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“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact”
~ Charles Darwin (it's evolutionary baybeee!)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thoughts on the Origins of the Paleo Diet

In 1985, S. Boyd Eaton and Melvin J. Konner wrote a seminal paper, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that would "start it all" for the modern paleo diet:  Paleolithic Nutrition: A Consideration of its Nature and Current Implications.  Also that year, they would publish, along with Konner's late wife Marjorie Shostak, The Paleolithic Prescription.  [Some links:  Links to full texts of many paleo papers are here, I discussed the book here.]   Unfortunately the PDF is not digitized so I can't quote here, so I've simply screenshot the introduction below.  If you need to enlarge to read, click on the image and do your thing with the browser!  

Monday, May 25, 2015

The BabyGate Files: Pete Evans' Bubba Yum Yum ~ There's a Macro Missing!

Background Posts and other BabyGate Files:
  1. Mammalian Infant Food Macronutrients ~ Especially Human
  2. Common Themes: The Chef Evans & Prof. Noakes Controversies, and Robb Wolf vs. North Carolina (use your browser to search on Pete Evans for background on this specific situation)
  3. The Obesity Paradox (relevant to energy deficiency of the formula)
  4. The BabyGate Files: Tim Noakes Blames Gerber for Baby Cereals
  5. The BabyGate Files:  Tim Noakes Just WRONG on Protein (discusses "early protein hypothesis" link to increased adiposity later in childhood.)

A Quick Recap on Chef Pete Evans


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the major issues involved
Chef Pete Evans teamed up with Charlotte Carr (minor Australian celebrity "mommy blogger" married to another minor Australian celebrity) and some nutritionists an naturopaths to concoct a recipe book of baby foods:  Bubba Yum Yum The Paleo Way: For New Mums, Babies & Toddlers. Thankfully, it appears that if this ever does make it into publication, there is enough buzz on the internet that hopefully unsuspecting moms don't get fooled.  However I fully support any and all efforts that would keep this book from being published without some serious warnings an corrections.  In the case of the formulas, they should conform with whatever the makers of commercial formulas must in terms of ensuring that a recipe touted to mimic breastmilk actually does.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The BabyGate Files: Tim Noakes Just WRONG on Protein

Background & Previous BabyGate Files:
  1. Mammalian Infant Food Macronutrients ~ Especially Human
  2. Common Themes: The Chef Evans & Prof. Noakes Controversies, and Robb Wolf vs. North Carolina (use your browser to search on Tim Noakes for background on this specific situation)
  3. The Obesity Paradox (contains some information on stunting in infancy)
  4. The BabyGate Files: Tim Noakes Blames Gerber for Baby Cereals



As of the writing of this post, Prof. Tim Noakes is still actively championing a revolution to get the world to adopt a "healthy" #LCHF diet.  He also does not appear to have dialed back much on what has gotten him in a bit of hot water:  suggesting to a woman on Twitter to wean her baby onto a low carb, high fat diet.  Noakes has opposition in his country, but he has a zealous following as well.  A following that includes a low carb activist "journalist" named Marika Sboros.  Sboros gave Noakes both favorable coverage and a podium with this article:  Is Tim Noakes REALLY SA’s new ‘Dr Death’? Here’s a big fat surprise!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Nutritional Ketosis is an Oxymoron II: The Last Ketotic Gasp

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the Drs. Eades, early 2015
A little while back I wrote Nutritional Ketosis is an Oxymoron.  I was taken to task a bit in comments for the inappropriate use of oxymoron, but I'm going to plead for leniency in the spirit of the use of the term.  The crux of that post was that the terms nutritional (as in being in a calorically sufficient, weight stable state) and ketosis are metabolically contradictory.  This is perhaps evidenced in no more profound manner than the extremes required to produce and sustain such a state, and the ease with which it is abolished.

Ketowars rage on as the standard bearer appears to be imploding on the sidelines ...  I got into a discussion on Twitter with Dr. Eades about a side issue, and here you go ...

SUMMARY:

  1. Starvation ketosis is distinctly different from nutritional ketosis.
  2. No human populations in sustained nutritional ketosis (not even the Inuit).
  3. Dietary reasons why the Inuit weren't in nutritional ketosis
  4. Genetic reasons why the Inuit weren't in nutritional ketosis
  5. Ketosis doesn't really matter, the Inuit were fat burning beasts.
  6. Vilhjalmur Stefannson ate like an Inuit for a year and he was healthy.
  7. No long term RCTs for VLC or ketogenic diets
  8. Lack of evidence for "nutritional ketosis" in short-term RCTs
  9. Keto for Epilepsy
  10. NuttyK vs. True Keto:  A Two-Way Context Problem

Friday, May 15, 2015

The BabyGate Files: Tim Noakes Blames Gerber for Baby Cereals

I've done a couple of background posts on this topic, and I've decided to dub it BabyGate. In doing so, I now have the freedom to launch another unending series of related posts. (Read: I might actually get to posting what I want to in some timely fashion!) 

Background posts:  

  1. Mammalian Infant Food Macronutrients ~ Especially Human
  2. Common Themes: The Chef Evans & Prof. Noakes Controversies, and Robb Wolf vs. North Carolina (use your browser to search on Tim Noakes for background on this specific situation)

Today's Focus:  


Tim Noakes, outspoken advocate of Banting (sic) #LCHF diet -- apparently for all! -- has been called to a hearing by the HPCSA.  The issue is a complaint filed by the dietetics board in South Africa alleging inappropriate conduct on social media for tweeting advice to a mother to wean her baby onto a low carb, high fat diet or "real foods".  According to this report:
"By implication I was saying that the child should not be weaned onto the traditional high sugar, high carbohydrate processed cereals."
Noakes said this has been the norm in the US in 1936 since the introduction of these foods by the Gerber Baby Food’s Company, which is now a subsidiary of the Nestlé Group.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Paleo Papers

[Bumping for new content #s 4 and 8]

Just links to the full text peer review articles on the nature and composition of the diet consumed by paleolithic humans.  In reverse chronological order of publication.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, and to be considered a "work in progress" in hopes of someday compiling a comprehensive list of citations characterizing the paleolithic diet, for which I can provide links to full-text articles.   As such, if you have anything to contribute, please do so in comments, I only ask that only articles for which full texts are freely available be included ... abstracts will likely provide nothing in addition to the already accrued list.   Also, I would greatly appreciate you letting me know if any of the links go dead.  For some articles, I have put a link to request a share through Google Drive, please only use this option if the primary link no longer works, thank you.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Common Themes: The Chef Evans & Prof. Noakes Controversies, and Robb Wolf vs. North Carolina

As I found myself debating whether to tackle which controversy to publish up first, I kept running into trouble with some background and tangents to discuss one, that really could apply to either case.  And then my good friend [sic] Robb Wolf wrote a blog post about a proposed North Carolina law that seems pertinent as well.  So I'm going to write a post on the commonalities, and then, as time permits, a separate followup post for the Pete Evans and Tim Noakes controversies that raise some similar but distinct issues.

For those who are not aware of what has transpired recently, allow me to summarize:


Pete Evans



Pete Evans is a celebrity chef in Australia who has become popular through cooking shows and such much like Gordon Ramsey or many of the Food Network stars in my country.   Evans has apparently been into nutritionism for some time (activated almonds anyone?), but as recently as 2012, Pete was writing popular cookbooks on making healthy pizza ... (and I'm not talking the cauliflower crust with cashew cheese sort either).  But then Pete caught the paleo bug and has launched The Paleo Way -- an endeavor whole heartedly supported by one Nora Gedgaudas who is somewhat of an icon for some reason in the IHC. Pete teamed up with Charlotte Carr, an Australian actress and voice-over artist and wife of Austrailian Idol winner Wes Carr.  According to her bio, Charlotte is educated in "holistic nutrition" through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition -- an MLM-type online "certification" body with no formal academic credibility where you can learn about every-diet-out-there-known-to-the-modern-world-no-matter-how-whacky ... including paleo  (seriously, this is their sales pitch).  Pete Evans himself is certified by the IIN as a health coach ... I'm sure you're all impressed.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Obesity "Paradox"

From his very first foray into the abyss that is "horrible" nutrition science, right on up through today, one thing has remained consistent for Gary Taubes.  Sure, the alpha glycerol phosphate idea where you can't store fat without dietary carb was blasted to smitherines by his own reference decades before the advance for GCBC was paid out.  Nevermind that billions of white rice eaters countered his insulin spiking notions.  Don't even notice the man behind the fructose curtain, a mirage known as the non-insulin spiking carb.  

As any good man of science will tell you, Gary Taubes insists that any hypothesis (and thus any supporting mechanisms) must be able to explain all of the observations.  I agree.  Too bad he doesn't hold his own hypotheses up to even a modicum of his own standards, or perhaps we might be congratulating Peter Attia and Gary on their successful opening of the $40Mil Newcastle-in-America Diabetes Clinic.  But instead, NuSI is pouring millions into getting to the bottom of long  ago answered questions.   

Heck, let's listen to Gary Taubes himself.  I've cued the embedded video here to the part I want you to hear (~5 min 14 sec), complete with the reference to "Tufts of all places" for some extra #IRONY.





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Just Eat Less - Move Moore, Jimmy

Another timely bump to go with the Three-Year "Update" for Jimmy Moore.  Seems he is receiving the expected backlash from the recent Paleof(x) CONference, and his pre-game post failed to stave off the gasps and criticisms.  Andreas "look at all the fat people on this cruise" Eenfeldt has just posted a short recap video from the event.  The comments on his blog are interesting to say the least.  Seems to have a strange thing going with Jimmy, kind of like Tom Naughton.  They both post unflattering images, etc. of their "friend".  The absolute worst light to show Jimmy in is a profile, and yet this is what his "friend" Andreas chose to use a lot of.  Eh ... their dysfunction.



[P.S.  After this post, a troll by the name of EatLessMoveMoore started commenting on various blogs using some of my terminologies like "webpire" and such.  This was NEVER me despite repeated accusations.  Even Nikoley had the decency to publicly note that it wasn't me.]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mammalian Infant Food Macronutrients ~ Especially Human

There have been two major stories in the IHC-News of late, a mega-Facebook thread that has raised the issue of PUFA in baby formulas, a minor altercation between moi and Matt Stone on Facebook about a study on "autistic rats", and quite a few conversations on this blog involving PUFA of late that has prompted this post.  It is a prelude to at least two posts on the issue to come:  (1) The Pete Evans / Paleo Way / WAPF-inspired / Nora Gedgaudas defended liver-based baby formula controversy, and (2) Tim Noakes' recommendations of "LCHF" for babies.