But an example are soccer players who suddenly fall dead of a heart attack in the middle of the field. This is probably caused by long term chronic cardio or so. But maybe they never felt bad at all before they fell dead.
I don't want that to happen to me. I mean that I'm consuming dairy (or something else) all the time without feeling bad but one day BAM I got diabetes or something else.
Mark and others recommend grass fed meats and dairy, seafood, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds for your diet, plus a buttload of exercise, filtered water and good sleep.
Anyone with common sense can see this would be healthy; it's just that grains and sugars are addictive and weak people can't get off of them, much less the booze, uppers and downers.
Why not Mark? You got somebody better to follow? I followed rest of the convention wisdom lemmings and at the age of 46, the doctor told me I was going to be dead in 10 years and the last 5 years were going to suck really badly. I was 46, type II diabetic, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea weighing in at 370 lbs. Following the lemmings was sucking for me. Found Paleo by accident, read Mark's book, 10 months later I am down 90 lbs, I am in the best shape of my life. The numbers are not where the need to be yet, but they are heading in the right direction. Works for me. So I'll ask again, why not Mark?
I Kettlebell therefore I am.
I think if we were eating exactly what our ancestors eating there'd be a lot more insects on the table...
You see plenty of questions about how to eat liver and marrow and other oogly (animal) bits (I happen to always have been an oogly-bits lover, even pre-Primal) - you might want to toss this one out there and see what happens.
Yeah, I know your quandry. My personal path went like this: SAD to ovo-lacto-vegetarian wholefoods to omnivore to Primal. I tried to read everything I could get my hands on, and it drove me insane trying to be the scientist (no degrees in any of the sciences) and reconcile conflicting studies / opinions / whatever.
In the end, I firmly believe there is no SINGULAR diet that is "perfect" for EVERYBODY. I see it in my own 4 children, born of the same two parents (hubby and I), but three requiring diet modifications different from each other to keep them healthy. I took them to truly high-powered docs but even they couldn't help with our challenges. I learned a lot, saw tons of kids along the way for whom the docs DID find answers - just not us. So I was left with sick kids, no answers, and something in this mama that just refused to give up.
I would like to think that it went that way for many on this forum, and so, being the generally fearless bunch they are, they took matters into their own hands and did the Experiment of One. I did the same for my kids.
My advice is not to give yourself a headache over it. Good research is, well, good. But even the best research will not apply for EVERY INDIVIDUAL (I am thinking of outliers here, but even they count as they are, well, human, too - I know a young girl who has PKU (phenylketonuria) - and the Primal would have her severely permanently brain damaged in a short amount of time). In the end, you really do need to go into yourself and see (cliche alert!) What Works For You. And let what works for someone else just work for someone else.
Now I don't mind conflicting research so much. All that conflicting research brought me the wealth of differing ideas that allowed me to even find the thing(s) that got my kids healthy and growing again. That said, Mark brought me the Primal, and that menu of ideas covers everything that is difficult in this house re food and then some. Study-quality scientific? - not on your life, but I will take it.
On topic: I've never EVER got into any diet or special way of eating before (just tried to eat less to lose weight and did so having a very hard time and not nearly the results I've been aiming for) , but when I stumbled upon MDA things just instantly made sense. I've adopted the Primal lifestyle immediately and almost two months in my body keeps telling me this way of eating is right for me. I've lost 9 cm on my waist in less than 7 weeks, effortlessly. When even 2 cm used to be almost impossible to achieve for me before. This may be anecdotal evidence, but seeing my belly shrink constantly and losing some pounds and feeling better than ever is the only evidence I need for myself. Might sound a bit vague to others, but to me it's the best reason to go with Mark's ideas combined with my own intuition (and my intuition sometimes does have other ideas than Mark, but not very often..)