are How You Eat

January 13 2011 - We eat while reading the newspaper. We eat while watching T.V. or checking email. We eat while packing the kids’ lunches (over the sink, Moms?), breaking up sibling scuffles, or trying to keep an un...

Dear Readers

July 27 2009 - Past "Dear Readers" blog posts (1, 2, 3, 4) have started some great discussions. As I always say, I'm lucky to have some of the most intelligent and thoughtful readers on the internet. It's always a a...

Could Gut Bacteria Be to Blame for Your Stubborn Belly Fat?

December 16 2015 - We know how important gut health is for overall health. We understand that it improves digestion, that our pursuit of extreme sterility has compromised our immune systems, and that the gut biome is e...

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