The prodigious, but obviously false, longevity of the Hunza
Within the mysterious and more legendary mysteries , the type of Loch Ness Monster or Abominable Snowman , there is the existence of a people of legend (never better said) whose amazing longevity has been resting on dietary issues . I mean the Hunza.
The geographical region exists, the Hunza Valley , nestled at a considerable altitude within the framework of a mountainous valley within Pakistan. As there is also an autochthonous population that is called the Hunza people . The fact is that this town has been resting a series of prodigies among which highlight their extreme longevity encrypted on many occasions beyond 120 years, as well as a special appearance of youth despite his advanced age and do not suffer from diseases . The causes that are usually used to justify these wonders are varied, among the most common is their particular dietetic style of which they have pointed “secrets” several: since their diet is especially sparing in calories , to barely consume protein of animal origin being their dietary pattern mainly vegetarian, going through the usual periods of fasting or the exceptional characteristics of the water they consume . In particular, in reference to water, the explanations are the most varied and fun: some highlight its richness in cesium, others say that coming from the glaciers of the Himalayas, the water has a different viscosity with a higher alkaline pH , others that high levels of active hydrogen , others that have a negative redox potential and others that the content of this water is especially rich in colloidal minerals (whatever these alleged water properties imply about longevity and the possibility of getting sick ). Internet, inexhaustible source of myths and various justifications, offers a wide sample of what I mention; You have some examples in this link or in this one .
The truth about the Hunza
Rather than look for the true reasons for its exceptional longevity, it would be necessary to question whether this people really lives so long and in such good health . And the real answer is that of that nothing. On the contrary, there are data that claim that the Hunza have a half life below the average age of first world populations and that they also get sick like every neighbor . Many times those diseases that are especially prevalent in this population are the result, precisely, of a diet with many deficiencies.
Living with the hundreds of pages that swarm on the Internet about this fantastic legend that incessantly repeat the same words but without providing any evidence, are also the experiences of one John Clark in his work Hunza – Lost Kingdom of the Himalayas. pdf (Hunza: The Lost Kingdom of the Himalayas) recapitulates, in a kind of logbook, their experiences after 20 months of coexistence in the heart of the Hunza back in the decade of the 50s. In this work the Dr. Clark accounts for the frequent diseases observed in this town among which stand out: dysentery, ringworm, impetigo, cataracts, eye infections, tuberculosis, scurvy, malaria, dental caries, goiter, bronchitis, sinusitis, beriberi, pneumonia … among others. While it is true that the largest of these diseases are infectious and degenerative (as much or more likely as a function of age) is not aware of psychosomatic pathologies more typical of Westernized civilizations. Thus, in this study Hunza – a healthy and a long living people (Hunza – a healthy and long-lived people) a series of Bulgarian researchers apparently account for this fact: the Hunza does not present psychosomatic diseases as a result of stress … although, everything is What to say, in this publication is still attributed to the Hunza a life especially happy and long-lived.
On its exceptional longevity, the incontestable fact is that beyond the gossip that grows with a snowball effect , nobody at all has been able to present a single tangible proof that it is a reality . It would be enough with a family photo in which eight generations could be seen together : the great patriarch (or the great matriarch) with 145 years, his son of 125; his grandson of 105; his great grandson of 85; his great-great-grandson of 65; his chozno of 45; the son of his hut of 25 and; finally the grandson of his chozno of 5 years. That easy”.
Moreover, going back to the writing of John Clark, this account (page 170) of a particular survey among the nine children who attend the classes he had established and asked about the family members who had lost . His result was quite eloquent: a first child had lost his mother, three brothers and two sisters; the second to a brother and sister; the third to his mother, two brothers and two sisters; the fourth to his mother and a sister; the fifth to a sister and a brother; the sixth to his mother, two brothers and one sister; the seventh to two brothers; the eighth to a brother and; the ninth to his father. Significant.
We are no longer in the nineteenth or mid-twentieth century when the first western explorers ventured into those remote lands. With rationality in hand, I think it is quite clear that if something truly exceptional was being cooked in this untamed region, we would already be investigating (or it would have already been done). Now, talking about dietary issues to explain their exceptional longevity when the cause of deserving it is not only questioned, but everything points to it is more false than a bill of 13 euros, it has no meaning.
Perhaps, to know that this town sits where, more or less, it is assumed that this fictional place described in the 1934 novel Lost Horizons , known as Shangri-La (mythical utopia located in the Himalayan environment consisting of a land), would be found. of permanent happiness, isolated from the outside world and whose inhabitants are almost immortal) is partly to blame.