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Evolving Health : The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick - Noel T. Boaz

Evolving Health

The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick

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Published: 28th March 2002
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Human illnesses can be understood as damage to those adaptations that we took on at various stages in our evolution from pre-life molecules to modern Homo sapiens. Preventing these illnesses entails avoiding what causes the damage-- which too frequently are the everyday hazards of twenty-first-century life, as the chart below shows:<br> <br> Level of Evolution<br> <br> Cause of adaptive failure<br> <br> resulting disease or problem<br> <br> Pre-life<br> <br> Environmental poisons<br> <br> Certain birth defects<br> <br> Single cell (bacteria and amoeba-like)<br> <br> Viral infection<br> <br> Colds/flu/HIV<br> <br> Morula (sponge-like)<br> <br> Cellular stress<br> <br> Cancer<br> <br> Chordate<br> <br> Physical stress<br> <br> Back pain<br> <br> Fish<br> <br> Excess dietary salt<br> <br> Hypertension/heart disease<br> <br> Amphibian<br> <br> Tobacco smoke<br> <br> Lung cancer/emphysema<br> <br> Lower primate<br> <br> Excess dietary sugar<br> <br> Diabetes mellitus<br> <br> Higher primate<br> <br> Vitamin C deficiency<br> <br> Scurvy<br> <br> Ape<br> <br> Excess dietary protein<br> <br> Gout<br> <br> Homo sapiens<br> <br> Reduced dietary variety<br> <br> Nutritionaldiseases/food allergies

"...many of the book's points are excellent and would yield delight if effectively delivered to the public and to the clinicla specialists...a gem..."(human-nature.com, 11 June 2002)

"...rich in facts and good quality high-fibre solid information..." (Evolving Health Focus, August 2002)

List of Tables.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Achieving Adaptive Normality, Your EvolutionaryBirthright.

2. How Our Health Evolved.

3. An Evolutionary Child s Birthright:Perinatal and Pediatric Diseases.

4. The Virus War.

5. Cellular Stress: A General Model for Cancer.

6. Breast Cancer, Prostate Diseases, and Cancersof the Reproductive System.

7. Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure:A Story of Fish and Chips.

8. Why We Smoke.

9. Diabetes Mellitus and the Thrifty Genotype .

10. Gout, Liver Enzymes, and Global Climate Change.

11. Back Pain, Bad Knees, and Flatfeet.

12. Gut Diseases.

13. The Evolution of Psychiatric Disorders.

14. Uncivilized Solutions: ReestablishingAdaptive Normality in Your Life.

Notes.

Index.

ISBN: 9780471352617
ISBN-10: 0471352616
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 28th March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 16.1  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1