However, and not to muddle Charlie's science, Taubes does not spend much time (if any) evaluating the very interesting stuff being learned about gut bacteria and the human biome.
Bubbies sauerkraut, pickles, and pickled green tomatoes are good sources of fermenting bacteria. Yogurt with active cultures is the old standby, and kefir has a nice tang to it.
And my question - from his early diet I don't see any mention of or emphasis on fermented foods. Is that something Charlie has experimented with?
Food for thought, as it were.