Greetings! My name is J.R. Lagoni. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science in Geology/Geoarchaeology from the University of Nevada.
This blog is my assessment on the world’s known hunter gatherer diets, its scientific documentation, place in nutritional science, and resultant affect on our health. The writings are my interpretations and summaries of the current research in archaeology, nutrition science, and relevant evolutionary biology. However, articles cited nor the info here are a substitute for seeing your licensed health care provider.
I have been on a hunter gatherer oriented diet for over 12 years now, and have enjoyed many health benefits from it. I have lost over 35 pounds, cured my arthritis, have much better dental health, and feel like I have the physical capabilities of when I was 25 years younger. I have studied much of the scientific and academic literature on the hunter gatherer diet over more than a decade, and have a serious previous background doing graduate studies and subsequent professional work in Archaeology and the very relevant Paleolithic Period.
My intellectual journey started long ago when I read an archaeology article outlining that all cultures on the planet experienced noted health deteoration once adopting a mass grain diet during the ubiquitous Agricultural Revolution Not only does health deterioration occur across the populated continents in the archaeological record at this time, but we see it in subsequent ethnographic and historic records of the few peoples that hadn’t yet changed now or in recent history.
And most importantly, in today’s scientific community we now add a growing number of nutrition scientists and medical researchers publishing in peer reviewed literature every year about the extreme health and vitality provided to early adopters. These scientists and doctors are finding a myriad of specific nutritional details in line with producing I and others to believe a new paradigm of ultimate human nutrition. The unsolicited feedback is amazing and enormous from early adopters.
Some archaeology projects I have been employed on over the years:
Archaeology of the Maya-Mexico (field class on the archeo-astronomy of the Maya of the northern Yucatan area, with Prof. James Neely of Univ. of Texas)
Paleo-Indian Excavation-Nevada (with Dr. Jonathan Davis of the Univ. of Nevada, found Clovis Point and other artifacts on old desert lake shoreline)
The Donner Party Project-California (with Professor Donald Hardesty and funded by National Geographic. Excavated where the infamous wagon train was stranded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the 1840’s).
Oshara-Archaic-Tradition Survey-New Mexico (with Dr. Cynthia Williams, Quaternary Research Center)
Archaeology of Peru (with various professors/ph.d. archaeologists. Travel-class visiting the Inca and informally studying the general archaeology of Peru)
Prehistorian Writer/Contributor – Wrote several articles – mostly about comprehending Prehistory’s immensity of time – published in Professor Loren Cordain’s The Paleo Diet NewsletterLead
Related, in that it often pertains to humans’ place in deep time, nature and natural history – I have lead or co-lead the following formal or informal group travel-classes:
The Natural History of the Galapagos Islands
Amazon River Journey – from Peru, through Colombia, to Brazil and back
Geology of the Grand Canyon – while rafting and hiking
Oceanography and Geology of Hawaii
Archaeology of the Maya
Archaeology of Peru
East Africa Safari
Natural Wonders of Venezuela
Nature and Culture in the Swiss Alps
RELEVANT UNIVERSITY COURSEWORK (years ago):
Archaeology Theory and Method
Archaeology of the North American Indians
History of North American Indians
Archaeology Field Methods