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Kurt Harris MD

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Media and Glossary links

At the top of the page you will see two new links. The first is labelled "media" and so far includes my podcast interviews with Jimmy Moore and Chris Kresser. The second is a glossary which I may update as time permits with new words, both extant and newly made-up, and the various acronyms that I sometimes forget to spell out.

Thanks to Allen Pierce and pfw for getting the glossary started.

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Reader Comments (17)

You did this due to a commentor's request, so I'll request something: thoughts on Macadamia nuts? You're ok with coconut oil, how about mac nuts and oil?

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.B. Dada

Sorted glossary

KGH: Thanks, already done

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersimik

Dr Harris,

Since you switched to Archevore, your RSS feed seems to only consist of the title of posts with no content. Was this a conscious decision? It means I read less of your posts as I have to consciously click through based on the title only.

If you could reinstate the pull post feed I'd be grateful.

KGH: Yes, to read posts you will actually have to click through to the website.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Wrigley

Alphabetical order

thanks, thor, was planning to sort it today and pfw beat you to the punch. I appreciate your effort.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThor Falk

I'm complaining about the non-alphabetized glossary. Unacceptable! Simply unacceptable.


Thanks for doing the sorting, was going to do it today but you beat me to it!

(pfw is joking...he provided me with the glossary sorted)

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpfw

I found an article today about gut flora and lecithin. What do you think about the relationship?

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterfelixXJ

Dr. Harris,

First I would like to say thanks for your informative and enlightning website. I know this is out of context to your current topic but wasn't sure where else to chime in. I am fairly new to the VLC/Paleo lifestyle. I am into my 4th month and I still have much to learn. I gave up grains, sugar etc.... all at once, cold turkey. It wasn't difficult but I felt like crap. I started with a low carb website but after following a link to yours,I'm hooked. I am still working out the kinks and I don't think I have it quite right. So much information to process. I am 50 yrs old, 5'5' and down from 150 to about 135lbs. I have osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia and FMS. I have incorporated much of your advice in my diet and with the reduction of grains and sugars have seen a remarkable improvement in my overall health. However I am still fighting with glycemic issues. I want to try the IF but I am still having glycemic reactions which cause monstrous cluster headaches. I have controlled this issue in recent years with a high protein diet but I don't think that is the correct path now. I have increased my daily fat intake which has amazingly stopped my hot flashes but recently noticed increased heart rate again, and I am having some muscle fatigue and achiness all the time.. I thought perhaps it was a potassium issue but a supplement hasn't made a difference one way or the other. I am just trying to get the correct balance of fat/protein/carb. After reading some of the posts I am wondering if I just havent acheived ketoadaptation. I hope to improve my osteoporosis and hypothyroidism with the change in my lifestyle and addition of Vit D. Any ideas you could provide would be most appreciated. Thanks again for your wonderful website.

KGH: It sounds like you have some medical issues and I can't diagnose and treat people over the internet. I will say that if you feel like crap and are VLC you might eat some starch.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKER

Awesome. New blog title is great. I like how it not only encompasses my dietary approach but also my lifestyle approach; living on and feeding on the essentials.

KGH: Thanks, Rhys, I am liking it much better than PaNu or anything with "paleo" in it.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhys Morgan

Another one who likes your new blogname, and who's glad to see you permit comments. Sure, they can be a pain, but they also make the blog more interesting!



The comments are incredibly time consuming and will be turned off sometimes depending on the post.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Hi. Your updates appear in my email list under the abbreviated "Archev", which in Armenian (my native language) means "forward" or "ahead". How appropriate!

KGH: Cool

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia C. Psy.D.

Dr Harris: Excellent and informative posts on lean vs. fat grass fed meats. Question: Does the lack of fat affect the Omega 3/Omega 6 ratio in the meat? if so, is it significant and thereby materially reduce the attractiveness of eating the grass fed lean meat vs. the grain fed

KGH; Comparisons of 6 and 3 are based on equicaloric amounts of fat from the animal. Naturally if the steak is 96% lean it will have little of either as it's mostly protein.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteve

Not sure if you are looking for more. If so,

1) IR = Insulin Resistance
2) J-curve - with respect to hormesis and polyphenols. Y-axis of curve is harm, not benefit. I remind myself of this one every night before opening a bottle of red :-)


April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAravind

The glossary will be a useful tool,thanks.It's pretty much a list of what a thinking person needs to grasp to begin thinking for themselves.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRod

Thanks for opening up posts. I found your blog right after you closed.

KGH: Open comments will be inconsistent, depending on time available to moderate.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterExceptionally Brash

KGH: Thanks, Rhys, I am liking it much better than PaNu or anything with "paleo" in it.

Does this mean you're giving up Paleo 2.0? I've been in complete agreement with you that the Paleo label was becoming something that has outlived its usefulness. Evolution works as a starting point in the investigation, but the bottom line is what does the physiology say about the food. The food reenactment by some and that label by the critics served to marginalize Paleo.

So I have no issue with you leaving that label behind, but I also thought that the 2.0 effort might be worth it. Just interested in why (if you changed your mind) how it happened so quickly between recent 2.0 posts and the above statement.


They are independent. I offered paleo 2.0 as a description to usefully identify non-lipohobic paleo. To me, not being a lipohobe is not only sounder but more important to emphasize.

The rebranding is just because I want the blog to stand on its own and be broader in scope and approach, and I feel the name more accurately reflects what I think. I'm not really paleo, but I have no problem being identified as paleo 2.0 as a descriptive term.

Archevore is my blog and me. Paleo 2.o is just another meme that anyone can take or leave as they please. Another freebie in the marketplace of ideas.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

Dr Harris:

I understood your response and would ask how best to compensate for lean grass fed beef fat deficiency , if that is all that is readily available. Would you increase consumption of grass fed cream, or butter such as Kerry Gold? One reader suggested adding Tallow to the grass fed meat, but wouldn't this just add to the Omega 6 fraction and not additional Omega 3? Thanks.

KGH: Kerrygold butter would be my pick. If you can't control the fat on store bought grass finished, just add plenty of butter to your rice or sweet potatoes. Pastured butter is low total PUFA and has nearly 1:1 6:3 ratio.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteve

"Archevore" nails it. Looking forward to further development of the concept and its implementation.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPerta
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