For years, Paul Jaminet suffered symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis with no help from the medical profession. His wife, Shou-Ching, was also afflicted with numerous illnesses. They decided to invest their time in researching health and nutrition so that they could bring their bodies back to health. The result of their research is published in their book, Perfect Health Diet.
I learned a lot about chronic infections and how they influence health. I believe that chronic infections are a primary cause of almost all the diseases of aging. And also the importance of diet and nutrition and how powerful they are. They really work much better than any medicine. Our body is meant to be healthy and if you give it the right materials it will be pretty effective at making it healthy. Medicines aren’t designed to optimize the body. It’s already optimized if you give it the right food. — Paul Jaminet
In today’s interview, Paul shares what he feels is the preferred macronutrient composition of the human diet and why eating fat is so important. We discuss optimal percentages of protein, carbohydrate and fat based on three criteria:
- What other animals subsist on (it’s not what they eat but what their bodies do with what they eat)
- The composition of human breast milk
- The protein, fat and carbohydrate composition of the human body
Paul also discusses toxicity of plants, plants to avoid entirely, safe starches, what can happen on a diet too low in fat, and his new book in the works.
Total time: 40 minutes.
Paul Jaminet, Ph.D. Paul was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, became a software entrepreneur during the Internet boom, and now provides strategic advice to entrepreneurial companies in the software, media, and health industries. Paul’s experience overcoming a chronic illness led he and his wife Shou-Ching, a vascular biologist and cancer researcher on the Harvard Medical School faculty, to investigate the
optimal diet and how diet can be used as a therapy for chronic disease.
Together, Paul and Shou-Ching wrote their book, Perfect Health Diet: Four
Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life, and blog Perfect Health Diet. In the year since its publication, Perfect Health Diet has helped hundreds of readers cure chronic diseases.