HumanaNatura Health Programs

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By Mark Lundegren

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As previously announced, I have been at work since late 2020 updating the HumanaNatura natural health programs and supporting materials, and importantly converting them into book form as well. As you read this, I am in the midst of final proofreading of the updated materials and on track for the book’s publication in early 2022.

When this new book is published, the longstanding HumanaNatura natural health program website – still located at http://www.humananatura.org – will be closed down. Access to its materials will continue via the book, which will be available in both electronic and paper formats. The HumanaNatura website’s current companion blog will continue on, however, providing uninterrupted access to HumanaNatura’s many natural health articles, the graphical OurPlate dietary model (to be updated with the book’s publication), and the ever-popular HumanaNatura calisthenics poster.

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If you are not familiar with the outgoing HumanaNatura website, its natural health programs, and its supporting materials, the above graphic is a screenshot of its home page. For the past two decades, this site has offered personal guidance and assessment tools for exploring naturally healthy modern eating, exercise, lifestyle, and community.

Most of the content of HumanaNatura’s natural health programs have found their way into the new book, though this material will be revised significantly overall and its format will be somewhat different. Key changes include: 1) putting the project of both personal and collective health into a larger and I think more helpful and motivating context, 2) reformatting and expanding the outgoing personal health program’s four natural health techniques into to seven natural health tools, 3) substantial revisions to the natural eating section of the personal health program and an updated OurPlate dietary model, and 4) extensive updates to both the community health program and community assessment worksheet.

In addition to these program changes, I wanted to highlight that the new book also will complete a long-planned three-book series, and in particular form the first of the three books in the series, even as it is the last of the works to be published as a book. This natural health trilogy of mine is an overarching project that has been guiding my writing for several years now, and in total explores natural health successively at a personal, social, and philosophical level. The other two books in this series and progression are The Seven Keys of Natural Life and Nature’s One Commandment, each already published and likely to be updated modestly during 2022.

If you have used the HumanaNatura natural health programs, either over the years or more recently, I would enjoy hearing from you with ideas and suggestions as I finalize work on the program revisions and book conversion. You can reach me anytime at marklundegren.com+hn@gmail.com.

Health & best wishes,

Mark

Mark Lundegren is the founder of HumanaNatura.

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Benefits Of Grass-Fed Meat

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By Mark Lundegren

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There was a time, not long ago, when organic produce was a rare and expensive commodity in supermarkets across the developed world. Today, these foods are more widely available and often priced close to conventionally-grown alternatives.

For nearly identical reasons, this likely will be the case with 100% organic grass-fed or pasture-raised meats in the future. While 100% grass-fed meats increasingly are available beside conventional offerings, they typically remain relatively expensive overall. However, this is apt to change, and soon. Primarily, the change owes to the fact that mature grass-fed or pasture-raised meat ranching operations, especially ones using new regenerative or restorative production techniques, promise to improve overall land fertility, increase meat yields, and reduce ongoing production costs. In addition, future governmental policy and private initiative in many regions is likely to favor ecologically-gentler grass-fed meat production over conventional ranching and farming.  In all, these factors promise to reduce the costs and prices of grass-fed meats, and crucially in addition to avoiding the various negative ecological impacts of conventionally-raised meats.

With an eye toward declining costs for grass-fed meats, I want to summarize the case for choosing 100% organic grass-fed or pasture-raised meats over their conventionally-raised counterparts. As you will see, and once again largely as with organic and especially perennial produce, the arguments for organic pasture-raised meats are quite strong, though importantly they too are mainly and often unexpectedly for ecological rather than nutritional reasons overall

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The Benefits of Grass-Fed Meat infographic above summarizes the numerous potential benefits and advantages of choosing 100% organic grass-fed meats over conventional varieties. In all, these factors are quite substantial and compelling, and especially so if we envision a future where consumer costs for these foods are comparable to or near those of conventionally-grown meats.

The infographic begins by defining grass-fed meats as just that – the meats of naturally grass-eating and pasture-dwelling animals. These foods span a sizeable portion of the animal kingdom that includes cattle and sheep, and is often described by the physiological term ruminant. That said, the infographic emphasizes that some of the techniques of perennial grassland ranching may be applicable to non-ruminant animals as well, notably where animals can be raised to forage at scale on pasture or silvopasture (grasslands mixed with trees). Sustainable and pastural non-ruminant animal food production potentially includes poultry and egg farming, insect-eating fish production, and even insect-based foods. However, the techniques broadly do not extend to various omnivorous and carnivorous land animals that cannot thrive sustainably in grassland conditions by feeding on native plants, insects, and small prey animals – that is, without harmful soil disturbance, predation on animals raised for human food, or dietary supplementation with environmentally-destructive monocrop animal feeds. A number of modern food animals fall into this category, notably including omnivorous and commonly root-digging pigs or hogs.

Taking up these themes, the infographic highlights – near the top and again to the right – that conventional meats normally are raised on a diet that is a mix of pasture foods (diverse wild and in total perennial or self-renewing pasture grasses, clovers, legumes, grains, and related plants) combined with specially and separately-grown animal feeds (legume and grain plants, such as soy and corn, that are grown at scale and as annuals in ecologically-displacing, soil-degrading, and often pesticide-dependent monocrop or monoculture tracts).  By contrast, 100% organic grass-fed or pasture-raised meats do without this latter group of foods entirely, and often all external or imported inputs, for the full life of the animal. As touched on before, this is especially the case once the typically multi-year transition of ranches from conventional meat production and other forms of agriculture to regenerative or perennial ranching is complete – and thus as the pasture operations become mature, self-sustaining, and even naturally self-promoting or progressively beneficial and productive.

In keeping with my introductory comments, I have structured the infographic’s comparison of conventional and organic grass-fed meats into two broad categories – nutritional effects and ecological impacts. As you can see, and explore via the links below, there appear to be significant and notable nutritional differences between these two types of modern meats. Overall, conventionally-raised ruminant meats employing a mixed diet – again where monocrop grains, legumes, and forage are used to fatten or finish animals, often via concentrated feeding operations (CAFOs) and during the last months of the animal’s life – tend to contain more agricultural additives, more fat but lower healthy omega-3 fats, altered hormonal levels, and often reduced vitamin and mineral levels, notably including vitamin K2 (overall via poorer soil quality and specifically lower grass intake in the case of K2).

While these distinctions are important, it again are the ecological differences between these two forms of ruminant food meats that prove most stark and substantial. As you can review in the infographic and once again explore via the links provided, by avoiding monoculture farming and other external inputs – that is, by working principally and sustainably within rather than at odds with perennial grassland, pasture, and forest ecosystems – 100% organic grass-fed meat production can produce dramatically different and even diametrically opposed environmental outcomes. These typical, essential, and in total planet-impacting differences from 100% grass-fed or perennially-raised meats include sustained soil-building in place of conventional agricultural erosion, the resulting potential for ongoing natural carbon sequestration, greatly improved soil water retention and restoration of Earth-cooling natural water cycles, maintenance or increases of natural biodiversity, and support or even restoration of local ecosystems displaced or impaired by conventional ranching and farming.

Today, 100% pasture-raised, grass-fed, perennial, and sustainably-raised meats may remain unavailable or unaffordable for many people and their local communities. But as with organic produce twenty years ago, this is likely to change, and soon, with the proliferation of perennial and restorative regenerative ranching operations and techniques.  Once again, this development owes to improving economics as modern perennial ranching operations mature and develop, and to increasing governmental and private promotion of sustainable and regenerative agriculture generally.

In any case, when and where this change in the market prices of 100% perennial meats occurs, the waiting benefits are substantial – for ourselves, the local ecosystems upon which we all depend, and the planetary ecological system our local ecosystems form in total.

As always, I am happy to respond to your comments and questions.

Mark Lundegren is the founder of HumanaNatura.

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HumanaNatura Book Conversion

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I am pleased to advise that preliminary work has begun on creating a book version of HumanaNatura’s natural health programs.

In the meantime, our comprehensive Personal Health Program and innovative Community Health Program remain accessible at HumanaNatura.

As you may know, I developed the HumanaNatura materials over a twenty-year period of learning, testing, community feedback, and periodic revision. Today, other than some pending changes to the nutritional information, I consider the programs complete, and my interest in converting the materials into a book format reflects this view.

In addition to refining the HumanaNatura programs, I have been writing about health-based life more broadly the last few years, including publication of my Seven Keys of Natural Life. This book of natural health practice is based on core ideas developed during the creation and refinement of HumanaNatura. It shows how key areas of modern life can be approached more naturally and beneficially, via a process I call the Natural Strategy method.

More recently, I have been at work on a companion book, this one almost entirely philosophical and centered on understanding why a health-centered approach to life is naturally superior. The new book, Nature’s One Commandment, is due to be published in 2020, and I am well into final proofreading now.

If you have used and benefited from the HumanaNatura programs, I would enjoy hearing from you with ideas and suggestions, as I plan and then begin work on the book conversion.

You can reach me anytime at marklundegren.com+hn@gmail.com.

Health & best wishes,

Mark

Mark Lundegren is the founder of HumanaNatura.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…give the gift of modern natural life!

HN’s April Health Challenge!

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It’s April, and whether this means spring or fall where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s April Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our overall natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

If you take our April Health Challenge, by July you will understand the HumanaNatura approach firsthand and in practical terms, possibly be in the best health and fitness of your life, and be equipped to maintain and progressively increase your natural fitness and well-being across your life.

In the HN-100 Program, there are 15 weekly focus areas, spanning the 100 days of the program:

  • Week 1 – The Foundation: Natural Eating
  • Week 2 – Explore Natural Exercise & Begin Walking
  • Week 3 – More Natural Exercise: Adding Calisthenics
  • Week 4 – Explore Natural Living: The Ten Dimensions
  • Week 5 – Explore Natural Living: Natural Life Planning
  • Week 6 –  Explore Natural Living: First Self-Assessment
  • Week 7 – Halfway Point: Transitioning To Natural Living
  • Week 8 – Draft Your First Natural Life Plan
  • Week 9 – Advanced Exercise &  Life Plan Refinement
  • Week 10 – Implement Your Natural Life Plan
  • Week 11 – Advanced Exercise & Plan Implementation
  • Week 12 – 100% Natural Eating & Explore Community
  • Week 13 – Complete 30-Day Actions & Explore Community
  • Week 14 – Assess Your Initial Natural Living Actions
  • Week 15 – Learn & Prepare For Ongoing Progressive Life

If you are ready to take our challenge, or want to learn more about HN-100 and HumanaNatura, click-through to our HN-100 Overview Page for detailed instructions on using HumanaNatura’s HN-100 program. And feel free to contact us anytime with your questions – online coaching in the use of our natural health programs is an important part of the HumanaNatura system, and is always confidential and without cost.

Again, it’s April, and maybe you are ready for a new challenge. We hope so, and that our HN-100 natural fitness challenge will prove to be a breakthrough change for you – leading you to new health, fitness, and quality of life, now and throughout your life.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…give the gift of modern natural life!

Wishing You Healthy Holidays!

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In much of the world, winter and new year holidays are upon us, or soon will be – remembering it is the beginning of summer and middle of the natural year in the southern hemisphere.

This common cross-cultural occurrence suggests roots in ancient winter solstice celebrations, even in cultures that traditionally used a lunar calendar, and a common desire to mark the welcome turn from declining to increasing daylight.

Regardless of your culture and the timing of its seasonal holidays, another common theme this time of years is that our emphasis on happy holidays can make healthy holidays difficult. All too often, we are encouraged to engage in older, less health conscious customs, or new ones born of nostalgia for the past.

This can mean less healthy eating, less regular exercise, or less healthy and even patently health-indifferent social activities – all with the potential for significant inertia in our lives well beyond the holiday season.

With these ideas in mind, HumanaNatura would like to offer ten ideas to help make this or your next holiday a healthy one for you, your family, and your community, wherever you are and whenever your holidays occur:

#1: Eat before events – as an aid to avoiding unhealthy foods

#2: Offer to cook – greatly improving culinary control

#3: Bring a dish – ensuring at least one healthy option

#4: Morning walks – before becoming busy with events

#5: Group calisthenics – fun for kids of all ages

#6: Active activities – away from couches and chairs

#7: Share 2018 recaps – fostering learning & understanding

#8: Discuss 2019 plans – inspiring reflection & forward thinking

#9: Volunteer – to reach more people in the holiday spirit

#10: Renaturalize – by spending time in nature, quietly or adventurously

This list may encourage you to have other healthy holiday ideas, and we would enjoy hearing them in the comments section.

From all of us in the worldwide HumanaNatura natural health community, we wish you healthy holidays, whether now or next.

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HN’s October Health Challenge!

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It’s October, and whether this means fall or spring where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s October Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our overall natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

If you take our October Health Challenge, by January you will understand the HumanaNatura approach firsthand and in practical terms, possibly be in the best health and fitness of your life, and be equipped to maintain and progressively increase your natural fitness and well-being across your life.

In the HN-100 Program, there are 15 weekly focus areas, spanning the 100 days of the program:

  • Week 1 – The Foundation: Natural Eating
  • Week 2 – Explore Natural Exercise & Begin Walking
  • Week 3 – More Natural Exercise: Adding Calisthenics
  • Week 4 – Explore Natural Living: The Ten Dimensions
  • Week 5 – Explore Natural Living: Natural Life Planning
  • Week 6 –  Explore Natural Living: First Self-Assessment
  • Week 7 – Halfway Point: Transitioning To Natural Living
  • Week 8 – Draft Your First Natural Life Plan
  • Week 9 – Advanced Exercise &  Life Plan Refinement
  • Week 10 – Implement Your Natural Life Plan
  • Week 11 – Advanced Exercise & Plan Implementation
  • Week 12 – 100% Natural Eating & Explore Community
  • Week 13 – Complete 30-Day Actions & Explore Community
  • Week 14 – Assess Your Initial Natural Living Actions
  • Week 15 – Learn & Prepare For Ongoing Progressive Life

If you are ready to take our challenge, or want to learn more about HN-100 and HumanaNatura, click-through to our HN-100 Overview Page for detailed instructions on using HumanaNatura’s HN-100 program. And feel free to contact us anytime with your questions – online coaching in the use of our natural health programs is an important part of the HumanaNatura system, and is always confidential and without cost.

Again, it’s October, and maybe you are ready for a new challenge. We hope so, and that our HN-100 natural fitness challenge will prove to be a breakthrough change for you – leading you to new health, fitness, and quality of life, now and throughout your life.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…give the gift of modern natural life!

HN’s April Health Challenge!

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It’s April, and whether this means spring or fall where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s April Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

NL HN 100 Snapshot

Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our overall natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

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HN’s October Health Challenge!

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It’s October, and whether this means fall or spring where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s October Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

NL HN 100 Snapshot

Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

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Working With Health Vectors

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By Mark Lundegren

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I would like to discuss the concept of health vectors with you. Health vectors are an important natural process, and a practical tool we all can use to better understand and improve modern health – notably at a group or community level, but also at a personal one too.

If you haven’t heard of health vectors before, you can be forgiven. It is actually a new term I have intentionally created to contrast with the more common idea of disease vectors. As you may know, the concept of disease vectors is an important model and tool from the fields of epidemiology and public health.

Broadly, all vectors are paths or routes. When we walk to a destination or an aircraft proceeds to a new city, we and it are following or tracing a vector. In principle, vectors can be straight or curved. And as my photo below suggests, in reality, vector pathways are often quite complex, and they even may be convoluted or circular and thus potentially self-reinforcing.

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Vector Pathways – Simple In Theory, Complex And Often Interconnected In Reality

In epidemiology and public health, disease vectors are defined more narrowly as the actual paths, mechanisms, or agents that transmit diseases and other health threats or risks. For example, if a community faces health risks from malaria, food-borne pathogens, or drug abuse, the specific vectors or mechanisms of transmission might include mosquitos from a nearby wetland, area restaurants, or under-policed areas near a local highway.

By contrast, the term health vector is intended as a parallel but wider concept. It still involves specific paths, mechanisms, or agents, but as I indicated, it encompasses not only risks and threats, but also positive health promoters and opportunities as well. For example, positive health vectors might include particular sources of information, role models, and other community institutions.

Overall, and as we will explore next, health vectors are a somewhat complex but also enormously powerful tool for moving from general health awareness to specific resources or actions for increased health. For me, the concept and tool of health vectors is essential for anyone engaged in community health promotion, and it can be useful in our personal health promotion efforts as well, especially at an advanced level.

In this broadening of the idea of vectors from merely describing the transmitters of disease or health risks, as important as this may be, my goal is to equip people, communities, and societal institutions to better understand and act on the health dynamics operating around and within them, whether positive (health enablers) or negative (health limiters). Let me briefly provide a more precise and rigorous definition of health vectors, and then discuss several examples of health vectors that will demonstrate the use and power of the concept.

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HN’s April Health Challenge!

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It’s April, and whether this means spring or fall where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s annual April Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

NL HN 100 Snapshot

Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

Continue reading “HN’s April Health Challenge!”