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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


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

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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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 127

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Research of the Week
The metabolic and hepatic consequences of a single extended bout of binge drinking and fast food eating.

Blocking histamine signaling blocks exercise adaptations.

People have been shaping the world for at least 12000 years.

Pursue happiness and you may never get it.

Magnesium and vitamin D supplementation improves the mental health of kids with ADHD.

More meat, less dementia.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts
Episode 485: Zach Schleien: Host Elle Russ chats with Zach Schleien about his new speed dating app with a special focus on the keto and paleo communities.

Episode 486: Dr. Brett Hill: Host Brad Kearns chats with Dr. Brett Hill about how to build resilience and come back from rock bottom.

Health Coach Radio: Erin and Laura chat with Matteo Franceschetti about sleeping like your life depends on it (because it does).
Media, Schmedia
Regenerative pork production in the UK.
Interesting Blog Posts
Always look behind the veil.

“Why I gave up being vegan.”
Social Notes

The future matters but don’t focus on it.
Everything Else
Does this work?
Billions of T-rexes.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
Podcast I enjoyed: Tim Noakes on ultramarathons and “nutritional genocide.”

Interesting research: Suicides fell during the pandemic.

Fantastic concept: Periodic table of food. Love the idea of “dark matter.”

I am not surprised: Whey is more effective than plant or insect protein.

I am not surprised: More inactivity, greater COVID severity.
Question I’m Asking
Do you pursue happiness? If not, what?
Recipe Corner

These Thai king oyster mushrooms are a great side dish to meat.
Bison chili (could easily sub beef).

Time Capsule
One year ago (Apr 17 – Apr 23)

When is the Best Time to Eat Carbs? — Well, when?
6 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut, 7 Likely Causes, and the Best Foods for Gut Health — What’s up with your gut?

Comment of the Week
“‘gets a little nervous telling people how much meat they eat.’ Pfffft – not this fella. I’ll deride people for their ignorance, tell them to stop being a mindless herd animal and why, evolutionarilly (?) speaking: meat + fire + decreased plant chewing muscle necessity (therefore allowing outward brain expansion in the absence of constraining chewing muscles bound to the sagittal crests) … made us who we are today.”

-Nice work, Jim.

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Edibles and children: Poison center calls rise

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As more states have legalized the use of marijuana and products derived from it, more children are being exposed. Children can’t be trusted not to eat appealing-looking food items they may find, so it’s up to adults to take precautions and make sure edibles are stored where children can’t find them.

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Ask a Health Coach: The Adaptation Edition

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Hey folks! In this week’s Ask a Health Coach, Erin is talking all about adaptation – from how long it really takes to become fat adapted to dealing with self-sabotage and how to get off the Standard American Diet rollercoaster for good. Keep sending your questions our way in the Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group or comments below. Stacey asked: “I’m three weeks into a strict keto diet, and I’ve only lost a few pounds. This seems very slow compared to what everyone else reports. Do you have any tips for expediting fat loss?” If it were as simple as meticulously monitoring your macros, everyone would be low-carbing their way to a six-pack. Listen, fat loss can be stubborn. And it’s not just reliant on what you eat or how many calories you torch. Every signal your body receives from the environment affect how your genes express themselves. Not only that, your attitude towards your endeavour matters too. That includes your mindset, your mood, and any expectations you may have. So, if you expect that you should be dropping more weight than you have, you’re already setting yourself up for disappointment. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others Expectations vs reality is a challenge that most people (myself included) wrestle with in nearly every aspect of their lives. What makes you think you should be further along in your fat loss journey than you are? Is it because other people have? You might not even be aware that you’re doing it, but my guess is that you are doing some amount of comparing and judging. Although it’s in our human nature to do so, it’s not a useful way to spend your time and energy. And it’s a sure-fire recipe for unhappiness, discouragement, and jealousy. After all, how you measure up to someone else’s success is none of your business. This is a great place to practice, as they say, staying in your own lane. Focusing on your habits, your goals, and how you’ll stay accountable is going to be much more beneficial.   There’s Also an Adaptation Period Keto adaptation, also called fat adaptation is the process your body goes through as it changes its preferred source of fuel. You’ve likely heard that this adaptation period takes about 10 days before you start to see any positive effects, but it can take longer. In fact, sometimes it takes up to twelve weeks for the body to adapt to using fat for energy. So, my advice is, be patient. Probably not what you want to hear, but re-evaluating your expectations – that fat loss may not happen for you within a few weeks – is going to help you in the long run. While your body is adapting to using this new type of fuel, have some compassion for the rest of you. As you know, keto isn’t a quick fix diet (nor should it be). Set yourself up for success by being kind to yourself, adjusting your habits and expectations, and … Continue reading “Ask a Health Coach: The Adaptation Edition”

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Pills and the planet: Environmentally-friendly steps for your medicine cabinet

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The key factor causing climate change is greenhouse gas emissions, and the health care industry plays a significant role, with drugs and chemicals being the biggest contributor. While the benefits of medications to the world can’t be overstated, here’s how to balance the need for them with concern for the environment.

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Diet, disease, and the microbiome

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A healthy microbiome — the genes of tiny organisms living in the digestive tract — helps protect its human host from chronic diseases. Researchers do not yet fully understand the connection, but it appears that eating unprocessed plant-based foods allows the gut microbiome to thrive.

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