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Interpreting Study Results ~ Quiz 1

Blogstress note:  If I had the time to fashion a nifty fangled quiz thingy here, and actually be able to go through this piecemeal I would.  Also, I have NO idea how quickly I may get around to revisiting this, though I will provide whatever answers to what I'm getting at at some point if I decide it's not worth the trouble to continue in this fashion.  Please bear with me ;-) The image below was created from plots from an actual study, and while I've crunched and relabeled points and such, the data itself (times, values, axes scales, etc.) have NOT been altered. EDIT:  fixed discrepancies pointed out in comments 6/1/2015 Two questions, and these are not trick questions. 1.  Which mice gained the most weight in this study? 2.  Which mice had the most consistent intake during the study?  

Thoughts on the Origins of the Paleo Diet

In 1985, S. Boyd Eaton and Melvin J. Konner wrote a seminal paper, in the New England Journal of Medicine , that would "start it all" for the modern paleo diet:   Paleolithic Nutrition: A Consideration of its Nature and Current Implications .  Also that year, they would publish, along with Konner's late wife Marjorie Shostak, The Paleolithic Prescription .  [Some links:  Links to full texts of many paleo papers are here , I discussed the book here .]   Unfortunately the PDF is not digitized so I can't quote here, so I've simply screenshot the introduction below.  If you need to enlarge to read, click on the image and do your thing with the browser!  

The BabyGate Files: Pete Evans' Bubba Yum Yum ~ There's a Macro Missing!

Background Posts and other BabyGate Files: Mammalian Infant Food Macronutrients ~ Especially Human Common Themes: The Chef Evans & Prof. Noakes Controversies, and Robb Wolf vs. North Carolina  (use your browser to search on Pete Evans for background on this specific situation) The Obesity Paradox (relevant to energy deficiency of the formula) The BabyGate Files: Tim Noakes Blames Gerber for Baby Cereals The BabyGate Files:  Tim Noakes Just WRONG on Protein   (discusses "early protein hypothesis" link to increased adiposity later in childhood.) A Quick Recap on Chef Pete Evans enlarge to read about the major issues involved Chef Pete Evans teamed up with Charlotte Carr (minor Australian celebrity "mommy blogger" married to another minor Australian celebrity) and some nutritionists an naturopaths to concoct a recipe book of baby foods:   Bubba Yum Yum The Paleo Way: For New Mums, Babies & Toddlers. Thankfully, it appears that if this e

Nutritional Ketosis is an Oxymoron II: The Last Ketotic Gasp

gratuitous image of the Drs. Eades, early 2015 A little while back I wrote  Nutritional Ketosis is an Oxymoron .  I was taken to task a bit in comments for the inappropriate use of oxymoron, but I'm going to plead for leniency in the spirit of the use of the term.  The crux of that post was that the terms nutritional (as in being in a calorically sufficient, weight stable state) and ketosis are metabolically contradictory.  This is perhaps evidenced in no more profound manner than the extremes required to produce and sustain such a state, and the ease with which it is abolished. Ketowars rage on as the standard bearer appears to be imploding on the sidelines ...  I got into a discussion on Twitter with Dr. Eades about a side issue, and here you go ... SUMMARY: Starvation ketosis is distinctly different from nutritional ketosis. No human populations in sustained nutritional ketosis (not even the Inuit). Dietary reasons why the Inuit weren't in nutritional ketosi

The BabyGate Files: Tim Noakes Blames Gerber for Baby Cereals

I've done a couple of background posts on this topic, and I've decided to dub it BabyGate. In doing so, I now have the freedom to launch another unending series of related posts. (Read: I might actually get to posting what I want to in some timely fashion!)  Background posts:   Mammalian Infant Food Macronutrients ~ Especially Human Common Themes: The Chef Evans & Prof. Noakes Controversies, and Robb Wolf vs. North Carolina   (use your browser to search on Tim Noakes for background on this specific situation) Today's Focus:   Tim Noakes, outspoken advocate of Banting (sic) #LCHF diet -- apparently for all! -- has been called to a hearing by the HPCSA.  The issue is a complaint filed by the dietetics board in South Africa alleging inappropriate conduct on social media for tweeting advice to a mother to wean her baby onto a low carb, high fat diet or "real foods".  According to this report : "By implication I was saying that the child s

The Paleo Papers

[Bumping for new content #s 4 and 8] Just links to the full text peer review articles on the nature and composition of the diet consumed by paleolithic humans.  In reverse chronological order of publication.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, and to be considered a "work in progress" in hopes of someday compiling a comprehensive list of citations characterizing the paleolithic diet, for which I can provide links to full-text articles.   As such, if you have anything to contribute, please do so in comments, I only ask that only articles for which full texts are freely available be included ... abstracts will likely provide nothing in addition to the already accrued list.   Also, I would greatly appreciate you letting me know if any of the links go dead.  For some articles, I have put a link to request a share through Google Drive, please only use this option if the primary link no longer works, thank you.

Common Themes: The Chef Evans & Prof. Noakes Controversies, and Robb Wolf vs. North Carolina

As I found myself debating whether to tackle which controversy to publish up first, I kept running into trouble with some background and tangents to discuss one, that really could apply to either case.  And then my good friend [sic] Robb Wolf wrote a blog post about a proposed North Carolina law that seems pertinent as well.  So I'm going to write a post on the commonalities, and then, as time permits, a separate followup post for the Pete Evans and Tim Noakes controversies that raise some similar but distinct issues. For those who are not aware of what has transpired recently, allow me to summarize: Pete Evans Pete Evans is a celebrity chef in Australia who has become popular through cooking shows and such much like Gordon Ramsey or many of the Food Network stars in my country.   Evans has apparently been into nutritionism for some time (activated almonds anyone?), but as recently as 2012,  Pete was writing popular cookbooks on making healthy pizza ...  (and I

The Obesity "Paradox"

From his very first foray into the abyss that is "horrible" nutrition science, right on up through today, one thing has remained consistent for Gary Taubes.  Sure, the alpha glycerol phosphate idea where you can't store fat without dietary carb was blasted to smitherines by his own reference decades before the advance for GCBC was paid out.  Nevermind that billions of white rice eaters countered his insulin spiking notions.  Don't even notice the man behind the fructose curtain, a mirage known as the non-insulin spiking carb.   As any good man of science will tell you, Gary Taubes insists that any hypothesis (and thus any supporting mechanisms) must be able to explain all of the observations.  I agree.  Too bad he doesn't hold his own hypotheses up to even a modicum of his own standards, or perhaps we might be congratulating Peter Attia and Gary on their successful opening of the $40Mil Newcastle-in-America Diabetes Clinic.  But instead, NuSI is pouring mi

Just Eat Less - Move Moore, Jimmy

Another timely bump to go with the Three-Year "Update" for Jimmy Moore.  Seems he is receiving the expected backlash from the recent Paleof(x) CONference, and his pre-game post failed to stave off the gasps and criticisms.  Andreas "look at all the fat people on this cruise" Eenfeldt has just posted a short recap video from the event.  The comments on his blog are interesting to say the least.  Seems to have a strange thing going with Jimmy, kind of like Tom Naughton.  They both post unflattering images, etc. of their "friend".  The absolute worst light to show Jimmy in is a profile, and yet this is what his "friend" Andreas chose to use a lot of.  Eh ... their dysfunction. [P.S.  After this post, a troll by the name of EatLessMoveMoore started commenting on various blogs using some of my terminologies like "webpire" and such.  This was NEVER me despite repeated accusations.  Even Nikoley had the decency to publicly note that i

Mammalian Infant Food Macronutrients ~ Especially Human

There have been two major stories in the IHC-News of late, a mega-Facebook thread that has raised the issue of PUFA in baby formulas, a minor altercation between moi and Matt Stone on Facebook about a study on "autistic rats", and quite a few conversations on this blog involving PUFA of late that has prompted this post.  It is a prelude to at least two posts on the issue to come:  (1) The Pete Evans / Paleo Way / WAPF-inspired / Nora Gedgaudas defended liver-based baby formula controversy, and (2) Tim Noakes' recommendations of "LCHF" for babies.

A Tale of Two Metabolisms

In 2004, Jimmy Moore lost 180 lbs on the Atkins diet. In September 2006, here was one week of  menus .