Learn how your diet may be affecting your IQ. We used to think that our IQ was fixed based on our genetics. But now we know that just as our genes can change during our lives, so can our neurons.
These beautiful women don’t just look healthy, they are healthy. More specifically, their genes are healthy.
You’ve probably heard of how healthy some of these diets are: the Okinawan, the Mediterranean, the hunter- and herder-gatherer (still consumed today by the Surma and Maasai of Africa, for example) and of course the “paradoxical” fat-eating French. Have you ever wondered what it is about various diets that makes them healthy? Do they have something in common?
It turns out that apparently different cuisines, perfected and enjoyed by people all over the globe, are nearly equivalent in terms of the chemicals they deliver to your body! The healthiest diets all share four common food categories. And we call these categories the Four Pillars of World Cuisine. In the past, they were part of every successful human culture. This website explores the many benefits of those culinary traditions, and will help you learn to cook the same dishes and enjoy the same, delicious meals that the healthiest people on Earth all do.
New research studies the effect of good and bad nutrition across generations
A new field of genetics called epigenetics explains that our genes are not written in stone as once thought. They are changing all the time in response to everything we do, think, and – most directly – what we eat. By examining human health from this more complete and holistic perspective, we can understand the effect of food on our growth in prenatal and childhood life. Our genes, like our bodies, can get sick when we don’t eat right. And there are patterns of facial development that serve as a good indication how healthy your genes are. This research helps us understand not only the influence of food on appearance, but it enables us to recognize how closely connected a given person is to their culinary and genetic roots.
The women pictured on this page are living very much as all humans did in our distant past, when an individual’s survival depended on stamina and well built bodies. On the left, a member of an Ethiopian herder-gatherer tribe called the Surma. In the middle, a woman from Tehran. On the right, a member of a Thai hill tribe. Their cultures have preserved ancient traditions. Their bodies have preserved ancient symmetry and health.
Understanding the explosion of adult and childhood chronic disease in America
Many of us today are suffering from malnutrition related illnesses brought on not just by our own bad diets, but by our parents’ too. If our genes are unhealthy when we have children, we pass on the effects of our poor heating habits to our children, and the effects can be magnified in the next generation.
The past five decades of medical advice to cut out fat, perhaps more than any other factor, has had devastating consequences. When you examine families you can see a frightening phenomenon developing: the oldest members often have fewer health problems than the youngest. The older members, raised on an entirely different, far more natural, and often traditional diet, inherited healthier genes. The youngest have asthma, allergies, eczema, learning or behavioral problems, and thinner, weaker bones, thinner faces, and more organ and musculoskeletal problems. We are seeing increasing rates of cancer and other chronic diseases because of so many decades of declining nutrition in America and across the industrialized world.
My goal is to help you reduce your risk of getting sick, and to help you recover if you already are.
You can see the effects of relatively poor nutrition in our faces by clicking on the celebrity album. Clicking on the links in the list below will take you to a description of how processed, overcooked, and low-fat foods lead to the following diseases: