The idea that eating meals at a regular time being racist is weird enough, but "anti-science"? Does the woman even know what the word science means? Good gravy. She's not sure if it makes you sick, but implies that science says it is bad for you.
In fact, she gets the science backward.
Hers is a pedestrian progressive pasting of American history. We took an idyllic Indian paradise and put up a parking lot. Except for the part where the largest pre-Columbian American empire -- the Aztecs -- practiced cannibalism, as did the Iroquois, tribes in the Caribbean and at least one in Texas. And except for the part where they did not use the wheel for transportation. In fact, they were primitive. That's an impolitic thing to say, but if you are going to praise a group for being one-with-nature and the like, then you admit their technology was primitive.
From her article:
Historian Abigail Carroll, author of the book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, explained to me that the the thrice-daily eating schedule goes back at least as far as the Middle Ages in Europe. When European settlers got to America, they also imported their meal habits: a light meal — maybe cold mush and radishes — in the morning, a heavier, cooked one midday, and a third meal similar to the first one later in the day. They observed that the eating schedule of the native tribes was less rigid — the volume and timing of their eating varied with the seasons. Sometimes, when food was scarce, they fasted. The Europeans took this as "evidence that natives were uncivilized," Carroll explained to me in an email. "Civilized people ate properly and boundaried their eating, thus differentiating themselves from the animal kingdom, where grazing is the norm." (So fascinated were Europeans with tribes' eating patterns, notes Carroll, that they actually watched Native Americans eat "as a form of entertainment.")Of course, Europeans fasted as well. Lent is one example. And yes, it is uncivilized to graze. Civilization is not the enemy of mankind; it is an advancement. The chief beneficiaries of civilization -- PhD's -- love to mock it.
Her science is thin:
Biologist Satchidananda Panda of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, meanwhile, observed in a 2012 study that mice consuming all of their calories within an eight-hour window were less likely to develop metabolic diseases like diabetes than those who ate whenever they pleased. A follow-up study last year confirmed the results — though no one has conducted similar studies in humans.Actually, that would seem to support the idea of mealtimes rather than the perpetual grazing that early Europeans observed among
By the way, the life expectancy at birth of a white American is 10 years longer than that of American Indians. There are many reasons for that. But it is apparent that grazing has not been the savior of the tribe.
The claim to science by Kiera Butler is a relatively new maneuver by liberals. It follows the global warming/climate change model of debate. You toss out some numbers or a study and use it to intimidate anyone who questions your viewpoint. Why, if you eat three square meals a day, you are not only racist but anti-science. Through overuse, racism has lost its punch over the years.
Now that she has attacked sitting down and eating a meal as racist and anti-science, I look forward to her attack on indoor plumbing and outhouses. After all, these, too, were imposed on American Indians by white Europeans who thought taking a dump any old place was uncivilized.
Tip of the cap to Bob Dylan for the headline (as sung by Joan Baez).