Was Cordain's book the first one to use the title/phrase "The Paleo Diet"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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on December 31, 2012
at 12:14 PM

The first mention was from Melvin Konner and S. Boyd Eaton. see: http://paleodiabetic.com/2011/09/29/paleolithic-nutrition-twenty-five-years-later/

It was this that got Dr. Loren Cordain started, who then had Robb Wolf as one of his students. :)

Here's the original paper that started it all: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm198501313120505 - Sadly, it's not free. And a recent follow-up paper on the history of this: http://ncp.sagepub.com/content/25/6/594.full Also not free.

Their book is here: http://www.amazon.com/Paleolithic-Prescription-Program-Exercise-Design/dp/0060916354



on April 26, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I believe so. However, by no means the first modern person to eat this way or think in these terms. The early "Physical Culture" guys from the early 1900's were essentially promoting a Paleo+Dairy diet.



on April 26, 2012
at 04:52 PM

I don't know if Cordain was the first to use the term "The Paleo Diet", but he owns the trademark.

I'm guessing if he wanted to enforce it, he would have done so by now.



on December 31, 2012
at 05:02 PM

What you see on Paleohacks is NOT a paleo diet. Cordain defined it but it's become a perverted bastardization of what it should be so the name means nothing.



on December 02, 2012
at 08:04 PM

It might of been, but in an interview on The Paleo Solution podcast when he was promoting his "The Paleo Answer" book I believe he was quoted as saying he had no intention of wanting to call it The Paleo Diet. But back when The Paleo Diet was published, his publisher believed a book like his could only get significant sales numbers if it was promoted as a "diet", not a healthy lifestyle. That seemed to imply his publisher demanded the "diet" name.

Truth be told, the publisher is probably right even ten years later.

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