So apparently, there’s a new series of videos by some vegan advocate called “Primitive Nutrition;” and no, equally apparently, he’s not talking about the plankton and shit our way-way back bi-valve ancestors ate.
He picks and chooses his ancestors, just like we do, but perhaps a bit wayer back.
I think he’s up to 71 videos as I write this, and the view numbers go like this:
- The New Barbarians – 2,419 views
- I, Copernicus, Pt I – 566 views
- I, Copernicus, Pt II – 307 views
- Truthiness Paleo-Style – 252 views
- Truthiness Paleo-Style – 223 views
- A Novel Pitch for Low Carb – 271 views (It’s an Outlier!)
- A Diet in Your Genes, Part I – 174 views (Oops)
- A Diet in Your Genes, Part II – 160 views (The Trend, The Trend)
The thing to note is that all of the videos, all 71 of them, 5-10 minutes each on average, were all posted about the same time a week ago. Perhaps, from just a marketing standpoint, you’d want to toss a couple out there just to see IF ANYONE REALLY GIVES A FUCK before you Aspergers-esq put out 71 of them? Huh? Y’think?
I dunno. But to me, just this simple wisdom-of-crowd-source fact alone tell me there’s nothing to see here. “Move along, citizen.”
So he gets a good big bang from #1, an eighth of them are hearty shouls who extend a benefit of doubt, and it pretty much crashes from there to his cadre of True Believers (TM) who will be happy to suck his dry cock long after he’s dead. …Everyone should have a few of those.
Oh, did I mention his biggest hugest fan? He presented at the Ancestral Health Symposium in August at UCLA (I presented as well); …his soft-spoken, personal persona is so surreally unlike the very authoritative poster and replier to comments he was back when he was “paleo,” …and continues to be, as the same just-so authority now that he has once again, after 12 years, seen the light (once again). Did I mention that he has seen the light, once again, and you should too? Listen to his jimmy moore podcast to judge for yourself how he seems to be a ship without a sail, rudder, or paddle. Both Beatrice and I were just shaking our heads on the drive down to SoCal recently, when we heard it.
So he took clients’ money for 12 years, stuck pins & needles in them, gave them “CHINESE HERBS!!!” — and maybe a little philosophy like, the [communist] Chinese are the original anarchists, consulted them on “Alternative Health,” and gave them dietary advice which, according to him, was not working. Did I mention that he did this for 12 years? By his own admission?
So what about the videos? Is this total ad hominem on my part? No. This is dismissal out-of-hand, which I’ll explain in a minute. I watched only a few minutes of video #1, and simply couldn’t take it anymore. I wish I could give you some concrete reason why, but I can’t, as I believe I had to wake myself. …Couldn’t wait to get to the other 70 of them. But unnamed former paleo blogger sure could, and I guess I missed it, but…. They’re Greeeeeat!
They were presented to me by a commenter as “debunking paleo,” and it was in that Dr. Wahls post where she had used a high nutrition variation/density paleo diet to reverse her MS. So, think about that for a second. The commenter doesn’t go “wow, maybe I should rethink, and perhaps many others could benefit from this.” Nope, s/he posts anonymously as “paleo-debunked” and drops simply the link to the video.
Think about that, and the evil motivation behind it.
Then, tell it to Dr. Wahls.
…And then, breathe a Fuck You sigh.
Increasingly, things need to be dismissed out-of-hand. There’s too much information and too few hours in a life. Even valid stuff needs generally to be dismissed, trusting that if it really is valid, it’ll make its way. But most isn’t valid.
There is no “debunking paleo.” I’ll repost my reply comment:
Yea, you know, I clicked on that thing and could not get past a few minutes.
There is no such thing as “debunking paleo.” Paleo isn’t a diet, it’s a framework that includes equator to arctic/antarctic circle and sea level to 16,000 feet and everything in between.
What we can be sure of is one thing: our ancestors evolved eating a wide variety of animal and plant matter. That’s simply a fact. It will never go away and anyone attempting to hand wave it away is immediately dismissed out-of-hand. I won’t spend a second of my time on them. That includes [that blogger], as much as I like him personally (his in-person, soft spoken persona is so unlike his authoritarian blog/comment persona it’s surreal).
What is worthy to note is that some Paleos are just as off base as vegans. There is no single dietary prescription for all, no macronutrient ratios for all. You have to find out what works best for you, and if that’s a high starch diet from sweet potatoes and tubers with low-moderate fat and protein, then so be it and I’ll agree it falls under “Paleo.” But that’s simply _not_ going to be applicable for all.
Does that sum it up?
A final word about the whole “Alternative Medicine” crowd. You want someone with a serious head on his shoulders, grounded, consistent? Chris Kesser, and I hope I never change my view on that and it seems very doubtful.
This whole experience has reminded me why I instinctively have a generally dim view of some of the “artisans of health,” such as many in the chiropractic community, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, herbal remedies and the list goes on. I wanna say that, if you see “arts,” anywhere, run away!
The problem is, there’s no real foundation from which to work. Is it’s all ultimately in the realm of “arts,” — what I call a “hydra-headed” word — and you can never separate biology from psychology, which is to say: measurable, verifiable, repeatable therapeutic result from placebo…and placebo is real, but it should be marketed as placebo, not hocus pocus.
And so while the God I don’t even believe in knows, I have all kinds of problems with modern medicine: its methods, its beholden bent to pharmacology, its whoring for grants because that’s where the money is, etc. …And even though they deal in variable confounding — often on purpose — we are at least dealing with propositions that are usually testable or falsifiable in some regard.
…Someone emailed me the other day suggesting I do a Bullshit piece on something my friend Mark Sisson posted, that he the emailer didn’t believe in. I chose this, instead. Can you guess why?
Hey, why should an atmosphere of exploratory knowledge as concerns paleo evolve any less than we evolved? Everything evolved and evolves. As I’m writing this book and my editors are going back to old post from a few years back, I suffer some embarrassment to see with what assured authority I wrote with, sometimes. That’s a good thing.
But wait…. Take on Sisson? Look, if Sisson is your guru, it’s only because that over the years, he gives you an idea, two, or three for free. 365. It’s Mark’s Daily Apple. And if Mark is your guru, was it because he said something like “everyone else is full of shit, after 12 years of things not working, I’ve changed my mind and NOW listen to me?”
Was Mark your friend or enemy, nothing in-between, and did he ever give you any hint that was his condition for communion with him on his comment boards and forum?
Did he point you to many other sources of knowledge and insight at least once per week, lovingly?
…It’s always good to end on a note of juxtaposition.
Update: See Dr. kurt harris‘ post: Don Matesz stumped by Tim the Enchanter. It’s his expanded comments on a Matesz post horribly taking Kurt out of context and misrepresenting not only his views from the beginning, but particularly his more evolved, current views. It’s very entertaining. An intelligent, witty smackdown. Don’t miss it.