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Old 05-01-2009, 05:21 AM   #11
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Re: Red meat a killer?... yet another study

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Paleo man didn't really live long enough for us to know what his geriatric years would have been like.
Assuming they survive childhood and make it through early adulthood unscathed most contemporary hunter-gatherers have lifespans camparable to those in the developed world and there's no reason to assume that paleo-man's life expectancy would have been any shorter.

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Re: Red meat a killer?... yet another study

Cordain has reported that age-matched specimens from modern times and ancient times show marked differences. Ancestors show no sign of impending "diseases of civilization"...heart disease doesn't hit at 50, it builds over time and is evident in 30 year olds now if we looked for it. Same with cancer...you don't wake up one day with cancer whereas you were cancer-free the day before.

As for life expectancy, chalk it up to modern medicine and sanitation. We don't live amongst our waste, festering with infectious bacteria. We can survive gunshots, knife fights, car wrecks, and falls from 4 story windows. Antibiotics, for all their issues due to overuse, are a god-send in terms of life expectancy. Also note that infant mortality was VERY high, at least 25% even in 1900. At the turn of 1900, life expectancy was only 45.
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