32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
Go get a complete blood test and physical exam (hopefully by a doctor who will pay attention). Follow this diet strictly for 30 days or so. Go get the blood work done again.
If you don't see results and feel better then no need to keep eating this way.
Be honest with yourself.
If you want more info read the books by Loren Cordain and Rob Wolf.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
A little slow, but definitely makes the point. In my experience, this is the perfect human diet, and it is gratifying that so many people are interested in learning via this video. The really hilarious thing here is the vegan below calling Robb Wolf et al "bloated".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
This documentary is well presented. Though not entertaining, it is very informative and provides solid and conclusive evidence to back the findings of the researchers. The final conclusion is counter-intuitive as one may expect a more sophisticated and different finding. I think subconsciously, we al already know the facts presented here.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
There are countless articles, books, and movies related to the way humans should eat. I have read, watched, and tried a great deal of them which in turn has caused a great amount of confusion and in some cases illness. Just before coming upon In Search of the Perfect Human Diet I was given a doctor's order to follow a Stoneage Diet, I had read The Paleo Diet which a friend suggested, and my holistic nutritionist strongly recommended this way of eating. Although other sources can be very convincing, I have to say that In Search of the Perfect Human Diet is the BEST evidence-based documentary on nutrition. One diet may not fit all perfectly but its foundation promotes health for all. I hope that more people will watch this film in the future, have an open mind, and start to at least increase their consumption of whole, natural foods. Most importantly is to do what makes you feel the best and this can definitely be the recipe for success! :)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
The public health crisis of metabolic syndrome in North American and, increasingly, elsewhere, is destroying lives and bankrupting health care. This documentary makes clear how far we have diverged from what constitutes a real healthful human diet and lifestyle, and points us in the right direction for making simple changes to turn it all around.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2013
The information gleaned is worth putting up with the video being a little over-long (and a little cheesy.) Listen most especially to the scientists & doctors, and take 'the cheerleaders' for what they are - enthusiastic adopters of a way of eating they believe leads to good health.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2013
I was given this movie as a gift and lost it in moving. I was happy to find it here on Amazon Prime.
Like many people, I have read dozens of books on different types of diets. Every diet sounds like "the one" to a lay-person (non-scientist/nutritionist) because every author can produce a variety of studies that tell you why their diet is the only, true diet to solve all of mankind's problems. The all have so-called "independent studies" that back up what they have to say about the diet they are trying to sell you on. But that becomes the problem for the public as well: they ALL have so-called proof that what they are trying to sell is the best. Every study for every diet seems to come from a well known source. So back to question 1, which is the best diet since every one of them sounds legitimate to us, the public. They all sound logical, reasonable and proven correct. But again, they ALL sound logical, reasonable and correct. I saw a panel of diet book writers on YouTube made up of a panel of about 6 of the top selling diet book authors of the time (it is about 3 or 4 years old now - as of 10-19-13). No matter who spoke their diet would sound like the right one to follow...then the next speaker would start and all of a sudden, everything the last speaker said sounded wrong. And so it went down he line. After each speaker presented their case, uninterrupted, the floor was opened to all for questions. There was a line of probably 50 people standing in a line waiting to ask a question into a microphone. After the first person asked a question, the panel basically exploded and the seemingly friendly panel of experts were at each other's throats. I think the first question's answer went on for about 20 minutes with 6 different speakers arguing their points.
The arguing finally stopped only because someone came from off stage, called himself the moderator, cut off the microphones f the speakers on stage and set some ground rules like one person speaking at a time. The second person came up and asked a question and each of the 6 speakers answered one at a time, all with different answers, solutions and "proof" that they were right and everyone was wrong. And on and on it went... Anyone want to guess how much was cleared up for the audience by the time it was done? Okay, no guessing needed. For as many questions as were asked, every one of them got 6 different answers and you could see the audience were all as confused as when they walked in the door.
As I watched and listened the only diet that seemed to come out just barely above the others was a protein diet by a Dr. Eades which is similar to the Paleo diet. After watching this documentary which isn't based on studies of current man, the already "injured species" and it focused on our very early ancestors it really was the first information I truly believe. And I may be wrong but looking back at our species, before the advent of ANY of today's modern diets finally seems to me, to be the best scientific evidence of how we should be eating. The one thing I did wish they had gone into a little deeper when talking about the basis of the diet being animal protein, was during the segment toward the end when the documentary crew went to a grocery store to discuss what we should eat. Specifically, when they were talking about what kinds of meat to buy and no mention was made of buying "real" meat, the kind grown without steroids or antibiotics. Neither of those would have been in a paleolithic diet since they didn't exist. And one thing multiple modern studies have shown is that the human body WILL absorb steroids (used to make modern meat sources larger) and antibiotics (to keep the animals healthy until slaughter) can and will be transferred to human beings if consumed. So buying free-range meat that doesn't contain those things would be my only criticism of this entire documentary. And I wish there was a diet book that accompanied this documentary. I know you can probably use the Paleo Diet books that are out but it would be nice to know which one or ones.
Since I wrote the original review a few things have come up that I wanted to share.
The first thing was that Good Morning America did a round up of the top diets of 2013. Guess which diet came in last...the paleo. However, judging was done by, of all people, doctors and dietitians who had written diet books. One more thing to guess at: where do you think their diets ranked in this "unbiased" review? Of course, high on the list. When they were asked why the paleo diet was at the bottom of the list each quoted the "research" used to justify their diets. Pretty hard to give it credibility since over the course of the year each of those diets research was found to be sponsored by the people who wrote the diets!
Second is a warning for people with any form of kidney disease (I suffer from it myself). Protein is one of the hardest things for your kidneys to process and puts a great strain on them. So, the usual warning, make SURE you talk to your doctor and show him/her your diet BEFORE you start it. Kidney damage cannot be reversed so it isn't something to just try to test.
Third is that I did buy a couple books on the paleo diet and tried it out. Again, I am in stage 4 kidney disease and not looking to go on dialysis (which is what happens in the final stage, stage 5). I showed the diet to my kidney specialist (nephrologist) and with nothing more than portion control I was given the okay to try the diet out (I have bloodwork done regularly so it was easy to track if it was doing any damage...and it didn't). Since I wrote the original review I have lost 21 pounds without any significant muscle loss (and no, 21 pounds was NOT all water weight). I also haven't felt hungry or deprived in any way. Also since this diet does call for a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables than the video suggests, I purchased a Nutribullet. It makes it a lot easier to drink my vegetables since you put them in raw before making a drink out of them (raw is how our ancestors would have eaten most of them but I live in a time a few thousand years after their time and here in America we aren't used to eating many servings of vegetables all day long so liquefying them and drinking many of them is much easier. Okay, I'm lazy but at least I'm still on the diet!).
Finally, I mentioned that because of my kidneys i have blood work done regularly. One thing I can attest to is that when I went into the hospital and ate their diet (based on the so-called "new food pyramid") my blood work showed significant decline. After I got home, my blood work showed a significant improvement. The only difference was that I was back on the paleo diet. I am in and out of the hospital a LOT due to multiple medical conditions and I can honestly say that every time I go into the hospital my dietary changes have made my conditions worse; as soon as I go home (without one fail) and start eating paleo again things have looked better every time. Too many times to be coincidence.
So no matter where this diet ranked (and I have been on the other diets that supposedly ranked higher), this seems to work for me. I don't remember the name of the book (and I use it all the time...duh) but it is paleo recipe book with recipes that contains recipes that only have 5 ingredients on average and take about 5 to 20 minutes to prepare (just read the titles and you'll figure it out easily).
If your doctor says it's okay, I would definitely recommend it. Believe me though, you have to be a carnivore at heart as you will be eating meat. Next comes the fruit and vegetables. While traditional desserts aren't a part of this diet, I do give myself one "cheat day" every week. I also stick to ONLY one day and eat whatever I want. As I said, I still managed to lose 21 pounds (20 was my goal and I could never keep it off trying the other fad diets out there. Like most people, I would lose the weight and then put it back on because I couldn't stay on the final "maintenance" stage of any of those diets. That is the way you are supposed to eat after you've lost the weight to keep it off. With the paleo, it's a MUCH more realistic was of eating so it's easy to keep going in the maintenance phase after you've lost whatever the amount of weight is you want to lose).
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
All in all, interesting and insightful. One new insight for me was using old bones to see what humans ate. I have been looking at human nutrition for 7 years now, and I think this way of thinking may very well be right. I do know that I myself feel better when eating this way.
Of course this DVD is biased. And that's OK with me. I do object when other reviewers dismiss the entire DVD as "claptrap." I don't think that any one person has the correct final answer on human nutrition. And I think any discussion of nutrition should be viewed with a little bit of skepticism. But to dismiss it entirely as "claptrap" is showing your own very strong bias.
The analogy on the football field was well conceived. Definitely drove the point home. The scientist studying the bones to see what humans ate was so smart that he was a touch hard to follow at times. I had to rewind a few times to figure out exactly what he was saying. But it was very much worth it!! I think what he was asserting was critical! If the science is sound, it's a huge, huge plus for eating fat! Oh, and if some vegetarian tells me the science isn't sound, I will take their statement with a large dump truck full of salt.
In my humble opinion, anyone that tells you they have the final answer on human nutrition, ... ...has no clue. But I didn't feel this narrator was saying he knew exactly what was best.
The narrator is ?what? bland, maybe? Not exactly what I would call riveting. But somehow interesting nonetheless. Definitely worth watching.