Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet

Perfect Health Diet

Can you prevent and cure cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or obesity? Can we maintain youthful vitality and good health to a ripe old age? According to Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet, Ph.D. and Shou-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D. it is not only possible, but has been done. The authors explain what condition’s they suffered and subsequently “cured” using the nutritional ideas in this book. The Jaminets state that they wrote this book about the Paleolithic Diet for healthy people, chronic disease sufferers, and doctors and scientists. Paleo for short, the diet also known as the caveman diet. The introduction is a great overview and may be all the casual reader is likely interested in, but for a more indepth study of the “how’s and why’s” the rest of the book is important.

In this book, the Jaminets claims that there are four (4) steps to gain renewed health, youthful vitality, and long life: Step One – Optimize Macronutrients; Step Two – Eat Paleo, Not Toxic; Step Three – Be Well Nourished; and Step Four – Heal and Prevent Disease. They also go on to demonstrate how and why our carbohydrate, protein, and fat ratios should be a 20-15-65 ratio instead of the recommended 55-15-30. He also talks about healthy weight loss, stumbling blocks, and even a “how to” for vegetarians regarding this diet.

Before they actually get into how to eat right, they discuss why bad diets wreck human health (19). For instance, they talk about how our liver can’t manufacture glucose the same as other animals. The average American diet is 52% carbohydrates, 33% fat, and 15% protein. They liken this ratio to that of a McDonald’s super-sized cheeseburger, French fries, and soda value meal (20). This is almost the identical ratio to what the U.S. government and groups like the American Heart Association have recommended for decades.

To fix our ailing bodies, he suggests that we optimize our macronutrients – proteins, carbs, and fats. He explains the need to limit proteins and carbohydrates and to increase our fats. With the fats, he goes into explicit detail about what fats to ingest, including why we need saturated fats and how polyunsaturated fats, though very necessary, are in actuality toxic in more than small quantities. In fact, the author explains how we eat too many flammatory Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) and not enough Omega- 3 EFA and highly recommends eliminating oils high in Omega-6 that he calls “liquid devils” (142).

“Eat Paleo, Not Toxic”, the second step, discusses eliminating whole food groups such as grains and legumes, why they are toxic and how they harm our bodies. The third step, “Be Well Nourished”, informs the reader how modern foods are nutrient- poor compared to the Paleolithic foods (174). It also discusses supplements and if they should be taken. The Jaminets explain that the Paleo Diet, when done properly, negates the need for most supplements. “Heal and Prevent Disease”, step four,
describes how we develop disease and chronic infections. It goes on to show specific strategies to turn disease into health.

The indepth scientific “why’s” in combination with their “Ideas” sections (the how), make this a very interesting read. I recommend this book to anyone serious about making dietary and lifestyle changes.

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