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The Omega-6 Apocalypse: How It Increases Your Risk of COVID

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The majority of Americans are being misled by official health recommendations to eat “healthy” vegetable oils. Even the term “vegetable oil” is misleading because it gives you the impression that you are receiving vegetable micronutrients when these oi…

The Troubling Role of Glyphosate in COVID-19

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This article was previously published February 28, 2021, and has been updated with new information.

In this interview, Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at MIT, reviews the health impacts of glyphosate. She has just finished writi…

Leaked Documents: Officials Are Hiding What Happened in Wuhan

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Yet another smoking gun has been found in the origin of COVID-19, courtesy of newly leaked documents released by research group DRASTIC, or Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19.

The documents include a March 2018 grant…

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 150

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Research of the Week

Higher free PUFA in the blood, lower cognitive function.

London’s Black Cabbies have enlarged hippocampuses.

Low protein intakes make nighttime light exposure even more detrimental.

Essential oils show promise for improving mental health.

Those who laugh the most talking to a stranger enjoy the conversation least.

New Primal Kitchen Podcasts
Episode 2: Personalize Your Diet with Microbiome Expert Dr. Tim Spector: Morgan talks to Dr. Tim Spector.

Health Coach Radio: Annie Schuessler thinks that perfectionism doesn’t lead to excellence, but rather to waiting.

Media, Schmedia
I think we can all relate.

FDA putting the clamps on salt intake.
Interesting Blog Posts
Yes, this is true.

Average guy vs 100 mph fastball.
Social Notes
My absolute non-negotiable.

It’s quite simple.
Everything Else
The mysterious Irish sweathouse.

Reminder that America is big.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
This slipped under the radar: The COVID spike protein bears remarkable resemblance to the human protein hepcidin, which regulates iron metabolism.

Interesting changes coming: Health care workers are quitting in droves.

Common finding: “Finally, the rate of all-cause mortality had started to diverge in favor of placebo after 2 years of follow-up.”

Interesting video: What is fat for?

Wait for it: My guess is this “cholesterol game-changer” will end up increasing mortality.
Question I’m Asking
Would you support a mandate for regular exercise?
Recipe Corner

Lemongrass pork skewers, Vietnam-style.
Squash is incredibly nutritious, and this acorn squash with yogurt tahini dressing is incredibly delicious.

Time Capsule
One year ago (Oct 9 – Oct 15)

Starting Solids: When Can Babies Eat Table Food?— When?
How to Eat More Organ Meat — How?

Comment of the Week
“I read “Sometimes a Great Notion” in the 70’s, promptly suspended college and worked in the woods for almost 2 years. Got a job with a small outfit in Happy Camp, CA and when they expanded, I worked with them hooking logs to the bottom of helicopters. The experience was transformational. The hard work ethic has kept me thriving all these years.”

-Fiction can be powerful!

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Ask a Health Coach: Why Can’t I Sleep?

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Hello folks! Seasoned health coach and Primal Health Coach Institute Curriculum Director, Erin Power is back to answer all your questions about sleep, from why you’re waking up in the middle of the night to the best natural ways to improve your sleep cycle. Got more questions? Post them over in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group or down in the comments below.   Jordan asked: “I’ve been going to bed at 10 p.m. and waking up at 6 a.m. for a few weeks. For some reason, I’ve started waking at 3:15 a.m. and can’t go back to sleep. Any ideas on what’s causing it?” Almost half of all adults struggle with insomnia to some degree, so, if it’s any consolation, you’re in good company. That being said, it’s not ideal to feel like you’re dragging yourself around all day, coping with sugar-laden snacks or venti-sized cups of coffee. One of two nights of suboptimal sleep are manageable. But when it’s a nightly occurrence? It’s time to dig a little deeper. What Waking Up Early Really Means According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, waking up at a specific time of the night (or early morning in your case) is a sign that something is off in the body since, as TCM teaches, different hours are associated with different organs and emotional states. Even if you don’t follow that train of thought, paying attention to your body’s signals can be a huge wake-up call (no pun intended). It sounds like these 3 a.m. awakenings are a new thing, so start by looking at what’s changed recently. Are you: Under more stress at home or work? Taking a new prescription or supplement? Looking at a screen later at night? Eating too close to bedtime? Eating more carbs than normal…or fewer carbs? Consuming alcohol or caffeine later in the day? Anytime you’re doing something that’s working, then suddenly it’s not working, it’s usually because some other element has changed. I know, this isn’t rocket science, but in health coaching we like to start with the obvious. I like to start with the lowest-hanging fruit, which in my experience, is quite often a change in stress levels. When you go to bed at night and life’s other distractions have quieted down, the brain shifts into repair mode, and one of the tendencies that’s somewhat inherent to that is processing the worries of the day. While you might fall asleep with ease, your 3 a.m. jolt could be caused by an activation of your sympathetic nervous system. Maybe you feel your heart rate increase or your thoughts start racing. If this is the case with you, be aware of what might be causing your stress and take steps to alleviate it before your head hits the pillow.   When Blood Sugar is to Blame Another thing to look at is blood sugar balance, which is can also be a culprit for 3 a.m. wake ups. It’s well established that high carbohydrate intake has been shown to … Continue reading “Ask a Health Coach: Why Can’t I Sleep?”

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NAD+ Helps Restore Age-Related Muscle Deterioration

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This article was previously published February 15, 2021, and has been updated with new information.
The tendency is to lose muscle as you age, a condition known as sarcopenia. If you don’t do anything to stop it you can expect to lose about 15% of you…

Can You Really Trust Vaccine Fact Checkers?

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Social media has emerged as a primary source of news and other information for Americans, with 53% of adults stating that they “often” or “sometimes” get news from social media. Facebook is the most popular among the social media sites, with 36% of Ame…

Vaxxer Regime Has a Real Problem Denying Natural Immunity

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During a September 30, 2021, U.S. Senate hearing, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., went head to head with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. Paul called out Becerra for ignoring the science of natural immunity.

Becerra, who is neither a medic…

Two New Studies Show Quercetin Improves COVID Outcomes

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In an August 21, 2021, newsletter,1 Dr. Michael Murray discussed the use of quercetin for respiratory infection symptoms. In November 2020, he’d suffered a “very mild and brief bout of COVID-19,” and one of his “secret weapons,” he believes, might have…

Vat-Grown Protein Is Just Patented Fake Meat

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July 12, 2018, the FDA convened a public meeting to talk about what to call lab-grown meat. As reported in The Atlantic,1 at the end of the meeting there was no consensus. The war of words was aimed at choosing an association that would evoke a specifi…

Why You Need More Omega-3

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This article was previously published January 21, 2021, and has been updated with new information.
Omega-3 fats are important for many reasons. While their brain and cardiovascular benefits are well-established, a lesser known benefit has to do with a…

Is Soy Bad For You?

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The Primal Blueprint classically recommends against legume consumption, but that stance has softened. Legumes aren’t bad in and of themselves. Many people have intolerance issues with them, and unresolved gut barrier leakiness or FODMAP intolerances can make legumes a painful, often cacaphonous indulgence. But the category of legume itself is not a simple thing. Some legumes are better than others. Some people will tolerate one legume but not another. So where does soy fit in? Is Soy Bad for You? Well, there are a lot of foods that fall under “soy.” There’s soybean oil, soy protein, soy milk. There’s natto, tempeh, soy sauce. There’s the whole young soybean steamed. There’s the dried soybean cooked like a common bean.  Anyway, let’s get on with things and analyze all the soy products available. Soybean Oil Soybean oil might be the single biggest impediment to human health in the modern world. Over the past century, our consumption of soybean oil has skyrocketed and the proportion of linoleic acid in human body fat has also risen. Seeing as how the absolute amount of body fat has increased as well, we’re looking at a huge rise in absolute amounts of linoleic acid in the human body. Body fat isn’t inert. It’s a legitimate endocrine hormone, and the type of fat you store on your body can determine your hormonal output and metabolic health. This rise in soybean oil-induced linoleic-rich body fat has paralleled the increases in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and all the other degenerative maladies of modernity you see walking around in everyday life. Soybean oil isn’t “meant” to be consumed because it wouldn’t even exist as a product without industrial extraction methods. You can’t press a soybean and get extra virgin soybean oil. You need solvents and industrial-scale equipment to make soybean oil. This alone is a good indicator that we should not be eating it. And then there are the studies that confirm we shouldn’t: Soybean oil has low oxidative stability—heat damages it rather quickly and easily. Soybean oil-based infant formulas are among the worst, producing poor metabolic and growth outcomes. Soybean oil combined with dietary cholesterol damages the liver. Lard combined with dietary cholesterol does not. The stuff is awful. Avoid.   Soy Protein Soy protein powder has long been the go-to for plant-based lifters who want to increase their protein intake but can’t eat more animal protein to make it happen. If that’s your only option, fine: it’s better than not eating any extra protein. But if have no qualms about whey protein and you’re only choosing soy protein because it’s “healthier” or “better for the environment,” you’re making a big mistake. Compared to whey and other animal proteins, soy protein is simply not as effective at stimulating muscle protein synthesis. Post-workout skim milk beats soy protein drink for muscle protein synthesis. Skim milk leads to better lean mass gains than soy protein. Young men drinking whey protein after lifting weights make more gains than young men drinking soy protein … Continue reading “Is Soy Bad For You?”

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