The Evolution of Human Nutrition with Dr. Bill Schindler [Podcast Episode #83]

By: Ben Brown

(Musical lyrics) - Flintstones, meet the Flintstones

They’re the modern stone-age family

From the town of Bedrock

They’re a page right out of history…

Meet modern-day Fred Flintstone, Dr. Bill Schindler, a trained archaeologist and primitive technologist who travels the world documenting traditional foodways and works to draw inspiration from the deep archaeological record, rich ethnographic record, and modern culinary world to create food solutions that are relevant, meaningful and accessible. Bill is a strong advocate of traditional foodways and is constantly seeking new ways to incorporate lessons learned from his research into the diets of modern humans.

In this interview, Dr. Bill Schindler takes us on a journey through the dietary and physical evolution of humankind and the foods and food technology that helped us become the intelligent and resourceful humans that we are today. We discuss the ways in which food and food processing have impacted our physical form and function, our digestion, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients and the cultural and lifestyle differences between ancestral cultures and modern American dietary habits.

Dr. Bill SchindlerAssociate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology

There are a lot of incredible minds in this community that are doing wonderful things and people who are pushing forth carnivore ideas and keto ideas and fasting ideas. All of those things are brilliant, but one of the things that I think a lot of our approaches to diet today are missing is that most of the approaches to diet today focus on the thing, the food. We should eat this we shouldn’t eat this. And while there are some benefits to that, we’re missing a huge piece and that’s the gap that I’m trying to fill here.

Dr. Bill Schindler is the director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and the co-star of both the National Geographic series, The Great Human Race and Curiosity Stream’s, The Modern Stone Age Family. Dr. Bill's outlook on food has revolutionized the way in which he and his family eat and he attributes much of the health his wife and three children enjoy to the nutrient-dense hunted, gathered, and fermented foods that comprise a significant portion of their diets. He makes a difference in the lives of people around the world by sharing his powerful approach through speaking, coaching, workshops and retreats. Check out for more information.

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