It's not true that there's no medical term for protein deficiency. It's called Kwashiorkor, and results from malnutrition/starvation.
Thanks for clarifying kwashiorkor. I first learned of it when I was a grad student at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health way back in 1983. At the time, it was considered a result of protein deficiency. I'm glad to know that more has been learned about it since then.
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Imagine a nature documentary which showed gorillas frying up hamburgers, eggs and bacon as part of their staple diet. I think that it might be met with some skepticism.
Actually gorillas have a reduced small intestine in comparison with humans and a larger colon which would suggest that they evolved to eat a more plant based diet than we did.
See: Leonard WR, Snodgrass JJ, Robertson ML. Evolutionary Perspectives on Fat Ingestion and Metabolism in Humans. Montmayeur JP, le Coutre J, editors. Fat Detection: Taste, Texture, and Post Ingestive Effects. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press; 2010. Chapter 1. Frontiers in Neuroscience.
Not only do gorillas have the longer intestines as do humans and it takes approximately 3 days for meat to travel through this as opposed to the lions and other carnivorous animals, but can you imagine a piece of meat lying on the ground in the summer for 3 days at 98.6 degrees. In 3 days it would rot and decay and putrify. That is what happens in our bodies...putrid, decaying meat travelling 3 days from start to finish..no wonder there is more cancer, heart attacks and illnesses due to this.
In addition, the gorillas and humans have similar teeth. We do not have the sharp canines meant to tear and rip flesh as do the meat eating animals.
And then there are the hands versus the sharp claws used for tearing the dead flesh. Our hands are cupped to hold fruit, not tear into carcinogenous flesh.
Gorillas sleep just 3 hours a day and have more energy than other animals during the 21 hours, unlike the lion who is awake just 3 hours to hunt and 21 hours to sleep.
And if all of this is not enough to convince one, what about world hunger? There is more than enough food on this planet for EVERYONE....if people were vegetarians. We breed cattle who eat the grains and plants that people could be eating and since they are larger than people, they eat more...stop breeding them and eat the soy and grains and there will be more than enough food................and natural medicines from the rain forests that the cattle are eating up.
I could go on and on....my husband and I are 73 and 79 and look 20 years younger and act like we were in our 40s...more energy than ever.
Folks take a lesson from the gorillas whom I believe are more in tune with their bodies..
A quick search on kwashiorkor clarifies this:
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Kwashiorkor (from Ghana language meaning "the sickness the baby gets when the new baby comes") was thought to be caused by insufficient protein consumption but with sufficient calorie intake, distinguishing it from marasmus. However, that is no longer the case.
More recently, micronutrient and antioxidant deficiencies have come to be recognized as contributory. This is a third world disease of extreme poverty.
It is now accepted that protein deficiency, in combination with energy and micronutrient deficiency [starvation], is necessary but not sufficient to cause kwashiorkor. The condition is likely due to deficiency of one of several types of nutrients (e.g., iron, folic acid, iodine, selenium, vitamin C), particularly those involved with anti-oxidant protection. Important anti-oxidants in the body that are reduced in children with kwashiorkor include glutathione, albumin, vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, if a child with reduced type one nutrients or anti-oxidants is exposed to stress (e.g. an infection or toxin) he/she is more liable to develop kwashiorkor.
One important factor in the development of kwashiorkor is aflatoxin poisoning. Aflatoxins are produced by molds and ingested with moldy foods. They are toxified by the cytochrome P450 system in the liver, the resulting epoxides damage liver DNA. Since many serum proteins, in particular albumin, are produced in the liver, the symptoms of kwashiorkor are easily explained. It is noteworthy that kwashiorkor occurs mostly in warm, humid climates that encourage mold growth.
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In other words, by learning about kwashiorkor, my point is further proven that there is no medical term for protein deficiency, because it's never diagnosed.
Man western society has such a hard on for protein.
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