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    From page 25 of "An Englishman's Travels In America" by John Benwell 1857.


    "trappers arrived from the Upper Missouri in two boats, which were loaded
    with buffalo and other furs. The stalwart look of these hardy
    mountaineers proved the hardening effect of their mode of life. They
    were brawny fellows of a ruddy brown complexion, of the true Indian hue,
    and habited in skins. These men, I ascertained, had been in the
    mountains for four or five years, during which time they had subsisted
    entirely on Buffalo and other meat, bread not being used or cared for.
    Their healthy look under such circumstances completely shook my faith in
    the Brahminical vegetarian theory, and goes far, I think, to prove that
    man was intended by his Maker to be a carnivorous animal."
    Last edited by spskins; 10-23-2011, 07:58 PM.

  • #2
    Nice find.
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    • #3
      cool.

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      • #4
        Love it!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by spskins View Post
          From page 25 of "An Englishman's Travels In America" by John Benwell 1857.


          "trappers arrived from the Upper Missouri in two boats, which were loaded
          with buffalo and other furs. The stalwart look of these hardy
          mountaineers proved the hardening effect of their mode of life. They
          were brawny fellows of a ruddy brown complexion, of the true Indian hue,
          and habited in skins. These men, I ascertained, had been in the
          mountains for four or five years, during which time they had subsisted
          entirely on Buffalo and other meat, bread not being used or cared for.
          Their healthy look under such circumstances completely shook my faith in
          the Brahminical vegetarian theory, and goes far, I think, to prove that
          man was intended by his Maker to be a carnivorous animal."
          Back in the good old days when there was a frontier!

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          • #6
            I was staying in a cabin in AR last week and stocked up my kindle on free books. This was one of them. It was an interesting read, but when I got to this section I was like "YES!". I like how, being British, he was also exposed to Brahminical vegetarianism and thinks to contrast it to the all buffalo diet.

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            • #7
              Taking lessons from natives served Amundsen as well.
              Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by spskins View Post
                I was staying in a cabin in AR last week and stocked up my kindle on free books. This was one of them. It was an interesting read, but when I got to this section I was like "YES!". I like how, being British, he was also exposed to Brahminical vegetarianism and thinks to contrast it to the all buffalo diet.
                I haven't been to a cabin in so long.... What kind of place do you have?

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                • #9
                  Neato

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                  • #10
                    Read, "The Journals of Lewis and Clark" for a fascinating similar type of account of diet and health. Nice find.
                    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                    • #11
                      Crap, I just ate the last of my buffalo yesterday and the butcher won't get any in until friday.
                      In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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