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Carnivore diet experts: the names driving a meat-first lifestyle 

Who are the carnivore diet’s leading advocates? And should you be taking their nutrition advice?

The carnivore diet has recently surged in popularity, backed by a pack of professionals with varying degrees of scientific credibility. We explore the profiles of ten carnivore diet experts who have significantly contributed to the carnivore diet dialogue, each bringing their own mix of research, clinical experience and charisma to the table.

Dr. Shawn Baker

An orthopedic surgeon and a prominent figure in the carnivore diet community, Dr. Shawn Baker has extensively promoted the benefits of an all-meat diet through social media and his book, “The Carnivore Diet.” Despite his controversial stance in the medical community, Baker’s personal health transformations and athletic achievements provide anecdotal evidence supporting the diet’s efficacy.

Dr. Ken Berry

A family physician with a focus on holistic health, Dr. Ken Berry is an advocate for the carnivore diet as a means to combat chronic diseases. His book, “Lies My Doctor Told Me,” challenges conventional dietary guidelines and promotes a meat-focused approach to health, backed by his clinical experiences and a critical review of existing nutritional science.

Dr. Georgia Ede

A psychiatrist specialising in nutritional and metabolic psychology, Dr. Georgia Ede explores the impact of diet on mental health. Her research and presentations often focus on the benefits of low-carbohydrate and carnivore diets for cognitive function and psychological well-being, advocating for dietary strategies tailored to individual needs.

Dr. Kevin Stock

A dental surgeon and a self-experimentation advocate, Dr. Kevin Stock has contributed to the carnivore diet community through his research on diet’s impact on human health, particularly in areas of body composition and dental health. His writings and podcasts offer insights into the scientific underpinnings and practical applications of meat-centric nutrition.

Dr. Anthony Gustin

A chiropractor and entrepreneur, Dr. Anthony Gustin has used his platform to discuss the merits of the carnivore diet for health and sustainability. Co-founder of Perfect Keto and Equip Foods, Gustin emphasizes the importance of quality in animal-based diets and explores the intersection of dietary practices, environmental stewardship, and human health.

Dr. Zsófia Clemens

A neurobiologist and clinical researcher, Dr. Zsófia Clemens is co-director of the Paleomedicina Clinic in Hungary, where she applies the carnivore diet (referred to as the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet) in clinical settings to treat chronic diseases, including autoimmune disorders and cancer. Her work provides valuable clinical data on the diet’s therapeutic potential.

Dr. Csaba Tóth

Collaborating closely with Dr. Zsófia Clemens, Dr. Csaba Tóth is a researcher and clinician at the Paleomedicina Clinic. His research focuses on the implementation of the carnivore diet to address metabolic diseases, demonstrating significant clinical improvements in patients with type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and other autoimmune conditions.

Dr. Peter Ballerstedt

An agronomist and foraging specialist, Dr. Peter Ballerstedt champions the environmental and nutritional benefits of ruminant agriculture and meat consumption. His work emphasises the role of well-managed grazing systems in sustainable food production, arguing for the importance of animal foods in human diets from both health and ecological perspectives.

Dr. James DiNicolantonio

A cardiovascular research scientist and author, Dr. James DiNicolantonio has explored the impact of diet on heart health, with a particular interest in the role of sugar and salt. His advocacy for the carnivore diet is grounded in research on ancestral eating patterns and their implications for contemporary health issues, including hypertension and metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Paul Saladino

Probably the most controversial of the carnivore diet experts on this list, Saladino trained in psychiatry and functional medicine. His approach (he often cuts a lively topless figure talking to camera in supermarkets for his social media posts) invites skepticism for its sweeping claims. Critics argue that Saladino’s recommendations, though compelling, may oversimplify nutritional science and underplay the importance of dietary diversity as recommended by the broader medical and nutritional community.

Photography Maddie Hamilton

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