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Has Dr Oz been influenced by paleo? "What to Eat Now" TIME magazine cover article

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 11, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Looks like Dr Oz may have learned a thing or two from all of his exposure to the paleo diet.

Reconsiders fats, meats, low-fat diets, grains, gluten, dairy, among other things. Considering that this is appearing in mainstream media, especially as a cover artcile, it seems to be a big step away from conventional wisdom and in the direction of paleo.

An excerpt from where he specifically mentioned the paleo diet...

"The newest alterna-Atkins is the popular paleo diet, which postulates that since the human genome appeared in its current form during the Paleolithic Period--about 2.6 million years ago--we are genetically designed to eat what was available then. Te paleo diet focuses on lean meats and fish, fresh fruits and non starchy vegetables. It eliminates dairy, grains and legumes because they didn't appear on our menus until about 12,000 years ago. According to some clinical trials, the diet has indeed been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and inflammation as well as reduce acne, improve athletic performance and help with weight loss.

Many nutritionists, however, are concerned about eliminating whole grains and dairy products. A wealth of research shows that both can help decrease the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. What's more, it's worth remembering that cavemen tended to be much shorter than modern people and often died in their 40s--in part because they weren't eating a diet that left them with much ability to fight off infection (or saber-toothed tigers). I would rather follow a diet that sees me lucid and active enough to play with my grand gilder than one under which I die young but look great."

The usual nonsense about dying early, caveman imagery, and saber-tooth tigers, etc...and I think he has a few things backwards about heights and which diet will leave you lucid and active, but hey, it's a step in the right direction. Tis guy has to worry about a lot of money, ratings, opinions from people with more than just health in mind, etc....but I think it is generally a pretty solid article (FOR THE MAINSTREAM) that doesn't really demonize paleo. I'm sure this will result in a few more Google searches just because people saw the part about the good things it can do.

Thoughts? The article is available to subscribers at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2091389,00.html .

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:57 PM

healthfotainment

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:56 PM

+1 Rockgrrl on your assessment of the bone-headed Time article, but I still think the most recent article wins the prize

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:46 PM

He's 51........

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I agree, unfortunately.

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on September 16, 2011
at 08:46 PM

How Old do yo think he is? Hole old is he?

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on September 12, 2011
at 11:55 AM

LOL LOL "Like"...............

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on September 12, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Well said! Entertainer indeed.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:40 AM

there was a ridiculously epic self-authored cover story in I think TIME earlier this year on the polyps he had removed... although I kind of wondered if it was just propaganda for the medical community to convince even "healthy" people to get frequent colonoscopies.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:04 AM

He does look older than his actual age. Isn't his partner in crime the real age guy? LOL

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Agreed. He sees a lot bad hearts being a surgeon but can't give out good advice as his peers would toss him in front of the licensing board

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on September 12, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Oprah needs a lot hormonally! Something Oz completely missed being her 'righthand md' *sigh* [e.g. thyroid/adrenal fatigue, etc]

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on September 11, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I think Dr. Phil's wife has been eating gluten free for quite some time...and not because she has celiac disease. Maybe she has had an influence.

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:55 PM

He's just a mainstream media attack dog. This is the same crap that every lazy ill-informed journalist regurgitates all over the place. Apparently Dr. Oz is good at cut and patse, but not critical thinking.

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:55 PM

And wasn't Mel Brooks a 2,000-year-old man?

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:53 PM

And wasn't Mel Brooks a 2,000 year old mna?

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:50 PM

no they weren't

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:00 PM

I dislike him too since watching him and Gary Taubes on Larry King Live.

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6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Dr. Oz says one thing one day, then the complete opposite the next. It just depends on who his sponsor is that particular day. It's kind of hard to take anything he says seriously.

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on September 11, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Didn't Noah live to be 950? He was 600 when he built the arc.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:55 PM

And wasn't Mel Brooks a 2,000-year-old man?

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on September 12, 2011
at 11:55 AM

LOL LOL "Like"...............

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on September 11, 2011
at 05:53 PM

And wasn't Mel Brooks a 2,000 year old mna?

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on September 11, 2011
at 04:36 PM

You're right that he's wrong about the height thing-- agriculture actually made average human height decrease. The hunter-gatherers/cavemen were much taller.

I really dislike Dr. Oz, but I'm glad he didn't completely condemn Paleo. Now if only he'd stop the nonsense about "healthy" whole grains...

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:00 PM

I dislike him too since watching him and Gary Taubes on Larry King Live.

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:50 PM

no they weren't

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on September 11, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Besides being a shill for his sponsors, and big pharma, Dr. Oz does not look like a healthy man. And he looks a lot older than he is. The good Dr. looks like he could use some animal fat. Just saying.

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(1187)

on September 12, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Agreed. He sees a lot bad hearts being a surgeon but can't give out good advice as his peers would toss him in front of the licensing board

3f11b5fda91063846bba45daac3541bd

(1186)

on September 12, 2011
at 01:40 AM

there was a ridiculously epic self-authored cover story in I think TIME earlier this year on the polyps he had removed... although I kind of wondered if it was just propaganda for the medical community to convince even "healthy" people to get frequent colonoscopies.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on September 12, 2011
at 01:04 AM

He does look older than his actual age. Isn't his partner in crime the real age guy? LOL

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

(178)

on September 16, 2011
at 08:46 PM

How Old do yo think he is? Hole old is he?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:46 PM

He's 51........

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:56 PM

+1 Rockgrrl on your assessment of the bone-headed Time article, but I still think the most recent article wins the prize

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:21 PM

I saw Dr. Phil last week telling people to:

  • Not eat yeast-bound carbs
  • Eat mainly vegetables and meat at breakfast and supper
  • Don't eat sugar

I can't remember the rest, but sounds good to me!

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on September 11, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I think Dr. Phil's wife has been eating gluten free for quite some time...and not because she has celiac disease. Maybe she has had an influence.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Before you worry about exactly who Dr. Oz has sold his soul to, consider that he is first and foremost an entertainer, which is why (for example) he frequently indulges known pseudoscience alternative health BS - because it expands his audience and he sells more books and gets more Nielsen points. I don't know about you, but I don't take health advice from Paul McCartney either. I've even had dinner with the guy. Nice enough in person, but not worth listening to about your health when he's trying to make money as an entertainer.

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on September 12, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Well said! Entertainer indeed.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:57 PM

healthfotainment

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on September 11, 2011
at 06:57 PM

I think be mentioned it simply because it's becoming very popular, and wanted to be comprehensive. Still sounds to me like he crapped all over it though.

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I agree, unfortunately.

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on September 12, 2011
at 12:58 AM

No mainstream doctor will, in the foreseeable future, acknowledge being influenced by the paleo diet. That would be career suicide.

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:29 PM

I am eating as close to nature as possible, giving it a good go. Giving up sugar completely is tough since most refined carbs are like cocaine for the brain. I think Dr. Oz keeps up with trends. I think Oprah needs the paleo diet but that wouldn't be trendy I suppose.

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on September 12, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Oprah needs a lot hormonally! Something Oz completely missed being her 'righthand md' *sigh* [e.g. thyroid/adrenal fatigue, etc]

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