The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being.
In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. Investigating the power of living according to our genes in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep, nature, mindfulness and more, GO WILD examines how tapping into our core DNA combats modern disease and psychological afflictions, from Autism and Depression to Diabetes and Heart Disease. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to secure a healthier and happier future, and GO WILD will show you how.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
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About the Author
Richard Manning is an award-winning journalist. He is the author of eight books, including One Round River. His work has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010, Harper's, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.
Table of Contents
Foreword David Perlmutter, MD vii
1 Human 1.0: Why Evolution's Design Endures 17
2 What Ails Us: Not Disease but Afflictions 39
3 Food: Follow the Carbs 61
4 Nimble: Building and Rebuilding the Brain Through Movement 99
5 Bodies at Rest: Why Sleep Makes Us Better 125
6 Aware: What Is Revealed in the Wild Mind 151
7 Biophilia: Finding Our Better Nature in Nature 173
8 Tribe: The Molecule That Binds Us to One Another 193
9 Personal Implications: What We Did and What You Can Do 241
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization by John Ratey M.D. and Richard Manning is a fascinating look at optimal health through going wild or returning to instinctual behavior. Think of living 1000 years ago with no grocery stores, cars, or electricity. You would prepare your own food, possibly after catching or harvesting it, and eat what best nourished you. You would walk or run wherever you needed to go, or ride an animal, and have no need to go to the gym after doing the manual work required to take care of yourself and your family. And when the sun went down, light would be drastically reduced and your body would prepare for a great night’s sleep. Deviation from these “wild” behaviors and your body’s adaptation to the deviations, postulate Ratey and Manning, are the cause of many common modern afflictions. For example, one type of exercise in a gym could cause repetitive motion injuries, whereas more overall exercise such as walking and doing yard work and housework would work different muscles and promote flexibility. And Go Wild would not be complete without several chapters on how to use this information. Combinations of “wild” factors are considered such as experiencing nature and being outside, with the query whether the combination would enhance or improve the effect. Finally, one is advised to find their “lever;” what one change can you effect first that will springboard you into “rewilding?” If desired, you can even visit a rewilding center, such as Rancho La Puerta, where you can be coached to Go Wild yourself. It’s certain to improve your life.
Insightful, smart and, if you let it be, life-changing. This is more science than self help--though there are plenty of great tips and it's a way better read than dense science. This book is about finding and becoming who we are as humans. When we do this, we'll be happier and healthier, the authors say. After reading it, I'm convinced they are right. Highly recommend.
The authors are throwing around many statements and generalizations that are not backed up by references, research or footnotes. Really? Not ONE footnote to document what they claim??? Worthless writing from two men with supposedly advanced education. Ugh!