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Millet: A Gluten-Free Grain You Should Avoid

Millet: A Gluten-Free Grain You Should Avoid

Over the past 5-7 years, more and more people worldwide have become aware of the Paleo Diet, which really is not a diet at all, but rather a lifelong way of eating to reduce the risk of chronic disease and maximize health and wellbeing. One of the fundamental principles of The Paleo Diet is to […]

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Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: Nutritional Disasters Part 1

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: Nutritional Disasters Part 1

Over the years since the publication of my first book, I have been asked time and again if there is a vegetarian version of The Paleo Diet. I’ve got to say emphatically – No! Vegetarian diets are a bit of a moving target because they come in at least three major versions. We all know […]

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Vitamin and Nutritional Supplements Increase Chronic Disease Morbidity (Incidence) and Mortality (Death)

Vitamin and Nutritional Supplements Increase Chronic Disease Morbidity (Incidence) and Mortality (Death)

The Nutritional Supplement Mentality When you start eating Paleo, you simply won’t require vitamin or mineral supplements.13 In fact, except for fish oil and vitamin D, if you choose to take antioxidant and/or B vitamins, you will increase your risk of cancer, heart disease and dying from all causes combined. One of my first jobs […]

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Are Potatoes Paleo?

Are Potatoes Paleo?

I have noticed in the last few years that many Paleo Dieters believe that potatoes can be regularly consumed without any adverse health effects. Part of this misinformation seems to stem from writers of blogs and others who are unfamiliar with the scientific literature regarding potatoes. So should we be eating potatoes or not?

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Flour Fortification with Folic Acid: Good Idea or Bad Idea

Flour Fortification with Folic Acid: Good Idea or Bad Idea

Folic Acid Supplementation and Fortification In 1947 scientists at Lederle Labs synthesized a compound called folic acid that had never previously existed on our planet. No human prior to 1947 had ever ingested this artificial substance. Exactly 51 years later in 1998, The Food and Drug Agency (FDA) mandatorily legislated that the entire U.S population […]

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Gluten and The Brain

Gluten and The Brain

With the plethora of benefits supported by scientific evidence,1 Gluten-free diets have been gaining in popularity in recent years.2 Studies range from gastrointestinal symptom improvement,3 to possible correlations with autism,4 and diabetes.5 However, there may not be a more fascinating area of gluten study than how the protein composite can be related to cognitive function.6 […]

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Bacon: Is There Anything Left to Discuss?

Bacon: Is There Anything Left to Discuss?

Over the past few years, craze over bacon has surged in the Paleo community, but is it Paleo or isn’t it? It seems like just about every bacon issue under the sun has been argued, discussed and disputed on Paleo blogs, websites and cookbooks. I have little to add to these specific discussions because as […]

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Habitual Marijuana Use and the Paleo Diet: What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been

Habitual Marijuana Use and the Paleo Diet: What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been

Last month I had the pleasure to lecture on the Paleo Diet in Sydney, Australia at the BioCeuticals Research Symposium. After my presentation a couple who appeared to be in their late 40s to early 50s approached the podium. The man and his wife told me they had adopted the Paleo Diet a few years […]

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Sea Salt: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Sea Salt: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

One of the most gratifying rewards of having written The Paleo Diet in 2002 and having been involved in the Paleo movement from its very beginnings is that I receive numerous queries about various nutritional aspects of this lifelong way of eating. Clearly, I nor anyone else, have an inside track to all dietary questions […]

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Beans and Legumes: Are they Paleo?

Beans and Legumes: Are they Paleo?

I was delighted to learn that Dr. Oz was going to again feature The Paleo Diet with Nell Stephenson and was happy about most of what I saw except for Chris Kresser, expounding upon the health virtues of a food group, beans and legumes, that definitely are not Paleo.

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Pizza: A Slice of Obesity

Pizza: A Slice of Obesity

When we think of health food, we aren’t thinking of pizza. And yet, a recent study confirmed that pizza is the second leading source of calories for America’s children.1 Every day, 20% of children eat pizza. That’s 1 in 5. Every day. Since pizza is very low in nutrients, and very high in empty calories, […]

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Seafood Mercury Concerns Subside Amid New Research

Seafood Mercury Concerns Subside Amid New Research

Fish and other marine life have been integral to human diets since the Paleolithic era. Some researchers even speculate that these foods “made us human” by enabling the rapid expansion of grey matter in the cerebral cortex. For three million years of evolution during the time of Australopithecus, brain capacity remained constant, but then curiously […]

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Wheat: Opening the Barrier to Poor Gut Health

Wheat: Opening the Barrier to Poor Gut Health

It was a comment I’ve heard too many times. I was watching tennis with a friend who knew me as a cyclist, not as someone who researches nutrition. The commentators were discussing world No. 1 ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic’s newfound success since going on a gluten-free diet. My friend got noticeably irritated and finally […]

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How Obstacle Races and Competitions Tap Into Our Ancestral Past

How Obstacle Races and Competitions Tap Into Our Ancestral Past

An evolution in optimal exercise is taking place, inspired by how our primitive ancestors moved. In 2013, nearly 3.4 million people participated in an obstacle race, and in 2014 these races generated close to $362 million in registration revenue.1 Similarly, in 2014 over 209,000 people signed up for the CrossFit Games Open, a 5-week qualifier […]

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Artificial Sweeteners: Agents of Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Disease

Artificial Sweeteners: Agents of Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Disease

Introduction: Evolutionary Perspective It’s pretty clear that if we follow the example of our hunter gatherer ancestors, artificial sweeteners should not be part of contemporary Stone Age diets. In my book, The Paleo Diet Revised (2010)1 I warned against drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks and further strengthened my opposition to all artificial sweeteners in 2012 […]

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Gall Bladder, Liver, and Pancreas: Health from the Inside Out

Gall Bladder, Liver, and Pancreas: Health from the Inside Out

It’s no surprise that by eating balanced meals of natural proteins, local veggies and high quality fats, we’ll reach a healthy, lean body weight and feel great, too. But did you know that eating properly can also keep us on track from our inner most selves, too? We tend to focus a lot on autoimmune […]

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Fighting Cancer, Autism, and Neurodegenerative Diseases One Molecule at a Time

Fighting Cancer, Autism, and Neurodegenerative Diseases One Molecule at a Time

  We know eating our vegetables is good for us, but few are familiar with the copious benefits of the molecules that are contained within each vegetable.1, 2, 3 Take for example, sulforaphane, a molecule within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds.4, 5, 6 Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage all contain sulforaphane,7 among others including […]

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Selenium Supplementation and The Paleo Diet

Selenium Supplementation and The Paleo Diet

Last month the International Journal of Cancer published a study conducted by researchers from Newcastle University, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The research team concluded that lower serum selenium levels are associated with increased risks for colorectal cancer and that people in Europe, on average, […]

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Stomach Upset? Skip the BRAT Diet

Stomach Upset? Skip the BRAT Diet

  It’s the time of year when the highly contagious stomach virus starts to run its course. Gastroenteritis, inflammation of the digestive tract, can be viral or bacterial and also caused by food poisoning. The two most common symptoms are vomiting and/ or diarrhea, along with lethargy, dizziness, cramping, and fever. It can be potentially […]

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Why The Paleo Diet is the Best Low-Carb, Fat Loss Diet

Why The Paleo Diet is the Best Low-Carb, Fat Loss Diet

It’s officially 2015, the New Year is upon us and with it many resolutions to lose weight and get into shape. With so many magazines and websites filled with latest fad diets, how do you know what diet really works best? The good news is the scientific research is actually quite clear with respect to […]

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