Over the past 200 years, human life-expectancy has approximately doubled. Yet we face soaring worldwide rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, mental illness, heart disease, and stroke. In his fascinating new book, Dr. Lee Goldman presents a radical explanation: The key protective traits that once ensured our species' survival are now the leading global causes of illness and death.
Our capacity to store food, for example, lures us into overeating, and a clotting system designed to protect us from bleeding to death now directly contributes to heart attacks and strokes. A deeply compelling narrative that puts a new spin on evolutionary biology, Too Much of a Good Thing also provides a roadmap for getting back in sync with the modern world.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)|
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Table of Contents
Part I The Pros and Cons of Four Key Human Survival Traits
1 How Our Bodies Became What They Are 11
2 Hunger, Food, and the Modern Epidemics of Obesity and Diabetes 39
3 Water, Salt, and the Modern Epidemic of High Blood Pressure 88
4 Danger, Memory, Fear, and the Modern Epidemics of Anxiety and Depression 120
5 Bleeding, Clotting, and the Modern Epidemics of Heart Disease and Stroke 157
Part II Protecting Our Bodies in the Modern World
6 Can Our Genes Evolve Fast Enough to Solve Our Problems? 193
7 Changing Our Behavior 218
8 Changing Our Biology 248