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    Default The Inuit Paradox

    Discover magazine
    published online October 1, 2004
    By Patricia Gadsby

    Patricia Cochran, an Inupiat from Northwestern Alaska, is talking about the native foods of her childhood: “We pretty much had a subsistence way of life. Our food supply was right outside our front door. We did our hunting and foraging on the Seward Peninsula and along the Bering Sea.

    “Our meat was seal and walrus, marine mammals that live in cold water and have lots of fat. We used seal oil for our cooking and as a dipping sauce for food. We had moose, caribou, and reindeer. We hunted ducks, geese, and little land birds like quail, called ptarmigan. We caught crab and lots of fish—salmon, whitefish, tomcod, pike, and char. Our fish were cooked, dried, smoked, or frozen. We ate frozen raw whitefish, sliced thin. The elders liked stinkfish, fish buried in seal bags or cans in the tundra and left to ferment. And fermented seal flipper, they liked that too.”

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    Default Re: The Inuit Paradox

    That is amazing they found raw meat rich in collegen a source of Vitamin C-I had wondered how that particular group had been able to find a source of Vitamin C.

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    I was tempted to fwd that link to Jennings.... =:-o

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    Noooo!!! Don't encourage him!!!

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    Default Re: The Inuit Paradox

    If a hunter cuts out and eats the adrenal glands of the animal immediately, he/she will get a goodly portion of vitamin C. This practice also protects the rest of the meat from the animal from becoming tainted with a bad taste, when it is eaten later.

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    I wonder why the adrenals would impart a bad taste to the meat.
    The one you really don't want to puncture is the bile duct!

    I'm debating raising a freezer lamb this year. Of course I no longer have fencing, but I have enough grass and shade to stake him out. I can kill, clean, skin, and butcher; I have an actual butcher block in my kitchen on which several deer were cut up. Why I hesitate: it's a daily commitment all summer into fall; I don't have a reliable cold place to hang the meat for 2 weeks, the way you do a deer in November. Paying a slaughterhouse makes the whole project less cost-effective....still thinking.

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    You need to factor in your time and energy-sometimes getting worn out and not being able to do routine stuff is more expensive.

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    If this daily rain & drizzle keep up, there'll be no garden to tend. Maybe I can put in a rice paddy?

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    We had snow Thursday and yesterday. The tourists are kinda freaking out.

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