I had the great good fortune to spend the evening last week at Diane Sanfilippo’s book signing party in San Francisco, someone I have known for many years since she took one of the nutrition courses I teach.  Her new book, “Practical Paleo” is the latest contribution to the growing literature on how to eat, in modern times, as our ancestors did, not an easy feat for any of us. The book is full of valuable health information, covering everything from leaky gut issues to recipes. The production value is stunning with gorgeous photos that bring the books ideas and food choices alive. I have two copies at home already and highly recommend the book for those looking to learn more about how to eat well and cook at home.

Before the Summer is Over

Clean up  your diet for two weeks and avoid gluten, soy and dairy, then go out and have pancakes for breakfast, pasta for lunch and pizza for dinner and see how you react.


Gluten intolerance is a very common undiagnosed problem that can be a serious health complaint causing a variety of symptoms, from weight gain and fatigue to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Although not everyone is gluten-intolerant, everyone benefits from a two-month gluten-free diet, because it forces us to eat less of the processed, refined foods that contain gluten, and more unprocessed foods such as organic vegetables, quality proteins, fats, and healthy carbohydrates. People who are gluten-intolerant need to modify their gluten consumption for life. For everyone else, the two-month period is sufficient, after which gluten-containing grains can be reintroduced into a healthier diet.

Eating gluten-free means avoiding all foods containing gluten, including wheat, rye, spelt, bulgar, semolina, couscous, triticale, and durum flour. Gluten can be hidden, so it is important to read labels carefully. Be wary of modified food starch, dextrin, flavorings and extracts, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, imitation seafood, and creamed or thickened products such as soups, stews, and sauces. Starchy foods that are allowed include amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, millet, potato, quinoa, oats, and rice.


Approximately half of those sensitive to gluten are also allergic to soy and soy products. Part of this may stem from the ways in which soy has been genetically modified and the frequency with which it is used as a food additive. Avoid all concentrated soy protein products, including tofu, tempeh, soy protein powders, and bars that contain soy protein, for the initial two months,. Most people tolerate the small amounts of soy proteins found in soy sauce or whole soybeans.

Pasteurized Dairy

Food reactions to pasteurized dairy products are the most easily detected. These products are pasteurized milk, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese — but not eggs. There are two potential problems with dairy products: lactose intolerance, which is an inability to digest the carbohydrate or sugar portion of milk, and milk allergy, which is a reaction to the protein in milk. Pasteurization and homogenization destroys the enzymes in milk that help us digest it, the healthy bacteria in milk that help keep the gut working well, and the beneficial fats in dairy, rendering what could be a very nurturing and healing food a potentially harmful product.

While pasteurized dairy is to be avoided, raw dairy may be introduced after two weeks of a diet free of dairy. After two weeks, most people will be able to tell if they are sensitive to dairy by drinking a large glass of whole raw milk first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you have no digestive symptoms from doing this, then you can likely consume raw dairy products. Raw butter has butyric acid, which along with the healthy bacteria in butter helps heal the GI tract in dramatic ways.

The same mentality that brought us chairs and long days in front of computers brought us work out machines and gym memberships. Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyles create poor postural and movement patterns and we take these poor patterns into all forms of exercise as we attempt to get fit and make up for all the sitting and inactivity, it’s a vicious cycle we go round and round in.


Do you see lions, tigers or bears working out in gyms? It’s a silly question but if you take a moment to think about it wild animals spend most of their time sitting or lying around, not training for hunting, all this interrupted by short bursts of extreme physical activity. It’s remarkable to see the quality and tone of the muscles of a running gazelle or even a wart hog for that matter. Animals are well-muscled and well-coordinated and manage to stay this way without lifting weights or spending hours on a trend mill or elliptical machine.


Dr. Eric Goodman has uncovered the secret to this type of “fitness”, nature’s own recipe for being lean, outrageously strong and looking good without having to lift weights (other than your own limbs). If you want a body that looks like a sleek and fit wild animal then you need to do what they do. Imagine a race horse on a stair master trying to get bigger calves or a bull doing squats to get an edge on the next cowboy. That would be ridiculous, as ridiculous as a human on a series of strength training machines. If we could only see ourselves!


I first learned about Foundation Training from a patient of mine who sent me a copy of Dr. Eric Goodman and Peter Park’s book and DVD. After wading through the materials I was skeptical as it seemed like a minor twist on an age old theme of fitness through proper movement. I have been around for a while and have studied most of the age-old and modern systems of healing these types of movement, or lack of movement, induced problems. My background includes 30 years of yoga practice and cycling and I spent over 18 years studying various movement and postural alignment techniques, including training in the Alexander Technique, Rosen Method, two years of Buddhist monastic training with an emphasis on posture and yoga exercises and a twenty year career as a chiropractor focused on correcting posture misalignments and body mechanics.


Using the hips to hinge, paying special attention to the head/neck relationship, developing the core strength of the posterior chain vs. limb strength or ab strength I’d heard all this before, thirty years before and have had decades of personal experience with the various systems out there that attempt to focus on these concepts. So I put the book down, ignored the DVD and didn’t try Foundation Training. (Hint, this was a mistake, don’t do this.)


Fortunately I was offered a couple of sessions with a Foundation Training expert trained by Dr. Goodman to learn about the work directly and I grudgingly went along with it just to check out what the buzz was around Foundation Training. Literally two minutes into the exercises I realized something special was going on here. Dr. Goodman has taken a very well-worn path and blazed a completely new trail which is impossible to appreciate or understand until you get your first two minutes of Foundation Training and the light bulb goes on.


Foundation Training is like powerlifting or Olympic weight training for your deep postural muscles. As we sit a lot, collapsed, and work on computers these deep postural muscles degrade and weaken to the point they can no longer function and hold us up. Even the “fit” among us, professional athletes, tend toward developing poor movement patterns from the years of sitting we all do that then translate into their sport whether it be basketball or cycling. Breaking these postural movement patterns is virtually impossible using most all of the existing systems. Yoga increases flexibility and strength, weight training increases muscle strength, the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais make us aware of poor movement patterns, but Dr. Goodman has developed the unthinkable – one single set of exercises that quickly, almost miraculously create profound muscle strength and flexibility at the same time in just the areas we are weakest and tightest from our modern lifestyle habits.


It’s what you would want to do if you were a lion, or tiger or bear and had been trapped in a zoo for your whole life but you wanted to get out in the wilds again and live in nature. We see animals in the wild with perfect musculature and a grace and power in their movements that captivate us because they never lose this innate movement sense and when we, like other animals, get trapped in our modern zoos: hunched over smart phones tapping out texts and collapsed in front of the computer to send out a few more emails – we need an anti-dote. If we learn to move according to natural patterns we become fit, lean, and gorgeous looking. Remember, how often do you see lions, tigers or bears in a gym? Well, never I guess, but how often does a wild animal like a tiger get physically active? Are they running around all day staying fit? Not really, they rest a lot and hunt occasionally, that’s the good news, in sessions of just minutes a day you can regain all that you’ve lost. It doesn’t take much time to be “naturally fit” but you do have to do exactly the right things.


Once learned, Foundation Training can then be applied to any sport or physical activity. You can lift weights, run, bicycle and jump really high and dunk a basketball better if you first learn these principles and strengthen what Dr. Goodman calls your “intuitive muscles”.  Also, at their most basic level these exercises will eliminate the common pains we all live with, sore backs, painful necks, weak and tight shoulders, bad wrists or blown out knees.


These deceptively simple looking exercises provide just the right movements and positions to strengthen each individual area we are weak in, the deep postural muscles that hold us upright and determine our movement are re-activated, muscles you have not used for years will come on line and fire, nerves that have been dormant will perk up and revitalize. It’s an invigorating work out that impacts your brain and nervous system and sense of energy and wellbeing much as it reduces pain and improves performance.


After my introduction to Foundation Training I had the privilege of spending three days with private sessions with its Founder Dr. Goodman. In our first session he identified and began to correct every musculoskeletal injury I have had since age 12, many of which I neglected to tell him about because I didn’t think they were relevant. By our third session I felt like I’d been Rolfed 100 times, had been in the gym for a few months and that I’d meditated for a few weeks, all at the same time. My new confident, upright posture lead to a sharp mental acuity and sense of strength and resilience. As a natural born skeptic who has to have any new concept proven to me by my personal experience, all I can say is rush out, buy the book, get the DVD and try a few work outs using Foundation Training so you don’t miss out.


Meditators, yoga practitioners, martial artists and those into energy work will see Foundation Training as a requirement to advancing in their respective arts. As yoga masters and meditators have known for five thousand years, the spine holds the key to all these higher consciousness endeavors. Athletes will find injury prevention and vastly improved performance (think zoo based urban bear vs. wild grizzly bear) and those with chronic pain will find relief. And as profound as this work can be to get you out of pain and open up new aspects of the mind, if you just want your butt to look great in a pair of jeans or to finally flatten your abs, then Foundation Training will get the job done.

In anticipation of the launch of my new book: The Kalish Method: Healing the Body and Mapping the Mind, I’m tossing out some brain food ideas for consideration.

The main issue with your brain is to simply not mess it up. How can you eat in a way that messes up your brain? Well, clearly neurotoxins, or nerve poisons, trigger brain cell death and should be avoided. Mercury, a potent neurotoxin, is found in high concentrations in some fish which should be avoided entirely or eaten rarely. Big fish = bad, i.e. the bigger they are the more likely they are to contain higher concentrations of mercury. Tuna tops the list. Does this mean no sushi, no how, no matter what? Depends. Small amounts eaten occasionally are ok. Sushi every day for lunch is an invitation for brain drain.  Vegetables contain the anti-oxidants your brain uses to protect brain cells from the destructive effect of inflammation and oxidative stress, so put them in the “brain protective” category.

Excessive sugar and excessive grains trigger inflammation, damaging brain cells. Small amounts of grains and sugar are ok, but again, only in small quantities.

The second issue with the brain involves giving it nutrients it can make use of to keep itself healthy. Ironically, fish oils are probably at the top of this list of what’s good for your brain. Just be sure the brand you use has had all the heavy metals removed. Second to these essential fats are healthy animal protein, rich in the amino acids your brain uses to make the major neurotransmitters, or brain chemical messengers, serotonin and dopamine. You’ll need protein with all three meals, every day.

And, as you are heading away from the fish aisle towards the butcher counter, don’t worry about any of this because stress kills brain cells faster that you can say “essential fatty acids.” Don’t worry, eat protein, be happy.

Hi All –

Here is a recent case study from my practice.

Forty-two year old woman with chief complaints of 10 years of IBS and fatigue, now heading into depression and anxiety. She has constant sweet cravings, has gained some weight and was at the end of her rope, feeling like her body was failing her already, and now her mind was starting to be dragged down with it.

I did my two basic tests that I use with every new patients, an adrenal stress profile and a GI pathogen screen. You can see from her adrenal test she was very low in cortisol and DHEA with a total cortisol of 11 (when ideal is around 35-40) and a DHEA of 1.99 (ideal should be an 8). I used liquid pregnenolone at 15 drops 3x day, liquid DHEA at 2 drops 3x day (from Biomatrix) and a broad spectrum multi vitamin (any good one will do) along with blood sugar control nutrients (Glucomend from Douglas Labs).
Her Energy levels increased by week three of the program. Looking at her GI pathogen screen (401H from Biohealth) we found cryptosporidium AND giardia. What a combination. After all these years of practice you think you’ve seen everything and then boom, one patient with these two bugs. Pretty incredible. Had to write about it. Either one of these infections I’ve seen debilitate hundreds of patients, but to have both? at the same time?
Anyhow, this was a home run for sure this patient was destined to get better. We did a combined anti-biotic and herbal protocol using Alinia prescribed by her MD along with: Artemesia annual 500mg 2 capsules 3x day (Thorne Research or Allergy Research Group), Oregano Oil Extract 2 tablets 3x day (Designs for Health or Biotics Research) and Morinda Supreme, 2 capsules 3x day (Supreme Nutrition).
Worked like a charm, we just spoke this week and her GI symptoms are gone gone gone. Her energy is up to normal and she quite literally feels like a new person, wondering how she got through this haze of the last ten years of being sick. Functional Medicine works! It does not need to be complicated. You will always been successful if you just start of with a basic adrenal and GI test and go from there.  You will always been successful if you just start of with a basic adrenal and GI test and go from there.

Here is Sean’s announcement, should be a good one!


TONIGHT, fellow brainiac Dr. Daniel
Kalish returns to UW Radio to discuss
Mind Mapping: The New Science of 
Balancing the Brain. Topics will include:
* How a natural Mind Mapping approach
differs from the pharmaceutical model.
* If it is possible to heal the brain like a
broken bone.
* Alternatives to antidepressants and
ADHD medications.
* How this new brain science impacts
weight loss.
* How Mind Mapping can help with food
and alcohol cravings.
I’m calling my shot! This show is guaranteed
That’s TONIGHT at 5pm PT/8pm ET.
Listen LIVE by internet HERE

I spent Saturday this week at Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s nutrition seminar, one of the best classes I have attended on nutrition – ever. They both teach in masterful ways, entertaining, funny and yet completely science and research based, not an easy feat to accomplish. Their materials are better and more up to date than any nutrition course I have attended and I highly recommend their work. Please check out their website and pre-order their new book which will be released very soon so you can update your understanding of food and nutrition and take one more step towards improving your health.



I am so excited about the release of my upcoming book about Mind Mapping and The Kalish Method (tentative release: May 2012). It has been an incredible exercise for me, and I feel that it will be a valuable learning tool for both patients looking for health tips, and practitioners looking to refine their skills. Over the next few weeks, I will share some excerpts from the book. Here is the first one. Enjoy…

Introduction to the Kalish Method

“Why do I feel so crummy, Doc?”

Fat, Fatigue and Depressed: The Modern Epidemic

Fat, fatigued and depressed, what are you going to do about it? Go on a diet, chug a five hour energy drink and pop an antidepressant? Over 62% of Americans are overweight. There are 21 million people suffering from depression in our country and the numbers suffering from both weight gain and depression increase every year. Something must be done. If these statistics are accurate then there’s a good chance most of you suffer from one or more of these problems. And, the odds are, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve already realized standard medicine can do very little for you.

Taken together there are five health problems that I deal with in my clinic every day. I call them the “Big Five”: weight gain, fatigue, depression, digestive problems and female hormone imbalances. These issues have become accepted as part and parcel of modern American. In fact, many people have given up hope that they will ever feel better. I started this blog so that you can learn that there is indeed hope. Leading health practitioners are employing curative methodologies that were simply unavailable to us as recently as ten years ago. No matter how bad you’ve been feeling, or how long you’ve been feeling that way, there are options. You can feel better.

Weight gain

If you struggle with weight gain, have tried various diets, and failed repeatedly to reach your weight-loss goals? Most likely, you suffer from a damaged fat-burning metabolism. If your metabolism is broken, you will store body fat regardless of how much, or what, you eat. Cravings for sweets or carbs, overeating, and skipping meals, all contribute to a damaged metabolism. Trying to lose weight by following fad diets that restrict calories will allow you to lose weight, temporarily, and then as soon as you eat normally again, your broken metabolism will put the pounds right back on, and then some.

The more times you have gained and lost weight, the more likely you have damaged your metabolism. That will keep you from losing weight permanently until you repair your metabolism. Many past medical solutions for weight loss such as diet pills and liquid diets make people worse. Fortunately, there is a bright spot in this bleak picture. You can test and correct your metabolism. By measuring the key hormone – cortisol – your health professional can figure out how beat up your fat burning system is and what you’ll need to do to mend it…



Hi All –

OK, get this, last week I was wandering around Chicago on the most spectacular day you can imagine (see photo below), recovering from an intense brain seminar I just attended, and I wander into the world famous Field Museum. The very first exhibit I walk into I’m confronted with a big plaque, “You were built to be a hunter gatherer” (photo) Wow! Must be true it’s the Field friggin museum!

Then in the next room it gets even better, right out of a Michael Pollan book, the anthropology writer continues to wax poetic about early tribes from a few thousand years ago, “Corn diets and close quarters created health problems.”  Of course they are talking about the dawn of the Americas, when grains were being grown for the very first time, but can you believe it? Now we’ve reinvented the same problem with corn syrup, and overcrowding in large buildings – to a degree which our native ancestors could not have possibly comprehended when they were all crammed into a hut eating a corn tortillas.

Anyhow, there’s nothing new under the sun, just repeating the same old cycles. The move to agriculture was bad enough, but the move to processed food was literally cultural suicide.

Eat some meat or go workout really hard.

Talk to you soon!

-Dr. Dan

I was in Chicago this weekend at brain conference.  Check out for details about this work. I’ll be teaching a comprehensive three month course on this subject through Kalish Research in September. I believe the Organic Cation Transporter testing is the biggest breakthrough in neuroscience of our generation, and now, for the first time, we can take a snap shot of the brain and accurately measure serotonin and dopamine.  AND, more importantly, through transporter testing, we can reset neurotransmitter levels so the brain functions normally.

Marty Hinz, MD has published a dozen or so papers on this work, which are at,
time to let the world know about this scientific advance.


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