Before: Does Hunting Improve Your Health?
The dangers of hunting have been around since the beginning. Hunting is a violent sport and some say it damages the health of hunters because killing could have negative psychological effects. According to the North American Hunting Association, (NAHA) hunting has many positive psychological benefits for adults and children. They include: reducing stress, decreasing anger and aggression, improving self-esteem and social interaction, as well as providing a stronger bond between fathers and sons.
Risks of Hunting:
The risk of hunting is not just with the animals. According to the North American Hunting Association (NAHA) in their article Health Benefits of Hunting: “Hunters are often automatically accused of being reckless when it comes to firearms safety. It is important to note that hunting accidents involving serious injury to hunters are extremely rare. According to a study done by the Medical University of South Carolina, the odds of dying from a hunting accident is approximately 0.00008” (2005).
After: The Science Behind the Mythical “Grain Busting” Deer Diet
The so-called ‘deer diet’ is based on two false premises. First, that deer have strong enough stomach acid to digest grains, which they simply don’t. Second, that a deer’s stomach is larger than a human’s and bigger body mass means more food can be consumed. Well, according to the North American Hunting Association, (NAHA) those are myths:
“The stomach of an average-sized whitetail deer holds only about one quart, or two pounds. That’s less food than an average adult eats in a day. So how can a deer live on that limited amount of food, and why do deer seem to eat constantly? Contrary to popular belief, white-tailed deer can subsist on far less food than a human and survive very well with so little. A deer’s digestive process is about 98% efficient, which is actually higher than the efficiency of the human digestive tract. The deer’s digestive system is able to utilize only the nutrients it needs. The remaining unused calories become waste. It’s also important to know that deer are ruminants and do not chew their food like cows do. Chewing helps to break down food more efficiently.”
#2 2015 New York Times bestseller about the scientific study of hunter health
The science behind the mythical “grain busting” deer diet has been explored in the bestseller The Paleo Solution, by Robb Wolf. As a nutritionist and researcher, he says: “When we eat meat and vegetables, instead of grains, we’re not only feeding a vital human diet, but our bodies are optimized for this natural way of eating […] We’re giving our bodies all the tools they need to be healthy and strong.”
The Paleo Solution was ranked #2 in 2015 New York Times bestseller list. The book offers a scientific exploration of the hunter-gatherer diet and lifestyle, which emphasizes both the environment and genetics, as well as a simple plan to lose weight, gain energy, and prevent or reverse various diseases.
The book is based on the theory that by eating like our ancestors we can optimize our health, fitness and performance in the modern world. It is a return to the diet that shaped our genome over millions of years.