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Has there really never been a Carnivore experiment before or study...

Dominic RapsonComment

I think if people actually remember to check the past, I don’t mean dwell on the past.. but just look back once in a while lol, you will find there has been.



We will be talking about Vilhjalmur, although there are far earlier explorers, but his story of being stuck with the Inuit is one not very well known. And damn it should be the most known, but anyway here’s a link of all the others in order -


Vilhjalmur Stefansson, lived with a few different Inuit family’s in uncharted territory over 4 years. During this time he lived off only their diet, their schedules and followed life exactly as the artic people do. The Canadian was mostly interested in their nutrition, health and living conditions.

Not only him but also fellow expedition sailors and research colleagues, hunted and ate a variaty of sea mammals/fish, bears and migrating large ruminants such as caribou.

The Inuits ate 3-4 times a day, and dealt with the extreme colds very well, due to high amounts of calories from fat and protein. They ate nothing that had carbohydrates and also did not use or have any salt to add to foods, eating most of their meat raw and boiled.

They would preserve their food by freezing and drying, eating high fish (slightly rotten), and they would eat their fish slightly frozen, almost as hard as an ice cream left out the freezer for 5 minutes in room temperature. Also had no real problems eating slightly rotten red meat at the end of summer/autumn, with the odd polar bear meat and organs also. 

They generally ate one thing at a time and in its season, only sometimes mixing fats from other animals to leaner proteins from another animal if needed, such a seal blubber or whale blubber.  They chewed all the fatty parts of bones and ate cartilage/tendons raw and swallowed pieces whole. The heart and kidneys were fed to kids and the liver and all other parts fed to their sledge dogs. They ate little to no organs and were thriving on their favourite fats, full of fat soluble vitamins.

They had remarkably strong bones, energy, resistance to cold and musculature, which was only seen at night in their ice homes, heated by lamps burning fat oil, in which 20+ would sleep in completely naked. Their baggy clothes made of skin and left to dry for the next day of hunting and hard work to survive, they were not fat as their clothes may make them look and their round faces are genetics.

The Canadians explorers at 1st hated their diet and the Inuits would cook their fish differently for them. After 3-6 months, the explorers ate just like them and craved/loved their diet and reported never being bored of just meat. Upon returning back to boats, where they had a kitchen and western food, many felt sick and lethargic from the food, wanting to return back to their all meat diet. Although new comers that only stayed a few weeks, never adapted and would not return or try to be on meat alone, not enough adaptation time. 

Upon returning to North America, with growing vegetarian propaganda, no one believed the explorers and the different ethnicity’s of sailors, all survived on an all meat diet and actually thrived by feeling really strong and looking physically slim and fit.


The doctors and chemist at Bellevue Clinic, took in Vilhjalmur and an American called Anderson for a year long, extremely controlled and watched by lock and key study during 1928-1929, to see if they would become ill and what biochemically was occurring within their body’s.

2,100 calories from fat and 500 from protein a day, eating lamb/beef/chicken/bacon, no dairy or organs what so ever. Some raw or pink in the middle and some medium well cooked.

Over the year,  they lost excess fat, built muscle, stopped hair loss, raised their immune system in which around the time a nasty flu was admitting people to Bellevue and people were dying in the hospital, the carnivores shock off in a few days and looked healthier than previous times before the exploration and study.

Both explorers/study subjects developed no illness and had no cravings or wants for anything other than fatty meat. 


Instead of giving too much, time again if interested to do your own thinking and research. So I suggest you buy the book - Not by Bread Alone by Vilhjalmur Stefansson 

I hope I have sparked again your interest to look deeper than the years 2000. 


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