The Paleo Manifesto

The Paleo Manifesto

Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health

Book - 2013
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In The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health , John Durant argues for an evolutionary - and revolutionary - approach to health. All animals, human or otherwise, thrive when they mimic key elements of life in their natural habitat. From diet to movement to sleep, this evolutionary perspective sheds light on some of our most pressing health concerns. What is causing the rise of chronic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and depression? Is eating red meat going to kill you? Is avoiding the sun actually the best way to avoid skin cancer?

Durant takes readers on a thrilling ride to the Paleolithic and beyond, unlocking the health secrets of our ancient ancestors. What do obese gorillas teach us about weight loss? How can Paleolithic skulls contain beautiful sets of teeth? Why is the Bible so obsessed with hygiene? What do NASA astronauts teach us about getting a good night's sleep? And how are Silicon Valley techies hacking the human body?

Blending science and culture, anthropology and philosophy, John Durant distills the lessons from his adventures and shows how to apply them to day-to-day life, teaching people how to construct their own personal "habitat" that will enable them to thrive. The book doesn't just address what we eat, but why we eat it; not just how to exercise, but the purpose of functional movement; not just being healthy, but leading a purposeful life.

Combining the best of ancient wisdom with cutting edge science, Durant crafts a vision of health that is both fresh and futuristic.

Publisher: New York :, Harmony Books,, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307889171
Branch Call Number: 613. 2 DUR
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Malice, Michael - Author


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May 06, 2018

Throughly enjoyable book. I appreciate his non cult like view of the paleo diet. This book is far more about a natural sustainable lifestyle than just the food that goes in your mouth.
If you're looking for a interesting well written book on the hunter gather lifestyle then this one's for you.
At times it gets a bit boring especially near the end but a quick skim read suffices.

Apr 23, 2014

Not particularly good. Most of the information is re-hashed from other, better books. In the chapters, he detours from the main topic, writing long passages that don't relate to the main topic. If you want better overviews of the Paleo movement I recommend books by Lorian Cordain, Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson (his first book). Cordain gives referenced scientific information on the biochemistry of our modern diet compared to the Paleo diet. If you want a deeper scientific knowledge of the perils of our modern diet, try "Fat Chance" by Robert H. Lustig. It is a schlogh to get through because of the scientific language. But I recommend it. I got through the first 120 pages of The Paleo Manifesto, then glanced through the rest of the book. John Durant is cute and looks like a Hollywood caveman, but that doesn't make him an expert on nutrition. Avoid it.

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