Category Archives: Diet

Are The Nordic Peoples Really The Happiest?

I speak with Louise Koch as we contrast the claims that the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world with real life experiences.

Louise, aka “Fruity Lou”, is from Denmark and we struck up a conversation about a meme that makes the connection between the happiness of the Danes and their extensive welfare state. But are things really as good as the propaganda suggests? I had to interview her to find out more and do some research of my own.

The research institutions that produce happiness reports are funded by governmental agencies and of course they tell us that government intervention helps to make people happy.

To find out more about Louise and her great work visit

Depression and Antidepressants: A Nordic Perspective

The number of persons with alcohol problems in the Danish population

Happiness Research Institute

Did We Climb The Food Chain?

In this program I look once again at our food choices and see if they are matched by our biology.

In program 4, Food From First Principles, I showed that our dental anatomy is primitive and has not adapted to meat consumption like the chimpanzee has.
Program 4:

In this program we will look at how different animals stand up against atherosclerosis, a chronic degenerative disease in humans. Can our dietary origins explain this physiological problem?

What is the optimal anthropoid primate diet?

Incisor-molar relationships in chimpanzees and other hominoids: implications for diet and phylogeny

The Selfish Gene

Harpers Biochemistry (24th ed)

Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
By age 10, nearly all kids have fatty streaks in their arteries This is the first sign of atherosclerosis, the leading cause of death in the United States.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Galemys, 16 (nº especial): 101-113, 2004, ISSN: 1137-8700,

Primate Info Net, The Long Tailed macaque

Dietary shift of an invasive predator: rats, seabirds and sea turtles

The Pictorial Guide To The Living Primates

Heart disease is common in humans and chimpanzees, but
is caused by different pathological processes

Debunking the paleo diet: Christina Warinner at TEDxOU

Food From First Principles

In this program I take up the challenge of explaining what we should eat using biological science.

I’ve been studying food and nutrition for over 27 years. My views have not been sullied by institutional dogmas and corporate interests leaving me free to think outside the box.

Forget the paleo diet! I’m talking about going Miocene. Bon appétit.

All primary sources are given during the program as I use them and below.

What is the optimal anthropoid primate diet?
Physicist Hans Dehmelts wants to know what the optimal diet for humans is, but he can’t wait for the empirical results because he needs to eat it now. Given that organisms are adapted to the environment of their ancestors he uses the chimpanzee to provide a model for our ancestral diet.

Incisor-molar relationships in chimpanzees and other hominoids: implications for diet and phylogeny
Martin Pickfords paper reveals that the chimpanzee is a more derived species than we are, it has evolved adaptations to consume meat. Humans have a more conservative dental morphology in keeping with our Miocene ancestors. Humans have not adapted to meat eating. If we use the chimpanzee as our ancestral diet model we should ignore its meat eating habits.

The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins discusses the improbability of a herbivore evolving into a carnivore.