Monthly Archives: March 2011

Welcome to Michael Rose’s 55 Theses – A New Context for Health

Introduction Welcome to Michael Rose’s 55, an overarching context that will enable you to use nature’s rules to make sense of your health and take action to make your life much better. You will do this by changing how you … Continue reading

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The Scientific Challenge

Biology is in a state of transformation.  Much like the re-foundings of biology that took place after 1800, 1859, 1900 and 1952, the first decade of the 21st Century has seen a major upheaval in biology.  The four previous revolutionary episodes … Continue reading

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Thesis #1

Thesis #1 The biological fitness of a population is the average net reproduction of its members, which in turn is determined by their capacity to survive and reproduce; biological fitness is at the core of health. The starting point of … Continue reading

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Thesis # 2

Thesis #2 – Natural selection reliably produces high levels of biological fitness, and thus good health, only under the environmental conditions in which it has been acting for many generations. A common caricature of evolution by natural selection is that … Continue reading

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Thesis # 3

Thesis #3. Health and adaptation thus reflect the action of natural selection on a population in its previous environments, not its present environment, when these differ. For the purpose of re-founding medicine scientifically, theses 2 and 3 direct us to … Continue reading

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Thesis #4

Thesis #4 Natural selection results in the evolution of good health only when there is sufficient heritable variation affecting survival and reproduction. Natural selection accomplishes nothing without an adequate and appropriate supply of genetic variation on which to act.  That … Continue reading

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Thesis #5

Thesis #5  Natural selection produces good health only when population size is large enough to overcome genetic drift; inbreeding reliably impairs health in outbreeding species. Many members of the human species have a great propensity to mate with other humans.  … Continue reading

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