Dr. Paul Saladino | Your Guide To The Carnivore Diet: The Myths of Eating Meat & Plants

“We have a genetic blueprint and there does appear to be a species-appropriate diet for humans. What can we take from these ancestral narratives about what that diet might be? If you look at indigenous groups today, they eat animal meat, animal organs, and seasonal fruit but plants as fall back foods for survival in times of scarcity. That's completely different from the non-supportive narratives that we've been told today about red meat. There's no real evidence that red meat is bad for us and why would it be? Why would these animal meat and organs that we have been eating for our entire evolution as hominoids be bad for us? That's completely evolutionarily inconsistent.”  – Dr. Paul Saladino

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 365

Author of the book, The Carnivore Code, Founder of Heart & Soil, and Host of the Fundamental Health Podcast, Dr. Paul Saladino, shares his mission to teach people that red meat and organs have been part of the human species diet for millions of years, explains the toxicity spectrum and anti-nutrients found in plants, breaks down how the carnivore diet can help heal autoimmune and mental health issues, explores the 5 tiers of the carnivore diet and how to begin following it today.

How can the carnivore diet help your heart and mind not just heal but get back in tune with nature?

Join us as Dr. Paul Saladino answers the questions and concerns people have about the carnivore diet including LDL and metabolic health.

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Listen To Episode 365 As Dr. Paul Saladino Uncovers:


[1:30] The Carnivore Code

  • Fundamental Health Podcast
  • ION*Biome
  • The different challenges that have come up for him as a Bearer of Truth for the carnivore diet, including concepts he doesn't agree about carnivorism and going against the status quo during COVID-19.
  • His message to the world in his book, The Carnivore Code, and the various other health platforms he has been on to share his message.
  • Why it felt right to release The Carnivore Code after following carnivorism for the last 2 years.
  • Unpacking sustainable agriculture and how the carnivore diet can help people with their stress.
  • The intentional choice that we get to make as human beings to live our highest quality of life.
  • A decision to use food as entertainment, deal with stress, get through boredom, get over anxiety, OR use food to embody, create, and manifest the highest level of health that we can in our bodies.
  • His mission to teach people to understand that red meat and organs have been a part of the human diet for years, plants do exist on a toxicity spectrum, and processed foods and processed vegetable oils are horrible for our health.

[12:30] The Five Tiers Of Carnivorism

  • Breaking down the carnivore diet and its five tiers of nutrition.
  • The growing amount of dogma that he has been noticing within the carnivorism community.
  • Exploring which plant foods are the most and least toxic for our bodies and why.
  • Why plant seeds including nuts, grains, and legumes are some of the most harmful foods for humans.
  • Unpacking why one part of the plant, the fruit, is often less toxic for us to eat including what we often consider to be vegetables: avocados, olives, and squash.
  • What the unique nutrients are in organ meats that allow us to thrive at a biochemical level with an animal-based diet.
  • Why capsules can be a great alternative for getting vital nutrients into your body if you're unable to find fresh organ meats in your stores.
  • Coming back to home with who we are and how humans are meant to eat with our genetic blueprint
  • Breaking down the myths and non-supportive narratives that we are told today regarding red meat.

[23:00] Common Plant Toxins That Trigger Health Problems

  • His life growing up in a medical family and how that has impacted who he is today.
  • The burnout he experienced during college which led him to go travel around the world for 6 years.
  • What he went through during his 7 months as a raw vegan and how it stripped away at his health.
  • His skin condition, atopic dermatitis, and co-existent asthma that specific foods triggered and made worse from time to time.
  • How food can impact our quality of life so much and what it has done for him over the years.
  • What propelled him to dive into and understand the various plant toxins that exist in our everyday lives.
  • Joe Rogan – Jordan Peterson's Carnivore Diet Cured His Depression?
  • The Jordan Peterson All-Meat Diet
  • Why he first thought the idea of a carnivore diet was crazy when he heard Jordan Peterson talking about it.
  • The profound effects he felt when he started following a strict carnivore diet cutting out all plants from it.

[32:00] Myths & Truths About Food

  • The heart attack his father had at the age of 43 and how that shaped his wellness journey including the carnivore diet.
  • How we can maintain our vitality as we age if we follow what people in indigenous cultures do during their lifetimes.
  • Explaining insulin resistance, the root cause of it, and how it relates to long-term chronic disease.
  • The two types of insulin resistance: physiological and pathological.
  • Why saturated fat is the center of our diets as we eat animals and does not result in metabolic dysfunction for humans.
  • The various diseases that are associated with metabolic dysfunction, including Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and autoimmune disease.
  • A Decades-Old Study, Rediscovered, Challenges Advice on Saturated Fat
  • Breaking down why the belief that carbohydrates cause diabetes or insulin resistance is absolutely false.
  • The confusion about carbohydrates and how they impact our health because if you have underlying metabolic dysfunction, adding carbohydrates is like adding fuel to the fire.

[44:00] The Problem With Vegetable Oils

  • Why he believes that adding polyunsaturated fats, especially linoleic acid, which can be found in canola oil, is the main driver for metabolic dysfunction in humans.
  • ‎The Natural State podcast with Dr. Anthony Gustin
  • Breaking down linoleic acid and where it's found in our foods including avocado and olive oil.
  • The different signals that linoleic acid can send to our body and impact its health, including growing more fat.
  • How stearic acid works the opposite of linoleic to reduce the amount of fat in the body.
  • The increase of stored polyunsaturated fat in humans as the consumption of linoleic acid has increased 135% causing the number of diabetes, obesity, and chronic autoimmune cases to skyrocket.
  • Unpacking the fact that many restaurants and take-away food businesses including Whole Foods cook their food in the cheapest vegetable oils such as canola oil.
  • Foods that are super high in linoleic acid that people should avoid if they have a high percentage of body fat right now: grains, nuts, seeds such as sunflower seeds, and animals that are fed corn and soy.

[55:00] Questions & Concerns About The Carnivore Diet

  • How he incorporates emotional intelligence into the Carnivore Diet and how he's seen it reflected in his life and the lives of other people.
  • Exploring the gut-brain connection and how poor nutrition with linoleic acid can lead to health issues.
  • How the Carnivore Diet can also work as an elimination diet to help remove all of the harmful foods, detox the body, and give the body more nutrient-dense foods.
  • Breaking down some side effects people might experience during the first week of a hardcore Carnivore Diet including digestion issues.
  • Why you don't need fiber to help you poop because the removal of fiber can result in a complete resolution of constipation.
  • What an APOE genotype means and what diet is best for those like Josh who have APOE 34 or other genotypes like APOE 44, APOE 4, or APOE 2.
  • Why the APOE 4 isoforms in indigenous people are protective against cognitive decline and other metabolic diseases.
  • His views on APOE 4 and why saturated fats won't cause cognitive decline; having an APOE 4 genotype means that you would develop insulin resistance at a greater degree and more rapidly when they have metabolic dysfunction

[1:10:00] Unpacking LDL Levels & Metabolic Health

  • Comparing and contrasting studies and what makes sense and doesn't make sense from a human evolution standpoint.
  • Taking a deep dive at interventional studies that focused on the positive impact of people eating red meat.
  • How red meat has a different viewpoint depending on the culture specifically American vs Asian cultures.
  • Breaking down what mainstream biomarkers can actually mean for human health moving forward with this new understanding of an old way of living.
  • Why there is no correlation between LDL levels and heart disease unless you are metabolically unhealthy.
  • Unpacking the fact that his LDL level is 533 but he has no calcified plaque in his heart and he knows of similar stories including a medical friend who has been over 300 for 10 years.
  • The positive roles that LDL has in the human body, including why high levels can boost our immunity.
  • Why cholesterol is so important for our health as it helps make the vital hormones: testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, and other steroid-based hormones

[1:23:00] How To Begin Your Carnivore Diet

Power Quotes From The Show

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How Will You Use Food To Embody Health?

“We as humans really need to make an intentional choice about what our highest quality of life is and then we can live into that however we decide to embody it. If someone listening to this really believes that their highest quality of life is feeling good, thinking clearly, good body composition, good libido, muscle tone, good sleep, and emotional stability, then we need to make choices that support that. Those choices may not always be the same entertainment choices in regards to food that we're used to making. It’s up to us to decide what we want out of this life. What do you want out of this health? Are you going to use food as entertainment, to deal with stress, to get you through moments where you’re bored or uncomfortable or anxious, or are you going to try and use food to embody, create, and manifest the highest level of health that you can in your body?” – Dr. Paul Saladino

The Myths About Meat & Plants

“Red meat and organs, eating ‘nose to tail,’ is something that’s been a part of the human diet for millions of years. It has shaped us as humans, it’s a central part of who we are, and if we don’t do that, we will not obtain optimal health. Eating those foods, well-raised, is integral to our optimal health as humans. It’s always been part of our evolutionary blueprint. Plants do exist on a toxicity spectrum and if we’re struggling, I want to give people tools to understand which ones are the most toxic, least toxic, and then how to leverage that so that they can find their optimal health and solve that quality of life equation for the best answer for them.” – Dr. Paul Saladino

Healing The Gut-Brain Connection

“A lot of our mental environment is determined by our biology. I've worked with a lot of people with psychiatric issues and a lot of these underlying issues whether it's anxiety, depression, etc. they're based on some degree of neuroinflammation. There is some irritation, some activation of the immune system in the brain and that can absolutely be connected with issues in the gut. If we have problems such as irritants to the gut caused by plant toxins, inadequate nutrients, or excess linoleic acid, they can be transmitted to the brain through the immune system. Changing our diet and focusing on eating nose to tail seems complicated because we're undoing our conditioning in 2020 but it's not necessarily complicated from an evolutionary perspective. If we can understand and return to what the natural state is for humans, we can heal not just the body but the gut-brain connection as well.” – Dr. Paul Saladino

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About Dr. Paul Saladino

Dr. Paul Saladino | Your Guide To The Carnivore Diet: The Myths of Eating Meat & PlantsDr. Paul Saladino is the leading authority on the science and application of the carnivore diet.

He has used this diet to reverse autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and mental health issues in hundreds of patients, many of whom had been told their conditions were untreatable.

In addition to his personal podcast, Fundamental Health, he can be found featured on numerous podcasts including The Minimalists, The Model Health Show, Bulletproof Radio, The Dr. Gundry Podcast, The Ben Greenfield Podcast, Dr. Mercola, Health Theory, Mark Bell’s Power Project, and many others. He has also appeared on The Doctors TV show and will release his first book in 2020 titled, “The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to our Ancestral Diet.”

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