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Rob McFerran

Posted by Tony on December 16, 1998 at 21:47:14:


I've been reading through a lot of the H/G posts lately, and as usual, I had a few questions.

I was wondering if their are any specific markers, that you, as an expert in this area, use to tell with a good degree of accuracy if someone has a Hunter/Gatherer metabolism (blood tests, ancestry, relatives, body type, eating habits, etc.).

Also, do you have any idea what would happen to someone who was a H/G, and followed close to that diet most of their life (unknowingly), and then in an effort to get 'healthy' began cutting out meat and fat. Would it take a while for the body to began to suffer the effects of this, or would it be immediate? And would there be any obvious effects? (I'm asking because I am starting to think this is what has happened to me.)

Another question I had was which vegetables have a high purine content? (Just trying to figure out if I've been eating any.) And also, it may sound stupid, but is there any kind of supplement you could take to get purines, in case you had a problem digesting all the meat?

And finally, I just wanted to mention about The Balance book again. I mentioned it in a post down the page, but I don't know if you saw it. I just wanted to know what you thought about the ideas in that book. When I first saw it, I thought you had snuck out your book without letting us know!

Well, as usual, thanks for the info. I hope my questions weren't too stupid. I know you're a very busy man helping a lot of people, and trying to write a book to boot!


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Re: Rob McFerran

Posted by Robert McFerran on December 16, 1998 at 23:02:43:

In Reply to: Rob McFerran posted by Tony on December 16, 1998 at 21:47:14:


Read my reply to Amy at:

It took me about 2 years after making the wrong dietary change to acquire Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and then another 2 years to develop full blown rheumatoid arthritis. In other words if you are fairly healthy, moving away from your proper diet will not be immediately detected since you won't have immediate symptoms -- you have too much immunological reserves when healthy to 'buffer' the newly placed metabolic stress. Dr. Stoll explains this with an analogy of walking toward a cliff in his book. You should re-read that section to get a better explaination than I can explain here.

Oz Garcia's THE BALANCE pulls strongly from the work of Dr. George Watson and Dr. Abravanel. Folks familiar with HealthExcel's system of 'typing' will see STRONG similarities.

There will be differences in my recommendations. Primarily in that my suggestions will not suggest that 'endocrine types' determine what diet you should eat. I think THE BALANCE will service those in fairly good health quite well and should be easier to implement than my recommendations. My book is targeted at folks who are presently sick and are willing to and NEED to do more to regain their health.

If you have read THE ZONE you know that Dr. Sears' test subjects were college atheletes. His concept of protein/fat/carbohydrate balancing helping atheletes 'enter the Zone' of higher performance isn't surprising at all considering the ridiculously poor diet of college atheletes to begin with.

I have found that those that have 'fallen over the cliff' into a chronic disease state will have to do far more to get results.


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Re: Rob McFerran

Posted by Tony on December 18, 1998 at 22:58:19:

In Reply to: Re: Rob McFerran posted by Robert McFerran on December 16, 1998 at 23:02:43:

Just read the snippet you sent me. It was EXTREMELY informative. I don't know where I've been, because I never saw that whole thing, and it answered many of my questions. I definitely fit into the eating and caffeine pattern you metioned for the H/G (though I don't ever remember craving meat or fish) - perfectly. But I don't think I fit into the cholesterol or uric acid levels, and I'm not sure about the GTT.

My uric acid is usually right around 5, my LDL around 120, my HDL around 55, total cholesterol about 200, and my triglycerides around 120. Granted these tests were about a 8 months ago, before I really changed to more of a 'naturopathic' diet (whole foods, no dairy / wheat / red meat, and lower fat), but they were pretty consistent over that first year of testing before the diet change. Just thought I'd let you know.

By the way, I'm a little confused about my father. You said he's probably an agriculturist because he can survive on one meal a day, but I had also mentioned that if he does eat breakfast, he's hungry all day. If I understand correctly, that sounds like a H/G type. Just wondering, so I can pass on some of your wisdom to him. Not that he'll listen anyway...

Thanks as always.


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