He really didn't do the Paleo movement any favors by getting himself in a position to be so easily rebutted. Devany needs to stop putting himself out there as any sort of spokesperson for Paleo.
Gossip, but according to sources that were actually there during the interview, things got kind of heated. I can imagine Jennifer felt a little like I did after De Vany was an asshole to me. I wish I had been there, but I didn't want to deal with the drama. The best thing I can say about him these days is at least he looks good. That's all the media cares about really. It's been disillusioning for me to hear him reject debate and just act like a jerk.
And the media gets what they deserve since they only want to portray uber-alpha males as the faces of this diet. Duh they are going to be difficult. At this point I've been involved with TV/Print reporters enough to know that I'm always going to get cut from pieces because I don't fit that paradigm. Doesn't really bother me personally since I am involved with academia again and don't want to be outed to my professors, but I'd still rather see someone like Sisson as the face of paleo.
Let's be honest the whole article was nonsense and it seems plenty of 'paleo' people were misquoted. The comments after the article on the web site are quite revealing. I would say we don't need a leader - for me paleo is about finding out the 'truth' for myself through thorough research rather than following a set of ideas. Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Kurt Harris - they all disagree on some things whilst agreeing on others - it's up to me to draw my own conclusions. Instead of teaching kids at school about healthy eating schools should be teaching kids how to recognize bad science and how to deconstruct media texts - too many people believe what they read regardless of where it comes from and rely on others - the government, doctors, the media to tell them what to eat and what to think. The writer of the article was only interested in a controversial spin and if any non-paleo people were to ask me about it (unlikely - no-one reads Time) I'd just tell them to take no notice of it. We don't have a consensus about what life was like 40,000 years ago, no-one can know but we can think about and explore the implications of evolution on us as individuals. I'm not interested in what results in maximum reproduction - clearly agriculture does an excellent job there - I'm interested in optimum health and longevity for me as an individual.
I don't like his stance on fat. Also he sounds like a bit of a knob. Credit where credit's due but I read an article where he was boasting to the reporter about how he gets his wife screaming so hard the neighbours complain. WOAH Art, WAY to much information.
My friend Cami says she signed up for his blog and every question anyone asks usually end up with him bragging on himself in the response.
Paying subscriber: "My C-reactive protein is high, Art. What do you think I can do?"
Art: "Mine is lower than an 18 year old's. People are amazed by me."
It bothers me not. I have seen an amazing transformation in myself and the others who have given the Paleo lifestyle a try. I have never been in better shape, or happier in my life. While I do think more people being properly nourished etc is better for humans in general, it does not matter to me if it is popular, trendy, or accepted as/by the mainstream.
I think the problem you are sighting is that there is no clear leader here in the Paleo Community. Maybe Art de Vany isn't the man for all, if not, who should it be? Is there a high carbohydrate / low fat forum that has a similar leader like figure? Is there a need for a celebrity face? hm.... do we really need a leader figure anyway?
I view him as a very loud n=1 experiment.
He speaks for himself, and not for me.
I am happy with the new things I have learned about how I can be healthy.
Art can neither encourage or discourage me, he is not in my tribe.
He is in his own diatribe. (heh)
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi
That is the way, history, almost always, repeats itself.
Any publicity is good publicity. It's nice to get a write up at all. The article is crappy. Uninformative, judgmental. It's looking at individuals rather than robust ideas. It uses Art in the same way TV reporters use "the man on the street." But Art does concern me though. He seems to be drifting more towards low carb and away from paleo. Chris Masterjohn's recent write up on Art's book was pretty spot on.
Unfortunately, there is so much potentially harmful dietary advice in this book that it could prove to be a step down from the Standard American Diet depending on how it is executed. Many people may begin throwing egg yolks and chicken skin away, rather than cutting out the white bread or starting high-intensity interval training. Some may suffer harm from these changes and others may just find a low-fat, low-carb diet impossible to stay on.
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