- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405197714
- ISBN-13: 978-1405197717
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective 1st Edition
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Nutritionscience is a highly fractionated, contentious field with rapidlychanging viewpoints on both minor and major issues impacting onpublic health. With an evolutionary perspective as its basis thisexciting book provides a framework by which the discipline canfinally be coherently explored.
By lookingat what we know of human evolution and disease in relation to thediets that humans enjoy now and prehistorically the book allows thereader to begin to truly understand the link between diet anddisease in the Western world and move towards a greater knowledgeof what can be defined as the optimal human diet.
Thisimportant book provides an exciting and useful insight into thisfascinating subject area and will be of great interest tonutritionists, dietitians and other members of the healthprofessions. Evolutionary biologists and anthropologists will alsofind much of interest within the book. All university and researchestablishment where nutritional sciences, medicine, food scienceand biological sciences are studied and taught should have copiesof this title.
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Dr. Lindeberg does not set out to convince you of the above and he appears not to in anyway gain by your conversion. He is rather just a 'dumb' scientist pointing out with 2034 references why the average Western man's diet leads the Western man to the diseases mentioned above. And I in the above have just simplified what he writes in pointing out those things that apply most to me of his well thought out expose.
He has arrived at his learned hypothsis by comparing the diet and diseases of primitive cultures that have diets more in keeping with man's evolutionary past, with the diets and diseases of Western man. He then has shown the scientific background for the conclusions he has drawn. There are only 230 pages of writing, plus glossary and references. It is in a dry but very readable (well with some checking on the meaning of words) text that should be on anyones book list that wants to better understand the effects of diet on the human body. It is a must, in my opinion for anyone in the medical or nutrition professions. Forget all those diet books; read this book first and then figure out where you need to go next. This book in time should become a classic
I reiterate my recommendation of reading this profound research. It doesn't mind you're a medical doctor or practitioner, an anthropologist or a mere human being who seeks light in the messed nutrition world, this is one of the few fresh books which deserves a read. No fad; no preaching; only science, true science, written in a readable way and with a humble and friendly style.
PS: If you read and liked this book, then you could be interested in this one (albeit dealing with a quite different subject): The Biology of Human Longevity:: Inflammation, Nutrition, and Aging in the Evolution of Lifespans.
The book touches on many "Western diseases" and their possible dietary causes. Nearly every factual statement is extensively referenced. The book contains over 2,000 references. The book is a gold mine of references. Lindeberg is a consummate skeptic, a treatment he gives his own theories as well as those of others. This is a must-read book for any serious student of diet and health who has a scientific or medical background.
Although it's a paperback, the paper and print are top quality. I felt guilty marking on it and folding over pages.
For the Kitava study aficionados, the book contains some previously unpublished data.