Hello fellow Paleo Enthusiasts!
I NEED YOUR HELP!!! I have been given the honor of being the lead interviewer for the Ancestral Health Symposium in LA August 5-6 and I am going to be interviewing most of the following people (in no particular order):
Dr. BG & Tim Gerstman
Vivian A. Shelton
Imagine my anxiety/excitement as my email inbox is filling up with personal emails from the likes of Loren Cordain, Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf!! I have heard of most of these people, as I'm sure you have as well. What I need from you is a little insight into any of the presenters that you may know better than I do. Or, do you have any burning questions for any of these people? Things you want answered? A bone to pick, or a review of some of their work? ANYTHING will help at this point!! I am almost completely overwhelmed with the workload I've gotten myself into. These people are all heroes to me and I don't want to offend anyone by not knowing who they are, or what their speciality is, at the very least.
For those of you lucky enough to be attending the AHS, hopefully I'll have the chance to meet you there. We'll be conducting interviews in the main patio, so please drop by and introduce yourself. For those of you not attending, the website is http://ancestryfoundation.org/ - it's a veritable 'who's who' of the Paleo world and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of it. I have a feeling this will become an annual event, getting bigger every year, so watch out for it!
Thank you so much for your help,
Paleo Journalist and Enthusiast
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on July 26, 2011
at 07:07 PM
Going into a meeting at work (not quite as dramatic as Quilt into the OR)...
- Loren Cordain - why do you continue to be lipidophobic in spite of the veiled attempts to convince people otherwise?
- Robb Wolf - Why didn't you have the KGH podcast?
- Mark Sisson - $70 for a tin of protein powder, really?
- Stephan Guyenet - Will you PLEASE write a book already?
- Gary Taubes - Are willing to acknowlege that the vilification of carbohydrates is no longer appropriate. Also, do you find it hard to hide the sexual tension between you and CarbSane?
- Don Matesz - DUUUUDDE. WTF?
- Emily Deans - Are you really as nice as you seem?
- Chris Masterjohn - Does it bother you that many of the men here have a crush on your gal?
- Tucker Max - Do they really serve beer in hell?
EDIT - I actually intend to seriously answer this question but that requires more time and thoughtfulness than I can spare now. Not that I don't stand by the above questions...
on July 26, 2011
at 10:11 PM
It might be interesting to ask all of them each the same set of yes or no questions. It would be neat to see on the areas that all the 'big' names agree on, and the points of contention. I agree with JAR JARavind in a way, I think you should ask them at least one that is personally controversial. (and maybe one thing or more that is generally controversial).
on July 26, 2011
at 10:50 PM
Ok, this will be an evolving answer time permitting. As usual, I tried to include some links for reference. More to come. Here goes...
Dr. Cordain ??? There is a perception that many have regarding your Paleolithic prescription as being lipidophobic. Would you care to address the following comments from Dr Kurt Harris? http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/4/5/wild-vs-grass-vs-grain-fed-ruminants.html
Dr Guyenet ??? You have spent considerable time expounding your Food Reward Theory of Obesity
1) What is the biggest hole in the theory from your point of view?
2) You have stated Food Reward is A DOMINANT FACTOR, but not the singular factor. What do you believe to be the other dominant factors that are causal, not correlative, to obesity and do you intend to provide a similar exposition in the near future?
Gary Taubes - GCBC was a seminal text and incredibly influential. However, many Paleo luminaries such as Kurt Harris and Stephan Guyenet seem to have moved beyond the carbohydrate theory of obesity and nutritional transition. Have you reconsidered your thesis in light of more recent evidence regarding the vilification of carbohydrates vis-??-vis other underlying mechanisms driving diseases of civilization? Please see attached-
http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/08/cardiovascular-risk-factors-on-kitava_17.html - In my opinion, the most important finding in this paper is that a high-carbohydrate diet does not necessarily lead to elevated fasting insulin. This is why I think the statement "carbohydrate drives insulin drives fat" is an oversimplification. What drives fat accumulation is chronically high insulin (hyperinsulinemia), which the Kitavans do not have. With a properly-functioning pancreas and insulin-sensitive tissues (which many people in industrial societies do not have), a healthy person can eat a high-carbohydrate meal and keep blood glucose under control. Insulin definitely spikes, but it's temporary. The rest of the day, insulin is at basal levels. The Kitavans show that insulin spikes per se do not cause hyperinsulinemia.
http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/3/30/paleo-20-a-diet-manifesto.html - In my own intellectual evolution, I have expanded and modified the carbohydrate hypothesis of the nutritional transition, as proposed by Gary Taubes, to one that does not indict a whole class of macronutrients.
Dr Deans - You briefly provided your thoughts on Stephan Guyenet???s Food Reward theory - http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-podcast-interview-and-my-thoughts.html. Given the brain centric focus of his exposition
1) Can you please provide a more detailed analysis vis-??-vis other factors that drive obesity?
2) What is your biggest critique of the theory?
3) Do you accept the theory in spite of any such critiques?
Melissa McEwen ???
How have you melded your prior vegan philosophical views with your current Paleolithic dietary choices? What, if anything, remains as the biggest internal discordance with the nutritional transition you have made? [Note ??? this is a VERY personal question and I do not ask it frivolously]
I still think my previous question for Don Matesz is the most insightful one I have to offer!
on July 26, 2011
at 11:31 PM
stephan guyenet- where do the dangers of excess fructose and high pufa/ omega 6-heavy oils fit into your most recent theory on food reward being a dominant factor in obesity? is it implicit that those items are high reward or is the food reward pathway a different mechanism altogether?