The 6 Reasons Why Diseases Exist

Why do we get sick? Why aren’t organisms such as ourselves designed in such a way that they are resistant to disease? If you head into your GP’s office and ask your doctor about these things, he will likely tell you that there are no good answers to these questions and that each individual disease […]

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 […]

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 […]

Darwinian Medicine: How Evolutionary Theory Can Help Heal Our Sick Health-Care System

The health of Homo sapiens is failing. Chronic diseases and health problems such as acne vulgaris, cancer, myopia, and heart disease are today so common that they are by some considered to be a natural part of human life. Only a select few live long lives, free of disease. These healthy individuals are often referred […]

10 Diseases Caused by Evolutionary Mismatches

Many of the diseases and health problems that plague us in modern times are caused by a mismatch between genes and environment. This statement is supported by a large body of evidence (includes fossil studies, clinical trials,++). The number of mismatch diseases that affects contemporary people is staggering. Virtually every human alive today will develop […]

The Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment of the Diseases of Civilization: A Darwinian Conceptual Framework

I know that a lot of the concepts I talk about here on Darwinian-Medicine.com, such as evolutionary mismatches and biome reconstitution, may seem foreign and complicated to a lot of people. In order to make things more clear and help new readers understand what this site is all about, I’ve created a figure/infographic that explains […]

Biome Reconstitution: What Mark Zuckerberg Should be Investing In

In my previous article here at Darwinian-Medicine.com I took a critical look at Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to cure all diseases. I made the case that pumping billions of dollars into the development of new drugs and advanced medical technology is not the way to combat the chronic diseases of civilization. Health disorders such as obesity, […]

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Mission to “Cure All Diseases” is Somewhat Misguided

The other day I was lying in bed scanning through Facebook on my phone. I was bored and didn’t feel like doing anything productive, so I ended up spending a lot more time on the site than I usually do, and I visited several pages that I rarely frequent. One of the pages I stumbled […]

The Science of Darwinian Medicine: A Talk by Robb Wolf

What is Darwinian medicine? What separates it from conventional medicine? And how can Darwinian medicine be applied in a clinical setting? If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you probably know the answer to all of these questions. However, if you are a new reader, or someone who hasn’t dug into the science […]

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