The Strong Medicine of Steaks and Hamburgers

Hello Everyone, it’s Butter Bob, and today
I want to give you a little video about keeping
your diet simple. One of my favorite subjects
that I go over and over, and you know the
reason I go over and over it? Because, people
really, they don’t believe me, I don’t think.
They write to me and they say, I would like
to know your whole menu plan, your detailed
menu plan. And I have a hard time giving people
that, because I keep, when I was losing weight,
I kept my diet extremely simple.
Of course, it’s not my plan. This plan of
keeping it very simple, is something that’s
been treated by doctors for decades before
I was ever born. Decades.
In my video, Your Own Personal Diet Guru,
You know there was a doctor back in the 1940’s
and 50’s that had a basic simple meal plan?
He told people to eat about a half a pound
of meat, three times a day and add fat to
that meat.
You know, that’s a simple plan, it’s hard
to sell a diet book with it, but you know
it works. You know, keeping it simple works.
You see, there was this doctor and his name
was Dr. Blake Donaldson. He was working with
a very famous doctor, when he was a young
man, who was a Cardiac specialist. In fact,
he was one of the, the person (Donaldson)
was working with was one of the founding members
of the American Heart Association.
They were having a hard time getting their
people, who were in trouble, to lose weight.
And out of frustration, Dr. Donaldson, who
lived in New York, went to the American Museum
of Natural History to study bones and learn
what he could learn about the human diet.
And he discovered something that was probably
well known, but not to him, that people before
the dawn of agriculture were mostly hunters
and they lived on the fattest meat that they
could kill.
It dawned on him, that this simple diet was
probably the diet that mankind had adapted
to. And it would be, maybe good for them.
Decades later, this was in 1920, decades later
in the early 1960’s, he wrote a book called
Strong Medicine, which by today’s standards,
believe me, is offensive in some ways, it
has some offensive stereotypes of women and
different races, so I don’t recommend the
I want to read a little quote from Dr. Donaldson’s
book, he wrote. It really tells why he recommended
such a simple diet.
He wrote:
During the age when our ancestors lived by
hunting, every weakling who could not maintain
perfect health on fresh fat meat and water
was bred out.
Because of this, he goes on to say:
There are probably only two perfect foods,
fresh fat meat and clean water.
Whenever you are in a jam with the human body,
it is well to go back to the common inheritance
of mankind.
And The ability to live well on meat and water
is the common inheritance of mankind.
And let me tell you how simple his diet was,
and he treated people with it, for decades,
I mean for decades. From the 1920’s, all the
way up until he died in the 1960’s, in late,
in the mid 60’s.
He recommended people eat about a pound and
a half of meat a day.
And this is, I went and got these steaks,
He recommended people eat Porterhouse steaks,
well, I didn’t get Porterhouse, I got Ribeye,
and this is about a pound and a half, about
8 ounces per steak. And he recommended people
eat about six ounces of lean, to two ounces
of fat and that’s somewhere around, in the
neighborhood of, what we got here. And he
allowed them to have some black coffee and
water. But he basically treated people until
they were well, lost their weight, lost their
diabetic symptoms, or lost their arthritis,
with a diet, a simple diet of eating meat,
three times a day. It’s so simple.
It’s not a Butter Bob idea. It’s just an idea.
Remember, guys. What we’re trying to really
do, is control our appetite.
We are trying to use that fat belly as food
and this works well, and it gives you the
protein you need.
While I was editing this video, I remembered
that I forgot to say one of the things that
impressed me the most about Dr. Donaldson’s
diet plan was that, he encouraged people,
in fact he demanded that his patients get
up in the morning and take a thirty minute
walk and take time to shave and to bathe and
do all the things they needed to do, before
they ate breakfast.
In other words, his diet plan had an element
of fasting to it. It extended the fast in
the morning.
And he had the people on his diet, do a thirty
minute, fasted walk every morning.
Fasting was a part of his diet, whether he
realized it or not.
And I wanted to do this little re-shoot to
make sure this point was brought out, because
this is one of the things that really impressed
me, and when I made the original video, a
kind of forgot to say that. I think this really
needs to come out. Sometimes we skip over
some of these details. All his patients were
encouraged to do thirty minutes of fasted
exercise every morning.
But guess what?
Even Dr. Donaldson did not originate this
idea of keeping it simple.
In fact, there was a doctor that was around,
much, much before Dr. Donaldson was even born.
And this is a doctor, who you probably already
know the name of, or at least you know something
that he made, something that he invented.
And his name was Dr. James Salisbury.
And he’s the inventor of the Salisbury Steak.
Salisbury Steak, but not like this.
If you’re my age, you probably, when your
Mom wasn’t feeling well, probably got one
of these TV dinners served to you. And I hate
to admit, but they actually taste pretty good,
but they’re not that good for you.
But Salisbury Steak was Dr. Salisbury’s invention,
but his story is so much better than that.
And, so let’s just talk about Dr. Salisbury
for a minute.
Dr. Salisbury, in 1854, he got the bright
idea to do an experiment on himself, to find
out which foods people tolerate the best.
I’m going to read a quote to you, from his
book that I’m going to link to. This book
is in the public domain. His experiments.
And this is amazing, his story. And you can
read it for yourself, in the links to this
Dr. Salisbury wrote:
In 1854 the idea came to me, in one of my
solitary hours, to try the effects of living
exclusively upon one food at a time. This
experiment I began upon myself alone at first.
Dr. Salisbury began by eating baked beans,
he went on to eat corn, he ate asparagus,
he tried different meats. One at a time, experimenting
with different foods for over two years, on
At the end of the two years, and this is something
that you probably couldn’t do in today’s world,
he invited four, five, six men to come and
live with him and he fed them these solitary
diets. Same solitary diets he did. And saw
how they effected them.
He experimented with these men, with these
different things for another two years.
And at the end of the two years, he went and
purchased over 2,000 hogs, and he fed the
2,000 hogs this same diet. And he fed it to
them, until they became sick enough that they
He dissected all those hogs, to sick what
each food had done, because pigs seem to have
a very similar digestive system to humans.
So he wanted to see the similarities.
Now this is something that’s going to blow
your mind, especially since Dr. Salisbury
was an American.
Back in the 1800’s, there wasn’t a Mickey
D’s on every corner. Hamburgers was not the
all-American food that it is today.
But, he discovered, after many years of experimentation,
that hamburger, basically, he called it minced
beef, was almost the perfect food for a human
being to become healthy on.
Patty of minced beef, he called it minced
pulp of beef, which is basically hamburger,
was his diet of choice.
And he fed people who were sick, or fat, or
had different digestive problems, basically
insulin resistance disease, what we call it
now, metabolic diseases, a diet of exclusively
ground hamburger.
Making patties,that he told people to make
the patty loose, put it on a fire, which we
would call it grilling today. And this worked.
The great American hamburger, and it’s not
exclusively American, I understand that, hamburger
patty. I’m going to make a big one, a big
one, look here.
And he told people they could put like Worcestershire
sauce. It wasn’t the gravy base that we have
now, but he did allowed them to use the juice
off the hamburger to make, or he didn’t call
it a hamburger, to make some sauce for it,
or make a little soup for it, and this was
the great American hamburger.
And there’s Dr. Salisbury.
So the gist of this little video is this:
a simple diet has been used for a hundred
and fifty years, by doctors, on tens of thousands
of patients. Other doctors did it too, there
was a man named Alfred Pennington. There were
different doctors, down through history, especially
here in the United States, who treated tens
of thousands of patients, with a very simple,
monotonous, even boring diet, mostly a meat
Chicken, even.
The diet that I have recommended, the simple
diet, is not Butter Bob’s diet, it’s a diet
that works, it frees you from the aggravation
of trying to come up with a menu.
It gives you something simple, that has been
tried. You know, we don’t have to re-invent
the wheel every time we come up with something.
We can see what’s worked for other people
and go from there.
And I’m going to tell you something, the best
thing it does for you, it gives you a chance
to experience success.
And yes, I believe, you know I have a chili recipe,
I have a ranch dressing recipe, I have different
things that I allow in my diet, I don’t believe
in eating one thing only, but there’s nothing
wrong with keeping it simple most of the time.
Watching your appetite get under control.
Watching your body begin to use that big belly
you’ve got for food.
You know that’s the best food that you can
get, the food that your body has already got
You know, and I don’t recommended this either,
but as I told you in my Why Are Fat People
Hungry? Video, there was a man who fasted
for 382 days, he lived on his own body fat.
I don’t recommend that to any body to do that,
without medical supervision at least, especially
if you’re not really fat, this man was over
400 pounds.
But, it’s possible to live, at least a little
bit every day, on the fat you already have.
Thank you for watching.
Keep it simple
Use your own body fat.
And don’t forget to subscribe, if you like
this channel.
Thank you for watching, Bye Bye.

William Babineau


  1. the bone marrow like smoked neck bones and smoked turkey is very good boil it makes its own broth and you can add fresh kale and collard greens soooooo good and great for your digestive system

  2. The doctors walk before breakfast is the way farmers in U.K. lived. Up out to work, milk cows etc, then home for a really hearty breakfast!

  3. It's not healthy to eat that much meat every day . It might benifit in the short term . Meat is to be eaten not more than twice a week and a little piece like the size of your palm and with a lot of vegetables .

  4. Doesn't ground beef create higher insulin levels? Of course today low fat ground beef is sold mostly. There is a recent study that shows that protein kills autophagy (the body's self-healing response). Inflammation is a healing response by the body's standards, and today everybody wants to excessively stop inflammation, i.e. autophagy.

  5. You don't talk about vegetables , I love my vegetable , I did cut down on my fruit intake

  6. Hey Bob first love your channel! I noticed that you give advice on what to eat, but not too much about vegetables. I know your a low carber, but do you eat vegetables? Do you have any tips on how to eat them tastefully and at the right amount on this diet or are they not important?

  7. I shall call you Mr common sense, a breath of fresh air in these new and worrying times.

  8. I really believe this. My grandparents and older uncles and aunts ate meat (mostly beef) three times a day. They also ate homemade bread with each meal, and veggies were the most basic (potatoes and more potatoes and some peas, carrots, celery.) Tomatoes and avocados were part of lunch and dinner almost daily. What they didn't eat was sugar or processed foods. Dessert? It was a piece of fruit. But it was all definitely meat based. I need to get back to basics. Oh and my grandparents lived well into their 80s which is a good age considering they were born before the invention of television.

  9. my grandmother cooked all her meats in lard and she made eggs for breakfast everyday she and grandad were chopping wood and working in the garden until they died in their 80 s, now they say all these things are bad for you so why is our generation so unhealthy and over weight

  10. I like this guy but the fact that he disappeared makes me very very skeptical about him.

  11. Lol wow, and now the “carnivore diet” is getting very popular today. Many people are claiming great health benefits from beef and water lol. Mind blowing

  12. Butter Bob, love you and love your vids. Much Thanks! My sis tells me all the toxins and carcenigens go into the marrow and I shouldn't eat it. Please help me with truth.

  13. Thank you Bob…That has been my approach to eating as well. Eat some basic simple things. Fry hamburger in butter and throw on some raw onions. Fry some turkey bacon in butter and add a couple of eggs. Keep it simple.

  14. I read that President Truman took a brisk walk every morning.  He did not jog, like people think they have to do, but he walked briskly every morning.

  15. So many of we who had been losing weight have really been missing your informative YTs. Are you alright and have you gained back the weight you lost. Please let us know what’s happening in your life. Thanks

  16. Do you know it's legal.for meat companies,to have.a certain amount of.animal feces (shit) in their burger meat

  17. How does this NOT clog your arteries with all the fat? I mean, I understand that our fat cells need fat to release fat, but isn't it ALSO true that fat will clog arteries? Doctors have been jumping up and down about this for years… I am just trying to understand. I understand that sugar is the real enemy–just still trying to understand why on one hand, you say we need fat to lose weight; yet, doctors have held up specimens of arterial plaque that they have surgically excised from some people's arteries from what they say is too much fat and cholesterol in their diet. Can SOMEBODY please explain the discrepancy here?

  18. As of now, I'm your newest subscriber. I'm 62 and just cut out 90% of carbs & sugar two
    weeks ago and already lost 7lbs. I'm now 205 and feel great! this video has helped me focus on how simple a healthy diet can really be. All good words! Thanks allot, Man! Cheers!

  19. I weigh 300 pounds, and am 58 yaears old. Nothing has ever worked for me EVER! This is my second day of an intermittent fast. I am praying this is the answer I have been looking for my ENTIRE life! Thank you Bob!

  20. During minute 5 in the reshoot, butter bobs eyes are exceptionally pretty, the light caught him just right!

  21. Great information .
    I lost 50lb, 2 years ago.
    I have almost a stick of good butter a day, still fit.. easiest ever.

    Now I've gone carnivore/ primal and feel great.

    Excellent information, hadn't heard of these two.

  22. You have given the American public much needed wisdom ! Thank you Bob ! Any comments on fiber requirements ? Should fiber grams be counted with overall grams ? I've seen many people say to keep carbs under 20 grams . Is that just impact carbs , or fiber carbs as well ? Thanks !

  23. you still have to have enough green leafy vegetables in your diet so that you don't get constipated and green leafy vegetables are the greatest source of fiber to go along with your meat and your water 😉

  24. Bob, this video still plays well. Truth is truth, even years later. Thank you for your amazing contribution to eating well. We sure miss you out here.

  25. the thing is almost all of the meats in this country are full of chemicals unless you can afford the very very expensive stuff

  26. Interesting. My brother in law is a catholic, this is not a religious statement. He fasts every year for 40 days. It was hard for me to believe at first. He drinks water and takes some salt. A few things here and there. In 2016 a Japanese scientist last name Oshumi, won the Nobel prize in science for something called, "Autophagy." It is the body eating and cleansing itself especially with extended fasting. It is real.

  27. You forgot this… primal man did not eat everyday, so they had to be intermittent fasting

  28. I ate beef only for 4 days and could really tell a huge difference from my previous carnivore diet which I had just begun. Better focus, less fogginess, more energy. Added bacon and sausage back , cause i love them, and went back to normal feeling. Cutting them out again as soon as i eat what i bought up , going to see if the beef alone gives the same effect again. If so , sticking with it. Hamburger patties and all beef hot dogs, though they do have some celery juice for preserveing if you get the natural kind. Throw a roast in the crockpot with a half cup or so of water in the morning, dinner done. Easy peasy

  29. Crazy thing is that the other people keep saying that red meat will slow your system down. No….it will allow your system to absorb the fat and make you satisfied

  30. Miss you and your videos Butter Bob!! Another great one I'm rewatching them all now as I progress on my mostly carnivore diet. Good luck to you!!

  31. Fasted exercise for men elevates hgh by 2000% and spikes metabolism. It increases ketosis. I fast exercise daily. Hgh is your reverse to aging. Ppl pay thousands to inject hgh and its not healthy just do fasted exercise and make your own! Womens hgh goes up 700%

  32. You increase autophagy(cell renewall and stem cell formation) as well when you exercise fasted.

  33. They are NOT Hamburgers unless YOU added HAM to the Ground Beef and ran it back thru the Meat Grinder before you made the BURGER Patties !!!

  34. This video was so informative Bob. I am doing the Carnivore month and heard about Dr. Blake from Ketomad guy. He also suggested your video. I have blood sugar issues which have just begun to resolve by eating beef since January 1. I am so happy to see your clear concise video. God bless you.

  35. I eat lots moose now I'm on my winter cabin in Nova Scotia add butter when I fry to add extra fat. I eat fresh tuna. , Cod , halibut lobster. Cheap here so I live in KETO LAND lol

  36. Love your videos, keeping it simple. Also you have a pleasant kitchen. Pleasingly bright… esp love your curtains. THANK you for all you all do.

  37. I absolutely love my hamburger. But have limited my intake of it due to the high trans fat in it.

  38. Is Rabbit a good meat to regularly consume?  I raise them but they're low in fat

  39. I used to live in the produce section. Now I walk right by it to the meat, dairy, and egg section.

  40. Who are those people in the background your daughter and some other guy is he your producer

  41. Driving on a bumpy road while making a video in your kitchen is distracting.

  42. I made a minced beef burger today for my dinner and i fried it in dripping, minced beef was a staple in my diet growing up as it was a cheap meat here in Scotland.

  43. hi sir, i was a prediabetic just over 2 months ago. i come from indian ethnic background(father mother,and elder sister who is 1 year older then me are all diabetics) and live in south pacific, i was on plant and fruit base diet for sometime i.e 3 weeks , then i was feeling weak and anemic, then i came across your videos,and beatdiabetes videos(Dennis pastor), then it did really make sense to me you guys videos, my sugar levels were 42 mmol/mol i.e on 22 nd january2019, now after two months of struggle and good smart diets iam on 38 mmol/mol now date 22 march2019 , and even my doctor is surprised how quickly i was able to reduce my levels to normal again, i also reduced more than 5 kgs of body weight too, i was 77 kgs back then and now 72 kgs, all i did was lots of walking and being on LCHF diets, now i do not 'have food cravings/hunger like how you explain in your videos due to eating lots of good fats, my hands and legs are not feeling weak(shivering,feeling weak) due to hunger anymore, my blood pressure was also up 138/90 or so now its only 118 or 122/84 or so, i give you my sincere credit for the changes. iam thankful to you. wish you were here online to read my story. i will try not to get back to my old rotten diet again.

  44. Greetings from Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦. Teaching my Florida friends about Keto sharing your recipes

  45. Has Bob gone walkabouts? I stumbled on his video the other day by chance and, decided to watch and, now have watched several. I had been on a ''diet'' the last 2+ years and, went to gym for strength training. I'm now 58 and while I lost quite a bit of weight….around 5 stone…..I hit a plateau and, I had a few remaining pounds to lose. I began to just eat 1 main meal a day (Tea….Supper/Dinner in USA) and, in that meal I have used strictly mince beef (hamburger….Dr Salisbury was may be British?) and I still add olive oil, then I have rice, peppers, spinach and onions and the fat began to melt off again. I cut out sodas ages ago and, I have made even more of a strict effort to lay off sweets (I may nick a sweet off a grandchild lol). I am lactose intolerant so, I can't digest the sugars in milk so…..when I watched the video about aching joints and feet and much of that being down to an insulin imbalance OR, having an allergy to sugars, which makes a LOT of sense, because of my lactose allergy. Slowly but surely my joint pain in my knee is easing and, the suspicious pain I had in my foot. The very best thing any person can do to lose weight, fat….is to cut completely ALL fast food and sugary drinks and sweets. To help even further, cut out processed foods. Do just that alone will help greatly and will cause fat loss.

  46. What about vegestables and the other gurus and people write in comments they feel much better? please Im aso confused, some people say go vegan! that is the best then here same! and both give great reasons! and the ohter that are vegan they look great! and very young! so help 🙂

  47. Bob I believe you are the only voice of reason in the chaos of diet information. Thank you for all your videos and wisdom. We need you!

  48. Hamburger patty would make a great breakfast. It's already half chewed & would digest easy.

  49. Eat butter, good fats, and no carb. And exercise and drink water.

  50. oh boy I did love those Salisbury steak TV dinners. I've come such a long way diet wise… hardly eat anything purchased frozen or canned these days

  51. So inspiring- gotta do this lose a little weight and get a better digestion please help me God

  52. IF works, once you get into eating fat you stop wanting sugar & your appetite is much more controllable,

  53. Thank you for the video. This is my second day of fasting 21hours….also was so surprised at being so full after breaking fast had fish and chicken could not eat all this is the only meal I had all day..

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