New York Paleos in the News (again)

Got an email from a publicist for Babelgum today. Here’s what she had to say.

New Age Meets Stone Age – Cavemen! – Offbeat Episode Comes to Vice Versus, The Original Weekly Urban Culture Series on Babelgum’s Metropolis Channel

Do chicken’s hearts, bone marrow and plenty of meat sound like your ideal dinner party fare? Then this group of New York City hunter-gatherers could be right up your street.

The latest episode of Babelgum’s weekly look at offbeat underground trends, Vice Versus, profiles this tribe of paleo dieters which has grown to more than 300 members since its founding in July 2009. The group believes in living according to ancient human principles by taking an evolutionary approach to health and fitness. These cavemen-like practitioners try to mimic the types of foods that humans would eat in the wild, which they see as the types of foods to which our bodies are naturally adapted.

Though there is one tribal chieftain of the New York paleo diet group, any member of the group may take the lead at any time to guide it to the next meat centric BBQ, icy swim in the ocean or simple caveman cooking class. It is at these paleo cooking soirees where Babelgum viewers learn to make a particularly delicious appetizer, full of minerals but made with one key beastly ingredient, chicken hearts. Though these kinds of recipes give non-Paleo’s a great starting point at eating organ meats, it is not the only thing that defines one’s primal side. Paleo’s also view themselves as being apart of a tight community that takes pride in trying to live as close to human nature as possible.

Every Tuesday, Vice Versus takes Babelgum viewers to another of the world’s major cities to unearth the strangest, weirdest and most exciting underground scenes and cultures (available at Vice Versus is the first VICE production for Metropolis, the Babelgum channel dedicated to urban culture, art, design and fashion. Check out the action via below links to this original Babelgum series.

You can watch the 4 minute video at this link or the embedded version below. And watch for the familiar faces of John Durant from his new blog, Hunter-Gatherer, and Melissa McEwan from Hunt.Gather.Love.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. John Durant on May 20, 2010 at 16:29

    They really wanted me to be the “tribal chieftain”. I tried to explain to them that I started the group, but that I wasn’t the “chieftain”. The explanation that hunter-gatherer tribes tended to be pretty un-hierarchical was lost on them.

    For a little background on the tanning salon stuff, see these posts:


    • Chad on May 22, 2010 at 20:56

      They punk’d you big time with the tanning bed shot.

  2. Melissa McEwEn on May 20, 2010 at 16:38


    Hehe, I thought this wouldn’t get out there for awhile. It’s kind of a confusing piece really. I makes it seem like the paleo diet is about living with roommates, eating hearts, tanning, and running around without a shirt.

    • marc on May 20, 2010 at 17:27

      i think that was what they intended: taking a rather humorous tongue-in-cheek perspective to paleo lifestyle. …i like the piece anyway.

      • marc on May 20, 2010 at 17:38

        much the same like when john was on colbert. …but it gets peoples attention and they can decide for themselves wether there is something to these ideas.

      • mike on May 23, 2010 at 10:25

        wait I thought it was about eating hearts, running around with out a shirt on and being really really ridiculously good looking.

  3. Jamie on May 20, 2010 at 17:44

    As someone who has taken the red pill, I enjoyed that piece. But I really wonder how well, for people outside the rabbit hole looking in, these ‘freak show’ type of views really extol the virtues of primal living?

  4. anand srivastava on May 20, 2010 at 23:45

    It is said that no publicity is bad publicity.
    It would get easier if people just know that there is a Caveman diet.
    If they see great changes in you, and they know that others are also using it, then that might have a more impact than, them seeing only you as the one wierd guy in the world.

    We are only in the second phase of our revolution. Let the ridicule hang on pretty thick.
    I would say help it increase further.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

  5. Aaron Curl on May 21, 2010 at 03:52

    Yah….media sure can skew things. They make it look like you are all a bunch of weirdos. Oh well, my friends think I am a freak when I eat bone marrow…..I pull up my shirt and flex my abs…..” see this….this is what sat. fat does, enjoy your healthy cheerios and the spare tire around your waist, whos laughing now”….lol. I feel better now.

  6. Ned Kock on May 21, 2010 at 06:42

    John, “shaman” might have been more natural than “chieftan”:

  7. Bubba29 on May 21, 2010 at 06:58

    interesting piece. unfortunately as has been said, it may be seen as freakish by many not in the know. i would love to see a real documentary with some of the drs. like eades, davis, guyenet, harris, etc. have them talk clinically about the reasons why paleo is the only way to go. also have real world examples such as sisson, nikoley, and durant talk about their success.

    maybe then the public would take this seriously. oh well, i guess john durant is helping to get this movement in the public eye more and more. it’s got to start somewhere.

    i try to be as modest and non pushy as i can about being paleo. everyone around me is getting sicker and fatter. yet for the last 3 years i have been paleo, i rarely get sick and i just don’t get fat. all this despite exercising very sparingly (i know, not very paleo). i really am not sure what it will take for america to change it’s ways. people cannot bare the thought of not consuming their sugar and grains. oh yeah, and they have to stay away from that red meat because that’s gonna kill ’em.

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