I like Dr. Kruse. He's always calm, polite. He doesn't really care people call him a quack or laugh with his ideas. Sometimes I wonder if he's just trying to get his name out there, trying to get popular. And quotes like these :
My brain thinks horizontally and vertically. Most people work in the vertical dimension because of how we are taught to think in schools in modern times. This method of education leads physicians, scientists, and most of the world to a habit or thinking reductively about all things. We all need to rethink how we think about all things, as I spoke about today with Sean in my talk. I was not born with this ability to think horizontally or vertically. I taught myself how to do it as a kid, when I learned about how Einstein, DaVinci, and Michelangelo thought.
don't help. That's narcissism. I've always believed that a narcissi won't get far, since he only think about himself. Still, he continues with some nice quotes. A quote from his mother :
She told me that life begins at the edge of our comfort zone but too often our fears keep us from going there.
And about his childhood :
We had to rely on others to survive and they made sure we knew about it in many subtle ways. Even as a kid I felt that and it was uneasy.
I gotta say I thought I wouldn't be able to go through the article, but this intrigued me. Dr. Kruse is clearly talking about his childhood, so I considered this a great chance to understand the man better. So I continued reading :
She told me back then, that if I wanted to change my lot in life I had to learn things and begin to create my own reality. I can hear her saying it as I type these words with tears in my eyes. It was the greatest gift my mother ever gave to me. I am sad that I never told her that before she died recently. I am also sad that she never saw the true power of that lesson unleashed. Ironically, what I uncovered here, might have allowed her to do just that, if I would have begun it sooner. That is a regret I will have to live with. I am hoping to close that wound by sharing it with all of you now.
You can say what you want about Dr. Kruse, but this quote is beautiful. I asked myself again "is he for real, or is he just messing with us". Similar thing happened to me : my aunt died 2 years ago (suicide). I loved her, and when I heard what she ate (2 sandwiches a day, no food containing zinc or other important minerals), I got a bit unwell too.
I was a shell of a person, and did not represent what I wanted to be. I was a mediocre specimen of a human.
There is clearly a problem with Dr. Kruse that he needs to solve : I think he's blinded by his own success, like so many people. Like durianrider, the raw vegan that can't shut his mouth about his diet. Like his friend Freelea, that shows off her body whenever she can. That's dangerous. That's how people fall into the 30-bananas-a-day trap and get depressed and ill. And if Jack thinks the same way about his diet, similar things can happen. I'm glad PaleoHacks is different, as we have things like "safe starches". Jack Kruse says "there is no such thing as a safe starch". So I hope people will be able to tell for themselves what makes sense and what doesn't.
And then he goes on about his magical findings, about monks and cold. He is not very clear about what science articles he read, what his findings were exactly, ... It sounds something like "sherpa's are superhumans and the eat ketogenic but they also live in the cold so this is he solution to everything : eat ketogenic and stay in the cold". Yeah, that's a lot of fun. I've done that. I did lose weight, but I didn't need to. My skin got inflamed. I had to stop eating eggs, but that didn't solve everything. So saying something like :
Every time I tried to disprove what I had found…….I lost. This implied I found something huge.
sounds like total crap to me. You're a scientist, but you say : because I tested it three times and found out the theory is still true, it must be the solution to everything. Dr. Kruse, you might be on to something, but this is not a smart way to tell it to the world. You sound just like me on my vegan days when I said : "of course, the theory of alkalinity explains everything"! If you're really a scientist, and you were on to something, you would have waited until you'd be absolutely sure. You would be patient and test, test, test, ... Again, I ask myself : "is he serious, or is he just trying to get us pissed so he gets more website views"?
So, I went to another site (PH) and started dropping some of the theory in piecemeal fashion. That was not a good idea either, because dogma is hard to let go for anyone.
Wait, are you saying PaleoHacks is dogmatic??? If we were, we would quote Loren Cordain all the time. Instead, we quote Dr. Kurt Harris, Dr. Paul Jaminet. and Dr. Stephan Guyenet : they defend starches, they started things like food rewards, ... Stephan Guyenet even defended sugar recently. If anyone is dogmatic here, it's you, Dr. Kruse.
I continued reading the rest. But the more I read, the more it looks made-up with some random scientific words thrown in. I won't reject (yet) what he says :
If you do not buy it now, you might pay a steep price later.
I can't tell you if he's right or wrong (or both). But I can tell you this : if he's right, he just got lucky.
Dr. Kruse, your organization sucks. Your article is a big mess. If you really believe your theory is revolutionary, then pay someone to write it down for you. Don't rush into things, be patient and write everything down using titles, subtitles, images, ... : this will make reading easier, and people might actually take you seriously.
I would like you to explain to me why my sleep got worse on a ketogenic diet, also.
go take a $290 test to test your telomeres and prove to yourself that I am wrong
The fact you put the price of the test in the same phrase means you're afraid of people that would actually do this. I hope some people will do this!
During the whole article you act as if your theory is amazing and awesome, but honestly : after reading that whole thing, I still don't even know what your theory is. What? Do I have to go swimming in lakes during the winter now? Or immigrate to the himalayas and eat way less? I don't know about you, but I'd rather live 75 years while eating until satisfaction, than spend 100 years in a cold tub while eating 2 small steaks a day.