Metabolic Typing and Paleo
Based on Dr. Weston Price’s work, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and their Effects” and the subsequent book by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey, “The Metabolic Typing Diet”, this would suggest that although the Neolithic diet has not been around as long as the Paleolithic diet, it would appear that sufficient adaptations and genomic expressions have been made that consumption of some grains and dairy have a positive effect for certain people. The Paleo Diet seems to conflict with the diets of even continental neighbors like the African Masai and Bantu tribes who eat vastly different diets but both are considered very healthy and without “Western” diseases. The Masai tribe thrives on cattle milk and blood; no grains, vegetables or fruits. The Bantu tribe is a very low fat diet, like what is advocated today because of their nonexistent coronary artery disease (“Live Longer Now” by Nathan Pritkin). Although I am fascinated by the successes noted by individuals like Professor De Vany while on a Paleo diet, what are your thoughts for athletes who wish to peak perform? Is a Paleo diet right for everyone and am I just missing the boat on this? Is Metabolic Typing just out of date science or worse yet, junk science?