The Fat Of The Land – Vilhjalmur Stefansson

May 28, 2015


If there is one slide I’ve had the most emotional reaction to and attack from in my workshop it’s  this one:

30 Day Meat Fast

I’m currently rethinking my position on plant oils that can become easily oxidised/rancid without you knowing it. Unlike animal fats that you can smell when they are off.   So “oils in a bottle” may in future go off this slide.

The most heated reaction comes from people who have bought the belief that red meat causes cancer.   While that may have a bearing in highly processed meats I don’t believe it has anything to do with regular cuts of red meat.  The association with high colon cancer rates in countries with a high red meat consumption may indeed have more to do with inadequate selenium levels in the soils than red meat itself.

I was inspired to write this post while part way through reading The Fat Of The Land by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who spent many years with the Eskimos on a solely meat diet and went through the process of medical testing, when he was back in New York, along with one of his fellow adventurers, to show people you could be healthy on meat alone.  If you did it right.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson


It’s a fascinating read.  Not the least of which are the insights into the beliefs of the day at the turn of the 20th century that showed how deeply ingrained, even then, was the fear of meat.  Even though historically it’s been wo/mankind’s favourite food.

I found a copy on the net.  It’s a pdf that someone has created with an interesting personal note on it.  You can download it here:

The Fat Of The Land

I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve read it, partly or wholly.  Let me know in comments below.

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