Interesting New Scientist article this week (August 24 issue)
Don't swallow it: Six health myths you should ignore - New Scientist
You can only read part of each section on the website, for the full article you have to get the magazine or subscribe, but it gives you an idea of what it is about.
I want to read the caveman bit.Off to do a search online for the full article.:)
Will look at it when I go WHSmith.:D
Oh thanks for that, a few interesting topics I'd like to read, sounds good, if I remember I'll pick a copy up when I'm next in the shops.
I thought of you when I read that bit. Will be interested to see what they say in the full article.
Originally Posted by cavegirl13
Wonder if I can get it here.
Is nice to know someone occasionally thinks of me.:)
Originally Posted by fillymum
I walked into town about 3 miles each way picked up the local paper but forgot to pick up the New Scientist.Will pop over to Sainsburys in a bit and see if they still have it if not I will try Morrison's and local newsagents.:)
:sigh: Last weeks is off the shelf.
There would be copyright issues if I tried to type in the whole article, but I can paraphrase:
The myth is that we would all be a lot healthier if we lived and ate more like our ancestors. This is called the "evolutionary discordance hypothesis" and it was first put forward in 1985 by university professors in Atlanta, who claimed that diets have changed dramatically over the years but it has happened too quickly for us to keep up. So if we ate more like hunter-gatherers and exercised more we would be healthier.
This theory assumes that there was a point fifty thousand years ago when people were perfectly adapted to their environment, but there is no real evidence to suggest this. Also, we don't know for certain what our ancestors ate - animals and plants are nothing like they were back then. Also, we don't know that people were healthier back then.
The originators of the theory have revised it in the light of latest evidence.
Nearly picked this up the other day, wish I had now!
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