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Right to Food Law Is First to Guarantee Food Sovereignty

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In a historic first for the U.S., Maine voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution ensuring their right to food. Being a human being who needs food to survive, you may already assume that this right exists, but increasing corporate contro…

NAC’s Crucial Role in Preventing and Treating COVID-19

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This article was previously published November 10, 2020, and has been updated with new information.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a precursor to reduced glutathione, which appears to play a crucial role in COVID-19. According to an April 2020 literature…

Study: The Link between Body Temperature and Physical Activity

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I used to offer extended commentary on new research in a weekly series called “Monday Musings.” I’d cover and summarize a study or two or three, give some commentary, and open it up for questions from the readers. It was a fun and informative way to spend a Monday. Well, with more and more research being published than ever before, and more and more people being interested in health than ever before, I figured I’d resurrect the practice and begin analyzing new research in brief, digestible chunks. First study is “Historical body temperature records as a population-level ‘thermometer’ of physical activity in the United States.” I’m not a cold weather guy anymore. Years of living in Malibu and now Miami Beach have softened me. I’ll admit that readily. But back when I was a kid in Maine, I used to brave those cold blustery (even snowy) days without much in the way of cold weather clothing. My friends and I would stay out all day long and never stop moving, never really feeling the cold. We weren’t out there shirtless or anything, but we also weren’t wearing four layers. We weren’t bundled up. And even now, when I go snowboarding, I can’t bundle up too heavily. If I’m really staying in motion, I’ll be in short sleeves or else I get too hot. The key is moving. All you have to do is move and the cold just bounces right off you. That’s the basis of this new study, which uses body temperature data to gauge the level of physical activity in the United States over the last hundred years or so. The authors propose that higher body temperatures mean greater physical activity. And that’s a fairly sound conclusion, but I don’t think it’s the entire story. There are other factors that can lower body temperature. The one that leaps out at me is our linoleic acid intake from seed oils. Over the past 50 years or so, we have eaten more seed oils than ever before and the linoleic acid content of human body fat has increased by 136%. Why does this matter? Hibernating animals tend to massively increase their linoleic acid intake in order to deposit tons of it in their body fat in the weeks leading up to hibernation. This induces torpor, a state of low body temperature, body fat gain, and extremely low physical activity—so low that they don’t move at all. Does that sound familiar? Brad Marshall, the “croissant diet guy,” has been focusing on how linoleic acid intake regulates torpor and thus body temperature and metabolic rate for the past couple years. It happens to all mammals, not just squirrels, bears, and mice. Humans are not exempt from the metabolism-depressing effects of excessive linoleic acid intake. The second study is called “The effect of vitamin D and magnesium supplementation on the mental health status of attention-deficit hyperactive children: a randomized controlled trial.” These were Iranian kids aged 6-12 with diagnosed ADHD who also had … Continue reading “Study: The Link between Body Temperature and Physical Activity”

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Maintaining Bone Density as You Age

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If I could tell my older readers (or younger readers who plan on becoming older readers) one thing to focus on for long-term health, longevity, and wellness, it would be to maintain your bone density. Not eat this food or do that exercise. Not get more sleep. Those are all important, and many of them fall under the rubric of and contribute to better bone density, but “maintain bone density” gets to the heart of aging. Even the importance of muscle strength shown in longevity studies of older people could actually indicate the importance of bone density, since bone density gains accompany muscle strength gains. You can’t gain muscle without gaining bone. That’s because bones aren’t passive structures. They are organs that respond to stimulus and produce hormones and help regulate our metabolism. Osteocalcin, a hormone produced by bone-building osteoblasts, communicates directly with fat cells to release a hormone that improves insulin sensitivity. The osteocalcin produced by bones plays a key role in testosterone production and male fertility, helps regulate mood and memory, and even interacts with the brains of developing fetuses. It may also help improve endurance, with studies in mice showing that older mice were able to run almost twice as far after being injected with osteocalcin. Bones provide structural, hormonal, cognitive, and metabolic support. Having strong bones won’t just make you less likely to break something if you fall. They’ll actually give you more energy, brain power, and a healthier metabolism. If you do nothing, bone density wanes with age. That’s part of entropy. The longer time goes on, the more the human body is pulled toward dissolution, toward chaos. Doing nothing is not an option. You must actively resist the force of entropy on your bones because bones undergird your entire physical existence. Underneath the skin, the muscles, all the surface stuff lie the bones. They’re your literal support system. How should you support your support system as you age? How Can You Maintain Bone Density as You Age? Here are the most important factors for maintaining bone density as you get older. Mechanical loading—lifting heavy things Eating animal protein (plus collagen) Bioavailable calcium from fermented dairy Sun exposure and vitamin D Bone-specific nutrients Mineral water Sleep Eating more colorful produce Let’s explore each of them in greater detail. Lift Heavy Things and Endure High Impact Activity Just like your muscles respond to mechanical loading (lifting weights) by getting stronger, bones also fortify themselves in response to intense loading. “Heavy” and “intense” are relative. What’s heavy to a 60 year old grandma won’t be the same to a 30 year old athlete. All a weight has to be is “heavy for you” to start improving bone density. Don’t think you need to deadlift twice bodyweight to get a good effect (unless, of course, 1.9x bodyweight deadlifts are easy to you). You can even do it without any weights at all. Several studies have shown that merely hopping in place 20-40 times a day can improve hip density in … Continue reading “Maintaining Bone Density as You Age”

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Scottish Lockdowns Vs. Swedish Freedom — Who Won?

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Whether or not lockdowns and other restrictive measures worked to reduce COVID-19 deaths is a topic of great debate, one that was recently explored by CAN Films. In a short documentary, they explore pandemic outcomes in Scotland, which began requiring …

B Vitamins Might Help Prevent Worst COVID-19 Outcomes

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This article was previously published October 2, 2020, and has been updated with new information.

I’ve written many articles reviewing how nutrients such as vitamins C and D can help prevent and even play a role in the treatment of COVID-19. Now, re…

NIH and EcoHealth Colluded to Evade Research Restrictions

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The walls are closing in on Dr. Anthony Fauci as emails reveal the National Institutes of Health colluded with EcoHealth Alliance to circumvent federal restrictions on gain-of-function (GOF) research.

The damning revelations were published by The I…

Vaccination Status Is Temporary, Boosters for Life Required

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In recent years, and especially after the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, major health organizations across the world have changed several definitions of medical terms, which in turn have a significant impact on everyday life. In fact, were it not…

Your Driver’s License Will Become a Vaccine Passport

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Little by little, it’s becoming easier and more convenient to “present your papers” upon request. You’re accustomed to keeping your driver’s license with you, but states are increasingly rolling out digitized versions that “go way beyond what a driver’…

How a Bacterium Can Spread Abnormal Cell Growth

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This article was previously published October 23, 2020, and has been updated with new information.
The diagnosis of cancer can trigger strong emotions of fear, anger, anxiety and sadness.1 The National Cancer Institute estimates 606,520 people will di…

How to Tell Friends About the Primal Lifestyle

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Last week we offered responses to three common misconceptions about what we’re all about here in the Primal community. Of course, no matter what we say, some people will always believe that we’re just a bunch of barefoot weirdos who are inexplicably willing to—gasp!—stop eating bread. It can be incredibly frustrating when people you care about can’t seem to shake conventional wisdom and give the Primal Blueprint a shot. But what about the people who show a genuine interest in our lifestyle? Hopefully, as you’re out there walking your Primal walk and talking your Primal talk, you’re catching the eye of friends, family, and coworkers who can’t help but notice your healthy vibe. These folks might be willing to take the leap for themselves. They just need a little nudge in the right direction. Getting the word out about healthy Primal living is more important than ever, but you want to do it in a way that is encouraging, not alienating. After all, we are a little weird here (in the best way possible). Below are my responses to seven questions someone might ask you when they’re still on the fence about launching into a Primal lifestyle. I’ll also link some relevant MDA posts that you can share once someone is ready to start. Prepare Your 30-Second Elevator Pitch Let’s say you have someone on the hook. They’re not rejecting your Primal lifestyle outright. The look in their eyes says, “Ok, I’m listening…” Now’s the time! You need a quick, concise way to explain the rationale behind the Primal Blueprint. Something like: Bottom line: It’s abundantly clear that all the so-called “expert advice” about how to be healthy isn’t working for most people. The Primal Blueprint is simple, and it works better than anything else I’ve tried. This isn’t about trying to “live like a caveman.” It’s about respecting that humans are genetically programmed to thrive when we eat lots of meat and vegetables, move our bodies in particular ways, spend time outside in the sunshine, and try to get away from all the stress that modern life heaps on us. The Primal Blueprint takes the stuff that worked for our ancestors, blends it with modern scientific advances, and effectively gives you the best of both worlds. It just makes sense. Feel free to steal that verbatim or put it in terms that are authentic to you. How to Respond to Common Questions and Concerns Do I really have to give up sugar and grains? I could never live without bread! Sure you can. And no, you don’t have to, but do you want to feel better? Have more energy? Achieve your health or fitness goals? You have nothing to lose by trying, I promise. Give it 21 days. You can do anything for 21 days. The thousands of people who have participated in the Primal Blueprint 21-day Reset can attest that three weeks is enough time to start seeing some real changes! I think you’ll be surprised at how … Continue reading “How to Tell Friends About the Primal Lifestyle”

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5 Ways to Help the Homeless People Quit Smoking

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Quitting smoking is hard, and it’s even harder for those who are homeless. Lack of funds or access to healthcare makes it difficult. Isolation from family and friends is a big factor too. Resources available for mental health care for these people are quite limited, which also makes them struggle with their nicotine addiction. However, […]

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