I ran across a 1995 well-researched online article about Ray Audette, author of NeanderThin and one of the modern paleo movement pioneers. It’s in Dallas Observer News: http://www.dallasobserver.com/1995-07-06/news/neander-guy/
Audette apparently self-published his book in 1995. (Publishing by a “vanity press” is probably more accurate for the mid-90s.) The 2000 edition of the book from St. Martin’s Paperbacks has a foreword by Dr. Michael Eades, who is also quoted liberally in the aforementioned article.
Mr. Audette credited his diet for curing both his diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve been pondering whether paleo-style eating is generally a good thing for people with diabetes. There are plenty of anecdotal reports of benefit. Wish we had more scientific research.
1995 was only 17 years ago. It seems like ancient history to me.
PS: The paleo diet is also referred to as the Old Stone Age, caveman, or Paleolithic diet.