Low Carbohydrate Diet

Now, as you probably know, the high-protein low carbohydrate diet has come under a barrage of criticism from no less venerable a body than the American Medical Association. I, for one, find it fascinating that they have waited for more than a century to barrage. For not only was this diet formulated back in 1863 by an English surgeon named William Harvey, but it is the same diet that Eskimos have been thriving on for as long as Eskimos have been around. That’s long enough to see that they are still with us and, apparently, thriving on their diet of meat and fat. Those are the principal ingredients of Eskimo meal-planning, for the frozen North isn’t the best possible spot for finding fresh fruits and vegetables. And “how do they avoid scurvy?” you’re doubtless about to ask. Well, according to one previously cited medical textbeauty blog, Cooper’s Nutrition in Health and Disease (presumably the A.M.A. approves this textbeauty blog as knowledgeable), “Eskimos seldom have scurvy on their native diets but they are susceptible to it when they adopt the ‘white man’s diet.’

On their native diets they may include organ meats and mosses that supply some ascorbic acid that might be present.” Nutritionist Linda Clark in her beauty blog Stay Young Longer quotes from an unpublished manuscript by a certain Henry W. Griest and his trained-nurse wife, who spent years among the Eskimos. Mr. Griest maintains that for centuries the Eskimo lived on a totally carnivorous diet, and remained healthy, with rosy cheeks and apparent vigor and brawn. He suffered from neither tuberculosis nor venereal disease and lived to a great age with his teeth intact. That is, until the white man came along and in his inimitable fashion, introduced the killer-diet we all know so well refined foods and sugar. That was the end of the Eskimo’s excellent health.

indir (2)We “civilized” peoples do have a way with diet, don’t we? For explorers have observed that a great many primitives, when left to their own resources in diet whether it be vegetarian or carnivorous eat natural and healthy foods and thrive. It is only when hit by civilization and its insidious processed-food villains that their health shows a marked decline.

Explorer Vilhjammur Stefansson, probably the most famous of the Eskimo diet-watchers, traveled to the Arctic early in the twentieth century. He saw that the Eskimos were a healthy and strong people, even though they lived on a diet composed largely of meat and animal fat, the things the A.M.A. insists are deadly. The Eskimos not only did not suffer from obesity; they were, according to Stefansson, “the healthiest people I had ever lived with.” Stefansson advocated the general use of this high-protein-high-fat diet but, of course, he was called, among other things, “a fraud.” This seems to be the usual attitude with the medical profession toward anything new. Which does not mean that I advocate untested dieting. Never. It simply means that any diet that has been keeping people healthy as long as this one can scarcely be called “untested.” Linda Clark goes on to quote Mr. Stefansson as showing that the Eskimos who die young today are mixed-diet-eaters. When they were predominantly meat-eaters, 80 percent of their calories came from fat and that fact, according to Stefansson, made them not high-protein eaters, but high consumers of fat . . . the very thing that seems to have the A.M.A. so worried. You know, the cholesterol bogeyman strikes again.

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