Trevor Connor, M.S.

About Trevor Connor, M.S.

Trevor Connor was Dr. Loren Cordain’s last graduate student at Colorado State University. His research with Dr. Cordain focused on the effects of a Paleo style diet on autoimmune conditions. Their pilot study included close to 60 volunteers with diverse conditions ranging from Crohn’s Disease, to Multiple Sclerosis to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The results were very promising, including all eight Crohn’s subjects going into remission on the Paleo Diet. Trevor started working with Dr. Cordain in 2010, soon after retiring as a Professional Cyclist. At 38, he felt it was time to hang up the bike. Trevor had studied traditional sports nutrition for over a decade and was admittedly very reluctant to accept the Paleo Diet. But after experimenting with the diet himself, Trevor was able to return to the Pro Peloton at 40, getting Top Five’s in several races and establishing himself as the top ranked 40+ rider in the country for several years running. Trevor now writes the Coaching Section of the international cycling magazine Velo, has his own coaching business, and recently managed the semi-Professional cycling team Team Rio Grande who’s alumni include Teejay Van Gaarderen, a top five finisher at the Tour de France and multiple national champions. Trevor is currently working on publishing several studies and reviews on the effects of wheat on the digestive immune system. Recently, he moved back to Canada so his wife could pursue her dream of making the 2016 Olympics in pole vaulting (as a Paleo Dieter and ranked top 10 in the country in her mid-30’s.)

Naturally and Artificially Sweetened Beverages are Associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s According to Two Recent Studies

While there was likely never a time when your doctor would have told you to consume more sugar, a growing body of research is demonstrating just how pervasive the negative health effects of overconsuming simple carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose truly are [1-4]. In fact, sounding like they took a page from a Tom Clancy novel, a series of recent peer-reviewed articles showed that for decades, the sugar industry was aware of the impact of sugar on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and worked to hide it;  pointing the finger at fat consumption instead [5, 6]. A misdirection that

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Wheat Sensitivity: A New Study Shows It’s Not in Your Head, It’s in Your Gut

Tens of thousands of us go to the doctor every year complaining of varied and vague symptoms that we swear crop up every time we eat bread with dinner. And generally, what we get is a mix of reactions from mild amusement to an unceremonious shooing from the doctor’s office. But according to a new study out of Columbia University Medical Center – one of the first true controlled trials of wheat sensitivity – those symptoms may not be in your head.1 In fact, there may be very real and testable biomarkers of the condition. The study authors found “the

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But Is It Even Paleo?

A recent study in the Journal Nutrition and Diabetes has raised some interesting questions about the effects of a high-fat diet on glucose regulation in New Zealand obese mice 1. While only a single study, it has set off a media storm questioning the efficacy of a Paleo-style diet. Which is interesting because what may be most important about the study is not the questions it raises, but the fundamental and all too pervasive misunderstanding it demonstrates about the Paleo Diet. The study explores the effects of a very high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet on diabetes prone mice. But as I explained in

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The Wheat Series Part 5: Pulling the Trigger on a Loaded Chamber

Click Here to Start The Wheat Series from the Beginning! It’s one of the most commonly used analogies in existence and it’s about a game that few want to play. A revolver is loaded with a single bullet. The hapless players take turns putting the gun to their heads and pulling the trigger. The analogy is often used to make a point about the high stakes of luck. Eventually someone gets a loaded chamber and pays the ultimate price. There is a second side to the analogy, however that is frequently overlooked. Regardless of whether you have extremely good or

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BMJ vs The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Does a Healthy Diet Win?

Anyone who follows the U.S. nutritional guidelines has almost certainly been frustrated at some point or another by the conflicting advice and sometimes hopelessly outdated marketing material – think the Food Pyramid that still graces the walls of many elementary school classrooms. The frustration has reached the point that cries of government corruption and inappropriate influence of big food industry lobbyists are frequently heard. Case in point, the February 2015 draft of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines,1 published every five years, prompted over 29,000 public comments compared to a couple thousand in 2010. The outcry has been so strong it has

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The Wheat Series Part 4: Home Invasion

Did you miss The Wheat Series Part 1: Wheat and the Immune System? Read it HERE. Did you miss The Wheat Series Part 2: Opening the Barrier to Poor Gut Health? Read it HERE. Did you miss The Wheat Series Part 3: Setting Off the Bacterial Alarms – With or Without the Bacteria Read it HERE. Nothing is scarier than someone invading your home. You’re nearly asleep when you hear the sound of something rustling downstairs. Instantly you’re awake and your internal alarm bells go off. You grab the phone. Fortunately the police are nearby and arrive almost instantly. They’ll

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A Better Tasting Cookie and The Fall of The Roman Empire

We nutrition geeks like to immerse ourselves in the science. We debate nutrient ratios, plant-animal caloric balance, sustainability, and the all-important question of whether the modern day cantaloupe even remotely resemble its ancient sisters. All pressing issues that no one standing around the water cooler at the local gym has ever discussed. So I relish those moments when someone has the guts to finally stand up and state the “real” issue with the Paleo diet: Our cookies suck! Honestly, they do. In all our years of extolling the virtues of lean meats, fresh fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed foods, we’ve forgotten

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The Wheat Series Part 3: Setting Off the Bacterial Alarm Bells – With or Without the Bacteria

Did you miss The Wheat Series Part 1: Wheat and the Immune System? Read it HERE. Did you miss The Wheat Series Part 2: Opening the Barrier to Poor Gut Health? Read it HERE. It’s a battle that’s been waging for millions of years. Viruses, bacteria, and a variety of pathogens looking for a nice warm home have evolved more and more sophisticated techniques to evade our immune systems. In response, our immune systems developed an array of specialized cells to launch remarkably targeted attacks at these unwanted invaders. In the face of this cellular army, pathogens discovered one of

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The Wheat Series Part 1: Wheat and the Immune System

With a rapidly growing body of nutrition science covering everything from dietary proteins, to microflora composition, to caloric expenditure and cell bioenergetics, it’s surprising that still one of the hardest arguments to counter remains “I’ve always eaten it and I’m fine.” It’s a point my 97 year old grandmother likes to make every time she asks me about my research. Let me tell you, arguing with a 97 year old about health is not easy. The epidemiological version of the “I’m fine” argument is an assertion we hear a lot: while evidence exists that people with celiac disease cannot eat

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Forget the Macronutrient Ratios – You Are What You Were Designed to Eat

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy having this particular debate. Someone – not a fan of the Paleo Diet – points out that the diet’s higher protein content is proof that the diet is dangerous citing multiple studies linking higher protein to cancer, CVD, and all-cause mortality.1-3 I have this “dance” down pat. I simply shrug my shoulders and say, “Makes sense. Too bad vegetables are bad for us as well.” I get an incredulous look and a “How can you say that?” response. “Vegetables are a carbohydrate and so are jelly beans. And jelly beans are

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