Arthur De Vany
Arthur S. De Vany (born August 29, 1937) is an American economist who has studied the Hollywood film industry and developed theories of evolutionary fitness focusing on nutrition and exercise in the paleo (caveman) manner. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California, Irvine.
Arthur De Vany: On Renewing Cycles and Tactics for a Longer Life
The human species is a young species, no more than 200,000 years old; we are also the first species to live long enough to experience aging and significant brain degeneration. The large human brain coevolved with extended human longevity within the last 100,000 years in the harsh world of the Ice Age when intelligence became the basis for survival. Longevity was a requirement to develop a larger brain. The prolonged and complex development required to build the fetal brain left residual stem cells in protected niches in every cell as a reserve for future growth and renewal. What an elegant design — our body is manufactured to have all the spare parts we will ever need in the stem cells hidden in protected niches that can renew or repair damaged parts. Dr. De Vany was one of the first proponents of what has now become the “paleo” diet. He has lived half of his almost 80 years of life in the paleo way. He published his models and methods of an evolutionary lifestyle in his book, The New Evolution Diet, and is now working on a book on aging tentatively titled Renewing Cycles: Healing the wounds of aging through improved cellular defense and systemic renewal signaling.