never mind. The claims of extreme longevity among the Hunza tribe are just that: claims, made by themselves and not verified by any outside source.
so much for that Nat'l geographic special (or whatever it was)
I still wonder if low calories is a big factor in Okinawans' longevity and I wonder about this Hindu Aryan people...if they are isolated, then there is no one documenting what they actually do eat, right?
There's a book out there, that I read years ago...something Spectrum. Written by a woman who had visited a tribe of people in south america. Like many people from industrialized societies, she was enchanted by the primitive living stone-age tribe. She saw the many good things, especially about raising their children (minimal adult hovering, and lots of adult/child interactions, all day long, every day), and ignored the ugly things (such as scars on some children's hands and arms because they were allowed to use the same knives as the adults, without supervision) so when she wrote about these people, they shone as living examples of a society void of troubles, emotionally solid and stable without war, greed, or any other ugly vice that humanity struggles with. Riiiight.
Point being, when people who live out of touch with the land, such as those of us in industrialized nations, find a society that still lives close to nature, we are often charmed and romanticize how wonderful it must be to have that kind of connection with the earth.
Maybe the trekkers who came to visit the Aryans saw things objectively, and maybe they didn't. The Europeans who encountered the Hunza or this tribe in so America certainly saw them as wonderful, disease and trouble-free human beings without a care in the world. Well, maybe the people of those tribes themselves make it seem better in their culture, than it actually is. Being proud of themselves, the Hunza, the Hindu Aryans, and the south american tribe all toot their own horns and lead the curious on, exagerrating things about the good life that they enjoy, while downplaying the unhappy circumstances that plague them (unhappy circumstances plague ALL human beings)
That's why I appreciate the China Study...it is based on data, pure and simple.
Well, when the world quits spinnin', I guess we can quit worryin' ourselves silly over crazy stuff like who's happy and who's proud and who's sick and who's fat and who's manipulating the numbers and whose horns are polluting the air and whether or not we need supplements. What's the point, if all is vanity and there's nothin' new under the sun?
Oh, and the Okinawans are supposed to have eaten between 1605 and 2012 calories per day, depending on whose calculator you want to believe. http://okicent.org/docs/anyas_cr_diet_2 ... 4_434s.pdf
Here's a question: Would you rather be a human or a statistic?
I think I'll sign up under human, though 7 is a nice number...