Hi, my name is Eirik, and I’m the blogger here at Darwinian-Medicine.com.
I started reading up on health, nurition, and medicine because I was looking for ways to improve my own health and physical fitness condition. When I started digging into the science on these topics I quickly learned that a lot of what we as a society hold true about health & nutrition is flawed or straight out incorrect, and I realised that mainstream medicine fails at addressing the true causes of most chronic illnesses. Perhaps most importantly, I discovered that an evolutionary pespective on nutrition, exercise, and fitness is what lays the basis for achieving good health.
On this site I want to explore health, nutrition, and medicine further, share what I’ve learned, and help you reach your health & fitness goals.
Credentials and experience
- B.Sc. in Public Health Nutrition
- Personal trainer from the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences
- Courses in sales/coaching, kettlebells, body analysis, and functional rehabilitation
- Clinical nutrition (M.Sc.) student
- Many years of experience with personal training and health coaching
- Contributing writer for various health-oriented websites and magazines, including RobbWolf.com, BretContreras.com, ThePTDC.com, Paleo Magazine, and ThePaleoDiet.com, among others
A little more about me
Ever since I first became interested in nutrition, exercise and health many years ago, I’ve felt the need to figure out what it takes to build a healthy and fit body. In the beginning of this journey, my beliefs and practises were shaped by conventional wisdom, official dietary guidelines, and health and fitness sites. I quickly learned the established facts: Everyone should eat several servings of cereal grains each day, exercise is great for weight loss, bacteria are bad, chronic disease is a “normal” part of human life, and so forth.
I felt like I was doing everything society deemed as healthy, but I didn’t really experience any significant health improvements. What was going on here?
Fueled by a desire to “crack the code”, I began reading about physiology, biology, nutrition, and exercise. However, two major problems presented themselves: 1) I, like so many else, had never learned that it’s impossible to understand how to eat healthy, train correctly, and otherwise design a healthy lifestyle without looking back at the millions of years of evolution that shaped the human genome (This is also the thing I eventually learned is the biggest issue in medicine, nutrition, and fitness). 2) There is so much information out there, and with no framework and limited knowledge about the human body, it was very difficult to distinguish the good stuff from the bad.
The next couple of years I tried numerous diets, exercise regimes, drugs, supplements, etc., but nothing really seemed to give me a feeling of good health and well-being. However, all of the reading and self-experimentation slowly started to yield fruits, and I began to put together the pieces.
One of the major things I learned is that nothing in biology, medicine, or nutrition makes sense except in the light of evolution. The most powerful idea in all of biology is Darwin’s evolution via natural selection, and principles of Darwinian Medcine and evolutionary biology are something we can apply to all facets of health and fitness.
I also started to dig deeper into human genetics and learned that 99% of the genetic material associated with the human body has been neglected. Medicine has largely focused on the human part of our body, while neglecting the microbial part. This is concerning, because over the last decade, it has become clear that we are actually more microbe than man and that this microbiome has a significant impact on both our physical and mental health. Since most of our cells are microbial, it makes little sense to only focus on the human part of our body; we should rather look at the human body as a superorganism.
I’ve slowly started to open my eyes and begun to see the epidemic of poor health in the world around me. What I learned early on is that conventional wisdom is often wrong or incorrect, official dietary guidelines make a lot of people sick, doctors usually treat symptoms, not disease, and evolutionary theory is rarely considered in the context of health and disease. Without a basic framework for understanding health and medicine, all we have are guidelines, treatments, and beliefs spread all over the place. The system is broken!
I began writing about nutrition, exercise, microbes, and other aspects of human health because I wanted a place to gather and share my ideas and discoveries. I was also tired and frustrated with all the faulty ideas and assumptions people have about health, medicine, and fitness and wanted to create a resource for people who are looking for science-based information about health & medicine.
Socrates once said that “Wisdom is knowing how little we know.” My journey is far from over. I’m learning as I go along, and every time one question is answered, new ones come to mind… On this site I will try to explore all of these questions by combining my own ideas and thoughts with good science.