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Excerpts from a Visitor to Pavithra Nature cure hospital Coimbatore .

Thanks – Artyplantz.

Let me share some nuggets from the lectures of the good Doctor (Dr Subramanian) which I had the privilege to listen to and permitted to note down.

1. Of the five principles (bhutas) that nourish the trees and plants, which in turn nourish the animal forms of life including us, aakaasha, tejas and vaayu are directly In contact with the leaf-covered canopies of trees (Aakaasha is radiation from space, tejas is the sun shining and vaayu is the atmosphere. The fourth, jala is water, whether from rain or from irrigation but substantially as underground water available through roots and the trunk and branches. The fifth, Prithvi is the group of minerals in the soil brought up with the water. Fruits in fruit trees are normally in the canopy and are thus solar cooked, vaayu fed, space nourished ready food from Nature. The subsoil water that goes into their making is already filtered through a lot of tree fiber before it reaches the fruit stems. And only soluble minerals reach the fruits.
2. Plants which are closer to the ground are slightly inferior in this regard and also produce some ripe fruits. They do produce varieties of juicy unripe fruits which have sucked up a lot of water from the soil along with minerals. They are also exposed to the essential three bhutas. A simple process of boiling makes them easier to chew in the mouth and that is all that has to be done to make gourds and other watery vegetables easier to eat and digest.
3. Citrus fruits are juicy and rich in minerals, vitamins and energy giving sugars. When they are chewed by herbivores and men, the alkaline saliva of herbivores and human beings mixes with them, their acidity is neutralized and they do not cause acidity in the stomach.
4. Fruits that are sour when unripe but become sweet on ripening are excellent food. Fruits that continue to be sour are also good, but must be chewed longer in the mouth when eaten as such to mix well with our alkaline saliva.
5. Milk as food is needed by infants for a small, individually variable period. Only the mother’s milk is needed for its/her own young. Milk or processed milk products are simply not needed for adults or grown up children.
6. Vegetables and greens contain a small amount of protein, which is adequate for the human body. We do not need more protein of any kind.
7. Fruitarianism consists of eating both ripe and unripe fruits raw. In the modified Pavithra recommendation, unripe fruits are boiled with water to minimize use of our canines and inviting chewing with flat teeth and thus greater mixing with saliva.
8. Fruit juices themselves become medicines for common illnesses. Use of lemon juice for colds and simple fevers and wood apple juices for diarrhea are commonly prescribed by naturopaths.
9. Even with the limited intake of fat as coconut dressing, and with exposure to the sun by suitable means every day, the required amount of Vitamin D for the body can be managed. Coconut and papaya are very different kinds of fruit but both qualify as good food because of their availability at a height, fully exposed to the Sun and air.
10. The body’s requirement of Vitamin B12 is guaranteed by the use of hand-pounded brown/red rice and only hand-processed other grains. Not polishing or refining the grains is enough to provide the vitamin, which will be made by stomach bacteria.
11. Stamina for large amount of work, while on their feet, is more the asset of grass eating ruminants (such as cows and deer) and equines (horses and related animals) rather than large cats. Lions and tigers run fast in small spurts but get tired. They have to hunt partly by stealth.
Dr. Milton R. Mills’ paper on the positive physiological evidence that the human species is indeed herbivore, are very telling (2). Several blogs, which have been appearing in a number of sites afterwards, summarize his conclusions and advance his thesis more or less in the following manner:
“Although some historians and anthropologists say that man is historically omnivorous, our anatomical equipment consisting of¬ teeth, jaws, and digestive system favors a fleshless diet. The American Dietetic Association notes that ‘most of mankind for most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets.’ ”
And much of the world still lives that way. Even in most industrialized countries, the love affair with meat is less than a hundred years old. It started with the refrigerated car and the twentieth-century consumer society. But even in the twentieth century, man’s body has not adapted to eating meat. The prominent Swedish scientist Karl von Linne states, “Man’s structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food.” The table below compares the anatomy of man with that of carnivorous and herbivorous animals. Humans are clearly seen to be not designed to digest and ingest meat. Reference has also been made by different vegan write ups to a chart by A.D. Andrews, Fit Food for Men, Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970, for which no link is available.
Feature Meat-eaters Herbivores Humans
Claws Have claws No claws No claws
perspiration Through tongue Through skin pores Through skin pores
teeth Sharp front teeth for tearing, no flat teeth for grinding no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
Intestinal tract length Only 3 times the body length 10 to 12 times the body length 10 to 12 times the body length
Stomach acid (HCl) Strong acid to digest meat 20 times weaker acid as compared to meat eaters 20 times weaker acid as compared to meat eaters
Salivary glands in mouth Rudimentary, as the animals do not have to digest grains Well developed salivary glands to predigest grains Well developed salivary glands to predigest grains
Nature of saliva Acidic , not containing enzyme ptyalin Alkaline, containing ptyalin to predigest grains Alkaline, containing ptyalin to predigest grains

Clearly if humans were meant to eat meat we wouldn’t have so many crucial ingestive/digestive similarities with animals that are herbivores.
Elsewhere in one discussion, a participant admits that man’s canine teeth might be the only kind of teeth that is not usually found in herbivore species, outside of the primate family. We have evolved from apes after all, and it is known in addition that the camel family which is truly herbivorous also possesses canines, which are however small in size. Carnivores and true omnivores have much larger canine teeth. Those herbivores which have small canines, have them to be able to bite into harder (mostly unripe) fruit. Herbivorous jaws are capable of sideways movement facilitating grinding with the flat teeth. Carnivorous jaws move up and down to facilitate grabbing and tearing into the flesh, which they eat.
Still later in the same discussion, a participant quotes from an article by John A. McDougall, M.D.:
“Cats are obligate carnivores – they must live on a diet primarily of meat – and their taste buds reflect this by having abandoned the tongue sensors that respond to sweet-tasting carbohydrates. Dogs are omnivores – they have retained both kinds of taste buds – those enjoying carbohydrates and amino acids. Human tongues respond pleasurably to sweet (carbohydrates), but have lost the taste for amino acids, placing us undeniably in the category of herbivores (plant eaters).”
Additionally, herbivores drink by sucking water up into their mouths as opposed to lapping it up with their tongue which all carnivores do.”
A carnivore’s or omnivore’s small intestine is not very long, as already mentioned. It is 3 to 6 times the length of its trunk. This is designed for rapid elimination of food that rots quickly. A herbivore’s small intestine, on the other hand, is 10 to 12 times the length of its trunk, and winds itself back and forth in random directions. This is designed for keeping food in it for long enough periods of time to extract all the valuable nutrients and minerals before the food enters the large intestine.
A carnivore’s or omnivore’s large intestine is relatively short and simple, like a pipe. This passage is also relatively smooth and runs fairly straight so that fatty wastes high in cholesterol can easily slide out before they start to putrefy. (This is why it’s impossible for carnivores to get cancer or heart disease from high cholesterol and clogged arteries.) A herbivore’s large intestine, or colon, is puckered and pouched, as is the human large intestine too, an apparatus that runs in three directions (ascending, traversing and descending), designed to hold wastes that originally were foods high in water content. This is so that the fluids can be extracted from these wastes, now that all the useful nutrients and minerals have been extracted. Substances high in fat and cholesterol that have been putrefying for hours during their long stay in the small intestine tend to get stuck in the pockets that line the large intestine. (Vegetarians have lower rates of colon cancer.)
Some objections raised by supporters of meat-eating are answered in one of the sites by a participant thus.
By now, the meat-eating reader already has objections.
Let me try to address some of these.
Objection 1: We’re capable of eating meat, therefore we’re omnivores.
Answer: Cats are also capable of eating both plants and meat. In fact, some people feed their cats a purely vegan diet. But cats are not omnivores, they are carnivores (as previously explained). True omnivores are not just capable of eating both plants and animals, but their bodies are optimized for it. Just because we can digest meat doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to. We can digest cardboard, but that doesn’t mean that we should.
Objection 2: Vitamin B12 is only obtained from meat, dairy, and eggs.
Answer: B12 isn’t made by animals, it’s made by bacteria. It’s found where things are unclean (and rotting flesh is dirty). This easily explains why historically it’s been easy to get B12, because until recently we didn’t live in a sanitized environment. Pull a carrot out of the ground and don’t wash it properly, and there’s almost certainly some B12 or B12 precursor there. Vegans should take a B12 supplement, not because veganism is unnatural, but because the modern diet is too clean to contain reliable natural sources of dirty B12.
Incidentally, our need for B12 is tiny: 3 micrograms a day. The amount of B12 you need for your entire life is smaller than four grains of rice.
Objection 3: Other primates eat meat.
Answer: It is hardly so. A chimp’s diet is 95-99% plant foods, and the non-plant food isn’t meat, it is termites. We also have to remember that primates are intelligent and curious and can make choices outside of instinct, just like humans do, so the tiny amount of non-vegetarian food they might eat could simply be due to choice, not instinct.
Ancient Indic communities became vegetarian or substantially vegetarian by intelligent choice and in their long history of using milk and milk products, had a tradition of treating cows like family members. In the modern age where the cow is only treated as a commercial asset, there is no excuse for dependence on cow’s milk by those men who do not believe in exploiting cows.

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  1. Good Analysis with data.

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