Some say that case studies and anecdotes are crap, and that they offer no value to the scientific world. To some degree this is true – as you’ve probably heard at one point or another a strong testimonial for healthy whole grains, the soy diet, the raw vegan diet and a whole host of other diets destined for sadness and failure (and in many cases, outright disease). I’m not saying these diets CAN’T work, just that they are not the optimal diet for humans to thrive on. I’m not interested in what types of diets we can survive on, I’m interested in developing a diet that you and I will THRIVE on.
That being said, there have been plenty of folks who have reversed serious disease, lost lots of weight, and become much happier eating a paleo/primal/anti-inflammatory/ideal diet. Here are some of those people:
And I’ll stop there but you get the idea that there are many people who have benefited from eating a paleo/primal diet.
“But n=1 is silly and means nothing!”
The only beef (mmmmm, beef) I have with this argument is that n=1 is you. It’s you trying something out. It’s you learning to play cricket for the first time. It’s you trying brussel sprouts again after 10 years thinking you “hate” brussel sprouts (maybe you still do). It’s you trying to lift heavy things instead of running long distances. And it’s you seeing how you look, feel and perform (that sounds snappy – thanks Robb Wolf) doing all these things.
So be your own n=1 experiment. Waiting to find out what the next randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study to prove that being active, being happy and eating well is good for you, is just plain silly.
Let’s all ruin science and get healthy at the same time! Have a great weekend folks, and if you’re doing it, good luck on Crossfit Open Sectionals WOD#3!
Dr. Adam Ball