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Mike ODonnell
07-01-2007, 06:37 PM
great story about the Egyptian Mummy and why to keep eating Paleo...


They followed such a diet simply because that’s all there was. There was no sugar - it wouldn’t be produced for another thousand years. The only sweet was honey, which was consumed in limited amounts. The primary staple was a coarse bread made of stone-ground, whole wheat. Animals were used as beasts of burden and were valued much more for the work they could do than for the meat they could provide. The banks of the Nile provided fertile soil for growing all kinds of fruits and vegetables, all of which were a part the low-fat, high-carbohydrate Egyptian diet.

According to the New York Times, Hatshepsut’s mummy is that of an obese, diabetic 50 year old woman with bad teeth. All the conditions that nutritionists today would have us believe would be prevented by Hatshepsut’s diet. It certainly didn’t work for her. And she is not a special case - most Egyptian mummies show the same disorders, especially the bad teeth. The skeletal remains of Paleolithic man, who consumed a meat-based diet, showed strong, perfect teeth. Bad teeth are the hallmark of carbohydrate consumption.

The moral of this tale of ancient poor health is that a whopping load of carbs - even non-refined carbs - didn’t do Hatshepsut a whole lot of good, and they don’t do us much good either irrespective of the bleatings to the contrary by today’s nutritionists, who are woefully unaware of the history of the high-carb diet.

Joyce Behrendt
07-01-2007, 09:42 PM
Hmm, I just started reading Light's Out. TS Wiley says the light bulb causes obesity and diabetes. Maybe those Egyptians were burning the midnight oil.

If I explain paleo diets to people, I often mention this fact about the Egyptian mummies.

ps: Mike, if you click on the title of Dr. Mike's blog, you will see the specific page for this show in the address bar. Then you can paste that into your post. ;)


Greg Battaglia
07-02-2007, 01:57 PM
Makes a good argument against grains. I don't think it really shows that carbohydrates as a whole are bad. Anyone that tells you fruits and vegetables are bad because they have carbs (although fruit should be limited to some extent because of sugar) has an agenda. Grains suck......fruits/veggies good!