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13 Reasons Why The Game Changers Film Lies

Hey, what’s going on guys and gals? Thanks for tuning in. We featured this content as the first episode of the Karnivore Kurt podcast, so we also wanted to transcribe and make it available as a blog post if you prefer that type of medium! Super excited to have you all here. We’ve been creating and producing content on YouTube for about three months and it’s been a journey. It’s been a lot of fun learning about all the content. We thought for this episode we would go over the recent very popular film that’s out on Netflix called The Game Changers. It was produced by James Cameron and his wife, and it’s got some pretty big names behind the production of it. Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, just to name a few. And in the video on YouTube, the podcast – and now blog post, we basically break down 13 pretty big lies that are in the film. And yeah, I think it’s going to be a really good way for you to sort of dive in and just get some more information.So without further ado…

Welcome to 13 reasons why The Game Changers film LIES. We’re going to jump through 13 reasons here. I think there’s clearly some evidence that can be stated around why this film is really probably misleading…

So number one, James and Susie Cameron – these are the producers of the film. James Cameron is actually a heavy investor in Verdient Foods, which is an organic pea protein creator. He set a public goal to make it the largest pea protein company in North America. So right off the bat we know that the producer of the film is a vegan and he’s also made a major investment in a vegan company. This kind of leads us down this rabbit hole. So the film was pretty entertaining, but I would say that’s probably all it is.

So the second reason why this is a lie is James Wilkes, who’s a UFC fighter, takes us on a journey throughout the film. In one of the beginning sort of anecdotes, he talks about the gladiators and how the gladiators were these warriors, the greatest warriors of all time, and they primarily ate a plant based diet.

It’s kind of funny because I don’t think anyone’s debating that humans for our ancestry of of roughly 20 years, we took in some plants from time to time and that we did evolve from the apes and the primates and they were clearly herbivores. But it’s kind of funny because he uses this anecdote of gladiators and says, Hey, these guys ate a lot of plants. We must be vegan. There’s no reason for us to eat meat. They were clearly the best warriors in the world, so we should be warriors. Then he goes on to mention this compound, this molecule called strontium, which is very similar to calcium. And what’s actually kind of mortifying is that this compound has been has been approved in Europe to treat women with osteoporosis. What they found and what the American Bone Health Organization has has seen in studies is that the individuals given strontium had a significant increase in both heart attack and blood clotting compared to the the control group that did not get strontium.

So to say that strontium is this like miracle chemical is just crazy. And when it doesn’t take much, you can literally just Google it and ask if it’s safe and you’ll find results and you’ll be able to research this yourself. So to open a movie, talking about gladiators and how this compound strontium is like so much better for people – it’s whack!

Reason number three is partly kind of embedded throughout the movie, but towards, I’d say about two thirds in there are anthropologists and sort of biologists talking about the human body. And this is where I kind of really sort of start to question the validity of what they’re saying. But the idea here is that our biology supports us being animals that do not eat meat(crazy!). So they claim that vitamin C, which we cannot get from anything except for plants and our longer intestinal tracks three, four or five times longer than typical carnivores indicate to them (as well as our teeth..our molars, being not as incisive in terms of ripping and cutting and shredding meat) being that we don’t, we’re not intended to eat meat.

The argument here though is that I don’t think that humans necessarily can’t eat plants, but we thrive with animal foods and they’re trying to stay that we don’t eat animal foods and we shouldn’t eat animal foods and they’re not healthy for us, which is crazy. First of all, from a biological perspective, and I’m going to do spoiler alert, a video on this probably next, the next video about our ancestry and why I think we’re largely carnivorous. We evolved about 20 million years ago and it was about 2.6 million years ago when we had the last ice age. We’re just now coming out of during ice ages. And what we saw historically, the amount of plants on the ground that we were able to access were limited because of the weather and the change in the, this sort of environment.

And we really became these sort of scavengers. This is what the anthropological evidence suggests that we became scavengers. We created tools and we were able to crack into carcasses and really dig into the brains. And the marrow of the bones left from predators weren’t big enough and strong enough to really chase down or hunt these big animals early in our evolution. But what we see from a biological perspective is that the humans became these upright creatures that were no longer spending the majority of their time hanging from trees. Our guts are our, basically our colons, shrunk down, which is a primary area in our large intestine where you can ferment fiber to produce fat and actually process it. Our colons shrunk to about a quarter of the size of what they are in apes, our ancestors, and our brains quadrupled in size to what they have.

What’s interesting also is our guts, the acidity or guts went from what you see pretty much across the board with herbivores of a seven to eight pH on the scale down to a high, high acidity of below a two where typical carnivores are two to three. And so from a biological perspective, we develop these guts that seems consistent as a highly acidic gut that would destroy the bacteria and pathogens from the scavenged morsels of meat animal foods. We were eating at that time as homo habilis. Now there’s obviously speculation in Game Changers. They interviewed anthropologists. One of the guys was like the director of anthropology from Harvard, which was just blowing my mind because if you look and you read all this research and you and you kind of do some of your own digging and you look at the biology, it just doesn’t make sense that our biology would evolve.

Why on earth would nature have made our guts this acidic? No herbivore has this level of acidity in their gut and yet the the evidence and what we see, we develop these tools where we could break open bones, we could get into the skulls and our brains exploded in size. Our guts shrunk down in terms of the length of our digestive tract and then our acidity went way, way up. Like all of this is consistent with the idea that we moved from a primarily herbivore ancestry to a much more carnivore ancestry. And most people will say we’re omnivores. I would say we’re probably facultative carnivores, meaning we primarily ate animal foods because of the ice age and the forcing of how we evolved and, and how beneficial and how bioavailable the nutrients are when you look at the scale. But then we essentially moved to where we could handle plants, but we, we didn’t look at them as the primary fuel source. So we’re very intelligently designed. We can eat plants, but we don’t use them as our primary fuel source.

So there’s a scene, and this is the fourth reason why the film is a lie, where they take three football players, I think they’re all from the Miami Dolphins, and they give them a meal. The first meal they give them is animal protein. The second meal is all plant protein. They basically take their blood after these meals, postprandial, which means basically the, the hour or two after you eat a meal. It’s not a fasted state. Instead it’s a fed state and your body’s probably circulating the nutrients in the blood and things like that. And they looked at the blood and what they found was that the subjects when they had the animal meal and they looked at their, their tubes, I assume what they were, were sort of showing in this, this doctor was, was outlining is that the triglycerides, the amount of sort of cholesterol and fat molecules in their bloodstream was elevated and it was much higher when they’re in the animal food diet versus the plant food diet.

Now, people have done this before and I personally have done my labs on an entirely animal-based diet where I’ve pulled my fast to triglycerides and we know postprandial. It can be very variable. It depends on how much calories you take in, what the macro content is, what’s in the food. It’s just crazy to think that you would, you would pull something two hours after you eat it and expect to get kind of the metabolic picture of what your overall health is because there is so much going on there. But for the purpose of this experiment, the other thing the football players mentioned was they ate Popeye’s chicken. Well, if you know anything about Popeye’s chicken, it’s fried chicken in vegetable oils, canola. I looked this up, it’s canola and I think it was like GrapeSEED oil. Basically very inflammatory oils is what they’re eating.