Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hsieh Forbes OpEd: Is Concierge Medicine The Correct Choice For You?

By Paul Hsieh

Forbes has just published my latest OpEd, "Is Concierge Medicine The Correct Choice For You?"

I discuss the benefits of this practice model for both patients and doctors as well as dispelling some myths.

(Some of this material is drawn from my recent SnowCon 2013 talk, "Concierge Medicine: The Last Bastion of Health Care Freedom").

Denver-area readers might also be interested in this related recent short piece in 5280 Magazine:
"The Doctor Is (Always) In".

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Philosophy Weekend: Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post an update from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's the news of the week.

Upcoming Radio Shows

Philosophy in Action Radio airs live over the internet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Please join us for this upcoming episode!

Upcoming Radio: Sunday Morning, 31 March 2013

I'll answer four questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio: How should a person respond when pressured to reveal private information? How might social conservatives be convinced to support gay marriage? How can a person deal with overzealous ideologues? Is it moral to buy products from Chinese companies? Check out the episode page for the full questions and other details.
To automatically download new episodes when posted as podcasts, subscribe to the Philosophy in Action Podcast RSS Feed in your music player:
For more information on upcoming shows, visit the Episodes on Tap.

Posted Podcasts

You'll find the full collection of past shows in the archives, which you can peruse by date or by topic. Here are the latest episodes.

Podcast: 27 March 2013: Robert Garmong on "Should We Fear or Embrace China?"
On Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed Professor Robert Garmong about "Should We Fear or Embrace China?." You can listen to or download the show below, and check out the the archive page for the show notes.

Is China the next capitalist paradise? Or is it a dangerous military threat? Perhaps it's neither.

Dr. Robert Garmong studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin). He currently teaches English language and Western culture at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, in Dalian, China. His blog is "Professor in Dalian."



  • Duration: 1:09:06
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  • Tags: Business, China, Corruption, Culture, Economics, Foreign Policy, Japan, Law, Politics
  • Podcast: 24 March 2013: Q&A: Extramarital Affairs, Government Controls, Art, and More
    On Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio, I answered questions on being someone's extramarital affair, epistemic effects of government controls, the boundaries of art, and more. You can listen to or download the show below, and check out the the archive page for the show notes and audio segments for each question.

    Is it wrong to have a romantic relationship with a married person? How do government controls encourage short-range thinking in business? What counts as art?


  • Duration: 1:09:23
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  • Tags: Aesthetics, Art, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Character, Ethics, Government, Honesty, Infidelity, Integrity, Moral Wrongs, Personal Values, Psycho-Epistemology, Regulations, Relationships, Rights, Romance, Sex, Spiritual Values

  • Blog Posts

    Here are the posts to my blog NoodleFood from the last week.

  • Link-O-Rama (29 Mar)
  • ATLOSCon 2013 (29 Mar)
  • Preview: Sunday Radio: Protecting Privacy, Gay Marriage, Chinese Goods, and More (29 Mar)
  • Hanging Pictures with Cats (28 Mar)
  • Instructions for Announcements (28 Mar)
  • NoodleCast #203: Robert Garmong on Should We Fear or Embrace China? (28 Mar)
  • Yet Another Crazy Email (27 Mar)
  • Digital Manners (27 Mar)
  • Philosophy in Action's Calendar (26 Mar)
  • The False Dichotomy Between Honesty and Privacy (26 Mar)
  • Preview: Wednesday Radio: Robert Garmong on Should We Fear or Embrace China? (26 Mar)
  • Silly Pictures of Merlin (25 Mar)
  • NoodleCast #202: Extramarital Affairs, Government Controls, Art, and More (25 Mar)
  • Activism Recap (24 Mar)
  • Open Thread #387 (24 Mar)
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    Friday, March 29, 2013

    The Paleo Rodeo #155

    By Diana Hsieh

    Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

    The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

    What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

    A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
    The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

    Here is this week's edition:
    Kris Gunnars presents 8 Ways to Make Your Coffee Super Healthy posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Coffee, despite having been demonized in the past, is actually good for you. Here are a few tips to make sure your cup of coffee is as healthy as possible."

    Miki Ben-Dor presents Debunking season – Debunking “Debunking the Paleo diet” by Christina Warinner posted at Paleo Style.

    Neely Quinn presents If You're Craving Carbs, You Might Just Need Some Carbs posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "You might not be eating enough carbs on your Paleo diet..."

    Crystal presents "Dear Paleo, it's not you, it's me..." posted at Eat Sleep Move, saying, "What do you do when you are getting worse despite eating a squeaky clean Paleo Diet? Instead of breaking up with Paleo, I have been taking a deeper look at what's going on with me."

    Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Detox Beet Juice, A Healthy Breakfast Beverage posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This fruits-and-veggies blended juice drink is sweet and delicious! It's perfect for breakfast on the go or as a snack, and is packed with anti-inflammatory benefits, anti-cancer benefits, antioxidants and is a great detox!"

    Nell Stephenson presents Why Did I Eat That? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson muses on how she used to eat fake meat when she was a vegan, and considers why she did it."

    Kristopher Cleary presents Magnesium For Constipation? posted at Real Constipation Remedies, saying, "What is the relationship between magnesium and constipation? Can magnesium deficiency cause constipation and can magnesium be a cure for constipation symptoms? Find out with Kris Cleary."

    Danny J Albers presents Background stress: Is it the "Blue Pill" causing all this? posted at Primal North, saying, "The decline of personal health started along with agriculture. This has always been an associative relationship, and in this article I examine a confounding variable I call 'background stress", part of which is the idea of role specialization possibly going against our natural inclinations."

    Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Today's workout posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Looking for ways to exercise to aid your weight loss through eating the paleo way? You do not have to join a gym to get in a good workout. Visit my blog for posted workouts from Fitness Blender. I post a workout 3x a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They range in difficulty from easy to hard from low impact to kettle bell, HIIT, and tabata."

    Paul Jaminet presents Around the Web: Palm Sunday Edition posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "Among other interesting items, we compile a list of recent reader reports, including better breast milk production by a nursing mom and happier babies, an IBS cure, a life-changing experience, better sleep, psoriasis cure, 20 pounds lost in 28 days without hardship, and a number of other successes."

    Julie Campbell presents cilantro-lime fish cakes posted at the crankin' kitchen!, saying, "fish cakes don't have to be full of bread crumbs! fluffy mashed potatoes and an egg bind together flakes of white fish with plenty of lime zest and cilantro."

    Ute presents The Primal Life Kit: 30 Products and 8 Discounts for $39 posted at Grokette's Primal Musings, saying, "I'm seriously stoked about this sale, because for once it includes almost all books I want... I know and LOVE Paleo Magazine, and I am honestly aware of the serious savings you'll be getting if you buy this deal."

    Ute presents Marble Cake... German style posted at Grokette's Primal Musings, saying, "I decided it was time to paleofy my marble cake, and I'm pleased to report that it turned out really well, although it doesn't rise quite as well as the original. Still, it disappeared within just three days. Success!"

    Hadass Eviatar presents A Paleo Passover - and I'm on a Jimmy Moore Podcast!! posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "Celebrating Passover when you don't eat grains, and I got to be on a Jimmy Moore podcast!!"

    Rebekah Reddy presents Detoxing for Athletes posted at The 21-Day Sugar Detox, saying, "Crystal Meadows is an avid CrossFitter and Sugar Slayer! In this post, she gives some tips for athletes, including those who work out regularly but may not be training for a specific athletic competition."

    Charissa Talbot presents 5 Questions with Jaclyn, author of Bone Broth A Recipe For Health posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "I had the pleasure of interviewing Jaclyn, author of Bone Broth: A Recipe for Health. We could not be happier to introduce this great new book and resource to you."

    Rebekah Reddy presents The Easiest Thai Curry Ever! posted at Half Indian Cook, saying, "This is a simple, but spicy and delicious recipe for green Thai curry that is Paleo and 21DSD-approved. Enjoy!"

    Melissa Joulwan presents Thyroid Update: Cleared For Takeoff posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "After a year of conscious self care, my adrenal fatigue is healed and my thyroid hormones are working properly. Kudos to Dr. Sebring and eating Paleo!"

    Penny presents The Water-Hydration Myth posted at Health Coach Penny, saying, "Our ancestors didn't chug copious amounts of water...why should we?"

    Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents My new baby to aid in food prep posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Planning food for use in an emergency can be done- even by, and for, we who eat the paleo way. A bit of pre-planning and the right equipment can go a long way toward stocking your shelves with healthy, allergen and chemical free foods."

    Wendy Schwartz presents Is Fiber Always a Good For You? posted at Go Paleo!, saying, "While the mainstream touts fiber for digestive health, the evidence doesn't support the benefits and for some, fiber can be a mistake. Read more..."
    Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

    Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
    Enjoy!

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    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Cavebaby Cora Eats Ribs

    By Diana Hsieh

    NOMNOMNOM:



    Cora puts everything in her mouth... and she looks so delighted to discover something tasty. (I'm such a proud honorary auntie!)

    P.S. Happy Belated Third Anniversary, Modern Paleo! The site launched on March 15th of 2010! My thanks to everyone, particularly Christian Wernstedt and the other bloggers, who've contributed to its success!

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    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Vitamin D and Respiratory Infections

    By Diana Hsieh

    Here's some good news from The Vitamin D Council on the role of Vitamin D in preventing respiratory infections (upper and lower).

    Recently, Dr Jaykaran Charan and colleagues of the Indian Institute of Public Health published a meta-analysis of all randomized controlled trials of vitamin D and respiratory tract infections. ...

    Dr Charan combined the five randomized controlled trials he found that were conducted ... and found that the combined relative risk for a respiratory infection was about half for those taking vitamin D (relative risk = .58). The dose of vitamin D in the five trials ranged from 400 IU/day to 2,000 IU/day, with one using a single dose of 100,000 IU. The length of the trials ranged from 3 months to three years.

    The authors concluded,

    "On the basis of this study, we conclude that vitamin D is useful in prevention of respiratory tract infections."

    Indeed, that has been the experience of many who supplement with Vitamin D, including me!

    Personally, I keep my Vitamin D at about 80, and that requires taking about 2,000 IU per day. (Based on what I've read, I want it above 60 and below 100.) However, people vary wildly in their respond to consumption of Vitamin D, so I'd recommend blood testing. If that's not convenient to do through your doctor, you can order this test from ZRT lab for $65.

    As for the kind of Vitamin D, be careful that it's not in some nasty oil like soy, as the capsules often are. I've used these drops from Carlson for many years. They're in coconut oil.

    Also, I routinely take an extra 10,000 IU of Vitamin D when I travel -- or when I feel like a cold might be coming on. I keep an extra bottle in my travel kit for just that purpose... because wow, those respiratory infections suck!

    If you want to know more about what Vitamin D does for the body... and how most people are deficient, go peruse the site of the The Vitamin D Council, starting with this page: About vitamin D.

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    Monday, March 25, 2013

    one-pot mustard and lemon chicken

    By Julie


    One-rimmed-baking-sheet chicken. Whatever. This is easy chicken. Perfect weekday night dinner. Joe's sister Louise requested a recipe of her own on here - one that would be nice and simple. This is a good example of what I might do on a weekday night (you know, because I don't always make ridiculous dinners on a Tuesday). It's to the point, but not lacking in flavor, and super good. And look, it's carrots again. That's another thing I do; obsess over ingredients.
    It's tough for me to settle on a recipe that's simple like this. Should I have included onions? Other root vegetables? I guess I feel like it has to be like the definitive one-pot chicken and carrot dish. The BEST way to make them together. Or, at least the best way to make them together with a mustard lemon sauce. But sometimes it's just nice to have a different way of making your normal weeknight meat and vegetables. You don't want to marinate the chicken overnight, even if will make a wonderful difference; you don't want to roast the vegetables at one temperature and the chicken at another; and on the other end, you don't want another dinner of steamed broccoli and boring chicken. It's shocking how many dinners I eat that are seasoned only with salt. I sure do love salt. Salt and fat. But I've got a reputation to upkeep here. I'm fancier than salt. I use lemon and mustard. Watch out.
    My life is about to get stupider. The Biggest Loser is back on. Here go two hours of my life each week, subjugated to schlocky music swells, jiggling fat camera shots, and product placements such as the ever-healthful Subway sandwich restaurant chain. I just love it. And one of the owners of my gym was on it, briefly. I feel so vindicated. And jealous. Did I ever tell you about the dream I had where I was a contestant on The Biggest Loser? I got so stressed in the dream, because I was just waiting for all the 400 pound contestants to realize that I shouldn't be on there... Pretty dumb dream.
    So if you would like to change this recipe, let me suggest that you could use whatever cut of chicken you like best. If you don't want to cut up a whole chicken, you could use all thighs or drumsticks. Cutting up a chicken is just so nice because whole chickens are cheap and the bones make great stock. And yes, you can add onions, and other thinly cut root vegetables - parsnips sound real good to me.

    one-pot mustard and lemon chicken

    1 chicken, cut up into 10 pieces (breasts each cut in two pieces)
    2 pounds carrots, cut into small sticks (they won't roast well unless they're on the small side)
    2 lemons, quartered
    1/4 cup mustard
    juice of one lemon, then its rind quartered
    coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

    2. Mix mustard and lemon juice together, then combine with chicken in a large bowl. Toss to coat.

    3. Arrange carrots and lemon quarters on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Nestle chicken amongst the carrots, pouring remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle additional coarse salt and freshly ground pepper on top of the chicken.

    4. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and carrots are tender, flipping the carrots once halfway through. Time will depend on the size of your chicken - I get mine from a local farm and they're on the small side.

    When you serve, make sure to spoon up the pan juices! If you didn't do such a great job cutting the carrots thin enough (ahem, me), you can remove the chicken and put the baking sheet back in the oven for a but longer until the carrots are to your liking.

    This was originally posted on my blog, the crankin' kitchen!

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    Saturday, March 23, 2013

    Philosophy Weekend: Philosophy in Action

    By Diana Hsieh

    Every Saturday, I post an update from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's the news of the week.

    Upcoming Radio Shows

    Philosophy in Action Radio airs live over the internet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Please join us for these upcoming episodes!

    Upcoming Radio: Sunday Morning, 24 March 2013

    I'll answer four questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio: Is it wrong to have a romantic relationship with a married person? How do government controls encourage short-range thinking in business? What counts as art? How should a person respond when pressured to reveal private information? Check out the episode page for the full questions and other details.
    Upcoming Radio: Wednesday Evening, 27 March 2013
    I'll interview Professor Robert Garmong about "Should We Fear or Embrace China?" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio. Check out the episode page for more details.
    To automatically download new episodes when posted as podcasts, subscribe to the Philosophy in Action Podcast RSS Feed in your music player:For more information on upcoming shows, visit the Episodes on Tap.

    Posted Podcasts

    You'll find the full collection of past shows in the archives, which you can peruse by date or by topic. Here are the latest episodes.

    Podcast: 20 March 2013: Stephen Bailey on "Limiting Government by Constitutional Amendment"
    On Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed former Republican congressional candidate Stephen Bailey about "Limiting Government by Constitutional Amendment." You can listen to or download the show below, and check out the the archive page for the show notes.

    Could an amendment to the US Contitution provide an effective check on government power? Stephen Bailey, a Republican congressional candidate in 2010, has a proposal for a constitutional amendment that deserves consideration.

    Stephen Bailey was the Republican candidate to represent Colorado's 2nd congressional district in 2010. Since November of 2010, Stephen has been analyzing the U.S. Constitution, contemplating its flaws and searching for a path to a restoration of individual rights and personal liberty.


  • Duration: 1:06:41
  • Download: Standard MP3 File (22.9 MB)
  • Tags: Activism, Free Society, Government, Juries, Law, Politics, Rights
  • Podcast: 10 March 2013: Q&A: Universalization, Regretful Parents, Online Privacy, and More
    On Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio, I answered questions on universalization as an ethical test, regretful parents, online privacy, disruptive kids in public school, and more. You can listen to or download the show below, and check out the the archive page for the show notes and audio segments for each question.

    Are arguments of the form "what if everyone did that" valid or not? What should parents do if they regret ever having children? What kinds of privacy can people reasonably expect online? How should a public school teacher discipline unruly students?

  • Duration: 1:02:58
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  • Tags: Children, Duty Ethics, Education, Ethics, Government, Internet, Justice, Kant, Moral Wrongs, Parenting, Personal Values, Privacy, Responsibility, Rights, Universality

  • Blog Posts

    Here are the posts to my blog NoodleFood from the last week.
  • Link-O-Rama (22 Mar)
  • Preview: Sunday Radio: Extramarital Affairs, Government Controls, Art, and More (22 Mar)
  • New from Matt Nathanson: Mission Bells (21 Mar)
  • NoodleCast #201: Stephen Bailey on Limiting Government by Constitutional Amendment (21 Mar)
  • Stephen Bailey's Proposed Constitutional Amendment (21 Mar)
  • Valuing Life Versus Inflicting Suffering (20 Mar)
  • New Questions in the Queue (20 Mar)
  • The Untimely Demise of Google Reader (19 Mar)
  • Preview: Wednesday Radio: Stephen Bailey on Limiting Government (19 Mar)
  • The Holocaust, Everywhere (18 Mar)
  • Activism Recap (18 Mar)
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    Friday, March 22, 2013

    The Paleo Rodeo #154

    By Diana Hsieh

    Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

    The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

    What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

    A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
    The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

    Here is this week's edition:
    Kris Gunnars presents Top 11 Paleo and Low-Carb Registered Dietitians With Blogs posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "The top 11 paleo and low-carb friendly registered dietitians with their own blogs and websites, where they share their expert opinions."

    Miki Ben-Dor presents Paleofantasy or Paleofantastic? posted at Paleo Style, saying, "A critical look at Prof. Mrlane Zuk new anti-Paleo book Paleofantasy – What Evolution Really Tell Us about Sex, Diet, and How we Live. The post try to shows that the book 'really" tell us that Paleo is the most sensible way to eat based on the information it brings to the table."

    Paul Jaminet presents Paleofantasy and the State of Ancestral Science posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "In this essay stimulated by Marlene Zuk's Paleofantasy and another anthropological critique of Paleo, I look at the scientific foundations of Paleo, and consider whether we need to move away from the discordance hypothesis toward a more biology-based approach, which might lead us to think of 'Paleo" as standing for a "Paleozoic Diet" rather than a Paleolithic one."

    Victoria Prince presents Pop a Squat- Ob Edition posted at Principle into Practice, saying, "Many advocate that squatting to defecate prevents (or even heals) a number of ills, but squatting isn't just useful in the bathroom (and of course in the gym). When it comes to giving birth, squatting (and other traditional positions) may have a number of advantages over the modern reclined position."

    Adam Farrah presents You Can't Start Earlier Than Now posted at Practical Paleolithic, saying, "A blog post about starting where you are and accepting past mistakes, bad decisions and the state of your life, health and fitness in this moment."

    Neely Quinn presents My Rebuttal to Kimberly Snyder's Attack on Paleo posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Yet another person has written a poorly researched article against Paleo. Kimberly Snyder’s article is entitled “The Ugly Truth About the Paleo Diet”..."

    Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Berry Frozen Yogurt, A Snack or Dessert with No Added Sugar posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "Curious about this Yonanas Craze? Wait! Don't buy that machine! We have a quick and easy, no-sugar added recipe for frozen yogurt that will satisfy your craving for fro-yo without breaking your Paleo diet! Best of all? No gimmicks required."

    Steve presents Truth Hits Everybody posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "There I was, standing in my kitchen, eating grassfed liver pâté with a spoon, like it's chocolate pudding, and washing it down with bulletproof coffee that looks likes something you wouldn't feed your dog, when it all hit me.... So I did the natural thing: I blogged."

    Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents The gelding of American men through food posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Feeling less than, 'up to the task' lately, so-to-speak? What you eat can decrease sexual desire and impair your ability to have, or enjoy, sex. Eating the paleo way could change your sex life...for the better!"

    Wendy Schwartz presents Strong Likelihood our Ancestors Ate Lots of Fat posted at Go Paleo!, saying, "The early forefathers of modern Paleo initially believed that because animals caught in the wild are lean, hunter gatherers probably ate little fat. Boyd Eaton and Loren Cordain, most likely influenced at least somewhat by the lipid hypothesis, couldn’t imagine that the svelte cavemen and women of the paleolithic era actually had a high fat diet. Read more..."

    Nell Stephenson presents Is Milk Really That Bad, Then? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson addresses a reader's question about whether or not milk is really all that bad."

    Jess presents Introducing Minute Mondays posted at The Paleo Professional, saying, "Introducing Minute Mondays where I share a recipe that requires just minutes to complete. This week's recipe is Paleo Flourless Chocolate Cake! Paleo approved and ready in 5 minutes or less, what's not to love??"

    Hadass Eviatar presents #blogExodus - Matzah posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "Ah, Passover. How do we do Passover without gluten? And what compromises do we make in the name of love and tradition?"

    Diane Sanfilippo presents FAQs: What is Paleo? posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "“Paleo” is short for Paleolithic, but the name is actually less important than the power of the overall approach. My approach to explaining a Paleo type of diet is less about demonizing the foods we look to avoid (grains, legumes, pasteurized dairy, and refined foods) and more about helping you to understand how food should work in your body."

    Charissa Talbot presents Sugar Part 2: How real is sugar addiction? posted at The 21-Day Sugar Detox, saying, "Our friend Kendall Kendrick from www.primal-balance.com is back again with part two of her three-part series on sugar addiction."

    Rebekah Reddy presents "Faux-co-roons" posted at Half Indian Cook, saying, "This is my version of the Coco-roon brand macaroons--much cheaper and easy to make yourself! And they're egg-free as well (unlike many macaroon recipes). Enjoy!"

    Suzanne Crawt presents 43 Awesome Paleo Cooking Hacks You Aren't Using posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "Here are 43 cooking hacks to transform the time you spend in the kitchen!"

    J. Stanton presents There Is No Such Thing As A Calorie (To Your Body) posted at GNOLLS.ORG, saying, "Our bodies aren't steam engines – and the concept of the 'calorie", as applied to nutrition, is an oversimplification so extreme as to be untrue in practice."
    Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

    Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
    Enjoy!

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    Friday, March 15, 2013

    The Paleo Rodeo #153

    By Diana Hsieh

    Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

    The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

    What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

    A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
    The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

    Here is this week's edition:
    Kris Gunnars presents Top 9 Reasons to Avoid Sugar as if Your Life Depended on it posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "The harmful effects of sugar go way beyond empty calories. It is probably one of the leading causes of modern chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes."

    Ute presents How do you feel about you? posted at Grokette's Primal Musings, saying, " But at the end of the day, I still am the person who stands in front of the mirror naked, looking at myself and finding all kinds of things wrong with my body. My boobs, my soft belly, my thighs, my hips... Where did my friends see a tall and gorgeous woman? And why could I not see her?"

    Nell Stephenson presents Marketing, Advertising, Blood Sugar and Refined Carbohydrates posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about the way refined carbohydrate products are marketed to create addiction and subsequently, more sales."

    Alison Pierce presents Baba Ghanouj (Roasted Eggplant Dip) posted at Counterculture Cooking, saying, "An easy Paleo party food to serve with raw veggies."

    Alison Pierce presents Pork Roast with Apples and Ginger Beer posted at Counterculture Cooking, saying, "A super-easy and tasty pork roast to cook ahead for meals all week!"

    Neely Quinn presents 3 Supplements To Round Out Your Paleo Diet posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Here's what supplements we think most people could benefit from."

    Suzanne Crawt presents Ten Suprising Things You Didn't Know About Organ Meat posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "Are you a fan of Offal? Here are ten things you didn't know about it..."

    Paul Austin presents The Most Important Rule of Fitness posted at Travel 'N' Wellness, saying, "What's the number one reason to work out consistently? Here's a hint: it might not be what you think.."

    Peggy Emch presents The Power to Pursue Our Dreams posted at The Primal Parent, saying, "Kids are major time suckers, aren’t they? Having kids is amazing but they have a way of speeding up time and slowing down your journey through it. With kids in the picture, you’re lucky to pursue one tenth of your dreams and very slowly achieve only some of your goals. Or so it seems. It’s not just parents. Almost everyone ends up wishing they would have done so many of the things they didn’t have time to do."

    Rebekah Reddy presents The 21-Day Sugar Detox and Kids: Part 2 posted at The 21-Day Sugar Detox, saying, "This is the second part of a three-part series about how to safely and successfully include children of all ages in the 21-Day Sugar Detox."

    Sean Coonce presents Chocolate Avocado Mousse posted at FreeRange Humn, saying, "Simple and delicious recipe for chocolate mousse using avocado as a base."

    Diane Sanfilippo presents 4 Super-foods the media tells you are unhealthy posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "If you’re looking for a post about acai or gogi berries, keep moving, because this isn’t it. These super-foods are all from animals. Yes, animals. If you were to leave me off somewhere on an island with either only plants or animals to eat for my survival, do you want to guess which I would choose? Here’s a hint: it would be the most nutrient-dense food available."

    Melissa presents Let's talk about canned meat posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Can someone on the paleo diet plan food storage to survive the zombie apocalypse? Yes!"

    Melissa presents Veal stir-fry recipe posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Great recipe for ground veal and veggie stir-fry. A quick and easy meal you can make any time of the day."

    J. Stanton presents Interview: J. Stanton on Beverly Meyer’s Podcast “Primal Diet, Modern Health” posted at GNOLLS.ORG, saying, "We discuss the components of hunger and how they apply to everyday food choices, how MSG fools your taste receptors, the hunger response in predators vs. prey, and more!"

    Wendy Schwartz presents 7 Reasons Why Your Pet Should Go Paleo! posted at Go Paleo!, saying, "It is easy to think that pets can survive on packaged and canned foods, but just like humans, our furry friends cannot thrive and do their best on a diet made with poor ingredients. Learn more..."

    Julia Campbell presents pork neck bones with sauerkraut posted at the crankin' kitchen!, saying, "slowly braising this odd cut melts all the meat and collagen off the bone."
    Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

    Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
    Enjoy!

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    Saturday, March 09, 2013

    Philosophy Weekend: Philosophy in Action Radio Preview

    By Diana Hsieh

    On Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on universalization as an ethical test, regretful parents, online privacy, disciplining unruly kids in public school, and more. This episode of internet radio airs at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 10 March 2013, in our live studio. If you miss that live broadcast, you can always listen to the podcast later.

    This week's questions are:

    • Question 1: Universalization as an Ethical Test: Are arguments of the form "what if everyone did that?" valid or not? Often, people will claim that some action is wrong on the grounds that not everyone could or should act that way. For example: it’s wrong for a couple not to have children because if no one had children, civilization would collapse. Or: it’s wrong for you not to donate to charity for the poor because if no one donated, lots of innocent unfortunates would die. Or: it’s wrong for any doctor to offer better concierge service to fewer patients because if every doctor did that, most people would not have access to medical care. What’s right or wrong with this kind of argument?
    • Question 2: Regretful Parents: What should parents do if they regret ever having children? In 2008, Nebraska permitted parents to abandon children of any age without penalty. As a result, quite a few older children were abandoned before the state changed the law. That shows that some parents deeply regret ever having children, and surely many more parents have major regrets, even though they'd never abandon their children. What should prospective parents do to ensure that they'll not regret having kids? What should a parent do if he or she realizes that having kids was a mistake? Also, is it worse for a mother to abandon her children than for a father to do so, as people commonly assume?
    • Question 3: Online Privacy: What kinds of privacy can people reasonably expect online? Online privacy is an increasing concern in the media and the culture. The FTC is working on redefining what companies are and are not allowed to do with data they collect online. But given that the internet functions by sending your data through lots and lots of different systems, what rights and/or reasonable expectations should people have concerning their privacy online?
    • Question 4: Disciplining Unruly Kids in Public School: How should a public school teacher discipline unruly students? Since school attendance is mandatory, what is proper and moral way to handle discipline in class? I'm a Spanish teacher in public school, and I hate to threaten or punish the few unruly kids. But for the sake of students who are truly interested to learn Spanish, I have to resort to methods like assigning detention and taking away phones for students who are not interested in Spanish. They are in my class only because they are pressured by their counselors. How can I deal with disruptive students in a way that respects their rights?
    After that, we'll tackle some impromptu "Rapid Fire Questions."

    To join the live broadcast and its chat, just point your browser to Philosophy in Action's Live Studio a few minutes before the show is scheduled to start. By listening live, you can share your thoughts with other listeners and ask us follow-up questions in the text chat.

    If you miss the live broadcast, you'll find the podcast from the episode posted in the archive: Radio Archive: Q&A: Universal Rules, Regretful Parents, Online Privacy, and More. It will be posted on Monday morning, if not sooner. You can automatically download that and other podcasts by subscribing to Philosophy in Action's Podcast RSS Feed:
    I hope you join us on Sunday morning!

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    Friday, March 08, 2013

    The Paleo Rodeo #152

    By Diana Hsieh

    Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

    The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

    What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

    A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
    The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

    Here is this week's edition:
    Kris Gunnars presents Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Low-Carb Diet posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "People often stop losing before they reach their desired weight. If you're on a low-carb diet but not losing weight, then here are 15 things you can try."

    Paul Jaminet presents Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza-style pancake) posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "Okonomiyaki is a classic Japanese/pan-Asian recipe that makes a delicious meal and a great alternative to pizza."

    Kelly Fitzsimmons presents The Danger of Cooking with Healthy Oils Past Their Smoke Point posted at Weight Loss Ninja, saying, "With so many cooking oils out there to choose from, some healthier than others, what exactly makes one oil a healthier choice over another?"

    Neely Quinn presents Taking Paleo on the Road This Year! posted at Paleo Plan.

    Melissa Joulwan presents Old School Italian Meat Sauce posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "This recipe is a sneak preview from Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat. Although this recipe is a tiny bit of a project, it rewards you with enough tender, succulent meat to last for several meals — and it can be frozen, too, so you can defrost Italian love anytime you need a food hug."

    Hadass Eviatar presents Why Purim Will Kill Me posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "The joyous holiday of Purim involves large quantities of sugar and gluten. So hard for me to resist. What holiday is like that for you?"

    Hadass Eviatar presents The Booch is Back! posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "Kombucha is a healing ferment that helps repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria. Over the winter I've been reduced to drinking the commercial stuff, but I'm so excited to have homemade kombucha again!"

    Nell Stephenson presents A Diet That's Delicious posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about how there are actually more similarities between paleo and mediterranean eating than one might expect and how if Paleo were presented properly, more people would be inclined to try it."

    Paul Austin presents The Definitive Guide to Backpacking Nutrition posted at Travel 'N' Wellness, saying, "Curious about what food to pack to maximize a backpacking excursion? Paul at Travel 'n' Wellness has produced a definitive guide to everything nutrition related in outdoor backpacking."

    Wendy Schwartz presents 5 Important Ways Paleo Differs from Atkins posted at Go Paleo!, saying, "While there are some similarities between the Atkins diet and the Paleo approach, there are some distinct differences. Wendy Schwartz at Go Paleo! takes a look at the commonalities and then delves into the reasons why you should consider eating Paleo-style rather than Atkins-style."

    Alison Pierce presents As Winter Drags, Don't Forget Your Local Farmer posted at Counterculture Cooking, saying, "These days tables are teeming with root crops such as carrots and parsnips, and customers are often surprised they can get entire meals at the market, according to one Maine farmer."

    Alison Pierce presents You Are Your Hormones, Part 3 - Understanding Cortisol and Adrenal Function posted at Counterculture Cooking, saying, "The last installment in a quick series on the ways hormones influence general health and well-being."

    Tarah presents February 2013 Paleo Pen Pals Roundup posted at What I Gather, saying, "A roundup of the recipes submitted by our February Paleo Pen Pals! Yum!"

    Suzanne Crawt presents 10.5 ways to get more fat into your diet posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "Do you get enough fat in your diet? Wondering how you can add in some more? Here are ten (and a half) ways to increase your fat consumption."

    Diane Sanfilippo presents 5 Questions with Mira and Jayson Calton authors of Rich Food Poor Food posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "I interviewed Mira and Jayson about their new book, Rich Food Poor Food. There’s so much to learn about the quality of our food, and the Caltons make it easy to understand and navigate."

    Max Ungar presents The Price of Living a Healthy College Life posted at Caveman College, saying, "Tips and tricks on making college life cheap healthy and easy!"

    Steve presents How to Start Eating Paleo posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Sometimes I think we paleo folks get caught up in the minutiae and forget the basic simple advice, and so I did a quick post on how to make the transition into paleo meaningful, but not as hard as diving full-on right in. The answer: start by giving up grains."

    Amy Kubal presents Big Ol' Pile of 'Shift' Work posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "If you're a slave to the time clock, work crazy hours and want to maximize your health - then this post is for you!"

    Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Thick Cut Sweet Potato Chips, A Fast, Crispy Snack posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "These Crispy, Crunchy, Fast and Simple Sweet Potato Chips are the perfect snack! You'll never guess how easy they are to make! ...and even easier to eat!"

    Chris presents How to Choose the Best Chef's Knife for Your Kitchen posted at PrimalPal, saying, "Are you thinking about buying a new chef's knife? It's one of the best purchases we've made in a while. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect blade. You can also see the chef's knife that we bought."

    Rebekah Reddy presents FAQ: Is the 21-Day Sugar Detox safe for kids? posted at The 21-Day Sugar Detox, saying, "In the first of a three-part series, we look at modifying the 21-Day sugar detox for children. Is it safe? And if so, what modifications need to be made?"

    Brittanie Duncan presents Paleo Restaurant Guide to Austin, TX posted at Three Diets, One Dinner, saying, "Headed to Austin for PaleoFX 2013? You have to check out this Restaurant Guide to eating Paleo in Austin, Texas!"

    Brittanie Duncan presents Paleo Fudge Cake posted at Three Diets, One Dinner, saying, "Dark chocolate paleo fudge cake. Need I say more?"
    Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

    Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
    Enjoy!

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    Tuesday, March 05, 2013

    country style pork ribs confit

    By Julie


    I thought I had the flu. I self-righteously didn't get the flu shot. I would have gotten so scolded. Turns out that it wasn't the flu, but perhaps a case of food poisoning? Or just some weird bug? I had eaten at Jonesy's EatBar - shrimp, on a Monday. What an idiot. I didn't have to read Kitchen Confidential to know better than that, but I just forgot. But really, they shouldn't be serving me fish old enough to make me feel like death. I often knowingly choose to eat questionable food, but thoroughly questionable I'm kinda pissed about. Besides, just because I'm lazy and eat questionable food myself doesn't mean that I want to go to a restaurant and pay out the nose for questionable food. I will forgo that place from here on out. It was nice knowing you Jonesy's.
    January Whole30: totally failed. The other two times I've done it, I didn't even come close to failing. It was easy, I felt great, I didn't even want to stop. But this month, I wasn't in the right mindset and all my excuses seemed really viable in that state. Bleh. At least I'm not worse off for the time I did spend doing it. But still, I feel like the worst New Years resolutioner. At least it's 60 degrees right now. I feel good about that. But I don't feel good about the boatload of chocolate chips I just ate. Dammit.
    Confit, eh? Is it a shame to not have made carnitas? Fatty pork, a vat of lard, and a blog post to create. Two out of three beg for carnitas, but the other one ruled out. Confit is a preservation method, and an exceptionally wonderful one at that. I love fermented and cured foods, but I have a special place in my heart for foods cooked and preserved in fat...and then rendered crispy. The fat you use for this is flexible. It feels appropriate to use lard, but I didn't have enough, so I used about 1 cup of clarified butter. You could also use duck fat, goose fat, or a combination of the above. And as for cut of pork, you could use shoulder, too.
    country style pork ribs confit
    adapted from Mark Bittman

    1 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
    15 allspice berries
    10 whole cloves
    2 bay leaves
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    2 teaspoons thyme
    4 large garlic cloves, smashed
    2 teaspoons coarse or flaky sea salt
    4 country style ribs, about 2 pounds
    3 - 4 cups melted lard or other animal fat

    1. In a mortar and pestle or a spice/coffee grinder grind the first three ingredients until coarsely ground. In a small bowl, mix the freshly ground spices with the remaining herbs, spices, and salt.

    2. In a medium bowl, coat the pork with the spice rub. Cover and let sit for a day, or at least overnight.

    3. When you're ready to cook the pork, preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place pork in an oven-proof skillet. Pour lard over until pork is covered. Cook for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. The pork should be fork-tender.

    4. At this point you can remove the pork and place in a container to be put in the fridge and cover it with the lard and let it mellow for several days. Or you can eat it, if you're not patient, like me. Just continue to cook the ribs for another hour. They should be nicely browned and the fat rendered crispy. Let them drain on a plate before eating. If you are willing to let the pork sit before you eat it, you are a better man than me. When you're ready for it, preheat the oven to 500. Remove the pork from the fat and wipe off the excess. Place in an over-proof pan and cook for about 15 minutes, until crispy.

    This was originally posted on my blog, the crankin' kitchen!

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    Monday, March 04, 2013

    Nell Stephenson on Paleo for the Endurance Athlete: Philosophy in Action Podcast

    By Diana Hsieh

    On Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed paleo nutrition coach and endurance athlete Nell Stephenson about "Paleo for the Endurance Athlete." The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading. You'll find it on the episode's archive page, as well as below.

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    Podcast: Nell Stephenson on "Paleo for the Endurance Athlete"

    What is the paleo diet? How can athletes and others benefit from it? What kind of training and nutrition is required for endurance competition? What's wrong with the standard methods of training and nutrition for athletes?

    Nell Stephenson is the author of Paleoista: Gain Energy, Get Lean, and Feel Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat and the co-author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook. She studied Exercise Science at USC, followed by culinary school. She now owns and operates her paleo nutritional counseling business online with clients around the globe. Nell discovered paleo after contracting a parasite during an Ironman race in 2004.

    Listen or Download:

    Topics:
    • Nell's history with endurance competition and the paleo diet
    • Contacting Loren Cordain
    • The basics of paleo, including dairy
    • The benefits of eating a paleo diet
    • The pleasure of endurance training and competition
    • Finding physical activities that you enjoy
    • The standard advice for nutrition and what's wrong with it
    • Nutrition in preparing for competition
    • Nutrition during competition
    • The importance of timing during competition
    • The difference that paleo has made for Nell's performance in competitions
    • Training for endurance events
    • Nell's training schedule
    • Endurance and paleo
    • Recovering after competition
    • Paleo is not too hard
    • Nell's new book, Paleoista
    • Nutritional consulting and downloads
    • Plans in the works

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    Saturday, March 02, 2013

    Philosophy Weekend: Philosophy in Action Radio Preview

    By Diana Hsieh

    On Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on the value of happiness, being an atheist in a religious school, the value of privacy, incest between adults, and more. This episode of internet radio airs at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 3 March 2013, in our live studio. If you miss that live broadcast, you can always listen to the podcast later.

    This week's questions are:

    • Question 1: The Value of Happiness: Is happiness overrated? Recently, I had a conversation in which the other person told me that "happiness is overrated." Basically, the person claimed that people should spend less time thinking about their own personal happiness. Instead, people should focus on acting rightly, and then take whatever pleasure they can in that. Is that view right or wrong?
    • Question 2: Being an Atheist in a Religious School: How can an atheist teenager maintain his integrity in a religious school? A few years ago, I read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" for the first time. After a year of struggling between faith and reason, I chose reason. Unfortunately, I am a teenager, and I am forced to attend church and a religious school. For a time, I was fine coexisting with religious people. However, in the next academic year, I will have to take a class entitled "Christian Apologetics" in which I will have to pretend to be a Christian theologian. Now my integrity is at stake. How should I confront my religious family about my atheism? How can I persuade them to enroll me a different school?
    • Question 3: The Value of Privacy: If a person isn't doing anything wrong, should he care to protect his privacy? Defenders of intrusive government programs (and other forms of meddling) often assume that only guilty people would object to granting others access to their private information. What, after all, does an honest and decent person have to hide? Or these people assume that everyone is guilty, and that's what justifies monitoring everyone. What's wrong with these arguments? Should an honest and innocent person object to government inquiries into his private life?
    • Question 4: Incest Between Adults: Why is consensual incest between adults morally wrong? Should it be outlawed? What constitutes incest? What's the root problem – genetics, family relationships, or something else?
    After that, we'll tackle some impromptu "Rapid Fire Questions."

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    I hope you join us on Sunday morning!

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