It’s quite possible this will bring on another onslaught from the Paleo diet people, who have, in the past, taken me to task on my unbridled support of a whole-foods, plant-based, low fat, starch-rich diet for the health and well-being of humans as well as dear planet Earth.
Somehow, when we take a stand on a plant-based, vegan diet, we are required to overnight become doctors, nutritionists, dieticians, environmental experts, as well as world-class endocrinologists and chemists. Not necessary to be able to take a stand and share the power of the message: There is no reason we need to eat animal foods and plenty of reasons not to.
As many others have pointed out to me, maybe I should simply take the attack of the Paleo people as a compliment. If my voice is loud enough to take a stand against, then somewhere I must be being heard.
Dr. John McDougall, never backing off from taking a stand and throwing big rocks at big plate-glass windows, has been a loud voice against low-carb diets – the latest incarnation of which is the Paleo Diet – for decades. Dr. McDougall’s June 2012 newsletter hit the e-waves this morning, and it is incumbent upon me to post it here for you.
Here’s you go; click on the link at the close of the excerpt to read the newsletter in its entirety. And for more on the topic of early humans and diet, catch biological anthropologist Nathaniel Dominy, PhD, on topic and on video here: Plant foods, starchy vegetables, early humans, and the human diet
The Paleo Diet Is Uncivilized (And Unhealthy and Untrue)
Low-carbohydrate (low-carb) diets are fueling the destruction of human health and our planet Earth. “Low-carbohydrate” means a diet high in animal foods and low in plant foods. Only plants synthesize carbohydrates (sugars). The body parts of animals, including red meat, poultry, seafood, and fish, and eggs, contain no carbohydrates. Animal secretions (like mammalian milk) contain sugars synthesized by plants (the cow eats the grass that made the sugar). The original Atkins Diet is the ultimate in low-carb eating. This diet works by starving the human body of carbohydrates in order to induce a state of illness (ketosis), which can result in weight loss. People become too sick to eat too much.
In an attempt to remedy the obvious harms to human health caused by very low-carb eating, apologists (including the Atkins Nutritionals) have added fruits and non-starchy vegetables to their programs. This effort is supposed to disguise, and compensate for, the unhealthy effects of consuming animal foods at every meal.
The Paleo Diet: The Newest Promoter of Eating the Planet and Its Inhabitants to Death*
Read Dr. McDougall’s newsletter in its entirety by clicking here.
* 2012 John McDougall All Rights Reserved
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