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    New (or rather slightly old) post by Don Matesz at http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/.


    Its a 3 part series, and contains a lot of convincing argument that too much meat is bad for bones. I thought only balancing protein was enough, but it seems Kitavans are not a fluke but a very low meat diet is actually healthier than a low carb diet.


    Eskimo bones tested in the research papers date to around 1500AD and even one from 400AD. All had osteoporosis. The bone density was lesser than an aged matched Caucasian. Guys and Gals on Zero carb or VLC you might want to get your bone density measured, to be on the safe side.


    The article is very interesting, and is ground breaking just like the Primal Potato series. I guess he is almost as good as Stephan. Even Stephan follows his blog very closely.


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    Isn't it possible that the Inuit have weaker bones because of a vitamin D deficiency?

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    Masai?


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    Quite possible. But Inuits do eat a lot of fish, which should provide them enough Vitamin D. Its not like they have a white skin like caucasians. I would be surprised if their Vitamin D level is too low.


    Excess Omega3 might be another problem. We don't know too much about it.


    They live in a very extreme climate and eat a very extreme diet. Anything could cause the damage. The article does dispute the theory that they are healthy. It shows that they are not very healthy, and their diet may not be ideal. In fact it shows that they age faster than people on SAD ;-).


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    Its not like they have a white skin like caucasians.</blockquote>


    But given where they live, I don&#39;t reckon they expose their skin to the sun a lot, do they?

    Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
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    Wow. Thanks for the link. Just read through all three posts and looking forward to the fourth. He definitely compiles some very convincing research and makes some very intelligent analysis about the link between diets consisting of highly acidic foods and osteoporosis.


    I wonder if any non-meating eating groups have been studied?


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    And let&#39;s not forget, that&#39;s the (apparent) result of a LIFETIME of a diet that is pretty much on the fringe of human experience.


    If carbs are the salvation, most PB&#39;ers are getting some. OTOH, it could be some other deficiency.


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    Not really saying carbs are the salvation. He&#39;s saying high-acidic diets could be the cause. He simply recommends "a diet with a net alkaline residues."


    Here&#39;s a good chart of foods from alkaline to acidic:


    http://www.trans4mind.com/nutrition/pH.html (scroll down a bit)


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    Its not like carbs are the salvation, but yes more vegetables and particularly greens are required.


    I am not sure that high carbs are great for people with a compromised metabolic system.


    I am tending towards a life of a lot of fermented foods. No clean environments for me ;-).


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    Masai eat plenty of plant matter, though it does not add much to the caloric intake, being mostly from leafy matter.


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