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The Diet of the
Plague, What Went Wrong?
by Chris Daino
I didnít know much about the Plague
that attacked Europe circa 1347 to 1351. This was also
called the Black Death or Bubonic Plague. I heard of
it and the large amount of people that died, but didnít
know what it was about. So, when I saw a documentary
on TV, I watched it.
At the end of the show, they talked about how it was
the microbes that caused this, and that manís
deadliest enemy was the tiny microbe. That was scary,
but is it true?
Now, an interesting part of the show
talked about how after 1/2 of the population was
killed by the plague, that there was now more food to
go around to those who survived and they even had
luxury foods like fruit, vegetables and meat. What?
Yes, it seems that before the bubonic
plague, the diet of most of the populace was grains.
If you follow it back that was because there had been
a famine earlier. It was the Great Famine of
1315-1317, and started a series of famines till 1325.
There was not enough food and this created the grain
diet. The European medieval diet for most of the
population was largely made of grains Ė wheat, rye,
oats and barley. It might have been the worldís
first whole grain or multi grain diet. The grains were
boiled whole in a soup or stew, ground into flour and
made into bread, or malted and brewed into ale.
Although I know that some people claim that grains are
good for you (mostly the people who grow and process
grains) that sort of diet is not healthy.
What does this type of diet do
to the immune system and the bodyís general health?
If you read the biological effects that the plague had
sometimes it attacked the lymph glands, and sometimes
the respiratory system.
What was the cause of this epidemic?
Was it the microbes or the populaces starved and
weakened bodies that easily succumbed to the microbes?
The bodyís immune system first becomes compromised.
It is interesting that recent plagues such as Ebola
are also connected to
starving populations. A shortage of food is a problem
that had been prevalent in the countries hardest hit by Ebola
No, manís deadliest enemy isnít
the microbe, but his diet. And in our current
environment, it is the fact that he allows himself to
eat foods lacking in nutritional value and that can
lower his immunity and makes him become effect of many
things including microbes.
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