Don Matesz loves ideas and philosophy as much as he loves nutritional and health research. After spending many years eating a vegetarian diet, he was swayed by a storybook, NeanderThin by Ray Audette, masquerading as serious science.
The story was so compelling, however, and glazed with just enough scientific references to appear legit, that Don fell for it. He and his wife went paleo, and soon started experiencing health problems, some annoying and some quite severe.
But the cognitive dissonance caused by becoming unwell on a diet he had committed to intellectually and emotionally kept him eating a low carb, meat-heavy diet for much longer than was wise.
His book Powered by Plants: Natural Selection and Human Evolution is a comprehensive, critical, science-based, and logically impeccable refutation of the entire paleo movement and philosophy. In today's long-ish and fascinating show, Don and I dive into the research and the ideology of eating and human evolution.
- the naturalistic fallacy, and why Don fell for it
- how the Hero's Journey misleads us when we use it as a filter for scientific evidence
- how the paleo diet damaged Don's and his wife's health in short order
- the persistence of the myth that humans are omnivores
- why pleasure and disgust are reliable barometers for the preferred human diet
- why we give flowers to show love and care
- why binocular vision suggests fruit-eating rather than hunting
- lessons from aspirin
- the evidence that hunting was a sport, not a nutritional imperative, in hunter-gatherer tribes
- “doing the math” – why humans could never have engaged in persistence hunting on a meat-based diet
- why the humorous phrase “tastes like chicken” proves that humans are not designed to eat meat
- what we can learn about our natural diet by studying vision in dogs
- the physiology of excess and scarcity (this concept blew my mind)
- why we produce cholesterol, and what that says about eating animal flesh
- the truth about vitamin B12
- and much more…
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Don's website: PlantBasedSolution.com
Don's Vital Wisdom Blog
The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.
It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.
You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.