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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984755101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984755103
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark is the one of the leading figures in the primal/paleo/ancestral health world, with his MarksDailyApple.com the most visited site in this category. Mark has followed the revolutionary bestseller, The Primal Blueprint, with six other books on primal living and eating. He is a former world-class endurance athlete (2:18 marathon, 4th place Hawaii Ironman), BA degree in biology (Williams College). Besides blogging daily and writing books, Mark hosts PrimalCon lifestyle retreats in North America

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Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. From its humble - and controversial - beginnings in 2006, Mark's Daily Apple has grown into one of the highest-ranked health information resources on the Internet, with 1.6 million unique visitors each month. Mark, 60, has a BA in biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships. Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal Blueprint way of life and hosts multi-day total immersion retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico. He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie and they have two children.

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Best book i've read in my life period.
Alexandra Ortiz
THE PLAY CONNECTION We just really want to play like we did when we were little kids and that's totally normal.
Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
This is by far the best work on Primal living and follows on well from the Primal Blueprint book by Mark Sisson.
Joanne Palenzuela

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Gruber on January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In The Primal Connection--Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness--Mark Sisson has gone beyond his bestselling The Primal Blueprint to bring forth a powerful life program for reconnecting with what truly makes us happy, healthy, and wise. Sisson's touchstone is always our evolutionary heritage, including both biological evolution through our genes as well as the social evolution of our species. After re-stating the core of the diet and exercise regime from The Primal Blueprint, Sisson then expands on:

* our connection with our inner dialogue (giving us 10 Habits of Highly Successful Hunter-Gatherers),
* our connection with our body by going shoeless whenever possible and learning proper posture and mechanics,
* our connection with nature (I'd recommend Bill McKibben's The Age of Missing Information for a fabulous extended take on this point),
* the connection with our daily rhythms (stop over-stimulating yourself with light and electronics after dark),
* our social connection (find about 12 people to be good friends with in the real world and forget about having a zillion Facebook friends),
* and finally our connection with play, relaxation, and downtime generally.

Two book themes are particularly interesting and worthy of further exploration.

The first concerns what Sisson calls "the Power of Posture," where he briefly summarizes the well-known work of Esther Gokhale and the Gokhale Method Institute in Palo Alto, California. Based on
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210 of 231 people found the following review helpful By mr nice guy on January 15, 2013
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It is actually with a strange sense of sadness that I feel compelled to write this review.

Mr. Sisson's book, The Primal Blueprint, has had a powerful, positive effect on my life. I have used his 90-Day Journal with good results. And I have gained tremendously from his website, Mark's Daily Apple. I HIGHLY recommend all those resources. Unfortunately, having read The Primal Connection, I cannot recommend it. In fact, I found it to be quite bad. Here's why: The Primal Blueprint identifies a scientific fact--human beings appeared in evolution under certain physical and dietary conditions; attempting to live, eat, and move as much as possible under those conditions will deliver optimal gene expression today. Eat and move like Grok, not Korg, and you will be healthier and happier. I'm doing it, and it works. The reason the Primal Connection fails (in my opinion) is that it goes so far from the base scientific fact that it strays into the realm of metaphor. Live like hunter-gatherers did (but not really).

Well, I could go into any era of human existence, pull out what I think were the best attributes of life then, and write a book telling people to establish a "connection" to that time. The Renaissance Connection, The Enlightenment Connection, The Medieval Connection (with lots of great stuff about chivalry--and mutton), The 60s Connection (just relax, dude), The Victorian Connection (after all, Darwin himself was a Victorian and it was a time of great discovery, without which we wouldn't even have the underlying truth of The Primal Blueprint). I could pull the best (or my interpretation/imagination of the best) out of any of these times, and give a framework for making a "connection." But I would fall into the same trap that Mr. Sisson does. Here is some of the concrete advice Mr.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tara Grant on January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was thrilled to recieve my advance copy of Mark Sisson's latest book in The Primal Blueprint series, The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness, last week for several reasons. First (and foremost), I was interested in seeing how Mark interpreted a topic that should resonate with us all at our core. Second, I was curious to see how the book was laid out, seeing as I'm writing a very similar book myself. (Thankfully, Mark has covered the bigger topics I haven't, and my book may end up being a great companion to this one.) Third, I was excited for people to actually read this book and start making changes in their lives -- changes that would make it easier for me to interact with them, to connect on a deeper level and to form tribes based on shared human experiences instead of the latest model of a designer purse or the shared love of Nikon cameras.

I've been feeling majorly disconnected from modern society for about four years now -- about the same length of time that I've been Primal. I've lost touch with many friends, as I no longer have much in common with them. When I started eating and exercising the way my genes expected me to, something deep in the recesses of my brain woke up. I started questioning why I did everything that I did: Why did I feel the need for a bigger house? What role was television playing in my life? Why did I want to be surrounded by people at certain times and completely alone at other times? Why did I suddenly hate video games and everyone who played them for hours on end -- the only `social' interaction they had all day? Why was I depressed after looking at Facebook? Didn't I have over 500 friends on there?
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