Saturday, January 19, 2013
This is a negative review and I know that there are people here who like this program. I am writing from the point of view of a diabetic who needs to lose weight and those two points are the main criteria I use when I judge a dietary program.
Paul Jaminet, Ph.D. and his wife, Shou-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D. have written the "Perfect Health Diet". So cool===they call the diet the PHD. A photo of a piece of medium rare steak graces the front cover and a strawberry ice cream sundae the back cover.
For me, the Perfect Health Diet would be the Perfect Dead Diet. Its precepts include:
"DO eat about one pound per day -- roughly four fist-sized servings--of "safe starches": white rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes...and up to another pound of sugary plants--fruits , berries, beets, carrots, and such...."
Do eat: At least a half pound...of fatty meats, seafood, and eggs.
Do eat: 2-4 tablespoons of healthful cooking oils and fats per day--butter, sour cream, beef tallow, duck fat...."
AVOID: milk, but DO eat butter, sour cream, nice cream, cheese, yogurt."
So in a diet that's a delight to both the vegetarians and the low-carbers alike, after we have slathered foie gras on our fatty steak and potatoes... and after we have filled ourselves up with 2-3 pounds of plant food and 1/2 to one pound of meat and our 4 tablespoons of beef tallow--then we fast for 16 hours. Then we can have some plantains and bananas. Also you have to eat .25 pound of beef or lamb liver once a week. Can we say Hannibal Lector? No, we cannot because the diet does not permit fava beans.
They do mention exercise and also counsel readers to "be of good cheer". I am glad that they mention exercise, but they think once a week is sufficient for cardio. They also want your exercise to "nudge" your circadian rhythms and they think it should be done outdoors. Nothing wrong with outdoor exercise, but the "proof" of its superiority is that house flies disrupt their circadian rhythms when they live indoors. Yes, they use the example of the fly! Why not seek for something like a ...mammal?
This PHD may work for some people, but I'm one Ph.D. who would go into hyperglycemic shock followed by a hypoglycemic coma and then I would be perfectly dead! The prolonged fasting, cheerfully called "autophagy" (that's self-cannibalism to you and me) is meant to get the body to "eat" up its infections, its illnesses, and its parasites and pathogens. Along the way, the PHD will cure your "traumatic brain injury" and get rid of your "chlamydia" and your "salmonella" and take action against your HIV and herpes.
If anyone can tell me why this program would work--what it is that makes ice cream acceptable but milk to be avoided, why some starches are "safe" and what the context of the word "safe" is===I would be delighted to know.