Too Much of a Good Thing

In Too Much of a Good Thing, Lee Goldman, dean of Columbia University's medical school, argues that four formerly adaptive traits—enthusiasm for eating, craving for salt, fast blood clotting, and hypervigilance—are major causes of disease and death in our modern environment. He then discusses three possible paths forward: worsening of these problems, adoption of healthier lifestyles, and development of effective treatments, for instance to control unhealthy appetites.

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