It's all connected: Posture, Pain, Genetics, NSAIDs, and Stomach Problems

 I was fairly young when I started having health problems. One of them was headaches. I had severe headaches and then migraines starting when I was maybe 9. By the time I was in high school, headaches, constant infections, fatigue, and stomach problems caused me to miss over a month of class every single school year. One thing that helped quite a bit was Excedrin Migraine, a combination of ibuprofen and caffeine. I popped those things like candy. I bought them all the time, taking the maximum dose for weeks at a time. 

Wheat and Playing with Fire

 Over the years I've been involved in this community, I've met many many people who have seen their health improve when they eliminated wheat gluten from their diet. But I also see it as part of a worrying trend that relies all too much on self-experimentation and self-diagnosis. Often when I meet these people they are noshing on a burger without a bun at a regular restaurant or ordering a salad a restaurant like Hanna's Bretzel where gluten-free ingredients are laid side by side with non-gluten free ingredients.

Uses and misuses of evolutionary biology 2

 In my last post, I wrote about how it's impossible for epigenetic changes from very cold environments 3-4 billion years ago to have been conserved. Somehow people thought I was accusing Dr. Kruse of making up cold-adapted monkey ancestors or something. 

Uses and misuses of evolutionary biology 1

 In my last post on the subject of Dr. Jack Kruse, AKA, The Quilt, I briefly touched on the misuse of the ideas of quantum theory. Not long after, the WSJ had an excellent article on the mis-use of that subject. 

Is rice paleo?

 Grains are evil. The people in the paleolithic didn't eat them. Amirite? Unfortunately, that hypothesis is contradicted by archeological evidence, but now there is genetic evidence that rice may have been domesticated earlier than thought. 

John Hawks and celiac disease

 A poor evolutionary nutrition narraive posits that because we didn't have X food in the paleolithic, we are maladapted to it. I think Mat Lalonde covered issues with this nicely at AHS and in the latest Paleo Solution podcast. 

Here is a funny twist to the story if it turns out to be true:

Promethease: Vitamin A, Folate, and other fun with genes

 Thanks to Karen who recommended Promethease on my genetics post. I ran myself and got some fun results. Well, this one isn't so fun- I have a rare genotype, Rs12536657(A;A), associated with hypermyopia. Indeed, myopia and retinal detachment issues are common in my family. I thankfully seem to have halted my vision decline around the time I improved my diet, but that could just be vision stablization associated with age. 

Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity

Gary Nabhan
A thought provoking book about the possibility that human cultures co-evolved with certain foods.
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23andme Results

 Since I'm a total nerd, I was very very excited when I got my 23andme genetic test back earlier this week. I know quite a bit about some lines of my family tree, but other lines are quite questionable. My mother's father's family were poor immigrants whose names were changed at Ellis Island and they moved a lot because of gambling debt. The McEwen line also has a criminal element, my great great grandfather seems to have committed some sort of crime and fled to South America before reappearing across the country decades later.

The Human Colon in Evolution: Part 3, Creepy Crawlies in the Gut

 The fact that humans cannot digest certain fibers and starches in the diet does not mean they are nothing but bulking matter. In the scientific world, more and more research focus has been on the fact that these seemingly indigestible ingredients actually are often digested in the human body, just not by human enzymes. Instead, they are digested by human gut bacteria.