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The Best Parenting Advice

Comes from the Stone Age

The cutting-edge field of evolutionary medicine offers parents science-based guidance that answers their most common questions and relieves their anxieties.

Parenting today is more complicated than it’s ever been. Almost daily parents are faced with contradictory advice and fears about potential dangers facing their kids. But what if all we really need to relieve our anxiety and help our kids be happy and healthy is a little of understanding of how we evolved. “Our Stone Age ancestors are the best parenting teachers,” says William Meller, MD, author of Evolution Rx: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing.

Meller is available for interview. Here’s just some of what he can discuss:

· Our kids are too clean! The Stone Age was a dirty, grubby time. And it was in this mucky world that our immune systems evolved ways to distinguish friend from foe and to dispatch our unseen enemies. It’s still true that dirt and germs “educate” our immune systems. But today many kids live in such sanitary homes and spend so little time outdoors, their immune systems never get this vital on-the-job training. The result is a spike in allergies and a rise in autoimmune diseases. The solution may be as easy and fun as encouraging your kids to play outside and get dirty.

· Why kids don’t like veggies. Kids have sensitive taste buds that pick up on the bitterness in veggies. We evolved to avoid anything bitter because in the Stone Age that meant toxic. Meller will offer tips on how to trick this evolutionary programming and do the impossible—get your kid to eat veggies.

· Without ADD we wouldn’t have survived the Stone Age. If your child is one of the millions who have been diagnosed with ADD, you should know that this was essential in the Stone Age and can be valuable in the modern one. “Those who could switch focus rapidly were the quickest to detect threats and were essential to the survival of Stone Age humans,” says Meller. He’ll explain more about why ADD was so valuable and offer encouraging advice for parents about how to maximize the benefits of ADD and minimize the drawbacks.

· Hey Guys, Watch This! Risk Taking & Showing Off. Watching your teen show off or take what seem like crazy risks can be frightening and irritating. But, according to Meller, it’s entirely predictable. “Risk taking is in our genes. Stone Age life was fraught with risk. Whether it was finding food, shelter, or partners it didn’t happen without taking risks,” says Meller. He adds that bravery become a valuable social trait because those who could face risk successfully were able to obtain more food, contribute to a healthy community, and ultimately obtain a leadership position in the group. Testosterone increases our propensity to take risk, so it’s no wonder our sons are more likely to be behind the wheel in a street race than our daughters. Showing off also comes naturally to us. “Our kind has been doing it for a long time to establish leadership and dominance in a group,” he says. Meller will explain how to cope with these difficult teen behaviors.

· We are all start out dyslexic. “Learning to read written language is not a natural human activity,” says Meller. Our Stone Age ancestors read natural cues, not language. The shape of a leaf told them if it was edible; animal tracks told them where to find food. The alphabet and reading are relatively recent inventions. While some of us picked up reading and writing easily, others had to struggle. The same is true today. Meller can offer encouraging advice to parents whose children are struggling with dyslexia.

To interview William Meller, MD, or to receive a review copy of Evolution Rx contact: Lorna Garano, 510-922-9765, lornagarano@gmail.com.


Dr. William Meller is a board certified internist as well as one of the nation’s leading practitioners of evolutionary medicine.

Having explored health customs and traditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Mongolia, Peru, Argentina, and many other countries, Meller has discovered new connections between ancient indigenous medical practices and our evolutionary roots in the robust, nomadic tribes of the Stone Age. He has in turn integrated these discoveries with the most up to date medical research into his successful medical practice at the MedCenters of Santa Barbara (CA), a clinic with three offices and some 36,000 patient visits annually.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and also served for more than a decade as a clinical instructor at the University of Southern California. He also co-teaches a pioneering course on evolutionary medicine in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Meller received his undergraduate degree from UCSB and his M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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