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Does Paleo "cure" anything?

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Created April 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I wonder if I have a different way of communicating of what Paleo can do for us than some folks do?

I don't think Paleo "cures" anything per se. Rather, I think anytime we do something that stops damaging our bodies, and if we stop doing that thing, our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal themselves in many ways - reducing symptoms of diabetes, helping us lose weight which lowers blood pressure, and many other positive benefits.

This might sound like a distinction without a difference to some folks, but I think it helps to differentiate what Paleo does when when talking with skeptics about how a good diet affects us. I know that if I tell people Paleo can "cure" or "fix" a health problem they have, they are quite skeptical. But if I tell them their current diet is damaging them, and that if they stop doing themselves damage by eating what humans have evolved to eat, the reaction is much more positive.

For example, let's say someone is ingesting a bit of arsenic every day. If they stop ingesting arsenic I don't think that cures anything. But it will stop doing damage to their body, and allow their body to work better and resulting in fewer health problems.

Do you think it helps convince the skeptic if we make this (subtle?) distinction when communicating about Paleo?

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on April 24, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I am not sure if you are responding to me or rose..I have been "paleo" for over 2 years now. My 4th child was conceived, gestated and born paleo and the rest of them have benefitted greatly from the change at a young age. I am not 100% on how much recovery I can expect after 3.5 decades of the SAD and the last half of that was mostly a Mountain Dew/Doritos/Totinos with a salad here and there. Between the crap diet and the damage done by medications like a daily dose of 2400 MG of ibuprofen for 8ish years I am not certain I'll ever be "right" but I know I am much closer now.

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I was in fairly rough shape when I started Paleo 4 months ago, but I've lost a ton of weight, brought my blood glucose into acceptable standards, and take far fewer meds. Hang in there. If your metobalism or body is damaged, you might just be surprised at what it can do when you stop damaging your body through your diet. And try to throw in some exercise if at all possible.

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Wow -- your phrase "genetic dead end" really hit a nerve with me. That's exactly how I felt, too. I used to wonder how someone like me could have possibly survived in the Stone Age, and now I know the answer: just fine. It's modern food and lifestyles that are responsible for most of my/our "weaknesses."

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:39 PM

this question got me thinking about the new question I just asked about computer modeling.......we really dont know enough about the this lifestyle and yet the data is there and it just needs to be organized. We need to do it together.

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Really excellent point.

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:56 PM

I agree re: sugar and carb addiction.

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:51 PM

When I started out on paleo, it was more an issue of including things than excluding them. I continued to eat sugar and drink beer, albeit in smaller amounts. What really made the difference for me was including truly high-quality foods like animal organs, fish roe, and grassfed beef. So for me, I didn't even have to remove the "poison" to receive relief from GERD and asthma. The IBS lingered until I eliminated gluten entirely however.

I don't know, I view an excluding attitude that views various foods as poison to be more dysfunctional than one that emphasizes the goodness and healing properties of meat, fish, and other animal products. It's hard to heal yourself if you are malnourished. I would still be sick if I had merely just eliminated foods from a SAD diet. There is strong evidence that Americans aren't just ingesting bad food, they are neglecting to eat good food and so have sub-optimal intake of important nutrients.

That is where I found a great synergy with WAPF through my boyfriend Chris Masterjohn- through an emphasis on truly good homegrown organic free-range food, not on exclusion and demonizing of foods.

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:38 PM

I think you're absolutely right. Although I would say the one thing Paleo CAN cure in a way is sugar/carb addiction (in as much as it can be "cured"). Replacing sugars and carbs with healthy fats and proteins does an amazing job of truly getting rid of those horrid cravings that has most of the United States in it's evil clutches. Great way to look at it!

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:56 PM

I agree re: sugar and carb addiction.

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I agree with you. I am always skeptical of "huge" stories and claims. Show me the benefits of a change or the error in my way and you have my attention. The distinction in communication makes all the difference!

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:27 PM

I am not so much cured as "un-screwed". And I use screwed in a very basal sense here.

All these years I was taught I was a genetic failure for being fat, having arthritis, diabetes, bad eye sight, and a whole host of other ailments. The whole "Runs in the family" line was driven into my head. It made me think that not only was I a genetic dead end, that the bulk of society was. I was mad at myself for having a kid and dooming them to this miserable life.

And the whole time it was diet.

I have been fat and miserable my whole life. I am still overweight and my health is not perfect, and I am not cured of anything, but I am not dreading life anymore. I hope to be there someday, but there is a good chance that due to the damage I have done to myself over the years that I will never completely recover, but my life is better not than it has ever been before and my children's looks to be better than I could ever imagine.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Wow -- your phrase "genetic dead end" really hit a nerve with me. That's exactly how I felt, too. I used to wonder how someone like me could have possibly survived in the Stone Age, and now I know the answer: just fine. It's modern food and lifestyles that are responsible for most of my/our "weaknesses."

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I was in fairly rough shape when I started Paleo 4 months ago, but I've lost a ton of weight, brought my blood glucose into acceptable standards, and take far fewer meds. Hang in there. If your metobalism or body is damaged, you might just be surprised at what it can do when you stop damaging your body through your diet. And try to throw in some exercise if at all possible.

Fac1af832cc3c6a20059c41411fd0f6b

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on April 24, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I am not sure if you are responding to me or rose..I have been "paleo" for over 2 years now. My 4th child was conceived, gestated and born paleo and the rest of them have benefitted greatly from the change at a young age. I am not 100% on how much recovery I can expect after 3.5 decades of the SAD and the last half of that was mostly a Mountain Dew/Doritos/Totinos with a salad here and there. Between the crap diet and the damage done by medications like a daily dose of 2400 MG of ibuprofen for 8ish years I am not certain I'll ever be "right" but I know I am much closer now.

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:42 PM

I agree with you. Stop ingesting the poison and give your body a little excercise. As they say, "It's not rock science".

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:42 PM

it also brings up another interesting question. since what your saying is that Paleo removes obstacles so that the body may "heal itself", an additional question is how far on the spectrum of sickness and long term metabolic disease can you be before your body become ineffective at or forgets how to go about healing itself?

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on April 20, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Really excellent point.

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