Your Tribal Roots: Hunter-Gatherer Genetics & Your Health in a Modern World – 74


There are those of you out there today stuffed into little cubicles under florescent lights, suffering needlessly, hammering yourselves with great effort, trying to keep up with everybody else. And all the while, your genetic expression is very different than the lifestyle you’re imposing on yourself.

I want you to understand that deeply. This is about a form of intelligence that modern man tends to overlook–whoever stood on the earth before we farmed, they have genes that are manifesting today and they’re not very different. The point is, we are asking people, the modern electro/technical/gizmo society to adopt lifestyles that are very much the opposite of what we had many thousands of years ago. Now that’s not big news, not really. But watch where we go, where we take this.

I want you to consider the Vikings from 800-900AD.  They sailed in boats as sophisticated as any ships that have ever been built. It was the Phoenicians and the Vikings whose ships represented advancements in sailing technology that we’re in awe of even today.  And they hit Newfoundland. They hit Canada in 800 AD.

In 800 AD, to go out there in relatively small ships and sail the open seas and look into the dark night, waves 100 feet high, not knowing where you’re going, but knowing you’re going to get there. I ask you, what kind of people were capable of doing that? What kind of people?

Do you think that people like that could be walking around today? Blond haired, blue eyed, fire coming through their eyes, not quite sure where they are, not quite sure what to do. Medicated, depressed, intermixed with moments of mania because to sail the open seas is to in a sense be manic. What we call, so I’m going to take a jump here–what we call “manic depression” might just be, and I’ll give you other examples. We’re not just talking about the Scandinavians. We’re talking about the Celts, the Saxons, the Teutons, the Huns, the American Indians, the Eskimos. We have tribes all over the world, every continent. And as the ecosystems disappear they’re trying to box themselves in to electronic lifestyles.  How do you put a Viking in front of a computer for 60 hours a week? How does that occur?

Years ago, a man walked into my office.  He was about 6’9. Fiery blue eyes–you could have put the helmet on him right then and there–and he sat down on a chair that was unfortunately way too small for his body, he’d come to California all the way from Kansas. And I opened his chart, looked at it and there he was–on nine antidepressants—nine.  It’s a true story. And I said to him, first thing, I said “Buddy, there’s nothing wrong with you. You’re a Viking. What are you doing selling insurance in a landlocked state like Kansas when you’re supposed to be out in the middle of the ocean?” And I kid you not, that man began to weep. He wept.

He wept uncontrollably. He continued weeping. There was a point when I thought he was going to have a seizure. But I did it–I tapped that part of him that still existed that knew truth. I mean why else would a guy fly 2,000 miles to California from Kansas?

You see we have to respect our genetics, our hunter-gatherer roots. Some more than others, some of us retain more of this than others.  How much of this is still operating within you? Because it will explain much of where you’ve been, who you are, and where you need to go…

This is medicine. This should be on your physical exams, it really should. On your physical exam there should be a question–how much of you still resonates with your tribe? How’s that for a different world view? Crazy, huh? Nonsense, not scientific, absolutely stupid, studies just don’t back that suggestion up…

The Teutons, the Vikings, the American Indians, the Welsh, the Highlanders of Scotland…you’re out there. And you may not be integrating into the electro-technical world. Without understanding this, without guidance, without really making that leap into finding out who you are and how you’re supposed to live–you may be that Viking in front of a computer and a TV set in a crowded cubicle with a cell phone plugged to your ear or another electronic gizmo around your head, an electronic car, electric blanket turned on, hot seat of the car turned on, sedentary…

So I’m going to ask you to consider, to the extent that you resonate with this, I’m going to ask you to consider the repercussions, the backlashes to our inherent cell biology, our inherent physiology–and the pathology that results–meaning the chronic, industrial disease state.  How the modern lifestyle has cost us our health. How that projects into your manic-depressive state. Because a manic-depressive state is a Viking without a coastline… a Masaii without grassland…an Eskimo without an igloo…

But I’m going somewhere in this discussion today–I’m going to herbal medicine. I’m going to the roots of these so-called holistic traditions because at the roots of these traditions, they’re most fundamentally pathways to the conversion of the dream into reality. So we’re taking a big leap and you hunter-gatherers, you tribes people in disguise nonetheless, you need to understand this because your dreams suffer more than anybody. You’re not being given the pathway to turn your dreams into reality. You owned it at one time. You had it at one time. Your pathway has been taken away and I’ll define that. But more than anything, holistic medicine in its root, in its essence was supposed to be the pathway.

The guy in the tribe most communing with nature and all the things out of nature was the guy that led the tribe. He wasn’t the general. He didn’t go out and fight the fight. He may not have been the lead hunter or the guy to settle all the disputes, but he was the guy who communed with nature to give guidance to the leader of the tribe. So you have to understand now this rivetingly important concept. You have to understand that tribal medicine existed to give guidance–from the people who had the most connection with nature. We have to understand it that way today because holistic medicine is supposed to get you in touch with you. And I think that predominately it’s doing a less than okay job.

Chiropractors are just cracking and acupuncturists are just sticking needles and nutritionists are just dispensing with herbs–not that these things don’t have their place, but if that’s all they’re doing and we’re umbrella-ing this under the term “holistic medicine,” we’re missing the point. This is not a criticism. Fortunately we have the freedom to pursue holistic medicine. But it’s young in its evolution–the upgrade is to understand this.  Upgrades are interesting–if you study the history of the upgrade–it’s always you, the public. You see the public knows the truth. This is called faith in the common man.

So herbal medicine, holistic medicine asks you to learn the pathway to conversion of the dream into reality. And no matter how late in life–that pathway makes the wrong things right and still allows the possibility for the dreams you still have to come true. And when we taste a little bit of this, we call that mania. And when we get trapped in the conversion of it and stuck, we call that depression. And really, metaphorically, and you’ll get the point now, the Viking without his ship is going to go into mania when he tastes it and terrible depression when he’s landlocked.

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