Has anyone read this? Although it Seems to be aimed towards low carbers I'm interested in reading his POV. Thoughts?
I haven't read the book, and don't intend to.
The author, Matt Stone, seems to have carved-out a market niche by being something of a contrarian, especially with regard to low-carb and Paleo diets.
I read a blog post of his where he was soliciting Paleo failure stories for the book, so I imagine they constitute the bulk of the material. Clinical trials of Paleo diets are pretty scarce.
I know that Stone perpetuates at least one myth about low-carb diets, which is that they somehow damage the thyroid or otherwise cause symptoms of hypothyroidism. He also says that low-carb diets "burn out the adrenals" and cause a host of other maladies, as well, none of which is backed-up by much evidence, as far as I can tell.
I'm guessing that his standards of evidence are just as bad for Paleo diets.
When I first embarked upon paleo, in 2010, I learned that the basis of a paleo diet was vegetables. The "biggest" part, or base of the pyramid, was supposed to be veggies. Now, things have flipped and flopped, again and again, but after many zero-carb experiments, I still feel that the base should be veggies. Call me old-fashioned, but... gives hearty country grandma chuckle
I like that he uses "boner kill" as a symptom in his blurb, but beyond that, I don't feel motivated to read this book. The content represented doesn't sound like anything I haven't read before. One can avoid the so-called "paleo blues" by doing what any person with a normally functioning brain can do: basing lifestyle decisions on a critical review of research we obtain for ourselves--much of it free--from various sources, while factoring in our actual lived experience. If what you're doing doesn't work, do something else.
I actually question if the niche this book seeks to fill--ostensibly rescuing victims brainwashed by paleo--even exists. It seems to me paleo is a hard sell on a good day, and while I know there are uncritical people involved in everything, it seems to me most people receptive to paleo (and completely changing their lifestyle for health reasons) will also have enough curiosity to investigate what they're doing a little bit, and perhaps not just blindly persist, despite ever-increasing malaise.
I read a couple of articles on his website a couple of days ago, in one of them he takes Mark Sisson's words out of context and bashes him so violently that besides being a hack I think he may have some kind of repressed hate towards Sisson.
"Many get ravaged by it…"
I'd seriously like to see these, I don't doubt there are some. But I am really interested in hearing the epidemic of ravaging Paleo is inflicting on an unaware public.
Tthere AT LEAST 20 different versions of paleo with substantive differences (http://paleohacks.com/questions/105833/master-list-of-paleo-diet-variations-in-fifteen-words-or-less/105959#105959). The author seems to be limiting "paleo" to a much narrower concept. Paleo is always evolving (to use a term), that's one of it's essential characteristics, it adapts to new evidence. Unless this guy has some NEW evidence, i don't see what he's adding to the mix.
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