RANT: Darwinism or Gluttonism?

If it’s there, I’m likely to eat it.

I like to think that this instinct to eat whatever is in front of me is Darwinism at work. Survival of the fittest. In the times before Chick-fil-a, if you couldn’t find a food source, you and your offspring were history.  If you couldn’t sniff out a delicious varmint or rotting carcass, you may not make it to spring, which meant you wouldn’t reproduce, which meant those weak non-food-procuring genes of yours would not be passed on for generations to come.

So my ability to sniff out a stale donut 7 suites down the hall is actually proof of my superior genes. And the fact that I will eat said stale donut, though it has about as much actual appeal as a rotting carcass, when compared to a hot-n-now krispy-kream donut, demonstrates my survival instinct.

My ability to try every item on a buffet table, or every appetizer brought to any social gathering and then re-try the really good ones, over and over, and still be able to wolf-down whatever is being served for dinner, means my offspring will be able to do the same? Right? Right?

um, yeah…not so much anymore.  Those instincts to procure food were highly useful in a time when food was scarce, but nowadays, food is everywhere. So, actually that innate drive now gives me the potential to become obese and develop diabetes, heart disease and even cancer—not so fit, evolutionarily speaking.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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