Vegetarians and Vegans Read Free the Animal and I Have No Idea Why


Is any-Paleo-one more prolific than I in trashing veg*ans? Yet they read, some, and stick around. If you've been paying attention you'll see them in comments, and I get emails, too. Plant based gluttons for punishment? OK, let me not get off on the wrong track because I have something to share. And this in advance of the vegan trashing Dr. Mike Eades' blog that I may hammer tomorrow. But no promises. I may feel differently in the morning.

Erin rings in:

I am a vegetarian- but I'm not writing to complain.

I find many issues with vegetarianism, but I feel that holes could be poked in any diet. I hate the cultish feel generated by all of them, when all I'm trying to do is eat rationally and not join some bullshitty new-age group.

In an ideal setting, I would have my own plot of land with varieties of vegetables and fruits. There would be laying hens wandering around, and I suppose at least one annoying-ass rooster. (I am on a temp work assignment in Hawaii and roosters are everywhere. They are god-damned annnoying animals).

That being said, I work as a Combat Exercise Planner and essentially use my war expertise to help train troops to more effeciently engage in combat. I have no real problems with humans killing humans, but humans killing animals just seems unnecessary to me.

(My doctor assures me I'm not a sociopath. I am just an "INTP")

I don't think my life is less important than an animal's. I do believe, however, that animals would prefer not to live miserably on shitty farms- which I think rational people could agree with. If obtaining food were a game of cat-and-mouse, I could probably get behind it- just like war. But raising and systematically killing milions of malnourished animals for our own food seems like cheating to me.

I know that people in your camp are offended by wiping out perfectly good ecosystems by planting soy/wheat/corn - as am I. This is where most of my problems with vegetarianism arise. My question for you is, other than meat- what is included in your diet? I ask because I am genuinely curious to know. I'd like to cut out soy from my diet but it is seemingly unavoidable. What carbs do Paleo-dieters eat, other than plant sugars? What protein do you eat, other than meat?

I read that you went to DLI- cool- me, too. But then I got out of the marines and studied visual arts at Columbia University. Maybe that's why I'm such a confused girl... ha

OK, yea, soy is crap (use the search function as I have entries with references). Since you're vegetarian, why not get your protein from dairy? Other than milk, you have cottage cheese, whey powder and many other ways. And hell, you could do a dozen eggs a day and that wouldn't be a bad idea.

Y'know, come to think of it, I could probably pretty easily be a vegetarian, which actually means that as someone pointed out in comments some time ago, the real distinction is in those who eat animal products vs. those who don't. Vegans against the rest of the world.

And now I'll leave it open to comments

The Food and Pics

Entries are coming in for the silly Free the Animal Rant Contest. So be silly. Give it what you can.


...The last three weeks or so have been gruesome with the move, et al. Worst of all, I came down with another instance of what I firmly believe I have Google diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis. I believe I've had it before, mistakenly thinking it was sciatica -- which I have also had long time ago..but thought is was a different manifestation last time. I think it happened from just over use in the move, i.e., hundreds of squats and bed-overs per day for days straight (packing / unpacking boxes, assembling furniture, ceiling fans, mounting flat screen TVs to hidden wire perfection, and such all contributed).

The pain is awful -- nearly constant and it's worse when sitting standing, or laying down (you should see how I have to contort to sleep -- I quit taking the 800mg Motrin I was taking for a while before bed). Walking is the best relief. So, after nearly three weeks of it  and no gym -- and it's getting better -- I did a relatively light workout at the gym today and had substantial relief for several hours. Now, the constant pain begins to set in, again, but diminished. I'm definitely on the downslope. I'm hitting the gym again Friday. Of note, I did 10 reps deadlift at 135 just to test, then went to other things to see if the hip stayed calm. No problem, so I came back and did a very easy 185 x 6. I may go for my 295 x 6 on Friday so I can move to 305. I really hate that I got set back from hitting that 300# deadlift mark through this period.

But I've been eating well. So disappointed I didn't get any shots of the three pounds of tri-tip, two pounds of boneless pork ribs and a 1 1/2 pound roasted chicken on a single big platter I did this weekend for Bea's local family. There was no meat left. This is my deal: no bread, pasta, rice, beans or any other woefully inferior cheap "nutrition," but, I'm fuckin' gonna fill you up on meat if you'll have it. How good a deal is that?

Click all photos below for the hi-res versions.

Roast Chicken & asparagus. Dried Italian herbs & olive oil. Lightly coat fresh asparagus with EVOO, some sea salt, and cookie sheet it for 20-40 minutes @400 until you like it. Crunchy tops are great. French fry subs.

Chicken Stinky Pee
Chicken & Stinky Pee

We have a fig tree in the new backyard, two lime trees, and a pomegranate in the front yard. Since we moved in I've been moved about how I might be able to use the figs. Ready. How about in a sauce with jalapenos?

Fig stuff
Fig & Stuff

All that including the fresh chopped garlic & onion you see, went in the saute pan with a bit of butter. Then, all of it went into the so-called "magic bullet." I say that cause it sucks. I'm getting a Vita-Mix. Fuck bullshit.

So because there was a total lack of magic in the bullet, I ended up having to strain anyway, and so reduce more because the liquifies fiber -- if i had magic -- would've alleviated the need to strain.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The very first step is to reduce red wine to a syrup. Do not introduce it to an ongoing reduction. Do this first.

Shitty Photo
Shitty Photo

Then you add your stock & fixins and continue to reduce. I needed no thickener at all, so maybe a little magic happened.

Then I was done, with some Caprese salad left over and an heirloom tomato.

Apples 7 Oranges
Apples & Oranges

Oh, yea, all the peeps in attendance wanted grilled burgers even though I offered steaks.


Last night was just Bea & I, and I had in mind an enormous salad of butter and green leaf lettuce with tomato (heirloom), finely sliced onion, peeled and cubed cucumbers, and blueberries...


I just drizzled olive oil on it, and the juice from a half of fresh lime or so, from the backyard.

And then I grilled "country style boneless pork ribs" @ about $3.50 per pound. Get The Salt Lick dry rub, which I get at BBQs Galore here in CA, rub down the meat liberally and let it set 30 minutes or more at room temp. For these kinds of ribs where you don't need to get them to fall off bones as there aren't any, a low BBQ will do the trick, turn every 15-30 minutes for a total of 45-60, but watch. Done is done and you don't want to dry them out.

Boneless short ribs
Boneless Pork Short Ribs

Today, I ate about a pound of those leftover, right outta the fridge, post workout.

Oh, I almost forgot. Sashimi on app, last night.


You know what? Upon serious reflection; Fuck vegans. Uh huh?

Deer in Headlights & Morons on Parade: The First Free the Animal Contest

I laughed at myself as I wrote that -- the contest part. I'm pretty much never interested in contests, and truth be told: I'm happier if you aren't either. So then, do it for the fun & sport and the title. The thing is, this will be unlike any contest in the Paleo realm you've ever seen. Or, it could flop, because it's not going to be easy. Fun, but not easy.

It so happens that I have on hand some supplements of good quality that are beyond my current capacity to use in a timely fashion (notice how bad I suck at writing a blog to energize you about the contest). Mark Sisson's Damage Control Master Formula. Now don't take this the wrong way. I have a two month's supply, unopened, and the reason I do is because I was on autoship for a number of months, but I don't supplement daily. I do it intermittently. Consequently, his one month supply lasts me 2-3 months. I'm giving away one of those unopened cases, shipped anywhere in the world I can -- and if I can't ship to the winner, I'll make it good one way or the other. If this goes well I'll give away the other month in a similar contest.

Here's the contest: you need to write a 300 word rant, give or take 50 words (so, 275 - 325...about 3 minutes speaking, 'cause I'm going to read the winning entry in video). English, of course. No rules as to what words you choose. Vulgar as you want, but that could run against you if not in context and too gratuitous. Bottom line is that vulgarity alone won't win it for you. Cleverness and style will. Think Dennis Miller in his best days.

Now that's gonna be fucking hard, isn't it? No, it isn't, because I'm going to give you such a 9 minute, target rich environment that's you're gonna come away thinking that this is gonna be as easy as Obama winning a 'get your ass kissed' contest.

Here's the video and I'll fill in the last of the details below.

What did I tell you? Here's the link to the article. And a quote by moron number one, "Pixel."

Pixel spoke with loads of celebrities at PETA'S 30th Anniversary Gala in Hollywood, California, on Saturday. Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Anjelica Huston and more talked about giving a voice to animals. 'I was amazed how many people really were animal activist, vegetarians, vegans, no leather. They were doing more than going Naked for PETA; they are living by their beliefs of protecting animals' she said.

Breathless drivel. How. Fucking. Exciting.

Bryan Adams performed "Everything I Do" and the evening was filled with tributes that moved the audience to tears.

And tearful.

Now, I could write a post in any number of ranting directions; so see, it's really easy as shit. Pick a single celebrity, machine gun the whole lot, or focus in on the overall transparency of the whole torrid affair. I have no preference and I have no idea which entry could be best.

Her's the method. I'm going to pick the best three and either -- I haven't decided yet -- publish them and put them to a community vote, or, email them to a few of my many paleo contacts and decide by committee. In either case the top three will be published -- maybe more -- so if I go by committee and we screw it up, comments will be open for your wrath.

Now, many of you put up ranting comments regularly. Just put in a bit more effort and you may have a shot at the title.

Oh, email your entries to me a the freetheanimal email address on the about page. DO NOT post your entries to comments. And you have until Friday morning, 10/1, 8am PST.

The Consequences of Modern Ignorance

I think you can thank, in part, the American Dermatological Association for this outrage and others like it. I'll get to identifying the other perpetrators later, below.

On June 3, 2010 my five and a half week old daughter was introduced to "child protection" in a hospital in a local hospital by diagnosing her as being a victim of child abuse. I brought my new born daughter to the hospital, after she woke up screaming in pain when i moved her arm. Upon multiple x-rays we found out that she had a fracture in her right arm that had a transverse configuration, without any evidence of external injury (we later learned that a transverse configuration is a typical fracture morphology in a pathologically fragile bone). Not understanding how this could have happened to my daughter, my boyfriend and I had no explanation for the injury.

Apparently because of the injury and our inability to explain how it happened, the doctors suspected child abuse and contacted the child abuse team who sent social workers to the hospital to interview us. After several hours of questioning, they transferred us to another hospital where we were immediately admitted to the child protection department. After further x-rays and bone scans the hospital found multiple micro fractures throughout my daughter's body, and a slight bilateral subdural hematoma. [...]

After careful and thorough review of ALL medical reports he saw that my daughter was suffering from a metabolic bone disease which he diagnosed as INFANTILE RICKETS in the state of healing, and that her bones were in a fragile state. He also stated that my daughters skull showed poor mineralization along the sutures and large areas or poor mineralization in the center portion of the skull plates. In addition the parietal skull was flattened.

As Dr. Ayoud was evaluating my daughters medical reports, he aksed Atty S to suggeste that I go see Dr. Michael Holick, a world renowned endocrinologist. Upon his full evaluation of me, Dr. Holick found me to be suffering from Osteomalacia, essentially the adult form of Rickets, and also possibly Elhers Danlos syndrome which is a genetic deficiency that cross ties to my daughters metabolic bone disease.

There's the lot more to the story, but the bottom line is her infant was taken from her at 5 weeks which was months ago, and she still does not have her back. Here's a excerpt from The Vitamin D Council's Dr. Cannell, which counts for most of his reply. It's not my normal practice to quote huge swaths, but this is damn important.

A few months ago I discussed an absolutely frightening study. Basically, the study found that about 1/4 of all otherwise normal infants have evidence of infantile rickets while they are still in the womb. If these infants were x-rayed right after birth, I suspect they would be found to have multiple fractures from the very real trauma of coming through the birth canal. That is, it is likely that tens of thousands of infants are being sent home from the hospital with multiple fractures because no one has ever done a study looking for asymptomatic fractures.

As an aside, the editorial that accompanied this study missed the point. Instead of asking for studies to discover what percentage of infants will have broken bones at birth and thus, how many parents are falsely accused of child abuse due to this tragedy, the authors of the editorial simply asked for more money for scientists.

The "we care about kids more than you do" child abuse organizations are simply feeding at the trough of the child abuse industry. According to the late Dr. Richard Gardner, the reason for increasing false allegations can be rationally explained. "There's a complex network of social workers, mental health professionals, and law enforcement officials that actually encourages charges of child abuse — whether they are reasonable or not."

Dr. Gardner was referring to the fact that the Mondale Act of 1974 is responsible for the dramatic increase in child abuse charges because it affords full liability protection for the child abuse industry. They can do the most egregious and wanton things to the children in their care, and their parents, without fear that they will face civil liability charges. The Mondale Act indemnified the child abuse industry, and populated it with people whose livelihoods depend on bringing more and more allegations into the system. Your daughter is simply putting food on someone's plate.

The child abuse industry was behind the epidemic of "recovered memories" of child abuse in the 1990s and howled when judges started returning malpractice verdicts against recovered memory doctors, which quickly dried up that particular child abuse industry feeding trough. Now, the bread and butter of the child abuse industry is child physical abuse or battered child syndrome, first described 50 years ago in a seminal paper in JAMA, a paper that caused irreparable harm.

Do not expect this tragedy to be solved soon. Too many mouths are sucking at the trough. Also, the child's father, the man who abandoned you and his child when you were two months pregnant, is he being paid to take care of his own child? I doubt child protection will tell you but I suspect he is being paid.

For almost 50 years, parents like you have either been sent to jail or had their child taken away or both; we are talking about hundreds of thousands of parents. It is all based on a simple observation loaded with face validity: children with lots of broken bones must have been beaten by someone. Now, it is quite possible that most of those hundreds of thousands of infants were never beaten, never abused, never mistreated, they were misdiagnosed, they simply had infantile rickets.

Actions have consequences. Modern indoor, sheltered life & work, crappy processed foods lacking in quality fat and fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), and hysterical fear of sun exposure all combine to set up a perfect storm of downstream consequences.

Then combine all that with a food, drug, and "health" conglomerate that profits off the most immediate consequences of this nutritional neglect, then throw in a "justice" system -- "child abuse industry," as Dr. Cannell rightly labels them -- that seems like little more than an incestuous heap of bedfellows on the take, and you do have a very outrageous tragedy.

But hey, it's only babies getting chewed up, so relax. Nothing to see here. Keep on shaking your heads at Richard's outrageous, over the top rants.

The Denise Minger Interview; America Fat & Stupid? and, Processed Food Will Never be Real Food

~ What a nice surprise this morning to see that Jimmy Moore put a rush on doing an interview with Denise Minger, the young & very bright woman who got a hold of the original China Study Monograph, and using the same data Campbell did, demonstrated conclusively that he's far more guilty of the sorts of statistical shenanigans he accuses others of. Go listen to the interview.

Denise tells some of the back story, including her own experiences with raw veganism from as early as age seven. She also tells how she got interested in -- and then hooked on -- this data project. I really appreciate her giving me such a thankful mention at about 20 minutes in. This is where the groundswell began and I'm super pleased to have played a major role in that. Hours after that posting, Denise went from 20 visits per day to 20,000 visits in a few hours. I believe she told me in an email that she exceeded 50,000 visits in those first two days. Of course, that was not only from my posting but the fact that so many of you -- readers and other bloggers alike -- went out and spread the word.

~ Next up is a really fantastic article in The Huffington Post from a few days ago which I got wind of via Dana Carpender. So go get a load of Justin Stoneman's piece entitled America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation. There's way too much great insight there to do justice to excerpts, but I'll try.

Stupid? Welcome to a population who know less about what they put into their mouths than they do about, well, take your pick...celebrities or cars or American Idol or iPhones? Animals have the intelligence to know what to eat and to never get fat (except the ones fed by humans). Yet that simple challenge, gaining nourishment without destroying the body, is beyond your capabilities? [...]

"Insanity," declared Einstein. "Is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." Was the sharp little man predicting your strategy against the impending obesity epidemic? Thirty years of repeating the same mistakes. Not just failing to halt the crisis, but actually exacerbating it.

And the new plan today? Fundamentally, it is identical. Michelle Obama's current, corporate-led, child obesity campaign scores 100% on well meaning -- and 0% on wholesale change. All that matters, what you are told to put in your mouth, is aligned to the same destructive, corporate-sponsored dietary doctrine. I apologize for my original accusation America, this is not stupidity -- it is insanity.

I'd dispute that anything a professional liar does is "well meaning," but I catch his drift.

As ADA past president Martin Yadrick stated in a 2008 US News & World Report article: "We think it's important for us to be at the same table with food companies because of the positive influence that we can have on them."

But, Martin, darling, they are paying you to be at their table. You are publicly telling America that you are somehow the one wearing the trousers in the relationship? My headline must be correct -- even the ADA seem to think that America is stupid. [...]

Your grandparents were raised in a generation aware that God's supermarket was better than man's. Saturated fat was a vital part of their diet. For them, obesity was not a common health problem. They were not suffering malnutrition in the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Remarkably, you, dear Western reader, probably are.

A processed product with 'zero fat' stamped on it (invariably high in sugar, chemicals and carbs instead) is great for making profits, but useless for losing weight. Wreaking havoc with insulin and your body's biochemistry is not clever. The majority of the western world now do so on a daily basis.

If you want to have some fun with graphs, you can go and look at the corresponding obesity spikes in other countries when they followed the 1977 change in US advice.

In Canada, the point was near-parallel. In Britain it happened in 1983. The Australians struck around the time of the Brits, launching their magically stupid 'Health Pyramid'. The obesity rate in each territory began its steady ascent. Big fat corporate party time.

Interestingly, while the article focusses much attention on food and drug company profits at the expense of health the author, to his credit, does not seem to be calling for controls or regulations. Rather, he's calling for you, individuals, to stop being so stupid and gullible.

It is not up to me to tell you the science; research that yourself. Do it thoroughly, the corruption and manipulation of facts is on a far greater, more shocking scale than the story I have detailed so far.

Look at the true details of the Keys' 'Seven Countries' study. How the food industry have used it to falsely demonize fats and change global policies. How we have been lied to about the relevance of calories. How the false 'crimes of cholesterol' can be simply resolved by picking up a globe and looking at the proximity to the equator of the 'Seven Countries' involved in the study.

Educate yourself and spot the lies that your trusted sources are feeding you. Alarmingly, few supposed 'experts' are free from bias. Including many learned figures who try to voice opinion on this great site. Do not ever underestimate the power of industry and the corrupting influence of money. People have vested interests and through intent, ignorance (or a dangerous combination of both), preach some unforgivable lies.

"Including many learned figures who try to voice opinion on this great site." Hmm, I wonder what lying Chubby Face he could be talking about. But let's not single out Dean "Smiley" Ornish. Dr. David Katz, MD, is an opportunistic liar pushing a guilt inducing, deprive yourself dietary regime as well.

Think of it this way: if you can get the sorts of stellar body composition and health results so many of my readers get for free, along with help from others of my readers (not to mention the many other bloggers out there doing similarly), then why do you need dishonest, self-promoting, false authorities like Ornish or Katz? You see, they are all about being perceived as authorities, smarter than you, and with exclusive access to the keys for health and longevity. They are all about complicating; making it harder, more complex, mysterious, counter-intuitive...nearly impossible -- and especially: unpleasant.

The Church has the key to Heaven, the State, to Social Standing and the Medical and Nutritional Licensees, to "Health."

They all (Church, State, Health Conglomerate) operate under a common theme and method.

  1. Guilt (sin, selfishness, gluttony - respectively)
  2. Fear (damnation, incarceration, pain and death)
  3. Reward (eternal life, authoritarian social standing, lean health)
  4. So...Sacrifice (your true animal nature, fruits of your labor, your gastronomic desires)
  5. And...Repent (confess to an authority, embrace the authoritarian political process, buy a vegetable steamer)

Then, and only then can you enter the kingdom of heaven, gain social respectability and feel superior to everyone else. But here's the fraud: none of them can deliver. Well, perhaps if you're willing to become part of the problem by becoming one of these "authorities" yourself, you can at least make a pretty decent -- though dishonest and fraudulent -- living here on Earth.

~ If you're got your shit together then there's nothing in the world wrong with being ridiculed. It's only kooks like me who ridicule the sorts of people who satisfy the three steps to total authoritarian conformity I outlined above. So with that in mind:

We once made fun of "Paleos," the "small New York subculture whose members seek good health through a selective return to the habits of their Paleolithic ancestors." But, by God, Dutch food conglomerate 'Unilever' is doing the same thing!

Unilever is the multinational food conglomerate that owns, among other brands, Ben & Jerry's and Lipton. According to the Times of London (Subscription required), Unilever has amassed a team of anthropologists, chemists and other experts to study the "average caveman's diet."

Well clearly, neither Adrian Chen nor Foster Kamer bothered to Google Paleo Diet or anything similar in order to determine that it's just a bit more than a "small New York subculture." But whatever.

Anyway, here's a link to an article describing what Unilever is up to, which truly is ridiculous. It's contradiction in terms laughable. Paleo foods already exist all over the place: meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits -- you get the idea. It's called Real Food, the exact opposite of what Unilever produces and profits from.

Now, something that comes in a package or box might could be made in such a way as to be less bad, perhaps even beneficial and nutritious -- and that's fine I might add -- but it's never going to be Paleo, Primal, Evolutionary or resemble anything from the original human diet.

And whether or not they ever come out with such products and whether or not any Paleos ever indulge in them or not, the distinction must always be clear: Paleo is Real Food and only real food; forever. always. for all time.

The Vegan Menace: Much Reflection

If I were inclined to predict the future -- an exercise in which I only indulge by observing principles, culture and history -- roughly in that order -- I'd have to give Paleo a decent shot at becoming dominant. There are many reasons for that -- probably enough to fill a book -- but I try to keep a keen eye out for other possibilities.

For sure, Paleo is definitely hitting its mark in surprising ways and what's more interesting to me is that veg*nism has had a long, long run and I simply don't see the potential groundswell for it that I do for Paleo (you had your chance: Fork. In. Done.). Call me Pollyanna, and I'll actually accept the criticism; I could be all wrong. But here's how I stack it up: it essentially comes down to a choice of living in accordance with your nature, or drinking the Cool-Aid, repenting of your dietary "sins," and taking your penance; with bonus points if it makes you sick, fat, weak, miserable or preferably, all of the above -- all the while fooling yourself into thinking you've "never felt better," like some poor wretch giving a standup testimonial at an evangelical tent revival because she's so starved for attention (and her husband left her for the organist). Anyone have a preference, at all? I note the way that culture and history have rolled along and thankfully, people have an "annoying" propensity to ultimately do the fuck as they please. Could Paleo fill in a missing thing or two for many where various veg*n doctrines and catechisms have routinely fallen short? I guess we'll see.

The gradual decline of strong religion (in a cultural and historical sense) over centuries is instructive. Upon the advent of the idea of religious freedom (your choice; none -- mine -- or go through the motions for social harmony) it likely could have been predicted -- probably was -- to much hand wringing -- that the overriding trend would be towards less and less religious influence in your everyday life. Religion for most, even for the moderately religious, has become little more than a mantle piece. That's a good thing in my assessment, but I suppose I'll keep on making fun of it even after the Hummel Humpty Dumpty is shattered into pieces -- even as some still can't bring themselves to part with it even though All the Pope's Horses and All the President's Men -- bedfellows -- can't put Humpty together again.

Yes, health has many facets and toxins exist in many places...

There are a number of things converging. You now have a plethora of Paleo-related blogs (check out the comments). Many different flavors for many kinds of folks, and that's good. Let some be quasi-religious about Paleo -- or totally agnostic: me. The point is that things are shaping up in the finest traditions of fun & freedom. How free are you with Hezbollian Veganism? And was the point of it ever about fun?

And then there's Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint and now, Robb Wolf's newly published The Paleo Solution -- already hitting its mark at The New York Times list. Granted, it's small potatoes compared to the books sold by Campbell, McDougall, Esselstyn and Ornish. And the four of them are small potatoes compared to Bible sales. And yet, is religion gaining ground in a cultural and historical way, or losing ground as already hashed out? And look how much the latter five have in common. Foremost, they share a particular method of human manipulation: guilt. Make a person feel guilty -- even and in particular: unearned -- and they're putty in your hands.

Fuck that noise, Animals.

The bright spot in all of this is that the vegans, like creationists and "Intelligent Designers," wholly lack the scientific background, mental discipline, logical consistency and a whole host of other crucial attributes (like ability to form an objective argument) to advance their cause beyond jerking off the masses ( I believe "energizing" is the pussy-PC way of putting it). Want to know what I mean? Well in any debate the creationists are generally going to spurn science when the apparent facts and evidence go agains them (usually the case) and rely upon "authority;" namely, that of some ancient, conveniently interpreted text -- from dirt scratching origins to glass & steel skyscrapers -- like The Bible. Vegans do exactly the same thing. If you have the stomach (and time) for it, see comments at Denise Minger's blog. I recently blogged about a typical example.

Speaking of Denise, she's kept busy and I'll take some liberties with the post titles which she has nothing to do with.

Had enough? Good, 'cause there's more. Remember Chris Masterjohn? He and Anthony Colpo took on The China Study way back (here and here), when it was still but a gleam in a rapist's eye -- dietary rape, that is.

Chris Masterjohn has been particularly supportive of Denise (you can see that in comments in many of the links, above). And not only in comments on her posts but in doing more digging himself. Again, I'm taking liberties with post titles.

  • T. Colin Campbell Sycophants Just Won't Die
  • T. Colin Campbell Can Be Reduced to a Single AssHolism
  • T. Colin Campbell is a Protein Deficient Rat

The last of those links was just published and served as the Sunday morning motivation to put this post together. Amazingly, what Chis shows is that way back when, Campbell recognized and scientifically showed that the diet he now advocates constitutes protein deficiency, was labeled as such, and caused all sorts of problems including cancer (in rats). And today, apparently for notoriety and a buck, he advocates for humans the exact opposite of what his studies demonstrated a few decades ago. Consequently, I'll not be softening my vitriol for that asshole anytime soon.

No; I'm not done yet, but just so we're clear, neither Denise nor Chris have anything to do with my muckraking, above. This is my sport, and I take full responsibility. As of right now, nearing the end of this draft, neither have a clue as to what's coming and I have no idea in the world what they'll think about it.

So let's wrap this up with a video that is in some ways conciliatory to the veg*ans, since I'm such a fair-minded kinda guy.

I give you the former Liar in Chief (as distinguished only by date of holding office; i.e., the "medicine man;" the closest primal analog I can think of: he's always a liar, as that's his raison d'être; we seem as yet -- qua human meta-culture -- to not have evolved past the point of needing a chief liar, the one who sets lying policy for all; seemingly, because we can't live with the harshness of reality, preferring the opium of sweet sweet lies).

Just watch the video.

That video doesn't really enrage me, believe it or not. Actually, in some queer sense, I find it pleasing. It's rather like observing children who've latched onto serious and important practical elements of getting it right going off into maturity and adulthood, while remaining frustrating all at the the same time because they've got the fundamentals all wrong and don't yet understand shitall.

"No, dear, it's not because Susie is a girl and you're supposed to treat girls nice. It's because you minded your own business, she's her own person and so you get along fine."

"No Mr. Bill Clinton, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish; it's not because the Liar in Chief followed your hocus-pocus, evolutionarily vapid medicine-man diet, it's because he cut out the very modern and recent no-food crap that gave him heart disease in the first place, you miserably myopic morons."

Alright, it's a Sunday afternoon wrap. I'll be sorely disappointed and will consider my mission failed if no one tells me in comments that this is over the top and they're not reading my blog, anymore.

09/27/2010: Just up this morning, Denise Minger on JimmyMore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb podcast.

Isn’t That the Damn Truth!

 Spotted on FailBlog the other day.

No Foods
No Foods

Tied up doing a moving sale right now, finally getting to near the end of this process. So this'll have to do, for now.

Since I saw that pic I've dumped using the term "Processed Foods" in favor of the term "No-Food "'Foods.'"

Ten-Year Raw Food Expert Chris Califano Issues You a Challenge

It began right here in a comment on an older post about T. Colin Campbell.

Chris Califano // Sep 22, 2010 at 06:27

Where is the “ample evidence” about whey protein that you mention? What are the specific studies about the benefits of animal protein that you say exist? Where is there a need in human nutrition for animal protein in Harrison’s Medical ? Or in any medical book? I am not for or against any food due to my own habits or food habits or cultural background or even family upbringing. I always, by trial and error ate what gave me the best health and physical performance-and that of my clients who I have trained and coached for 30 years. If there is a better way to eat, we do it. This is not a pissing match. We are all working together for the same end I would hope.

I replied with a specific list of seven references, courtesy of Anthony Colpo (from his original The China Study review), that dealt specifically with whey and its properties in isolation (the same way Campbell studied casein).

While Chris Califano has not yet replied to that, he did drop another comment on another post about Denise Minger's exhaustive work (PDF).

Chris Califano // Sep 22, 2010 at 08:33

T Colin Campbell only gets a fraction of the credit that he deserves. History shows that all greatness is discredited first, then accepted as gospel. The earth used to be flat…people were tortured and killed for stating that we are not at the center of the universe and so on.., you know the rest. Only those “pioneers” who REALLY were interested in furthering the health and performance of humans would leave their comfort zone and discover and then APPLY what works better long enough to even understand what this whole discussion is about. I challenge ANYONE to challenge T Colin Campbell on the fact that a whole plant based diet (not processed plant foods weak in fresh fruit or greens, or silly “vegan” or “healthy” snacks and all that mumbo jumbo in a package) produces superior health, AND athletic performance in strength, endurance and flexibility. History, numbers and thousands upon thousands of case studies do not lie. Look around you. The human body does not lie either. Just take a close look… do you dare? If you look at meat eaters long enough you will see what happens to these poor people. The only ones who survive on animal foods are those who eat very small amounts, usually less than 5% of their diet, as Campbell points out. How many people even know that even most carnivorous animals easily eat the bulk of their diet from whole plant foods? I only enjoy criticisms and arguments when they come from serious people with serious knowledge and experience. ANYone can argue. But only a stubborn few, such as Campbell, actually ADD to our knowledge and experience base…. which is quickly deteriorating … especially due to the internet. “Research” and “Metadata” and “Experience” seem to be meaningless in most cases. Please will someone (ANYONE) show some viable arguments that are backed up with equal triple reviewed metadata? Please!!!! I am so bored with those who, due to their own ideas… grasp on to arguments just for the sake of NOT leaving their “dark cave” of what they are used to…. come on, people.. leave your comfort zone just for a moment… you may discover.. God forbid! that the rewards and pleasures and REAL comfort that you get in return is more than you ever imagined.

OK, so first, who is Chris Califano? Here's his website: The First Supper. He boasts a lot of great results which I'm not going to dispute at all. I believe him and his body composition simply speaks for itself. I do note a complete lack of body composition comparisons on his testimonial page. That is certainly not to say they don't exist or that some raw vegans don't whither away as so many do, or even that it's not possible to build significant strength or lean muscle doing raw vegan "right," granting for the time being that there exists such a thing (especially considering most humans and not outliers).

I bring this up simply because he claims to have been at this for so long while guys like me and others in the Paleo community who've been blogging only a relatively short while can produce tons of body composition comparisons. Here's a few from my own "Real Results" page: Murray, Timothy, Michelle, Austin, and finally, Chris, who dumped 106 pounds of fat in six months by going Paleo.

Of course, this is just the body composition. There have also been numerous other health improvements; such as blood glucose normalization, improvement or elimination of inflammatory diseases, increases in energy and stamina, improved sleep, and the elimination of some -- or in many cases -- all prescription medications.

And it's not just here. Tons of success stories at Mark Sisson's Primal Daily Apple. And in Robb Wolf's just published "The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet," you can read what appears to be dozens of testimonials covering weight loss, strength / athletic performance, and health.

So my second issue is this. In the first comment Chris says: "I always, by trial and error ate what gave me the best health and physical performance-and that of my clients who I have trained and coached for 30 years. If there is a better way to eat, we do it. This is not a pissing match. We are all working together for the same end I would hope." Well I was prepared to believe that but go read that second comment again and tell me whether you really believe it or not.

OK, I know there are tons of things to pick at above but I chose just those two. Anyone else want to take a shot at the "CHALLENGE?"

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

I'm only a few chapters into this book but I figured, why wait? And, I've skipped ahead here and there and read bit & pieces just to see how Robb would handle them.

As I've mentioned both here on the blog and in all the interviews I've done, Art De Vany was the first guy in the Paleo realm I had contact with. Well, Robb Wolf was the second and I've been following his stuff ever since. I don't know where he took notice of me along the line, but we've exchanged emails from time to time going back a while. Then a couple of weeks ago I was pleased to have a copy of Robb's book show up. Unfortunately I couldn't dig into until yesterday but I'm breezing through it and it's hard to put down, which is saying a lot coming from me.

So who's Robb Wolf? I'm glad you asked. From his bio:

ROBB WOLF, a former research biochemist is one of the world's leading experts in Paleolithic nutrition. A student of Prof. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, Wolf has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast and wildly popular seminar series. Wolf has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, is cofounder of the nutrition and athletic training journal, The Performance Menu, co-owner of NorCal Strength & Conditioning, one of the Men's Health "top 30 gyms in America" and co-owner of Paleo Brands Inc. a paleo food company selling meals and snacks featuring grass fed meat, wild caught fish and all organic ingredients.

Wolf is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565Lb Squat, 345lb Bench, 565lb Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. He coaches athletes at the highest levels of competition and consults with Olympians and world champions in MMA, motocross, rowing and triathlon. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to various military entities including the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps.

If you've ever listened to Robb's Paleo podcasts which are simply amazing, then you'll be right at home with the style of the book. It's written in a very personal style, is super well organized, and quite light and humorous when it needs to be. It's a fun read with absolutely no compromise on the completeness of the information. However, for those who don't want the "Geek-Speak," sections in the book so-labelled, they can just skip to the part where you can do exactly what Robb tells you.

Needless to say I heartily recommend this latest addition to the growing library of current books on the Paleo lifestyle.

This is Your “Philosophy” on Drugs

I am therefore inclined to embrace the heretical conclusion that we have reason to desire the extinction of all carnivorous species.

Jeff McMahan -- professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University -- in The New York Times.

Really, such head-shaking ignorance doesn't even merit a post of this short length.