Thursday, 23 December 2010

Agent Provocateur

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook has just been nominated as one of the five worst (unhealthy) cook books of 2010 by the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine.  I don't know much about the PCRM but they had the sitting duck of 'Primal Fuel' and somehow ended up not only missing it, but also of shooting themselves in the foot:
  • The Primal Blueprint sets back evidence-based nutrition nearly 2 million years with its meat-heavy diet. Along with artery-clogging “Paleo” recipes for Primal Pot Roast and Sausage Stew, this book includes an entire section of cholesterol-laden recipes for offal—entrails and internal organs. The authors say recipes like these are ideal for followers of Atkins and other low-carb diets. But a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a low-carbohydrate diet based on animal food sources increases mortality risk from all causes, including cancer and heart disease.
Do you think they even know how rich breastmilk is in cholesterol?  Do you think they ever thought how Man survived through several ice ages without eating LOTS of meat (including organ meat/offal), and little in the way of plant?  Will reducing dietary cholesterol REALLY reduce cholesterol levels in the body?

It is kind of embarrassing for the PCRM to be lining themselves up so thoroughly against evolutionary biology.  Once this branch of biology extends in to medicine (and it WILL), it is going to be great fun watching the PCRM squirming on the hook.  You cannot argue against evolutionary adaption - unless you are really, really stupid and/or really, really arrogant.

Needless to say I will be purchasing one of Mark's books in the new year by way of support.  By all accounts his Primal Blueprint is a definitive and essential paleo text.  Anyone new to 'paleo' should spend time on his comprehensive site.

1 comment:

gnolls dot org said...

The PCRM is a vegan/PETA propaganda front.

Their "About Us" page carefully avoids these issues, but as Wikipedia notes: "The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. which promotes a vegan diet, preventive medicine, alternatives to animal research, and encourages higher standards of ethics and effectiveness in research."

Note that the other two goals are meaningless restatements: "preventive medicine" means "vegan propaganda", and "higher standards of ethics" means "anti-vivisection propaganda".

Of course, you can probably gather all this simply by looking at their front page, which features giant banners for "21-Day Vegan Kickstart" and "Animal Research Alternatives".