Werewolves Of London

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain
He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook’s
Gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein

Werewolves of London!

He’s the hairy-handed gent who ran amuck in Kent
Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair
Better stay away from him
He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim
I’d like to meet his tailor

The London Olympics reminded me of this favorite song. Werewolves reminded me of Vampires, since I also just watched a DVD movie, Thirty Days of Nights, with vampires invading the town of Barrow, Alaska, first killing off the sled dogs. American Werewolf in London is a far better movie and the song Bad Moon on the Rise is up there with Werewolves of London if you like percussion and beat.

Why should Vampires be so pale? They are not sun tanned but since they feed on blood neither should they be anemic. To be consistent with physiology I believe Vampires should have a photogenic peaches and cream complexion that would beautifully offset the blood dripping from pearly fangs.

Vampires remind me of BLOOD!

The Nutritional Significance of the Composition of Blood.

In the whole body the ratio of Potassium (K for the Latin name Kalium) to Sodium (Na for Natrium) is about 5/1. In blood the ratio is more than reversed, 1/30 with Sodium predominating.

The cannibals of the South Pacific referred to human meat as long pig but said the White Meat alternative for them (European White meat) is too salty.

Both Sodium and Potassium are required in the diet to replace losses from excretion. In the evolutionary diet, the diet to which humans or other animals (such as our favorite, dogs) adapted, Sodium is rare. Except in seaside environments, soils and foods are generally low in Sodium. Plants, fruits, vegetables, grains, are a good source of Potassium, also the meat of animals. Sodium is washed out of soil and ends up in the oceans. Ocean water and blood have a similar content of Sodium and Potassium, suggesting animal life forms’ origin in the oceans.

This explains why in human history Sodium Chloride, salt, has sometimes been worth more than gold in areas far from the oceans, why the kidneys usually function to conserve Sodium but readily excrete Potassium, and why animals crave salt/Sodium. Given all that, in modern diets where people can cheaply and easily satisfy all their cravings, salt consumption contributes to the incidence of unhealthy hypertension, high blood pressure.

In trying to return to a more healthy species-typical diet for humans and dogs it is important to focus on the amount and also ratios of Na to K. If Na level is too high it can be corrected by decreasing the amount in the diet and/or by increasing the consumption of K. Carnivores can satisfy their Na requirement with  the blood in a carcass but not as easily with meat from commercial slaughter where the blood is removed. There is no benefit or advantage to exceeding the necessary but sufficient requirement for Na; moderate excess will increase thirst therefore is self-correcting *provided there is access to water; however in sports competitions this may be a disadvantage. (*see a later post on this subject; cold environments can derail this self-regulation in several ways)

The Nutritional Requirements of Dogs (NAS 1974) recommends 1% salt by weight in food, while admitting that amount probably exceeds the minimum needed. If you were feeding 20 average sled dog dogs 10 kg of raw meat equal to 3 kg dry weight, that recommended amount would be about 30 grams, one ounce. Seems like a lot to me.

According to an MD PhD acquaintance who advises weight loss clients, in trying to eat healthy with low carb, low Na and salt consumption they may sometimes experience headaches which can be prevented by drinking a salty broth. Maybe blood sausage would also help, but most blood sausage is made from blood absorbed in flour… Where did I put his book??

With the popularity of Vampire books and movies as well as diet fads it could be time for a Vampire Diet book.


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