Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Five Pillars Project?

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The Five Pillars Project is not just another “diet and exercise plan”. It’s a lifestyle based on our human ancestral requirements that have been discovered in our DNA at least 20,000 years ago. The Five Pillars Project  is a glimpse into the future of healthcare. Why wait?

The Five Pillars Project focus on “The Essential Cores” that the human species requires in order to thrive in our daily civilized and industrialized life.


  1. Eat a human species specific diet tailored to our DNA.
  2. Think to cause health genetic expressions to our genes.
  3. Move the way our ancestors moved to achieve maximum results of well-being.
  4. Live, love and leave well by following the simple plan laid out from the Five Pillars Project Community.

Since this program is very personalized, how does that stack up in a world where all of our results are judged by clinical trials, where we look at a single drug and look at the results in the population and everything that can’t be personalized?

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At the National Institutes of Health Think Tank, experts discussed the complexity in systems research. The problem is that funds and research is driven by drug development, which is a single drug for a single disease looking at a single end point. But we don’t live like that. That’s not human beings. In fact, if you look at clinical trials, they don’t really reflect real people in the real world. And they’re helpful in certain ways to identify the benefits of certain treatments. You have to look at the collective data not this sort of evidence based they call it the randomized clinical trial or control trial. These actually distort the larger body of research, which is the basis of science, the epidemiologic research, the observational research, and the whole body of data, which points the systems biology together. And if you look at the practice of medicine today, very little of it is actually evidence based. Probably 70% of it doesn’t have clinical trials to support it. So this model has to be looked at differently, and it may take more than 50 years before it’s all figured out. The Five Pillars Project is the first of its kind in that regard, so you don’t have to wait 50 years, and you can be assured that as knowledge advances, so will the project.

So keeping things simple, what’s the common thread that’s running through all these different speakers and experts that we should do? Like something actionable that we should do?

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Most importantly, food is information and that the quality of the food and the type of food you put in your body changes your gene expression. The symptoms that you have currently are the result of some input that’s going in and you can change that input and have a different outcome in terms of how you feel, but understand adding purity and sufficiency to your ecosystem of cells, your human biosphere, it will change the 3 billion bits of information your brain operates on at an asymptomatic level versus the 50 bits of information your brain works on at conscious level.. In terms of adding purity and sufficiency and replacing your toxicities and deficiencies, you may or may not notice in terms of symptoms or how you feel. How you feel is a very poor indicator as to how healthy you really are, and that error in medical thinking is costing millions of lives every minute. Simple things like changing your diet, getting enough sleep, exercising, keeping your spinal joints healthy, taking a few nutrients are simple things that you can easily implement.

The unique thing that The Five Pillars Project is that, it’s really not just a general wellness program, it’s about beginning to understand the roots of illness and creating a model that’s based on this concept that true wellness care should be based on our epigenetic requirements from our genes according to our ancestral requirements; because our genes have not changed in 40,000 years. So it actually requires some algorithms to help you figure it out.

What’s so exciting about The Five Pillars Project is that you can take the words in a person’s story and you can take the biomarkers and data points and we begin to create algorithms that help to customize and personalize care and treatment. Using feedback mechanisms through various tools, we can develop that help us create the quantified self in a sense and get that immediate feedback. While there are some general concepts that are common to everybody it is also important to realize that not one size fits all, so we need to customize and personalize plans for each individual.

Why are eating grains a bad idea, particularly gluten?

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Our intake of grains vastly increased due to the agriculture revolution and gluten was one of the grains that were in wheat that we ate a lot of and it became part of our diet as we became an agricultural society. But our genes change .2% every 20,000 years and we only became agricultural about 10,000 years ago.

From an evolutionary point of view, our bodies do not process grains well.  Wheat is a particular unique grain in that it has a very unique protein called gliadin and this plus other findings that we’re seeing now, for example, like wheat germ agglutinin and gliadin that affect our gut function and change our immune system and lead to a variety of health issues such as  rashes.

Rashes all over your body can be from inflammation that’s triggered from the gut. When individuals eliminated grains from their diets, they had more energy, more focus, and weight loss.


So grains may cause inflammation and we will gain weight.

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I like bread like the next person and flour and it’s just sort of a delicious product, but the reality is that about 30% of us have a problem with it. And remember, that evidence is based on sickness care standards, not health and wellness care standards. I’d say all humans have a problem with it, but that is debatable until scientific knowledge advances.  Our plan recommends that all humans should try to limit their intake of gluten because it will cost them metabolically.

We know that the increasing portions of our population are sensitive to gluten. They had 10,000-pooled samples of blood from 50 years ago and they compared it with 10,000 pool samples today, and they found that there was a real increase of 400% in celiac disease. And that’s not even latent celiac or latent gluten problems, which probably affect many more. And we know that if you have latent celiac you can increase your risk of death from heart disease and cancer by 35 to 75%, and that 99% of people who have this problem are not diagnosed. That is just one example why humans should choose gluten free. At Cigna, a study of 11,000 subscribers  found that there was a 30% reduction in cost in those people who actually identified gluten sensitivity and eliminated the gluten. So not only will it make people feel better, but it had a direct impact on health care costs. And 99% of the people who have this problem don’t know it.

Why all of a sudden do we see this increase in gluten sensitivity?

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There are a couple of reasons. One, they have changed the actual protein structure of the gliadin in the wheat and that has a negative  immunological affect on the body. But also we’ve changed our digestive system and what we call our microbiomes. There’s more foreign DNA in your body than your native DNA from the microbes that live within you and on you. There are more foreign cells in your body than your own cells from all the microbiome. And they have enormous impact on our health and our immune system. For example, in Africa they did a study recently of hunter-gatherers they found that they had a whole different profile looking at DNA analysis of the bugs in their gut than we do today. And they are in a comparable group of people from Europe. And those changes have led to more allergies, more asthma, more autoimmunity, more heart disease, and many other things we see in obesity.

How do you spread The Five Pillars Project message, how do you spread behavioral change in the consumer world like wildfire?

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We need to create a disruptive model for health and to create a disintermediate strategy. We must empower people to gather their own data about themselves, both through questionnaires and through biochemical and various blood specimens and body fluid data; to input it into a computational model that recognizes patterns that is predictive of what the imbalances are in their systems; that then can be prescriptive for what to do in a personalized way to identify the problem, but more importantly a solution that measures wellbeing, not just sickness, and a quantitative strategy that can isolate a specific number so you see exactly where you are on the health and wellness spectrum, not sickness. So, for example, you could have put in that you had rashes and that you’re tired and you’re a bit of gaining weight and you have x, y, and z symptoms. Then you might have been suggested to maybe do certain types of tests and ask your doctor, or you might be able to actually do home testing to actually look at some of these things. And then there may be other devices you can look at to measure it through very sort of quantified self-techniques that we’re learning about; like a simple posture analysis and learn how posture impacts your organ function.

What’s going on in the other biometrics, do you have any IG G mediated reactions or hypersensitivities to foods? The user enters the information into the system and then it gives you certain outputs that tell you what the likely probability is like if you have gluten sensitivity or that you have magnesium deficiency or that you have trouble with your gut due to years of taking antibiotics. Amazingly, the scientific data has not been looked at as a collective whole. It’s like we have the answers already. We have all the data points we need in the current scientific research thanks to the new biology and epigenetics, that are laid out like puzzle pieces strewn across the floor and nobody’s put the puzzle pieces together. This is where the HRA developed by Dr. James Chestnut can really work wonders.