We talk with Steve Hendricks about his book The Oldest Cure in the World: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting.
Then, we talk with wildlife conservation journalist and photographer Millie Kerr about her new book, Wilder: How Rewilding is Transforming Conservation and Changing the World.
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Fasting is a practice that goes back to ancient times. For centuries, it was followed as a religious practiceâ€”and continues as such today, for example during the Islamic observance of Eid.
Then, in the 19th century, fasting gained greater currency as a cure for numerous ailments, although the medical profession scoffed at it as quackery.
But in recent decades, scientific evidence has been growing that fasting indeed can be beneficial for many ailments, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and other illnesses.
Author and journalist Steve Hendricks began his own investigations into and practice of fasting several decades ago, as a result of a bizarre neurological condition that left him exhausted all the time.
His book The Oldest Cure in the World examines the history, the art and the science of fasting. He shows that there is a way of fasting for almost anyone, from eating within a time-restricted window every day to conducting weeks-long fasts at a fasting clinic.
In addition to The Oldest Cure In The World, Steve Hendricks is the author of two other books, including the The Unquiet Grave: The FBI and the Struggle for the Soul of Indian Country, which we spoke with him about in 2007, and A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial. Heâ€™s also the author of numerous articles for magazines and news sites.
The term â€œre-wildingâ€ became famous when it was announced that a team of scientists had formed a company to bring back the wooly mammoth. That effort has been criticized by many as impractical.
But re-wilding encompasses many different kinds of conservation efforts. They can range from converting your lawn to a meadow full of native wildflowers to taking animals out of zoos and re-introducing them to the wild where they had previously been extinctâ€”and much more.
In her book Wilder, wildlife journalist Millie Kerr considers the practicalities and possibilities of ecological restoration around the world, while exploring first-hand some of the most ambitious undertakings occurring today. She describes how growing re-wilding efforts around the world are transforming the field of conservation and with them, rekindling hope for a world on the brink of the Sixth Extinction.