It’s weird, the guy really does look like a caveman…
It’s kinda like I’m living in that old movie, Encino Man. You know, the one about the two high school students who stumble upon a frozen paleolithic man while digging a pool in their backyard. They thaw him out, give him a cool haircut and a clean shave, and take him to school where he gets all the girls.
But in this case, the caveman sleeping on my couch this week speaks in complete sentences, wrote one of my favorite books of last year, and even has a degree from Harvard.
Last night, John Durant and I sat down for a short interview about a couple of my favorite sections of his Paleo Manifesto as well as his upcoming free online event, Paleo Con.
When John Durant’s new book The Paleo Manifesto arrived in my mailbox, I rolled my eyes and left it to die in the mountainous stack of unread books atop my bookcase.
The last thing I wanted to read was another paleo book that said exactly what the last one said. I’ve got better things to do.
BUT…after John sent me a Facebook message inquiring about a spot on the radio show, I decided to flip through his Manifesto and was happy to see very few mentions of gluten, lectins, 30-day challenges, and other common paleo topics.
Instead I saw sections on gorillas in captivity, Moses, hot air balloons, the science of disgust, the Bambi Effect, and a bunch of other cool topics seldom broached in the paleo space.
And when I finally had a chance to read John’s book this week, I was no less than blown away by how thoughtful, historic, and engaging The Paleo Manifesto turned out to be. When I got to the end I was actually bummed that it was over.
He should write a sequel.
Mr. Durant joined me this afternoon for what I had a feeling would be a classic episode of Underground Wellness Radio.
That’s exactly what went through my head when I heard that Mark Sisson had a new book on the way.
In my opinion, the last thing the world needs right now is yet another Paleo book recommending that we eat real food and remove grains and dairy from our diets.
I think I’ve read that book about 15 times — with 15 different authors and titles — in the past year or so.
Besides, Mark did an outstanding job teaching us what to eat in The Primal Blueprint. What more could he have to offer in his latest opus The Primal Connection?
The answer is quite a bit. In fact, The Primal Connection has little, if anything, to do with diet. It’s about all of that other stuff.
That other stuff has become one of my favorite topics these days. Yes, we know that our dietary choices can have a dramatic impact on gene expression, switching the good (or bad) genes on or off. But it doesn’t end there.
Environmental factors — social interactions, sunlight exposure, our inner dialogue, and even laughter — can have just as profound an effect on our genes as what we stuff into our mouths. I’ll give you a few examples:
Did you know that laughter turns on the genes that fire up your immune system by increasing production of NK (natural killer) cells responsible for defending against cancers, infections, and other bugs?
I remember learning in my CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coaching course that the average person chuckles just once a day. A chuckle. That’s not even a full-blown laugh!