CMM - I replied to you on PaNu's forum but here's a partial repost. If someone has the time, interest and/or desire for "academic cred", here's my "tripod" I currently use as my foundation to build on/lens to view everything through:
- "The expensive-tissue hypothesis: The brain and the digestive system in human and primate evolution", Aiello and Wheeler, 1995. Summary: Eating meat made us human (bigger brains, smaller guts).
- "Paleopathology at the origins of agriculture", Mark Nathan Cohen etc, Academic Press, 1984. Summary: Human health declined markedly with the introduction of cereal grains into our diet, as demonstrated by skeletal and dental records.
- "Clinical calorimetry XLVI: Prolonged meat diets with a study of the metabolism of nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus", Mclellan, Rupp and Toscani, Bellevue Hospital, NY, 1930. Summary: Two men ate an all-meat diet for one year with no scurvy or other health problems, proving in practice what biochemistry is already quite clear on: There are no "essential carbohydrates".
And of course, this excellent summary of GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES which covers the last 150 years of obesity research, and the bad science and politics that led to government recommendations for a low-fat diet, reversing what was previously "conventional wisdom":