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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"Over the past 200 years, human life-expectancy has approximately doubled. Yet we face soaring worldwide rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, mental illness, heart disease, and stroke. In his ... new book, Dr. Lee Goldman presents a radical explanation: the key protective traits that once ensured our species' survival are now the leading global causes of illness and death. Our capacity to store food, for example, lures us into overeating, and a clotting system designed to protect us from bleeding to death now directly contributes to heart attacks and strokes."
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316236812
Characteristics: viii, 344 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: 576.8 GOL


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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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