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 a previous 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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