Arthur Haines runs Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, Maine. He’s a brilliant researcher and has a lot of really helpful insights into human health, so I invited him on the show to compare and contrast the differences between how modern hunter gatherers (still alive) and post-agricultural humans raise children because there are a ton of differences.

What’s most critical to understand is that when these modern hunter gatherer children grow up, they don’t experience the physical health issues that we are facing in modern society, nor do they experience the psychological issues that we face.

If you’ve listened to me for any length of time you know that I’m not really interested in having one without the other: if you want to be “healthy,” that means physically healthy and psychologically healthy.

In part one, we’re going to cover:

  • A general overview of Arthur’s research and work versus something like the Paleo movement.
  • Huge differences in the strategy of raising very young children and the differences in outcomes that produces.
  • The role of cortisol and epigenetics in parental unresponsiveness to crying children.
  • The importance of physical closeness.
  • And more…

In part two, we’ll dive deeper into things like nutrition and education. 

I want to stress that this episode is important regardless of whether you have children or not. What you’ll learn in these two episodes with Arthur is that changing the landscape of human health requires us to look at a much larger picture than just food and exercise. 

If you ARE a parent, you’re going to get practical insights into changes you can start making now to produce better outcomes for yourself and your children.

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