When I was growing up, there were no men with big bellies. Probably if we had seen one he would look sick or weird to us. And knowing us we would have made fun of him and call him fat names.
The active life style and the foods we eat are to be blamed for this healthy state of affairs.
We didn’t play video games and therefore were free from the sedentary rat trap it sets. We played cricket! Football! and run track!. I for one was a fast bowler and as a boy earned the name “Skipper” as I couldn’t sit. I would run everywhere so much to the annoyance of folks, that I still hear in my inner ear, the shouts of commands to “walk!”.
Big bellies were so scarce that a popular song By Dance hall Artist Admiral Bailey was to “Get some Belly”, as he believed this was a sign of prominence. He even told you how to get it which was by eating Kentucky and hamburgers! Is that where it started? Probably.
Today big belly is so rampant in Jamaica that it gives rise to the question and lends credence to the high occurrence of prostate cancer there. (See Article) This idea is not completely farfetched or unwarranted as I too, a survivor, had protruded from the waistline and wrapped myself in some Seal-type layer of fat.
I regret to say I gobbled up the cheap unregulated foods, play no more cricket, watch more TV; often with half a chicken and rice from the corner chicken joint, after a hard day of selling life insurance.
Now listen to this: my cousin who lived across the street refrained from such meat indulgence, eat less actually, maintained his Jamaican slender frame, and did not have prostate cancer. I am just saying!
Now cast thine eyes over the east and see what you see. How many fat oriental you see? If he is not a Sumo Wrestler you might not see one. A fat Asian is non existent and probably the last one was Buddha. A known fact is that prostate cancer is negligible among these men. Look at the Hispanics, would you say they are fat people? No. And cast thine eyes further north to the last frontier. Yes the only thing up there fat is those seals and, recording the lowest incidence of Prostate cancer in the world.
Jamaican men and their Food
A known fact that almost anything fom the US is consumed in Jamaica today, is a weird and harsh reality. Since the recent past we have totally abrogated and negated the natural life style we have come to know and love, for the pseudo culture of North America.
Most of the people in Jamaica do not plant food now, but procure it form the ice boxes of the supermarkets, And from the tins of its shelves.
In Alaska, Yukon men have a hardier life, fishing and hunting and planting crops and raising animals to survive and live. That lifestyle reminded me of my beginnings. Those hardy men have to do everything in a short spring time and summer, and before the harsh winter settles in. They do it joyfully, co-ordinatedly, and happily. Their food is pure. On one of the shows The Yukon Men, one was noted as saying he couldn’t see himself eating anything else than his own grown food. And note this fact; none of their animals are fed growth enhancers, antibiotics, or Steroids. Their veggies are not sprayed with poison to kill other insects and imbalance nature. The communities look out for each other, sharing and helping with food and chores. Just that same way, it used to be in Jamaica.
No wonder they have lesser health problems, including prostate cancer than the lower forty eight, and in fact the rest of the world. (See chart here).
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put this together in a most unbiased position if you ask me. They have led us to the water! Not just drink folks, but open your eyes.
The Jamaica today is indeed a sorry state of affairs, where if the tourist cruise liner doesn’t stop some don’t eat. Most people are carvers of wood instead of farmers of the soil. Most young men are taxi drivers with no other trade to fall back on. In a recent cartoon the father was telling his sedentary child sitting and watching TV, that he should go outside and run, this pudgy little child, no doubt plays video games and their fingers are more dexterous than their feet.
What a situation!
Could there be some truth to the big bellyness of Jamaican men to prostate cancer? I must agree that there is, taking note of my personal situation and the cited facts. So the warning is here for all of us to take our heads out of the sand, wake up and pay attention to these things as your very life is at stake. So if the world take note of the Jamaican exposure, and the native Alaskan as a controlled case, they will cure cancer, and usher in a new state of affairs, health wise and otherwise.
So my big belly brothers, once upon a time this seemed popular for some of us, now we know it might be killing us. I have warned, if not enlighten you. The rest is up to you.
I have been there done that. See my story at this link titled Prostate Cancer And Me...Or You, The Two Stages(Man To Man) and other inspirational expressions in Its On Now and The Face of Faces. (Amazon author central)
Till tomorrow walk good and pack light.