Days To Save Your Life
by Andy Duncan
by Andy Duncan: Rollback:
Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
everything you had ever heard about nutrition was wrong. Imagine,
that like Woody Allen in the film Sleeper, you travelled
into the future and found that even the conventional experts there
decried the use of wheat germ, honey, and milk.
that conventional wisdom promoted a diet of fat, steak, and heavy
be crazy, right?
In terms of
economics, that would be like suggesting that printing money in
quantitative easing makes inflation worse, that adding debt to an
economy to ease the problems caused by having too much debt is wrong-headed,
and that if you let politicians control an economy, as well as doing
the wrong thing by accident, politicians magnetically gravitate
towards achieving the exact opposite of the right thing, by placing
their own personal short-term political interests ahead of your
long-term economic well-being.
lessons are what the growing Misesian school of Austrian economics
suggest, centred in Auburn, Alabama, under the tutelage of one of
their leaders, Lew Rockwell.
there is also a growing school of nutrition with similarly radical
ideas, and one of their leaders is Mark Sisson, based in Malibu,
He is the creator
of the Primal
Blueprint, a radical lifestyle paradigm based upon anthropology,
common sense genetics, and two million years of hominid evolution.
that to maximise our genetic potential, we should all live according
to ten basic axioms. All of these are drawn from the human action
of our neolithic past, where we existed upon a sporadic diet of
plants and animals, where we moved around a lot outdoors, and where
we went down when the sun did, to gain much-needed recuperative
You may have
found yourself nodding along to that last paragraph.
Surely it makes
sense that if we spent five million years separated from other great
apes, with the last two million years of those spent living off
wild boar and other similar animals, then evolution would have necessarily
adapted to make us thrive on fully-saturated animal fats?
And you do
believe in evolution, right?
And yet you
might let slip to some sophisticate, in this modern age, that youre
thinking of frying some red meat and a few eggs in lard? If they
manage to avoid phoning the police first, they will probably recoil
in absolute terror, perhaps making the sign of the cross to ward
off evil spirits.
if they possess a more intellectual bent they might just ask their
government representative to ban lard or at least place punitive
taxes upon it, to help prevent a less intellectual fellow, such
as you, from purchasing this evil diabolical substance, to save
you from yourself.
So what changed?
How did we
go from healthy boar-eating primal dwellers, perhaps occasionally
scoring a handful of nuts from prized trees, to lard-hating overweight
city dwellers, with a cornucopia of cherry muffins and Danish pastries
constantly available in a myriad of identikit coffee houses?
this switch is due to the discovery and invention of wheat farming
in the Middle East, about ten thousand years ago, allied to similar
developments with rice, in the Far East.
A cheap form
of digestible energy was suddenly unlocked by Mesopotamian and Chinese
grain farmers, and their successful inventive discoveries moved
out in waves to almost completely supplant the earlier global primeval
existence based upon hunting and gathering.
And so the
corporate world of the agri-business lobby was born, ruled over
by sedentary corn and rice lords, to eventually promote a diet based
mainly upon these same cheap carbohydrates, with the metamorphosis
of meat, eggs, and animal fats into multiple devils incarnate.
But have we
changed biologically in a mere ten thousand years as compared with
the previous two million years?
In the punctuated
equilibria of Stephen Gould, evolution can move relatively quickly,
and all sorts of dogs can be bred out of wolves in just a few tens
But does it
make sense that we have changed from mobile fat-driven meat and
plant eaters, eating foods we can harvest directly from the wild,
into static carb-driven grain and legume eaters, subsisting on foods
which can only be consumed via the assistance of industrial technology
gathered around towns and farming villages?
If you believe
that, then what was the evolutionary mechanism promoting this biological
equilibria, you have the swim bladders of dried-out fish becoming
lungs, to provide lungfish with a tremendous evolutionary economic
advantage in conquering the dormant land, where previously only
arthropods and plants dwelt.
you have zealous human owners eliminating those dogs they dislike,
and mating those dogs they do like.
hand or genetic evolutionary mechanism drove us from being biologically
fat-dependent to being biologically carb-dependent, in a mere 500
a stretch, lets ask a more basic question; can you harvest
Yes, you can
harvest wheat, but without threshing, grinding, mixing, leavening,
and baking, all of which are unnatural industrial processes, wheat
is hard indigestible crud, as opposed to berries, nuts, and fruit.
wheat indigestible, to prevent animals eating it. That is why the
grasses are so successful as an evolutionary group. Because their
grassy genes wanted their stored energy to only be consumed by their
grassy offspring, so they filled their seeds with poisons (which
even after processing cause bowel diseases in many people), and
gave their seeds tough cellular structures, to try to break peoples
Even a bonobo
chimpanzee can use a neolithic stone to break open a nut, to eat
the nutritious flesh within, but wheat seeds are solid all the way
the ingenuity of mankind found a way to break into this trapped
short-term wheat energy, but at what cost to our ultimate long-term
There is, unfortunately,
a problem when working out the answers to these many questions.
case above being fairly straightforward, to my mind, that we are
essentially the same genetic beasts that we were ten thousand years
ago, it took me personally twenty hard years to discover the primal
way of life.
I have only
recently adopted its lifestyle, which is solving a large number
of my own issues, the best of these being that my weight is now
plummeting downwards from an obscene number that can only be revealed
at a later date, towards the lean fit weight I possessed at eighteen
years of age.
halfway between the two now, with a constant rate of progress down
towards that lower figure.
And I was lucky
enough to enjoy lots of informational advantages in my educational
life. I should have realised much earlier that carb-living was unnatural
and a lifestyle to be avoided.
So what were
these particular advantages from which I should have known better?
I studied medicine
for three years, which included modules in anatomy, biochemistry,
physiology, pharmacology, and neurology. After realising I would
make a poor doctor, I switched to psychology, and achieved a good
degree in that, primarily because of my dissertion in genetics and
anthropology, in which I discussed at length a theory that the recurrent
ice ages distilled the intelligence of mankind, by continuously
winnowing away the less intelligent hominids within each ice age,
until only the most adaptive and intelligent were left.
would spread out over the Earth, after each ice age, to become the
core of the improved hominid population. The next ice age would
then wipe out another huge tranche of the least intelligent of this
group, to repeat the process. Think of human intelligence as being
the golden coin in the pocket that survived numerous spin-wash cycles,
while the paper monies disintegrated.
or so the theory goes, because our growing intelligence enabled
us to cope with the rapidly changing environments caused by these
recurrent ice ages.
The less adaptable
hominids, each ice age, were wiped away by their lesser abilities
to adapt, which includes those near-survivors of the last ice age,
the Neanderthals, who disappeared from Gibraltar, in southern Iberia,
about 35,000 years ago.
education, bestowed upon me by the hapless taxpayers of England,
I was still unable to make the mental leap that the primal blueprint
buried deep within our genes is as valid today as it was ten thousand
It takes a
heroic genius like Mark Sisson to make that kind of unconventional
leap. Even his use of the word primal marks out his
far-sightedness, because its a positive forward-looking word
which as well as meaning first, also means the
best (witness Prime Minister as opposed to First
Minister), or the thing towards which we should aspire (the
Prime Directive of Star Command, in Star Trek).
The rest of
the movement uses the negative word paleo, which has
connotations of old, and the worst, or certainly
old-fashioned in a negative light, or the bad thing
that we are progressing away from or even evolving away from.
So how does
the primal lifestyle get someone to the point where they can drop
those lard fears, inculcated into most of us by vast legions of
Even with my
fortunate education described above, it took twenty years of insidious
weight gain for me to come to my senses, and only because I am pre-disposed
towards distrusting government propaganda because of my belief in
Even with that
interest, it took me fifteen years to reach Austrian economics through
a long road of Adam Smith, P.J.ORourke, and Ayn Rand, to eventually
discover Ludwig von Mises, Murray N. Rothbard, and Hans-Hermann
My final Austrian
breakthrough was achieved by a single pivotal book, which is Economics
in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt, which I recommend to anyone
who is interested in finding out what is really going on in the
economic world at the moment.
But until recently,
there has been nothing similar in the Paleo movement.
You stumbled from one magnum opus to another, all too difficult
or too challenging to take in at first glance. In Austrian economics
terms, its like stumbling across Human
Action in a second-hand bookshop, published in German, with
a foreword in Mandarin, as your first glimpse into the complex world
of Ludwig von Mises (though that complexity is based upon a small
set of simple axioms).
In other words,
only those truly dedicated and sufficiently rugged individualists
could make that breakthrough.
Even Mark Sissons
earlier magnum opus, The
Primal Blueprint, is difficult to take in, via one hit,
because although it is complete within itself, with a solid platform
built up over many years, just like Human Action, it is difficult
to discern a basic action plan from it.
Blueprint book is perhaps even more analogous to Murray Rothbards
mighty work, Man, Economy, and State. Its all there,
in glorious erudite detail. Its just too much to soak up in
Mr Sisson had filled this gap in his own market. He has created
a nutritional similacrum to Economics in One Lesson.
Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation book is just
colourful pieces it lays down what you need to know and what you
need to do to get primal. The philosophy is all still in there,
and so is the history, the rationale, and mission; but it is all
First up, the
key axiomatic concepts are dealt with in the human genetic story;
then the action items are laid out for you to get working on; then
a 21-day plan is created for you to get primal as rapidly as possible.
book also enables you to defend yourself against the forthcoming
torrents of propaganda the entrenched bureaucracies of conventional
wisdom will drench you with for daring to step outside of their
the book, you shall be able to buy your lard with confidence and
if the checkout clerk dares pull a face at your shopping basket,
youll be able to make that punks day with your erudition
lifestyle is so much more than the Atkins diet, and so much more
motivational, because you learn that you are doing the right thing
by your genes, which are embedded within the central core of every
single cell of your body. Mark Sissons primal blueprint may
even overturn the entrenched bureaucracies one day and deliver us
into a common sense future, if enough people adopt it.
So get yourself
a copy to help that wondrous day come about.
Or if youre
already sold on the idea, and you already have the Primal Blueprint
on your bookshelf, then get a friend a copy for Christmas.
You could save
Duncan [send him
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consultant within the quantitative finance industry.
© 2011 Andy Duncan