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Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:11:02 PM »
Interesting Daniel Lieberman interview about such things as a antibiotics possibly causing peanut allergies, or why hunter gathers would not have had diabetes type II.

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DANIEL LIEBERMAN: Well, many people wonder how their bodies function today, and what's the relationship between how our bodies evolved and how we use them and how we get sick. And a key premise of the book is that many of the illnesses that we confront today are what evolutionary biologists call mismatch diseases. I didn't come up with the term. It's been around for a while.

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/227777434/how-our-stone-age-bodies-struggle-to-stay-healthy-in-modern-times
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Re: Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 04:44:19 PM »
Thus, learning martial arts (and other ways to relieve stress) is important to modern health.

Today, I got caught in a traffic jam (not a normal occurrence for me).  I was getting more and more agitated until I pulled off and took a detour.  I didn't feel instantly better, but...you get the point, I'm sure.

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Re: Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 11:33:34 AM »
Cool article. I'm going to start exercising more and eating less sugar!
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Re: Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 11:59:16 AM »
Odd that he'd assume chronic stress didn't happen in pre-agricultural societies.  Social stress is long-term and applies to any group.
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Re: Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 08:20:00 PM »
I'm going to start eating more sugar and exercising less.

Wait...that ain't right.

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Re: Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2013, 03:29:09 PM »
Odd that he'd assume chronic stress didn't happen in pre-agricultural societies.  Social stress is long-term and applies to any group.

You'd also think that in such societies the difficulties at some times of the year of getting enough (or any) food would be pretty stressful.  It's only with agriculture that a stock of food can be built up to take people over the winter.
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Re: Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2013, 10:28:54 AM »
Thus, learning martial arts (and other ways to relieve stress) is important to modern health.

Gichen Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan (what most people would call "karate") always practiced when he was feeling a bit ill--and he never actually got sick!

I can't verify that this is factually true, but it's a good (and credible) enough lesson that I still espouse it as if it is fact.  :-)
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Re: Fresh Air interview with Harvard evolutionary biologist
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2013, 01:35:20 PM »
Lots of spicy food helps me too!
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