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12 Paleo Myths: Eat Better than a Caveman by [Stone, Matt]
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  • File Size: 3721 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490571507
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  • Publisher: Archangel Ink (November 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZGBFOQ
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In these days, when we depend on science as much as on culture to decide what to eat and what to avoid, more people have come to doubt the still unverified dominant hypothesis: that dietary fat, and particularly saturated fat is the root cause of metabolic syndrome. Some see the solution as a Paleo diet inspired by what sustained our hunter-gatherer ancestors but, according to Matt Stone, the author of this book, it in turn has left a trail of ill health among some of its devotees.

In `12 Paleo Myths: Eat Better Than a Caveman,' Stone reminds us that we are individuals and, while a Paleo diet may suit some, it is not for all. He goes on to say that there is more to life than food and fitness. None of this I dispute. Neither do I contest the fact that the products we are being offered in our supermarkets are radically different to those on sale in the nineteenth century. Statistics from the US Department of Agriculture are quoted in the book, to show that consumption of salad and cooking oil increased by 1,450% between 1909 and 1999. Matt Stone asserts that Omega -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, rather than gluten in cereals (consumption of grains dropped by 31% during the twentieth century), is behind coeliac and other allergies. His hunch, for that is what it is, may well be correct.

The problem with this book, which relies so much on science to state its case, is that, while there is a bibliography, there are no specific references to the many claims made in the book. There are facts which are universally accepted and do not need to be substantiated. For example, no one doubts that starch is a polysaccharide which is digested to glucose.
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I understand that Paleo isn't for everyone - I haven't even finished figuring out if it is for me. But it is for some people the answer to the question of what is wrong with them and why the medical community can't fix it.

I thought this book was going to be about fine tuning - "if you went Paleo and then this still troubled you, do this" and so I was excited. It is a hater book, full of slang and without scientific references.

The truth is that there isn't any one answer to how to eat healthy - you have to figure it out for yourself. This book will not help you do that.
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I must admit that for a long time I was a very committed paleo dieter. I was an early adopter with Ray Audette, Tamir Katz and Art DeVaney. My blog promoted the concept and I explained to everyone how we needed to eat and train according to the way in which our paleolithic ancestors did. It all seemed so simple and sensible.

Of course things are never that simple and while Paleo has now gone mainstream I started to question more and more of the dogma and gradually moved away from the strict paleo approach and actually started to look feel and perform better.

Matt Stone's book is a great support to those looking to move out of the cult that paleo has become as he offers some strong and varied challenges to the paleo orthodoxy. The treatment of epigenetics is especially useful - our environment has a huge impact on our health. Your genes are not a fixed programme but a series of options, the path through which is influenced by your environment, even the environment of the womb in which you grew.

If you have any interest in Paleo you deserve to read this book to at least consider the other side of the argument. Things are not as simple as the paleo gurus might have you believe.....
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I have been low carbing it for years...like on an off (mostly on) for over 23 years. I was eating paleo before it was even popular to do so. I ate that way mostly because avoiding grains and sugar were helpful for my allergies. After an initial weight loss, I began restricting carbs even more. All of these years I have been suffering with low immunity, hypoglycemic, dizziness, exhaustion, panic attacks, feeling freezing cold even in the middle of the summer, as well as many other symptoms. I never really understood what was going on with me. Then last year after a period of strict carb restriction my adrenals completely crashed. I got in bed one day and couldn't get out for a few weeks. Again, my doctor and all the books I was reading recommended a low carb diet. So after a year of hardly being able to function I came across Matt Stone's books. It took about 3 weeks for my body to get used to eating carbs again. It's been about 6 weeks back on carbs, and I am seriously a new person. I actually have energy, my immune system is stronger, I am no longer hypoglycemic, my sleep is amazingly deep, no more anxiety. Thank you Matt Stone! I wish I would have come across your books sooner. This book has opened the door to me learning more about the physiology of metabolism and energy production. Glucose is our friend! Enjoy the carbs.
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This ebook is one of the crappiest, I have ever read, which is a pity, because it could have been a valuable criticism of the paleo diet, that maybe even could have helped develop it further. The author loves to be a "badass" and to show it off, but it is not that interesting for the reader to participate in, especially up against the lack of real content. The author has a "hunch", that PUFAS are bad for us, and that is about as scientific as it gets. The advice, that the author has to people, who wants to "eat better than a caveman", fills only two pages and could easily have been boiled down to one. It is all about making the thyroid and the metabolism work at a maximum to cure all diseases, (which might be a good idea to help cure at least many diseases). To accomplish that, you have to eat big amounts of salt, sugar, saturated fats and starch and other carbohydrates. And then to drink only small amounts of liquid to make sure, that your urine keeps a strong yellow color. That is about it. To make the book one third longer the author has included a lot of emails, that clients have written to him. They are supposed to show the horrors of following the paleo diet, which some of them maybe does, but the big part seems to come from people, who claims, that their obsession with food is paleo. You can't help but feeling sorry for them.
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