No doctors, no Rx, no Obamacare; life lessons from the native tribe with the healthiest hearts in the world
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, April 19, 2019
CNN – A few years ago, I read reports of an indigenous tribe living deep in the Amazon rainforest whose members had hardly any evidence of heart disease.
In fact, the researchers concluded after a year-long study that the Tsimane, as they are called, had the healthiest hearts in the world, a title previously held by Japanese women …
So last summer, I decided to travel to Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in South America, to learn what they could teach me and the rest of the world about preventing heart disease.
After flying into La Paz, the highest capital city in the world at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, we took a small prop plane to a small town in the lowlands of northern Bolivia, at the edge of the Amazon rainforest.
We drove 4×4 trucks as far as we could into the forest and then jumped into dug-out canoes and made our way down the rivers and streams of the Amazon.
We knew the Tsimane lived in small extended family clusters of 60 or so people along the banks of the river. We finally found one of the villages just as the sun was starting to set.
Having traveled to more than 100 countries around the world, it is particularly exhilarating for me to find places that are still so different than any I have seen, as was the case deep in the Amazon.
That night, we set up our tents in the middle of the village and began our life as Tsimane. Thatched huts surrounded us, with no electricity or modern conveniences.
One day, I went foraging with the women, hunting and fishing with the men, and played soccer with the kids.
My goal was to learn the secrets of those with the healthiest hearts in the world … Read more.
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