I've been reading Robb Wolf, PaNu, Whole HEalth Source, Heart Scan Blog, etc. for a long time. They are great resources but VERY intimidating and complicated for a newbie. I've managed to absorb a lot over time but can't remember which articles said what and how to put a highlight reel together!
I want to share a handful of "best of" articles / blog posts from credible sources that accomplish the following:
Does anyone have a list of a half-dozen blog posts or articles by various authors that can explain this case to an American Heart Association / Conventional Wisdom lay-thinker?
These links should hit most of your points, I think.
The argument against cereal grains http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/6/23/the-argument-against-cereal-grains.html
The argument against cereal grains II http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/3/12/the-argument-against-cereal-grains-ii.html
Eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates like white flour http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/6/28/1-eliminate-sugar-and-refined-carbohydrates-like-white-flour.html
Statins and the cholesterol hypothesis http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/7/21/statins-and-the-cholesterol-hypothesis-part-i.html
Whole Health Source:
Dirty little secret of diet heart hypothesis http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/12/dirty-little-secret-of-diet-heart.html
Body Fat Setpoint (mutli-post) http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/12/body-fat-setpoint.html http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-ii-mechanisms-of.html http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-iii-dietary.html http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-iv-changing.html
The (flaws) of Keys' Seven Countries Study http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2009/02/cholesterol-presentation-between.html
Here is a direct link to Dr. Cordain verbally explaining the entire paleo concept. I have sent this sole link to many people (seems to especially work with older people that perhaps dont wanna click around on blogs, yknow - hey mom hey dad): http://www.thepaleodiet.com/audio_video/Dr_Cordain_The_Paleo_Diet_and_multiple_sclerosis.mp3
And i think if you run into any China Study advocates you can rely on FreeTheAnimal's consolidation: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/07/the-china-study-smackdown-roundup.html
And finally here is Dr. Harris of PANU just giving the good basic layout: http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/11/27/health-and-evolutionary-reasoning-the-panu-method.html
I've fallen behind on updating it, but I have a 'Show Me The Science' page on my blog where I post links and explanations of the basic science behind paleo eating and a few of its forms.
I would also recommend you look up the movie Tom Naughton made recently - Fat Head - which deals with most of the points you're looking for in a very accessible and playful way. He links to his sources as well - try the Fat Head Movie blog for more info. Start with his No Bologna Facts page.
You should definitely read Dr. Eades, though I don't have a list of the relevant posts.
This blog is pretty new, but has been collecting scientific articles on the healthiness of LC diets past and present.
The nutrition and metabolism society also posts about such things.