Lately, I’ve had some interesting conversations with my friend Cathy, who is an artist and designer, about a whole raft of topics in medicine and science. She proclaims she has no scientific background, but she’s intensely curious about science and about what I write, so what else could a blogger want? Recently, we were discussing what constituted a good diet. I was trying to cut through what was myth and what was science, but sometimes it can be difficult to do so. My thoughts have always been that the human physiology is amazingly resilient, and as long as you have no chronic diseases, there is nothing one can do that will make the situation much better or much worse. Yes, maintaining levels of certain nutrients, such as vitamins C and D, iron, and others, are critical, but in the modern world, it’s almost impossible to miss out on those micronutrients.
(more…) «Eating like our great ape…»
Yesterday, I chatted about how Richard Dawkins claimed he was an African Ape. Fortuitously, I ran across an article in io9 by Annalee Newitz, The last time we redefined what it means to be human. Newitz clarifies the current cladistic layout for humans and their closest primate neighbors (from an evolutionary standpoint).