I’m never too interested in going to great lengths to carefully consider what I’m going to write about, how I’m going to say it, if it’s totally sound and solid factually, fair, or any number of other paralyzing elements that would principally serve to make my blog a very boring place.
There are already plenty of boring blogs.
There’s two reasons I operate this way: 1) I have open, unmoderated comments and when I fuck up, I hear about it. 2) I’m not afraid to say oops, I fucked up. In the larger scheme of things, whether I put tons of advance effort in or not, mistakes will be made. And based on what I see elsewhere, I often note that the amount of work that goes into a post is proportional to how strenuously the author will defend that work at all costs. Since I’m going to make errors no matter what, best I accept the correction here and there — keeps commenters on their toes — just come clean, and move on.
An example sometime back would be found here, on one of my original Grant Whore posts. Then time to eat crow. Last week I made some hasty comments about the fact that “doctors are warming to Paleo.” If you see the two updates there to item 4, then this post is for the purpose of doing a better treatment of the thing, with the videos: all of which I’ve seen and you should too.
…Later… Well, as testament to perhaps why traditional media finds themselves so often in trouble, the CBS site doesn’t organize their videos in any sensible way, and after taking the time to embed the 5-part series, I find that the the script they use doesn’t seem to work on that rarest of blogging platforms: WordPress. Or, rather, only one of the five videos shows up. Anyway, Tara Grant, whose story is featured in the film has linked to all five videos and included a nice still photo of each. Go check it out. And yea, that’s her in that first photo, before paleo.
Here’s plain old links to the five parts, each running 2-3 minutes:
Part Two: Surprising Results from the Caveman Diet
Part Four: How Realistic is the Caveman Diet at Home?
Part Five: For Some, Caveman Lifestyle Goes Beyond Diet
Generally the series is well done. After an introduction and a bit on Tara’s story, it then follows Dr. Kim Mulvihill as she tries things out on herself, first eating enough to not lose weight and then a period of weight loss. In the first stage, blood markers improved across the board and in the next stage, she lost 30 pounds and reports feeling great. They even covered proper exercise protocols, featuring Crossfit. All in all, an excellent 10 minutes of video appropriate to the masses.
In terms of criticism, you still have hand wringing over cholesterol, saturated fat, and the eternal admonition to eat lean meats. Well…nobody’s perfect; apparently not even me.
Another thing I was not aware of when I just shot from the hip is that Dr. Mulvihill was under the supervision of Dr. Lynda Frassetto, MD, of UCSF, a fellow presenter at the Ancestral Health Symposium. Her presentation: Should everyone eat a paleo diet?