Evolving Health: The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World Is Making Us Sick
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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 frequently are the everyday hazards of twenty-first-century life, as the chart below shows:
Level of Evolution
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Hardcover, 250 pages
Published April 11th 2002 by John Wiley & Sons
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I'm a very big supporter of the ideas behind evolutionary medicine, but this book was very poorly done and offered poor quality advice as well. There are far better books on this topic out there.

There is no depth to be had in this book, and much of the claims and content were dubious or plain wrong. At first the book seemed okay, then I thought it was okay except for a few wrong bits of information but by about halfway through I knew the book had far more poor information than good and was quite...more
I was excited to read this because I love the fields of evolutionary medicine and evolutionary biology. I was also really intrigued by the first section of the book that laid out 17 milestones of evolution and claimed that every human malady could be traced back to one of those 17 levels - from unicellular creatures to modern society.

However, once the book got underway it turned out to be more about modern health than about how and why we develop certain diseases. Extensive space was devoted to...more
I was excited to read a book about evolutionary medicine but at times I questioned the source material. It would have helped if the material didn't come across as an opinion so much. While, I did learn a lot, I found the book, "Your Inner Fish" to be far more informative.
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