Evolving Health: The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick

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Evolving Health

If you’re seeking a healthier future, look to the past.Cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and many other modern maladieswere virtually unknown among our Paleolithic forebears. In EvolvingHealth, noted anthropologist and evolution researcher Noel Boazreveals the surprising origins of these diseases and demonstrateshow most of them can be prevented.

Evolving Health charts the levels of evolution at which eachcrucial human ...

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Overview

Evolving Health

If you’re seeking a healthier future, look to the past.Cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and many other modern maladieswere virtually unknown among our Paleolithic forebears. In EvolvingHealth, noted anthropologist and evolution researcher Noel Boazreveals the surprising origins of these diseases and demonstrateshow most of them can be prevented.

Evolving Health charts the levels of evolution at which eachcrucial human adaptation occurred; describes the environmentalconditions to which each adaptation was made; and explains howthese adaptations unravel in the presence of new, man-madeenvironmental conditions. The knowledge of how each adaptation cameabout and how a modern disease deranges that adaptation furnishesimportant insights for the prevention and treatment of disease.

From birth defects to viral infections, from breast cancer toback pain, this remarkably insightful and detailed guide uncoversthe root causes of a wide variety of ailments and presents aradically "uncivilized" approach to preventing these "civilized"diseases. Designing your lifestyle in accordance with our evolvedadaptations, an approach Boaz terms "Adaptive Normality," enablesyou to reclaim your evolutionary birthright, take responsibilityfor your own health, and improve your quality of life for years tocome.

Evolving Health provides a well-reasoned perspective on the manydiseases that plague modern life and gives a scientific basis forevaluating the claims and counterclaims of today’s medicalresearch. Read it and discover how to protect yourself fromillness––by treating your body as millions of years ofevolution have designed it to be treated.

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"...many of the book's points are excellent and would yield delightif effectively delivered to the public and to the cliniclaspecialists...a gem..."(human-nature.com, 11 June 2002)

"...rich in facts and good quality high-fibre solid information..."(Evolving Health Focus, August 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471352617
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/11/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,016,714
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

NOEL BOAZ, Ph.D., Biological Anthropologist, is the founder and Director of the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research and Professor of Anatomy at Ross University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than fifty scientific papers, the leading textbook in biological anthropology, and two popular science books, Quarry and Eco Homo.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Achieving Adaptive Normality, Your EvolutionaryBirthright.

2. How Our Health Evolved.

3. An Evolutionary Child s Birthright:Perinatal and PediatricDiseases.

4. The Virus War.

5. Cellular Stress: A General Model for Cancer.

6. Breast Cancer, Prostate Diseases, and Cancersof the ReproductiveSystem.

7. Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure:A Story of Fish andChips.

8. Why We Smoke.

9. Diabetes Mellitus and the Thrifty Genotype .

10. Gout, Liver Enzymes, and Global Climate Change.

11. Back Pain, Bad Knees, and Flatfeet.

12. Gut Diseases.

13. The Evolution of Psychiatric Disorders.

14. Uncivilized Solutions: ReestablishingAdaptive Normality in YourLife.

Notes.

Index.

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