The evidence for much of the recommendations in the PHD seems compelling. However, it is also useful to keep in mind what hidden biases may exist and which points are more solid (and less likely to change) than others. The book, as expected, does not cover evidence contrary to the recommendations. I would like to know what others think the weakest points in the book are. What data exists which might indicate that eating large quantities of SaF and MUFAs might not be so good for you.
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on January 10, 2012
at 01:20 AM
You can be forgiven for not having read much beyond the PHD book, but you should know that Paleo Solution, Primal Blueprint, Weston A Price, HFLC, Protein Power, and a host of other similar diets that follow Paleo roots all welcome large quantities of SaF and MUFAs. Beyond diet books there are Good Calories, Bad Calories etc.. as sources in support of high fat as well. PHD is far from alone in this.
Of course much depends on your definition of "large quantities" of fat, as opposed to the SAD (standard american diet) where people eat large quantities of sugars, grains, and seed oils and actually do get fat and unhealthy, as one can plainly see wherever one travels.
on January 10, 2012
at 04:00 AM
Just focussing on the "I would like to know what others think the weakest points in the book are" part of your question;
Personally i have not gone looking for the weakest points of PHD.
But for a contrary view to some of PHD (if you have not seen it already), you may want to take a look at some of what Dr Rosedale has to say; http://drrosedale.com/blog/2011/11/22/is-the-term-safe-starches-an-oxymoron/
There may be some references there for you.
on January 09, 2012
at 10:13 AM
You have to be some freak with damaged beta oxidation pathways or something, like CPTI deficiency etc.
The weak points of PHD, IMO, are:
Safe starch. Extremely weak and totally speculative, no real evidence to support it IMO. Lots of papers referring to damaged people on which he xtrapolates for normal people. Lots of references to case examples from his followers and nobody can tell how those people actually behave.
Fish oil recommendations are IMO unsubstantiated.
Maybe off topic but, very inert community - nobody really questions anything, everybody is like "thank you u are awesome". He is cool dude, but his charismatic personality drives substantial percent of the followers. If we remove "thank you" and "help me" posts we will be left with few analytic comments on entire site.
Other then that, I think its one of the better diet plans around. Didn't read the book tho, although I read almost entire blog. If you have a electronic copy, feel free to drop me by. :)