Aug 1, 2019

New month beginning: going to emphasize reducing diet soda. There it is on “paper” or more importantly out there for the world to see.

Slow jogged Tuesday and today my resting HR is 49, first time in a while. And weight up with attitude issues.. related to Village Salad (tomatoes) and Gyro Meat (some gluten)??

And I saw a link to an old Discovery Magaine story about agriculture and its affect on human beings.  In 1999, it repeats a 1987 article which, astonishingly, is accurate today.  It covers many aspects of life, politics and health. Some quotes:

  • The advent of agriculture was a watershed moment for the human race. It may also have been our greatest blunder.

  • One straight forward example of what paleopathologists have learned from skeletons concerns historical changes in height. Skeletons from Greece and Turkey show that the average height of hunger-gatherers toward the end of the ice ages was a generous 5′ 9” for men, 5′ 5” for women. With the adoption of agriculture, height crashed, and by 3000 B. C. had reached a low of only 5′ 3” for men, 5′ for women. By classical times heights were very slowly on the rise again, but modern Greeks and Turks have still not regained the average height of their distant ancestors.
  • “Life expectancy at birth in the pre-agricultural community was about twenty-six years,” says Armelagos, “but in the post-agricultural community it was nineteen years. So these episodes of nutritional stress and infectious disease were seriously affecting their ability to survive.”
  • Besides malnutrition, starvation, and epidemic diseases, farming helped bring another curse upon humanity: deep class divisions. Hunter-gatherers have little or no stored food, and no concentrated food sources, like an orchard or a herd of cows: they live off the wild plants and animals they obtain each day. Therefore, there can be no kings, no class of social parasites who grow fat on food seized from others. Only in a farming population could a healthy, non-producing elite set itself above the disease-ridden masses. Skeletons from Greek tombs at Mycenae c. 1500 B. C. suggest that royals enjoyed a better diet than commoners, since the royal skeletons were two or three inches taller and had better teeth (on the average, one instead of six cavities or missing teeth). Among Chilean mummies from c. A. D. 1000, the elite were distinguished not only by ornaments and gold hair clips but also by a fourfold lower rate of bone lesions caused by disease.
  • Forced to choose between limiting population or trying to increase food production, we chose the latter and ended up with starvation, warfare, and tyranny.

Actually seems related to what is going on today: feed soy, corn and rice and then control the side effects of the masses as long as possible – using drugs.  Or, eat meat and be healthy with little need for physicians.