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5.0 out of 5 stars Great diet and healing info that WORKS
This book is an amazing read on nutrition, genetics, anthropology, history, medicine, metabolism, and traditional food preparation.
It explains why what you eat changes your gene expression and that most diseases are caused by faulty gene expression, NOT permanent genetic changes and that what you eat (or don't eat) can affect your family's genes for...
Published 22 months ago by Jodi-Hummingbird
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is way to technical for the averae person! I am an average person! sj
My brother recommended it to me. He can understand all this yargon but I can't. I wish I had not spent the money!
Published 8 months ago by Shirley Johnsston
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great diet and healing info that WORKS,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)This book is an amazing read on nutrition, genetics, anthropology, history, medicine, metabolism, and traditional food preparation.
It explains why what you eat changes your gene expression and that most diseases are caused by faulty gene expression, NOT permanent genetic changes and that what you eat (or don't eat) can affect your family's genes for generations.
The basic food advice is the same as on the Weston. A Price website mostly, for anyone that can't afford the book. But this book offers so much more food for thought than just providing a simple list of good and bad foods. There is so much research and information here that I hadn't read before, even though I'm a big fan of reading books on nutrition lately. This book discusses some concepts which are not usually included in Paleo type books, and goes into so much more depth on more commonly discussed topics too.
This book really changed the way I thought about a few things. It was one of the those books that after I finished reading it I had that sudden bizarre urge to buy another copy of it, just in case, that happens sometimes with books that make me really see the world in a different way. (Yes, I know that urge is bizarre! I didn't buy another copy though just thought about it a bit, so that makes me only a slightly weird bibliophile I hope.)
This book condenses a massive amount of research into one small book.
In short, eat real old-fashioned food. Eat good quality meats (not grain fed) and don't take the fat off, eat good fats like olive oil, butter, animal fats, palm oil and coconut oil, eat the usual meats but also organ meats, eat bone broths (chicken stock etc.), eat fermented and sprouted foods, eat lots of fresh vegetables and go easy on the fruit. Avoid at all costs sugar in all its forms as well as unnatural fats; trans fats.
This book explains that:
* The genetic lottery is not random and our genes are not set in stone. They are exquisitely sensitive to how we treat them. Genes make what seem to be intelligent decisions guided in part by chemical information in the food we eat.
* The idea that modern diseases are caused by traditional foods is just nonsense, and, "The merging of business and science into one corporate body means that medical science can no longer countenance advice incompatible with the interests of commerce."
* Beauty and health are linked. Voluptuous curves are a sign of health.
* When a women is pregnant and not properly nourished, this not only affects the baby's development but can mean that nutrients are taken from her own body and given to the baby. With some fatty acids for example, this can leave the pregnant woman with a smaller brain post-pregnancy!
* Many foods today are not as nutrient dense as they once were (e.g. Produce is picked before it is ripe).
* Eyes being set too close together, crowded teeth in a smaller jaw, and a short nose are signs of poor nutrition. Often children will show more of these features the higher they are in the birth order.
This book explains about diet that:
* The four pillars of authentic cuisine that should be eaten daily are 1. Meat cooked on the bone, 2. Organ meats and offal, 3. Fresh fruits and vegetables and 4. Fermented and sprouted foods.
* It is not true that today's animals are fatter than they used to be and we need to eat lots of fat to be healthy - as our ancestors did.
* Meats should be slow cooked on the bone and not overcooked. Meats should be eaten with some meat fat. Organic pasture-raised beef is worth the price.
* Bone broths are a very healthy addition to the diet. The wonderful complex flavour in sauces and soups made with stock is also a sign that they are highly nutritious.
* Saturated fats are needed by the body and have many health benefits.
* Raw dairy foods have many benefits, particularly traditionally made/homemade yogurts.
* The most important foods to avoid are sugar, processed foods and vegetable oils/trans fats. Even small amounts of trans fats have serious effects on the body and how well it can function and resist disease.
* Only small amounts of traditionally cultured soy products should be eaten and all commercial soy products should be avoided. Protein powders and milk powders should be avoided.
* Whether you eat sugar or starch from grains or legumes etc. your body winds up absorbing sugar. Advice to cut down sugar but to eat lots of grains makes no sense.
* If you have insulin problems or are overweight, cut daily carbs to 100 grams or less.
* Drink only fresh vegetable juices if you drink juices, never tinned or bottled.
* If you are ill, avoid junk food completely. You just can't afford to give new 'ammunition' to the enemy.
There were a few parts of the book that I disagreed with.
1. Most notably the authors comments about vitamin C and other supplements were terrible and showed a real lack of basic research in this area. This book is wonderful about diet but should not at all be used for information on supplements.The authors are not experts on this topic.
2. I would also have appreciated it being said more strongly that for many of us, and particularly many of us that are ill, we will do far better avoiding all dairy foods and grains (as the Primal Body book does) - and not just minimising grain intake. Even raw dairy foods and sprouted grains are not for everyone. This book omits almost entirely the hugely important subject of food allergies and intolerances, which is a real shame.
3. Raw nuts and seeds as the author recommends are not ideal for some of us and we do better when these foods are soaked and dried or sprouted. Even if eating raw nuts doesn't hurt your stomach and affect your digestion, soaking and drying them neutralises the phytic acid in them which blocks the absorption of minerals.
4. Marquardt insists that his mask crosses all cultures and fits on every beautiful face, but I am not at all as convinced of this as the author was. I think this is a questionable claim and that beauty can in fact be much more varied. All the pictures in the book of siblings and how their faces varied were fascinating nonetheless though I did feel a little sorry for some of them being discussed and evaluated genetically in such a way in a public forum.
Those small issues aside, the authors advice and views tally very well with my own and with my reading. I have a severe neurological disease with some similarities to MS and I have found that I have felt so much better staying around the 50 - 75 gram mark and eating the foods she suggests. This lower-carb diet also greatly helps my hypoglycaemia symptoms, makes me feel more satisfied after meals (and not starving hungry right after each meal due to blood sugar surges) and has treated my PCOS as well. I also do far better avoiding grains, legumes and dairy products too. I am using this style of diet, along with other supplemental nutrients and detoxification methods, to slowly improve my severe neurological disease - which had been slowly worsening for more than a decade. This advice works and lots of the food is very tasty as well (with the exception of organ meats!).
This book is so much more than just another Paleo diet book. Even with its imperfections it is still a 5 star book. I couldn't decide at first whether or not to get this book or the also highly regarded Primal Body Primal Mind book by Nora Gedgaudes. I'm so glad I splashed out and bought both. While the advice on diet given in both is very similar, they each cover quite different ground in discussing the harm modern foods can cause and why traditional foods are so important. If at all possible I would really recommended reading these two books together. Together they are more than the sum of their parts and cover just about everything you could need to know about diet, with little duplication between the two as well.
Both of these books are genuine masterpieces, in my opinion. Jaw dropping, paradigm shifting reads that were so dense with fascinating facts that I took pages of notes on each as I read.
Both are in my top 10 health books list - along with Detoxify or Die plus The Safe, Effective Way to Prevent and Heal Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders by Dr Sherry Rogers, Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins by Dr Levy, The GAPS Diet book, books on orthomolecular medicine by Abram Hoffer, and others. Good Calories, Bad Calories was also very good although the final conclusions and advice on reducing sugars etc. are covered by this book, mostly.
The Primal Body Primal Mind book by Nora Gedgaudes would be the book I'd choose if I had to pick between that book and Deep Nutrition, because of the great information on considering avoiding grains and dairy, food allergies and the good basic information on supplements and detoxification, but I do really recommended not making such a choice and buying both. It is a small price to pay for such valuable and life changing health information.
This book is so important for everyone to read, but especially those that are ill or are thinking of becoming pregnant (or have children already, to a slightly lesser extent). It explains how positive or negative genetic changes can happen over generations based on the food we eat and how vitally important it is to eat well before becoming pregnant. This book talks about how what we eat changes the next generation in a powerful way that I have not seen replicated in any other book.
This book also focuses very much on disease prevention, a topic mostly ignored by mainsteam media and medicine today. Prevention is of course always far easier than cure! The book is also very put together and written in an engaging and even witty way. Thank you to the author for all the work shown here. I hope this book and its practical-advice-based summary 'Food Rules' are very successful.
If you're ill you may also want to read all the books I just listed above, all of which add something essential to the puzzle of how to start healing the disease you have. Diet alone is not enough if you are already very ill, but it is the VITAL first step, always, along with improving your gut health.
(I'm using a dairy and grain free version of this diet to slowly heal a severe neurological disease that I have had for over a decade, along with additional nutritional and detoxification supports, etc. I just wish so much I had found this real nutrition advice earlier, along with information on real healing vs just symptom suppression. The earlier you begin treatment the more effective it will be and the less permanent/irreversible damage there will be. Treating the actual causes of illness just makes so much sense. Those of us that are ill are not as powerless about improving our conditions as we have often been led to believe. We have more power than we think.)
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, informative read,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)I've been reading a stack of nutrition and health books lately, and while I think some outdo this one (e.g. Nora Gedgaudas' Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life), I have to say this one has been the most enjoyable. The Shanahans are great writers and I found myself just eating this one up (pardon the pun). The book has what I see as two main lines of force: epigenetics and traditional foods. Simply put, our genes are designed for certain foods, and when the signals from those foods are either absent or corrupted, or genes do some funky things. Our bodies just weren't designed for the pale substitutes we call 'food' - squeezed of all nutrition, chemically reconstituted, and packaged with a goodly portion of sugar and vegetable oils to make a finished product that will outlast the cockroaches (with less nutrition than one, to boot).
The sections on sugar and vegetable oils are very clear and make me wonder how anyone can knowingly and willingly ingest these substances. In that sense, this book does a great service to those who are becoming more conscious of what and how they eat. We aren't plagued with the "diseases of civilization" for no reason, after all... and the Shanahans show why this is the case. And the sections on beauty and facial symmetry were both fascinating and fun to read (I like how celebrity culture becomes a tool of teaching here!).
I do have a few reservations about the book, however. The Shanahans, while promoting traditional foods (on the bone, organ meats, fermented, and fresh) they seem unaware of a lot of the latest research on the problems with gluten (which affect enough of the population for me to think no one should be eating it) and plant foods in general (see Gedgaudas). And while they do mention some of the benefits of a low-carb diet, I think their presentation would've been a lot better with the insights to be gleaned from authors like Allan and Lutz (Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life) and Phinney and Volek (The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable). But if they're all read together, I think these four books make a great set on what to eat and what not, and WHY. It certainly makes sense what they write, and to use another gastronomical pun, offers much food for thought!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might change your life --- for the better!,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)A big reason that I purchased this book was the reviews on the Amazon.com site. The type of people who reviewed this book were very knowledgeable and well-read. I'm not in their league -- what you get here is just a suburban mother who always bought her groceries at the local supermarket. When I found this book, in fact, I wasn't looking for a book about food at all! Don't laugh when I say it was an answer to a prayer about sleep difficulties in my home. In just a few mouse clicks, I hit gold.
This book blew my mind. I couldn't sleep even after reading the reviews, because suddenly huge pieces of the puzzle started flying together. I reflected on the fact that my little daughter would gnaw on the cartilage of the drumstick -- of course I had "corrected" this odd behavior. I reflected on the birth weights of my children, the shape of their jaws. So much thinking, and I hadn't even received the book!
Anyway, once I received it, I understood why so many of the reviews had commented on human beauty -- it's not vanity, it's part of the plan, and a truly proper human diet will result in health plus beauty -- they go together, so it's nothing to scoff at. However, while I'm on the topic of beauty and babies, I have to put in a tiny reminder that 'more beautiful' and 'genetically stronger' do not equate to a better person, because people are more than their bodies and even their minds. Dr. Shanahan clarifies that a child who inherits more of the genetic good stuff is not a better person, but I want to highlight that. Every child is a beautiful gift to the world, and even the physically unhealthy are a precious gift, to be loved and cherished. I know Dr. Shanahan would agree.
This is not a version of the Atkins diet or the Paleo diet, or some other diet that someone concocted on their own and then name after themselves. Although some people can come up with some eating rules that are correct, they'll often fail because they weren't able to re-invent the whole picture. And THAT'S WHY this book is entirely different. Dr. Shanahan DIDN'T attempt to invent new rules of human nutrition herself. On the contrary, she has looked at the commonalities of the world's nutrition. In other words, she's shot right through the hordes of dieticians and food fads and gone straight to our great-grandmothers, to observe their wisdom. She has clearly identified the four things that the cultures of the world have in common. Awesome! I could go on and on, but I'm not the one who wrote the book, so don't listen to me!
No, listen to me! I am dumbfounded by what's happened in our home since September 24, only 5 weeks ago. I didn't think our nutrition was a problem, and we don't have allergies or health problems. However, my skin has cleared up and I've lost weight without feeling hungry. My body feels stronger, so that I don't find it as difficult to maintain proper posture. One of the weirdest but most astonishing changes is that my face has become more symmetrical. Probably nobody else consciously noticed, but I privately knew that one side of my face was a little more 'fallen' than the other, but in the last week or so, it has actually moved into position so that it's exactly across. Isn't that strange? But enough about me -- my husband, after cutting out sugar, has been able to discontinue his sleeping medication and has experienced a profound change in mood, noticeable now to the whole family. The 'difficult' child in my family is also much calmer.
I can't go back to the way I used to do things, because I am thrilled with what has happened for us. Get this book, it might change your life, for the better!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal compilation of wisdom,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)Very engaging, compelling, and easy to read, the information and concepts in 'Deep Nutrition' benefit the layman and the professional; a life-changer. The Shanahans make a humble correlation of their observations on physical development and food to deliver knowledge we've always had but have overlooked and nearly forgotten. The wisdom is presented once again for all readers to embrace and easily employ.
This book is the 'modern times' companion to Dr Weston A Price's "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" which was first published in the 1930s. Both books are tremendous proof that dental work and orthodontics are not a symbol of wealth but as a sign of malnutrition, and that merely straightening teeth does not ensure a healthy future. The entire body needs building blocks found in traditional food - food we must introduce our families and children to so the next generation is stronger and more vibrant.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, readable book that sheds a lot of insight,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)My foray into reading about nutrition has just recently started, but right away I appreciated the quality of this book. One thing that immediately stood out is how readable the book is. The facts are presented in such a way that the book did not become typical textbook jargon, difficult for the layperson without a background in nutrition to understand, but it was deep enough to get the importance of the information understood.
The main 'evils' of this book typically revolve around two common nutritional fallacies - consuming sugar in all its forms, and vegetable/seed oils. I appreciated how the author gave a detailed description about these two substances and the multiple health risks associated with consuming them.
Contrary to some of the other reviewers here, I don't believe there is anything wrong with the author's explanation of beauty, how it is perceived and how it is a very standardized and calculable element. Anyone with sense can tell that something which is malformed and asymmetrical typically lacks visual appeal. It might be controversial and politically-incorrect, but when has political correctness really been the answer to anything? Most people who are interested in researching for themselves about nutrition already have the desire to take matters into their own hands and use their own brains. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to believe that without adequate nutrition, a fetus would not receive the right signals in order to form as it should, leading to detrimental effects in health, form and function. Everyone believes that beauty and health are interconnected - no one who looks unhealthy can be called 'beautiful'. All the writer is stating is that if beauty and function are interconnected, by necessity, the fetuses who are given optimum nutrition in the womb and from early childhood will therefore be more apt to become a more physically beautiful person because of that.
All-in-all, I found this book to be highly enjoyable and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to any who are looking to improve their own health, the health of their families and friends or expectant or future mothers who are looking to give the best to their unborn children.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book on traditional nutrition!,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)I've adopted a Paleo lifestyle over the past 2 years, and have been reading everything I can get my hands on about the topic. This book supports the paleo nutritional views, and then goes a step further suggesting fundamental ways of eating for proper nutrition (the 4 "pillars" of nutrition...). This book tends to be a bit more in-depth, and "science-y" than some other books on nutrition, but it's extremely comprehensive, and I found it to be enjoyable to read. The author is a doctor, but she has a great sense of humour which is evident in her writing style. I've already started incorporating some of her suggestions in addition to what I was already doing, and I feel great!
If you have any issues with health, weight, sleep etc, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It genuinely will change your life!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Information, easy to understand,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Kindle Edition)For people who are unfamiliar with this branch of nutritional theory, this book will be way out in left field. It goes against everything the mainstream western health industry preaches. And yet I think, for many, myself included, it will just seem like basic common sense. This is the way people have been eating for generations. This is the way our grandparents and great grandparents ate. It seems so simple and basic. Shanahan presents her research in accessible easy to understand terms. There are no complicated rules or 'superfoods' or the latest fad supplement. She just advocates for real, basic food, simply cooked.
My only issue with the book is Shanahan's oddly emphasized focus on beauty. I am not disagreeing with her theory that eating this way will give your body and especially your children the best nutrients so that their genes will express to their best ability and therefore result in healthier more beautiful bodies. That also seems intuitive. And it's a topic I find valid and interesting. But she presents this part of her argument almost like she has a chip on her shoulder. Her constant harping about Hale Berry and all the 'beautiful' celebrities and their advantages came across as whiny as a teenager with self esteem issues. I found it very off-putting and it detracted from the otherwise mature, no nonsense, practical presentation of her ideas. But if you can get past the celebrity envy, I think you will find this book a fascinating read and a simple and achievable way to gain better health.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)Very interesting. Refreshing. Brings a new perspective on what and how we eat. Everyone should read it. I highly recommand it.
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good I Want To Keep It A Secret,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)But the humanitarian in me is writing this review. Back in the good old days, we kept our nutritional advantages a family secret. People would need to fight for them or marry for them. See: fire. See: kefir. See: traditional preparation methods of food. This book lays it all out: why I have experienced the positive effects of generations of good nutritional banking, why future generations may not have that same bank to draw on, why abandoning culturally traditional methods of food preparation and sources of food is leaving that bank empty, how to replenish the genetic stores of nutrition. Hey I don't care if you want to buy the cheapest produce and factory meat - that's your lineage at stake, not mine! But if you are searching for answers that your conventional doctor does't have, this might unlock some secrets for you. This book is heavy reading but invaluable for someone who needs answers and truly wants to understand how to eat in a way that supports what we have evolved to need.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for those serious about food.,
This review is from: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Paperback)The book was recommended to me by Aaron Lipsey - and it has more than fulfilled my expectations. Food has changed so much since we were kids and our parents were children - that research is necessary to feed your body and brain properly
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Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Luke Shanahan (Paperback - Nov. 14 2008)
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