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Who is your most favorite guru of Paleo/Primal knowledge?

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Created August 19, 2011 at 5:25 AM

I have yet to purchase a paleo/primal book. There is so much on the net I have not needed to. I'm ready to purchase my first book and accompanying cookbook for myself and my Mom to read. I finally convinced her to give up wheat for her GERD and IBS. I've been paleo about 6 months and immersing myself in Wolf, Sisson, Nikoley, Coppola, Gedgaudis, Moore, Cordain, Fragoso/Gower, Taubes, Lustig, some Jaminet, some Fallon for the last 10 months. I find them all very interesting and each of them motivate me. Who is your favorite guru on our way of eating and the science behind it? Which author's book would you choose to give to someone important to you?

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on February 08, 2013
at 10:05 PM

Denise Minger! rawfoodsos.com

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on September 29, 2011
at 07:51 AM

I second this comment regarding the books. I think a combination of the Wolf and Taubes books mentioned here give a little more depth without overwhelming the reader. I would however disagree re the blogs. Archevore in particular is very good, in my opinion.

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:38 AM

I dont agree with everything Davis puts out, but he does have some good stuff to share, he woke me up to the problems with oats. Another one with some good stuff mixed in with the shameless plugging of merchandise in Mercola. I found his warnings on soy particularly enlightening.

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:17 AM

Aren't we lucky. :)

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Thanks Leigh. I'm leaning toward Sisson and Jaminet. And...I'm hoping my Mom becomes a convert too. FRM; She lived with wolves which seems pretty interesting to me. Maybe she just is not as entertaining a presenter as she could be.

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Thanks FRM; I have not heard of some of those. I'll look them up.

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Oops. I mean grammar geekery. :)

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:07 AM

FRM; Yes. You are correct but isn't it MORE correct to say the syntax of the sentence is grammatically incorrect? Either way...grammer geekery is good. And yes Bryan...just a dude with a blog can be a guru. The rest of the non-paleo world considers a journalist dude with a necktie the expert. That is who they listen to anyway. I'd sick Nikoley on the writers for US News and World Report any day.

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on August 21, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Melissa doesn't seem to think Cordain really ranks too well as a real scientist.

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on August 21, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Art who? (That never gets old...) 2 years Paleo, never read a word of Art. William Davis...nahhh.....the visceral fat/subcuntaneous fat post was the last straw.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:17 AM

yea, and his emphasis on self experimentation cant be beat

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:16 AM

100% agree with you pick 3!

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:11 AM

As far as books go, Sisson is clearly the best for someone who wants a straightforward and accessible guide or intro. Wolf's *Paleo Solution* and Taubes' *Why We Get Fat* are what I recommend to people I know who need more convincing. I would definitely not recommend any paleo blog (sans Sisson, Wolf, and maybe a few PaNu posts) as the controversy, debates, poor science, etc. would be distracting and confusing.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:08 AM

nikoley is one of my favorite bloggers, especially when he doesnt post about food lol. i would buy a endocrinology book personally not a diet book

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:04 AM

Yep I'd add another the recommend for Lucas Tafur of ketotic.org. He's excellent, concise, critical, and quite informative across a broad range of scientific fields. He also has a great blog en espanol, Nutricion Evolutiva (http://www.somatotropina.com), which I recommend to my Chilean friends since my Spanish doesn't extend to scientific terminology.

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on August 21, 2011
at 12:46 AM

She seems very knowledgeable, but there is something about her that I cant' quite put my finger on. I noticed some of paleohackers on this site who attended AHS11 gave her the moniker: "Noring", as in boring.

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on August 21, 2011
at 12:41 AM

You are very welcome BHC! My handle comes from considering myself my family's sherpa. :)

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on August 21, 2011
at 12:14 AM

"most favorite"? don't you just mean favorite? most is a redundant word. Sorry grammar geek in the house.

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on August 20, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Go Kurt Maybe he's just resting up

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on August 20, 2011
at 11:11 PM

Wow Nikoley is a "guru"? He's just a dude with a blog.

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on August 19, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Poor Mark Sisson.. Erwan Le Corre stole all his man-crush at AHS :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I have Everyday Paleo, and I don't buy cookbooks and have never followed a recipe for anything more than inspiration. Recommended.

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Look on amazon to see how well received the book is, but go directly to her site to purchase the book at http://www.thegardenofeatingdiet.com/BuyTheBook.asp. Online venders take advantage of the fact the book is so hard to find.

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Thanks Householder. I will check out Garden of Eating.

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Yes I also like that he has so much accessible information on his site that is free. It makes me want to spend money on his material..

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Ever since watching Sisson's AHS talk and hearing him on Robb's podcast recently, I have developed a huge man crush on him.

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Thanks Sherpamelissa. Love your handle and congrats on your success.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:58 PM

Thanks for your help Jack.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Second the Kurt Harris nod.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Hi Bacon - your question here should really be an answer on another thread.

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on August 19, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Shout-out for Lucas Tafur from me, too. He is indeed very technical, but he tries hard to simplify, and I really appreciate the depth he goes into.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:22 PM

Thank you for your answer. It is useful.

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on August 19, 2011
at 11:01 AM

I wish Kurt Harris would start blogging again. And I do love the Perfect Health Diet blog.

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on August 19, 2011
at 07:17 AM

Have given a (hopefully useful) answer, but I can't in faith upvote the question because there are many others just like it in the "related" sidebar.

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:02 AM

Oh darn. I forgot to include him. Yes. I listen to all his podcasts. I especially like the gut/brain discussion. Thanks Jeff. I have not looked at the 9 steps. I will now.

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on August 20, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Nora T. Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind. While I absolutely loved the books of Wolf, Cordain, DeVany, and Sisson, I think PBPM is the best straight-up evolutionary nutrition book (the others focus on fitness and other stuff as well, where as PBPM is primarily nutrition). I gave it to my mom (who didn't believe in anything I told her about Paleo), and she's now a convert. Gedgaudas also has a great site and does awesome podcasts: http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com/

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on August 21, 2011
at 12:46 AM

She seems very knowledgeable, but there is something about her that I cant' quite put my finger on. I noticed some of paleohackers on this site who attended AHS11 gave her the moniker: "Noring", as in boring.

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Thanks Leigh. I'm leaning toward Sisson and Jaminet. And...I'm hoping my Mom becomes a convert too. FRM; She lived with wolves which seems pretty interesting to me. Maybe she just is not as entertaining a presenter as she could be.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:34 PM

Hands down, to me, the easiest book to understand and give to someone else to get started is Mark Sisson's PRIMAL BLUEPRINT. It's kind of basic and not as hardcore as a lot of Paleo Hackers like to be, but it is definitely, well written and easy to read and makes important points.

My second choice for giving to newbies is Robb Wolf's THE PALEO SOLUTION, it's a little more in-depth science-y, but still a fun, easy read.

The others all all good back up and further reading material once you know the basics. I would also suggest Taubes, Why We Get Fat as my third choice. Especially if you aren't so much Paleo, but looking at new information on nutrition different than conventional wisdom.

p.s. I probably wouldn't spend money on a Paleo Cookbook, but I'm a picky eater and so is my family, so I can usually only eat about 2 or 3 things from any given cookbook. From what I've seen EVERY DAY PALEO is an awesome cookbook and well put together. It's written by a mom with a family. Cordain and Sisson's cookbooks are okay, but you can find most of those recipes on the net for free too.

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Ever since watching Sisson's AHS talk and hearing him on Robb's podcast recently, I have developed a huge man crush on him.

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on August 19, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I have Everyday Paleo, and I don't buy cookbooks and have never followed a recipe for anything more than inspiration. Recommended.

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on August 19, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Poor Mark Sisson.. Erwan Le Corre stole all his man-crush at AHS :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Thanks Sherpamelissa. Love your handle and congrats on your success.

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on August 21, 2011
at 12:41 AM

You are very welcome BHC! My handle comes from considering myself my family's sherpa. :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 08:38 AM

Gotta be either Kurt Harris (Archevore) or The Jaminets (Perfect Health Diet).

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on August 19, 2011
at 11:01 AM

I wish Kurt Harris would start blogging again. And I do love the Perfect Health Diet blog.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Second the Kurt Harris nod.

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on August 20, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Go Kurt Maybe he's just resting up

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:23 PM

even though mark sisson has no medical background, and definitely keeps it lighter than most, he gets my nod. his system is the least dogmatic, broadest & most all-encompassing too, which gets a lot of points in my book. his site has some great material on it. i also love that he includes exercise in the lifestyle he advocates. it feels like more of a complete, albeit loose, system.

and admit it... the grok thing is kinda fun :)

all that being said, i caution everyone on here against looking to ANYONE as a guru. take what you need and you leave the rest. stay free!

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Yes I also like that he has so much accessible information on his site that is free. It makes me want to spend money on his material..

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on August 19, 2011
at 07:01 AM

I like all the ones you mention. I will heartily second the recommendation for Chris Kresser, as well as Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson (the latter especially for less technically-minded, practically-oriented people, and mostly for the online MDA community than for the book, which is just a starting point). Do not let anything by Chris Masterjohn or Emily Deans go unread, and add Stephan Guyenet, Melissa McEwen (a regular here), Jamie Scott, Anastasia Boulais and Peggy Emch to your reading immersion list too.

Can you tell that my favourite is diversity, rather than any one particular "guru"? :)

To get someone else started, especially for someone practically minded who just wants to know what to do, and get help following it from a good community, I would have to recommend whole9life. Loads of people seem to really get it together with their program.

Everyday Paleo is good - it looks like mostly a cookbook by page-count, but that's because the other sections are practical, concise and not fluffed up by nonsense. This could be the one for you, too, if you already get more detail from online reading.

Nora Gedgaudas is a recent discovery for me, and I am part way through her Primal Body, Primal Mind book. I must say it is very good so far, covering a lot of detail without being inaccessible. It does have moments where it tends to wander into discussion of less nutritional, more conspiratorial "big pharma, big agriculture" territory. Not without justification, but it could be distracting for some readers. I will wait till I finish the book to come to a final judgement on it, but I will definitely recommend her work to others.

Finally, a personal favourite is Lucas Tafur at ketotic.org. Very, very technical, and his last post still has me stumped until I get some quiet time to read it again properly. Mat Lalonde would be too, but he doesn't really have a blogging or similar presence, so we're limited to his guest spots on others' podcasts, etc.

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on August 19, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Shout-out for Lucas Tafur from me, too. He is indeed very technical, but he tries hard to simplify, and I really appreciate the depth he goes into.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:04 AM

Yep I'd add another the recommend for Lucas Tafur of ketotic.org. He's excellent, concise, critical, and quite informative across a broad range of scientific fields. He also has a great blog en espanol, Nutricion Evolutiva (http://www.somatotropina.com), which I recommend to my Chilean friends since my Spanish doesn't extend to scientific terminology.

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on August 19, 2011
at 05:48 AM

I like Taubes and Sisson. I like Sisson's cookbook as well...

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:11 AM

As far as books go, Sisson is clearly the best for someone who wants a straightforward and accessible guide or intro. Wolf's *Paleo Solution* and Taubes' *Why We Get Fat* are what I recommend to people I know who need more convincing. I would definitely not recommend any paleo blog (sans Sisson, Wolf, and maybe a few PaNu posts) as the controversy, debates, poor science, etc. would be distracting and confusing.

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on September 29, 2011
at 07:51 AM

I second this comment regarding the books. I think a combination of the Wolf and Taubes books mentioned here give a little more depth without overwhelming the reader. I would however disagree re the blogs. Archevore in particular is very good, in my opinion.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:06 AM

I am surprised there is no love for Art DeVany, who actually fits the bill of "guru"

I don't have a 'favourite' Guru as such. But off the top of my head, the people that I respect and follow their work are. Wolf, Lelonde, Kresser, Harris, Jamie Scott a.k.a "that paleo guy", David Csonka, William Davis.

and for the motion side of things: Erwan le Corre and Al Kavadlo.

Big shout out to Angelo too, for his gathering and sharing on latestinpaleo. People whose opinions and views I respect. Katherine a.k.a Cillikat is one that come to mind.

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on August 21, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Art who? (That never gets old...) 2 years Paleo, never read a word of Art. William Davis...nahhh.....the visceral fat/subcuntaneous fat post was the last straw.

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Thanks FRM; I have not heard of some of those. I'll look them up.

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:38 AM

I dont agree with everything Davis puts out, but he does have some good stuff to share, he woke me up to the problems with oats. Another one with some good stuff mixed in with the shameless plugging of merchandise in Mercola. I found his warnings on soy particularly enlightening.

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on August 19, 2011
at 03:56 PM

The Perfect Health Diet is my favorite comprehensive book. One may not think it is the best 'beginners book', but it outlines everything in such detail that it makes the path to proceeding very clear.

For beginners I also think the cookbook is a great choice. The Garden of Eating by Don and Rachel Matuz (they were married when it was written) is a fantastic choice. It actually has several chapters dedicated to the description of the diet, how to set up your kitchen and everything else to get going right away. And the chapters on the diet are thorough and as well written as any paleo beginner book I've read. It's spendy, but it's the full meal deal, and your friend will have all the info they need to jump right in and start cooking right away.

I also love Nourishing Traditions, but this is more full on Western Price and has lots of grains and beans recipes I don't approve of. I wouldn't go into this book until you have a pretty good understanding of what you do and don't want to eat.

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on August 19, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Thanks Householder. I will check out Garden of Eating.

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at 04:21 PM

Look on amazon to see how well received the book is, but go directly to her site to purchase the book at http://www.thegardenofeatingdiet.com/BuyTheBook.asp. Online venders take advantage of the fact the book is so hard to find.

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:00 AM

I prefer to point people towards Chris Kresser's blogs because they are scientific yet easily readable, thorough, fair/balanced, and about topics of interest to a fairly large number of people.

His '9 steps to perfect health' series is really fantastic, especially step 1 I've emailed to quite a number of people....

http://thehealthyskeptic.org/9-steps-to-perfect-health-1-dont-eat-toxins

and I like the one about healing the gut...

http://thehealthyskeptic.org/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut

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on August 19, 2011
at 06:02 AM

Oh darn. I forgot to include him. Yes. I listen to all his podcasts. I especially like the gut/brain discussion. Thanks Jeff. I have not looked at the 9 steps. I will now.

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on August 20, 2011
at 09:45 PM

Wolf and Sisson are my favorites.

Also, no way would I buy a cookbook with all the awesome Paleo food blogs out there!

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:17 AM

Aren't we lucky. :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Dr. Kurt Harris was my main intro. I wish he were still blogging too. And then Richard Nikoley comes in a close second for his abrasive, confrontational, and prolific writing.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:17 AM

yea, and his emphasis on self experimentation cant be beat

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on August 20, 2011
at 11:42 PM

I like all the authors already quoted, but when it comes to hard science you have to give all the credits to Dr. Loren Cordain, Dr. Staffan Lindeberg and Dr. Boyd Eaton. These are the real scientists.

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at 02:47 AM

Melissa doesn't seem to think Cordain really ranks too well as a real scientist.

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on August 19, 2011
at 01:55 PM

I think Guyenet, Masterjohn, and Harris are kind of the scientific foundation among the bloggers, though there are others that contribute a lot as well.

It is interesting that three of the most interesting ideas I have seen since reading paleo/ancestral came from these guys - Neolithic Agents of Disease (Harris), Choline protects against fatty liver (Masterjohn), and Food Reward (Guyenet)

These guys are also pretty open minded and can change their thinking without getting too locked into an idea, so they might not be ???guru??? material, but I think they will help to shape the direction forward.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:16 AM

100% agree with you pick 3!

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on February 08, 2013
at 06:16 PM

Chris Kresser is terrific. He's not fanatical, easy going and easy to understand...even the really hard to understand stuff. I have a very long commute. I get simply giddy when I have a new podcast from Chris. (and I listen to them ALL). I always tell my husband that I could be a doctor just from all the podcasts I listen to! lol

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on February 08, 2013
at 04:30 PM

What about Dave Aspery for Bulletproof Diet?

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