The origins of the diet
The paleolithic diet was not “invented”: in fact, it reflects what the first humans ate spontaneously and naturally. This can be found stated in the article; titled Paleolithic Nutrition published by Dr. S. Boyd Eaton, in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine1 in 1985. Both as a renowned medical anthropologist and a radiologist, Dr. Eaton thus expressed his opinion that the ideal nutrition corresponds to that of our ancestors in the Stone Age. And as far as can be ascertained from current populations still respecting ancient practices, it seems that our forefathers were blind to degenerative diseases as of today. It is further believed that their optimal physical condition would have easily made it possible for them to compete against our modern athletes.
Dr. Eaton’s theory further stipulates that it is our genes that determine our nutritional requirements. For the human genome is known to have evolved from only 0.02% in more than 40 000 years, meaning that we possess the same genes as our prehistoric ancestors. Consequently, this proves that the diets during this era would fully conform with us as well.
Since 1985, a number of scientists had begun studying this era and had ultimately determined what the dietary practices of hunter-gatherers were back then. One of these researchers, Loren Cordain, a doctor specialized in physical education, published a book, adapted to the American culture, which describes a diet that is suitable to our era.
Dr. Jean Seignalet
Loren Cordain was not the only one to highlight the advantages that one can reap if the dietary practices of our distant ancestors were properly practiced. In fact, an eminent French doctor, Dr.J ean Seignalet, who died in 2003, published a book about the ancestral diet; titled Food or the third medicine3 in 1996. His work has been republished for the fifth time. During his career, Dr.Seignalet successfully used this ancestral diet to combat many autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis along with those diseases that conventional medicines failed to treat, such as fibromyalgia.