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Biochemical Testing & Metabolic Nutrition

An Introduction

Everything that man needs for good heath and healing
is provided by nature . . . The challenge is to find it."

Paracelsus, the Father of Pharmacology 

Vegetarianism, macrobiotics, Zone, Blood type, Atkins, South Beach, etc, etc, . . . The list can be exhausting, confusing, and painstaking . . . And without achieving results, down right depressing. With so many diet and nutrition fads out there it is quite difficult for the average person to know what is best suited for their health.

It is the opinion of our doctors that humans are as diverse chemically as we are physically. This chemical diversity lends to different needs for different people and there is no single best diet for every person!

Hence, what has worked for one person may or may not work for another. No wonder there are so many diets . . . And they all work . . . for SOME people!!! Each person's physiological needs differ widely depending on genetic make up, environmental factors, caloric demands from physical activity, and many other potential constraints.

"To eat meat or not to eat meat . . . That is the question!"

To gain an insight of the proper food needed by a human it is important for us to look towards our closest relatives that have not been indoctrinated into modern habits of Western living. The food intake of wild primates around the world has been observed and some of the findings are listed from this encyclopedia excerpt. 1

The primate order includes a handful of species that live entirely on meat (carnivores) and also a few that are strict vegetarians (herbivores), but it is composed chiefly of animals that have varied diets (omnivores).

Are You a Carnivore?

Are You a Herbivore?

The carnivorous primates are the four species of tarsiers, which live in Southeast Asia. Using their long back legs, these pocket-sized nocturnal hunters leap on their prey, pinning it down with their hands and then killing it with their needle-sharp teeth. Tarsiers primarily eat insects but will also eat lizards, bats, and snakes . . . This opportunistic approach to feeding is seen in the majority of monkeys and also in chimpanzees. Several species of monkeys, and chimpanzees, but not the other apes, have been known to attack and eat other monkeys. Baboons, the most adept hunters on the ground, often eat meat and sometimes manage to kill small antelope.

Most apes and monkeys eat a range of plant-based foods, but a few specialize in eating leaves. South American howler monkeys and African colobus monkeys eat the leaves of many different trees, but the proboscis monkey on the island of Borneo is more selective, surviving largely on the leaves of mangroves. These leaf-eating monkeys have modified digestive systems, similar to cows, which enable them to break down food that few other monkeys can digest. Other apes and monkeys eat mostly fruit, while some marmosets and lemurs depend on tree gum and sap.

AMAZING! Amazing to see how diverse the food demands can be in an animal so closely related to the human. The animal's environmental conditions and how they've adapted to those conditions is a primary factor in their food choices.

This holds true as well for humans. Observing the traditional diets of societies isolated from western civilization and comparing it with the diets of our cousins the primates, has given the most insightful clues to proper living as nature intended. Modern man's food supply, like the primates, can range from mostly vegetarian to omnivorous and carnivorous. This is dependent on their genetic background, geographical location, ambient temperature, and physical demands.


* Traditional Diets & Weston Price    * History of Metabolic Typing    * How We Test

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