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A Dangerous Diet

I am quite busy with work and haven’t had a chance to finish a science post, but an article caught my eye with a diet that was new to me and deserves a warning: the “live diet”:

Rainbeau Mars, the actor and yoga- and holistic-health guru with “an irresistible glow,” according to her website, has requested that her guests “try out a vegan, and subsequently live food diet for 21 days” before her upcoming Kauai wedding to Hollywood business manager Michael Karlin, according to the Huffington Post. That way, Mars’s publicist explained in the piece, “everyone will look and feel their best for HER big day.”

Now, since the live diet is not the vegan diet, I suppose it must include animal foods – live animal foods.

It seems like this diet must be a version of Paleo – after all, as Robb Wolf explained, “if it has a face, it’s Paleo” – so I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it. I haven’t found much about it on the web but I think the “live diet” must resemble this excellent recipe by Daniella Martin, except without the cooking:

(Note: The taco shells are not PHD. Consider substituting rice flour based spring roll wrappers.)

Unfortunately, I have to say that based on a brief literature search, I believe the live diet, while fine for pythons, alligators, and herons, may be quite dangerous for humans, and must oppose it. This alarming case study illustrates the potential dangers:

I do wish Ms. Mars a joyful wedding day; but I must recommend that her guests avoid this risky diet.

New Podcasts

I’ve been interviewed on two new podcasts:

  • PaleoHacks Podcast #6 with Clark Danger is out. Clark and I had a great conversation. Unfortunately our time ran out too soon and we weren’t able to get to many of the questions that had been suggested by PaleoHacks readers. I’ll try and tackle a few in blog posts, starting with Eastside Joanne‘s question about rosacea.
  • That Paleo Show, an Australian podcast hosted by chiropractors Dr. Brett Hill and Dr. Janah James and Wellness Coach Stephanie Wasylyk, was a fun show. At the time we recorded it, Shou-Ching and I were expecting to visit Australia this summer, but our schedule filled up and so we’re now planning to make the trip in October/November. I hear the water is much warmer at that time, so it’s a fortunate change.

Blog posts have been scarce recently. The reason is that several projects are keeping us busy:

  • An upcoming trip to Korea which will include an event at Reebok CrossFit Sentinel in Seoul on Saturday, June 29.
  • A documentary with the Korean television network SBS TV — they are filming us in Boston next week.
  • An exciting new venture that I expect to announce next week, for which we are developing a comprehensive set of lecture and video materials teaching how to be healthy. I expect this venture will be a great opportunity to prove that our diet and lifestyle is highly effective at healing diseases of all kinds.

Please pardon our quietness! Many good things are fermenting … but not quite ready to drink.