The Inuit people of Greenland eat mainly polar bears, seals and whales. While this may seem too high fat for us, they actually have one of the healthiest diets on the planet. However, man-made toxins are building up in these animals, which when eaten can cause reduced fertility, genetic damage and deformities in children, so the Inuit may have to switch to a more Western diet. This will be a shame, because the Inuit’s traditional diet protects them from modern diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Twenty-five years ago diabetes didn’t exist in Greenland, while today there are three times as many diabetics there as in Denmark. Dr. Jens C. Hansen says, “While we need to give dietary advice to avoid the over-consumption of environmental toxins, we must also avoid people abandoning their traditional diet for a Western one.”
Since Greenland doesn’t produce any pollution, and the Inuit are suffering from toxins produced by industrialized nations. A report by the Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations says, “To discover that the food which for generations has nourished them and kept them whole physically and spiritually is now poisoning them is profoundly disturbing and threatens Indigenous Peoples’ cultural survival.”
Never dismiss the wisdom of so-called primitive people.
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