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Primal Body-Primal Mind by Nora T. Gedgaudas
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Aug 31, 2011

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bookshelves: homesteading-permaculture, non-fiction, outsider-science
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This book is organized in classic toilet reading style in chapters of 2-4 pages. As the style suggests, the information here is broad but superficial, and in fact contains =incorrect= summaries of more in-depth works.

For instance she gets "Your body's many cries for water" by Dr. Batmanghelidj dead wrong-- it's not drink lots of pure filtered water, it's add a wee bit of salt to the water you are drinking, especially 30 min before meals and upon awakening.

SO read this as an introduction only to different eating strategies, and by all means read further in any topics before making radical changes to your lifestyle.

The bibliography is excellent however the author does not always manage to extract key insights from the books she is referencing. So again, please read the books in the bibliography before making changes to your diet.

One thought on the paleo diet-- the last 10,000 years or so since the introduction of agriculture have seen a larger change in human genetics than the previous 40,000 years. Following the =theorized= diets of ice age humans when you have different genetics may not be your best course of action.

On the other hand, the Weston Price research observed actual diets, =methods= of food preparation, and the different effects different diets had on genetically homogenous populations in genetically modern humans. Much better.

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