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The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Lieberman
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Monumental. The Story of the Human Body, by one of our leading experts, takes us on an epic voyage that reveals how the past six million years shaped every part of us-our heads, limbs, and even our metabolism. Through Lieberman's eyes, evolutionary history not only comes alive, it also becomes the means to understand, and ultimately influence, our body's future (Neil Shubin, author of 'Your Inner Fish')

No one understands the human body like Daniel Lieberman or tells its story more eloquently. He's found a tale inside our skin that's riveting, enlightening, and more than a little frightening (Christopher McDougall, author of 'Born to Run')

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Story of the Human Body explores how the way we use our bodies is all wrong. From an evolutionary perspective, if normal is defined as what most people have done for millions of years, then it's normal to walk and run 9 -15 kilometers a day to hunt and gather fresh food which is high in fibre, low in sugar, and barely processed. It's also normal to spend much of your time nursing, napping, making stone tools, and gossiping with a small band of people.

Our 21st-century lifestyles, argues Dan Lieberman, are out of synch with our stone-age bodies. Never have we been so healthy and long-lived - but never, too, have we been so prone to a slew of problems that were, until recently, rare or unknown, from asthma, to diabetes, to - scariest of all - overpopulation.

Story of the Human Body asks how our bodies got to be the way they are, and considers how that evolutionary history - both ancient and recent - can help us evaluate how we use our bodies. How is the present-day state of the human body related to the past? And what is the human body's future?

Daniel Lieberman is the Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and a leader in the field. He has written nearly 100 articles, many appearing in the journals Nature and Science, and his cover story on barefoot running in Nature was picked up by major media the world over. His research and discoveries have been highlighted in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Discover, and National Geographic.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great and educational read 3 Feb 2014
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I couldn't put this book down as I find this subject really interesting...understanding the human body through Evolution and learning about health and diet is something that anyone could benefit from . Well written, not full of big scientific words...I would recommend this book..
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This might be the most useful book I have ever read. As someone who needs to understand the reasoning behind health advice I found this book perfectly suited me. I am fascinated by evolution so really enjoyed it from this perspective but I also dramatically increased my understanding of health, fitness, disease, etc from an evolutionary angle in a way that I can practically apply to day to day life. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in being healthy.

It explains the evolutionary basis of who we are today and why we get everything from diabetes, obesity to running injuries and how they are totally preventable by applying common sense and bit of knowledge that would come from simply reading the label on the food that we buy.

It explain in lucid detail why "low-fat" food make you fatter. I followed these principle for a year and lost over 10% of my body weight and my fitness level at a level I never thought imaginable. And all this in my middle-age!

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution based lifestyle and fitness model 28 Mar 2014
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I am a trainer who uses an evolutionary fitness model in both my personal lifestyle and in the education and straining of others.

This book sums up the various facets that affect fitness and wellness (movement, nutrition and lifestyle) and how they relate to our background as a species.
It highlights mismatches between our environment of evolutionary adaptation and our modern post industrialised world distilling the information in an easily absorbable way.

There are great examples all along the way and a wide range of studies and resources are cited with a sizeable bibliography at the end for further reading.

This is a highly practical guide for anyone wanting to know anything real about what makes us human and how to look after ourselves.

Lieberman garners the readers trust by way of the fact that he himself is a peer reviewed and respected professor of anthropology with a wealth of experience in the field.

The only problem is it is so well researched that I feel I will become academically lazy and use this book as a single source for my evolution fitness based questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read 13 Nov 2013
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Very clear and concise read,ideal for the layperson who wants to grasp the essence of what makes the human body work as well as the stresses and disease with which it has to contend.
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