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.
- The T. Colin Campbell Smackdown, an Addendum
- The Formal T. Colin Campbell Smackdown Because Habitual Liars Don't Know When They're Done
- The Wheat Connection: A T. Colin Campbell Smackdown For Just In Case You Didn't Know That in Terms of Fact Interpretation, Campbell is as Loose as a Two Bit Whore
- The Total Liar-Fuckhead Smackdown: Teresa T. Fung, ScD; Rob M. van Dam, PhD; Susan E. Hankinson, ScD; Meir Stampfer, MD, DrPH; Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH; and Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD. And let's not forget that fat-faced, rosy-cheeked make-up-less clown of the "Chubby Faced Diet" himself, Dean "Smiley" Ornish
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.