Deadly Harvest: The Intimate Relationship Between Our Health and Our Food

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With an increasing number of people suffering from obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related disorders, many of us turn to fad diets in an effort to drop excess pounds or recover our health. But what if our foods were doing more harm than good, and fad diets made matters worse? Deadly Harvest examines how the foods we eat today have little in common with those of our ancestors, and why this fact is important to our health. It also offers a proven program to enhance health ...
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Overview

With an increasing number of people suffering from obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related disorders, many of us turn to fad diets in an effort to drop excess pounds or recover our health. But what if our foods were doing more harm than good, and fad diets made matters worse? Deadly Harvest examines how the foods we eat today have little in common with those of our ancestors, and why this fact is important to our health. It also offers a proven program to enhance health and improve longevity.

Using the latest scientific research and studies of primitive lifestyles, the author first explains the diet that our ancestors followed—one in harmony with the human species. He then describes how our present diets affect our health, leading to disorders such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Most important, he details measures we can take to improve our diet, our health, and our quality of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While Bond (Natural Eating: Nutritional Anthropology-Eating in Harmony with Our Genetic Programming) holds a physical science degree and completed postgraduate professional qualifications in applied sciences, his biography lists no qualifications in nutritional science. This is troubling in a book on nutritional anthropology, in which the author attempts to develop his argument for a return to a "naturally adapted feeding pattern" coined "The Savanna Model." Bond's advice to consume a diet low in animal and trans fats, to reduce salt and sugar intake, to stop smoking, and to exercise aligns with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. However, Bond also recommends avoiding many perfectly nutritious foods, including soy, dried beans, peanut butter, skim milk, raisins, oats, brown rice, and popcorn. According to the author, "nature did not design our digestive systems to cope with starches, dairy, and sugary fruits." Eliminating major food groups such as whole grains and low-fat dairy foods is not based on sound science and could lead to deficiencies in iron, B vitamins, calcium, and Vitamin D. Overall, this book intertwines sound nutritional advice with potentially harmful misinformation. Not recommended.-Robin Sabo, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mount Pleasant Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757001420
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,005,311
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Bond graduated with honors in applied sciences from London University. He spent his early career living and working in remote African villages, where he widened his studies in anthropology, biochemistry, and evolutionary

human development. Using both research and firsthand observation of tribal societies, Bond developed guidelines for living in harmony with our naturally adapted lifestyle. He is the author of Natural Eating and, with his wife, Nicole, the coauthor of Healthy Cooking.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
What is Nutritional Anthropology?     5
The Farming Revolution and Its Consequences     25
How We Eat and Its Consequences     51
The Science I: Population Studies and Biochemical Clues     85
The Science II: Digestive System and Dietary Clues     113
The Owner's Manual     137
Eating the "Savanna Model" Way     161
The Savanna Model Lifestyle     189
Disease and the Bond Effect     229
Conclusion     275
Resources     279
References     283
Index     319
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