Darwinian Dentistry

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Harness Your Evolutionary Adaptations To Be Healthier

All life becomes adapted to the environment. The problem is that environments can change rapidly, leaving organisms less adapted to the new environment. This is call a genetic mismatch. The branch of medicine and dentistry that deals with this has a few names like ancestral health, ancestral medicine, and ancestral dentistry. We changed our environment very rapidly a number of times in the last several thousand years. Farming, the industrial revolution, electricity etc. are a few examples. Those of us involved in ancestral health use our evolutionary past as a template for optimizing the health of our patients. My friend Brett Smith gave a fantastic lecture on the subject at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Bozeman Montana. He does a great job of defining getetic mismatches and how an ancestral approach can help.

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