We’re AUM-nivores

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

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.)


'We’re AUM-nivores' have 11 comments

  1. August 17, 2021 @ 10:52 pm Atom

    Atom: “What causes AIDS, Adano?”
    Adano: “What does AIDS stand for?”
    Atom: “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.”
    Adano: “What does ‘acquired’ mean?”
    Atom: “It means ‘to get’.”
    Adano: “It does NOT!!! Look it up in the dictionary.



    • August 19, 2021 @ 3:49 pm John

      What dictionary are we using?


      • August 19, 2021 @ 4:41 pm Atom

        Adano Ley’s dictionary. Because one of my jobs was handing out Acquisitions forms at an aerospace company, I quickly caught his drift.

        Illness doesn’t come looking for people. People go looking for illness.

        Both illness and wellness are culture-bound artifacts.


      • August 22, 2021 @ 11:16 am John

        Which English dictionary do you use for the true and correct meaning of words?


        • August 22, 2021 @ 7:05 pm Atom

          Pre-cyberspace —> I relied on several different dictionaries, my favorite being the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

          Post-cyberspace —> I rely on hundreds of dictionaries and approximations, tracking down the most complete meanings and etymologies. I’m especially fond of “old-school” dictionaries — published over 100 years ago.

          Also, being obsessed with writing slang dictionaries since 1963, there is no true and correct meaning of words.

          “Slang is linguistic violence on a psychic frontier.” — Marshall McLuhan


  2. August 17, 2021 @ 11:19 pm Atom

    I researched pigment-to-shock ratios in the 1990s, mostly at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
    I doubt if I’ll ever write a book about it ’cause it’s so darn “dry” and complicated, involving everything from petroleum science to iris pigmentation.


  3. August 17, 2021 @ 11:22 pm Atom

    Qi can’t be created, only accessed. If we tried to store our breath instead of access it, we’d be dead within minutes (or days for Masters with better access codes). Qi is represented by the steam rising over a pot of cooking rice. We don’t eat food; we process it, so it can be used for better access to Qi. As Gurdjieff pointed out, we also “eat” what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.


  4. August 17, 2021 @ 11:25 pm Atom

    Herr’s the way vitamin D was once administered to people. It works, BUT I DON’T RECOMMEND IT.
    According to The Journal of the American Medical Association (Jan. 21, 1922) …
    “In December 1918, Winkler reported the favorable effects of treatment of rickets with the roentgen ray. He used a medium soft tube at a focal distance of about 20 cm. The exposure did not exceed ninety seconds, and was repeated every other day. The treatment was at first directed against the craniotabetic lesions of the head. After five or six treatments, Winkler observed that the sweating of the head came to an end and sleep was improved. As the treatment progressed, laryngospasm and the ‘tendency to convulsions’ disappeared. The craniotabes vanished. The teeth erupted. Bulgings of the costochondral junctions disappeared. Calcium deposition occurred at the ends of the radius and ulna, as was plainly evident in the roentgenograms.”


  5. August 17, 2021 @ 11:33 pm Atom

    Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) asked me to change his transmission fluid. A new hanger-on named Paul followed me out to Adano’s truck and asked, “Why’s he having you work on his truck?”
    “Instead of Recycling me, Adano works on me by having me do mechanical things like this,” I replied. “Every time I come to Houston, he puts a screwdriver in my hand!”
    On cue, the clinic door opened, and out walked Adano with a screwdriver.
    He handed it to me and said, “Would you tighten up that loose screw on my brake pedal?”
    Adano went back in his clinic, and Paul exclaimed, “I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes!”



  6. August 19, 2021 @ 4:03 pm patrick

    Dt. David Jubb used to say we are frugavores .. Which essentially means botanical fruits anything with the seed. Such as tomatoes squash, cukes.etc. and all what we think of as fruits

    For me I am a gratitudarian. I eat everything and am grateful for it all. ha


    • August 19, 2021 @ 4:33 pm Atom

      The hardest part about being a vegan is having to wake up at 3:00 a.m. to milk the almonds. :-D


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