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CDC: J&J Vaccine Paused to Teach Doctors to Report Injury

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There are two types of COVID-19 vaccinations currently on the market. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines make use of messenger RNA (mRNA) technology that has been likened to “software updates” for your body. These are, in fact, gene therapies and not vacc…

The Book You’ll Want to Read Before It Disappears

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In this video, Ronnie Cummins, founder and director of the Organic Consumers Association, and I discuss “The Truth About COVID-19 — Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports and the New Normal,” which we co-wrote.
The book was releas…

7 Strategies for Making Change Less Stressful

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Whenever I meet with a new client, I can feel their apprehension about making any lifestyle changes within the first few minutes – especially once we start talking about food . It’s the worry about never being able to have their favorite foods again. The fear of not being able to stick with it. The judgement from friends and family, who, in their opinion, are going to alienate them from social functions, happy hours, and dinner parties (you know, once those are in full swing again). The emotions and ‘what ifs’ that come up for some people can seriously derail them from a life they love and completely deserve. Just the idea of change becomes such a roadblock that they’d rather stay stuck in their current patterns than take steps toward something different. Sound familiar? If so, stick around because I’m going to unpack why change is so stressful and tangible steps you can take to make it easier. Why Is Change So Hard? Your brain likes to keep you safe — that’s one of its very important jobs. It loves keeping you safely tucked inside your comfort zone where everything is nice and predictable. Why? Because when you experience change, your brain interprets it as a threat, so any action you attempt to take that’s outside your comfort zone will be sabotaged because of your basic human needs for survival and certainty. Unfortunately, resisting change, even something that’s good for your health and wellbeing, is in your nature. Psychologist and creator of the Transtheoretical Model of Change (or TTM), James Prochaska says we resist change, not because of the change itself, but our perception of change. It’s that deep down threat to our safety and security.   Is It a Setback or Progress? Altering your behaviours takes time and often involves backtracking, which may feel like a setback, but it’s not. You’re still moving forward. That’s because change isn’t a one-time event. It’s actually a series of non-linear events that happen over time, meaning you go back and forth between the stages, working through them until the change becomes fully established and there’s limited chance of you going back to your old ways. Check out the Transtheoretical Model Stages of Change to see what I mean: In the Pre-Contemplation Stage… You want to make a change, but you have no conscious intention of doing it. While this may make you feel like you’re not onboard, it’s a good sign. And it’s the first step in the process. In the Contemplation Stage…. You begin to have an internal debate about making a change and might have more insight on why it’s important to you. In the Preparation Stage… You’re weighing the consequences of your change and may take a small step toward it. If you want to change your diet, you might join the Keto Reset group on Facebook or research paleo recipes online. In the Action Stage… This is where you go from planning to doing. You’re engaging in online … Continue reading “7 Strategies for Making Change Less Stressful”

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Polycystic ovary syndrome and the skin

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common cause of infertility in women. In many cases, women with PCOS have skin and hair issues such as acne, hair loss, or excessive hair growth in places where they normally do not have hair. Treatment options vary depending on the symptoms and each woman’s preferences.

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Could Your Body Render Future COVID Vaccines Useless?

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Get vaccinated. It’s the latest COVID-19 propaganda message appearing everywhere from TV commercials to social media feeds, and it’s being pushed by celebrities and government officials alike. Yet, a sizeable population of Americans aren’t ready to rol…

Maximum Sustained Power Training, or MSP

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There’s a West LA gym called Sirens and Titans run by a very special coach named Jacques LeVore. This coach isn’t the only reason to attend the gym—its entire staff is incredible and impressive—but he is the main reason I decided to invest. He devised a form of strength training for endurance athletes called Maximum Sustained Power Training, or MSP Training. I included it in my Primal Endurance book from several years back as a great way for dedicated endurance athletes to not just incorporate strength training without impeding their endurance performance but to actively improve it. MSP training is an effective way to train for anyone who wants to get stronger and generate more power for longer. If you want to play with your kids and keep up with them, bouncing on the trampoline and playing hide and seek and tag and tossing them up in the air, MSP can help you sustain your intensity. If you want to play pickup basketball or rec league sports, MSP will keep you going til the end. And yes, if you want to dominate the local 10k or run a marathon or complete a triathlon, you have to strength train, and maximum sustained power training is a great way to do it. First of all, why strength train as an endurance athlete? It builds better bones. Stronger, denser bones are better able to withstand the forces incurred through running, cycling, and other forms of endurance activity. It builds resilient joints. Lifting weights develops the connective tissue and joints in a way that basic endurance training can’t do. Stronger joints and connective tissue means you can go for longer without getting injured. It improves form. The stronger you are, the better you’ll be able to maintain proper form and technique when going long distances. Form breakdown doesn’t just slow down your performance. It also increases your injury risk. It increases power. The stronger you are, the more power you can generate on the bike, on hills, on the track. That means faster times.   These are all great reasons to train in the weight room, and they also apply to people who aren’t endurance athletes. Goes without saying. How to Do Maximum Sustained Power Training Here’s how it goes. Let’s say you’re doing the deadlift. Figure out your five rep max for a lift. Now, if you’re just starting out, you want to build your 5 rep max up to a respectable number. If you can only deadlift 100 pounds for 5 reps, try to push it up to 150 or 200 pounds. Or more. It all depends on where you’re starting. Once you have your five rep max, use that weight for your first MSP workout. Lift for 3-4 reps. Rest for 30 seconds. Lift for 2 reps. Rest. Lift for 2. Rest. Repeat as many times as you can without failure. You can also do this with something like a vertical leap. Do 3-4 reps of max height jumps, rest, repeat, … Continue reading “Maximum Sustained Power Training, or MSP”

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Dental appliances for sleep apnea: Do they work?

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Obstructive sleep apnea leaves people tired, but also puts them at risk for other health problems. Not everyone with sleep apnea can use an airway pressure machine, and some may simply prefer not to. There are oral appliances available, but are they effective?

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Thank Goodness for Failure!

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For our animal brethren, mistakes are very often fatal. Stockpiling too little food for the winter, zigging when they should have zagged to escape the predator’s clutches, or stepping awkwardly and breaking a leg could, and probably did, spell the end. For better or worse, we modern humans usually get to live with the consequences of our actions. We are around to deal with the aftermath of our mistakes. Even though most of our daily screw-ups are of little consequence in the big picture of life, they still feel awful. Our mammalian brains are wired to be highly averse to failure, pain, and social rejection, though they are unavoidable. As long as you’re living and breathing, you’re going to make mistakes, sometimes big ones. And if you’re really living—trying new things, boldly blazing a trail for yourself, taking big leaps—you will crash and burn sometimes. You’ll lose your shirt in a business deal gone wrong, someone you care about will break your heart, a perfect opportunity will pass you by because you didn’t pull the trigger at the right time.   I’m speaking from experience here. I like to think I have lived life boldly and to the fullest, and as a result, I have failed big more than a few times. And you know what? I’m profoundly grateful for those failures. Without exception, every failure was a crucial stepping stone to where I am today. From my vantage point as a not-young man (I’m not ready to call myself old yet), I can look back and honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without failing. I’ll even take it a step further and say that I’m successful today because not only was I willing to fail, I embraced failure as a part of the journey. This isn’t to minimize the very real social and financial costs. Believe me, I have absorbed some excruciating losses in my day. If you’re in the throes of something catastrophic now, I’m certainly not telling you to cheer up and look on the bright side. No, but the reality is, time marches on. It can drag you kicking and screaming, or you can work to get your feet under you again and persevere. In every crisis, there comes a point where you have to ask, what’s next? Failure is never the end. You have one true ending in life. Everything else is a waystation on the path to the next thing. There is No Success without Failure The older I get, the more I appreciate failure. Nobody ever becomes successful without making mistakes, often huge ones. In fact, the individuals who rack up the most wins in life are also the ones who fail the most because they try the most. Professional baseball players strike out more than anyone on the planet because they see the most pitches and whiff on the most swings. Well-known comedians tell the worst jokes and bomb more often than their less successful colleagues because they … Continue reading “Thank Goodness for Failure!”

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Terrified of needles? That can affect your health

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No one likes being stuck by a needle, and it’s not unusual for a person to be afraid of needles. If it’s serious enough, this phobia can affect quality of life and overall health — an especially important concern with vaccination available for COVID-19. But there are ways to cope with the problem.

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Transitioning from Vegetarianism and Becoming Less and Less Dependent on Medications: Polly Wolfe’s Success Story

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Today, we have another Success 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. Thank you for reading! Hi, Mark! Type 2 diabetes runs in my family big time, so this was the impetus for getting healthy. Learning about Primal and the keto diet helped me do it. I have lost 27 pounds since my bloodwork showed I was prediabetic. I didn’t understand insulin resistance, and I was headed that way. I had neuropathy in my feet, but I didn’t know what it was. It’s gone now. I had knee pain. Gone. I have arthritis starting in my finger — no issues with it now. My triglycerides were super high and my protein was low. I’ve been a vegetarian half my life (now 62, female). It’s very easy to become carb addicted as a vegetarian and not eat enough protein. I have always found meat gross, and going back to eating it isn’t really an option, though I do eat tuna fish again now and am going to try salmon. This diet changed my life! I bought the strips, and I’m in ketosis! I have never eaten so well. I’m never really hungry, and I have more energy than I’ve had in years! I’m happy again. I’m strong again. I’m in charge of my health. Also, I have been doing the HIIT workouts. Love them. They give me a boost to get things done. I lost 30 lbs. between the two photos. The last 10 is coming off very slowly, but my cholesterol improved and my triglycerides went from 230 to 114, from prediabetic to normal. The best news, my thyroid meds have been cut in half as has my diuretic. My blood pressure just went up, and it seems that is because I don’t need all the thyroid med I’m getting. My NP says I may very well get off all my meds. (I had to suggest the med changes to my NP, based upon videos and googling information. The office is short on help, and she is overworked. It’s important to find people who have the data!) Thanks for all you do to educate people about this life-changing way of eating! I’ve watched your interview with Tom Bilyeu at least 4 times to fully understand the science of keto. As a retired high school English teacher, I teach people through my FB page because there is nothing better than knowing you are changing people’s lives in the most important way. It is the only way to live. I’ve gotten friends to try keto, too. One friend has lost 18 pounds in 6 weeks! In health, Polly Wolfe P.s. Update on meds: I am off the diuretic. I am weaning off a beta blocker that was robbing me of magnesium, which caused my blood pressure to go up! I am now on 5 mg of Lisinopril, … Continue reading “Transitioning from Vegetarianism and Becoming Less and Less Dependent on Medications: Polly Wolfe’s Success Story”

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Life expectancy: How can we address uneven declines?

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The COVID-19 pandemic helped lower life expectancy among all individuals in the US, and this impact has been worse in communities of color. Longstanding systemic failings lead to worse quality of life and poorer health in these communities, but we can all take steps to improve this situation.

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Black Charcoal Detox Latte Recipe

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You’ve had emerald green matcha lattes, vibrant golden turmeric lattes … why not try a smoky black charcoal latte?

Activated charcoal is a trendy ingredient that you’re seeing in coffee drinks, ice creams, and even in specialty cocktails all over town. The charcoal adds a mysterious dusky hue to anything it touches, but there are reasons people are reaching for charcoal that go beyond the visuals.

Some people keep activated charcoal on hand for the occasional bout of digestive upset, and it has quite the reputation for relieving bloat in some people. Others are after its detoxifying effect, claiming that they notice a difference in their skin clarity.
Charcoal, Nutrients, and Medications
When consuming charcoal, it’s very important to take it away from food and vitamins, and stay hydrated. If you’re on any medication, ask your doctor about consuming charcoal, because the charcoal could decrease the effect of some medicines.
How Does Activated Charcoal Taste?
You may wonder if breaking open an activated charcoal capsule into your latte will make it taste like your backyard BBQ. Rest assured, it doesn’t. The activated charcoal doesn’t add much flavor-wise, and it certainly doesn’t taste burnt, as you might expect it to.

That’s great news for this activated charcoal latte. You’ll taste cozy vanilla and creamy, frothy milk, lightly sweetened. And who knows, your skin may take on a glow afterward.

Let’s make one.
Activated Charcoal Black Detox Latte Recipe

Ingredients

Contents of 2 activated charcoal pills, or about 3/4 tsp. charcoal powder
1 cup milk of choice (we used full fat almond milk)
1 scoop of unflavored collagen powder
Sweetener of choice, to taste
1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt, optional

Directions
Warm the milk in a small saucepan. Add the charcoal, sweetener and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.

 

Pour the mixture into a mug. Use a frothing wand to blend until frothy. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Info* (per latte)
*Will vary based on the type of milk and sweetener you use

Calories: 133
Sugar: 1.5g
Sodium: 160.1mg
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0
Trans Fat: 0g
Carbs: 3.1g
Net Carbs: 3.1g
Fiber: 0
Protein: 5g
Cholesterol: 0mg

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