E.WagnerHolisticHealth: August 2013

E.WagnerHolisticHealth: August 2013

There are many dietary choices. Carnivores eat primarily or only meat. Some well-known carnivores in the animal and

plant world include lions, crocodiles, and the Venus flytrap. Occasionally

humans follow this diet and benefit, though some people become constipated and toxic. One of my teachers was basically a carnivore

for about a decade, eating almost exclusively raw animal protein, primarily raw

beef. He was, and still is, high energy

and healthy. You might want to check out

the link below, where the soundman from the Grateful Dead writes about his life

as a strict carnivore for several decades.


Omnivores consume a variety of foods, including animal protein, fruit,

vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts.

Some well-known animal omnivores are bears, chimpanzees, and turtles. Although there is much debate over which

dietary regimen is natural for humans, most scientists conclude that prehistoric

humans appear to have been omnivores and that this diet is probably the easiest

to follow. Many people who eat primarily

whole, organic foods tend to stay healthy and vital as omnivores. The Omnivore’s Delemma, by Michael

Pollan, is an excellent book. A link

outlining the book’s contents is below.


Herbivores consume little or no animal protein. Human herbivores are usually classified as

eggs and dairy in addition to fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, beans,

seeds, nuts, etc. Vegans consume no animal

Some people maintain that humans are meant to be vegetarians because of the

length of their intestines, which are much longer than the typical

carnivore’s, the relatively small human mouth

compared with those of carnivores and because human teeth are more suited to

grinding and chewing grains and vegetables than seizing and tearing flesh. It can be challenging to obtain sufficient

quantities of Vitamin B12 as a vegan, but when people consume a high quality,

balanced vegan or vegetarian diet and supplement with juices, herbs and

vitamins as needed, there is strong scientific evidence that this type of diet

often leads to improved health and greater longevity compared with people who

consume meat, poultry, fish, or seafood.

Here is a relevant link http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/48/3/712

Frugivores consume only fruit, nuts, and seeds. Some insects, such as the fruit fly, are

frugivores, and some bats, birds, and lizards in tropical areas consume

primarily fruit, seeds, and nuts, except around the time when they are feeding

frugivores, especially when they live low stress lifestyles in unpolluted

environments, such as some tropical islands.

One danger of following this type of diet and the vegan diet is that

after several years, the bodily functions dedicated to digesting animal protein

become dormant or shut down completely, i.e. the stomach is no longer acidic enough

to digest animal protein, and a different proportion of enzymes is secreted by

the pancreas and liver. Then, if animal

protein is re-introduced into the diet, serious health consequences can

result. Below is a relevant link. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2013/02/07/ashton-kutchers-fruitarian-diet-what-went-wrong

other types of diets, i.e., totally raw, raw vegetarian or raw vegan, liquids

only, and breatharian (deriving all nutrients from sunlight, air, and water). There are serious health risks associated

with these diets, although I know several people who have thrived on totally

raw and even raw vegan diets for many years.

In order to maintain healthy teeth and bones, raw vegans generally need

to consume vast quantities of organic leafy greens, consume wheatgrass juice

and other vegetable and fruit juices, and take nutritional supplements. Infants are liquidarians for the first

several months of their lives. Some

people follow such a diet for several days or weeks and seem to benefit from

it; however, roughage is an essential element for most people and aids in

detoxification. I do not know of any

people who can prove they have followed a breatharian “diet” any longer than a

few weeks without damaging their health.

Most plants could be considered breatharians. Here is a sensible link addressing a raw

foods diet: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md/raw-food-diet_b_2015598.html

This blog’s offer: feel free to

contact me with more specific questions regarding any of these diets. If you would like guidance regarding your own

diet, or want to begin a detoxification program, I will help you with that at a

reduced fee if you mention this blog.

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