I have a small problem with my parents and paleo. Let me head off with that I know I am an adult, I shouldn't care nor should they have input in this facet of my life, but I cannot help my worries for their emotional states after years of running them ragged. I engaged in extreme bulimia/anorexia behaviors for almost 14 years of my life, during which they sat at my side during hospitalizations, therapy appointments, and trying meals. I have been in recovery now for about a year. The big problem is that my mom was talking to me about some of my dad's health issues and I suggested incorporating Paleo. "What's that?" she asked. I tried to explain and sent some articles about it, but rather than get the "healthy eating" piece she hearing "disordered eating." Unfortunately, my father is literate in the research world and he is not deeming the pieces I sent as "scientifically sound." They also then spoke with a family friend who is a VERY OLD AND TRADITIONAL physician who was less than complementary, called it a "fad diet" and thus sent my mother further into a tailspin. I only see my parents twice a year, so they can't see that I'm actually becoming more muscular rather than wasting away. Are there any good research articles about this? Apparently my google searches have been lackluster, and I want to find something to both set their minds at ease AND perhaps help my father to start eating better himself. Thank you for any guidance!
Deep Nutrition - written by an MD
Wheat Belly - written by an MD
Protein Power - written by 2 MDs
Dangerous Grains - written by an MD
They're not "Paleo," per se, but all advocate ditching most grains and the SAD diet, and Deep Nutrition is especially good on the importance of adding back good (ANIMAL) fats, bone broth, and fermented foods.
These are books BY MEDICAL DOCTORS who "saw the light" about real food after either having their own health/weight struggles, or treating patients for years unsuccessfully until they dug deeper into the scientific literature and had their minds blown with facts about saturated fat, cholesterol, and refined carbohydrates.
You could also check out Loren Cordain's site where most of his published research is available for free. The Paleo Diet. He's not an MD, but is a PhD.
Definitely have them read "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. Taubes is an award-winning science journalist with some very impressive credentials. The book is a meta analysis of countless scientific studies spanning the past hundred years or so. It systematically examines each study, exposes flaws in poor methodology and highlights the findings of well-reasoned research. The conclusions advocate a diet that isn't nominally Paleo, but is pretty much the same thing.
Here is a really good, well referenced paper on ancestral diets and diseases of civilization (DOCs). It argues that modern DOCs are mostly due to the introduction of acellular carbohydrates (refined flour and sugar) and refined (vegetable) oils:
Also this thread has a lot of good source material:
Vegetarian Myth, by Lierre Kieth, and Primal Diet, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas. Both have lots of solid research referenced. I know a family practice MD, in a thriving private practice, that has many paleo successes with her patients, and often refers them to these books, among others.
If the final say so is in the hands of a physician that is unwilling to change with the times then your in for a losing battle. If your father is truly science literate you may have a shot. There are a couple books that may be well sourced enough for him "The Paleo Solution" by Robb Wolfe is one (but he may not like the tone). Another would be "Perfect Health Diet" by the Jamminets.....this one is not totally paleo, but well cited and probably would not put him off with authors tone. Robb can be a bit of a comic in his writing....while the PHD is more straigh forward.
As you probably understand the paleo diet is a compilation of research into a complete lifestyle, so no....there is no ONE article that will do the trick. Cordain's site does have an interesting research section though http://thepaleodiet.com/published-research/. Hope some of this helps. Good luck!