Too Much of A Good Thing

Too Much of A Good Thing

How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us

Book - 2015
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Explains how rising rates of obesity, heart disease, and other life-threatening conditions are reflecting how the human body is out of sync with the modern environment, and makes recommendations for changing causative lifestyle habits.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316236812
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 576.823 Gol

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abocel
May 13, 2017

I enjoy any kind of science writing, including this book that connects modern health epidemics to our ancestor's ability to survive. The four modern health epidemics explored in the book are: 1) high blood pressure (salt, thirst, dehydration), 2) obesity, 3) anxiety/depression, and 4) heart disease (bleeding and clotting). The author describes the physiology of each of these illnesses in terms of balancing opposing physiological factors. For example in the past bleeding was a much more likely cause of death for our ancestors, from injuries or childbirth, so our bodies have the ability to clot and prevent bleeding deaths, but it is that same ability that causes the prevalence of strokes and hearth disease today. This was a worthwhile read that I'd recommend.

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