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My advice from a doctor

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I'm considering starting the paleo diet, or at least easing myself into it. I've mentioned it to my parents who have completely dismissed the idea. They mentioned it to their friend, a doctor, who also dismissed it as pseudoscience that has no proof at all. I'm serious about this though, so could anyone possibly send me some links to sites with evidence for paleo's success rates other than success stories, e.g. The science behind it or studies. Also, could somebody explain why a medical professional would say paleo is pseudoscience - if paleo is so effective, why is it not more well known and recognised by health professionals? Thanks a lot for reading.

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Also check out Dr. Peter Attia's work at The Eating Academy

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on May 27, 2013
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Also, could somebody explain why a medical professional would say paleo is pseudoscience - if paleo is so effective, why is it not more well known and recognised by health professionals?

I look at it this way. They keep trotting out the old "balanced diet, calories in calories out" nonsense, claiming that it's not WHAT you eat, just how much and suggesting that people eat low fat, high grain, processed oils, avoid saturated fats, and so on. The medical advisors of the American Heart Association--for goodness sakes--thinks there's nothing wrong with eating "heart healthy" Fruit Loops but runs screaming away from grass fed butter????

And their patients keep getting sicker and sicker. They don't even recognize THAT (their patients are getting sicker on THEIR advice), so how do you expect them to recognize a real, healthy, whole foods diet when it slaps them in the face????

This is how doctors are trained (or not trained, as the case may be), so there's no surprise they don't recognize a healthful diet when they see it.

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They don't teach doctors nutrition in medical school. They teach them that the USDA food guide is what healthy eating looks like, and how to read tests in order to prescribe drugs. I have too many links to choose from, so I would suggest you check out these websites:

Garytaubes.com gnolls.org Thepaleosolution.com evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com wholehealthsource.blogspot.com

Next, check out the book Good Calories, Bad Calories to learn why everything you know about nutrition is wrong.

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on May 27, 2013
at 12:53 AM

Also check out Dr. Peter Attia's work at The Eating Academy

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on May 27, 2013
at 12:40 AM

I am amazed that a doctor would say a diet high in vegetables and fruit and low in processes food is pseudoscience.

Any way, some good links here http://paleohacks.com/questions/186873/any-scientific-studies-for-paleo-over-veganism-or-vegetarianism-or-sad-dieters/186883#186883

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on May 27, 2013
at 12:53 AM

Lots of doctors don't know what paleo is, except that others in the scientific community have said that it's bunk.

So many paleo leaders are either doctors or have done ungodly amounts of research into health issues. Give any of them a look. I'm most familiar with Mark Sisson.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com

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on May 26, 2013
at 11:47 PM

I mentioned a no-sugar / no-carb thing to my aunt who has a degree in nutrition. She said the author / speaker I was referencing was a quack, there's nothing wrong with sugar (she listened to a great speaker talk about how sugar isn't the problem), and insisted you would suffer severe health issues on zero carbohydrates, and that fatty foods weren't safe (she avoids touching raw meat.)

I'm not quite sure what to make of it, other than there seems to be a lot of variance in opinions, even from those who went to a university and paid good money to learn this stuff. The human body is a complicated machine to fuel.

There seem to be plenty of guys doing just fine eating raw meat and avoiding sugar like the plague on here.

I saw 3 doctors for shingles. Two prescribed anti-virals for Herpes Simplex / varicella-zoster, the third an antibiotic (calling it impetigo.) A fourth visit told me to stop scratching and prescribed the most potent anti-itch steroid cream. And a 5th said 'this is above my pay grade', suggesting I get a specialist that could put me on immunosuppressants full-time. The actual fix --- I stopped eating garbage. (Not one doctor even hinted at gluten-sensitive dermatitis herpetiformis, though, they did hint at me self-inflicting it.)

A similar thing happened when I was a teenager. I did almost a year of accutane with blood-testing every month for acne after seeing our city's best dermatologist. That stuff carries severe possible side effects, but my skin was so bad I had to take the drugs. My skin lately is better than it's been in my life. The actual fix -- I stopped eating garbage.

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