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Do you feel smarter? Or at least are you entertaining more academic ventures?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 02, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Weird thing I noticed today as I was driving... and listening to political talk radio. I would always listen to either sports talk or music (and will still do that) but felt today like I wanted to know a little more about what's going on. I hate politics and think it's all BS, but still I had an ambition to really learn.

I also am starting to get back into paying attention to stock and options trading and just generally am interested in learning all the time instead of watching Family Guy re-runs while I chug a few beers. Anyone else noticing this? It's gotta have to do with switching back to paleo a few weeks ago... every other good change seems to stem from it :-)

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on August 04, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Re-read my answer, I never told you how you feel. You said yourself your brain was clearer on this diet and I would associate that with an improved mental state.

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on August 04, 2011
at 06:23 AM

Excuse me. You don't tell me how I feel. Nobody tells me how I feel. I am the only expert on that subject. Re-read my answer. It is not a criticism of Paleo. The question was "Do you feel smarter?" My answer was "no". How was that a poor answer? Because I am not brainwashed to prance around singing whenever the topic comes up? I totally believe in paleo (primal version) and work hard to encourage people to try it.

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on August 04, 2011
at 03:35 AM

The technical stuff isn't just paleo, nutritional biochemistry is the same no matter what diet you're on, unless you're getting paid by SAD lobbyists. Just because a paper might be too technical for you to read doesn't mean the diet is responsible for making you "dumber." And just having a PhD doesn't mean you're more likely to understand biochemistry or nutrition. Poor answer.

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on August 03, 2011
at 05:37 PM

My brain is a lot clearer eating this way. But trying to read some of the Paleo technical stuff makes me feel like I need Paleo for Dummies. Part of the problem is short-term memory loss. At 68, I do have some of that. If I have to look up every other word, I get bogged down and can't really understand the document. It's like starting to learn a foreign language. You can look up the words and get the gist of the message without fully understanding it.

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on August 03, 2011
at 07:54 AM

Ha, I had Family Guy on in the background when I first read this earlier.

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on August 03, 2011
at 05:25 AM

do you really feel dumber from Paleo?

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on August 03, 2011
at 12:53 AM

LOL I love family guy...and beer.

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on August 03, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Same with me, i've read more books on nutrition and health then I've read all though school on every topic combined.

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on August 03, 2011
at 12:29 AM

I think it is incredibly sad that you are not watching Family Guy whenever possible. There is more wisdom in that show than anything you are going to learn on talk radio

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on August 03, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Paleo has made me really interested in evolutionary anthropology, so I've been doing a ton of research over the last year or so on the cavemen, ice age, dawn of agriculture, evolution in general... hell, even dinosaurs!
Oh, and nutrition, of course. Give me a good nutrition book, and I'm good to go!

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on August 03, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Same with me, i've read more books on nutrition and health then I've read all though school on every topic combined.

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on August 03, 2011
at 07:09 AM

Maybe a bit unrelated, but IF has definitely improved my concentration and focus.

Every time I visit PH I learn something new. Going paleo has really ignited my curiosity about things that I've never considered before.

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on August 03, 2011
at 02:03 AM

I was already going back to grad school to work towards a Masters but I've recently decided to go back for a PhD instead. Now I'm not saying it's completely related to being Paleo for the last few months...but I'm also not discounting the fact that the two could be related. I do find it easier to organize my thoughts and do some decent writing now that I'm eating clean.

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on August 03, 2011
at 04:26 AM

Naw. I feel dumber. A lot of the technical stuff is just over my head, despite having a PhD and doing rather technical work.

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

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on August 03, 2011
at 05:37 PM

My brain is a lot clearer eating this way. But trying to read some of the Paleo technical stuff makes me feel like I need Paleo for Dummies. Part of the problem is short-term memory loss. At 68, I do have some of that. If I have to look up every other word, I get bogged down and can't really understand the document. It's like starting to learn a foreign language. You can look up the words and get the gist of the message without fully understanding it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:25 AM

do you really feel dumber from Paleo?

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on August 04, 2011
at 03:35 AM

The technical stuff isn't just paleo, nutritional biochemistry is the same no matter what diet you're on, unless you're getting paid by SAD lobbyists. Just because a paper might be too technical for you to read doesn't mean the diet is responsible for making you "dumber." And just having a PhD doesn't mean you're more likely to understand biochemistry or nutrition. Poor answer.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on August 04, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Re-read my answer, I never told you how you feel. You said yourself your brain was clearer on this diet and I would associate that with an improved mental state.

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on August 04, 2011
at 06:23 AM

Excuse me. You don't tell me how I feel. Nobody tells me how I feel. I am the only expert on that subject. Re-read my answer. It is not a criticism of Paleo. The question was "Do you feel smarter?" My answer was "no". How was that a poor answer? Because I am not brainwashed to prance around singing whenever the topic comes up? I totally believe in paleo (primal version) and work hard to encourage people to try it.

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