Evolution Rx: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing by William F. Meller
Provocative, science-based, and practical, this guide presents a new way for readers to understand their bodies and promote vibrant health.
Countless books and experts have advised adopting the "cave-man diet" that avoids processed foods and refined carbohydrates. But how and what to eat is only the beginning of what human evolution can teach about health. Based on the latest research, Evolution Rx provides readers with an understanding of the underlying science and a practical means to making nutritional and lifestyle changes, from exercise and injury prevention to addressing allergies, heart health, cancer, and more. Dr. Meller, one of the country's pre-eminent practitioners of evolutionary medicine, explores such topics as:
• Why eating more fat can fuel weight loss
• Why humans can't register fullness when eating carbohydrates, and what to do about it
William Meller, MD, is a board-certified internist who runs a successful medical practice and clinic in Santa Barbara, CA, where he coordinates three busy medical centers. He has been published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
Table of Contents
Time Line of Human Evolution xxi
1 The Primal Diet: Your Stone Age Body's Wants and Needs 1
2 Germ Warfare: New Strategies in an Ancient Battle 25
3 Allergies and the Dirt Age: Taming the Hyperactive Immune System 61
4 Toxins: The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent 85
5 Rough and Tumble: Injuries and How We Heal 119
6 Sunrise, Sunset: Why You Need More Sun and Sleep 151
7 The Urge to Merge: Dating, Mating, and Reproduction 171
8 Evolution, from the Neck Up: Sorting Out the Mental Toolbox 193