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Today’s Animals Are MORE Similar to the Animals We Used to Eat, Compared to the Plants That We Eat Today

Meat has been meat for two million years, so as far back as humans go, or even arguably longer. If we compare that to other foods that we eat right now, if we look at even some of the hybridized fruit that we have, it resembles nothing like it would’ve been even 10,000 years ago or even 2,000 years ago. Most vegetables today, even broccoli, weren’t even introduced in the United States until around 1920, and people believe that we’ve been eating it for millennia, but we haven’t!

But clearly we’ve been eating meat, unless those caves and UNESCO and all the other fossil records are graffiti, which I don’t think they were. Those in my view could’ve been a menu! Like a restaurant with a menu!

The animals that we’re eating today are much more similar to the animals we would’ve eaten back then, compared to the plants we’re eating today.

Most of the plants that we have in the grocery store are hybridized, genetically engineered or have been bred in a certain way to be bigger and sweeter in terms of fruits or more edible. Many of the foods we eat now were never available to us even 50,000-75,000 years ago.

You couldn’t just walk in the forest and grab a leaf or a fruit, nothing was available! Occasional tubers and seasonal small fruits, which were nothing like we see today. Plants are very different now than they used to be.

Source: Baker, Shawn, guest. Saladino, Paul, guest. “Part 47 – The Great Meat Debate w/ Mark Sisson, Dr. Paul Saladino, & Dr. Shawn Baker” Peak Human, 18 July 2019. https://www.peak-human.com/home/the-great-meat-debate-with-mark-sisson-dr-paul-saladino-and-dr-shawn-baker

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We Can Survive But We Can’t Thrive

Our brain size has shrunk by about 200 ccs. It peaked around 150,000 years ago at about 1500 ccs and now modern homo-sapiens are about 1300 ccs.

That likely coincides with the fact that some of our food supply ran out. Some people make the argument that we were eating fattier sources of meat at some point particularly megafauna animals. If we look at the work of Lisa Smith out of the university of New Mexico, she shows the average mammal size at the beginning of the pliocene age (about 125,000 years ago) was about 500 kilograms. Now the average mammal size is approximately 9 kilograms.

So we had a tremendous loss of animal mass available to us to eat, so as that occurred…fortunately we were smart enough to figure out how to harness some calories from grains and other foods, and that’s sustained us and kept us alive as a population and it continues to do so today. However, it doesn’t help us to thrive optimally.

Grains and plant based foods are a sub-optimal source of nutrients, it can give us calories, yes, but they’re not very nutrient rich or bio-available.

This is a good news / bad news thing for the human body which is so resilient! We’re able to go long periods of time without eating our optimal diet, we can survive but we can’t thrive.

For example, during the Irish Potato Famine, people lived for six months at a time on shoe leather and seaweed. It wasn’t an ideal source of nutrients in any way shape or form, but it kept people alive.

So to our credit we evolve these different systems by which we can extract energy from different substrates, but that does not mean that it was either what we evolved and what our genes expect today or that it’s an ideal situation for us today.

Source: Baker, Shawn, guest. Saladino, Paul, guest. “Part 47 – The Great Meat Debate w/ Mark Sisson, Dr. Paul Saladino, & Dr. Shawn Baker” Peak Human, 18 July 2019. https://www.peak-human.com/home/the-great-meat-debate-with-mark-sisson-dr-paul-saladino-and-dr-shawn-baker

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The Cult of the Seed

Jared Diamond, a well-known scholar, historian and author, calls the advent of agriculture ‘The Worst Mistake in Human History’, he’s termed it ‘The Cult of the Seed’

If you look at the paleo-anthropology evidence from the Dickson Mounds and all the other fossilized records of people around the time when agriculture began 10,000 years ago, the health of humans clearly rapidly deteriorated once we became agrarians.

There’s evidence of many nutrient deficiencies, many infectious diseases, hyperostosis of the scull which is probably due to deficiency of multiple minerals and vitamins and the skeletons got smaller, they were more fragile. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that that agriculture was a really bad thing for us to do.

Source: Saladino, Paul, guest. “Part 47 – The Great Meat Debate w/ Mark Sisson, Dr. Paul Saladino, & Dr. Shawn Baker” Peak Human, 18 July 2019. https://www.peak-human.com/home/the-great-meat-debate-with-mark-sisson-dr-paul-saladino-and-dr-shawn-baker

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Agriculture, The Starting Point of Our Going Wrong

The agriculture revolution 10,000 years ago was the starting point of our going wrong, we were hunter gatherers up until that point, we lived in small tribes, and moved from place to place because there was no way to store food. It was literally a full-time job to be scavenging, hunting and gathering.

And we’re not just talking about roots, shoots, berries and nuts but small animals, birds, lizards, snakes as well as whatever we could kill and certainly scavenging. A lot of anthropologists would say that our ability to feast on a previous kill was to able to sneak up and scare the other predators away, our ability to access marrow by, some say, the first real tool was a hammer to crack open marrow and get those juicy ingredients in there.

But about 10,000 years ago someone discovered that we could take these seeds and grow grains, which was a great source of calories and allowed us to stay in one place and allowed us not to have to move around from one ecological environment to the next, but stay fixed and as a result have more children and have more people to work the earth and create civilization and societies, so that’s where we started to go wrong, and what happened was the cheap source of calories started to supplant the quality of nutrients that we were getting largely from the broad variety as hunter gatherers.

Source: Sisson, Mark, guest. “Part 47 – The Great Meat Debate w/ Mark Sisson, Dr. Paul Saladino, & Dr. Shawn Baker” Peak Human, 18 July 2019. https://www.peak-human.com/home/the-great-meat-debate-with-mark-sisson-dr-paul-saladino-and-dr-shawn-baker

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Solve Health Problems, Let’s Weigh that Against Whatever Negatives you can Legitimately Establish!

We currently have evidence for a worldwide epidemic of chronic illness, we can argue about how clear or how scientific the basis is for making claims about all the chronic illnesses that are plausibly related to hyper insulinemia right now.

So lets just stick with diabetes which is a huge problem worldwide.

Every 30 seconds someone loses a limb due to diabetes. Having a leg amputated is going to obviously have a far greater impact on they and their family than it’s going to in the affluent parts of the world. The prognoses is worse than many forms of cancer following diagnosis.

Their life is likely to be shorter from that point than anyone with a cancer diagnosis.

It’s a serious condition. Around a billion dollars per day goes for diabetes care.

If it’s true that eating a diet higher in animal products would lesson or maybe even reverse diabetes, than how do you weigh that against whatever negatives you can legitimately establish from animal agriculture.

You can solve a lot of health problems just by eating more meat…

For modern diseases to be blamed on an ancient food is one of the most ludacris ideas I’ve ever heard’

Peter Kleve

We’ve had ruminate animals for over 20 million years…

Source: Ballerstedt, Peter, guest. “Peter Ballerstedt on Cows Being Essential to Environmental and Human Health” Peak Human, 7, Aug. 2018. https://peakhuman.libsyn.com/part-12-peter-ballerstedt-on-cows-being-essential-to-environmental-and-human-health

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A Fundamentally Flawed Narrative

The popular narrative regarding a healthy diet often involves people characterizing numbers or data in their favor or providing a gross miscalculation on purpose.

It’s analogous to a rope. Imagine an old fashioned fiber rope. It looks and it is strong, composed of individual fibers. When you start to examine each of their argument separately one-by-one, each would is weak and faulty, and the entire narrative becomes so fundamentally flawed.

Source: Ballerstedt, Peter, guest. “Peter Ballerstedt on Cows Being Essential to Environmental and Human Health” Peak Human, 7, Aug. 2018. https://peakhuman.libsyn.com/part-12-peter-ballerstedt-on-cows-being-essential-to-environmental-and-human-health

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Getting Rid of Animal Agriculture Would NOT Make More Land to Feed People

People say that the majority of agricultural land in the USA is supporting animal agriculture and if we got rid of animal agriculture, look at how much land we’d have to feed people.

What they’ve done is they’ve included range land in the agricultural land estimate. And range land cannot be used for the production of human edible crops.

The airable land area of the world’s surface is less than 4%, which we’re losing at a remarkable rate due to soil degradation, due to development and urban expansion. A number of reasons that’s reducing the amount of land that’s available to us, airable land, that’s suitable for cultivation for utilizable food.

Yet four times as much land is what we call ‘range land’. The only food producing activity we can use that for is ruminant animal agriculture, the production of fiber that can then be eaten by ruminant animals that can then produce food and other byproducts for use.

Source: Ballerstedt, Peter, guest. “Peter Ballerstedt on Cows Being Essential to Environmental and Human Health” Peak Human, 7, Aug. 2018. https://peakhuman.libsyn.com/part-12-peter-ballerstedt-on-cows-being-essential-to-environmental-and-human-health

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Cows are Grazing, Not in a Feedlot

A beef animal spends most of it’s life and sometimes its entire life on pastures, even in the USA

Animals that end up in a feedlot are only going to spend a couple of months at the end of its life there, if that’s the channel is goes through.

But cows, bulls and replacement heifers probably are never going to see a feed lot unless they themselves as young stock are sent to market.

Most of their life cows are on pasture. They are on range land and/or integration grazing on corn fields and grass seed fields.

Cows are grazing, not in a feed lot.

In a feedlot, there is the grain fed steer and a confined feeding operation with grain. The steers are still getting hey or forage.

Less than 10% of the animal’s life time feed comes from grain.

Yes this doesn’t align with the common popular narrative. Animal rights groups have a loud voice and the mainstream media goes on that side.

The problem is, we are so removed from life on the farm.

And there is no equivalent on the other side, there’s just one unpopular narrative [against eating meat].

And with them facts don’t matter – I could refute every argument, misquote, misleading interpretation in order to maintain a position which is now apart of their identity.

If an honest man is shown to be in error, he either ceases to be an error or he ceases to be honest.

Peter Ballerstedt

Source: Ballerstedt, Peter, guest. “Peter Ballerstedt on Cows Being Essential to Environmental and Human Health” Peak Human, 7, Aug. 2018. https://peakhuman.libsyn.com/part-12-peter-ballerstedt-on-cows-being-essential-to-environmental-and-human-health

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Eat Meat & Improve Your Health & Improve the World

When people improve their health, they are improving the world.

One way for many people to improve their health is to follow a diet restricted in carbs, largely, if not solely based on animal products.

Eating beef is good for you and is good for the environment.

Source: Ballerstedt, Peter, guest. “Peter Ballerstedt on Cows Being Essential to Environmental and Human Health” Peak Human, 7, Aug. 2018. https://peakhuman.libsyn.com/part-12-peter-ballerstedt-on-cows-being-essential-to-environmental-and-human-health

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Grains are not apart of Human History

The carnivore diet is an ancestral diet. Just zoom out for a minute…

Up until the agricultural revolution 12,000 years ago (just a nick of time) we ate meat, the vast majority of our diet was meat. The foods we are eating today did not exist 100 years ago. The vast majority of plants we’re eating did not exist throughout most of evolution.

Wheat, corn and rice were not eaten at all throughout human evolution and now that’s the majority of the food we eat.

Homo erectus has been around 1.8 million years. Homo sapiens 350,000 years. Neanderthals are extinct now, they were around for also around 350,000 years.

How long have we been farming rice? 3,000 years?? It’s the blink of an eye.

Wheat, corn and rice is a really new invention. Grains are not apart of human history.

We’ve adapted to some things, but to turn our original diet on its head is absurd.

Source: Stock, Kevin, guest. “Gaining Muscle Mass and Getting Perfect Teeth! A conversation with Dr. Kevin Stock.” Fundamental Health, 9 May 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-f06heMys4

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