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by 373 · about 22 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 22 hours ago

How come Conventional Wisdom is always preaching to us that our diets should be low in fat, but then tells us to increase the amount of MUFAS in our diet. Isn't this kinda contradicting itself? The other day I saw on a bag of pistachios how... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · May 28, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Conventional wisdom is that: Problem 1) Fat makes you fat because your body judges food intake solely based on volume, and so energy-dense fat makes you likely to consume more calories. Problem 2) Completely separately from that, saturated fat... (more)

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by 165 · about 23 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 405 · about 23 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 4873 · about 23 hours ago

Just a quick question... I think the years I spent suffering every Gluten related issue helped "sink the Paleo hook deeper" than if I'd never been ignored, humiliated, and chastised by those MDs practicing CW. However, I am also fascinated by the... (more)

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Anondson 0 · February 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

It was the results. Things that went away that never in my life I expected to improve. Nearly every health malady typically written off as "getting old" that just disappeared. That's what won me. But I totally geek out on the science and have... (more)

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by 565 · about 23 hours ago

You know those diet ads you see all over the web? On a whim, I decided to actually click on one (specifically this one) figuring that I'd get a good laugh out of CW's typical nutritional debauchery. To my surprise, though, the folks in the video... (more)

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Talldog 0 · February 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Conventional wisdom isn't catching on, it's conventional people that are catching on. "Experts" are still pushing the semi-starvation diet model as the best way to lose weight. Regular people who have tried the conventional wisdom time and time... (more)

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by 1683 · about 23 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 165 · about 23 hours ago

What do you think will happen to those governments that have lied to the people about weight management and how to change when the cat is well and truly out of the bag. What will happen to those in charge when they are finally exposed for what... (more)

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Stabby 0 · October 07, 2011 at 3:23 PM

I'm just going to address everything that they might have gotten wrong. Nothing! Except maybe people will stop appealing to "authority" on a hypothesis. I doubt that, though. It isn't about being right, it is about 1. Saying something. 2. Not... (more)

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by 733 · about 23 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 23 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 508 · about 23 hours ago

I found this article to be a really interesting discussion of salt: http://news.yahoo.com/special-report-pinch-doubt-over-salt-130624186.html I'm glad to see that somebody is challenging the conventional wisdom, whether they are right or not. I... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · September 01, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I think there is evidence that a really low salt diet can cause problems. But then, I've been reading the research papers of Morton Satin of the Salt Institute (totally unbiased, of course). And is his name really Morton Satin? From the Salt... (more)

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by 9812 · about 23 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 23 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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by 5629 · about 23 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 24523 · about 23 hours ago

Or is this forum so good that everything has been covered?

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The_Quilt 0 · March 20, 2011 at 2:34 AM

The more meat you eat the more iodine you are required to have to convert T4 to T3.......a big reason for plateaus.... There seems to be a strong positive correlation between high levels of stress hormones and free-radical damage, and both of... (more)

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by 5629 · about 23 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 23 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 12174 · about 23 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 23 hours ago

In the past few years I've received a few magazine subscriptions for free, but having read their diet and exercise advice I found myself glad that I hadn't paid anything for them! Of course the routine offenses include recommendation of healthy... (more)

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Ali_1 0 · January 14, 2011 at 9:54 PM

The one aimed at our kids. The menu at schools might get revamped to offer healthier choices. I think this is a great idea, but of course, the changes are not all great. The proposed rules are far more wide-ranging and would gradually reduce... (more)

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by 1793 · about 23 hours ago

This question occured to me recently. It seems like every person I've ever met in the States who tries to eat healthy is not following this stuff to the T. At some point most end up going overboard on the sugar or other refined carbs. After all,... (more)

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Jennie 0 · October 14, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I had this very assignment in my high school social studies class and tracked everything I ate quite faithfully for three weeks. At the end of it I'd gained 4.5 pounds (quite a bit for me), my acne was worse and my cramps were crippling. It was... (more)

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by 0 · October 30, 2014 at 4:59 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 394 · October 30, 2014 at 4:56 AM

Does anyone else like the simplicity of taking a whole chicken, skinnning it, quatering it, smothering it will a paleo bbq sauce and eating it throughout the day? I really get bored trying to think of meals that are based on just earth grown... (more)

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Wakaanai 0 · August 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Sounds OK if you're really lazy, but otherwise you'll be depriving yourself of all the nutrients that can be acquired only through proper variety etc.

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by 1005 · October 30, 2014 at 4:54 AM

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 1005 · October 30, 2014 at 4:48 AM

Lately I've been limiting my fruit intake due to carbs, and my mom's persuaded that it's unhealthy. Not saying that I'm cutting ALL fruit, just consuming much less of it. I eat veggies and organ meat, so I don't think I'm missing out on anything.... (more)

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Myth 0 · April 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I definitely agree with CB but, if Mom can't agree to that then try a different approach. Find out why she doesn't want you to go without fruit and then show her that you get everything you need from what you eat. Is she worried about fiber? A... (more)

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by 450 · October 30, 2014 at 4:33 AM

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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