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Scientific Paleo Books?

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Does anyone know of any good books or resources that go a little more in depth with the science and biochem aspects of why the paleo diet works? I need to feed my inner dorkness. Please let me know. Thanks!

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on June 21, 2011
at 07:35 AM

This book was literally life changing for me. And I absolutely need good *science* to be convinced like I was with this book. It doesn't go into an extreme amount of detail, but it certainly goes into the *right* detail.

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:31 PM

i love primal blueprint, but theres barely any science in the book. sissons website has great hyperlinks to the studies he refers to though. i have been trying to read primal body, primal mind for what feels like forever but for some reason i cant really get into it. its pretty boring, IMHO. i need to just trudge through and hope that it gets better so i can give a better review!

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thanks andy. disagree all you want with GC,BC, but taubs' manifesto is the LCHF bible, and the citations alone are priceless. frankly, the OP asked for BOOK- not a blog or podcast- so i hardly think this needs to be given status of a "Bad Answer". sheesh.....some people.....

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:50 PM

have an upvote. :)

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:30 PM

what about "Primal Body, Primal Mind", "The Paleolithic Prescription" and "The Primal Blueprint"? Anyone every read?

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at 02:27 PM

Thanks Guys. I have been listening to Robb Wolf's podcasts for about a month now. Still haven't gotten through them all yet, but am getting a lot of biochem info. I took biochem in college so have a pretty firm base of the subject, it's just a shame that so many of the book go so little into it. I will definitely check out The Perfect Health Diet. Thanks for the info!

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at 01:49 PM

WTF? downvoted??? this book is a classic!!

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This is great advice! Plus one

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:19 PM

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:28 PM

thanks andy. disagree all you want with GC,BC, but taubs' manifesto is the LCHF bible, and the citations alone are priceless. frankly, the OP asked for BOOK- not a blog or podcast- so i hardly think this needs to be given status of a "Bad Answer". sheesh.....some people.....

E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:50 PM

have an upvote. :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:49 PM

WTF? downvoted??? this book is a classic!!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 21, 2011
at 07:35 AM

This book was literally life changing for me. And I absolutely need good *science* to be convinced like I was with this book. It doesn't go into an extreme amount of detail, but it certainly goes into the *right* detail.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I recently obtained a copy of "Lippincott's Illustrated Review: Biochemistry" which I will be working through for some time... It's commonly used by medical students to work through their biochem class, so while it's not Paleo-oriented, it will give you a good overview of general biochemistry and you can apply knowledge from there.

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:15 PM

This is great advice! Plus one

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Honestly, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" doesn't even go as deep into the biophysics as some people....myself included....would have liked.

I've found that most of the truly in-depth information on the lifestyle and how it works, can be found in the writings and podcasts of Robb Wolf, Sean Croxton (Underground Wellness), and Chris Kresser (Healthy Skeptic). Mat Lalonde is an absolute mine of scientific knowledge on the subject too, but he doesn't blog or have his own podcast, so you have to catch him on the aforementioned podcasts as a guest. If you listen to enough of those, you'll hear a TON of front line science and theory on the subject. I walk around with one ear-bud in all day, most days.

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:05 PM

The Perfect Health Diet is definitely the most scientific one I've read. While it doesn't go deep into the nitty gritty of everything, it provides a lot of references so you can do more of your own research. Definitely worth reading.

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on June 21, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Congratulations to you for wanting to learn more. We must keep in mind that going exclusively deeper into the molecular basis may have limitations. This so-called "paleo paradigm' is scientifically-informed by many kinds of science: More reductionistic (micro) approaches (like biochemistry) are balanced with somewhat-more holistic (macro) approaches (like anthropology) to give the clearest picture of reality. Good science is always a balance of reductionism/holism, interpolation/extrapolation, deduction/induction, etc.

With that in mind, the book that really stands out for me and has NEVER been discussed on this site (to my knowledge) is 'The Wellness & Prevention Paradigm' by James Chestnut, MS, DC. This is the only book that I am aware of that develops a strong case for a Paleo paradigm/paleo-lifestyle by using the usual literature (from the usual suspects) from anthropology, biochemistry, neurology PLUS holistic ecology/wildlife-biology. The guy has a very strong background in the science of ecosystems and he is clearly a genius. It is a truly unique book and I feel superior to anything else that I have read.

You can read an except here: http://ebookbrowse.com/the-wellness-and-prevention-paradigm-pdf-d64057357 You can google him and buy it on his website (self-published) Disclosure, I sell the book on my online store too.

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