From Diabetes to Athlete's Foot, Our Bodies Are Maladapted for Modern Life
Today's humans are afflicted with ailments that virtually didn't exist for our nomadic forbears. Can we adapt our way out of them?
I sat in my padded desk chair, hunched over, alternately entering notes on my computer and reading a book called The Story of the Human Body. It was the sort of book guaranteed to make me increasingly, uncomfortably aware of my own body. I squirmed to relieve an ache in my lower back. When I glanced out the window, the garden looked fuzzy. Where were my glasses? My toes felt hot and itchy: My athlete’s foot was flaring up again.
I returned to the book. “This chapter focuses on just ...