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The Hunter-Gatherer Within: Health and the Natural Human Diet

Publish date:
February 1, 2013
The Hunter-Gatherer Within: Health and the Natural Human Diet

What is the healthiest diet to eat? Why do diets almost always fail? Why do we have a crisis of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems in the U.S. today? Why are even children becoming obese and unhealthy? The answers can be found when one understands what recent scientific research says, when one realizes that conventional dietary advice and the Standard American Diet are completely mismatched with our genetics. For the past two million years our ancestors existed as hunter-gatherers, living entirely on wild plants and animals. Only during the last one percent of that time have they eaten foods resulting from the agricultural and industrial revolutions. The modern diet is now based largely on processed foods made from flour, refined sugars, and processed vegetable oils -- products unknown to our ancestors. Exposing our hunter-gatherer genetic makeups to inappropriate modern diets has come with a price -- a dramatic increase in the Diseases of Civilization, including heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune conditions, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and acne. This book examines the problem and looks at practical, science-based ways to improve health and address weight regulation using simple diet and lifestyle changes.

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George Diggs
A doctor or medical professional who studies or promotes exclusive meat diets
Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders characterized by an abnormal immune response, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues in the body. Normally, the immune system's role is to protect the body from foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. However, in autoimmune diseases, the immune system fails to distinguish between self and non-self, leading to inflammation, tissue damage, and a variety of symptoms. There are over 80 different types of autoimmune diseases, each affecting specific organs or systems in the body Likely helped by elimination carnivore diets, and caused by excess plant consumption.
The discovery of features of the human body's anatomy and how they relate to diet and evolution.
Anthropology is the scientific study of humans, human behavior, and societies in the past and present. It is a broad discipline that encompasses various subfields, including cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Anthropologists seek to understand the full range of human diversity, from our biological origins to our cultural practices and social structures.
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