FIBER
– Critical For Health? or Mainstream Myth? –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

August 14, 2022

The push is on for fiber. We are repeatedly told …

  • Eat fiber to be healthy.
  • The more, the better.
  • Without fiber, your gut bacteria will die.
  • If you’re constipated, eat more fiber.

At times, fiber is a food for some of our gut’s garden of bacteria. But our gut microbiome can function fine with minimal fiber. Why is that?

The human body was not designed to consume large amounts of fiber. In fact, large amounts of fiber could cause intestinal damage. So, why the huge emphasis on eating large amounts of fiber?

So, the question: “Is fiber critical for health?”

The answer is: “NO!”

Let’s dig in …

 

Background

Humans are omnivores. That means we can eat almost anything. Our body requires nutrients that can be absorbed and utilized by our cells, and the source of these nutrients can come from plants of all types and animals of all types. However, the most diverse and bioavailable nutrients come from eating animals, nose-to-tail. In addition, the human brain owes its superior development to the consumption of marine and land animals.[1],[2]

Over the course of human evolution, the human digestive system has become efficient in digesting mostly animals and only a few plants.[3] And now this fact has been proven by a group of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel and at the University of Minho in Portugal. They published their cutting-edge research in March 2021 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.[4]

The researchers in this March 2021 paper stated, “It is hard to convince a devout vegetarian that his/her ancestors were not vegetarians, and people tend to confuse personal beliefs with scientific reality. Our study is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.”

The investigators used genetics, metabolism, physiology, morphology, and archaeology of tool development to settle the question: “Were Stone Age humans specialized carnivores or generalist omnivores?”

The scientific team came to this conclusion: Stone Age humans were specialized carnivores until about 20,000 years ago. Then, some plants were brought into their diet.

The human stomach is extremely acidic to help the digestion of animal foods and kill off ingested microbes.[5] Our small intestine is relatively longer than that of most other primates. Our longer small intestine is better designed to digest animal proteins, fish, eggs, and some cooked plants compared to the shorter small intestine of other primates.

In addition, primates other than humans have a cecum that helps them ferment plant foods into energy. Humans don’t have a cecum large enough to do this. Finally, the human colon is shorter than that of other primates whose longer colon is ideal for handling plants. So, the human digestive tract is designed to eat more animal-based foods than plant-based foods. Therefore, humans are not designed to consume and digest a large quantity of fiber.

However, as I stated, humans can eat almost anything – plants and animals alike. It is interesting to note that researchers determined from fossil remains that Neanderthal Man was mostly carnivorous.[6] And new evidence has been uncovered that the world’s oldest homo sapiens in Morocco predominately ate meat on a regular basis.[7]

 

The Gut & Fiber

It also is a fact that the food we eat directly affects the gut microbiome. Humans have approximately 38 trillion microbes but only about 30 trillion human cells. And most of the 38 trillion microbes reside in the gut.[8]

In this 2014 study published in Nature[9], researchers showed that the short-term consumption of diets composed entirely of animal or plant products rapidly alters the gut microbiome. In fact, the gut microbiome made significant changes within 24 hours based on the types of food consumed. The investigators proved that the garden of bacteria in the gut can rapidly respond to an altered diet, facilitating the diversity of human dietary lifestyles.

 

SHORT CHAIN FATTY ACIDS (SCFAs)

Many researchers in the plant-based world suggest that one of the reasons we should eat fiber is that our colon requires butyrate to function properly. Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) that is one of the byproducts of fiber fermentation via the gut microbiome. SCFAs support digestive and immune health by providing the energy our gut lining needs to function and regenerate. They also support the health of the mucus layer in the gut.[10]

But a paper published in 2019[11] showed that our gut bacteria can create necessary short chain fatty acids from both fermentable fibers as well as amino acids. In addition, collagen and other parts of the animal eaten from nose-to-tail can provide the same SCFAs as plant fibers do. In addition, a diet consisting mainly of animal fats and other animal products with minimal carbohydrates will produce ketones. Ketones can function like SCFAs.[12]

In other words, we can get the benefits of butyrate and other SCFAs without consuming large amounts of fiber-laden plants.

 

ALPHA DIVERSITY

Researchers have reported that fiber helps the gut microbiome to increase in number and different types of species. This measurement of diversity is called “Alpha Diversity”. A high alpha diversity can improve the health of the gut and crowd out potentially pathogenic bad guys.

However, a 2018 study[13] shows that fiber will not increase alpha diversity. And trials with a zero-fiber carnivore diet do not show decreased alpha diversity.[14]

The notion that we need plant fiber for a “healthy” microbiome is fundamentally incorrect.

 

CONSTIPATION

Some nutritionists believe that we will become constipated without fiber. But in a study published in 2012, the authors concluded, “contrary to popular beliefs, reducing or stopping dietary fiber intake improves constipation and its associated symptoms.”[15] The researchers showed that excess fecal volume from eating large amounts of fiber could place a strain on the lining of the intestine and colon. The strain could create constipation, bloating, and gas. Harsh fiber also could cause excess mucus production to protect the epithelial barrier from the irritating fiber.

 

EXISTING PRIMAL SOCIETIES

Existing primal societies who continue to eat and live the lifestyles of their primal ancestors have thrived on a predominately animal-based diet with little plant fibers. When these peoples were eating a high animal-based diet, they had little-to-no chronic diseases, tooth decay, or periodontal disease. Examples are …

  • Hiwi: From Venezuela and Colombia whose diet is 75% animals
  • Ache: From Paraguay whose diet is 78% animals
  • Inuit: From the Artic whose diet is 96% marine animals
  • Hadza: From Tanzania whose diet is 48% animals

However, this was only true while they continued to adhere to their ancestors’ way of eating and lifestyle. Unfortunately, things have changed for many of them. One example is the Inuit who are suffering from chronic diseases of all types in recent years since they have adopted a processed food diet and poor lifestyle choices.[16]

 

Better Belly Blueprint

My Better Belly Blueprint is a blend of the popular ancestral ways of eating – Paleo, Keto, and Carnivore. By following the Better Belly Blueprint way of eating, you will be eating wild-caught and pastured animal products from nose-to-tail. These would take up at least 70% of the volume of your plate of food. The remaining 30% or less of your plate of food would consist of some raw honey, maybe some seasonal and local fruits, and very few if any vegetables. These food selections are purposely devoid or very low in antinutrients (i.e. phytates, lectins, and oxalates). Antinutrients interfere with the gut microbiome, the gut epithelial barrier, and the proper absorption of nutrients and minerals.

This lifestyle way of eating consists of high-fat and moderate-protein portions. You should consume a 2:1 ratio of fat to protein (2 grams of fat for every gram of protein). There is minimal fiber in the Better Belly Blueprint.

 

Eat As If Your Life Depends On It

My new book, Eat As If Your Life Depends On It, will be published in a few weeks. It will be available in paperback and hardcover. In it, I describe how and why I blended the keto. paleo, and carnivore styles of eating into one ideal eating lifestyle – my Better Belly Blueprint.  I’ll show you how to track your foods with your personal 3-Day Food Journal, how to transition slowly into this lifetime way of eating week-by-week, and how to navigate the adaptation period of changing your old eating habits. You’ll be transformed into a well-nourished, energetic, cognitively alert individual. Also, you will enhance your immune system to become as robust as possible.

I’ve written this from my heart and from the lessons I’ve learned along my cancer journey. This is a book that should be a model for the human species to survive and thrive. I offer it as my legacy that I want to share with the world.

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15975629/

[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11923081/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2964658/

[4] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4519257/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6421459/

[7] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28593953/

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991899/

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3957428/

[10] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32865024/

[11] https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-019-0704-8

[12] https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1016088108

[13] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29757343/

[14] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24336217/

[15] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3435786/

[16] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30566364/#:~:text

 

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Eat To THRIVE
Is There One “Diet” That Fits All?

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 22, 2022

 

For many, a terminal cancer diagnosis is the end of the road. When I was given 6 months to live, I had nothing to lose, and everything to gain. My methods were, and still are, unconventional by today’s standards. But they worked! One of the biggest components to my success is my diet.

The Standard American Diet[1] isn’t good for any of us. It causes inflammation and many health problems. In contrast, my diet on paper looked great before my diagnosis with multiple myeloma. Since then, I’ve learned to make subtle adjustments that made all the difference.

To be healthy, exceptional, and empowered, we must eat not only to survive, but to THRIVE. Don’t fall for the gurus claiming to have created the “best diet” or categorically demanding you to “eat this to cure…” That’s not how it works.

Instead, let’s look at which nutritional factors really matter, backed by both science and evolution.

Our species has evolved over the last hundreds of thousands of years to dominate the animal kingdom. One main reason for this success has been the consumption of specific foods. And our DNA has evolved to be the blueprint which guides us.

So, to answer the question, “Is there one diet that fits all”, I respond with a resounding, “YES!”

A “diet that fits all” follows the guidelines of our DNA. But this lifestyle way of eating is not strict in many aspects. It allows for significant variation within its basic requirements.

Let’s take a journey – a journey of our species over hundreds of thousands of years. And let’s investigate our most basic human blueprint – our DNA.

 

Human Journey

Humans have evolved for approximately 2.5 million years. For the first 2 million years or so, our ancestors primarily ate elephants and other very large animals – predominately the fatty tissues as well as muscle meat, organs, and collagen parts. In addition, they perfected ways to crack bones to savor the bone marrow and brain tissues.[2],[3] Then, as large mammals began to diminish around 300,000 years ago, Homo Sapiens turned to medium-sized animals. But all along, our human ancestors were predominately carnivores who relished fat.

And now this fact has been proven by a group of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel and at the University of Minho in Portugal. They published their cutting-edge research in March 2021 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

The researchers stated, “It is hard to convince a devout vegetarian that his/her ancestors were not vegetarians, and people tend to confuse personal beliefs with scientific reality. Our study is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.”

The investigators used genetics, metabolism, physiology, morphology, and archaeology of tool development to settle the question: “Were Stone Age humans specialized carnivores or generalist omnivores?

The scientific team came to this conclusion: Stone Age humans were specialized carnivores until about 20,000 years ago. Then, some plants were brought into their diet.

The scientists based this statement on facts:

  • Human stomach acidity is extremely acidic, indicating a meat diet in which the acid not only would kill harmful bacteria that was decaying meat but also would break down animal protein.
  • Human fat is stored in large numbers of small fat cells like other carnivore predators, whereas omnivores have few but large fat cells. Humans can make use of these high fat reserves by rapidly turning them into fatty acids and ketones for energy when needed.
  • Areas of the human genome are closed off to enable a fat-rich diet, but the areas of the omnivore genome are open to enable a sugar-rich diet.
  • Archaeological evidence supports a meat-based diet.
  • Stable nitrogen isotopes in the bones and teeth of prehistoric humans point to consumption of meat with a high fat content.
  • Specialized tools for obtaining and processing vegetable foods only appeared more recently along the evolutionary continuum.

 

Our DNA Blueprint

99.9% of each of us is the same![4],[5]

But for the most part, what makes you the person you are and what makes me the person I am is the remaining 0.1% of our DNA. Modern man (homo sapiens) has gone through a lot over the course of evolution. Life was harrowing.

About 100,000 years ago, the average lifespan was between 30-35 years.[6] Early deaths were caused by infant mortality for various sanitary and medical reasons. Then there were uncontrollable virulent infections, accidents, tribal warfare, being eaten by wild animals, and a host of environmental factors that we aren’t exposed to today. Over the course of many millennia, our DNA has been slowly mutating and is continuing to evolve and perfect itself.[7],[8]

As the basic blueprint for our existence, our DNA knows what it needs, and it certainly knows what it does not need. So, don’t fool with this genetic motherboard.[9]

At one extreme in our Blueprint, our DNA is very clear about what it requires to stay alive. At the other extreme, it is just as forceful in telling us what it can’t tolerate.

Basically, she says, “Give me what I need, and you will thrive. But force me to deal with toxic elements which I cannot destroy, and which accumulate in my body, then you will die.”

It’s that simple. In that regard, all humans are the same.

 

One Extreme

At one extreme, our basic needs are clear. We must breathe clean air; eat nutritious food; and drink untainted water. Neglect any of these three requirements, then surely we will be doomed.

 

The Other Extreme

At the other extreme, our blueprint is just as clear. If we put toxic substances into our body on a continuous basis, we will suffer. Make no mistake about it. If we insist on challenging our DNA by putting stuff into our body repeatedly that we never evolved to detox, digest, or rid itself of, then our human machine will suffer, deteriorate, and die.

 

Everything In Between

Our DNA Blueprint is the written story. But how the story can be told and will unfold is controlled by our environment and lifestyle. We have many options between the extremes of our blueprint.

Our food and the way we live can “turn on” or “turn off” our genes. If we have a genetic predisposition to a disease, we can manipulate our environment and diet to “turn off” those bad genes. Although our genes are our blueprint, we can do things to improve our future health or sickness.[10] The way each of us lives our life will determine to what degree we survive and to what degree we thrive. All of us can flourish by making choices that will improve our overall health. And Health is Empowering!

 

A Diet for All

Starting about 12,000 years ago, farming slowly ushered in what would become a dramatic change in the human diet and in human development. Over time, farming forced humans to eat more and more processed foods and less and less nutrient-dense, animal-based foods. These abrupt changes along with various agricultural and food processing chemicals have been major factors in the development of chronic diseases. And these changes are contrary to “Mother Nature” and go against our DNA Blueprint.

An animal-based diet consists of eating muscle meat, organs, cartilage, bone marrow, and animal fat from animals which have been grazed on organic grasses and humanely treated and butchered. An animal-base diet also includes some fruits and a few vegetables that are low in antinutrients.

Antinutrients are chemicals created by plants that our body does not digest completely and can accumulate to become toxic to our gut and our overall wellness. The majority of these antinutrients fall into the categories of phytates, oxalates, and lectins.

I’ve detailed my thoughts on this type of diet in my mini eBook titled, Better Belly Blueprint. Generally, 70% or more of the volume of a plate of food should consist of animal products, and less than 30% could be some plants that are low in anti-nutrients (i.e., phytates, oxalates, lectins).

This way of eating is not a “diet” that comes and goes. It is a lifestyle. It is the one diet that is right for almost everyone. It provides all the nutrients our body requires in a bioavailable form. It is the one diet that our DNA requires for survival and overall wellness. However, in rare circumstances, some individuals cannot eat this way because of unique medical dysfunctions.

This way of eating offers many options, but it adheres to the concept that humans have evolved as omnivores leaning toward carnivores. All foods that conform to this way of eating are totally acceptable.

 

Your Choice

If you are doing well, feeling healthy, and you have no medical issues that you want to improve, then continue doing what you are doing. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Now, I say that with a caveat. What if you could feel even better? Maybe you don’t have cancer, but you do experience an afternoon slump post lunch on a regular basis. Or you’ve been noticing that you feel more stressed than usual. More fatigued. Occasional stomachaches or headaches. Listen to those small cues. Your body will nudge you when something is off. If you ignore those nudges, they can escalate into bigger issues.

Just because you don’t have any health problems now, that doesn’t mean you can neglect your diet or go on autopilot. Take it from someone who has been in hospice ready to die but has come back from the edge. Don’t wait until your body is screaming at you.

If you want to improve your overall wellness, your energy levels, and your physical and mental being, consider an animal-based diet along the lines I have described – approximately 70% animal foods and 30% fruits and a few select vegetables. Be mindful of where your food comes from. You don’t have to change your ways overnight. Start incorporating small changes and take notice of how you feel.

As a matter of fact, the 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) includes guidance for feeding infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months old. These evidence-based guidelines emphasize the vital role of foods rich in iron and zinc (including meat). Iron-rich red meat, such as beef and lamb, are ideal first foods to help meet an infant’s nutrient needs starting at approximately 6 months old. And this 2022 article explains the importance of introducing animal meat immediately following breastfeeding.

At the end of the day, it’s all about feeling your best and becoming your best.

I’m available if you need me. I offer one-on-one coaching, and I share the wealth of information I’ve learned on my cancer journey on my website through blog posts.

 

[1] https://drdanenberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Standard-American-Diet.pdf

[2] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S104061821500097X?via%3Dihub

[3] https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/5/10/eaav9822.full.pdf

[4] https://www.genome.gov/about-genomics/fact-sheets/Genetics-vs-Genomics

[5] https://www.amacad.org/publication/unequal-nature-geneticists-perspective-human-differences

[6] https://medium.com/@frederic_38110/gerontology-how-long-will-you-live-4c9fd2704377

[7] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/human-evolution-dna-natural-selection-dna-genetic-mutation-why-a8641536.html

[8] https://humanorigins.si.edu/education/introduction-human-evolution

[9] https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-dna

[10]  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6275017/

 

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My Plates of Food
– Animal-Based –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

October 17, 2021

When I began the “Carnivore Diet” on 1/1/20, I was strict – 100% muscle meat, bones, collagen, bone marrow, organs, and the animal fat. My diet was based on the Paleomedicina Clinic’s way of eating for cancer patients.[1]

But about a year later, I added a few fruits and vegetables that were low in phytates, lectins, and oxalates. As a matter of fact, the Paleomedicina Clinic allows their patients who have had success with the strict diet to become less strict. They are allowed to eat as little as 70% animal products by volume on a dinner plate and as much as 30% select plants.

I designed my Better Belly Blueprint way of eating with a 70%/30% proportion. My typical plate of food by volume consists of as little as 70% animal products and as much as 30% select plants. And the animal-based foods have a fat-to-protein ratio of approximately 2:1 measured in grams.

My goal is to recreate a robust immune system and assist my body in healing. Today, the means to that end include providing nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods. But most importantly, this also includes the avoidance and removal of any irritants that could damage my gut or create chronic inflammation that could affect all my organ systems.

My Better Belly Blueprint way of eating is part of my overall solution, which is outlined in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. This way of eating assists my body to be metabolically flexible.

Metabolic flexibility basically allows my body to do what it was created to do metabolically. My body knows how to use carbohydrates for fuel. My body also knows how to burn fat as fuel when consumed carbohydrates are not available. By being metabolically flexible, I can cycle back and forth between burning fat and burning carbohydrates as fuel.

To maintain metabolic flexibility, I need to eat differently on my “fat burning days” and on my “carb burning days”. My typical meals are different. My plates of food are different.

 

Typical Meals …

I eat when I am hungry and drink when I am thirsty. But I eat to satiety and drink until my thirst is quenched. I drink SOLE first thing in the morning to help hydrate my cells. Many days of the week I eat only one meal. Some days I eat twice a day. Rarely do I eat more than two times a day.

To be metabolically flexible, I eat to be a “fat burner” about 5-6 days a week. In contrast, I eat to be a “carb burner” 1-2 days a week.

 

Fat Burning

Here’s a photo of my typical “fat-burning meal”:

 

Starting at the bottom of the picture and moving counterclockwise:

  • A portion of grilled ribeye cooked rare with ghee
  • Several fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey
  • Beef bone broth with collagen peptides
  • A slice of raw Gouda cheese
  • 6 desiccated bovine bone marrow capsules
  • A slice of liver pâté

This way of eating helps me stay in ketosis for 5-6 days a week. The fat-to-protein ratio is approximately 2:1 measured in grams. I consume less than 20 grams of carbs daily on my fat-burning days.

 

Carb Burning

About 1-2 days a week, I cycle out of ketosis. I become a “carb burner” rather than a “fat burner” for a couple of days. After that, I go back to my “fat burner” way of eating by returning to ketosis. This maintains my personal metabolic flexibility.

The total grams of carbs on my carb-burning days are over 100 grams. Eating this way will keep me out of ketosis.

Here is a picture of my typical “carb-burning meal”:

 

Starting at the bottom of the picture and moving counterclockwise:

 

My Ketone Levels

I can tell when I am in ketosis. My energy level is higher, and my mind is clearer when in ketosis. Also, I know I am in a “fat-burning” mode because I measure my ketone levels.

Ketosis is a metabolic state in which there’s a high concentration of ketones in the blood. Ketones can pass through the blood-brain barrier and supply the neural tissues with 70% of their energy needs. Ketosis occurs when fat provides most of the fuel for the body, and there’s limited access to glucose.

I use the BioSense Breath Ketone Monitor, which measures acetones in the breath resulting from ketones in the blood. The monitor’s unit of measurement is ACEs. ACEs are BioSense’s units of measurement for breath acetones. Essentially, if you divide ACEs by 10, you will get an approximation of blood ketones, which are reported in mmol/L units. For example, a score of “18 ACES” is equal to a “ketone blood level of 1.8 mmol/L”.)

The following Table explains the interpretation of ketone levels measured in ACEs.

 

My Ketone Levels for Fat-Burning Days

As I previously mentioned, I measure my breath acetone level to be sure I am in ketosis. Here is a graph during my “fat burning” days that registers my acetone levels measured by the BioSense Breath Ketone Monitor. It shows my ACE levels are between 6 ACEs and 19 ACEs:

As I said, the ACE units measure acetone in the exhaled breath from ketones in the blood. The acetone level is directly correlated to the ketones in the blood.

 

My Ketone Levels for Carb-Burning Days

Here is a graph of my breath acetone levels measured with the BioSense Breath Ketone Monitor. This graph is the day after my “Fat Burning Day”. You can see that I cycle into ketosis on my “carb day” with my ACE levels below 5 during my waking hours:

 

My Continued Research

This way of eating has impressed me. It has assisted my goal to recreate my robust immune system and increase my overall energy.

My continuing research of the NIH PubMed website has revealed many published medical abstracts that clearly show the production and circulation of ketones in the blood system to be beneficial for continued wellness.

[1] https://nutriintervention.com/paleolithic-ketogenic-diet-pkd-efficacy-and-applicability-faq/

 

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4 Perfect Supplements
– 1 Perfect Diet –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

August 15, 2021

I am opinionated and controversial. I guess this has gotten me to where I am today.

Yet, after all my research and personal healing path, I believe I have discovered the 4 Perfect Supplements and the 1 Perfect Diet for myself. But in my opinion, these are also the perfect supplements and diet for most of us humans.

At 74 years old, you would think that I was set in my ways and could never change my routine. Well, not so.

My cancer journey has opened my eyes and challenged me to improve my life. Especially, recreating a robust immune system. That required learning new stuff and discarding old stuff.

So, I now have settled on 4 perfect supplements to consume that support my perfect diet.

 

4 Perfect Supplements

I don’t like the word “supplements”. It conjures up in my mind a bunch of synthetic chemicals or isolated nutrients taken out of its natural symbiotic source.

My choice of these 4 supplements is sourced from pastured cattle. These are organs that only have had their water removed. There are no additives or chemicals used or put into the capsules. And the capsules are bovine capsules – not vegetable capsules.

And my 4 Perfect Supplements provide practically all the bioavailable nutrients my body requires. My supplements consist of 4 desiccated, whole-food bovine products:

  1. Organ Complex (“Beef Organs” from Heart & Soil)
  2. Bone Marrow (“Bone Marrow & Liver” from Heart & Soil)
  3. Collagen (“Skin, Hair, & Nails” from Heart & Soil)
  4. Colostrum (“Colostrum-6” from Anovite, which is a multi-level marketing company. But you can purchase this product as a regular customer.)

If you order from Heart & Soil and use this discount code (DrAl10), you’ll receive 10% off any one-time purchase of Heart & Soil’s products.

 

1. Desiccated Beef Organ Complex

Beef organs usually contain a combination of liver, heart, kidney, pancreas, and spleen – all of which provide essential and bioavailable nutrients to the entire body. Here is a sampling of the nutrients in these organs:

  • Liver is the most nutrient dense food on the planet, and it’s the only significant source of vitamin A. Also, it’s rich in heme iron, vitamin B12, and folate. Liver is a key player in metabolism and methylation.
  • Heart is the richest source of naturally occurring coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 supports heart health and blood pressure regulation. It also plays an important role in the production of ATP by the mitochondria in cells.
  • Kidney is an excellent bio-available source of selenium and vitamin B12. It assists in detoxification pathways and the antioxidant defense system. It also supports the immune system.
  • Pancreas is the body’s source of enzymes. It supports blood sugar signaling and supplies an abundance of critical enzymes for optimal digestion.
  • Spleen is a concentrated source of heme iron. It supports a strong immune system and aids in blood cell health.

 

2. Desiccated Beef Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is a nutrient-dense food which is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K2; essential fatty acids DHA, EPA, and CLA; as well as stem cells, peptides, cofactors, and enzymes that nourish and support our whole body.

In fact, carnivore animals in the wild go for the marrow instinctively after they kill their prey. Also, consuming an abundance of fat in bone marrow significantly enhanced the development of the human brain in our primal ancestors.[1]

 

3. Desiccated Beef Collagen

Beef collagen is a whole-food matrix that includes cartilage and collagen-specific building blocks, peptides, and enzymes to support healthy joints, bones, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails.

Desiccated collagen is obtained from the cartilaginous parts of cattle including their trachea and scapula. Typically, it includes:

  • Glycine, Hydroxyproline & Proline amino acids
  • Trachea-Derived Collagen, which is rich in Type II Collagen
  • Scapula-Derived Collagen, which is rich In Type II Collagen
  • Bone-Derived Collagen, which is rich in Type I, II, III Collagen
  • Bioactive Growth Factors
  • Glycosaminoglycans Proteoglycans which are the fillers between cells which maintains the structure of the tissue
  • Chondroitin Sulfates which lubricate joints
  • Trace Minerals

 

4. Desiccated Beef Colostrum

In an article published in January 2021 in Nutrients, the authors described the elements in bovine colostrum and their benefits for humans.

Pure bovine colostrum is bioactive and nutritionally intact. It includes all the specific vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids to fight disease, destroy pathogens, and promote human growth and cellular repair. I wrote about Colostrum in this Blog post.

 

1 Perfect Diet

Now, let me talk about my perfect diet. Over 2.5 million years of human evolution, it has been the perfect diet for the human species.

A Perfect Diet should provide all the nutrients that our body requires in a bioavailable form with no substances that will hinder the absorption of these nutrients. This is my Perfect Diet.

Dr. Miki Ben-Dor described in his paper that was published in March 2021 that our primal ancestors ate mostly animal products – muscle meat, bones, fat, organs, their blood, and collagenous parts. Occasionally they ate some plants, but their principal diet was what today is called a Carnivore Diet.

Paul Saladino, MD has been one of my mentors regarding the human health benefits of the Carnivore Diet. In his book, Carnivore Code, he goes into exquisite detail citing hundreds of peer-reviewed medical articles to support the benefits of the Carnivore Diet.

I have tweaked the Carnivore Diet to include other researched metabolic pathways to create my Better Belly Blueprint. This is the way I eat. This is how I have helped my immune system to become robust. This is a major protocol in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols that has assisted my body to heal while deal with my cancer journey. This is my Perfect Diet.

Here are the essential points of my Better Belly Blueprint way of eating:

  • Eat nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods from grass-fed, grass-finished pastured animals – especially beef and lamb – nose-to-tail
  • If adding some plants, only include a small number of plants that are low in phytates, lectins, and oxalates
  • Drink natural spring water that is replete with trace minerals
  • Consume desiccated animal supplements as I listed above to assure receiving all the required nutrients
  • Ingest spore-based probiotics to improve the diversity of the gut microbiome

 

The Way to Health and Healing

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)[2] has stated that 60% of the US population has at least one chronic disease and that 70% of all deaths in the US is a result of chronic diseases.

These stats primarily are a result of the lifestyle and diet our society engages. Eating the Perfect Supplements and Perfect Diet will go a long way in helping to prevent chronic diseases.

[1] https://kurious.ku.edu.tr/en/news/did-bone-marrow-fuel-human-evolution/

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/center/index.htm

 

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We are Carnivores by Nature
– 2.5 Million Years of Facts –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

April 25, 2021

 

Humans have evolved for approximately 2.5 million years. For the first 2 million years or so, our ancestors primarily ate elephants and other very large animals – predominately the fatty tissues as well as muscle meat, organs, and collagen parts. In addition, they perfected ways to crack bones to savor the bone marrow and brain tissues.[1],[2] Then, as large mammals began to diminish around 300,000 years ago, Homo Sapiens turned to medium-sized animals. But all along, our human ancestors were predominately carnivores who relished fat.

And now this fact has been proven by a group of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel and at the University of Minho in Portugal. They published their cutting-edge research in March 2021 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

The researchers stated, “It is hard to convince a devout vegetarian that his/her ancestors were not vegetarians, and people tend to confuse personal beliefs with scientific reality. Our study is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.”

The investigators used genetics, metabolism, physiology, morphology and archaeology of tool development to settle the question: “Were Stone Age humans specialized carnivores or generalist omnivores?

The scientific team came to this conclusion: Stone Age humans were specialized carnivores until about 20,000 years ago. Then, some plants were brought into their diet.

The scientists based this statement on facts:

  • Human stomach acidity is extremely acidic, indicating a meat diet in which the acid not only would kill harmful bacteria that was decaying meat but also would break down animal protein.
  • Human fat is stored in large numbers of small fat cells like other carnivore predators, whereas omnivores have few but large fat cells. Humans can make use of these high fat reserves by rapidly turning them into fatty acids and ketones for energy when needed.
  • Areas of the human genome are closed off to enable a fat-rich diet, but the areas of the omnivore genome are open to enable a sugar-rich diet.
  • Archaeological evidence supports a meat-based diet.
  • Stable nitrogen isotopes in the bones and teeth of prehistoric humans point to consumption of meat with a high fat content.
  • Specialized tools for obtaining and processing vegetable foods only appeared more recently along the evolutionary continuum.

Here is a 10-minute radio interview where Andrew Pinsent speaks with Dr. Miki Ben-Dor, one of the study’s authors and a researcher at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

 

For a more in-depth discussion, watch and listen to Dr. Paul Saladino’s Podcast with Dr. Miki Ben-Dor in this informative, 2-hour interview.

 

Diet & Disease

Starting about 12,000 years ago, farming slowly ushered in what would become a dramatic change in the human diet and in human development. Over time, farming forced humans to eat more and more processed foods and less and less nutrient-dense, animal-based foods. These abrupt changes along with various agricultural and food processing chemicals have been major factors in the development of chronic diseases. And these changes are contrary to “Mother Nature” and go against our DNA Blueprint.

The Paleomedicina Clinic in Budapest Hungary has been treating severe chronic disease and cancer since 2011. The doctors in the clinic have treated over 5,000 patients. The clinic’s treatment primarily consists of a diet that is reminiscent of the diet through which our ancestors flourished during 2.5 million years of evolution – a diet that is animal-based.

An animal-based or carnivore diet emphasizes fat along with muscle meat, organs, and collagen parts. Generally, 70% or more of the volume of a plate of food should consist of animal products, and less than 30% could be some plants that are low in anti-nutrients (i.e., phytates, oxalates, lectins). In addition, there should be more animal fat measured in grams than animal protein. You can read how I eat an animal-based diet in my mini-eBook, Better Belly Blueprint.

The doctors at the Paleomedicina Clinic have published their patients’ case reports, which show compelling evidence for the healing qualities of our ancestral way of eating. A carnivore-based diet not only is good for the human body, but also is the ideal nourishment to heal the human body.

This way of eating is one of my ten Unconventional Cancer Protocols.

 

Highest Fat-to-Meat Content

If you are eating an animal-based diet, you are always looking for sources of high quality, pastured and grass-fed, grass-finished meats and organs. My local butcher has access to some of these cuts. But not always. Several farms that offer this high standard and will ship to a home address include:

In your search for the best, select the fattier choices. Here are cuts of meat ranging from the highest fat grams to the lowest per 100 grams of total weight. Unfortunately, the fat content in these cuts can vary from sample to sample. Also, the way you cook the meat will determine how much fat remains to be consumed. But this table lists suggestions of the meats to buy if a high-fat content is your goal. And that’s my goal!

If you prefer to add more fat to your plate of food, consider adding suet (kidney fat) to your preparation of the meat. Suet is high in saturated and monosaturated fats with some omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. For example, when I am making one of my many recipes using ground beef or ground lamb, I add a couple of tablespoons of suet into the hot saucepan. After it melts, I add my ground meat and do my thing.

 

My Takeaway

I did not have to be convinced that a nose-to-tail, animal-based diet is the healthy way of eating for humankind. But it was fascinating to read and learn the new research that confirms my understanding and conviction. Although modern diets have changed, our biology has not. We are still carnivores biologically.

Most readers know that I am in the throes of a cancer journey which has its ups and downs. One observation that stands out for me is that primal societies today rarely have chronic diseases or cancers. Our environment (including diet and all the external insults we put our body through) is the major culprit for these diseases in the civilized world. Just after my diagnosis in 2018, I wrote about the reasons I developed multiple myeloma. By incorporating a carnivore diet into my Protocols, I provide a nutritional means to regain my health.

For the most part, I am enjoying a quality of life. On the other hand, I am not in remission. I have not created a cure for cancer. But my excitement is that I am healing my body by establishing a robust immune system. And my animal-based diet with an emphasis on fat is a vital factor in my development of a healthy gut and an efficient and effective immune system.

 

[1] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S104061821500097X?via%3Dihub

[2] https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/5/10/eaav9822.full.pdf

 

 

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