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Masterful… with one unanswered question.
on 11 December 2017
Mark Sisson is the author of the Mark’s Daily Apple blog, which has gained a huge popularity and large fan base over the last several years. The Primal Blueprint covers Mark’s core approach to health in a condensed form. In 300 or so pages, he talks about broad and diverse aspects of life such as diet, exercise, lifestyle, sun exposure, play, footwear and more. In a nutshell, the Primal Blueprint takes a step back and take a good look at our lifestyle from both common sense & evolutionary perspectives.
Who will find this book interesting?
Probably just about everybody with an interest in their own health I would think.
Why you should read it:
- Mark has an easily accessible & humorous writing style, despite entering sometime very technical subjects.
- The whole book is strongly anchored in science.
- It is a blueprint. A set of guidelines and principles. It is not a diet, not a strongly regimented programme. It doesn’t tell you what to do on a 30 days plan, and therefore is adaptable to whatever your circumstances are.
- Although many people use this approach for “weight loss”, it is so much more! It offers a coherent approach to health and can be used effectively by just anybody with chronic conditions or general poor health. Following the Primal Blueprint promises to improve your hormone balance, energy levels, physical & mental fitness and cardio-vascular health.
What can be improved on, from my point of view?
- A minor complaint: I generally don’t like when the references are at the end of the book, it generally means they’re never looked up. At least they are numbered.
- Most of the material can be read for free of Mark’s huge website… if you have the time to sift through the ton of material on there.
- … and here is the biggest blind spot and unanswered question, which many in the so-called "paleo diet" community seem to ignore: if agriculture got us into this mess in the first place, is it conceivable to get better without questioning he fundamentals of our society? In other words, if one wishes to go back to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, how can it be achieved in world where most of the land is “private property” and where wilderness is persona non-grata? History has demonstrated with concerning consistency that, from the advent of agriculture to this very day, hunter-gatherers are on the losing side of the forced march towards “progress”. I appreciate this subject would need a few more books to get into, but ignoring the question completely is burying one’s head in the sand.