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Short links to info to convince skeptical friends and family?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Thanksgiving is bringing home to me that most of the people who I care about eat, not just SAD, but a very inverse diet to mine. I live in a liberal college town. Most of my loving, progressive, artistic friends & family:

  • Believe in the lipid hypothesis.

  • Believe that meat consumption is anti-environmentalist

  • Will do their best to be healthy and save the earth.

As a result, most of them are:

  • Pescetarians who feel guilty that they aren't vegetarian
  • Vegetarians who feel guilty that they aren't vegan
  • Vegans who are slowly making themselves sick

I was a vegetarian for 5 years and paid the price in autoimmune thyroiditis. I TRULY believe that these guys are eating unhealthily, but thanks to our social millieu and my newbishness, I'm the one on the defense.

So are there any compelling, quick links for me, on topics like:

  • the link between gluten/grains and autoimmunity?
  • fat doesn't make you fat

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on November 22, 2012
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My real answer is http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm Shook my world, and changed my life. Whether you believe in the insulin hypothesis or not, you can't deny that the boy Taubes does a great job of demolishing the "diet-heart hypothesis".

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on November 22, 2012
at 09:03 PM

My real answer is http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm Shook my world, and changed my life. Whether you believe in the insulin hypothesis or not, you can't deny that the boy Taubes does a great job of demolishing the "diet-heart hypothesis".

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on November 23, 2012
at 12:30 PM

This is a great question. I have only been Primal 5 months and haven't seen my family in that time as we live on opposite coasts. I was thinking that when I go home for Xmas, I will either have to say nothing and craftily just eat/cook the primal options secretly, without drawing attention to myself, or be prepared with a dossier full of articles rebutting every possible inevitable condemnation from parents who will not believe it if they haven't heard it on NPR or from Dr. Oz.

And the fact that they are academics does not make it easier since they remain very attached emotionally to mainstream nutritional advice. Plus they have always labeled me extreme and (perhaps rightly) objected to my former extreme behaviors like vegetarianism and running marathons, so this will just be objected to and dismissed as yet another extreme behavior.

I know the ultimate vindication comes with time and the demonstration of one's superior health, but their own health is remarkably (and thankfully) fantastic for people in their late seventies, thereby supporting their own nutritional way of life (think quinoa, sprouts, fat as foe, lots of chicken and fish).

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on November 22, 2012
at 01:54 AM

The single easiest refutation of the lipid hypothesis is Tom Naughton's "Fathead."

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on November 22, 2012
at 02:54 AM

This one may not be popular.........but to move people off their inertia........read this. It works in my clinic like clock work.

http://www.jackkruse.com/the-change-rx/

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