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by 373 · about 16 hours ago

Do you feel it is our responsibility to confront the conventional wisdom that we so often come across in articles like this one on --gasp-- Huffington Post, that advise us to steer clear of bacon and saturated fats, or suffer the... (more)

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Methodician 0 · November 13, 2013 at 3:51 AM

If I'm ever quoted in some famous phrase book, I hope they pick up on my favorite saying: with ability comes responsibility. (yeah I came up with it, though I doubt I'm the first) Since you know the truth, you should tell people. You have the... (more)

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by 1005 · about 16 hours ago

Could it be that the federal government pushes whole grains, vegetable oil, low-fat milk, low fat diets, 25 grams of soy protein a day, etc as some part of a great conspiracy theory to get us all sick, even though they secretly know it's bad for us? (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The problem lies in the almighty dollar. There is no money in eating a whole foods based diet that prevents most chronic diseases. The Ag industry, processed food industry and the pharmaceutical industry contribute billions to make sure that... (more)

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by 450 · about 16 hours ago

OK, so at first glance the answer is "yes, of course it is", but since learning more about paleo I've started questioning EVERYTHING that common medical wisdom offers. This has led me to a couple of questions about being overweight, and fatness in... (more)

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Mscott 0 · December 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I left a comment over at the perfect health diet website at one point and Paul's had an interesting response that seems pretty applicable to this question: I think many of the same factors cause obesity and poor health. To fix your health you... (more)

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by 165 · about 16 hours ago

Something that has given me a lot of pause with going 100% paleo and lowering my carbs has been the losing weight too fast thing. Conventional wisdom says not to lose more than 2 lbs a week. I have about 60 lbs to lose (I think, I'll revisit... (more)

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greymouser 0 · August 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I can address two things: Is losing weight so fast "healthy"? Many people who are extremely overweight (more than 20% over BMI [even though BMI is BS, it's still an OK metric in general cases]), will lose weight much more quickly ... at first,... (more)

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by 483 · about 16 hours ago

So, just found out I'm pregnant... While I am alternately generally freaking out and in denial, I'm also thinking about what I should eat. Is there anyone who can reassure my desire to continue to eat the conventional pregnancy no-nos, such as... (more)

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miked_2 0 · July 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Well, my wife did a 100% paleo diet pretty much ignoring any conventional wisdom stuff. Though, she did avoid raw foods like the raw eggs and sushi. For her is was a cost-benefit thing. It's easy to give up on the raw foods even though she... (more)

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by 396 · about 16 hours ago

I was talking to a friend the other day about breakfast. When I told him I usually eat 4 eggs, his reaction was "what about all that cholesterol?!?!?" (Never mind that in this same conversation, he told me how much he loved his new job because... (more)

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Steve_32 0 · March 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Here are a couple to start with. Below the abstract, you will also see links to related articles and those that cite these articles. You should be able to find several more by looking at the references or following some of the links below the... (more)

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by 405 · about 16 hours ago

When introducing people to the concept of paleo, I find some are far more open to the idea than others. From what I've observed, it seems to depend on a number of things which include culture, age and educational background. Back when my diet was... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · March 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

It's a 10. I spent 10 years being sick as a dog, so when I read about so many people getting better on their health, I just started the diet right here, right there (I didn't wait "for Monday").

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by 1683 · about 16 hours ago

I have bronchitis and was prescribed antibiotics, steroids, and an inhaler! What do I do?! I really dont want to take the antibiotics....I know they do more harm than good (destroying gut flora/causing resistant bacterias) What about the... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 04, 2012 at 4:13 AM

If I were you, I would use the steroids & inhaler short-term, skip the antibiotics and get your Vitamin D levels up instead. (I have a long-time past history of asthma--totally gone now with high D levels.) I would take 40,000 IUs of Vitamin... (more)

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by 1683 · about 16 hours ago

...seriously, where does this crap come from?! Has anyone seen this "study' anywhere?! How did they conduct this experiment? Anyone see the... (more)

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Evelyn_aka_CarbSane 0 · January 29, 2012 at 2:30 AM

More info here: http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/articles/53-diabetes-news/11829-drinking-alcohol-tied-to-lower-diabetes-risk-by-30-percent Alcohol mitigates increased risk of consuming a diet high in refined carb. (more)

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by 3217 · about 16 hours ago

Wondering about the 1-2 lbs a week safe weight loss that I've heard echoed everywhere since I started trying to lose weight on WW 25 years ago (at the ripe old age of 14). I went on a very paleo-ish yeast diet for 21 days about a year and a half... (more)

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Nance 0 · January 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM

You should do what works for you and what you like to do. I really believe that. Whatever makes your health a fun project for you is okay in my book. That said, I tend to label changes on the scale as meaningless info. But, if your measurements... (more)

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by 1683 · about 16 hours ago

I have been assigned "Undernutrition" as my topic for my Dietetics class...perfect for a Paleo person trying to bring light to a class of CV-junkies Dietetics major (Im Nutrition Science, Pre-Med...so they will get their R.D. and go work in a gym... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · January 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM

The way I am reading this question, it could be "undernourishment" in the context of a high-calorie food environment. If I am correct in my assumption about the basic question, a case example of an undernourished (yet overfed) individual would be... (more)

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by 733 · about 17 hours ago

Looks like Dr Oz may have learned a thing or two from all of his exposure to the paleo diet. Reconsiders fats, meats, low-fat diets, grains, gluten, dairy, among other things. Considering that this is appearing in mainstream media, especially as... (more)

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PaleoDel 0 · September 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Dr. Oz says one thing one day, then the complete opposite the next. It just depends on who his sponsor is that particular day. It's kind of hard to take anything he says seriously.

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by 828 · about 17 hours ago

What are your thoughts on routine medical procedures? I'm under the impression that I (25, female) only need two annual visits when I'm not sick: A dental checkup and a gyno visit. Is anything else really important (bloodwork, mole scans,... (more)

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Annika 0 · September 09, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I'm a GI endoscopy nurse and spend most of my time at work doing colonoscopies. Yes, it's the last thing anyone wants to do, the bowel prep sucks, and it will eat up two days of your life, but I fervently believe it is worth doing. I have seen... (more)

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by 9812 · about 17 hours ago

I really enjoy weightlifting but like to dabble in Crossfit for conditioning. I'm a member of a great globo gym; one of their trainers on staff has a level 1 Crossfit cert, and he and the owner are planning to start an affiliate at the gym. ... (more)

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Kie 0 · August 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I have been involved with Crossfit since late 07. Despite what coach Glassman says about quality taking care of itself, I have seen many instances of the contrary. Level I certification is a very easy test, a person with any level of basic... (more)

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by 1023 · about 17 hours ago

This contradicts just about everything I thought I knew about type 2 diabetes. From http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-myths/: Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Fact: No, it does not. ... type 2 diabetes is caused... (more)

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Patrik 0 · July 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Everyone in this thread is missing something major. Namely, any organization that perceives itself as the solution to the problem, ironically, persists the problem for self-survival. That is why bureaucracies, once born, never die. (more)

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HeatherC 0 · June 02, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Hey! Where is the wedge for all of the god damned pills we're going to be given for all of our disorders caused by the other wedges of food?!

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by 5629 · about 17 hours ago

So my friend is on the Slow-Carb diet with his friend, and I recently ran into his girlfriend on the subway. We chatted about this and that, and eventually she said "He's miserable...all these beans! He feels like s**t!" I told her I would have... (more)

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CR 0 · March 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM

My answer in a nutshell: Self Education = Enlightenment. A big pull for Tim Ferriss slow carb diet is the cheat day.. I gave his diet a run through 2 months starting Jan 1st. I even documented every meal with a photo as suggested in his book. I... (more)

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by 5629 · about 17 hours ago

Anybody ever tried it? I've always wanted to, but "conventional wisdom" seems vehemently opposed to this. Haha, it's pretty funny. If you look it up in google, alot of the "answer" sites have guys saying, "No!!! That will kill you dude!!!" ... (more)

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Paul 0 · March 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Yes, as a kid I've alway eaten raw Speck (the fatty part of the bacon or belly) from conventional pork at my aunt's. It's pretty common in Germany. At least, it used to be. Unfortunately, my parents put me on grain based, almost meat free diet... (more)

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by 2437 · about 17 hours ago

Edit: Took out my personal story as it muddles the question. This UC article states that red meat can cause inflammation. Also googling around many sites come up that confirm this. I know that many of the meat studies are flawed so I was... (more)

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Stabby 0 · March 17, 2011 at 6:11 AM

From the article "Using specially bred mouse models that lacked the Neu5Gc molecule -- mimicking humans before the molecule is absorbed into the body through ingesting red meat -- the researchers induced tumors containing Neu5Gc, and then... (more)

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by 18701 · about 17 hours ago

So. As I mentioned in a previous thread instead of hiring a nutritionist for a "Lunch & Learn" at work this month, I talked them into letting me give the presentation! \o/ My audience is about 30 men, blue collar workers, middle/middle... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · March 04, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Yep. Every journey starts with one small step. People get overwhelmed thinking they must change everything all at once. Anything you can do to impart the 30,000 ft view and give them ideas on simple things they can do to do better for... (more)

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by 801 · about 17 hours ago

As a disclaimer, I know there are exceptions. There are some universities and professors who are extremely diligent in their search for the truth. Also, there is rarely any one correct answer to any field. However, it has become apparent to me... (more)

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Rock_Paper_Shirley 0 · January 25, 2011 at 2:06 AM

So... since I was asked... and this seems to be a respectful group (and I know I'm opening myself up for the kind of headaches I get all over the place, from which I actively shield myself to some degree)... I'll write a little about what I do and... (more)

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by 12174 · about 17 hours ago

I have seen a lot of non-paleo "mom" or cooking blogs* lately advocating the use of fats - lard, coconut oil, etc. They may make a token statement that fat is not really the enemy, or even go so far as to link to the Weston A. Price foundation... (more)

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Eva 0 · January 23, 2011 at 1:44 AM

50% wrong is still better than 100% wrong.

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by 12174 · about 17 hours ago

...and instantly thought: "Bad news, Roger. At the rate you're going you'll lose the weight much faster (and less lucratively) than you think." Did you have any nonpaleo friends/family send it to you as "evidence" of conventional wisdom? :) (See... (more)

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Futureboy 0 · April 24, 2011 at 5:56 PM

This is way too funny for the exact opposite reason the writer was going for! What a dolt! BTW, Bill Amend sorta looks like Dr. Harris! (more)

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by 0 · October 22, 2014 at 4:10 AM

I want to know what keeps you pushing forward with your lifestyle. Is it that you used to be overweight and never want to go back? You used to be sad and this makes you happy? Why do you keep on rubbing against the grain (no pun intended) with... (more)

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Michael_17 0 · October 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I'm not pushing forward, just doing it, taking shit as it comes day by day, trying to be well. Won't always do the best, will make mistakes etc, but remember that it is opportunity to learn... 'Such is life.' Eating whole foods, moving might... (more)

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by 3014 · October 22, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Fooducate is mostly a very good blog. Their byline is "eat a bit better" and that's exactly what it'll help you do. They try to push for food that is closer to natural and call our attention to food marketing lies. But... they are still attached... (more)

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Mscott 0 · March 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Not feeling like this a very high quality article. One quote was one I took issue with: "Saturated fat has been demonstrated to be a cause of insulin resistance, one of the key symptoms of diabetes and prediabetes". Here's a study on... (more)

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