Dr. Venning, South African Chiropractor and Owner of  Vitality Chiropractic. He wrote an interesting piece on Why Paleo Works.

“If we’re going to ask the question and try to find out why paleo works then, let’s be sure that we know what we’re talking about.

What’s the premise?

When I speak or write about Paleo I’m talking about a frame of thought, a way of thinking about my lifestyle that encompasses how I eat, move and think. It includes the ‘Paleo Diet’ but this is not a rigid set of rules of how much carbohydrate, fat and protein I can eat. It’s a way of thinking about what I eat.

The idea starts here: any animal in it’s natural habitat, is healthier than the same animal in captivity. Think of Free Willy and it’ll illustrate my point.

Next, healthcare is a branch of biology and this is a point we seem to have forgotten. We have separated ourselves from nature to a ridiculous point.

If a plant starts wilting we ask when it was last watered.

If a dog gets sick we ask what it ate and if fish get sick we clean up their rivers and dams.

If a person gets sick we give them drugs, radiation or surgery.

If you take an animal outside of the environment it was naturally adapted to you would be able to watch how it’s health declines. No amount of drugs or surgery would reinstate a state of health, they would be able to cover the symptoms that the change created, but there is more to being well than not being ill.

The Human Zoo

As humans we have taken ourselves out of nature and domesticated ourselves and this is the single biggest cause of ill-health world wide. I live in South Africa where HIV/Aids is recognised as a massive health problem but the tide of chronic, degenerative disease that is swelling across the globe is going to dwarf the issues we are going to face in the coming years.

Paleo works because it asks what we are best adapted to and then sets out to find ways to re-create those factors. That does’t mean that we re-enact history by wearing loincloths and foregoing the useful advances science has given us. Rather it is a frame of thought that asks, “What do I genetically require for well-being?” and it uses any advances it can to answer that question.

The Vitality Concept follows these lines and asks, “What’s my potential?” and then coaches you toward finding the solutions in a way that works for you. There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions, though there are broad concepts that apply to all of us, but you have to do it for yourself.

Paleo = Eat + Move + Think = Vitality

Why Paleo Works?

The quality of your answers depends on the quality of your questions. Paleo works because it asks a different question, “What do I genetically require for wellbeing?”


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