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Updated 18/5/11

There are some tremendous sites on the internet; it’s just a case of finding them. Here’s a list of some of my favourites, roughly in order I found them. You may notice a leaning towards Paleo style bloggers (that’s the caveman, hunter-gatherer, back to our basics way of eating), not because I believe Paleo is the only way – it’s perfectly possible to be vegetarian and healthy – but because it's difficult to argue with the core principle that this is what we used to eat, now make a case for changing it. And if you were looking for a ready made diet, hunter-gatherer style is a great place to start.

NB - let me know of obvious ones I've missed!


Paleo diet: The most recent advocate of non-grain based diets, Lauren Cordain is associated with starting the Primal diet. His work is significant, building upon the work of Walter Voegtlin who pretty much started the concept of hunter-gatherer diets back in the 1970s.
Mark's Daily Apple: Common sense nutrition and living from Mark Sisson, which means that it might look mostly unorthodox to those conditioned to thinking that the food pyramid has our best interests at heart.
Robb Wolf : Biochemistry background, mixed with a Paleo outlook and an athletic mindset make Rob a man to be listened to. He has a deep understanding of nutrition mixed with an easy-going style. Recommended.
Raw Food Sos : If anyone can do a better job of analysing the stats from the China Project, I’ll eat baguettes for all my days. Fantastic.
Free the Animal : Another Paleo style blog, but as down to earth and real as you’ll ever see. Refreshing.
Celiac.com : Phenomenal collection of writing about celiac. As you’ll see over the coming months, I don’t consider gluten intolerance all that rare.
Livin la vida low carb: Awful pun, great site. Plenty of interviews with fascinating people, from athletes to medical professionals.
Arthur Devany:  If you get to your 70s and you’re still running around like Arthur, he may be able to hand over his bragging rights. Till then…
Whole Health Source:  Really understated blog, but with very incisive posts. Contains the kind of original content that  lazy journalists use for research, rewrite and spin it out as their own.
Relieve my pain: A new favourite blog, Lori has personally tackled seemingly just about every area of nutrition with an open mind but with rigorous research.
Spark of reason: Very similar to Whole Health Source. More scientific than most blogs with an encyclopaedic knowledge of nutrition. Very sharp.
Dr Briffa: Medically trained practicing doctor with an astute and no nonsense blog covering a lot of diet-related advice.
Hunt Gather Love: Melissa McEwen's entertaining blog that's single-handedly driving New York's love of red meat.
Heart Scan Blog: Dr Davis with a heavy focus on scientific proof not wot I learnt down the pub innit?
Daily Lipid: Chris Masterjohn's detailed look at all things Paleo
Hunter Gatherer: Currently leading the charge to get everyone to take a month off grain. Here here John Durant.
Evolvify: What happens if you extend the ideas of Paleo into your entire life?
Perfect Health Diet: They're both scientists, they're both thorough and Paul Jaminet managed to cure his own illnesses through diet.
Malpaz: Personal blog about her forays into diet and exercise. Six-packs galore.
PaNu: Scientific bent to nutrition, exercise and life. A high brow blog I've noticed gets filtered down to the mainstream pretty quickly. Kind of like the Reuters of nutrition.
Anthony Colpo: Never let it be said they're all low-carb paleo types on here. Sustains a level of rage that's exhausting but none-the-less, he's thorough
Dr Eades: By accident rather than by design, I missed this one. Famous low-carb doctor
Gnolls.org: Wrote the starkest description of Paleo ever fashioned in one sentence: Eat like a hunter, not like prey
Primal Parent: So you're sold on low grains, low sugar diet, but how do you convince your kids to do the same?
Everyday Paleo: Exactly as it says - heavy on recipes for everyday paleo


Nutrition data: Does what it says on the tin
WHFoods : The guy is oranger than David Dickenson, but it’s an incredibly comprehensive site.
US library of medicine: It’s a library. Of medicine.
Science Direct : Useful resource of countless medical studies
British Medical Journal : Research and latest thinking from one of the most respected bodies of information in science. In particular, http://gut.bmj.com/ is useful for gallstone-related information.

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  1. I’d like to concur with all of the above, and add one more….yours!
    I’ve only just stumbled on your site, and am so impressed. Keep up the great work (i’d love to get involved) and good luck with the gallstones :-)

  2. Thank you Mike. I’ve found it very refreshing reading your research and theories. Keep up the good work.
    I’ve had a few bad gallbladder attacks with only sludge showing on the ultrasound and then vomitting bouts every two months for the best part of a year. Mid-thirties, not overweight, but genetically predisposed. I’ve tried a very low/no fat diet which stopped the vomitting bouts but still had discomfort. After increasing the fat a little and exercising a lot I had another vommiting bout. Gallstones had formed in about 8months and because of the risks of pancreatitis from small stones I had my gallbladder removed. Three weeks later now and I’m still in complete confusion as to what I should be eating to look after my liver (and prevent liver stones) and how to prevent toxic bile. I completely agree that cholesysectomies may possibly rid one of some of the symptoms, but not the cause. If I ignore this I think it could have repercussions later. Have scared myself stupid reading all the long term risks of not having a gallbladder, but was more terrified of the pancreatitis risks of keeping it. I now suspect dehydration’s concentrated my bile salts and been a factor in my toxic bile vomitting attacks pre surgery. Will let you know what I find out and wish you all the very best in working out fact from fiction and with your stones. Dee

    • Cheers Dee. Sounds like you did the right thing in getting surgery. I know a lot of the scaremongering BS floating around about gall/liver stones, but I wouldn’t read too much into it – most of it seems to have originated from Hulda Clarke – the batty crank who insisted wiring everyone up to the mains was the cure for just about anything. Most people don’t have repercussions from what I can tell. I’m just far more stubborn than most ;)

  3. Wanted to ask, when you wrote “Dammit the low-carb Paleo types were right all along, how does this comment relect a change in your position? I understand that your blog (which is excellent btw) is an record of a learing process, and I wondered whether your position shifted from just-eat-real-unrefined-food to keep-the-carbs-low? Did you chuck out Potatoes and Rice in the final analysis?

    I wasn’t sure which page was the final conclusion to your investigations…

    • Hi Oliver, only for weight loss. There were some people right up front who said that starches make them fat and I couldn’t fathom it out. Ireland managed for a century living off milk and potatoes and they never got fat, rice is the staple of the East etc etc. But… what I didn’t figure is that once gut flora is changed and people put on weight, starches can make a big difference.

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