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The Dark Side of Artificial Light

Over the past couple of centuries, artificial light has gradually become a ubiquitous part of our environment. The modern man is constantly exposed to artificial light emitted by smartphones, lamps, and computers. It’s easy to forget that these light-emitting devices are extremely novel additions to our environment. Throughout the vast majority of our evolutionary history, […]

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Does the Use of Whey Protein Supplements Negatively Affect Gut Health?

If you’re a regular reader of Darwinian-Medicine.com, you’ve undoubtedly picked up on the fact that I’m not a fan of protein supplements. In previous articles I’ve pointed out that protein supplements are evolutionarily novel food products with an abnormal nutrient composition and that the consumption of the most popular type of protein supplement on the […]

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The Universality of Darwinian Medicine

It’s often assumed that we humans are very dissimilar from other organisms with respects to the reasons as to why we are vulnerable to disease. A lot of people also take it for granted that the medical and biological principles that are important in the context of human health optimization differ from those that are […]

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The Troubled Youth of Great and Revolutionary Ideas

Many, if not most, great and revolutionary ideas are bullied and made fun of when they are young. Usually, the bullying gets less severe over time; however, it doesn’t necessarily cease completely. In some instances, the problems start all the way back at birth. The birth of many great ideas is lengthy and burdensome and […]

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Does the Use of Whey Protein Supplements Negatively Affect Gut Health?

If you’re a regular reader of Darwinian-Medicine.com, you’ve undoubtedly picked up on the fact that I’m not a fan of protein supplements. In previous articles I’ve pointed out that protein supplements are evolutionarily novel food products with an abnormal nutrient composition and that the consumption of the most popular type of protein supplement on the […]

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The Thing That Separates Paleo From All Other Health/Nutrition Concepts

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the internet is chock-full of information about diet and health. The non-digital, real world is as well. Thoughts, opinions, and ideas about healthy living circulate in cafés, fitness centers, and classrooms all over the world. One of the […]

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The Standing Glute Squeeze: A Simple Exercise That Can Help You Prevent Bad Posture and Back Pain

The glutes of the modern man are in a sorry state. They are weak and small, largely because they spend most of their time resting on a chair, couch, car seat, or bed. The gluteus maximus – arguably the king of all the muscles of the human body – in particular bears the mark of […]

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Are You a Truth-Seeker?

Few humans are truth-seekers. Instead of actively seeking truths, the vast majority of the human population simply let societal trends, conventional wisdom, authoritative figures, and the mass media shape and to some extent control their behavior, opinions, and beliefs. This is worrying, seeing as it significantly impedes human progress and has widespread, negative implications for […]

Darwinian tidbit

kitava-islanderIn industrialized nations such as the U.S. and Sweden, the skin condition acne vulgaris is so common - it afflicts almost all teenagers, as well as many adults - that it's often considered to be an unavoidable part of human life. Among non-westernized, traditional people such as the Kitavans and the Aché hunter-gatherers, however, acne is a very rare disorder. This clearly suggests that acne vulgaris is a disease of civilization that develops as a result of gene-environment conflicts.
Pic: Kitava girl. Taken by Staffan Lindeberg

Darwin’s corner

charles-robert-darwin"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Featured Quote

The optimal nutrient combination to support good health can be expected to reflect a certain balance. This balance is present in the foods that were consumed by Palaeolithic and possibly by pre-Palaeolithic ancestors, because it is this balance on which the human genome has evolved. This genome has been shaped by millions of years of evolution, during which it adapted to the conditions of existence, including the diet.

- Remko S. Kuipers et al.
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Tip of the day

maasai-walkingWalk more! The human body is designed to be physically active. Hunter-gatherers and semi-nomadic pastoralists such as the Maasai cover many kilometers every day (typically >10 km/day) as they gather plant foods, hunt, and otherwise move around in their local environment. This helps explain why they are lean and metabolically healthy and have strong, dense bones. It also helps explain why heart disease, osteoporosis, and many other chronic diseases and health problems are very rare among these peoples.
Pic: CC pic by Jess & Kate. Some rights reserved.

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The Standing Glute Squeeze: A Simple Exercise That Can Help You Prevent Bad Posture and Back Pain

The glutes of the modern man are in a sorry state. They are weak and small, largely because they spend most of their time resting on a chair, couch, car seat, or bed. The … [Read More...]

The Universality of Darwinian Medicine

It’s often assumed that we humans are very dissimilar from other organisms with respects to the reasons as to why we are vulnerable to disease. A lot of people also take … [Read More...]

The Thing That Separates Paleo From All Other Health/Nutrition Concepts

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the internet is chock-full of information about diet and health. … [Read More...]

Does the Use of Whey Protein Supplements Negatively Affect Gut Health?

If you’re a regular reader of Darwinian-Medicine.com, you’ve undoubtedly picked up on the fact that I’m not a fan of protein supplements. In previous articles I’ve … [Read More...]

The Troubled Youth of Great and Revolutionary Ideas

Many, if not most, great and revolutionary ideas are bullied and made fun of when they are young. Usually, the bullying gets less severe over time; however, it doesn’t … [Read More...]

The Nutritional Uniqueness of the Original Human Diet

The human diet has changed tremendously over the past 10.000 years. One of the main things that separate modern human diets from preagricultural ones is that the former … [Read More...]

10 Scientific Papers That Explain Why It’s Unwise to Consume a Lot of Salt

I find it very surprising that some people question the idea that it’s unhealthy to take in a lot of salt, seeing as this idea is supported by a wealth of scientific … [Read More...]

Pete Evans is Right: Real Food is Medicine!

These days, the term fake news is being thrown around a lot. One person who’s particularly fond of this saying is the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who … [Read More...]

10 Things Mainstream Medicine Gets Wrong

Most people significantly overestimate the capabilities, quality, and efficiency of our medical system. They wrongly assume that doctors possess deep knowledge of the … [Read More...]

Are You a Truth-Seeker?

Few humans are truth-seekers. Instead of actively seeking truths, the vast majority of the human population simply let societal trends, conventional wisdom, authoritative … [Read More...]

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