on April 22, 2012
at 09:28 AM
This is why study after study shows the power of grains. Yes, it's true that grains were not really used by man or monkey until just a few thousand years ago as Paleo writers love to point out. But grains are incredibly healthful because they are a natural plant just like virtually all of the food that we have consumed through tens of millions of years of evolutionary history. Grains work because virtually our entire system is built around plant-based eating. Read my link on Grains and Erectile Strength for just a few examples of what whole grains can do for you.
It's kinda hard to take this guy seriously. First of all he keeps reffering to his magical erectile book, and I'd also like to know the many studies that show the "power" of grains. The power to make people sick?
The article is filled, filled, filled with assumptions that don't make sense. Here are some examples of weird stuff :
- In practice, most paleo diets are simply low carb diets with an emphasis on the above foods.
- Usually fruit is shunned, except in small quantities, and very often "lean meats" are emphasized.
- (...) potatoes are considered the root of all evil and any of the popular Paleo books will have abundant discussion centered around this concept.
- a Caveman Diet ignores the fact that we are not really Cavemen.
- the paleolithic era is only a blip on the evolutionary pathway of mankind, a small bump in the road on our journey.
- only a very small percentage, around 2-5%, of our genetics comes from the last 20-60 million years.
- we are only hunter-gatherers because of our intelligence. (isn't it upside down?)
- Again, it is because we're much, much closer physiologically to a chimp than we are to the mythical hunter-gathering missing link. (wait, what?)
- If you eat a boatload of meat, you are swimming upstream against your own physiology. (references?)
- In fact, I think it's safe to say that most of the guys arriving at this site looking for solutions to their erectile dysfunction got here from the Meat and Saturated Fat Superhighway.
If he's talking about Loren Cordain etc., I think he has some valid points (eg. the usual low-carb, lean meats, potatoes-are-evil craze), but IMO it's just a guy trying to sell his ridiculous book. You have no idea how many people make "scientific" books about health. Think about the apple-only-diet against acne that even got featured in the news. It sickens me. Even I know more than most of those dudes, yet I won't be crazy enough to think that I can write a book telling people how to eat to cure their ailments. If you've got some anecdotes to share, share it in a forum. But please, don't make a book about your anecdotes!
The funniest part is his references. It's like something I'd write for school for an assignment : I'd just take random references that make a bit of sense and add them at the end to show I've done "research". Sad part is that it worked. I think it's fairly established now that animal products (vegetarian or not) are of utmost importance in any healthy diet.
What troubles me about the health community is the use of studies as proof of something. Everybody thinks he/she's a scientist nowadays. I'm afraid some people are even prepared to lie just to be right.
I've already said this before : an evolutionary perspective might not be optimal, at least it's natural and that's already a hell of a lot better than the SAD. When logic doesn't provide an answer yet, evolution can do the trick.
on April 22, 2012
at 10:42 AM
Allowme to say what you all are thinking. He's a dumbass. The end
on April 22, 2012
at 09:57 AM
Pretty bad. The article is not meant for people that are on the paleo diet. Fairly hard to convince people that have seen improvements in their health, that they are doing it wrong but it's fairly easy to convince people that havn't tried paleo that paleo is bad. I mean, who can argue with "Our genetics are about 98% similar to that of a chimpanzee"? Everyone knows that chimps eat mostly grains, right?
In the ad for the erectile dysfunction book, the author gives no clues about the diet recommended (we can assume there are grains involved) but does mention that there will be recommended foods and supplements. This is just the kind of thing that will appeal to people that don't want to take anything out of their diets but are quite happy to add more foods to it. They will get a surprise when they get to the chapter that no doubt recommends calorie restriction and possibly exercise.
on April 22, 2012
at 12:09 PM
Peak Erectile Strength Diet? Huh? What are you reading? Penis envy again????
Okay, let's start with the basics - who is Lee Myer? Have you seen this guy's picture? I bet he needs not only diet - he needs all kind of things to get his peak erectile strength.
What is his educational background? I don't see any PhD attached to his name. How does he know how to achieve peak erectile strength? Is he a male porn star? I would like to see how well he can perform - preferably documented in APA format.
If you really want peak erectile strength, diet and supplements won't do. You need something else. But that's not Paleo topic anymore.