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by 5 · about 17 hours ago

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 10 · about 17 hours ago

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 0 · about 17 hours ago

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 120 · about 17 hours ago

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 247 · about 17 hours ago

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 · about 17 hours ago

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 · about 17 hours ago

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 987 · about 17 hours ago

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 1 · about 17 hours ago

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.

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by 1169 · about 17 hours ago

Just wondering what advantages big breast have prior to small breasts that can explain why men are "programed" to prefer big breasts instead of small breast. Do women with big breasts have more estrogen than women with small breasts? Big breasts... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · September 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I like huge boobs because they are attached to my wife. The person I was with before she and I met was quite small and they were really nice too. The best boobs are the ones you are allowed to touch.

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by 1644 · about 17 hours ago

Hey all. Being a beta male that was recently screwed over something fierce for it, would anyone care to guess at what purpose men such as myself would have had throughout our evolution? Seems like we would have been sexually selected out by now.... (more)

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Jamie_14 0 · August 30, 2012 at 4:33 AM

Leaders in human groups are selected not primarily for their physical strength, but their social dominance, capacity to read/follow the groups desires and their leadership skills. Unlike monkeys, any leader that dissatifies the group will be... (more)

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by 11152 · about 17 hours ago

Israeli archaeologists uncovered teeth from modern Homo sapiens dating approximately 400,000 years ago. If we DID end up coming from the Middle East/Delta region, and not Africa, could this change the way we look at Paleo/Prima/Ancetral... (more)

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John_Sorrentino 0 · August 08, 2012 at 2:53 AM

No. We are defined as "human" by our genus, Homo. It is 2.5 million (aprox) years old. These are not the "oldest" human remains but you can't sue a journalist for malpractice for some reason. Our species, H sapiens is 250,000 years old. These... (more)

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by 353 · about 17 hours ago

Current paleo diet serves large quantities of animal protein and fat every day on the assumption that we have been successful hunters long enough to adapt to the "steak every day". Is there some scientific evidence showing that we need and are... (more)

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Jamie_14 0 · July 28, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Based on the archeological evidence, id say quite alot of meat. They didn't paint pictures of cucumbers on their walls, and there are so many bones you could make a castle. However, I dont think they would have eaten large game everyday, based on... (more)

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by 7660 · about 18 hours ago

So I think Paleo has ruined me. I mean, I was annoying before (I've always been a cynical, skeptical SOB), but my friends and family may disown me at this point. And it's not just because of Paleo topics. I don't talk about that much anymore... (more)

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raydawg 0 · February 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

What's normal? Eating tons of high fructose corn syrup? Taking a cab, or driving for anything further away than 3 blocks? Fooling yourself into thinking that a bowl of cheerios and a can of diet soda is a healthy breakfast, so as to enrich... (more)

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by 1485 · about 18 hours ago

Toenails seem pretty useless, and in fact more often than not just seem to be a source of trouble. Given that hominims have been bipedal for over 2 million years, it seems like toenails would have disappeared if they had no positive function at... (more)

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Huey_1 0 · February 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I use mine to scratch my calfs when I'm in sandals standing in the checkout line. Couldn't do without 'em. Now the question is, why didn't evolution fix our itchy calfs? Or our antsy compulsive behavior, which is probably more truthful. Natural... (more)

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by 655 · about 18 hours ago

I have read of species of monkeys who eat meat, and not only monkeys, why do let's say a lion not evolve bigger brains as we did? They are also meat eaters.

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pfw 0 · December 23, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Ok so this is a pet peeve of mine. Actually, maybe it's three. 1) The question, "Why didn't X evolve Y when Z did?" entirely misses the point of evolution. If X had evolved Y, it wouldn't be X anymore. It might even be Z. The ancestry of monkeys... (more)

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by 446 · about 18 hours ago

It seems to be a common opinion in the paleo circles, that endurance running and other aerobic exercise is very unhealthy. Someone recently even called it 'aerobic suicide' or something along those lines... But I love to run. I feel that... (more)

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gydle 0 · November 05, 2011 at 8:11 AM

There is some evidence that the reason it makes us feel so good - and why some people seem to be "addicted" to it - is that it engages the endocannabinoid system - basically the body's internal cannabis manufacturer. Research is now tending to... (more)

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by 32518 · about 18 hours ago

Some scientists who studied the Hadza think that Grandmothers may have made our widening exploration of the world possible: http://www.nytimes.com/specials/women/warchive/970916_2115.html (more)

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Josh_M 0 · October 26, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Perhaps its advantageous when a woman goes through menopause she can now focus her considerable talents & energy on caring for / contributing to the tribe more instead of on only one child(ren). I know my grandmother raised a great family of... (more)

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by 11581 · about 18 hours ago

Interesting article on how evolution explains why children protest bedtimes so strongly. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201110/why-young-children-protest-bedtime-story-evolutionary-mismatch The answer begins to emerge as... (more)

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sage_ 0 · October 14, 2011 at 6:59 PM

my three were vastly different from one another. the oldest slept with me until he was four; the second never slept with me and happily waved good-bye to the room as he was carted off to his solitude. the youngest slept with me on and off till... (more)

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by 4283 · about 18 hours ago

Evolutionarily speaking what animals were supposed to eat grains? Cows ate grass but what ate the grain and did we eat it?

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Matt_1 0 · October 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I suppose it depends what you mean by "supposed" too. Lots of animals have plants seeds including cereals as a natural part of their diet. These mainly consist of. Large herbivores including cows When cows eat grasses with seeds on the seeds go... (more)

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by 19479 · about 18 hours ago

After watching a BBC documentary about wild silver foxes that were bred for "tameness" and subsequently started exhibiting the entire suite of changes associated with domesticated dogs (raised tails, various hair types/colors, submissiveness,... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · October 07, 2011 at 2:43 AM

I definitely see this happening. When I look at skulls from Europeans even as recent as the 1600s they are much more robust and threatening. A lot of British men back then had these impressive, but kind of scary, thick brow ridges like an... (more)

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by 508 · about 18 hours ago

I got into a discussion with a vegetarian friend of mine and was a little throw off by his arguments. Mostly when he said that humans weren't evolved to eat meat because we don't have sharp canines, we have teeth like a cow. I really didn't know... (more)

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Stabby 0 · August 08, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Meat-eaters: have claws Herbivores: no claws Humans: no claws Humans have tools. Richard Dawkins the evolutionary biologist coined the term "meme" meaning an object or idea that is not part of an organism's genome but affects its evolution.... (more)

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by 4059 · about 18 hours ago

What evolutionary advantage would it confer? Can't the sex drive just sputter and die? Is the need to keep sex in ones life culturally driven? Why would/do old people have sex? I ask, oh people of the Paloehacks oracle.

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Stabby 0 · August 07, 2011 at 1:16 AM

The obvious non-evolutionary answer is that it's still enjoyable. But if we're just talking evolution, the question becomes "why is sex after reproductive age still enjoyable since it has no evolutionary purpose?", that would be the clearer... (more)

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by 891 · about 18 hours ago

Baconbitch got me thinking. I hold a belief that finding the proper diet is an ongoing experiment that takes into account all aspects of being human. What do you all think of this quote, "Eventually, mankind will eat little or no meat. However,... (more)

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mth_1 0 · July 06, 2011 at 11:45 AM

People mistakenly think that evolution brings you to a higher place and that to evolve is to make the animal or person better. Evolution is just an adaptation to change and doesn't make anything better, evolution just makes it work given the... (more)

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by 1689 · about 18 hours ago

It seems to me like many people inherently find crispy food desirable: potato chips, tortilla chips, crackers, certain cookies, certain candies, grilled/fried meats, breaded fried chicken, bacon, toast, etc. If true, then this would suggest... (more)

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Rose 0 · June 22, 2011 at 12:25 AM

I love evolutionary thinking, but I wonder if this might be a case of the brain associating a food texture with some nutritional quality -- the one that springs to mind is salt. Not too many people find unsalted rice cakes or unsalted matzohs... (more)

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