Book is Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Amazon and Barnes and Noble have put up pages for the book. For some reason they didn’t post the cover image, I’m looking into that.

Here are the pages:


Barnes and Noble:

Also we shipped out a hundred or so books this morning, and expect to do the rest Saturday and Monday. So those who pre-ordered can expect their books soon!

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  1. Paul-how is it that Amazon is already advertising that they have 2 used books available-one is rated as very good (as opposed to like new) while the other is rated like new. Both are also over the new sales price. Strange.

  2. Yes, those are not used books, they’re new. I guess they think some people like to buy used books and they’ll advertise that they have used books for sale.

  3. Have you thought about sending Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit a copy of the book? He usually puts what he gets on his blog, whether or not he actually reads it. He’s just posted his first link to Whole Health Source, so he might actually be interested.

  4. That’s a great idea, Tuck!

  5. Good luck with it. I’ll be ordering my copy shortly.

    And the wheat series is great.

  6. so i can go in the book store and purchase now?!?! BOUYA!!!! is most of it related to weight loss cuz that is not my fortay so to say haha

  7. Hi Mallory,

    No, you will have to buy online. Bookstores will probably purchase it for you on request but won’t stock it.

    Barnes and Noble has a remarkably good price right now.

    There is a section (5-6 pages) on weight loss near the end, but the overall focus of the book is on becoming healthy and achieving a long disease-free life.

    Best, Paul

  8. Too bad there’s no Kindle edition.

  9. Looking forward to the book Paul. Lisa

  10. Jon – Guilty, guilty, guilty. Busy, busy, busy.

  11. Will you have a Kindle edition soon? We are on the road all the time and have no place to store books. Thank you!

  12. Hi suzan,

    It will be the first e-book version but I don’t know the date. I have a full-time consulting project right now and everything diet-related is nights-and-weekends work. I’m hoping to be able to focus on the Kindle version next week.

  13. Yay! My signed copy arrived in today’s mail. Thanks, Paul and Shou-Ching!

  14. I just ordered the hard copy from amazon. I’ll give it away when I am done reading it, and then order the Kindle version for myself (when it is available.)

  15. Thank you, suzan.

    We’ll get the Kindle version going as soon as we can.

  16. Hi suzan,

    I commented on CoQ10 here: It’s a good supplement, harmless and sometimes beneficial, most likely to help someone who is deficient in vitamin C or glutathione or selenium. But a bit expensive.

    Rotating probiotics is good, but probably ineffective against most conditions. We discuss why in one of the bowel disease posts – too few species, not the right species.

    It does seem that you have some gut issues, indicated by the casein insensitivity and also periodontal disease — many of the same pathogens involved. You can try biofilm busting tactics. I am eating a lot of cranberries now that it is cranberry season, for just that purpose. It definitely helps both periodontal disease and gut ailments.

    Re the weight loss, we have a bunch of tips in the book. But the key is to heal the old metabolic damage, which takes time. Once you achieve healing, the weight will come off easily. So focus on good nutrition, optimal dieting, and intermittent fasting to help promote natural metabolic pathways. Coconut oil for ketones also helps get around metabolic damage and improve mitochondrial health.

    Best, Paul

    • Hi Paul, I would be interested to read your comment on CoQ10 but the link does not work. I have been recommended it by my holistic dentist since heart failure runs in my family. However now that I’m pregnant I want to be sure if it’s still OK to take.

    • Hello Paul,

      I too would like to read your comment on CoQ10 but the link is still broken.

        • Thanks Paul,

          I purchased your book recently and am following the PHD pretty much 99%.

          I was interested in your take on CoQ10 as I had a heart attack on 1st July and it was recommended in a book about heart disease by an American cardiologist.

          For the record I think your book is brilliant and I love the food.

          Kind regards

  17. I read the book last night and I have two questions.

    1. What do you think about supplementing with CO Q10? I have inflammation mostly from a poor diet and ongoing chronic periodontal disease – which is finally responding to treatment. I am overweight and have been on low-carb for about 1.5 years. Weight loss is extremely slow. Only 10 pounds in 1.5 years…

    2.I am casein intolerant and can’t eat yogurt or kefir.The most casein I can tolerate is heavy cream in my daily morning coffee. I tried coconut milk yogurt/kefir, and I do not care for the taste at all. I also tried Kombucha, and it has had varying effects on my GI system, sometimes unpleasant. What do you think about me rotating a couple of different brands of probiotics? I am currently rotating Culturelle and Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls IC, which have different strains.

    Thank you for your time. I really enjoyed the book.

  18. Thanks. I am also severely gluten intolerant and also chemically sensitive. I’ll take your advice about the cranberries. I’ve been using coconut oil for about 3 years now. Love them both.

  19. Just got the book from Amazon and have a question:

    I am a 55 yr. old female, post menopausal, have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. How do I determine my calorie needs and thus the grams necessary per macronutrient? Is it 2400 calories for everyone?

    The book is amazing so far! Thanks for the great work.

  20. Hi Debbie,

    Everyone is a little different in regard to calorie needs, but slender people with desk jobs typically consume around 1800-2400 calories. Women typically need a bit less, heavier and more active people more. A petite woman might do fine on 1500 calories per day; I am 6′ 180 lb man and I eat 1500 calories or less on many days. On the other hand, if I am active then I may eat 3000 calories or more. I probably average 2000. The average American eats 3700 calories per day, mainly because they are overweight.

    I would not try to calibrate in terms of grams and calories, but rather how you feel, appetite, and whether you are gaining weight.

    Eat whenever you are hungry, but it’s good practice to never stuff yourself. Eat to the point of satisfaction but not to the point of fullness. Pushing away from the table when 80% full is a good idea.

    Appetite is an important factor. In general, appetite indicates some kind of nutrient deficiency – could be either a macronutrient or micronutrient. You should never be ravenously hungry, even on a long fast. If you are, consider what nutrient you are lacking and fix it.

    If you are well-nourished, you’ll get a mild hunger that is easy to resist after a period of fasting.

    If you are gaining weight (not as muscle but as fat), that suggests you are eating too many calories or are too sedentary; or that you have a nutrient deficiency (like choline deficiency) or other problem (like hypothyroidism) that should be addressed.

    In short, I wouldn’t count calories unless you are gaining weight and want to get a better handle on why. Just calibrate your food intake to make yourself feel good, but without eating to the point of fullness or chronic fat gain.

  21. Thanks, Dr. J.

    Another question: would you care to comment on R. Peat’s view of fructose vs. starch in this article:

  22. I like Ray Peat, but it’s hard to reply quickly to one of his essays because he makes so many interesting assertions, some of them provocative or doubtful.

    My two main comments would be:
    1) He’s right that PUFA toxicity is more severe than glucose toxicity, this is why we recommend keeping PUFA below 5% of calories but suggest getting about 20% of calories from glucose.
    2) The relevant distinction is not between sugar and starch but between toxic foods (legumes, grains except rice, sugar, vegetable oils) and non-toxic foods (fruits, rice, tubers). The most toxic foods are starchy, but this doesn’t mean it’s the starch that’s at fault.

    I have too much to do to comment in more detail today, but I’ll return to it sometime in a blog post.

  23. Do you guys recommend anything in your diet to fight gout? I’m trying to keep from going on the drug for it, Uloric, since I’m worried about the side effects and what chain of events they might set off.

    Many thanks,

  24. Hi Barry,

    Well, you have to try to eliminate fructose. Polyunsaturated fats should be strictly limited. I don’t think purines are as bad as the doctors do, but there’s nothing wrong with a low protein diet for a bit.

    Safe starches and fats are good.

    Alkalinizing foods like lemon juice might help. Drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol.

  25. Barry, you may also want to google:

    Gout: The Missing Chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories

  26. Thanks guys.

    I read that “Missing Chapter From Good Calories, Bad Calories. Very interesting and thanks for pointing it out. I was getting to be at my wit’s end.

    I’m not obese, far from it, as a 62 year old guy at 5’9”, I weigh around 145 pounds.

    I went on Mark Sisson’s “Primal Blueprint” diet in July, to help my allergies, not really to lose weight (I was about 157 pounds at the time) which meant cutting out my daily Coke, plus the couple of Pepperidge Farm Sausalito cookies a day I was eating, however I did replace those sweets with grapes and almonds, which *may* have increased my fructose levels…or not, since the daily Coke was gone. On the other hand, I did lose 5 pounds almost instantly and a couple weeks later, several more. It was about that time that I had a gout attack, the morning after a vodka and pomegranate juice.

    Not sure what all this means regarding my insulin sensitivity, since I kind of think the weight loss means I may not be too sensitive.

    Should also mention that gout runs in the family; Dad had it.

    So, the rapid weight loss may have played a part in the recent attack and current elevated uric acid level, since it may have served to concentrate uric acid and/or dehydrate me a little. Also, alcohol clearly dehydrates, which would also concentrate uric acid.

    I’m going to try cutting out most of the fruit I’ve been eating now and see if that helps, before going on Uloric, which is a drug and permanent regimen that I fear.

    Again, thanks much for your help in this. I know it’s important one way or the other to lower uric acid levels, to prevent kidney damage.

    I only hope that when I cut fruit out of my diet that I don’t lose even more weight, which might cause my uric acid levels to stay elevated. That’s actually kind of a concern. I’m going to start eating more rice and potatoes, for sure.

  27. Hi Barry,

    Another thing I forgot to mention is vitamin C. High-dose vitamin C can reduce uric acid levels. Try 4 g/day or so.

    Personally I would try vitamin C and alcohol/fructose removal before considering a permanent drug.

    It should be possible to maintain 145 lb with safe starches and fats. Do you do any resistance exercise? That would help. Also, the C might help, since vitamin C deficiency induces weight loss.

  28. I’ve been doing some sprinting, pullups and stuff, a little swimming, squats, sit ups etc. Some of that is resistance. Been lazy lately, so I’ll get back to it.

    Interesting about the vitamin C; I’ll definitely try that too.

    I guess the book goes over this, which I’ve ordered, but not yet received, but I don’t even know how to add fat to my diet. I already eat meat and stuff, plus dairy, cheese, yogurt, etc.

    Going to stop eating fruit, I guess, sad as that sounds, and see if that plus the vitamin C and exercise does the trick. I’d hate to go on the med if I can avoid it.

    Many thanks.

  29. Paul, my inquiry today may not really belong in this string, but this seem to be the only place on the site where the word ‘pomegranate’ appears.

    I eat an ample cup of mixed fresh fruit + a small banana each day. That seems to be consistent with PHD guidelines.

    I also drink a cup of Old Orchard organic concord grape juice, ~1/2 cup of pomegranate juice (reconstituted from an ample tablespoon of Cortas concentrate). I think I can see that I should wave goodbye to the concord grape juice, but I’m reluctant to part with the pomegranate juice. Pom juice receives high accolades in many quarters, and it seems to be the only practical way to get the benefits of pomegranates.

    Do you have an opinion?


  30. Hi John,

    We buy pomegranates and eat the seeds. It’s very easy and they’re quite tasty. They go great on vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

    But, you be the judge. It’s not necessary to optimize everything. Healthwise I think fruits are preferable to juices, but if juice is what works in your lifestyle, go for it. I would just try to find brands that don’t add sugar.

    Best, Paul

  31. Thanks, Paul.

    In another place I also asked a question about cream. Both submissions provided a box to request email notification of an answer. I checked the box each time, and obviously you have answered the pomegranate question, but I did not get email notifications. I carefully checked my email address, and it is correct, although the last character is off the right end of the email address box.

    I expected the email notification to provide a link back to the cream question and did not otherwise record its location…and can’t currently find it (*blush*). I’ll be more careful in future.

  32. This time, mysteriously, I didn’t/don’t see a box to check for email notification.

  33. Hi JBG,

    I disabled the plugin for notification because Eugene complained he was getting 4 email notices for every new comment,

    The plugin had no options or way for me to debug it, so I just disabled it.

    I will look into other WordPress plugins when I get time, but for now I don’t want to deal with it.

    Your cream comment was here: In retrospect my answer was not very informative, I’ll update that.

    Best, Paul

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