original human diet good for diabetes

Posted July 5, 2008 by SL
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Article from Staffan Lindeberg

The original human diet is good for people with diabetes
Lindeberg, S, Jönsson, T, Granfeldt, Y, Borgstrand, E, Soffman, J, Sjöström, K, and Ahrén, B. A Palaeolithic diet improves glucose tolerance more than a Mediterranean-like diet in individuals with ischaemic heart disease. Diabetologia, 2007; In press: http://www.springerlink.com/content/h7628r66r0552222
In a clinical study, we compared 14 patients who were advised to consume an ‘ancient’ (Paleolithic, ‘Old stone Age’) diet for three months with 15 patients who were recommended to follow a Mediterranean-like prudent diet with whole-grain cereals, low-fat dairy products, fruit, vegetables and refined fats generally considered healthy. All patients had increased blood sugar after carbohydrate intake (glucose intolerance), and most of them had overt diabetes type 2. In addition, all had been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Patients in the Paleolithic group were recommended to eat lean meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, root vegetables and nuts, and to avoid grains, dairy foods and salt.
The main result was that the blood sugar rise in response to carbohydrate intake was markedly lower after 12 weeks in the Paleolithic group (–26%), while it barely changed in the Mediterranean group (–7%). At the end of the study, all patients in the Paleolithic group had normal blood glucose.
The improved glucose tolerance in the Paleolithic group was unrelated to changes in weight or waist circumference, although waist decreased slightly more in that group. Hence, the research group concludes that something more than caloric intake and weight loss was responsible for the improved handling of dietary carbohydrate. The main difference between the groups was a much lower intake of grains and dairy products and a higher fruit intake in the Paleolithic group. Bioactive substances in grains (e.g. wheat lectin) and dairy products (e.g. casein) have been shown to interfere with the metabolism of carbohydrates and fat in various studies.
If you want to prevent or treat diabetes type 2, it may be more efficient to avoid some of our modern foods than to count calories or carbohydrate >>.
This is the first controlled study of a Paleolithic diet in humans.

Blood on the Saddle

Posted April 25, 2008 by SL
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I was 'rear-ended' by a car while out cycling recently (on 5th April).

A friend (Karl) asked me what my injuries were. I gave a brief run-down,
including the blood that ran from a deep gash below my knee.

(The bloodstains are still there 3 weeks later. What staying power!)

He then launched into the lyrics from a cowboy song, two versions of which
appear below.

I got a good laugh out of it.

BLOOD ON THE SADDLE – <http://lonehand.com/cowboy_songs.htm#Blood on the

There's blood on the saddle and blood on the ground,
And a great great big puddle of blood all around;
A cowboy lay in it all covered with gore
And he never will ride any broncos no more.

Oh, pity the cowboy all gory and red,
A bronco fell on him and bashed in his head.
There was blood on the saddle and blood on the ground,
A great big puddle of blood all around.

BLOOD ON THE SADDLE – <http://www.kancoll.org/khq/1939/39_1_hull.htm> [46

There's b-lood on the saddle,
There's b-lood all around.
And a great big puddle
Of blood on the ground.

Oh, pity the cowboy,
So bloody and red.
His pony fell on him,
And mashed in his head.


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Latest study on diet and acne

Posted April 25, 2008 by SL
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Some recent correspondence. (I don’t have acne, but this will be of interest to those who do).

“On 25/04/2008, at 4:57 AM, Wiley Long – Dietary Cure for Acne wrote:

A study was published in the April issue of the Journal of Dermatological Science looking at the composition of skin oil, and how it is affected by diet: The effect of a low glycemic load diet on acne vulgaris and the fatty acid composition of skin surface triglycerides.

What the researchers wanted to know was how the oil composition would be changed by a low-glycemic diet. They also measured “sebum outflow”, or how much oil the skin was producing on the different diets. A low glycemic diet somewhat similar to that recommended in The Dietary Cure for Acne was given to 31 subjects, for 12 weeks, and compared to those eating a normal high-glycemic diet.

Here’s what they found: the subjects on the low-glycemic diet had a lower amount of mono-unsaturated fatty acids compared to saturated fatty acids in the oil on their skin, than did the subjects eating the high-glycemic diet.

More importantly, their skin produced less oil, and they had less zits!

If you’ve been following the program, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you.

P.S. – Through our website, you can also access the DVD, along with previous issues of The Paleo Diet Newsletter.

Wiley Long
Business Director
Paleo Diet Enterprises LLC
2261 Shawnee Ct, Suite 101
Ft. Collins Co 80525


Below is my ‘Amazon’ review on Prof. Cordain’s book, ‘The Dietary Cure for Acne’

Ground-breaking book based on solid science, April 11, 2008


By Steve L (Australia) –

The Dietary Cure for Acne

Having a scientific background (I am a veterinarian), I tend to read popular books on nutrition with a jaundiced eye. Happily this book – along with its companion volumes – The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet for Athletes – is refreshingly different.

Firstly Professor Cordain is a well known scientist and researcher with a proven track record in peer-reviewed scientific literature. His work is regularly reviewed by the top experts in the relevant fields.

Secondly, Dr Cordain argues his case well and backs it up with solid evidence, as opposed to pseudo-science and flimsy conjecture.

Science of course is always evolving. Some conventional scientific wisdom is based on a faulty foundation. The conventional wisdom on diet and acne appears to be a case in point. When a better theory comes along, it initially meets resistance. Science, after all is done, by human beings. And the new theory has to be well and truly tested.

In my opinion, The Dietary Cure for Acne has a much stronger scientific foundation than the conventional wisdom that diet has little or no effect on acne. But, if you are an acne sufferer, what do you have to lose? Give the ‘The Dietary Cure’ a go for at least 4-6 weeks. At worst you will have gained nothing. More likely you will be overjoyed that you decided to test the theory for yourself.

One of my children suffered with severe acne – and the recommended treatments – to little avail. The scars remain. I wish I had known about the approach outlined in ‘The Dietary Cure’ 20 years ago.

Get the book; give it a go. And, if you think it is just about acne, you are in for even more (pleasant) surprises.

Steve L -AUS

Paleo Diet Newsletter 4. 2: Whole Wheat Heart Attack, Part 2

Posted March 22, 2008 by SL
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Recent news from thepaleodiet.com:

“The latest issue of The Paleo Diet Newsletter is available at http://www.thepaleodiet.com/newsletter/back_issues.shtml. Once again we are proud to present some ground-breaking, scientifically documented, and practical information that you will not find anywhere else. This time we continue last month’s discussion on Dietary Lectins: An Unrecognized Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease. Read it and apply it – it might save your life.
We also talk about protein and sarcopenia; grains, milk, and the risk of kidney cancer; and what the science says about berries and cardiovascular disease. Also, we have a terrific testimonial from an athlete who follows The Paleo Diet for Athletes.
As a reminder, Dr. Cordain will be giving a presentation at The Healing Journey 2008 seminar held in Boulder, Colorado on April 26, titled The Potential Therapeutic Characteristics of Pre-Agricultural Diets in the Prevention and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. For more information or to sign up to attend, go to www.CrayhonResearch.com.
Also, you may have noticed that the feature article on the Wikipedia home page for March 20th was the Paleolithic-style diet. Eventually most health-conscious people will understand that for optimum health and performance they should eat the diet that we evolved to eat. In the mean time, you’ve got the inside scoop. Enjoy!”

Emil Zátopek

Posted March 17, 2008 by SL
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Emil Zátopek – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Emil Zátopek

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Olympic medalist
Emil Zátopek
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Olympic Games
Pierre de Coubertin medal 2000
Gold 1948 London 10000 metres
Gold 1952 Helsinki 5000 metres
Gold 1952 Helsinki 10000 metres
Gold 1952 Helsinki Marathon
Silver 1948 London 5000 metres
European Championships
Gold 1950 Brussels 5000 m
Gold 1950 Brussels 10000 m
Bronze 1954 Bern 5000 m
Gold 1954 Bern 10000 m

Emil Zátopek (pronounced [ˈɛmɪl ˈzaːtopɛk] (help·info)) (September 19, 1922November 22, 2000) was a Czech athlete probably best known for his amazing feat of winning three gold medals in athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5 km and 10 km runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life.

Zátopek was the first athlete to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10 km run (in 1954). Three years earlier, in 1951, he had broken the hour for running 20 km. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his brutal training methods.


Early years

Emil Zátopek was born in Kopřivnice, Czechoslovakia on September 19, 1922, as the sixth child of a modest family. When Zatopek was 16, he began working in a shoe factory in Zlín. Zatopek says that "One day, the factory sports coach, who was very strict, pointed at four boys, including me, and ordered us to run in a race. I protested that I was weak and not fit to run, but the coach sent me for a physical examination, and the doctor said that I was perfectly well. So I had to run, and when I got started, I felt I wanted to win. But I only came in second. That was the way it started." [1] Zatopek finished second out of the field of 100. After that point, he began to take a serious interest in running.

A mere four years later, in 1944, Emil broke the Czech records for 2,000, 3,000, and 5,000 meters. He was selected for the Czech national team for the 1946 European Championships. He finished fifth in the 5K, breaking his own Czech record of 14:50.2, running 14:25.8.


Zátopek (right) running in 5 km in 1952 Olympics.

Zátopek (right) running in 5 km in 1952 Olympics.

Zátopek first entered the international athletics field at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, winning the 10 km (his second race at that distance) and finishing second behind Gaston Reiff from Belgium in the 5 km.

The following year Zátopek broke the 10 km world record twice, and went on to better his own record three times over the next four seasons. He also set records in the 5 km (1954), 20 km (twice in 1951), one-hour run (twice in 1951), 25 km (1952 and 1955), and 30 km (1952).

He won the 5 km and 10 km at the 1950 European Championships and the 10 km at the next European Championships. Two weeks before the 1956 Summer Olympics, Zátopek had a hernia operation, but nevertheless finished sixth in the Olympic marathon. Zátopek retired from athletics after the next season.

At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki Zatopek won gold in the 5 km and 10 km runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the marathon for the first time in his life and won. He also broke the existing Olympic record in each of the three events. His victory in the 5 km came after a ferocious last lap in 57.5 seconds, during which he went from fourth place to first while Christopher Chataway, now second after being overtaken by Zátopek, tripped on the curb and fell.

Zátopek's running style was distinctive and very much at odds with what was considered to be an efficient style at the time. His head would often roll, face contorted with effort, while his torso swung from side to side. He often wheezed and panted audibly while running, which earned him the nickname of "the Czech Locomotive." When asked about his tortured facial expressions, Zátopek is said to have replied that "It isn't gymnastics or ice-skating, you know." In addition he would train in any weather, including snow, and would often do so while wearing heavy work boots as opposed to special running shoes. He was always willing to give advice to other runners. One example he often gave was to always be relaxed and to help ensure that while running, gently touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your index or middle finger. Just making that slight contact would ensure that arms and shoulders remained relaxed.

Grave of Emil Zátopek in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm

Grave of Emil Zátopek in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm

Later years

A hero in his native country, Zátopek was an influential figure in the Communist Party. However, he supported the party's democratic wing, and after the Prague Spring, he was removed from all important positions and forced to work in a uranium mine as punishment. Zátopek died in Prague, after a long illness, in 2000 at the age of 78. He was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal posthumously in December 2000.

Family life

His wife Dana Zátopková (born the same day as her husband) was an outstanding athlete in her own right in the javelin throw. She won the gold medal in the javelin in the 1952 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics.


  • "Essentially, we distinguish ourselves from the rest. If you want to win something, run the 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon."
  • "I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time."
  • "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys."
  • Upon winning: "But it was the finest exhaustion I've ever felt."


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Olympic Champions in the Men's 5,000 metres

1912: Hannes Kolehmainen • 1920: Joseph Guillemot • 1924: Paavo Nurmi • 1928: Ville Ritola • 1932: Lauri Lehtinen • 1936: Gunnar Höckert • 1948: Gaston Reiff • 1952: Emil Zátopek • 1956: Vladimir Kuts • 1960: Murray Halberg • 1964: Bob Schul • 1968: Mohammed Gammoudi • 1972: Lasse Virén • 1976: Lasse Virén • 1980: Miruts Yifter • 1984: Saïd Aouita • 1988: John Ngugi • 1992: Dieter Baumann • 1996: Vénuste Niyongabo • 2000: Millon Wolde • 2004: Hicham El Guerrouj

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Olympic Champions in the Men's 5 miles and 10,000 metres

As five miles 1906: Henry Hawtrey • 1908: Emil Voigt
As 10,000 metres 1912: Hannes Kolehmainen • 1920: Paavo Nurmi • 1924: Ville Ritola • 1928: Paavo Nurmi • 1932: Janusz Kusociński • 1936: Ilmari Salminen • 1948:  Emil Zátopek • 1952:  Emil Zátopek • 1956: Vladimir Kuts • 1960: Pyotr Bolotnikov • 1964: Billy Mills • 1968: Naftali Temu • 1972: Lasse Virén • 1976: Lasse Virén  • 1980: Miruts Yifter • 1984: Alberto Cova • 1988: Brahim Boutayeb • 1992: Khalid Skah • 1996: Haile Gebrselassie • 2000: Haile Gebrselassie • 2004: Kenenisa Bekele

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Olympic Champions in Men's Marathon

1896: Spiridon Louis • 1900: Michel Théato • 1904: Thomas J. Hicks • 1906: William Sherring • 1908: Johnny Hayes • 1912: Kenneth McArthur • 1920: Hannes Kolehmainen • 1924: Albin Stenroos • 1928: Boughera El Ouafi • 1932: Juan Carlos Zabala • 1936: Sohn Kee-chung • 1948: Delfo Cabrera • 1952: Emil Zátopek • 1956: Alain Mimoun • 1960: Abebe Bikila • 1964: Abebe Bikila • 1968: Mamo Wolde • 1972: Frank Shorter • 1976: Waldemar Cierpinski • 1980: Waldemar Cierpinski • 1984: Carlos Lopes • 1988: Gelindo Bordin • 1992: Hwang Young-Cho • 1996: Josia Thugwane • 2000: Gezahegne Abera • 2004: Stefano Baldini
Preceded by
Flag of Finland Viljo Heino
Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
June 11, 1949September 1, 1949
Succeeded by
Flag of Finland Viljo Heino
Preceded by
Flag of Finland Viljo Heino
Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
October 22, 1949July 15, 1956
Succeeded by
Flag of Hungary Sándor Iharos

The paleolithic way of eating : not just another fad diet

Posted March 17, 2008 by SL
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Paleolithic Diets, The Paleo Diet Book, The Paleolithic Prescription, Syndrome X: “Praise for The Paleo Diet

‘Dr. Loren Cordain, a highly respected, innovative investigator, has clearly articulated an approach to nutrition that is logically compelling, readily understood, and at the cutting edge of health science. Dr. Loren Cordain’s original insights, encyclopedic knowledge, and painstaking research have made critical contributions…. Not all scientists can translate their concepts into a straightforward, accessible format, but Cordain has accomplished this feat brilliantly.’

-S. Boyd Eaton, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Emory University; former Medical Director, Olympic Village Polyclinic, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (considered the godfather of the Paleolithic nutrition movement)

‘The Paleo Diet is at once revolutionary and intuitive…. Its prescription provides without a doubt the most nutritious diet on the planet. Beautifully written, The Paleo Diet takes us from the theory to the day-to-day practice of the native human diet.’

-Jennie Brand-Miller, Ph.D. Co-author of the bestselling The Glucose Revolution and The Glucose Revolution Life Plan; Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Sydney

The Paleo Diet Newsletter – latest issue: Cardiovascular Disease

Posted February 17, 2008 by SL
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The Paleo Diet Newsletter, Diet and Health, Fitness, Recipe of the Month, Success Story

Highlights of this issue:

Dietary Lectins: An Unrecognized Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease