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Lessons on Health From Being a Farmer and a Traveller. 21 June 2016

I have learnt many lessons from choosing to be the caretaker of a Dr Dolittles collection of animals.
I have learnt many lessons from living and working in remote Pacific Island villages.
I have seen how far we have come from our ancestral wisdom.
And I’m now witnessing the consequences of that.
Time to change direction. Embrace our neo-aboriginal life ways.

1. Infants should have as much skin to skin contact as possible. Ditch the pram.
Animal infants very rarely leave there mothers sides. Studies show that infants in hunter gatherer societies are carried by their mothers 90 % of waking hours and sleep with their parents. Skin to skin contact has dropped to less than 20% of the time in modern Western populations. Skin to skin contact also allows mothers to get exposed to microorganisms on the baby….developing antibodies then passed on in breast milk.

2. Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents.
Modern parents are now encouraged to get their infants to sleep in their own room as soon as possible. Unthinkable in hunter gatherer societies. Unthinkable for animals. Still unusual in may societies around the world. Leaving a hunter-gatherer child or an animal alone at night is an homicidal invitation to a predator.
It’s in our genes to be terrified to be left alone as child.
Even on my farm, the young animals are at risk from foxes, wild dogs, eagles and snakes. At night they get as close to their mother and remain as quiet as possible.

3. Breast feed for at least 2 years.
The WHO recommends breast feeding for at least 2 years. Hunter gatherer populations usually feed for at least 3 years. Full size cows still drink their mothers breast milk. No substitute comes close.

4. Treat parasites.
Every animal. Every organism, has its fight with parasites. I bury my goats under my banana trees if I miss that they are sick. Don’t tell a farmer burying an animal he has raised that parasites don’t need treating if they start to damage the gut wall. Nothing wrong with getting parasites. Like anything, its the fight that makes us stronger. Just don’t fight them forever. That weakens the system. People are now consuming worms to treat gut inflammation. I have no problem with that. They still put maggots on infected wounds in teaching hospitals. But the wound is not caused by a maggot deficiency. Send in the clean up gang. Then fire them.
Oh and when an animal gets sick from parasites, the first thing it does is separate itself from the herd. By doing so it puts itself at risk but it’s instinct is to save the herd by not spreading disease (see picture). We send our children back to school, untreated, reassuring them that parasites don’t cause any problems. We belong to a community. We belong to a tribe.

6. Develop a sense of community. Belong to a tribe of cool like minded people. Hang out with them. For real!!
Now young people leave sports teams and join online gaming communities ….A virtual community which does not give the security, sense of belonging, ability to contribute and share resources, that is the norm for hominid populations and may primate groups.

“Here we are, arguably the most intelligent being that’s ever walked planet earth, with this extraordinary brain, yet we’re destroying the only home we have.”
Jane Goodall

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Dr Emerson was recently interviewed on ‘Know the Cause’, the most popular health television programme in the US.

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