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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 0 · about 22 hours ago

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 1005 · about 22 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 22 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 1925 · about 22 hours ago

Perfect example of mainstream media spewing out @#$!: http://public.stage3.bullseye.com.au/videos/index.files/MED0530SWIT30_WEB_converted.ogv this kind of demonising of saturated fats and misleading of information is what twisted me up so much... (more)

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by 165 · about 22 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 22 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 753 · about 22 hours ago

The other day, I was sitting around the corner from a cafe area in a hospital, waiting for my grandmother. I heard two children walk up, and their mother(I presume) trailing behind them. She asked what her first child what she would like to eat,... (more)

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Ralph_Furley 0 · June 22, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I pitched a couple of hundred pounds of organic produce from my farm yesterday afternoon because nobody wanted it and it finally started to turn. I suppose that the crows will eat well. I'm not exactly bullish on the future health of our... (more)

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by 4176 · about 22 hours ago

Curious what the Paleohacks crowd has to say about this article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/can-exercise-be-bad-for-you/?hp I am guessing the result hinges on whether the risk factors identified in the study really are indicative... (more)

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Tyler_F 0 · May 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

If it's in the New York Times, ball it up and use it to start your next grill.

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by 396 · about 22 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 565 · about 22 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 22 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 3217 · about 22 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 22 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 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 12174 · about 23 hours ago

Here is the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies early report on childhood obesity: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Early-Childhood-Obesity-Prevention-Policies.aspx Here are the... (more)

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Vrimj 0 · June 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Let me start my making it clear I am snarky at times, but I suggest something like this Dear Interfering Sibling (ok use his name), I respect and appreciate your professional expertise so I evaluated the material you sent me. Naturally the... (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 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 12174 · about 23 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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