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Evolving Health: The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick

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Human illnesses can be understood as damage to those adaptations that we took on at various stages in our evolution from pre-life molecules to modern Homo sapiens. Preventing these illnesses entails avoiding what causes the damage-- which too frequen... weiterlesen
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Titel: Evolving Health: The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick
Autor/en: Noel T. Boaz

ISBN: 0471352616
EAN: 9780471352617
Sprache: Englisch.
JOHN WILEY & SONS INC

April 2002 - gebunden - 250 Seiten

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Human illnesses can be understood as damage to those adaptations that we took on at various stages in our evolution from pre-life molecules to modern Homo sapiens. Preventing these illnesses entails avoiding what causes the damage-- which too frequently are the everyday hazards of twenty-first-century life, as the chart below shows:
Level of Evolution
Cause of adaptive failure
resulting disease or problem
Pre-life
Environmental poisons
Certain birth defects
Single cell (bacteria and amoeba-like)
Viral infection
Colds/flu/HIV
Morula (sponge-like)
Cellular stress
Cancer
Chordate
Physical stress
Back pain
Fish
Excess dietary salt
Hypertension/heart disease
Amphibian
Tobacco smoke
Lung cancer/emphysema
Lower primate
Excess dietary sugar
Diabetes mellitus
Higher primate
Vitamin C deficiency
Scurvy
Ape
Excess dietary protein
Gout
Homo sapiens
Reduced dietary variety
Nutritionaldiseases/food allergies

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of Tables. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Achieving Adaptive Normality, Your EvolutionaryBirthright. 2. How Our Health Evolved. 3. An Evolutionary Child s Birthright:Perinatal and Pediatric Diseases. 4. The Virus War. 5. Cellular Stress: A General Model for Cancer. 6. Breast Cancer, Prostate Diseases, and Cancersof the Reproductive System. 7. Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure:A Story of Fish and Chips. 8. Why We Smoke. 9. Diabetes Mellitus and the Thrifty Genotype . 10. Gout, Liver Enzymes, and Global Climate Change. 11. Back Pain, Bad Knees, and Flatfeet. 12. Gut Diseases. 13. The Evolution of Psychiatric Disorders. 14. Uncivilized Solutions: ReestablishingAdaptive Normality in Your Life. Notes. Index.

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NOEL BOAZ, Ph.D., Biological Anthropologist, is the founder and Director of the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research and Professor of Anatomy at Ross University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than fifty scientific papers, the leading textbook in biological anthropology, and two popular science books, Quarry and Eco Homo.

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"...many of the book's points are excellent and would yield delight if effectively delivered to the public and to the clinicla specialists..a gem..."(human-nature.com, 11 June 2002) "...rich in facts and good quality high-fibre solid information..." (Evolving Health Focus, August 2002)

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