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How can we promote Paleo's health benefits in the public sphere?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

I have been thinking about how powerful paleo has been for many of us. Keeping diabetes in check, rapid weight loss, reversal of hypertension, fixing cholesterol issues, promoting gut health, curing stomach ailments and reducing the effects of gluten intolerance. An article just went up on how Paleo might be the answer to cancer! http://www.carbohydratescankill.com/746/carbohydrates-cancer-fact

Does it make sense for the community to move beyond crossfit gyms and potlucks? Maybe there should be paleo teams participating in walks for the cure type events?

I was thinking of walking in http://www.jdrfcapitol.org/walk-to-cure-diabetes-dc/ Walk for the Cure Diabetes walk, perhaps with some other people wearing paleo themed t-shirts or something. If anything you might at least start some conversations with people who could really benefit from Paleo before the vegans put them on a raw fruit diet.

This could be expanded to cancer walks and who knows what else.

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:00 AM

too bad oprah went vegan, haha

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on October 26, 2010
at 08:14 PM

depends on the audience. For more scientific, I tend to show people papers and articles, less scientific, articles and books.

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on October 26, 2010
at 08:13 PM

Change some minds! Thats a pretty great opportunity for spreading paleo, or at least for introducing people to some of the basic ideas.

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on October 26, 2010
at 07:20 PM

for the same reason I am pro curing cancer i guess. currently the mainstream diet is a pyramid with its base made out of food i believe is poison!

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on October 26, 2010
at 06:42 PM

what's the best way to organize your sources? do you refer folks to books, articles, or scientific papers? i suppose it depends on the audience

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on October 26, 2010
at 04:39 PM

Haig, I know, but they must be very susceptible to the very strong idea, once they are educated about real paleo diet and its implications. They probably think paleo is low fat food pyramid based, like Nesse and Williams did in 'Why we get sick'.

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on October 26, 2010
at 03:54 PM

FYI, EO Wilson would like to see all of us become vegetarians/vegans. Don't know about the rest, but I hesitate to call someone an advocate of paleo eating just because they are knowledgeable in evolution/biology (see here:http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/humor/caveman-diet-nytimes-2010.html)

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on October 26, 2010
at 02:54 PM

i too am a paleo evangelist, much to the dismay of anyone i'm at parties with... after a few norcal margaritas i try to convert everyone to paleo. half of boston is paleo now after i visited a few weeks ago.

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on October 26, 2010
at 12:12 AM

I'd give up cheese for Audrey!!

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on October 25, 2010
at 09:31 PM

very cool. get one of the smokehouses to cater it with some brontosaurus beef ribs.

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on October 25, 2010
at 08:57 PM

yea a TED talk would be great, we should petition Cordain or Wolf

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on October 25, 2010
at 08:27 PM

In my judgment Audrey Tautou would be the best spokesperson.

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on October 25, 2010
at 06:54 PM

In a word: OPRAH.

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on October 25, 2010
at 06:11 PM

we could start a letter writing campaign where school children across the country send Obama buffalo jerky to eat.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on October 25, 2010
at 07:53 PM

from another answer in a related thread:

"One more thing. Nassim Taleb is a great spreader of the ancestral health meme, outside the immediate paleosphere. I think that paleo deserves a few other great meme-spreaders (is that a word?). I'm not really talking about celebrities, but more about intelligent people, capable of reaching a bigger audience. People like Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, EO Wilson, Steven Pinker, Jared Diamond and the likes.

But hey, Scarlett Johansson would be OK too! ;-)

Oh, that, and a TED-talk on paleo/ancestral living, that would be nice."

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on October 25, 2010
at 08:57 PM

yea a TED talk would be great, we should petition Cordain or Wolf

3020fb359dfbedaf90f1611b036d3432

(1138)

on October 26, 2010
at 03:54 PM

FYI, EO Wilson would like to see all of us become vegetarians/vegans. Don't know about the rest, but I hesitate to call someone an advocate of paleo eating just because they are knowledgeable in evolution/biology (see here:http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/humor/caveman-diet-nytimes-2010.html)

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on October 26, 2010
at 04:39 PM

Haig, I know, but they must be very susceptible to the very strong idea, once they are educated about real paleo diet and its implications. They probably think paleo is low fat food pyramid based, like Nesse and Williams did in 'Why we get sick'.

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on October 25, 2010
at 05:39 PM

If someone could get Barack Obama, Tom Brady, or Lady Gaga to go paleo, that would slingshot paleo into the public eye.

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(13635)

on October 25, 2010
at 06:54 PM

In a word: OPRAH.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on October 25, 2010
at 06:11 PM

we could start a letter writing campaign where school children across the country send Obama buffalo jerky to eat.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 25, 2010
at 08:27 PM

In my judgment Audrey Tautou would be the best spokesperson.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 26, 2010
at 12:12 AM

I'd give up cheese for Audrey!!

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on February 17, 2011
at 04:00 AM

too bad oprah went vegan, haha

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Teach a course on food and health! I'm doing that at UC Berkeley this semester. It's amazing to see the variety of reactions in challenging conventional wisdom.

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on October 26, 2010
at 08:13 PM

Change some minds! Thats a pretty great opportunity for spreading paleo, or at least for introducing people to some of the basic ideas.

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on October 26, 2010
at 02:40 PM

I live in a small community that has a local newspaper. I write letters to the editor pointing out fallacies and misconceptions about healthy diet that appear constantly in the newspaper. (I do the same thing in comments on the Washington Post and NYT.) All too often I see advice on "Eating Healthy" that tells readers to avoid saturated fat, eat plenty of whole grains, watch dietary cholesterol, substitute canola oil and such for butter, etc. To its credit, my local newspaper publishes my letters. I also discuss these issues with just about anyone who is willing to listen, whether I am in line at a store or at the gym or outside. I try to point out the lack of evidence for the conventional wisdom and the abundance of studies supporting paleo principles. I don't rant or scream and I provide links and printed materials to anyone interested. I feel it's what I can do.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on October 26, 2010
at 02:54 PM

i too am a paleo evangelist, much to the dismay of anyone i'm at parties with... after a few norcal margaritas i try to convert everyone to paleo. half of boston is paleo now after i visited a few weeks ago.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on October 26, 2010
at 08:14 PM

depends on the audience. For more scientific, I tend to show people papers and articles, less scientific, articles and books.

A0b8c4cc369f93ee987ce15b1bf323fe

on October 26, 2010
at 06:42 PM

what's the best way to organize your sources? do you refer folks to books, articles, or scientific papers? i suppose it depends on the audience

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on October 25, 2010
at 09:08 PM

I am actually thinking about having a barefoot 5k race for charity in Austin, TX next spring. My paleo/primal meetup group will team up with our local barefoot group and our nat mov group. We are still in the very early planning stages though.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on October 25, 2010
at 09:31 PM

very cool. get one of the smokehouses to cater it with some brontosaurus beef ribs.

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on October 26, 2010
at 06:34 PM

I'm going to ask why we would want Paleo to go mainstream?

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(3641)

on October 26, 2010
at 07:20 PM

for the same reason I am pro curing cancer i guess. currently the mainstream diet is a pyramid with its base made out of food i believe is poison!

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on October 26, 2010
at 04:07 PM

The best way to promote something is to show that it actually works! As the number of blogs showing paleo success stories grows, and as more services and books catering to this niche also grows, people who actually care about their health will take notice. For the others, you can't force them to take control of their health, they have to take that first step on their own.

Trying to get involved in politics to promote 'paleo' is misguided in my opinion. Paleo is one of the first health/diet movements to be birthed on the internet and that has allowed it to adapt and evolve, learning and advancing at a quick pace (eg paleohacks). Why would you want to constrain this phenomenon within a bureaucracy? That doesn't mean you should not get political at all, there are many issues to get involved with such as FDA reform, farm subsidies, etc, but those are not advocacy issues. It is fighting a futile battle to try and reform school lunch programs and government mandated diet programs--we will do our thing and let others do theirs, and let the fittest survive.

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on October 26, 2010
at 03:27 PM

i think positioning Paleo as a counter-argument to PETA and veganism is a mistake. robb wolf and others have made the excellent point that many "alternative" thinkers (and many of them smart, thoughtful folks) have embraced veg/veganism to the degree that they own the "ethics" space in the food/nutrition discussion. regardless of the fact that i disagree with PETA, it's kind of like taking any position "against" firefighters or police here in NYC after 9/11 - you were a fool to do it. they owned the emotional and moral discussion, period.

promoting the lifestyle from a wellness perspective (rather than positioning it as a fringe response to veganism) seems smart to me, and there's no doubt that having a celebrity backer who isn't blatantly insane would do wonders. the concept of teams of Paleo participants in races and walks-for-cures is great - these walks have mobilized MILLIONS of otherwise sedentary people.

not to mention that every time i see coverage of these walks, i notice that they are made up of generally overweight people, who appear to believe that insufficient money for more research is why cancer and diabetes haven't been cured yet. it would be a great mental trick to have a horde of healthy Paleo folk there, eating jerky (or nothing at all) and drinking water instead of cracking out on Gatorade and energy bars to "power through" a modest walk.

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on October 25, 2010
at 08:23 PM

I guess my angle was not in how we could get celebs to promote our cause--which undoubtedly the Vegans have--but more how we could become more involved in our communities to promote the paleo lifestyle.

I figured the the various 5Ks and walks meant to raise awareness for cures for diseases of civilization would be a good start if we had a "team paleo" at them.

I suppose every time PETA protests at Dupont circle I should be there in my caveman costume handing our beef jerky.

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on October 25, 2010
at 06:30 PM

Paleo Hikes, Paleo Walks and Paleo Sprints (instead of marathons).

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