Mat Lalonde’s talk was titled “Invalid Inferences”. Really wanted to listen to this one, because some of the claims made by Cavedude Extremists have been what kept me away from the idea for a while. I still am slow to admit to being a “paleo person” in some ways because of the speech of some of the evangelists. Lalonde addressed this.
Jumping right out of the blocks into the first invalid inference, he tackled the idea that “our ancestors diet was devoid of grains, legumes, and dairy and they were virtually free of the diseases of civilization, therefore if I eat a diet devoid of grains, legumes, and dairy, I’ll be virtually free of disease”. Lalonde points out the error in this thinking. There is correlation, but not hard conclusions. More »
Angie here. I’m posting this on the go from my phone, so please excuse typos, bad grammar and the lack of links. But I felt the need to chime in on day 3′s speaker discussion before the thoughts left me.
#1 Paul Jaminet: I liked the idea of “eat what you are” being brought up here again in the discussion about what we take from our bodies while fasting. Jaminet uses the amounts of protein, fat and carbs cannibalized from our bodies in times of famine along with the amounts of those same nutrients in breast milk to determine the correct amounts we should consume in our diets.
#2 Dr. Tom O’Bryan: Connects most modern health issues including ADHD, heart disease and thyroid disease to gluten sensitivities that trigger autoimmune disease. Some of the studies he mentions are very interesting and I plan to do more investigation here.
#3 Matt Stone: Does not really debunk the paleo diet in my opinion. I agree with him that each person is unique and needs to determine what foods work for them rather than blindly following the rules of a particular diet, but when someone says that if a substance harms them but doesn’t kill them they should still consider eating it to fit into “normal” society, I lose quite a bit of respect for that person as a nutrition expert.
I’ve just finished up today’s presentation from Nora Gedgaudas. That was a meaty presentation. I took five pages of notes which I shall try to condense here.
To put it mildly, Nora Gedgaudas (henceforth NG in this writing) has issues with the idea of “safe starches”, an idea furthered by Paul Jaminet. Mr. Jaminet was one of yesterday’s presenters. I didn’t listen to his presentation, but have read his material in the last year. His idea is that potatoes and rice and a few others are “safe starches”. NG brings out the idea that rice and potatoes are “post-agricultural” foods that are devoid of nutritional value and are not without concern when it comes to allergies. Jaminet argues that Asian diets show that rice can be harmlessly consumed, More »
I am struggling to stay awake until midnight to get the links up for the new Paleo Summit Day. Staying up past midnight on a school night is proving a challenge.
I am frantically listening to the presentations now (8:40 pm) and may or may not get round to reflecting tonight, but I did want to ensure that you got the full 24 hours of viewing time. If for any reason I don’t make the post on time and sleep becomes more important always remember you can click on over to the Paleo Summit and view the videos directly from their source and I’m sure you’d find out much more cool information while you were there. Sean Croxton’s blog Underground Wellness is a hub of awesome information so be sure to go check that out too
Anyone else finding it hard to find enough hours in the day to listen to the presentations?! 24 hours really means 12 hours and usually way less hours than that available in the day to early listen and focus on presentations. I’m a little frustrated today as when I do have the time to listen and reflect on the information shared in the Paleo Summit I am too wiped to absorb all the info and deep think it through. Not enough hours in the day folks… story of my life and yours too I’m sure.
Today’s presentations are UP…
Presentation 1 ~ Nora Gedgaudas gives us a lesson
in how to respectfully disagree, as she discusses
how she differs — and where she agrees — with
Paul Jaminet’s safe starch concept as well as his
evidence for the optimal human diet.
View Nora’s presentation HERE!
Presentation 2 ~ Harvard research biochemist Mat
Lalonde keeps us honest, as he spells out how we can
keep the Paleo movement credible by ensuring that
claims surrounding the diet are scientifically sound.
View Mat’s presentation HERE!
Presentation 3 ~ Amy Kubal — a registered dietitian –
shows how it is possible to be a successful endurance
athlete while on a Paleo diet! Amy covers pre-, during-,
and post-training/race nutrition while offering solid tips
on how to prepare Paleo-friendly race snacks and goos.
View Amy’s presentation HERE!
It’s going to be another GREAT day at the summit!
Stephanie here, I’m going to attempt to put together my thoughts that are flying regarding Kate’s question: So what did you make of all the info. in yesterday’s Paleo Summit presentations?
I listened to Mark Sisson’s presentation on Day 1, the pre-summit interview with Gary Taubes, Jack Kruse’s talk on leptin, and Matt Stone’s supposed debunking. I’ll comment on them one by one, and again, I’m just an average everyday gal trying to listen to what is being said, think critically about the information and take away something I can use from it. OR stick it in the mental trash can.
Gary Taubes: From what I gather, Mr. Taubes has made a living being a bit of a “Fox Mulder” of the journalism world. The truth is out there and he’s gonna find it. He has made some great observations about low fat diets and the seemingly obvious fact that the overall rate of heart disease is not going down with low fat diets being recommended. His talk was a bit more of a pep talk of sorts, for me. His “why we get fat” talk was mostly centered on insulin and how it works (fat storage). More »