The Paleolithic Diet is the only diet that is over 2 million years old. While it is ideal for most people, there are exceptions. It is definitely not suitable for people with iron overload (haemochromatosis, hemochromatosis) as it is very high in iron. It is not suitable at this stage for people with kidney disease as it is high in protein. Its effect on gout is not yet known and it should be avoided in uncontrolled gout.

It is recommended that you have regular checkups from your registered licensed health care provider and follow their advice. It is generally recommended that all people should have regular blood tests including gluose and cholesterol and iron studies to check for iron overload, even if they are not eating a Paleo diet.

In pregnancy and other situations care must be taken to observe advice from your registered licensed health care provider- for example to take certain supplements and avoid foods that are at risk for Listeria infection in pregnancy (and also if immune suppressed or elderly or under 1 year of age). In pregnancy, avoid handling or consuming wild game meats like kangaroo which might carry parasites such as toxoplasma, particularly when not cooked through. (If eating other game, get expert advice before preparing or eating).

The information in this website is of a general nature only and may not be suitable for you. It is not a substitute for advice from your registered licensed health care provider. This website is not intended to diagnose treat prevent or cure any illness.

Wishing you the best of health

Dr Ben Balzer


  1. mrherman1 says:

    Hello Dr Balzer

    A few weeks ago I started a diet called “oerdieet” (caveman-diet) and since then I have been gathering information. My name is Herman Engelsman, I am Dutch and recently I came across your article.

    I would like you to ask a specific question that so far no one has been able to answer back home in The Netherlands.

    A year ago I was diagnosed with thrombosis and massive lung embolisms. As a result I need to take anticoagulant in heavy dosis.

    Do you know if there are possibilities with regards to the paleo diet to stop taking this medication, or reduce the amount of tablets I need to take?

    I really hope to hear from you,

    Kind regards,
    Do you know whether the paleo diet has a positive effect on veins

  2. mrherman1 says:

    Dear Dr Balzer

    Thank you VERY much for taking your time and getting back to me; it’s greatly appreciated! Please let me briefly comment on your observations and suggestions.

    I was a little saddened to read that the Paleo diet would not be sufficient to replace the drugs I am taking.

    Thank you also for the advise on flying on different types of aircraft; I would not have thought of that but it seems very sensible to take the level of air pressure in account before opting for a flight.

    I understand that you mostly prescribe Warfarin. In Holland we mostly use fenprocoumon (marcoumar) en acenocoumarol (sintrommitis) and of course both have their advantages/disadvantages.

    I am aware of the candidate drugs to replace warfarin. Are you thinking of prescribing either Rivaroxaban, Apixaban or Betrixaban to your patients in the near future and do you agree that Rivaroxaban’s predictability in anticoagulation without the need for adjustments and coagulation checks makes it a good alternative to Coumarol and Warfarin?

    I am so glad that you’ve answered my questions and hope that you will take time to do so one more time. (I won’t bother you again) as in Holland I haven’t been able to find and doctors who are familiar with the Paleolithic diet.

    Kind regards,

  3. benbalzer says:

    If you want to debate minor points, you will probably get more mileage from the paleofood list which is referenced at http://www.paleodiet.com
    There you will find many people who will satisfy you.
    You might also want to look at Weston Price’s work which showed skull bones and presumably jaw bones were much stronger in recent unwesternised races, and rapidly weakened with the modern diet. There are experts in that area working in concert with paleonutrition.
    The most critical point is this……. the aetiology of MOST western diseases is not fully understood. The current iteration of the paleo diet as espoused by Cordain, uncovers a vast array of potential disease causing mechanisms that any doctor should find breath-taking. That alone should promote the paleo diet to the most important area for medical innovators. Cordain has traced the dietary origins of disease to the molecular level. I am convinced that it is correct. The alternative is to say that diet does not affect health, in which case why are there over 20,000 diet books on Amazon?

  4. akcalvin says:

    January 2010–Great to see you posting again Dr. Balzer.

    In response to your comment “The alternative is to say that diet does not affect health, in which case why are there over 20,000 diet books on Amazon?” Simple, yet brilliant! I hope to see you posting again more often.


  5. neilfrasersmith says:

    I’ve finally found a doctor in Australia that is ‘Paleo’ aware. Congratulations Dr Balzer to be one of the very few to challenge the ‘conventional wisdom’.
    A blog I’m sure you would love is freetheanimal.com
    Broadbeach, QLD

  6. Stefani says:

    hmm, nice post, I love it, i’m on diet research, thank for sharing..:)
    Hormones Weight Loss

  7. modernpaleodiet says:

    I love it, I’ve been on the Paleo Diet for quite some time now. A good place with some good info. http://modernpaleodiet.wordpress.com/

  8. WOL says:

    Hello Dr. Balzar…Please settle an argument that my wife and i are having around the health of eating grains and beans. My wife is a marathon runner and as I’m sure you are aware, distance runners revere carbohydrates as the premier energy source and consume them liberally. Now, I know that this would add weight to anyone not engaging in the vigorous amounts of exercise that marathoners partake in and she agreed with this, but is adamant that there is nothing healthier for you than “beans and rice” and that most of the world (third world) eats these on a daily basis as a staple..think South America and Asia, where the people are thin and seem healthy eating a fairly low protein, high carb diet. Could you speak to this please….Thanks for the great site and info.

    • benbalzer says:

      Hi sorry for the delay. Beans potatoes wheat rice and cereals are cheap substitutes for real paleo foods. There are plenty of paleo carbohydrates and historically their intake fluctuated wildly according to a seasonal pattern. In the old days, prisoners were punished by going onto bread and water, beans and rice is only one step up from that. Athletes can get away with it as they have their protein and vitamins covered in their other foods, as they eat so much. Athletes with genetic iron overload can get much worse overload as they often have a high iron intake. All Paleo dieters have a high iron intake. All people should get their fasting iron studies checked by their doctor regularly, definitely annually if you are a Paleo dieter.

  9. vahnbastian says:

    I still learning how to implement the paleolithic diet and wish it’ll work for me. thanks for the info

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