Monday, December 28, 2009

The modern scourge of obesity

After TEOTWAWKI you may have to live hand to mouth
on snakes, fish, frogs, and the occasional deer or dog. How
long can you maintain good health if you cannot get fedgov
food pyramid daily portions of grains, vegetables and fruits??
The Modern Scourge of Obesity
Dogs and Cats, Carbs and Fats, and the Evolution of the Human Race

By Barry Groves, PhD, article first published on

September 9, 2002

Why does obesity not afflict any other animal species? Why does obesity not affect primitive humans?

As far as obesity is concerned, it is very noticeable that in their natural environment, animals may vary in size, but never in shape.

The simple fact is that in their natural habitat, animals do not get fat: no rabbit gets fat by eating too much grass; no lion gets fat by eating too much antelope; no hawk gets fat by eating too many mice; no herring gets fat by eating too much plankton, and no wolf or wild dog gets fat from eating too many rabbits.

Indeed, if we look around the animal kingdom, we find a striking absence of obesity in all species. It is also noticeably absent in primitive cultures of mankind. In ‘civilized’ man and his domesticated animals, however, obesity is all too common.

This is highly significant.

As a direct descendant of the wolf, the modern domestic dog is a pure carnivore. In its natural environment, it would catch and eat rabbits and other small mammals. Even if it were starving, it would never dream of eating ears of wheat or digging up potatoes. Man, however, has largely turned the dog into a herbivore. Meat is relatively expensive, so the domestic dog now survives largely on wheat, in the form of dog biscuits, and bread. It is little wonder, therefore, that man’s best friend suffers diseases that are totally unknown in its wild relatives but are found in civilized man: dental caries, cancers, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and, most noticeably, obesity.

The cat too is a pure carnivore that lives with man. But the cat does not usually suffer the diseases of civilization as the dog does. This is because it still hunts and eats mice and birds — its natural diet. Most prepared cat foods, unlike those for the dog, are also wholly meat- and fish-based. Thus, unlike the dog, a cat’s life and diet are still relatively natural. Indeed, the only time a domestic cat gets fat, or suffers other diseases, is when it is fed cat biscuits or other farinaceous food.

We can make similar comparisons between human cultures. A study by Drs. W. S. McClellan and E. F. Du Bois found that the Eskimos in Baffin Island and Greenland living on a diet composed almost entirely of meat and fish, and eating no starchy or sugary foods were almost completely free from disease. This was not the case with the Labrador Eskimos. They had been ‘civilized’ and lived on preserved foods, dried potatoes, flour, canned foods and cereals. Among them the diseases of civilization were rife.

A comparison between the Maasai tribes of East Africa, who live alongside the Kikuyu, shows a similar pattern. The Maasai, when wholly carnivorous, drinking only the blood and milk of their cattle, were tall, healthy, long-lived and slim. The Kikuyu, when wholly vegetarian, were stunted, diseased, short-lived and pot-bellied. Over the last few decades, the Kikuyu have started to eat meat — and their health has improved. Since 1960 the Maasai diet has also changed, but in the opposite direction. They are now eating less blood and milk, replacing them with maize and beans. Their health has deteriorated. The same is true of every primitive tribe that has had contact with civilization.

What may be a good modern example of this tendency is the difference in the fact that African-Americans have a unique metabolic tendency to become obese quickly in current America, as well as a greater tendency to become diabetic. While Caucasian Americans roots are largely in Eurasia, where tens of thousands of years of ice ages were followed by the farming of grain for some nine millennia, Americans whose roots are in Africa have an entirely different dietary evolution up to the time of the slave trade. It is not surprising therefore, that their response to unnatural foods are so different from that of their white peers.

Here is another example. Asian Indians are normally vegetarian or very close to it; they eat a more ‘healthy’ diet, according to mainstream medicine. With only one-fifth as much obesity, they are also slimmer and have lower cholesterol levels than Caucasians. Yet in the USA they have nearly eight times more diabetes than Caucasians! Remarkably, in some studies, the rate of type II diabetes in emigrant Asian Indians, amongst adult males, has topped 60%. In the UK, the rate of type II diabetes in Asian Indians is estimated at nearly 30%.

The reason we (humans) alone suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, etc, is our increasingly "unnatural" lifestyle. This includes our increasingly unnatural diet - for whether we want to admit it or not - we are basically a carnivorous species.

As such, our bodies recognize dietary fat and protein and will control the amount we eat. But with no evolutionary history of consumption of the concentrated carbohydrates we now eat, our bodies don't recognize these as food and can't adequately control our intake.

In other words, contrary to the popular beliefs, all calories are NOT created equal.

Barry Groves, PhD, is an independent health researcher and expert on nutritional science. A member of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics, he has written for several British publications and has also been published in several medical journals, including The Lancet and Science. He is the author of Eat Fat, Get Thin, a slimming diet book based on the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet his family has lived on for 40 years. For more information, see his website Second Opinions.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tire balls replace air tubes

He removed air tube and put tennis balls in motorcycle
tire. Good ride and no flats. He now manufactures tire
balls to use vice air tubes.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wiggy's lamilite sleeping bags
Wiggy's bag of lamilite, wet with water, keeps
you warm while your bodyheat dries the bag.
1984 I paid $250 each for Wiggy's
Ultima Thule bags rated to minus 20F. That is
not overkill for East Texas. Jan 84 it was 9F here.
You can buy Wiggy's bags now, or after SHTF,
boast to your wife of how much money you saved
by getting WalMart Chicom Special BrandX bags.
Even though you, she and your kids are freezing
to death, and money is good only for TP and
firestarter, she will be proud of you.
In wet clothes at 50F you can die of heat loss
aka hypothermia.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mr Shoemake says it like it is

From a Las Vegas Newspaper.

To the editor:

I don't understand why the White House is so upset
about the two party crashers at Barack Obama's
steak dinner the other night.

Is it really appropriate and politically correct to call
them party crashers just because they trespassed on

Mr. Obama? Does that make them criminals? Isn't
that discrimination? Shouldn't they be rewarded for
such bold and brave behavior? Maybe they were
just trying to feed their family?

I would suggest that it's more appropriate to call
them "undocumented guests."
Just because they weren't officially invited doesn't
mean they should be treated like criminals. Maybe
they should get free health care, free housing, free
legal services and free White House green cards so
next time they can enter legally. And they should
be able to bring all of their relatives and family
members, too.

How can Mr. Obama be mad at them just because
they crossed over some arbitrary man-made border?
They were there only to do the things that regularly
invited guests didn't want to do. (Like hang out with
Joe Biden.)

How can the White House punish these poor
oppressed undocumented visitors?

Brian K. Shoemake