Discussion and book signing of recently released: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
I went to medical school hoping to get to the root of what makes people sick and to learn how to truly cure. But in medical school, I was discouraged from that goal. I was taught, for instance, that low back pain was a by-product of walking upright, and that our lumbar spines were simply too weak for us to be using them for anything other than crawling around on all fours. I also heard over and over that cancer and many common diseases were results of mistakes nature makes in duplicating our cellular DNA. The overarching theme was that nature was flawed and human beings were an intelligent but physically weak species. By the time I graduated, I’d been indoctrinated with the idea that disease and sickness are inevitable side effects of living, nothing could prevent them, and technological fixes were our only options.
But then I came to Hawaii. Here, I met elderly folks who were much healthier than on the mainland (Hawaii has the longest life expectancy of any state in the union, 80.8 versus 77.8, according to healthtrends.org). I met so many 70- and 80-year-old people who were actively working, driving taxis, gardening, cattle-ranching, and more, that I began to feel like the older generations were healthier than their children and grandchildren.
Interestingly, when these healthy people were growing up, they didn’t follow the low-fat, low-animal-protein diet that I was supposed to recommend to my patients. Whether their heritage was Filipino, Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, they all grew up on traditional diets, seemingly very different from one another yet all apparently capable of building healthy bodies that lived a long time. So I came to suspect that something about our idea of a healthy diet might be terribly flawed. In 2002, I began the research that would lead to the creation of Deep Nutrition.
Come learn the secrets of Hawaii’s longevity and discover how you can recreate the key elements of a traditional diet in today’s modern world by following the Four Pillars of World Cuisine, the four categories of foods that all authentic cuisines around the world share in common.