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The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet

The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet

by Paul Saladino


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In the tradition of bestsellers like The Plant Paradox and The Keto Reset Diet, The Carnivore Code reveals the shocking truth about so-called healthy foods, and presents a complete program to reclaim your health with the true ancestral diet

We are living longer than ever before, but we aren’t living better—millions of people suffer from diseases like diabetes, depression, joint pain, heart disease, and autoimmune illnesses. Millions more have tried and failed to lose weight and keep it off. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. And you know how frustrating and disheartening it is to cycle through diets, treatment plans, and prescriptions that provide little relief—and may actually add to your suffering.

There is a better way, and it starts with the food you eat. The carnivore diet is scientifically proven to reduce inflammation, improve sleep, reduce joint pain, improve mental clarity, and help you lose weight. Dr. Paul Saladino has experienced the incredible benefits of a meat-based diet firsthand, and has helped hundreds of patients transform their health using his diet plan.

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Saladino reveals the shocking truth about foods we’re told are essential for good health, like whole grains, plants, and leafy greens. He dismantles those myths one by one and reveals the healing potential of an all-meat diet: the diet our bodies were designed to eat. With step-by-step guidance, complete with sample meal plans and frequently asked questions, The Carnivore Code is the only plan you need to experience the incredible benefits of the carnivore diet for yourself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358469971
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 38,978
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Paul Saladino, MD, is the leading authority on the carnivore diet. In addition to hosting the podcast Fundamental Health, he has been featured on The Doctors and numerous podcasts, including The Joe Rogan Experience, The Minimalists, The Model Health Show, Bulletproof Radio, The Dr. Gundry Podcast, The Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast, and many media outlets. He lives in Austin, TX. 

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xv

The Lost User Manual


The Second Time Around

The Goal of This Book

The Quality of Life Equation

Section I

Chapter 1 Our Beginnings 3

Indiana Jones Stuff

How Much Meat Were We Eating?

Humans as Fat-Hunters

Evolutionary Adaptations to Eating Meat

The Cauldron of Fire in Your Belly

Expensive Tissue

Amylase Gene Duplications

The Apex Predator

Our Destiny

Chapter 2 Our Worst Mistake 19

How Healthy Are We Really Today?

Hunter-Gatherer Life

The Return of Indiana Jones

Hunter-Gatherers or Just Hunters?

Section II

Chapter 3 Chemical Warfare 33

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Swords, Spears, and Axes

Plant Pesticides

Disparate Operating Systems

Brace Yourself for a Chemistry Lesson

Animals Eating Plants

Chapter 4 Broccoli-Superhero or Supervillain? 43

Damaging DNA

Slow Damage

How We've Been Led Astray

Hormesis Re-Examined

Living a Radical Life Is Good Enough

Types of Studies

Avoiding the Booby Traps

Chapter 5 Of Unicorns and Fairy Tales 57

The Problem of Healthy User Bias

The James Dean Type

Turmeric Has a Dark Side

Detoxification Pathways in the Liver

Treating the Root Cause Rather Than Symptoms

The Roots of Inflammation

Avoid the Flavonoids

Messing with Our Digestion

Cell Division and Chromosomes

Salicylates-Even Asparagus and Coconut Can Harm Us

The Promise of Supermodel Vampire Status

Chapter 6 Attack of the Oxalates 77

Oxalate Toxicity

Needles Everywhere!

Oxalate Kidney Stones

Oxalate Detoxification

Chapter 7 Of Kidney Beans and Parkinson's Disease 89

The Toxic Lectin in Beans

The Workings of Our Gastrointestinal Tract

How Lectins Damage the Gut

Gluten and Other Lectins

Could Lectins Play a Role in Parkinson's Disease?

The Plinko Model of Autoimmune Disease

Could Lectins Be Causing Us to Gain Weight?

The Paradox of Plants

Concluding Section II of Our Journey

Section III

Chapter 8 Myth I-Plant Foods are Superfoods 109

Magical Nutrients in Animal Foods

Creatine: Making Us Smart and Strong


Carnitine and Mental Health


Decline in Mental Health with Plant-Based Diets

The Roots of Depression and Anxiety

Vitamins and Minerals in Animal Foods vs. Plant Foods

B Vitamins and Methylation

Vitamin A

Vitamin K


Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Why Do Vegan Diets Help Some People?

The Problem with The Notion Of Bio-Individuality

Our Brains Don't Lie-Animal vs. Plant Foods

Wrapping Up

Chapter 9 Myth II-Fiber is Necessary for a Healthy Gut 135

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Why You Don't Want a Weak: Colon Wall

Fiber and Colon Cancer

Types of Fiber

Fiber Continues to Strike Out

Fiber for Fat Loss?

The Jungle Inside of You

Microbial Diversity

Short-Chain Fatty Acids: More Than Just Butyrate

Magical Mucus

Wrapping Up Our Fiber-Debunking Adventures

Chapter 10 Myth III-Red Meat Will Shorten Your Life 153

What Was Left Out of the IARC Report

The Meat and Cancer Myth Debunked Once and for All

Neu5Gc: Not a Cause for Concern

mTOR: The Molecular Growth Switch

Red Meat: Not the Foe of Bones, Kidneys, or Big Toes

The Myth of the Blue Zones

Won't I Get Scurvy Eating Only Animal Foods?

Summing It Up

Chapter 11 Myth IV-Red Meat Causes the Heart to Explode 179

The Basics of Lipoproteins and Cholesterol

The Vital Role of LDL in Our Bodies

Could More LDL Be Protective?

LDL in Heart Disease: Criminal or Firefighter?

Atherosclerosis-It's All About the Stickiness!

Further down the LDL Rabbit Hole

The Skinny (And Not So Skinny) on Insulin Resistance

Other Causes of Insulin Resistance

Why Does LDL Rise on a Ketogenic Diet?

Should You Take A Statin for an Elevated LDL?

TMAO: The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Saturated Fat: Why Vegetable Oil Companies Say It's Bad The Edge of Zion

Section IV

Chapter 12 What to Eat on a Nose-To-Tail Carnivore Diet 211

Is It Ethical to Eat Animals?

How to Eat a Nose-To-Tail Carnivore Diet

Tier 1 The Carnivore-ISH Diet

Artificial Sweeteners and Spices

Didn't Our Ancestors Eat Fruit?

Tubers and Berries

What About Fungi?

What to Drink on a Carnivore Diet

What About Alcohol?

When to Eat on a Carnivore Diet

Tier 2 The Meat and Water Carnivore Diet

Tier 3 The Freshman Carnivore Diet

What About Seafood on a Carnivore Diet?

What About Chicken, Turkey, and Other Birds?

What About Pork?

Tier 4 The Junior Varsity Carnivore Diet Liver Magic

Is It Possible to Eat Too Much Liver?

Why Methionine/Glycine Balance Matters

Tier 5 The Varsity Carnivore Diet

Other Organs

How Much Organ Meat Should We Be Eating?

How Much Protein and How Much Fat

Bones Are Organ Meat, Too!

What About Dairy?

Boron-The Often Overlooked But Crucial Mineral

How to Live a Radical Life

Clean Carnivore Reset (CCR)

Case Studies and Testimonials with a Carnivore Diet

Wrapping Up

Chapter 13 Common Pitfalls When Starting a Carnivore Diet 255

Disaster Pants


The Keto "Flu"



Muscle Cramps

Histamine Intolerance

Trouble Digesting Fat or Red Meat

Why Gallbladder Stones Form and How to Avoid Them

Lack of Variety

Carnivore Diet with an APOE4 Polymorphism

Carnivore Diet with an FTO Mutation

Wrapping Up

Chapter 14 The End of the Road and Beginning a New Way of Life 273

The Environmental Impacts of Eating Meat

Summing It All Up

Final Thoughts

Frequently Asked Questions 283

Appendix 303

References 307

Acknowledgments 341

Index 343

About the Author 353

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