Diseases and health problems such as breast cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and AIDS claim millions of lives every year. Darwinian theories can not only help us … [Read More...] about The Life-Saving Potential of Darwinian Medicine
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The skeleton of the modern man is weak and fragile when compared with that of the Paleolithic man. This is largely due to the fact that our physical activity pattern and levels have changed profoundly since the advent of Agriculture. By examining the activity patterns of hunter-gatherers we can make some significant headway towards elucidating what it takes to build strong, dense bones and effectively prevent osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and other musculoskeletal-related disorders. (Previous tidbits)
"If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find no such case.."
With the advantage of hindsight, will we pay any more attention to evolution in the medical research and education of the future? Or will the justly admired advances in genomics and imaging usher in a new era of technologic arrogance in which we once again forget that we were, and are, in the first place, evolving animals?
- Melvin Konner
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Make healthy fats a cornerstone of your diet! Many evolutionary dieters take in too much fat for their own good; however, there are also some out there who take in too little. In particular people who’ve just recently entered the world of evolutionary nutrition and haven’t yet let go of nutritional dogma concerning the dangers of fat are liable to make that mistake. They ditch grains and other carbohydrate-rich foods, but fail to adequately compensate by increasing their intake of healthy high-fat foods such as salmon and coconuts. (Previous tips)
In Focus: Medicine in the 21st century: towards a Darwinian Medical epistemology
This is one of the most original and intriguing papers on Darwinian medicine that has ever been published. In the article, the author, Dr. Ángel A. Román-Franco, reflects on the relevance of evolutionary theory to medicine and looks into the ultimate causes of human illness. It’s well-worth a read. You can download the full paper here, as well as another similar paper by the same author here.