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Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life Paperback – Oct 12 2010

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Yinyang Press (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982720904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982720905
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

“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

“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.) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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.

Shou-Ching Jaminet, PhD, is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and Director of BIDMC’s Multi-Gene Transcriptional Profiling Core. Shou-Ching was born in Korea to Chinese parents, attended college at National Taiwan University in Taipei and graduate school at University of Newcastle in Australia, before coming to the US to work at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard Medical School. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
Don't let the somewhat corny title of this book put you off. This book is a wonderful and very simple introduction to real healthy eating for anyone currently eating a average-quality diet.

Great things about this book:

1. For those that just want the facts super-fast this book gives you a one page summary of the eating plan within the first 6 pages of the book. The book also contains lots of extra information backing up their conclusions as well, for those that want it.

2. This book is about eating healthily and how to improve your health and reduce your risk of getting ill in the future with diet - rather than just about mere weight loss - which is so refreshing. Slow weight normalisation is a side effect of following this diet for sure, but it is not the primary focus.

3. The research for the book began when the authors were each working to improve their own health issues through diet. The authors are genuinely nice people that are passionate about helping others get the same results they have and the subject of a healthy diet and this comes through clearly on every page of this book.

4. The diet the authors recommend is made up of 20% carbs, 65% fat and 15% protein. So it is a low/moderate carb, high fat and moderate protein diet by calories, and 35% animal foods and 65% plant foods by weight. This is very similar to a traditional Pacific Islander diet, the authors explain.

The sections explaining the facts of fats, carbs and protein are of a very high quality and seem to summarise the work of all the best books I have read on nutrition and diet lately. The problems with a high carb diet are clearly spelled out as are the benefits of a high fat diet.

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I did a lot of research in the last 8 months related to nutrition. I lost all the weight I wanted (and more :-) ) by using paleo/primal eating and short and intense workouts. I consider the PHD book the best resource available today on nutrition. This book clarified for me a bunch of ideas that I have collected in the last 8 months. The biggest impact to my diet after reading this book was the introduction of more starches. I thought I got 100-130g of carbs from the tons of vegetables I was eating every day but I was still struggling with dry mouth and eyes. After the introduction of some tubers every day I got rid of this side effect. I also tuned down the amount of fish I was eating to stay below omega-3 toxicity levels. I am still tuning my diet but this book makes it a lot easier since it gives you real numbers to work with.
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This is a very extensive book on the effect of your diet on your health. In general I learned a lot from this book. There are many citations from litarature. But sometimes the generalizations are not reliable. I am Dutch and checked the reference on Dutch youth, but the population of the study was Danish, 700 km away from Holland. Also generalizations about the effect of food on MS and Alzheimer are often not reliable.
Altogether you have to be carefull while reading this book and never stop thinking yourself.
Anyway it is so extensive that a lot of basics can be very helpfull
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I found out about this book on LifeHacker. I've been battling obesity (and losing) for over 20 years - interestingly enough, about the length of time I've been following generally accepted fat-phobic mainstream health advice. I am also hypothyroid. I had all but given up and will never go on a "diet" again - have been on so many! - but try to adapt a healthier lifestyle. My new driver's licence photo was the impetus: that bloated face I almost did not recognize. I also noticed that when I am on vacation and eating rich foods, I am quickly satisfied and have zero cravings.

So. The idea of a paleo-style regime had some interest. And sugar isn't good for anyone.

I'm glad the authors had a one-page summary of this regime because the in-depth research is somewhat difficult to follow. I'm a smart person, but not a scientist. It's very dense and complex information. I'm glad they provide it, though, because the regime is counter to pretty much all mainstream healthy eating ideas.

Long story short, I began to feel better almost immediately. I have virtually no gas and bloating, no carb cravings, fewer neuropathies and better sleep. I have lost about 7 pounds in 4 weeks. I have not been hungry. It does require a lot of planning and preparation because, as you might imagine, prepared and packaged foods and most restaurant fare are out.

Anyone I try to explain it to, though, looks at me funny. I mean, who would imagine someone could lose weight and be healthy eating a high-fat diet? I just go with "paleo" and leave it at that, even though this goes much further with restrictions on all grains, legumes and vegetable oils in addition to sugar and wheat. That being the case, I would never recommend this to everyone. I would only recommend that you read it and decide for yourself.
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Format: Paperback
I found the book extremely informative and well written. Complicated yet the message was clear. The problem with the book for me was, it did not really contain a meal plan or very much direction. I have read many books on the subject and was able to take the information from other sources to piece it all together. Most helpful was that I had read a book by Barry Groves that they quote from numerous times throughout the book. Perhaps they will write a sequel that will put the pieces together with a life style plan.
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