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Authors of New Book on Health and the Natural Human Diet Offer Green Market Talk
Article By: by Austin College
Posted: 9/19/2013 Views: 3443  Impressions: 15523
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SHERMAN, TEXAS-Austin College faculty members George Diggs and Kerry Brock propose that the modern American diet is very much out of sync with human genetics and evolution. They have studied biology, nutrition, and evolution for many years, and expanded their study into newer fields of evolutionary medicine and ancestral health.

One result of their study is a new book, The Hunter-Gatherer Within: Health and the Natural Human Diet, published by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Press. "Over the past few decades Americans have been seeking the healthiest ways to eat and the best way to maintain a normal weight," Brock said. "However, researchers, physicians, and nutritionists cannot agree on the best answers. In the meantime, the health of our nation has continued to decline, with conditions like diabetes and obesity becoming extremely common. The modern diet is now based largely on flour, refined sugar, and processed vegetable oils-products unknown to our ancestors. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in diseases rarely seen before modern times."

"Scientific research now has shown that exposing our hunter-gatherer genetic makeups to such inappropriate modern diets has come with a price," Diggs said. "That price is a rise in 'Diseases of Civilization,' including heart disease, cancer, obesity, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes."

The authors will give a short talk on their research findings Thursday, September 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Green Market Natural Foods and Vitamins in Sherman, located at 1909 Texoma Parkway. A book signing will follow, with the book available for sale for $19.95.

The viewpoints presented in the book, both the conceptual background and the modern scientific research findings, are accessible and understandable to the lay public. "We offer practical, science-based ways to improve heath and lose weight," the authors say. "We have become so passionate about the subject of this book that it is now the specific focus of several of our classes and much of our research. Our passion arises not only from our excitement over the new discoveries as scientists but also from the remarkable results we see in people's heath when they eat a 'real' food diet." A primary recommendation of the book is consumption of unprocessed, natural foods.

The authors point out in the book that they are not medical doctors and that their recommendations are based on the best available evidence. They emphasize that their recommendations may change as new scientific information becomes available-"that is how science works," they write.

Brock is a mathematician and scientist skilled at assessing the use of statistics and analyzing the data in medical and other scientific research. She has studied nutrition for many years and has taught numerous college courses in human nutrition and the connections between diet and health. Diggs is an evolutionary biologist and botanist who has studied and taught about human evolution, plant toxins, plant and cell biology, health, and nutrition for more than 30 years. He is co-author of three botanical books and more than 30 scientific articles.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

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