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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Big Box Books (November 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615228380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615228389
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Immediately I was struck by the clarity and simplicity of the writing. I didn't realize that fat cells could wander around the body and turn into different cell types. Fascinating!" --Jo Robinson, Author of The Omega Diet

"Dr. Shanahan is the Michael Pollan of medicine, telling us what to eat and why to eat it." --JoAnn Deck, Vice President of Ten Speed Press

"Even readers who are very familiar with the works of Weston Price will still discover new and fascinating information within these pages. I enjoyed Deep Nutrition so much that I honestly did not want to finish it." --Marjorie Tietjen, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

"I have just finished reading Deep Nutrition and already recommended it to one of my daughters with the intent to insist that all my 5 adult children read this book as well.  Everyone was required to read Fast Food Nation...and Omnivore's Dilemma."  Ron Singler, MD Medical Director Highline Medical Group, Seattle WA

"Deep Nutrition offers a fascinating presentation of nutrition, genetics, anthropology, history, medicine, metabolism, and cooking. It is a book that I can refer to my patients as a resource, and to colleagues as a reference." -- Lowell Gerber, MD, Medical Director Freeport Cardiology, LLC

"I read Deep Nutrition by Cate Shanahan M.D. three times and can’t wait to read it again. That book is a masterpiece, in my opinion." -- Sean Croxton, Undergroundwellness.com

From the Author

One of our favorite passages in the book speaks to the importance of our ability to gauge beauty. Contrary to what we typically hear, the fascination for good-looking people is not a new phenomenon created by Hollywood. Nor is it about vanity. Rather, the instinct for beauty reflects a deep-seated, primal survival skill that has enabled us to reliably select the healthiest mates and pass on the healthiest genes to our offspring.

Unfortunately, the introduction of industrial food into our bodies has also impacted our genetic expression and, for reasons described in Chapters Two and Three, this means that optimal growth is now relatively more rare and precious than it was in the past.

Once we better appreciate how wandering from our ancestral nutritional path can affect us so powerfully, we can better appreciate the power of real food to set our bodies back on track.

More About the Author

Catherine Shanahan, MD is author of the underground classic Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, and the easy-to-read executive summary of holistic nutrition, Food Rules: A Doctors Guide to Healthy Eating. She is also a Cornell trained genetic researcher with two decades of Family Practice experience. Over that time, she has observed dramatic changes in the bone structure, immune-system hyper-reactivity, and behavioral development across six generations of patients.

Deep Nutrition describes how these changes in genetic health have resulted from changes to our eating habits. She ditches the Food Pyramid and outlines the original human diet based around common elements to all traditional diets, the 4 Pillars of World Cuisine. These are the four categories of foods that helped to make our ancestors strong and fit, but most of us today are lucky if we include one of the four. Food Rules provides a quick, how-to guide to expanding our diets, including new foods and adapting new habits to create a powerfully healthy lifestyle.

Dr Cate wants to empower her patients and her readers with the knowledge to lose weight, get healthy, and have healthy children by following principles of traditional nutrition. She has received many thank you letters from around the world written by readers who have astounded their friends, family, and their doctors and been taken off chronic prescriptions. In addition to her private practice in Napa, CA and together with co-Author and husband Luke, she has created a new nutritional program for the Los Angeles Lakers that has improved players' energy and reduced recovery time after injuries.

Customer Reviews

A very good book that explains complex nutrition questions in an easy to understand manner.
Bjørn Johansen
This changed when I started reading the book Deep Nutrition Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan, MD and Luke Shanahan.
New Dawn Fitness
There is so much to say about this book, but the most important thing is that once you read it, you will never be the same.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

436 of 458 people found the following review helpful By claudia on December 28, 2010
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Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine and Luke Shanahan (she's an MD) is now in my own personal Top Ten books of all time. I could never say enough good things about this book; it's off the charts.

I'm a health nut from way back, always telling my friends the latest about Omega-3's, the horrors of trans-fats, the crucial need for Vitamin D and more. I learned most of it first from my sister, I admit, but I found Barry Sears by myself. My sis actually has a 1938 publication by Weston Price, and first got going with Adele Davis. I've read countless books, magazine articles, newsletters, and manuals trying to understand what's what. I'd trade all I've ever read about diet, nutrition, and health food for the book produced by Catherine and Luke Shanahan.

Regarding the massive amount of research these two have done, they have really sifted the chaff from the wheat. (Oh, but too bad about that metaphor, wheat is kind of on the outs now for me.) What we should be eating, and WHY, is what this book is all about. This narrative has unusual insights and connects things you would never expect to see in a book about nutrition. This book is so engaging and well written; you certainly come away with a bit of the personality of its authors (a couple of minor typos are not a problem for me, unlike the reviewer who gave it two stars).

Your paradigms will shift! You know sugar is a problem. How bad? Pretty bad. You need to know why. Catherine and Luke explain it is so well you will wonder why candy is ever allowed in schools. But cheer-up, nutrient rich foods are nothing if not delicious! The more flavor, the more nutrition. Rich cream is good for you, and butter! Who knew?
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178 of 191 people found the following review helpful By docfor ME on May 12, 2011
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I just finished reading Deep Nutrition, Twice.

As a cardiologist, the first time I read it was to see what was in there. I found it to be very interesting. She gets down to the facts quite well. At the same time, I found a fascinating presentation of nutrition, genetics, anthropology, history, medicine, metabolism, and cooking. It is a book that I can refer to my patients as a resource, and to colleagues as a reference.

The second time I read it was right after the first. I realized that there was so much information in there,so "nutrient dense", that I had to read it again to really "consume and digest" (parden the puns, but no other way to say it) the wealth of information.

I recommend this book highly to anyone who is interested in food, nutrition, or metabolism, and in fact I recommend it to anyone who consumes food and nutrition, that is, anyone who can read and has a life. You will be thankful that you invested the time to read it.
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269 of 303 people found the following review helpful By EB MamaBear on September 26, 2012
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I really, really thought I would love this book. I had been wanting to buy it for a year or so and finally when I found out I was pregnant (with #3) I had the justification I needed to go ahead :)

I was unsure of whether to give this book 4 or 3 stars...I still would recommend it, just with some reservations.

Shanahan does a good job of explaining why and how sugar/HFCS is so terrible for us. Good knowledge to keep in mind whenever the cravings hit. the biochemical chaos that ensues from eating very much of these foods is down right scary.

She also does a good job of explaining why and how transfat and industrial seed oils (canola, soy, corn, etc) are the real big kahuna of unhealthy foods; she follows up with why traditional fats like butter, coconut oil, EVOO are beneficial. this is something I already took to heart (no pun intended!) and I think she did a pretty good job of illustrating this point.

She has a very good chapter on collagen formation, which I learned a lot from.

Shanahan's writing style flows off the pen like honey- it sounds sweet and enticing and is easy to swallow. Unfortunately, I also found this to be a pitfall. Sometimes the words come too easy, and I think she gets ahead of herself and doesn't back herself up enough.

The field of epigenetics is revolutionary and has important implications for our lifestyle choices. But it will not "change your genes" as she often blurts out- it will change how your genes express. Of course a traditional diet is not going to turn you into claudia schiffer or michael jordan unless you started out with that genetic blueprint. Though Shanahan implies this throughout the book, I think she gets a bit overexcited and overstates herself.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on July 6, 2011
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First of all, this is THE best book on nutrition out there. Get this book. I own three copies: one for my own reference, and two to lend out. It's that good.

Deep Nutrition is an easy read, witty and engaging. It reads more like a novel than a nutritional text. You will find yourself turning the pages and wishing for more. It will change the way you look at food forever. It has for us.

The main premise is that you can change your life and the lives of your children by following the principles of traditional eating. In a society riddled by adult and childhood health problems, this is good news indeed! For the couple looking to conceive, it means having tools to have a healthy and beautiful child. For both children and adults with current health problems, it means hope for recovery. By eating a traditional diet, we can change how our genes work and how our children's genes work.

We can also change the way our children look. Using principles from Stephen Marquardt and from modern scientific research, Catherine Shanahan shows us how beauty is objective, transcending all cultures and races. There is a certain dynamic symmetry that the human brain looks for and recognizes as beautiful. I know this sounds abstract, but the book provides some very convincing pictures. Especially interesting are pictures of siblings showing that the later born siblings have less dynamic symmetry, presumably the result of less optimal maternal nutrition. The latest born siblings have features similar to fetal alcohol syndrome. Could second sibling syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome both be related to maternal malnutrition? See for yourself, but you will not be able to look at facial features the same way again.

So what is Deep Nutrition? What is traditional food?
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