I've been reading Robb Wolf, PaNu, Whole HEalth Source, Heart Scan Blog, etc. for a long time. They are great resources but VERY intimidating and complicated for a newbie. I've managed to absorb a lot over time but can't remember which articles said what and how to put a highlight reel together!
I want to share a handful of "best of" articles / blog posts from credible sources that accomplish the following:
- Discredit the "low fat whole grain + statins" prevents heart disease groupthink.
- Argue that "replacing wheat, sugar, vegetable oil with saturated fat" is heart healthy.
- Show that high total cholesterol is not a predictor of cardiovascular disease and in fact low total cholesterol is more risky.
- Small, dense LDL count (and other specific markers) are much more telling than TC.
- Explain how decade-old nutrition/health policy was formed by flawed science and pushed through haphazardly; not to mention conflict of interest with big-agriculture and grain subsidies.
Does anyone have a list of a half-dozen blog posts or articles by various authors that can explain this case to an American Heart Association / Conventional Wisdom lay-thinker?
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These links should hit most of your points, I think.
The argument against cereal grains http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/6/23/the-argument-against-cereal-grains.html
The argument against cereal grains II http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/3/12/the-argument-against-cereal-grains-ii.html
Eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates like white flour http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/6/28/1-eliminate-sugar-and-refined-carbohydrates-like-white-flour.html
Statins and the cholesterol hypothesis http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/7/21/statins-and-the-cholesterol-hypothesis-part-i.html
Whole Health Source:
Dirty little secret of diet heart hypothesis http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/12/dirty-little-secret-of-diet-heart.html
Body Fat Setpoint (mutli-post) http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/12/body-fat-setpoint.html http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-ii-mechanisms-of.html http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-iii-dietary.html http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-iv-changing.html
The (flaws) of Keys' Seven Countries Study http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2009/02/cholesterol-presentation-between.html
Here is a direct link to Dr. Cordain verbally explaining the entire paleo concept. I have sent this sole link to many people (seems to especially work with older people that perhaps dont wanna click around on blogs, yknow - hey mom hey dad): http://www.thepaleodiet.com/audio_video/Dr_Cordain_The_Paleo_Diet_and_multiple_sclerosis.mp3
And i think if you run into any China Study advocates you can rely on FreeTheAnimal's consolidation: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/07/the-china-study-smackdown-roundup.html
And finally here is Dr. Harris of PANU just giving the good basic layout: http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/11/27/health-and-evolutionary-reasoning-the-panu-method.html
I've fallen behind on updating it, but I have a 'Show Me The Science' page on my blog where I post links and explanations of the basic science behind paleo eating and a few of its forms.
I would also recommend you look up the movie Tom Naughton made recently - Fat Head - which deals with most of the points you're looking for in a very accessible and playful way. He links to his sources as well - try the Fat Head Movie blog for more info. Start with his No Bologna Facts page.