Ancestral Health: An Alternative Approach Don Matesz, M.A., M.S.
Figure 1: Big Picture Evolution and Diet of Hominoids 0 5 10 15 20 Millions of years ago
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Homeodynamics For any essential nutrient X: If the CONTEXT limits availability or increases losses of X, the organism has to develop mechanisms to increase synthesis, intake, and accumulation to prevent deficiency. If the CONTEXT supplies excess X, the organism has to develop mechanisms to antidote, or increase expenditure and excretion, to prevent poisoning. Management of homeodynamics in a specific CONTEXT (niche) drives biological and behavioral adaptation.
Plants & Animals
= Homeo-dynamic adaptation
All predate meat-based diets by tens of millions of years.
The Primate Diet 5.5 kg food in 1.0+ kg feces out 1g bile acids lost
Daily Intakes of Vegetable Protein, Fiber, Phytosterols & Nuts Jenkins DJ, Kendall CW et al. Metabolism;(2001)
QUALITY + QUANTITY + CONTEXT = EFFECTS Fatty domestic meats Lean wild meat Lifelong caloric excess Lifelong caloric restriction Plagued with excess conditions Tendency to deficient condition Potential Paleodieter Hunter-Gatherer No parasites Parasites Low lifetime/concurrent ‘antinutrient’ Intake High lifetime/ concurrent ‘antinutrient’ intake Excess meat acts as poison Meat acts as medicine Low energy expense High energy expense High food availability Low food availability Baseline high body fat Baseline low body fat
Every nutrient becomes toxic at some level. The more nutrients in excess, the more disorder. Excess caloric intake increases the toxicity of individual macronutrients. Low caloric intake reduces or abolishes toxicity of Individual macronutrients. Acute extreme excess acute toxicity Lesser but chronic excess slow-to-manifest toxicity &
Provide draining phytochemicals that balance the potentially congesting effects of a animal-based diet. Humans universally use culinary and medicinal herbs and gums. Animals evolved another way to improve in/out balance: Non-nutritive ingestive behaviors
Use 28 herbs and 25 gums
Meat always consumed with a bitter herb soup
A dozen herbs added to milk.
The Masaai state that a person would not maintain health without using these additives.
Affluent Balance The drug antidotes are plant-derived or phytochem mimics. Phlebotomy, surgery Extreme exercise Caloric restriction Aspirin, statins, coumadin, antihistamines, amphetamines, diuretics, etc. Coffee, tea, alcohol, fiber supplements, red yeast Excess meat, milk Excess P, F, C Refined P, F, C VT&Min supplements Hormone supplements High sodium Overnutrition Draining Antidotes Congesting
Humans retain basic physiologic mechanisms maladapted to diets rich in meat and fat. By homeo-dynamic drive we evolved use of plants or mimics to reduce accumulation and congestion. Similarly we use meat and animal derivatives (e.g. hormones) to correct deficiencies. We became capable of animal-BASED diets primarily by route of technology, not biology.
Quality Quantity & Context Anything can be poison or medicine . Your Primal Wisdom Constantly Seeks Balance It all depends on: Do I have excess or deficiency? Listen to it. Ask yourself: Eat accordingly.