If Paleolithic behavior was good enough concerning a caveman, it may be good enough for you, 2 billion years later

You may be vaguely aware of cavemen in popular culture. Each insurance icon GEICO still uses it is made-for-TV cavemen within advertisements and promotions. Rob Becker's known one-man play, "Defending the Caveman," has set attendance records in the United States and overseas, where it plays in 34 countries around the world.

Mostly I can say is: we have not a clue.

I have now been keeping tabs from the paleo recipe book review movement, a loosely arranged living ideology that espouses Paleolithic behaviors. (The Paleolithic era is congruent with the Stone Age, 2 million to 10,000 years ago.) A genial mishmash of paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology and psychology, with some genetics cast in, the core message is: Paleolithic peoples - cavemen - lived adept lives, and also you does, too.

Here is really a quote from Mark Sisson, who sits atop a mini-Paleo kingdom, run on the success of his book "The Primal Blueprint":

"Our ancestors evolved over an incredible number of years under certain environmental conditions. These conditions shaped their genome. Whilst each industry has changed in innumerable ways in the last 10,000 years, the human genome has changed very little and thus only thrives under similar conditions. Simply put, if you will need a good future you pleasing listen to the past."

Let's carve out the salient details:

Live such as a caveman.

I always thought Paleolithic living spans were laughably short, however journalist, blogger, and Paleo-pusher Ray Sawhill explains within an e- mail: "lifetime span in the pre-agricultural era was short, but that was because of infant mortality, fractures, wild beasts, etc. If your made this to adulthood and didn't get eaten by a bear, you'd actually tend to live into complete 60s or 70s. Heart condition, many cancers, and a variety of other afflictions didn't be big issues until people took up agriculture." So it follows . . .

Eat like a caveman.

A few of Sisson's dietary recommendations cut against the grain, as they say. He's at the top of meat plus many factory farmed fish, and down on the ConAgras of society: "escape all grains, adding breads, pasta, rice and noodles, and all refined sugar," he writes on his/her website. "There is no reason to eat grains." The eight-glasses-a-day water fad washed best done your: "your ancestors didn't carry a great Evian bottle on a mesh bag around with them all evening."

His other dietary ideas are written within stone: Eat berries and nuts, especially walnuts, Brazil crazy, macadamias, and almonds. "When it comes to vegetables," he writes, "find root vegetables including carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas and swedes (but not potatoes or other starchy, high-carb varieties), leafy vegetables, tomatoes to other brightly hued greens." That bumps right up against the diet program of the Seventh-day Adventists, that real time a longest plus healthiest resides in America.

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