Monday, November 4, 2019

The Information Monopolies

Google, don’t be Evil. Please.  

The internet era created arguably the greatest access to information and ideas that humanity has ever experienced. 

However, this ability to share information, tinker, and experiment, has loosened the hold that governments, corporations, and academia have on the populace at large. 

Recently, this freedom has become a precarious thing…

The Information Monopolies (such as Google and Facebook) have begun to curate and or suppress access to information on a variety of topics. 


Although there is much debate as to the morality of these actions (they ARE private companies) one might wonder if, although these behemoths CAN do something, should they actually do it?

What is the motivation for Google making it remarkably difficult to find information on low carb, ketogenic, and similar diets? 

Some may merely shrug and dismiss the whole mess, but
a recent Harvard study looked at a low carbohydrate diet in type 1 diabetic children…this is a highly controversial topic, and in general the medical establishment views low carb diets as “dangerous and ill advised” for diabetics. 

Yet the results of the study were remarkable…

The journal said that NO protocol of diet OR drugs had EVER produced the results obtained in this well-conducted, low carbohydrate diet study. 

The discussion and basic information which underpinned this study is now verboten within the Google search algorithms which turn to outlets such as WebMD as seemingly the sole arbiters of truth. 

It’s worth mentioning that this study was so impressive that it appears to have changed the culture within the governing bodies responsible for making public health recommendations related to diabetes. 

The “establishment” may soon adopt guidelines much more aligned with the protocols detailed in the study…but the study occurred due to the vocal activity of online entities which educated and supported tens of thousands of families dealing with type 1 diabetes. 

This same information is now actively suppressed by entities such as Google and Facebook.

This process, if left unchecked, will create an intellectual bottleneck which could effectively halt innovation which could occur if we meld network effects and basic science. 

Does this make you angry? Scare the living daylights out of you? 



Join us in the healthy rebellion


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The Primal Blueprint Revealed a Potential I Didn’t Know I Had

It’s Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Yup, success stories are back! And I’m looking for more. Follow-ups, mid-progress reflections—every story at every stage has the potential to inspire folks out there who are getting started or contemplating a new beginning. Contact me here to share your story—long or not so long. You never know who you’ll impact by doing it. Enjoy, everyone!

The Primal Blueprint revealed a potential I didn’t know I had. I was never an athlete. Fitness has always been a struggle. But underneath that was a potential I didn’t know I had. At 39-years-old I now look, move and feel better than I did at 19. And I’ve begun engaging in adventures that my younger self couldn’t dream of. Here’s how it happened.

The process started in 2012. I was taking acid reflux medication and needed to lose weight. Already at 32 I felt old. I started doing calisthenics at home and took a long hard look at my diet. I tried everything. I even dabbled with a mostly plant-based diet. The sheer volume of nutrition, fitness and training advice caused me to jump around. Eventually I started drawing towards aspects of Paleo. In particular I starting eliminating highly processed carbs and fats. It was a struggle, but I started getting results.

2016 was the pivotal year. In February, a friend at work approached. “I just heard a guy named Mark Sisson on Joe Rogan. It was really interesting. You’d like it.” After listening to the interview, I immediately read Primal Endurance, and then Mark’s other books. I dove into Mark’s Daily Apple.

The timing was perfect. My wife was due with our first child. That meant a family would be coming soon. And it had me freaking out. Playing like a kid with my kids in my forties would be a challenge, but it had to happen. I wouldn’t be the broken down old man with young kids. I was motivated to make big changes.

I focused on eating plants and animals, and the diet just clicked. I reorganized my training to make it more Primal. I focused on moving frequently at a slow pace. And I started sprinting. I also started noticing how lifestyle factors affected my health and recovery.

It’s hard to give an accurate picture of the process. It wasn’t uninterrupted success. There were many setbacks. There were lessons I had to learn and re-learn. But in the end, I earned a six-pack for the first time in my adult life. With my increased recovery and my focus on sensible, sustainable training, I made serious progress. I built muscle, leaned out and starting moving better than ever.

As I got more comfortable with the diet and lifestyle I began adding new skills. I started skipping breakfast and spent the winter in Keto. I even bought a pair of Vibrams.

Primal also got me to rethink my potential. Looking at our ancestral heritage, I thought, why couldn’t I have a body built for high adventure? Isn’t it our genetic birthright? The idea fascinated me. I had always loved travel and adventure, and when I was younger, I had engaged in both.

In 2017, I decided to go all in. I became a Primal Health Coach. The education gave the Primal Blueprint’s organizing principles new depth. Plus the education, including the business modules, inspired me to keep pushing my limits.
In 2015 I had read about MovNat, in the book Natural Born Heroes. At the time, I thought younger, fitter people might enjoy the training, but I never entertained the thought of trying it myself. Primal changed that. In 2018 I started training MovNat, and at 38-years-old I became a MovNat Master Trainer. I could not have dreamed of participating in such intense, difficult training before I discovered Primal.

Things that seemed physically impossible in my twenties will be very doable in my forties. I anticipate playing like a kid with my grandkids. And I’ve started a coaching business to help others achieve similar results. Because of Primal I’ve started a new chapter of life that I couldn’t have imagined when I first listened to Mark. Thanks.

—Chris Redig

You can connect with Chris at Adventure Driven Fitness or Instagram.

Also, check out his past guest post on MDA here.


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First Birthday At The Vineyard

For the past year I have a text thread with four other moms of babies Birch’s age. We have been each other’s support group during periods of sleeplessness, sickness, and chaos. And we chat daily about milestones and questions we have, sharing tips and advice. I met each of them in a different way (I think I was the point of the start who connected us all) but we have all become great friends over the past year.

We decided to have a joint birthday party for the babies, all born within about a month of each other, rather than taking turns hosting each other. As Mazen likes to say, Birch had his “family party” last week and his “friends party” this weekend.

The Setting

We headed to King Family Vineyards mid-day where the big brothers would have plenty of room to run and the babies could crawl through the grass.

The Food

We coordinated a cheese board and big salad from Plenty (naturally!), cupcakes, and bought wine from the vineyard.

The salad was lentil and kale with feta, olives, and almonds. So delicious!!

The babies were thrilled with their cupcakes!

More pics to come!

We also had a photographer come to capture the event and take each family’s photo. I’ll have the professional photos to share in a couple of weeks!

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Shoes We’re Loving Lately + thredUP Review

Hi, guys! I hope you had a lovely weekend! 🙂

Our was most definitely a whirlwind – lots of parties and get-togethers, but, of course, it was all fun stuff. I’m actually excited (!) to get back to work this week. I have so many awesome things on the agenda for the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020… it’s basically Carrots ‘N’ Cake 2.0! 🙂

So, let’s talk about some the of the shoes we’re loving lately in our house. I know… it’s kind of random, but when I was thinking about some of the “excitement” from the weekend, it related to our shoes! Haha!

First up are these sprinkle cupcake sneakers from Brooks. I mentioned them a few months ago (and my obsession with them), so I’m so glad I was able to partner with Zappos and finally get myself a pair. They are seriously the cutest sneakers ever, and I cannot wait to wear them to Orangetheory!

Just a quick FYI: These sprinkle sneakers are only available for a limited time on Zappos because of a special 20th anniversary sale, so I’d hop on it! There’s free shipping at Zappos both ways, so if they don’t fit or you don’t like them, you can always return them.

Next up are bear slippers that look like pug feet. I saw them in the dollar bins at Target for just $2.50, and I just couldn’t pass them up. Quinn thought they were so cool and has worn them non-stop ever since I gave them to him. Murphy isn’t so sure about them, but he appreciates the sentiment.

And, finally, we’re loving thredUP for new winter and rain boots. Quinn needs new pairs every years, so shopping at thredUP saves us money and time. Quality kids footwear can get really expensive, so thredUP is awesome for finding good name brands at an affordable price. (They also have a great return policy if they don’t fit!)

If you haven’t heard of thredUP, it’s an online consignment store that sells great quality second-hand clothing. While most previously owned, they’re all quality brand names, and some even come with the tags on them, so they are basically brand new!

I also wanted to share a quick video about one of our recent thredUP orders. I love to buy sweatpants and pajamas on thredUP. I mean, I’m mostly wearing them just bumming around at home and working from home, so I don’t want to spend a ton of money on them, yet still want to be comfy and stylish. thredUP is great for it because they have leisure and workout clothes from awesome brands like Lulelmon, Brooks, Nike J. Crew, and Victoria’s Secret for a fraction of the price.

I pretty much shop for ALL of Quinn’s clothes on thredUP because he goes through clothes so quickly, and it’s so easy to shop online. Quinn goes through pants like it’s his job. They always end up with holes in the knees, so I’m constantly on thredUP looking for pants – in his current size and a couple of sizes bigger, so he always has the option of growing into them.

This particular order was a lot of sweatpants for me that included brands like American Eagle and Abercrombie, and a bunch of stuff for Quinn, like his new winter shoes!

Another cool thing about thredUP is that the company tries to be as environmentally-friendly as possible by bundling clothes from the same warehouse (they have them all over) and shipping them to you (so a heads up that some packages do arrive at different times). And their return policy is super easy – all you do is go online and check what you want to return, and they will refund your money, no questions asked.

We’ve also sold a ton of clothes on ThredUP over the years. We’ve been customers since 2014 and actively purge our closets, so we’re sold 467 items and made $1059.92 to date. Not too shabby, right? It’s definitely worth checking out if you have name brand clothing that you want to sell!

I hope you guys enjoy this little show and tell!

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