Wednesday, December 28

Humans Are Frugivores

A very basic anatomical comparison, that of which does not cover all organisms.

I didn't even know what a frugivore was until a few years ago. Seriously, I had never heard of such a thing. In my school, I believe that it was suppressed. In biology we learned about carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores, but never was there any mention of the term frugivore. Even as I type this article, my spell checker is marking the word (frugivore) in red because it doesn't recognize it.

Frugivore: Zoology / Any chiefly fruit-eating organism, as certain primates, birds, fish, and bats.

Research by anthropologists show that the anatomy of our ancestors, similar to that of our closest primate cousins, is in fact designed to primarily consume fruit. There are no findings that suggest otherwise.

"By careful examination of fossil teeth and fossilized human remains with electron microscopes and other sophisticated tools, Dr. Walker and his colleagues are absolutely certain that early humans until relatively recently, were total fruitarians."  - Science Verifies That Humans' Ancestors Were Frugivores

"Preliminary studies of fossil teeth have led to the startling suggestion that our early human ancestors (Australopithecus) were not predominantly meat-eaters or even eaters of seeds, shoots, leaves or grasses, nor were they omnivorous. Instead they appear to have subsisted chiefly on a diet of fruit. Every tooth examined from the hominids of the 12 million year period leading up to Homo Erectus appeared to be that of a fruit-eater." - Dr. Alan Walker, Anthropologist of John Hopkins University in Maryland - May 15, 1979 - New York Times.
"The natural food of man, judging from his structure, appears to consist principally of the fruits, roots, and other succulent parts of vegetables. His hands afford every facility for gathering them; his short but moderately strong jaws on the other hand, and his canines being equal only in length to the other teeth, together with his tuberculated molars on the other, would scarcely permit him either to masticate herbage, or to devour flesh, were these condiments
not previously prepared by cooking." - Georges Cuvier

Now then, why is this so very important? Because the 'food' that we are choosing to eat is killing us. It has degraded the human organism so badly, that children are now plagued with the same diseases that aging adults had decades ago. Processed, genetically-modified foods laden with chemical pesticides and packaged in hormone-disrupting plastics or disease-causing metals have accelerated this issue to the point that some people cannot even have babies if they tried. It is nature's way of saying that we have gone too far. People are sicker and dying younger, but they think it's only because it runs in the family.

Eat more fruit to detoxify the body naturally, with the exception of nightshades which are
generally not recommended. Also, keep high-fat and non-sweet fruits to a minimum.

So what do we do? We must change our diets if we want health and longevity. It truly is that simple. Eat more fruit. We are such a young species, and we have not evolved into omnivores. Modern humans have only been around for 200,000 years, civilization is only about 6,000 years old, and industrialization started in the 1800's. This short period of aberrant eating will not have changed our dietary requirements for optimal health. If we had in fact evolved, our anatomy would be quite different than it is today.

Biologically Appropriate Human Food Test:
Sight: Does the food stand out and draw the eye?
Smell: Does the food have a pleasant odor?
Taste: Is the food sweet, a little sour, or pleasant when it is raw?
Children: Does an infant or child eat it without coercion?
Ease: Is it easy to pick and easy to chew?
Desire: Do you want to eat it?

Judging from anatomy and genetics, take a look at our closest Hominidae relative: Chimpanzees. Did you know that almost half of their diet is figs? Then, of course, fruits like bananas, mangoes, melons, and apples make up the majority of the rest. They also eat a small amount of nuts, seeds, leaves, blossoms, medicinal herbs, honey, and palm wine. Lastly, when fruit is not available they'll eat raw meat, eggs, and insects (this makes up about 10% of their diet), and they'll only do so because they want to, not because it's best.

Dr. Robert Morse and Hilde Larsen explain why eating fruit is so important:

Imagine what life would be like without so much discomfort and pain. If you're interested in change, start eating more fruit today. It makes a huge difference. Trust me, like others out there, I know how it feels to eat this way. I've been on high fruit for a while now, and my life is better because of it.

Be well,

Monday, December 19

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

It was initially a surprise when I first heard there was to be an inter-episode Star Wars installment this year, but opening weekend has arrived and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has debuted. This chapter depicts the characters and events that directly precede those in Episode IV: A New Hope. There were some references to connecting events, and via the utilization of ever-improving computer generated imagery and compositing, there were even cameos by a few characters whose actors are no longer able to reprise their roles for one reason or another. Clearly, immense efforts were given by everyone involved in the production of this film, and those efforts are greatly appreciated. Visually, Rogue One fits exactly where its story does; vehicle and prop designs were more industrial and functional, akin to the original films, but there was still a wealth of imagination in everything from the massive starships to a simple communicator. Sound effects were equally appropriate, iconic, and were presented with such power as to be felt instead of simply heard. The worlds and their environments were beautiful and seamless. Diversity of life was everything one might expect in this galaxy far, far away; there were creatures and suggested cultures that were familiar, and some completely new. Indeed, the Star Wars universe keeps expanding. The characters in Rogue One were portrayed by the cast with expertise, and their stories were compelling. Humor was a welcomed virtue. The art of practical effects was very much alive and well before the camera; grit, sweat, slime, and animatronics were a few of the ways the details of this adventure gave it life.

Within all of this, and just as was apparent in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, cinema has been pushed to a level that stretches the simple vicarious experience and brings the terrible moments of war a little closer to each attendee. There is a consequence to the inundation of all media that depicts violence. What I've observed throughout my life is that many have become grossly desensitized to such content; they've come to find it pleasurable, or even desirable. It is by this dark side of the truth that most any meaningful messages within the entire saga are lost; philosophy and spirituality have all but succumbed to spectacle. Unfortunately, this behavior is far from being a new trend, as it's been known in human civilization since ancient times.

Orson Krennic: "...We were this close to providing peace... security for the galaxy."
Galen Erso: "You're confusing peace with terror."
Orson Krennic: "Well... You have to start somewhere."
- Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars has always had an overt theme of fighting to reclaim freedom, yet war can be completely avoided on the path to restoring balance, and therefore, peace. Films like these echo what is happening in the real world, and to what escalating ends the self-appointed elites are willing to explore in order to preserve their illusory authority. One needs not be Force-sensitive to discover the truth.

If we choose to partake in these types of cinematic experiences, we must focus on the positive messages they might offer. Great changes must be made by our species to achieve peace and freedom both, and those changes are synonymous with a path of simplicity and mutual growth; it's a path worth walking. Claudia and I share such a path, and we've known wondrous expansion throughout our journey.

This was certainly a different sort of chapter; the narrative focused far more on the fight than on philosophy, or the fabric of the universe and how me might interact with it. Therefore, as one who's grown up with Star Wars and has continued to find deeper meanings within it over the years, I've found Rogue One to be a valuable experience, but from a certain point of view. The sights and the sounds were of great magnitude, but we should repel the urge to be swept away.

Happy movie watching.

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