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10 Tips That Can Make You Squat Like a Flexible Kid

The squat is one of the most fundamental human movements. It activates big chunks of the human musculoskeletal system, challenges one’s balance and coordination, and can help prevent and treat a variety of postural deviations, injuries, and pains. This is particularly true if it’s performed with added resistance. Unfortunately though, a lot of people perform […]

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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 […]

Are Non-Communicable Diseases Really Non-Communicable?

A long-standing practice in medicine has been to classify diseases as either non-communicable or communicable. Whereas conditions such as influenza, tuberculosis, and AIDS have long been known to be contagious, disorders and diseases such as colon cancer, acne vulgaris, and type-1 diabetes are generally considered to be non-communicable. Scientific research that has emerged over the […]

Are Non-Communicable Diseases Really Non-Communicable?

A long-standing practice in medicine has been to classify diseases as either non-communicable or communicable. Whereas conditions such as influenza, tuberculosis, and AIDS have long been known to be contagious, disorders and diseases such as colon cancer, acne vulgaris, and type-1 diabetes are generally considered to be non-communicable. Scientific research that has emerged over the […]

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10 Tips That Can Make You Squat Like a Flexible Kid

The squat is one of the most fundamental human movements. It activates big chunks of the human musculoskeletal system, challenges one’s balance and coordination, and can help prevent and treat a variety of postural deviations, injuries, and pains. This is particularly true if it’s performed with added resistance. Unfortunately though, a lot of people perform […]

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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

Charles Robert Darwin’s wife Emma was a very religious woman. Charles, on the other hand, became increasingly more skeptical of Christianity and religion as he became older and promoted, via his scientific writings, ideas about the origins of man and the natural world that clashed with those of the Church. Emma never fully embraced the evolutionary ideas of her husband. She was afraid that she and Charles would be separated by their conflicting beliefs and that Charles would be punished for his lack of faith. This was likely one of the reasons why Charles hesitated to publish some of his most controversial ideas. He cared greatly for his wife, valued her opinions, and didn’t want to cause her distress.
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Darwin’s corner

charles-robert-darwin"My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.”
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Featured Quote

Unlike our core genome, our microbiome is contagious. Microbial cells can actively or passively leave the body and spread to new habitats and hosts, and from an evolutionary perspective it can be assumed that natural selection has favored those microbes that increase their own transmission. On the other hand, exchange of microbes by intimate contact with conspecifics may offer benefits for the host as well. These features of the microbiome have motivated some authors to hypothesize that social behavior has, at least in part, evolved to enhance transmission of microbes.

- Roman M. Stilling et al.
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Quick tip

Consume moderate amounts of protein at every meal! Modern diets are generally very low in protein compared to the preagricultural diets that supported the evolution of the human body and the large, complex human brain. This is worrying, seeing as protein has some unique properties that clearly separate it from the other macronutrients. Among other things, it increases thermogenesis to a greater extent than fat and carbohydrate, plays a uniquely important role in body tissue maintenance and repair processes, and promotes satiety and a feeling of fullness. Hence, it’s not surprising that studies have shown that people who take in little protein are more likely to take in more total calories than they need to sustain body weight than people who take in moderate-high quantities of this macronutrient.
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