Loren Cordain, PhD

Loren Cordain, PhD

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Dr. Loren Cordain is a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is widely recognized to be one of the world’s leading experts on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors and its health benefits for contemporary people.

Dr. Cordain’s scientific publications have focused on the nutritional characteristics of the wild plant and animal foods consumed by foraging humans across the globe, and the health benefits of such a diet for contemporary people. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, many of which were funded by both private and governmental agencies. His research into the health benefits of Stone Age Diets for contemporary people has appeared in the world’s top scientific journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, among others. Dr. Cordain was the recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into the understanding of optimal human nutrition.

Over the past five years Dr. Cordain’s work has focused upon the adverse health effects of the high dietary glycemic load that is ubiquitous in the typical western diet. A number of his recent papers have proposed an endocrine link between dietary induced hyperinsulinemia and acne. Dr. Cordain’s research team is currently exploring the connection between dietary elements that increase intestinal permeability (primarily saponins and lectins) and autoimmune disease, particularly multiple sclerosis. He has lectured internationally on the concept of “Paleolithic Nutrition”.

Dr. Cordain is the author of The Paleo Diet (2002, fully revised 2010), which received wide acclaim in both the scientific and lay communities, The Paleo Diet for Atheletes (2005), which discusses how high-performance atheletes can modify the paleo diet for optimum performance and health, The Dietary Cure for Acne (2006), and the instant-bestseller The Paleo Diet Cookbook (2010). In 2011 Dr. Cordain published The Paleo Answer, which represents a sequel to The Paleo Diet.

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