The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman


Daniel Lieberman is a Professor of Biology at Harvard.  His book The Story of the Human Body covers our evolution and how evolution doesn’t always catch up with how humans develop.  All of us started as hunter-gatherers.  He explains how athletic skills were important in survival.

Then, we got to farming.  That meant people living closer together and more diseases.

We have inoculations now for those killers like Typhoid and Smallpox.  Now we have avoidable diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and our cancer rates have grown.

While the book can be dense in places, it’s a must read for all of us.

Parents need to read it to be more careful about their kids exercise.  If I were a teenager now, I would have done many things differently.

You also learn everything is a trade off.  We might not be getting Typhoid any longer, but we are getting Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes instead.  We cannot turn the clock back on our modern lifestyle, but acting in some ways like our hunter-gatherer ancestors may not hurt.

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I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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