Let’s check what researchers have found about the health of people who lived in very cold climates, like Inuits. These populations are known to have a meat-based diet. Sources are listed at the end of this article.
Ötzi the Iceman, found frozen in the Alps, had gallstones, hardened arteries and fatty streaks in his arteries, which is the first sign of atherosclerosis.
Researchers examining the content of his stomach worked out that his final meal consisted of venison and ibex meat.
The Westernization of their diets actually lowered their rates of heart disease. You know your diet is bad when the arrival of Twinkies improves your health.
Meat doesn’t get any more organic than that and it still caused heart disease! Even climbing mountains couldn’t protect him from heart disease. Because all meat comes with artery clogging substances like cholesterol and saturated fats.
Same goes for all Inuits who eat mostly wild caught meat and basically no fruits and vegetables. The totality of evidence from actual clinical investigations, autopsies and imaging techniques is that they have the same plague of coronary artery disease than non Inuit populations have, and actually have twice the fatal stroke rate and don’t live particularly long.
Another example from 500 years ago, an Inuit woman in her early 40’s – atherosclerosis in her aorta and coronary arteries.
Compiled by Ferdinand Beck
Furthermore, scientists have found that organic meat contains the same amount of carcinogenic substances than conventional meat.
- The Inuit diet. Fatty acids and antioxidants, their role in ischemic heart disease, and exposure to organochlorines and heavy metals. An international study. Mulvad G1, Pedersen HS, Hansen JC. Arctic Med Res. 1996;55 Suppl 1:20-4.
- Clinical and Other Observations on Canadian Eskimos in the Eastern Arctic. Rabinowitch IM. Can Med Assoc J. 1936 May;34(5):487-501.
- Low incidence of cardiovascular disease among the Inuit–what is the evidence? Bjerregaard P, Young TK, Hegele RA. Atherosclerosis. 2003 Feb;166(2):351-7.
- The paleopathology of the cardiovascular system. Zimmerman MR. Tex Heart Inst J. 1993;20(4):252-7.
- Atherosclerosis across 4000 years of human history: the Horus study of four ancient populations. Prof Randall C Thompson, MD, Prof Adel H Allam, MD, Guido P Lombardi. The Lancet, Volume 381, No. 9873, p1211–1222, 6 April 2013.
- Lipoprotein Profile of a Greenland Inuit Population. Influence of Anthropometric Variables, Apo E and A4 Polymorphism, and Lifestyle. Peter de Knijff, Lars G. Johansen, Maryvonne Rosseneu, Rune R. Frants, J0rgen Jespersen, and Louis M. Havekes. Arteriosclerosis and Thrombosis Vol 12, No 12 December 1992.
- Bone mineral content of North Alaskan Eskimos. Richard B. Mazess, Ph.D. Warren Mather, B.S.The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 27, Issue 9, 1 September 1974, Pages 916–925, Published: 01 September 1974.
- Fatty acid composition of the plasma lipids in Greenland Eskimos. J Dyerberg H O Bang N Hjørne. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 28, Issue 9, 1 September 1975, Pages 958–966, Published: 01 September 1975.
- Extreme Nutrition: The Diet of Eskimos. Dr. McDougall’s Newsletter 2015, Volume 14 Issue 4.
- Ötzi the iceman’s stomach throws up a surprise. Andy Coghlan. New Scientist, Magazine issue 2842, published 10 December 2011
- Hernández AR, Boada LD, Mendoza Z, et al. Consumption of organic meat does not diminish the carcinogenic potential associated with the intake of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Environ Sci Pollut Res Int.