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Is the Paleo Diet Taking Jeb Down?

Jeb and the Paleo DietInterest in the Paleo Diet and interest in Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign have been fading on parallel paths. Paleo was the hot ticket in 2012, peaked in 2013, and has been fading since. Bush announced early this year that Paleo is his secret to success for losing more than 40 pounds on the campaign trail. His poll numbers have been fading ever since.

As Bush has been getting derision from Donald Trump, so too has Paleo been getting more than its share of derision. Vox published a harsh critique recently, saying:

The imagined Paleo life is probably hard to endure today. So while the diet may be great for dramatic weight loss in the short term, such as for Bush, keeping the weight off over months or years will probably be even more difficult than surviving a junk-food-lined campaign trail and clinching the presidency.

All that press about meat consumption and cancer risk didn’t help either.

Now we’re not saying that Paleo is the cause of Bush’s drop in the polls. We’re just pointing out the correlation. You decide.

Click here to read more from Vox.

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December 15, 2015

5 Responses to “Is the Paleo Diet Taking Jeb Down?”

  1. December 15, 2015 at 6:25 am, Joe Gitchell said:

    Love it!

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    You should run the r2, Ted! I bet it is pretty high!


    • December 15, 2015 at 6:31 am, Ted said:

      Thanks for the inspiration, Joe.

  2. December 15, 2015 at 7:09 am, hank said:

    Come on. Correlation? Not even close. I am not a proponent of Bush but whatever happened to cause and effect. Does not exist here.

    • December 15, 2015 at 8:23 am, Ted said:

      I guess you’re right, Hank. 😉

  3. December 15, 2015 at 8:03 am, Allen Browne said:

    Correlation vs causation

    Causation vs correlation