My response to Dr. Oz:
I was not going to post because I never made it to "chronic conditions" outside of high blood pressure which I still take medicine for - but paleo living has made a tremendous impact in my quality of life and has kept me from getting some of those chronic conditions.
In February when I started eating paleo (it was a diet then, not anymore--it now influences how I approach the world and my place in it), I was 347 pounds. I am now 268. I did the Warrior Dash on January 30 and "ran" it in 55 minutes+. I did another 5K mud run in June and 'ran' it (a little less quotes, a little more actual running) in 36+ minutes.
Paleo gets a bad rap because the outside world views it as binge on meats and fatty foods. My view is more in line with the paleo community (and I hope they'll forgive me for speaking on their behalf): paleo eating is about removing foods that are C.R.A.P. (commercially refined, artificial, or poisonous) from your diet. I don't eat foods that come in boxes or bags. I don't eat grains (especially wheat), bad fats (seed oils), or legumes. I do eat lots of eggs and vegetables, some fruit, and a lot of meat-based protein. I eat far more vegetables now than when I was a "vegetarian" who ate mostly pasta.
Paleo to me also means sleeping, walking and standing more, trying to align my living with the way its meant to be. More time with family, playing, laughing and loving each other.
Prior to paleo, I was headed on a very unhealthy path towards the future. Not anymore.