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Fire By Toothbrush!
Hey Friends! This is a guest blog from my good friend Brian Smith. When he sent me over his initial images, I knew I had to share it!
It is common with surthrivalists to steer clear of items that have only one use when putting together their go-bags (aka bug-out-bags) and EDCs (every day carries). Usually a toothbrush makes it in as an exception. This no longer has to be the case.
Recently Daniel Vitalis, a friend and mentor of mine, released an all natural, 100% biodegradable toothbrush, constructed of bamboo, available through his company, Surthrival, provider of some of the highest quality products available in the health industry today.
Being of similar mind to Daniel in many ways, one being our shared enthusiasm for Earth skills, aka primitive survival skills, I knew that bamboo is a commonly used material for a friction fire starting method called the fire saw. This knowledge, coupled with noticing the dimensions of the new toothbrushes when I received my own, I immediately suspected another potential use for them, as hand drill hearths. The hand drill (spinning a “stick” between one’s hands on a stationary “stick”, called the hearth) is the most common friction fire method used by indigenous humans worldwide, and my personal favorite. When I decided to retire my current toothbrush, I proved my theory true, giving these awesome toothbrushes yet another use before tossing them into the compost pile.
Here’s what my process looks like:
Using the hand drill spindle (the stick that’s being spun, which is usually about pinky thickness & arms length), in this example the dry flower stalk of prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola), I press the end of the spindle into the toothbrush in the spot where I’m going to attempt to spin an ember from, just hard enough to make an impression. I then take the tip of my knife and make a “dot to dot” pattern around the impression, like so:
Then, I use my knife to pop out the center of this circle:
I then use my spindle to do a little bit of preliminary drilling in this hole, just enough to “burn in” the hearth, seating the drill:
Next, I carve a notch in the side of the toothbrush, who’s purpose is to collect the dust created from the friction of the spindle being spun on the hearth (toothbrush). The notch looks like this. Notice it is just shy of the center of the circle and squared off:
Now, I’m ready to go for an ember. When the dust in the notch reaches ~800 degrees F from the friction created via speed of rotation & downward pressure on the spindle, given that it is getting enough oxygen (and is dry!), it should spontaneously ignite, becoming an ember:
Here’s a video demonstration:
For those interested in learning more about the floating technique mentioned in this video, here is a recent video of me giving a more detailed explanation and demonstration.
Here is an article Daniel wrote on friction fire a while back.
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I am a Tough Mudder.
I don’t usually consider myself “brand loyal”, I’m just not the type. Most events don’t impress me much, and I think, more often than not, they usually fall short of their excessively hyped promises. This one was different.
2 hours, 17 minutes. Limping. Proud of myself, proud of my team, and thoroughly satisfied by a feat of athleticism that trumped anything I had attempted before, I was crowned with the ugliest thing in my wardrobe, the official Tough Mudder headband (and yes Under Armor, we see that you managed to sneak your logo on there too).
I first heard about Tough Mudder from the barefooted primal strongman Scott Grzybek of Zukay Live Foods while hanging out at the Take Back Your Health event in Washington DC last April. He gave me one of those “you haven’t heard of Tough Mudder?” questions that left me feeling like I had just rolled out from under a rock and had been missing the party entirely. He promptly showed me the website, complete with the Mudder sanctioned official video. I was Sold. Immediately Sold.
But… would I have what it takes?
It was the kind of thing I had always wished existed. In fact, it did exist, and once I knew, I had to have my turn. “Burning Man meets the Ironman” is how they described it, and for me that sounded like twin flames united. We had six months before our Mudder would begin, leaving me with one dominant thought. Training.
I began building an obstacle course immediately. Converting the beautiful woodland trails at my home into what looks like a cross between a leatherneck bootcamp and an Ewok village was phase one. Phase two was signing up for whatever obstacle course events we could find. We managed to fit in 3 obstacle course races before the Mudder, as well as, regular sessions on our private course, sans mud.
We ran several races, trained hard, were fast, strong and agile. By the time Tough Mudder rolled around, I was feeling ready, like some kind of hot-shit badass. The obstacle courses we had run in training were… fun. They were… interesting. Some were even worth doing. None really impressed me. All of them were races, competitions, timed runs, where each participant was placed and graded numerically. I’m not so into race culture, being more inclined to compete with myself then with everyone else around me.
Enter Tough Mudder.
This is where the Mudder is different. “Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge” – just what I was looking for. The idea is that you commit to completion of the course, not beating someone else. It puts team before the individual, something we could all use a bit more of here in the age of media-induced, government sanctioned, and schoolhouse-educated narcissism.
It begins with a pledge…
-I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
-I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
-I do not whine – kids whine.
-I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.
-I overcome all fears.
Our collective recitation was followed by an explosion and the thick haze of orange smoke grenades. In a memory that seems more dream than waking-state event, a massive monster truck accelerated down the straight away that was the first leg of the course, setting the pace.
We started running… and running… and running…
Then came the obstacles… and out of 22 of them, only one was unimpressive, being a sort of lame jog next to a campfire. Otherwise, everything else was refreshingly difficult, challenging, and more than sufficiently intimidating. Everything was large, the scale of some of the obstacles could even be described as colossal. Actually some of this was downright dangerous, something that was hard to forget when you heard sirens and saw the emergency response ATV’s speeding down the course to rescue an injured fellow Mudder. There were plenty of opportunities for accidents, particularly slips and falls. I would suspect that most injuries incurred in these events are to the ankle’s and knees.
What was the hardest obstacle?
Everyone seems to ask – just as I asked those veterans of the course I had met before my day had come – what was the most difficult part of the event? It’s an obvious question, and my version of the answer is related to a personal quirk. I love to train, and if I know that I have a challenge coming – and often even when I don’t – I like to prepare for it. I had looked over the course map for weeks, studied each obstacle, and trained for or recreated most of them. I knew that I had developed the skill to surmount each part of the course with finesse. Well, almost…
Two is One, One is None…
There was not one but two electrocution obstacles on the course. The first, a crawl beneath barbed wire, through 8 deep inches of sloppy mud, be-dangled with a tangle of electrified wires hanging just an inch above the mud. There was no easy way through this. As my friends at HammerFour say, “The only easy way is the hard way”. In case you are wondering, when your up to your lips in liquid clay, you become a pretty efficient conductor to the ground.
I had heard that some of these wires carried 10,000 volts, but thought this must be an exaggeration. Who in their right mind would electrocute their paying customers? Once the first jolt slammed me to the ground I knew that this event was hosted by sadists. Cruel and sophisticated, they had created an obstacle I couldn’t train for.
At first this kind of obstacle seemed more like a college hazing than a feat of athleticism, and maybe it is, but here is what impressed me so much… It is a field-leveler. There is no muscling your way through this one, no training for it, no using genetically bestowed talent. Whether you are an olympic athlete or a back-ally wino, this one humbles you, both through fear and through the overloading of your delicate neuro-circuitry. This, I thought to myself, was clever indeed.
Did I mention that there was a second one, a stand up run through another octopus of electrified tentacles. This put the Tough in Tough Mudder.
The high point of the day for me took place towards the end, eleven miles in, on an obstacle called “Everest”, which was essentially a large half-pipe, slick with mud, whose face you run up until the inclination is truly vertical, jumping at the last possible second before grasping for the top. Once up, you can crawl the ladder down the other side. I made my initial run up, grazing the top lip with my finger tips but gaining no purchase. Missing my mark I slid defeated to the bottom. Just then, my teammate Franky G made his legendary (for us at least) break for it. Leaping to victory, and clawing his way to the top, he hung an arm down encouraging me to try again. I bolted again, leapt and grabbed for his hand like some kind of overacted B-grade action film. Our hands found purchase on one another’s forearms as my feet peddled me up the final few feet to the top.
Next was my partner Alexandra, who made her run, jumped, and grabbed my forearm with her right hand, and Franky’s with her left. Together we hoisted her over the lip of the half-pipe, just before the three of us collapsed at the top. I was overcome with the emotions that come only from team camaraderie, as time felt like it paused for a moment, and we all just laughed like children at the ridiculousness of the predicament, and the love that we felt for each other. I remember thinking about how I really knew what each of my team mates was made of, knowing that I could count on them, knowing that they both, like me, drew from a deep well of strength that was not easily exhausted.
These were not fickle characters…
By the time we finished, I was branded. Like hula dancers at the Honolulu airport, the finish line Mud-Goddesses placed the orange crown of victory atop my head, and the heads of my fellow teammates. I found myself hobbling to the well placed gift shop, buying up Mudder branded sweatshirts, stickers, and assorted paraphernalia.
Ahhh… Brand Swag
Tough Mudder delivered everything it promised, and that my friends is rare these days, be it a product, a brand, a service, or an event. And this of course, is all four of those things. Would I do it again? I’m not signed up for anything yet, but I suspect I will. Something tells me that there are more beautiful places in the world to run a challenge like this than New Jersey (no offense meant Jersey, but you’re no Colorado)! Regardless, I will continue to display my (hideous) blaze orange Tough Mudder headband with pride. I’ve earned it, and as far as I can tell, these aren’t for sale.
P.S. Yes I did this in my Vibram Five Fingers. No, I didn’t get a Tough Mudder tattoo! Would you?
“Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.” -Edith Wharton
For all of you with that lingual longing, for the vocab votaries and pirates of parlance, add this one to your glossary:
Funambulate fu•nam•bu•late (fu-NAM-byoo-leyt):
To walk or dance on a stretched rope.
From French funambule, from Latin funambulus, from funis “rope” + ambulare “walk”
While the word can be translated literally as “rope walk”, I can’t help but notice that it also means, in English, to “Fun Ambulate” or to “Fun Walk”… I digress.
This modern form of Funambulation is known as “slacklining”, and utilizes webbing rather than rope. What began as a pastime for backcountry rock climbers has developed into a robust culture all its own.
Unlike some of the more infrastructure specific obstacles that I will be showing in this video series, slacklines are relatively easy to set up at home, and the skill is picked up with practice as opposed to something that must be taught to you by someone else. I built mine. using some ratcheting truck tie-down straps that I picked up at a hardware store.
Below is the Funambulation as a Meditation video, demonstrating the obstacle itself, but also detailing this skill as a metaphor for living.
If you haven’t seen the film “I Believe I Can Fly”, I think its really worth your time. For me, it was one of the most inspiring films I have seen this year. The combination of crisp cinematography, startlingly high altitude filming locations, and seemingly fearless displays of human ability demonstrated by the cast make this a bit of a white-knuckle ride at times. Here is a 14 minute free clip of some of the greatest funambulists alive today.
Vibram Five Finger performance update: Five little piggies make funambulating a breeze! Notice in the image below that my little wrigglers form-fit flawlessly around the wobbly webbing of the slackline. Yet another surface upon which they bestow a major advantage.
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Some people are at the top of the ladder, some are in the middle, still more are at the bottom, and a whole lot more don’t even know there is a ladder.
-Robert H. Schuller
This – the second installment in a series of six – is all about the rope climb. I want to be clear from the outset, this was not a strength of mine as a young lad. Gym class, for me, was nothing short of traumatic, and I remember struggling with all things athletic. Far from the enthusiasm I feel for it now, the rope climb felt more like a punishment designed to prove, once and for all, my total ineptitude and inadequacy to the rest of my peers. Staring up at this tenuous filament suspended from the dizzying heights of the gymnasium ceiling high above, I couldn’t have felt… well.. heavier. I was a bit “husky”, and fitness wasn’t my proclivity, but looking back I am rather disappointed at the lack of instruction offered in the “physical education” programs of my youth. Having now had the opportunity to share this rope-ascension skill with several people, I have found that most can learn it easily within the first few minutes. Perhaps my gym teacher was never properly taught, or maybe back then the job was more about the wind-pants and whistle anyway! I digress…
Today I find a good deal of satisfaction in being able to easily overcome obstacles like this. But as you will see in the video, technique trumps strength, and this is more of a skill than a show of force.
Here is a close up of the friction-locking foot work that makes this technique so easy. Also, consider this a *Vibram Five Finger Performance Update*! They work famously in this rope climbing skill because the technique requires a dextrous manipulation of the rope, the added kinesthetic awareness that my Vibram’s provide make for a more precise and surgical technique. The disadvantage however being the soft sole, which lessens the friction on the rope. I imagine boots would make for a more stable friction-lock. Chances of me giving that a try… low. Very low indeed.
So, what’s the message here. Why this post. I honestly want to inspire you to get out there and play! Challenge yourself, and develop your skill and potential! Don’t have access to your own obstacle course you say? Visit a local park or playground (after school is out, don’t be weird!), they usually have amazing infrastructure designed for human play.. Ok, designed for small humans, but you can adapt! Consider getting involved with the many obstacle course races and challenges that are cropping up all over the country! You are an animal… Train like one!
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Eschewing Shoes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Vibram Five Fingers, The Official Shoe Of ReWilding? Part 3!
In the first installment of this series, I waxed philosophically about the foot fetishes of our culture and pined for the plight of immobilized toes everywhere.
The second article in this series explored “prehensility” and the all-but-forgotten grasping motion of the human foot.
Both articles focused on Vibram Five Fingers as a viable, available, and rather well designed answer to these pervasive podiatry problems.
In this, the 3rd installment, we will get down to earth, and discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of a life lived in Vibram Five Fingers.
Should anyone at or affiliated with Vibram find themselves reading this, please consider sponsoring me, I am an advocate and an ally. Ok, that was shameless.
You might be asking yourself, “where is the balance here?”. If all of this Vibram Veneration seems a hyperbole, if it seems I sing only the praises of this somewhat alien foot-cover newcomer, be forewarned, my tone is about to change.
I promised that I would critique those things for which Vibram Five Fingers fall short, and I will proceed to do so with a critical eye. My suspicion is that even the sworn Vibram Five Finger loyalists will agree, these shoes are the best, but they are not perfect. Yet.
Many of the kinks I’ll address, I suspect, will be worked out with time as this trend in footwear continues to evolve. This has certainly been true of many of the initial foibles first featured in the early Five Fingers.
I promise, I don’t wear these shoes to be different (though perhaps being different is why I am attracted to these shoes, it sounds the same, but it’s different). This isn’t about being freaky, being a hipster, or being tacti-cool. I wear them because they are the most bio-mechanically/ergonomically functional shoes in existence. For me, the only thing better is nothing at all. Now, herein lies my most significant complaint. What’s up with the colors and design patterns?
My favorite pair at the time of this writing is the Spyridon LS. This shoe has the best balance of minimalist feel and protective covering. It offers grippy, tready traction, while maintaining a prehensile, foot-fist friendly sole. My complaint then? The many garish, ultra-luminous reflective surfaces and ostentatious silver toe racing stripes!
A case in point
Recently someone approached me with the following comment: “Do you have the rest of the skeleton suit to go with those shoes”. Now, as annoying as that quip is, I’ve got to hand it to him, I appreciate good humor when it strikes me.
Scrolling through the pages of their website, one is reminded of the flamboyant color schemes of the 1980′s ski industry. Why the intense day-glow colors and frenetic (even schizophrenic) psychedelic patterns? Now, in fairness, there are a few more muted pairs, but – in men’s at least – these are the more rigid soled versions, and prevent the prehensile, foot-fist experience that I am after.
“Dear Vibram, the Spyridon is amazing, can I get a pair with just the base colors? Maybe before you paint them and add reflective tape?”
I spend several weeks a year camping with friends and am annoyed, if not embarrassed, every time someone turns on a head lamp and my shoes start glowing! I like to wear earth tones, and by design I prefer to blend into my environment… and I usually do, that is except for my shoes, which are lit up like an upper middle class suburban home at Christmas!
I understand that there are those who want their feet to reflect when running through urban streets at night. Car vs. Human contact can be as unpleasant as anything, however, I prefer to garner a bit less attention while walking at night.
Solution: Offer models like the Spyridon in its base colors, with just a bit less flair.
Can’t you smell that smell?
My first Vibram Five Fingers, which were the neoprene KSO’s (incidentally I went through two or three pairs of these in my early beta testing) had one very distinct and difficult to conceal complication. They smelled. Bad. Actually, “smell” is a very cordial way of describing the fetid miasma that these shoes emanated after getting even just the least bit wet.
In fairness, in those days I would wear these shoes without socks, and a size smaller than I wear today. In keeping with this fairness, that was then the recommended use by Vibram at the time.
My experience has been that once this stench developed, it recurred much more quickly each time and the malodor was cumulative. For this reason I would wash my KSO’s in the washing machine about once a week, which helped to reduce this stench, or at least hold it at bay, however – and many of you can attest to this – the smell always won out in the end. I remember one incident in particular. Having my feet up on the seat in front of me at a movie theater. There was a couple sitting a few seats to the right of the one on which I had perched my wreaking wrigglers. I remember when the noxious odor collided with their olfaction, the way they recoiled in shocked disbelief, whispering to one another in disapproving tones. I retracted my feet shamefully for the remainder of the film.
These were the antediluvian days of “barefoot” footwear, and these primitive, thick-browed and sloped fore-headed forebear’s of the modern Five Fingers were more akin to the booties of a wet suit than the sleek, sophisticated, evolved cousin that we all know today. I can remember days when I could smell my own shoes whenever I sat down in a chair. Those were the days when we used to walk up hill to school – both ways – and a soda-pop only cost a nickel. I digress.
Vibram Five Fingers have evolved significantly with each generation, and the current models that I have been wearing are vastly superior to their predecessors of just a few years ago. While I wouldn’t describe them as particularly fragrant, they most certainly have achieved something much closer to neutrality on the nose, and their breathability has become, simply put… outstanding.
It was in the Sonoran desert of Arizona, where my good friend Mathew, harbinger of all things about-to-become-cool, first approached me wearing Vibram Five Fingers (KSO Trek’s, which at that time were the only leather pair available) with Injinji socks beneath them. He extolled the numerous virtues of the sock and Five Finger companionship, though admittedly I was a tough sell.
He said that the socks beat, and even freaked the funk, wicked away moisture, and insulated his feet better into the winter months. It took some time, but for me these points are now but a sermon preached to the converted. Once I donned the five toed sock, I have never looked back. This was the crucial missing link in the five toed footwear system. So crucial in fact, that I have a cubby dedicated to the pile of such socks that I have accumulated. Wait, it gets worse… I have, at any given time, several unopened pairs of the stocks, merchandised in my closet like the stock room of a barefooting shoe shop. SurThrival favors the prepared mind.
At the time of this writing, I have tested two different toe socks, one model from Injinji, which I have tested extensively, and another from Smartwool which I have more limited experience with. Both pairs are merino wool based (which, incidentally is one of my all time favorite functional fabrics), and both come in lovely earth tones. *HINT* HINT* Team Vibram.
The Injinji Outdoor Crew Socks are my staple, the work horse of my collection. They are tried and true. I have probably gone through 20 pairs of them over the last few years, and will concede that I consider them somewhat disposable. I would recommend just such a tact for you too, lest you become disenchanted with their tendency to wear thin and through. This toe sock design, I suspect, is a difficult one to make very robust, that is, without the use kevlar or spider web as a fiber. Eventually they just wear out, and in my experience, much faster than a traditional sock. I have accepted and expect to go through several pairs in the lifespan of a single pair of Five Fingers. I suppose one can just add this to the overall toe-shoe budget.
My Smartwool’s are quickly becoming my favorite, though the pair I prefer, the Toe Sock Micro, seems to be much less widely distributed. Actually, I have only found them in a store once. To date they have not worn out, and are holding up remarkably well, despite the fact that they are far more sheer and of a much lighter weight than my Injinji’s. These are the cashmere sweater of toe-socks. The color of mine is a beautiful coyote tan, and they are very short which translates to less sock sticking out the top of your low-profile Vibram’s. They feel like a luxury sock, truly a grade above. I’m getting goose bumps just writing about them.
For me, wearing socks within my Five Fingers increases comfort, reduces smell (which in turn reduces needing to wash them, which in turn increases their lifespan), increases wicking, thus keeping my feet drier, and increases their insulating properties (due to the properties of merino wool), adding to the amount of late season days I can wear my Vibram’s.
It all comes out in the wash
To wash or not to wash your Vibram Five Fingers… that is the question.
If your Vibram’s start smelling like a wheel of well aged cheese, its probably time to throw them in the wash. That said, I have had to wash my newer Vibram’s (I have never washed a leather pair, so can’t speak on this from experience) infrequently if at all since I began wearing socks with them (and actually this is the main reason that I started wearing socks with them in the first place).
If you do choose to wash yours, be warned, experience has shown that this may reduce their lifespan, even if only slightly.
If you are on a budget and want to get the most out of your purchase, wash them sparingly. As I mentioned above, socks will greatly reduce or even completely avert the wretched stench that plagues the barefoot wearer. This in turn will decrease the need to wash them, and thereby increase their lifespan.
Still, sometimes there just comes a day. Here is what I recommend. Wash them as gently as possible. Set the machine to a gentle cycle, and wash them no warmer than warm. Avoid hot water as it seems to degrade the materials that the shoes are made of as well as the glues that bond the upper to the sole.
I would also recommend that you hang them to dry, or dry them in the sun. Using a machine dryer seems to really damage these shoes and shorten their useful life. I have noticed that it causes the uppers to pull away from the sole, eventually separating them. It also causes the sole to curl a bit, distorting the original shape of the shoe, even if only slightly.
This complaint is more significant still, and one that I think will prevent many people from fully embracing this style of footwear, no matter how comfortable, hipster, or holy. That’s the fact that any amount of perceivable moisture, even a damp surface, no less a rainy day, completely defeats this shoe. Because the minimalist sole, particularly at the inside of the arch, is so low in profile, and the materials of the upper are so breathable/permeable, even the smallest amount of water penetrates almost the moment it makes contact with the wet or damp surface. This means in order to keep my feet dry I simply can’t wear them on a rainy day unless I concede to this mushy and marshy discomfort. Because I wear my Vibram’s with socks, they too quickly become wet, prolonging the drying experience. For those who wear their’s sans socks, this is a sure recipe for stinkfoot.
Perhaps Vibram can develop a waterproof yet breathable membrane version? Something with the functionality of GoreTex. Perhaps the upper could be taped or sealed higher than the lip of the sole? Something, anything. I want to wear these shoes on rainy days, muddy trails, dewey grass in the dampness of the early morning. I want my shoes to be as versatile as I seek to be. Until then, they are finicky, a bit of a lap dog.
Urine Big Trouble Mister
What’s worse then a stroll through dewy grass or across a puddle laden street in your Vibram Five Fingers? How about the men’s bathroom in a crowded public place? Women, please know I am not discriminating here, this is purely anatomical.
For those of you who are not in the know, or who have been so over-shod as to have never noticed, I will proceed to describe conditions at the foot of a public urinal as it moves from clean to health hazard throughout the day:
The floor in front of this piss-pot is swabbed clean by the person elected to just such a task. Man number one approaches, unsheathes his sword, and proceeds to urinate into this porcelain pan, leaving behind a droplet or two on the floor (men are often messy). Man number two -no pun meant here- approaches the urinal, and to avoid stepping in man number one’s urine drips, he steps just slightly wider and further back. He now, of course, leaves his own urine droplets/splash pattern, though somewhat larger than man number one due to his lack of proximity, and these coalesce with the previous droplets. Now a small puddle forms. Each successive man contributes to this in his own way, and the puddle grows ever larger, bleeding outward across the floor like a bottle of ink spilled upon a map, stretching north and south, east and west..
Enter yours truly. Vibram Five Fingers on, and hyper aware of their unique moisture wicking properties. This puddle is, for me, an obstacle course who’s consequences are greater than any risk I have ever taken in the outdoors. This is formidable. I have micturated (hehehe this is the scientific way of saying peed) in some rather unorthodox positions to avoid this veritable slip and slide. This balancing act of course brings attention to my feet, and hence my shoes, and adds to the stream of questions that I must then answer or strange looks that I must avert.
My Question to Team Vibram: How is this dealt with in the bathrooms at the Five Finger corporate offices?
The Vibram Tan
Ok, this isn’t really a design flaw, but just an issue posed by any shoe.. that is the tan line. I like my Vibrams, actually, the obsession boarders on devotional (does this make me a “podiphile”?) I like them so much that I sometimes wear them at times when, in the past, I would have simply gone barefoot. Now, I am descended from some pretty olive skinned Italiano’s, and after spending 5 successive years lifeguarding the Southern Maine beaches, my skin tans quickly, evenly, and efficiently. This is something for which I am grateful, though I am developing something of a Vibram tan line. While its not something I expect the designers at Vibram to remedy, it bears mentioning.
A Rock In My Shoe
My Bormio’s are surely the most sturdy of my five toed footwear. The leather is of high quality and the sole is rugged. While far from water proof, or even water resistant, they do stay drier than my other pairs. Some prehensility is sacrificed for this robustness of sole, but this is to be expected. I am deeply appreciative of their simple brown color, which fulfills the earth tone color pallet that I fetishize. Also, one comment made by a passerby has stayed with me and it was this: “Those are the most tasteful Vibrams I have seen”. Compliment? Kind of. It brings us back to the paragraphs above.
Regardless, I have been very happy with these, and have tested -which is to say abused- them for months at a time in the Sonoran and high deserts of Arizona, and can say that they – or my pair at least- have held up famously. This is saying a lot, as this arid, rocky, thorn ridden biome plays havoc on even the most hardy cobble-craft. (Note: the desert leaves one free of the moisture issues mentioned in the above paragraphs. Would moving to the desert to get more out of my Vibram’s be pathological?)
Still, the Bormio is less than perfect, and from what I understand is being discontinued (I protest this!). My complaints? There are 2 and are as follows:
1. The Zippers. These have held up well and I have had no problems. My concern is this: With each shoe having two zippers, one per side, this is a total of four individual zippers per pair, making the chances of a catastrophic zipper failure quite higher than I am comfortable with. It makes taking these into the back country or as your sole travel shoe somewhat restrictive. I understand the reason for zippers, but there must be another way. Even one zipper per shoe would increase my confidence.
2. The height. They are so close! They are an almost-boot, falling several inches short of the mark. Actually they are at exactly the right height to receive aberrant kicked up pebbles like a hoop receives a swished free-throw. Socks mitigate this to some degree, but to have these almost-boots just a bit taller would make them -to my mind- a far superior piece of foot gear.
A Final Note on Prehensility
It seems fair to say that the Vibram Five Fingers exist on a spectrum from soft, “almost nothing there” soles, to more rigid soles who’s intent is to be a light “trekking” shoe. I would like to point out to the user that the more rugged the Vibram Five Finger model you choose, the more “Prehensility” you will have to sacrifice. This is not a flaw in design, rather just a consequence of the currently available building materials.
The most comfortable and prehensile Five Finger’s I personally own and have tested are my Bikila LS’s. They are like an extension of my body and feel almost as light as a sock. I have effectively shredded them, though I do feel I got my money’s worth! Incidentally, they are a bit “harder on the eyes” than many of the other pairs I own.
The stiffest sole and least prehensile of all the pairs that I have tested are my Trek LS’s. These are not just stiff, but seem to run a bit narrow as well. They do however come in a light brown and black, and are probably one of the most tasteful shoes that Vibram offers. I wear my black ones on “dressier” occasions.
As I mentioned above, the Goldilocks -”this pair is just right” – for me so far is my Spyridons. They are a great balance of soft sole, knobby tread, rugged but soft exterior, and breathable comfort. I am gearing up to order a second pair any day now.
3 Seasons instead of 2.5!
Oh what would I do for a for a pair of winter Vibram boots? What’s more, I know they exist, as leaked images have been on the web for some time now. Living in North America means that most of us have cold to colder winters that we must contend with or integrate into. Whichever you choose, most likely you will have to hang up your Five Finger’s until the spring (likely the second, drier part of spring).
Most of us understand that a mitten is warmer than a glove due to the heat sharing that takes place with the en-mittened digits (as opposed to the cold isolation experienced by gloved fingers). The same is true of the toes, and for avid outdoors-people, isolating your little piggies from one another is probably not a great idea. Still, perhaps it’s time for a Five Fingered boot that allows us to “barefoot” later into the year. Looking at these prototypes has me drooling!
These are, beyond all others, my favorite shoes. Period. In my opinion -as I mentioned in the previous article- they are “the best invention since the wheel”. The quest for perfect foot protection stretches back to the early days of stone knives and friction fire. In fact, it is a quest that predates even the dream of the wheel (that is the melodramatic climax of the article).
I have sometimes mused on whether the ancient moccasin makers may have considered this individually digited idea, or if perhaps the early hunters wished for such a nimble footed option. This I can never know, but what I have directly experienced is this, these are the first shoes that I have worn that allow me to express the prehensility that is my human birthright (ok, sorry, that was the melodramatic climax). Are they perfect? Far from it. Have they been consistently improving since they were first released? Absolutely, and their evolution has just begun! As a proponent of the “ReWilding” philosophy, it is in not often you will hear me say this, but… I am excited to see where this technology is headed!
What have you experienced wearing these shoes? What do you think about prehensility? Which Vibram’s or other barefooting shoes have you like the most?
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Thank You – Sincerely – for reading this!
I am really excited to announce the release of the new book “Pine Pollen, Ancient Medicine for A New Millennium”, by Stephen Harrod Buhner. I had the privilege of both publishing this book as well as writing the foreword, and am very excited to see it added to the existing herbal literature.
This project began a few years back when I read Stephen’s outstanding book “The Natural Testosterone Plan”. Actually, I was reading a few of his books and found myself particularly spellbound by the section on Pine Pollen and its incredible androgenic effects. My company, SurThrival, became the first to bring a fully developed Pine Pollen product line to the natural foods market place in North America. I had met Stephen at a workshop he gave in British Columbia (here is an interview I did with him) and having become friends, asked if he would be willing to collaborate with myself and the SurThrival team on a Pine Pollen herbal-monograph. Stephen, having studied Pine Pollen extensively, had much to share on the subject. The results are his latest book which you can find here.
Stephen was sure to include extensive sections on the historical use of Pine Pollen in various traditional medicine systems, its chemistry, as well as its androgen profile, dosages for use, and yes… Even how you can harvest your own! The entire book is extensively footnoted so that you can access the scientific literature from which so much of this information has been compiled.
The following is a short excerpt from the opening pages of the book:
“Although the Western world has been undergoing its greatest herbal renaissance in over a century the medicinal actions of trees are often overlooked, perhaps none more so than pine. Given the drive for new plant medicines and the continual search for a new herb-of-the-day that will simulate excitement in the general populace (e.g. rhodiola, maca), it is astonishing that pine has been unrecognized for so long. This is particularly perplexing since the pollen of pine trees has been used for millennia in China and Korea as both food and a particularly powerful tonic and adaptogen, especially for the elderly.
Thousands of Chinese herbs have entered the Western pharmacopoeia; the earliest and best known is perhaps ginseng. Pine pollen, given its potency, its similarity to ginseng in some of its actions, and its status as, perhaps, the premier phytoandrogen on the planet, should have been recognized long before now as the powerful medicinal it is. This monograph is intended to remedy that oversight and help establish it as one of the most important medicinals in the herbalist’s repertory.” - Stephen Harrod Buhner
I suspect you will all enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed being a part of it. Stephen, in addition to being a prolific writer on herbal craft and lore, is a poet and word-smith par excellence.
To your health and prosperity,
Greetings Friends & Welcome to 2012!
This past autumn was a really exciting time for my team and I, with so many of our projects coming to fruition and our message of ReWilding, Spring Water, and Indigenous Nutrition spreading around our community and beyond, faster than we ever imagined.
I want to extend a big thanks to the Longevity Now Conference for all they have done to make this happen. Check out this 12 minute video clip (click on the image below) of the talk I delivered in Costa Mesa last October titled, “Developing Sovereign Health: The Path of Rewilding Ourselves”. If you would like to see the rest of the talk, as well as those presented by the rest of the Longevity Now speakers, it is available here.
I also want to share this quick video clip of my good friend Shailene Woodley’s appearance on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Show (check out that clip right here)! She was so kind as to mention my name and the work I have been doing the last several years! Shailene has become a tremendous ally, helping to share the message of ReWilding, Spring Water, and Indigenous Nutrition with the world. Recently, she also appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show carrying a mason jar of spring water which she promptly shared with Ellen!
Here is a recent interview with her in Black Book Magazine titled “Eating Clay and Super Humans”! She talks about foraging, spring water and her daily clay consumption!
If you don’t know Shailene’s work, check out her latest film, The Descendants, where she co-stars alongside George Clooney. Shailene, from all of us, Thank You for all that you are doing!
Lastly I want to share the link to the newly rebuilt SurThrival website! It’s a great place to stock up on great winter immune system supplements, such as Medicinal Mushroom Extracts and Colostrum. I am so proud of SurThrival as a project, as a company, and as a team! Thanks to all of you who have supported us! We are constantly working to serve you better!
Thats all for now!
Keep on ReWilding Yourself!
Greetings and thanks for visiting!
Your time here is very appreciated. The video that accompanies this blog post is a two part strategy breaking down how you can inexpensively and easily begin protecting yourself from the long-lived radio isotopes, which have now become a regular part of our habitat. This began 65 years ago, and has become particularly disconcerting in the last few months since the damage to the Japanese facility at Fukushima.
I am also including here the two links that I mention in the video. The first is an amazing visualization that shows all of the nuclear detonations that have happened on Earth since 1946. Hint… its over 2000!
The second is a documentary called Trinity, and it shows with nothing less than truly epic footage, the history of these tests. This, if you have time, is a must see! Very disturbing, but strangely entrancing… I guess that is the nature of this technology.
The reason I share these videos and information is to demonstrate that the issues with radiation did not begin Fukushima, or even with Chernobyl, but with the “silent” nuclear war that has already happened on Earth.
So what do we do? This video is about the strategies that I have been employing since the Japan disaster earlier this year. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had started the day I came into this world. Regardless, taking actions like these has put me at considerable ease about the radio-isotopes in our environment. This allows me to operate without fear, but remain in a dominant emotion of confidence.
Also, on another note, my opening evening talk at the Longevity Now Conference last April is now available for purchase in DVD format, in an 18-DVD set which includes the lectures from each of the other health educators who spoke at the Conference! The DVD set is a compilation of hours, upon hours, of live footage from the weekend long event and includes tons of the latest health information and inspiration. Click here to see a 15 minute clip of the my main lecture from the event, titled “Habitat, Living the Life of Our Biological Design” which I feel came out wonderfully! To learn more about this excellent DVD offer or to purchase your copy today, follow this link.
Thats all for now, though I eagerly await your comments, so please let me know what you would like to see future videos on!
Thank You for taking the time. Keep SurThriving!
Adaptation: the process by which an organism becomes better suited to its environment.
And now its more important than ever!
I believe we are standing on the edge of a truly profound event horizon, one that holds within its grasp the seed of the greatest human evolutionary renaissance since our species first emerged into the world some 200,000 years ago.
More than ever before, every choice we make, each and every action we take is leading us onward to thrive or downward to our own demise.
Our environment is changing faster than our minds can keep pace with, and this change is pressuring our biology to adapt at what are now nearly break neck speeds.
Oil in the seas, nuclear fallout spreading across the globe, shortages of food, genetic and degenerative disease, antibiotic resistant infectious agents, mass extinctions, epidemic infertility, genetic modification, electro-smog, etc, ad infinitum.
Can any of us adapt fast enough? I believe some can, and whats more, that some will.
The question remains, what will separate those who go on to inherit the Earth from those who’s genes will fade into the recess of geologic history.
Those who remain will have to be more than survivors, they will be SurThrivalists.
The SurThriver understands the health challenges inherent in our modern world, and yet chooses to Thrive despite them. He or She has the ability to witness events like those that recently struck Japan, and while maintaining a sense of empathy and compassion, takes the necessary steps to protect themselves, their health, and that of those they love.
The SurThrivalist differs from the Survivalist in that they operate from a place of love and recognition of the inherent bounty of the natural world. The SurThriver believes in and aligns themselves with Life. The survivalist too often operates from a place of fear and uncertainty. Survival is bare minimum, SurThrival is abundant, and even opulent.
Make no mistake, we stand before the greatest evolutionary event our species has ever known. Now is the time – our time – to seize this opportunity and sail it into the future!
In full honesty, I don’t believe that most of – or even many of – the human beings alive today will carry forth their genetic material into the future. In fact, it seems to me that the only humans who will be able to inhabit this planet soon will be those who have developed and implemented strategies to thrive in this brave new polluted planetary ecology. In other words, those who can keep their bodies clean and detoxified, nourished and healthy, no matter what the level of contamination.
What does all this mean? It seems to be some kind of natural (or perhaps unnatural) selection.
Natural Selection is a simple enough concept. Those individuals who are more adapted to a particular environment will be healthier and will produce more offspring than those less suited to an environment. In the environment we now live in, with its extremes of climate, toxic foods, petro-chemicals, pharmaceuticals, polluted air and water, etc, only those who have developed strong, wise, and strategic methods for thriving will be able to carry forth their genetic material and live through this phase of history to populate the new and coming world.
I believe in us, I believe in our ability as a species to make it through even the most challenging times. We are up against something so much more powerful than any natural disaster, we are up against our selves. We have created a world so very far outside of the balances of natural law and it is now time that each one of us reestablishes a new equilibrium within ourselves. It might not be easy, though that doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting – and yes… maybe even fun.
I will be teaching a three day workshop at the Kripalu institute in western Massachusetts May 20-22nd of 2011, called Invincible Health, the intention of which is to develop in each participant a strong desire to Thrive combined with the knowledge necessary to take their health into their own hands with poise and grace. You can find the details of that event here.
We will be covering a very comprehensive lifestyle approach that can – and I believe will – give one the confidence to step into the world each day with a sense of abundant growth, rather and fear and uncertainty.
Food, Water, Air, and Sunlight, are the critical elements for nourishing our bodies, and we will be covering these topics in depth. Chemical and Radiation exposure, EMF’s, xeno-estrogens, fluoride, pharmaceuticals, and a host of other health pitfalls will also be addressed to ensure that each participant can protect and detoxify themselves from these safely and adequately. We will literally cover healthful living from conception to the grave and beyond. I promise a profound and moving experience in this workshop.
This workshop is the three days long, just enough time to share an entire, coherent, and well organized method for insuring your SurThrival into the 21st century, and I am feeling very honored for the opportunity to do so. Please consider joining me there next month. We have priced this event very resonably, and I look forward to sharing a message of empowerment, resolve, wisdom, and health with all who attend.
Keep SurThriving, the world is your inheritance.
Ok, so of course Maine hasn’t got any coconuts, but we do have something that tastes just as good – maybe better – and is just as nutritious.
Its the sap of the Maple tree.
There are not many wild foods that taste particularly sweet here in New England, but Maple Syrup is certainly the exception. Whats more, the flowing sap of the maple tree is the first wild food to emerge after a long and cold snow covered New England winter.
This video is a quick peek into my spring cleansing strategy which is most welcomed after a lengthy season of living indoors. The fresh Maple sap is so refreshing, so hydrating, and tastes so good that it is almost shocking that more people aren’t taking advantage of this delicious, abundant, and free late winter/early spring drink! In the second half of the video I’ve included a recipe that I have been making with fresh maple water, chaga, and a bit of cream. I wish there was some way to convey flavor through the internet! Is there an app for that yet?
To compliment and expand on my video, I have also included a video with botanist Arthur Haines detailing how he taps his maples, and prepares his maple syrup. With childlike enthusiasm, we have been texting back and forth each day to see how much sap the others trees have produced!
The experience of procuring food directly from wild nature is truly, for me at least, one of the great joys of living! As each season goes by and my skills in this area increase, not only have I developed a strong sense of food security, my direct relationship to the Earth as an abundant and loving provider continues to increases. To say that I am grateful would hardly do justice to this exuberant emotion.
For those of you who are interested in developing more wild food identification, harvesting, and processing skills, please consider joining Arthur and I for our Ancestral Plants workshop here in Maine, May 6th – 8th, 2011. Be sure to contact us soon, as the class size is very limited. We have chosen the intimate class size to ensure that each of you gets the close personal attention you need, and to ensure that we don’t trample our wild foraging grounds. The class has been filling up rather quickly these last few weeks, and we are getting very excited for the spring foraging to begin!
I have a few more days of maple sap harvesting before heading of to Los Angeles for the Longevity Now Conference, April 1st -3rd. I have just finished preparing my presentation, called “Habitat, Your Guide to Intentional Lifestyle Design” which will focus on specific strategies for more than just vigorous health, but epi-genetic wealth. In other words, we can use our environment and lifestyle to activate our genetic potential for a more robust experience of life on Earth! The newly emerging scientific field of “epigenetics” is rapidly confirming the obvious fact, our habitat and lifestyle choices, from what we eat and breath to what we wear and think not only impacts our health but actually influences our gene expression! Many of you are already planning on being there, and those who would like to join can get your tickets here. If you can’t make it to the event, but would like to watch the video stream, here is the link where you can sign up to watch at home.
I am so enthusiastic about this upcoming foraging and touring season. I have events planned around the US, Canada, and even in Peru. Keep checking my current events for more details, and I hope to meet you somewhere out there soon!
Whats the World’s Best Kept Health Secret???
Being able to laugh at yourself! Let me explain…
This week has been full of just that kind of laughter! For the last couple of weeks myself and several good friends and great acquaintances have been working together diligently to get the word out about the 16 DVD set that was filmed last September at the Longevity Now Conference in Costa Mesa, CA. There has been a friendly rivalry going on, and a few of us decided to take it as far as we had to in order to bring the most attention to these DVD’s. It sort of turned into an informal contest, and I was determined to win…
It all started last week with my team and I brainstorming about how we could get peoples attention. I needed to do something out of the ordinary, something bold and hilarious. This is what I came up with, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I would love to hear your opinion.
My girlfriend Ali, my operations manager and brother Kaleb, and my Best Friend and Business Partner LeighLon and I then spent several hours posting this video to everyone we could think of in our social networks. It was a huge hit, and got a few thousand views in its first 24 hours! People were loving it, but the competition was swarming and before we knew what to do, several other videos popped up. It was our friends and colleagues trying to out-do us (special thanks to Jason Wrobel and Ron Obadia) with videos of their own!
We went back to the drawing board.
I needed something fresh, something bold, something that would send ripples coursing throughout the health-minded community… I had an idea, but would this be going to far? Was what I was about to do; was I crossing the boundary? Did I even dare?
No… I couldn’t, I didn’t. I was going to back down. I was defeated.
Then, suddenly I was flooded by a deluge of emails. It was my friends from the Longevity Now Conference. They wanted to know if I, Daniel Vitalis, was the kind of person to retreat into shadow, to fall sullenly into obscurity, or would I rise like the proverbial Phoenix from the ashes of video doldrums to deliver the masterpiece that the world had been waiting for?
Text messages from my close friends David Wolfe and Chef Frank Giglio started rolling in. They told me that I had until midnight to get something onto youtube, if I was to regain my honor. It was 9 p.m., and time was running out. I had just a mere three hours to make some magic.
The few hours that followed are little more than a blur, and if it wasn’t for the record kept in the footage I am about to share with you, I would’t have believed that it even happened. None the less, it will now be immortalized forever.
What follows is a spoof of myself, David Wolfe, and Matt Monarch all hanging out in my kitchen making the “Longevity Now Conference 16 DVD Set Superfood Tonic Elixir Smoothie”…
I play all of the parts, and keep in mind that this was made on an extreme time budget. Each character had to be filmed separately and I had to shave between each filming session. I can hardly believe this is real….
So, what’s the message here? Is there a message?
Please allow me to summerize. For years now the three of have worked seperately and together in the same general arena and field. Each of the three of us represent extrememly driven and productive individuals. Each of us has spent countless hours employing personal development strategies to fulfill the blueprints for who we truly are and what we want to share with the world. Though each of us is very different, there is a common theme that we all agree on, and that is wanting to see a healthier, more peaceful, and more beautiful world for everyone.
As public speakers and figures, there is a tremendous amount of pressure placed on us from all directions, as this is the nature of the work that we do. It can be so easy to find and focus on the differences in what each of us is teaching and if we are not careful, to allow ourselves to be divided by it. It is easy to lose sight of the obvious; that we are all friends and working together toward a common goal. The differences between us are beautiful and healthy, and ultimately what make this whole ride so much fun.
I think of it like this, imagine that David Wolfe, Matt Monarch, and I all walked into a restraunt together (ok, what restraunt would that be? I guess this is hypothetical). Each of us orders something different from the menu, something that is suited our own unique taste, preference, whim, and health goals. The fact that we ordered different dishes does not mean we are in nutritional opposition to one another. It does not mean we are contending with one another, and certainly doesn’t affect our friendship or support of eachother. None of us would be wrong for what we ordered, it is just a menu after all. We can each enjoy our meal together over laughter and appreciation for each others company.
A second message I have embedded into this video is the following: Don’t take life or yourself too seriously. Ever.
All three of us are so focused on creating the life that we desire, each of us so good at what we do, that we have all become characters as archetypical as those found in the pages of a comic book. This deserves to be laughed at sometimes… Its funny.
David the globetrotting shamanic mad scientist, Matt the California beach boy turned South American land owner, Me the elven borreal forest primitive locavore. This is the stuff comedy is born of! Each of us is simply bringing forward the health strategy that has fueled our unique missions and passions, and each of us does this in our own unique style. Our work is the distillation of years of study and practice, and we could be celebrating the diversity that this has created.
There are times when we all come together for work and play, and when we do, all of these apparent differences are set aside. We are friends first and foremost, and we know the value of love and laughter.
You the reader may have encountered some of the harassing internet trolling that each of us has had to endure. There are those online who do take this far too seriously and are constantly leveling accusations, and cruel and harsh words against us. They take our work and contort it in an attempt to make a mockery of us. What is funny to me, is the way that these people seem to do this as a near full time job! They are so obsessed, and take it all so seriously that they have committed their lives to displaying hatred and spewing vitriol, claiming that their way, their method, their diet, is the only viable truth. This video is a message to those people. It says “You can never make fun of us better than we can of ourselves!”, and that living without humor in your life is more than ugly, it is unhealthy and violates one of realities prime directives. Honestly, I feel sorry for people like that, people who are too closed down in their hearts to display the lightness of being that initiates human bonding. It seems like a cold way to live, and very, very lonely.
Though people may at time level criticisms against us, I ask that you imagine this. Imagine the fearlessness it takes to put yourself out there to the world. Imagine what it takes to make videos, write books, travel the world getting in front of hundreds and thousands of people to share a message of hope and healing in a world so full of suffering and destruction. It takes a lot, and it is not always easy.
To those who have supported us all these years, THANK YOU.
Oh, and one other thing, a message to the haters… I am making a joke about the sales of this DVD for this reason alone. I don’t understand why there are people who are critical of me or anyone in my field for being a business person. How would I be able to do what I do if I otherwise had a full time career doing something else? Also, I feel the need to point out the obvious here: People buy products from myself or my colleagues because we carry extremely good products, products that help people. People choose to purchase these products because they add value to their lives and health, and because they feel good about putting their money back into the economic networks that support what they believe in.
We exist as businesses because we carry things that people want. That should be obvious, though there are those that detract from this. Perhaps it is because they make their money in ways they are not so proud of.
The businesses that each of us run are beautiful, thriving, life promoting operations and each of them is working to support the vision that each of us share for the world. My company, SurThrival, is my contribution to peoples health and healing and is my way of operating economically in a world that demands this of me. I am proud of the work that I do there, and of the people that this business supports. David Wolfe and his Longevity Warehouse exists to support peoples health and developement, and is critical to keeping the message alive and available. I am proud to work with him. Matt Monarch has ceaslessly brought more and more products to us at his Raw Food World, and runs one of the tightest ships I have ever seen. I am proud to work with him.
In closing, I want to say this. The Longevity Now Conference DVD’s are amazing. I feel very good about sharing these with you because I know how much quality information they contain, and how diverse that information is. Each speaker is very different from the others, and holds a piece of information that could be the piece that you are looking for. These DVD’s are not for the dogmatic; they are for the open minded and adaptable! One of those DVD’s is dedicated to the talks that I gave at the conference, and is the information that is most on my heart and mind now. I truly hope that you get the chance to watch these, as this is why I do what I do. I believe in their value.
Also, I will be at the Longevity Now Conference in April (1st-3rd), and will be making tickets for the upcoming conference available soon… So… Stay tuned, I might just be forced to top this last video!
September 24th-26th, 2010
I am honored and excited to share that I will be speaking at the upcoming Longevity Now Conference! This health seminar unlike any other. That is because this seminar has the worlds leading health authorities, all gathered in one place for a whole weekend, to share their unique knowledge around health and longevity. The Longevity Now Conference is held at the Orange County Hilton in Costa Mesa, CA. The Longevity Now Conference is by far, the most original, comprehensive, and exhilarating healing and longevity seminar I have ever seen.
Aside from myself speaking, we will be graced with the presence of many other amazing health experts such as David Wolfe, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Frank Giglio, Donna Gates, Truth Caulkins, Nadine Artemis, and several others! Each presenter brings to us their unique skillset and education around optimal health and longevity. We are blessed to receive such a wide range of knowledge and experience to learn from! I can’t wait to see what everyone brings to the stage!
My lecture will revolve around Eugenics and what “natural foods” really are, in this day and age. I recently did an interview with Len Foley of the Longevity Now team, in preparation for the event which you can listen to here, and get a taste of what I will be speaking about at the conference!
Another aspect that makes this seminar unlike any other, is that each individual participant will be “grounded” (using the latest cutting-edge technology provided to us by Earthing) throughout the event in its entirety! This is exciting to me, because I am a huge advocate for maximizing the amount of time we spend outdoors, with our barefeet connected to the ground. However, in this day and age, most of us are unable to spend all of our time outdoors ~ That is where the grounding technology comes in. We can use these advances to ground us while we are spending time indoors, working away by keeping our feet on a ground pad, or wearing one of their grounding bands. In addition, each participant will receive a complimentary $40 Earthing Kit so that they will experience the healing effects of being grounded even while in their hotel room.
There will be over $10,000 in prizes given out throughout the event as well! Truth Caulkins, one of the speakers, brings us a world-class Longevity Tonic Bar which will be open all weekend long! The tonic bar team will be providing us with the most powerful, delicious healing drinks only available through this wonderful crew. The drinks served are scrumptious healing blends of herbs and superfoods, to help heal and optimize any individuals condition. They are a group of “ElixirCraft Masters“, for sure!
We are also excited to have a booth in the exhibition area for my company, SurThrival, all weekend long at the event! The whole SurThrival team with be present for the weekend, posted up at the booth, ready to share and connect with all of the participants! We will have our full product line up for sale at our booth, along with some surprises we are waiting to reveal for the first time at the conference! We are can’t wait to share our latest excitement with all of you there!
One last piece I would like announce, is that I will be one of the featured speakers in the extended workshop taking place the Monday after the conference concludes! This workshop is being called “The Masters Workshop”, and it will be a comprehensive lecture between myself, David Wolfe, and Truth Caulkins where we will go in depth about ElixirCrafting, the art of tonic alchemy, the secrets to abundant health, complete cell rejuvenation, and longevity. There will also be a 90-minute panel, where the audience members can ask us all of their burning question!
I highly encourage you to join us in September at this event. Not only will you discover the latest advances in longevity technology that aren’t available anywhere else, but this event will be nothing short of one of the most uplifting, educational, and inspirational weekends of your life.
Three full days of major downloads of advanced information is priced at a mere $297! This is a huge deal considering the amount of knowledge, connections, goodies, and community you will leave with after the weekend!
I recently did a series of interviews with my friend Jonathan Landsman for Natural News University. We shot 16 videos in all, and you can see them all for free here at NaturalNewsUniversity.com. When you go to the site you can just enter my name in the search bar to find the rest of the videos we produced.
Much of the material that I a presenting here is information that I have been teaching in events around North America this year, but haven’t really shared publicly on the internet. I hope you will enjoy and I look forward to hearing what you think about them in the comments below!