Human Evolution

Are We Still Evolving?

Are we still evolving or just barely surviving? Some would argue that we are on a slow and steady decline, otherwise known as physical degeneration. This is a reasonable assumption, particularly when many  degenerative diseases are at an all-time high, and still rising. 

During the last century or so, we started to eat things that we had not eaten before. Never before had we squeezed the oil out of a sunflower seed, reduced a vegetable to a white powder, such as sugar from beet, or manufactured another white powder that tastes similar to salt. Nowadays, we also consume materials that were never experienced by our physiology in any way, before food became industrialised. Examples of these are food colourings, preservatives, artificial sweeteners.

MSG & Trans-fats

Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) has gotten a lot of media attention in the last few years and food manufacturers have been pressured to remove it from the label. One effective method of removing MSG from the label of processed foods is to give it other names. Another effective method is to include it in some other additive and give that additive a newly patented name (often an E-number).

Trans-fats are a more recent victim of the public eye and is currently being phases out of foods in Europe. But these are only symptoms of the problem. The problem is the food industry and it's production of processed foods. Ordinary men and women contribute to the problem by eating these processed foods. 

Don't trust the food industry to look after your health! Instead, fall in love with food that has sustained us for millenia.

Where Did We Go Wrong?

Sometimes it takes a real expert to set us straight, particularly when we are confused about what we should and shouldn't eat. Nowadays we are subject to processed foods being classed as the 'healthy option'. Here's a quote to challenge these type of advertisements:

"Civilised man is the only animal clever enough to manufacture it's own food... and the only animal stupid enough to eat it"

Barry Groves (1936-2013)


How Do We Find The Way Back?

To find our way back from the edge of existence and restore human health to something it once was, we must learn from those researchers who could see all of this unfolding, during their lifetime.

The following researchers have studied the evolution of man by looking at populations that lived in isolation, out of the reach of modern processed foods.

'Explorer' Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962) Alaska & Arctic.
'Explorer' Admiral Edwin Peary (1856-1920) in Greenland & The North Pole. He and his wife Josephine documented the Inuit lifestyle in the diary: How to Climb Mt. Blanc in a Skirt: A Handbook for the Lady Adventurer (by Josephine Peary).

Both Stefansson and Peary encountered the Inuit people of the far north. They noted that they survived mainly on seals and fish, and for almost the entire calendar year. Nowadays, this would be known as a form of Ketogenic diet. For the Inuit, it was correct nutrition.

'Dentist' Weston Price (1870-1948) studied the dental health, physical form and performed dietary analysis of 39 indigenous cultures. He also drew comparison with members of the same 'stock' who used modern processed foods. His revolutionary findings are documented in the book: Nutrition & Physical Degeneration (by Weston A. Price).

Summary

There is much to learn about our evolution, particularly when many family traditions are no longer handed down from generation to generation. Many dramatic events have interfered with the inheritance of cultural wisdom such as rampant tuberculosis between the mid-1800s and the mid-1900s. 

The most modern interference is a lack of adequate education. Children's education is becoming more and more academically oriented. the level of respect we have for our food is displayed perfectly by a secondary school subject known as Home Economics. We will be heading in the right direction when this school subject is called "Nutrition For Better Health", or NFBH for short.

For a concise review of human evolution, pertaining to nutrition, please watch the following presentation by Barry Groves:

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