New Hope for Diagnosis of Chronic Infections; and Ancestral Health (Paleo) Survey

A few items have recently come to my attention that may be of interest to Perfect Health Diet readers.

First, my friend Chris Keller on Facebook reports that a new startup, Aperiomics, is offering tests that are capable of identifying 37,000 different infectious pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.

This is a game-changing diagnostic tool. Infections are one of the leading causes of disease (along with bad diet and lifestyle), yet standard medical practice is unable to diagnose most infections. Many infections are treatable, but it’s not easy to treat something you can’t diagnose. Getting a clear and accurate diagnosis of infections and treating them appropriately, along with healthy diet and lifestyle practices such as those recommended in Perfect Health Diet, holds the promise of curing most diseases.

The test is not cheap, Chris thinks it’s about $1000. But if you have a mysterious health problem, it may well be worth it.


Second, you may recall that five years ago, Dr. Hamilton Stapell of the Ancestral Health Society and Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York New Paltz organized a movement-wide survey. Results of that survey were published in the Journal of Evolution and Health.

Now Dr. Stapell has a follow-up survey. It aims to:
1) Describe how the size and composition of the ancestral health movement has changed over the past five years.
2) Identify common practices and the most important motivating factors for both starting and quitting a paleo lifestyle.
3) Predict the future trajectory of the ancestral health movement.

Please consider taking 3 to 5 minutes to help Dr. Stapell’s research by completing the Ancestral Health (Paleo) Survey 2018. All responses are anonymous and will be used for scholarly purposes only.

  1. I filled out the survey and cited PHD! I went to SUNY New Paltz for my graduate degree. Can’t believe he’s right in my area!

  2. Thank you for putting out this information about the new test. My son has a mystery health problem that we have been trying to figure out. And if Paul cites it, then it is definitely worth looking into!

  3. Hi Paul,

    A while ago you wrote a post about what causes high cholesterol on low carbohydrate paleo diets. One of the reasons you listed was inadequate copper on the paleo diet. I believe this is correct, but now there is a new study that says high serum copper is associated with elected total and high density lipoprotein. Could you help explain this paradox? The study is called “Association between Serum Copper and serum Lipids in Adults” in Ann Nutr Metab 2018 Oct 26;73(4):282-289. doi: 10.1159/000494032 The authors are Song X, Wang W, Li Z, and Zhang D.

    • Hi S,

      What protects against elevated cholesterol is high levels of zinc-copper superoxide dismutase. For that you need both zinc and copper, and a proper balance between them. Too much zinc depletes copper and aggravates a copper deficiency, too much copper aggravates a zinc deficiency. I’d expect that zinc deficiency is the mechanism.

      Best, Paul

  4. Meant to say “elevated total and high density lipoprotein” not “elected”.

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