What is Caveman Doctor All About?
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This site takes a different look at health and nutrition. It searches deeper than conventional wisdom and recommendations that were constructed by a committee of government officials with no medical or dietary background. Instead it turns to the history of us, i.e. what we have eaten for millions of years, what has worked for us in the past, and what the current data supports. In doing so, it also analyzes what health measures actually work for people under the confines of our present society and focuses on empowering people to make their own health decisions. Many hunter-gatherers ate differing amounts of macronutrients, but one thing is for sure: they didn’t eat modern processed foods, sugar, grains, and refined oils. And the carbohydrates they ate were markedly different from those of our modern society, which is why carbohydrates are the first foods we should limit in order to lose fat and optimize health.
Some Basic Principles:
Our modern cavemen like the Inuit, Masaai, and several other societies dating back to the early 20th century had very little disease, obesity, and cancer. Hunter-gatherers like the Nukak, Anbarra, Onge, Arnhem, Ache and Hiwi, !Kung, and Hadza ate a diet of primarily fat and to a lesser degree protein and carbohydrates. They give us a glimpse into our history and what aspects of our lifestyle may be healthiest for us currently. For more info, please read The Caveman Doctor Diet.
To follow what our body is meant to process, we do not do a couple things that conventional wisdom clings to:
- 1. We don’t “fear the fat” as humans have been eating it for millions of years.
- 2. Instead, we “curb the carbs”, as excessive amounts are largely to blame for the obesity epidemic of our nation and the addictive eating behaviors that have run rampant.
- 3. We ignore the food pyramid and plate, and we do not base our diet on carbohydrates. We especially avoid grains, as we have only been eating them in our diet for around 6-10,000 years.
- 4. We still consume carbohydrates, but increase or decrease carbs based on desired fat loss, as we have personally and professionally watched the level of carbohydrate intake correlate with excess body fat.
- 5. We avoid sugar, a food that is poisonous to our body, and instead focus on leafy greens, colorful vegetables, berries, and sweet potatoes.
- 6. We fully acknowledge that sugar and some carbohydrates such as grains are extremely addictive and only those with the highest amount of willpower are able to eat such foods in moderation. We are not these people and as a result, we admit defeat and rarely eat these foods, if ever. Not coincidentally, these same foods are very detrimental to our health.
- 8. We take a common sense, simplified approach at analyzing data and making conclusions about those things that affect our health. For instance, if pesticides kill animals and insects, it is naive to think they will not be harmful to us.
- 9. We get plenty of sleep and try not to sweat the small stuff.
- 10. We fully acknowledge that there is likely no right answer. As a result we have taken a combination of the literature, personal and professional experience, and common sense to simplify the complex subject of health and nutrition. You have every right to disagree with us and we encourage a dialogue.
Colin E. Champ, M.D.
Dr. Champ’s passion for exercise, nutrition, and health started at a young age due to his involvement in sports. This interest grew during his time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied chemical engineering. At MIT, he focused the majority of his time on learning the intricacies of health, exercise, and nutrition. This obsession continues to this day.
In an effort to receive formal medical training, he attended and graduated from medical school. However, the lack of tangible information taught in medical school, and in medical training in general, left him underwhelmed. He continued to learn as much as possible on his own, with the primary goal of constructing a healthy lifestyle and diet backed by credible clinical and lab-based research. Through his research, he has concluded that mimicking many aspects of the caveman lifestyle and diet, one that the human body has adapted to over millions of years, may have the greatest potential to fight obesity and chronic disease.
Dr. Champ is currently a board-certified radiation oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He passionately researches cancer treatment as well as the role and effect diet and nutrition may have in cancer care. He has been invited to lecture on the topic around the country and the world and has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles. The connection between the modern diet, obesity, and cancer has been remarkable, and he hopes that this website can help its readers fight all three.
About the Site
Cavemandoctor.com is a free website that was started due to the high demand for readily available health related information and posts on nutrition, diet, cancer, and other pertinent health topics. The posts written and managed by Dr. Champ are updated frequently and range from general opinion pieces to descriptive reviews of medical literature.
Health, nutrition, and dietary information has been turned into an extremely complicated and confusing topic within the field of medicine. Caveman Doctor’s primary goal is to provide simple methods for analyzing the available literature and following a healthy lifestyle.
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