An Epigenotype usually seen only in blood groups O and B, Gatherer Epigenotypes are metabolically ‘thrifty’ meaning that they have been programmed in the womb to store calories. The Gatherer’s metabolic thriftiness, such a survival asset in ancient times of scarcity, comes with a price to pay. It doesn’t fit the lifestyle of the modern industrialized world, with its amply and inexpensively available carbohydrates and fats. Gatherers carried humanity on their backs during times of famine and scarcity. They are Nature’s ultimate survival strategy. Vulnerable to conserving calories as stored fat, the Gatherer’s modern challenge is to fit their survival programming to the realities of today’s overabundance of fats and sugar.
Gatherers are not usually very tall, and their lower legs are shorter than their upper legs. This is because their thrifty genes tend to inhibit the activity of insulin-like growth factor, which regulates bone growth, both in utero and in early childhood. Gatherers are typically ‘gynic,’ exhibiting tendencies associated with above average estrogenic stimulation in the womb. Gatherers almost always have long index fingers compared to ring fingers, indicating high levels of estrogen in the womb. Other signs of estrogenic influence are the narrow interior space between the legs, and a wider, rounder jaw angle.
The key to successful Gatherer dieting is to lower the fructose content of an otherwise low glycemic diet. A number of reports correlate fructose consumption with obesity, especially central obesity, which is generally regarded as the most dangerous type. Unlike glucose, fructose is almost entirely metabolized in the liver. When fructose reaches the liver, all other liver processes are essentially shut down in order to metabolize the fructose. In reality, the best thing Gatherers can do for their dietary health is to eat enough food. While Gatherers need to consume enough food, it also has to be the right kind of food. They must learn not simply how to cut calories, but also which specific foods do the healing.