By Atom Bergstrom
Re: Why don’t we have the same functionality with our abdomen as the ancients?
Some of our ancestors had better guts than others.
Diets varied from keto to vegan, depending on the environment.
Many American Indians had taken up farming till European settlers forced them back into a hunter-and-gatherer lifestyle.
Planet Earth’s diets were so varied — from heavy meat eating to eating acorns and bark off of trees — entire books have been written on the subject.
Elisa Bergslien (An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience, 2012) wrote …
Diet does […] play an important role in determining bodily trace element loads. For example, studies in animals have demonstrated that Sr:Ca ratios generally decrease as one moves from bedrock —> soil —> plants —> herbivores —> carnivores. Since humans are typically omnivores, their Sr:Ca ratio should lie somewhere between that of herbivores and carnivores, though marine and freshwater shellfish, and marine fish, have very high levels of strontium, thus a diet rich in seafood would elevate Sr levels. Based on this, vegans should have higher strontium levels than someone who eats a significant amount of red meat. Fishermen and others who eat large quantities of seafood should also have very high strontium levels. Other research has found a significant positive correlation between the levels of Ni, Co, Mn, Cr, Mg, Al, Ag, and Ca in bone and seafood consumption, a negative correlation between Zn and frequency of alcohol consumption, and a positive correlation between Cu and fruit consumption. This suggests that significant variations in diet from a regional norm, such as macrobiotics or veganism, or high levels of seafood or meat consumption, should have a discernible impact on an individual’s trace element load.”
Mr. Eats-All ate bicycles and shopping carts.
Read about him in my Sept. 18, 2013 One Radio Network blog entry …
“Are You Really What You Eat? Mr. Eats-All.”
Compare his diet to that of 110-year-old Fauja Singh in my Jan. 11, 2013 blog entry …
“Fauja Singh Controls what He Eats (The Turbaned Tornado).”
Richard Lewis (“Uncle Dickie”) ate fried eggs and fatback every day for breakfast.
He saturated bread in the grease and washed it all down with coffee containing a half-cup of white sugar.
He consumed fifteen pounds of sugar a month and a half-pint of salt.
He drank a daily pint of Thunderbird wine and smoked bunches of cigars.
Poor guy! He was nipped in the bud at the tender young age of 105.
The story was in the Sunday edition of The Los Angeles Times, May 14, 1989, back when I was reading nine newspapers cover-to-cover almost every day of the week.)