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Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
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For years, even before it was trendy, I was interested in the "paleo diet", which asserts that if we eat like our early ancestors did before the dawn of agriculture, we will be much healthier because our species evolved on the hunter gatherer lifestyle, not based on an agricultural lifestyle.In other words, homo sapiens have been surviving for 200,000 years predominantly on animals (meat, fish, fowl), fruit, nuts, and vegetables. We didn't evolve to consume milk throughout life (especially that of another species) or grains, or beans. One of the implicit arguments is that we didn't evolve to be consumers of starch, but the agricultural revolution starting around 10,000 years ago changed that, and the change has not been for the better. That is the premise of the paleo diet.Dr McDougall, unlike the vast majority of authors who have backed away from the stance that a low fat high carbohydrate diet is healthy for humans, sticks to his guns and provides a cogent counter-argument to the paleo premise. He claims that humans evolved on starch, and that all forms of animal tissue (protein, fat, cholesterol) degrade health. It's a bold stance in a world that has turned away from the low fat high carb diets that were popular in the 1980's.Dr McDougall claims that civilization was built on starch, and he's right. Without the cultivation of grains, beans, potatoes, etc., civilization as we know it would not exist. The hunter gather lifestyle cannot support the population density required to invent and build cities, roads, ocean vessels, steam engines, electricity, medicine, technology, etc. Without starch, paleo dieters wouldn't have even been born to discuss the evils of starch with each other on the internet.
Want to lose a few pounds in a couple weeks?Read a diet book, ANY diet book.Want to become healthy, lose weight and feel great for life?Read The Starch Solution.When a friend or patient asks "where do I begin" This book will be at the top of my recommended reading list. I will tell them to begin their journey with The Starch Solution.On a chance mountain bike ride, I met a physician that said he could only cure one condition, bacterial infections. The diseases that are so common to our world are only managed. However, he shared, that through nutritional counseling, he is beginning to help people heal themselves.Rather than preach throughout our ride, he said, "Watch Forks over Knives and read The China Study."I began there. Then I discovered Dr. McDougall and his wife, Mary. Soon the value of the words I was digesting became crystal clear. My mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer and patients, friends and family began sharing recent medical afflictions. In the four months that I have been on my journey, I have seen one friend die of bladder cancer, another has grade 4 pancreatic cancer.I am committed to a Starch Solution lifestyle.My cholesterol has dropped 60 points, BMI is 24 and I feel great. The hills I climb on my bike seem shorter. This month I turn 55 and I am loving life.I believe The Starch Solution is the book Dr. McDougall has always wanted to write. He pulls no punches, is direct, and presents a plain and simple argument for making changes that will promote health. He challenges you but includes enough footnotes and quoted research to satisfy the skeptics, providing ammunition for those scientifically inclined.
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