Primal Body-Primal Mind: Empower Your Total Health The Way Evolution Intended (...And Didn't)

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In this unique ground breaking and enlightening book, Nora Gedgaudas provides a sane departure from conventional thinking about nutrition as promoted in the media and by conventional diet pundits. You will at last come to truly understand the basic principles of how your body and brain function based on both fundamental human physiology and the ancient selective pressures that shaped it. You'll also come to appreciate how these same selective pressures came to establish our most basic nutritional requirements-your key to health and freedom from disease. Never again be confused-or fooled-by misleading or conflicting dietary information! This is NOT just another book about "caveman diets" or "low carb eating". Although these topics are covered, there is a unique "twist" to the material that will have you seeing your health and your diet in a way you never have before. Fasten your seatbelts. This is not a conventional paradigm...It is most certainly outside the conventional box you were always told was the true picture (the same conventional box that is dedicated to supporting the corporate interests of the food, medical, pharmaceutical and even supplement industries). This book reaches credibly across disciplines and gives you the greater "aha!" of how various aspects of health actually fit together-including aspects of diet, physiology, modern anti-aging research, weight loss, supplementation, brain health, mental health, and even physical fitness. More than this, you will also come to understand where nature's most basic intent may not always be compatible with our own and how to apply information provided by the latest in science and human longevity research to live longer, healthier and more vibrant lives than you ever before thought possible. Regardless of whether you're already healthy and want to improve that, or whether you're trying to lose weight or reclaim your health from whatever is challenging you, this book will be an indispensable tool. Finally, learn how to apply these new and ancient principles in a way that will not only save you from the pitfalls and economic devastation of the "disease care industry", but also potentially save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your grocery bills, as well. Primal Body-Primal Mind is truly the ultimate health approach for the "new economy" and for the New Millenium!

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This new extraordinary edition of Primal Body, Primal Mind has been substantially refined, updated, meticulously scientifically edited and reformatted with extra chapters and new additional illustrations.  The few nay-saying comments posted to this site are mostly based on the earlier edition of this book which lacked the current edition's refinement. 

No one book can possibly please everybody--and Primal Body, Primal Mind challenges a lot of comfortable assumptions (even slaying and barbequing a few sacred cows along the way)---but most of those who found fault with the previous edition will find their complaints here can no longer apply.  In fact, I've used much of the prior constructive criticism as a helpful tool to elevate Primal Body, Primal Mind to a whole new standard of excellence.   

I am quite proud of this new edition.  I hope you enjoy it. 

~ Nora Gedgaudas, Author

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HEALTH / NUTRITION

“Nora Gedgaudas is a warrior fighting for our collective health. For 2.6 million years humans knew what to eat: animal fat and protein. On that diet, we grew tall, strong, and disease-free. That primal pattern is still there, laid down like a labyrinth circling out of our DNA, and Nora is ready to guide us. This book is fabulous.”
--Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth

Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density, and dental health as well as the increase in birth defects, malnutrition, and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle, Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain- and carbohydrate-heavy low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but also to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems, and “diseases of civilization”--such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), heart disease, and mental illness.

Applying modern discoveries to the basic hunter-gatherer diet, she culls from vast research in evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, and chronic and degenerative disease to unveil a holistic lifestyle for true mind-body health and longevity. Revealing the primal origins and physiological basis for a high-fat, moderate-protein, starch-free diet and the importance of adequate omega-3 intake--critical to our brain and nervous system but sorely lacking in most people’s diets--she explains the nutritional problems of grains, gluten, soy, dairy, and starchy vegetables; which natural fats promote health and which (such as canola oil) harm it; the crucial role of vitamin D in cancer and disease prevention; the importance of saturated fat and cholesterol; and how diet affects mental health, memory, cognitive function, hormonal balance, and cellular aging. With step-by-step guidelines, recipes, and meal recommendations, this book offers sustainable strategies for a primally based yet modern approach to diet and exercise to reduce stress and anxiety, lose weight, improve sleep and mood, increase energy and immunity, enhance brain function, save money on groceries, and live longer and happier.

NORA T. GEDGAUDAS, CNS, CNT, is a certified nutritional therapist and neurofeedback specialist with a private practice. A member of the Nutritional Therapy Association, the National Association of Nutritional Professionals, the Nutrition and Metabolism Society, and the Weston A. Price Foundation, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

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