Here is a listing of our dear paleo gurus. I got the ball rolling, please suggest adds and edits to make it more accurate. Whose viewpoints have you cobbled together to make YOUR viewpoint?
THE BEST SELLERS-- These gurus wrote books that cracked the nutrition bestseller list on Amazon.com. At one point in 2011, three of the top ten nutrition bestsellers were paleo books.
Because of his clear and positive message, has converted many to paleo. Err..primal. Has abs of steel at age 56. Former competitive runner. Differed from Cordain in supporting higher fat intake. Blogs daily about not only diet, but natural lifestyle. Some do not like his supplement business. This is the paleo guru I point my mom to.
Former biochemist. Former padawan learner of Loren Cordain. Currently runs Norcal Strength and Conditioning. Through his popular book and former crossfit connections, has influenced many to go paleo. Similar to Sisson, addresses diet/lifestyle/exercise. Nothing crazy with respect to food -- avoid neolithic agents of disease.
The Taubes! Good Calories Bad Calories had far reaching effects, including turning Kurt Harris paleo. He jumped in front of paleohacker Aravind at AHS11 to ask Stephan Guyenet a controversial question, launching the most epic and confusing paleo war thus far -- low carb vs food reward (ummm...why are they mutually exclusive again?)
While not an online presence like some others, Nora wrote one of the best-selling nutrition books of 2010-2011. She is very interested in how food effects the brain.
THE ORIGINAL BIG THREE BLOGS-- Many, many paleohackers learned their basics from this trio of longtime paleo bloggers.
Neurobiologist who studies obesity. Speaks softly, carries big stick. One of the original paleo bloggers, has covered a multitude of topics including, most recently, food reward. Eats moderate carb.
The Honey Badger. He does't give a shit. Except when it comes to Neolithic Agents of Disease. Is/was a neuroradiologist. Has written several monumental posts in the paleosphere, such as paleo 2.0 and Is a Carb a Carb. Went from eating fairly low to carb to eating moderate carb.
Peter from Hyperlipid
He convinced you to drink pots of heavy cream. His last name is near-unpronounceable. Peter laregly explores which macronutrients do what on his blog. He eats low carb and fairly low protein.
THE OTHER MEDICAL DOCTORS-- Very few doctors know about nutrition, and even fewer know about paleo. These doctors have applied paleo to a variety of different medical subject areas.
He's very low carb. He does an abundant amount of volunteer work in India. He has a ton of clinical experience helping people with their diets. Along with Dr. Bernstein, this is who I'd point a diabetic to.
Paleohacks' very own Quilt. Neurosurgeon who burst onto the scene in 2010 with interesting viewpoints on leptin, mitochondria, and life extension. Combines viewpoints from several scientific fields. Compared to some other gurus, is lower carb and places more emphasis on supplements.
Emily Deans Are you interested in how to eat to make you feel better? Emily is a psychiatrist who writes extremely informative posts about food and mental health, among other things.
Wrote about the "prehistoric diet" recently. Includes tofu and whole grains. Undergrad from Harvard, MD and MBA from Penn. If you ever need support on how education is not perfectly correlated with knowledge, look here.
Not altogether "paleo", but the venerable Dr. Bernstein is perhaps THE source for addressing diabetes through proper nutrition. A type I diabetic himself, Bernstein provides a simple and structured diet for diabetics.
Author of one of the more original paleo books, Dr. Shanahan is also sort of "beyond paleo". She emphasizes what traditional cultures have learned about health foods. Namely, the health-bestowing properties of eating meat on the bone, organ meat, fermented and sprouted food, and uncooked foods.
Dr. Eades Do you like protein? You'll love Dr. Eades. He and his wife write about how a high-protein, relatively low-carb approach can help you reach your goals. Combined, this pair has an abundance of clinical experience, and have been around since well before paleo became popular.
Dr. Davis, a cardiologist, became well-known in the paleosphere for his writing about realities of heart health and other matters. Then he wrote "Wheat Belly", and became famous outside the paleosphere.
You've seen the youtube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth, right? That's Lustig. He's not a fan of sugar, to put it mildly.
THE NON-PALEO NUTRITION SMARTIES-- Not every who knows about nutrition eats paleo. Many people could go in this category, such as academic researchers. But some of the smartest nutrition experts actually came from the world of bodybuilding.
Is NOT paleo. In fact, will call you a paleotard if given the chance. But knows more about nutrition than...anybody? Wrote one of the most popular ketogenic diet books over a decade ago, and has followed up with books on flexible dieting, protein, etc etc.
Is NOT paleo. Is ripped to shreds. If you say something that is not scientifically accurate, he will rip you to shreds on his blog. Advocates a daily 16 hour fast combined with a very simple but effective workout plan.
Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
They are not quite paleo. But Weston A Price was arguably instrumental to the development of paleo, and these two wrote the book on adapting a WAPF diet.
I'm not sure if he's eats "paleo". Anyone know? Here's what I do know: He wrote a seminal book about cholesterol, he pissed of some other gurus (Eades, others), and he knows a lot about nutrition.
Another "guru" who is famous largely for pissing off other experts. I did read his blog near the beginning of my paleo transition, as it is informative and contrarian. He decries the "typical" paleo-type menus in favor of eating big, aka RRARF. Yes, RRARF. I don't remember what that stands for, so you're going to have to search if you want to find out.
THE OTHER PhDs-- These people have PhDs, but not necessarily in nutrition. Commond thread: they are scary smart
An astrophysicist who wrote arguably the most rigorously-researched paleo book along with his cancer researcher wife Shou-Ching. One of the nicest guys in paleo, the Perfect Health Penguin supports a highly nutrient dense diet, with some micronutrient supplements, as well as a low-moderate carb intake and low-moderate protein intake. His blog has an excellent round-up of what's going on in paleo that week, and he responds in an amicable fashion to many of the comments. A swell guy all around.
Who loves coconuts, fructose, and hormone supplementation? Ray Peat. He has very original viewpoints, and will make you think. If you think you have everything down, just visit Ray's website for some new ideas.
Does anybody know more about cholesterol than Chris Masterjohn? Leans toward a Weston Price type diet. Heavy on the eggs and bone broth.
Doesn't blog. Doesn't participate in blog comment battles. Knows a shit-ton about nutrition. The Kracken is an organic chemistry PhD from Harvard.
THE INTERESTING BLOGGERS-- Paleo is driven by blogging, pure and simple. Dr. Oz, Oprah, and Fox News are not going to tell you what's healthy. Rather, we depend on free information from gracious paleo bloggers.
An acupuncturist with a clinical practice focusing on nutrition issues, Chris has written many posts that make complex nutrition subjects more clear. Also hosts a podcast that has featured several guests from elsewhere on this list.
Former vegan Denise Minger is the person who told T. Colin Campbell what's up when he tried to pass the China Study off as truth. She likes to eat raw food and analyze flawed studies with just the right amount of humor.
Another paleohacks original, Melissa was one of the first widely-read paleo bloggers and one of the young guns featured in the New York Times. She combines knowledge of ancestral diets with food politics/economics, interesting posts on gut health, and a variety of colorful dresses.
Dr. BG, known as grace on paleohacks, writes a very unique blog which also was one of the first widely-read blogs in the paleosphere. As a pharmacist, Dr. BG has a deep knowledge of what the heck is going on chemically. She has some very informative posts on gut health, and may crack you up with her kooky sense of humor.
Author of the Gnolls Credo, J. Stanton also has a long-running paleo blog. His recent mega-serieses shed light on topics such as hunger and altered metabolism resulting from weight gain. Very good at putting the evidence together.
In early 2011, Don renounced paleo in a famous and contentious blog post. His new diet still seemed quite paleo, but he definitely did not espouse typical paleo viewpoints with regards to meat, macro, and micronutrients. Definitely worth a read.
Jaime Scott Has one of the better blog names (ThatPaleoGuy). Jaime writes an eminently readable blog with thorough posts on a variety of subjects, from ancestral diets to study reviews to exercise and lifestyle issues.
Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
One of the premier gateways to paleo, Whole9 has provided the template to many for easing into a paleo diet. Hold on, not easing. Busting your ass, really. 30 days with no "non-paleo" foods isn't easy for anyone, even those on a paleo-ish diet for a while. Side note: they are really tall.
THE HALL OF FAMERS-- We owe these people, big time. When you look down at your newer, smaller belly every morning, repeat these names twice and spin around three times in tribute to their groundbreaking work.
The original gangsta paleo guru. Originally advocated a lean-meat paleo diet, but has recently been more accepting of saturated fats. Knows a ton about paleo anthropology, has published several articles. Does not like dairy or nightshades.
This old bastard looks a good twenty years younger than he is. He led many people to the paleo diet. Some of his views might seem dated, such as his relatively lower fat stance. But he knows his stuff, and has been in the game longer than some of us have been alive.
Who wrote the first academic article on the paleo diet? Boyd Eaton. Who wrote the first paleo book? Boyd Eaton. I haven't fully verified these facts, but the question remains...why doesn't Dr. Eaton get more mention for his extremely important work?
Wrote "Neanderthin" many years ago. Advocates eating fatty meats. Hunting wild game with hawks. Cured himself of arthritis and diabetes. Not keen on publicity.
Mr. Kitava. This MD, PhD informed us of a culture largely devoid of chronic disease that eats lots of saturated fat and tubers, while smoking like chimneys. He also wrote an influential textbook on nutrition and disease.
What is this craziness? Where is Ned Kock?
He's a super smarty-pants, his blog is frequented by connoisseurs like Jaminet and Masterjohn, and he now even has a shirtless photo. He's an underrated resource.
I wouldn't say "guru" of course, but this question stopped being about that some time ago, I think.
Get Dr Oz outta there. He did a "pre-historic" diet post just to be trendy. He sited whole grain bread, pasta, tofu, beans and soy as an essential aspect of the "pre-historic diet."
The original original paleo guy Ray Audette author of Neanderthin: A Caveman's Guide to Nutrition published in 1995! Plus a later edition. No one seems to have heard of him now unless they were reading paleo stuff in the late 1990's. Haven't heard much about him for years.
Eating fatty meats. Hunting wild game with hawks. Cured himself of arthritis and diabetes. Not keen on publicity.
Richard Nikoley very much deserves to be on this list (Interesting Blogger). His blog does a huge lot for this community.
Dr Oz??? Depends upon how strictly Paleo you want the list to be, but since you included some people off the reservation, I will follow suit
Angelo Coppola and his This Week in Paleo/Latest in Paleo podcasts and blog. I really enjoy the way he explores the science behind Paleo and he doesn't force his belief system on anyone - it's more of a "this is what I think and why. What do you think?"
He really encourages different viewpoints and dialog and I like that.
copied down from my earlier comment so it would be easier to add into the mix
Kurt Harris is probably first and foremost my guru. I also follow an approach very similar to the one Paul Jaminet outlines, and I've taken things from both Peter and Stephan. I really enjoy reading Ned Kock, Jamie Scott, Emily Deans, J. Stanton, and Chris Masterjohn too.
But basically when someone asks me how I eat I give them the link to Archevore and a copy of Paul's book (Neither of mine have stayed home for long). I think I agree most with those two approaches.
Did I miss Evolify? Even though I don't read his blog as thoroughly as I should, I find him interesting. Also he is from the Pac NW which I like. Also he likes to sail and so do I. I really should read his blog more.
J Stanton at gnolls.org is right up there for me. His essays are very thought out and well written. He explains the science well and has a great sense of humor. I share his Eat Like a Predator with those friends who ask for info and his latest series on Hunger is worthy of publication in my opinion.