Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan MD & Luke Shanahan MFA

Catherine Shanahan MD trained at Cornell Universitys Molecular Biology program where she learned how nutrients direct physiologic growth. She has continued to study nutrition and alternative medicine since residency training in Tuscan, Arizona. Dr. Shannahan’s lectures have revolutionized how fellow medical professionals think about nutrition and health. Her philosophies are based around two view

  1. Paying attention to source. This includes the quality of the soil and the health of the lake/oceans etc, as well as seasonality.
  2. Paying attention to the culinary practices handed down over generations that enabled people to maximize the resources of their region

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She is a supporter of eating to support and improve your genes. This lifestyle can be seen through Common External Signs of Genetic Wealth (Men and Women) such as

  • Strong joints
  • Fertility
  • No grey hair by age 50
  • Strong nails
  • Limbs proportioned according to the Golden Ratio
  • Long nose, high cheekbones, full lips, and strong jaw


Luke Shanahan MFA studied enology and the culinary arts during and since graduating school. He has taught, lectured and worked with chiefs around the country, and is

Deep Nutrition identifies the foods and techniques common to every culture and divides them into four categories, called the Four Pillars of World Cuisine. From the Maasai and ancient Egyptian to the Japanese and the French, you’ll learn how the same Four Pillars form the foundation of all the healthiest diets. Using the latest research in physiology and genetics, the authors explain why your family’s health depends on eating these foods. In a world of competing nutritional ideologies, Deep Nutrition gives us the full picture, empowering us to take control of our destiny in ways we might never have imagined.

The book will show how your genes are alway changing and how food can impact on this system of evolution. For instance a group of researchers remover Vitamin A from the diet of pigs and then bread them producing a blind piglet. As we know Vitamin A is and essential part of sight. Following this outcome the researchers then reintroduced Vitamin A back into the pigs diet and again bred them producing a piglet with perfect eyesight. The results of this study suggesting that genes can be switched on and off or alter through dietary restrictions. Through reading the Deep Nutrition you will educate yourself on the following

  • Your genes are always changing
  • Traditional food creates beautiful bodies
  • Beauty and health are connected
  • We instinctively recognize the healthiest mates
  • To see beyond calories and learn the language of food
  • To lose weight and stay young
  • To prevent cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers and more
  • To use diet to turn your child’s behavior around
  • To prepare the foods that have stood the test of time
  • Symmetry and health are connected
  • The cholesterol theory of heart disease created a sickness epidemic!

The Table of Contents for the book are as follows

Deep Nutrition Contents

For this of you interest in an alternative view to you dietary needs and who have an interest in evolution and how foods have the human race have been evolving this is a good book. It is also excellent in its description of foods and foods abilities to effect the human body. Athletes should read this book and determine which foods  and dietary structure most suit them. Ancient history didn’t have gels and but yet man had to be fit and strong to provide hunted food for the family. It is also worth nothing that the spreadable paste in your tub of butter is only one molecule away from being that tub. Deep Nutrition is well structured takes the reader though a journey of evolution with food and also has a section devotes to pregnancy which is quite enlightening. This book will change your view and appreciation of you diet and they way you view your food. We recommend this book to athletes and non-athletes alike.

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