Christmas Gift Ideas

Still thinking about Christmas gift ideas, for yourself or others? Here are a few ideas.

Perfect Health Retreat

We’ve improved the retreat every time we’ve staged one, and it’s now a very special event. Perfect Health Retreats offer:

  • a relaxing and enjoyable vacation on a magnificent and almost-private beach;
  • a training in how to modify one’s food, lifestyle, and environment in simple ways to achieve a lifetime of great health;
  • one-on-one health coaching with me that has resulted in significant health improvements for many guests.

The food is outstanding, and you’ll learn from Shou-Ching herself how to cook great PHD food in 30 minutes a day or less – plus get online access to our cookbook (still in preparation). You’ll get one-on-one posture and movement coaching from our Head of Movement Jae Chung – his sessions have generated rave reviews from nearly everyone – plus 3 movement classes per day including a nightly course in relaxation and stress relief. My science lectures provide depth of understanding and motivation. Plus, it’s fun.

You don’t have to take my word for the value of retreats. In recent retreats, nearly all the guests have reported that it exceeded their expectations, and half the guests have been sufficiently delighted to provide video testimonials at the end of the retreat. Soon I’ll start sharing videos from the May 2015 guests.

In an ideal world, we would offer the retreats more frequently. The 2015 retreats both sold out two months early, so demand is there. Alas, Shou-Ching and I have taken on another project – curing cancer (more on that later) – which is consuming all our time. Therefore, we’ll only do one retreat in 2016.

The 2016 retreat will be held April 30 to May 7, and we’re taking reservations now. The price is going to increase on January 1, but reservations made by December 31 will receive 2015 prices. Also, room selection is in order of reservation – so if you want to come to a retreat, at lower prices than will be available henceforth, and in the best possible room, please consider making your reservation this month.

To learn more about the retreat, visit the various web pages under the Perfect Health Retreat tab, starting here. To reserve a room or for more information, please contact Paul Jaminet at or Whitney Ross Gray at


Mother Dirt Skin Probiotics

One of the benefits retreat guests have enjoyed is free samples of AOBiome’s Mother Dirt AO+Mist skin probiotic. I’ve been using it myself since May and have noticed that consistent use leads to a clearer, younger-looking complexion and the virtual elimination of body odor. There is reason to believe that restoring ammonia-oxidizing bacteria to the skin will increase nitric oxide production; nitric oxide is an important vascular regulator that may lower blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Readers have reported significant improvements in odor, general wellness, and the appearance of skin conditions.

Based on this experience, I can heartily recommend AO+Mist skin probiotics. To order, click on the image:


Ubiome microbiome sequencing

Another benefit retreat guests have enjoyed is UBiome gut microbiome sequencing. UBiome is currently offering a 10% discount on their sequencing kits: visit here for details.

Thrive Market

Thrive Market is a 2015 startup offering natural, organic (ancestral) foods and products at wholesale prices, delivered to your door. Their description: “Think Costco meets Whole Foods, online.”

They are specifically targeting the Paleo community and several Paleo leaders (not us) were early investors. PHD readers are likely to find worthwhile items. Click the image to check them out:

Our Recommendations Pages

We recommend a number of products we’ve found helpful, and many of the products on the following pages could make great gifts:

Or, just shop Amazon from this search box:

New Books

A number of our favorite ancestral community members came out with books this year. These came to our attention in a positive way:

I’m sure there were many other great books this year by ancestral authors. If you found something to recommend, please let us know in a comment.

Merry Christmas to all of our readers!

  1. Dear Paul:
    What thrilling news that you have set out to cure cancer, especially if the Perfect Health Diet is our strongest ally. Sadly, Herb Mandell is fatally ill with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. As he navigates the evaluation process for a possible lung transplant, more and more questions arise: what caused it and what can we do? He was tested for Sjogrens and he has a mild case. He was tested for antibodies and he has a deficiency in IGg subclass 3 for which he now receives infusions to prevent further respiratory infections which likely weakened his lungs over time. Despite GERD symptoms going away after starting PHD he now has silent GERD, perhaps had it all along, which may have caused the fibrosis. Many questions, not so many answers. No panaceas, but PHD remains our gold standard and we remain grateful for your work and having found our way there. We treasure each moment we still have together, and pray for courage and grace to face what lies ahead. We are all mortal, doing the best that we can. More we cannot do.

    • Dear Peggy,

      So sorry to hear of Herb’s illness. I will pray for him. A blessed Christmas to you both.

      Yours, Paul

      • Paul,
        Your prayers mean the world to us, thank you. We very much believe in the power of prayer. We will have a blessed Christmas, and wish you the same, Luke’s second and perhaps one he will remember! Herb and I know we have been blessed with so much, including 45 spectacular years together.

  2. So, I am excited to know that you are taking on cancer. My father has stage 4 prostate cancer and is in chemo now. I have an odd question. I am undergoing some serious life stress, and I could really use my fathers help and advice, but I don’t want to stress him out during chemo. But hen I had this idea that possibly the feeling of being needed might be a psychological boost for him. I always wondered if the body has a self destruct mechanism when we no longer feel important to society. What is your opinion?

  3. Hi Paul,
    About the Ubiome microbiome sequencing, do you know of any privacy concerns or how they can use the data? I have been reluctant to try 23andme for this reason. Thanks for your help and happy new year,


    I found these colour changing (via an app) LED bulbs, Paul. Do you think that they would be useful for changing to amber light at night for Melatonin suppression?

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