Paleo Diet Revival Story

I had written recently of my ignorance regarding the modern version of the Paleolithic diet and lifestyle, thinking that Loren Cordain devised it around year 2000.  Then I found a medical journal article from 1988 outlining it, co-written by S. Boyd Eaton, M.D. 

Mat Lalonde, Ph.D., in an interview with Jimmy Moore instead suggested that Cordain would credit S. Boyd Eaton, M.D., with the trend.

The Paleolithic Prescription: A Program of Diet and Exercise and a Design for Living was published in 1988 by Harper & Row (New York).  The authors are S. Boyd Eaton, M. Shostak, and M. Konner. 

Eaton and Konner are also the authors of “Paleolithic nutrition: A consideration of its nature and current implications.”  in New England Journal of Medicine, 312 (1985): 283-289.

If you have evidence that the “modern paleo” diet goes back further than this, please leave a comment.

Steve Parker, M.D.


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8 responses to “Paleo Diet Revival Story

  1. Hi Steve,

    In 1975 a gastroenterologist named Walter L. Voegtlin published a book called The Stone Age Diet arguing for a low-carb Paleo diet.

    S. Boyd Eaton was second. Not much happened for a time, then it picked up in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Ray Audette with Neanderthin was first to market.

  2. Oh, and I forgot Jan Kwasniewski’s Optimal Diet, which was first published in Poland around 1970. Not exactly a Paleo diet, but close.

    • Bea

      i want to know what,s differend between paleo diet and that from Jan Kwasniewski?
      do you know the genesis diet?
      because the said that you dont.,eat al of the sea products.

      greetings Bea

  3. Link to Voegtlin’s book product detail page at Amazon:
    Check out the 4 reviews.

  4. Steve Parker, M.D.

    Hey, Bea. I’m not familiar with Kwasnieski’s work or the Genesis diet.

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