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Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health [Paperback]

John Durant
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19 Jun 2014

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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony Books (19 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307889181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307889188
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - not the book it promised to be 20 Nov 2013
I was excited about receiving this book as the Paleo movement could do with a more serious look under the hood; something to go beyond the self help book format. The Paleo Manifesto starts strongly and Part One has some interesting observations, particularly those concerning gorillas in captivity and Durant's meeting with Dr Lieberman at the Peabody Museum.
From here the book deteriorates. The section on the Old Testament is interesting, but the point is over-laboured (this is a recurrent feature and the editor must share some of the blame). Parts of it, such as the deer hunt story, are extremely boring and leave the reader with nothing new. The rant against vegetarianism goes on for pages and pages (17 to be exact) and again fails to conclude anything interesting. I doubt many vegetarians will be reading this book. His chapter on exercise is a thinly disguised marketing plug for Crossfit and again he doesn't bring any original thinking to this topic.
The book is confusing, its too long considering the amount of actual content and its full of quips that read like in-jokes. It seems that just writing a book with "paleo" in the title is enough to boost sales, which is a shame, as these are topics that would benefit from a more serious appraisal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really in depth look at the "paleo" lifestyle 13 Nov 2013
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if you're interested in the paleo lifestyle and have read other books on the subject but want more depth then this is the book for you. you can tell that John Durant is from an academic background by the depth of his research and the massive amount of referencing he does. he's not a paleo nazi unlike some others who write/blog on the subject and states that this is not another diet book. if you want to eat dairy, eat dairy. the principles are explained and also the scientific reasoning behind them. his writing on the other aspects of the lifestyle, crossfit, barefoot running and sustainable agriculture are also excellent. i don't know a great deal about crossfit but the barefoot running chapter is like a condensed version of the excellent born to run book by christopher mcDougall. in summary; not a lightweight skim through page turner but all the better for it. i would highly reccommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 9 Dec 2013
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A human history. Really makes you think. Absolutely a book everybody should read. Made me think new about a great deal.
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