Archive for January, 2016

What If the Western Lifestyle is Not Responsible for Heart Disease?

January 2nd, 2016

It has been an article of faith among the medical professions and public health authorities that the leading cause of death, heart disease, is a product of the modern society with too much processed foods and inadequate physical activity. Yet, the anthropoligical record is not bearing out this thesis. An article in the Washington Post by Peter Whoriskey points to the accumulating evidence that heart disease was part of ancient life. He writes, “By turning up evidence of heart disease in populations with widely varying diets, the mummy research suggests that some unrecognized cause besides what we choose to eat is at work.”