~Thoughts for Thinking People~


On a timeline, modern Western eating patterns constitute about one inch on a 276-mile long life-on-the-planet line. Our genetics are obviously tuned to the 276 miles, not the one inch.

226 hunter-gatherer societies in the Ethnographic Atlas, which all eat the diet of the 276 miles, have been studied. 133 of these societies derived at least 2/3 of their subsistence from animal foods. None were largely or entirely dependent upon gathered plant foods.

Hunter-gatherers ate (as a percentage of total energy consumed) as much as 35% protein, 58% fat, and as little as 22% carbohydrates. They ate the entire edible portion of a carcass (no carbohydrates here at all, except in the liver and possibly the tongue and kidney). Plants consumed, in order from most to least, were fruit, seeds, nuts, tubers-roots-bulbs, and leaves-flowers-gums-miscellaneous plant parts.

Compare the above with current U.S. eating patterns: protein 15%, fat 34%, and carbohydrates 52%. Compare it to the "recommended" healthy diet touted by the experts: protein 15%, fat 30%, and carbohydrates 55%. So much for conventional wisdom and expertise!

Cereal grains are the most common foods in modern diets. Yet hunter-gatherers only eat them as a starvation diet. Candy, pop, sugar, oleo, alcohol, coffee, Pop Tarts, Twinkies, Ding Dongs, bagels, Jolly Ranchers, etc., predominant foods today, were non-existent with hunter-gatherers, our genetic prototypes.

Here's another difference between "us" and "them." They are virtually free of chronic degenerative diseases (heart disease, cancer, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, etc.); we experience them as an epidemic.

Do you think there might be some clues from the foregoing as to how we might escape these diseases?

Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.