If you want to know how to live a healthy life, just follow Chimpanzees.
Play more, Climb trees more, Eat more bananas, Relax more, Spend more time with family, Groom and touch your loved ones, Fight when you feel like fighting and laugh when you feel like laughing!
When we explore animal populations living in their natural environments, one of the most striking differences between them and the western human being is that chronic and degenerative ‘diseases’ do not flourish in them as they do in us. We see this difference in the frequency of chronic and degenerative ‘disease’ also in the few human populations that are still living in the natural habitats that have supported them for thousands of years. In fact the only time that we see chronic and degenerative ‘diseases’ proliferating within these two ‘wild’ populations to the same levels that we see in the western world today is when they are brought into domestication. In the domestication of animals we see all the same chronic and degenerative illnesses that plague humans, both physiological and psychological. It is in fact one of the most horrific and troubling phenomena to witness a once wild and now domesticated animal suffer the ranges and depth of psychological illness that humans experience under states of extreme stress. But our conclusion must therefore be the acceptance that the western human being has become an extremely domesticated species and we are in turn now suffering the mental, emotional and physical strains that such domesticity inevitably brings.
Remember, all tissues can be regenerated, all hurts can be forgiven, and all live can be made whole.
ROHAN CALLANDER BA(hons), MPsyc, D.S.
General Manager & Health Consultant