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Joe Rogan on Breakthrough Cases and Vaccine Passports

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The video above is a 15-minute outtake from Joe Rogan’s podcast episode #1693,1 in which he interviews Evan Hafer, a special forces veteran who founded Black Rifle Coffee Company and hosts the Free Range American podcast.

In this clip, Rogan lets hi…

Puppet Master Portfolio

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Until recently, it has appeared that economic competition has been driving the rise and fall of small and large companies across the U.S. Supposedly, PepsiCo is Coca Cola’s competitor, Apple and android are vying for your loyalty and Pfizer and Bayer a…

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 143

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Research of the Week

The presence of ketones in the blood upregulates a biomarker associated with better brain health.

Time-restricted eating paired with strength training sheds fat and builds muscle.

Less selenium, worse glucose control.

More protein at breakfast, less subsequent hunger.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts
Episode 514: Danielle Schaaf: Host Elle Russ chats with Danielle Schaaf, a faith-based life coach.

Health Coach Radio: Allison Tenney wants you to bet on yourself.
Media, Schmedia
Pleasantly surprised by this list of most eco-conscious foods.
Interesting Blog Posts
How diet can affect type 2 diabetes.

Imagine thinking like this about everything you eat.

Social Notes
Back at it.

Everything Else
The world’s greatest ape, folks.

Isn’t being in space enough?
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
Sometimes it only takes a little: Just 80 acres.

Nature knows: Prescribed burns that emulate natural patterns can reduce catastrophe.

True: Another important public health crisis.

Good to see sleep in the popular media: Olympian sleep tips.

Interesting article: On ancient perfume.
Question I’m Asking
Do you work remote or in-person?
Recipe Corner

Beautiful braised purple cabbage.
King oyster mushroom salad.

Time Capsule
One year ago (Aug 14 – Aug 20)

Is Stevia Safe, or Bad For You?— Well, is it?
Ambiguous Loss: It’s Okay to Grieve— It’s alright.

Comment of the Week
“I regularly talk to strangers. I rarely find someone who is rude about that, one woman in California while we were on vacation was memorable but apparently she thought I was a “nothing” and not worth her time, ok then, we don’t have to talk. I ride the train sometimes and talk to people who seem to be ok with it. One was a person who just got out of prison, I knew the judge that put him there and another was a person that knew where I worked (at the jail courtroom) and recognized me. Both were nice, pleasant people who were getting their lives on the right track. I got to color with a young person on a flight, taught me to bring colored pencils or crayons and coloring books with me on trips. I look directly in people’s eyes (because it’s not offensive where I live) and smile at them. One person walked by, came back and thanked me for the smile. I like talking to people, probably learned it from my mom.”

-Interesting, 2Rae.

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Visual Display of How mRNA Vaccine Affects Cells

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Dr. Charles Hoffe, a family physician from Lytton, British Columbia, wrote to Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C. provincial health officer, in April 2021 with serious concerns about COVID-19 vaccines. One of his patients died after the shot, and six others had adv…

Slow Food, Not Fast Food

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In this short video, you’ll see a food program that Hilary Boynton The Lunch Lady developed for The Manzanita School in Topanga, California. Her goal was to overhaul a system that feeds children a long list of processed foods high in toxins and sugars….

Ask a Health Coach: Fasted Exercise, Chronic Cardio, and Microworkouts

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Hey folks! In this week’s Ask a Health Coach, Erin is answering your questions about how to fuel on race day, why overdoing cardio is linked to burnout, and how to squeeze more (effective) exercise into an already busy day. Post your questions over in the Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group or down below in the comments.   Dean asked: “I’m walking a 10K a week from today. I can do it fasted, and have so before, but is there any benefit to having some carbs, protein, or fat before my event?” It’s never a good idea to try something different on your event day. This is the day you’re putting all your hard work to the test, so don’t be tempted to introduce anything new. That goes for what you put on your body and what you put in it. Here’s Some Food for Thought Sure, there’s tons of info about fat-adapted athletes who follow the train low, race high school of thought. The difference is, they’ve practiced it before they get up to the starting line. These athletes know how different sources of fuel feel in their stomach, if it makes them nauseous once they start moving, or if it makes them feel energized. They’re definitely not grabbing a few dates or a pack of almond butter on their way out the door, crossing their fingers, and hoping it works. If you typically exercise fasted (and are fat adapted), eating before your race may decrease performance. And really, seeing as you’ll be moving at a low-ish intensity, I’d doubt that any kind of carb-protein-fat mix would move the needle too much anyway. But the bigger question here is, if you’ve trained fasted and with fuel, why wouldn’t you choose the method you’ve found works best for you? Why would you totally discount something you’ve tried — and seen the real-time results — in lieu of advice that may or may not work for your body? Why We Don’t Trust Our Gut Maybe you’ve seen others carb-it-up before a race and constantly crush their goals. Or they swear by slower-burning sources of fat or protein. Deep down, you know what your body requires. You might not think you do, but you do. And usually, when you doubt your own inner knowing, it’s because you’re comparing yourself to other people and questioning your own ability to live up to the challenge at hand. A certain level of self-doubt can be healthy though. It indicates that you understand what you need to improve upon to reach your goal, whether it’s getting a PR on your 10K or moving away from the Standard American Diet. But too much self-doubt can derail you. That’s why it’s important to trust yourself and your decisions. Check the negative self-talk (that we all have, mind you), and start reinforcing your strengths. For instance, here are three things I already know to be true about you: You can complete a 10K You’ve trained fasted You’ve trained with … Continue reading “Ask a Health Coach: Fasted Exercise, Chronic Cardio, and Microworkouts”

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Mass Psychosis — How to Create an Epidemic of Mental Illness

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The 20-minute video above, “Mass Psychosis — How an Entire Population Becomes Mentally Ill,” created by After Skool and Academy of Ideas,1 is a fascinating illustration of how mass psychosis can be induced.

Mass psychosis is defined as “an epidemic …

New Evidence Shows Link Between Air Pollution and Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that is characterized by an accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain. New research1 presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2021 has found an assoc…

How to Find Small Grass-fed, Ethical Beef Producers

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The War on Meat has begun. Every day, new missives come out against meat for its supposed impact on human health, the climate, the environment. Lone Star ticks across the country are triggering red meat allergies, hot new companies are making meat “replacements” out of lab-grown cells, pea protein slurries, and bug pureé. Politicians are talking about meat taxes and respected medical journals are publishing anti-meat research. None of these are good reasons to stop eating meat, nor are they legitimate meat replacements, nor will they successfully get humans to stop eating the food they’ve eaten for millions of years, but part of the fight against these campaigns comes down to you and what kind of meat you purchase and consume. And in the off chance meat is banned or severely curtailed sometime in the future, they can’t sever a connection between you and a local farmer or another small beef producer. If someone wants to sell a cow to you, and you want to buy that cow, it’s going to be awful hard to stop it. They might be able to exert some control at grocery stores, but they won’t be able to stop a consumer from buying one-on-one from a local producer. In addition to that, buying from small beef producers means you can get high quality organic, grass-fed animal products at wholesale prices, particularly if you’re willing to buy with friends, neighbors, and family—or have a freezer large enough to handle it yourself. So, how do you find a small beef producer? There are several routes to try, none of which are mutually-exclusive. I’m confident that almost everyone reading this can find a small beef producer near them. Try Craigslist is an online classified service that hasn’t changed in 20+ years for one simple reason: it just plain works. While most people use it to buy used cars or find apartments for rent, you can also use it to score high quality local meat and other animal products. Just choose your region/city/state and do a search. Check out this listing in Southeastern Florida. I typed “beef” in the search box and got an option for grass-fed and -finished organic beef for $6/lb. Or this listing in Portland, Oregon. I searched for “beef” and got an option for locally-raised, locally-processed pastured beef at $4.40 a pound. Or this listing in Las Vegas. $8 a pound for grass-fed, organic beef cut to order. The list goes on. Search in every region and I bet you’ll find something. When you find a listing that looks promising, start a conversation. Behind that listing is often an individual, usually the person responsible for raising the animals. Usually the owner. You can get the inside scoop directly from the source on how the animals are raised, fed, and cared for. My point is not to aim you toward any specific listing. My point is that wherever you are, you can probably find someone selling high quality local beef on Craigslist. The same … Continue reading “How to Find Small Grass-fed, Ethical Beef Producers”

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Is Natural Immunity More Effective Than the COVID Shot?

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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data,1 COVID-19 “cases” have trended downward since peaking during the first and second week of January 2021.

At first glance, this decline appears to be occurring in tandem with t…

J&J Sunscreens Recalled for Carcinogenic Ingredients

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Beauty is big business. So, when a company that sells cosmetics volunteers to recall their products, it’s an indication that something is drastically wrong.1 Johnson & Johnson announced in July 2021 they were recalling five of their aerosol sunscre…

20 More Questions about the Benefits of Collagen Supplements

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A couple weeks ago, I answered 20 of your burning questions about collagen. Today I’m back for part two of this series with 20 MORE questions. Before starting, let me make a general disclaimer so I don’t have to sound like a broken record: To offer an optimal supplementation strategy with any confidence, you need a fairly substantial body of evidence to draw upon. While collagen is a hot topic, there really isn’t a ton of research on collagen supplementation yet, particularly not studies done in humans. That’s not to say we’re shooting blind here. We know that collagen used to be abundant in the human diet, and we need collagen to balance out the methionine we get from meat. Plus, there is a growing (but not yet extensive) literature on collagen supplementation, as well as a fair number of studies aimed at understanding the effects of specific amino acids—glycine in particular—that are found in collagen. All this is to say, while I can provide my educated opinion about best practices, some of the nitty-gritty questions you submitted require data we simply don’t have yet. I’m hopeful that it’s forthcoming. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been able to glean from the available science. What types of collagen are best for joints and skin? Skin contains mostly type I and type III collagen. Cartilage is type II. However, collagen supplements all contain the same basic amino acid building blocks. There’s no evidence that one formulation is better than another for achieving specific goals. You probably don’t need to worry about micromanaging. How does collagen supplementation relate to the use of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health? Do we need both? They serve different functions. Glucosamine and chondroitin are used to prevent cartilage breakdown and relieve joint pain, though evidence regarding their effectiveness is mixed. Collagen provides amino acids necessary to build collagen in the body. I don’t know if you need both, but you can take them together.   Does topical collagen work? Collagen peptides are too large to penetrate the skin effectively, and there’s virtually no evidence that topical collagen products have anti-aging or other cosmetic benefits. Some medical applications are quite promising, though. Specifically, I’m keeping my eye on research into collagen-based biomaterials to help speed wound healing. Is collagen good for gut health? Does collagen “heal the gut?” “Heals the gut” may be too strong a promise, but the available data suggests that collagen does support gut health. In particular, studies show that glycine—the primary amino acid in collagen peptides—exerts anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective effects in the gut. Glycine protects against endotoxemia and ulcers as well. For joint health, is there a specific collagen supplementation protocol you recommend? How much do I have to take, how often, and in what form to support joint health? As I said up top, we don’t have the fine-grained studies we’d need to answer this question. The few available human studies suggest that 10 grams of collagen peptides or 10 mg of … Continue reading “20 More Questions about the Benefits of Collagen Supplements”

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