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Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food Paperback – November 14, 2008
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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.
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This book changed my outlook on healthy eating, it truly opened my eyes. It has a very logical approach to eating. This is how my great-grandparents used to eat and they lived long healthy lives. I now read food labels thoroughly, I stopped sweetening my drinks, I cut down on my carb intake, and I've started enjoying non-homogenized organic grass fed milk, organic butter, organic eggs, meat broth, vegetables, and even sardines!. I've learned to really read the labels of the food I buy, and I've stopped buying many processed foods. No more cereals, "low fat" products, crackers, chips, or any dessert items. I make my own desserts in a healthy wholesome way, there are many recipes that exist and so many healthy alternatives to the unhealthy convenience foods we got used to eating.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a healthy life, who wants to be disease free, and who has a family to raise. You'll even lose weight and start to look younger!
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? Olive oil is still OK, but I did not know how much damage the canola, soy, sunflower, and other veggie oils where doing. I had no idea.
Vegans will have the biggest challenge in their path to health. Our bodies did not evolve eating soy and veggies alone. Soy has major issues, well explained here. I'm now eating liver and liking it (I am shocked, actually), making my own yogurt from raw milk and loving it (remembering trips to Greece), and learning to ferment veggies (delicious).
French cooks, Julie and Julia fans, rejoice. Those French sauces, creamy or made of stock from slow cooked bones, are not only yummy, but super healthy!
Young adults who are getting married and thinking about babies, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read this wonderful book before you conceive. There are way, way, too many unhealthy kids in the world. You want one that is as perfect as possible. Deep nutrition starts before conception.
Boomers....do you want to be in the joint replacement brigade, dealing with cancer or heart disease, forgetting stuff all the time? Of course not. READ THIS BOOK!!
Amazon readers are always told "If you liked this book, you will like _______" I didn't think it was possible to have another book out there as good as this one, but Nora Gedgaudas wrote one. Her book, Primal Body--Primal Mind: Empower Your Total Health The Way Evolution Intended, is one you probably should buy at the same time you order this one. These two books are joined at the hip. They fit together perfectly with minimal duplication. They both give jaw-dropping insights into who we are bio-chemically, and what we can do to survive in a world where profits drive food production and medical care.
If you don't have heath care (I mean sick care), BUY these books. You'll be fine, unless you are hit by a truck.