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Why your ancestors had perfect teeth with paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar

Why your ancestors had perfect teeth with paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar

Before a lot of expensive orthodontic work, my mouth was an accordion of crowded teeth in the front and impacted teeth in the back. I remember being a kid thinking about having my wisdom teeth extracted and thinking how unnatural it seemed. Honestly, it’s not a topic I spent too much time thinking about after I had all my work done. In fact the entire dental marketplace of corrections, straightening, flossing, brushing, invisaligning, headgearing— really the whole category— is something I’ve spent most of my life trying to avoid. 

That’s why Peter Ungar’s book, really caught my attention. He’s a professor at the University of Arkansas and he studies the environmental dynamics and anthropological view of teeth over vast stretches of time. The book is, “Evolution’s Bite: The True Story of Teeth, Diet and Human Origins.” It digs into what our ancestors ate, and what their their fossil remains can tell us about their diet and evolution. Not to mention what teeth are like for modern hunter-gatherers compared to ours. Why are they so straight? Why don’t they have the same wisdom teeth problems that we do?  

Why aren’t cage-free people fat with Neurobiologist Stephan Guyenet

Why aren’t cage-free people fat with Neurobiologist Stephan Guyenet

Food is #1. If you’re an American, there’s no dodging it— from turning on the tv and seeing that juicy hamburger, to reading article after article about how to lose weight, to gym memberships, to following crazy diets or eating philosophies, or hell just look at the most popular things on the internet. It's food and there’s a million points of view on it. In fact, if you haven’t had a conversation with a friend about how your pants are fitting or whose fat and how they look— you’re probably not living in our society. 

I wanted to take a step out of that whole crazy zoo and look at things from more of an objective “zookeeper’s” perspective when it comes to what we eat, why we’re compelled to eat it, and what we can do if we want to outsmart our brains in this insane, food-focused environment.

Fuck Pad Thai with Pok Pok's Andy Ricker

Fuck Pad Thai with Pok Pok's Andy Ricker

If you’ve been to Portland, you’ve been to Andy Ricker's Pok Pok—or maybe you went in LA or NY—heck, it could have been visiting the kiosk in the Portland airport during a layover. Andy is obsessed with local, regional Thai food that you would never find in any Thai tourist destinations. In fact, you’d only find it after spending years in Thailand making a ton of local connections and really embedding yourself in parts of the country that most of us never get the opportunity to.