The Universality of Darwinian Medicine

It’s often assumed that we humans are very dissimilar from other organisms with respects to the reasons as to why we are vulnerable to disease. A lot of people also take it for granted that the medical and biological principles that are important in the context of human health optimization differ from those that are […]

The Thing That Separates Paleo From All Other Health/Nutrition Concepts

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the internet is chock-full of information about diet and health. The non-digital, real world is as well. Thoughts, opinions, and ideas about healthy living circulate in cafés, fitness centers, and classrooms all over the world. One of the […]

The Troubled Youth of Great and Revolutionary Ideas

Many, if not most, great and revolutionary ideas are bullied and made fun of when they are young. Usually, the bullying gets less severe over time; however, it doesn’t necessarily cease completely. In some instances, the problems start all the way back at birth. The birth of many great ideas is lengthy and burdensome and […]

How Developmental Experiences Shape Our Health – 10 Questions With Chris Kuzawa (PhD)

Earlier this summer I read a book called Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives, which was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. I found it both interesting and enjoyable. It’s definitely one of the best books on Darwinian/evolutionary medicine I’ve read. I didn’t find all of the chapters equally captivating though. One chapter in […]

Why You Need More Vitamin D

There are few vitamins that have received as much attention in the scientific literature, as well as in the mainstream press, as vitamin D. Its only contender may be vitamin C, the compound that’s found in fruits and vegetables such as lemons and oranges. Vitamin D differs from other nutrients that we humans need to […]

Ask Eirik: How Did You Become Interested in Darwinian Medicine?

Yesterday I was interviewed by an Italian friend of mine who I came in contact with through his comments here on the site. Like me, he’s an evolutionary health aficionado and a proponent of Darwinian medicine. One of the questions I was asked as part of the interview – which is to be published on […]

6 Fairly Common Misconceptions About Darwinian Medicine

Last night I was attending a social event. A couple of hours after I had arrived at the scene of the event, I got to talking with a friend of mine about Darwinian/evolutionary medicine. Just like so many others, she knows little to nothing about Darwin, the evolution of the human diet, or evolutionary science […]

Medicine Without Evolution is Like Legs Without Feet

Not so long ago I put up an article here on the site entitled Darwin is at the Door Knocking. Will Mainstream Medicine Soon Let Him In?. One of the subheadings in that article is Medicine without evolution is like legs without feet. Shortly after that sentence had popped into my head and I’d written […]

Health: An Underappreciated Factor in Darwinian Evolution

One of the most surefire ways to upset an evolutionary biologist is to bring up the phrase “survival of the fittest”, and on the basis of that saying, make the inferential claim that evolution is a race in which it is always the most physically fit organisms that are in the lead. If you do […]

Nothing in Science Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution

I’ve been an avid reader of scientific research for a long time. Over the years I’ve read countless papers on nutrition, health, and medicine. One of the things this process has taught me is that medical science is a very immature and chaotic discipline. There is no conceptual framework in place that supports scientists in […]


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