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Weston Price's critique of the USDA Dietary Guidelines: good recruitment video?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 03, 2011 at 2:31 AM

I'm sure you're all aware of this conference.

http://blip.tv/weston-a-price-foundation/critique-of-the-2010-usda-dietary-guidelines-with-powerpoint-4879125

I was thinking of sending it to my family (adult sisters and aging parents) to begin to explain to them why I am eating Paleo. Weight is not an issue for anyone in my family, but they are a health-conscious bunch, of the "eat mostly plants" variety. And I figured since the speakers aren't virulently anti-grain/anti-dairy, it might be a gentle way to start - it's more about incorporating foods like meat and fat, vs. eliminating others. Realistically I don't expect my family to give up grains and beans. I just want them to stop being so meat/fat/salt phobic.

Can anyone raise any concerns/drawbacks with sending this particular video to my family. Are there any messages in there that are NOT good science? I mean, apart from the nutritionist saying eat eggs AND oatmeal for breakfast. Are there any other comparable or better videos out there that present this info in an academic way like this does?

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on November 22, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Tom Naughton did make another video on Youtube saying his daughters are eating 'paleo'.

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:26 AM

Good point there. Just sending it to them will probably elicit a backfire effect, since people tend to believe fervently in various nutritional dogmas and trying to sway their opinion puts them in defense mode. In my experience you should inquire as to whether or not they would like to explore the issue some more. If yes then that's great, but the quality of evidence needs to be good. I'm not so sure about WAPF. They're usually smart but the "mostly plants" bunch tends to write them off without a second thought regardless of what they are actually saying. Tough call.

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Good point there. Just sending it to them will probably elicit a backfire effect, since people tend to believe fervently in various nutritional dogmas and trying to sway their opinion puts them in defense mode. In my experience you should inquire as to whether or not they would like to explore the issue some more. If yes then that's great, but the quality of evidence needs to be good. I'm not so sure that WAPF is usually smart but the "mostly plants" bunch tends to write them off without a second thought regardless of what they are actually saying. Tough call.

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:17 AM

Have they asked for information about your diet? If they aren't interested they aren't going to be swayed. However, if they have expressed interest, this video might be a good choice. As you pointed out, WAPF doesn't eliminate any food groups which is more appealing to those who are interested in a more moderate approach to diet. I do think WAPF-style diet is an very healthy diet and relatively close to paleo.

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:24 AM

Good point there. Just sending it to them will probably elicit a backfire effect, since people tend to believe fervently in various nutritional dogmas and trying to sway their opinion puts them in defense mode. In my experience you should inquire as to whether or not they would like to explore the issue some more. If yes then that's great, but the quality of evidence needs to be good. I'm not so sure that WAPF is usually smart but the "mostly plants" bunch tends to write them off without a second thought regardless of what they are actually saying. Tough call.

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:26 AM

Good point there. Just sending it to them will probably elicit a backfire effect, since people tend to believe fervently in various nutritional dogmas and trying to sway their opinion puts them in defense mode. In my experience you should inquire as to whether or not they would like to explore the issue some more. If yes then that's great, but the quality of evidence needs to be good. I'm not so sure about WAPF. They're usually smart but the "mostly plants" bunch tends to write them off without a second thought regardless of what they are actually saying. Tough call.

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on November 22, 2011
at 04:43 PM

I have seen Sally Fallon speak and this is not her best. I think the video is a bit slow and boring.

I think Lustig's Sugar the Bitter Truth resonates with more people but it is long! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

There are some other videos like 72 year old Art De Vany pulling a suburban truck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoE2X1_Kd0U

Fathead is pretty funny as a documentary if you can watch together with your family. Basically Tom Naughton eats Paleo at the end although he doesn't call it that! http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/about/

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on November 22, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Tom Naughton did make another video on Youtube saying his daughters are eating 'paleo'.

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