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Interview With Gary Taubes the Author of Good Calories Bad Calories – Part 1 of 2

(As taken from Gary Taubes is an award-winning science and health journalist, and co-founder of thePrimal Power Method Gary Taubes non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative ( He is the author of Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (Knopf, 2011) and Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control and Disease (Knopf, 2007). Taubes is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won numerous other awards for his journalism. These include the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. (He is the only print journalist to win this award three times.) Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia University (1981).

PRIMAL GUY: Having a background as a scientific writer, what initiated the concept for the New York Times bestseller Good Calories, Bad Calories?

GARY TAUBES: I had pitched an article to the New York Times magazine back in 2001 on what caused the obesity epidemic, which was new enough in the public consciousness at the time that I thought you could do an article about what the likely causes were. I had a couple of hypotheses that had come out of an article I had recently done for Science—“The soft science of dietary fat”.

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What is the Primal Lifestyle and How it Can Change Your Life Forever?

Recently you have probably heard the term “Primal” used, most often interchangeably with “Paleo.” You might know a little Primal Power Method Manabout Paleo, but is it the same as Primal? If not, what are the differences between the two.

Primal – Is based on the Paleo diet, but with some tweaks and philosophical differences. The primary difference is that Primal is not a diet, but a lifestyle. It is the more holistic approach to health encompassing mind, body and sole. Primal is the melding of our ancient ways of eating, movement and engaging in mindfulness.

When it comes to the diet nuances, Primal believes in the primary eating concepts, but allows small amounts of organic preferably raw dairy products. In addition, Primal believes in eating fairly large amounts of saturated fats found in animal meats, dairy products and coconut oil.

What is important to understand is that Primal and Paleo, though not truly interchangeable, definitely play in the same playground. Can you be Paleo and Primal? Absolutely! I believe, though different, they coexist in the same genre and belief of optimal health.

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Nutrisystem: Another Celebrity Weight-Loss Scam?

Everyday we hear about the latest and greatest celebrity weight-loss technique or product that is surely going to change your life. I agree it will change your life in two ways:

1) Make you lighter by making your money magically fly out of your butt at a high rate of speed.Primal Power Method Celebrity Weight Loss Scam

2) At worst, make you sicker than a dog; at best, fatter than when you started.

The Primal Power Method has some tried and true advice when it comes to celebrities and using their hyped-up weight-loss products. Don’t! …Well, unless you really enjoy making them richer and yourself poorer. Yes, this includes all those supposed experts like Dr. Oz, Oprah and Jillian Michaels. It doesn’t matter what letters are after their name. The fact is – if they make their money on TV, don’t get weight-loss advice from them. If they were truly experts in health and wellness, guess what? They would be working in the health and wellness industry and not on TV land.

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Vibram Five Fingers Minimalist Footwear

I have spent nearly two decades with chronic back, SI joint, hip and knee pain from an injury I received while in the military. Even Gary's Health Tips Vibramsafter serious back surgery the problems persisted and I’m always looking for new ways to help minimize my daily pain. Many methods I have tried over the last several years have definitely helped, such as taking turmeric, grounding and chryotherapy to name a few.

I had always wanted to give the Vibram Five Fingers a try, as some of my Primal/Paleo friends had sworn by them. Being new, and not overly educated in this type of footwear, I thought it would be best to go to a specialty footwear store and take a look. This ended up being a wise decision as the sizes for Vibram’s are in the European standard, which is much different from American sizing we are used to. Also with any new shoe brand you are trying, they all fit differently, so I recommend if you are interested in minimalist shoes you go to a store and try them on first. In addition, I recommend you purchase the special socks that are made for Five Fingers, basically the socks have the toes stitched in. I guarantee you will fall in love with the socks they are supper comfortable! The reason I recommend the socks is your feet sweat less and even though the stitching in the shoe is minimal you can still feel it.

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Workout Boosters: A Former FDA Agent’s Perspective

Lately workout boosters, sometimes called vasodilators, have become a hot topic and are now in the crosshairs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So what are workout boosters/vasodilators? These are supplements claiming to give you increased energy and muscle pump by using supposed natural substances, mainly high doses of caffeine and toxic chemicals, to accomplishPrimal Power Method Dangerous Supplements this physical reaction, while working out or participating in competitive athletic events. Some of these products will also use the description “fat burner,” but they are pretty much the same product.

In a recent article in the New York Times:

“With names like Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, the popular products contain a stimulant known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA for short. In a public warning late Thursday, the FDA said that the stimulant did not qualify as a legal dietary supplement ingredient and that it could raise blood pressure, potentially causing heart attacks and other health problems.”

According to WebMD:

“Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder ADHD, weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.”

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