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Lead ammunition . . . again

Lead ammunition . . . again

Evidence is mounting (really, has already mounted) that lead bullets contaminate the carcasses of animals shot with them. I'm not discussing bird shot, but bullets used from rifles on terrestrial animals. Research shows that microscopic fragments tear free from the bullet and are found over a large portion of the carcass (i.e., they are not just restricted to the bullet wound). These fragments, which can number in the hundreds, are being passed on to the consumers when they eat the meat and are exposing them to a very toxic metal. It's time for awareness and a change. The entire blog article is available at the link below (and there is nothing to buy, no tracking, no selling your information, it is merely where I post my blogs).

ReWilding Fundamentals

ReWilding Fundamentals

Rewilding is a process for creating humans who can live in a healthful, truly sustainable manner, in close connection with their local landscape (i.e., as part of the wild ecology).  It is a trajectory that anyone can follow, regardless of where they live.

Traits of Hunter-Gatherer Diets

Traits of Hunter-Gatherer Diets

Hunter-gatherers serve as wonderful models for examining the food habits of humans.  Not only has hunting and gathering been practiced since long before anatomically modern humans appeared, but the people that practiced this method of food acquisition represented some of the healthiest people on the planet (those that were still consuming their traditional diet and had ample space to practice their diet and lifestyle).

The Zen of Cheap Stuff

The Zen of Cheap Stuff

Most everyone recognizes that there is truth to saying “you get what you pay for”.  For the most part, cheaper products don’t function as well as higher priced goods.  Further, products made with cheaper materials don’t last as long and are more likely to be defective and/or break sooner than the higher priced items.

Vitamin C and Ascorbic Acid Are Not the Same Thing

Vitamin C and Ascorbic Acid Are Not the Same Thing

We have been trained in this country to think of many things as isolated features.  Whether it is nutrition, or medicine, or even how we examine ourselves relative to the environment we live in, we are convinced that we can understand complex structures and processes by understanding the individual parts.

Muted Consumer Awareness

Muted Consumer Awareness

Indigenous people relied on their awareness for everyday survival.  They needed to open their senses up—all of them—extending them as far out into their environment as they could in order to find resources they needed and keep distance between those animals (or other people) that could harm them.

Venison, By Any Name, Is A Real Food

Venison, By Any Name, Is A Real Food

Venison, called otuhkey (pronounced uh-doo-KAY) by one indigenous group of Maine, is a red meat that presents a different flavor than beef.  Some describe it as “gamey”, though I would politely argue it simply tastes different.

Walking the (Medicine) Talk

Walking the (Medicine) Talk

I found the black-legged tick on my body two days ago.  The problem with all of this, of course, is that this species of tick carries a spirochete (a kind of bacterium) called Borrelia burgdorferi that is responsible for Lyme Disease.

Why Do The Powerful Healing Plants Always Hail From Distant Lands?

Why Do The Powerful Healing Plants Always Hail From Distant Lands?

Briefly, eight people travel to the Amazon rain forest and spend one month with curanderos (similar in many respects to a shaman) to be healed of their ailments (ranging from depression to cancer).

Yet More Harmful Compounds Found in Water

Yet More Harmful Compounds Found in Water

Some people are aware that plastic containers leach endocrine-disrupting compounds into food and water.  Given that the term “endocrine-disrupting” is thrown around a lot, it’s important you understand what this means.