Diet and Chronic Pain: The Paleo Perspective | Paleo Leap

Good article from the paleoleap.com website.

Chronic pain without a visible cause is one of the most mentally difficult chronic health problems to manage, because many people assume that you’re just making it up for attention (especially if you “look healthy” otherwise, as if anyone could tell how healthy someone is by looking at them!). Doctors are sometimes reluctant to prescribe strong painkillers for patients who claim they hurt but don’t have any outer sign to “show for it,” because the doctors are afraid the “pain” could just be an excuse to get prescription drugs. But if you’re like most people suffering from chronic pain, you’re very definitely not making it up, and it doesn’t have to have a visible cause to be “legitimate” pain.

Paleo isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to chronic pain. If that existed, then chronic pain wouldn’t exist any longer. But there is some evidence to support a Paleo-style diet as a reasonably effective therapy for both pain that isn’t caused by a particular disease and pain secondary to other pathologies, like autoimmune diseases or arthritis.

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Gary Taubes : Calories vs Carbohydrates

Gary Taubes Calories vs Carbohydrates: Clearing up Confusion over Competing Obesity Paradigms

The science of obesity has been dogged for a century by a controversial question: is the condition an energy balance problem or a hormonal one? Do we accumulate excess fat merely because we consume more calories than we expend — we eat too much and exercise too little — or do we accumulate excess fat because the homeostatic mechanisms regulating fat metabolism and storage are out of whack. If the latter is the case, then positive energy balance (overeating) is an effect of getting fat, not a cause, and the prime environmental suspect for the cause of excess adiposity is the carbohydrate content of the diet and its effect on insulin signaling. This video by author Gary Taubes covers how we might tell these two scenarios apart and potential experiments to resolve this century-old conflict.

40 Years Later, Lucy Discoverer Don Johanson Adds to Human Origin Story

Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, Virginia M. Ullman Chair in Human Origins at Arizona State University and founding director of the Institute of Human Origins, delivered the second annual Patrusky Lecture on October 19, 2014 during New Horizons in Science, a program of research briefings presented annually by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. The way Johanson sees it, the nature of humanness is one of the biggest questions there is — not just for our past, but for our future as well.

“I’m convinced that understanding our evolutionary journey is going to play a role in our future, our future survival as well as the survival of all creatures on this planet,” he said. “We know we have a united past, we know that we are the same species, we know we have inherited the same capabilities. And I think hopefully this is going to lead to a world in which we’re more responsible to the natural world — the natural world that ultimately was our creator on this planet. …

“I think it’s time for this species, the most powerful, the most destructive and at the same time the most creative species on planet Earth — Homo sapiens — to stop acting as if there was some other place for us to move to.”

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