A single person’s experience hardly constitutes robust scientific evidence. Nevertheless, individual life histories can sometimes elicit public acceptance of health recommendations more readily than can findings from impeccably-designed epidemiological investigations. Like most people considering adoption of a Paleo lifestyle, Eaton has had a fairly demanding job, as well as family, social, civic and professional responsibilities.
His story doesn’t come from a metabolic ward setting. Some symposium attendees may wish to know how he’s maintained, and enjoyed, diet and exercise in the ancestral mold for over thirty years. More will be interested in the outcome (so far) –the health profile that results from three decades of Paleo living.
S. Boyd Eaton M.D. has been a “Paleo” practitioner since the late 1970’s –probably as long, or longer, than anyone else has followed a health-promoting program specifically modeled on the essential lifestyle elements of Stone Age humans. His New England Journal of Medicine article, Paleolithic Nutrition, (with co-author Mel Konner) has been called by some the original impetus for the ancestral health movement.