Book Review: The Paleo Manifesto

book by john durant
The Paleo Manifesto 
Ancient Wisdom For Lifelong Health
By John Durant 

What our ancient ancestors can teach us about how to be healthy: Getting stronger, losing weight, and living longer. The Paleo Manifesto takes readers on a thrilling ride to the Paleolithic Age and beyond, unlocking the health secrets of our ancient ancestors. What do obese gorillas teach us about weight loss? How can Paleolithic skulls contain beautiful sets of teeth? Why is the Bible so obsessed with hygiene? What do NASA astronauts teach us about getting a good night's sleep? And how are Silicon Valley techies hacking the human body? Blending science and culture, anthropology and philosophy, John Durant distills the lessons from his adventure and shows how to apply them to days - to - day life, teaching people how to construct their own personal "habitat" that will enable them to thrive. 

John Durant studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard prior to becoming New York City's favorite caveman. Durant has been profiled in the New York Times and The New Yorker and interviewed on The Colbert Report and NPR's Morning Edition. He blogs at

Prior to reading The Paleo Manifesto I had heard of this extreme diet only once before. Some super buff fitness guy in one of my first semester psychology classes brought it up, saying something about how corporate America pushes grain because the huge lobbying by farmers. I can see that but I think that this book goes a little too far. Eating natural food, and a little common sense is all I think is needed in a diet. Of course The Paleo Manifesto does present cases for why this food and that are better based on ancient findings, but I could type a page of arguments against it. Such as maybe those were all that they had available. They couldn't store other foods and maybe we've adapted since then. If you like Lean Body Fat Wallet then you might want to check it out. 

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