Debate: Is The Paleo Diet Right For You? (Guyenet vs. McDougall)

I’m moving this up to the top now that the event is over and a few recaps are available. Stephen Guyenet posted his Thoughts On The McDougall Advanced Study Weekend (ASW) on his site, and an attendee of the ASW, Jim, posted a recap of Saturday’s talks on McDougall’s Forum.

Dr. McDougall is hosting a debate between himself and Stephan Guyenet (author of Whole Health Source) this Saturday:


Guyenet is one speaker at McDougall’s Advanced Study Weekend, part of a lineup that includes Neal Barnard, Dean Ornish, Gary Null, John Mackey (CEO Whole Foods), Doug Lisle, and others.

6 thoughts on “Debate: Is The Paleo Diet Right For You? (Guyenet vs. McDougall)

    1. Bix Post author

      Guyenet’s presentation on insulin is on Sunday morning, not Saturday. McDougall is referencing Saturday evening’s panel discussion. I had purposely linked to the page that directs to the schedule of events to make this clear.


    1. Bix Post author

      Thank you for this link. Looks like a good read.

      You know, I think there are elements of the Paleo diet that are good. A big one is that it shuns processed food. Overly refined, highly sweetened, lots of stale oxidized oil … the stuff just isn’t healthy. But they don’t eat a lot of great food … no grains, beans, legumes, potatoes. And the meat they do eat has to be raised outside of a factory farm, preferably wild-caught, so it hasn’t been exposed to the pesticide-ridden, genetically-engineered corn and soy that livestock are fed, as well as drugs. I think it’s a hard diet to eat.


  1. Bix Post author

    From Guyenet’s recap:

    “If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to choose between the McDougall diet and the Atkins diet for the rest of my life, I’d probably choose the McDougall diet. Most of the people I met seem to be aging gracefully on the McDougall diet, and I still feel there are questions to be answered about the long-term health impacts of Atkins-type diets.”

    He also said that most of the attendees at McDougall’s conference appeared to be older, “in their 60s.” I’ve observed this too.



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