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Humans, (as well as any other species) are adapted by evolution to live in particular environments. In other words, we thrive best under certain conditions as to a variety of environmental factors, including social and nutritional factors. There are many differences between the Stone Age environment we are adapted to and the industrialized environment of today. While many of these differences may have a positive impact on health and quality of life, some have a negative impact.
At the same time, our parasites and pathogens have co-evolved with our bodies and immune systems. Evolutionary medicine views the evolutionary arms races between the body and disease from a Darwinian point of view, and proposes treatments and public health policies based on that analysis.
A major developer of this field is Dr. Paul W. Ewald.
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