Growing up, I was always fascinated by the part in the Odyssey where Odysseus and his men land on an island populated by the “Lotus eaters,” a group of humans who live entirely by eating the fruit of the lotus flower. In the story, some of Odysseus’ men explore the island and encounter the lotus eaters, who offer the sailors some to try. They accept and become addicted to the lotus, wanting nothing but to lie around and nibble on the flowers. When Odysseus comes to retrieve his men, they refuse and weep and try to remain, and he’s forced to remove them from the island and shackle them to the ship until the madness has passed. This part always made me wonder. What was so beguiling about the lotus? I had no idea about drugs or addiction or anything of that sort. I was too young. So I assumed it was that the lotus just tasted really, really good. Turns out that it may have been based on a real lotus flower with psychotropic effects—the blue lotus. For one thing, the lotus eaters weren’t totally invented by Homer. Herodotus, the famous Greek historian, also wrote about a race of lotus eaters living on an island off the coast of Libya. According to Herodotus, these lotus eaters, or Lotophagi, also made and drank lotus wine. Two, tons of ancient Egyptian artifacts and artwork depict the lotus, either adorning the heads of gods and goddesses or worn by priests and other figures of great prominence in Egyptian society. We know that the ancient Egyptians cultivated and utilized the Blue Lotus for thousands of years. Their primary mode of ingestion was to steep the flower in wine for several weeks and drink it during celebrations and religious rituals. King Tut’s tomb, for example, had a gold shrine depicting a figure holding a massive Blue lotus flower, and the tomb of Ramses II contained a wreath of dried blue lotus flowers. You can say a lot of things, but I hardly doubt the flower choice on the pharaoh’s tomb was arbitrary. In the famous (or infamous) Turin papyrus from ancient Egypt depicting a variety of sexual acts, all the women wear blue lotuses in their headdresses. The Egyptian Book of the Dead includes several sections discussing the use of the blue lotus in religious rites. There are similar images found in Mayan artwork, and it’s likely that both the Egyptians and the Mayan civilization utilized the blue lotus for various medicinal applications, including treating erectile dysfunction. It also had spiritual significance. Now, I don’t now if the blue lotus is the same thing Homer was referring to in The Odyssey, but I did uncover some potential benefits to the flower that a group of wayward sailors would have enjoyed. Technically, you’re not supposed to ingest blue lotus. It’s legal to buy it, but it can’t be sold “for human ingestion.” The fact that it’s been used for thousands of years by a diverse … Continue reading “The Benefits of the Blue Lotus”
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What does The New York Times and a majority of other legacy media have in common with Big Pharma? Answer: They’re largely owned by BlackRock and the Vanguard Group, the two largest asset management firms in the world. Moreover, it turns out these two c…
As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out and given to millions of Americans in every state, it is critical that doctors and other medical workers who are administering the vaccines actively report every serious health problem, injury and death that ha…
It seems the hot fitness topic of 2020 is learning how to adapt and stay motivated when your gym is closed, events are canceled, and the awesome motivators of group energy and camaraderie are kept at a distance. Interestingly, some folks have been thrown entirely out of whack, with COVID-19 prompting “the COVID 20” in the same manner as the proverbial Freshman-15. Others have adapted and even thrived when forced to modify their fitness regimens. We can definitely take tips and inspiration from them, but if you are struggling in recent times, don’t stress about it. Falling off your A-game in 2020 doesn’t mean you’re lazy or undisciplined. Personality types who favor tight structure and carefully cultivated environments can really get thrown off. Others who are more self-directed and creative can keep going through all kinds of and obstacles and redirections. My high school running buddy Steve Dietch ran a 2:47 Boston Marathon at age 49 despite an insane international business travel schedule for 200 days a year. New day, new city or country, new running route, new PR—no problem. In recognition of the closure of his gym back in March, 2020, Primal Health Coach (and frequent Primal Blueprint Podcast guest) Dude Spellings of Austin, TX set an hourly alarm on his computer to perform 35 pushups, 15 pullups, and 30 squats. Hit that 6-8 times a day, five days a week, for six months, and it’s easy to see how Dude reports being in his best shape in decades at age 50. Granted, setting an hour alarm and getting the job done to the tune of hundreds of pushups, pullups, and squats every workday is easier said than done. As Sisson says all the time, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” The trick is to discover motivators and environmental triggers that work for you, take baby steps in the direction of your goals and never get discouraged when you fall short of the ideal. Let’s cover an assortment of suggestions that will hopefully make you impervious to distraction, inconvenience or busyness, and allow you to elevate your fitness endeavors into the hallowed category of “automatic” — daily behaviors that characterize a healthy, active way of life. When a goal feels personally meaningful, and when the rewards bolster your sense of who you are or who you want to become, you will likely find it easier to engage in goal-directed behavior, avoid the temptation to stray from the path and be resilient in the face of setbacks. – Lindsay Taylor, PhD Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation Intrinsic motivation describes doing something to achieve self-satisfaction, while extrinsic motivation describes doing things for external recognition. While intrinsic and extrinsic motivators can undoubtedly complement each other, research suggests that being intrinsically motivated is much more predictive of success and long-term adherence. Dig this quote from MDA’s very own Lindsay Taylor, Ph.D., a social and personality psychologist by training in addition to her role as supermom, keto cookbook author, Ironman triathlete, and Keto … Continue reading “Mastering Motivation Amidst Challenging Life Circumstances”
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1 Which of the following has NOT been offered as an incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.?
Free doughnuts and pizza
A free mansion in Beverly Hills
Vaccination incentives in the U.S., include free junk …
The more we learn about the COVID-19 vaccines, the worse they look. In a recent interview1 with Alex Pierson (above), Canadian immunologist and vaccine researcher Byram Bridle, Ph.D., dropped a shocking truth bomb that immediately went viral, despite b…
The COVID pandemic has ushered in a new era of biodigital convergence — one that’s been in the works for decades but is now accelerating in the name of public health and new normalcy. As I said June 7, 2021, the most freedom in this new era will be awa…
In this interview, CJ Hopkins, an American playwright, novelist and columnist who currently resides in Berlin, Germany, discusses the implementation of the globalist plan for a new normal, also known as the Great Reset. The first year or two of Phase 1…
Making prime rib at home can be intimidating, but we’re going to show you a simple grill-to-oven method that is virtually foolproof. This may become your new go-to recipe when you want to impress! This prime rib starts on a gas or charcoal grill with wood chips to infuse it with a smoky flavor. If you have a smoker, by all means use that for the smoking portion. It is then finished in the oven to get a crispy browned exterior and a juicy, medium-rare interior. A variety of wood chip varieties can be used for beef, but for this recipe we like cherry, apple or pecan. For a bolder flavor, you can try hickory or oak. We highly recommend salting the prime rib the night before and letting it rest in the fridge in a pan with a rack. This will give the meat more flavor and be more tender after cooking. We serve the prime rib along with our Primal Kitchen Steak Sauce. Ingredients 5 lbs. boneless prime rib Salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves 3 Tbsp. chopped sage leaves 2 tsp. Black pepper 8 cloves grated garlic Primal Kitchen® Steak Sauce Directions Pat the prime rib dry. Liberally salt your meat on all sides and place it on a rack in the fridge overnight. The next day, take the meat out and allow it to rest at room temperature for an hour. Melt the butter and mix in the thyme, sage, pepper and garlic. Rub the mixture all over the meat and place it in a cast iron pan. We used a cast iron grill pan since it was too big for our regular cast iron pan. While the meat is resting, soak some wood chips for about 20 minutes. Beef can withstand many types of wood for smoking. Many people like using hickory or oak, but for this we like fruit tree chips like apple, cherry, or pecan. For less than $20, you can purchase a smoker box, which is a metal box with holes that holds wood chips in your grill. Or you can do what I did and make your own smoker out of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Either way, drain your wood chips thoroughly. Place them in the smoker box or in the center of a large square of foil. Wrap the wood chips in the foil, then use a knife to poke some holes in the top of the foil packet. This will allow fragrant smoke to emanate from the package. Turn one side of your gas grill on to high heat. Place the foil packet with wood chips on the side that’s heating up. Cover the grill and allow it to come up to temperature and for the wood chips to start smoking. This will take 30 minutes or so. Once you see a good amount of smoke coming from the foil packet, place the pan with the meat on the opposite side of the grill (the … Continue reading “Smoked Prime Rib Recipe, Without a Smoker”
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Children may end up being among the greatest casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic — not because of the virus but due to the restrictions placed upon them over the last year, which have interrupted mental, social and emotional development in unprecedente…
From October 2019 to October 2020, there were 91,862 estimated overdose deaths in the U.S., which represents a 30% increase in 12 months.1 Certain states had an even higher year-over-year increase, including Kentucky, with overdose deaths increasing 53…
Research of the Week
OLED is a little better than LED for circadian rhythms, but not by much.
Obesity drove the pandemic.
Some gut bacteria metabolize cholesterol.
Plant “milk” leads to iodine deficiency. Cow milk leads to sufficiency.
Men are more likely to make extreme decisions and changes than women.
New Primal Blueprint Podcasts
Episode 498: Cynthia Thurlow: Host Elle Russ chats with Cynthia Thurlow, globally recognized expert in nutrition and intermittent fasting.
Health Coach Radio: Erin and Laura chat with Michelle Knight, personal branding consultant.
65 grams of red meat a day is a ridiculous limit.
The importance of biological sex in biology research.
Interesting Blog Posts
When will we stop “being surprised” that gut bacteria affect neurological function and development?
Does church reduce drug and alcohol abuse?
Don’t these foods sound familiar?
Don’t do this, folks. Sound off if squeamish (but a good lesson).
Sounds like magic.
Waking up an hour early may lower depression risk.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
This is why I fast: Liver gets more insulin sensitive, rest of body more resistant.
Famous last words: “Healthier food.”
Good for them: A member of the FDA’s expert panel resigned over the panel’s approval of an Alzheimer’s drug that doesn’t work, probably harms, and is very expensive.
But sure, modernity is flawless and everything is better than it was: Passengers are too heavy for airplanes.
Incredible: Simone Biles in slow motion.
Question I’m Asking
Are you a morning person?
Beef and sweet potato taco salad.
Ginger turmeric ice cubes, a great idea.
One year ago (Jun 5 – Jun 11)
The Definitive Guide to Protein — All about protein.
The Complete Magnesium Manual — All about magnesium.
Comment of the Week
“Sun exposure – totally depends where you live. Here in New Zealand you can get seriously sunburnt in about 10 minutes in summer between the hours of around 10am – 3pm, especially if you are pale. You can actually feel the sun burning your skin immediately. I NEVER sit directly in the sun and don’t go into the sun without sunscreen and a hat. We have the highest rates of melanoma in the world.”
-Important comment from Monica.
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