What a Gatherer-Hunter Diet Did to a Man’s Gut in Just Three Days

July 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

After just three days of living and eating with the Hadza gatherer-hunters, the gut flora of a relatively healthy British professor were transformed for the better.




Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiology professor at King’s College London, has been studying the “major influence” gut bacteria (and other microbes) have on our immune system, metabolism, mood and general health. What he and his colleagues have found is the greater the gut flora diversity – the more types of microbes – the better. High diversity is associated with low risk of obesity and all types of disease.

Spector says he already knew changing to a more Paleolithic diet could cause major shifts in unhealthy people with low-diversity, unstable gut flora, but he wanted to know how much the microbiome of a relatively healthy Westerner could be improved by adopting a 100-percent authentic gatherer-hunter diet.

Laziness is Not a Sin

May 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

If your family was like mine, you probably grew up believing laziness is not only a sin, but one of seven deadly sins.




Maybe it wasn’t taught directly — or maybe your family wasn’t even religious — but the subconscious belief that lying around doing nothing is “bad” or “wrong” or a “waste of time” is the unspoken premise of all of civilization.

To have idle hands or an idle mind is considered sloth – “a habitual disinclination to exertion” – and sloth has been damnable ever since Adam and Eve got kicked out of Paradise.

Man Calls Work “Unnatural” – Goes on Permanent “Vacation”

March 22, 2017 at 12:44 am

“I’m not ashamed that I don’t like to work,” a 37-year-old cyclist adventurer told Business Insider two years ago. “It’s just very unnatural.”




Like Alexander Supertramp, “Ultra Romance” has rejected the capitalist industrialist system he was born into and gone Into the Wild.

Oil Company Pulls Out of Amazonian Land Inhabited by Uncontacted Tribes

March 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm




Survival International – a non-profit that protects indigenous peoples from missionaries and mercenaries – just scared a Canadian oil company out of one of the last safe havens for uncontacted hunter-gatherer tribes in the world, deep in the Amazon jungle.

Once Upon a Time There Was No Such Thing as Work

February 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

Why “work” was play for hunter-gatherers




In our capitalistic culture, our worth as individuals is measured by how hard we work. From a young age, we learn our value is determined by our productivity.

The only time it’s acceptable not to work is on Sundays or vacation. Even then, there’s very little rest and relaxation happening. By the time we finally unwind, it’s time to jump back into the rat race.

Why Aborigines Don’t Have Words for “Please” or “Thank You”

January 26, 2017 at 1:11 am

In a clip from the new documentary film Human, an aboriginal Australian man says his people never used words like “please” or “thank you” or “mine” until recently:




Jarawa Hunter-Gatherers Say They Don’t Want to Be Part of Our World

April 16, 2016 at 4:08 am

Jarawa are being forced into civilization and treated like animals in a zoo

Sign the petition telling the government to leave them alone




Like the Hadza of East Africa, the Jarawa hunter-gatherers of the Andaman Islands also face extinction, thanks to the ever-expanding nature of agriculture and civilization.

Depression is A Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure

February 24, 2016 at 12:40 am

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Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from clinical depression within their lifetimes, and the rate is increasing with every generation.

It robs people of sleep, energy, focus, memory, sex drive and their basic ability to experience the pleasures of life, says author of The Depression Cure Stephen Ildari. It can destroy people’s desire to love, work, play and even their will to live. If left unchecked it can cause permanent brain damage.

The Hadza: Freest People on Earth Face Extinction

February 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm

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Agriculture is wiping out the world’s oldest hunter-gatherers




The Hadza have been living peacefully, happily and sustainably in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa for at least 100,000 years. Their home, around Lake Eyasi, in Tanzania, has been called “the cradle of mankind.” A Harvard anthropologist calls them “the strongest link” we have to 2 million years of human evolution. Thanks to the spread of agriculture to nearly every corner of the earth, that link is about to disappear.

The consequences of allowing civilization to crowd the Hadza – and the handful of other hunter-gatherer tribes remaining on the planet – out of existence are captured beautifully and tragically in the 2014 documentary The Hadza: Last of the First.