Looks like Dr Oz may have learned a thing or two from all of his exposure to the paleo diet.
Reconsiders fats, meats, low-fat diets, grains, gluten, dairy, among other things. Considering that this is appearing in mainstream media, especially as a cover artcile, it seems to be a big step away from conventional wisdom and in the direction of paleo.
An excerpt from where he specifically mentioned the paleo diet...
"The newest alterna-Atkins is the popular paleo diet, which postulates that since the human genome appeared in its current form during the Paleolithic Period--about 2.6 million years ago--we are genetically designed to eat what was available then. Te paleo diet focuses on lean meats and fish, fresh fruits and non starchy vegetables. It eliminates dairy, grains and legumes because they didn't appear on our menus until about 12,000 years ago. According to some clinical trials, the diet has indeed been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and inflammation as well as reduce acne, improve athletic performance and help with weight loss.
Many nutritionists, however, are concerned about eliminating whole grains and dairy products. A wealth of research shows that both can help decrease the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. What's more, it's worth remembering that cavemen tended to be much shorter than modern people and often died in their 40s--in part because they weren't eating a diet that left them with much ability to fight off infection (or saber-toothed tigers). I would rather follow a diet that sees me lucid and active enough to play with my grand gilder than one under which I die young but look great."
The usual nonsense about dying early, caveman imagery, and saber-tooth tigers, etc...and I think he has a few things backwards about heights and which diet will leave you lucid and active, but hey, it's a step in the right direction. Tis guy has to worry about a lot of money, ratings, opinions from people with more than just health in mind, etc....but I think it is generally a pretty solid article (FOR THE MAINSTREAM) that doesn't really demonize paleo. I'm sure this will result in a few more Google searches just because people saw the part about the good things it can do.
Thoughts? The article is available to subscribers at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2091389,00.html .
Dr. Oz says one thing one day, then the complete opposite the next. It just depends on who his sponsor is that particular day. It's kind of hard to take anything he says seriously.
You're right that he's wrong about the height thing-- agriculture actually made average human height decrease. The hunter-gatherers/cavemen were much taller.
I really dislike Dr. Oz, but I'm glad he didn't completely condemn Paleo. Now if only he'd stop the nonsense about "healthy" whole grains...
I saw Dr. Phil last week telling people to:
I can't remember the rest, but sounds good to me!
Besides being a shill for his sponsors, and big pharma, Dr. Oz does not look like a healthy man. And he looks a lot older than he is. The good Dr. looks like he could use some animal fat. Just saying.
Before you worry about exactly who Dr. Oz has sold his soul to, consider that he is first and foremost an entertainer, which is why (for example) he frequently indulges known pseudoscience alternative health BS - because it expands his audience and he sells more books and gets more Nielsen points. I don't know about you, but I don't take health advice from Paul McCartney either. I've even had dinner with the guy. Nice enough in person, but not worth listening to about your health when he's trying to make money as an entertainer.
I am eating as close to nature as possible, giving it a good go. Giving up sugar completely is tough since most refined carbs are like cocaine for the brain. I think Dr. Oz keeps up with trends. I think Oprah needs the paleo diet but that wouldn't be trendy I suppose.
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