Monthly Archives: June 2013

In Korea? Please Come to Our Seoul Event!

I’ve been so busy with the Perfect Health Retreat that I’ve been remiss in failing to promote our upcoming Seoul event.

This Saturday, June 29, Paul and Shou-Ching will be speaking at Reebok Crossfit Sentinel in Seoul. We will talk about diet at 1 pm, lifestyle at 3 pm, and do a book signing and Q&A inbetween. Over the two talks, we’ll provide a complete view of what drives good health.

Promotional flyers with all the details are here. If you are in Korea, please consider attending!

Perfect Health Retreat at Albert Oaks Austin

On Tuesday (“Toward a Proof of the PHD”) I noted some recent PHD success stories and my desire to prove to skeptics that our diet and lifestyle advice really does heal. On Thursday (“A New Venture: Perfect Health Retreat”) I gave a pre-launch look at one way we hope to achieve that end: the establishment of Perfect Health Retreats at an upscale lodging facility in Austin, Texas.

Today, I’m happy to say we’ve officially launched:


Check out the program web site: Perfect Health Retreat. You can find there a syllabus of the educational program, information about the property, views of meals you’ll be served (PHD compliant, gourmet in taste, prepared by a professional chef), information about the exercise programs, other activities and classes, and pricing. If you have any interest at all in the program, please contact me at 617-576-1753 or, or Whitney Ross Gray at 910-763-8530 or at

As I mentioned on Thursday, we’ve been running a beta program while developing program materials. I’m very happy that every one of the beta program participants has experienced significant health improvements. On Thursday, I shared the story of Jorjan Cullender Hendrix, whose autoimmune disease has gone into remission. Today I’d like to share a few more stories from beta participants.

Ruth Slattery’s Story

My name is Ruth Slattery. I am a sixty year old wife and mother of five sons all born at home.

I have always believed in a natural, whole foods approach to life. Having a degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin made understanding and accepting the philosophy and science of the Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet PHD and Shou-Ching Jaminet PHD logical and easy. The atmosphere and support at Albert Oaks makes the transition to a well rounded healthy lifestyle as easy as possible. The delicious meals by chef/owner Damon Young, oak covered grounds,chicken coop, orchard and beautiful vegetable gardens remind us of and attach us to the natural food and life experiences. Participants are encouraged to join in on caring for the chickens, gardening and cooking if interested. Personally I enjoy tending the chickens and gardening.

At Albert Oaks one learns the importance of proper light exposure, sleep, exercise and nutrition in acquiring and maintaining good health. Teleconferencing with Dr. Jaminet on a regular basis is very helpful in clearing up any questions and really understanding the total concept of the PHD.

I was diagnosed with lupus nine years ago and am affected with chronic muscle and joint pain and chronic fatigue. For the past year and a half, I have been participating in a lupus clinical trial with no obvious improvement.

Since following the PHD lifestyle suggestions, my joint pain, fatigue and range of motion have definitely improved and I have lost four pounds and an inch around the waist! I would recommend this lifestyle philosophy for everyone-no matter what or if there is a health or weight issue involved.

I’m quite happy that we had two sufferers from autoimmune disease in the beta program, and both improved. Lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, and other autoimmune diseases are rather mysterious ailments to the medical community, and it is good to see that a natural ancestral lifestyle can heal them.

Charles Kevin Rackley’s Story

I had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a little over a year before beginning the Perfect Health Diet, though my glucose had been high for some time before.  I did not achieve any level of blood glucose control during that time.  Meanwhile, neuropathy in my feet was steadily getting worse.

Following the program at Albert Oaks was easier than anticipated.  Although I was working full-time, I was easily able to adapt the concepts of intermittent fasting to my needs.  The satisfying meals and daily exercise became second nature, and the comfort of the facility and the attentiveness of the staff made it a pleasure just to be there.

The results of my month at Albert Oaks were startling.  The eight-pound weight loss was welcome, though not extraordinary in itself. The four inch reduction in my waist line was very welcome.  More importantly, my glucose levels plummeted into the normal range, for the first time in over a decade. Though I am still taking my medication for now, it is not unreasonable to think I may be able to revisit that issue with my physician in the near future.

Now back at home, I am excited about finding new ways to employ the principles of the Perfect Health Diet.  I was at a family dinner at a restaurant this week, and it was simple to make good choices.  I am eager to explore this new, healthy direction in my life.

Charles’s fasting blood glucose dropped from 160 to 95 mg/dl – severely diabetic to normal – in about a month.

Eva Jo Scott’s Story

At the end of the 30 day plan of PHD of Albert Oaks Retreat, I have seen an increase of energy, weight loss and reduced waist size, and decrease of pain medication.

At the beginning of the plan, my energy level was so low that I required naps several times a day. I still do not fully understand the science of PHD but the results are amazing.  By eating a balanced diet and having exercise planned around my physical disabilities (my knees need replacing, they currently are bone to bone), I am able to move around more and I have more energy.

I went from taking 6 pain pills a day at the beginning, to taking 2-3 a day towards the end of the month. Exercise and diet for the thirty days left me 6 pounds lighter and two inches smaller around the waist.  The group setting was very helpful because we developed personal friendships. We were there for each other when a shoulder was needed.

The accommodations and staff were 5-star, and the food provided by Chef Damon was top notch. It really is a lifestyle change, not a diet.  Now that I’m on my own at home, I’ve been able to keep up with about 90% of the changes, but I believe the lacking 10% will be following shortly.

The property has facilities for the Primal 7 movement exercises and a skilled Primal 7 physical trainer on staff. The nice thing about Primal 7 is that, thanks to the use of straps to support body weight, the movements can be performed even by the severely disabled, obese, injured, or weak. The difficulty of the movements can be adapted to anyone’s capabilities. There is also a gym membership and opportunities for running, swimming, and other activities, but it is important to incorporate some form of activity even for those whose health is too poor to permit vigorous exercise, and the property is set up to provide that.


Chronic health conditions develop over the course of decades and can rarely be reversed overnight. Healing them requires significant dietary and lifestyle changes. To make dramatic changes and maintain them for the rest of one’s life, it’s important to understand the scientific rationale for the changes and to have the confidence that comes from deep understanding and from actually living and experiencing the beneficial effects of the changes.

The great virtue of the Perfect Health Retreat program is that it has all these ingredients of long-term success:

  • The educational program provides the scientific foundations and gives participants the confidence that comes from understanding.
  • The experience of eating PHD food prepared by a master chef for a month, and learning how to prepare it one’s self, teaches that healthful food can be delicious and satisfying.
  • The physical activity program shows that in as little as 20 minutes a day can make a large difference in health; and that anyone can engage in beneficial physical activity.
  • Simple steps like controlling light exposure, sleep time, meal times, and other circadian rhythm factors can have a big impact on health.

With such positive results from the beta program, I’m very optimistic that Perfect Health Retreats will go a long way toward helping the ancestral health movement establish that ancestral diets and lifestyle can be highly effective methods of healing.

A New Venture: Perfect Health Retreat

On Tuesday (“Toward a Proof of the PHD”), I said that for several years now I’ve been convinced that following the diet and lifestyle advice of Perfect Health Diet would greatly improve nearly everyone’s health, and have been looking for ways to prove it.

To generate proof, we need a group of people to adopt our diet and live our lifestyle, and be able to directly observe the results – without any selection or bias, so that we see negative as well as positive results.

That’s a scientific and scholarly goal. Our other goal is to help our readers heal illness and enjoy long, happy, healthy lives.

This weekend, we’re going to announce a new venture that will help us achieve both goals: the Perfect Health Retreat.

How It Got Started

Damon Young is a professional chef who operates an upscale lodging place, Albert Oaks Austin, on a wooded two acre lot in Austin Texas. Damon has long suffered from obesity, diabetes, and a number of other health problems. Like so many others, he had gone through a litany of medical treatments, including bariatric surgery, without benefit. Late last year he discovered PHD, and in six months has lost a great deal of weight, normalized his blood sugars, improved his sleep, and generally feels worlds better. He was also impressed with the tastiness of our food.

In March Damon contacted me and invited me to stay at Albert Oaks Austin during PaleoFX. While there he proposed a joint venture: that I create a hands-on educational program that would teach people how to live our diet and lifestyle advice. He would host the program, cook and serve PHD food throughout, and provide a supportive, stress-free environment supportive of all aspects of PHD advice, including lighting that supports circadian rhythms and an activity/exercise program that complies with PHD guidelines.

We decided to call this program the Perfect Health Retreat. For the last two months, since the end of PaleoFX, I have been developing the educational program. About four weeks ago, we began a “beta program” in which volunteers with significant health problems test-piloted the program for us.

I’m pleased to say that the beta program has been a huge success: every participant has seen dramatic health improvements, in several cases shocking their doctors.

More information about Perfect Health Retreats can be found at the Perfect Health Retreat tab and, eventually, on However, if you would like to know more about the program, please contact Paul Jaminet at and 617-576-1753 or Whitney Ross Gray at and 910-763-8530.

In the meantime, I’d like to share a report from one of the beta participants.

Jorjan Cullender Hendrix’s story

Jorjan Cullender Hendrix was the first of our beta participants; she began the program in April even before I had prepared educational materials. Jorjan writes:

I feel 1000% better than I felt 75 days ago.

I was diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome in the fall of 2001. I stayed active and continued to work; however, many nights I would cry myself to sleep in silence and without the ability to make tears. I took solace in Coca Colas and sugary and salty snacks which made me gain 45 lbs. No one in my family knew of my condition until further complications and problems arose. I developed many food allergies, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and bone spurs in my feet, fingers, and neck. I became extremely sensitive to touch and had extremely dry eyes and mouth.

Over the last three years I lost 35 lbs by cutting back on snacks and trying to always eat before 6 pm. However, this had little to no effect on how I felt physically and emotionally. I looked better but still felt like a prisoner to my syndrome. Every day I worried whether I would make it to the next day. Stress took a toll: higher blood pressure, less sleep, and a feeling of total hopelessness.

I needed a cane most days to get around due to a persistent injury to my hip and knee. I was scheduled to have both replaced in January of 2011. However, I lost my Mom, and then when my job status changed I lost my health insurance, so the surgeries were postponed. A true blessing in disguise, as I now see no need for either after being on the Perfect Health Diet.

My blood pressure was always around 154/140 and I was extremely sleep deprived due to stress and constant pain. I could not endure being outside if it was warmer than 8o degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes just the touch of water from a shower could send me up the wall with sensitivity.

My good friend from college Damon Young invited me to attend the Paleo FX conference with he and his wife in Austin. Dr. Paul Jaminet was staying at their bed and breakfast. I found myself getting to know him and about his and his wife’s self discovery and writing of the Perfect Health Diet.  I discovered I might benefit from his Perfect Health Diet. I started PHD on April 1st, supported by Damon and his wife Joyce at Albert Oaks Austin.

I was apprehensive about the intermittent fasting, but after the first few days it was very easy. Giving up the cokes was the hardest part. I still will cheat occasionally and have one, but I’ve noticed I feel aches afterwards.

I started spending more time outdoors and found that working outdoors and staying very active elevated my mood. My energy level has usually been good but I would often after a 10 hour work day crash at 6 pm. Then on the weekends I would stay in bed all weekend. Today, after 75 days on PHD, I can easily do a 10-12 hour work day 7 days a week. My energy level has risen through the roof. I work outdoors 5-6 hours a day and some of that during the heat of the day. For over 10 years I have not been able to endure temperatures over 80 degrees, but now I can tolerate Texas summer midday heat and sun.

Soon I no longer needed my cane to walk, and over the following weeks I was able to reduce and then stop my pain medications. Just a short time earlier, I had thought I would never again walk without pain.

The diet is easy to follow; the food we eat is comparable in quality and taste to what I have eaten in 5-star restaurants. There is so much variety. I am never hungry.

I have learned how to make fermented vegetables and eat them regularly. I am enjoying the outdoors again. I enjoy working in our organic garden and caring for our chickens. I have been allergic to chickens and eggs for years, but now I am showing less sensitivity to eggs.

My excitement increased when three more beta candidates joined our program 30 days ago. I had already seen so much personal improvement I was able to share with them. I would do nightly checks to see if they had on their amber lights and or glasses if they were watching TV. This allowed me to share my excitement about the program and PHD.

We fixed and ate our meals with each other. We did our supplements for the week together. We developed recipes of our own, and kidded each other about foods we were learning to like that we had previously thought we could never eat. We developed a family atmosphere during our video conferences and classes with Dr. Jaminet,  as we all sat in a big living room with a big screen TV and it was like family night at home.

Just 3 months ago, I didn’t think I would live many years more. After my last physical, my doctor told me, “You need to quit worrying about your father-in-law and your sister making it to next Christmas, if you have another 2-3 years like the last ones they will need to worry about you.”

Now I know I can look forward to many more years of a healthy and happy life with my children and grandchildren. My son, who is overseas, can’t say enough about how great I sound on the phone. He is now reading Perfect Health Diet because of my “just short of miraculous results.”

Many thanks to my friend Damon for inviting me to the program, to Dr. Paul Jaminet and his wife Shou-Ching Jaminet for writing Perfect Health Diet, and to the Perfect Health Retreat at Albert Oaks Austin. I have a new lease on life, thanks to you all.

Thank you Jorjan! We hope that many more will experience similar health improvements!

Toward a Proof of the PHD

I hope all of our readers enjoyed a happy and healthy Father’s Day.

We had two PHD-related sources of happiness this weekend. On Friday and Saturday we filmed a documentary for Korea’s SBS TV, which will air July 7 in Korea. And then, over the course of the weekend, we heard a number of positive reader stories.

I’d like to share those stories, as a warmup to telling you about about a new venture that will, we expect, create many more health successes.

Reader Results

John Parker is 70 years old and looks fantastic on PHD:


Well done John!

Antoniette Descisciolo-Rozean is losing weight with ease:

Week 4 Update:

Another half pound bites the dust woot woot!! 😀 😀 😀

This may not sound like a lot to many people, but I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, and I’ve NEVER lost weight as painlessly and naturally as I have on this plan!

I can absolutely do this plan for life and never feel deprived. I still have not counted one calorie, nor have not felt hunger once.

This brings my total loss at close to ten pounds on one month. I am so completely happy with this!!

My husband, who doesn’t need to lose weight, is trimming up. Though he’s lost no weight, his waist is trimming up, his chest is getting more solid, etc.

He has only cut out grains/legumes and has not changed his routine (which is naturally active), yet is experiencing these surprising improvements!

He was previously getting stiffness in his joints, and that has nearly disappeared!

Aaron Macomber has lost 53 pounds and feels ten years younger:

January to June, I’m down 53 pounds on the PHD. I also weight train for 1-1.5hrs 4 days a week, no cardio training at all. I weighed 238lbs when I started and now weigh 185, and still dropping! I’m 40 years old and I feel and look better than I did when I was 30 (now just figure out how to re-grow hair :).

The better part of the story is that the inflammation that I was constantly suffering with is reduced so much it’s incredible! My hands and feet used to ache at the end of the day, and they just don’t anymore. I used to be hot all the time, and was popping advil like they were breath mints, and I just don’t have a need for that anymore. I am still dropping 1-2lbs a week and packing on the muscle fairly fast. I will be seeing my abs for the first time in my life within the next few months and have gone from a 38-40 waist to a 32 already.

Both Antoniette and Aaron left Amazon reviews – thank you very much!

Gill is only two weeks into PHD, but has some results already:

In desperation one night I trawled the web and found your website and thought it was worth a shot. Within a matter of days of kicking gluten for good (not that I ate much wheat anyway but we scots eat a lot of oats) and starting magnesium/selenium/iodine supplements I felt 50% better. Given my deteriorating health over the preceding two years, this was a HUGE improvement. My sinuses, whilst still far from perfect, are feeling considerably better.  My energy levels, whilst still not what they used to be, have definitely picked up.  This is after a fortnight.  I am so excited that I might actually keep improving!!

June is healing:

I have started eating this style of eating introducing bone broths, organ meats, coconut oil, eliminating vegetable oils, sugar amongst other things. One big change I am finding is at 59 I was having problems with the skin on my hands, every little knock cause a a heamatoma type of bruising under the skin, an obvious sign that the collagen in my skin was lacking. Today I gave my hand a big knock & there is only a small bruise.

Also I am having less problems with my knees, so I am sold on the paleo/high fat style of eating.

I haven’t lost a lot of weight but it is stable & body fat percentage is reducing slowly. On a low fat, moderate protein diet my body fat percentage just kept going up & up.

Thank you for your book & the information it provides.

Richard Parker had inflammatory bowel disease for 35 years, now it’s gone:

I have been following the PHD for about 5 months. I had a serious flare of IBD over the Christmas holidays. For several years I had been able to control my symptoms to tolerable levels but this flare was beyond my control with my old diet. I first started with a broth diet for 2 weeks, then elimination diet before I discovered PHD. I lost 30 pounds in a month, which is mot particularly healthy before starting the PHD at the end of January. Several things truly shocked me on PHD that helped. Being able to tolerate fat, cutting down on fruit was good, elimination wheat and whole grain was good, eating egg yolks didn’t raise my cholesterol, eating liver and liking it and switching to goat dairy helped. I had been on a low fat, whole grain, yogurt, low animal protein, probiotic and Chia seed fiber diet before. The Chia seeds had been my savior to slow down the diarrhea. I still eat Chia seeds but just sprinkle them on salads. Today my digestion and elimination system is better than it has been in 35 years. My triglycerides have dropped from 153 to 72. My HDL has risen to 45 after 30 years of HDL between 27 and 35. I drink bone broth every day as I eat 3 egg yolks. The only probiotic I take now is Live Zing Salad. I also take most of the supplements recommended but take them on faith that Paul knows what he is talking about here too. I have never been able to say that I know a supplement has helped. But I wouldn’t stop anything I am doing for fear that the good changes I have experienced would end.

Bill Rafter found that PHD helped him deal with cancer:

About 6 months ago I learned that I had metastatic prostate cancer.  The treatment recommended was hormone therapy and targeted radiation.  The hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy tricks the brain into suppressing testosterone production.  The effects are a total suppression of sexual drive, hot flashes similar to those experienced by menopausal women, and the feeling that one is an old, old man.  The lack of sexual function I could deal with, and the hot flashes just seemed like a good sweat.  But, at 65 and still athletic, I found the last one particularly brutal, and questioned whether I wanted treatment at all.

A friend gave me a good book on cancer, recommending an all-out approach rather than the sequential attempts favored by most oncologists.  Nutrition was a major part of the approach.  I then trolled my friends for books on nutrition and one commented that PHD was the best he had ever read.  I am overwhelmed by what it has done for me.

After reading PHD, I immediately adopted the recommendations in full, with the exception of fasting.  I then went thru 44 radiation treatments, and never felt fatigue, a common symptom.  No more old man feelings, and no thoughts of quitting treatment.  Hot flashes are completely gone, which really puzzles the oncologists. Everyone wants to know what stopped the hot flashes.  The trouble is that because I adopted everything at once, there is no way to identify that which contributed most.  But that’s not all.

Ever since grade school I have been a nailbiter.  I knew the habit was caused by a chemical imbalance, rather than behavioral, but could never figure out what.  But since adopting PHD, my fingernails have grown to the extent that filing them is annoying.  That makes me wonder that if PHD brought my system into balance, how many other imbalanced people could also benefit.  Those people could manifest their imbalance otherwise, say with abuse of alcohol or drugs.

This reduction in cancer therapy side effects may be more significant than mere symptomatic relief. Cancer therapies generally have a very narrow margin between hurting the cancer and hurting normal tissue. A diet that enables normal cells to tolerate cancer therapies better may allow more effective doses of therapy to be used, potentially significantly improving odds of remission.

There are many other great stories on the PHD Facebook group. Our thanks to all who share their results!

Toward a Proof of the PHD

I strongly believe that PHD is, indeed, the most healthful human diet. The science is solid. Moreover, diet seems to have a large influence on health, so adopting PHD can lead to dramatic health improvements. Personal experience, and reader stories like those above, give me confidence in those claims.

But how can we prove PHD to skeptics?

Self-reported reader results don’t convince skeptics because they are an incomplete and biased sample. Those who have good results are enthusiastic and excited and take the time to report their success. Skeptics can always wonder whether there were an equal number of readers with poor results who simply didn’t report their negative experiences. To prove a diet, it is necessary to compile unbiased evidence from a complete sample.

For some time, I’ve been looking ways to generate compelling evidence. At the Ancestral Health Symposium in 2012, I organized a panel discussion (“New Technologies, New Opportunities”) looking at how new technologies such as quantified self tools with automatic data collection via Wifi could help us generate unbiased data on the effects of different diets and lifestyles.

Others in the ancestral health community are also attacking this problem. For example, Gary Taubes and collaborators have created NuSI in an effort to fund clinical trials testing the effects of low-carb diets.

Now, happily, thanks to a new partnership which I’ll announce on Thursday, we are going to have an opportunity to do a fair and unbiased test of PHD’s effectiveness. In fact, it’s already underway. At a secret location in Austin, Texas for the last four to eight weeks, a half dozen people with serious health concerns have been following the PHD diet and lifestyle advice. Every one of them has experienced health improvements. Among the results:

  • A woman who in February was walking with a cane, taking pain medications, and scheduled for knee and hip surgeries is now walking with no difficulty and has stopped her pain medications. A longtime Sjogren’s sufferer, she now has tears. She has lost two inches from her waist, is sleeping better, is happier, and has more energy.
  • A diabetic with fasting blood glucose of 160 now has fasting blood glucose in the 90s. He has lost 7 pounds and 4 inches from his waist.

I will share further details on Thursday, as we still have work to do before a formal launch and announcement. Let me just say – I am excited; I am optimistic that we can make a huge difference in the lives of a number of people; and I believe we will be able to generate convincing proof that a natural diet and lifestyle, along the lines of PHD, is the path to good health.

More coming soon!