March 21, 2013

IF YOU DIE AT AGE 30 YOU NEVER GET THE DISEASES OF OLD AGE:

Eat Like a Caveman? The Trouble With Paleo Living (Robert Herritt, Mar 21, 2013, Daily Beast)

The reasoning deployed by such aspiring cavemen goes something like this: since humans evolved in a an environment far different from the one we currently inhabit, the road to health and happiness lies in adopting a few of the practices of our hunter-gatherer forbears.

In other words, some paleo proponents have it, we've evolved to eat meat, nuts, and fruit, not grains and dairy. And our bodies are better suited to irregular bursts of predator-evading or prey-tracking activities, not daily, long-distance jogs in designer running shoes. What's more, many of our most common health problems have arisen because of our unfortunate deviation from such prelapsarian modes of action.

Among the most prominent defenders of this view is Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University's health and exercise science department. He and his fellow researchers have argued that hunter-gatherers rarely or never suffer from coronary heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, epithelial cell cancers, autoimmune disease, and osteoporosis--"diseases of civilization." It is the "mismatch" between our ancient bodies and the modern diet and lifestyle that brings about these problems.

And you wonder why Cain slew Abel?
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