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Are you sick of dietary propaganda? Me too. This week’s guest has been wiping the floor with ridiculous, government-mandated, top-down nutrition recommendations for decades now.

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When our survival and basic needs are threatened, our trust in authority figures broken and our human rights ignored, it’s pretty easy to lose your head. So how can we protect our brain and nervous system in these trying times? Well, I’m happy to say that returning to the show this week to help us out is Eliza Kingsford.

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Research of the Week

Blue-blocking glasses improve mania patients’ sleep quality.

The human landscape of ancient Africa looked a lot different 3000 years ago.

Without changing caloric intake, time-restricted eating improves metabolic health.

Ramadan-style fasting (30 days of 14-hour fasts, from dawn to sunset) activates proteins related to cancer protection, glucose regulation, fat burning, cognitive function, and immune function.

In Danes, taking fish oil was associated with larger testicles and better sperm parameters.

Women who take the birth control pill tend to have smaller hypothalamuses.

Grass-fed beef is darker, firmer, and less acidic than grain-fed beef.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

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Episode 400: Dr. Corey Riser: Host Elle Russ chats with Chiropractor and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Corey Riser.

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Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 44: Laura and Erin chat with Anya Perry and Deanna Wilcox, founders of Plan to Succeed.

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California may call Tylenol a carcinogen.

American Southerners in particular are inactive (but everyone’s pretty bad).

Interesting Blog Posts

Fat from your last meal sets the metabolic table.

Dr. Danenberg goes carnivore for his cancer.

The glucose-lowering effect of ketones.

Social Notes

Amy Remondi explains how she learned the science of Primal health and fitness while building her business.

Play a little. Or a lot.

Everything Else

What the smartphone has done to our concept of “space.”

Talk like an Egyptian.

More calls to look into the ethics of Harvard’s meat science research.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Interesting stat: When trying to lose weight, female doctors tend to personally use intermittent fasting, ketogenic diets, and low-carb diets.

Question I found interesting: What’s driving people to seek out and relish objectively painful and uncomfortable stimuli like cold water swimming?

I agree with this principle: Happiness (and love) is what matters.

Why not both?: Exercise as a caffeine alternative.

One of many: The forgotten art of squatting.

Question I’m Asking

Are you worried about the coronavirus?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 18– Jan 24)

Comment of the Week

“Years ago my brother was placed on a drug for high blood pressure. Within two weeks he had a heated disagreement with his neighbor and code enforcement at his home that led to a SWAT team being called. Fortunately one of his neighbors was a cop in the same city; he was able to de-escalate the situation and no one was harmed. The next day my brother realized his outrage about many things had begun after taking the drug. He discontinued it. Three years later his wife was put on the same drug; due to constant arguing, they ended up divorced. They had been high school sweethearts.”

– That’s a sad, alarming story, Lisa.

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Research of the Week

The environmental footprint of different diets is not what we’ve been led to believe.

Genetic analysis of ancient Hungarian conquerors.

Men on a low-fat diet may have lower testosterone.

Glucose metabolism takes center stage in Alzheimer’s.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 399: Kate Cretsinger: Host Elle Russ chats with Kate Cretsinger, who after defeating her own serious health problems through nutrition, became a coach, helping others do the same.

Primal Health Coach Podcast

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 43: Laura and Erin chat with Anna Fruehling, a practicing health coach living in Grand Island, Nebraska. In her small town, local physicians refer patients with metabolic syndrome to Fruehling because of her unique approach.

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Media, Schmedia

What are the consequences of constantly eating microplastics?

Turns out that many common medications affect our brains, and even our personalities.

Interesting Blog Posts

Remember all those researchers who rushed to criticize studies that suggested red meat probably doesn’t cause heart disease and cancer? Turns out they have strong financial ties to the plant-based industry.

Localism starts with you.

Social Notes

Watch me make deviled eggs.

Now that’s fishing.

Everything Else

Did Thoreau’s diet do him in?

Dr. Oz on breakfast: a “ploy” that we should “cancel.”

Is carb loading necessary for an athlete? How one type 1 diabetes athlete manages to avoid it.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Funny how that works: Human brains got bigger right before the (delicious) megafauna started disappearing.

Article I found interesting: The people trying to save scents from extinction.

Bad for you, bad for the environment: Obesity.

I know people like this: Addicted to exercise.

Unintended consequences: Brazil wanted to get rid of daylight savings time. Now they miss it.

Question I’m Asking

Should cell phones be outlawed for anyone under 21?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 11– Jan 17)

Comment of the Week

“‘C’mon, people. The experts have spoken. Isn’t it about time you stopped with the keto nonsense?’

Um no.”

– Exactly, Angelica.

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Research of the Week

Evidence of cooked starchy rhizomes from 170,000 years ago.

Prenatal exposure to phthalates linked to lower muscle mass at 6 years of age in girls (but not boys).

More liver and pancreatic fat, more diabetes.

Damaged mitochondria promote autoimmune disease.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint podcast Darryl Edwards

Episode 397: Darryl Edwards: Host Elle Russ chats with the one and only Darryl Edwards, creator of the Primal Play Method of fitness.

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Episode 398: Cool Dudes Talk Carnivore and More: Brad Kearns, Brian McAndrew, and William Shewfelt hang out and talk about carnivore and much much more.

PHCI podcast Deepak Saini

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 42: Laura and Erin chat with Deepak Saini, a recovering accountant turned health coach for whom making calls and networking does not come naturally.

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C’mon, people. The experts have spoken. Isn’t it about time you stopped with the keto nonsense?

George Monbiot claims that lab-grown food is going to destroy farms and save the planet.

Interesting Blog Posts

Another reason not to toss your apple cores out the window.

Can visualizing death help us accept it?

Social Notes

Ted Naiman drops incredible knowledge in about a minute.

Tips for your Whole30.

Curious how Primal Health Coaches are doing? I’ve got a couple of success story videos, here and here.

Everything Else

Drug prices on the rise.

Soil, not soy.

All this, and it’s not even really milk.

Why training to burn calories usually doesn’t burn as much fat as you’d think.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Case study I hope to see replicated: Man uses paleolithic keto diet to beat glioblastoma (for 38 months and counting).

Story that sounds like science fiction but is real: When a DNA test says you’re no longer you.

Unexpected results that I’m not so sure are definitive: Researchers find no link between sleep duration and cognitive function or brain structure.

Happens in people, too: Feeding fish saturated fat preserves long chain omega-3 content of the fish meat; feeding them linoleic acid reduces it.

Cardio is good when it isn’t chronic: When regular people trained for a marathon—running 6-13 miles per week—their hearts saw lasting benefits.

Question I’m Asking

How much sleep do you need? What happens when you don’t get it?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 4 – Jan 10)

Comment of the Week

“‘Future predictions’ is redundant, no?”

– I have the best readers. Yeah, you got me, Margaret.

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Research of the Week

Under severe calorie restriction, exercise reduces muscle loss by inhibiting autophagy.

Alcohol abstinence is a good idea for people with atrial fibrillation.

Common pyrethroid pesticides, including anti-tick chemicals, linked to heart disease.

The fungus linked to dandruff is also linked to pancreatic cancer.

Mindfulness doesn’t seem to increase mental health when you control for personality.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 396: Mark Sisson’s Keto for Life: Brad Kearns and I chat about the release of the new book, plus how Keto for Life almost didn’t happen because I wasn’t walking the talk. Writing the book forced me to pivot and recalibrate my own life.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 41: Laura and Erin chat with Chris Prior about his process of content creation.

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Media, Schmedia

In a world with endless food availability, some people need artificial borders.

Interesting Blog Posts

Future predictions.

Mel Joulwan’s favorite books of the 2010s.

Social Notes

Happy New Year (and new decade).

Ancient wisdom.

Everything Else

One binge-drinking episode may make all the difference.

What stops ranchers from trying rotational grazing?

Seabirds who use tools.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

New way to think about fatty acids: Peter delivers.

Drink I’m not sure I’d try: Ant schnapps.

Interesting result: Active anti-depressants cause more drop-outs than placebo anti-depressants.

Unrelated to ancestral health in any way, but interesting read: Prison in Japan.

This seems like an easy win: Classroom air filters to remove air pollution and increase achievement.

Question I’m Asking

What are you going to do differently this year?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 28–Jan 3)

Comment of the Week

“This space, this year, seems to be gathering in anticipation of something big. Personally I feel the shallow, lifeless chaff of the previous decade fluttering away in preparation to better absorb what’s next. People seem to be coming to their senses about the superfluous nature of easily acquired stuff. Thanks for being the vanguard.”

– Well-said, Jim.

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We didn’t set out with the intention, but somehow it happened. Keto For Life was assigned a release date of New Year’s Eve—tomorrow, in fact. While there’s never a wrong day to go keto, my writing partner, Brad Kearns, and I felt like the stars aligned. Just when countless people are taking stock at the turn of new decade, wondering what might be possible in their lives, this message would be there. And while a lot of books will be there, too, with promises of weight loss and fitness and wellness, I have to say (biased as I may be) that Keto For Life offers something unique and sustainable among the typical cacophony of health tracts.

While I’ve shared its premise and outline on the blog, today I’m taking up some questions readers have shot my way over the last few weeks. What does it cover that other books haven’t? Does it offer a new take on longevity? How do other principles come into play beyond diet? I’m covering all that and more.

How does Keto For Life differ from The Keto Reset Diet?

Since the start of Mark’s Daily Apple, my core purpose has been to present a counter-argument against flawed and dated conventional wisdom. On the blog here and in my books beginning with The Primal Blueprint in 2009, I’ve focused on presenting the scientific rationale and practical steps for how to escape carbohydrate dependency and become fat- and (more recently) keto-adapted. I’ve made the case for rejecting the “struggle and suffer “ethos of chronic cardio in favor of a Primal approach emphasizing comfortable paced movement and aerobic workouts, lifting heavy things, and sprinting once in a while. And, finally, I’ve emphasized the non-negotiable importance of complementary lifestyle behaviors like getting enough sleep, sun, and play.

All of us in the ancestral health space have been heartened to see how far we’ve come in the past decade. Many ancestral health principles have been widely validated by science and accepted into mainstream culture in a relatively short amount of time. Back in 2009, it was hard to find someone who had any awareness of Primal/paleo/low-carb eating (including major New York publishers—that’s why I had to start Primal Blueprint Publishing!). Today, it’s a different ball game. The movement’s growth over the past decade has allowed discussion to refine and advance. Without the need to push just the basic premise, there’s been more momentum around deeper, more productive levels of personal customization. The keto and carnivore diets are examples of these ancestral offshoots.

The Keto Reset Diet was one of the first comprehensive books published on the subject, but it’s primarily a diet book—how to proceed in a comfortable step-by-step manner to embrace the ketogenic diet without the risk of backslide and burnout that comes with an ill-advised approach. It does cover the complementary exercise, sleep, and stress management practices that support your dietary goals, but the central focus is on introducing the ketogenic diet to the masses.

Keto For Life picks up where The Keto Reset Diet left off by having you leverage the metabolic flexibility you attain from keto efforts and applying it to the ultimate goals of living long and living awesome. In particular, it integrates the critical components of mindfulness, social wellness and emotional well-being for enhancing longevity and enjoying a fulfilling life. It moves beyond the core ancestral health message of “mechanics”—mechanics of eating the right foods, of doing the right workouts, of quantifying everything and checking every box…but with that potential big void of “Are we having fun yet?” Keto For Life leads with life. The focus is squarely on the good, long life we all hope to achieve.

What Does Keto For Life have to say about longevity?

We played around with using the term “longevity” in the title, but who cares about longevity by itself? Today, most people can make it to the average U.S. life expectancy of 79, but too many limp to that finish line, having endured decades of pain, suffering and limitation. The United States ranks 26th out of 35 economically advanced nations in life expectancy, a pathetic showing for the richest and most medically advanced nation in the history of humanity. In Keto For Life, we tackle the goal of healthspan, which conveys both living long and living awesome. Healthspan entails not just checking all the boxes of healthy foods, exercise output and sleep hours; it also means having fun and finding fulfillment along the way. With the Four Pillars of Keto Longevity, we incorporate healthy eating, movement and physical fitness with the concepts of Mental Flexibility and the often-overlooked pillar of Rest and Recovery.

How does compressed morbidity fit in here?

Compressed morbidity describes being healthy, strong and cognitively sharp for as long as possible. Then, by the time the natural inevitabilities of chronological aging come into play, the end is quick and peaceful. Brad’s father Dr. Walter Kearns was a stellar example of this concept. He passed in May of 2019 at the age of 97. Ninety-five of his years were characterized by exceptional mental and physical function. A champion golfer for his entire life, Walter shot below his age over 1,2000 times, including shooting an even par 71 at age 87 and a 76 at the age of 92. Walter was a general surgeon who continued to serve as a physician for decades after closing his private practice. He worked for the Indian Health Service into his late 70s, and volunteered at a weekly diabetes clinic until he was 95. In his final two years, Walter’s cognitive and physical performance started to decline. His golf outings went from 18 holes for money to casual 9-hole outings, and eventually to hitting chip shots in the backyard. He started to take longer naps, eat less food, have longer nights of sleep and shorter walks at the park. Soon, the day came for him to pass peacefully at home, with none of the drama, suffering, or family fatigue of someone paying the price for decades of adverse lifestyle practices with chronic disease patterns.

Going for compressed morbidity is about keeping muscle mass on your body (promoting a concept called organ reserve I’ve discussed at length in The Primal Blueprint and on the blog) as well as your brain! In a pattern that appears often in the book, the Four Pillars are complementary here. Eating an ancestral-style diet in general and making a devoted effort to become keto-adapted (even if you don’t stay in strict keto over the long-term) strongly supports cognitive function. You may have heard the disturbing new nickname for the assorted cognitive decline conditions that are growing at epidemic rates: Type 3 Diabetes. This term was coined by noted researcher Dr. Suzanne de la Monte of Brown University, conveying how cognitive decline is marked by dysfunctional glucose metabolism in the brain. As de la Monte explains, cognitive disease “has molecular and biochemical features that overlap with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.”

We hear sound bites about doing Sudoku to ward off dementia, but I go far deeper in this book. Extensive research shows us how a vibrant social network, a strong sense of purpose, and a positive self-perception about aging drive healthy cognitive function and extended lifespan. One longitudinal study from Yale tracked a group of 50+ people in Ohio for two decades, revealing an amazing result: Those with a positive self-perception about aging lived 7.5 years longer than those with negative self-perceptions about aging! This tidbit earned distinction as the lowest hanging fruit in the entire book to quickly add years to your life. The longevity champs in Okinawa also get recognition here for their emphasis on yuimaru, a deep sense of social obligation to family, friends, and neighbors. One of the most revealing longevity stats you will ever find is that Okinawan’s who leave the island live 20 years less than those who spend their entire lives on the island.

What’s the #1 quick takeaway from the Mental Flexibility pillar?

“Pivot.” Is that quick enough for you? Thanks for asking. Next question.

Pivot—really?

I can’t think of a more powerful word to convey the secret to experiencing a life filled with happiness, contentment, purpose, and meaning. I credit the ability to pivot as the key to my entrepreneurial success, and also to my ability to sustain a respectable level of work-life balance. As I shared in my introductory post about the book, pivoting describes being able to go with the flow when facing life change. Pivoting is accepting failure and setbacks with grace and resilience instead of allowing bad stuff to bury you. Pivoting is also knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. It’s impossible to be perfect here, but at least you can be honest with yourself. I share my own experiences of failing but embracing of this strategy in the book.

Pivoting into discomfort by being more honest, more vulnerable, less reactive, and less predictable can be the foundation of emotional resilience as well as solid relationships. Gratitude helps a great deal here. If you can start from a place of appreciation for your current circumstances and connections, whatever they are (if you’re reading this it could be worse, right?), you’re ahead of the game.

Whether you’re new to the Primal scene or you have a stack of well-read books on your shelf, I think you’ll find that Keto For Life breaks new ground and offers the most holistic and actionable resource for creating greater vitality and a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. The official release date is tomorrow, December 31st, and I’m still offering up a preorder incentive of premium bonuses. Learn more and order through your favorite retailer HERE.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I’m thrilled to begin a new decade with you all this week. See you on the other side of it tomorrow.

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Research of the Week

The French are eating more soy (and soy isoflavones, estrogen mimetics) than ever before.

Not only does integrating livestock with organic crop rotation improve the health of the soil, it makes food safer.

A systematic review of the health effects of intermittent fasting.

Religiosity predicts cat ownership.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 395: Dr. Stephen Hussey MS, DC: Host Elle Russ chats with the good doctor, a functional medicine practitioner and chiropractor.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 40: Laura and Erin chat with Sterling Griffin.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

The White House is considering making all scientific journals open-access.

A second HIV patient has apparently been cured.

Interesting Blog Posts

The phytoestrogen content of the Impossible Burger dwarfs that of normal beef, claims blog post.

Plasmalogen deficiency, and what you might be able to do about it.

Social Notes

Holiday fun with collagen.

A short message.

Everything Else

After a fire, thousands of Atlantic salmon escape a British Columbia fish farm.

How Crisco toppled lard.

An interesting new study.

A high intake of sweets and restaurant food characterize the typical “high-carbon footprint” family, not high intake of meat.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Research I found interesting: Early human environments were totally unlike anything we see now.

Older news that remains sad: First ever cases of obesity in nomadic arctic peoples arise as venison and fish intake drop by half and noodle intake explodes.

I’m not surprised: How many vegans and vegetarians are actually eating animals?

Article I never expected to read: Did Michelangelo’s David have heart failure?

Article I’m sad to be reading: Are vegan diets detrimental to children’s growth and development?

Question I’m Asking

Should vegan diets for infants be illegal?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 21– Dec 27)

Comment of the Week

“Thanks for all you do, Mark and keep on Grok’in in the New Year! As for me, I’m off to Wal-Marsh for some fresh ‘gator armor.”

– Send me a set, would ya, Neanderchow? An elephant tusk ruined mine.

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2019 was a big year here.

I’ll start with the obvious. I sold Primal Kitchen® to Kraft Heinz back at the start. And though some of you expressed doubt and skepticism (totally understandable), I’m happy to report that things are going great. The brand and its products are still as high quality as ever while appearing in more stores than ever before. In fact, they’re getting even better. It’s been great to offer more varieties and flavors of the products people enjoy, and with the increased power of Kraft Heinz we’re able to get the best manufacturing facilities (for instance, we’ve secured use of a facility that does not process wheat—a real rarity in the industry).

What else?

As always, I tried a bunch of stuff. Did some experimentation…

My Top 2019 Experiments

Kefir Megadoses

There was a paper from a few years ago talking about the connection between fermented foods and anxiety. Their basic conclusion was that fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt and kefir can actually reduce anxiety in the long term. That always stuck with me. I definitely don’t have anxiety, social or otherwise, but like I said I do care about the outcome. That can manifest as something like anxiety (without the neurosis). It’s “justified anxiety.”

So, I tried drinking a quart of kefir in a single day on those days when I have a lot going on, when I’m doing some planning or just feel a bit out of sorts, like I’m on the cusp of the future and have yet to fully commit. It worked. It smoothed things out. I’m still doing it semi-regularly as needed.

Verdict: Keepin’ it.

Rest-Pause Super Sets

Instead of taking an hour or 1.5 hours to train at the gym, I played with a new way of lifting that’s much quicker and more condensed. I pick a weight and lift it as many times as I can. Rest for 30 seconds. Do it again. Rest for 30 seconds. Do it again.

Sometimes I’ll do a final drop set. Drop the weight by 15% and do another set of max reps.

That’s under 5 minutes per exercise, I get a great workout, and because I don’t feel obligated (or able) to push really heavy weights, my risk of injury is lower.

Verdict: Keepin’ it.

Coffee experiments: I’ve always loved messing around with my coffee. It’s one of the most reliable and consistent things I put into my body. It makes a great vehicle for all sorts of tasty and nutrient-dense ingredients. So, what did I try?

Super Dark Stearic-Enhanced Ganache Coffee

Melt 1/2 bar of as dark a chocolate as you can handle in some cream, then add to coffee. Cocoa butter is rich in stearic acid, a saturated fat that causes mitochondria to fuse and become more efficient at fat-burning.

Verdict: Very filling. Provides steady energy. Might be worth trying if you want to cut calories. Delicious.

Hemp Coffee

Blend raw or toasted hemp hearts in hot or cold coffee along with Collagen Fuel, cinnamon, and sea salt. Provides an enormous dose of magnesium (which caffeine can deplete) and creaminess. Here’s the full recipe.

Verdict: Delicious, calming. I use it from time to time.

Now for the big picture….

My Take On 2019 Health Trends

Keto is solidifying. More people than ever have learned to access their own body fat for energy. Keto isn’t as “exciting” or “explosive” as it was, but even better is that it’s becoming normalized. No one bats an eye when you skip the bun at the burger joint or opt for more meat instead of fries. Normalization is where the real power lies. My upcoming book, Keto For Life, is all about harnessing keto as a normalizing force for the rest of your life.

The Carnivore Diet is also exploding in a very exciting way; research is scarce, but the cascade of powerful personal success stories is increasingly undeniable. Even if carnivore isn’t the answer, the fact that people aren’t dropping dead and actually seem to be thriving is a harsh rebuke to the standard line about diet and health. We can learn a lot from carnivory.

Meanwhile, the anti-meat conglomerate really showed their hand.

The EAT-Lancet commission unveiled its global target diet, consisting of 0.75 eggs per week, a rat paw-sized serving of red meat each day, and so, so many almonds.

The “meat is murder, not just for the animals and your health, but also for the planet” message was really hammered home harder than ever before. This might have been the most insidious side of the conglomerate—conflating a legitimate issue with the strawman vision of ruminants destroying the planet. Luckily, there are people and projects speaking back to the misinformation and offering a healthy and sustainable vision. I’m doing what I can to support them.

Game Changers—a slick, well-produced documentary buoyed by a ton of moneyed interests pushing the plant-based agenda—took the Netflix-watching world by storm. I’ve heard from hundreds of readers whose families, coworkers, friends are going (or are considering going) vegan after watching the film. Still not gonna watch it though.

Germany is mulling a meat tax.

Maybe it’s all a coincidence, and these are all isolated pushes from independent actors who simply want to make the world a better place. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s a coordinated effort to change how people eat across the world—less meat and more plant-based products. My money’s on the last one. Either way, there’s a big fight coming, folks. There’s a lot of money and power behind the plant-based push. That’s going to be the big story in the next decade.

Despite all that, the most important part of 2019 was very personal.

The Best Part Of 2019…

I became a grandpa.

And my genes felt it. They said “My gosh, Sisson, you’ve done it. You’ve made it. You’ve really made it.” Because after all, from a natural selection perspective, having kids yourself isn’t enough. Passing on your genes to the next generation isn’t sufficient. No, your genes want to see themselves carried over to the next-next generation, too. And yeah, this hasn’t been quantified in the lab or anything, but it’s real. That’s the promised land for your heritage. You mean to tell me your genes don’t sense the shift? Mine definitely did.

Becoming a grandpa also made me wonder about the “source” of all this. Because that kid is a real miracle.

What does your 2019 roundup look like? I’d like to hear about the food, health, and fitness stories and experiments that resonated with you the most, but I’d love to hear about the personal journey you took. What were your defeats? Your victories? What did you love? What did you learn about the world or about yourself? What made you stop and reconsider what this thing we call life and existence is all about?

Tell me everything. And enjoy these last few days of 2019.

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Research of the Week

Analysis of Stone Age chewing gum reveals the DNA of a hunter-gatherer woman from ancient Denmark; duck and hazelnut remnants from her last meal were also detected.

Once again, insulin resistance is linked to Alzheimer’s.

Going vegan for a month drops B12, iodine, zinc, and riboflavin status. Good luck with all that.

Living in space presents health quandaries for humans, like “reversed blood flow.”

Neanderthal guts carried many of the same species as we do.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 394: Dr. Erin Fall Haskell: Host Elle Russ sits down with Dr. Erin, creator and host of Good Morning LaLa Land.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 39: Laura and Erin chat with Haile Thomas, a health coach wise beyond her years.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

Why your brain needs exercise, too (but not “brain exercises”).

Homo erectus survived far longer than we thought.

Interesting Blog Posts

How the US is changing.

Time will proceed, but your abilities don’t have to degenerate.

Social Notes

Not everything is negotiable.

Everything Else

Form check.

Bacon fat trends.

How growing demand for nuts is affecting our water supply.

Youngsters just don’t know.

This is your brain in Antarctica.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I love to see it: Researchers exploring the merits of indigenous knowledge in Australia.

Blog post I found interesting: Cholesterol Fears, Fake News, Statins, and the Age Game: Who Plays?

I’d wear it while campaigning in Carthage: Roman crocodile-skin armor.

Story I enjoyed: How KFC made it in Japan.

Easy money: All you gotta do is meet Dave’s challenge.

Question I’m Asking

If we make it into space long term, what kind of side effects do you think we’ll see? Health, lifestyle, social, etc.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 14 – Dec 20)

Comment of the Week

“8. Don’t Throw In the Towel and Continue Overeating For the Foreseeable Future or ‘Until the New Year’

Awww, come on! That was my game plan. ?

– Hate to break it to ya, jenny.

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