Monday, February 28, 2011

What I'm All About

Do you believe in evolution?  The idea of evolution has been accepted as fact by most in the biology field and has been the guiding ideology of that field for years.  All organisms change over time; some fail to adapt to a changing environment and die out while others succeed and adapt or evolve to form a new species.  This is the fundamental guiding paradigm of biology.  So when it comes to studying human nutrition, a sub-discipline of biology, the logical thing to do would be to use human history and evolution as a guide, right?  Tell that to nutritional science.  Researchers have been shooting in the dark for decades trying to figure out exactly what constitutes a healthy diet, creating paradoxes like it’s their job.  Unfortunately, they have no guiding paradigm; it’s as if they’re trying to build a house with no blueprint.  That won’t get you very far.  While people generally accept that animals like cows, horses, or tigers have evolved to eat a specific diet, these same people never bother to recognize that we are animals too.  And just like every other animal out there, we evolved eating a certain way.

This blog will chronicle my ongoing quest for knowledge, exploring the complex science of nutrition as well as related fields like fitness and natural medicine.  My opinions will always be based on good science, but I will also use the lens of evolutionary biology and good old common sense.  Of course I always reserve the right to change my mind about anything, and I expect to.  I’m learning new things all the time, and often times I have to admit that something I thought I knew was wrong.  That will happen, and should happen.  Question everything.  You may be surprised how little you really know.