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Paleo Pussies

Well that was fun. And you know what? Life is just too fuckin' short to be a paleo pussy, a wimp...an intellectual masturbator in all of this.

No prisoners. No refuge. No quarter.

See, we're dealing with murderers, maimers and their accomplices in academia, research, the medical profession, the big food and drug industry, and of course the total fucking clueless morons in the news media, for whom I reserve special wrath because if they were doing their dammed jobs rather than deep throating big advertiser food & drug cock as much as they possibly can, I wouldn't have to be doing this shit essentially for free -- and as well, a lot of other people could be out Groking on and enjoying life instead of worrying whether they're hearts are going to explode because they didn't buy "cholesterol lowering" fucking Cheerios for Christ's sake.

...Yes, yes, I understand there are other bloggers and commenters out there who want to sit and have tea & crumpets and discuss it all nice and kind like. "Let's not be too threatening. We want to persuade them all."

Yea? Well, FUCK 'EM ALL!

That's what I say. You've got your approach, I've got mine. And as far as I'm concerned, yours has failed utterly and completely. Now it's time to name names, drag those names through the mud, ridicule those names, embarrass family members with the same name...all while having solid reasoning and evidence behind you. Reasoning like: given our evolution, it's highly unlikely that a fucking box of Cheerios is better for you than a steak, asshole. So, just go right on ahead, Mr. Research Fuckhead and keep "associating" meat & its natural fat with bad things. Just keep it up; and I'll keep it up.

I'm glad a guy like Dr. James Carlson isn't a pussy. How could he be, with a book title like this: Genocide: How Your Doctor's Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You!!!!. Do you think Dr. Jim is interested in sitting around for a mutual "stroke" with his enemies, the people killing the patients he has to fix?

Then there's Dr. Malcolm Kendrick. While not quite as rough, I can tell he wants to be. Here's some excerpts from the introduction to The Great Cholesterol Con. Notice the word "con." He's calling them criminals, which they are.

It has reached the point where I feel like shouting, 'Listen guys, I know you need to 'publish or perish,' and the more publicity you can achieve the bigger the next research budget. but you're scaring people half to death. No one knows what to do or what to believe any more. And by the way, your study was RUBBISH! Now go away, grow your beard, and do some proper boring research that no one can understand.'

But they won't. For it's so much more fun to appear on a news programme, talking earnestly about your discovery of the latest possible cause of heart attacks - a danger that the public absolutely, positively, must be warned about. Afterwards, you will probably be invited to lucrative speaking engagements at international cardiology conferences. Does a professorship beckon? 'Who, me? I really don't deserve it, but if you must...'

It's a shame. In a rational society, those sorts of people would be driven away, or, you know very well what... When you add in the element of state subsidy and laws that shield them from both liability and competition, you have insult on top of injury.

They're killing you, slapping you in the face, and laughing all the way to the bank. Continuing with Kendrick.

...And boy, is the cholesterol hypothesis wrong. To adapt a quote from Blackadder, 'It is wronger than a very wrong thing.' Yet it has mesmerised scientists, doctors and the general public for years, exuding a siren song that none can resist, dragging us all to our doom on the sharp rocks of illogicality.

And at whose expense and whose profit?

Yet I think we have been sold a pup. A rather large pup - more of a full-grown blue whale, in fact. But how can I convince you, my fellow jurors, of the truth? You have heard so much, read so much, listened to experts promoting the wonders of statins and ever-greater cholesterol lowering. Adverts bombard us every day with some new fabulous yoghurt, probiotic, margarine or milk drink assuring us that these things lower cholesterol, thus protecting your heart.

On the basis of this never-ending information, many of you will be convinced that you should take statins for the rest of your natural lifespan. Firstly, of course, you will be frightened into action by a blood test demonstrating that you - you sinner - have a raised cholesterol level ('Have you been eating hamburgers again? Have you?'). Everywhere you look, everybody is in agreement about the need to lower your cholesterol level. How can almost everybody be wrong?

In fact, almost everybody being wrong has been a quite normal phenomenon throughout human existence. So the fact that there are only a few dissenting voices out there shouldn't bother you unduly. And medical scientists (an oxymoron if ever there was one), have a long and distinguished history of grabbing entirely the wrong end of the stick, closing their eyes tightly shut, holding on grimly and refusing to listen to anybody else. Another leech anybody, or perhaps a radical mastectomy, or a tonsillectomy, or a removal of toxic colon? What about that old chestnut 'no bacteria can live in the human stomach'? And 'strict bed rest following a heart attack' - how many millions did that kill? [emphasis added]

I really don't think the calm, quiet, deliberate, polite approach accomplishes fuckall but perhaps a decent pension someday for an otherwise mundane life. And even if it did, I still wouldn't respect it. I respect maverick & bravado, risk, in-your-face determination. And besides, I smell a rat in these admonitions for calm deliberation. They're just 'fraidy cats that they're wrong, or they're afraid of offending, or they're afraid of one thing or another. There's a theme there: fear. So they're fuckin' sissies and too afraid to admit it. And it's so unnecessary because it's so irrational. We're RIGHT! No, not in every detail or nuance, but we have the principle foundation set in a Stone Age, and we're fuckin' right goddammit! And you know what I'm going to do about that? I'm going to ridicule the white coats who are wrong, and I'm going to do it with delight. And I'm going to keep doing it relentlessly, ruthlessly.

As I recently wrote in a comment, I won’t be satisfied until they start charging admission to take a piss on Keys’ grave.

More Kendrick.

I am not alone in my beliefs. There are many hundreds of doctors and researchers who agree that the cholesterol hypothesis is bunk. Many keep their counsel, others have been stomped into silence, but a few have had the guts to speak out. However, their voices, unlike those of the implacable medical 'statinators' are not supported by multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical budgets.

In a world dominated by PR-controlled spin, critics of the cholesterol hypothesis get very little airtime. If they did, this world would change, and I hope this book starts the process of change. Because, despite my apparent joviality, I am deadly serious in my belief that the misguided war against cholesterol, using statins, represents something very close to a crime against humanity. So close that you may not be able to spot the difference. [emphasis added]

So, yea, just go right on ahead trying to convince them with showers of daisies. You know what? I don't want 'em even if they can be convinced. I want the whole lot of 'em swept away, viciously, disgraced and left to starve on the streets with rotting sores.

Perhaps that'll illustrate for future generations that this is crucially important work calling for the utmost in honesty and integrity, and by utmost, I mean far in excess of normal or average.

11/24/09 Update: Shorter Brett Mattingly: "My pussy hurts!" From his Twitter feed, in reverse order.

@rnikoley But I know I'm wasting my breath. You keep your 'entertainment' and I'll keep informing.

@rnikoley feel the need to use 'fuck' repeatedly to get your point across, you've proven how childish you are.

@rnikoley Nutritionists, 'dieticians', etc, are idiots and murderers, but once you refer to people with similar views as 'pussies' and ...

@rnikoley Really, you abhor the values of other paleo bloggers who don't share your methodology? I don't disagree that conventional doctors

@rnikoley Respect for those less-informed or with differing views than yourself, for starters.

And, ladies & gents, @rnikoley has just lost my readership. Not that he cares, o'course. It's all about respect if you want progress, Rich.

See, here's the deal. Nobody has to read my blog or like it...though I am always reminded of the bit in Howard Stern's movie Private Parts where some radio network guy is talking to another about Stern's controversial show and it goes something like this, though I don't recall the specific details:

"Those who love him listen for an average of an hour a day."

"And those who hate him?"

"Two hours."

Apparently, Mattingly thinks I'm singling out him and others who advocate a more persuasive approach. Actually, I'm not, and this isn't the first time he's called me out. ...I couldn't give a flying fuck who Brett Mattingly is, what he does, how he approaches paleo or how he represents it to others. And I'd have never cared even if I had known who he was.

I would have never gone to his blog or called him out in a comment or forum elsewhere to say, "man, quit being a pussy." Moreover, I never call out or criticize other paleo / low-carb individuals or bloggers specifically by name on this blog. And in fact, I have pointed and do point to a lot of bloggers who don't share my style and will continue to do so.

But I also note that none of them come around here criticizing me or pathetically lying, implying that there's nothing BUT that. This blog has almost 2,500 posts, the vast majority rather calmly making some argument or observation. And many of them are specifically to assist people on the path.

If anyone doesn't like or can't tolerate my style, that is perfectly fine. but if you want to come around here or pollute my twitter feed with lies and implication that I am only a loose cannon, or "childish," or can't make a real argument with real data, then you can simply GO FUCK YOURSELF ALL THE DAY LONG AND INTO THE HOLIDAY, for all I care.

Comments

  1. Richard, have you ever seen the “fuck” video?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUaWCcDlI5s

    Beautiful rant. This is your blog, you can cry if you want to :)

  2. Jeanie Campbell says:

    Right on, Richard.

  3. Richard,

    Been following your blog for a good while now – In fact, I think it all clicked into place soon after I skimmed a few of your posts.
    Now I’m 30 pounds lighter, around 8% body fat, and considerably stronger than I was 20 years ago (and that’s when I was *trying*). I feel FUCKING GREAT. No more back and leg pain, no more lethargy, no more mopey BS and mental energy spent on coping with feeling generally miserable.

    Holy shit, that was a great post.

    Riled up and ready to kick some ass,

    -Jay

    • There ya go, Jay. Nice blog, BTW, and I see you also are a fan of Organic Pastures. I just got 2 half gallons of raw milk last night. I’m in a phase with it. Then I’ll go some months without.

      Marin Sun Farms is good, too.

  4. Your the man, Richard.
    Its nice to see someone say exactly what they want sometimes.
    And I bet it feels good to be able to.

    • Thanks, Josh, ’cause it’s really not easy. Some people think it is — that it’s just all an emotional outburst. They’re not paying attention.

      In fact, these sorts of posts are the most difficult because the core reason for the indignation HAS to be there and has to be laid out. Otherwise, it IS just a jerk-off session.

  5. This post felt fucking great. With every line on this post I see a different face — the doctor that placed my father on statins; the nutritionist that told my friend she needs more grains; the pedantic, arrogant, preachy plain-bagel-low-fat-cream-cheese-eating personal trainer that forces all of her overweight clients to eat less and move more, perpetuating a practice in complete failure.

    God damn, your post brought out the veins in my head and arms.

  6. Neil Fraser-Smith says:

    Now this is why we follow your blog Richard. Congratulations!

  7. Jonathan Barnes says:

    Richard…I ABSOLUTELY loved it, the 2 by 4 approach. First, you have get their attention !

    I had been thinking I would subscribe and send a few bucks your way…I’m going to double it.

    Jon : > )

  8. Jonathan Barnes says:

    WHAT THE F*^%$#(*@@#$**K ! I thought “Subscribe” meant I could send a few bucks your way to help you do the work you are doing. Well, I and mine, instead, can maybe take you and Bea to Diner down town early next year.

    Jon :^)

  9. Love it!
    I am currently doing several courses (nutrition, heart disease etc) and it’s unbelievably frustrating because in order to pass said courses I have to say the same SH*T they do.. if I told the truth I’d fail. The course texts display graphs that very obviously show certain things (eg obesity epidemic is correlated with increased fruit consumption and reduced fat consumption) and yet are interpreted as meaning the complete opposite. They are basically a binch of F**kwits.
    It needs people to shout and swear about it, because these people are killing us.

    • Dr A:

      Your post on that, that I saw last night was actually what inspired me to write this one. I was going to reference your graphs too but it didn’t quite mesh with my hostility in the end, so I’ll call attention in a separate post.

  10. No edit facility to correct spelling errors…. pooh!

    • This is a new commenting platform that’s very reliable and uses no outside stuff (like DISQUS I had before). New things are being added and I’ll put author editing on the list.

  11. Richard, you really need to get off the fence and take a firm stand on this subject…….

  12. I also read The Great Cholesterol Con. Except it was Anthony Colpo’s version. Anthony also isn’t known for mincing his words.

    Like you, my ancestors came from Northern Europe and I do very badly on a high-carb diet (many hours of zzzzzzzzzzzzz after meals and monstrous appetite when awake). Vit D3 has helped a lot as I’m a sun-hater.

    Carry on being an arrogant know-it-all asshole. I like arrogant know-it-all assholes. That’s why I like Lyle McD!

    • I wonder whether dumping the lipid hypothesis will take more or less time than it took the Royal Navy to “take on board” James Lind’s conclusive study showing that fresh citrus cured scurvy (about 42 years). How many died waiting?

    • I like Lyle too, in spite of this:

      http://freetheanimal.com/2009/07/report-a-carb-binge.html

      Of course, the meat of what ultimately happened is over on Lyle’s “mean” forum, not the one he advertises publicly.

      • I’m a member of the “mean” forum and I read that internet “punch-up”. I think Lyle mistook you for a “Paleotard”.
        Do you know how many times he’s been asked (on the nice forum):-
        “I’m doing your XXXX diet but I’m doing YYYY instead and it’s not working. Why?”
        Lyle’s answer (probably through gritted teeth as it’s the nice forum):-
        “Just do what it says in the book.”

        I wouldn’t be an advisor for any amount of money. I Blog for shits & giggles and if it helps anyone, all well & good.

      • Well, hopefully in this I have lived up to their standard of “strong hate.”

  13. Richard, you are truly the best!
    I think I will print this and put it in my tennis bag. That way when friends and tennis partners make fun of me for eating butter and heavy cream, while they live on gatorade…..I’ll just shut up and let them read your post.
    Keep up the good work!! Did you enjoy the “fish liver”?

    Marc

    • I’m saving both cans for my hors d’oeuvres on Thursday while everyone else is eating chips & dip. :)

      I’ll definitely let you know, and thanks again for the care package.

  14. Good to have a very high level of intensity. The swearing was hilarious and to the point at the same time. Keep eating well, training hard and supporting the good farmer.

  15. Just because the people who go on about “artery clogging saturated fat” are using nicer language than you does not mean they are not bullies.

    They are bullies, and they are making people sicker and fatter.

    • It’s an excellent point, Nicole. Not to get political but I’ve always said, for instance, that common criminals have at least the virtue of honesty over your typical politico/functionary. They don’t lie and cleverly manipulate to make you think that stealing from you and coercing certain behavior from you by means of threat of force (fines, jail, etc.) is “to better serve you,” y’know, “for your convenience….”

      I just loath dishonesty in all its forms, including the dishonesty that sugar coats piles of stinky shit, which is going on a lot in the Paleo community.

  16. Jonathan Barnes says:

    SORRY for the non-productive post earlier (actually in the middle of the nite). But, I do have a pretty good excuse…I’m pretty old and on 70 mg of steroids a day. LOL I went to your “Subscribe” link only to find out you are, providing for free, your Blogs by any of several ways of delivery. Which, of course, is great. But, damnit, I WANT TO PAY ! Put up a way to pay, maybe $49.00 a year or something. For that Subscription, find a way to make it special…a gold star, a special recognition…bla, bla bla…I don’t know, you figure it out. I WANT TO PAY. I like what you are doing. It is work I want done, but, ‘am not up to myself. If I feel that way…there are others out there that feel the same way. You are making a difference. Whatever, keep it up ! Jon :^)

    • Jon:

      Actually, thanks for alerting me to what I now realize is confusing. The “Subscribe” up in the header to the right is simply for the RSS feed to posts & comments if one wants. The voluntary paid subscription is on the right sidebar right after the “About” section. There’s an option for a recurring $25 yearly donation that’s automatic unless you cancel it at some point, or a one-time donation that can be used anytime.

      Thanks for the support.

  17. John Nugent says:

    Richard

    These aresholes had me getting fat and sick.

    Good on you. I’m with you all the way. Tell them to go fuck themselves and be damned!

    John

    • Right. And then there’s all the friends & loved ones to consider, and as you return to health and set a good example for them, most even still will be too afraid to adopt such a healthful path because of the self-serving authorities who would prefer death, debilitation and mayhem just so long as they have their prestige, positions, and loot.

      This is a war and we are fighting for our lives and the lives of those we love & care about.

  18. That post got me pumped up!!

  19. Quit being so freaking cryptic, spit it out already, pussy-footing around like this hardly gets the message across…

  20. LOL.. I love it.. I hear this everyday, having to explain what i eat to idiotic morons who can’ t be bothered getting off their arse and get healthy. Crying like half weaned pigs if there is diet coke instead of full strength.
    To make things worse, i have to read the leaders of our two fucked up political parties in Australia are still pushing for the ETS (carbon tax) even after those lying, double dealing , grant chasing scientists have obviously been fudging the figures for years.. pisses me off!!
    BTW. I wrote a letter to a newspaper with expletives to let them know they are selling us down the river.. bet it won’t get published..

    • Neil Fraser-Smith says:

      Come on now, that’s not fair. We have more than two fucked up political parties in Australia!

  21. Richard,
    Have you viewed this Taubes video? Not much new here except that his demeanor seems to be changing. Esp toward the end I see a fire in his speech and an increasing exasperation with the medical communities indiference to his agrument. I appreciate your “fire” in taking on this fight. I wish there was a monthly magazine devoted to paleo, low-carb, ev-fit ect with a range of opinions in depth interviews, research ect. Right now my igoogle reader is serving that purpose. I try to spread info at the grass roots. People ask me how I’ve lost weight and write down your site, Jimmy’s, and MDA. Unfortunatly more often than not I get a noncommital response “oh, you mean low-carb. thats bad for you. off to my clifbar-fueled spin class”
    My vegetarian brother is now on statins and refuses to listen to me even though he knows I eat HFLC, eschew cardio, fast, and have great blood results. I’m angry at the same people you are but maybe also at those who will only listen to “them”. Thanks for your work and have great Thanksgiving!

    • I would love to see a monthly magazine like that. That would be fabulous.

      If someone(s) get the urge to start putting one together, I’d love to contribute my mad editing and/or page layout skillz. It’s what I do for pro, but the idea of being able to do it for something I’m super passionate about…that’d be the balls.

    • Warren:

      Here’s an idea. I always tell people it’s nothing like Atkins because the focus is on real food (meat, natural fat, veggies, fruits, nuts…) and not low-carb. That is, is can be high carb like a Kitavan (with starchy roots & tubers), or High fat virtually zero carb like and Inuit, and everything in between with the sole condition that it’s real food.

      Begin with the approach you think might work best and go from there. BTW, does anyone know of any moderate-to-high carb paleo websites or blogs? If there are none, that might be a need.

      The good thing about this approach is that you get them thinking in terms of the paleo principle and that should eventually overcome conventional wisdom for most as they begin to see the results in themselves.

      • Anand Srivastava says:

        I have given up on the concept that you can lose fat, on high carb diets, even with the best food in the world. It can be done, with occasional low carb eating, which is not possible for no meat Vegetarians :-(. My wife is one, and will not eat meat, doesn’t matter if she is hurting for it. She understands all the logic, but will not compromise on that one. She is not even religious about it.

        I was thinking of starting a site on that, mostlyvegpaleo, but unfortunately, its blocked now and I cannot access it now. Well may be some other day.

        I don’t find it difficult to convince people in India. They all have seen old people who swear their health on Ghee. And I explain to them the logic behind it. But still people don’t change their habits. One of my friend is finding it difficult to eat only meat, and has to have a small piece of bread with, what for I don’t know.

      • Anand – it’s great to read a post from India! It surprises me that we don’t have a greater participation on paleo topics from India and from China, as I would not have thought the subject was as strongly culture-specific as it appears to be. There was an inspiring body-builder active in India before WW 2 http://www.sandowplus.co.uk/India/Iyer/iyer-index.htm

  22. I just published a significant addendum / update, for those who are getting email notices and want to check it out. It has to do with the sole bit of flack I’ve gotten from this post (on Twitter) and not the first time for this particular crackpot.

  23. This past summer we were at the family cabin and one morning I cooked up a bunch of bacon and eggs and poured the extra fat over it. My aunt (recently retired nurse) walks in and exclaims “Oh dear, are you trying to kill us ALL?!”
    Also, my mom works in a rehab hospital and guess what they give people all day long that are supposed to be you know, recovering?
    cake, cookies, fat free milk, candy, fruit cups in heavy syrup, and juice if they’re “being good.”
    Another thing, I almost throttled a ten year old the other day having a bake sale for diabetes……
    grrrrrrrr…..
    keep on keepin on.

  24. Richard,

    Every time I’m holding an admitted patient in the ER and have to order a 2,000 Calorie ADA diet and a tray with oatmeal, white toast, jelly and a banana arrives, I’m going to fax a copy of the post up to the dietary department.

    Doug McGuff

  25. You’re the Michael Savage of health!

    • Funny you’d say that…and I’ll take it as a welcome compliment.

      Back when I listened to talk radio — I haven’t in a few years, now — I used to catch Savage pretty much every day during the drive. While I’m by no means a “conservative” I always appreciated that he didn’t easily fit into anyone’s box and he had the guts to put out there what he really thinks without fear of consequences.

      Just when you’d think the vitriol was all he could do, he’d throw up some Cuban music (and I owe my love of it to him) or he’d talk about food (too many carbs, though), or otherwise regale his audience with insight and interesting anecdotes to demonstrate he’s complex, just about like anyone.

      That said, I just checked his website which I haven’t looked at in years and I do have to roll my eyes quite a lot.

  26. Nice to read the above comments of support. Richard, you put yourself on the line and in doing so put a huge burden on yourself to maintain the rage in your unique style. We all draw strength and focus from your work. If – or when – it begins to feel exhausting, just think of us – we’re cheering you on with the enthusiasm you have read here, even when we don’t get around to posting our support.

    • Thank you, Keith. You have been an unwavering ally (in email and comments) and I’m sure you’ve had a heartburn or two with me.

      Thank you, sir, for focussing on the essentials.

  27. Richard,

    I continue to hope you reach the heights of being the Paleo KING!! This post ROCKS. Thank you for irreverence — dude you know how to eternally crack me up.

    As you know, I have gotten totally bashed at Dr. Davis’ heartscan forum for these exact SAME views by:
    –stalwart white-knuckled high-dose statinators who wtf report growing coronary calcifications EVERY F*CKING LAME YEAR
    –anti-saturated fat retards with the lowest HDLs and highest Lp(a) that would even make you wanna cry

    Hello. News flash. The world is round.

    -G

    • g:

      You know I luv you to death. You’re everywhere, all at once. How do you do that?

      • (*hint* Procrastinating… Have to clean the stupid house for 30+ Thankgiving guests… PALEO FEASTING B-A-B-Y !!! Maybe will just forgo the cleaning and just aim to liquor everyone up?)

  28. “And in fact, I have pointed and do point to a lot of bloggers who don’t share my style and will continue to do so.”

    I’m one of these guys. Richard and I have disagreed on plenty with data to back up our respective opinions. I still visit and agree with most. It’s the minutia most individuals disagree on…programming, subtle definition differentiation, application for athletics. It doesn’t matter in the larger picture.

    Keep up the good work.

    Best,
    Skyler

    • I’ve always appreciated both our disagreements and agreements. I still don’t know what to really make of HGH, and I still don’t know if it plays any real part in my own progress.

      I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing.

      In the end, it’s all a soft certainty. One can be certain of the progress. One can’t be sure of why, other than Real Food and Real Hunger and Real Intensity. How that exactly mixes up for any one individual is anyone’s guess, in my book.

  29. Thanks for saying in print the words I usually bark in the privacy of my home office.

    • Well, Tom, there’s always the late-night, adults only comedy bit routines…

      If anyone could make dietary advice funny for the mainstream audience, you could.

      I think I’ve watched Fat Head four times, and I’ll do it many more (I have copies at home, vacation home, and one I carry around), and the combo of getting something new and seeing the wave of LIGHT come over people is cherishable, addictive.

      I love your style. Wish I could do it. Way to much work for me, not to mention talent. There’s a valid criticism. I can’t do it like you can.

  30. Richard,
    I wish I could take a print out of this post and shove it in the faces of my mum’s cardiologists, who’ve been statinating her for the last 5 years! Thank you for not mincing words.

    • I won’t mince words and it’s certainly good to get this affirmation from everyone.

      I’ve got a good business, a fantastic wife, doggies, family…not to mention my wife’s family that I love & care about. So, as serious as I am, this is about me and my style and in no way obligates anyone to put themselves out there.

      So, I’d have to recommend that everyone NOT forward my printed post to entrenched functionaries. It could backfire and I’d hate to have repercussions directed at innocents, like your mom.

  31. Dude, grow up. This isn’t middle school.

    • “This isn’t middle school.”

      Oh, really? Y’don’t say. Well, thanks for that bit of “insight,” genius.

      Hey, do me a favor? Could ya? How ’bout ya lose my URL, eh? That, or perhaps you could show me a better way. Maybe, for instance, you could demonstrate better results?

      http://freetheanimal.com/2010/04/real-results-austin-from-singapore.html

      Ack! Never mind.

      Everyone knows who you are. Do you think I don’t know who you are?

      • I’d prefer to see critical comments and flames (if flames there must be) signed with a real name. Richard gives us his name – a display of courage and forthrightness we can be thankful for. I’m with Skyler and have disagreements with aspects of Richard’s perspective. However, ad hominem arguments are a cheap distraction from the main game – which I’m pleased to acknowledge Richard plays so well. Let’s focus on the real issues, not the personality characteristics of the players.

      • Yep. Pussy anonymous get what’s coming to them if that’s how they choose to play it.

        Since 1994 when I first went on USENET, anyone could always contact me. I stand behind what I post, here and elsewhere.

        I don’t mind an innocuous commenter not putting up identifying details, but if you’re going to flame, you better man/woman up. Otherwise, you’re just a pussy-troll.

      • Keith,

        Adjunct to the discussion here, I’d like to thank you for your website. It was one of the websites I found early on during my adventures into this “paleo fad.”

        Best,
        Skyler

  32. Ron Kelley says:

    Richard,

    You probably don’t remember me, but we met and spoke very briefly at Art’s Las Vegas seminar in May ’08. I had been reading your blog before then and knew we had more in common that just the paleo stuff. I’m also an admirer of Ayn Rand, but more hardcore than you – more like Diana, but without as much devoted study and the PhD.

    I must admit that your blog has annoyed me at times. I frequently agree you, but say to myself that I wouldn’t handle the argument the way you did. But, I must also admit that your in the face, no holds barred blog has real value along side the more cerebral sites like Stephan’s and Peter’s. I have noticed that many times my calm, rational approach to paleo discussions with friends and family doesn’t always resonate with them. There are times that comments like, “that cake you are stuffing yourself with is poison” gets their attention. Or in response to queries about how I stay so fit at 50 years old I say, “I eat lots of artery clogging fat.” That comment gets their attention and sometimes and inquisitive mind.

    So, Richard keep up the good work. Your brash and sometimes vulgar style may be the push needed for some to go read the heavy science sites.

    • Hey Ron, that’s fantastic. Push buttons. That’s what I always say.

      Funny, ’cause I often think that my friend Diana is bit harsh toward critics…just goes to show you that CONTEXT is important, and that you can’t always glean the totality of context in someone else’s life.

      My wife, who knows me better than my own parents — in my current context (this changes, over time) — told me when I published that post last night that it was too much. Based on the comments, she now knows I was right on.

      But, I myself was wary and just hit the Publish button. I just have to go with what’s on my mind. More than anything, I want people to know/think: he ‘ain’t bullshitting. For me, style of delivery is far less important than is being seen as honest.

      I’m a blogger. Thats the context in which most see me and it is by far the most important thing that they know I’m not going to lie to them.

  33. Great post!

    Gawd I am so sick of people telling me I’m on the Atkins diet and that my kidneys are going to fail soon, or that I’ll be getting some form of heart diesease or diabetes. And they get upset with me when I tell them I don’t take diet and nutrition advice from obese persons.

  34. I think those who have the strongest negative reaction to your posts are the ones who feel the most guilt or secretly suspect they’re wrong. It hurts them to be wrong. You’re rushing to the front line of the war against these fools and a lot of us and ready to jump in that fox hole with you.

  35. Hey Richard, love your website and been a long time reader. I’ve also been on paleo for about a year and lost over 20kgs of fat and feel a lot better!

    I think your post, while maybe its made you feel better and a bunch of paleo dieters feel the same way, that kind of in your face trash talking only accomplishes one thing, and that isn’t what you want.

    Your goal is to get the message out there, but I think posts like that have the opposite effect. You’re preaching to the choir, but everyone else who isn’t as enlightened will probably be offended and just think you’re an extremist, crazy red blooded meat eater ready to kill, maim and claw.

    Maybe it will turn those mainstream people to think about paleo-ers, much like the way we feel about vegans!

    Speak with love, not with hate, and you’ll achieve your goal. Your website is fantastic, keep up the great work!

    Peace brother :)

    Mick
    http://micksolo.wordpress.com/

  36. I love the internet.

  37. Richard

    I love your blog and your honesty but I have to agree with your wife on this post.

    I’d love to be able to show your site many more people than I already do but all the the fuck this fuck that shit often means I can’t. It’s your fucking blog, so it’s your fucking choice I guess. I guess there’s always Mark’s Daily Apple.

    Keep up the good work.

    Tin Tin

  38. This is precisely why I prefer blogs to “mainstream” websites.

    Love it or hate it, there is an honesty to Richard’s blog that we don’t find in the real world.

  39. Oh, and by the way…FUCK!!!!

  40. You’re like the Lenny Bruce of paleo-diet blogging. And I mean that as a compliment.

    • I’ll take it.

      “They call Lenny Bruce a sick comic, and sick he is. Sick of all the pretentious phoniness of a generation that makes his vicious humor meaningful. He is a rebel, but not without a cause, for there are shirts that need un-stuffing, egos that need deflating. Sometimes you feel guilty laughing at some of Lenny’s mordant jabs, but that disappears a second later when your inner voice tells you with pleased surprise, ‘but that’s true.’” -Herb Caen, SF Chronicle, 1959

  41. Austin, that’s a great post. I’ve always said that I’ll consider dietary advice from anyone will do it with their shirt off.

    I get no takers. I on the other hand have my high school abs… except ever better!

    I do understand that there are plenty that aren’t there yet, but are eating paleo and on the road. Keep it up! You too can give dietary advice with your shirt off.

  42. Richard,

    Great stuff, as always. I’m making a donation to your site forthwith. Keep up the good work.

    I want to direct you to the featured article in today’s food section of The New York Times entitled “The Urban Deerslayer: Seeking a Primal Connection With What’s on the Table”. Right there on the front page is a large photograph of a hunter in the field with a shoulder-slung rifle standing over a doe he just harvested. I can’t wait to read the “Murderer!” comments of the outraged on the newspaper’s website over that one. I’m actually shocked that The New York Times even ran the story.

    Here’s wishing you continued success. And a very hHppy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Sincerely,

    Paul

  43. Spot on, bub.
    I’ve also grown tired of coddling people’s bullshit on this, and other, subjects and appreciate your stance. While I may not always agree with a point of view, I fully support a non-pussyfooting approach. these fuckers are killing people, they deserve no quarter.
    Ken

  44. Aaaaand here’s The REAL PALEO KING:

    http://paleoking.blogspot.com

  45. The comment about the lack of editing was a criticism of my rubbish typing!
    I have just blogged about the sort of F***Wits I have had to put up with recently. It happened months ago, but I am still fuming mad about it.

  46. There are a lot of parallels between what you’re doing here viz paleo and what Billy Beck is doing.

    In both cases, there are precious few people who are illuminating the truth. In both cases, the evidence is plain for all to see. In both cases, all one has to do is simple experimentation on oneself, rather than someone else, to determine the truth of the thing at hand.

    Slightly off-topic, this phrase you used pinged a memory for me:

    “intellectual masturbator”

    Mark Scott here in Detroit used that term during one of his radio broadcasts many years ago. Sadly, death took Mark from us far too soon: http://tinyurl.com/6b2rzq

    Another memorable quote:
    Ma’am, you need an epistemological house-cleaning.

    — Mark Scott, WXYT, 1270 AM, 11Dec95

    There are some videos on YouTube of his speech at Gunstock in Mt. Clemens, MI in 1995:
    http://tinyurl.com/yjf6yc6

    Anyway, thank you very much for all your blogwork. And thanks for steering me to paleo when you transmogrified your blog from HonestyLog to FreeTheAnimal.

  47. Alicia W. says:

    Hi Richard!
    I loved this post. It is full of truth and absolutely no BS. I hate it when people sugar coat things. It’s so boring and a huge waste of everyone’s time. Good on you for bringing out the 2×4. I wish I had it in me to be as concise as you. Thanks for keeping such a great blog.

    Your faithful reader,
    Alicia W.

  48. I need to vent, and you will understand me.

    Just am out of a lunch gathering where a heated discussion broke out because I am “unstable” cause I was supporting grains (was only oatmeal, and rye) a year ago, and then now am against grains (yes, after not having been better in my life). Below, the antigrain is me, the other are a mix of four people

    “grains are necessary”
    “why no switch grains with colored veggies”
    “Grains are necessary”.

    “Look, humans have been eating animals, fruit and veggies for 4.990.000 years, and grains only for the last 10.000 years”
    “So?”
    “The human body does not recognize grains”
    “but there are vitamins in grains”
    “The human body does not recognize grains”
    “It does, I eat it”
    “Damn, the human digestive system is closer to a lions than a cow’s”
    “there are gorillas also”
    “yea, look at the intelligence of gorillaz.. Asnwer my statemen about 5 million years of evolution vs 10k years”
    “We dont know much about the 5 million”
    “We know about the ten thousand… Look at the bones of people before farming and after”
    “It is not only food. Those older people were hunting and making wars. they were exercising”
    “Yea, and the farmers were not? you know grain does not grow by taking a dump on soil, does it”
    “but the older people died at thirty”
    “Yes, when you broke an arm, you died. now you walk and buy your food from the market with your other arm”
    “Prove”
    “What do i prove to you? That the bones of the people of no farming were stronger healthier than the farmer’s at the same age”
    “Bone does not say all. how many bones you look at? What about the other bones in the body?”

    “Look there are studies that show a natural higher sat fat diet is better for your heart than the 60% processed carb diet that is being advertised. ”
    “How reliable are thoe studies?”
    “Fuck. How reliable are the studies that show sat fat is bad, when it has been shown they were done with trans fats?”
    “But for years it has been shown that is the connection”
    “For years they have used trans fats”
    “Sat fat is sat fat, trans or no trans.

    One effing hour of this.

    You know, Richard, I am with you.

    EFF YOU!

    I am the one who did not get sick in a year except one day of fever where I slept the whole day, you people are sick for a week in a month, your kid will soon need a new lung, because she is sick half the time, and you tell me “I will not tell my kid not to eat sugar”.

    EFF YOU!

    You are not willing to see that preventive medicine is different than trauma medicine, and that if we did not have the medicine technology of today, the average lifespan would be nowhere close to the 70 number we have today…?

    EFF YOU!

    Ridiculing me because I claim that something that is foreign to our body in it natural form is damaging, or at least compromising the function of our body

    EFF YOU!

    Looking at me in a belittling way and asking me “But would not four tablets of vitamin d be overdosing and dangerous to me”, while gorging on that colorful candy box..

    EFF YOU!

    When I say “look, the only way to know what I am talking about is to try it for a month. See if you get sick, if your skin changes, how your mantality changes, how your sexuality, strength, stamina, sleeping changes. If it goes worse then blame me”

    You give me the example:

    “Well you’d feel also good of you would use heroin and kokain for a month”

    TRIPLE EFF YOU!

    I have had friends listen to the paleo principles, and their life has changed. No skin problems, easy weightloss, better physical mental function.

    Those are on their way to a better life,

    The ones ridiculing me,

    EFF YOU!

    I am 6 years older, but look younger. I am older, am less sick.

    do not expect chicken soup from me, when you have fever.

    Eat your pasta with ready made sauce.

    I will eat my nuts and my pears, after a lamb’s leg, and sing, “Siiiinging in the rain, I’m siiinging in the rain”

  49. Do you have this experience:

    The ones most against the principle of not eating grains, hell it is not a principle, I am not a damn cow. are the ones who are of left ideology.

    The worst ones are the ones who are of communist ideologies?

    I think it has to do with a religious belief about grains. What Jesus is to the Bible, Grain is to Communism, or something.

    maybe it is because it presents the working class, maybe it presents “labor”.

    but these ideologic groups have been the ones with the most heated rejection of the possibility that grains may not be optimal for your body.

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