Trevor Connor, M.S.

About Trevor Connor, M.S.

Trevor Connor was Dr. Loren Cordain’s last graduate student at Colorado State University. His research with Dr. Cordain focused on the effects of a Paleo style diet on autoimmune conditions. Their pilot study included close to 60 volunteers with diverse conditions ranging from Crohn’s Disease, to Multiple Sclerosis to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The results were very promising, including all eight Crohn’s subjects going into remission on the Paleo Diet. Trevor started working with Dr. Cordain in 2010, soon after retiring as a Professional Cyclist. At 38, he felt it was time to hang up the bike. Trevor had studied traditional sports nutrition for over a decade and was admittedly very reluctant to accept the Paleo Diet. But after experimenting with the diet himself, Trevor was able to return to the Pro Peloton at 40, getting Top Five’s in several races and establishing himself as the top ranked 40+ rider in the country for several years running. Trevor now writes the Coaching Section of the international cycling magazine Velo, has his own coaching business, and recently managed the semi-Professional cycling team Team Rio Grande who’s alumni include Teejay Van Gaarderen, a top five finisher at the Tour de France and multiple national champions. Trevor is currently working on publishing several studies and reviews on the effects of wheat on the digestive immune system. Recently, he moved back to Canada so his wife could pursue her dream of making the 2016 Olympics in pole vaulting (as a Paleo Dieter and ranked top 10 in the country in her mid-30’s.)

A Recent Study Finds the Paleo Diet Raises TMAO Levels – But Does it Actually Study the Paleo Diet?

At the heart of the scientific process is debate. Debate is critical because everything in science is a theory and theories can only be improved by constantly challenging and refining them. In nutritional science the debate often gets heated and even that can be a good thing. Scientists debating the merits of various diets often cite vastly different and contradictory studies. Sometimes they can even doggedly argue polar opposite interpretations of the same study. But as long as you can back it up with research, almost anything is fair game. Almost anything. One thing you cannot do is create your

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Balancing Exercise and Illness: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Let’s explore two statements that even the most novice athlete, who’s ever been sick, will not find profound in any way: Exercise is productive and results in beneficial training adaptations. Conversely, illness is inflammatory and can interfere with our ability to train. What is profound is what’s hidden between the lines in those two statements. There’s a very important assumption that, consciously or unconsciously, many of us make – the immune system is independent from the processes in our body that produce training adaptations and inflammation interferes with those processes. In truth, that assumption is misplaced. Fighting illness and the

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Another January, Another Paleo-Bashing Session… Or Was It?

This Year the Annual Diet Reviews Didn’t Have Their Usually Sharp Teeth Out for the Paleo Diet It’s January. Which means another flurry of online diet rankings and reviews. At the Paleo Diet®, we await them with the rapt anticipation of a school boy sweating his double-dare challenge punishment. You don’t know what it’s going to be. You just know it’s going to hurt. In a strange way, we came to wear our dead last ranking at US News & World Report as a badge of pride. Instead of discouraging paleo dieters, the ranking seemed to make them feel part

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1400-Year-Old Bread: Exciting Discovery, but Is It Game Changing?

Science is a constantly changing and evolving field. That’s why we live in a world of “theories” and avoid the term “fact.” After all, even Newton’s LAW of gravity was disproved. So, it’s exciting when a discovery is made that updates or challenges our theories. And lately the media has been abuzz because that’s exactly what a team led by Dr Amaia Arranz-Otaegui did with our understanding of bread. Analyzing food remains in a 14,000 year-old fire pit left by Natufian hunter-gatherers northeast of Jordan, Arranz-Otaegui’s team found charred remains of bread-like food. [1] Before this discovery, it was believed

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Two New Studies Show the Many Potential Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of the Paleo Diet

The increased abdominal fat that many women develop after menopause due to hormonal changes and the skin disorder psoriasis are divergent health concerns that would seem to have little in common. But two recently published studies found a common ground – chronic inflammation. More importantly, the anti-inflammatory properties of the Paleo Diet were found to improve both [1, 2]. After menopause, women have a tendency to “redistribute” fat around the abdomen which increases the risk for metabolic disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease [3, 4]. In the first study, which was published in Obesity, researchers placed 70 obese postmenopausal

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Bill Nye – The Science Guy?

As a fellow Cornellian, I’ve had a long-standing admiration for Bill Nye The Science Guy. Alright, I admit that I was a fan-boy. I was pretty excited when Nye returned to Cornell during my time there, to take a guest professor post. Here was a scientist who was charismatic, made science exciting for the masses, and had the “science chops” to teach at the Cornell science department. So, I was all too disappointed when I watched Bill Nye take on the Paleo Diet in his new Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World. Don’t get me wrong; I wasn’t disappointed

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Naturally and Artificially Sweetened Beverages are Associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s According to Two Recent Studies

While there was likely never a time when your doctor would have told you to consume more sugar, a growing body of research is demonstrating just how pervasive the negative health effects of overconsuming simple carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose truly are [1-4]. In fact, sounding like they took a page from a Tom Clancy novel, a series of recent peer-reviewed articles showed that for decades, the sugar industry was aware of the impact of sugar on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and worked to hide it;  pointing the finger at fat consumption instead [5, 6]. A misdirection that

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Eliminating Non-Paleo Foods Improves Nutrient Density

[Part Three in our Series on Why the Paleo Diet is a Nutrient Dense Diet, by Trevor Connor, M.S. and Loren Cordain, Ph.D.] Possibly the biggest criticism made against the Paleo diet is that by eliminating multiple food groups (grains, dairy, legumes, and starchy roots) the diet can cause nutrient deficiencies. In fact, this argument is a major reason why the Paleo diet remains at the bottom of the US News and World Report’s Best Diet Rankings. In their rationale, US News stated “slapping the diet with multiple low ratings, the experts couldn’t accept that entire food groups, like dairy

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Wheat Sensitivity: A New Study Shows It’s Not in Your Head, It’s in Your Gut

Tens of thousands of us go to the doctor every year complaining of varied and vague symptoms that we swear crop up every time we eat bread with dinner. And generally, what we get is a mix of reactions from mild amusement to an unceremonious shooing from the doctor’s office. But according to a new study out of Columbia University Medical Center – one of the first true controlled trials of wheat sensitivity – those symptoms may not be in your head.1 In fact, there may be very real and testable biomarkers of the condition. The study authors found “the

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But Is It Even Paleo?

A recent study in the Journal Nutrition and Diabetes has raised some interesting questions about the effects of a high-fat diet on glucose regulation in New Zealand obese mice 1. While only a single study, it has set off a media storm questioning the efficacy of a Paleo-style diet. Which is interesting because what may be most important about the study is not the questions it raises, but the fundamental and all too pervasive misunderstanding it demonstrates about the Paleo Diet. The study explores the effects of a very high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet on diabetes prone mice. But as I explained in

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