Holistic Health the Way Nature Intended

Man the Frugivore

“To say that humans have the anatomical structure of an omnivore is an egregiously inaccurate statement.” – The great taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus, (1707-1778), a Swedish naturalist and botanist who established the modern scientific method of classifying plants and animals, classified humans not as carnivores, not as omnivores, nor even as herbivores, but as frugivores. Linnaeus writes: “Man’s structure, internal and external compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables are his natural food.” 

It is true to say that man is an ape, an anthropoid ape. All anthropoid apes are herbivores/frugivores, meaning, of course, that the diet consists of fresh, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables, in particular, tender leafy greens and shoots, with the inclusion of small amounts of unroasted nuts and seeds. This is the diet for man. 

In the West, and more recently even in parts of the East, at least in so much as moving away from a plant-based diet, we have seen the results of deviating from this natural plan, this plan being an essential part of man’s true nature. 

Man, more especially western man, likes to think himself an omnivore. Nothing is further from the truth. Look at any chart comparing man with the omnivore and one finds that the human animal shares virtually none of the characteristics of the omnivorous animal. It is a fact, for instance, that the disease, arteriosclerosis, can only occur in herbivores. It cannot occur and is impossible to induce in omnivores, each having their own specific diet, each having their own nature. We find that in nature, each species has its own specific diet and to deviate from that leads to various problems. The cow, for instance, is a grass-eater. Yet in the factory farm, the cow is grain fed. As a result, these natural grass-eaters become very sick. They develop severe acidosis and have to be kept alive with large doses of antibiotic until slaughter. If they weren’t slaughtered, they would die anyway, being so diseased from this forced, unnatural lifestyle. What a horrific scenario! If hell does exist, then we need look no further as we see it manifest in the factory farm. 

I have heard the argument that man is different, that man has no diet specific to his species. Man, I have heard, is the exception and that is what sets him apart from the rest of natural world. Yet why should nature make an exception for man? Are we so arrogant as to think ourselves above and outside of nature? The only thing that sets man apart from the creature that roams wild is that the human animal has broken every natural law known to man and God and he’s got all the disease and suffering to prove it! If we do suffer, it is our own fault. If we do suffer, it is because we have broken the law!

Man is an anthropoid ape and all anthropoid apes are herbivores/frugivores. 

Below is a chart comparing man with the anthropoid ape and the carnivore as included the book, Nutrition and Athletic Performance by Dr. Douglas Graham.

Anthropoid Ape

Carnivore

Human

Walks upright

No

Yes

Two hands

No

Yes

Two feet

No

Yes

Forward vision

No

Yes

Millions of pores

No

Yes

Smooth tongue

No

Yes

Well-developed incisors

No

Yes

5-1-4-1-5 dental formula

No

Yes

Blunt molar teeth

No

Yes

Produces salivary amylase

No

Yes

Mammary gland on chest

No

Yes

Only two mammary glands

No

Yes

Disc-shaped placenta

No

Yes

Lacking claws

No

Yes

Flat nails

No

Yes

Lacking a tail

No

Yes

Flat nails

No

Yes

Long intestines, 12x body length

No

Yes

Stomach with duodenum

No

Yes

Relatively weak stomach acid

No

Yes

Convoluted colon

No

Yes

Susceptible to cholesterol buildup

No

Yes

Sweats through skin

No

Yes

Cools the body via perspiration

No

Yes

Low uric acid production

No

Yes

Alkaline saliva

No

Yes

Alkaline blood

No

Yes

Alkaline urine

No

Yes

Urine has weak odor

No

Yes

Vertical and horizontal jaw movement

No

Yes

Pouch-like cheeks

No

Yes

Lips capable of manipulating food

No

Yes

Flattened facial structure

No

Yes

Drinks via suction

No

Yes

 

 

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10 responses

  1. some interesting points :)

    October 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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    February 3, 2012 at 6:38 am

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  7. Alex

    Not that I’m against this or anything, not at all, but “flat nails” was listed twice, and most carnivores /do/ in fact have forward facing-vision; it helps with depth perception, which is crucial to hunting.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  8. Kerry Jorgensen

    I just discovered your site and writings. I am pleased with what I’ve read so far, I guess because it is what I have been trying to pass these ideas along for over 30 years. Swami Sri Yukteswar wrote about this also in a book named The Holy Science. What I found most interesting starts on page 61.

    I never stop being amazed how humans can overlook the obvious because they can not or choose not to see passed their biases.

    December 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • Thanks. I know The Holy Science well.

      December 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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