Why are the weirdest people online obsessed with organ meat?

The picture shows a pile of heart and other organ meat.

A Greek butcher shop that sells offal. Photo via Getty Images.

There’s a lot of oddity with Evie Magazine, which bills itself as a conservative alternative to mainstream women’s magazines. Of course, it has many odd and false claims about the COVID vaccine and COVID more generally that seem designed to whitewash a certain brand of disease denialism on a young female audience. The magazine also featured various other articles on feminism (bad), “classical” femininity (good), and more. But among its many odd little merch items, nothing is weirder or more interesting than Evie’s obsession with meat—more specifically, organ meat. And, as it turns out, the organ-meat lifestyle — eating livers, kidneys, intestines, hearts, testicles, and other edible animal organs — is a passion that is now uniting the anti-vaccine world, Joe Rogan listeners, So-called alt-right, conservative outlets like Evie, and in general, a new, possibly a bit constipated, brand of meat influencers.

Evie has published numerous articles extolling the virtues of meat and denouncing vegetarian alternatives. Almost all of them link to a 2021 blog about incorporating internal organs (like the heart and liver) into the diet. The insistence on eating meat, especially the promotion of offal meat, also fits with Evie’s larger plan: reject anything with a liberal overtone — except burgers, acknowledge the existence of trans people — and in this case, embrace” “Traditional” or “Classic” Lifestyle The classic lifestyle of a gout-addicted medieval king.

As with many things Evie does, it’s the result of a strange effect in which greater cultural power flows. The “carnivore diet” — or more specifically, the organ meat-centric diet — has proven to be the meeting place for all kinds of extreme online and highly bizarre people who all want to show you how to live, many of them Both are promoting a degenerate worldview or the other in the process.

As VICE wrote in 2017, the paleo diet—a lot of meat, but with nuts and some vegetables—has started to become the diet of choice for right-wing and liberal-leaning public figures like billionaire vampire Peter Thiel. It wasn’t long before Mikhaila Peterson, the daughter of clinical psychologist and extremely eccentric Jordan Peterson, began promoting the so-called “lion diet,” which was more extreme and consisted only of ruminant meat, salt, and water. . (Gazelle is fine, but apples are not.) Both Peterson and Fuller claim the diet cured many of their autoimmune problems. Objective assessments of the diet tend to point out that it is both nutritionally unbalanced and highly unsustainable. (The family also made other extreme medical claims: In 2020, Jordan Peterson was also in a drug-induced coma for eight days, an unorthodox “detox” treatment used to treat the condition of Peterson and his daughter. Said benzodiazepine addiction. An expert interviewed by VICE in Time magazine questioned Mikhaila about some of the details of the care he received in Canada before going to Russia, and said the extreme use of this type of drug is rare. ways to quit addictive drugs to reduce the likelihood of relapse.)

The carnivore diet that’s trending online now goes a step further than the paleo diet and is more complex than the “lion diet,” with most foods eliminated except meat, fruit, and honey. As Dazed Digital recently pointed out, despite its many female carnivore diet influencers, it is still rife with far-right associations that equate meat with traditional masculinity and red pills.

“The carnivore diet is the red pill that wakes you up to reality,” wrote a meat influencer on Twitter, Who is the carnivore Aurelius. “It was hard at first. Your eyes have been closed for so long, so the light is harsh. But it makes you understand that society is built around lies. It all starts with diet. The movement is overwhelming.” Recently, he celebrated, ” Everyone is starting to be aware of seed oils, birth control and tap water poisoning. A global awakening is happening. Good looking.” (Seed oils – which include almost all vegetable oils – are another recent target on the web.)

There are all sorts of carnivore diet influencers on Instagram and TikTok who all insist on being very energetic, very red, and often doing strenuous things at the gym or outdoors; their feed is a bunch of red plates, bulging muscles , and a declaration about the distant time when they last ate vegetables. One is Liver King, aka Brian Johnson, a muscular man from Texas who feeds himself on a variety of raw livers, testicles, and an incredible brand-specific hype, calling himself “CEO of Ancestral Lifestyle”. (As he told Buzzfeed, speaking in exuberant third person, “You know what the liver king says? Start with the liver, get a good night’s sleep, exercise like the liver king, eat like the liver king, and live like the liver king Like a shield. A man living his ancestors like a liver king, your hormone levels are double or triple those of a well-manicured modern man.”)

Perhaps no one is more influential in the meat space than Paul Saladino, the self-proclaimed Carnivore MD. (Saladino’s credentials are, his Facebook bio says, “Medical trained at the University of Arizona and University of Washington. Board Certified as a Physician Nutrition Specialist and Psychiatrist.” California licensure records where Saladino lives, however, according to California Medical The Commission’s claims indicate that his license to practise is currently listed as “in arrears” for non-payment of fees and “not permitted to practice.”)

On his extremely active TikTok and Instagram pages — both banned according to Saladino — he makes various claims — for example, spinach and beans are inherently poisonous, soap, toothpaste Hygiene products like shampoo and shampoo are unnecessary, and most importantly, internal organs are vital. “They include everything your body needs to thrive: vitamins, minerals, peptides, proteins and growth factors,” declares the website of Heart and Soil, Saladino’s supplement company. “That’s why our ancestors were strong, strong, and full of energy! That’s how they thrived from generation to generation in the harshest environments in the world.” For example, if you can’t get a cow heart every day, the company sells Several packaged bottles of organ meat-based supplements range in price from $28 to $52 per bottle.

Two notable things have happened in Saladino’s world over the past few years: First, he has continued to follow Joe Rogan in 2020, taking his audience and fame to a new level. (Rogan himself soon went on a meat-eating diet, triggering a bout of “explosive diarrhea,” as he detailed in a follow-up episode of the show, detailing, “If diarrhea is frequent, I would liken it to A fire you see, or two o’clock, you still have time to escape, and this carnivore’s diet is like fire coming out of a crack, your doorknob is blazing, and all hope is lost already.” Like our ancestors, probably not long after many of them died of dysentery.)

Saladino also used his new Logan-inspired influence to become increasingly dismissive of the efficacy of vaccines as the pandemic progressed. He’s not explicitly against vaccines, tweeting in August 2021 that they “are”May help avoid some serious Covid complications,” For example. But he also repeatedly suggested that “metabolic health” is more important in preventing severe COVID outcomes, and Claims “natural immunity” Better than the kind created by vaccines. (The claim that “natural” immunity is superior to vaccination is a common anti-vaccine argument.) In other words, of course, a chunk of liver or a supplement in a vial would be more effective against Covid-19. Claims that many health freaks have been made in one form or another throughout the pandemic.

Unsurprisingly, carnivore diets have also come within the reach of the body hacker crowd, who seek to “optimize” themselves through extreme diets. One of the most famous is Dave Asprey, the inventor of bulletproof coffee, who was introduced to the diet by Saladino. Asprey has become more openly anti-vaccine, declaring on Facebook, “Show me an mRNA vaccine that stops cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer with a clear safety record, and I’m all for it. Willing to wait until then!” he too Approve shared posts From Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaccine group Children’s Health Defense, and in particular a post praising the fringe medical group America’s Frontline Physicians — it’s all pseudoscientific arrogant.

On top of that, sticking to meat and a very online crowd exists both to eat meat and to create buzz and attention for yourself by posting about it (which explains why previously hills Star and mid-2000s tabloid anchor Heidi Montag is another Saladino stalwart who was recently seen chewing raw bison in a sandwich bag for the paparazzi heart, which she claims is eaten for fertility).

The world of meat is vast and full of self-styled iconoclasts, their commitment to a strong and counterintuitive diet and their commitment to spreading the word about every action they make, every bite they eat, and every resulting The promise of defecation online is as strong.

Well, today, anti-vaxxers, Instagram doctors, podcasters, and anti-feminists find themselves at a long table urging each other to swallow the ugliest, weirdest cuts. Their commitment to not wasting edible food is admirable, and, as a metaphor, well, the whole thing couldn’t be more appropriate.

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