Ten Thousand Years – Not Long Enough to Digest Milk & Grains

Human evolution is a never ending process. Members often ask us: ‘Haven’t our bodies evolved in ten thousand years since the Neolithic first farming? Haven’t our digestive systems adapted to handle these foods by now?’

EvolutionThe answer is ‘yes’ – and ‘no’. Some of us can digest them better than others, because we are all descended from tribes which had different exposure to these foods over time.

However the very high prevalence of incurable chronic diseases in the community (cancers, diabetes and others) is evidence of how poorly most of us cope with ‘modern’ foods like grains and milk . . . Because if we were eating the right foods – there would be no disease, as in Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) times.

For instance, ‘lactose tolerance’ – our ability to fully digest lactose in milk products – varies across the world:

  • In Scandinavia and the Netherlands where dairy food has been central to diets for a few thousand years there is some tolerance to lactose. But even so, 15% of people in these populations suffer symptoms.
  • However in other populations ten thousand years is just not long enough.

THE FACTS: Around 90% of African Americans are lactose-sensitive – and up to 100% of Asians and American indigenous peoples (Swagerty 2002). Cow’s milk was only recently introduced to these nations a few hundred years ago. Overall it is estimated that 3 in 4 people worldwide are lactose intolerant.

The Myth About Milk and Cookies

Clinical research studies have linked intolerance to milk products with:

Milk and cookies may not be good for us

  • Depression & psychiatric disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Thyroid disease
  • Metabolism issues e.g. obesity
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis in babies and children
  • Dermatitis, urticaria
  • Atherosclerosis

Grains like wheat, barley, rye, corn and oats all contain various forms of proteins including glutens. And in the medical literature the family of gluten proteins is linked to:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Miscarriage and reproductive issues
  • Depression
  • Neurological disease e.g. epilepsy, dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Graves’ disease
  • Diabetes type 1
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Bowel cancer
  • Many other autoimmune disorders

References here. So when you consider the action of gluten (from wheat) – along with the adverse effects of casein and lactose from milk – we might need to revise some outdated cliches about milk and cookies!

Hidden Damage without Symptoms

Remember – the symptoms you feel are not the full picture. Most chronic diseases aren’t diagnosed immediately – because they do not give noticeable symptoms. By the time diagnosis happens the disease has often progressed.

So if your symptoms might be food intolerance – here’s what you can do . . . try Paleo!

The Paleo diet accounts for all food intolerances – and surprisingly, benefits can be felt within a few days.

Paleo without rules - just options

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