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Deadly Harvest: The Intimate Relationship Between Our Health & Our Food

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
With an increasing number of people suffering from obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related disorders, many of us turn to fad diets in an effort to drop excess pounds or recover our health. But what if our foods were doing more harm than good, and fad diets made matters worse? "Deadly Harvest "examines how the foods we eat today have little in common with those of ou ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Square One Publishers (first published February 1st 2007)
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Jan 25, 2010 David rated it liked it
I was particularly interested in this book because of my education in anthropology, specifically human evolutionary studies and primatology. I even studied under one of the author’s often-referenced resources, Katy Milton. The author hypothesizes that our health is best served by a diet similar to the one we had when our species evolved, which he calls the “savanna model.” Smartly, he then correlates this with information from nutrition science. He provides some good information and lots of refe ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it
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An interesting introduction to the savanna model, one implementation of the paleolithic diet. Proposes reasons to eat and live close to savanna model, the ills conceived from straying from it, how to apply it to one's life, and in what stages one can introduce it into one's diet. Bond can be a little insane, but a competent, critical reader can pretty easily separate the quality stuff from the crazy.
Feb 15, 2013 The_flying_dutchman rated it really liked it
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This book on health was an eye opener. The veil has been lifted, I'm seriously doubting the three decades in where I was taught what was supposedly healthy food while in fact, it isn't! It shows indirectly how we're told what to think ... and worse, we adhere to it. All this unhealthy foods that are waiting to be distributed and sold like grains, potatoes, rice, dairy products, you name it ... need to be eaten by the peoples, what else should countries do with their resources, waste it's value t ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
Interesting premiss on this how-our-food-affects-our-health book, which is that we should eat how we did 60,000 years ago in Africa. The story goes that our bodies evolved from 1 million years ago to 60,000 years ago to digest and thrive on only certain plants and wild game, found in the Savannah. Everything else basically is poison to us. I don't quite get why we would have stopped evolving, though, and not learned to thrive on new world foods like legumes, grains, tomatoes, potatoes, peanuts, ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Scott rated it did not like it
The first "paleo" themed book that I read, and a real eye-opener. Not too far to say that it stimulated a paradigm change in my outlook on food.

Do I agree with all the points he raises about specific foods? No. But the overall outline is on the money. And don't let's get started on the Savannah hypothesis-er-dogma.

My favorite idea in this book is the part where he associates eating tofu with dementia. Being married to a Japanese woman, can you imagine how much trouble I get into by mentioning t
Jun 13, 2012 Cameron rated it really liked it
I thought it was very interesting book. It really gives you a lot to think about concerning nutrition. After reading this book and a couple other similar ones, I have made a change. Staying away from sugar and wheat has changed my life for the better. I am so glad this book was recommended to me. Thanks Geoff Bond and Steve Gibson. On to Why We Get Fat, TheArt and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, and The Rosedale Diet.
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Jun 06, 2012 Michael Hoyt rated it liked it
I bought this book after reading Steve Gibson's ( recommendation. As a bit of a skeptic, I have to admit parts of it were a little tough to swallow (no pun intended), but the author made some very salient points and I'm going to make an attempt at moving away from the "Red" foods as suggested.
Jan 06, 2016 Oskar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well referenced with solid science about nutrition. Takes an objective view without bias about "traditional" healthy foods. Some parts are a bit pessimistic about human nature and differences between sexes without much solid evidence.
Sep 26, 2010 travelmel rated it really liked it
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Very similar to Life Without Bread. Has "diet models" to go by. Specific veggies in starchy group categories and connects disease's to eating habits. I bought this book before I realized I would be going on a library frenzy.
Oct 23, 2012 Vinny rated it it was amazing
Amazing insights into why our society is so sick and how we got here. Intersection of anthropology and nutrition.
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Jul 16, 2012 Michael Webber rated it it was amazing
Awesome book, I'm now motivated to implement the Savanna Model into my diet.
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