A well know wild edible expert named John Kallas brought up a very important fact that most people refuse to seriously consider in regard to ones health. When I was reading it, it just rang so true his words about the reality of how animals both land and water can and will indeed make your body ill. In the Torah there is a Hebrew word "Tameh" which can literally translated poisonous. And those who eat them will make their bodies filled with disease or also meaning seriously ill by them. The idea that is first portrayed is how it will effect us in a physiological way, brain wise, in that of ones mental state is altered and effected when these creatures are ingested internally. While the secondary point refers to their physical state and affect made upon the human body which thus causes us internally to become ill and this does not have to be immediate for the effects to manifest itself.
Think about it when you eat what ever it is that you swallow once it goes into the esophagus then is absorbed into the walls of the small intestine which is then transmitted into your blood stream. And from there it begins to circulate all over your body, including your brain. When one eats an animal like a rat the actual problems that most survivalist and educators are not telling you as you may have learned but forgot in biology class is that that animal as it is being digested into your small intestine and later broken down into a form that is transferable into the blood stream and what are those things? Try carbohydrates, amino acids, fats, hormones and vitamins. Yeah that right the rat's hormones? And however that rat may have been physically also will impact the reality of how its internal health or lack of it will add to your internal problems.
So what was it John Kallas said which rings so true in relation to these points made above?In his book "Edible WIld Plants (2010)"? In his book page 38-40 he said, "The hidden toxicity demonstrates the difference between an acute toxin and a more subtle or underlying one. An acute toxin is fast-acting and dramatic. You may not die from it, but you feel symptoms as soon as the toxin starts to affect the body. With an acute toxin, you know that you've been poisoned. You may totally recover from an acute toxic incident, you may retain some permanent damage, or you may die from it. An underlying toxin is one that works at a less obvious level. The toxin may build up over time to produce more dramatic symptoms later or may continually damage some organ or physiological process, thereby degrading function. It may also have a temporary effect. That is, your body heals over time if you stop being exposed to it; or the toxin may cause permanent damage even if you stop being exposed to it. An underlying toxin can cause death by damaging vital system over time. These toxins are the reason you cannot assume that just because a plant part taste good, it is edible"
His point being made is so true in regard to what people call false survival food. As the diet people may allow themselves to be put under will indeed affect their physical health and mental state of being. It reminds me of an old saying I once was told growing up "You are what you eat." This literally is so true in every way. What we eat is the cause of many mental altered states most do not even think about let alone attribute to their eating habits and overall health. Being a Jew this is one of the most important physical aspects of life is our diet. The Torah does not just focus upon what creatures are unclean or poisonous and abominable or something that makes you seriously ill, but also how the behavior of these creatures effect the mental state of those who eat these very creatures. And what makes this even more important is the more subtle or underlying effects are the very things most do not even think about. For example a lobster is a creature that will eat dead decaying animals and prey on its own weaker buddy therefore being cannibalistic. Which when ingested, causes a chemical dis-functionality in the brain which is then produces effects in a persons behavior. Very much like drugs do when ingested cause moods and behavioral issues to exist as well as physical affects which drugs are also known to contribute to. Such mental effected behavior would be signs like mental aggression against others, increase feelings of hatred, bulling behavior just to point out some. Where as the eating of pig meat (an animal which eats literally anything and has literally a simple digestive system which causes toxins to remain in the pigs body without being expelled out); such mental effected behavior would be signs like opened mindedness to ideas that are toxic, lack of concentration, struggle to effectively make good decisions and so on.
Its without a doubt people understand that things we ingest such as alcohol when taking in larger doses causes mental impairment, as well as slow motor reflexes and poor decision functionality. Yet despite this knowledge people still chose to become intoxicated none the less. Yet even when we are faced with the facts that mollusks carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Shellfish are known to have tropomyosin which produce allergies. Shrimp carry a parasite called Pleistophora mulleri which is known to increase higher levels of cannibalism in shrimp let alone the affects it would place upon humans ingesting such things. To be brutally honest our society which eats tons of shrimp the literally affects socially are points of proof at how cannibalistic people are at seeking to destroy each others character, and sleazy acts used to humiliate and degrade others at grave proportions. And can be defined as cannibalistic psychological social acts.
So when you think about the normal things people all over are calling food just think about the serious problems people portray out in the field as being called survival food?
Cockroaches and lobsters are literally relatives. In an article written by Albertha Ladina on the site called "bugsinourbackyard" She writes, "The American Lobster, Homarus americanus, is a crustacean found along the Atlantic coast of North America. Crustaceans shares a common ancestor with all insects, including the household cockroach, Blattaria. Insects and crustaceans belong to the phylum Arthropoda. The class Insecta, contains insects (no way!) such as mosquitos, beetles, and ants. Insects all have six legs, two antennae, three body parts, and most have two pairs of wings. The six legs of a cockroach serve as a locomotor system, which gives them the ability to run under couches, refrigerators, or old baseboard molding. Insects breathe through a tracheal system, which brings oxygen in air to their cells, through tiny tubes with openings at on the sides of each body segment. Many insects are short-lived creatures, but some, like cicadas, can live for more than a decade! Lobsters are comparatively very long-lived creatures. They can live up to 50 years in the wild! Although these organisms appear to be very different, plenty of evidence suggests that the lobster and the cockroach are more similar than many people might think! They are both arthropods with segmented bodies, exoskeletons made of chitin, and a need to molt as they grow. Both groups have compound eyes, jointed legs, and muscle fibers gathered into bands. On a more superficial level, lobsters and cockroaches are both active at night and omnivorous, consuming a wide variety of foods. And while the arthropod phylum contains lots of other creatures, such spiders and centipedes, anatomical and DNA evidence all support the idea that insects and crustaceans are more closely related to one another than to the other arthropods. It may therefore not be so weird to think of lobsters as ‘cockroaches of the sea."
When you begin to listen to the wisdom that most animals are not edible and plain toxic to our bodies you can't help but realize how important our health is, and should be the very thing you deem important to yourself as well. I will never forget the impact I underwent when changing my diet. As I myself once thought it was ok to actually eat those things. But once I realized I was being socially programmed and changed I went from eating them to actually being disgusted at even smelling these animals carcasses. I will never forget talking to a lady who was use to eating blood sausages and in her eyes these were such her favorites she would go crazy anytime her friends would bring her this as a gift. Until she learned it was toxic to her eating it. Then one day her friend who had traveled to meet her after her no longer eating it. She thought to herself I know its not good but oh my I haven't had one in a long time and began to think about her enjoyment she once had eating them. The minute she took a bit she immediately was repulsed physically and threw up. She was totally stunned, "How is it possible? How did I once eat this but now my taste buds are completely repulsed by it now?" When she finished telling me her story she said, "I never ever desired to touch let alone eat that again." And she said, "It truly is real that when you stop eating bad things your body recovers from it and no longer wants to have it and is even repulsed by it." Ask any person who removes junk food from their diet, and begins to eat healthy how in truth your body rejects physically those things and functions properly and healthy without it.
So is there a real survival food? Indeed there is, and the only ones which are edible and non-toxic to our bodies are a four types of grasshopper which has wings, four walking legs and two back legs which are used to leap with, as well as their characteristics which are defined by their very names סָלְעָם Salam (swallow up -in reference to their eating up vegetation) אַרְבֶּה Arbeh (to multiply -in reference to their numerous proliferation abilities) חַרְגֹּל Chargol (run right and left, run swiftly -in reference to their characteristic movement) חָגָב Chagav (to veil or conceal, hide- in reference to their covering the sky like a blanket). Thus meaning all other species of insects are completely toxic and will cause harm to our health both mentally as well as physically.
For many who are out there they when they think of what is taught in relation to what is typically regarded as survival food you might be thinking of these ridiculous statements such as, "You can, with relatively few exceptions, eat anything that crawls, swims, walks, or flies." (The Army Survival Manual) Uh? No! Not true unless you want to sincerely neglect and just pass off the idea that an underlying toxin is worth suffering any disease that will make you ill, sick and that which you can eventually die from, you should say to yourself "My life is worth more than that nasty bug being in my belly." Let's be real by falsely calling a grub worm protein is a huge misguided world wide false teaching. Just think a grub eats dead decaying vegetation before turning to root feeding, Would you feast on dead decaying vegetation well eat this and you already have. Yuk!
So what is Protein? It is basically nitrogenous organic compounds of amino acids. And it is the only nutrient that supplies the bodies cells with what they need to grow, build muscle and stay healthy. So let's think here a bit, does this mean if something has protein its inherently edible? No! Even your own poop literally has 2-25% protein in it. Does that mean it's edible? So Why would someone call a worm protein? What about all the other crap it has in its body and cell wall tissues? I mean lets be real, lobster eat dead decaying matter and well what ever drops to the bottom of the sea even. and including, dead human bodies of those who drowned in the ocean. But hey just each 6-ounce serving of lobster contains: 28 grams of protein right? If your not already disgusted by now and or searching for the nearest trash barrel, you at least should be by now. So before you think of taking that first bite just remember it is not worth it in the end.
But if that does not bother you let me continue on this mission to help encourage you from eating these unclean animals like snakes, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake carries what called ectoparasites, such as the iguana tick (Amblyomma dissimile) and a host to endoparasites such as a nematodes (Acaris nuda, Hexametra boddaertii), American colubrid pentastomes (Kiricephalus coarctatus), and North American porocephalus (Porocephalus crotali). But what are you going to just decieve yourself and say but wait it has 16.3 grams of protein and 11.2 grams of fat and 469.1 calories. You see this is how dumb society has become they refuse to outline the parasites and diseased things that are in these filthy animals and try to spoon feed the public a false idea of edibility by merely referring to some small biological points. So if your wise you won't eat the garbage you being feed in survival shows and videos. And you will learn to think smart and eat healthy.
Avi Ben Shalom: