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The Hadza of Tanzania - What We Learned From Our Time with Them (w/ Mary Ruddick, CNC)

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

The Hadza of Tanzania (w/ Mary Ruddick)- Peak Human Podcast


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Hello friends, we’re back for another African adventure.

I implore you to watch the youtube version of this interview on the Food Lies youtube channel. I spent a very long time adding in all the photos and videos that we reference throughout this episode. It would be a shame to not see all of the visuals. You can even watch it on 2x speed if you click on the settings icon on the video. I even put in a recording of the song the Hadza sing to us (the full recording closes out the episode). Some of it is a bit graphic, I’ll warn you!

We got to spend time with 2 different Hadza groups which was very key in understanding more about their health and habits. Seeing 8 tribes or communities in total across Tanzania and Uganda was also paramount to our observations. Getting as many data points as we could really helped give us a well-rounded look at these cultures. Even this was just scratching the surface, however. We just got this one window into their lives and it would be ideal to come back at different times of the year and see even more groups.

I don’t want to spoil any of the stories, but I’ll say we had some epic adventures going on long hunts with them and eating very nose to tail.

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  • [5:20] Some initial takeaways from spending time with the Hadza.

  • [12:50] Overview of their health.

  • [17:20] Possible reasons why they die earlier than expected.

  • [20:20] Comparing the second tribe of the Hadza.

  • [26:20] So healthy they don't even need to use plant medicine.

  • [28:20] Didn't drink a lot of water or salt.

  • [34:20] The hunt ceremony.

  • [42:20] The intensity of the weather.

  • [44:20] Harvesting honey.

  • [46:20] Butchering baboons.

  • [437:50] Hunger and childhood deaths.

  • [49:05] Sedentary lifestyles?

  • [49:50] Why they choose to stay hunter gatherers.

  • [51:50] How often do they eat organ meats and how do they handle the terrain?

  • [52:50] Caloric intake and how often do they eat?

  • [54:50] Smoking marijuana and plant medicine.

  • [55:50] Differences between women and men.

  • [57:30] Their blood sugar levels.

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