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Hack the Invention of Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 30, 2012 at 5:07 AM

So who actually "invented" what we know of as modern paleo? What first appeared to be a fairly simple question to answer soon proved, upon further research, to be highly subjective. Some top contenders: Art De Vany, Loren Cordain, Evelyn Kocur, Dr. Jack Kruse, Jimmy Moore (the latter three might admittedly be considered more "refiners" of paleo theory than actual trailblazers). But I'm more interested in what my fellow PaleoHackers think. Thoughts, anyone?

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on July 30, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Nice! Bonus points for dropping WAP and Stephanson.

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on July 30, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Hey! Jimmy's blazin' the trail for us all, bay-beeeeee!

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:07 PM

We are still inventing it as you speak.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Cordain has paid homage to Boyd Eaton as his predeccessor. Voegtlin preceded Eaton's paper by ten years with his book "Stone Age Diet". But Weston A. Price beats them both by about 50 years (as does Viljhammer Stephenson).

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:40 AM

I think I still have Ray's boook somewhere.

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:39 AM

Also this is a troll but they keep making multiple new accounts here and there is no way to stop them.

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:38 AM

I remember Ray Audette back in the 90's :)

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:15 AM

Yes he is a troll.

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:18 AM

Well, clearly Cordain and De Vany were the true primogenitors - but I think Jimmy Moore really put the movement on the map when he switched to 'low carb paleo' after AHS last summer. Before that it seemed to have been more of a fringe thing. And, of course, Jack Kruse's discovery of cold thermogenesis was also quite the game-changer...

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on July 30, 2012
at 08:48 AM

Ray Audette (Neanderthin), Walter Voegtlin (The Stone Age Diet), and S. Boyd Eaton were there long before anyone the OP mentioned. And then there are the obvious predecessors like Wolfgang Lutz (Life Without Bread) and R. Buckminster Fuller.

Seriously: Jimmy Moore? Evelyn Kocur? Jack Kruse? Is this some sort of bizarre troll?

JS

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:39 AM

Also this is a troll but they keep making multiple new accounts here and there is no way to stop them.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 30, 2012
at 09:38 AM

I remember Ray Audette back in the 90's :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 30, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Hey! Jimmy's blazin' the trail for us all, bay-beeeeee!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 30, 2012
at 09:15 AM

Yes he is a troll.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 30, 2012
at 09:40 AM

I think I still have Ray's boook somewhere.

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on July 30, 2012
at 05:32 AM

I'd probably go with Eaton or Cordain who published some of the earliest papers on Paleolithic nutrition. Although Walter Voegtlin actually came up with the idea back in 1975. And then I'd go on to say it was popularized by Wolf, de Vany and Sisson (among many, many others).

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:54 AM

If you take "Paleo" as an invention or as recent discovery, you shouldn't be here

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Cordain has paid homage to Boyd Eaton as his predeccessor. Voegtlin preceded Eaton's paper by ten years with his book "Stone Age Diet". But Weston A. Price beats them both by about 50 years (as does Viljhammer Stephenson).

Medium avatar

(19479)

on July 30, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Nice! Bonus points for dropping WAP and Stephanson.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 30, 2012
at 07:18 AM

Well, clearly Cordain and De Vany were the true primogenitors - but I think Jimmy Moore really put the movement on the map when he switched to 'low carb paleo' after AHS last summer. Before that it seemed to have been more of a fringe thing. And, of course, Jack Kruse's discovery of cold thermogenesis was also quite the game-changer...

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on July 30, 2012
at 05:32 AM

S Boyd Eaton published this in 1985, it's been cited nearly 1000 times which in science terms is like the equivalent of Michael Jackson's Thriller album sales.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJM198501313120505

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on July 30, 2012
at 05:35 AM

This blog post includes some useful history on how a popular movement came out of what was previously buried in acadamia. Cordain seems the key player in that.

http://transevolutionaryfitness.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/beyond-paleo/

As far as the refiners, I'm most interested in how Kruse has been connecting things, petty e-dramas be damned. But that's just me

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