Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Paleo / EvFit blogs

Well they are new to me but I just came across these  excellent blogs.   They have gone straight into the RSS reader!

Robert Paterson's Weblog - has a lot of paleo material on it as Robert charts his discoveries.  He is finding much of the same material that I am, and presenting it well.

His paleo discoveries have prompted him to found another site  The Missing Human Manual

Do you want to age well? Most of us do. If you are my age, 60, this is more important a question that if you are 30. But most of us would not wish to have heart disease, cancer, dementia when we get old.

Most of us think it is normal that we will get ill like this.

But science today tells us that this is not "Normal". Our evolutionary past designed us to be active and fit until we drop dead. Why? Because raising human children takes so long. Mature adults had to do most of the hard work enable us to invest up to 25 years in our kids.

We are designed by our evolution to reach a plateau of fitness in mid life. So why do most of us not live like this?

We don't because, we have strayed away from the best way of living that fits our evolution best. Our culture has got too far ahead of our biology. We eat foods that make us ill. We have lost our social identity and power and that makes us ill. And we have lost touch with the circadian rhythms of the Natural World, and that has made us ill too.

We have lost our fit with our true nature.

This site will be a Manual. It will show you what the best fit is. It will show you the science behind this. It will share with you some methods for getting your fit back with your true human nature.

A lot of his writings are prompted by the superb Michael Rose's 55 Theses   His propositions remind me of Wittgenstein....

Here are the last 3:

  • Young people with significant agricultural ancestry can sustain their health with agricultural patterns of nutrition and activity, but not with an evolutionarily novel industrial lifestyle.

  • Older adults with significant agricultural ancestry cannot sustain their health with either agricultural or industrial patterns of nutrition and activity, and should instead switch to hunter-gatherer patterns of nutrition and activity in order to slow their later aging and possibly hasten its cessation.

  • Once this switch to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle among older adults has become widespread, further changes that would enhance human health at later ages can be discovered using evolutionary research tools, such as experimental evolution with model organisms and the molecular genetic analysis of human evolutionary history.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Thanks for the blog ideas. As I make decisions on how to make it a lifestyle vs. diet I love reading more and more on it. Your piece on kids really hit home too.