157 episodes

Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human zoology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that ancient apes need to thrive in a modern world, awakening our instincts, and freeing our bodies –– and minds –– from the degenerative effects of human domestication.

ReWild Yourself Daniel Vitalis

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8, 767 Ratings

Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human zoology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that ancient apes need to thrive in a modern world, awakening our instincts, and freeing our bodies –– and minds –– from the degenerative effects of human domestication.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
767 Ratings

767 Ratings

RWSArchitect ,

Fantastic

I just finished listening to every single episode of this podcast. To say that this podcast "changed my life" is cliché, so let me be more specific. This podcast changed the way I brush my teeth, the way I shower, how I sleep, how I adjust the seat in my car, how I exercise, and how I do yard work. I would say that it changed the way I eat, but I was already on the wild food path. What I will say is that it has enhanced my knowldge of why wild foods are so important. This podcast, in my opinion, contains vital information on what it means to be a human animal, and how to be the best human that you can be.

Tippy W ,

Armchair anthropology with no scientific basis

I’ve only listened to the first episode of this podcast, and it’s mostly paleo pseudoscience with some sexism, racism, and dangerous information thrown in.

In this episode, two men criticize women who give birth in hospitals because it’s not “natural”. I’m a former wildlife biologist and minored in biological anthropology, and from experience I know maternal and fetal death during the birthing process- even (especially) in the wild- occurs regularly. It’s a common, but inaccurate, assumption that natural selection results in a perfect organism that is successful in all biological processes. Pressuring women to give birth without medical supervision by claiming it is better for the child reeks of misogyny and can have devastating consequences. It is especially concerning when this comes from men, who have no business asserting authority over women’s bodies.

Later, they discuss how Africans are physically superior due to being “undomesticated”. One even comments how he wishes he had a broad nose like an African because he’d be able to breath better. I’m not of African descent, but the discussion made me very uncomfortable. This is the same old “white people are domesticated, brown people are primitive” racist trope, except now it’s OK to say because they claim white people should strive to be more like indigenous peoples.

Women again enter the discussion when the topic of breast cancer is brought up. They claim breast cancer can be prevented with diet. While there is clearly a link between diet and cancer, it’s ridiculous to blame women for cancer because they ate the wrong diet (and what is this magic diet? They never say). I have seen this type of thinking lead to eating disorders, especially among females, who obsess over the perfect diet that will prevent all disease, eat an extremely restricted diet, and end up in worse health due to the mental and physical toll. One of the guys even says breast cancer is like a book, and all you have to do is not read it. This is inaccurate and very offensive to those who have had breast cancer.

Towards the end, one guy makes a comment that people should not follow pediatricians’ advice, and those who do so are “domesticated”. For those of you with children- please listen to your doctor and not people online with no medical credentials. Don’t gamble with your kids’ lives. I can not believe how they can casually give out this irresponsible advice.

There are many scientific and anthropological inaccuracies throughout the podcast which I won’t get into. My advice- get your biological and anthropological information from actual scientists, not from white guys who romanticize a particular period of time in human history.

samuelsycamore ,

Not indicative of the rewilding movement

Vitalis conducts Important Conversations with fascinating individuals doing great work; BUT, I find that his personality and perspective leave much to be desired. Many of his implied or stated beliefs, particularly his technophilia and his animosity towards leftist rewilders, lead me to question his motives. And let’s not mention his fondness for the infamous ethno-nationalist / eco-fascist Jack Donovan, who he will vehemently deny supporting despite recommending his books. Daniel’s guests, in general, have lots of valuable information to share. Just maybe take most of what he says with a grain of salt.

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