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Recently, I published Debunking a Paleo Strawman in response to Christina Warinner’s TEDx Talk, Debunking the Paleo Diet. Since originally publishing the article, I’ve included an audio version of it in the podcast Latest in Paleo (Episode 68: Debunking Paleo).
To make that audio even easier to share, I’ve placed that segment onto YouTube. There are some extra slides placed in the video that really make the meat shredding dentition easier to follow.
In this week’s show: we welcome Primal Pacs as a new sponsor, enjoy the comedy of John Pinette, debunk the Paleo debunking, dissect the latest meat scare, talk a bit about Paleo on The Dr. Oz Show, meet a girl who eats nothing but ramen noodles, and we consider the idea that diets are not lifestyles. After the Bell, we hear a mainstream view of gluten, followed by a far-from-mainstream look at money as expained by Alan Watts.
Check out the the photo of this billboard that Waleed S. snapped over at Washington Dulles International Airport. It states:
Once, kids played like their lives depended on it. If only kids still did.
I’m sure you noticed the overweight kid on the left side, who is apparently choosing potato chips over playing. But you know what? It’s not just the bag of chips that’s the problem here. Sure the junk food industry creates addictive, cheap foods…
The Entertainment Industry
Look at the right side of that see-saw. The ball that kid’s holding used to represent one of the primary vehicles for play that children could access.
But these days physical play is being replaced by techno-entertainment.
TV on demand. Video games. Netflix. Hulu. iTunes. Facebook. Twitter. Porn. And everything else on the Interwebz. The entertainment industry is huge, and they are pumping out products that are just as addictive as junk food, with much of it aimed squarely at children.
Remember the 17-year old girl who ate nothing but Chicken McNuggets (podcast • story)? She made it into the news after she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where she was found to be anemic, had inflamed veins in her tongue, and she had to be injected with vitamins. She claimed to have never even tried a fruit or a vegetable.
So perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that in a world with 7 billion of us hairless apes running (sitting?) around, there’s also an 18-year old out there who lives exclusively on Ramen.
“Alcohol!” shouts the person taking roll call for all of the Paleo cheats. You shake your head and think to yourself, “Prohibition ended in the 30s, and now I’m in my 30s. Booze shouldn’t be a crime or misdemeanor.”
Well, I feel the same way about alcohol as I do cold bodies of water. Great for looking at most of the time and great for an invigorating dip once in a while.
And sure, there’s an argument that can be made about the hormetic benefits of both alcohol and cold lakes, too.
In a recent conversation I had with Richard Nikoley, he made an off-hand remark about a video showing monkeys getting drunk. I think this may be the video he was talking about:
Why throw away your carrot ends when you can grow wonderful little carrot plants instead? Reader and listener Chris Y. snapped this photo:
I’ve read mixed reports as to whether you can grow new carrots like this…the consensus appears to be “no, but they make nice window plants and kids enjoy watching them grow over time.”
But, we’ve been doing something similar with with celery and green onions. And these do generate FREE FOOD!
Talk about Paleo on a budget.
Everyone who just pounded their fists on their desks, because they were hoping this article was about free grass-fed ribeyes, please continue reading. You might be surprised by how easy this really is.
The Paleo Diet was featured on the Dr. Oz Show that aired on April 22. Having cut the cable cord a long time ago, I had to wait an extra day to watch it online. But what’s another day or so to watch people talk about a 2-½-million-year old diet?
The meat-will-kill-you brigade was out in full force last week. This time, the media frenzy and exaggerated headlines were the result of research being published in the journal Nature Medicine.
Translation: When gut bacteria process L-carnitine, which is found in red meat, it leads to hardening of the arteries.
Based on that title and the claims made in the article, perhaps extreme headlines are justified?
Well, let’s take a look at the headlines, the basic premise, and how some thought leaders have interpreted the research. Hopefully, this article will provide you with some insights and the proper starting point for you to continue to looking into the issue if you wish. Even if the Internet is robbing you of our ability to focus, it’s worth following along just to cut through this round of BS and in order to better recognize the next round, which is sure to come.