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Dr. Jean Seignalet, (photo taken at the beginning of his diet trials)


Here are Dr. Seignalet's "disease tables" showing the success rate for each of 91 diseases

Table 1. Autoimmune diseases (35)

Table 2. "Clogging diseases" (29)
....Osteoarthritis, Diabetes 2, Migraines, Overweight, Parkinson's, Fibromyalgia, Depression..........etc.etc.etc.

Table 3. "Elimination diseases" (24)
.............Colitis, Crohn's, Psoriasis, Hay Fever, Mouth Ulcers, Asthma, Eczema, Acne.....etc. etc. etc.

Table 4. "Complex diseases" (2)
SAPHO syndrome, Behçet's

UK & Europe
US and rest of the world

Chris's blog. 1st November 2015

Translation of extract from "L'alimentation ou la troisième Médecine" extract - "Cooking and its Problems"


Preramble. Who am I? I am the translator and publicist for “How to prevent and reverse 100 diseases the new French way with Dr. Seignalet's diet miracle”. This short guide to the Seignalet diet was written by Dr. Seignalet's two daughters, one of whom is a doctor (GP/MD), based on their father's 700 page magnum opus.

(Note: I will be writing a series of blog entries in my role as translator and publicist but I will also be be trying to put Dr. Seignalet into my own personal context as a health nut of long standing. Dr. Seignalet is sadly no longer with us but he left us everything we need to know in his book. “Nutrition – the third medicine”, which I hope to have finished translating some time in summer 2016. So these blog entries are just personal musings to try to start a debate about Dr. Seignalet's work in order to publicise the book and create a demand for it. I am neither a doctor nor a nutritionist and I have no scientific training of any kind. I hope then that people will not think that I am getting too big for my boots. I hope that people more qualified than myself will contribute some blog entries for the site.)

Dr. Seignalet called his diet variously “hypotoxic”, “ancestral” or “original”. The “Ancestral Health” movement is a broad church with “paleo” coming in many different creeds and denominations. Some versions shade off into (neolithic) Weston Price Foundation territory with consumption of raw milk and dairy and bone stocks positively encouraged. (Not Seignalet legal however). Others, (pace Voegtlin) are little more than the Atkins/ketogenic diet; just load up on plenty of cooked meat and green leafy vegetables and hold the carbs; all justified with much conjecture about what our paleo ancestors ate.

When exactly was that golden age when our diet was in perfect sync with our genes and what exactly was the diet of those supposed perfect human specimens? Maybe our diet never has been compatible in every degree with our genetic inheritance. For Irvin Stone for example, the wheels had already started coming off when one of our primate ancestors had a mutation whereby, unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, apart from guinea pigs, we could no longer synthesise vitamin c in our own bodies and had to rely on external supplies.

The supposed golden age is generally taken to be late paleo. With Raquel Welsh in a fur bikini, how could this be wrong? (Just kidding). OK, so we can reconstitute those coprolites (fossilized turds) and carbon date them and we know that they contain meat and 2 veg. We know the veg was leafty greens, so no doubt raw but what about the meat? Was it cooked or raw? Eaton and Konner said nothing on this subject in their 1985 paper.

For French paleos (they don't call themselves that by the way, I'm just using the word as shorthand) and Dr. Jean Seignalet, the answer is definitely raw. According to them, fire and cooking was a very late invention – what you could call a (very) “late paleo disease factor”.

At the time Eaton and Konner published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Jean Seignalet was already sitting in his Medical faculty library in Montpelier, scouring every possible French or English language journal or book to find the building blocks for his dietary theory. The foundations were down and the scaffolding was up and Eaton and Konner's article came in handy for some of the brickwork. By 1988, Seignalet was up and running and already treating patients with his diet with a first success in reversing Rheumatoid arthritis in a female patient.

Eaton and Konner wrote this in 1985: “Ultimately of course, only experimental & clinical studies can confirm hypotheses about the medical consequences of dietary choices”. Only 3 years later, Seignalet was embarking on those studies and 20 years later, he had treated two and a half thousand patients with 115 different diseases, 91 of them successfully, with his diet. After Seignalet, the “paleo diet” is no longer a lifestyle choice for jocks and others interested in improving their health and vitality. It is now a fully fledged clinical tool for reversing disease. Nutrition is the first medicine. (Just don't throw anything on the barbie ok?)

So here is an extract from Dr. Seignalet's “doorstep” of a medical treatise. I have posted this passage up in particular because I think it provides some pretty strong arguments for not cooking, particularly at high temperatures and especially with meat and fish.

(Note that Dr. Seignalet soon found that many patients found it difficult to eat only raw animal protein and as the real damage to these foods occurs above 110 degrees C, as you will see from reading this extract, in a spirit of pragmatism, he allowed patients to use low temperature, brief cooking techniques like steaming.)

It also gives a strong flavour of Dr. Seignalet's methodology which is all about a meticulously constructed synthesis. All the evidence is considered, from cellular biology and microbiology to physics and chemistry to anthropology to genetics to enzymes, to human physiology and anything else you could think of. It is all gathered in, pulled apart, examined and put back together like a giant, intricate piece of clockwork to form a perfectly functioning theory of how what we put in or bodies affects our health.

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These opinions are the author's own (Chris Parkinson's) and are not necessarily shared by the Seignalet family.

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Chris's Blog 1. 1st November 2015
Translation of extract from "L'alimentation ou la troisième Médecine" extract - "Cooking and its Problems"