Mark A. Carter:
alien, hairy, and
conspiracy, and obesity epidemic
famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist
Mark A. Carter gives his two
cents worth about bug-eyed
monsters, government conspiracy, and the
Have you seen
a bug-eyed monster lately? I saw one last night in
The Thing from Another World, a
Howard Hawkes film from 1951
with an unlikely scenario. In the film, a flying saucer
crash lands, sinks, and is frozen beneath the ice of the north
pole, and the U.S. military is sent to recover the craft and
its alien occupant. The saucer is destroyed in the effort. But
an alien entombed in a block of ice is recovered. And predictably,
through human meddling, the ice melts and a
hydrocephalic humanoid carrot is released; and, of course,
goes on a senseless rampage for human blood. Give me a break.
John W. Campbell, Jr., a
Science Fiction writer and editor whom I respect greatly,
should have been flogged for writing this very bad
Science Fiction despite the fact that it has become a
is an atrocious admixture of horror story, isolation paranoia,
survival epic, and vampire flick complete with the mad scientist
and the alien itself as a variation on
Frankenstein's clumsy creature. The film is infused with
the misguided belief, on the part of the scientist, that advanced
alien technology means sociologically advanced aliens, which
couldn't be farther from the truth; and, the equally misguided
militaristic and xenophobic
belief that the only good alien is a dead alien.
And, of course,
after its spastic tantrum, the carrot is put down.
Jerry-rigged human innovation and
"good old boy" macho camaraderie win the day
by incinerating the creature with electricity.
Nikola Tesla would have been amazed.
Julia Child would have been disappointed that the creature
was overcooked. Mais c'est la vie.
All that was missing was the kitchen sink.
But the movie
got me thinking.
Colossal Octopus (1801)
Denys de Monfort
Usually, when we talk about a
bug-eyed monster or BEM in
Science Fiction, we mean a
creature from another world, a non-human entity with social mores
that are alien to us and our way of thinking. But consider this:
how are we to interact with aliens from space intelligently when
we don't even understand ourselves. Men don't understand women
and perhaps vice versa. Ethnic groups don't comprehend each other,
at least not very well. And we hardly understand the other creatures
on our planet. So, how are we supposed to understand a humanoid
carrot from another world?
The only positive aspect of human
beings, when it comes to interactions with aliens, is our compassion.
But that flies out of the window when the military barges in
and takes over. And they always do in these stories. The only
thing they understand is control and force. And the only thing
they are good at is breaking things. They literally shoot first
and ask questions later. So, communication with aliens, particularly
those who drop by for a visit, seems unlikely. I bring this up
because three scenarios come to mind that involve aliens and
us, in our current primitive state of physical, social, and technological
evolution, and none of them bode well for human beings.
Look around you
the next time you are out and about. If you can see past your
own denial, and quite possibly your gut, you will notice that
thin people are hard to find. Back in the sixties thin was in.
It used to be the norm. The Beatles,
and Twiggy were the popular
British rage. But I digress.
And the fat person in the crowd used to be the exception. When
I studied Physiology, I was taught that grotesquely obese people
had a malfunctioning hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus is
an organelle in your brain that regulates hunger and thirst.
Psychologists tested that theory. The
hypothalamuses of test subjects, usually rats, were purposely
destroyed. And obesity was the result. So, what has brought on
the obesity epidemic that has descended upon North America and
is encroaching on the rest of the globe? I have three theories.
You decide which one you believe in. They are all motivated by
profit, which should raise your neck hairs from the start because
where money is involved, there can be no good. I will get to
these theories in a bit.
For twenty years
now I have felt the increase in world population, if only by
a sense of larger demographic pressure in my remote neck of the
woods. I have noted the published population figures. I have
seen the dire predictions. Make
Room! Make Room! by Harry
Harrison was published in
1966 warning of overpopulation, as was
Stanford University Professor Paul R. Ehrlich's 1968
novel entitled The Population Bomb.
Ehrlich's book was made into the British film
Z.P.G., which is shorthand for
Zero Population Growth. China, the most populated country
in the world, literally and responsibly implemented their own
version of ZPG in
1978, with their One-Child policy that limited one child
per household. It would be helpful if every country did. But
human nature and politics being what they are, they haven't.
So, something has to be done. Knowing that resources are already
becoming scarce in an overpopulated world, and that a big die-off
is imminent if we keep reproducing at our current rate, I have
posed the question: What will world powers do to ensure human
survival in the long run?
When the mule deer population gets out of hand in my locale,
hunting season commences. And I have waited wondering when the
"human cull" would
begin. Moreover, I have pondered how it would be done. The two
thousand nukes that have been
tested over the past few decades might have been used to blow
up the major cities in the world instead of merely causing global
warming. It would have reduced the population, but destroyed
our cities, polluted our food chain more than the testing already
has, and generated a nuclear winter to boot. But except for a
world-wide increase in cancer due to nuclear testing and a few
choice accidents like Three Mile Island
- 1979, Chernobyl - 1986,
and Fukushima - 2011, we have
dodged the bullet on that one, I hope. So, how else might we
thin the human herd? My first thought was that the approach would
be biochemical. But organic gases like
VX nerve agent and physical gases like hydrogen cyanide,
as seen in the Union Carbide - 1984
disaster in Bhopal,
are too obvious and utterly unpredictable. And, as a global strategy,
they are not effective enough.
My second thought
was that the approach would be biological. Until now, I have
been an avid advocate of yearly influenza shots. But no more.
The Stargate SG-1 episode
where, in an alternate time line, Earth joins the
Aschen Confederation and the people of Earth receive
a vaccine that gives them good health and doubles the human lifespan
also brings with it an insidious side effect. And pharmaceuticals
always have side effects. In this case, the inoculation was calculated
and planned by the Aschens
as a means to take over Earth without raising a
ray gun. And within three years from the onset of inoculations,
ninety percent of our population was sterile. Despite the dire
threats of H1N1 and the like,
I truly believe that there is something entirely insidious about
our yearly influenza shots. And I won't even go into why the
shots include monosodium glutamate
and mercury. What are
our own governments doing to us? And if you wish to dismiss the
SG-1 story as merely
Science Fiction, don't. In
my own Master's thesis entitled, The
Doomsday Theme in Science Fiction from
1981, one of my conclusions was that
Science Fiction is predictive. And I still believe it.
Cummings and Richard Kiel in The Twilight Zone: "To
Serve Man" Copyright © 1962 Cayuga and CBS Productions.
My third thought was that there
is a conspiracy afoot to fatten us to death, to make us obese,
and to make us diabetic. As I said at the outset, look around
you. It's hard to find a skinny person. Making us fat profits
the investors in corn and wheat, the makers of
Frankenfoods, as Mark Hyman
calls them in The Blood
Sugar Solution, and big
Pharma. These Frankenfoods
are palmed off as nutritious but they are poison. Government
officials know this but their silence has been bought and paid
for by big Pharma who is pocketing
a fortune treating us for our Frankenfood
you have ever been taught about food is wrong. The advertisements
on television are misinformation geared to keep you eating their
corrupted products. And, as if that isn't enough, as if sugar
addiction isn't bad enough, we are bombarded with multiple types
of sugar at the same time, with excitotoxins,
which are super sugars, until we can no longer taste
ordinary table sugar. We have become sugar blind. Moreover, no
matter what you call it, in all of its various names and misrepresentations,
monosodium glutamate has been
inserted into almost everything because it keeps us buying those
products. Why? It is addictive and we have to keep buying every
product it is in to get our fix. We have become
excitotoxin, sugar, and MSG
junkies. And we have to get off the
band wagon, if we want to survive.
Mark Hyman: Because so much of the food we consume isn't really
food at all, we are starving amid plenty. These manufactured
and processed Frankenfoods
are killing us and our children. For the first time, our children
will not live as long as us. If the first thing you place in
your grocery cart are fruit drinks
and/or carbonated beverages, you have a big problem.
If you buy bread, cookies, cakes, crackers, pies, pizzas, and
the like, anything with gluten,
anything that has been processed, you are in serious trouble.
Even our dairy has been tainted. Avoid all dairy,
gluten, and MSG. That
means avoid ninety percent of the grocery store. My non-medical
personal advice is this: Throw out every piece of
Frankenfood in your kitchen. That means everything that
has been manufactured or processed. It is all rife with
MSG, even though it says it isn't, and sugars by diverse
names that are designed to keep you addicted, fat, and unhealthy.
Avoid anything with corn in it. That means corn fed whatever,
corn starch, and glucose-fructose.
And no more fast food.
It is poison.
Read The Blood Sugar Solution by
Doctor Hyman. Follow his instructions. And reclaim your
health. It's a Frankenfood
minefield out there, but this useful book will help you chart
a safe course. And positive changes will occur so quickly that
your head will spin. Yes, Virginia, Mark Hyman's approach actually
works. And you will lose weight as a side-effect. Who would have
I would suggest
something a little more radical than merely going off
gluten. Eat like a cave man.
It literally means "Stone Age
diet." It is the way we are supposed to eat to be
healthy. I call it the cave man
diet because Paleodiabetic
is a mouth full. You
consume only berries and lean meat. And you drink only water.
Personally, I also eat raw seeds, raw tree nuts, and low
glycemic index fruit and vegetables. I supplement with
vitamins, cook with Canola
oil for its essential Omega 3,
and drizzle Olive oil on salads
for its essential Omega 6 fatty acid.
I also drink coffee and ordinary tea, sometimes green
tea, without dairy or sugar. I refer to my spin on the
whole shebang as monkey
When I visit
my aboriginal friends in the
Australian outback, and walk
the Great Desert near
Uluru, also known as Ayers
Rock, we collect bunya nuts,
quandong peaches, and kakadu
plums by day. And we capture
goanna, kangaroo, yabbies,
and witchetty grubs
as big as fingers. At night, we roast the meat and share the
tucker among us. That
is as Paleodiabetic
as it gets. Sadly, like the indigenous
First Nations of the Americas,
most Aborigines today
have been relocated to cities and have fallen prey to
westernized food. And, like most of us, they have acquired
the wheat bellies and
the health maladies that go with it.
Without a doubt,
big agriculture is
in bed with big Pharma,
the Food and Drug Administration,
and physicians everywhere who have abandoned their
Hippocratic Oath for a career
money grab, and purposely keep their patients sick but
on drugs to merely treat the symptoms of disease and to treat
the symptoms of side effects, but not cure the disease. But if
you look at most modern disease, inflammation is at its core.
And what does Gluten do? It creates inflammation
... oh my.
The side effects
of going Paleodiabetic
or going less extreme with monkey
food is that your bad
cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, pain, and weight
will drop effortlessly. And you will get healthy. It sounds too
simple, doesn't it? But based on my own personal experience,
and on the experience of friends and associates who have seen
the light, tried it, and continue to be on it, this way of eating
real food works. And we will never go back. Why would we?
Here is a frightening
Science Fiction idea pertaining
to the obesity epidemic. Perhaps we are being fattened like sheep
for the slaughter. And if we are, the government is in on it.
They have sold us out to aliens, as
Chris Carter and Mark Snow
suggest in The X-Files.
But the idea goes back even further. For your edification,
please consider "To Serve Man"
episode 89 from
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. It was written
by Damon Knight, and was published
first in the November 1950
issue of Galaxy. In
Rod Serling's 1962 presentation,
nine foot, hydrocephalic humanoids called
Kanamits come to Earth, solve our woes, and give us their
so-called Bible entitled
To Serve Man. They
offer to take us back to their alien
Utopia aboard their flying saucers. And people
line up voluntarily to make the journey, but at what cost? When
the Kanamit book is translated,
their true intentions are revealed. It is a cookbook. And we
are the main course. Oops.
So, good luck.
Get healthy. Eat Paleodiabetic.
Lose weight. And make yourself unappetizing to
bug-eyed monsters when they come here to harvest the
sweetened fat people of planet Earth. Better yet, go less extreme.
Eat a healthy
Mediterranean diet. It's the best of both worlds.
It's funny how
so many species here taste like chicken. Perhaps we taste like
chicken to aliens. Now, that's a thought of the strange kind.
But stranger still, perhaps the aliens are already here, Why
else would the 509th Bomb Wing
at Whiteman AFB have a
Gray on its patch clutching a
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber with the nine
planetary orbits of our solar system in the background? The
509th was tasked with dropping atomic bombs on
Hiroshima and on Nagasaki
in 1945. And, coincidentally,
they were stationed at Roswell
during the denied saucer crash of
Have I mentioned
that I don't believe in coincidences? If the aliens aren't here
already and in control, then the unofficial motto of the
509th makes no sense. It is:
To Serve Man - Gustatus Similus Pullus or
tastes like chicken.