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The Best Book on Health & Medicine I Have Ever Read

Do you want to take your knowledge about the human body, diet, health, and evolution to a new level? Then you should check out this excellent book by Daniel E. Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. I have read a lot of books on nutrition and health over the years, … [Read More...]

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Lower Back Pain? “Back Training” Could Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

There are few musculoskeletal disorders out there that are as common as lower back problems, and every year people spend millions … [Read More...]

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A Selection of Good Articles on the Human Microbiome

Studies on the Human Microbiome have been piling up over the last couple of years, and as a consequence of the many newfound links between bacteria and human health, an increasing amount of articles … [Read More...]

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Stone Age Genes in the Modern World

With the exception of those who cling to creationism as the explanation for human existence on earth, most people accept that the emergence of our species, Homo sapiens sapiens, came as a result of … [Read More...]

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5 Reasons Why Junk Food is Fattening

We all know pizza, doughnuts and cupcakes shouldn’t be a big part of a healthy diet, and these foods are generally considered more fattening than nutritious whole foods like meat and vegetables. But … [Read More...]

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Are You Wrecking Your Body With Too Many Sets and Reps?

As everyone who's hooked on fitness knows; one of the primary reasons many gym goers don't see the desired results from their training is that they don't push themselves hard enough and/or do too … [Read More...]

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Why You Shouldn’t Always Listen to Your Body

Like for all other organisms, it's our genetic blueprint that has been shaped over eons of evolution that lays the basis for our behaviour. We can certainly choose to live our lives in a specific way, … [Read More...]

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Gut Dysbiosis Sets the Stage for Diseases of Civilization

Many of the chronic health disorders - such as inflammatory bowel diseases, acne vulgaris, and type-2 diabetes - that now affect a growing part of the population in the modern world are virtually … [Read More...]

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Who’s Reading?

Hey!  I've had a break from writing lately; most recently because of a lot of reading and studying. Even though I haven't written much the last month(s), this blog still gets a good amount of daily … [Read More...]

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The 4 Fundamental Reasons to Eat a Paleo-Based Diet

The Paleo Diet has skyrocketed in popularity over the last several years, and millions of people worldwide now swear by a hunter-gatherer type diet to lose weight, build muscle, and increase … [Read More...]

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Should You Exercise Like a Hunter-Gatherer?

Did you know that 'Organic Fitness' is a term that's used in the scientific literature? It's primarily used to describe physical activity that is consistent with our hunter-gatherer heritage (1, 2). … [Read More...]

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What are the Benefits of Full Body Workouts vs. Split?

A BIG QUESTION personal trainers and strength trainees face is how often each muscle group and compound lift should be trained. Should you split up your clients’ training program so that 1-3 muscle … [Read More...]

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6 Rules of a Healthy Diet

If you’re reading this site, chances are you look at nutrition from an evolutionary perspective and consume a Paleolithic, hunter-gatherer type diet. Ancestral diets have sustained our species for … [Read More...]

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How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part IV: Wrapping it Up

In part 1 of this series on carbohydrate intake we looked at what our physiology and biology tell us about adaptation to diet and delved into some of the history behind the evolution of our large … [Read More...]

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How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part III: Conflicting Advice

In part 1 of this series on carbohydrate intake we looked at what our biology and physiology tell us about adaptation to diet and established what types of foods that fueled the evolution of our large … [Read More...]

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How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part II: An Adaptable Species

In part 1 of this series on carbohydrate intake we looked at what our biology and physiology tell us about adaptation to diet and established what types of foods that fueled the evolution of our large … [Read More...]

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How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part I: A Big-Brained Animal

As you know if you've been reading this blog for a while, I think there's too much focus on macronutrient intake in the nutritional community. I've repeatedly highlighted the fact that humans can be … [Read More...]

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Who’s in Control: The Human Host or the Microbiome?

Yes, I know; the idea that we're not in control of our own body seems like it could be taken right out of a science fiction movie, and the "quack alarm" is probably ringing in many people's heads when … [Read More...]

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10 Reasons Potatoes Don’t Deserve Their Bad Reputation

The Huffington Post recently ran an article titled "5 Reasons Potatoes Don't Deserve Their Bad Reputation". Although I agree with the message the author is trying to convey, the article doesn't … [Read More...]

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5 Things Every Fitness Enthusiast Can Learn From Paleo (Even If You Don’t Favor the Diet)

Paleolithic nutrition is one of the most highly debated topics in the health & fitness community! On the one hand, “the paleo diet” was the most googled diet last year, and millions of people … [Read More...]

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Is Exercise for Weight Loss Really Effective?

Physical activity is a natural part of being human, and exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. And as everyone involved in fitness knows, training is also an invaluable tool for shaping … [Read More...]

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How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry

"Eat Less, Move More" is poor weight loss advice! If you are the least bit familiar with the laws of thermodynamics, you know that weight loss can only occur if you decrease your energy intake (more … [Read More...]

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Is Nearsightedness a Reversible Condition?

Myopia (nearsightedness) is an extremely common condition, and in some places, wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses are now the norm rather than the exception. However, it hasn't always been this way. … [Read More...]

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5 Steps for Learning the Squat

I've talked a lot about optimal squat and deadlift technique on this blog. Of these two, the squat is especially popular, and many consider it an essential part of a good resistance training program. … [Read More...]

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Lower Back Pain? “Back Training” Could Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

There are few musculoskeletal disorders out there that are as common as lower back problems, and every year people spend millions of dollars on pharmaceuticals, chiropractic interventions, and … [Read More...]

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Coconut Cream and Banana: A Simple and Healthy Dessert

Although I'm very interested in nutrition, diet, and food, I'm not a foodie. Instead of trying new things all the time, I prefer to just find something that works and then stick to it. This is partly … [Read More...]

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Myth: Paleo Diets Are Always High in Meat and Fat

There are many myths surrounding the paleo diet. One of the most prevalent ones being that ancestral diets are always very high in fat and meat. This notion probably stems from the fact that a lot of … [Read More...]

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Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part IV: Wrapping it Up

At this point, we don’t know exactly what characterizes the obese microbiome. However, it could be argued that we don’t really need to establish exactly which phyla and species of microbes that play a … [Read More...]

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Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part III: Two Emerging Hypotheses of Obesity

When talking about body fat regulation we always have to adhere to the basic laws of thermodynamics. We know that increases in body fat mass happens when energy intake is higher than energy … [Read More...]

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Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part II: Ancestral vs. Westernized Microbiome

Why are we seeing these changes in the human microbiota? Studies show that the western lifestyle promotes a suboptimal phenotype, in the sense that highly processed diets, sedentary living, lack of … [Read More...]

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Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part I: The Second Genome

The obesity epidemic has quickly become one of the greatest health challenges humans have ever faced, and the weight loss industry is now a billion dollar market that provides dieters with … [Read More...]

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Why You Should Take Cold Showers

We all enjoy the comforts of modern life. There's just no getting around the fact that modern transportation, electricity, and technology have made our existence better in many ways. However, if … [Read More...]

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