The Perricone Promise
Food For Thought continued...
That's a remarkable claim. If Perricone could really do it, he'd be the most famous doctor in the world. So far, the rest of the medical community is unconvinced.
Perricone's diet is problematic in a number of ways. Any diet that forbids a lot of foods and entire food groups is extreme and maybe risky. It's also hard to stick with.
The price of the Perricone diet is also steep. While you don't have to earn Courtney Cox's salary to be on the Perricone diet, it would sure help. The food itself -- lots of fresh berries and wild salmon -- will get pricey fast.
That's not to mention the extremely high prices of Perricone's cosmeceuticals. On his web site, a two to three-month supply of various creams and lotions can cost well over $400. A thirty-day supply of "Skin and Total Body Supplements" costs $140. The fact that his products are only retailed in high-end stores -- like Nordstrom's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus -- gives you an idea of the people who are buying them.
Some readers might also be put off by Perricone's style. He has a rather grand vision of his battle with the medical establishment. He is not shy of proclaiming his "revolutionary breakthroughs" or mentioning his fabulous celebrity clients, which include models and rock stars.
Perhaps time and further research will prove Perricone right. But right now, the scientific evidence to back up his claims just doesn't exist.
If you have the time, dedication, and the money to try the Perricone diet, go ahead. It's not likely to harm you, although you should check with your doctor first. Just be aware that, if history is any guide, the quest for the Fountain of Youth just never pans out.