Episode 142: Paleolithic Porridge

On this episode: documentary & book recommendations; more archaeological evidence of Paleolithic grain consumption; GMO potatoes approved in America; Low-Fat vs Low-Carb Study turns into Dr. Ornish vs. Gary Taubes. Also, a Shinrin-Yoku update, a Moment of Paleo, and an excellent After the Bell talk featuring the author of Sapiens.

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Dispelling The Lies: The new film featuring the Ethical Omnivore perspective.

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Quite a number of people indicated they were interested in supporting future film projects which take a contrarian view of health and sustainability compared to films such as What the Health. To say these topics are controversial and emotional is about as understated as saying “the surface of the sun is hot.” This post is primarily about the proposed film “Dispelling The Lies” but please keep an eye open for a project Diana Rodgers is working on. I will do a comprehensive post on that project soon.

Before I go further let’s set the stage a bit:

1- I CLEARLY have a bias or orientation in all of this. I sell books, seminars, etc that advocate for a paleo diet or Ancestral Health template. The keyboard warriors who are going to point this out in some kind of Straw Man attack should consider that most of the folks appearing in the vegan backed films such as What the Health do precisely the same things, only promulgating a different message.

2- Let’s call things for what they are: “Plant Based” is some kind of Orwellian NewSpeak to avoid the more polarizing and controversial label “vegan.”  A paleo diet is “plant based” whether we are talking percent of calories, scale weight or what have you. So, let’s just be honest and say “vegan.”

The vegan backed agenda is the following:

3- ALL modern diseases are caused EXCLUSIVELY by animal product consumption. This is the case made in What The Health, and in fact the producers go out of their way to exonerate sugar and processed foods, so long as one avoids any and all animal products. If you think this is hyperbole, please watch the film in it’s entirety while also reading my review.

4- ANY amount of animal husbandry is exclusively injurious to the environment. Films such as Cowspiracy suggest that there is NO sustainable way to produce animal products and that there is no net advantage to an animal inclusive food system. NONE. No culture on the planet should consume animal products of any kind due to the suggested damage to the environment and “ethics” of consuming animals.

These two claims, sustainability and health, are the cornerstones of the vegan message. These folks have painted a compelling picture by holding up the clearly failed medical system we are all subject to, while highlighting the legitimate horrors of the modern industrial food system.

But only ONE solution is offered: Veganism. There is only one truth, this story is apparently black and white, and the many films produced in this genre suggest it is IMPOSSIBLE to have a sustainable food system that is animal inclusive, and animal products are toxic in a dose dependent fashion.

Perhaps the vegans folks are right. Perhaps grazing animals, which have been the cornerstone of terrestrial ecosystems for hundreds of millions of years, are in fact DANGEROUS to the environment. The enormous herds of bison which covered the Pre-Columbian Americas were in fact not an integral feature of the overall ecology, but a pest that was poised to destroy the planet via methane emissions (there were more bison in Pre-Columbian times than there are cattle in the Americas today). Perhaps the vegans are correct that although every human culture studied, ate varying amounts of animal products (and were largely free of modern degenerative disease), somehow, now, today…animal products are the root cause of ALL modern disease, not hyperpalatable processed foods.

Again, perhaps the well intentioned folks from the vegan camps are correct. Or, perhaps they are wrong. Dead Wrong. Perhaps our modern industrial food system IS unsustainable, but perhaps the only way to address a multitude of issues is to employ not centralized mega-food production (which ironically the grain based vegan diet supports), backed by multinational conglomerates such as Monsanto, but rather we may need to decentralize our food production, leaning heavily on local and regional comparative advantages in integrated, animal-inclusive food production.

There have been a number of films and books tackling these topics from a vegan perspective, we are only now seeing well formulated counterpoints from the Ethical Omnivore perspective. Dispelling The Lies is tasked with looking at this complex topic and providing (ideally) a science backed perspective….but clearly, that’s a slippery topic as What The Health claims to be steeped in science. Two opposing views, which one (if either???) might be correct? That’s up to you and the rest of the world to decide. I will make the case that getting this story “right” is important. It will have profound implications for our food systems, political agendas, national security interests, and on and on.

So, if you would like to contribute to the production of an alternate view to this story, this is your opportunity. Please check out the landing page and also note that there are some fantastic perks for folks who decide to donate aggressively, but the filmmakers will be grateful for any and all support you can offer to the film process.

 

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Episode 143: Nature Deficit Disorder

This episode’s News & Views segment features a new study that suggests eating iron-rich food makes us hungrier; the results of Denmark’s trans fat ban; the WHO is set to make controversial recommendations about eating meat; and even more reasons to dislike the GMO industry. Plus, we have a Shinrin-Yoku update, a Moment of Paleo, and After the Bell segments, too. We kick things off with documentary and book recommendations. Join us at the crossroads!

“As long as we have our senses, even just one, we have at least the possibility of accessing what makes us feel human, connected.” —BJ Miller

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Episode 144: The Unfolding Mystery

On this week’s show: The Inuit diet & Omega 3s; why high-fat diets may lead to overeating; study says it was easier to be skinny in the 80’s; and 4 rituals that will make you happier. Also, recommendations for an epic article to read, products to buy, a documentary to watch, and a book to read or listen to. There are Shinrin-Yoku, Moment of Paleo and After the Bell segments, too. Enjoy!

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Episode 373 – Dr. Brandon Alleman – Direct Primary Healthcare

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On this episode of the podcast my guest is Dr. Brandon Alleman, MD, PhD. Dr. Alleman graduated from Hope College with a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Physics. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Budapest, Hungary and graduated from the University of Iowa with his MD and PhD in Translational Biomedicine. He is a graduate of the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency and was the Chief Resident for obstetrics.

Listen in as we talk about the model of Direct Primary Healthcare, insurance, and problems and solutions that doctors and patients are facing today in the healthcare world.

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Twitter: @AntiochMed
Direct Primary Care listings/map: http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/
(We can’t vouch for the quality of all of these clinics but they are least people with similar models.)

 

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30 Day Guide to the Paleo Diet

Want some extra help? Have you been trying Paleo for a while but have questions or aren’t sure what the right exercise program is for you? Or maybe you just want a 30-day meal plan and shopping list to make things easier? We’ve created a getting started guide to help you through your first 30 days.

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Episode 145: Denise Minger's Low-fat History Lesson

Special guest Denise Minger joins me to discuss her latest, epic blog post titled, IN DEFENSE OF LOW FAT: A CALL FOR SOME EVOLUTION OF THOUGHT. Topics include: the history of the low-fat diet, the Kempner Rice Diet, Lester Morrison, Roy Swank, Nathan Pritikin, Ancel Keys, whole foods diet vs. low-fat, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s cardiovascular disease studies, the reversal of heart disease, the dietary guidelines, holism vs. reductionism, “carbosis,” as well as Denise’s new consulting offering. There are Moment of Paleo and After the Bell segments, too.

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Autumn-Spiced Baked Apples

Apples are the quintessential fruit of the autumn season, especially in desserts! Autumn-Spiced Baked Apples provide the flavors of those apple treats we all remember, without the grain- and refined sugar-filled crust.

Serves: 2-4 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples (such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady)
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
  • Optional: coconut cream, pure maple syrup, or raw honey, for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Peel, halve, and cut the cores out from the apples and place them on the baking sheet, cut-sides up.
  3. Use your fingers to spread the ghee evenly on the cut side of the apples.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin pie spice and coconut sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the apples. Bake for 35 minutes, until apples are fork tender.
  5. Optional: Top apples with a scoop of coconut cream, and/or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness.

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Episode 375 – Mark Bell – Intelligent Workouts, and The War on Carbs

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Sleepcocktails_banner_728x90_LeftThis episode of The Paleo Solution podcast we have my friend Mark Bell joining us. Mark is a former top level competitive powerlifter, owner of Super Training Gym, and a big, strong, jacked, and knowledgeable guy when it comes to training.
Listen in as we chat about working out intelligently, slow lifting, diet and The War on Carbs, and more!

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Websites:
http://www.supertraininggym.com/
https://howmuchyabench.net/

Twitter: @MarkSmellyBell
Instagram: MarkSmellyBell

30 Day Guide to the Paleo Diet

Want some extra help? Have you been trying Paleo for a while but have questions or aren’t sure what the right exercise program is for you? Or maybe you just want a 30-day meal plan and shopping list to make things easier? We’ve created a getting started guide to help you through your first 30 days.

Buy the book

 

Wired-to-Eat-RenderDon’t forget, Wired to Eat is now available!

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iBooks

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