ReasonTV's Sunday Yak Show Counter-Programing: The Paleo Manifesto Author John Durant

It's once again time to ignore the regular Sunday morning yak-fests with a long-form ReasonTV video from our archive. Here is a recent interview with John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health.

The original text from the Dec. 11, 2013 release is below: 

"When I'm talking to a libertarian and I make the point that the USDA food pyramid is not god's truth, they're like, 'Oh, right, of course it isn't,' says John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health. "It doesn't require a lot of persuasion that the official guidelines on diet are wrong."

Durant's book tells the story of how he discovered his inner hunter-gatherer, and it offers practical guidelines for how to transition to the meat-heavy low-carb diet favored by our Paleolithic ancestors—and a surprising number of libertarians.
Durant, who blogs at HunterGatherer.com and is also a proponent of barefoot jogging, was interviewed by the New York Times' John Tierney on December 4, 2013 at an event held at New York City's Museum of Sex, which was sponsored by the Reason Foundation.
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  • General Butt Naked||

    But is he free to gambol?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Say that three times in front of the mirror and turn around. I dare you.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Bloody Mary, Free to Gambol, Bloody Mary, Free to Gambol, Blood...

    ...ladies and gentlemen you are now free to gambol without impediment from the libertarian city state.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    I'm about a quarter of the way through his book. It's been a good read. Not exactly a diet and nutrition book so far, which is a good thing, but he is clearly laying the ground work toward a section like that.

    Love the story about research done on gorillas at the Cleveland Zoo. They have complete strangers who --on the basis of zero observations-- are telling them they can't possibly be right.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Gorillas?

  • Spiny Norman||

    Gorillae.

  • GILMORE||

    Gorilli

  • GILMORE||

    Then you have like, a group of really small gorilla, which is Gorillitti

    They go great tossed with lemon, oil and fresh basil.

  • GILMORE||

    Then you have like, a group of really small gorilla, which is Gorillitti

    They go great tossed with lemon, oil and fresh basil.

  • GILMORE||

    Then you have like, a group of really small gorilla, which is Gorilletti

    (which go great tossed with lemon, oil and fresh basil)

    A really nasty gorilla is totally Gorillazzo.

  • GILMORE||

    Shit, Shit, and Shit

  • MSimon||

    The elite are Gorillarati.

  • VG Zaytsev||

  • Lady Bertrum||

    The NSA's response is so arrogant, at this point, they're daring congress to go after them.

  • Count Negroni||

    Just let the members know that, if their search history "accidentally" got vacuumed up with the metadata, it would be a shame if Snowden had taken that, as well, and let it leak out to the press.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    All of us should be concerned that our metadata could be gathered and leaked to someone looking to damage us for whatever reason - politicians in particular. The potential for abuse is astonishing.

  • Nazdrakke||

    I've studied history for many years as a hobby and have numerous times wondered about the thoughts and feelings of the normal citizens of countries that evolved into authoritarian regimes and can't help but feel that I won't need to wonder about that question much longer. If my great-grandfather, who fled the Bolshevik revolution to bring his family out of that kind of darkness, were still alive I think he'd feel like the butt of the biggest practical joke ever.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    I've been thinking of totalitarian regimes in that past and the way that they've always used terrorism as an justification for clamping down on their subjects.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Meh. COngress will simply pass a law making themselves exempt.

  • Nazdrakke||

    I'm sure that would do the trick.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    President scolds Congress over expiration of unemployment benefits. It's not a "temporary lifeline" if it lasts forever, you dumb cunt.

  • Nazdrakke||

    Well, it's only temporary until the Socialist Rapture arrives and saves us all from the wicked machinations of the Koch bros and the other "rich" people who refuse to do their civic duty and donate to the Democratic party, pay people a living wage, fork over whatever taxes are required of them, and support left-wing causes to be granted absolution of their original sin of productivity outside the norm.

  • Mike M.||

    The Cloward-Piven president knows that.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    It's not a "temporary lifeline" if it lasts forever, you dumb cunt.

    It only needs to last until Barack and the poggies banish greed and the desire for profit.

  • Doggie in the Window||

    Brooks yells at TV, transcribes yelling for our viewing pleasure.

  • Sevo||

    If we're not careful there won't be any more starving black and brown people to look authentic:
    "Efforts to curb unbridled growth that's killing the planet"
    [...]
    "ecologist Gretchen Daily, who is at the forefront of efforts across the world to incorporate "natural capital," the value of such things as water, topsoil and genetic diversity that nature provides, into economic decision making."
    [...]
    "Everybody basically understands why we need to change our ways," she said."
    Just one watermellon non-sequitor after the other.
    http://www.sfgate.com/science/.....114760.php

  • cavalier973||

  • Count Negroni||

  • Cabeza de Vaca||

    There was a documentary that came out 1 or 2 years after Super Size Me. I can't remember what it was called, but the guy only ate Mc Donald's for every meal for 30 days like Morgan Spurlock. Except he didn't drink soda, only coffe or water. His overall health also improved. He also showed that Morgan Spurlock had to be lying about several things in Super Size Me.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Fat Head, Tom Naughton, who is a libertarian.

    He tried to get Spurlock to release his eating menu, as Tom found some of claims simply outrageous, but he refused. Naughton ate at a variety of fast food joint, but kept his calories under 2000 a day and notably had water or ice tea to drink. Improved his health scores, lost weight, etc.

  • Irish||

    Naughton ate at a variety of fast food joint, but kept his calories under 2000 a day and notably had water or ice tea to drink. Improved his health scores, lost weight, etc.

    That's the big one. The food product that's been found to have the highest correlation with obesity is soda. Spurlock had coke with almost every meal, and it never occurred to him that there was no need for anyone to drink three supersized cokes a day.

  • Snark Plissken||

    and it never occurred to him that there was no need for anyone to drink three supersized cokes a day.

    He was trying to eat the most insane amount of calories that he could, as the point was to demonize McDs as the worst thing ever. It worked and made him a star and no one questioned it or asked him to release his menus other than Naughton.

    But yes, soda is a big one. Even diet soda can have an insulogenic effect as the body has learned to associate sweetness with sugar.

  • MJGreen||

    And didn't Supersize Me get McDonalds to end the supersize option? As if people supersize every god damn meal like Spurlock did.

    That might be the most offensive part of that movie. He pledges to always supersize the meal when the cashier asks, as if the lemmings who eat at McDonalds can't ever say no. But I guess it goes along with the lefty belief that the lower classes are incapable of resisting any advertising.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Did they? Yeah that's pretty annoying. Now he's a vegan or something and his GF was always a vegan. Those people never, ever have an agenda.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    But I guess it goes along with the lefty belief that the lower classes are incapable of resisting any advertising.

    It wasn't advertising, it was the price structure. It was 39 cents to super size IIRC and you got a lot more fries and soda. Unless you were consciously trying to control your calories it was a no-brainer to do it.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    And the fact is they weren't profiting from super-sizing directly. The super size option was a money-losing gimmick to get people to go to McD's instead of eating at home or somewhere else.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    That might be the most offensive part of that movie.

    The thing about Spurlock's movie I find most offensive is that he claims to have eaten enough calories per day for four supersized meals, not just three as he claimed in the movie. So which is it? Spurlock won't release his food logs so we can find out.

  • reason readin female||

    He counted carbs. Stayed under 100-150 per day. Of course, most of the carbs would come from soda.

    The most hilarious part was every time he was asked if he wanted to super size, he would say in his voice over: Since I have a functioning brain, I can say no!

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Disclaimer: Spurlock is an asshole.

    However, the point in SSM was to replicate the average McDonald's customer's orders. There is no way the typical McDonalds meal is going to be 667 calories or less, and soda is by far the most common beverage choice. So Naughton's experiment was totally skewed from real customer behavior.

    Super sizing was very popular too -- McD's had their price structure geared to incentivize it.

    That said... most people who ate at McD's didn't eat there every meal, AND Spurlock also completely avoided exercise during his month at McD's.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Spurlock also completely avoided exercise

    Exercise is remarkably ineffective at fat loss.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    There is no way the typical McDonalds meal is going to be 667 calories or less,

    I often have two McDoubles for lunch, $2 plus tax. That's 390x2=780 calories, but I remove the bun bottom from each. That removes 120 calories from lunch, 780-120=660 calories.

    When I'm really busy I get the 20 piece McNuggets, no sauces, and chew on them all afternoon between appointments. 940 calories for lunch but it doesn't put weight on me.

    Not that calories matter to me. I can eat more than 3600 calories and lose weight. I can eat less than 1200 calories and gain weight. What kinds of things I eat matters. Calories mean Jack Shit.

  • Lady Bertrum||

  • Live Free or Diet||

  • Kid Xenocles||

    It's almost as if there were differences between people that change how food affects them.

  • GILMORE||

    "Durant's book tells the story of how he discovered his inner hunter-gatherer..."

    In NEW YORK CITY. Because that's where a lot of people's hidden 'inner' pre-modern selves choose to hang out. Every hunter-gatherer loves Zabars.

    I liked the guy's interview. I still think putting "Ancient wisdom" on the cover of any book written by some 20-something punk is just puke-worthy.

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