Paleo-deficit disorder? Waaaaay beyond eating more meat, less grain: This idea is for all of us, regardless of our dietary leanings…Think about it: Are you getting enough natural light each day? Is your bedroom dark enough? Are you moving around in a natural environment, or working out in a gym? Are you digging your toes and your fingers into the soil? Do you have lots of eye candy around you? J I have magnificent views outside of my windows at my office- the Potatuck river and the forest beyond. But I’ll admit I am not getting out there as much as I would like. Are you hearing the sounds of nature, or just the whirrrrrr of electronic devices? As I write this, I am hearing my keyboard and space heater, but I am reminded to crack the window so I can listen to the river….do you enjoy the smells of the natural environment? The trees, the rain, the dirt. When I ride my bike, I can smell the change of seasons….do you experience true solitude, or are you always interrupted by something? It’s a struggle in our modern world, to be sure. But I absolutely LOVE this reminder.
A quote from the famed microbiologist and hero of mine, Dr Rene Dubos:
“Human beings can almost certainly survive and multiply in the polluted cage of technological civilization, but we may sacrifice much of our humanness in adapting to such conditions…The maintenance of biological and mental health requires that technological societies provide in some form the biological freedom enjoyed by our Paleolithic ancestors”.
Dr René Dubos, Invited Editorial, Life Magazine, 1970 .
The above Dubios quote and image from Logan, Katzman and Balanza-Martinez, 2015. Natural environments, ancestral diets, and microbial ecology: is there a modern “paleo-deficit disorder”? Part I