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Is David Murdock a fool or a visionary?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Here's link to the article that gives rise to this question:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/magazine/06murdock-t.html?_r=1

And here's a quote from the article:

"It is there, outside of Charlotte, in a city named Kannapolis near his lodge, that he has spent some $500 million of his fortune in recent years to construct the North Carolina Research Campus, a scientific center dedicated to his conviction that plants, eaten in copious quantities and the right variety, hold the promise of optimal health and maximal life span"

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on March 08, 2011
at 06:07 PM

I don't see why he can't be both a fool and a visionary.

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on March 08, 2011
at 03:43 PM

I would love to see that kooky mural he had painted.

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on March 08, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Granted, but remember, Ancel Keys made it to 100 and I am guessing few of us on this forum would subscribe to his diet.

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on March 08, 2011
at 01:49 PM

But he is a robust 87 years old, though. That has to count for something in his favor, I think.

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F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

on March 08, 2011
at 01:41 PM

His approach lacks evolutionary focus. Given the ice ages, the marginal lands, the latitudes, the altitude and the coastal geography of human habitation - all areas where crops/plants would have been inedible and/or seasonal and so unavailable for human consumption throughout our evolution, he is unlikely to identify a nutritionally complete diet that achieves his goals. Nor will it be sustainable.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

(1837)

on March 08, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Granted, but remember, Ancel Keys made it to 100 and I am guessing few of us on this forum would subscribe to his diet.

6d9b8105790efa406618c72e840f2093

on March 08, 2011
at 01:49 PM

But he is a robust 87 years old, though. That has to count for something in his favor, I think.

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on March 08, 2011
at 06:39 PM

It is not uncommon for even very rational people to hold on to unscientific beliefs. Linus Pauling a two time Nobel laureate ingested massive quantities of Vitamin C seeking longevity. The immortality complex we all must grapple with is a powerful "psychiatric" hurdle.

Ultimately all our rational choices are subordinated to emotional decisions. Rather than feel contempt I wish him the best, perhaps he will discover something useful for all of us. However I do not think his life is worthy of emulation anymore than I am interested in emulating Lance Armstrong's diet.

I know what works and I hope he finds his way.

http://www.paulingexhibit.org/linus-pauling-and-vitamin-c.htm (hell the Pauling exhibit.org even using the confounding word "causation" to link Vitamin C to longevity,...troubling)

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on March 08, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Throw millions of dollars into "proving" your hypothesis? Okay, buddy. I would personally spent the money on ANYTHING that works best, including, say, ketogenic low protein diets with lots of CLA like the beef tallow diet. Just saying.

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on March 08, 2011
at 01:56 PM

he seems to be upset that wife died of cancer which itself seems to have many environmental and diet related causes. his diet seems to have much fruit and sugars but he may have the genetic ability to handle it. with a plant based diet there can be carb restriction which does prolong life in some but some people tend to not be as robust and are always hungry.

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on March 09, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Foolsionary is what he is.

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on March 08, 2011
at 06:21 PM

All of that fructose is actually going to accelerate his aging. Additionally, if your intake of polyphenols crosses a particular threshold, you probably stop receiving the benefits of hormesis and just start to increase your body's overall stress level.

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