This won’t take long. That’s the beauty of confounding falsification in the Poperian tradition of science. Unfortunately, most people are suckers for an endless stream of confirmation of bias, and if the perpetrators never bring up confounders, ignore, or hide falsifications, then they get to ride a gravy train of adulation. So, I’m wondering.
Let’s begin way back in the Paleolithic, by which I mean about 2008-ish. That’s when cavemen finally got a grove on, and men with short hair carrying spears was all the rage. It was a great big party, and I went barefoot. Avoidance of modern foods and an embrace of general carnivory created thousands upon thouands of anecdotes on all sorts of blogs—including this one—and my anecdote is included. It works. No doubt about that.
Many anecdotes do indeed constitute evidence; and contrary to typical puss-mouthed fucktards, if legion, it’s better evidence than whole legions of RCTs. paleo was legion.
…Because it’s fucking real, under life conditions. And a fuck of a lot of data. Those who spurn this sort of thing are merely looking for, or cheerleading for, another grant to “study”something they have neither the time, inclination, or money to do their own selves. They want you to pay for it.
“More study is required” is the literal endpoint of all studies funded with other people’s money.
I find myself in and at odds. I adore so many of the people who made this Paleotard thing happen, consider many my friends, have laughed with so many. But I will not abide bullshit.
Both of these were published mid-last year, but were sent out on their Facebook feeds yesterday, so I saw both. Blame Zuckerberg, if unintended.
On Robb Wolf, written by Mike Sheridan: Grains – What’s the Upside?
Now, here’s how you know you’re going to be lied to, especially given the title.
Grains – The Promoted Pros
What are the benefits of eating grains? I don’t know, you tell me.
Sounds like he’s really out to challenge himself, doesn’t it?
Then Chris Kresser: 3 Reasons Gluten Intolerance May Be More Serious Than Celiac Disease.
Chris’ approach as a hands-on clinician is different from Robb’s as a coachy-trainer sort of guy. So here’s my problem with a clinician’s approach in this specific scenario.
What would happen if you tested to that level of detail on a broad range of the deconstructed elements on a broad range of foods, with a broad range of people?
See what I’m getting at? But I emphasize, the role of a clinician is one on one. And no matter what he finds in any individual, short of the dangers of a gunshot wound, it probably isn’t scalable to everyone in a blog post. Just sayin’.
Evolution is a fucking mess, and h. Sapiens is the messiest of all—migrating generalists they are—and that’s why we survived and prospered to astounding measure, and billions of species have already gone extinct in the meantime, in their pristine, taylor-made environments (that man destroyed via anthropogenic climate change from a few hundred million years ago to the present).
To wrap this up: the French eat 40% more gluten laden wheat than we do and enjoy better health markers across the board.
That is fucking falsification of your premise, and that’s as much as I need to ever say about it to anyone and to keep it fucking simple, I won’t.
I’ll add this one little thing as a twist of the knife. How many times have people generally, in the paleo community, mentioned The French Paradox in terms of saturated fat consumption in order to FUCKING FALSIFY the idea that saturated fat is per se bad for you?
Ah, see what I mean?
You want to have your gluten-free cake, and eat it too.
I will not tolerate bullshit.