It's probably not a good sign that Don Matesz calls this 71-video series a "much needed critical look at the fundamentals of paleo diet logic as offered by its leading proponents." The author of the videos is an anonymous vegan who clearly had a lot of free time on his hands. I watched the first video and got half-way thru the second before I decided this was not something I wanted to pay a lot of attention to.
The production is pretty simple -- narration over still images (many featuring your favorite paleo-ites) -- but the rhetoric is off the charts.
Now to some questions. How much time does it take to do 71 YouTube videos dissing paleo? Do we really need 71 videos to discuss the essential point, which is are animal foods necessary? Is it a compliment that a vegan found it necessary to invest this much energy into criticizing paleo? Is it a "much needed critical look" at paleo or ~6 hours worth of "baffle 'em with bullsh*t"? And finally, does anyone have the stomach to watch more than I did?
Melissa's Edit: Just an FYI, but someone, I suspect the creator of the videos himself, has been posting "answers" to this thread from the same IP and different names. Please flag things that look suspicious. I have seen him behave this way on several blogs already and this won't be tolerated here.
The lack of b12 zombifies the vegan brain. As a result, it takes 1000 words to make a point, in a very long winded ramble.
When I reach the end of the proverbial line, I want to bask in images of all the fantastic things I wanted to do, and went ahead and did.
I do not plan to spend even an instant revisiting time I spent watching stupid-ass videos put together by individuals who technically qualify as homo sapiens sapiens but do not have a clue what it means to be a functional mammal of our species.
That's because I don't have a moment to spend, now, wasting my time that way.
Seriously, man. How much time do you personally have to waste offering critiques of junk?
Live this gorgeous life you've been given.
I watched the video about grass-fed meat being bad the environment and it only really addressed it for a few minutes and it was all stuff refuted by Simon Fairlie in his excellent book. The ketosis one doesn't even begin to address the major reason why humans are good at ketosis, which is that it's a relic from infancy. All babies, even vegan babies, go into ketosis because without it, the human infant's giant brain would starve.
Overall, it's a pretty huge time commitment to sit and watch all those videos and they can't be searched and they don't have a reference list, which lets the author hide among the morass. I doubt Don has watched them all.
Send Don and the author of those videos a lifetime supply of soy and seitan burgers. Let the xenoestrogens and gluten put them out of their misery. ;)
I've waded through a few of those videos. The narrator had spent a lot of time building "straw men" to knock down. Many quotes taken out of context, and ideas mis-represented.
You're on your own with this one, Beth! Just from your question, I know I don't want to watch them. This lifestyle needs and will always need critical looks at various assumptions and hypotheses, but we don't need people who are just trying to convince us to abandon ship. If they wanted to publish a list of topics, then I might consider watching some pieces, but that's about it.
Anthony Colpo has responded to the video's specific criticism of his work on his blog http://anthonycolpo.com/?p=2719 It was specifically on the topic of cholesterol and its role in atherosclerosis, but there are some tidbits on other topics as well.
Many of us have mixed feelings about Anthony. He shares a lot of the viewpoints of this community and knows a lot about nutrition, but sometimes he can be abrasive and insulting, so I have to supply a caveat. You have been warned! Nonetheless, he makes good points and backs his arguments up with evidence. He talks about cherry-picking, epistemology, and how health science is to be pursued if we want to arrive at the right conclusions (skeptically and tentatively).