from his book: The Fasting Cure
Upton Sinclair, 1911 wrote:You may read a glowing account of some diet system by which some other person has worked miracles, and you may try it, and persist in it for a long time, and finally come to realize that it was the worst diet you could possibly have been following.
(an interesting book).
In Stavia's Primer
, she has these sections:
1. Lowering insulin resistance
4. Stress management
5. Eating a healthy diet with heaps of micronutrients. These include vitamins, minerals and the amazing molecules made by plants - called phytochemicals. There are also nutrients in animal-based food. See this article. We will discuss what a "healthy" diet means to different people.
6. Cognitive enhancement
7. Social enhancement
8. Taking some important supplements if you are not able to get what you need from diet or sunlight.
As to #1, lowering insulin resistance, Dale Bredesen in a recently released interview
with Ivor Cummins called this "the low hanging fruit."
There is a group of us that have been here a while that got together in person in 2015 in Berkeley for meetings with Dr. Bredesen, lipid researcher, Dr. Ron Krauss, of CHORI, Dr. Robert Mahley and Dr. Yadong Huang (small molecule ApoE4 corrector researchers) at the Gladstone Institute. We met again in Boulder at the AHS16 conference where Julie Gee invited both Drs. Bredesen and Gundry to present (and she introduced them and they became friends and colleagues). We met again at Low Carb San Diego in 2017. At AHS 16 Terry Wahls was also presenting, her ghostwriter is a member of our group. At AHS 16 Gundry, Bredesen and Wahls joined our group for dinner for 3 nights. My point is that one can look closely at these three docs and what they prescribe and see differences. However, when looked at from 30,000' and compared to what the population does, they all look the same. This can also be said of our group of ApoE4.info members that attended these events. We all follow Stavia's main points in some fashion or another. Again, you can find differences in the details, but when compared to the general population, we are all very similar.
As to why I selected Gundry to consult with, when I learned of our ApoE4 status in 2014, I asked, "what clinician has been studying this in his patients for a long time." Turns out Gundry had been testing for it for ~14 years at that time. I was not aware of other clinicians that had been doing this (I shared our labs with a doc friend who has been treating with low carb diets for 20 years, his comment - OMG! - because of the number of metrics tested from various laboratories). Because he uses a large battery of tests on each patient, he had the opportunity to observe how they responded to different dietary suggestions. Because of these extensive tests he runs on us, it gives an opportunity to see the impact of our choices.
As to supplements, as I mentioned he doesn't push his products on patients. I have friends, a couple - he is now 89 and she is 77 - who are Gundry patients. They allowed me to listen to a recording of one of their remote phone consults. Gundry was suggesting a certain supplement. He asked if they were Costco members. No. He then asked if they shopped on Amazon. No. Then he asked if they lived near a Trader Joes. Yes. After that, throughout the consult, for any supplement suggestions, he named ones they could procure at Trader Joes.
Gundry does have a number of controversial recommendations, including lectin avoidance. He does note that lectin sensitivity is individual and many of his forbidden lectin containing foods can be consumed if pressure cooked (does not apply to forbidden grains). He also notes that this may not work for the most sensitive people. He also notes that some patients who are gluten sensitive can go to Southern Europe and eat the yeast risen white bread (without benefit of GMO's & glyphosate) sans issues.
Certainly, we don't think Gundry has all the answers and we, like others look at many recommendations.