In this book, Dr. Cate shows how all calories are not created equal; food is information that directs our cellular growth. Our family history does not determine our destiny: what you eat and how you live can alter your DNA in ways that affect your health and the health of your future children.
Breast feeding offers advantages that formula can’t.
In spite of how much you want to breastfeed, or perhaps in part because of how much you want it, for many women breastfeeding causes so much anxiety they are driven to quit.
The fact is, the more a woman anticipates breastfeeding, the more the actual act may trigger anxiety. Playtex calls it “The two-month dip.” I promise to share diet-tips for minimizing anxiety in a future post. Meanwhile, I hope this post will serve to strengthen resolve.
If you are like most of my patients, you know that quitting eliminates the immune system boosting antibodies that reduce the risk of infections. However I know few women who were aware that formula contains potent toxins. The FDA falsely assures you, me, and your doctor that infant formula is safe. So safe, in fact, that you should never make your own.
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I feel free
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Heart Palpitations have Stopped
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I’ve lost over 50 pounds. I’m 56 years old. Cutting processed food and unhealthy fats from my diet was one of the first things I did on my health recovery journey...I went cold turkey off the bad oils. Emptied my pantry into the trash and just started eating real food
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I feel great
My waist is four inches smaller. I feel great and many of the minor aches and pains that I had (knees and lower back) are gone. Also, my muscle tone is amazing, even though I have not increased my workout routine.
Completed Dr Cate's online course
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Whenever I advise my clients about eating to perform I go straight to what I have learned from Dr. Cate. Her book Deep Nutrition has become the go-to for strength and conditioning coaches across the country.
Major League Baseball Agent with WME Sports
Dismantles the lie
Dr. Cate dismantles the lie that seed oils are healthy, which may the biggest lie about nutrition and health because it’s so insidious.
Ken D Berry, MD
Author of Lies My Doctor Told Me
She knows the chemistry
Dr. Cate alerts us to the harms of seed oils and she’s convincing because she knows the chemistry better than anyone.
Dr. Drew Pinskey, MD
Globally recognized internal medicine and addiction medicine specialist, media personality, LoveLine Host, and New York Times bestselling author
No one is better at communicating nutritional truth
Dr. Cate has had the single greatest impact on how we talk to people about fueling for both performance or durability. While we all are a little unique, the foundational principles of human nutrition are immutable. If you are looking to create a more durable, resilient body, no one is better at communicating nutritional truth than Dr. Cate.
Dr. Kelly Starrett
Physiotherapist coach and New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
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CEO of LowCarbMD San Diego, co-host of Low Carb MD Podcast and host of Life's Best Medicine Podcast
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Brought seed oil issue front and center
Cate brought the seed oil issue front and center. Healthy fats matter. So much so that I created an entire product line to swap out bad fats with good.
Founding Father of the Primal/Paleo Movement
Optimal health starts with food
If you want to understand how optimal health starts with food, start with Dr. Cate. Her book Deep Nutrition leaves you with an appreciation of the profound relationship between our genes and the planet, inspiring us to be good shepherds of both.
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Dr Grewal Internal Medicine, MD, author of Genius Foods
Radically improve your health…
Dr. Shanahan has provided a solid reference that deserves a place in the library of anyone who is seriously interested in nutrition. Her perspective on the vital role that healthy fat has in our diet is novel and, if implemented, can radically improve your health.
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Author of Fat for Fuel and Founder of Mercola.com
Pull up a chair…
I have based my work on the idea that getting the right kinds of healthy fats into your body and avoiding the worst fats is essential to optimal health. I've interviewed dozens of the world's top experts about this, and I know of no one who speaks more eloquently on this topic than Dr Cate. If she’s talking fats, pull up a chair. Take notes.
Author of the Bulletproof Diet
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I love your Fatburn Fix! Has helped me so so much! I have had the dreaded weight all my life - 20 or so pounds I could never shed. I have lost that now. I only eat 2 meals a day lunch and dinner with a glass of milk or cappuccino around 4 to hold me over. No snacking and not bad oils. It has been the key to unlocking my fatburn.
Saved my life
I would like to thank you for literally saving my life. Back in February, I had to be hospitalized while on vacation in Phoenix with an A1C of 11% and had to start taking 2 types of insulin and 2 other meds. I read the Fatburn Fix in April, and followed the program to a tee, and I’m down by 15 pounds, 6.8 A1C, and only one once weekly diabetes medicine.
Tears of joy
I'm crying tears of joy and appreciation for all you've done for me and my health! Without Deep Nutrition and Fatburn Fix, I would literally still be in the vicious cycle I'd been fighting all my life! In a nutshell - I am no longer a compulsive overeating addict suffering under the crushing 'thumb' of all food and alcohol.
On the one hand, I fear the information you are about to read may add fuel to the anxiety fire and, because of this, I promise that a near-future post will discuss natural ways to reduce your anxiety. On the other hand, I have not seen this discussed elsewhere and it is so important I feel it needs to be shared right away. So here goes.
Formula fed babies are prone to inflammatory health conditions.
Within a few weeks of stopping breastmilk and starting premade, brand-name cow’s milk or soy formula, I’ve found that some babies develop blotchy pink skin rashes on the face and upper body. These rashes are outward signs of inflammation that is likely to affect other organs of the body, including the brain.The inflammation occurs after swtiching from breastmilk to formula because even organic infant formulas are typically made with low-quality cheap ingredients whose manufacture necessarily contaminates them with aluminum and trans fats.
Infant formula contains huge quantities of aluminum.
In doing my recent article on the potential link between aluminum-containing vaccines and autism I wanted to find out exactly how much aluminum a child would get from all the vaccines injected at age 2 months, and compare it to the amount of aluminum a baby would get from other sources.
Aluminum hazards from baby’s 2 month vaccines versus other sources:
Vaccines: up to 2,125 mcg (depends on brand of vaccine administered) — over 50 times higher than FDA safety levels!
Breastmilk: 50 mcg/L
Cow’s milk formula: 400 mcg/L
Soy formula: 2346 mcg/L
Aluminum promotes inflammation.
Aluminum has been found to promte inflammation of the following body systems:
Our circulatory system (arteries and veins)
The immune system
The bone marrow
The skeletal system
Aluminum is added to vaccines intentionally to induce inflamation so that the vaccine takes effect, so the idea that aluminum promotes inflammation is hardly controversial.
How can the FDA assure us that infant formula is safe when it is so loaded with aluminum?
The FDA considers injected aluminum, also known as “parenterally administered” aluminum, a potential health hazard. But these public officials do not seem to question the effects of aluminum that we eat. The FDA limit of exposure for aluminum in parenterally administered nutrition (TPN) is quite low, 25 mcg/liter. However, the aluminum content of food does not appear regulated at all, and all five major forms of aluminum (called aluminum salts) show up on their GRAS (generally regarded as safe) list, found here.
The FDA’s current position on aluminum in food seems unsupportable. I have studied toxicology at the graduate level and cannot fathom why, if we believe aluminum to be harmful when administered parenterally, it would be safe when eaten. To my knowledge none of the various forms of aluminum found on the planet that could be toxic when used in TPN would be somehow rendered safe by the process of digestion. We know this is not the case with lead. Lead is a metal cation much like aluminum, though lower on the periodic table of elements than aluminum and therefore less abundant. Lead is known to be harmful no matter how it gets into the body.
Soy, Canola, and other Vegetable Oils In Formula Contain TRANS Fats
Another toxin in formula are the trans fats. I discuss the hazards of trans fat from soy and/or Canola oils, both often used as the source of essential fat in infant formula, in Chapter 8 of Deep Nutrition. For information on why these harmful fats are never revealed on infant formula, read this post. And to make sure your healthy dinner salad won’t contaminate your own breastmilk wil trans fat, click here.
By learning to make your own baby formula from scratch, not only do you avoid feeding your baby the three most common highly processed ingredients all of us should avoid, you also reduce exposure to massive amounts of aluminum.
The best information on making infant formula can be found on the Weston A Price website here. One caveat: Avoid sunflower oil. Even when expeller pressed, this oil is almost always refined and will therefore contain trans fats. Instead, I recommend using an unrefined omega-6-rich oil, such as unrefined sesame or grapeseed oil. Don’t skip this step because, as is true of omega-3, omega-6 is an essential fat your baby must have.
My purpose here is not to make any woman feel bad about yesterday’s choices! I hope this information will help any woman actively struggling with the gentle art of breastfeeding make an even more informed choice tomorrow.
Why a great first step is to change from iron fortified formula to non-fortified unless your baby has been diagnosed with iron deficiency (I guest-posted at Food Renegade, one of my favorite sites).
I discuss new insights into the autistic mind in this post.
And Sean Croxton and I discuss some of the controversial theories on the cause of autism on his Underground Wellness postcast here.