When you come upon road kill, do you feel compelled to stop and sniff it and perhaps snack on it? Does the sight of a dead animal make you salivate? Do you daydream about killing cows with your bare hands and eating them raw? If you answered no to these questions, congratulations—like it or not, you’re an innate fruitarian.
According to the most cutting edge biologists, anthropologists and researchers who study our anatomy, and that of humans of the past, humans are Fruitarian who are not well suited to eating meat or the harder fibered plants. It’s also being realized that dehydrating and cooking renders foods not intended for human consumption into forms that are not long term optimal for human health also.
Humans lack both the physical characteristics of carnivores and the instinct that drives them to kill animals and devour their raw carcasses and no animal in nature induces a “fever” into it’s food to render it edible. Therefore all cooked foods contribute some level of toxicity to the body’s systems responsible for inner cleanliness and the prevention of toxins harming us.
Although many humans choose to eat a wide variety of plant and animal foods, earning us the dubious title of “omnivore,” we’re anatomically herbivorous.
Teeth, Jaws, and Nails
Humans have short, soft fingernails and pathetically small “canine” teeth. In contrast, carnivores all have sharp claws and large canine teeth that are capable of tearing flesh.
Carnivores’ jaws move only up and down, requiring them to tear chunks of flesh from their prey and swallow them whole. Humans and other primates can move their jaws up and down and from side to side, allowing them to grind up fruit and vegetables with their back teeth. Like other plant eater’s teeth, humans’ back molars are flat for grinding fibrous plant foods. Carnivores lack these flat molars.
Dr. Richard Leakey, a renowned anthropologist, summarizes, “You can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand. Our anterior teeth are not suited for tearing flesh or hide. We don’t have large canine teeth, and we wouldn’t have been able to deal with food sources that require those large canines.”
When we take foods not suited for natural human consumption and cook them we may be releasing some of those foods nutrients for utilization but are also breaking the biochemical language of some of those nutrients rendering them as more or less inorganically recognizable chemicals to our body’s innate intelligence that orchestrates digestion and distribution of what we eat. When this happens the body must go find within itself the missing “letters of the alphabet” that seem to be missing from the chemical sentences the organic biochemistry of the food is missing to make sense of where the materials can be used. This process over time causes us deficiencies in various micro and even large molecule nutrients that result in the gradual and sometimes sudden weakening and or shut down of bodily systems and the appearance of symptoms of which Western Medicine loves to misdiagnose, label and exploit for long term profit.
Carnivores swallow their food whole, relying on their extremely acidic stomach juices to break down flesh and kill the dangerous bacteria in meat that would otherwise sicken or kill them. Our stomach acids are much weaker in comparison because strong acids aren’t needed to digest pre-chewed fruits and vegetables. Our natural foods are almost self digesting when introduced to our digestive tracts.
Carnivores have short intestinal tracts and colons that allow meat to pass through the animal relatively quickly, before it can rot and cause illness. Humans’ intestinal tracts are much longer than those of carnivores of comparable size. Longer intestines allow the body more time to break down fiber and absorb the nutrients from plant-based foods, but they make it dangerous for humans to eat meat. The bacteria in meat have extra time to multiply during the long trip through the digestive system, increasing the risk of food poisoning. Meat actually begins to rot while it makes its way through human intestines, which increases the risk of colon cancer.
Read author John Robbins’ discussion of the anatomical differences between humans and carnivores or review Dr. Milton Mills’ entire article on the topic to learn more.
Humans also lack the instinct that drives carnivores to kill animals and devour their raw carcasses. While carnivores take pleasure in killing animals and eating their raw flesh, any human who killed an animal with his or her bare hands and ate the raw corpse would be considered deranged. Carnivorous animals are excited by the scent of blood and the thrill of the chase. Most humans, on the other hand, are revolted by the sight of blood, intestines, and raw flesh and cannot tolerate hearing the screams of animals being ripped apart and killed. The bloody reality of eating animals is innately repulsive to us, another indication that we weren’t designed to eat meat. Where as when our nose catches the scent of tree ripened fruits we instantly begin to salivate and look around for where it is.
If We Were Meant to Eat Meat, Why Is It Killing Us?
Carnivorous animals in the wild virtually never suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, or obesity, ailments that are caused in humans in large part by the consumption of the saturated fat and cholesterol found in meat.
Fat and Cholesterol
Studies have shown that even when fed 200 times the amount of animal fat and cholesterol that the average human consumes each day, carnivores do not develop the hardening of the arteries that leads to heart disease and strokes in humans.
Human bodies, on the other hand, weren’t designed to process animal flesh, so all the excess fat and cholesterol from a meat-based diet makes us sick. Heart disease, for example, is the number one killer in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association, and medical experts agree that this ailment is largely the result of the consumption of animal products. Meat-eaters have a 32 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than Fruitarians – Raw Vegans!
We consume over twice as much protein as we need when we eat a meat-based diet, and this contributes to osteoporosis, tooth decay and kidney stones. According to peer-reviewed studies, animal protein raises the acid level in our blood, causing calcium to be excreted from the bones and teeth in order to restore the blood’s natural pH balance. This calcium depletion leads to osteoporosis and cavities, and the excreted calcium ends up in the kidneys and joints, where it can form kidney stones, trigger kidney disease, contribute to arthritis and or gout.
Consuming animal protein has also been linked to cancer of the colon, breast, prostate, and pancreas. According to nutrition expert T. Colin Campbell, the director of the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health, and Environment, “In the next ten years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein … is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered.”
Eating meat can also have negative consequences for stamina and sexual potency. One Danish study indicated that “men riding a stationary bicycle until muscle failure lasted an average of 114 minutes on a mixed meat and vegetable diet, 57 minutes on a high-meat diet, and a whopping 167 minutes on a vegan diet.” Besides having increased physical endurance, vegan men are also less likely to suffer from impotence.
Since we don’t have strong stomach acids like carnivores to kill all the bacteria in meat, dining on animal flesh can also give us food poisoning. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meat is a significant cause of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. because it’s often contaminated with dangerous bacteria such as E. coli, listeria, and campylobacter. Every year in the U.S. alone, food poisoning sickens more than 48 million people and kills more than 3,000. Think about this a moment… If those number were from the vitamin supplement industry those industries would be shut down in a heart beat!
Dr. William C. Roberts, editor of the authoritative American Journal of Cardiology, sums it up this way: “Although we think we are carnivores and we act as if we are one, human beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural raw vegans.”
Human Evolution and the Rise of Meat-Heavy Diets
If it’s so unhealthy and unnatural for humans to eat meat, why did our ancestors sometimes turn to flesh for sustenance?
During most of our evolutionary history, we were raw fruitarian or ate lots of fruits and as desired greens and veggies: Once humans came down out of the trees and began to roam, yams, made up the bulk of our diet. The more frequent addition of modest amounts of meat to the early human diet came with humans leaving the forest for the open grasslands and finding themselves starving enough to resort to pillaging carnivores abandoned kills or the remains of animals killed in forest fires. Which is likely how humans came to the discovery of fire, which in learning to transport or create, allowed us to lower the risk of being sickened or killed by parasites and bacteria in and on meat. This practice didn’t turn our ancestors into carnivores but rather allowed early humans to survive during periods in which plant foods were unavailable.
Until recently, only the wealthiest people could afford to feed, raise, and slaughter animals for meat, and less wealthy and poor people ate mostly plant foods. Consequently, prior to the 20th century, only the rich were plagued routinely with diseases such as heart disease and obesity.
Since 1950, the per capita consumption of meat has almost doubled. Now that animal flesh has become relatively cheap and is easily available (thanks to the cruel, cost-cutting practices of factory farming), deadly ailments such as heart disease, strokes, cancer, and obesity have spread to people across the socio-economic spectrum. And as the Western lifestyle spills over into less developed areas in Asia and Africa, people there, too, have begun to suffer and die from diseases associated with meat-based diets.
Today we find ourselves in a world where humanity is rapidly destroying all ecosystems and their inhabitants for the sake of continuing the consumption of meat for falsely held beliefs that we must have it to get enough protein and vitamin B12. Some even use the excuse that God ordained humans to ravage the Earth which is about as foolish as imaginable.
If humanity continues eating animals the end result will be catastrophic for the entire planet in just our lifetimes at this point.
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