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by 0 · July 26, 2014 at 3:38 AM

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Lesley_1 0 · July 23, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Many of the carbs in human breastmilk are indigestible by our human cells. They pass right through the stomach and land in the intestines, where they are feasted upon by the baby's beneficial gut bugs. In other words, the carbs in breastmilk feed... (more)

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by -2 · March 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I'm hoping to make this topic a peaceful, interesting discussion. So supposedly we came from apes or gorillas right? Well, to me, gorillas and apes don't appear to be any more special than a polar bear, a deer, a shark, etc. Supposedly... (more)

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Methodician 0 · March 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

You're really trying to scratch at the surface of a deep and complicated topic that you could spend 20 years of your life studying before truly understanding... "what made us turn into human".... I'll do my best to explain what little I know in... (more)

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by 3742 · October 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I'm trying to learn more about sex for women and I just find it very perplexing. First I found an article on Psychology today showing that the Clitoris extends to the vagina and the anus. The first didn't surprise me but the latter kind of blew... (more)

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Supergirl 0 · October 21, 2013 at 7:45 AM

What!!! 80% of women dont enjoy vagnal sex? Thats just BS, all my friends enjoy it. Most dont have any problem getting orgasm though vaginal either. I think women who dont enjoy sex just are too worried about how they look and if they are good... (more)

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by 5 · September 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM

No one can deny that Paleo monks are healthy, and not few reach the hundred years or at least get very old, but still are very active and healthy. Well, but they are mostly vegans, but always vegetarians, as one part of their "Dharma" ist to... (more)

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Sabertooth 0 · September 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

" The mind plays a much greater role in health and longevity than most would like to believe and stress is a killer." ---------- Indeed. Also - in addition, while most monastic traditions nowadays (Zen, etc.) actually focus very... (more)

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by 14 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Wasn't Africa connected to South America and a few other continents thousands of years ago? What evidence out there is contrarion to different "races" of homo sapiens evolving simultaneously in Europe, Asia and Africa? Even Mitochondrial Eve was... (more)

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CD 0 · August 05, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I hope this is a serious question, because otherwise I am wasting my time. Pangaea split about 200 million years ago, Homo sapiens first "walked" the earth about 150,000 years ago. I am pretty sure you mean species and not "different 'races'".... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I'm curious about paleo. The dietary recommendations make a lot of sense, but the link to human evolution seems more tenuous to me. Does the paleo diet stand or fall with claims about the way paleolithic humans ate/behaved? How does evolution... (more)

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elf27 0 · June 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

This might help (Note, just speaking for the perfect health diet, not paleo (robb wolf) or primal (sisson) or bulletproof (dave asprey) or whoever else identifies as paleo. Also, in the perfect health diet book, they talk about how there is... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I often hear that walnuts are not paleo because of their high omega 6 content. Instead we should focus on macadamias and cashews. I see that the latter's omega6/3 ratio is better. But what is the evolutionary argument? Did Grok not eat all nuts?... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · June 07, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Ancestral humans certainly ate whatever they could get, in whatever quantity was available. But nuts weren't available, pre-shelled, year-round, in totally unlimited quantities. Supposedly, modern food also exposes us to more omega-6 fat from... (more)

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by 1 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I was having a conversation with my older brother about how humans are biologically meant to eat meat, not just vegetables. He said, "What's your point? Humans are flexible and adaptable to different things. Did you know that a panda has a... (more)

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Anon_9 0 · May 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

There's a big difference between what we're able to eat and what's optimal to eat. Yes, we are adaptable and can handle a large variety of foods. But in this day and age, we're not faced with starvation and reliance on sub-par foods to... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Are any of the Starbuck's Evolution Fresh Juice Drinks, paleo?

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greymouser 0 · May 08, 2013 at 10:34 PM

No. Some of them have added processed food products, like protein isolates. Some that I saw had added sugar Juice itself is only borderline paleo-accepted in small quantities, as it's just the sugar-water from fruits, without all the other good... (more)

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by 13 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

There is strong evidence that humans pre 12,000 BCE did not live beyond 40 years of age. why is there such a strong assumption that their diet was good if this is the case? We are omnivores who evolved to survive on a wide range of available... (more)

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raydawg 0 · May 08, 2013 at 10:31 AM

You're right, we are omnivores who evolved (thank you for not using designed here) to survive on a wide range of available foodstuffs. But the key word there is survived, not thrive. Just because we can eat certain things and they won't outright... (more)

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by 103 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Here's a thinker: If part of the paleo diet is based on humans eating what makes more sense genetically, does this mean our bodies won't learn to better adapt to the diets introduced by the agricultural revolution through way of evolution? (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · March 31, 2013 at 7:21 PM

This is true, but all of human history is so short, compared to an evolutionary timescale, that it doesn't make any sense for us to wait to evolve solutions to our problems. That will also be an unpopular approach in this community, since it's... (more)

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by 2097 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

How has your personal paleo diet evolved and changed over time and more specifically for what reason? mine went a little like this- I flirted with atkins (eggs, bacon, salads, meats) years ago without much success as all the high fat never... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · March 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

1) Over a period of 15 years I had tried vegetarian, vegan, "Zone", Atkins, and "don't care" diets, with (in retrospect) no success. The fact that I was constantly trying a diet is a testament to the fact that I was unhappy with my size, shape,... (more)

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by 43 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I was watching a documentary on the evolution of man on Netflix (I forget the exact name but could find it if need be)... The claim was that although humans are not necessarily faster than the animals they hunted during hunter-gatherer times,... (more)

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fredmull 0 · March 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I think the "chronic cardio" phrase was coined to identify over-training that may lead to excess cortisol production, and overall stressed training. The folks running after gazelles are just trying to get dinner. Born to Run illustrates this long... (more)

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by 120 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

The question is simple. Mammals have mammary glands, mammary glands produce milk. Early humans ate animals so they must have consumed the mammary glands. From my rudimentary understanding of human evolution humans have been scavenging/hunting... (more)

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VB 0 · March 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

In her book "Deep Nutrition" Dr. Cate claims that some of us are well-adapted to dairy since after hunter-gathering humanity went into herding for over 10,000 years in some regions. However, that was RAW GRASS-FED full-fat fresh or fermented... (more)

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by 1672 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

In an interesting question I recently came across, I found this statement, from one of the answers, rather compelling: to live a long, healthy, post-reproductive lifespan, we want our bodies to concentrate on maintenance and repair. To do that we... (more)

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David_McC 0 · March 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

It sounds like an Art de Vany quote to me. It certainly reflects his current thinking. The point that's being made is that up until the time we reproduce, hormones and other bodily functions lead us to a point where we can reproduce. After that,... (more)

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by 777 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I recently followed a link on paleohack to a previous topic about psilocybin (magic) mushrooms helping with under eye dark circles & then someone mentioned magic mushrooms being paleo, i laughed but its so true, then i got to thinking about... (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · March 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I am pretty sure paleo people consumed psychoactives. It's not like they are hard to find in nature. I am also pretty sure that the theory about how the enhanced visual acuity while tripping makes your a better hunter and conveys an evolutionary... (more)

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by 247 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

hi there! so I'm 20, having troubles with IBS and being paleo since a few months (with offs and ons, but my last bite of bread was on jan, 1st). I haven't noticed any change thought I'm sure I'm doing everything right. But still, I like the idea... (more)

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james_barlow 0 · March 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

The same way I knew I was ready to get married and have kids. By jumping in head first and figuring it out as I go. To be honest I don't know this is the "right" way for me to eat, but I can say it's the best way I have found and it simply works... (more)

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by 812 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

So one argument that vegans bring up when saying (dietary) cholesterol is bad is that people who have familial hypocholesterolemia, a familial condition of low cholesterol have an average life span that is 7 to 9 years longer than an average... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · March 07, 2013 at 3:17 AM

Evolution doesn't select for longevity, it selects for reproductive fitness. Familial hypocholesterolemia (and hypercholesterolemia for that matter) don't affect reproductive fitness.

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by 14877 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I am of the opinion that root vegetables and tubers (underground storage organs) were one of the main driving forces in our evolution. The omega 3 fish model doesn't make sense to me (considering that the Hadza and Bushmen don't eat any fish), I... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 01, 2013 at 6:13 PM

It's probably because "paleo" is generally unhinged from anthropology/evolution and is usually a repackaging of the Atkins diet with shiny pseudoscience/wild speculation wrapping paper. Even so, there's no reason to believe that we wouldn't have... (more)

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by 1672 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Recent article on Washington Post about carb-loving dogs versus wolves made me wonder if there was a similar association between humans and a possibly still extant (rather than extinct) human subgroup. Wolves are physically far superior to dogs... (more)

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Neanderthal 0 · January 25, 2013 at 5:50 AM

Let's try to avoid xenophobia and racism with this dangerous question here. I would like to start by saying that all humans have a naturally tribal history and you just have to go back farther with some populations to see their Paleo roots. That... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Well, dogs are not Paleo! Who would have thought? Here is an article and supposedly, they are okay with Neolithic starches. Especially potatoes. If dogs evolved so far from wolves, what about people? Maybe Neolithic foods are okay for us too?... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · January 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM

99.999999999999999% of our food today did not exist during Paleo times. I can handle some starches in moderation. I cannot handle grains and legumes, and it has nothing to do with gut flora. My gut processes everything just fine. What my... (more)

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by 10984 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

And if so is not getting adequate seafood causing harm? And if so what harm is it causing? I was just reading up on the aquatic ape theory and they seem to think that humans evolving in an aquatic environment would account for a lot of our... (more)

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Pecan 0 · January 21, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Even if our ancestors hadn't adapted to a wet environment in the same way as aquatic mammals, it seems they would still have evolved to eat a lot of seafood due to settling near water. Perhaps it would have been easier for them to catch and cook... (more)

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by 987 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I often hear it said (very generally) that chimps evolved into humans in large part as a result of beginning to eat meat. The way it is presented is as though chimps eating meat provided fats and proteins to the diet, which caused the brain to... (more)

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maurile 0 · January 09, 2013 at 6:31 AM

It's not Lamarckian. (As I'm sure you know, chimps didn't evolve into humans. But I don't want to over-nitpick language that wasn't meant literally, so ... close enough. For purposes of this post, let's refer ??? inaccurately but conveniently ???... (more)

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by 298 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I thought this might be of interest to some of the folks on here. It is a free online course offered by Duke University called "Introduction to Genetics and Evolution". https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution (more)

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willis0037 0 · August 08, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Thanks for sharing, I will definitely sign up. Also check out http://evolvify.com/ I just found it and it's about physchology and evolution in relation to a paleo lifestyle/diet.

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by 1 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Some people do just fine with grains and their genes are more evolved to them. Just like some people's ancestors consumed a lot of dairy and can thrive on it. Also evolution happens A LOT quicker then people on here would have you... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · November 03, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I don't necessarily think it's better genes that enable some folks to consume wheat/grains with no issue. I think it's more likely better gut health. A non-leaky gut is not going to have the same response to wheat as a leaky gut will.