I love the bit about the inappropriateness of feeding processed and 'human' foods to the monkeys!
BBC News - Treats making pet monkeys diabetic http://bbc.in/1lh45re
Vitamins vs. Whole Foods: There is nothing more 'whole' than eating cheek to cheek from nose to tail.
Unlike vegetables, animals can provide a nutritionally complete diet.
"However, it seems likely that changes in our gut microbiota and their metabolic products are important in explaining the influence of diet on many aspects of health, says Harry Flintat the University of Aberdeen, UK. For example, butyrate is thought to reduce colorectal cancer risk by boosting the health of cells lining the intestines and prompting cancerous cells to self-destruct."
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DC hits the back of the Internet in 'We know little about the effect of diet on health. That’s why so much is written about it':
More than in any other field it is hard to do the RCTs that could, in principle, sort out the problem. It’s hard to allocate people at random to different diets, and even harder to make people stick to those diets for the many years that are needed.
We can probably say by now that no individual food carries a large risk, or affords very much protection. The fact that we are looking for quite small effects means that even when RCTs are possible huge samples will be needed to get clear answers. Most RCTs are too short, and too small (under-powered) and that leads to overestimation of the size of effects. That’s a problem that plagues experimental pyschology too, and has led to a much-discussed crisis in reproducibility.
This is an interesting piece and comes from an angle I have mentioned before. If you were in the wild and had to hunt/forage for food, what confidence would you have in sourcing non-toxic food?
Outside of some seasonal berries and fruit I think most of us would be wary of foraging. Even skilled foragers make mistakes when it comes to, for example, mushroom picking.
But hunting is altogether easier. Bar eating too much liver, pick a large mammal (especially a herbivore), eat pretty much all of it. Hack meat off and cook over a fire. Job done. You don't really need specialist skills bar the actual hunting bit.
Can’t get children to eat greens? Blame it on the survival instinct
Art Devany was the first guy I heard articulate the importance of play in our adult life. We seek novelty from our earliest days and our industrialised lives can crush awareness to the rewards of simply going off-grid.
Here is a great example of the benefits of throwing efficiency to the winds and simply exploring the pleasures of play.
Watch it twice, the second time focusing on the elevator.
Laughably there is talk of drugs to treat a slow metabolism. Why no talk of gene expression and efforts to effect epigenetic change?
Slow metabolism 'obesity excuse' true!
An article recognising we live in a culture that owes more to the industrial revolution and factory-working than it does to human biology.
Breakfast Champions or Chumps? How Breakfast Can Accelerate Aging.
If there is one concern I have about modern medicine it is to do with its commercial motivation which makes it more profitable ti treat peripheral symptoms rather than underlying cause.
A further problem is that a focus on the peripheral manifestation of disease and illness as discrete conditions in their own right may over simplify things.
Binge Drinking Could Make It Harder For Broken Bones To Heal
Low in nutrition and high in sugar, this is a good example of the processed food I would seek to avoid as a parent.
The story is likely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ready-made foods whether you buy baby or adult food.
If you want to know what isn't 'paleo', here it is.
Play is an important component in the palei model. I look forward to paleocritics making the argument that paleo folk didn't have gym equipment nor did they play ball sports!
Play your way to evolutionary fitness.
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