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.)

Two New Studies Show the Many Potential Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of the Paleo Diet

The increased abdominal fat that many women develop after menopause due to hormonal changes and the skin disorder psoriasis are divergent health concerns that would seem to have little in common. But two recently published studies found a common ground – chronic inflammation. More importantly, the anti-inflammatory properties of the Paleo Diet were found to improve both [1, 2]. After menopause, women have a tendency to “redistribute” fat around the abdomen which increases the risk for metabolic disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease [3, 4]. In the first study, which was published in Obesity, researchers placed 70 obese postmenopausal

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Bill Nye – The Science Guy?

As a fellow Cornellian, I’ve had a long-standing admiration for Bill Nye The Science Guy. Alright, I admit that I was a fan-boy. I was pretty excited when Nye returned to Cornell during my time there, to take a guest professor post. Here was a scientist who was charismatic, made science exciting for the masses, and had the “science chops” to teach at the Cornell science department. So, I was all too disappointed when I watched Bill Nye take on the Paleo Diet in his new Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World. Don’t get me wrong; I wasn’t disappointed

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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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Eliminating Non-Paleo Foods Improves Nutrient Density

[Part Three in our Series on Why the Paleo Diet is a Nutrient Dense Diet, by Trevor Connor, M.S. and Loren Cordain, Ph.D.] Possibly the biggest criticism made against the Paleo diet is that by eliminating multiple food groups (grains, dairy, legumes, and starchy roots) the diet can cause nutrient deficiencies. In fact, this argument is a major reason why the Paleo diet remains at the bottom of the US News and World Report’s Best Diet Rankings. In their rationale, US News stated “slapping the diet with multiple low ratings, the experts couldn’t accept that entire food groups, like dairy

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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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