Compiled in collabaration with Ben Adamah who supplied the scientific nitty gritty on how systems work - or don't work.
The DIET of Earliest Mankind.
These days with obesity, diabetes and cancer etc all on the increase and occurring at ever younger ages we have to be totally loony if we think that our diet is not the major cause of it all. It behooves us then to seek out what our diet was when disease was relatively rare to mankind.
We know what a cow’s natural food is – grass, for a dog it’s meat and for the farmyard chickens it is insects and grain. What is mankind’s natural food, that which meets all his needs without unduly burdening him with waste? Anyone who thinks that a hamburger with a carton of chips and a can of coke fits the criteria is sadly and grievously mistaken.
In many ancient writings
there are references to early man’s lifespan being many hundreds of years
therefore whatever was common food then must have had something going for it.
From Wikipedia - In 1979, Professor Alan Walker, a Johns Hopkins University paleoanthropologist, reported that preliminary studies of unmarked tooth enamel in early hominoids suggested that pre-human ancestors apparently had a diet of mostly fruit. Walker said, "I don't want to make too much of this yet. But it is quite a surprise." ( Yes and to protect the meat industry it has been buried in the archives ever since!) So - - -
In the beginning mankind arrived on planet earth in one of three ways.
1. A bolt of lightning struck a pond of appropriate mineral salts and suddenly life appeared. Then it was a matter of waiting a few 100 million years until this primitive life form grew a few appendages, moved on to land and eventually man was formed.
2. A grey-haired old gentleman with a magic wand picked up a handful of soil, breathed on it and man was created.
3. Man already existed on a faraway planet and when they noticed that planet Earth was habitable for them, they dispatched a few of themselves to colonize the place. Don't laugh at this because our scientists are already spending time trying to figure out how we can colonize light years away planets. Reading between the lines it would seem that our men of learning realize that we are destroying this planet at an ever-increasing rate to the point where we will make it uninhabitable and the continuation of our species depends on us moving offshore and I do mean off shore on a grand scale. The ultimate in “fouling one's own nest".
It doesn't matter which scenario is true, in all three cases planet Earth had to have an ecosystem favorable to man's existence BEFORE man arrived. As it is with any species, each requires the availability of a food supply, air to breath and a suitable climatic temperature range to ensure their continued existence.
These new arrivals would have found fruits nuts and berries that evolved from 200 million years ago, so presented by nature as their food source. The earliest writings so far discovered, bible included, in fact refer to these items as early mankind’s ONLY food source. How could it be otherwise for we are talking minimum 300,000 years ago and at that time there were no grains nor any vegetables. Grains were man made by plant selection of suitable grasses and cross pollinating, these were developed over the past 8000 years whereas vegetables especially the ones commonly eaten today have been developed only in the last few hundred years. So the earliest of mankind only had the choice between fruit, nuts, berries and herbage, the latter wasn't an option because our body does not secrete the cellulase enzyme which breaks down cellulose, the carbohydrate that is the main part of the cell walls of plants. Without that enzyme, cellulose is nondigestible by humans. Cellulase is produced by grazing animals such as cows (with the aid of the beneficial bacteria that reside in the animal's digestive tract), and is the reason why they can get nutrition from plants such as grasses (and vegetables) whereas humans get very little.
Being carnivorous was not an option either for without implements we are ill-equipped for hunting, we have nothing like the teeth structure commonly associated with carnivores nor do we secrete the enzyme uricase which is necessary to break down the uric acid produced so abundantly in the process of trying to digest dead animal parts and is so deleterious to our health. The lack of uricase makes uric acid the end product of purine metabolism in humans and other higher primates and is the main reason why serum uric acid levels in adult males are ~6.0 mg/dl, compared with the majority of mammals who have uric acid levels <0.5–1 mg/dl. This makes us particularly susceptible to changes induced by diet and hence this is the main reason for humans to be the only mammals who develop gout spontaneously.
Carnivores have up to 30 times the acid content in their intestinal tract in comparison to mankind and as a consequence have an accelerated digestion excreting the wastes from flesh before it putrefies, hence they never suffer with cancer in their natural habitat. Because mankind is ill equipped to digest animal proteins doing so results in internal cancers if the proteins from flesh have not been eliminated. Mainly breast cancer in case of females and prostrate cancer in men. However it is also has the potential of producing bowel cancer from putrefying flesh in the sacculated folds of the colon.
It is reasonable to assume that in those early days fruit would have been fairly basic in form, probably not at all like what is available today. For instance American horticulturist, Luther Burbank (1849 -1926) developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, including 113 varieties of plums and prunes, 10 varieties of berries, 50 varieties of lilies, and the Freestone peach.
From the food perspective man must then have made his first appearance in a warm tropical area, where nature to this day spontaneously produces the most luscious fruits to be found anywhere on earth, for it would be only there that a reliable year-round supply of fruit could be obtained. There is some speculation that the whole planet may have been a tropical paradise at that time for there is evidence to show, before continental drift set in, that the Antarctic, South America, South Africa and Australia, indeed all the earth above sea level (Gondwanaland), while all joined together were one giant tropical rainforest. Only when the drift occurred did Antarctica move to the south pole and only relatively recently became covered in ice. In fact it would have taken a forest of such massive proportions to convert the colossal amounts of carbon dioxide being spewed out by active volcanoes, into oxygenated air suited to most land based species. At that time, before the arrival of Venus, the earth was 4 million miles closer to the sun, there were no ice caps, approximately 1800 meters of the present ocean would have been atmospheric moisture (mana) (accounts for why remnants of ancient cities have been found well below today’s sea level) and the oxygen percentage of the air would have been approximately 30% compared to todays 10 to 15%.
Hard to say if there were more species of fruit trees then or less. For it is that there is an unwritten contract between trees and man (along with fruit eating birds and some animals). A tree is unable to move therefore it must elicit some help in order to reproduce its species far and wide. (Of course this is the aim of every species on the planet.) The method adopted by fruit trees is to wrap its seed in a substance that supplies ideal nutrition to the organism that will spread its seed. It really does want that organism to be fit and healthy so that it will return year after year to continue doing the good work. It is no coincidence then that when the seed becomes mature the fruit around it reaches the point of maximum nutrition. Hint, hint, don't pick the fruit before it is beautifully ripened, that is one part of our side of the contract. Look at the pip in a nectarine or peach from a supermarket, where it should be dark brown, it is pale yellow , immature and unlikely to germinate. We should be sued for breach of contract but the tree gets even, it has a penalty clause for when we eat the immature fruit it will taste like cardboard, contain very little nutrition and deliver a high proportion of waste so we tend toward disease and a shortened lifespan. Talk about payback, we thought Sharia law was draconian !!!
In the early times man would have found a fruit laden tree, gathered as many as he could carry, wandered off eating fruit and spitting seeds out as he went. Thus totally fulfilling his side of the contract, what a marvelous arrangement. These days we have invented the dollar and this gets in the way of everything but the tree just keeps on invoking this penalty clause and stupid us don't even realize the price we are paying.
Back to various tree species, presumably the first Paw Paw for example, came about by evolution. The helpful seed spreader picked one on his way hiking up a mountain spreading seeds as he went. The higher the altitude the cooler the temperature so seeds dropped there would evolve a little differently until finally there would be a new species of Paw Paw tolerating a cooler climate and adjusting it’s mineral makeup and colour to suit. Apply that principle to all species and soon, well, a 1000 years or so, there would be a plethora of species. Very high rainfall areas like tropical Ecuador and parts of the Philippines to this day have many 100s of species of fruit trees growing in near proximity. As reliable rainfall diminishes, nature left to her own devices while having many and varied species growing intermingled, would have a very small, maybe only one, variety of fruit trees in a specific area of many square kilometers unless the altitude of the terrain within that area varied appreciably. With a change of climate from higher altitude will come a greater suitability for other species to flourish. The natural phenomenon that would allow this to occur is an extinct volcano and a fringe benefit from this is the beautifully rich volcanic soil formed from the ash laid down from when the volcano was erupting. So it is quite conceivable that early man, guided by an acute sense of smell and /or an active sixth sense, could have found a wonderful variety of fruit, nuts and berries without having to travel vast distances.
This is not to suggest that man would have taken a handful of berries from here a couple of fruit from there and several nuts from somewhere else in order to put a meal together. On the contrary, once a fruit tree was found sufficiently laden with ripening fruit the group would most likely stay in the area until the fruit being produced reached the end of it’s season and was no longer plentiful enough for their needs. Thus mankind would have observed a mono diet exactly the same as currently does every other non domesticated species on the planet. Apart from the convenience factor, a mono diet is easy on the digestive system because only those acids, enzymes etc are produced as required for that particular food and even its stay in the stomach would be regulated appropriately.
For instance a piece of Paw Paw takes little or no digestion as its sugars and minerals can be directly absorbed therefore its stay in the stomach would be barely half an hour. A handful of nuts on the other hand will contain some proteins and these will take up to four hours to break down. Consider then what happens if the Paw Paw and the nuts are eaten together as a meal. The digestive system is very smart but it's not smart enough to sort out the nuts from the Paw Paw after you have chewed and swallowed them. Either everything leaves the stomach in the allotted half an hour for Paw Paw with the nuts unprocessed or everything stays there for four hours and most likely the Paw Paw having been bombarded with acids it didn't need over a protracted time will begin to ferment. Usually the latter scenario. We won't even contemplate what goes on inside after a three course meal at a fancy restaurant. Celebrity chefs have a lot to answer for in their promotion of meals comprising as large a mixture of food items as they can possibly find.
Early man in the tropics would have had no need of fire, as a tropical winter can hardly be called cold or life threatening. Cooking would not have been a prerequisite to eating, why subject beautifully ripe fruit, nuts and berries to heat? It would only lessen their food value – as it does today for every food subjected to cooking !!!! Furthermore, if you are unable to eat something in it’s raw natural state then you aren’t meant to eat it at all.
5 in 1 Bargain
Disruption of digestive process
Ingestion of mutated molecules
Increasing the toxin burden.
Cooked food is dead food as the vital force has been driven out.
Cooked food, especially micro-waved food is no longer in an usable ionised state by the body and that is one of the principle factors in the aging process. Not only do you derive little nutrition value from eating it but it is upsetting the digestive process by introducing a food with a high alkaline ash, in with food which has a high acidic ash content. The violent change that microwaving causes to food molecules, forms new life forms called radiolytic compounds. These are mutations that are unknown in the natural world. Ordinary cooking also causes the formation of some radiolytic compounds but microwave cooking or heating causes a much greater number. This then causes deterioration in your blood and immune system.
The glucose and fructose found in fruits, of which there is considerable quantity, plus the acids and juices, are fully prepared for the body by the ripening process in the sunshine, requiring only absorption to make them available for use. Because of this fruit may be eaten at any time as a complete meal or as a snack, but should never be combined with any other type of food, without taxing the digestive organs.
How decidedly different in this respect is fruit from the common diet of modern mankind, which tries and wearies the digestive machinery by a long, laborious process and in the end, renders up but a small quantity of nourishment of an imperfect quality.
At this point we need to contemplate what kind of a man was earliest man. In paragraph 3 there were three options as to how he arrived, if as option 1 then he was definitely a ‘knuckle dragger’. Option 2 the biblical impression is that Adam and Eve were moderately intelligent but just couldn’t get to grips with life’s operating manual. Cain slew Abel then went to the land of Nod and took himself a wife, now what kind of people were the Nodians, that’s the question. Option 3, well after traveling several light years through space in a vehicle we can only speculate on, it is reasonable to assume they had vastly superior intelligence and knowledge that easily surpasses anything we have today. Being that smart it is a safe bet that they never in a fit would have adopted anything like today’s western diet with it’s disease enhancing, life shortening effects but would have stayed with the fruits, nuts and berries. Not so far back, when the Romans invaded Britain they found some of the locals who lived on huckleberries and nuts were almost 200 years old. The introduction of Pizza and Spaghetti soon took care of that !!
For many millennia life for mankind would have been sweet, living in paradise in a Garden of Eden but then every 20,000 to 30,000 years along comes a Glacial Age (colloquially called Ice Age) which can last for a thousand years. Those domiciled on the equator would have fared best but those living elsewhere had to make some very dramatic changes. Fire becomes an essential component to survival and cooking with meat eating would have come into vogue as nature’s fruit production dropped to near zero.
With the change in diet would have come a reduction in lifespan to 40 or 50 years, now there are 20 generations per 1000 years instead of 2 and no one is around who can remember anyone who even remembers the early days. Worse still, the ice age diet has become the peoples “traditional” diet and getting someone to break with tradition is almost impossible.
The big question now is, if we in 2012 were to revert to Mankind’s Original Natural Diet would we also revert to being a species free of any disease and have a lifespan of hundreds of years without any obvious signs of aging? Science can’t ever pronounce an affirmative on this for if the general populous were to make the change it would bring a total collapse of the worlds economies and governments would never allow that to happen. Guessing at the percentages, we have 30% of the population (farmers, chefs, housewives) producing/preparing ill health enhancing food for 98% of the population so that 40% of the population (medical profession, naturopaths, drug companies etc) can be ‘gainfully’ employed. It is a monstrous merry-go-round, a bit like World War II where several of the multinationals made munitions and first aid kits, furthermore they didn't care which side they sold them to just so long as the war kept going.
It is up to small, like minded groups to try and create their own Garden of Eden and provide for themselves their own fruit, nuts, melons (seeded varieties only) and berries. The only way for such produce to reach the required optimum nutritional levels is to gather it from the tree in a ready to eat state, for fruit the tree will literally drop it in your hand when you touch it, for nuts they will fall to the ground, berries will begin to shed themselves and for melons their adjoining tendril will go brown and die. None of this happens to supermarket fruit though there’s a 1 in 20 chance of being lucky at a farmer’s market.
Today we need 8 oranges to get the same amount of vitamin C we received from 1 orange in 1950. It takes 25 peaches to provide the same amount of vitamin A as that of 1 peach in 1951. GM modified foods, touted at the saviour from world starvation, take a quantum leap in the negative direction when it comes to nutrition. Clearly, our commercial food has deteriorated to the point that it is very difficult to get essential nutrients unless we learn the right branch of agronomy and grow our own. This has led to an explosion in vitamin and mineral supplements and for city dwellers that is an understandable option. The question is, which ones should you take, and which give best results or indeed any at all?
The utter tragedy of all this is that the vast majority think that the status quo is as good as it gets. Life expectancy is increasing, what more can we expect? What are a few hip replacements and heart valves between friends, it’s a demonstration of how modern technology is beating the ravages of disease. Balderdash, our bad eating habits create the diseases and our medical system hides the symptoms so we can hobble about with our bottles of pills and reflect on how great life was in our youth.
The other high ranking tragedy is that again the vast majority think that any apple is the same as every other apple. Emphatically not so, apart from the maturity at picking time there are also the conditions under which the tree is grown that will effect the quality of the fruit but that is an agronomy story.
Thank you for reading this far – but there’s more - on a section called
The Quest of all Quests – to be completely disease free and live for 200 years. The former is quite achievable but the latter is only a distant aiming point for with today’s poor air quality, poor water quality (acid rain) and climate change ruining fruit growing, there are currently no ecosystems on planet Earth that have the necessary optimum conditions to allow it to happen.
This will be written in the next few months and will be a personal journey with much that I have written about being put into practice, starting 10 years ago and will be ongoing until . . . . . . .