Friday, January 20, 2012

Interesting Stuff (20Jan12)

Every week (or so), I'll list a few interesting web links, books, and success stories. This is all designed to encourage you to get more involved with changing your life for the better.

Web Links

  • The 10,000 Year Explosion
    The conventional wisdom holds that humans stopped evolving about 10,000 years ago. In fact, this belief is the basis of the Paleo diet and lifestyle. But Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending argue that humans have not only been evolving during this time, but have experienced an explosion of evolution due to the many consequences of our adoption of agriculture. Although I think that the inclusion of epigenetics would make their argument stronger, it is a very interesting and quick read. 
  • Pottenger's Prophecy
    In 1932, Francis M. Pottenger accidently discovered that environment (which includes diet) affects how genes are expressed. Fresh, whole foods allow for the healthy expression of genes, while processed, heated, denatured, and devoid foods cause poor gene expression and disease. This idea is now catching on and is the basis of the study of epigentetics. It's a great book that will hopefully encourage you to change the way you look at food. 

Success Stories

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