O n 29th May 1978, Charles Joseph Hunt was jogging on a running track, when he suffers a heart attack. 10 days later, doctors release from the medical center with the warning he has a 50% chance of suffering another attack in the next two years.
Hunt vows to gain optimum health, initially sticking to the government low-fat, high-carb food recommendations. Following the food pyramid, he was hyperglycemic and constantly hungry.
Hunt did research, changed his diet several times, and tried cleansing fasts, macrobiotics, juicing, water fasts, master cleanse, natural hygiene food combining, and vegetarianism.
Hunt tried raw food veganism, for more than 5 years, eating only raw fruits, uncooked vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts. After his mother died, the emotional distress caused him to question his dietary habits as he felt the need for 'real' protein.
22 years later he had a cardiac defibrillator fitted in his chest, which would restart his heart if it stopped. It was enough to push him on his 10 year quest to find 'The Perfect Human Diet'.
Hunt travelled to Australia and saw overweight aborigines living in the city, living a western lifestyle, eating western foods, went back to hunting-gathering in the outback. They all lost weight, their diabetes cleared up. They were eating 70% animals foods.
Next stop San Francisco Vegan / Vegetarian Society, where he listened to a boring talks by Joel Fuhrman M.D and Alan Goldhamer. Then spoke with vegetarian Marina Leung, who assures him, anatomically we herbivores not carnivores, and our digestive system is best suited to being vegetarian.
Hunt spoke to Michael R Eades M.D., who tells about low-carb diets, and explains how we are a meat eater, due to our gut structure. Dr Eades elaborates on how herbivores guts differ from meat eaters, like us.
We have a carnivorous GI tract. There are 2 GI tracts. Carniverous and herbiverous. Herbiverous GI tract has multiple stomachs, as nutirent density in plant food is so low, and they have to eat all the time. We don't have to do that. We can eat once a day or even once every 2 or 3 days, just as lions can.
We have a carnivorous GI tract and vitamin B12 is only found in foods of animal origin, is essential to humans. If we dont' get vitamin B12 we die. Its an essential nutrient. That fact alone proves our natural state is not vegetarian.
Dr Eades tells he once went to a farmers co-op in Arkansas checking feed-bags ingredients. Farmer asked if he could help. Eades explained he was writing a book on nutrition and was interested in how they fatten animals. Farmer showed Dr Eades his book with formulas to fatten cows, to fatten hogs, etc, and gave copies. When Eades got home, he checked the fattening recipes on his computer for nutrition values and it matched exactly the values on the U.S. food pyramid. Farmers use the USDA food pyramid to fatten their animals. They feed them grains. (Nothing new. We already know that).
Hunt visits Dr Loren Cordain in Colorado, who explains dietary evolution. What our ancestors ate.
- 2 million years ago
First appearance of human ancestors Homo Erectus.
- 1.7 - 1.8 million years ago
Homo Erectus leaves Africa and travels into Europe, a place called Dmanisi, Georgia. Moves to 40 degrees northern latitude where plant foods are not available all year round. A number of months each year, there's nothing to eat but animal foods.
- 1.65 million years ago
Homo Erectus spreads though Asia and appears in Zhoukoudian, China.
- 500,000 years ago
Homo Erectus spreads throughout Europe to Northern Europe to Boxgrove in England.
- 400,000 years ago
Schonigen in Germany, where hunting spears found with more than 10,000 animal bones, butchered for meat.
- 230,000 years ago
Neanderthals appear in Europe and are highly dependent on animal food.
The fossils evidence supports the fact the highly nutritious animal foods allowed human brains to grow bigger.
- 192,000 years ago
Africa, anatomically modern humans appear.
- 70,000 years ago
anatomically modern humans leave Africa and migrate to Australia.
- 45,000 years ago
anatomically modern humans enter Europe.
- sophisticated tool making,
- burial of the dead,
- musical instruments,
-cave paintings of humans hunting (lasceaux, france).
Up to this time every human on the planet eats food hunted or gathered.
- 10,000 years ago
Humans start farming, eating wheat and drinking milk.
- 250 years ago
Start to eat refined grains, refined sugars, refined oils.
These now make up more than 70% of the American diet.
- 100 years ago we start to eat processed foods.
JC Hunt visits the American Museum Of Natural History. Gary J Sawyer, Physical Anthropologist, explains our ancestors hunted on the plains, killing animals, cracking open their skulls to eat the brains, which are high in cholesterol. They also suck the marrow out the long bones. The high protein, high fat diet allowed our brains to grow quickly.
He says, we do not know how to feed ourselves, but we don't give ourselves the proper nutrition. After a while this leads to degenerative diseases.