I any of you readers are familiar with my views on diet, you should know that I’m a former paleo fanatic. If I can still call myself paleo any longer, I’m not sure. Let’s just label myself as “paleo 2.0” or simply “healthy”.
Why did I decide to evolve from this evolutionary-science-based diet? Well, the premise of the paleo diet is that during the paleolithic era, when humans were hunter-gatherers, what we ate to survive back then was superior to what we as humans ate during the neolithic era, which had included grains.
With gluten (the protein found in grains) being a big buzzword today, it’s predictable that people would discover the paleo diet. With gluten and phytic acid (another undesirable compound), there is certainly an argument against grain-consumption.
While grains are just one example of what’s thrown out in the paleo diet, there’s something that I feel is sub-par in the way of thinking in the paleo-sphere. It’s the idea that mimicking the way humans lived historically, simply because these humans theoretically “adapted” and “survived” by doing so, is the most optimal way of living.
Yes, these humans did not suffer from the majority of diseases of civilization. Plenty of people have improved their health by adopting the guidelines of paleo-ways of eating. But does it stop there? Is paleo the end-all-be-all of attaining perfect health?
In my opinion, I don’t think it is, because it doesn’t examine the body and the cell in a way that leads us to finding “the fountain of youth”. Sure, people may drop some weight and improve some of their existing chronic conditions by adopting paleo-style eating, and this is because certain things are cut out that can be problematic (e.g., grains).
What about the certain nuances that never get resolved for people after adopting paleo (as seen on various discussion forums), such as low-body temperature, hair-loss, hypothyroidism, and wound-healing? If paleo was the end-all-be-all of diets, wouldn’t these issues be resolved?
Then there is addressing biological processes, such as a cell’s energy-production. The only thing I see mentioned about this becoming “fat-adapted”, and how it is favorable to rely on fats for fuel. Just because you experience less hunger throughout the day or your insulin levels remain fairly stable doesn’t qualify one macronutrient superior for cellular respiration. Looking at things down at the cellular level don’t really seem to occur in the paleo-sphere.
Then, there was a man named Danny Roddy. This former-vegan, former-paleo turned me onto the works on Dr. Ray Peat. His works in my opinion can be summarized as “understanding energy production and maintaining youth”. It would be an injustice if I tried to summarize or describe the research of Dr. Ray Peat any further, but what Danny Roddy has down is an absolute gift to the communities concerned with health and longevity.
In his pursuit of hair and health, Danny Roddy has gone to hell and back experimenting with the protocols of various researchers, as well as made light of Dr. Ray Peat’s work in recent years. In his newly republished book, Hair Like a Fox, he discusses the research of Dr. Ray Peat amongst other researchers who view the living organism under the same world-view, and lays out guidelines for stopping (and possibly reversing) baldness. Why so much attention paid to baldness? Well, Danny lays out a good argument that baldness is simply a symptom of things that are messed up in the body.
You can be so gracious as to buy the book (in multiple formats) for $9.99, or you can enjoy his gift to you for free by reading every chapter of Hair Like a Fox on the book’s website, www.hairlikeafox.com.