No Cure For Modern Life

It sometimes seems that my role in the universe is to be the bearer of unpopular truths. Since we now know that the willingness to hear an inconvenient truth is a prerequisite for health, let’s throw this one on the heap:
Modern humans are doomed to be less healthy than early humans. Period. There is no cure. At least, not yet.
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Dogs Don’t Lie

Ever since I have taken to spending time in the outdoors with a 2-year-old yellow lab named Marlee (adopted a few months ago), I have devoted myself to learning what the dog could teach me about being a primal being. You see, dogs haven’t ever strayed from their primal roots. No species has, except humans. Some say we haven’t strayed far enough, but when it comes to health and quality of life we have clearly strayed too far.

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Get Over It

When it comes to human health, nothing has been settled. Nor will it ever be. Human health is far too complex for anyone to claim that they have solved anything about it once and for all. It is the height of arrogance to do so, yet that claim is made all the time – explicitly or implicitly – in the promotion of health products and services.

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Food Religionists

my-religionIf you don’t recognize the term “food religionist”, it’s no wonder – I made it up. I realized there was no way to identify an interesting phenomenon that I encounter often in my life and work, so I labelled it. “Religiousity” is the phenomenon of people who will deceive themselves into thinking that they are doing something for one reason, when in reality ...

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The Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of health is to die from something other than “natural causes”.

The contemporary notion of “natural causes” is almost exclusively a euphemism for “degenerative disease”, which in turn is an appropriately clinical way of referring to the things that we all, to a great extent, can effect through lifestyle choices. In other words, the things for which we are responsible. The goal of personal health is to die like humans used to die: from accidents, acts of god (weather, earthquakes, ...

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A Cure For Obesity?

What if we cure obesity?

Let’s take a minute and imagine a world where we invented a pill to cure obesity. Yes, a pill. After all, that seems to be what nearly everyone is yearning for. And there are several in development at this very moment. It is only a matter of time before one is approved for mass consumption. What will we really have solved?

Your average 10-year-old knows that the cause of obesity is malnutrition.

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Givers & Takers

give-takeWhat does it mean to love? What is your obligation to the relationships that mean the most to you? Among other things, it means that you strive to give more than you take. Bet you’re wondering how I’m going to tie this to health, right?

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What Should A Human Eat?

I love simple questions. I wish this was one of them.

What is ideal human nutrition? This very day you will be required to answer that question correctly at least 3 times, or suffer the inevitable health consequences of less than ideal human nutrition. How are you doing so far?human_should_eat

Don’t ever forget that ideal nutrition for any living thing is an extremely complex matter. ...

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What Is Exercise?

Among the many things that modern life has corrupted is the concept of exercise. That’s why I have dedicated an entire fixed page of this site to the task of defining it. Yet, still, that lengthy attempt to make the concept clear was still lacking a practical example. So I’m choosing to use this post to fix that.
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Local Food Primer

By now faithful readers will know that consuming local foods is a basic practice of natural health. The primary reason: a vast amount of personal health experimentation has revealed that people who seek out locally grown / raised food sources do better by the standards of performance-based health.
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Part of the magic in this concept is the other unwitting enhancements to health ...
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