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Response to Silent3 (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 4, 2014, 11:42 AM

9. People died earlier from all sorts of things that simply aren't fatal today,

 

as you point out. There's often a misconception that because people in the past died younger on average, they therefore aged more rapidly, and that's not true.

I once read that someone had looked carefully at the human body and how it typically ages, and came to the conclusion that age 82 is the approximate average life span absent earlier death from injury or disease. Have no idea how true that number is, but my own casual observation of people over the years makes that number look about right. Sometimes I'm quite startled by how much older some people are at a given age than others.

Eating like a caveman is one of those current fad diets, but as something else I recently read pointed out, you have to ask yourself,which caveman? What part of the world?

I doubt transporting a McDonald's back to paleolithic times would noticeably shorten the life of the people back then, simply because the every day dangers in their lives were already so great. A broken bone could be fatal.

I am absolutely with you on the grand oversimplifications, especially about food. I'm made crazy by the demonization of certain foods, and the glorification of others. Or sweeping statements about things like how terrible wheat is for everyone. Or how no one should eat meat.

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