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Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« on: August 25, 2010, 08:06:49 AM »
We are unbelievably lucky to know about paleo. It will help us to have better lives and in most cases significantly longer lives as well. It kills me to see the bigoted opinions of 'experts' and people around me. I can't help but feel that I have a duty to spread the word. So I ask is there anymore we can do? I heard about Tim Ferriss author of 'the four hour work week' posted about his book on as many forums as he could. So thats what i'm doing. What can you all do?

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 08:17:53 AM »
I explained it to a vegetarian friend and a vegan I know but they're not interested in trying.  I told my family and they think it's funny and whenever they see anything about cavepeople (like a book or whatever) they buy it for me.  I explained about it to someone I know who runs weightwatchers classes and she gave me the standard rubbish about how I NEED dairy, x amount of servings of grains per day, etc, otherwise I am going to die/get osteoporosis/etc.

I have told people to try paleo but I give up.  Most people just don't want to listen.  I don't bother trying to convince them since they aren't interested, I mean if a vegan started lecturing you, would you become interested in trying veganism?  Or if a christian missionary started preaching to you, could you be converted?

The way I discovered paleo was after reading Jean M Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear.  I became wildly interested in stone age life and began researching it.  If I hadn't stumbled across that book discarded on a shelf one day, I probably still wouldn't know anything about paleo.


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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010, 09:00:33 AM »
I let my results do most of the talking for me.  I have converted over 10 people so far.  Will they stick to it????  Some will some won't.  Not my problem.  I can only lead them to fatty meat, I can't make them eat it, well except for my wife... ;)

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010, 09:16:45 AM »
Spreading our knowledge in those ways are good but I meant on a mass scale and to those who could actually make a difference to what conventional wisdom is when it comes to diet.

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2010, 11:34:30 AM »
Well, to be honest, I am not bothered enough to expend my time and energy trying to change the world.  I'll stick with paleo and enjoy the results and if anyone asks me my secret I'll tell them, but I can't really be arsed fighting the nonsense that the world believes, if people really want to believe the conventional "wisdom" about the urgent need to eat dairy, grains, etc, then let them.  If individual people really care enough about themselves they will research what they're eating and find paleo on their own.  The rest of them aren't going to change their eating habits just because we say so.

That may sound bad or selfish, but no-one I've told about paleo thus far is even remotely interested in trying it, those who want to improve their health would still rather stick with weight watchers, Rosemary conley, etc.  I'm not going to waste my breath when no-one's interested.
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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2010, 11:59:09 AM »
Some people are!!!

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2010, 04:18:40 PM »
I make websites that teach people how to get well from incurable diseases.
Paleo diet is the recommended diet.
http://www.curemanual.com is one of them.

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2010, 05:30:03 PM »
I made a little website a few years ago.........
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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2010, 01:27:20 AM »
On yahoo answers quite frequently people ask questions such as "Is eating only meat, fruit & vegetables healthy?"  and of course many people chime in with "NO, that's not healthy at all, you really need grains and dairy or you will make yourself very ill!"

I always used to answer those questions, explaining about paleo and why you don't need grains or dairy, but everyone would give my answers thumbs down and no-one would be interested in taking the advice.

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2010, 03:59:39 AM »
I'm going to post here my two cents even though I go against the flow.
I don't think we should share paleo too much, the more the people will talk about it and the more it'll become the newest most-famous fad diet, let me mention the cabbage soup diet as a good example.
Paleo is not diet, it's a way of living, most people don't want to start a different way of living, those who want and are ready will research and if they research they will also come to the paleo. But slapping it out on a newspaper? No.
What could happen?
Try to google for paleo bars, paleo snack, paleo whatever and there will come out some brands of packaged food claiming to be paleo. Yes, like cheese was. Or like nightshades were. Or like anything packaged is! What do these brands and essentially packed and processed products do to the paleo-way-of-living? Just sell it out like the lastest fad diet!!
No thanks, I prefer to keep paleo for an elite of people who got to it throught interest and research rather than selling it out to anyone.

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2010, 04:05:31 AM »
my mother is very interested - I phoned her a few days ago and suggested it for her and she's going to think about it

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2010, 05:28:28 AM »
I'm going to post here my two cents even though I go against the flow.
I don't think we should share paleo too much, the more the people will talk about it and the more it'll become the newest most-famous fad diet, let me mention the cabbage soup diet as a good example.
Paleo is not diet, it's a way of living, most people don't want to start a different way of living, those who want and are ready will research and if they research they will also come to the paleo. But slapping it out on a newspaper? No.
What could happen?
Try to google for paleo bars, paleo snack, paleo whatever and there will come out some brands of packaged food claiming to be paleo. Yes, like cheese was. Or like nightshades were. Or like anything packaged is! What do these brands and essentially packed and processed products do to the paleo-way-of-living? Just sell it out like the lastest fad diet!!
No thanks, I prefer to keep paleo for an elite of people who got to it throught interest and research rather than selling it out to anyone.

Yes but the more publicity there is the more people will research the diet, try the diet and discover that it is far superior to the SAD. It would also lead to more research being done on the diet which could potentially lead to conventional wisdom changing

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Re: Are we doing enough to share our knowledge?
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2010, 06:39:59 AM »
I don't try to convince people, but I will tell people about it if they're interested.

I think the biggest thing we can do to help people who are really interested in the actual paleo diet is to continue to be active on this site.  I've noticed quite a few new names the last couple of months who seem to be sticking around.

I prefer to keep paleo for an elite of people who got to it throught interest and research rather than selling it out to anyone.

There's some validity to that approach, too.  I wouldn't want so many people going paleo that grass fed beef becomes even more expensive, for example.