I am a practicing Nurse, and an Anthropologist, with 8 years of experience in the Alaskan wilderness. My first love is ‘Applied Archaeology’, the study of how prehistoric humans interacted with their environment. I have done personal and professional study in most of the biozones of the US, Canada and Mexico.I have always been fascinated by nutrition, and it’s changing effects on native populations.
The ‘revolution of fire’ is not all it’s cracked up to be. We are less healthy now than we were 6000 years ago, when cooking first combined with agriculture to make the inedible (wheat,potatoes,beans, etc.) edible on a regular basis… Suddenly the prehistoric record of bones became plagued with arthritis, rickets, and a host of other auto-immune and malnutritional maladies. Archaeologists can tell what technological ‘age’ a people were living in just by looking at the condition of their skeletal remains.
You need only look to the African bonobo to see how we once might have lived -
I rather like the perks of modern raw living. I brew my own raw honey meade (the last batch was with wild cranberry juice. Just in time for the holidays!),I make trips to the shore for seaweed and fresh beach-greens in the summer, to the mountains for berries in the fall, and I must confess to an occasional liking for the local salmon sushi. We were given some muktuk by a yupik friend (raw whale blubber and skin), but havn’t had the courage to try it yet, so I guess my adventuresome nature still has limits. It is a very traditional food up here. They eat it lots of ways, usually dipped raw in seal oil and soy sauce. (They say nothing else keeps them warm like traditional food…)