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Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Jun 12 09:42:52 PDT 2013

On 6/12/13 9:13 AM, Udhay Shankar N wrote:
> http://fork-free.tumblr.com/
>     @tinysubversions <https://twitter.com/tinysubversions> Did you know that the widespread modern overbite is attributable to
>     the adoption of forks? theatlantic.com/health/archive… <http://t.co/Ak4pMV14rm>
>     — Shane Liesegang (@OptimistPanda) June 4, 2013 <https://twitter.com/OptimistPanda/status/341964618102611968>
> Forks are unnatural. It’s our imperative to excise them from our lives.

This _is_ part of our natural evolution.  Perhaps our main brain-building mutation from other primates concerns having a weaker 
jaw.  The fork may have been our latest evolutionary step, leading to real science and civilization which seems highly correlated.


Various back-to-(supposed)-nature, various forms of vegan, etc. aren't necessarily natural or healthy.

> Ashton Kutcher's leading role as Steve Jobs in the biopic"jOBS" -- which recently premiered at /Sundance/ 
> <http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20668484,00.html> -- took an immediate and dangerous turn when, two days before 
> filming began, the actor was hospitalized with pancreas problems 
> <http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/01/26/ashton-kutcher-steve-jobs-sundance/1866023/> after reportedly mimicking 
> the Apple founder's diet.
> "First of all, the fruitarian diet 
> <http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/01/26/ashton-kutcher-steve-jobs-sundance/1866023/> can lead to like severe 
> issues," Kutcher told /USA Today/. "I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like 
> doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack," Kutcher added. "It was really terrifying ... 
> considering everything."
> By several accounts, including Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography /Steve Jobs/, the tech entrepreneur often went on fruit-only 
> diets. In fact, according to Isaacson, it was the inspiration for his company's name: "I was on one of my fruitarian diets," 
> Jobs reportedly told Isaacson <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/steve-jobs-last-words_n_1066211.html> of the decision 
> to call the computer company Apple.
> However, despite Kutcher's experiences, there is no evidence that a fruit-only diet leads to pancreatic problems and it is 
> certainly not a risk factor for pancreatic cancer (the disease that killed Jobs to which Kutcher alludes). In fact, a diet 
> high in fruits and veggies can actually /reduce/ the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society 
> <http://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-risk-factors>. Conversely, dietary risk factors 
> for pancreatic cancer include meat-heavy diets and diets high in processed foods.
> Still, a fruitarian diet can be unhealthfully incomplete. Columbia University's Health Center reports that eating mostly or 
> only fruit can cause deficiencies <http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/fruitarian-teens-are-they-stunting-their-growth> in 
> essential vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin D, B12 and other B-complex vitamins. It can also be 
> too low in protein and fatty acids.
> Although it sounds as if Jobs ate exclusively fruit, it's important to note that most fruitarians do not subsist entirely off 
> of sweet fruits <http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/vegetarian-and-vegan-diet>. While there are many definitions of the 
> diet, those who call themselves fruitarians eat diets that include nuts, seeds, vegetables and small amounts of grains, beans, 
> legumes and tofu.


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