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The AMA’s Contribution to the Opioid Epidemic

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In October 2020, opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to three felony counts of criminal wrongdoing and agreed to an $8.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over their production and marketing of Oxycontin and other opioid dr…

How to Go Primal with Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Restrictions

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We Primal folks love our giant omelets, guacamole burgers, and dark chocolate smeared with coconut butter — but what about when those foods don’t love us back? Over the years, I’ve heard from countless readers with food allergies, food restrictions, and simple food preferences who worry that Primal might not be for them. These folks are interested in giving the Primal Blueprint lifestyle an honest shot, but they can’t eat certain foods, many of which enjoy an exalted place (real or imagined) in our community. So what’s the verdict? Can you go Primal without eating red meat? Coconut products? Avocado? Can it be done as a vegetarian? Are almonds essential? Food allergies and intolerances frequently represent nothing more than minor speed bumps in your path, but some are more tedious than others. How hard will it be for you to eat Primally with your specific dietary needs? Let’s find out. Then scroll to the bottom for some general food allergy FAQs. Tree Nut and Coconut Allergies — Wait, Are Coconuts Tree Nuts?? I’m allergic to tree nuts…and they are such a big part of the Primal Blueprint diet. Is it possible to still succeed on the plan in a healthy way without eating nuts? Definitely. I actually wouldn’t say that tree nuts are a “big part” of the eating plan. The centerpieces of Primal eating are animal products (meat, fish, fowl, eggs, and dairy products if tolerated) and produce (vegetables and in-season fruit). Nuts, seeds, and their derivative butters are extras that you can add as desired. They certainly aren’t necessary. Many people who are just starting out with Primal turn to nuts as their go-to snacks, because they’re low-carb, high-fat, and relatively convenient. This gives nuts the allure of essentiality. They are not. Nuts make a fine snack, sure, but they also tend to run pretty high in omega-6 fats. It’s also easy to overdo it on the nut butter and unintentionally undermine weight-loss goals. You won’t be missing much by avoiding nuts. You certainly won’t be missing anything that you can’t get from other foods. And the good news is, you can probably still consume coconut products. Technically, the FDA categorizes coconuts as tree nuts, but they’re more accurately classified as drupes, a kind of fruit. It’s possible to be allergic to both, so don’t pound a stack of coconut flour pancakes if you’re not sure about your coconut allergy status. Get tested by your allergist first. My daughter is allergic to almonds. What almond flour substitutes can I use in my recipes? Can I just substitute coconut flour for almond flour in Primal/paleo recipes? Coconut flour is probably going to be your best option, but it’s nothing like almond flour. Coconut flour is far drier, with more fiber and less fat than almond flour. You can’t substitute coconut flour 1:1 for almond flour without getting a very different final product. I always recommend looking for a recipe that has been tested with the flour you want to … Continue reading “How to Go Primal with Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Restrictions”

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CHD Wins Case Against FCC on Safety for 5G and Wireless

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Children’s Health Defense (CHD) won its historic case today against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a case challenging the agency’s decision not to review its 1996 health and safety guidelines regarding wireless-based technologies includin…

How the Endless War Became the Endless Pandemic

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In the video report above, journalist Glenn Greenwald elaborates on a recent expose’1 he published in which he accuses the U.S. government of downplaying the capabilities of the Afghan security forces trained by the U.S. military.

“Using the same de…

Why Masks Are a Charade

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For more than 18 months, we’ve dealt with questionable advice on masking, ranging from head-scratching and mildly amusing to outright laughable, and there seems to be no end in sight, despite the lack of scientific underpinning for universal masking.

Lock Down or Get Locked Up?

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How do you make sweeping changes to a financial and health system that no one would want if they could see the whole picture? I’m describing a change that would revise your individual rights and the power and authority given to the government.

You h…

Data Reveal the Truth About COVID Countermeasures

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In this interview, Ivor Cummins shares his insights about the ineffectiveness of COVID countermeasures, and how to stay healthy in this time of COVID-19. While he does not have formal medical training, he’s well-trained in the scientific method and has…

Microbiologist Explains COVID Jab Effects

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In this interview, German microbiologist Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi sifts through the facts and fictions of the coronavirus pandemic. Together with Karina Reiss, Ph.D., he’s written two books on this subject, starting with “Corona False Alarm? Facts and Figur…

Packed Lunch Ideas: Alternatives to Sandwiches

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The first week of school, you may get creative with packed lunches, but most people start getting into a lunch routine that can become boring. These non-sandwich packed lunch ideas are sure to liven up your lunchboxes. If you’re in a rut when it comes to lunches, whether it be for school or the office, try these Primal alternatives to sandwiches!       Buffalo Ranch Chicken Stuffed Peppers Lunch Recipe Ingredients 1 1/4 lbs. chicken breast/chicken tenders 1 1/2 tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Olive Oil 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1/2 tsp. dried dill 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. salt Juice from 1 lemon 3/4 cup minced celery 1/4 cup minced onion 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing 2-4 tbsp. Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce 3 peppers, sliced vertically with seeds removed Fresh dill, to garnish Directions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the chicken with the olive oil, pepper, dill, garlic, salt and juice from half of a lemon. Lay the chicken out on a baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer. Shred the meat with two forks. Add the juice from the remaining half of a lemon, celery, onion, ranch, and buffalo dressings and mix together. Scoop the pulled chicken into the pepper halves and top with chopped dill.   Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps Lunch Recipe Ingredients 1 1/4 lbs. chicken tenders/breast 1/2 sliced onion 1 1/2 tbsp. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. salt Juice from 1 lime 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo 1 sliced avocado 5 cooked bacon slices 1-2 roasted red peppers, sliced 1-2 heads green leaf lettuce Directions Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the chicken and sliced onion with the avocado oil, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and juice from half of a lime. Lay the chicken and onion out on a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Shred the chicken and mix the chipotle lime mayo in with the chicken and onion mixture. Lay a square piece of parchment out in front of you in a diamond shape, with the sharp edges pointing north, south, east and west. Lay 3 pieces of lettuce next to one another horizontally, then 2 or 3 more pieces of lettuce vertically so that you have a bed of lettuce for your wrap. Spread out a scoop of chicken salad on the lettuce wrap. Place a slice of bacon and red pepper on top, along with a few slices of avocado. Carefully take the bottom piece of parchment (the piece closest to you) and fold it over the wrap, like how you’d roll a burrito. Wrap it tightly so that the lettuce on the parchment folds over the fillings. Tuck the sides of the parchment in towards the middle and continue rolling … Continue reading “Packed Lunch Ideas: Alternatives to Sandwiches”

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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…

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…

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.

Tragic.
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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