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by 11254 · about 2 hours ago

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 115 · about 2 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 78 · about 3 hours ago

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 15400 · about 3 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 1418 · about 3 hours ago

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 253 · about 3 hours ago

I'm trying to add some more protein into my diet and eggs are a good, cheap source of it. I know most hunter gatherers didn't eat many eggs because they're hard to find. How many eggs can I eat in one day before it becomes unhealthy?

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Tyler_F 0 · July 21, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Eggs are one of the healthiest foods available. They would only be unhealthy if 1) you have familial hypercholesterolemia, or 2) they begin to dominate your every thought, nagging at you to eat more until you eventually go into an egg-induced coma. (more)

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by 2341 · about 3 hours ago

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 · about 3 hours ago

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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by 1078 · about 3 hours ago

My impression, perhaps misguided, is that (paleo) hunter-gatherers walked a lot, might have chased an animal hunting every day (but would not generally get completely tired), and perhaps played some sports. Once in a while they might have fought... (more)

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Dorado_Galore 0 · December 01, 2011 at 4:30 PM

It's damn near certain our HG ancestors didn't end the day with thoughts of going on a 10 mile run, whether for "fun" or "training." Nor is there reason to think they lifted and carried anything for the purpose of "getting stronger." I use the... (more)

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by 6229 · about 3 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 3 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 12847 · about 3 hours ago

I find that a lot people tend to focus on dietary choices over physical ones when it comes to the paleo lifestyle. I've even seen recommendations to cut back or stop exercising all together. The more I read though the more I begin to wonder that... (more)

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Jan_1 0 · October 01, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I think healthy social life is understated the most. It was great that robb wolf really made a point about in his video. Maybe its selfevident. I have been very introvert personality, and i believe thats the cause of my health problems. I... (more)

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by 10294 · about 3 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 128 · about 3 hours ago

Today I had a big hamburger and a plate of sweet potato fries at a restaurant and felt really drowsy afterwards. I started to chalk it up to food overload and possibly additives in the meal, when it occurred to me that this happens in nature all... (more)

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jared_2 0 · July 26, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Orexin neurons, found in the hypothalamus, help to maintain wakefulness. When you eat a meal that significantly raises your blood glucose (and the hamburger bun and sweet potato fries would DEFINITELY do that), the high blood glucose inhibits the... (more)

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by 90 · about 3 hours ago

Impossible, but here it is, in living color: http://tinyurl.com/stone-age-paleo (1976). We witness as thousands of generations of pure paleo cross ten thousand years of food 'evolution', meet NAD/SAD, and in a nanosecond the victor is declared! So... (more)

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by 10919 · about 3 hours ago

I found this amazing article about a new site that may be "the garden of eden." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1157784/Do-mysterious-stones-mark-site-Garden-Eden.html Some interesting quotes: "When people make the transition... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · May 27, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Well, it's well known that we started physically deteriorating with the advent of agriculture, but the story of Genesis is interesting if you think about it from a "Paleo" perspective. "Myths" (there's that word again!) have numerous... (more)

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by 8858 · about 3 hours ago

My initial thought is that the premise of this article is entirely wrong (http://www.slate.com/id/2291519/, "The Human Skin Condition"). It reports that we develop acne because, evolutionarily speaking, we lost our hair, which left us with extra... (more)

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becker 0 · April 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Fact: my acne, for all intents and purposes, vanished once I adopted a Paleo-type diet and stopped washing my face. So as far as I'm concerned, acne is pathological, a disease, a departure from normal physiology. I've had the odd zit now and... (more)

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by 12174 · about 3 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 8858 · about 3 hours ago

Anything we can glean from archaeology and/or modern hunter-gatherers? Do hunter-gatherer kids wear diapers?

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mth_1 0 · March 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

My wife is from a pretty undeveloped area of South America and told me that people from her village never used diapers. My wife used elimination communication with our daughter. She (daughter) wore a diaper as a backup, but was never allowed to... (more)

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by 10294 · about 3 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 3 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 216 · about 3 hours ago

Hi, help me think this through please :) Randomly select 100 babies born in the USA and watch them grow up into young adulthood, and record all the varying ailments they have such as some having bad feet, or bad shoulders, maybe someone can... (more)

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Pieter_D 0 · November 05, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Early environment plays a huge role for development: Before birth, the mother IS the environment, and so the health of the mother and her lifestyle is very important. You can see where typical 'modern' humans differ. The early childhood years... (more)

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by 10294 · about 3 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 3 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 3 hours ago

From the Department of "Lighting Up" -- or uh, "Lightening Up": Certainly hunter/gatherers have gathered and smoked tobacco, and even used it as a sacrament. Perhaps smoking large quantities of organic tobacco on special occasions via cigars,... (more)

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Josh_2 0 · June 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

As far as I know, tobacco only existed and/or was consumed in the Americas until the 16th century. I guess it depends on your definition of Grok, but I don't see any paleo-history justifying tobacco consumption. That said, I'm growing organic... (more)

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