Today’s Human Nutrition
– Part 1: False Narratives –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

January 29, 2023 [printfriendly]


What makes something true? Is it because it’s based in fact, or because we’ve heard it so many times, we believe it to be true?

Take for example one of the most well-known accepted quotes from Star Wars, “Luke, I am your father.” Even those of us who aren’t into the Star Wars universe are familiar with that line. Except, it was never actually said in the movie! The line was, “No, I am your father.” Not quite as memorable.

Now, think about that old food pyramid we were taught. Grains are the foundation, followed by plants and fruit. We believed it to be true because it was so mainstream. But knowing what we know now, it was a terrible foundation for nutrition.

Here are some questions for you to mull over …

  • What if almost everything you knew about health and nutrition was based on facts that are not factual?
  • What would that mean for you and your family today?
  • How would that change what you do for yourself and your family if you corrected those false narratives?
  • And how would the influence of corporations “buying off” major nutrition companies change your mind about the food products you buy?


3 False Narratives

I don’t shy away from thinking outside of the box. Especially when it comes to my unconventional methods of nutrition and fighting cancer. However, my thinking is backed by a combination of personal experience and in-depth research. Sometimes, I don’t think my thinking is so out of the box after all. It makes a lot of sense. The truth is some of the narratives we’ve been told simply aren’t true. So, let’s talk about them.


#1. Humans require plants to survive and thrive: FALSE

Humans are not required to depend on plant-based nutrients to survive and thrive.[1] Humans are animals. As homo sapiens evolving on planet earth for over 600,000 years, we have preferred and required animal protein, animal fat, animal organs, bone marrow, and cartilage to become the dominant animal of our planet.[2] We are not plants or trees or shrubs. Our cells require basic, bioavailable elements to sustain our life.

In addition, many plants contain antinutrients.[3] Antinutrients are natural or synthetic compounds that interfere with our body’s ability to absorb other necessary nutrients in foods. Many of these antinutrient chemicals are produced by plants to harm or kill animals that attempt to eat them. Basically, antinutrients are a plant’s defense mechanism to prevent a plant’s destruction when animals eat them and then to assure that the plant’s ripening fruit will be eaten by animals who can spread the plant’s seeds for propagation.

We have been told that plant nutrients are critical for our health. Yet practically all the nutrients which humans require can be found in ruminant animals when eaten from nose-to-tail.

Ruminant animals include cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, deer, elk, giraffes, and camels.[4] But my easily-purchased and practical-to-eat ruminants are cattle and sheep.

These animals all have a digestive system that is uniquely different and highly specialized from the human digestive system. Instead of one compartment to the stomach they have four. Of the four compartments, the rumen is the largest section where most of the digestion occurs.

The rumen is filled with billions of microbes that can digest grass and other vegetation that humans with one stomach cannot. Humans cannot break down many plants because of antinutrients or indigestible substances inherent in the plants. However, ruminants can convert these plants and residues into high quality protein and other necessary nutrients that are eventually stored as bioavailable nutrients in their tissues. And all these absorbed nutrients are readily available to us when we eat these animals from nose-to-tail.


#2. Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are the goals for humans to stay healthy: FALSE

Recommended Daily Allowances[5] are supposed to be goals we must meet. And an array of dietitians teaches us how to meet those magic numbers even though these RDAs were formulated from what were just guesses. Nutrition science is based around fundamental assumptions that have never been thoroughly tested.[6]

However, individuals eating a high-carb diet have a greater need for higher concentrations of some nutrients than those eating an animal-based diet with low carbohydrates. For example, individuals have maintained adequate and healthy levels of Vitamin C[7] and Magnesium[8] when on a strict animal-based diet. The reason: Vitamin C and Magnesium are in the ruminant animals we eat, and these nutrients compete with carbohydrates to enter human cells. The less carbohydrates we eat; the less amount of Vitamin C and Magnesium we need to be healthy.


#3. Normal ranges for most medical tests are based on healthy people: FALSE

The normal ranges of most medical tests are based on the average ranges for the average healthy individual. If your blood test results come back in the normal range, then your medical doctor will assume your results show you are a healthy person. The fact is that these values are based on a Bell Curve[9] that says that 95% of the population is normal and the 2.5% on either end of the Bell Curve are abnormal.[10] But at least 88% of the US population has been determined to be metabolically unhealthy.[11] So, how can these “normal ranges” be a goal for a healthy person if these “normal ranges” are obtained from a relatively unhealthy population? I believe a healthy range for various medical tests should be studied and obtained from the small percentage of metabolically healthy individuals in our population – not from a population of metabolically unhealthy individuals.


Concluding Thoughts

If you investigate human results from an animal-based diet, you may be impressed.

Paul Saladino, MD; Shawn Baker, MD; and Kevin Stock, DDS actively write about the medical benefits of an animal-based diet. Some recommend stricter “diets” than others, but each of these health professionals promote the consumption of ruminant animals eaten from nose-to-tail.

In addition, The International Center for Medical Nutritional Intervention (previously called the Paleomedicina Clinic) in Budapest, Hungary has been treating serious chronic diseases and cancers since 2011. They have treated over 6,000 sick patients with a strict animal-based diet with compelling results. The clinic has published case reports in various medical publications. Go to their website and click on “Scientific Work and Articles[12].

I know your frustration; I’ve been there. There are so many diets and “healthy” methods out there that promise to fix your entire life. It’s hard to know what to believe.

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Superman’s Kryptonite
– Is In Our Food –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

July 18, 2021 [printfriendly]


As a young kid, I loved to read Superman published by DC Comics. The character was created way back in 1938. And I loved watching the original TV series, The Adventures of Superman. The shows aired from 1952-1958. And then there were all those reruns.

Superman was the strongest man on earth. Nothing could harm him – except Kryptonite. Kryptonite was a greenish material from Superman’s home planet of Krypton. Kryptonite emitted substances, which Superman’s body could not tolerate.

Kryptonite’s properties would weaken Superman and destroy his powers. First, it caused pain and nausea. But with prolonged exposure, it would kill him.

Does all this sound familiar? Substances like Kryptonite are hidden in some of our food!


Humans’ Kryptonite

Humans are designed to be strong and healthy. We get our nourishment from clean air, pure water, and nutrient-dense foods. But our genetic code does not have the ability to destroy certain elements that could weaken us at first but kill us over prolonged exposure.

Among these elements are anti-nutrients. They are our Kryptonite.

Anti-nutrients are found in plants and are the plants’ defense mechanisms to prevent their species from being eaten and becoming extinct. They also ensure that their babies (i.e., seeds) continue to propagate the species. These toxic chemicals discourage animals from eating the plant and therefore assures the plant’s survival.

Lectins, phytates, oxalates, and gluten are some of the major antinutrients. By causing gut discomfort, widespread inflammation, and nutrient malabsorption, they can wreak havoc in our body if we eat large amounts of them continuously.

Obviously, if we don’t eat them, they can’t bother us. Eaten occasionally in small amounts, they may not be too harmful. Specific food preparation techniques may render some of them less harmful. But their toxic effects are cumulative. Our body can be damaged if we eat them frequently over long periods of time.


Human Kryptonite

#1 Lectins

Lectins are proteins that attach to carbohydrates in the gut, bloodstream, or any tissues in the body. They form clumps of cells that can cause immune and gut reactions – specifically chronic systemic inflammation.

For example, lectins will bind to glucosamine, which is a carbohydrate that covers your joints. The result could be inflammation and pain around the joint.

Here’s another example: The mucus that lines mucous membranes is a mucopolysaccharide. It is a bunch of sugar molecules that traps lectins. When we eat lectins, our mucus production can go into overdrive as it attempts to bind to as many lectins as possible. This may make us feel inflamed and congested. That’s why some people who drink pasteurized milk from conventionally raised cows may often have a lot of mucus production and congestion. This milk contains “A1 casein”, which has lectins that stimulate an overproduction of mucus.

Lectins lurk almost everywhere. Large amounts of lectins are found in raw legumes like beans, peas and lentils as well as whole grains. Also, nightshades, which includes tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, goji berries, peppers, paprika, and chili peppers, are high in lectins. A plant’s seeds and skin contain the highest amounts of lectins. Some herbs like basil, rosemary, garlic, chives, ginger and parsley contain high levels of lectins.

Once you begin removing lectins from your diet, it could take up to 2 years to heal your gut.


#2 Phytic Acid & Phytates

Similar to lectins, phytic acid is manufactured by plants. It is the storage form of phosphorus in the seed. When the plant grows, phytic acids release phosphorus to help the plant grow.

In humans, phytic acid prevents the absorption of specific minerals in our gut and reduces the digestibility of proteins in our diet. Phytic acid binds to calcium, iron and zinc when ingested, forming complexes preventing these minerals from being absorbed and used by the body. When phytic acid binds to a mineral, it is called phytate. Phytates aren’t digested when we eat them because we lack the enzyme phytase that would break them down.

The dominant foods containing phytic acid include beans, seeds, nuts, grains & legumes as well as some roots and tubers.


#3 Oxalates

When oxalates are eaten, they bind to minerals to form crystals like calcium oxalate or iron oxalate. This can occur in the colon, in the kidneys, or in the urinary tract. By binding these minerals in the gut, oxalates reduce their bioavailability and can lead to mineral deficiencies.

For some people, consuming oxalates may lead to developing kidney stones. About 80% of all kidney stones are formed from calcium oxalates although there are other forms.

Raw cruciferous vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and radishes have large amounts of oxalates. Other high-oxalate foods include cacao, black pepper, rhubarb, almonds and beans. Herbs containing high levels of oxalates include turmeric, cloves, and cinnamon.

Oxalates can bind to calcium in the blood and form tiny, sharp crystals that can be deposited anywhere in our bodily tissues. These oxalate crystals can cause joint pain or burning sensations in our eyes, mouth, ears and throat. They’re often the hidden, underlying cause of unresolved health issues. And when an effort is made to limit oxalate intake, health improves.

However, it may require several months for oxalates to leave the body’s tissues. If you decrease your oxalates too quickly, you might experience what’s called oxalate dumping, which is where the body rapidly gets rid of its oxalate stores, leading to several uncomfortable symptoms.

Examples of symptoms of oxalate dumping include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Hives or skin rashes
  • Mood changes
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Painful urination
  • Muscle cramps
  • Trouble focusing


#4 Gluten

Gluten, which contains lectins, is a family of proteins that is present in wheat, rye, barley, and some other types of grains. As a matter of fact, gluten could be an ingredient in many processed foods, cosmetics, prescription medications, and nutritional supplements. The human body cannot completely digest gluten. One of the remnants of the incomplete digestion of gluten is gliadin and its other gliadin structures.

Gliadin, a form of lectin, has the potential to slowly and deliberately destroy various tissues of the body. Its effects are cumulative, producing chronic inflammation over time.

It causes gut dysbiosis and opens holes in the gut lining, allowing toxic substances and undigested proteins to leak into the bloodstream. Researchers have proven this damage to the gut lining occurs in every human whenever gliadin is present in the intestines.[1] This is known as increased intestinal permeability but is generally called a “leaky gut”.[2]

However, the human body is resilient and reparative. The cells of the intestinal wall replace themselves every 4-5 days.[3] If anti-nutrients and other irritants to the gut were not reintroduced again, you would have a new epithelial lining in your gut after a week. But the problem is a process of repetition. Constantly consuming gluten as well as being exposed to the other anti-nutrients or any other gut irritants will perpetuate damage in the gut.


A Perfect Solution to “Human Kryptonite”

As I see it, Kryptonite affects Superman as Anti-Nutrients affect Humans. Eliminate anti-nutrients, and you’ll eliminate their toxic harm.

Bringing animal-based foods into your diet while limiting plants containing lectins, phytates, oxalates, and gluten will help take your health to the next level. If you’ve noticed joint pain, never-ending fatigue, or bloating, they might just disappear when you focus on (1) removing the toxic effects caused by antinutrients and then (2) increasing the bioavailability of nutrients by consuming animals “nose-to-tail”.

My Better Belly Blueprint is my mini-eBook where I describe a 70% animal-based diet including up to 30% plant-based selections, which minimize lectins, phytates, oxalates, and gluten.






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Healthier Mouth … Healthier Lifestyle … Healthier You
Part 2 of 5

evolution rMy eating style is based on human evolution – sometimes known as Paleo Lifestyle, or Ancestral Lifestyle, or Primal Lifestyle. They are all the same. Below are the foods that our ancestors never ate because these foods did not exist over the 2.5 million years of human evolution. Our bodies were never designed to ingest and digest these foods.
Foods to Avoid:
• Modern grains can initiate inflammation and a leaky gut, through which undigested foods and bad bacteria can leak into the bloodstream. Not good! This creates a cascade of events that can cause various chronic diseases and obesity. Grains also encourage the development of unhealthy bacteria in the gut, which never evolved to digest grains completely. Unhealthy bacteria in the gut mean unhealthy bacteria in the mouth. Grains need to be eliminated from our diets.
• Unnatural sugars contribute to unhealthy bacteria and chronic diseases as grains do. From a dental standpoint, sugars are fermentable carbohydrates that feed oral bacteria, which cause dental decay and gum disease. All added sugars like fructose, agave, and high fructose corn syrup should be avoided.
• Polyunsaturated vegetable oils (like canola oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, and safflower oil) are unstable and break down easily as a result of commercial processing and normal cooking. Ingestion of these fats damages metabolic processes causing harm to individual cells. Also, chemically altered trans fats and partially hydrogenated fats are toxic to the body. All of these need to be avoided.
• Processed foods contain too many carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, and an excess of unhealthy salt. They also contain various chemicals, which attempt to add back nutrients and to help food maintain a longer shelf life. Many of these additives are toxic. Processed foods should be avoided.
• Legumes have anti-nutrients that irritate the intestinal lining and prevent proper absorption of many minerals. Legumes are not essential for health and only offer a low level of nutrients per gram. Legumes include most beans, peas, lentils, soy, and peanuts. Commercially available soy and peanuts should always be avoided because cooking cannot destroy peanuts’ anti-nutrients, and soy contains phytoestrogens and trypsin inhibitors. The phytoestrogens confuse the body into thinking it is real estrogen, and the trypsin inhibitors interfere with normal protein digestion. However, soaking other beans, peas, and lentils for 8-12 hours and cooking them long enough to reduce the harmful level of anti-nutrients are methods that may make these legumes less harmful.
Tomorrow I will suggest those foods that are critical for health.