Raw Food

Question:
I wanted to thank you for a very superior product. I can't always get enough grassfed and other healthy meat to either feed raw or to cook for my pets and it is great to have your product for those times! I really appreciate it. I also wanted to add my two cents concerning some of the information on your website. I have done lots of research concerning diets both hands on and in lots of reading and I have to say that I don't find the raw diet to be the best one for most of us. Some people seem to thrive on a raw diet but I know a number of people on raw foods, who look like holocaust survivors. Humans have a digestive track that is 35% less than what apes, chimps, and other similar species have and that is because humans eat cooked food, which needs a shorter digestive time since the food is already broken down by cooking. Considering the hundreds of thousands of years, we have eaten cooked food, it makes sense that we have adapted to it physically. Also, there are so many foods that need cooking in order to be digested like winter squashes, root vegetables, etc and many foods increase in nutrition after cooking. Cooked tomatoes have many times the lycopene available compared to raw tomatoes. That works the same way for other vegetable and foods. If humans hadn't started cooking food, it is unlikely that they would have been able to move outside of the tropics into other parts of the planet. It would have been better for the planet and other species, in my opinion, if humans had not been able to inhabit every possible climate and biosphere but it happened nonetheless. Indigenous people thrive on native diets low in carbs and high in fats and meats and some fruit and vegetables and when they go to a processed western diet, then the health problems begin. After suffering while on various restrictive diets, I am now really thriving on a local whole foods diet with grassfed meats, dairy and eggs along with veggies and fruit and I eat some raw food everyday. Likewise, I think that dogs and cats, having lived with humans for thousands of years have adapted to some cooked food. My farmer grandparents gave their dogs lots of raw bones, some leftovers and also whole grain mushes stewed with organ meats and the dogs lived long healthy lives. I realize that you will probably disagree with me as my friends, who eat raw do. Some of them act like cult members now that they eat raw. In any event, you seem open to dialogue and I appreciate that too.

Answer:
Thank you for your thoughtful letter.

We agree with much of what you say. If you study Dr. Wysong's writings (http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-nutrition-publications.php) and the Optimal Health Program™ (http://wysong.net/wohp/) you will see that the ideal is put forward with the understanding that compromises can be made without significant harm.

It is not clear, however, that the miniscule portion of time that humans have cooked food (the only creature in existence to do so, incidentally) compared to biological history, has resulted in appropriate adaptations. Even the new discoveries in epigenetics cannot justify the dramatic dietary changes.

Chronic degenerative diseases, not health, are the result. We survive, but are like walking wounded.

Your eating regimen seems both intelligent and healthy.

Question:
Thanks for your response. I appreciate the wiggle room that Wysong seems to allow for. Regarding the argument that we are the only species to cook our food. That argument against cooked food doesn't seem very strong. We are the only creature to cook food, to wear clothing, to use written language, etc. The list of onlys for our species compared to other animals is quite large if you think about it. Should we stop wearing clothes and writing books and cooking food and burning fuel to stay warm, etc...? The only way for us to survive if we gave up all the onlys that we as humans do is to move back to the tropics.

Answer:
With regard to health, you are probably right about shedding clothes and moving to the tropics. As Dr. Wysong has noted, the lack of Vitamin D from lack of sun has now been proven to be a major contributing factor in the causation of most of the chronic degenerative and mental diseases we suffer. (http://www.wysong.net/PDFs/omegad.pdf)

Modern living forces us to compromise. The trick is to do as little of it as possible.