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Ashton Kutcher Lands in the Hospital

The actor was getting ready for his role in the biopic "jOBS."
Getting into character for his portrayal of Steve Jobs in a new biopic, Ashton Kutcher adopted a fruitarian diet, as Jobs was known to sometimes do. Jobs ate fruits, nuts and seeds. Ricardo Bilton writes for Venture Beat, "Jobs, who at one point went a whole week eating just apples, was fond of the diet, as Walter Isaacson discusses in his 2011 biography. 'He believed in eating nothing but fruits and starchless vegetables, which he said prevented the body from forming harmful mucus, and he advocated cleansing the body regularly through prolonged fasts,' Isaacson writes."

Kutcher didn't seem to take to the diet too well. The actor told reporters while at Sundance that he "ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie," he said. "I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying, considering everything."

Jobs died of pancreatic cancer but there is no evidence connecting that with his diet. The Huffington Post reports:

A diet high in fruits and veggies can actually reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Conversely, dietary risk factors for pancreatic cancer include meat-heavy diets and diets high in processed foods.

Still, a fruitarian diet can be unhealthfully incomplete. Columbia University's Health Center reports that eating mostly or only fruit can cause deficiencies in essential vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin D, B12 and other B-complex vitamins. It can also be too low in protein and fatty acids.

While some people have reported relief from certain health conditions after following a fruitarian diet for periods of time, it's unlikely most people could be very healthy on such a diet for an extended length of time. Tom Billings writes on the website Beyond Vegetarianism, that the fruitarian diet "almost never works in the long run. Specifically, credible successful examples--healthy individuals (both physically and mentally healthy) who have strictly followed the diet (i.e., no significant binge-eating, 'cheating,' or 'exceptions') long-term for more than five years--are either rare or non-existent."

It's unclear how long Kutcher followed the diet for and exactly what he was eating. One fruitarian website says that the motivation for such a diet varies:

To most Fruitarians, the diet is simply a natural progression, from omnivore to vegetarian, vegan, raw foods and finally Fruitarian. To some it is the chosen diet for health reasons. Others follow it because they believe humans were always destined to eat fruit, starting from the Garden of Eden. The one thing that more Fruitarians mention above all others is a knowingness, an internal feeling that the Fruitarian diet is the diet meant for mankind. ...

Cooked food is an unnatural human creation and is toxic to the body. Fruitarians eat 100% raw food as close as possible to its natural state. It is never possible to improve upon nature, a fact that many humans find hard to accept. When our diet is in harmony with nature, our health excels and our consciousness expands.

Most nutritionists do not recommend extreme diets, as Jill Richardson wrote recently for AlterNet, "Perhaps Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University and author of many books including What To Eat, puts it best. She says, 'Stay away from weird dietary practices. If they sound weird, they are.'"

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Chimpanzee Diet 29.Jan.2013 11:08

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Diet and foraging
Chimpanzee eating fruit.

The chimpanzee is an omnivorous frugivore. It prefers fruit above all other food items and will even eat them when they are not abundant. It will also eat leaves and leaf buds. Seeds, blossoms, stems, pith, bark and resin make up the rest of its diet.[18] While the common chimpanzee is mostly herbivorous, it does eat honey, soil, insects, birds and their eggs, and small to medium-sized mammals, including other primates.[18][25] The western red colobus ranks at the top of preferred mammal prey. Other mammalian prey include, red-tailed monkeys, yellow baboons, blue duikers, bushbucks and warthogs.[26] Jane Goodall documented many occasions within Gombe Stream National Park of chimpanzees and western red colobus monkeys ignoring each other within close proximity.[27][28]

When hunting small monkeys such as the red colobus, the chimpanzee hunts where the forest canopy is interrupted or irregular.[29] This allows it to easily corner the monkeys when chasing them in the appropriate direction. Chimps may also hunt as a coordinated team, so that they can corner their prey even in a continuous canopy.[29] During an arboreal hunt, each chimp in the hunting groups has a role. "Drivers" serve to keep the prey running in a certain direction and follow them without attempting to make a catch.

"Blockers" are stationed at the bottom of the trees and will climb up to block prey that take off an a different direction. "Chasers" move quickly and try to make a catch. Finally, "ambushers" hide and position themselves where no prey had reached yet and rush out when a monkey nears.[29] Both adult and infants are taken. However, adult male black-and-white colobus monkeys will attack the hunting chimps. In Gombe, the chimpanzee also fears adult colobus monkeys.[18] It prefers to snatch infants from their mother's bellies without harming the mothers. Male chimps hunt more than females. When caught and killed, the meal is distributed to all hunting party members and even bystanders.[29]


Stop the Insanity 29.Jan.2013 16:41

Anti Kutchner

Having experimented with paleo dieting I can tell you it can be the most healthful and psychologically profound things you can do for yourself. That being said it can also be damaging to your health if done improperly. I don't know what Kutchner was really doing with his diet, I don't know what Jobs was really doing, I've read things about how people said he had a weird diet but the general public tends to think anything out of the mainstream american diet is "weird". You could do nothing but eat foods based on white flour, loaded with processed sugars and meat filled with hormones and deep fried oils and nobody will bat an eye. Switch to a diet of the type of foods humans existed on before industrialization and you're "WEIRD" man.

If you do change your diet though, you should do it gradually and never get into a cycle of yo yoing, caused by cravings that happen when you suddenly deprive your body of modern processed foods, they may not be good for you but they've been present in your body since before you were born and when they're gone you will crave them. People will give into cravings and gorge on processed foods to fill the cravings, then swing back and try to eat healthy again. This is extremely unhealthy and damaging to your body. Better to just stick with your unhealthful diet than swing back and forth. I've know people to blame the healthy foods for getting sick when the problem was they yo yo'd back and forth. That's a cop out, they didn't want to admit they couldn't stick with it, that's fine, it's difficult and not for everyone, if you can't do it just accept it and don't ridicule a truly healthy diet.

That all being said, I think Kutchner/Jobs should have supplemented with some protein (chicken or fish) and light carbs (some rice or potatoes - no grains), and maybe utilize the pure fruitarian things for short periods for cleansing. Additionally, once you follow a true healthy diet don't go back to eating badly even moderately, it's shocking to your system that will quickly adjust to not having modern poisons in it, just that one bag of potato chips can make you fill sick.

What's annoying is running these lurid articles about how Jobs died of pancreatic cancer (suggesting it's due to his extreme diet) and Kutchner got sick emulating him is part of the mainstream assault on natural eating. The simplistic headlines don't tell us what these guys were really doing, if their sicknesses were really related to diet it's not the fault of the healthy foods that they ate, but an improper diet plan or something in the interaction with the modern processed junk that they couldn't quite give up.

BTW Ashton really blows in 2 1/2 men which was pretty funny before he came along, as far as I can tell his acting chops are nearly non existent, I can't fathom he's going to be believable, guess that's why he's doing the method acting thing, if he believes he's Jobs maybe he can convince the audience.