To eat meat or not to eat meat

I was asked this question. "So I’m wondering something. Why are all these Holistic practitioners preaching on no meat? They explain it that your body can't digest it correctly and it can put protein in your blood and also that it makes your body acidic. That’s why everyone is going Vegan and Vegetarian. Is that just a trend also?"

Thanks for reaching out to me with your question. It is a trend. It’s based on misinformation created by faulty science and a misunderstanding of how the digestive system actually works. Also, it’s radical and very dangerous. I can tell you from personal experience eating NO meat will kill you. I almost died of malnutrition when I was unable to digest animal protein, and so eliminated it from my diet for 17 years. My blood type is A (agrarian), so if anyone should be able to survive on a plant-based diet, it should be me. It would have killed a person with type O blood faster.

There are extreme fad diets like Paleo, Ketogenic, Vegetarian and Vegan. They can’t all be right. The body needs the correct balance of all four macronutrients to function properly (protein, carbohydrates, fats and water) based on your biochemistry. Take any of those out of balance or out of the equation completely, and the body dies slowly. If protein is getting into the blood, it’s because it's not completely digested and the gut is leaky; intestinal wall has big holes in it. Protein isn’t completely digested due to improper food combining, drinking with meals and/or insufficient hydrochloric acid production. Meat isn’t the problem, it is how it’s being consumed that’s causing problems. If the body is malfunctioning, there’s a reason for it. Their faulty logic makes the malfunction “normal” and their solution creates more malfunction. It won’t become obvious for almost 2 decades, but by then some irreversible damage may have been done. Guess what! Tissue building nutrients from animal protein are needed to heal a leaky gut wall. Not until I could digest animal protein, was I able to heal leaky gut!

The body needs amino acids (tissue building nutrients) from animal protein that is completely digested (amino acid chains split into individual amino acids in the presence of hydrochloric acid and a pH of 1.6). You can only be allergic to protein that isn't completely digested. It's not necessarily the food, but the digestive chemistry is incorrect. Correct the digestive chemistry, don't eliminate the food! The body requires a lot of tissue building nutrients to create a little bit of muscle. When you don't get amino acids from animal protein, your muscles dissolve. I've been there done that. I never want to be a size 2 again!

Some of my favorite people believe our bodies are made to consume fruits, berries, melons, and some nuts, seeds, veggies, legumes... dating back to Adam & Eve. That we didn’t start killing & eating animals until later in evolution and will argue that we are not made to eat meat, and that plants and fruits, Veggies, have everything our body needs. Can you touch on this?

Genesus 4:1 Adam and Eve bore Cain. 2 Abel was born. Abel kept sheep and Cain tilled the ground. The original blood type was O. They were hunter-gatherers. When humans began to settle the earth and live in community, they adopted a more agrarian lifestyle and blood type A emerged. I believe Cain and Abel represent this in scripture. Within the theological narratives of Gen. 1 - 11 are several brief comments that reflect the advancing civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. There are conflicts between hunters and shepherds, and between shepherds and farmers.

During the Paleolithic period of the Stone Age, humans were hunter-gathers whose diet foods included both the animals and plants that were part of their natural environment. Fossil evidence from groups of hunter-gatherers suggests that they enjoyed animal organ meats like the liver, kidneys, and brains - meat-foods that are extremely rich sources of nutrition. Stone Age humans didn't consume much dairy food, nor did they eat high carbohydrate foods such beans and cereal grains (wheat, corn, rice…). However, they did consume the seed heads of grasses.

Latest studies into the composition of Paleolithic hunter-gatherer diets show they obtained about two-thirds of their energy intake from animal foods, including fish and shellfish and only one-third from plant foods. Carb intakes were lower as the main plant foods were fruits and vegetables rather than cereals. It was only after the agricultural revolution that wheat, rice, and other cereal grains became a regular feature of the early hunter gatherer diet. With the extinction of large mammals throughout the continents of Europe, Asia, and North America, and the depletion of easily hunted animals, hunter gatherers had to modify their diet and eating habits, especially in more densely occupied areas. This changing environment helped to create the agricultural revolution and the cultivation of plant-based foods. This is when the blood type A adaptation occurred. After this switch in human behavior, carbohydrates would become a regular feature of the early human diet.

We are nearly genetically identical to the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age, with the exception of the blood type adaptation for more agrarian diets. During the last 15,000 years there has not been enough time for natural selection to make genetic changes to our relatively new commercial farm-based diet except for further adaptation into blood types B and then AB. The hunter-gather genetic make-up of today's O blood type is still designed for the consumption of wild plants, animals and seafood, as well as ancient grains. However, all blood types are not at all genetically suited for modern processed foods, such as refined sugar, food additives and refined fats.

You may also notice that the animals at the top of the food chain are those that consume animal protein. It is the consumption of protein that allowed us to have large brains and subdue the earth.