Kurt G. Harris MD

PāNu means paleonutrition. The "paleo" here signifies "old" and not necessarily paleolithic. The PāNu approach to nutrition is grounded on clinical medicine and basic sciences disciplined by knowledge of evolutionary biology and paleoanthropology. The best evidence from multiple disciplines supports eating a pastoral (animal-based) diet rather than a grain-based agricultural one, while avoiding what I call the neolithic agents of disease - wheat, excess fructose and excess linoleic acid.

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What is PāNu?

PāNu is short for paleonutrition - the "paleo" prefix here means "old", not necessarily paleolithic.

PāNu is an approach to diet centered on the thesis that the diseases of civilization are largely related to abandonment of the metabolic conditions we evolved under - what I have termed the "evolutionary metabolic milieu" - EM2.  

Returning to EM2 is not based on paleolithic food re-enactment. You don't have to eat bugs or wooly mammoths. Unlike many popular "diets", it doesn't require a calculator, or even a recipe book once you learn some basic science about food.

I believe we can make sense of many of the diseases that are prevalent now and relate them to some simple but profound changes that have occurred with the introduction of agriculture and the industrialization of our foodways. These changes are related to how the food environment, including it's cultural and biological availability, interacts with the metabolic environment in our bodies.

My conception of the EM2 is not derived from a single science or field of inquiry, but draws first on medical sciences like biochemistry and endocrinology, and only then looks back with history and paleoanthropology. It is becoming clear now that many of the diseases afflicting humanity are not a natural part of the aging process, but are side effects of technological and other powerful cultural changes in the way we eat and live that have occurred since the dawn of agriculture roughly 10,000 years ago. These changes seem to center largely on the sequential introduction of what I call the neolithic agents of disease - wheat, excess fructose and excess linoleic acid. 

On this website I will post on elements of PāNu theory and how to emulate or achieve the EM2. I will also post commentary about relevant scientific studies, critique the dangerous prevailing paradigm about healthy behavior and provide links so you can do further reading on this topic.

Please note that I cannot give specific or individualized medical advice.