Alas, the self-publishing (and self-PROMOTING) world of blogging has promoted a huge set of wannabes into comparative prominence! I DEPLORE the mass of worldly fuck-ups who pretend to knowledge they OBVIOUSLY don't have.
By and large they are all half-educated individuals who don't have the nous to attain excellence, but want us to think they do anyhow. They hide behind ancient photographs and exaggerated credentials. They think that because they've "studied" certain aspects of health for many years, they have a firm grasp of EVERYTHING that is to be known about it.
News flash, O thou pseudo-congnoscenti -- i'm intelligent and educated and interested in health and i don't know JACK SHIT, compared to the TRULY knowledgeable -- and i ain't talking about the walking JOKES who are the amateur gurus of the poorly-informed.
Who DOES know what they're talking about? Jan Kwasniewski, who has healed tens of thousands through a carefully-crafted nutritional plan. The Drs Eades, who have helped hundreds of thousands. Robert Atkins, who has probably helped MILLIONS by this time. I'm also very attached to Blake Donaldson, may he rest in peace. His book is an inspiration.
Who, whose mind-products are within daily reach of those with internet access, are to be relied upon? Drs Briffa and Kendrick in the UK are conventionally trained but are able to think for themselves and thus surpass the mass of plodding medicos to be found every day.
Over here, Kurt Harris wins the prize in my opinion. I recently read his entire archive, and i was impressed. I like Cate Shanahan too, but she hasn't yet reached his level of communication even if she does have the background and intelligence (give her time and experience...). Then, there is Chris Masterjohn, who was showing huge promise long before he got to put DR before his name. It's too bad he's not actually treating patients -- that makes a HUGE difference because otherwise people don't learn when their hypotheses don't work in practice, even if they sound good on paper.... I still grieve that Stephan Guyenet betrayed Truth for Gain; his first work, while working toward his PhD, was considered and highly intelligent, but when he latched onto a Trademark Hypothesis, he completely fell on his ass.
Special Mention absolutely goes to Peter Dobromylskyj! As a veterinarian, he got the same kind of education a human doctor gets, and less pressure to conform while speaking of human health. And he's bloody BRILLIANT. I can imagine how second-raters must hate him, because that's the way of the world....
I have a huge amount of respect for Itsthewooo, because she is this close () to slaying the Hydra and she lives to tell the tale. The battle has been long and bloody, but the obesity-aspect is dead on the ground, and all of the other physiological enemies are doomed. Her struggles continue to be painful, but her internet family is beside her all the way.
Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf hold a special place in my estimation -- i don't list their blogs myself, but i respect their good qualities. I often send newbies to their sites, because i know they provide a sound, approachable introduction to paleo/primal principles.
There are quite a number of other bloggers of whom i have a good opinion, but this post is getting a bit long. Allow me to move on to those who are ... um ... less impressive.
Some i used to have on my blog list, but have been removed because of their sloppily unprofessional ideas, include the Jaminets. They started out sound, but as they got rather swelled heads they went right down the tubes as far as i'm concerned. When they left the area in which they were PERSONALLY knowledgeable, and "progressed" to subjects in which they merely parroted the "knowledge" of others, they totally lost their believability. Ya gotta stick to what ya knows.... Ditto for Kresser -- he knows a bit, but not ENOUGH. I guess that's the difference between a thorough medical education and the shortcut version he had. Tell me, do "alternative" practitioners serve an internship and residency? Sounds like that's where the rubber hits the road.
Some bloggers have never been on my list and will never be on my list because they're IDIOTS with oversized delusions of their own significance. I'll only list them and tell why i despise them if pressed to do so by their protesting chelas. (A chela is the student of a guru, for those of you not interested in Eastern philosophy.) Chelas they are, because what these medical-wannabes preach is RELIGION, not science. And the louder they insist that yes they really are, really truly scientists, the more my BS meter alarms. Most of them are less-than-world-class jocks, ne'er-do-wells, and failed academicians.
The merchants of crapola, who love picking fights online because they don't have to show themselves to do it, i PREFER not to discuss. They nauseate me (and since my bout of gastritis, my stomach is tender enough). I HATE to read their rantings, just like i hate to read politicians' material -- it's so full of transparent LIES, ignorance, exaggerations, and evidence of bad character traits, i feel like i've been rolling in feces if i open their websites. ...PLEASE don't make me go there to quote their inanities!