THE MORNING SHOW
Cate Shanahan, M.D.
Author of Deep Nutrition
A self-published phenomenon examining the habits that kept our ancestors disease-free—now with a prescriptive plan for “The Human Diet” to help us all live long, vital, healthy lives.
Physician and biochemist Cate Shanahan, M.D. examined diets around the world known to help people live longer, healthier lives—diets like the Mediterranean, Okinawa, and “Blue Zone”—and identified the four common nutritional habits, developed over millennia, that unfailingly produce strong, healthy, intelligent children, and active, vital elders, generation after generation. These four nutritional strategies—fresh food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat cooked on the bone, and organ meats—form the basis of what Dr. Cate calls “The Human Diet.”
Rooted in her experience as an elite athlete who used traditional foods to cure her own debilitating injuries, and combining her research with the latest discoveries in the field of epigenetics, Dr. Cate shows how all calories are not created equal; food is information that directs our cellular growth. Our family history does not determine our destiny: what you eat and how you live can alter your DNA in ways that affect your health and the health of your future children.
-Why are some people healthier than others?
-How we eat affects our genes and affects the next generations. It’s the epigenetics. Our genes won’t work right if we don’t give them what they need.
-What does every culinary tradition do that is the same? The 4 Pillars of the Human Diet:
1) Fresh food (raw). Provides antioxidants.
2) Fermented and sprouted foods. Working with nature to enhance nutrient content. Provides probiotics and prebiotics.
3) Meat on the bone. Boiling bones and cartilage is extracting compounds good for your own joints.
4) Organ meats. Every bit of the animal has a different concentration of minerals and nutrients.
-The best information available on nutrition is 50-70 year old cookbooks. Can see patterns of food commonality in them. Chefs are original nutritionists. Doctors aren’t knowledgable about nutrition. Food suggestions of liverwurst, also roasted bone marrow and vegetables (350 -20 min. – till melted and golden).
-What makes the modern diet so unhealthy? The way the oils are processed – problems with oxidation of fat and kind of fat. Processed vegetable oils are about 45% of daily calories. Polyunsaturated fats – too many, toxicity from processing. Saturated fats are good – can take reheating. Sugar also a factor in developing arteriosclerosis.
-Ancel Keys responsible for demonizing saturated fats. Used margarine in his studies, not butter. Didn’t have best scientific intentions. Walter Willett following his path.
-Hard for scientists to get funding for research on the potential harm of vegetable oils.
-Statins and anti-cholesterol diets are now standard of care. A doctor practices in a community of doctors and has to be cautious about advising against statins.
-Nuts and seeds were a part of every culture, but were usually consumed dry roasted and not cooked in oil.
-People were healthy up until 1950s, when processed foods were introduced. We need to return to foods of pre-1950s.
-Unfortunate current cultural meme of it’s desirable to spend as little time in kitchen as possible. Cooking is actually the best science we have of how people should be nourished.
-Raw milk is good.
-Soy has gotten a bad rap from processing and overdoing it. Okay as part of a balanced diet. Traditionally fermented and eaten as a condiment.
-Want to have the ability to burn stored body fat. Promoting ketosis is an extreme. Dr. Jason Fung – promotion of fasting.
-Loss of an enzyme causes histamine intolerance symptoms and inflammation. Fermented foods, especially meats, are high in histamine.
-Free access to Food Rules until the end of January with pre-order for Deep Nutrition. See http://drcate.com/deep-nutrition-why-your-genes-need-traditional-food/ for details.
-Vitamins are often synthetic. Potential for problems with large doses because the synthesizing process creates unwanted ingredients that block the real thing. Recommends a supplement that gives 100% RDA, e.g. Mason one a day multivitamin.
dr cate shanahan m.d. on deep nutrition, january 24, 2017