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Paleo presentation for Biology class

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 02, 2011 at 3:17 AM

Hey guys,

I have to prepare a very short (less than 10 minute, which sucks) presentation for my biology class. I'm choosing evolutionary biology as it pertains to diet and the paleo diets effects and place in our modern society.

I wanted to run this by you guys so I could get some recommendations on what to discuss since it's so short. There's so much I want to go into but don't have the necessary time to.

The main requirements are:

  • Some background history
  • Summary of research
  • Implications for future

What areas would you focus on if you had this assignment?

Thanks in advance. Boy, I wish this presentation could be 30 min =P

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:48 AM

Yep, sorry I didnt' include it in the first place. http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/the-tale-of-two-calves-one-calf-got-raw-milk-the-other-pasteurized/ That should just about do it. Ew.

170794d4eef80de2691106c483a31ebd

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on April 02, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Can you link me to those images? Been perusing around google and can't seem to find any.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 02, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Aaaand that was supposed to be an answer, not a comment. Newb here :(

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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at 07:56 PM

Though I tend to think quoting famous figures is kind of lame, you should mention Theodocius Dobzhansky's quote "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." Demonstrate that animals denied to execute their species specific behaviors and fed a novel diet leads to sickness, death, and compromised nutrient quality. There are some amazing pictures of this online manifested in side-by-side dissections of grass-fed vs. otherwise cows, another of a raw milk vs. pasteurized milk calf. Then, propose why the same paradigm should not hold up in humans. Demonstrate why it does.

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on April 02, 2011
at 06:24 AM

Since it's biology, you should probably discuss the size of the human brain and its need for calorically dense foods as well as the length of our GI tract, the acidity of our stomachs, the size of our colon and what implications that has for fiber intake, the inefficient conversion of plant derived vitamins to usable form (vitamin A, vitamin K) in the body and what implications that has, how fructose is treated by the liver, the role of insulin, LPL, HSL, and ASP in weight gain/loss, hormonal changes that happen with strength training, sleep deprivation, and stress and...there really is too much, isn't there?

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 02, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Though I tend to think quoting famous figures is kind of lame, you should mention Theodocius Dobzhansky's quote "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." Demonstrate that animals denied to execute their species specific behaviors and fed a novel diet leads to sickness, death, and compromised nutrient quality. There are some amazing pictures of this online manifested in side-by-side dissections of grass-fed vs. otherwise cows, another of a raw milk vs. pasteurized milk calf. Then, propose why the same paradigm should not hold up in humans. Demonstrate why it does. Emphasis on metabolic syndrome should help. Check out Dr. Lustig's video lecture on fructose and metabolic syndrome for a TON of citations and graphs you could copy. Fantastic video.

This would be an excellent way to hook the audience. The shock value of the internal organs of the cows -- grass-fed stomach looks like it's filled with grass, grain-fed literally looks like it's filled with diarrhea -- should be enough to grab their attention. It certainly did mine the first time I read those studies.

It's a tall order convincing someone in 10 minutes that everything they know is wrong. Hopefully, you snag a few people with open minds. Good luck!!

170794d4eef80de2691106c483a31ebd

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on April 02, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Can you link me to those images? Been perusing around google and can't seem to find any.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 07, 2011
at 12:48 AM

Yep, sorry I didnt' include it in the first place. http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/the-tale-of-two-calves-one-calf-got-raw-milk-the-other-pasteurized/ That should just about do it. Ew.

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:34 AM

I did a report on GMO foods last year for my speech class. I made sure to focus on how the other students could implement non-GMO foods into their life. Explain why, for example, grass-fed meat is better for THEM, maybe show a semi-explicit picture of factory farms, enough to make them realize (a lot of people still think their grocery store meat comes from a farm), print out the clean foods and dirty dozen fruit/veggie list you can pass out (there's also a GMO guide online you could print out). Explain how easy paleo is... I wouldn't get too into the nitty gritty sciencey stuff (though it is a bio class) but come from more of an evolutionary/ common sense approach where they'll start to see that the conventional food system/ way of eating really doesn't make much sense! If I think of anything else I'll let you know! Good luck!

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