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Daniel Vitalis on Over-Domestication: Broccoli, Chihuahas & Aliens, Oh My!

Posted Oct 25 2010 12:18pm
As most of you know, I had a bang-up time at David Wolfe's Longevity Now Conference . I attended the conference not as a video journalist, but as a guest wanting to bliss out with my foodie/nutrition brethren. Well, I'd packed my video camera... just in case I got inspired.

That inspiration came when wild food guru Daniel Vitalis stepped on stage to talk about Indigenous Nutrition. My ears pricked up right away. At a mostly raw foods event, the neatly pony-tailed Vitalis started his presentation with a reference to Weston A. Price , the 1930s dentist who set off around the world to study the teeth and health of isolated indigenous peoples. Price's work points strongly to the need for animal foods in the diet. If an animal foods guy could be invited to give a talk to 1,000 raw foodies - none of whom appeared ready to throw rotten tomatoes at him - I wanted to hear it.

And, besides, Vitalis looked so interesting. The thirty-something visionary gathers 70% of his food from the wild, and appeared to wear a wetsuit top under his shirtsleeves. The solid blue tattoos on his arms are a practice to reflect the way he lives - as close to indigenous as a modern man can. "I didn't want anything representational," he told me later.

Surprising the audience with wry humor and a studied 360 degree view of evolution and our modern food system, Vitalis delivered such a game-changing presentation - as good as any TED talk I'd ever seen - that I went ran to my hotel room to fetch my video camera.

I won't summarize his presentation here. You just need to watch the interview. Vitalis visualizes how we are selecting the human race for evolution with unintended consequences. With humor, he explains what broccoli, Chihuahuas, and aliens have in common.  Email subscribers click here to view part 1 of the video.


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This is a three-part video. Parts 2 and 3 should be posted shortly. Alix is video correspondent for Natural News University . Search: Alix. Thank you for voting for my Creamy Avocado Recipe ! I came in 5th place, so no prizes this time. Watch for an upcoming healthy holiday food-craft video... I may be creative, but I'm not crafty.

For more information on Weston A. Price subscribe to mega-blogger Sarah's blog, The Healthy Home Economist .
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