Best article(s) for a Doctor?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Hi Guys,

I have gotten a Doctor interested in paleo, and have limited time I can demand from him by reading articles, and blog posts, etc. He is very sceptical, no way would it work if I suggested reading an entire book such as GCBC... Any opinions on what would be the best paleo type articles to direct him to, considering I might only be able to get him to read one or two (maybe 3)?




on May 11, 2010
at 06:18 PM

@Cave Man Mind --- you should direct your doctor friend to: http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/ -- let your doctor friend know that PaleoNu is written by a practicing radiologist.



on May 11, 2010
at 02:05 PM

Have him read the Taubes article that led to GCBC: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=1

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on May 12, 2010
at 12:05 AM

I've listed below the best articles that I've come across so far. I recommend printing one of them, and showing it to your doctor. One's an ideal number because it requires little commitment on his part, but will [start to] open his mind.

By the way, I keep them, and a couple of others, bookmarked on Delicious.



on May 11, 2010
at 02:07 PM

Try these:

from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition: http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v63/n8/abs/ejcn20094a.html

from the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine: http://www.thepaleodiet.com/articles/J%20Nutr%20Environ%20Med%202003.pdf

-good starting point, anyway....


on May 14, 2010
at 12:33 PM

CMM - I replied to you on PaNu's forum but here's a partial repost. If someone has the time, interest and/or desire for "academic cred", here's my "tripod" I currently use as my foundation to build on/lens to view everything through:

  • "The expensive-tissue hypothesis: The brain and the digestive system in human and primate evolution", Aiello and Wheeler, 1995. Summary: Eating meat made us human (bigger brains, smaller guts).


  • "Paleopathology at the origins of agriculture", Mark Nathan Cohen etc, Academic Press, 1984. Summary: Human health declined markedly with the introduction of cereal grains into our diet, as demonstrated by skeletal and dental records.


  • "Clinical calorimetry XLVI: Prolonged meat diets with a study of the metabolism of nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus", Mclellan, Rupp and Toscani, Bellevue Hospital, NY, 1930. Summary: Two men ate an all-meat diet for one year with no scurvy or other health problems, proving in practice what biochemistry is already quite clear on: There are no "essential carbohydrates".


And of course, this excellent summary of GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES which covers the last 150 years of obesity research, and the bad science and politics that led to government recommendations for a low-fat diet, reversing what was previously "conventional wisdom":



on May 14, 2010
at 06:37 AM

Hi Guys, thanks! I have forwarded to him all the 'hard' science stuff, however I am finding much like a jigsaw puzzle, to fully appreciate paleo as a whole you need to build the argument bit by bit, de-constructing the conventional wisdom fails one step at a time... As such can anyone recommend any more really good paleo articles.

I think I have the doc agreed to read 1 article a week I send him :)


on May 11, 2010
at 12:45 PM

Are you looking for peer reviewed articles in popular Journals? It seems that anything less (aka anything in the blogosphere will not suffice)

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