What are some thorough and credible blog posts that show paleo / low-carb helps the heart?

by (161) Updated October 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM Created October 15, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I've been reading Robb Wolf, PaNu, Whole HEalth Source, Heart Scan Blog, etc. for a long time. They are great resources but VERY intimidating and complicated for a newbie. I've managed to absorb a lot over time but can't remember which articles said what and how to put a highlight reel together!

I want to share a handful of "best of" articles / blog posts from credible sources that accomplish the following:

  • Discredit the "low fat whole grain + statins" prevents heart disease groupthink.
  • Argue that "replacing wheat, sugar, vegetable oil with saturated fat" is heart healthy.
  • Show that high total cholesterol is not a predictor of cardiovascular disease and in fact low total cholesterol is more risky.
  • Small, dense LDL count (and other specific markers) are much more telling than TC.
  • Explain how decade-old nutrition/health policy was formed by flawed science and pushed through haphazardly; not to mention conflict of interest with big-agriculture and grain subsidies.

Does anyone have a list of a half-dozen blog posts or articles by various authors that can explain this case to an American Heart Association / Conventional Wisdom lay-thinker?


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15831 · October 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Here is a direct link to Dr. Cordain verbally explaining the entire paleo concept. I have sent this sole link to many people (seems to especially work with older people that perhaps dont wanna click around on blogs, yknow - hey mom hey dad): http://www.thepaleodiet.com/audio_video/Dr_Cordain_The_Paleo_Diet_and_multiple_sclerosis.mp3

And i think if you run into any China Study advocates you can rely on FreeTheAnimal's consolidation: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/07/the-china-study-smackdown-roundup.html

And finally here is Dr. Harris of PANU just giving the good basic layout: http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/11/27/health-and-evolutionary-reasoning-the-panu-method.html

2512 · October 16, 2010 at 6:06 AM

I've fallen behind on updating it, but I have a 'Show Me The Science' page on my blog where I post links and explanations of the basic science behind paleo eating and a few of its forms.

I would also recommend you look up the movie Tom Naughton made recently - Fat Head - which deals with most of the points you're looking for in a very accessible and playful way. He links to his sources as well - try the Fat Head Movie blog for more info. Start with his No Bologna Facts page.

18383 · October 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

You should definitely read Dr. Eades, though I don't have a list of the relevant posts.

This blog is pretty new, but has been collecting scientific articles on the healthiness of LC diets past and present.

The nutrition and metabolism society also posts about such things.

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