There sure has been a bunch of fighting in the paleodome this week. Before, I was just bored with the Paleo's. Now I am pretty much disgusted. I had some time to think things over, and here's what I think is going on.
Jimmy Moore posted answers to his question concerning Jaminet's "safe starch" concept and all hell broke loose. Either I can't remember where things are posted, or things have been seriously scrubbed.
Here are some links
Posts on Paleohacks.
Jaminet's overview and response.
So, for background, Jaminet recommends "safe starches", and these are foods like potatoes and rice, foods that contain starches but don't negatively affect the gut like gluten-containing grains. Other Paleo "experts" jumped on this concept and started trashing the people who have been the most successful on a low carb diet. Of course, this behavior was a concern to the low-carb fans, so Jimmy's post attempted to bring more of the controversy out into the open. To many low-carbers, there is no such thing as a "safe starch".
Jaminet pointed out in his overview blog that at least some people are able to keep a sense of humor throughout it all. Some people haven't. It seems like several of the luminaries lost it.
Now Jaminet, though I disagree with him on a number of points, is always polite about things and tries to keep the focus on the topics. I like that. Even though he did mention the quip about "pillar envy" I am afraid that many of Jaminet's most fervent readers will mis-interpret the comment.
Though I can no longer find the post, Harris really went after Kruse, posting that "they're" all snickering about him in their e-mails back and forth to each other and then tried to mop it up with an "honestly, I don't understand the infighting"-type message. On the Paleohacks board, there have been many nasty sniping-like comments by Melissa (of hunt, gather, b*tch). First it was trashing the low carbers. Then it was going after Dr. Kruse, and commenting that Dr. Rosedale wasn't a real researcher and his studies showing the benefits of a low-carb diet weren't real studies. She is really starting to sound more and more like Coach [redacted] at [redacted]people.com. Arrogant. Entitled. Privy to esoteric knowledge the little people can't understand. Coach [redacted]'s "One must be reading the correct research," comment comes to mind.
I think she was just mad that Jimmy didn't ask her. You see, she fancies herself as heir to the paleo throne, and any official comments she may have had were not included. She envies the pillar. Now that the low-carb pillars have been toppled, she is ready for the inheritance. Cordain's leadership status has fallen, Taubes has been discredited, Eades has been shunned as a has-been and off to the appliance section, Hahn and Kruse are just puffy and red-faced, Rosedale isn't a "real" doctor, etc. etc. the new queen of paleo, claiming full backing by all those other real university researchers who use lots of fake people (lab rats) and real statistics can enter her court in her full regalia. I think that Melissa has already picked out the new upholstery for the throne cushions and now she's irked when people like Kruse, Rosedale, Feinman, Su and others say "hey, wait a minute!"
It is stuff like this that decides what blogs I recommend, what blogs I merely follow and what blogs I generally avoid. I originally started this blog for my fat buddies who were trying to lose weight. In my next post, I'll discuss why I would place my bets on Rosedale and Kruse. You can read it here.