The Hidden Polarities of Nature

by Margaret K. Chaney


CHAPTER 5:  Polarities of Body and Spirit

Now comes the fun part -- the shortcuts.  It is a rule of nature that all creatures' bodies adapt to their food supplies.  What better way to eat ants than to have a snout like an anteater?  A giraffe is elegantly designed for browsing tender leaves from the tops of young trees.  If REDLIST and GREENLIST food supplies are different -- and they are -- wouldn't there be differences in our bodies?  Absolutely.

Our diets are so similar we have erroneously assumed they were interchangeable.  Our bodies are equally similar.  Although the differences are subtle, differences there are indeed. REDLIST and GREENLIST bodies vary in eye motion, cranial balance, shoulder shape, knee structure, thigh-muscle formation, and patterns of male baldness.  What these differences have to do with diet is hard to tell, but they all go together to make two separate patterns.

The easiest way to identify the differences is to start with an extreme GREENLIST example.  Look for someone whose back forms a straight line from the top of the head to the base of the spine.  The shoulders are straight across and the arms dangle, leaving space next to the body.  The back of the neck is flat between the skull and the rest of the spine and the chin rests against the neck and chest.  When a GREENLIST person has been holding still, the next move of the head is a pivot to the right or left as on a surveying tripod, the top of the head holding level.  If the head tilts sideways, the shoulders and even the whole body are involved. Sometimes the head holds still and the body rotates.  

GREENLIST eyes stay round and wide open. Looking around, the head holds still and the eyes move.  If the person develops poor posture, the back will break below the shoulder blades and fall forward.  The chin then will not hug the neck or chest but still will maintain other characteristics.  REDLISTs are then most easily described by their contrast to GREENLISTs.

REDLIST heads move around in an animated manner, especially during conversation.  After holding still, the first motion of the head will be a change of axis from both the vertical and horizontal plane.  The back of the neck curves in between body and head.  With poor posture, the shoulders slump forward and the chin and nose rock upward.

REDLIST eyes are not totally open and seem to close from the bottom up when the person is thinking or laughing.  When looking around, the person's eyes hold still, give a tiny blink, and the head moves.  Shoulders slope away from the neck, arms curve around the sides of the chest, probably due to a heavier trapezius muscle.

Thigh muscles originate or are attached to the patella in such a way that GREENLISTs have depressions above and below the kneecap.  If this party is thin, this creates a knobby knee appearance.  REDLISTs have a depression below the knee but quadriceps muscles cover the top of the kneecap.

GREENLIST thighs are cylinders; REDLIST thighs are cones.  GREENLIST thighs are essentially the same size from knee to torso.  The gracilis muscle on the inner thigh lies flat and creates a space between the legs.  The hamstring muscles in back are long and tendinous, creating the appearance of a break, a crease, below the gluteus maximus.  GREENLIST people always have a handful of empty cloth under the seat, but they have a fashionably narrow look that REDLIST people envy.

REDLIST thighs, even when slender and well exercised, slope upward from knee to torso in all directions.  The top inch is a dead giveaway, wearing out blue jeans, squeaking corduroys, and bulging at the sides to the delight and enrichment of exercise salons who promise to make it go away.  Don't give them a nickel!  They will have the nickel and you will still have the bulge!  This formation keeps skirts and slacks from hanging fashionably straight, but on hard benches they pad us while our GREENLIST friends squirm.

People try to explain these differences by exercise: the GREENLIST ones are slender because of exercise; the REDLIST ones are muscular because of exercise.  However, a glance around an athletic training camp will demonstrate that athletes in top physical condition still display the two distinctive thigh formations.  Only one advantage shows up: the GREENLISTs seem to be favored as runners.  Their hips must work differently in the sockets -- more like pistons.

As we will elaborate in our discussion of relationships, we usually team up romantically or professionally with someone of the opposite type.  Watching ice dancers , one usually has cylindrical thighs and the other one, cones.  Yet both bodies get the same workout and both move with the same grace and power.  Once in a while, both will be GREENLIST and the announcers use the word, elegant, so often it becomes trite.  One more thing: GREENLIST ankles and lower legs have about a one-to-two ratio in circumference; a REDLIST ratio is more apt to be one-to-three.

In two classic patterns of male baldness, the high forehead is GREENLIST and the bare circle at the crown is REDLIST.  Oriental lore says the high forehead is from eating too much fruit and the bare crown is from eating too much meat.  My observation is that that matches the food lists in this book, but not because the men DO eat that way, but because they were DESIGNED to eat that way.

Muscle-function tests show identical twins to be bookends, reversed pairs, one of each type.  The 58 sets I have tested were all 58, one REDLIST, one GREENLIST.  We concentrate on how much they look alike and how much they are psychically in tune with each other, we don't notice they live in separate worlds metabolically.  A study done at the Monell Chemical Senses Center at the University of Pennsylvania revealed identical twins eat far from identically.  The researchers surmised the twins were just trying to be different from each other, but the double-blind study would not have let them know each other's choices.  They eat differently as a matter of biochemistry, not of whim.

Your first reaction to these generalizations might be to point out exceptions in details you have found in your friends or yourself.  Try working from a broader base. Test a group of people and give each person a red or green marker.  Then ask them to gather in two separate groups and look over their group and the opposite group carefully.   You will be astonished. They will appear as different as two separate species.  Once you see it, you can never stop seeing it.  When you recognize the two patterns visually, it is fun to gather data as you people-watch.  I enjoy scanning the contents of grocery carts in the check-out lines at the grocery store.  One day an obviously REDLIST lady leaned across a bin of avocados and asked of no one in particular, I wonder whether I can eat those.  I surprised her by saying,  "Yes, you can, but stay away from the green grapes and iceberg lettuce."

    Jack Spratt could eat no fat;
        His wife could eat no lean.
    And so betwixt them both
      They licked the platter clean.

In all of scriptures, legends, folklore, myths and other literature, this is the only reference I have found to the two sets of people, especially as they match up to food choices.  In this reference, the illustrations usually depict the wife as roly-poly and Jack Spratt as emaciated.  Actually, the verse doesn't suggest it and the distortions are not typical.

Muscle-function tests are the most accurate indicators of the two types.  Body shapes are useful as a preliminary appraisal, also temperament is somewhat of a clue.  REDLIST people are apt to be more animated; GREENLISTs might be more composed.

Were five men talking in a group and four were GREENLIST, they would appear to be beautifully poised, like statuesque reeds undulating in a gentle breeze.  The fifth man, if REDLIST, would seem like a character darting around in a video game.  If the four were REDLIST, they would look like high-energy leaders trying to animate the one GREENLIST zombie.

In narrow aisles of stores, REDLISTs bend and weave to accommodate passers-by; GREENLISTs hold their ground.  Unbidden, REDLISTs often give way to GREENLISTs because they see they cannot be swayed and interpret this as a position of earned power.  GREENLISTs, in turn, watch REDLISTs' dynamism and constant intensity with some anxiety, often responding by trying to control or subdue this natural REDLIST energy.  It's a wonder the relations between the two kinds do not turn to complete mayhem!

Along with the folk saying, "Opposites attract"  should be another, "Opposites intimidate".   As you read over the attributes of the two patterns, think back to the times you despaired because you could not attain the qualities of the other profile.  Studies show 90% of women to be unhappy with their bodies.  We are unhappy because we don't have their good points and they are unhappy because they don't have ours.  Just take another look at your strong points and, if you've got it, flaunt it!  As I counted all but ten models in a thick fashion magazine to be GREENLIST, I was consoled by the fact that the cover girl was REDLIST.

Once you can identify the players, watch the ballet as the two sets of people weave in and out of each other's lives.  This discovery of a new polarity is like being given a new key to life's mysteries; dash around to see what locks it will fit.  The most interesting area of inquiry is learning about relationships.  There seem to be two kinds: a dynamic one between two people of opposite types, and a supportive one between two people alike.  My testing so far indicates that in marriages, friendships, business partnerships, even ice dancing, five out of six couples are in the more dynamic relationship of one REDLIST and one GREENLIST.  Thus, one pair in six, both of the same pattern, are in the more supportive relationship.

There seem to be numerous advantages to relationships where the parties are matched.  Living in a dietary relationship with someone of the same metabolic process reinforces the natural selections.  These couples develop a rhythm in their lives from shared metabolic styles.  They both want to stop for a snack after a movie or they both want to go straight home; they both prefer to sleep late and skip breakfast, or to be on the tennis court at dawn.  They display a lifestyle resembling the unison behavior of a school of fish and aptly fit the description, "They get along swimmingly."

People living alone or eating with a matched partner will not even recognize what I am talking about; the subject simply does not crop up as a problem in their lives.  Since their chemical fuel supply is good for both of them, their health and energy level are fine and calmly regular.  Families with matched biotypes drift into natural food selections and appear to escape many of the crises of daily life that beset the rest of us.

As I watch relationship choices, I am absolutely astonished by two insights: what a lovely, smooth life it is for couples who are the same type,-- and how seldom that happens!  There may be fewer couples of the same pattern because it seems like looking in a mirror.  A pair both of the same list must beware of narcissism on the one hand and monotony on the other.

"Opposites attract" comes to mind again.  That saying has traditionally been applied to extreme opposites and attended by bewildered head-shaking.  We wonder how, in light of such impediments, couples could still choose to attempt going that route.  Actually, in milder form, it happens all the time.  And frequently the differences create a nice balance.  It may be we look at another person, instinctively recognize qualities we lack, and know at some deep level those qualities could provide security in an emergency.  Or, on a darker side, perhaps we see a worthy adversary with whom to contend to sharpen our strengths or satisfy a need for conflict.  Or, as part of the survival design of the species, we might subconsciously seek a mate who would not compete for the same foods.  I doubt we will ever know.

People with opposite characteristics energize each other.  The dynamics of mixed relationships stimulate personal growth.  But at some point an alien ambiance can cease to be an energy source and become an irritant mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.  I am disturbed at the price sometimes extracted from individuals negotiating such relationships, feeling their way with so few clues to guide them.

In spite of the great potentials mixing dispositions might have, we should not be obliged to eat each other's food.  We must honor our chemical differences and search out our proper fuel if we are to function at full capacity.  The wrong fuel in a car can be destructive so they are often fitted with distinctive fuel-tank necks for different gas types.  We should be born equipped with differently designed mouths that would allow us to eat only our REDLIST or GREENLIST foods!

It is not uncommon when a new corporation is being formed for each person invited into the planning executive process by a GREENLIST leader, to be a REDLIST person, and vice versa.  This confirms the effectiveness of working relationships between people of opposite natures.  On the other hand, sometimes we come together with our peers in a common interest, looking for support rather than dynamic exchange.

What relationship do we seek when we select our pets?  Since they come into our lives, often unbidden, in such a variety of ways and wiggle into our hearts regardless of their origin, I wondered how we would choose if we went about it intentionally.  The local dog show gave me the opportunity to check, as breeders make considered choices.  I was able to test twelve breeders and surrogate-test their dogs.  In all twelve pairs, the breeder and dog were the same type. Apparently, given a choice, we would pick a pet who reinforces our strengths and provides a supportive relationship instead of the dynamic interaction more common among human pairs.

When our relationship choices lock us into a partnership with the opposite biotype, we are always forced to negotiate, compromise, and manipulate.  Perhaps it is that dynamic that keeps the folkways and mores stirred up and fresh.  Maybe the five mixed couples, struggling away, make the world go 'round, while the sixth couple simply smiles and gets a free ride.















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