Qesem Cave, an archaeological site in Israel, has revealed some interesting findings of the dietary habits of ancient man. It seems they liked turtle on the half shell along with a juicy steak and a healthy side of vegetables. It appears that the fine dining tradition of appetizers before entrees is not a modern day phenomenon.
This is amazing considering the Neanderthal had to bring meat to the table at the end of a wooden spear rather than head down to the local supermarket and pick up a few cuts of meat from a meat counter that was supplied by a livestock industry that cultivated food supply protein en masse at feedlots and ranches. These fellows that are often made fun of for their lack of intelligence must have been cunning hunters and fishermen to be able to have such a lush diet.
Does this bit of history then lend more credibility to what is known as the paleo diet? Are people who eat only seeds and meat setting themselves up for health failure or are they simply eating the way the human body was originally designed to eat?
According to Dr. Boyd Eaton, M.D.’s research, the ancestral human diet rarely contained cereals and whole grains as is recommended today. Stone Age man and woman rejected dairy products. Mentors in the medical community have expanded upon Eaton’s work to further theory and research which culminated in the development of the modern Paleo Diet guidelines.
Just as the theory of evolution is applied to the physiological development of every living thing upon Earth, these experts believe nutrition is better understood through the lens of the theory of evolution. Even today there are aboriginal people whose diet is according to Paleo Diet guidelines, particularly the indigenous people of the Arctic and Australia and the tribal peoples of the Amazon. When any of these people were introduced to a westernized diet, they experienced a decline in their health.
The Paleo lifestyle, also called Darwinian Medicine, is based on the belief that the human body was designed to survive in Stone Age conditions and that many of modern man’s health problems are related to modern environmental factors. It practices a philosophy of less dependence on modern medicine for every little ache or pain. But, rather, to recognize that some unpleasant body reactions are the body’s natural response and its own design in how to purge itself of something that is threatening or compromising good health.
For example, a cough is a natural physiological response to rid microbes from the nose, lungs and throat. Coughing could actually be considered a sign of good health because the body is reacting appropriately to something within it that does not belong. So, don’t take cough suppressants unless necessary for say, a good night’s sleep or to be able to sit quietly throughout your daughter’s piano recital.
Of course, there are extremes when medical intervention should be sought such as seizures, excessive vomiting that threatens a dangerous level of dehydration, etc. But, overall, to get back to the original design of the human body, try to live out a balance between the legacy of Stone Age ancestry and the best that modern medicine has to offer.