An amazing heap of information: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2963728494205235281#
*Mod note: I made this into a question, since this is a question site :)
I think Dr. Blaylock has a lot of valid and interesting things to say that I have seen consensus on elsewhere... I was surprised how basically paleo he is! No grains/gluten/phytate, anti-soya and pretty much no dairy/casein. As I recall the last 2-3 slides are a stellar synopsis of the current problems in healthcare, chronic conditions and mental health (incl autism spectrum, ADHD, ADD, depression, etc).
His anti-saturated fat take is even par for course IMHO b/c even I try to cut the fat off of mass produced restaurant/Costco industry meat (but make the exception for pork belly YUMMMMM ok and other cuts too).
The fat tissues are the reservoirs for fat-soluble pesticides, PCBs, artifical growth hormones/antibiotics and other nasties. Most industrial meat are from animals just as sick as neolethal humans -- pre-diabetic, pre-cancerous, pre-obese/'marbled USDA grade A' wtf, vitamin ADEK1 K2 omega-3 deficient, 'bloat'-affected/gut dysbiotic, etc.
Melissa, ur totally RIGHT ON. We are totally evolved to eat free range MEAT MEAT MEAT -- charred or barbie q'd or stewed or RAW (more taurine!)... Haven't read or heard enough to know if Blaylock is into grassfed beef or free range chicken/eggs? Hope so! MSG (mono sodium glutamate) additives found in refined processed food products that Blaylock discussed are different I believe from the glutamine amino acid in meat. Also, Glutamine is an amino acid that Atkin's MD (IronMan and UltraIronMan competitor and surgeon) advises for healing the gut and and decreasing appetite HERE. Helps gut dysbiosis...(not neuro excitatory unless one has bipolar issues already)
Regarding Zinc deficiency, he also brings up good points -- the bane of current neolethal living -- 40-50% of Americans esp the pregnancy and children/youth are not getting enough Zinc for growth and even to meet the RDA per the latest nutritional survey NHANES III. Very sad. It is hard to obtain enough zinc from diet -- I've tried plugging into nutritiondata.com and my current diet is just NOT enough. Therefore I do supplement zinc and other trace minerals.
Dr. Emily Dean -- a new paleo/evolutionary physician treating mental conditions talks a lot of ZINC lately. Ck her out -- she's great! Evolutionary Psychiatry blog
Vaccinations -- contain mercury, known as thimerosal. So some of us don't have problems with it but others will retain it in neuronal and other sensitive tissues. Is it bad? Hell. Yeah. Mercury substitutes for iodine and other halides and minerals. Mercury has been shown to lower thyroid function (via suppressing the enzymes which activate thyroid hormone T3); hypothyroidism which is currently at epidemic proportions. Thyroid replacement drugs are among the top 10 pharmaceuticals dispensed in the U.S. Zinc deficiency affects ~100 enzymes and energetic pathways including production of thyroid hormone and neurotransmitters.
Felix -- so your questions involved are this relevant to paleo and why paleo works? This is why paleo WORKS imho. Miss ur blogging and amazing food p*rn, and glad to see the recipes still available BIG SMILE
As far as this video goes, I've seen it make the paleo rounds lately, which is a little sad to me, because of of the first rules of paleo is "Does this make sense evolutionarily?"
No, since glutamic acid is an important contributor to the delicious flavor of meat. Does it make sense that a major ingredient in a food we evolved to eat would be harmful? Another one of his excitotoxins, cysteine, is also a major part of tasty juicy healthy meat.
Either way, there is no evidence that gluatamic acid is harmful in vivo in normal amounts to healthy humans. Some people with illnesses have high levels in their brain, but there is evidence that it's a symptom rather than a cause.
If you are paleo you aren't consuming MSG and aspartame anyway, but I like to have paleo be associated with solid science and the same science used to demonize processed foods here could apply to things like sausage, kefir, or turkey.
I would love for some of the biochem people here to weigh in though...cough Grace
Paleo makes us less crazy collectively speaking...
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Thanks for the link...
Excitotoxins are an interesting concept, and remind me of the phrase "It was so good that it made my head explode".
In this case excitotoxins are making my neurons explode, and that can't be good for the thinky-box in the long term!
This guy makes a lot of ridiculous claims. For example, he claims that 100% of schizophrenics are allergic to gluten/gliadin. No idea where he got that from. I didn't see anything on pubmed or GScholar indicating such a figure.
His list of top allergies includes coffee and potatoes? Right on!
I don't personally take aspartame or msg, but there is a dearth of real evidence (RCTs) that show any real health effects from these. Same goes for sucralose (oh noes it has chlorine in it). Sure they're artificial, but if you wanna look at the evidence, this guy is just full of bullshit.
He sounds more like an alarmist than anything else. It's one thing to be against the consensus based on compelling evidence, but this guy just seems to fly in the face of a lot of things, without much solid evidence to back it up. And based on the studies he refers to, such as the one claiming that sat fat impaired learning, I wouldn't be surprised if his overall standard for the evidence that he chooses is similarly low.
Hi spencer there's a post on that at Evolutionary Psychiatry - the rate may be more like 10% of schizophrenics...
I originally started viewing the Dr's video... Then at the end, after all the ' I will help you ' and ' I care ' I saw the subscription and the boldfaced statement that he cares for his 'subscribers'.... Then I searched the Internet for Dr Blaylock is and asshole... Because all these Internet gimmicks are only for some loser in a cheap suit and a duffel bag to make some money off poor deluded souls! Shame on this MoFo!
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