How the Paleo Lifestyle Optimizes the Microbiome: Part Two

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we defined the microbiome and outlined its many functions. In Part 2, we’ll compare the microbiomes of contemporary populations with those of our ancestors, we’ll see how the Paleo lifestyle benefits the microbiome, and we’ll examine the claims of a prominent Paleo critic who believes the exclusion of grains detracts from microbiome health. Learning from Hunter-Gatherers In Part 1, we learned that bacterial species diversity is key to microbiome health. As diversity decreases, the microbiome becomes less robust and less capable of optimally performing its many duties. To assess the impact of diet

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Pemmican: A Plains Indians Staple Food that Prevented Protein Poisoning

Introduction In a previous blog post ( -tall-and -robust-meat-eaters-but-not-a-milk-drinker-among-them/) I demonstrated how the diets of North American Plains Indians during the 19th century allowed them to become the tallest humans in the world. All available evidence indicates 1-4 that they ate a very high (76–85% of total calories) 1 animal based diet throughout their lives, primarily from consumption of buffalo (Bison bison) meat and organs, as I have shown in my last blog post. With a high animal based diet, one of the inherent problems that these peoples surely must have known was that unlimited and high consumption of lean

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How the Paleo Lifestyle Optimizes the Microbiome: Part 1

In 2001, Nobel-prize winning biologist Joshua Lederberg coined the term “microbiome, to signify the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space and had been all but ignored as determinants of health and disease.”1 Fifteen years later, the microbiome has become one of the most important areas of nutrition research. For example, in 2007, the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), which was funded to the tune of $170 million over five years of research. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we’ll examine what the microbiome is, what it

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Self Thrive Interview – Loren Cordain, Ph.D

Loren Cordain, Ph.D, was recently interviewed by Self Thrive to discuss Loren’s parental influences, the benefits of Paleo eating, and Loren’s experience as an author. supports individuals’ self-development goals and encourages improved productivity. Read the full interview here: Dr. Loren Cordain Interview – World’s Leading Expert on the Natural Human Diet

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Fibromyalgia Misdiagnosis: What Else Could it Be and Does Diet Matter?

It is important to know that only a small number of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia actually suffer from the classic (actual) variety of the syndrome. In fact, up to two-thirds of people who are told they have fibromyalgia have received a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis and are really suffering from another problem1. Fibromyalgia is the correct diagnosis only when all other medical and functional conditions have been ruled out2. Doctors often use the single word fibromyalgia to diagnose a complex of symptoms that can have multiple causes. Worse yet, doctors often prescribe the same treatment package to all the patients they label

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Seasonal Allergy Suppression Through Diet

Achoo! Achoo! Achoo! You or someone close to you might be all too familiar with the chronic sneezing that often accompanies allergic rhinitis or hay fever – otherwise known as seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergy sufferers can experience a multitude of symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, coughing, throat irritation, and in extreme cases sufferers will break out in hives. An allergic reaction occurs when your body misidentifies a normally benign substance like pollen as a threat. Over the course of the year, approximately 10-30% of the global population experiences seasonal allergies, and that percentage

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New FDA Food Label Guidelines – Steps on a Long Road

On May 20, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the new standards for the Nutrition Facts Label that has graced the side of almost every food package on supermarket shelves since 1993[1]. The changes were championed by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity, citing a survey that 77 percent of Americans use the current labels to aid nutrition choices. This makes the labels a key first line in the fight for healthy eating. But what does the 943-page guidelines mean for the Paleo World? Change is a Long Road All new and revolutionary ideas, when

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The Origin of the Paleo Diet Podcast

Dr. Loren Cordain joins Rob and Devon on Open Sky Fitness Podcast to discuss the origin of The Paleo Diet. 25:37  Introduction for Dr. Loren Cordain 26:40  How did the Paleo Diet begin? How did Dr. Cordain learn and research about Paleo? 32:40  How would you explain the Paleo Diet to someone who has no idea what it is? 35:00  Why would people be resistant to the Paleo Diet as far as dairy and whole grain products? 38:40  Is there a confusion around nutrition studies in the media? 43:00  The Paleo Diet vs. Plant-based Diet 52:30  What are some common misconceptions about

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Is Camel’s Milk Paleo?

A reader recently asked if camel’s milk was different from cow’s milk and if it could be considered a good Paleo alternative. He cited claims that camel’s milk is gluten free, casein free, lower in fat, and contains insulin. Periodic contributor Pedro Bastos dug through the research to provide a side-by-side comparison of Dromedary camels (the major breed of Arabian camels) to the standard cow’s milk we can all find in the supermarket: Obviously Camel milk is gluten free, as is any milk or meat that hasn’t been in contact with gluten containing foods. Casein is the MAJOR PROTEIN

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The Paleo Diet and Endometriosis

We’ve already read about how replacing the conventional corn-fed meat in our diet with grass fed meat has health benefits in terms of reducing our bad cholesterol levels 1. We’ve also heard that cutting out gluten can help alleviate symptoms of auto immune issues 2,3. But can following a real Paleo Diet help in addressing endometriosis? Absolutely. Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus 4. According to the Mayo Clinic 5, the primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with one’s menstrual period and although many women experience cramping during their menstrual

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