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Epigenetics: The Death of The Paleolithic Human?

Jeffrey Bland, PhD

In 1985 Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner, professors at Emory Medical College in Atlanta, authored their classic paper, “Paleolithic Nutrition: A Consideration of its Nature and Current Implications.”1 Their premise was that although our genetics had not changed significantly since Paleolithic times, our diet had changed radically. They proposed that changes associated with standing agriculture, animal husbandry, and food processing had resulted in dietary changes that our Paleolithic genetic heritage could not accommodate, thus causing the diseases of Western civilization. In 1997 the team wrote a follow-up article, “Paleolithic Nutrition Revisited: A Twelve-Year Retrospective on its read more…

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