Category Archives: Evolutionary Novelty

The Link between what we eat and our health

We are what we eat – a great film on this link

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So when will you lose your health? – Part 3 – When you don’t know this

Every day we read of a new study that says “This is bad for you” and “This is good for you”. No wonder when it comes to taking control of our health, we are confused by science. I read a … Continue reading

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So when will you lose your health – Part 2 – When you live in the wrong environment

You get ill when you look like this – this is how I looked aged 59 – I weighed 205 lbs. How I look here has all the signs that you have not lived your life according to the rules. … Continue reading

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The Great Return – Part 2 – The “Industrial Clearances” and what they mean to us

Are all of us, who are today unemployed or under employed or never to be employed, failures and misfits? I think that most of us think that we are in some way bad people. I think that, even as we … Continue reading

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The Great Return Part 1 – Getting back our right relationship with Nature – A series

Is the Paleo diet just another fad diet? Is Crossfit just another fad fitness craze? They are not – and you should not dismiss them. They are in fact the early signs of a new revolution in human society, economy … Continue reading

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Why are we so fat in rural settings? – Part 3 – Our Ancestry!

Prince Edward Island, where I live, has a very high obesity rate. So do many rural parts of America and of cource the rest of Atlantic Canada. We have looked at why there is an physical environmental difference between cities and … Continue reading

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Trust – Part of our Biology – Dr Jonathan Shay

“The need for trust, Dr. Shay argues, comes from human prehistory. Without claws, wings or other natural weapons, human ancestors survived by watching one another’s backs. As a result, Dr. Shay argues, the need for trust is part of human … Continue reading

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Your mind and your health – Part 3 – How do we change deep rooted thoughts/habits?

So how do we change? Is it as simple as knowing what is true? Not for deep change. I can hear you even from here. “But I can’t change my habits” or “Just telling me to think differently is not enough” … Continue reading

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Your Mind and your Health – Part 2 – The Power of Neuroplasticity

This is the conventional picture of the brain – a thing with discrete compartments – a thinking machine. This idea of the brain – which is also how most of us “see” the body and so organize medicine is wrong. … Continue reading

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How do you get control and power – Riot or take it for yourself?

Lack of power and control and low social status is a major factor in making us ill. So if we cannot change the system, how can we get more power, control and social status? This week we will look at how we might do … Continue reading

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Your Baby – Bathtime – What is safe? – Novel Environments

My grand daughter Sophia when she was very little not so long ago. Bath time is the best part of the day for babies and parents. Little did I know what might have been going on. What is in the … Continue reading

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Diet – Where your ancestral heritage is important

Surely we must have adapted to agriculture by now? The answer is no and sort of yes to that question. It depends on what your ancestral heritage is or how long you have been exposed to agriculture. Let’s take dairy. … Continue reading

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The PaleoGraphic – The Story in Pictures

Learn more about the Paleo Diet. From Paleolithicdiet.com

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Michael’s Recent Interview

Michael is interviewed by Jimmie Moore on how Evolution plays such a role and also on how diet is so important. Here MR summarizes the key factors of the 55 in a few minutes.  

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Talking about Environments – carbs are novel

This is what most of us – especially our Dr’s think is the ideal start to the day. A cup of oatmeal is 60 grams of carbs. The National Academy of Sciences recommends no less than 120 grams of carbs … Continue reading

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Talking about environments – What’s in your shampoo, soap, deodorant and face cream?

I am just waking up to Michael’s warning about novel environments – here is the lowdown on what goes on in our bathrooms! If you want to know more go here. It scares me to think of how I could … Continue reading

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Talking about Environments – What about your mouth?

Ideally our mouths should be on the alkaline side. Before the modern diet, they were. Before the modern diet there was next to no caries. Today we brush our teeth to give us a chance of beating caries. But what … Continue reading

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As primates we need to live in the “right” social environment – much of our illness stems from a poor fit – the cure is a better fit.

A central tenet of Michael’s is that we do best in environments that fit our evolved state. Diet is a very important aspect of finding the best fit. But so is our social environment. Practical work at one of Canada’s … Continue reading

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Michael’s Rose’s “Twin Sister?” – Dr Mary Vernon – The practical aspect of the 55 Theses

No one I have found so far explains how our metabolism works better than Dr Vernon – a GP who could not help any of her diabetic patients get well by following the “rules”. Who then became an expert in … Continue reading

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We need the best fit to our ideal social status as well as to our ideal diet

America spends far more than any other nation in the world on healthcare and yet has the health outcomes of a nation like Cuba. What is going on? Why might this be? If you live in Louisiana you are much … Continue reading

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Cancer is not a disease but a part of mammalian life – Paul Davies

In Thesis 15 Michael makes the point that cancer is not a disease but is part of how we as a mammal evolve. Here Paul Davies backs him up. The video is here We can prevent it

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Thesis 41

Thesis #41 – Experimental strategies for the study of aging that involve the use of environments that are evolutionarily novel will systematically impair the scientific study of aging, as natural selection will not have previously fostered adaptation to such novel … Continue reading

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Thesis 46

Thesis #46 – In the last ten to twenty thousand years, some human populations adopted extensive agricultural cultivation of grass species and the use of milk from other mammals for nutrition, a novel environment which changed the action of natural … Continue reading

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Thesis 53

Thesis #53 – Young people with significant agricultural ancestry can sustain their health with agricultural patterns of nutrition and activity, but not with an evolutionarily novel industrial lifestyle. It is tempting to suppose that young people with agricultural ancestry are … Continue reading

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Thesis 54

Thesis #54 – Older adults with significant agricultural ancestry cannot sustain their health with either agricultural or industrial patterns of nutrition and activity, and should instead switch to hunter-gatherer patterns of nutrition and activity in order to slow their later … Continue reading

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Thesis 55

Thesis #55 – Once this switch to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle among older adults has become widespread, further changes that would enhance human health at later ages can be discovered using evolutionary research tools, such as experimental evolution with model organisms … Continue reading

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