My son found your Neanderthin book at Whole Foods on Greenville last
October or November. He finally convinced me to buy it in the middle of
December. That weekend I threw all my grains, beans, soy sauce, tempeh,
spaghetti, etc., into the compost bucket. We have been eating Neanderthin
(with a little Dr. Atkins thrown in for me) ever since.
About a week after we started, I noticed a chronic fuzziness in my head
had disappeared. It didn't take much to realize that much of what I had
eaten previously -- fueled by the sugar in Pepsis and Cokes -- had been
fermenting inside me, producing an alcohol that had kept me on a constant,
low-grade drunk most of my waking hours -- and, perhaps, most of my
sleeping hours as well.
In addition, a "spot" on my lungs/bronchial tubes, that I have had since
1974 as a result of walking pneumonia turned to 6 weeks of laryngitis with
the first 2 weeks of taste and smell loss, has just about cleared up. The
clearing of the lungs and tubes has also allowed me to have more stamina
and endurance -- and less phlegm -- when I walk early in the morning
Although I have not started losing pounds by leaps and bounds, I am
definitely re-shaping and slenderizing. My skin does not look as pasty as
it used to; although it still is pale, as I have to do my walking around
On January 12, 3 to 4 weeks after we started NeanderThin, my son LeRoy ran
the Marathon in Houston while I walked the downtown SK. The temperature
never went above freezing during the entire race. It took of from 1:00
p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to drive back to Corsicana in the snow the afternoon
after the race. We did the races very well with home-made pemmican and a
ground pecan-raisin-date mixture that Sunday morning.
I believe LeRoy's recovery from that marathon was faster and better than
the one he went through at the Amarillo marathon -- his first marathon --
the previous May. He cut about 15-20 minutes off his time from the first
to the second, and hopes to cut another 15-20 minutes off the next one
back in Amarillo on May 24 (I will be walking my first I OK, which should
take me about 2 hours).
Unfortunately, current, inhumane trends in corporate agri-business have
led a great many well-intentioned people to embrace vegetarianism.
Fortunately, there are a good many small farmers who are ready to accept
the challenge of producing meat while utilizing models which mimic nature
and, therefore, produce a healthier, and happier, end product. Most of
these folks have determined that their only shot at surviving the
corporate raids on American farmland is to market their high-quality goods
directly to the consumer. These people would be greatly empowered by your
I have been meaning to write to you for some time. There is at least one
person here in Miami who thinks your book is monumental. Your book shakes
the very foundations of not only dieting, but of civilization as well. I
am grateful to you for enlightening me.
Your diet has changed my life, my views on medicine, my philosphy, my love
of nature. You are right about hunter-gatherers not fiting into
"civilized" society. It seems like our whole culture is built on the foods
of technology. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of technology based foods
have a financial stranglehold. Most doctors and dieticians know only what
they have been brainwashed with. Well, thanks to you, there are some of us
who know the truth. With your guidance we have rediscovered our place in
nature. Hell, I love being a primate!!
I began the Neanderthin diet on September 10 at 221 pounds. My weight
today is 182 pounds, a loss of 39 pounds since July 10. My cholesterol was
checked about a month ago, and it had dropped from 267 (January 1995) to
194. I am very pleased with the diet. I feel better than I have in years.
|| I have (and my wife too) been following
the Neanderthin diet (we call it the way) for nearly 3 years now and enjoy
it and it's benefits greatly. I have made gifts of 10 of your books and
now need more.
To Ray's wife-
Your husband has helped save my son's brain.
I applaud your book. It is highly informative and logical. I've located
most of the bibliography at my library! I've had chronic asthma for
approx. 15 years and after following your diet strictly for 2-1/2 months..
I only take my med.'s twice a day instead of every 2 hours. My immune
system is redeveloping back to normal.
I must admit many of my patients have enjoyed and benefited from your
simple approach and I think I have single-handedly created a market for
your publication in our neck of the woods.
My son Bruce is 23 years old and has ALS. He heard you speak on public
radio here in Houston and bought your book.
Bruce started the diet and began to feel better the first week.
Since then he has gained 11lb. and he is still gaining. This is unheard of
for someone with ALS for 5 years. He has also gained so much energy and
strength, which increases daily. One of the aspects of this illness is
losing weight and wasting away. When Bruce started the diet he weighed
88lb. I called Bruce's neurologist, Dr. Frank Yatsu head of Neurology at
University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and he said it was a
After going on the diet strictly (but remarkably easy), my need for sleep
dropped dramatically after a week (from 8+ hours to 6-7 hours), and over
the course of three months, I unintentionally lost fifteen pounds.
A month ago I collected the 2d largest fee ever, which I attribute to your
Last August I devoted 90% of my available time to preparing an exhaustive
creative brief in a federal court insurance case against one of the
biggest law firms in Texas. The brief convinced my trial judge, the trial
judge convinced the 5th Circuit Court of appeals in New Orleans and they
affirmed in a summary opinion without hearing arguments.
I was only about one or two months into the diet last August but before
the diet the sustained intensive work on one difficult intellectual task
was beyond me.
Now, in addition to handling heat, fatigue and stress better, I am far
more patient, even cunning, and certainly more dangerous to those who
stand against me.
One final physical note: as I told you before cramps and muscle soreness
have become virtually non-existent compared to what they were before.
One concomitant feature: hiccups now are almost impossible for me to get
and very easily stopped when they come. Before they were a monthly or
quarterly nuisance sometimes hard to get rid of.
A friend from Dallas sent me your book, Neanderthin, because I have a
condition called Chronic Fatigue Immunology Syndrome.
My daughter and I started the diet one week ago. I am pleased and amazed
at the increase in energy I am experiencing! My 18 year old daughter no
longer needs an alarm clock to wake up; in fact, she's been arising an
hour before the alarm goes off!
For two years I talked to diabetic specialists, gastro entomologists,
Internists, allergists, homeopathic specialists, and general
practitioners. They drew blood, put me on medications, told me to gain
weight, put me on Prozac, and in the end assured me it was all in my head.
Mean while I never left the
house unless absolutely necessary and fasted often as it was the only
time I felt clear headed.
I finally gave up. I read researched and self diagnosed. At different
times I thought I had any one of dozens of strange diseases. Finally one
night, trying to pick apart the arguments in Barry Sears' Zone book, I
gave up and recognized that his argument was logically sound, and fairly
well tested. I tried his diet. For several weeks I felt great. Then I
noticed I needed higher levels of protein and lower of carbohydrate to
feel the same result. I picked up your book on a biographical
recommendation and read the intro to the second chapter.
I, like you, had never been overweight. At the time i stood six feet two
and weighted 152 pounds. I didn't want to loose weight. I wanted to regain
my life. I took a careful look at your research, a leap of faith, and
committed to your diet.
Sir at the risk of sounding melodramatic, You gave me back my life. I have
not been on the diet long, and am experiencing some difficulties still,
but I have not felt so since high school. I am slowly looking over your
resources, but took this time to say thank you.