12 Infographics That Explain Why We Get Sick

My impression is that the vast majority of people view medicine as a confusing and very complicated field. They don’t know much about human biology, physiology, or evolution and have been led to believe that there doesn’t exist such a thing as a conceptual framework or model that can explain why we get sick. This […]

Ask Eirik: How Many Bacteria Are There in Sauerkraut?

A few months back, I was contacted by a British TV production company called Ricochet. They were in the process of planning the third season of a show called Superfoods: The Real Story and were looking for a scientific project about sauerkraut – one of the foods they focus on in season 3 – that […]

The Evolution of the Human Diet: From Wild Meat, Fruits, and Tubers to Candy, Donuts, and Pizza

How has the human diet changed over the past millennia? What’s so great about the Paleolithic diet (the default hominin diet)? What should you eat to enhance your protection against diet-related disease? If you’re a regular reader of Darwinian-Medicine.com, you probably know the answers to these questions. However, if you’re not, then chances are you […]

Do Gut Bacteria Control Your Appetite? 15 Questions With Dr. Joe Alcock

Did you happen to see the wave of news stories on the microbiome-host appetite connection that recently swept across the internet? You probably did, as it was pretty hard to miss. Articles claiming that the bacteria that dwell deep in our guts affect our eating behavior and dietary preferences were popping up all over the […]

The Biggest Problem in Medicine: We’re Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Let’s imagine that the field of medicine is a vast forest that covers large areas of landscape. The trees of this forest represent all of the different things that make up the medical discipline. Some of the trees represent different hormones, receptors, genes, and cells that are found inside the human body; others make up […]

What Are the Root Causes of Modern Illness? 16 Questions With Researcher and Therapist Begoña Ruiz Núñez

Over the years I’ve read countless scientific papers on nutrition, health, and medicine. While I found many of these papers very interesting, only a few left a lasting impression on me. A couple of years back, I came across one such fascinating piece of writing. The paper, entitled Lifestyle and nutritional imbalances associated with Western […]

The Foundation for Good Health: Species-Appropriate Diet + Species-Appropriate Microbiome

(This is probably one of the most important articles I’ve ever written. I highly recommend that you give it a read!) Your health is shaped by the interaction that takes place between the food you eat, the microbes that colonize your body, and the genes inside your human cells. Of these things, food and microbes […]

Forget What You Think You Know About Fitness

The fitness community is covered in a fog composed of anecdotes, broscience, dogma, and myths. Everything is covered, except for a few small sections on the outskirts of the community. Most people never find their way out of the grey cloud surrounding them and into these clear areas. They remain trapped in the fog their […]

Microbiome Restoration: Repair and Diversify Your Microbiome

Microbiome restoration should be the number 1 priority of our health-care system! Unfortunately, it isn’t. Instead of advising their patients on how they can repair their microbiome and eat healthier, doctors typically prescribe various drugs that cover up symptoms of disease, but do little or nothing about the underlying causes of illness. This approach to […]

10 Characteristics of a Healthy Diet

Over the years I’ve written numerous articles about nutrition. I’ve talked at length about carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, discussed how various foods and nutrients affect gene expression, inflammatory processes, and microbiota composition, and I’ve examined how the characteristics of the human diet have changed throughout our evolution. Many of the articles I’ve put out over […]

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