Getting Ready for the Book Launch!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that I’ll be appearing on Sean Croxton’s Underground Wellness show Wednesday night, December 5, at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific. Sean takes callers which makes it a fun show!

The book is about to launch! The Scribner edition will appear in stores and ship from online retailers in the US and Canada on Tuesday, December 11. An Australian / New Zealand / UK edition from Scribe will follow a few weeks later.

This week I’ll be blogging about what’s new in the new edition. For today, let me just give a brief update about some notable happenings.

We’re getting some mainstream publicity – for instance, we’ll be featured in the January issue of Vogue and in Australia’s largest circulation magazine, Australian Women’s Weekly. I’m hopeful this will continue because I think we offer a uniquely healthful diet that nearly everyone can enjoy.

I’ve sent out a few prepublication copies to bloggers and ancestral health community figures. One went to Dennis Mangan who must be a very fast reader because he has already written a review. He notes that the book sets forth a number of novelties, and concludes:

This is just a fabulous book. I’ve read many books in the arena of health and nutrition, and I have to say that Perfect Health Diet is hands down the best I’ve ever read. The book addresses almost everything you need to know to live in perfect health, and the arguments of its authors are thoroughly convincing. If you have the slightest interest in improving your health, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

We were also mentioned by the popular blogger Glenn Reynolds, “Instapundit.” One of Glenn’s readers then wrote him to recommend our book:

Chalk me and my family up as big fans and beneficiaries of the PHD. It’s been life-altering, literally, for myself, my wife, and my two daughters.

Given the success of the PHD and other similar diets (like the Paleo Diet and the Primal Blueprint), it’s very likely that most of our chronic health issues in the United States are the result of malnutrition: following the USDA’s dietary guidelines seem to reliably lead to human malnutrition.

Malthus may have been right, although not in the way he thought.

That anonymous reader turned out to be Tuck at Yelling Stop. Thanks Tuck!

Next, I have a few podcasts coming up.

My interview with Angelo Coppola of “Latest in Paleo” will go live on Thursday. Topics we discussed are listed on his Facebook page. Angelo says he has competition for his copy of our book. It doesn’t look like he put up a tough fight:

I’ll be appearing on Dr Lauren Noel’s “Dr Lo Radio” show on our launch day, Tuesday Dec 11, at 9 pm Eastern / 6 pm Pacific.

My interview with Abel James Bascom on his “Fat Burning Man” show will go live on Friday Dec 14. This is my second interview with Abel since he read an early manuscript of this edition (first interview from August 12), and it was fun to be able to talk about some of our more offbeat ideas this time around.

On Saturday, December 15, Shou-Ching and I will speak, do a book signing, and eat a potluck supper with the Boston Paleo Meetup group. There are 9 slots available as I write this.

Finally, I’m in the midst of re-arranging content on the site. You’ll notice a “Resources” tab at the top of the page, which is going to have a variety of material, some of it new. I’m going to launch a forum soon and that will supersede the Q&A page as a place to take questions. The Q&A page has moved under the Resources tab. I’ll have more on what’s new at the site when the forum launches.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting our book launch! We believe we have the most delicious, most healthful diet around; it is a truly beautiful book; and we are excited to have a chance to reach a large audience and meaningfully improve public health.

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  1. Congratulations on the book, guys! Sounds like an incipient NTY best seller. Good timing for New Years Resolutions, too.


  2. Congrats, Paul and Shou-Ching! I’m glad that your hard work is paying off and the book is getting some publicity. I have pre-ordered it and eagerly await it.

  3. can’t wait to get it.

  4. Peter Fornsworth

    I’m stoked for the new book. Last week I re-read the previous version and picked up alot a new things. I curious to read about the whole circadian rythym exercise deal. Common sense says running marathons and sitting all day are both unhealthy, but where’s specifically the balance and by what mechanism?

    It would be cool if you would get onto more main stream podcasts, specifically the Joe Rogan Experience. He does long form interviews (2.5 hours) and usually has comedians on but he has a interest in nutrition and has had robb wolf, dave asprey, rich roll, tim ferris and others on before.

    Any thoughts on starting your own podcast too?

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll get in touch with Mr. Rogan. If you have any more ideas I would love to hear them.

      I don’t think I want to start a podcast. It’s a fair amount of work and I’m already swamped. I’d rather work on our cookbook, or do more blog posts, if I can manufacture some free time.

  5. Lucy’s got one heck of a grip — you can see the whites in her fingernails. I went to play with her right after the interview and she was determined to make the book her own. She’s a smart cookie…knows a good read when she sees one. 🙂

  6. Best wishes! We’re so happy for you, and grateful for all we’ve learned!

    Michelle & family

  7. Congratulations Paul and Shou-Ching!! 😛

    It’ll be great to see some QUALITY information in The Woman’s Weekly down there in Australia. My mum, in Melbourne, is a constant reader of TWW… Hope the article gets her interested in eating more healthier… I might just have to ‘accidently’ leave a copy of PHD at her apartment one day.

    Bring on December the 11th!!


  8. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations 🙂

    I still remember the days when we have, with great scepticism, started debating on PH about “that new blog” and *gasps* rice recommendations. I think you and Dr. Harris pretty much lead Paleo to its not-reattachement-but-science 2.0 approach so thank you for that.

    Quick question. You planned an acne post at the beginning at 2012. Did that ever happen or should I get my hopes up in 2012 ? 🙂

    Congratulations again,


    • Hi Mitja,

      I’m not sure when I will do an acne series. I have been gathering notes on one. In my case the acne / acne-style rosacea seems to have always been due to a chronic fungal infection, so fluconazole would make the acne go away. But the literature on acne and fungal infections gives me no reason to believe that that is the usual cause of acne, and it’s hard to make sense out of the literature to be honest.

      While I puzzle out what to say, you could try reading Seppo at Acne Einstein: I don’t agree with everything he says but he’s clearly given a lot of thought and effort and has a lot of useful experience.

  9. Ooops. It should say “hopes up in 2013” of course.

  10. I never thought I’d be waiting on the edge of my seat for a diet book, yet here I am 🙂

  11. Congratulations Paul and Shou-Ching! You guys deserve all the best. I plan to get several copies for my family for christmas reading, because I think this is the only diet book, compared to Paleo Diet or Primal, that they will accept. You guys are wonderful resources, researchers, and I can’t stress enough how wonderful I find your diet. I am incredibly grateful that you both exist!!!

  12. Paul,

    I can ‘t wait for my copy and the ones I am gifting to others.

    This is going to be huge.
    Congratulations and many thanks for all the effort and care you have both put into this work. You deserve great success


  13. Hi Paul!

    I’m excited to read the new book. However, I’m wondering what’s different in the Australian / New Zealand / UK edition. Is it using kilograms instead of pounds or something like that? Does the other version have an ISBN so that I can tell if it’s the US or non-US version?

  14. DJ spins out on Saturday nights. *Rounds table format.
    The buccal cavity is a small cavity that has
    neither jaws nor teeth.

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