We’re still just Fred and Wilma
In an attempt to understand our imprinted genetic make-up, let’s take a quick look backward a hundred or so generations to a time when we were all hunters and gatherers.
Our ancient brain was not all that different from our brain today. Prehistoric man was “wired” to seek out foods that were high in fats and high in sugar. In our case, some things never change. Their source of fat was mostly from animals they ate. Their source of sugar was from wild berries and plants, most of which were harvested at the close of summer.
Those sugars were a great source of energy to be stored as fat. That fat would be used to help ancient man withstand the rigors of winter survival. By spring the fat that ancient man stored would be gone and the entire cycle would repeat itself generation after generation.
“Our ancient ancestors diet was 5% carbohydrates, 20% protein, and 75% fat.” (from GRAIN BRAIN, p.27)
The Problem: today we live amidst a sea of abundance, especially carbohydrates. Because we are genetically engineered to seek out sugars and fats, all those Twinkies, sodas, and French bread start to become our main source of nutrients instead of the 5% we were designed to handle. We have become so fat phobic in this society that some would prefer being exposed to the plague than see 1/4″ of fat on the outside of our steak. The fats we seem to prefer are the hidden fats in our food preparation, hydrogenated fats and processed fats that have no redeeming qualities what-so-ever.
WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES
In an effort to get this right I will quote Dr. David Perlmutter, MD.
“The process by which our cells accept and utilize glucose is an elaborate one. The cells DON’T just ‘suck up’ glucose passing by them in the bloodstream. This vital sugar molecule has to be allowed into the cell by the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Insulin as you may already know, is one of the most important biological substances for cellular metabolism. It’s job is to ferry glucose from the bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells. Once there, it can be used as fuel. Normal, healthy cells have a high sensitivity to insulin. But when cells are constantly exposed to high levels of insulin as a result of a persistent intake of glucose (much of which is caused by an overconsumption of hyper-processed foods filled with refined sugars that spike insulin levels beyond a healthy limit), our cells adapt by reducing the number of receptors on their surfaces to respond to insulin. In other words, our cells desensitize themselves to insulin, causing insulin resistance, which allows the cells to ignore the insulin and fail to retrieve glucose from the blood. The pancreas then responds by pumping out more insulin. So, higher levels of insulin become needed for sugar to go onto the cells. This creates a cyclical problem that eventually culminates in type 2 diabetes.” GRAIN BRAIN..page 28
I apologize for the technical detail above. But, it’s important that you have an understanding of some of the maladies we will cover and their causation.
I am not advocating that you immediately change your diet or place a large order for whale blubber. But, you do need to understand that we are genetically almost identical with our ancient relatives that evolved over millions of years. Suddenly, over the last few hundred years, we have abruptly changed our dietary intake and we are not engineered for that change. We consume extreme amounts of carbohydrates and have become fat phobic to our demise. Fats are a good nutrient that nourish our bodies and ESPECIALLY THE BRAIN. But, not all fats harbor those wonderful qualities.
I hope you gained something positive from todays discussion. Don’t wait to get sick and worry about it then. Do something now and…