Chew Like a Caveman?



By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

We’re told to “chew like a caveman for good teeth” by pundits who don’t have a clue.

These “experts” — including Pf. Jimmy Steele, head of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University, and Dr. Nigel Carter, of the British Dental Health Association — obviously don’t know the difference between hard food and tough food.


Henry Percy Pickerill (The Prevention of Dental Caries and Oral Sepsis, 1919) wrote …

“5. The following are quotations from replies to inquiries that I have recently made in Fiji and the New Hebrides groups:

“Fiji. — The staple foods are vegetables. ‘Puddings with cocoanut dressing, made by first roasting taro or bread-fruit, and then pounding it into a stiff paste, are practically swallowed without chewing.’

“‘On the whole, a native repast is not masticated so much as an English meal, because there is less to chew.’

“Mota, New Hebrides. — ‘Their [the natives] staple food is cooked yam; it is eaten morning and evening — generally roasted, sometimes boiled, often grated and made into a sort of pudding (loko) in the ground oven. Bread-fruit is next in utility, and is either roasted or converted into a dainty mash called ‘lot.’ Bread-fruit is dried in the off season, when it becomes crisp, like hard biscuit, and is thus eaten (kor) or softened in cocoanut sauce, which is a mixture of young cocoanut flesh and sea-water.’

“‘No, I should not think that an islander’s ordinary meal would require more mastication than do our meals.’

“Sir George Simpson, who visited Hawaii in the early part of last century, states that the natives’ staple food was poi, a sour kind of porridge, which was bolted in enormous masses without mastication.

“Professor Marshall, who has just returned from Tahiti, informs me that the ordinary food of the natives certainly does not require so much mastication as does our ‘civilized food.’

“6. From actual subjective experience of living amongst the less civilized Maoris I am able to corroborate all the above statements. Meat, when cooked by Maoris, was always extremely tender, and their meals called for little or no trituration. I examined numbers of children with perfect jaws and teeth, yet these same children lived almost entirely on soft cooked kumara [sweet potato] and riwai [purple potato], and occasionally maize. Not only so, but they actually refused to eat the crust of ordinary white bread when offered to them, saying that it was not soft enough.

“7. Very much more meat is being consumed in the present day than ever before by civilized communities — in some cases as much as 240 pounds per head per annum; and I venture to assert, from personal experience, that for the most part the meat when cooked will be vastly tougher, and hence require more trituration, than would be the case if cooked by primitive peoples. Again, take another staple article of diet, bread. As it is usually cooked nowadays, the crusts are tough and rubber-like instead of being crisp and hard.

“Now, the important point is that tough things, especially if incision (as it is) is avoided, call for a lateral grinding movement of the mandible and a development of the pterygoid muscles. This, as has been shown, leads to contraction and not to expansion of the jaws.”

'Chew Like a Caveman?' have 5 comments

  1. January 17, 2020 @ 3:45 pm Atom

    Growing a third set of teeth is more common than most people think.

    Unfortunately, it’s often incomplete sets and sometimes up to three rows of teeth.

    Human beings are generally more ANABOLIC and ACIDIC in their 70s and beyond, and, since most third sets involve “beneficent tumorization,” third sets tend to grow in the “third cycle of life” (although I know of someone who got his third set in his early 20s).

    Growing a third set of teeth was more common before dentists started interfering with the process.

    For example, X-rays are CATABOLIC and ALKALIZING.–e-books.php#Acidify-or-Die–e-books.php#Dead-Dentists-Dont-Lie


  2. January 17, 2020 @ 3:52 pm Atom

    According to James C. Whorton (2002) …

    “In the single year of 1784, the pair [Mesmer and his disciple Charles Deslon] treated an estimated eight thousand patients, the majority from the higher social strata, and those who were not treated at least talked of mesmerism. In examining the broad range of French popular literature of the 1780s, Robert Darnton has determined that mesmerism ‘probably inspired more interest than any other topic of fashion’ until the approaching revolution turned all eyes toward politics at the end of the decade.”–e-books.php#Mesmerism


  3. January 17, 2020 @ 4:06 pm Atom

    Hand Codes are Cognitive Shock “tells” that show on the hands, especially the fingers.

    Cognitive Shocks related to the Lungs, Large Intestine, Circulation-Sex, Triple Heater, Heart, and Small Intestine meridians often can be seen or felt on the hands.

    1) Lungs (Thumb) — sadness, grief, sorrow, melancholy, detachment, death (thumb-tucking).

    2) Large Intestine (Index Finger) — loneliness, solitude, attachment, ego (pointing while saying, “Now you listen to me”), anal retentiveness, difficulty “letting go,” traveling trauma.

    3) Circulation-Sex (Middle Finger) — sex, reproduction, aggression (“flipping the bird”), impudence (ancient Romans called it the “impudent finger”).

    4) Triple Heater (Ring Finger) — volition, will power, commitment (“I only have heat for you”), relationship.

    5) Heart (Pinky Finger) — heartache, heartbreak, “heart on a sleeve,” heartless, hardhearted, courage.

    6) Small Intestine (Pinky Finger) — inability to assimilate new ideas, “strangulated by one’s own convictions.”–e-books.php#Mind-Hacking


  4. January 17, 2020 @ 4:46 pm Atom

    Yellow Fat Disease goes by many names …

    age 50 effect / black kidney / blue kidney / bovine renal lipofuscinosis (BRL) / brown atrophy of neuronia / brown atrophy of the heart / brown atrophy of the liver / brown fat disease / brown heart disease / cardiac necrosis / cumulative lipofuscinosis / embryonic death syndrome (from mom’s use of omega 3s) / fatty necrosis / granulomatous steatitis / hepatic dietetica / hepatic steatosis / lipofuscinosis / necrotizing granulomatous steatitis / nonalcoholic fatty liver disease / non-suppurative pansteatitis / nutritional fat necrosis / nutritional muscular dystrophy / nutritional myodegeneration (NMD) / nutritional myopathy / osteohaematochromatosis / pansteatitis / pansteatosis / pigmentary atrophy of the heart / progressive lipofuscinosis / shrunken heart disease / steatitis / steatosis / stiff calf disease / stiff lamb disease / watery hide disease / waxy liver disease / waxy yellow fat disease / white fat disease / white muscle disease / xanthomatosis / xanthosis / etc.–e-books.php#YFD-Compendium


  5. January 17, 2020 @ 4:57 pm Atom

    Omega 3 fatty acids depress the immune system, so much so that transplant surgeons use it for this purpose.

    Short-term use as a medicine is OK for certain conditions — even algae oil, 100% of which is GMO (compliments of NASA and Martin Marietta).

    Long-term use of omega 3 fatty acids accumulates lipofuscin, the body’s major aging pigment.

    Aging is actually one way of “curing” cancer, but it’s far from the highest choice.


    The easiest writing I’ve ever done was for my NINE books about Yellow Fat Disease — every living creature on Earth is vulnerable to it.

    It’s easy for anyone to Google as much material in as short a time as I did and see for themselves.

    Omega 6 fatty acids are probably not good for our health either, but I wasn’t able to find a single case of it in cyberspace.

    All roads leading to cumulative lipofuscinosis and AGING involve omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil, krill oil algae oil, flax oil, DHA, EPA, ALA, etc.).


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