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Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat [Kindle Edition]

Paul Jaminet , Shou-Ching Jaminet , Mark Sisson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Suffering from chronic illness and unable to get satisfactory results from doctors, husband and wife scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet took an intensely personal interest in health and nutrition. They embarked on five years of rigorous research. What they found changed their lives— and the lives of thousands of their readers.

In Perfect Health Diet, the Jaminets explain in layman’s terms how anyone can regain health and lose weight by optimizing nutrition, detoxifying the diet, and supporting healthy immune function. They show how toxic, nutrient-poor diets sabotage health, and how on a healthy diet, diseases often spontaneously resolve.

Perfect Health Diet tells you exactly how to optimize health and make weight loss effortless with a clear, balanced, and scientifically proven plan to change the way you eat—and feel—forever!


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“This is more than a diet. It's a program for perfect health. The result of 5 years of research, the Perfect Health Diet enabled scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet to cure their own chronic diseases. With more than 600 citations to the scientific literature, Perfect Health Diet explains simply and clearly how to optimize your diet for a lifetime of great health. I've read hundreds of books on nutrition and health in my life, and Perfect Health Diet is at the top of the list."—Chris Kresser, M.S., Lac; integrative medicine practitioner and blogger at ChrisKresser.com

“The Perfect Health Diet is the missing link. It bridges the gap between the philosophical, broad-based, almost intuitive ancestral approach to health and the hard-core data hounds who need to see proof at every step. The authors are scientists through and through, an astrophysicist and a molecular biologist, who deftly wield the scepter of cold, hard science while paying homage to the inescapable wisdom of traditional, ancestral, evolutionary health.”—Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint and founder of marksdailyapple.com

“From the best of what we know about ancestral science and the natural world comes a modern-day formula proven to return us to optimal health. The Perfect Health Diet delivers exactly what it promises.”—Dallas & Melissa Hartwig, authors of It Starts With Food

“The sanest overview of what to eat I have ever seen. If you are going to read only one thing on the subject, read this.”—Seth Roberts, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology at UC Berkeley and author of The Shangri-La Diet

"Whenever any of my clients ask me a health/performance diet question, I just tell them to go to Perfect Health Diet; I trust that anything that appears in the book has been thoroughly researched and examined. One of my best friends was on the diet while undergoing chemo and his bloodwork numbers were so good that they would have been considered average...for a person without cancer. This book is my number one nutritional resource for my family, friends, and clients.” (Court Wing, Co-founder and Head of Training, CrossFit NYC)

"This book provides the missing link between Paleolithic diets and complete health and vitality, and provides a complete foundation for total ancestral health in the modern age."—Aaron Blaisdell, Professor of Psychology at UCLA and President of the Ancestral Health Society.

About the Author

Paul Jaminet, PhD, was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Paul’s experience overcoming a chronic illness led the Jaminets to develop the views of aging and disease presented in Perfect Health Diet.

Shou-Ching Jaminet, PhD, is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and Director of BIDMC’s Multi-Gene Transcriptional Profiling Core. Shou-Ching was born in Korea to Chinese parents, attended college at National Taiwan University in Taipei and graduate school at University of Newcastle in Australia, before coming to the US to work at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard Medical School.

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  • File Size: 4725 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (December 11, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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415 of 427 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe how much better I feel! January 2, 2011
By gp2x
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had been eating (very) low-carb and high-protein for the better part of a decade - and I had gotten a lot of practice arrogantly dismissing suggestions (from any source) that I should change anything about my diet.

It is a testimony to the insightfulness of this book that it persuaded me to change.

How was I persuaded?

* The Jaminets are highly educated (Ph.D.s both), but not they're not nutritionists and are not bound by any party line.
* They amass a huge volume of scientific literature in support of their assertions - about 1/3 of every page is journal citations.
* They write clearly, and are clearly motivated by a desire to share the keys they've discovered for better health.
* Time after time, while reading, I exclaimed "so *that's* why!" - there's an overarching framework they build, and after reading it I have a much broader and deeper understanding of health and nutrition.

The changes I made were:
1. Eat a modest amount (15-20%) of calories as carbs from what they call "safe starches" (rice & potatoes in my case.)
2. Eat a large (~70%) of calories from fat. In particular, I consume dramatically more butter (kerrygold!), and I've added a fair bit of coconut oil too.
3. (As a result, the amount of protein I eat has dropped somewhat.)
4. Supplementing with a mix of the vitamins they recommend.
5. Doing a 24-hour fast once a week.

Results: (after 1.5 months or so.)
1. I'm no longer "brain-dead" and unable to think in the evenings after work.
2. I no longer have fruit or chocolate cravings.
3. I'm much happier, and wake up looking forward to the day.
4. I've been much more social.
5. The extra starch has not resulted in weight gain.
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317 of 329 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Diet Book I Have Read October 29, 2010
Format:Paperback
The Perfect Health Diet is an extremely well referenced and supported diet book. I have read maybe fifty health and nutrition books, many in the "low carb", "paleo", "traditional eating" and "whole foods" categories. This book is the best that I have read. Every issue is discussed in detail.

The end product is a diet that has similar macronutrient ratios to Pacific islanders with high levels of longevity and resistance to disease. How they deduce that such a diet is optimal is pretty interesting. The authors use the premise that your body can convert one type of macronutrient to another, but such conversion may not be optimal. Why go completely high protein when your body will just make glucose from protein? Why go high carb when the carbohydrates above 600 calories a day are converted to saturated fat? The authors also point to the nutrients in human milk as evidence on what might be optimal to eat. The discussion of macronutrients (fats, proteins, carbohydrates) was the most detailed I have seen in any nutrition book for a non-professional audience.

The diet is a "paleolithic" diet in that it suggests avoiding food toxins such as fructose (sugar), grains other than white rice, legumes and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. The book is quite specific about the evidence on these toxins. The diet is fine with so-called "safe starches", such as potatoes and white rice. It ends up being a high fat diet by calories as protein and carbohydrates are given generous upper bounds. Coconut oil is praised.

A section on supplements gives reasonable advice to focus on a few key nutrients and to avoid a few other common supplements. All the advice is quite reasonable.
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157 of 163 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid overview for healthies! January 24, 2012
Format:Paperback
Don't let the somewhat corny title of this book put you off. This book is a wonderful and very simple introduction to real healthy eating for anyone currently eating a average-quality diet.

Great things about this book:

1. For those that just want the facts super-fast this book gives you a one page summary of the eating plan within the first 6 pages of the book. The book also contains lots of extra information backing up their conclusions as well, for those that want it.

2. This book is about eating healthily and how to improve your health and reduce your risk of getting ill in the future with diet - rather than just about mere weight loss - which is so refreshing. Slow weight normalisation is a side effect of following this diet for sure, but it is not the primary focus.

3. The research for the book began when the authors were each working to improve their own health issues through diet. The authors are genuinely nice people that are passionate about helping others get the same results they have and the subject of a healthy diet and this comes through clearly on every page of this book.

4. The diet the authors recommend is made up of 20% carbs, 65% fat and 15% protein. So it is a low/moderate carb, high fat and moderate protein diet by calories, and 35% animal foods and 65% plant foods by weight. This is very similar to a traditional Pacific Islander diet, the authors explain.

The sections explaining the facts of fats, carbs and protein are of a very high quality and seem to summarise the work of all the best books I have read on nutrition and diet lately. The problems with a high carb diet are clearly spelled out as are the benefits of a high fat diet.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Give yourself the best gift in existence and read this!!!
It's been said before...but it really is the sanest book on health. No exaggeration or gimmicky ideas, just very sound and practical information that completely makes sense. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mallory Osugi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Health Diet was one of two books (the other ...
The Perfect Health Diet was one of two books (the other being the Primal Blueprint) that inspired me to improve my health and fitness levels. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ted Neckowicz
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but a tough read
Its a tough read. I had a hard time reading it. Lot's of scientific facts and some of the suggestions are products and things that are hard to find and make. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lisa M. Bodrogi
3.0 out of 5 stars since it comes so highly recommended by my doctor
I admit I haven't fully read this; I skimmed through it. There is a whole lot of science throughout this book; I doubt that the average reader will fully comprehend so many... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Elizabeth H. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview
Enlightening info, but eating 3 lbs of food per day is just too much for me and many others
Published 17 days ago by Laura E Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Title
Great info on healthy nutritious eating. My weight gain stopped and I have more than enough energy to exercise. I don't feel constantly starved or missing smth. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book out for truly healthy living
Love this book! I have studied nutrition over the last seven years, and think the author's research and recommendations are excellent. Read more
Published 18 days ago by S L D
5.0 out of 5 stars Can be the next step for low-carbers who feel burned out
Common sense advice ... basically whole food/low carb/good fats. If these ideas are added to some resistant starch theories, it becomes a very workable plan for some people.
Published 20 days ago by Fruit Smoothie
5.0 out of 5 stars For me as supplement maniac very nice was the part about vitamins and...
For many people it's a nutrition bible.
For me? Also. The authors want to make you believe in every statement they give. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kamil Kluziak
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Human Diet is a must-read for anyone concerned with their...
This book covers so many areas. It is all written in an easy to understand manner yet everything is backed up 100% scientifically. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Chip Morgan
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