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by 0 · about 6 hours ago

Possible Duplicate: Mummies had heart attacks too? News Article or Outlandish Attack. http://www.theheart.org/article/1515041.do What you say about this, comrades? (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · March 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

There's data on 5 (five) mummified corpses of ancient hunter-gatherers. How wide-reaching conclusions do you want to draw from five data points?

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by 115 · about 6 hours ago

I am student of the paleo science and lifestyle and read pretty much everything I come across. When people begun to harvest they become shorter, died sooner and so on. True! But once again, cause and correlation... Could it be that people become... (more)

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CD 0 · December 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Obviously there a dozens of theories and there is no possible way to truly get to causal relationships. Do I think that farmers who ate corn and started to harvest wheat suddenly got fat and died from an unhealthy diet? No. Do I think that the... (more)

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by 5828 · about 6 hours ago

I found this New York Times article to be interesting. The article, Debunking the Hunter-Gatherer Workout, has this to say about the "Hadza people of Tanzania, one of the few remaining populations of traditional hunter-gatherers": The Hadza live... (more)

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miked_2 0 · September 04, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I've been saying this for years! Go look at my past answers for examples. Exercise and activity in general does not burn much extra energy. AND as you exercise more and get better at it, your body becomes more efficient and burns even LESS for... (more)

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by 15400 · about 6 hours ago

I understand that hunter gatherers don't have any modern medical care and probably die from common infections and broken bones, but considering the fact that they live in natural less polluted environments, eat nutritious foods, get plenty of... (more)

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TnQ 0 · August 07, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Take a look at this site: http://flare8.net/health/doku.php/healthy_societies some excerpts from the article: In modern hunter-gatherers !Kung 58): 39% die before age 10 25% die will die between 10 and 60 36% die after 60. So of those making... (more)

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by 6229 · about 7 hours ago

I'm wondering in the literature do various pregnant women in hunter gatherer cultures have cravings? And for what? red meat? fish? fruit? coconut? fat? protein? starchy tubers? Are modern pregnant women culturally conditioned to crave junk... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · November 09, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Of course we don't know what pregnant mamas in traditional societies may have craved, but Weston Price in his travels found that pregnant women were given the most highly nutritious foods available.... (more)

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by 30 · about 7 hours ago

I just saw a teaser for and upcoming PBS Nova show about the evolution and role of dogs in society. One snippet said "Without dogs, we would still be hunter gatherers". I'm curious....what are they talking about?

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · October 13, 2011 at 1:22 AM

I believe the domestication of dogs is thought to precede organized agriculture as well as sedentarism/settlement in general. The dog, being a daytime, pack hunter was a good fit for daytime, pack hunting humans. I've heard various theories... (more)

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by 10294 · about 7 hours ago

About a year ago I asked this question about the scientific evidence against eating a lot of fruit. Apparently there isn't any, which could mean there is no research done on this subject, or simply that eating lots of fruit is generally healthy.... (more)

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free3337 0 · September 07, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Kitavans healthfully consume 11% of their diet as fruit (roughly 39 grams of sugar, depending on the fruit). 67% also comes from sweet potato, yam and taro. If 1/3 of their tuber intake consisted of sweet potato (this is speculation), then their... (more)

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by 10294 · about 7 hours ago

A question about raw vs cooking, and about different cooking methods, more specifically about cooking plants. Cooking makes it easier for us to digest and absorb the nutrients, but it can alter or destroy them too. How did they prepare the tubers... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · September 07, 2011 at 4:18 PM

If the Hadza are at all representative of HGs as a whole, they eat at least 10 species of tubers that the women dig up with sharpened sticks for 2-3 hours before it gets too hot. They then build a small bonfire and put the tubers directly in the... (more)

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by 78422 · about 7 hours ago

In hunter gather, traditional cultures, or even in paleo times it was a hard thing to get daily water. In moder time water usually comes out of the tap, quick and easy. Some people walked and walk long ways to get water. And that filled their... (more)

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Kathi 0 · April 26, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Water does kill your appetite. Some dieters drink water before a meal. For me this just sounds like filing up again with no nutrition. Here is a table showing the water content of foods. Wouldn't it make more sense to get most of our water... (more)

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by 12174 · about 7 hours ago

This one is for all those expert foragers out there. My back yard is now starting to sprout grass after a rainy March, and since we haven't mowed yet I noticed a corner of the yard is dominated by these tufts of longer, heartier looking grass... (more)

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paleo4lyfe 0 · April 07, 2011 at 2:01 AM

my son who is 9 has been eating them since he was 3. He calls them wild garlic. He hasn't been sick yet :)

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by 22913 · about 7 hours ago

What is the meal frequency within modern HG tribes? Do they wake up and break their fast? Do they eat before taking off for the hunt? Do they take food with them while on hunt? Snack while hunting on forage? In addition, on the above what was... (more)

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Angelo___Latest_in_Paleo 0 · April 03, 2011 at 5:33 AM

Regarding the side-request, probably the most famous such author in Paleo & low-carb circles is Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who wrote My Life with the Eskimo in 1912. In addition to documenting his time with the Inuit, he participated in a... (more)

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by 3509 · about 7 hours ago

In the last ten years some amazing discoveries have taken place in western Turkey at an archaeological site called Gobekli Tepe: Some twelve thousands years ago tribes of hunter-gatherers created great monuments and villages, and then, over the... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · January 13, 2011 at 12:09 AM

I stand by the alcohol argument. The only reason to submit to the pain of agriculture was to have a steady supply of alcoholic beverages. Could also be related to the great megafauna extinction event that occured 12,900 years ago. Nope.... (more)

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by 10294 · about 7 hours ago

Hunter-gatherers didn't have our diseases of comfort (I prefer the term above diseases of civilisation). But they did have medical problems. Mostly of the kind where our modern doctors are good at (trauma, infections, ...). Although I've read... (more)

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ScottMGS 0 · December 07, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Humans are pattern-finders. I believe that over our paleo- and neo-lithic history it's been a positive trait overall. The patterns we find are sometimes - often? - coincidence. Our reasoning about why the pattern exists and works - or seems to... (more)

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by 103 · about 7 hours ago

Do contemporary hunter gatherers share similar sleeping patterns? Or can anyone share any specific information of a particular groups sleep schedules? Do they typically go to bed X hours after sunset, and if so when? Do they typically get up X... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · December 02, 2010 at 3:12 AM

Older migratory snow birds often go to bed around 9PM, about 2 hours after sunset, and arise about 7AM which is close to sunrise, getting a whopping 10 hours sleep less the hour or two lost nightly due to dogs barking or fireworks going... (more)

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by 10294 · about 7 hours ago

I know this (probably) is a hypothetical question, so I expect some hypothetical answers. Which is good, as long as they are sound. Would a real hunter gatherer gain significant weight if there is a long period (let's say 10 years) of real food... (more)

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Yoannah_offca 0 · October 11, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I think there is a difference between the sexes. For women it was normal that they had to be fatter to be fertile and have enough fat to support the pregnancy and breast feeding. And even though breast feeding is said to "suck out" fat from women,... (more)

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by 3268 · about 7 hours ago

Has anyone read Caesar's Commentary on the Gallic Wars? His discussions of the (paleo) Germanic tribes is very interesting. Meat? Check. Raw dairy? Check. Cold baths? Check. Plenty of time outdoors? Check. Great physical size, strength, and... (more)

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ChenZhen 0 · July 08, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Another interesting Quote: Compared to the Jurched [Chinese] soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, and they fought men who lived on ... gruel... (more)

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by 821 · about 7 hours ago

Are acorns, traditionally eaten by California Native Americans, considered paleo, or are they like grains, a food that we are not adapted to eat, but that can nourish us in the absence of more ideal foods?

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pfw 0 · June 08, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Kind of depends on how you define paleo. In a strict sense, as in "a food consumed prior to the neolithic age", then yes, they are paleo. They existed and were consumed once people figured out how to process them. Unfortunately, grains also were... (more)

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by 623 · about 7 hours ago

Has anyone done before and after blood work in regards to their testosterone levels and eating Paleo? If you saw a boost what do you think triggered it exactly (no gluten, more fat, vitamin D3 supplement) ? This article I found states that this... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · April 14, 2010 at 11:10 PM

I don't know of anyone having testosterone levels tested on a modern paleo diet and there seems to have been little testing in any other hunter gatherer groups. Total testosterone levels can vary over a wide normal range and still be normal and... (more)

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by 11254 · October 23, 2014 at 3:59 AM

The recent question on the Centurion Method reminded me of the time I was reading the Shahnameh. The Shahnameh is a Persian epic poem and is so long that, no I didn't actually read the whole thing, but only really long excerpts it. Anyway, folks... (more)

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Justin_12 0 · January 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

There is a guy over Mark's Daily Apple Forums who is really into hammer training. That thread is here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread7086.html He calls Shovelglove: http://www.urbanprimalist.com/id3.html (more)

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by 78 · October 23, 2014 at 3:49 AM

I found this awesome article and had to share it, what do you think? http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200808/children-educate-themselves-iii-the-wisdom-hunter-gatherers For hundreds of thousands of years, up until the time when... (more)

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Caleb_the_Hobbit 0 · August 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I'm a theatre teaching artist, so I find that while I am into education, I have a lot of concerns about school systems (and if I ever have a classroom teaching post, will still carry those concerns). One book I really enjoy is called Unschooling... (more)

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by 25 · October 23, 2014 at 3:48 AM

From the Third Chimpanzee: ???The mystique of Man the Hunter is now so rooted in us that it is hard to abandon our belief in its long-standing importance. Today, shooting a big animal is regarded as an ultimate expression of macho masculinity.... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · August 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

How does he reconcile that view with the idea idea that many megafauna went extinct due to human over hunting? What's the point (pardon the pun) of inventing stone tools for butchering and killing, if you are not going to use them? What about all... (more)

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by 1418 · October 23, 2014 at 3:46 AM

I was reading some answers here and one of the answers really sparked some curiousity about how food is allotted in hunting/gathering groups around the world. Who gets the most, or is the food divided equally? What about male and female... (more)

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Wowza 0 · July 23, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Many traditional hunter-gathers have a communtarian culture. For example, among the Sioux, the best hunters gave away much of their meat to show their generosity and gain social status towards being chosen for leadership positions. Traditionally... (more)

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by 1772 · October 23, 2014 at 3:45 AM

I know that eggs are a natural food source and are something that our ancestors would have encountered in the wild, but my question is, with what frequency? I do not imagine them being an everyday thing, but I could be wrong. Does anyone have... (more)

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CD 0 · July 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Most animals lay eggs in specific places. Birds, Turtles, Lizards, etc all tend to have regular locations to lay their eggs (assuming it doesn't get destroyed). I have a lot of faith in our ancestors that they were able to figure that out. ... (more)

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by 2341 · October 23, 2014 at 3:42 AM

Did they just go around and eat weeds until they found species that didn't make them sick?..I mean fruit is obvious food in my eyes...but not most vegetables. In other words, when I see a blackberry or strawberry it screams "food." A spinach or... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · June 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

See this old question http://paleohacks.com/questions/53304/paleo-isnt-low-carb-anymore-but-it-kind-of-was#axzz1yBxxck1T You might also want to google paleobotany. (more)

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by 5381 · October 23, 2014 at 3:41 AM

My understanding of some neuro-psychological features of humanity, lead me to believe that mankind is currently deprived of activities like touch, including maternal and non sexual touch, orgasm, trust relationships and general affection. Based on... (more)

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Sol 0 · June 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

It's clear to me that touch (sexual and non-sexual) is very very important for emotional well-being. I very much value touch. When I was a student at Stanford many years ago the Stanford Medical Center had a program where volunteers would come... (more)

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