I don't really have a pony in the race of the vegetarians vs. the Paleo style meat eaters. Whatever keeps me cancer free will work for me. I did thoroughly read and enjoy the book "The China Study", which has a very convincing theory that cancer was correlated to increased animal protein intake. However, there was one big question left unanswered, which I proceeded to go out and answer for myself.
Why have there been some tribes and cultures, namely the Native American "Inuit", Inuit being the correct word, and the word they call themselves, as well as Navajo and others, who were [supposedly] cancer free before contact with Europeans in spite of, the high intake of animal protein in their diet?
In the case of the Inuit people, their diet was quite near 100% meat depending on time of year, consuming, whale blubber, seal, salmon, caribou, fermented birds, and even bear (yum yum). The supposedly cancer free Navajo seemed to have more variety, being from a more southerly climate, but still enjoyed elk, deer, prairie dogs, rabbit, and others.
I don't think it is too hard for a logical thinker [who is all up into nutrition science] to understand why this is. Look at the Inuit, who ate a lot of caribou. As I keep mentioning in this blog, vitamin B17, also called nitrilosides, or Laetrille, occurs naturally in about 1800 plants. It is most highly available in apricot seeds, of which I eat 7 or 8 a day for cancer prevention.
My theory on why the meat eaters such as the Intuit had historically low rates of cancer. Grass is very high in cancer fighting nitrilosides, (I think higher than most plants that are consumed by humans) which explains why grass fed beef is so much better for you. Anyway, the caribou eat the grass and tundra, the Inuit people eat the Caribou (not just the meat but other organs rich in nutrients), and since "you are what you eat" the bio-mass of the caribou is transferred to the Inuit, thus allowing them to get these nutrients from meat, and thus allowing them to supposedly have very low instances of cancer and other "Western Diseases".
I think this will always be a controversial subject, with contradictory evidence back and forth, but I think we can look at valid evidence such as the Hopi Indians have had cancer rates of 1 in 1000 as opposed to 1 in 4 for the typical American, facts such as these can't be argued, just the confusion to why.
Although many cultures and tribes around the world are "rumored" to be cancer free such as the Hunzas in Pakistan, this "low rates of cancer" phenomenon is EASILY verifiable in Native American Tribes, since extensive studies have been conducted, documented, and archived in a realm that we all can accept as a reliable method of science, that is via College University and Medical studies.
I don't feel personally the above point can be argued……unless you like to argue and/or you are with the American Cancer Society, or American Medical Association, both of which would go out of business if we found the answers to all this. That's a cheap shot, but I had to say it!!!
In the end I know I can't prove everything to everyone in one blog article, but I have researched all this thoroughly and extensively enough to know that quality animal protein is not a deterrent to good health, and often contributes to good health, as in getting critical Vitamin D from Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon. So far as plants are concerned, I eat a ton of them because I think we all know they are healthy, back from when we tried to avoid them as kids. Often, we are eating plants high in nitrilosides without knowing it.
AS AN AMMENDMENT TO THIS WELL RECIEVED ARTICLE, NOTE THAT I SAY "QUALITY ANIMAL PROTEIN', WHICH MEANS TO ME, GRASS FED BEEF, BISON, GOAT, LAMB, AND SUCH, AS WELL AS PASTURE RAISED BIRDS. I AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH CONVENTIONAL BEEF AND CHICKEN AND I AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE. I PERSONALLY THINK THERE IS SOMETHING IN THIS MODERN WAY OF RAISING LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY THAT IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE CANCER.
I'M MAKING THIS POINT EMPHATICALLY BECAUSE LAST TIME THIS MEAT EATING THEORY TRIED TO TAKE ROOT WAS WITH THE ATKINS CRAZE, AND I SAW PEOPLE AT WORK PUTTING 10 STRIPS OF BACON IN THE MICROWAVE, NO WAY THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ANYTHING BUT A QUICK DEATH. I WOULDN'T WANT THIS POST TO BE SOMEONE'S EXCUSE TO RUN TO McDONALDS………
……….we have to dig in and find truth for ourselves, our lives depend on it.
……….foods high in B17 nitrilosides can be found here
Below is a segment of the Nitrilosides/Vitamin B17 and cancer Video from the original Movie and Book "A World Without Cancer", a theory brought out by Edward Griffin. The video might be a little dry and unexciting for non-scientific types, but if it changes, helps, or heals someone's life, then it's well worth the 10 seconds out of my life that it takes for me to post it.