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Is Paul Chek a quack?

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Created June 27, 2011 at 3:15 AM

What does everyone think?

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

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on June 28, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I definitely love how he can put things in tangible language - it can make it easier to grasp what he is trying to get across. Sometimes I think I needlessly complicate the info I'm presenting- it can be refreshing to hear someone put complex relationships in such a straight forward way.

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on June 27, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Can't argue with that, got me.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Depends on your definition of "parasite." If you consider big pharma and big agra to be parasites on the human species, then he would be right on :~)

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on June 27, 2011
at 02:12 PM

Yeah his body is truly incredible for a man of his age. Well, for a man of any age. Thick bastard:)

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:48 AM

He made this statement and I agree 100% with it. Chek said, "Almost every American older than 35 in this country has a defective digestive system. They're going to have to eat even more protein to even break it down, because if it's going out your butt, it's not making it to your cells!"

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:47 AM

He made this statement and I agree 100% with it. Almost every American older than 35 in this country has a defective digestive system. They're going to have to eat even more protein to even break it down, because if it's going out your butt, it's not making it to your cells!"

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:38 AM

he is a very mindful guy and I like that about him.......What he did with Mike Modano was amazing.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:33 AM

love his stance on foods.....he is paleo to me.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:29 AM

One of his lectures on "spirituality" made me want to cut off my arm, but I agree with Dr. K that he knows some sweet stuff about exercise.

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696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

on June 27, 2011
at 04:59 AM

One of the easiest ways to dismiss information you don't like or want to suppress is to label someone "a Quack". It's the kiss of death for new ideas and kills innovation. Over the years many legit ideas from researchers have been labeled quackery- including the idea that the 'lipid hypothesis' is flawed, that fats are a necessary and even healthful part of the diet, that we should eat like our ancestors to avoid disease... ;)

I would be careful applying the label of 'Quack' to anyone- that implies that their ideas are too outlandish/trivial to even consider and that they should not just be ignored, but ridiculed and dismissed. That's a dangerous attitude to have if you value learning and scientific/other progress.

So, to answer your question- No, I wouldnt call Paul Check a Quack. He just represents a different point of view. Whether or not I agree with everything he says, I respect him and often visit his site when looking for a new angle on things.

Some of his ideas are definitely not mainstream. I find that listening to him with an open mind has helped to spark new ideas and ways of viewing my body and its systems...it can be useful to let go of preconceived notions of how info needs to be presented in order to be considered acceptable.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:23 AM

He invented his field....corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology. His ideas are way out there but I think the guy has some insight to what he does. Not sure he is for the main stream but I think the cross fit crew would love him for a WOD construct. He does some sick stuff.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:33 AM

love his stance on foods.....he is paleo to me.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:48 AM

He made this statement and I agree 100% with it. Chek said, "Almost every American older than 35 in this country has a defective digestive system. They're going to have to eat even more protein to even break it down, because if it's going out your butt, it's not making it to your cells!"

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:47 AM

He made this statement and I agree 100% with it. Almost every American older than 35 in this country has a defective digestive system. They're going to have to eat even more protein to even break it down, because if it's going out your butt, it's not making it to your cells!"

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

(1623)

on June 28, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I definitely love how he can put things in tangible language - it can make it easier to grasp what he is trying to get across. Sometimes I think I needlessly complicate the info I'm presenting- it can be refreshing to hear someone put complex relationships in such a straight forward way.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:28 AM

I think he's a bit...out there, but far from a quack. He's an incredibly intelligent, educated man who has some pretty controversial ideas, but so do many respected pioneers. He's really passionate about what he does too, which I love.

I'm CHEK certified and have heard him speak a few times. The man sure knows how to talk. He can go on and on forever. And he's a freakin powerhouse in the gym. His body is incredible for a man of any age, let alone 50. Insane. I respect that.

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on June 27, 2011
at 02:12 PM

Yeah his body is truly incredible for a man of his age. Well, for a man of any age. Thick bastard:)

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on June 28, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Last summer I attended the IDEA conference for fitness professionals in LA and had the opportunity to attend a "bonus" session (it took place outside of the normal schedule of speakers, workshops, etc.)

I knew about him through his book "How to eat move and be healthy" and through the CHEK certifications that were held by many of my personal training colleagues over the years.

I always thought he was pretty out there, but definitely an innovator and his ideas on primal movement patterns predate anyone else (Sisson was still writing about biathlon and triathlon training at that time).

Basically, it was me and about 15-20 other people with Paul Check and a couple of his assistants. He is still very muscular, has a shiny bald head, rocks vibram 5-fingers. He was also extremely funny (in a very dry sort of way, you have to pay attention), knowledgeable, confident, and charismatic.

Can confidence, knowledge, and charisma be construed as douchey, smug, and self-absorbed? Sure, but the fact is that he's done a lot to further the field of exercise and has made a lot of people aware of how crappy their diets are and what they can do to fix it.

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on June 27, 2011
at 02:08 PM

I have actually never heard of him until this question was posted. I read his blog and looked at a few of his video fragments on YouTube.

He is definitely an out-of-the-box guy, but a lot of the basic precepts that he promotes I have seen elsewhere. His diet advice seems basically Paleo, see here:

https://www.enhancedfp.com/nutrition/fats-and-oils-paul-chek

and other dietary advice (proper digestion and elimination, salt is a stimulant, etc) follows what you might see in "Food is your Best Medicine".

His spirituality stuff sounds a little wonky (but what spirituality stuff doesn't?), but he does try to provide a "Western layperson" view of Eastern philosophy (Buddhism, Lao Tzu, etc) and tie it in with nutrition and fitness, and I at least appreciate the attempt. He seems to be sincere in his beliefs. I think the average Western person could do with a larger dose of spirituality (not the same as dressing up and going to church).

You certainly can't argue with his physique and energy. The constantly self-promotional aspect of everything he does is a turn-off, all of the seminars and everything start to sound like a cult, and the videos and blurbs you read online are almost always advertisements (i.e. the first 10 minutes of a 90 minute speech). However, it seems to me that the underlying advice is basically sound.

EDIT: I found this interview with him. The freakish bodybuilder pics are bizarre and gross. But I find myself agreeing with virtually everything he says. He is definitely a bit wacky, but his advice seems very good.

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on June 27, 2011
at 02:30 PM

He is like any person who thinks he's discovered THE TRUTH.

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on June 27, 2011
at 11:58 AM

he is absolutely a goofball. He goes on about god and all this quasi-religious BS all the time. Absolute goof who most serious folk have no time for.

That being said, he's in hella good shape and prolly definitely knows how to maintain a healthy body.

All his parasite talk is beyond hilarious. Parasites? yeah, thats the culprit behind a lot of our problems;) holy hell.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Depends on your definition of "parasite." If you consider big pharma and big agra to be parasites on the human species, then he would be right on :~)

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on June 27, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Can't argue with that, got me.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

He's an odd dude. The word "kooky" comes to mind. I think he's ahead of his time even though we don't see eye-to-eye on the religious stuff. I definitely wouldn't point any non-hardcore Paleos his way, though, as it would probably put them off.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Like all geniuses, first they are challenged, mocked and ridices, then they are tested and validated and eventually I'm certain he will be accepted. I only hope he will be around to see his work accepted. The human race cannot continue living on products that have no true connection with the food chain. Next we'll be eating plastic.

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on September 19, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Paul Chek is not a quack in the sense that a lot of his training works-However Paul Chek IS into cults especially dangerous ones like Osho/Rajneesh and yes -he promotes a cult like business practice- so be careful. Physical fitness does not always equate with mental fitness-in his case more reason and common sense and less gullibility is needed.

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on June 28, 2011
at 11:44 AM

I think his book is really good, although I don't believe in metabolic typing.

The shows he did with Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness were excellent and very informative.

I also like that he, being one of the biggest meat proponents, turned vegetarian for a year. Takes some courage to basically go against your own recommendations. He said it felt right at that point in time but he lost some muscle mass and is back on yummy animals now ;)

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