PrimevalGeoPhysicist, PaleoPathologist, and PrimalProgrammer captured a few years back at Tribal Rite celebrating 50th Birthday of PrimevalGeoPhysicist. PrimalProgrammer wrote recently with a question:
First I’d like to find out: What is a “Paleo” Diet?
I haven’t really read up on it. Is it wandering through forests, picking up walnuts and strawberries off the bushes, hunting for food, and having a great time with the guys and fermented honey booze back at the caves? (I’m visualizing the starting part of 2001: A Space Odyssey here.)
What’s new about the PaleoDiet, especially compared to Atkins / South Beach high protein, very low carb diets?
The Atkins folks sent around an Email newsletter listing the “top ten mistakes” people make doing Atkins. While some members of some Paleo Tribes might squawk with disdain, there is like not a nickel’s worth of difference between most Paleo diets and properly done Atkins. So how can you screw up?
Argh! Hobbit Feet? Quick, we need a PaleoPodiatrist…
There was a big splash that you may recall when some professors in California went public claiming that “high protein diets (especially animal fat) are as bad for your health as smoking.” (Just google “protein smoking” and you’ll find scads of similar links.)
Attached is a letter to the editor of the journal that actually published the study, basically discrediting it. This came via Drew Baye, one of my favorite high intensity exercise advocates. I hope the study was an honest attempt at good science, but there is a constant temptation in our culture to go for fame and notoriety and scientists are definitely not immune.