If such an occasion arose in which you found yourself headed into a dark alley surrounded by all manner of experts from the USDA, FDA, ADA, AMA, and various other corrupt, inept acronyms, which five experts would you take with you to defend your position and lay waste to the abundance of bovine feces that is likely to spew from the mouthes of the government's dietary imbeciles?
Personally, I'm taking:
-Robb Wolf. The dude is bright and funny as hell. Even if he's not the smartest guy in the alley, he'll certainly have the quickest wit.
-Chris Masterjohn. I think his writings are excellent. There will no doubt be a need for a pro-Cholesterol Captain amongst our strike team.
-Stephan Guyenet. No dogma, loves studying the brain, and doesn't jump to conclusions. Rationality and conservative science is important.
-Anthony Colpo. Love him or hate him, the guy has minimal tolerance for crap science and nonsensical claims. I'm 100% on board for his debunking of low-carb myths, although I think he could do so in a more cordial manner. Ah well, who cares.
-Denise Minger. Holy aptitude for analyzation and detail, Batman. Denise needs to come just in case any angry vegetarians arrive with weaponized China Study launchers. (Plus, she's cute.)
-Mat Lalonde. Abso-freaking-lutely brilliant. And push comes to shove, if somebody throws a punch, I feel like Lalonde could hold his own in a fist fight.
-Kurt Harris. Biting wit, dry humor, and a no B.S. approach to nutrition -- what's not to like?
Gary Taubes - while not a Paleo expert per se, his willingness (and eagerness) to beat down the "established authority" with Science would earn him a place in my top five
It would have to be Melissa Mcewen, Denise Minger, and Nell Stephenson because having 3 small, smart, and cute girls around I suppose is about the only way one could get me to stay in a dark alley with proselytizing experts for anything longer than a couple minutes.
Potato Avenger hit all the biggies I would want in my corner.
But just for kicks, I would bring Mark Sisson, shirtless, and make sure all the FDA/USDA crackpots knew exactly how old he is. =)
Edited to add: She may not be glamorous, but nobody knows more about how GOOD saturated fat is for you (and how insanely terrible trans fats and too much n-6 is) than Mary Enig.
Damn, I wish Weston Price were still alive... I assume we have to keep our picks to the living? Hehheh. ;-)
Are we talking guys who could physically beat some ass?
Gary Taubes (used to be an amateur boxer)
If we are talking purely debate....my winning team would be
Lalonde (forceful speaker and can deal with the biochemistry)
Kresser (extremely broad knowledge base + deals with patients)
Ned Kock (statistician to deal with epidemiology and is very underrated in the paleo communitty IMO)
I wouldn't want anyone with a vested interest selling books or supplements. Taubes, Wolf, Nora, etc. Too much commercial intent. With Taubes now writing for Reader's Digest he might switch sides for a buck. Dr. Oz would be just as valuable in a scrap.
Guyenet, Minger and Kock. Solid, honest and not a glimmer of paleo hucksterism.
Well, it would have to be Melissa Mcewen, Denise Minger, and Nell Stephenson because having 3 small, smart, and cute girls around would be the only way one could get me to stay in dark alley with proselytizing experts for anything longer than a couple minutes.
It would have to be Melissa Mcewen, Denise Minger, and Nell Stephenson because having 3 small, smart, and cute girls around I suppose is the only way one could get me to stay in a dark alley with proselytizing experts for anything longer than a couple minutes.