This isn't really a question but I thought it would be of interest from the BBC News.
A Cambridge University researcher will set out on 15 August on a year-long expedition to Greenland to document the threatened Inuit culture.
Dr Stephen Pax Leonard will spend a year living with a community in Qaanaaq in the far north of the country.
Once he has learned their dialect - Inuktun - he plans to record and archive the literature, songs and myths that form the basis of the culture.
The biggest challenge though, is likely to be adapting to a diet of sea mammals.
"It'll be seal, walrus and narwhal - an extremely fatty diet, very low in carbohydrate and very few fruit and vegetables, so I'll be living on vitamin supplements as well."
I expect the locals manage without the supplements?
Why do people (and a scientist, no less?!) assume that diets heavy in animal products are bereft of vitamins and minerals?
On the other hand, properly done, those diets are high in organ meats, marrow, etc, which will provide a bulk of those nutrients. If this guy doesn't go whole hog and partake of the whole animal, then I could see the potential need for supplementation.
Isn't he aware of his predecessor Vilhjalmur Stefansson doing the same thing - sans supplements - and enjoying perfect health?
No kidding! "With vitamin supplements"? Not necessary at all! Yes, he should definitely know the work of Steffansson. I would honestly like to do a similar kind of test with all the rigorous testing, just to increase the sample size that such diets are perfectly healthy for ANY human. (my descent is from balkan, Mediterranean), meaning, there's no genetic component at all.
I am also aware that such groups as the Kitavans do perfectly well with a starchy diet (and lots of healthy fatty fish), but for me personally, I really feel that carbs are not NECESSARY. They are merely fillers. The Kitavans and other similar groups do not rely on the starches for nutrients. They rely on fish/meat and also coconut (for Pacific Islanders). See how that works?
Anyway, interesting post!
OK, I am good with this guy not needing vitamin supplements.....except for one....the sun will be away for many months. What about Vitamin D? Are there other sources for D (which is getting a LOT of exposure these days for how valuable it is)? I know the natives won't be supplementing, so what part of their diet provides the D?