What are valid criticisms of the paleo diet? Scientific, economic, ethical... the gamut. And by paleo I mean the umbrella term that includes Weston A Price, Primal, Perfect Health Diet, GAPS etc etc.
Probably a long-shot here, but has anyone used or know about a Rapid Visco Analyzer (RVA)? I have a few questions, but the most basic is are there certain values that correlate to certain types of foods? For example a high peak viscosity would... (more)
I am reading this book, having seen it touted in Underground Wellness. It is well-researched and endorsed by many key researchers. The only Q I have so far is the focus on zero and low-fat foods. Why? Can anyone make sense of this?
What are some topics specifically relating to obesity that need to be studied? What are examples of paleo "beliefs" that lack substantial evidence from controlled studies? Are any of our arguments prone to pseudoscience? I am asking these... (more)
Just had an interesting facebook "conversation" about gluten with a couple of chefs. The basis of one argument was that while gluten comes from wheat, barley, rye, etc..., it is only developed through kneading. I quote: "Kneading, develops... (more)
I'm pondering the health pros and cons of either 1) paleo with conventional meat/farmed fish, or 2) vegetarianism that excludes grains/seed oils/processed foods but includes traditionally prepared legumes, pastured eggs, and organic dairy... (more)
Possible Duplicate: Scientific Backing for Paleo I have been living paleo for a few months now, and I feel great and love it! Someone posted this article earlier today and I thought it was wonderful.... (more)
I was reading my blog feed this morning, and this image came across from one the atheist / skeptic blogs I follow: Now, I definitely feel there's a lot of pseudoscience out there (sadly, sometimes espoused here on PH). When I read the right... (more)
What: The Paleo Summit (see also this post) Who: Mat Lalonde, Ph.D. ??? Research Biochemist, Harvard University Topic: Invalid Inferences: An Organic Chemist???s Perspective on Paleo. Are common Paleo claims as scientifically valid as we think... (more)
Like me (and Harris and Richard and Carbsane and lots of us), he doesn't always play nice, but I think his influence is really really important in encouraging scientific rigor and curiosity. I wish he'd write a book. We know paleo can work,... (more)
Just a quick question... I think the years I spent suffering every Gluten related issue helped "sink the Paleo hook deeper" than if I'd never been ignored, humiliated, and chastised by those MDs practicing CW. However, I am also fascinated by the... (more)
I have some scientist friends complaining about how "anecdotal" all this paleo stuff is. I'm looking for the Top 5 most persuasive, well researched papers out there. I'm sick of nit picking with these guys over email. I just want to go "blam"... (more)
I saw it in the latest WAPF journal and it seemed kind of suspicious. http://www.westonaprice.org/cardiovascular-disease/how-does-pork-prepared-in-various-ways-affect-the-blood Even Andrew Weil, a wooish dude, seems to think it's quackery. (more)
I've been Googling it: Here is a good blog post on it. Seems about as valid as the Oracle of Delphi. Quackwatch, biased source I know. Korean study that found it meant nothing. Live blood analysis scam It seems like woo to me. The fact they... (more)
I'm wondering what the best science books on "paleo" are. I liked Paleo Solution but wished it went into much more detail about the science of why grain is bad, soy is bad, and why meat is good.
I thought Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas gave awesome explanations on all of that... I wouldn't really consider it "science heavy," but the scientific information in it is still really valuable.
Does anyone know of any good books or resources that go a little more in depth with the science and biochem aspects of why the paleo diet works? I need to feed my inner dorkness. Please let me know. Thanks!
Is it feasible for the paleo-community to directly fund real, legitimate and useful scientific studies regarding nutrition/health? What kind of studies might provide the best bang for the buck? How much value might we expect to get from such... (more)
Whenever I find myself in a position to discuss my diet I cringe as soon as I have to say the word paleo. Here are some thoughts on why: (1) It just sounds stupid. Its not as bad as the Shangri-la diet, but calling it Paleo just sounds... (more)
Okay, so science vs. pseudoscience is something I care passionately about, and I expect at least some PHers to feel similarly. (Or maybe not... lol.) So here is my general gut instinct on how PH should handle pseudoscience: if you post a question... (more)
I have a problem with overeating. The last time that I needed to stop doing something related to food, I loaded up on info related to why it's bad for me and I quit eating it (Kurt Harris explained eloquently exactly why fruit should be minimized... (more)
It amazes me how both obsessive and ignorant people can be. Educate yourself, please! Go out and read Robb Wolf's book, look for Loren Cordain, Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson online.. read WHY you are doing this.. not WHAT you should do. So many... (more)
Hi All, Do we overestimate how good adopting a paleolithic lifestyle is because it has worked for us? Prior posts provided anecdotal evidence of 'paleo failures'. However, has it been systematically studied so we better know under what... (more)
As a disclaimer, I know there are exceptions. There are some universities and professors who are extremely diligent in their search for the truth. Also, there is rarely any one correct answer to any field. However, it has become apparent to me... (more)
So... since I was asked... and this seems to be a respectful group (and I know I'm opening myself up for the kind of headaches I get all over the place, from which I actively shield myself to some degree)... I'll write a little about what I do and... (more)
I put together a free ebook about my take on the paleo diet and how it could be improved to better our health and longevity. I wrote it for a bunch of people that wanted to know what I "really" do for health (because they constantly hear crazy... (more)
Who has evidence that eating a lot of nuts is unhealthy? We have quite good ideas about omega-6s and omega-3s being important. That's why a lot of paleo's advise to eat nuts in moderation. But is there any evidence that there are negative... (more)
Today, I was curios about whether the "other side" had a strong blog community like the paleo community does. Are there any nutrition, science based blogs that promote the low-fat diet or is the paleo community unique in this respect?
My nephew is in high school and has to come up with a science fair project. He's super smart. He's already had physics, biology, and is in chemistry. His project can cover any aspect of science, it doesn't have to be in chemistry although that... (more)