To each his Own. Every creature in Nature instinctively knows what is the proper food for it to eat. Cows eat grass. Certain birds eat seeds and insects, others like hawks and eagles eat meat. Some creatures are extremely selective, others eat a wider variety. Whatever their food line, they know what it is and stick with it. They eat what nature designed their digestive system for over the millions of years of their development. Should they do otherwise, they would soon be in dire trouble. For instance, zebras eat grass, lions eat meat, though they both might live in the same Serengeti Plains of Africa. Should they reverse their diets, both the zebras and the lions would soon die. But they don’t. They instinctively eat right.
White Man Confused. The one exception in Nature’s realm that doesn’t seem to know what its natural food category should be strangely enough is the most intelligent creature of them all, the White Race. No creature, not even the most primitive savages, eats a diet of more unsuitable food than the White Man. And the more civilized and the wider the selection, the worse becomes the diet, and consequently, the worse their health. No one abuses their digestive system more flagrantly than civilized man.
Carnivorous vs. Herbivorous. For years the argument has raged: is man carnivorous like the lions, or herbivorous like the cows? Medical writers, it seems, have consistently made the mistake of dividing us all into only two categories — these: The carnivore school points out that we are not herbivorous like the cows, sheep, etc. We don’t have four stomachs, can’t chew our cud and rightfully point out any number of other differences. The herbivores point out that the lions or the dog’s digestive system is proportionately much shorter, their stomachs produce up to nine times as much acid for quickly digesting meat and moving it on out.
Both arguments are correct and logical. The human digestive system is neither like that of a cow designed for eating grass, nor like that of a dog designed for eating meat. We are neither carnivores nor herbivores. We belong in a different category.
Actually Five Categories. Actually there are roughly five well defined categories among animals: besides the carnivoreand the herbivore there are thegraminivore, omnivore and the frugivore. We already know what the carnivore and the herbivore eat. The graminivora are animals which live mainly on grains and the seeds of grasses. This takes in mainly certain types of birds, although they may also eat insects. The omnivora are animals that thrive on a mixed diet, eating both meat and many kinds of plants. Bears are an example. The frugivora are animals that live mainly on fruits, nuts, tender shoots, roots and leaves of plants. Their main diet is a fruitarian one, or close to it.
Man is a Frugivora. Now we come to the main question. What is our natural category? At first glance it might seem that we belong in the omnivora category, that we eat everything. But a more scientific look at our digestive system refutes this. Our digestive system is not like that of the carnivores, the herbivores, the graminivores, or even the omnivores. Our category is distinctly with that of the higher apes, in the fruitarian or Frugivora group. Let us examine why.
Meat harmful. Without going into great detail we can plainly see we don’t have the digestive system of the grass eaters with four stomachs, called the herbivora. Many people however claim that we are meat eaters, at least partially, and do belong in that category. I contend that we are not designed to be meat eaters, and that meat is harmful to us (although heaven knows I’ve eaten tons of it during my lifetime).
Carnivora designed different. If we examine the digestive system of meat eaters such as dogs, wolves, tigers, etc., we find that their digestive tract is approximately three or four times the length of their body, whereas that of man is twelve times the length of its body. These differences serve specific purposes. The shorter the tract the more rapidly the food is disposed of, and the less time it has to putrefy. The longer the tract, the longer it remains in the body, and not only begins to putrefy but creates poisonous toxins that pass into the blood stream, thus contributing to toxemia. This is exactly what happens when man eats meat. Before the end products of a meat diet are eliminated, the process of putrefaction is well advanced and the offensive odor of the feces of meat eaters is only one indication of such putrefaction.
Nine times more acid. There are several other major differences in the digestive tracts of meat eating animals and man, although we don’t really want to go into the subject that thoroughly. But one other major difference is that the stomach of carnivores produces approximately nine times as much hydrochloric acid as does that of man, enabling the carnivore to digest meat more quickly and more thoroughly and pass it on and out of the system in short order. Thus the carnivore avoids most of the putrefaction of meat that takes place in the longer and slower digestive system of man.
Putrefaction and Toxins. One characteristic of meat is that it already has built-in toxins even when alive. After the animal is slaughtered (as beef, for instance) and rigor mortis sets in, the production of toxins through decomposition is rapidly increased. Therefore, when man eats meat he is ingesting ready made poisons that are toxic to him (of which uric acid is one) and the lingering putrefaction in his own digestive tract greatly increases the amount of toxicity. And here we have one other major difference between man and carnivora. The liver of the carnivora is capable of destroying or detoxifying fully ten times as much of this poison as is the liver of man. Therefore, the carnivora, with the shorter and more rapid digestive system, is subject to much less toxin from the meat in the first place, and secondly is ten times more capable of disposing of the lesser amount than is man. All this goes to point up the fact that meat is not a suitable food for man.
Teeth indicate Category. There are several other differences that point to the fact that Nature designed carnivora to be meat eaters, but not man. One major indicator is the dental equipment of dogs, wolves, etc., all of which have prominent canine teeth for the tearing of flesh. Man’s dental equipment is much more in line with the higher primates such as baboons, gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans, all of which have a dental arrangement of 32 teeth, which include 12 molars, 8 bicuspids, 8 incisors and 4 cuspids, exactly in the same order as man. All these primates in their natural state eat what Nature designed them for and that is the fruitarian diet of fruits, vegetables and nuts, some grains.
Cooked Food Harmful. One important note that I want to mention here is that primates in their natural state are long-lived and practically free of all the degenerative diseases that afflict civilized man. When in captivity, however, these same primates are fed cooked food, they develop cancer, ulcers, constipation and a host of the same pathological diseases that afflict civilized man. We will have more to say about cooked foods in the next chapter.
Not Omnivora or Graminivora. Let us now proceed and dispose quickly of the two other categories, namely omnivora and graminivora. The latter category, which are largely eaters of grains and grass seeds is chiefly restricted to the bird kingdom, to which man’s digestive system bears little resemblance. The omnivorous animals use a mixed diet consisting of both animal flesh and many kinds of plants. An example is swine and bears, and their dental structure and their digestive systems, too, differ widely from that of man. Besides, we have already examined what an injurious effect including meat in man’s diet has in the toxification of his system. This is largely due to man’s inability to handle either its proper digestion, or the throwing off of its inherent resulting toxins.
Protein requirements overrated. There is one other argument that the meat-eaters put forth that I feel should be answered here. “Meat is needed to get enough protein!” they loudly protest. This just isn’t true. For some reason the “health” industry in the last several decades has been over-promoting the amount of proteins the body needs. In the first place the body only needs 20 to 30 grams a day, not 50 or 100. Secondly, too much protein and undigested proteins are a major cause of toxemia in the body. Thirdly, proteins from meat carry in themselves certain toxins that are harmful to the body: Fourthly, by following the fruitarian diet, the body can obtain all the protein it needs.
Body can convert. There is another argument the meat-eaters pursue and that is: only by eating meat, eggs, etc. can you obtain “whole” proteins, and if you pursue a vegetarian diet the body will be shortchanged in certain “essential” proteins. This too, is unfounded. In the first place, we are not recommending a vegetarian diet but a frugitarian diet which besides fruits and vegetables, includes nuts and seeds, many of the latter having a goodly supply of proteins.
Furthermore, the body is capable of manufacturing the essential proteins it needs though they may not be in the diet itself. An example of this process is the cow, which eats nothing but grass, yet is the best example of producing hundreds of pounds of protein on the hoof. Whereas the human body is not as efficient in converting vegetable matter into protein as is a beef, nevertheless it, too, has this ability, and the process is the same.
High Protein Diets Dangerous. The high-protein liquid (and other) diets that have been in vogue during the 70’s and early 80’s for weight reducing are not only harmful but dangerous. A number of deaths have been caused by them. I thoroughly discourage them. Instead, fasting, as we have described in a future chapter, is much safer, better and more permanent, besides having several other health-restoring attributes.
Diet of Primitive Savages. There is one other area we should examine while trying to determine our proper dietary category. That is the dietary habits of our lower relatives between the White Race and the higher primates. That is the dietary habits of primitive man, who more or less is still living in the mode for which Nature designed him. Furthermore, the primitives in their natural life style are, like the baboons and the gorillas, relatively free of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, ulcers and all the other degenerative diseases that plague civilized man.
Primitive Diet Superior. Let me say at the outset that it is my judgment that the primitive niggers living in the jungles of Africa or New Guinea, or the Polynesians in the South Sea islands, eating their primitive foods, still eat a much more nutritious and much less harmful diet than does the highly civilized White Race. In a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate the primitives at about 5 or 6 (depending on which savages we pick) and the White Race receiving a shameful rating of a lowly 2.
Serious Indictment. This is a serious indictment of the dietary and eating habits of the highly civilized White Race, but nevertheless, this is the disturbing situation we find ourselves in. Civilization and bad information are the culprits.
Civilized Diets the Worst. It is interesting that scientists who have made a study of the diets of most primitive races largely untouched by civilization find their diets are actually far superior to ours. They have found the diet of the primitives contain at least four times the minimum requirement of most vitamins, minerals and enzymes, whereas our cooked and highly processed diets fail to provide even the minimum requirements. Add to this all the toxic additives and chemicals, (including coffee, alcohol, preservatives, additives, etc.) that civilized man ingests with his processed food, and you can perhaps understand why I have rated our dietary habits at a lowly 2.
Our Goal: A 10. If we, the White Race used our brains, our technical knowledge and the tremendous food resources at our disposal, surely we could do a lot better than the primitive savages. Since the health and vigor of the White Race is of utmost importance to the goals of the CHURCH OF THE CREATOR we want to apply all the intelligence and technology at our disposal and raise our dietary effectiveness from the lowly 2 to the ultimate 10. It would be a tremendous boon to the health and happiness of the White Race.
We have the means and the intelligence to do it with. That, in part, is what the next chapter is about.