Before I read up on the work of Dr.'s Day, Abramowski, Graham and others - I'd never truly considered this: There's precious little separating we humans from our chimpanzee cousins. With whom we share about 99.4% genes. We share strikingly similar digestive systems. We've got similar nutrient needs. We both lack snouts and claws for efficient predation. We're both bipedal. We've got opposable thumbs - perfect for picking fruit of tree. Plus: We both require alkaline foods (NOT acid-causing) for ideal health. 'Lots of similarities' I'd say.
And there are MANY more.
Yet these creatures - barring accident or injury - enjoy lives of vibrant good health. And modern, 'advanced' humans? Well, the last I checked the American Cancer Society estimated that nearly half of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. NOT a good bill of health, I'd say. And I'm betting this poor record 'just might' have something to do with the truck-loads of poisons we keep dumping into our bodies. Substances that were not available to us even a few short centuries ago. When cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many more degenerative diseases were virtually unknown.
What kinds of poisons?
Well, how about vaccines laced with mercury, formaldehyde, and worse. How about crops grown on over-farmed, mineral-deficient soil. Which incidentally, our government has known of since the early 1900's. What about genetically altered produce? Our animal friends are smart enough to avoid these 'foods.' Geese, rabbits, pigs and others: They won't go near the stuff. Not that is, when given the choice between artificial and organic crops.
Yet humans collectively, seem to have little issue going with the genetically manipulated. Though such 'foods' have been linked to a host of physical horrors - including a thickening of the digestive tract, liver and kidney problems, and all-out organ failure. And what of the masses of decaying flesh - that tend to stall in the long, winding, digestive tract of Man? Who from the standpoint of comparative physiology is CLEARLY a natural plant-eater. Hmm...what, indeed. Might ALL the above factors be contributing to his present 'fall,' physically speaking? I say...
'No doubt about it.'
And the worst part is: We've done this to ourselves. While the free-living great apes, chimps, and gorillas of the world continue on - as they have for centuries - in relative superb health. So: What can we learn from them? A few simple, yet highly useful tactics, I think. Like the following...
Eat fruits and vegetables - not the flesh of your fellow beings. Chimps and great apes aren't big flesh eaters. Yet a gorilla's got the strength of about 30 men. So much for the 'meat builds strength' myth. Cut stress wherever possible. Pretend you're in the deep jungle at night; pitch black, with stars visible above trees. Re-connect with silence. In other words: Don't constantly seek some manner of 'external input,' by default.
Get fresh air and sunlight. Exercise vigorously each day. Work for your food - like beast in wild! Do 15 to 30 minutes (or more) of uninterrupted calisthenics each morning. Yes, simple moves like this will reconnect you to your more, 'primal nature.' Follow these tips, and ye shall be released. From chains that bind where they should not.
In fact, after a good month or two of living this way? Well, I wager you'll have so much new-found health, fitness and energy - that you just may want to shut off that weapon (er uh, TV) in the corner of your living room. Drop that bag of chips. Rise from couch! Grab apple or banana. And what else, my friend?
Swing from a tree!
To which I say...
'Go for it!'
Copyright 2015, Jeff Sekerak. All rights reserved. Before swinging from said tree - or engaging in ANY diet or fitness plan - consult your doctor; and of course, your good ol' common sense.