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Evolving Health By Noel T. Boaz

Evolving Health
by Noel T. Boaz

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Introduces major health findings from a new field of research known as evolutionary medicine, which uses the history of human evolution to explain the origins of diseases and ailments such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and ulcers. Includes important prevention and treatment information.
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Evolving Health: The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick by Noel T. Boaz

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

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Evolving Health Reviews

"...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..."(, 11 June 2002) " in facts and good quality high-fibre solid information..." (Evolving Health Focus, August 2002)

About Noel T. Boaz

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.

Table of Contents

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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Evolving Health: The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick by Noel T. Boaz
Noel T. Boaz
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