Suggestions and resources for a Paleo-related research paper?

Answered on May 02, 2011
Created May 02, 2011 at 6:04 PM

This a rough intro and thesis. It could still use some work.

"The incredibly far-reaching National Heart Act passed by the U.S. Congress, in June 1948, was the first stepping-stone towards the government-funded research to lead to the flawed and biased, but incredibly influential research of Ancel Keys??? lipid-hypothesis. In strong contrast to Keys, contemporary researchers such as Robert Lustig???s studies on fructose metabolism and Gary Taubes??? research on the fat-cholesterol hypothesis, the carbohydrate hypothesis, and the obesity and the regulation of weight, have made strong claims in challenging conventional wisdom on diet, weight control, and disease. Both prominent figures also directly debunk Keys??? studies and reach responsible, well-supported conclusions on the true causes of the obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemic."

Any primary sources? Any free, online scientific journals? Any general tips on what to focus on, what not to focus on?

I would like to get my hands on Congress hearings over the National Heart Act. I would also like to provide the most influential studies that have lead to the fat-phobic epidemic, and how those were biased, flawed, or incomplete.

Good Calories, Bad Calories and "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" will most definitely be used as secondary sources.

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on May 02, 2011
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The book 'Nourishing Traditions'(http://www.amazon.com/Nourishing-Traditions-Challenges-Politically-Dictocrats/dp/0967089735) has a lot of theory in it and deals with tens of scientific researches on cholesterol, fat, glucose etc. etc. Just having a look in the book should give you a pretty good overview.

Specific journals? No idea...

Good luck! What is the paper for?

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on May 02, 2011
at 06:19 PM

You may want to head over to Kurt Harris's blog - http://www.archevore.com/ - or Stephan Guyenet's blog - http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/ - and just click on any of their entries that refer lipid panels/cholesterol/dietary fat. They're good at using specific studies to back up their statements, and that'll lead you to these sources (and if not them, commentors cite studies too - read the comments after these entries).

This is an example of an entry that references several studies that are easily available online: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/03/its-time-to-let-go-of-glycemic-index.html

With luck, there will be several others that are available as free articles from PubMed or other online scientific journals.

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