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by 373 · about 21 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 21 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 1005 · about 21 hours ago

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 3014 · about 21 hours ago

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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by 307 · about 22 hours ago

With a psycho parent? Like... "OMFG YOU ARE KILLING YOURSELF WITH ALL THAT FAT!" And after gaining weight the past 3 weeks and have abdominal pain --> from binge eating on fruit and dried fruit, she's like "omg I bet you have gallstones and wow if... (more)

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Diane_4 0 · September 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Best way to sneak fat is to use a lot of olive oil. Since I take it you live with your parents, if you are still in school, bring a small bottle of olive oil with you (if you can) and add it to your lunch. Or, after school, when everybody is going... (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 256 · about 22 hours ago

One of my clients today was complaining about his stalled weight loss. This guy is a serious mountain biker and wants to shed a few pounds of fat to help increase his performance. He is also a mechanical engineer and is quite anal about collecting... (more)

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JasonAC556 0 · September 16, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Update on this issue: My client maintained his daily calorie intake and riding/training schedule, yet reduced his carb intake to around 100g per day while increasing his protein/fat ratios. Guess what? He has started to shed body fat, lose weight,... (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 4873 · about 22 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 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 1683 · about 22 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 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 733 · about 22 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 22 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 22 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 22 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 5768 · about 22 hours ago

Lately I have been noticing more and more crappy advice on TV ads, from doctors and in news articles. I think these are some of the ones that just get my blood boiling, mainly because they are advice giving to my in-laws who both have cancer and... (more)

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Phoenix 0 · June 01, 2011 at 1:18 PM

"Everything in moderation." Sure, that can be legit sometimes. But I am so sick of people, who have no knowledge of anything about health and nutrition, covering up their ignorance and making themselves feel good by saying "Just eat everything in... (more)

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by 5629 · about 22 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 22 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 22 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 22 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 22 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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