Rabbit Starvation Syndrome

Early American explorers who had to survive solely on lean meats, such as rabbits, developed medical problems that resembled starvation. (Source) This condition, known as protein poisoning or rabbit starvation, is a medical condition in which the human body does not get enough of the required nutrients even though there is enough sufficient amounts of calories. Protein poisoning is rare, though it is possible if a human only eats lean meats. The body needs vitamins, minerals and fats to properly process animal proteins. Without these, if the diet is too rich in animal meat, sickness and even death can ensue.

Protein Amounts

Protein is a key macronutrient and one your body needs to survive. Proteins are composed of amino acids. After ingesting protein, your body breaks down those amino acids and uses them to replace the proteins that exist in your body. The United States Government and Conventional medicine experts recommend that you get about 10 to 35 percent of calories from protein.

For holistic science, this official recommendation is based on spurious and distorted reasoning. The facts have consistently shown that any diet tha thas more than 10 percent proteins, especially animal proteins, is deleterious for human health and longevity. (Source)

Protein Poisoning

In reality, eating a diet too high in protein can, after several weeks, result in death. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Institute of Medicine, “rabbit starvation” can occur when one gets 45 percent of your calories from protein. Such protein-rich diets can lead to symptoms that include nausea, weakness and diarrhea, those these symptoms abate when the protein content of the diet is reduced by increasing the amount of fats or carbohydrates.

Other sources like the China Study have consistently shown that animal protein is a cancer fertilizer, in particular when the proportion exceeded 5 percent of animal protein. (Source).

Other studies corroborate this finding. Section under construction.

Hereinafter, a published review on excess animal protein.

Excess Proteins

However, we need to preliminarily remind viewers that in general, most humans in the developed world take in too much protein that this practice fuels many chronic diseases.

“Considerable debate has taken place over the safety and validity of increased protein intakes for both weight control and muscle synthesis. The advice to consume diets high in protein by some health professionals, media and popular diet books is given despite a lack of scientific data on the safety of increasing protein consumption. The key issues are the rate at which the gastrointestinal tract can absorb amino acids from dietary proteins (1.3 to 10 g/h) and the liver’s capacity to deaminate proteins and produce urea for excretion of excess nitrogen. The accepted level of protein requirement of 0.8g x kg(-1) x d(-1) is based on structural requirements and ignores the use of protein for energy metabolism. High protein diets on the other hand advocate excessive levels of protein intake on the order of 200 to 400 g/d, which can equate to levels of approximately 5 g x kg(-1) x d(-1), which may exceed the liver’s capacity to convert excess nitrogen to urea. Dangers of excessive protein, defined as when protein constitutes > 35% of total energy intake, include hyperaminoacidemia, hyperammonemia, hyperinsulinemia nausea, diarrhea, and even death (the “rabbit starvation syndrome”). The three different measures of defining protein intake, which should be viewed together are: absolute intake (g/d), intake related to body weight (g x kg(-1) x d(-1)) and intake as a fraction of total energy (percent energy). A suggested maximum protein intake based on bodily needs, weight control evidence, and avoiding protein toxicity would be approximately of 25% of energy requirements at approximately 2 to 2.5 g x kg(-1) x d(-1), corresponding to 176 g protein per day for an 80 kg individual on a 12,000kJ/d diet. This is well below the theoretical maximum safe intake range for an 80 kg person (285 to 365 g/d). (Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2006 Apr;16(2):129-52. A review of issues of dietary protein intake in humans. Source)

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