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Quack Attack

May 04 2007 - I've gotten so many great health questions from you all this week, I'm still working through several of the emails. (Sorry for the delay - I haven't forgotten you! I encourage you to post your questio...

Tuesday’s Buzz

December 19 2006 - WORKER BEES' DAILY BITES Yo! All kinds of news you'll want to check out today, Apples. Here's the best of it: Bite My MDA The FDA says it wants stricter warnings on the dangers of over-the-...

Blog Is the New Health

January 31 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Or should that be...health is the new blog? And have you noticed the constant "this is the new that" slogans everybody likes to come up with? (Just Google: sugar is the ne...

Clickativity

February 28 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites Today's news includes the return of a psuedo-scandal, proof that the FDA doesn't care about women, and...donuts. No, Vitamins Will not Kill You It's all over the news...

The Heparin Controversy

April 30 2008 - This morning’s New York Times reports that the FDA is now echoing what many scientists and industry experts have been saying for weeks: the contaminated stores of heparin that have been associated w...

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...

And This Makes 300

March 01 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites The peanut butter scandal continues, ice cream supposedly boosts fertility, and a half glass of wine a day is the fountain of youth. Oh, and the FDA has created a hurricane...

You Best Be Clickin’!

March 14 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: The Bees are proud to bring you all kinds of fascinating, humorous, important and compelling news bites today. Would you expect anything less? We hope not! Check out this ...

Is Canned Food Safe to Eat?

December 29 2009 - Ideally, The Primal Blueprint is a living, breathing document. Whether it’s emails from insightful readers or random articles from my RSS feed casting a subject in a completely different light, or e...

Is CBD Oil Legal?

June 18 2019 - First, let's define and differentiate CBD from other related components. Hemp is a (recently legalized) industrial form of cannabis used in the production of paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable ...

Quack Attack

May 04 2007 - I've gotten so many great health questions from you all this week, I'm still working through several of the emails. (Sorry for the delay - I haven't forgotten you! I encourage you to post your questio...

Tuesday’s Buzz

December 19 2006 - WORKER BEES' DAILY BITES Yo! All kinds of news you'll want to check out today, Apples. Here's the best of it: Bite My MDA The FDA says it wants stricter warnings on the dangers of over-the-...

Blog Is the New Health

January 31 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Or should that be...health is the new blog? And have you noticed the constant "this is the new that" slogans everybody likes to come up with? (Just Google: sugar is the ne...

Clickativity

February 28 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites Today's news includes the return of a psuedo-scandal, proof that the FDA doesn't care about women, and...donuts. No, Vitamins Will not Kill You It's all over the news...

The Heparin Controversy

April 30 2008 - This morning’s New York Times reports that the FDA is now echoing what many scientists and industry experts have been saying for weeks: the contaminated stores of heparin that have been associated w...

And This Makes 300

March 01 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites The peanut butter scandal continues, ice cream supposedly boosts fertility, and a half glass of wine a day is the fountain of youth. Oh, and the FDA has created a hurricane...

Is Canned Food Safe to Eat?

December 29 2009 - Ideally, The Primal Blueprint is a living, breathing document. Whether it’s emails from insightful readers or random articles from my RSS feed casting a subject in a completely different light, or e...

What’s Shakin’?

March 22 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: We've got great news for you to check out today - and fried vegetarians, too. Yes. Now That's Rare: FDA Gets Tough Well played, FDA, well played. As everyone and the...

All the News You Want to Click

December 18 2006 - WORKER BEES' DAILY BITES Howdy! Here's the latest & greatest from the world of health news (of course, with our views): Where Studies Get Tricky More breast cancer news. A study of about 2,...

Out and About

January 23 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Juicy picks! 1) Then what does a microwave do to food? You can sterilize your sponges by tossing them in the microwave for two minutes. Details here. Oh, make sure t...

10 Principles of Primal Living That Are (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage

April 30 2014 - We don't take credit for everything, of course, but the fact remains that the Primal/ancestral health community has been championing principles that directly oppose the conventional wisdom for nearly...

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...

Ways to Get Your Electrolytes (That Aren’t Sports Drinks)

May 04 2021 - When we talk about “getting enough electrolytes,” we usually mean the big three: sodium, potassium, and magnesium. There are many others, including calcium, chloride, and bicarbonate, but the big ...

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Park Workout

December 11 2009 - Thanks to Mark's Daily Apple reader Jerry Borrero for sending in this fantastic video of his Primal Blueprint park workout. For more of Jerry check out his kettlebell routine. And click here to view a...

Dear Mark: Vitamin K2 and Microworkouts

August 13 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering questions about vitamin K2 and microworkouts. The last two posts on both topics garnered a number of good questions. What's the best dose of vitamin K2?...

Primal Blueprint Forest Sprinting

January 08 2010 - This inspiring Primal Blueprint Fitness Video was sent in by reader Tom Greenwald. Let Tom know what you think in the comment board. The Fitness Video contest has ended, but there are still ways to...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

May 31 2017 - At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—"41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017." The idea here...

Facing the Primal Blueprint Fitness Challenges

September 16 2010 - For this next introduction - or re-hashing, for some of you - of an essential Primal concept, I'll be covering the three basic Primal laws of fitness (click the image to zoom in). This one can be the ...

The Role of Lean Muscle Mass and Organ Reserve in Aging

January 31 2008 - There's been a lot in the news lately about the question of longevity. This past week an article discussed the role of exercise in "biological aging," the relative age of a person based on biomarkers ...

Brad’s Morning Routine Video: Light Movement for More Energy and Better Flexibility

January 16 2018 - With two weeks of healthy eating and Primal adaptation under our belts in this post-New Year month, it's a good week to talk fitness. (By the way, if you need a good primer covering the basics of P...

Sting-Free News

March 02 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites 9 out of 10 taste-testers agree: Today's wrap contains 100% more flavor than the leading competitor. What a Headache The FDA swipes 15 migraine medications off the sh...

5 Hemp Oil Benefits For Health and Wellness

March 20 2019 - Have you tried hemp oil? After almost a century of being outlawed, hemp—a form of cannabis with extremely low levels of psychoactive THC—is now legal in the United States. This is big news for ...

Gender Bias in Medical Research: How It Operates and Why It Matters

October 17 2017 - Some months ago the issue of gender bias in medical research came up on the comment board. It was certainly an issue I'd occasionally read about. But I'm also a proponent of lifestyle design and inter...

Tracking Your Food: When, Why and How

November 05 2019 - There was a time when food tracking was treated like a given, a necessary tool for anyone wanting to lose weight or better their health. Thankfully, there's more nuance to that conversation now. The f...

What Is the Vagus Nerve? (and How Does It Impact Health, Mood and Performance?)

February 16 2017 - In recent years, I’ve regularly vouched for the gut as our long-abused secondary brain. Given what most of us grew up learning in school, it can feel like a mammoth shift. Science and philosophy hav...

Building on Momentum: 5 Steps for Continued Success

September 02 2009 - Whenever the end of a Primal Challenge month rolls around, certain reader questions tend to flood my inbox. “When’s the next one?” is a popular one, as is “Did I win?” Still others concern t...

How Being Thankful Can Make You Healthy

November 25 2010 - With all the talk of food this week, I didn’t want to give the impression I’d missed the forest through the trees. Primal or traditional eats aside, it’s really about gratitude, isn’t it? Grat...

How to Guide: Making the Switch to Primal Living in 6 Easy Steps

July 02 2008 - Perhaps you’ve been reading MDA for some time now, finding yourself intrigued, maybe even testing the waters a bit. The Primal Blueprint sounds good to you. It speaks to you. It makes sense. The min...

Dear Mark: Delving Further Into Dopamine

December 11 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm delving more deeply into dopamine. Readers asked some great questions and made some interest comments in the comment board of last week's post on dopamine, and to...

Top 10 Reasons to Order The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal

July 03 2012 - Update: The 90-Day Journal is still available at PrimalBlueprint.com, but the special limited-time offer has come to end. Last week, I unveiled The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal, complete with ex...

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...

Is Canned Food Safe to Eat?

December 29 2009 - Ideally, The Primal Blueprint is a living, breathing document. Whether it’s emails from insightful readers or random articles from my RSS feed casting a subject in a completely different light, or e...

Sunscreen, Take 2

November 28 2006 - Update! Junior Apple Anna asks: "I saw your post about U.S. sunblock not preventing the bad kind of rays (UVA) but I have heard about L'Oreal coming out with something similar to what is availab...

Out and About

January 23 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Juicy picks! 1) Then what does a microwave do to food? You can sterilize your sponges by tossing them in the microwave for two minutes. Details here. Oh, make sure t...

Cold Remedies and Cough Drops Aren’t Safe for Children

October 02 2007 - Dozens of different medications are available to treat a child's sniffles, sneezes and coughs, but I'd caution against using any of them. From Triaminic to Robitussin - which has built a kiddy cold em...

Off-Label Cosmetic Prescriptions

December 20 2008 - Last month we brought you news (and humble perspective) on the pharmaceutical industry’s off-label marketing practices. Just a couple weeks after the fact, what before our wondering eyes should appe...

Great Health Hits

February 14 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: All the news links you want to click! Mark's favorite articles from the world of health: 1) Take heart! Women, like men, are at risk for heart disease and heart atta...

Get It While It’s Hot!

February 07 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Mark's favorite items from today's health news. 1) FDA Approves Deficiency - er, Diet - Drug Orlistat, an obesity drug, has been approved for over-the-counter use. I...

Should Pregnant Women Eat Fish?

October 04 2007 - This is officially the last aquatic health post of the week. However, the issue of pregnancy, mercury contamination and fish consumption is just too important to skip. In an about-face, experts are no...

That’s a Wrap!

March 09 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Here's today's wrap-up from the world of health, Apples. Thanks for all your great support and feedback this week. Keep those suggestions and questions coming! Stay health...

Getting Canned: Is Canned Soup Really that Bad for You?

March 05 2008 - Although we’re slowly edging into spring, there’s still enough cold days left on the calendar that are sure to find you reaching for a can of soup. I mean honestly, could a meal be any easier? Sim...

How to Hot Smoke Salmon Without a Real Smoker

May 17 2014 - If you love hot smoked salmon but don’t own a smoker, then this recipe is for you. Rigging up a smoker in your kitchen is surprisingly simple. All you need is wood chips, aluminum foil, a metal stea...

Shrimp and Mussel Fra Diavolo

November 29 2014 - Shrimp Fra Diavolo is an Italian-American creation of shrimp tossed into a spicy sauce made from little more than tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes. This recipe throws in mussels too, because it ...

Most Popular MDA Recipes

October 24 2022 - We're officially celebrating 16 years here on Mark's Daily Apple! To kick off a week of celebratory content we're highlighting some of our most popular recipes here on the blog. From morning coffee to...

Healthy Options for Seedlings

May 15 2008 - As promised, we?re back with more on healthy ways to feed the seedlings. Depending on where you are on the desperation scale with your kids, some items will be options for tonight?s dinner and some ma...

Primal Breakfast Suggestions for People on the Go

July 07 2008 - The all-American breakfast smorgasbord: cold cereal of every variety (from super colon blow to candy coated balls of sugar in the shape of the latest cartoon fad), toast, toaster strudel, bagels, croi...

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow

February 27 2008 - We're mixing things up here a bit at MDA and wanted to offer up ideas for (primal) healthy meal plans. What does it mean to do MDA fare, sun up to sun down? Though the choices are mind-boggling, here'...

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Poppers

June 26 2010 - Next weekend copious amounts of meat will be thrown onto grills across the U.S. to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and to that we say, save a seat at the picnic table for us! There’s no need to...

Tomato Garlic Mussels

October 09 2010 - After over a month of Primal Challenge festivities it feels good to get back in the kitchen and cook up some Primal fare for the regular weekend recipe post here at MDA. This and next week's recipe wi...

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: Special Occasions

March 26 2008 - Let?s face it. While we may enjoy our day-to-day diet choices, thank you very much, it can seem a little daunting to plan a dinner party, anniversary dinner, cocktail hour, or other special occasion w...

Primal Blueprint Success Story: More Like Grok

June 12 2009 - For anyone that is now familiar with The Primal Blueprint, you'll recognize both of the characters to the right. It's our lovable Primal role model, Grok, and his modern antithesis - your average over...

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...

The Struggles of a Navy Man: Fighting Bad Conventional Advice with Primal Successes

January 23 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’...

How I Lost 40 Pounds and Banished Rosacea Using Primal Principles

May 23 2014 - 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’...

Not Just Another Acronym

August 24 2009 - The following real life story is from MDA reader, Tallguy. He has graciously submitted his tale of going Primal and in doing so is participating in this season's Tell Your Story contest. If you'd like...

We Can Now Look Forward To Healthy Retirement Years

May 18 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...

The More You Seek, The More You Find

November 17 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's Da...

How I Reclaimed My Body and Health with Primal Living

December 05 2014 - 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’...

You Best Be Clickin’!

March 14 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: The Bees are proud to bring you all kinds of fascinating, humorous, important and compelling news bites today. Would you expect anything less? We hope not! Check out this ...

“Lunchtime Lipo”

December 06 2007 - Simple observation: As cosmetic procedures grow in both popularity and efficacy the number of people that look fit but are in fact unhealthy will rise. This is a version of the skinny-fat phenomenon. ...

And This Is What I Call a Deal-Breaker

February 08 2007 - I'm sure you've heard the headlines about Orlistat, the obesity drug, being approved for OTC use. What you may not have heard about are the side effects of this fat-blocking drug. Orlistat, which will...

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

July 03 2007 - So we're beating a dead llama here, but it's just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I'm just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dan...

Tracking Your Food: When, Why and How

November 05 2019 - There was a time when food tracking was treated like a given, a necessary tool for anyone wanting to lose weight or better their health. Thankfully, there's more nuance to that conversation now. The f...

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...

Why Eating Less Doesn’t Always Work

May 12 2020 - Off the bat, I should say that I’m actually a fan of eating less. I’m on record as saying that my goal is to figure out how few calories I can eat and still thrive. Still, eating less isn’t alwa...

7 Common Calorie Myths We Should All Stop Believing

January 07 2015 - Many people think weight loss is simply about cutting calories. They believe that to lose weight, you must reduce calories (either eat less or burn more), to gain weight you must add calories, and to ...

What Is the Vagus Nerve? (and How Does It Impact Health, Mood and Performance?)

February 16 2017 - In recent years, I’ve regularly vouched for the gut as our long-abused secondary brain. Given what most of us grew up learning in school, it can feel like a mammoth shift. Science and philosophy hav...

Low Carb Diets Affect Short Term Memory

January 06 2009 - A soon-to-be published study in Appetite [2009 Feb;52(1):96-103] (but apparently already published online earlier this summer) done by a group at Tufts seems to have "proven" that when you remove carb...

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