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Has anyone here heard of Paul Jaminet and the Perfect Health Diet?? it’s fairly new, but a lot of people are having great success on it. In his book he addresses the various nutrients that our bodies need in order to function properly, and gives good advice on how to get enough of each nutrient. There is a section devoted to selenium and iodine, and the diet suggests getting all of your selenium from foods, primarily animal foods. “all meats have selenium, but the best sources are fish, shellfish, eggs, and kidneys. Those who eat little of these foods may benefit from occasional, but not daily, supplementation. To avert any risk of selenium toxicity, drink plenty of water and exercise to produce sweat.”
“Iodine should be supplemented via potassium iodide tablets or liquid iodine solutions. Start low at 225 micrograms per day; work up to 1 milligram per day. In disease conditions, it may be beneficial to increase iodine even further. To avoid potential negative effects, accompany high-dose iodine with extra intake of salt, water, vitamin C, magnesium, and selenium.” (p293 Jaminet)

The Perfect Health Diet started as an online forum, and when so many people were experiencing such positive effects (chronic problems disappearing, etc.) Paul Jaminet decided to write a book explaining every part of the diet in detail. In the “Selenium and Iodine” section he talks about hypothyroidism: “first eliminate grains, legumes, and vegetable oils. Then to optimize intake of selenium, iodine, copper, iron, vitamin D, vitamin C, and magnesium. Vitamin A deficiency, if it exists, should also be corrected”

The book goes into great detail about all of the nutrients we need, as well as his reasoning for the food choices in the diet. Basically, he argues that grains and legumes contain toxins because they’re seeds, and the outer coatings of seeds are toxic to prevent them from being fully digested so that they can pass through your intestines and still germinate and reproduce. Rather than eat legumes and grains, he suggests eating starchy tubers for carbs, because they contain very few toxins, and once cooked (gently and fully) they are very safe. Another key part of the diet is to eat within an eight-hour window every day, therefore you fast for sixteen hours. During the fast you can eat coconut oil, cream, and broth with vegetables. I believe he himself had a problem with candida which led him to develop this diet with his wife, Shou-Ching. They are both professors at Harvard, and after developing this diet they say they feel like they’re in their twenties again.

From my own experience so far trying the Perfect Health Diet, I am no longer experiencing any discomfort after eating, even when I know I’ve over-done it with the carbs. There’s all kinds of very interesting stuff in the book, if anyone’s interested you should check it out online and maybe get the book! It is really making me understand my body’s nutrient needs and how to safely acquire everything it needs.