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How can I eat like a hunter?

Posted by Ignacio on October 11, 1998 at 18:49:31:

To the strong of stomach:

I've been slowly making my way through Weston Price's Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. One of the themes is the importance of eating stuff that's not available in the cramped market down the block from my Manhattan apartment. For example: eyeballs, adrenal glands, bone marrow, and animal organs in general.

Once I did find bones for marrow. But I didn't know what to do with them. Once I found some kidneys, and just put them in the roaster with the other meat I was cooking.

If one does find bones, how does one get the marrow into one's gut? How 'bout the other stuff. Do I go to a butcher and ask for adrenals and eyeballs?

All serious replies welcome,

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Re: How can I eat like a hunter?

Posted by Robert McFerran on October 11, 1998 at 22:33:32:

In Reply to: How can I eat like a hunter? posted by Ignacio on October 11, 1998 at 18:49:31:


There are times when humans simply are in the right place at the right time. Bill Gates at the dawn of the personal computer era and Dr. Weston Price at the critical turning point of so many indiginous people's health. When I read his book and examined his observations I felt like someone that had found the 'missing link'.

Price saw folks with radically different diets BUT they were all thriving UNTIL they changed them.

Dr. Price did not have the hindsight that we have today. He perceived (correctly to some degree) that the major reason for the collapse of health in individuals with previously vibrant health was the lack of vitamins and minerals in 'processed' foods. He would not be aware of the work of Hans Seyle which would be done some 70 years later showing that Dr. Price's natives loss of health was a sure sign that they were becoming maladapted to their diets.

Don't get caught up in his descriptions of the oddities (like eating eyeballs). Basically hunter-gatherers ate every part of the animal that they could. You being the urbane Manhattanite will have to improvise.

You'll be pleased to know that the hydroxyapatite form of calcium includes the phosphorous and other trace minerals needed for optimum absorption. Before you think that there was some genius chemical process to obtain this better metabolized calcium you should know that it is obtained from the bone marrow of sheep -- don't worry -- you won't have to suck the bone marrow from the bones of animals like your ancestors.

As far as learning how to deal with organ meats (called sweetbreads by your local butcher) you will have to rediscover a recently lost art. My grandparents used to routinely cook tongue and brain as well as prepare blood sausage so there must be recipes somewhere.

Personally liver is the only organ meat that I routinely eat. And I do it it routinely (about 5X a week).

Try to look at Dr. Price's observations and add what you know to come up with some subtly different conclusions than reached by Price.


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