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Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat Paperback – December 3, 2013
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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.
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The authors at their website have changed their beliefs after examining evidence. They want to get things right more than be right - a stance I applaud.
PHD is a labor of love for two people who had serious health issues and put their shoulder to the grindstone to find answers that worked for them. Section 4 on dealing with chronic infections is the most cutting edge part of their book. The chronic infections referred to are those almost every single person over 40 has accumulated which reappear when one's body is run down.
1st, the acne that bad plagued me for years disappeared and my skin is practically porcelain looking.
2nd, I had a very abundant milk supply, which I expected to struggle with since other women in my family have.
3rd, even though I was getting up multiple times a night to feed my baby, I felt like I had more energy than before. I used to be a very sluggish person, but now I feel like a mover and a shaker.
4th, I feel like my hormone levels are very even, I no longer suffer from the mood swings that I've had since puberty.
5th, my digestion is AWESOME. I never get bloated anymore and that used to be a daily occurrence after every meal. Constipation and diarrhea are a thing of the past.
I feel so fortunate to have found this book at such a young age. I hope to live a long, healthy life by eating this way.
And yet, the Jaminets also take the approach that a straight meat and veggies diet is simply too low in carbs for a properly functioning immune system and proper thyroid level (carbs are required for basic immune functions like phagocytic attack and mucus secretion, as well as neurological and immune energy which feeds back to thyroid output). They like carb sources found in the paleolithic and mesolithic cultures such as tubers, fruit, dairy (for some) and low-in-antinutrient white rice.
Now, to the practical: on this diet my family and I have seen an increased level of energy and overall spunk (skin shine, sleep quality, etc.) compared to when we were on, in sequence, a paleo Zone type of diet (Barry Sears' Zone diet using paleo foodstuffs), and a lower carb Mark Sisson-style primal diet. Basically, this has more saturated fat than the former and more carbs than the latter. We are as lean as we were, but feeling better and without any problems, whatsoever.
For those who have chronic infections (read: "lingering health issues"), this book also explains how you can fine-tune your diet and supplementation to fight these infections, whether they are viral, fungal, or bacterial (a different approach for each). The same for athletes.
My only criticism is that they only give 1 sentence to the classes of diseases which fare better avoiding starch and, instead, getting their carbs from fruit and honey (such as Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Spondylitis, and other within the class; as well as some other diseases). While this diet/lifestyle is very easy to combine with a GAPS approach, with carbs from simply sugars and not starch, this goes unsaid and the authors tend to prefer starches for most.
In short, this is the best book out there for a well-researched, unbiased view on diet and how it impacts our lives and health.
I actually recommend for those who really care to read their blog, and then go buy the book for the relatives who probably won't read the blog on their own.