60: Deep Nutrition and the Four Pillars of Health

Deep Nutrition and the Four Pillars of Health with Dr Cate Shanahan

Cate Shanahan M.D, author of Deep Nutrition (one of my favorite books), is a board-certified family physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For ten years, she practiced medicine in Hawaii, where she studied ethnobotany and the culinary habits of her healthiest patients.

Her own health crisis led her to re-evaluate her understanding of the body and the importance of certain types of food. She currently runs a metabolic health clinic in Denver, Colorado and serves as the Director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition Program. Her mission is to highlight and create change around the fact that our modern diet may literally be altering our DNA and changing the future of humanity:

In a sense, our lifestyles teach our genes how to behave. In choosing between healthy or unhealthy foods and habits, we are programming our genes for either good or bad conduct. Scientists are identifying numerous techniques by which two sets of identical DNA can be coerced into functioning dissimilarly.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • What one food you should absolutely avoid at all costs
  • The four pillars of every traditionally healthy culture (and how to get these benefits in the modern world)
  • The biggest problem with the conventional medical model, but why it isn’t your doctor’s fault
  • More evidence that saturated fat isn’t the enemy
  • How food directs our cellular growth and how food can alter our DNA
  • Why a family history of cancer or heart disease doesn’t mean you’ll get it too
  • How Dr. Cate became the LA Lakers go-to for nutrition

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Reader Comments

  1. Thank you Dr. Cater and Katie! This was so educational and profound. I shared it with my FB friends and I plan to share it with my autoimmune paleo FB group. I think this is an excellent way to choose life, as the Bible says.

  2. This conversation was fascinating! I am excited to read your books.

  3. Aloha! I wish I had an hour to read or listen to this podcast, but I’m a single mama of twin toddlers and cannot pay attention long enough and take care of the bazillion other things we have going on. Can someone please comment here on what food Dr. Cate says to avoid and why? Mahalo for your help! ??? Rose from Hawaii

  4. I am completely with you on consuming unprocessed foods and the importance of clean and nutritious food. But I cannot and will not eat meat. What am I to do?

  5. Hi Katie,

    Excited to learn more ASAP after this great podcast!

    When I click on Food Rules detail link, it simply routes me to Drcate.com/deepnutrition but I can’t find any info on a free copy of Food Rules. Any advice to find it?

    Many thanks for all you do!

  6. Thanks for this great podcast! Any advice for eating out and eating with family? We’re already ‘those people’ with all the high maintenance food sensitivities and don’t want to exasperate it even more…especially with the in-laws! A couple of questions…there are so many different terms for “vegetable oil” is there a list to help me decipher labels better? Also, is this something where it should be all or nothing or is the rare french fry out okay?

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