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Magnesium Miracle, av Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Ballantine Books, 2007.

Kritik: The author "completely changed her views on cancer after a chance meeting with a woman in a hotel lobby". This book offers only weak anecdotal evidence and interlaces it with medical studies which are outdated. Very few of the references are from reliable sources. We are advised to have our mercury fillings removed from our teeth, smear Yam cream on our skin and throw away aluminum pans. Yes, there is some valid information in this book, but you will get a headache sorting fact from foolishness. More can be learned from a careful web search. Explore magnesium, but my advice is find a better book.

Primal Body-Primal Mind, av Nora Gedgaudas, Primal Body-Primal Sinne Publishing, 2009.

Kritik: I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book. I am just over halfway through the book and have no intention of finishing it. It is poorly written and adds nothing of value to the growing body of work related to the paleo diet.

For starters, Ms. Gedgaudas's writing is atrocious. Instead of building her argument step by step she skips back and forth. She frequently repeats entire arguments. As the only other negative review pointed out, there is no coherent flow to the book. She is heavy-handed with emotional language that has no place in a scientific work. And a book on diet is no place at all for political statements. She throws in random charts, graphs, and lists of diseases that are supposed to show some sort of link between the typical diet and rampant illness. But these graphics do nothing to further her argument.

Beyond the poor writing, Ms. Gedgaudas can't even decide what theory she is proposing. She claims throughout the book that we are still very much Ice Age beings and that our diet should still be what it was then. This is clearly the premise of the book as proclaimed by the title. She further defines the paleo diet as having been comprised entirely of wild game and fibrous vegetables. This is all perfectly reasonable and accurate. But then she throws it all away by claiming our ancestral diet was high in fat but low in protein. How is this possible? A high-fat diet means a carnivorous diet. If our ancestors ate as much wild game as she claims, and they almost certainly did, then they consumed much more protein than modern humans. Yet Ms. Gedgaudas asserts that our ancestors ate a high fat diet that was somehow low in protein. She is espousing an Eskimo diet while blithely ignoring the fact that most paleolithic humans did not eat like Eskimos. A diet rich in elk, caribou, and similar game animals would have been relatively low in fat and very high in protein. During the winter months our ancestors would have been exclusively carnivorous since they had no way of preserving vegetables. How can she claim our ancestors ate like this without consuming "excess" protein.

As a life-long weightlifter I have read huge volumes of information on diet. Even the trashiest of bodybuilding magazines keep current with the latest scientific research on the subject. Ms. Gedgaudas simply ignores more than seven decades of anecdotal and empirical evidence showing that high levels of protein are beneficial. According to her, any protein beyond the RDA is simply converted to sugar and then wreaks havoc on the body just the same as any other sugar. If this is so, how does she explain the entire bodybuilding community? By her theory, bodybuilders should look just as obese as those who eat excess sugar. Bodybuilders follow a diet that is almost the antithesis of what Ms. Gedgaudas proposes. Yet they are among the fittest of people. Ms. Gedgaudas doesn't even acknowledge this fact. She simply says excessive protein is as bad as sugar and expects you to believe it in spite of all the evidence to the contrary. She provides no citations to research supporting her claim.

This book is rambling, incoherent, and almost entirely without substance. The theory is poorly defined and even more poorly supported. If you are looking for solid science to support the paleo diet, look elsewhere.