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Thoughts about Perfect Health Diet book

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 01, 2013 at 10:41 AM

What are your thoughts about Paul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet's new book? Does it offer new insights, or is it more oriented towards the health 'beginners'?

Recently, I bought the book of Dr. Natasha Campbell???McBride, and although I read a lot about GAPS online, it did offer me new information, so I was thinking the Perfect Health Diet book might be the second book I'm going to purchase.

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on April 04, 2013
at 07:32 AM

I'll infer that you're asking for more recommendations. But it's tough after you've read PHD! The book covers most of the information found in all the popular primal/paleo books, and makes convincing arguments when its advice differs (safe starch). Having said that, I've also enjoyed: Fat Chance, Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets, and Body By Science. They each expand on areas not fully covered in PHD. For criticism of PHD, google Ron Rosedale. http://youtu.be/LvTE--5w808

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Yeah but, ... there is no discussion on carb selection to accommodate those with SIBO. Folks suffering with SIBO need to be very specific in selecting what few carbs they consume. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) works for me, others might have to go another path after experimentation. Going ketogenic is usually done for weight loss, or for athletic performance. But in my opinion, the discussion on going ketogenic is not particularly relevant for those looking to use diet to conquer SIBO.

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:14 PM

After reading the comments, I've decided to purchase the book, yaay!

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:12 PM

All the information you need is readily available on the internet.

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:04 PM

I bought it in physical and iBookstore format. The physical book does not include the references, instead referring people to their website. The iBookstore format has each and every reference included, clickable, and since some are URLs take you directly to that website. Awesome awesome awesome.

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on April 01, 2013
at 05:23 PM

I havent read the new book, but their first version had a 50 gram "ketogenic" path, with 50 grams of "safe starches" (vegetables don't count) along with lots of coconut oil.

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on April 01, 2013
at 03:21 PM

Yes, because of the carbohydrate content. Folks with SIBO would most likely get relief by restricting carbohydrate consumption far less than what is recommended in PHD (150 grams/day). In my case I don't do well going about 75 grams/day.

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:56 PM

I was just about to get the Kindle edition. Thanks for the warning!

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:06 PM

Why won't it suit people with digestive problems? Because of the carbohydrate content?

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:03 PM

Sounds awesome. Can I ask what the other books are you've read?

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on April 01, 2013
at 11:12 AM

I've read about 20 books on diet and nutrition and PHD is the only one I immediately read twice. It remains the best book I've read on the subject and the only one that I recommend to friends. I don't think it's geared towards beginners.

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:03 PM

Sounds awesome. Can I ask what the other books are you've read?

Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

(529)

on April 04, 2013
at 07:32 AM

I'll infer that you're asking for more recommendations. But it's tough after you've read PHD! The book covers most of the information found in all the popular primal/paleo books, and makes convincing arguments when its advice differs (safe starch). Having said that, I've also enjoyed: Fat Chance, Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets, and Body By Science. They each expand on areas not fully covered in PHD. For criticism of PHD, google Ron Rosedale. http://youtu.be/LvTE--5w808

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:21 PM

Def not a beginner's book. PHD is all science. You have to read it multiple times bc unless you are a biochemist, you won't pick up everything the first time. I love it so much I even bought the 2nd edition, just to get the updates (even though I already owned the 1st one...). I don't even 100% wholeheartedly buy into their ideas (though I'm sure I will by the time I finish experimenting), but it's such good food for thought.

Like Lazza said, one of my fave parts is the discussion on supplements. They tell you what you need, and how you can get it from food. Then, if you choose to not get it from food, they will tell you what to take and how much. You can see a little of this on the Supplements page of their website. They are big proponents of getting just enough, but not too much (the dose makes the poison). This info was more useful to me than my $200 appt with my holistic doc...

My other favorite section is at the end where they discuss infectious disease, and how the build up of low level chronic infections affects our health. Also a great chapter on circadian rhythms, with simple ideas on how to help your sleep. (Like, did you know that watching tv shows with person to person interaction will keep you awake, bc it is stimulating your social brain?)

It's all the same basic ideas as a lot of paleo books, but more involved explanations, and a lot of new tweaks. It's a great problem solving book if you've been paleo for a while, but find that this or that isn't quite working for you.

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on April 01, 2013
at 11:53 AM

PHD is superbly organized, well written and informative. I think the authors do a superb job in defending the merits of their diet, albeit there diet won't suit everyone (like with people suffering from IBS or GERD). I also think the very lengthy discussion on vitamins/supplements is awesome; it's perhaps the best part of the book.

In short, PHD is a must read for everyone.

_Lazza

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:06 PM

Why won't it suit people with digestive problems? Because of the carbohydrate content?

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(2506)

on April 01, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Yeah but, ... there is no discussion on carb selection to accommodate those with SIBO. Folks suffering with SIBO need to be very specific in selecting what few carbs they consume. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) works for me, others might have to go another path after experimentation. Going ketogenic is usually done for weight loss, or for athletic performance. But in my opinion, the discussion on going ketogenic is not particularly relevant for those looking to use diet to conquer SIBO.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on April 01, 2013
at 03:21 PM

Yes, because of the carbohydrate content. Folks with SIBO would most likely get relief by restricting carbohydrate consumption far less than what is recommended in PHD (150 grams/day). In my case I don't do well going about 75 grams/day.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

(3043)

on April 01, 2013
at 05:23 PM

I havent read the new book, but their first version had a 50 gram "ketogenic" path, with 50 grams of "safe starches" (vegetables don't count) along with lots of coconut oil.

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on April 01, 2013
at 04:55 PM

I love the book. It's actually not heavy on biochemistry, on which pathways do what, etc., which most of us don't really care about. Instead, they ask a practical question, e.g. what range of protein consumption is healthful, then report and analyze what the studies say, and then move on to the next question. It's science-based, but in a very practical and approachable way.

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:31 PM

One warning I'd give about the PHD is not to buy it on Nook or Kindle. There are a lot of side-bars, and I found the formatting on my Kindle really confusing and distracting, especially since, as the PPs have stated, it's really science-heavy and I had to concentrate a lot on it.

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:56 PM

I was just about to get the Kindle edition. Thanks for the warning!

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:04 PM

I bought it in physical and iBookstore format. The physical book does not include the references, instead referring people to their website. The iBookstore format has each and every reference included, clickable, and since some are URLs take you directly to that website. Awesome awesome awesome.

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