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Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?

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Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?

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During the Paleolithic period, many thousands of years ago, people ate primarily vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots and meat—and a wide variety of it.

Today, these staples have been largely replaced with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cereal, bread, potatoes and pasteurized milk products… and a much narrower selection of fruits, vegetables, roots and nuts.

While we may consider ourselves to be at the pinnacle of human development, our modern food manufacturing processes have not created a race of super-humans in possession of great health and longevity.

Quite the contrary…

Humans today suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before. And there can be little doubt that our food choices play a major role in this development.

Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?

CBS recently ran an excellent series of reports about the Paleolithic diet movement. Of the mainstream press, Dr. Kim Mulvihill was the sole member present at the recent Ancestral Health Symposium in Los Angeles. She ended up taking part in Dr. Lynda Frassetto’s scientific study on the Paleo diet herself.

As reported on CBS:

“You can eat anything that would be able to be eaten without being processed,” explained Dr. Lynda Frassetto. That means no grains, no bread, and no [pasteurized] dairy but does include lots of fruits and vegetables, some nuts and oils and lots of fish, poultry and lean meats.

… Dr. Frassetto and her team at the University of California in San Francisco tested the Paleo-diet on out-of-shape volunteers. The group ate lots of food without losing any weight or exercising. “In two weeks, everybody’s blood pressure went down and everybody’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels got better. The average drop was 30 points, which was pretty amazing. It’s the type of drop you get by taking statins for six months,” said Dr. Frassetto.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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10:11AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Good article, thank you...

8:54AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

My doctor would be estatic if I reduced my triglyceride levels. With medicine we have gotten my blood pressure and cholesterol down, but the triglycerides stay the same.

He started me on a new medicine, but I would rather try eating like the caveman.

6:21AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I truely feel tha the least amount of processing food has, the better it is for us. Keeping maximum nutriets ie steaming vegetables vs. baking or boiling to death certainly is healthier for folks. Who wants grey/brown brocolli when they cna have brilliant green? Knowing the sources of foods as well as additives goes along way in healthier eating via making healthier choices.

12:48PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Thank-you for the article.

12:40PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Like the idea that the diet will give you great blood pressure and other healthy factors-- all for it... but don't want to make meat part of my everyday, everyweek diet. Interesting article, though, good to know. Thanks.

12:39PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

interesting, thanks

3:10AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Leaving aside the meat controversy, the point is we need a wide cariety of fresh food, and that is hard to argue with.

3:31PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Kim, maybe we are OMNIVORES as you say. But unlike other omnivore animals, WE HAVE A CHOICE.
Millions of people around the world choose not to eat meat and do very well. Boudist monks are renown for their longevity.
It really is just a matter of taste buds, that little 2 inch body part which is master and ruler of most people!
I wonder why grains are on the list. If not processed, I would think they would be permitted.

5:47AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

What you could eat must have depended on where your cave was.

4:05AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

so, what is the verdict on bread and wheat pasta? it's because it is GMO wheat?

the ________ lobbyists are saying those kind of carbohydrate breads are no good for us. they blame pasta and stuff on being sick. both the broccoli and beef industry.

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