Unfortunately, only for German speakers. They talk about their lifestyle and also mention the foods they eat. Crocodile meat, insects, worms, sago,... not sure I could eat all of that ;)
And to make this a question: I know appearance doesn't necessarily reflect health but I have to say that most of them don't look to good to me. What do you think about them, do you think this is the natural human appearance?
Seems Lyle McDonald has a point when he asks "would you like to look like one of them?"
Here's the link: http://tvthek.orf.at/programs/1306-Newton/episodes/2558311-Newton
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on June 29, 2011
at 09:14 PM
Their "looks" are part of genetic adaptation. I'm sure they look just wonderful to each other, hence the obvious kid production.
What I see when I watch the video is a lot of lean muscle and healthy teeth (how else you going to munch that sago?).
Also, keep in mind that an HG tribe that is living without modern medicine is going to experience health issues regardless of diet. Distended bellies could be the result of worm infestations or even malnourishment (from drought, bad hunting trips, lack of variety).
They are also living much harder lives then we can imagine. It is a touch naive to think that our HG ancestors were bronze statuesque muscle bound fashion models. They were likely haggard, scarred, and dirty.
on June 30, 2011
at 05:15 AM
Thanks for the link- definitely a very interesting video-
What struck me was how the tribes really valued their protein sources- for example how in one tribe 'the pigs are considered part of the family and sleep with them until slaughtered' (very rough translation) and the celbrations seem to be centered around protein (I almost wonder if they picked that fight in order to have something to celebrate and 'pig out' afterwards with their neighbors (pun intended!).
Also interesting that women and children would be given the internal organs- in modern society we might consider those the worst oprts, but since they are the most nutrient dense it makes sense to me if you want to invest in future generations.
I think that this is not "the" natural human appearance, but it is a variation thereof... I wouldn't mind the natural tendency towards lean and muscular, but without all of the issues caused by physical trauma, burns and the apparent moderate fat and protein deficiences of some of these tribes.
I don't think there is one human appearance- just like the finches on neighboring islands that developed towards different body shapes, sizes and beak types depending upon the diet that was avaiable to them, I think their physical forms are a manifestation of the potential limits/challenges of their diets and lifestyles. It is noticeable that they typically all are pretty well muscled and have good teeth (other than the guide who left the tribe for civilization and has about 2 teeth left), but the short stature and a couple of other issues of the last group speaks to several potential deficiencies...
on January 20, 2012
at 05:13 PM
Do you now the name of the tv show. im german speaking and the link is going to an 404 site.
on June 29, 2011
at 10:42 PM
there is no way i can take any of the current HG tribes as an example of how i personally should eat and live my life in general: : :
let's be honest: modern HGs are just third world savages (mostly) living in terrible conditions, and leading uncivilized / uncultured / unsophisticated life - - - 'paleo' is purely a theoretical concept of romanticized 'prehistoric' past, and the less it resembles real people the better!