Get ready to have your mind blown with an in-depth exploration into one of the most intriguing dietary strategies we’ve heard about in many years: the carnivore diet.
Yes, the strategy is legit, and Dr. Saladino makes one of the most compelling and scientifically supported arguments imaginable. This show moves at lightning speed and will slap you in the face with direct challenges to your long-standing beliefs about colorful, high antioxidant vegetables being the centerpiece of a healthy diet. If you are from the vegan/vegetarian world, watch out because the pillars of your belief system are going to get shattered. What if agriculture was no better than feedlot animals for the carbon footprint on the environment? What if even the most hardcore vegan still actually consumes plenty of animal matter, especially from the soil? What if broccoli and kale offered little or no health benefits, aside from being hormetic stressors – a brief exposure to toxins prompting an antioxidant defense response? And, it follows, that eating them every day can lead to chronic inflammatory and autoimmune conditions – part of the chronic stressors that are destroying human health today?
Essentially, Dr. Saladino is proposing that our devotion to eating colorful plants promotes chronic inflammation, which is especially destructive to the brain. For those who avoid animal products on moral, ethical or sustainability high ground, your high ground just got a flood warning. Watch Dr. Paul get into the mix with vegan advocate Rich Roll on the Minimalist Podcast! Dr. Paul Saladino is a classically trained psychiatrist and functional medicine practitioner obsessed with getting to the source of chronic health problems instead of just treating the symptoms. He has noted incredibly rapid and dramatic improvements in psychiatric conditions from carnivore diet interventions.
Dr. Saladino takes us through the compelling arguments against eating plants and in favor of a carnivore focus in an impassioned but logical manner, and ends with instructions for how to go about carnivore the right way. This diet is not about the old-time bodybuilder strategy of slamming steaks and hamburgers every day. Overall, our dietary emphasis on lean animal muscle meats these days is not nearly as effective as a nose-to-tail strategy. Here are some favorite foods and important checkpoints to hit when you try carnivore:
- Nose to tail meat, with liver being the #1 most nutrient-dense food to emphasize. Also, transition the many other organ meats into your dietary centerpiece.
- Extra fats: Cooking with animal fats will deliver those essential fat–soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
- Connective tissue: Delivers collagen, glycosaminoglycans, and other nutritious agents that are not found in muscle meat.
- Organ meat.
- Calcium: Eggshells or supplemental bone meal.
- Iodine: Great sources are pastured eggs and Dr. Paul’s favorite, salmon roe.
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Dr. Paul also advocates for going all-in with the experiment so you can really assess how any inflammation, gut microbiome conditions, and cognitive conditions might improve from the carnivore diet. After listening to Dr. Saladino’s great interview on Ben Greenfield Fitness, he took up residence in my head every day and every meal for six weeks. I started trending more and more to carnivore, as did my primal and keto sidekick Brian McAndrew (we are working on two cookbooks just for cool dudes like us, coming in winter 2019-2020.) I told my friends privately I was pretty much following a C&C diet (carnivore and chocolate). Every time I consumed something from the plant world, I felt a negative emotional charge—a sense of uneasiness like I was doing something counter to my health instead of supporting my health! Dang son, the carnivore done got hold of my mind!
After this interview with Dr. Paul, I am convinced that it’s certainly worth the experiment to avoid plant antigens completely for a reasonable length of time such as 30 days, and see how you feel. Dr. Saladino said you can start adding foods back into the mix as your experiment continues. Whether you are like me: free from major inflammatory or autoimmune complaints at this time and just interested in living a better life, or someone who has some issues going on right now that can potentially benefit from dietary intervention, this show will give you plenty of confidence and guidance to try something that could deliver a breakthrough. The success stories are piling up – check out meatheals.com for the profound impact the carnivore diet has had on sufferers of autoimmunity, inflammation, and all manner of cognitive and mood disorders. If holding onto fixed beliefs is more important than pursuing higher levels of health, go ahead and dismiss carnivore. I know I did when Danny Vega first uttered the term to me in August of 2017. Dr. Paul says “Live a Radical Life” and adopt a “Beginner’s Mindset” when exposed to new information. Ready for some fun? Enjoy the show!
The carnivore diet movement challenges almost every single long held belief. In medicine. [07:30]
The plant agriculture is essentially even more damaging in terms of greenhouse gases than animal agriculture. [11:14]
You put blood and bone from animals into the soil to add organic nutrients to the soil. [13:51]
Saladino says it’s wrong that, as Vegans imagine, that plant based diets are saving the planet. [15:25]
The argument about being kind to animals in order to be a good steward of the environment vs. vegetables are bad for you is blurred. [17:03]
Here is a good mind experiment: What would be the optimal thing for a human to eat? [21:21]
How much Omega 3 should we be getting? [25:30]
There is genetic individuality. [28:44]
Getting away from the standard American diet as a starting point is beneficial [32:41]
Is broccoli good for us or bad for us? [36:22]
You’re eating the plants for macronutrients, not for micronutrients. [44:03]
The essence of it here is that we’re eating something that creates a stress response in the body. [45:27]
One can only eat so many calories in a day. [49:29]
Plants are using us with fruit. [52:49]
Plants are really not that beneficial. You’re not doing yourself any benefit by eating them. [56:30]
Functional medicine is root cause medicine. It asks “why?” [01:03:57]
How dramatic was his transition to carnivore diet? [01:12:25]
What about the caution we hear about excessive protein? [01:14:25]
Restricting protein is a bad idea for all kinds of things. I would argue for longevity from the standpoint of muscular health, bone health, we know that lean muscle mass is correlated with longevity and robustness. [01:21:25]
Nose to tail consumption is eating the whole animal like our ancestors did. [01:27:28]
- Rich Roll
- Fundamental Health Podcast
- Paul Saladino, M.D.
- Dr. Paul Saladino Fundamental Health YouTube Channel
- Ben Greenfield podcast
- Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D.
- Joe Rogan podcast with Jordan Peterson
- Steven Gundry
- Phinney and Volek
- “If we look at overall health, there’s no evidence that fruits and vegetables are beneficial and people are going, then why the heck am I eating, them?”
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