C. J. Hunt nearly died of cardiac arrest during a run. At age 24. This rude awakening led him to embark upon a quest for the underlying cause of his weak health at such a young age. He discovered the vital role nutrition plays in body building and set out to make a documentary film about the Perfect Human Diet.
I first heard of C. J.’s project when he contacted me for the video footage of our Valentine’s Day press conference which critiqued the just released 2010 USDA dietary guidelines. It seems he may be interested in using some clips of the expert’s press conference speeches in his film.
At the recent International Raw Milk Symposium, I listened intently to the lectures, and left the with the distinct impression that one of the reasons many young people are suffering cardiac events during athletic events is not a congenital failure, but a dietary one. It seems that our “extremely low fat, high grain, processed vegetable oil” American diet is woefully deficient in vital nutrients that build and maintain organs, particularly, the heart.
The most dramatic example from the symposium was a slide shown by Canadian farmer, Michael Schmidt, who did a feeding experiment with two calves. Both calves were fed on pasture, and had the exact same living conditions. One, he gave exclusively pasteurized milk, the other unprocessed “raw milk.”
He slaughtered and dissected the two animals.
He detailed the dramatic differences in the two animals physiology on The Bovine Blog.
At the symposium Michael shared the most impressive result of all. A photo which compared the health of the two hearts.
The size of the raw milk fed calf’s heart was triple the size of the pasteurized milk fed calf!
And, according to Michael, the smaller heart was covered in funky fat.
C.J. Hunt also discovered in the process of making this film that new science is vindicating animal fat as essential to the human diet. With all the vegetarian messages and quasi-vegetarian government guidelines currently driving food policy, this is to be a groundbreaking film.
C.J. is undertaking this project with the help of donors and at his own expense. He spent the better part of 3-1/2 years interviewing experts from many disciplines to try and get to the bottom of our national crisis of obesity and chronic disease. He is seeking to uncover new information that may lead us out of the nutritional conundrum that is responsible for all that is ailing us.
It is exciting to know that he is including the work of the Weston A. Price Foundation in his quest. For more information, or to contribute financially to the completion of the film, visit http://perfecthumandiet.us/.
Here is an article about the documentary: Five Minutes with CJ Hunt, The Perfect Human Diet and a Great Steak.
Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for nutrition education non-profit, Weston A. Price Foundation.
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