Shifting gears from a rant about history to a rant about health. Many may know that I do not eat grains. It’s called being “primal,” or “paleo” or even the caveman diet. It easy to understand why I did it. It started with the belief, as stated so wonderfully by the late comedian George Carlin (and many others), that everything the government says is a lie. Politicians and bureaucrats eagerly lie us into war, so it stands to reason they may lie about other things. Take the government-approved food pyramid, for instance. While they do say meat, fruit and vegetables are essential, the foundation of the food pyramid is carbohydrates, grains. Why could this be, I wonder? Could it be that most politicians and government-funded nutritional researchers are in the pocket of big agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies? I’m just saying it might have something to do with it.
Now, I didn’t start living this way simply because the government lies about health. Merely realising that what we are told by the government could be lies helped me seek out alternatives, or the truth as I call it. It turns out there are loads of people who think like that. The more research I did, the more coherent my worldview became, particularly regarding health.
I recently watched a documentary called “Fathead” that goes into detail about food politics, etc. Here is a link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgBLQIJEcbE&feature=player_embedded
A much more interesting clip can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8WA5wcaHp4&feature=player_embedded
The whole movie is very informative and cuts through all the lies we are told regarding health and nutrition. The second clip is especially pertinent, as it discusses how humanity survived and flourished for 99 percent of its existence without grains and chemically modified foods. In fact, it is only since the agricultural revolution (about 10,000 years ago) that humans have become increasingly smaller and sicker. A theory still being worked out, but that is becoming more obvious, is that humans have in fact stopped evolving as a result of a more comfortable life-style due to agriculture and modern society. Of course, the better lives we all have thanks to modern civilisation is great, that isn’t the issue. The problem is, our bodies have not adapted to the consumption of grains. Grain consumption (and chemically modified foods, like corn oil), especially the increased grain consumption of the last 50 years or so, is directly responsible for the higher instance of obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many more health problems people face today.
Thanks to the truth-telling power of the internet, a lot more people are discovering for themselves a new way to eat and live. As usual, you mostly won’t find any of this in the mainstream media. To them, a low-fat, high-grain diet (coupled with hours of joint-killing cardio and working out) is the only way to a healthy lifestyle. So if you are warm and comfortable living in the mainstream of nutritional thinking, then this may not be for you. However, if you are looking for something a little different from the status quo, may I suggest http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/.