The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness
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The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness

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Are You Hyperconnected ... and Disconnected? The frenetic pace of modern life distracts us from a painful truth: we are disconnected. Disconnected from our DNA recipe, forged through the selection pressure of human evolution, to enjoy health, happiness, and peace of mind. Horns, office chatter, and whirring machines batter our ears with incessant noise. Artificial light an...more
ebook, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Primal Nutrition (first published September 17th 2012)
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Quicksilver Quill
Mark Sisson changes lives—he can’t seem to help it. First he gets you in shape, eating and exercising right, then he teaches you how to find balance, happiness, and connection. How does he do it all?

The Primal Connection is a worthy follow-up to Mark’s magnum opus, The Primal Blueprint. For those new to the primal/paleo movement, The Primal Connection is an excellent intro to many of the basic tenets. And while some of the content will already be familiar to devotees—the benefits of going barefo...more
Joshua
I found this book to be inspiring and grounding. So many of the things he suggests doing to get a life back in balance -- connecting with others, enjoying nature, playing, doing moderate adrenaline seeking, and so on -- are intuitive once they are pointed out. Yes, I feel great when I walk in the woods. Cool -- there is evidence that suggests it's even better for you than just feeling good -- and making your interior more "natural" is helpful too. Well worth reading. A healthy index is provided...more
Kris
Overall, a great book, and a good followup to The Primal Blueprint that really expands on the premise of the Primal lifestyle, that goes well beyond just the diet (similar to paleo for the uninitiated). This portion definitely offers a lot of room for growth for anyone. And while changing one's diet can be difficult, and one might argue with the principles of the primal diet, it's difficult to argue with the lifestyle suggestions for health and happiness presented here. It builds upon the founda...more
John
Mark Sisson is a great author. I enjoyed the Primal Blueprint and indeed found it life-changing. I really enjoy listening to him speak - YouTube,podcasts, etc - and I think he's done an incredible jo,b as a layman scientist, of melding so many different fields into a holistic primal concept. I think its brilliant and has the powerful to truly transform.

This particular book left me a little wanting. I think it was just a little repetitive and somewhat dreamy. I assure you, no matter how much fat...more
Alison Golden
At the core of this book is an acceptance over man's need for the state of mind we call "happiness." We are often under the impression that life of ancient man was short and brutal - an experience to be endured, often with great suffering, rather than enjoyed or appreciated.

But author Mark Sisson refutes that, giving examples of how important play, social bonds, rest and slow living were vital to individual thriving and tribal survival. His point is that happiness isn't unattainable or a luxury,...more
Dan Wool
Primal Connection is a lot less groundbreaking than Primal Blueprint but a fine companion piece.

Connection is a little more philospohical than Blueprint.

In Primal Connection, Mark Sisson continues to explore the common sense notion that while society has changed dramatically from the times of early mankind, our genes have not changed, and you must do (or in many cases avoid!) things to ensure their proper expression including proper diet, optimal exercise and ideas for ensuring contunual energ...more
Erin
I've been paying very close attention to the whole Primal/Paleo lifestyle for the last year and find the whole thing very intriguing (whether or not I decide to adapt it is almost irrelevant, but I have adapted some of the principles into my daily life.) But this is a slightly different take on that (most of these books focus on diet), and has Sisson comparing our current lifestyle to the lifestyle of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and how really disconnected they are from each other. We eat ter...more
Maya
It hits a lof of really good points, and does an excellent job of explaining some of the innate needs we might feel & where those needs may have originated, where modern life may interfere with these needs, and what to do about them. It's not as in depth as the articles Mark has previously written on the subject, and there is a bit of redundancy for those who already follow him online, but there were some new tidbits that made me stop and go 'huh' as well.

All in all I think it does a good j...more
Stephen Collins
There's a lot to be said for Sisson's "get back to nature" premise in The Primal Connection; seeking to live a simpler life, with more movement, better, cleaner food and less unnecessary technology is a laudable aim.

I will note, however, that I am somewhat leery of a few of the conclusions drawn in the book. As someone who believes the science needs to be in for assertions of philosophy (such as those made in the book regarding the use of squat toilets) to move to accepted theory (in the scient...more
Lisa
Health is more than just exercise and what you eat. Lots of great tips on how to live a fulfilling, relationship centered life that will enhance not only your health but sense of well being, too!
Jean
I truly love Mark Sisson's patriarchal yet approachable style. The man educates himself deeply, feels a strong conviction, yet never seems preachy or judgmental. He asks us to make major changes in our lives, but he also knows that we may need to move with small steps, and you know he'd be cheering you every baby step of the way if he could.
This book is wonderfully insightful and positive. I wish it had a little more meat, though (ha,) like his blog posts. He is trying to reach a wider audience...more
Gail
Let me start by saying I love all things Sisson and Primal/Paleo, but I felt that this book was just a rehash of blogs from MDA (marksdailyapple.com) and other sources. I am a veracious reader and I actually had to put this down serval times in order to finally get through it! There were definitely some gems in this book but even the gems felt forced and rehashed.
Indrė Šed
Amazing, inspirational book which force you to evaluate your daily life, routine, relationship, activities, environment. The book touches you in many ways, also you need to be open to read it, to accept that you can improve your life, make changes, be more positive, be more creative in activities, be playing in life and be nature kid even in grown man/woman body. Free your mind, be brave to enjoy your life and smallish moments around you. Brilliant read!
Alicia
I loved this book, I really love anything that has information about biology and how this affects us in a our busy world. I believe in living a "wild" life getting back to nature and this for sure points you back the right direction in an easy and digestible way. It is good even for city dwellers! I highly recommend, especially if you're on the natural path or paleo path.
Charissa
It was pretty good, definitely not as life-changing as the Primal Blueprint but an interesting read nonetheless.
Sathish Sekar
Pretty good read. I am a fan of Mark Sisson's blog "Mark's Daily Apple". So I was excited to read his published work. The book sheds light on how our behavior in modern times contradicts the instincts of our primal genes. I look forward to reading his other book "The Primal Blueprint".
Nikki
Walking barefoot, aware
reclaiming our right to live
in balance with life.

Sleeping in deep dark.
Vitamin D from the sun.
Not forgetting play.
John
This is the fifth Mark Sisson Book I have read. I like him as an author, and I found this book very interesting re: the "Paleo" diet/life style.
Darus Trutna
Outstanding read that reminds me my body is a natural part of this world and I must follow the rules of my genes to thrive.
Angi
This was a good book, but nothing new if you are already a reader of Mark Sisson's blog or, really, any of his other books.
Kristian Norling
I am primal. Great book on important subject. Be holistic regarding your health, it is the primal thing to do. Grok on!
Robbo
Disappointing. Mark should stick to the diet/exercise books rather than this unfortunate take on the whole of life.
Michelle
Nothing new from his first book but helpful none the less.
Mark Dixon
Very eye opening book. I want to be more primal.
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