After feeling poorly on other diets, Derek Nance gives this unconventional diet a try.
VICE: Hi, Derek. Can you tell me more about this diet? Whose idea was this?
Derek: So it was started by a dentist named Weston Price who in the 1930s studied the health benefits of eating more raw foods, including meats. He studied the Native Americans and a few of them who lived on a guts-and-grease diet. He found people in primitive communities were much healthier than we are today, and I thought, All right, I’ll give it a try.
What’s the worst thing about this diet?
Being an outcast. My family thinks I’ve lost it. They literally think I’m off-the-deep-end insane and I don’t know why. Eating raw meat is just something they can’t accept. My father has a master’s in biology and tells me that if I eat raw meat, I’ll get some sort of pathogen.
Our tipster, Al Maldondo writes: Some people omit carbs, others omit fat but Nance’s diet omits everything but raw meat. His story has definitely sparked my skepticism. Raw meat contains numerous pathogens that can kill if not properly handled and cooked. By omitting a macronutrient, in this case, carbohydrate, Derek runs the risk of not consuming adequate vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet. He claims to be healthy but what are the effects of long-term raw food diet?
Raw meat is far more difficult to consume and digest than cooked meat. Even Natives cooked their meat. There is a reason why only a “few” people eat raw meat and not all the time. People do seem to adapt to low or no-carb diets but not for a long time. He mostly eats lamb and beef. But beef may contain disease-carrying pathogens found in beef are Salmonellas, Escherichia coli, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogenes. By avoiding poultry and seafood, he misses out on some common pathogens. So, he could have made it all this time without getting sick. He could have adapted to the diet. But I don’t agree that it will be good for the long term and, it’s bloody disgusting.