Biological and anatomical reasons humans are not carnivorous
I love the fact that Western Science is built mainly upon hypothesis with other research papers hypothesis used as references to back up their own. If you look further you will find that most of what is being stated in the media as Scientific is nothing more than this. These days anyone can write anything and back it with science and stats to make their point. I was recently looking at the science and referenced papers to the Paleo diet and ALL of the papers, one after another, were just this. Lots of science of correlations to come to an idea that is then sold to YOU as a new diet, a new fad. and YOU buy it. Hook line and sinker. Wow.
Here is an article of real science
I dare you to find the research backing up what is being stated. It is kind of fun actually. You can even go hyperlink after hyperlink to article after article supporting what they have stated but rarely are you finding any actual research backing any of it up.
Then when you do find a research paper with actual findings, it is based in what is absolutely so fallible reseach, i find it hard to believe it is being accepted and published in peer journals.. like this
High intakes of milk, but not meat, increase s-insulin and insulin resistance in 8-year-old boys.
Our objective was to examine if a high animal protein intake from milk or meat increased s-insulin and insulin resistance in healthy, prepubertal children. A high animal protein intake results in higher serum branched chain amino acids (BCAA; leucine, isoleucine and valine) concentrations, which are suggested to stimulate insulin secretion. Furthermore, milk possesses some postprandial insulinotrophic effect that is not related to its carbohydrate content.
A total of 24 8-y-old boys were asked to take 53 g protein as milk or meat daily. At baseline and after 7 days, diet was registered, and insulin, glucose, and amino acids were determined. Insulin resistance and beta cell function were calculated with the homeostasis model assessment.
Protein intake increased by 61 and 54% in the milk- and meat-group, respectively. In the milk-group, fasting s-insulin concentrations doubled, which caused the insulin resistance to increase similarly. In the meat-group, there was no increase in insulin and insulin resistance. As the BCAAs increased similarly in both groups, stimulation of insulin secretion through BCAAs is not supported.
Our results indicate that a short-term high milk, but not meat, intake increased insulin secretion and resistance. The long-term consequences of this are unknown. The effect of high protein intakes from different sources on glucose-insulin metabolism needs further studying.
Now lets put the meat that was eaten to the same test. What kind of meat? Each meat is going to have different qualities where as a sparrows meat is going to be extremely light and digest easily and raw fish meat would be extremely heavy and each would have a different effect and different results. There is a ton more I could put to the tes here but i need to move on.
Lets speak of the boys that were part of the research. 24 8 year old boys were tested. Who were they, what ethnic background were they from, what was the state of their health and digestion? What is the normal intake of these children? What else was part of their diets during the 7 days that the testing was given.
Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seven days!!!!!!!!!!!
Seven days is all that the research was done for and only once to become a published research paper that is then used as Scientific Research to prove the validity of a hypothesis of the Paleo Diet.
Do I need to go on? Because i can.
The very foundation is got a big crack in it. The foundation of knowledge in the first place. Just as an example, I like to use the alkaline diet. Most cultures across the history of the world have survived off of beans and rice as their very center of their diet. Many just off of rice and beans alone. Yet, the scientific research that the Alkalize your body people have pulled together supports their hypothesis that everyone should eat their way and that cancers and viruses can not live in an alkaline system. Hmmmmm? What to think? The history of civilization has been so disease ridden and in the darkness of ignorance, so unhealthy that it is a miracle that the human being has even survived until now huh? Because anything prior to today was a bunch of men running around in loin cloths with clubs hitting their women over the head and dragging them into the cave, right?
How about Japan and fish and rice? Both Acid forming huh? For centuries huh?
Are you getting the jist?
We come up with science to fit our own perspective based upon our own paradigm. It is biased and very much a limited view. The rest of the world does not at all live like Americans do. There are other cultures and other people with different rates of health because of entirely different lifestyles, foods, rituals, etc…..
There are so many holes in the way Western research is done, how it is presented and then how it is used.
and as i promised……….
T. H. Huxley in his book “Man’s Place in Nature” presents some biological and anatomical reasons which demonstrate that the human species is not carnivorous:
1. Flesh eaters have very short bowels for rapid expulsion of putrefactive bacteria. Vegetarians, including man, have very long bowels for dealing with the fermentative bacteria which is involved in the digestion of vegetarian foods.
2. Flesh eaters have long teeth and in many cases have retractable claws for killing and holding prey, whereas vegetarians have sabre-like teeth and claws, though some may have defensive horns.
3. Meat eaters have jaws which open only in an up and down motion while vegetarians have jaws which can move sideways for chewing.
4. Flesh eaters do not sweat, but control body heat by extruding the tongue and rapid breathing. Vegetarians have sweat pores for heat control and elimination of impurities.
5. Flesh eaters’ saliva is without ptylin and therefore cannot pre-digest starches. Vegetarians have ptylin in the saliva for this pre-digestive process.
6. Flesh-eaters secrete ten times more hydrochloric acid than vegetarians, sufficient to dissolve bones in the diet.
7. Flesh eaters lap water, whereas vegetarians take liquids by suction.
8. Flesh eaters have a consistent tooth configuration, especially with distended canine teeth, as in the example of the cat, whereas vegetarians have short canine teeth, not suitable for tearing flesh.
Now lets jump into the world of spirituality. Here are just some quotes from scriptures:
Those noble souls who practice meditation and other yogic ways, who are ever mindful of all beings, who protect all animals, are the ones who are actually serious about spiritual practices. (Atharva Veda, 19.48.5)
A person who kills an animal for meat will die a violent death as many times as there are hairs on the body of that killed animal. (Manu-Smriti, 5.38)
Having well considered the origin of flesh-foods, and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let man entirely abstain from eating flesh. (Manu-Smriti, 5.49)
By not harming any living being, one becomes fit for salvation. (Manu-Smriti, 6.60)
God, Keshava (another name for Krishna), is pleased with a person who does not harm or destroy other nonspeaking creatures or animals. (Vishnu Purana, 3.8.15)
The purchaser of flesh performs violence by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer commits harm by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing. He who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells, or cooks flesh, and, of course, there is a fourth: he who devours it—a1l of these are to be considered meat eaters. (Mahabharata, Anu. 115:40)
He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth. (Mahabharata, Anu. 115:47)
Those who are ignorant of actual religious duty and, though wicked and haughty, account themselves virtuous, kill animals without any feeling of remorse or fear of punishment. Further, such sinful persons will, in their next lives, be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this one. (Bhagavata Purana, 11.5.14)