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5.0 out of 5 stars This BOOK and its CONCEPT Can Change YOUR LIFE - RUSH to Buy It - Five Stars, January 17, 2011
This review is from: The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet (Hardcover)
I know, you have tried every type of diet and nothing has worked, and it's been that way for years, and always you wonder why? What the Paleo people have done is taken everything we know about health, fitness, dieting, nutrition and turned it on its head. It's because they have gone back to the beginning of man's existence, looked at his surroundings and figured out exactly how we have been genetically programmed to live. Just think about it, our ancestors go back 7 million years, and most researchers believe that our genetic systems haven't changed in at least 200,000 of those years.

This means that if you took a child born 200,000 years ago and instantly brought him to our day and age, that child would grow up just like any other child. The reverse is also true. Geneticists have also found by studying bones and so forth that mankind 200,000 years ago did not suffer from heart attacks, diabetes, and certainly not obesity. A lion or other predator would have had an easy and quick meal of anyone who was overweight and could not run for his life.

Author Robb Wolf was a research biochemist who went on to become a strength coach and what this tells you is that the whole book is basically a guide written by a coach to tell his clients how to understand and institute a Paleo diet and lifestyle, and the job Wolf does is EXCELLENT. This is probably the best Paleo book on the market for everyday use as opposed to a theoretical exercise. In this book you will learn:

* Why INSULIN dysregulation is the key to everything!

* Why our body's system is CONFUSED and BROKEN in our modern world.

* Why the French, Spanish, and Greeks consume more fats then we do and yet are healthier.

* You need to control the CARBS to control the INSULIN.

* How to protect ourselves from Blood Sugar CRASHES.

* Grains (breads, pastas) raise our Insulin levels and wreak havoc on our systems.

* SLEEP, the most beautiful gift nature gives to us.

* Why we can handle ACUTE but not CHRONIC stress.

* Do you own your THINGS, or do your THINGS OWN YOU?

You need to think of this book as a manual for the Paleo lifestyle. It is that good. When Wolf talks about exercise, he gives you scores of pages about exercise with easy to follow photographs of the correct way to do them, because words cannot describe exercises in sufficient detail to replicate them. He gives you 40 pages of foods and the details for each recipe that he writes about. Nothing is left to chance. There is a 3 day meal plan, a 2 week meal plan, and a 30 day meal plan, all covered in detail.

He teaches you how to shop and what you should be buying in the stores including discussions about olive oil for salads versus cooking. You want fish; well Wolf tells you how to buy wild fish like shrimp, mussels, claims, sardines, mackerel, pacific salmon, and others. He tells us we are designed to eat meat, poultry, and seafood.

I was particularly pleased with his discussion of vitamins and supplements. The problem with most of them is that what it says on the bottle is not what is inside the bottle. The whole industry is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and not the Food and Drug Administration. If you went out and bought 50 different bottles of vitamins by 50 different manufacturers, and tested the contents in the laboratory, only in a handful of bottles would you find that the contents of the bottle matches the label. In addition, nowhere in prehistoric times did the cave man have access to such concentrated vitamin sources so our systems are not used to them - be careful.

CONCLUSION

In The Paleo Solution, Wolf gives us 288 pages of interesting, no nonsense narrative, followed by 30 pages of references. There is no index. My recommendation to you is that you read this book with a pen in your hand. When you find something that is important to YOU, then annotate it, and write the reference and page number on a blank page in the back. In other words make up your own index. This book will change your life, and the way you think about your life. If you suffer from stress, diabetes, heart disease or any one of a dozen other maladies then Paleo may be for you. Since nothing else has seemed to work, maybe trying something different is the way to go. Good luck and thank you for reading this review.

Richard C. Stoyeck
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Initial post: Jan 30, 2011 1:50:16 PM PST
I don't mean to nitpick, but our genes have changed dramatically in the last 200,000 years, even in the last 10,000 years. Read: The 10,000 Year Explosion. The dramatic evolution has been in the areas of intelligence and cooperation.

That said, we never evolved into the herbivores that low-fat proponents seem to think we are and the paleo diet is still the most suitable diet for us. We have never fully adapted to the agricultural revolution.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 12:58:56 AM PST
check out robb wolf's website, he's got a downloadable index to stick into the book's back...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 4:56:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2014 5:40:49 PM PDT
Asclepius says:
You (Thunstrom), or your source, I think are confusing gene evolution with gene expression. Gene expression is easy to change and can change in a single generation, a single year, a month, or even a day! We have over 700 genes that are affected by our diets alone. What you eat changes your gene expression whether intended or beneficial or not. Most "hereditary" issues are not hereditary at all, however, the ones that are, are simply genes being expressed differently based on what the parents consumed. Genes changing (as in the mutating definition you are intoning) are completely random, not influenced or rapidly occurring. Evolution and adaptation was simply mostly genes expressing themselves differently to cope with an environment change. If the gene was actually altered, you could die if the environment went back to the way it was.. Sometimes the adaptation doesn't exist. This is where all organisms rely on mutations to survive better (Evolution). There are, of course, gene expressions you can't change, like the color of your eyes. In human (any species) history/evolution, there were countless gene expression changes (and mutations) that harmed survival or did nothing. Mutations at birth decide what our genes will be and passed to the next. Hopefully a mutation has an expression that might one day be beneficial to that organism's survival. If not, it's just another useless gene, or potentially a negative impacting one.

All of our biological needs and functions are the fundamentally same as they were 200,000 years ago... Because our DNA is 'almost' exactly the same. We would be a dead species if the DNA that got us through 2.6 million years suddenly changed so "dramatically". The problem is today we poison our bodies, which negatively impacts our genes, and we know naught of how to listen to what our body is telling us. But I'm sure your doctor knows with all his drug education.

There's no humanly possible way for even gene expressions to change "dramatically" in 10,000 years. Why would our genes need to change so radically? If we poison ourselves today and alter our gene expressions from a malnourishment standpoint, where it does so without benefit caused by a poison instead of a survival necessity or random alteration, how is that deemed evolution? How is that purposeful "dramatic" change? And this is only the last 100 or so years we're talking that is ruining our gene expressions.

I'll state that humans have made some major changes to our genome at intervals in history. We're not sure on the specific periods when humans began to make some major changes because they happened in more than one place typically and also different times, but were broadened to a larger degree from breeding with other populations. Being next to water sources for food brought about some changes to account for the new DIET. New nourishment was considered and eventually altered our bodies. Such as Omega-3. We already consumed some omega-3 from animal meat, but water life contained so much more that our brains began to take more of it in and we developed larger, more intelligent brains as a result. Now our brains consist mostly of the DHA (aside from water) omega 3 molecule and is absolutely essential for proper functioning. The rest of our body is used to getting it as well. It is highly nutritive to us now (anti-inflammatory for one). Though some civilizations that that don't descend from these ancestors may not have such a high omega 3 requirement. -As an example. And mind you, this was a dietary modification to our genome and body requirements. :)

So, no, our genes have not changed dramatically in the last 10,000 or 200,000 years (based on the 3.3 trillion). And yes, it is very possible to change your gene expressions back to how they should be to survive in our "environment" (the same old environment with the same ol' food found in nature that is still there if you look close and don't kill it all off), excluding the poison we feed our own selves out of ignorance and stupidity and greed.

Have a nice day :)
Steve
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