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Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

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Dr. Cordain received his Ph.D. in Health from the University of Utah in 1981, and has been a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University since 1982.  He is married and has three sons.

Featured on Dateline NBC, the front page of the Wall Street journal, and the New York Times, Loren Cordain is widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors.  He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts.  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's popular book, The Paleo Diet, has been widely acclaimed in both the scientific and lay communities.  His next book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, was published in October 2005, and discusses how the Paleo Diet can be modified for the high-performance endurance athlete, and lead to improved health and performance. His latest book, The Dietary Cure for Acne, is available in paperback and as an instant download ebook.  He is the recent recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into understanding optimal human nutrition.

Q: When did you first become interested in nutrition? 

A: I suppose it probably began in my childhood, from my mother encouraging me to eat my fruits and veggies and from my father giving me books about Stone Age people and how they lived off the land from wild plants and animals.  In the late 60's and early 70's I was involved in intercollegiate athletics and became more interested in diets that could improve my performance.  I read a wide variety of popular and now classic health books on vegetarian dieting such as Frances Moore Lappe's book, Diet for a Small Planet, and books by Norman Walker, Paavo Airola, and others.  Later, as a graduate student at the University of Nevada-Reno, and as a doctoral student at the University of Utah, I became involved in research involving body-fat measurements.  As a young professor at Colorado State University, I initiated a wide variety of research projects involving diet and athletic performance with the help of my graduate students.  I was introduced to the Paleo Diet concept in about 1987 when I read Dr. Boyd Eaton's seminal New England Journal of Medicine paper, Paleolithic Nutrition.  It made perfect sense to me at the time, and I voraciously read everything I could about the concept and related topics.  A number of years later, I gave Dr. Eaton a call and invited him to speak at Colorado State University.  We hit it off after our meeting, began writing together, and the rest can be found in the scientific literature.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., 1981, University of Utah, Health - Physical Education, Minor: Exercise Physiology
M.S., 1978, University of Nevada-Reno, Physical Education, Minor: Exercise Physiology
B.S., 1974, Pacific University, Health Sciences 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Title Institution Dates
Professor Colorado State University, Department of Health and Exercise Science 1990‑Present
Director, Human Performance Lab   1981‑1997
Director, Graduate Studies   1983-1996
Sabbatical Leave   1989, 1996, 2003
Associate Professor   1985-1990
Assistant Professor   1982-1985
Lecturer   1981-1982
Graduate Research Assistant University of Utah 1979-1981
Graduate Teaching Assistant University of Nevada-Reno 1976-1978

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