Acne Vulgaris: A Modern Disease With an Ancient Solution

The chronic skin disease acne vulgaris is today so common that it’s by many considered a natural part of human life. The vast majority of people in industrialized societies get acne sometime during their life. Whereas some only get the occasional blemish during their teenage years, others get severe cysts that leave deep, lifelong scars […]

The Muscle Imbalance Epidemic: An Overlooked Problem That Needs to Be Addressed

Have you heard about the two health conditions called Lower Crossed Syndrome (LCS) and Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS)? If you’re a regular reader of Darwinian-Medicine.com, you undoubtedly have, as I’ve mentioned these disorders many times here on the site in the past. However, if this is the first time you’ve stumbled onto this site, I’m […]

How Paleo Could Revolutionize Medicine

My friend Robb Wolf is one of the leading voices in the field of Darwinian/evolutionary medicine. He’s done a great job of bringing science-based information about ancestral health and nutrition out to the public. In my new article, which was just published at his site, RobbWolf.com, I discuss how evolutionary theory could change modern medicine. […]

10 Things You Should Know About the Link Between Gut Bacteria and Obesity

I’ve been thinking a lot about the microbiome’s involvement in the pathogenesis of obesity lately. A couple of years ago, I wrote a lengthy paper in which I took an in-depth look at the scientific research pertaining to the link between gut microbes and body fat regulation. Back then, I was convinced that microorganisms play […]

Is Static Stretching a Waste of Time?

The idea that static stretching is good for us is highly ingrained into our society. Soccer players are from a young age instructed by their coaches to stretch their hamstrings and hip flexors both before and after exercise, fitness instructors incorporate various stretches into the workout programs of their clients and fitness classes, and many […]

Obesity: A Cause or Consequence of Physical Inactivity?

Physical inactivity makes you fat, right? If you ask a dozen people on the street whether they agree with this supposition, the vast majority, if not everyone, will probably say that they do. If you then go on to ask why individuals who carry around a lot of excess body fat tend to exercise less […]

Diet and Microbiota: The Two Most Important Determinants of Your Health

What does it take to be healthy? If you ask a dozen people on the street this question, the majority of the ones you ask will probably say that adequate physical activity, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep are the keys to achieving good health. Some may also mention that it’s important to prioritize stress […]

How the Western Diet Has Changed the Human Face

Most people know that children who grow up eating a processed, nutrient-poor diet are at increased risk of a wide range of medical problems, including obesity, type-2 diabetes, and hypertension. What is less known is that diet – particularly the diet you eat when you grow up – can have a major impact on the […]

How Protein Can Help You Lose Weight

Is fat loss at the top of your list of health & fitness goals? If so, then you’re not alone. In the U.S. and many other industrialized nations, more than 50% of the population is today classified as either overweight (BMI 25-30) or obese (BMI >30), which means that if you’re normal weight, you’re actually […]

Lower Crossed Syndrome: 6 Steps to Fix Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Swayback Posture

Poor posture, muscle imbalance syndromes, back and knee pain, and other disorders of the musculoskeletal system affect a large number of people in our society today. Every year, we spend millions of dollars on pharmaceuticals and other symptom-based treatments in an attempt to fix our maladapted bodies. This heavy reliance on “quick fixes” is unfortunate, because […]

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