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Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human zoology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that ancient apes need to thrive in a modern world, awakening our instincts, and freeing our bodies –– and minds –– from the degenerative effects of human domestication.

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Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human zoology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that ancient apes need to thrive in a modern world, awakening our instincts, and freeing our bodies –– and minds –– from the degenerative effects of human domestication.

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By cdfitcharleston - Jan 03 2020
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Thank you for all of this

Life changing (2019 update)

By Chona777 - Nov 30 2019
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Daniel is phenomenal, his work is life changing. Rewild! ***re-listening in 2019; powerful ***
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ReWild Yourself

Latest release on Dec 21, 2017

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Rank #1: Wise Interaction with the Sun - Nadine Artemis #52

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It is a commonly-held (and media-fueled) belief in our culture that sun is
bad and sunscreen is good. Not only is this inaccurate, but in fact, the
opposite is true: Our skin is quite literally designed to be exposed to the
sun’s rays, and sunscreen use actually causes a host of issues (one of
which, ironically, is skin cancer). Nadine Artemis — sense visionary and
founder of Living Libations — joins us to set the record straight on sun
exposure and goes over how to properly interact with the sun for optimal

Episode Breakdown:
* Why you shouldn’t suntan through glass
* How sunscreen works
* Benefits of sungazing
* Sunlight and bacteria
* Why you don’t want empty vitamin D receptors
* Negative press surrounding sun exposure and skin
* Wise interaction with the sun
* Kids and sun exposure
* Our skin is designed to be exposed to the sun’s rays
* What we ingest determines how our skin responds to sunlight
* Skin cancer myths debunked
* Using plant oils to harmonize your skin with the sun in lieu of toxic

Jun 25 2015

1hr 27mins


Rank #2: Cultivating Polarity in Your Relationships - Michaela Boehm #44

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In this episode, wild woman Michaela Boehm joins us to explore polarity in
relationships. Michaela teaches and counsels internationally as an expert
in intimacy and sexuality, and she is currently the only counselor in the
world personally trained and authorized by David Deida (If you aren't
familiar with Deida, definitely check out his prolific work). 

Be warned — this interview may push some buttons, as Michaela and I dissect
some popularly-held beliefs on happiness and relationships! Our one hour
conversation is brimming with nuggets of insight on relationships, intimacy
and becoming your best self. Enjoy!

Episode Breakdown:
* Michaela’s work
* Are we supposed to be happy all of the time?
* Polarity in relationships
* The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon
* How can guys get in touch with their true masculinity?
* Maintaining sexual polarity while fostering both your feminine and
masculine sides
* Communicating your “flavor” needs to your partner
* David Deida’s 3 stages of intimacy and growth
* Feminism vs. being a wild woman
* Will the new generation have neutrality issues?

Apr 28 2015

1hr 10mins


Rank #3: Self-care, A Woman's Guide - Nadine Artemis #124

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Nadine Artemis is a trailblazer in the new paradigm of women’s self care, and in this interview, she lays out her favorite practices to nurture the female body. Nadine is the founder of Living Libations — an exquisite line of lotions, potions, scents, creams and essential oils that I use personally — and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast.

In our past two interviews, Nadine has detailed her Stop, Seal and Seed method for dental care and skin care, and in this episode, she shares how women can apply this method to vaginal care. We learn what conventional female body care products and practices to avoid and Nadine’s favorite natural alternatives. We also discuss breast health and care, and Nadine reveals some fascinating information on breast cancer that is important for every woman to explore. Nadine’s nourishing self care practices are simple, low maintenance and accessible to all. Ladies (and the men who love them), I hope you enjoy this interview!

  • Daniel shares:
    • ReWild Yourself podcast updates
    • A teaser about an upcoming program with Arthur Haines
  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • Parasite cleansing and eating brains
    • Optimizing your vehicle
  • Mainstream messaging on women’s beauty and hygiene
  • The “discovery” of the clitoris
  • Internet pornography vs. natural sexuality
  • What does the new paradigm of women’s self care look like?
  • How to avoid mycotoxins
  • Caring for your vagina with the stop, seal and seed method
  • Alternatives to conventional menstrual products
  • Yeast infections - re-listen
  • Marketing chemically-induced menopause to young girls
  • Relieving menstrual pain
  • The many issues with KY Jelly
  • Boosting the lubricant jouissance-ness of your life
  • Best oils to care for your vagina
  • Common natural lubricants
  • The different types of estrogens and how they’re affecting women’s bodies
  • The risk of breast cancer and the implications of a systemic myco-infection
  • Exploring some startling breast cancer stats
  • How bras inhibit the body and alternatives to the conventional bra
  • Low maintenance breast and body care
  • Nadine’s prognosis for the future of women

Dec 07 2016

2hr 4mins


Rank #4: Trauma Awareness & the Spiritual Bypass - Dr. Gabor Maté #110

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Renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr. Gabor Maté joins me for a powerful conversation on addiction and takes us into the heart of where trauma originates. With years of both scientific research and direct interaction with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction and mental illness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Dr. Maté offers a unique and authentic perspective on the topics of addiction, mind-body wellness and ADD.

In this interview, Dr. Maté illuminates how our modern society perpetuates trauma by fostering a culture of disconnection and dissociation. From childhood trauma to trauma passed down to us from the generations that went before us, many of us carry unresolved trauma that often materializes in addiction. Addictive behavior goes beyond hard drug and alcohol addictions; our society is wrought with addictions to things like caffeine, less-than-optimal foods and dissociative behaviors, such as watching TV.

So how can we heal and become the most authentic version of ourselves? Dr. Maté sheds light on some of the traditional healing modalities he has found to be successful through years of wide-ranging experiences. With lots of golden nuggets on topics like death awareness, spiritual-bypassing and authenticity strewn throughout, there is something for everyone in this insightful conversation.

**Please note: During this interview, we experienced some Skype glitches, so you'll hear a bit of echoing with Daniel's voice that was not able to be edited out. We apologize in advance for the audio hiccups, but we think the interview is well worth it (;

  • Daniel shares on:
    • Regenerative foods
    • Harvesting feral apples
    • An exciting new Surthrival product
    • Eating coyote
    • A product discovery that will aid your spring water gathering
    • How to pique someone’s interest in ReWilding
  • Modern society and perpetuation of trauma
  • What does addiction do for you?
  • The essence of trauma is disconnection
  • Our current massive cultural dissociation
  • The most ideal social environment for children — humans crave connection
  • The multi-generational trauma of First Nations peoples
  • How medicines like coca and tobacco were traditionally used
  • The healing power of ayahuasca
  • What’s missing from AA and most rehab programs?
  • Healing, awareness and the path to authenticity
  • Spiritual bypass
  • Awareness of death
  • Dr. Mate’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Dr. Mate’s work

Sep 14 2016

1hr 39mins


Rank #5: Dying Wise in a Death Phobic Society - Stephen Jenkinson #34

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I was humbled by my conversation with Stephen Jenkinson, teacher, author,
storyteller and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School. This, my friends, is a
very powerful interview. Stephen will make you re-think everything you
thought you knew about dying.

Episode Breakdown:
* How to come to terms with death
* The hallmarks of "dying badly"
* What "dying well" looks like
* The consequences of being kept away from ground zero of human
* We live our lives as if dying is the annihilation of life
* Considering “after-life"
* Understanding that your death does not belong to you
* A disconnection from our ancestors
* Learning from death

Feb 17 2015

1hr 5mins


Rank #6: Sitting Ninjas vs. Couchless Samurais - Katy Bowman #41

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Biomechanist Katy Bowman joins us for a lesson in movement. While many of
us think of movement as our 30-60 minute daily exercise session, Katy says
it's what we do the rest of the time that counts. You will come away from
this interview with a new outlook on your home and office habitat, and I
hope it inspires you to make some positive changes to your environment!
After talking with Katy, I got rid of my couch the next day...just

Episode Breakdown:
* Exercise vs movement
* Olympic sitters
* Flaccid Fin Syndrome
* Arterial plaque explained
* Furniture-free living
* Switching from normal shoes to barefoot shoes
* How to build natural movement patterns
* Tour of Katy’s furniture-free home
* From pulling bows to asdfghjkl; — decreased hand use of modern humans
* Standing is the new sitting
* Where to find Katy’s work

Apr 07 2015

1hr 15mins


Rank #7: The Ecstatic Hormonal High of Childbearing - Sarah Buckley #35

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Dr. Sarah Buckley — GP/family physician, author of the best selling book
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering and mother to four home-born children —
shares her passion for natural childbirth and the "beginning of the great
love affair" between mother and child. She takes us through the hormonal
physiology of childbearing from pregnancy to after birth.  

Episode Breakdown:
* Wisdom vs. science
* Sarah’s history with childbirth
* Some of the differences between hospital births and home births
* Healthy birth pathways
* The stresses of Caesarean sections
* Why some stress is good for you
* The beginning of the great love affair
* The pleasure hormones between mothers and babies
* Alter-native
* Unique altered state of birth
* What happens after birth
* Importance of skin-to-skin contact
* How much of our behavior is affected by our beginning
* Sarah’s natural birth membership website

Feb 24 2015

1hr 5mins


Rank #8: Successful Self-Dentistry - Nadine Artemis #87

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Nadine Artemis — creator of Living Libations & author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gum — is on the show today to discuss the components of a successful self-dentistry practice. Our teeth and gums are alive and capable of being rejuvenated, often without the intervention of conventional dentistry. In this interview, Nadine clears up many common myths about our teeth and dental environment and details how we can holistically care for our teeth through diet and her 8 Step Self-Dentistry protocol.

  • Catching up
  • Nadine’s personal health journey
  • Our teeth are like trees
  • Teeth and gums can be rejuvenated
  • Mouthwashes that de-forest the flora inside our mouths
  • Restoring the mouth’s micro biome
  • Ingredients to avoid in dental care products
  • Foods to nourish our dental environment
  • Stop, seal and seed
  • Nadine’s 8 Step Self-Dentistry program
  • Confronting your current dental situation
  • Nadine’s prognosis for the future of the human species

May 11 2016

1hr 31mins


Rank #9: Your Skin, An Owner's Manual - Nadine Artemis #106

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Radiant sense-visionary Nadine Artemis — creator of Living Libations — is back on ReWIld Yourself podcast! In this interview, Nadine gives us a complete breakdown of how to properly care for our skin with the Stop, Seal and Seed approach. She shares what dietary and self-care practices are proven to produce healthy, glowing skin, as well as what hygiene products and foods are less-than-optimal. You’ll learn why bacteria is your skin’s best friend, the popular skin care product that you most want to avoid, Nadine’s core skin care recommendations and so much more. Consider this an owner’s manual for your largest organ!

  • Daniel answers your questions on glyphosate detoxification, meditation, learning practices and his favorite podcasts
  • An exciting announcement!
  • Nadine’s skin care beginnings
  • Strategy vs simplicity with skin care
  • Bacteria is our beautician
  • The damage of excessive exfoliation
  • Stop, seal and seed approach
  • Deciphering labels and so-called “natural” ingredient lists
  • The primary organ of elimination
  • Switching from conventional deodorants and shampoos
  • How Cesarean births affect a baby’s micro biome  + a solution
  • Sun is your best friend
  • Flora friends with benefits
  • Best practices for using oil on your skin
  • Nadine’s core Living Libations products
  • Nadine’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Aug 24 2016

1hr 50mins


Rank #10: The Hidden Cost of Veganism - Lierre Keith #143

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In past episodes of ReWild Yourself Podcast, I’ve explained why I’m not a vegan (ReWild Yourself Podcast #94) and, instead, why I’m a conscientious omnivore (ReWild Yourself Podcast #100). In my personal quest for the most natural diet for the human animal, I was a vegan for about 10 years, and The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith was an impactful read for me as I transitioned back to an omnivorous diet.

I’m thrilled to have Lierre Keith — former vegan, best-selling author and environmentalist — join us to share about her experience with veganism. Lierre spent 20 years eating a vegan diet, and in that time, she did significant damage to her body. Only when she began to introduce animal foods back into her diet — eating a more balanced, omnivorous diet — was her body able to heal and regenerate. Lierre also explains the destructive history of agriculture and why veganism is not the answer for ecological restoration of our devastated prairies and forests. This is an important conversation for all of us interested in eating the optimal human diet while living with a light ecological footprint on this planet!

**Please note: The audio quality of this interview is not excellent because we recorded over Skype. We apologize in advance for the audio quality, but we think the content makes up for it!

  • Show introduction:
    • Poison ivy, nettle stings and tick bites
    • Harvesting Hopniss, Apios americana
    • Upcoming Florida hunt + gather trip
    • Subscribe to my newsletter
    • Q&A: Thoughts on gardening vs wild food foraging
  • Introducing Lierre Keith
  • How Lierre came to write The Vegetarian Myth
  • The damage veganism can do to the human body
  • The results of Lierre’s 20 years of veganism
  • What led Lierre to ecological restoration
  • Why are vegans so angry?
  • Agriculture and our hierarchical civilization
  • Is organic farming a way forward?
  • Restoring the prairie grasslands
  • The future of Lierre’s work
  • What keeps Lierre motivated in her work
  • Lierre’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • How to find Lierre’s work

May 19 2017

1hr 40mins


Rank #11: How To Feed Your Human, Part 1 - Arthur Haines #76

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Arthur Haines is back on the show! Arthur is both a mentor to me and a good
friend, and he has been fundamental to many of the concepts presented on
this podcast. As I mentioned last week, we’ll be taking a break from the
podcast while we carry out a major revamp behind the scenes. Our very first
podcast guest on ReWild Yourself! was Arthur Haines, and so I cannot think
of a better way to close out this chapter than an interview series with
Arthur. In this episode, we begin a discussion on how to feed your human,
and Arthur presents the fundamental food groups for the ideal diet of the
human animal. In part one, we focus on animal foods! Stay tuned for the
next installments in this series where we will discuss plant, fungal,
bacterial, elemental and experiential foods!

Episode Breakdown:
* Help! I’m lost!
* Sleep podcast recap
* Food group paradigm
* How to achieve healthy genetic expression
* The placebo effect
* The new “food groups"
* Food Group #1: Animal foods
* Importance of consuming DHA
* Fluid intelligence & Vitamin B12
* Eating pastured foods
* Foods from the sea, and how to consume fish safely
* Managing stress for better epigenetic health
* Daniel’s & Arthur’s favorite animal foods
* We’re not eating food; we’re eating life

Dec 09 2015

1hr 21mins


Rank #12: Why I'm Not a Vegan - Daniel Vitalis #94

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Why aren’t I a Vegan? I get asked this question all the time, and in this solo episode I break down the core reasons why I think we need to reexamine the Vegan approach. I consider myself to be a conscious omnivore and promote a Four Kingdoms approach to diet (eating from the animal, plant, fungal and bacterial kingdoms). In my personal quest for the most natural diet, I was a vegan for about 10 years. In this show, I’ll tell you a bit about my experience as a vegan, why I started eating animal foods again and why long-term veganism is an experiment and maybe not an appropriate diet for a healthy, robust human ape. In the end, I give a strategy for those who still want to see the world go vegan, and explain how they could best achieve that!

  • The issue with “isms"
  • My personal search for the most natural diet
  • The two types of veganism
  • Chimps, bonobos & 3.6 million years of archaeology
  • The hand-raising experiment
  • Anthropomorphic cartoon animals and charismatic megafauna
  • Factory farmed animals
  • Nutrient deficiencies in vegan diets
  • Kids and veganism
  • Social isolation
  • Our hunting lineage
  • How a misanthropic world view takes humans out of the ecosystem
  • Conscious omnivory — the Four Kingdoms of Food
  • The vegan experiment

Jun 15 2016

1hr 30mins


Rank #13: Finding Purpose and Rites of Passage - Erwan Le Corre #56

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"We need to empower human nature; to rewild it.” -Erwan Le Corre

Erwan Le Corre, founder of MovNat, joins us for an intimate and inspiring
look into his life and business. In this heartfelt interview, Erwan takes
us through the development of MovNat and also shares a bit about his
personal journey with rites of passage, parenting and plant medicines. 

Episode Breakdown:
* How Erwan built his business
* Rites of passage
* How parenting has shaped Erwan
* Importance of entheogens to our development
* MovNat workshops and courses

Jul 22 2015

1hr 18mins


Rank #14: The Fourth Phase of Water - Dr. Gerald Pollack #45

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You are most likely familiar with the three phases of water — solid,
liquid and vapor — but did you know that there is also a fourth phase of
water? Dr. Gerald Pollack relives the discovery of what he calls Exclusion
Zone (EZ) water, which is basically "living" water that is highly
structured and negatively charged. Spring water aficionados — this
interview is for you! 

Our conversation is heavy on the science, but fret not as we explain EZ
water’s health-promoting effects in your body, as well as its applications
in other areas of science. Aha-moments abound as Dr. Pollack and I
merge scientific research with intuition! Listen closely for an emerging
worldview around health and biology that’s hitherto been unexplored!

Episode Breakdown:
* What is water?
* Water anomalies
* How Dr. Pollack became interested in water
* Discovering the fourth phase of water
* Free infrared energy from the sun
* You’re not neutral — you’re negatively charged
* Health promoting effects of building structured EZ water in your body
* Dr. Pollack tells us about a remarkable water
* Utilizing EZ water to cleanse cells
* Best drinking vessel for your water
* Is drinking EZ water good for you?
* Negative vs. postive charge
* The Institute for Venture Science

May 05 2015

1hr 23mins


Rank #15: Food Fads vs the Homo Sapiens Diet - Arthur Haines #3

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In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Arthur Haines and I continue
our conversation; this time delving into the difference between Food Fads
and the Homo sapiens Diet.

Episode breakdown:
* All diets are fad diets

* What constitutes a fad diet

* The issues with the loss of seasonal foods

* The good side of grains

* Wild rice benefits

* Cultivated foods vs. wild foods

* 4 guidelines for choosing domesticated foods

* Bitter lettuce over iceburg lettuce

* How to eat animal foods

* ReWild your mind

Jul 10 2014

1hr 3mins


Rank #16: Ancestral Amnesia & the Village Mind - Stephen Jenkinson #151

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Stephen Jenkinson is back on ReWild Yourself Podcast to stretch our minds and hearts as he shares with us a bit of his elder wisdom on restoring real human culture. Stephen is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture.

In our last interview (Episode #34) — a humbling conversation for me — Stephen shared insight into dying wise in our death phobic society. In today’s conversation, we focus on living wisely and meaningfully in our modern culture of self-hatred, entitlement, unwillingness to live deeply and lost connection to what makes us human.

He leaves us with an empowering message on living a purposeful life, not just for ourselves, but for our collective culture and future generations. As Stephen so perfectly puts it, "Now is the time for work, not the time for getting paid.”

  • Show Introduction:
    • New SurThrival product coming soon!
    • Hunt + gather updates: Cattail pollen-bearing flowers, Milkweed flowers, Wild strawberries, Shadbush & Self-heal
    • CNN reports on the hunter-gatherer diet
    • Q&A: Milkweed harvesting tips
  • Introducing Stephen Jenkinson
  • The absence of village-mindededness
  • The story of Orphan Wisdom
  • Growth and the issue with "how-to" questions 
  • The measure of a sane society
  • Your generational spiritual project
  • What is real sorrow?
  • Real human culture
  • Stephen’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Jul 05 2017

1hr 20mins


Rank #17: The Bufo Alvarius Toad and 5-MeO-DMT - Dr. Gerardo Sandoval Isaac #25

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It was an honor to talk with Dr. Gerardo Sandoval Isaac — doctor,
gynecologist, medicine-man and ambassador for the Bufo alvarius toad —
about the best ways to harvest and experience the Bufo alvarius toad venom
and 5-MeO-DMT.

Episode Breakdown:
* Dr. Gerry’s first entheogenic experiences
* What happens in a shamanic sacred mushroom ceremony
* Importance of letting go during entheogenic experiences
* The Bufo alvarius toad
* How to harvest and consume the Bufo alvarius toad venom
* 5 most common effects of smoking 5-MeO-DMT
* How and why the body produces DMT
* Entheogenic homework
* Message from the Bufo alvarius toad
* How to prepare yourself before you experience the toad
* How you can help to protect the Bufo alvarius toad

Dec 16 2014



Rank #18: Unschooling Ourselves and Our Children - Ben Hewitt #51

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Unschooling is a growing movement for those looking for an alternative to
the traditional schooling system. Ben Hewitt — modern homesteader,
unschooling father and author — calls it "self-directed, adult-facilitated
life learning” or “immersion learning.” In this episode, Ben shares his
experience with unschooling his two boys on their Vermont homestead. Rather
than sitting at a desk, in a fluorescent-lit classroom, memorizing facts
all day, Ben’s boys’ days are spent doing things like building barns,
apprenticing with a local blacksmith and foraging food for that night’s
dinner. Our conversation is fascinating, and whether or not you are a
parent (or soon-to-be parent), if you went through traditional schooling
for any portion of your life (most of us), you are sure to enjoy this show!

Episode Breakdown:
* How Ben & his family raise and forage 90% of their calories
* Self-directed, adult-facilitated life-learning
* Role of mentors in unschooling
* A day in the life of Ben’s kids
* Immersive learning in rural vs urban environments
* Induced busy-ness and time management
* How to get started with unschooling

Jun 16 2015

1hr 7mins


Rank #19: Cultivating the Feral Mind - Nora Gedgaudas #4

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In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Nora Gedgaudas
, author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind
 and widely recognized expert on the Paleo Diet. 

Episode breakdown:
* The Paleo diet
* Milankovitch cycles explained
* Gobekli Tepi 
* The human zoo vs. the factory farm
* Nora’s thoughts on gluten
* Climate of complacency
* The wild mind vs. the domesticated mind
* Cultivate the feral mindset

Jul 12 2014

1hr 15mins


Rank #20: Grave Matters and Green Burials - Mark Harris #36

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In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Mark Harris — author of Grave
Matters — gives us an introduction to the green burial movement. He
explains the many ways in which green burial is a better alternative to
traditional modern burial practices.

Episode Breakdown:
* History of green burial
* The invasive process of embalming
* Purpose of modern day embalming
* Impact of having less interaction with the dead
* The burial vault
* Green cemeteries 
* Mark’s personal burial plans
* How green burial works
* The green burial movement
* Mark’s mission

Mar 04 2015

1hr 4mins