Planet Earth: Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world & our apex predators.



Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

Or so the story would go if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on their carefully crafted story as well as their choice of words, or perhaps they secretly love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, likewise, feel an utmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the countryside and deep forests. as well as continually tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles.

But, they certainly appreciate the outcome of their work, for, without natures editors, our dear politicians and color blind corporate leaders (most, if not all of them, only see black and red after all) would have pushed us all head first into a world of hurt - even more hurried then already is the case.







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Ashen nectar by Netherbird



From the tiny, minuscule stuff to the bigger, broader pencil strokes of climate change and global events such as WW 1 and 2, The Gulf war(s), air pollution, outsourcing, equality, poverty, fresh water, food production, it´s quality and price and environmental impact as well as scarcity and distribution. Emissions goals and clean, sustainable energy vs short term profit for unsustainable, dirty and life damaging energy producers and other corporate ventures (such as Fracking, which, with it´s short life span and long-lasting, negative consequences for nature and already strained fresh water levels can't be viewed as anything else than a very unsustainable and damaging energy choice, with only one merit to exist - short term profit for the producer at the expense of everyone else).








- If left unchecked, as bad as things are today in the world.

. The state of the world would have been tremendously much worse without conservationists and scientists to at times shine a light on the simple reality so many others want to dismiss entirely as soon as it does not line up with their own short term profit.

Sometimes those things are big and easy to see - such as how air pollution in China affects other countries and not just the poor Chinese people living in the daily smog that cuts their life expectancy short by up to 20 years. Air pollution no one would never have had to endure in the first place if the rest of the world did not outsource unsustainably cheap and dirty production to China in the first place.







But sometimes important things are quite small and seemingly insignificant at first glance. To the point that we might not even give them the briefest thought.

One such thing often overlooked by decision makers as well as your neighbor is our garden caretaker, the bumble bees, and their siblings.




And yet another one that is arguably at one hand, a quite different beast but also very much closely related to the bumble bee in how it directly affects us and our world in a significant and often over looked way is the apex predators. On the surface, they are nothing but gracelike predatory killers, possessive of great beauty but also a potential threat to our health and sometimes, income. But that view point is being simple minded and over looking the hugely positive net worth they give us and the rest of the world just by existing.

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Sharks, Tigers and other fluffy kittens

apex predators and our world

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Simple reality

It might feel like an easy to make decision to sacrifice yet more local land when caught in the desires of a hungry coal mine corporation - promised profit for the politician in charge, profit for the workers, and most of all, profit for the corporate leaders. A win, win situation for all parties involved is the promise that is being sold over and over again.

But, then again. That is nothing but short-term thinking, and a lack of capacity for seeing hard to accept truths about more often then not shallow, and rarely fulfilled promises.
It is easy to forget the long-term effects even if the short term promised are fulfilled when someone waves the potential for billions of US$ in profit for the next 20 years in front of you.
Hard to resist revenue for pressured politicians even if there is no faul play involved beyond a neglect for science and simple reality.






Reality is, that even tho we might all live in different countries, and different cities and counties within those countries. Even such small things as our bumble bee populations affects not just the local farmer, but the entire globe in the long run.

And so do our friendly apex predators of the world.
Their demise or success directly and indirectly affects us all. The apex predators are nature's editors.







And when we remove nature's apex predators in one country and region, we dont just remove a predator from the top of the food chain. They are not just competition for our occasional and almost always, for fun, recreational hunts, nor are they just an abysmal threat to our livestock animals and our domesticated cats and dogs.And no, they do not pose a significant threat to people. they hardly register on the threat scale in life.

If anything, Apex predators keeps us safe and healthy, globally speaking.







Apex predators and our world

When one country kills off it´s wolf population (or similar predators) the result is not a huge amount of threatened people all of a sudden living in safety.
The results are the opposite and they are negative for both farmland as well as our own safety. When we pressure the apex predators in any given area the result is not an increase in safety, on the contrary it leads to it´s natural prey increasing and being free to chewing off to much of the vegetation and the increase in prey often leads to an increase and spread of various animal-related diseases.




This might not be an obvious or a simple to accept truth that wolf haters or scared citizens not being used to wildlife want to acknowledge, simple reality is that keeping a healthy number of wolves in a country is a positive thing not just for the wildlife population as a whole, it also allows nature a more natural and healthy balance and keeps pest such as rats down to, for us and nature, much more healthy levels.

The evidence for this are plentiful and can be seen all over the world.

One such case is Yellow stone park in USA. Where the reintroduction of Wolves quickly transformed the wildlife and nature itself in a positive way. Wolves turned out to be the best park ranger and conservationist the park had ever seen.








But Yellowstone is not an isolated and unique case study, there are plenty of similar cases to be found in Europe and Asia as well, where simple facts is that healthy numbers of wolf´s and other apex predators keeps moose, elk, rats and other animals, such as the beaver, down to naturally sustainable levels that actually benefits not just nature and wildlife, but farmers and other people too. And unlike us, they do it without exterminating any part of the ecosystem.

Not to mention, wolf´s are one of the apex predators that pose virtually zero threat to people. Another hard to ignore fact is that most countries in the world actually reimburse farmers when they loose live stock. To such a degree even, that plenty of farmers are believed to make up wildlife losses just for the profit it generates for them.

Farm animals most of them would slaughter in the end anyway. So as unpleasant as it might be to lose an animal to a wildlife attack, there is no real loss of income, nor in the case of livestock, is there really a loss of life that would not have happened anyway.






All in all, the simple reality of modern day life and the importance of nurturing nature and wildlife in a sustainable way for our own survivability makes it even more puzzling why people in 2014 are still so afraid or even hateful towards having wolf´s and other big predators in their country.

One such, otherwise enlightened and wonderful Scandinavian country is Norway.
A nature and wildlife loving country whom year after year is doing it´s very best to exterminate the wolf from its country. And for no good, productive or sane reason at all.

If we are interested in sticking to reality that is.







Sharks, Tigers and other fluffy kittens

Like the wolf, the shark is another both feared and loathed - but beautiful and wonderfully positive to keep around apex predator.

No, I am not suggesting that you should breed great whites in your swimming pool or raise a wolf pack in your apple tree garden.
But sharks just like the wolf packs of our world keep nature in check. And they do so in a safe and sustainable way. And while sharks, just like wolves can be intimidating for sure, and for good reasons of course. They pose, in reality, a miniscule threat to people.

In fact, sharks do far more good than harm for us.
And as such, shark cullings such as the one Western Australia from time to time wants to engage in - serves zero reason to exists.

Culling the number of sharks in any area of the world will never save a single human being from a shark attack and it will never deter a shark from getting close to a beach or surfer. In fact, it can only function as a shining beacon that attracts sharks.








Not to mention that like wolf´s and tigers and lions, sharks and most other apex predators are endangered and cant cope much longer with homo sapiens going on retarded killing sprees.
Nor is the nutritional value of shark fin soup anything to brag about.






Going after apex predators is more or less such a clueless thing that it could be called a retarded thing to do because, science, facts, and simple reality gives us no incentive to do so. It gives us zero benefits but plenty of negatives to cull or even exterminate our apex predators.

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The bumble bee, our proud gardener

And just like our humble and quite snugly bumblebee, removing apex predators does not affect just the nearest beach or city block or farmer. It causes global ripple effects that in the end touches us all.
Bumblebees are for instance needed to pollinate crops, crops that feeds our entire world and not just the local farmers wealth. From apple trees to grains and honey. Without bees humanity loses out not just on natural beauty in the shape of animals and florals, but already strained food resources would diminish in huge numbers. The sad reality is that bees helps us create a significant portion of all our food and a world without them is not a joy ride that anyone would want to get on with.







Food resources are already under mounting strain from both the sheer number of people in the world, as well as a gradually increasingly warmer climate (which will make it much more harder to grow food in the current big food producing countries), ineffective food distribution, rising prices and a lack of water resources due to the increasing areas in the world that are or have already reached peak water levels.

And yes, those food resources, the land they grow in, our forests and our bumblebees and us people - the unbalanced pressure on all that increases even further by removing our apex predators from the top of the watch line that otherwise keep things in balance in a sustainable way.







Unlike us humans, predators simply do not exterminate their prey. They live and they die in a naturally balanced dance of life and death. And they are all needed to not upset that balance.
Pretty much like the climate change that is happening. We do not want to keep pushing the envelope with increasing pollution just because it´s more affordable short term speaking. Once we hit that tipping point, things will escalate and rapidly so.
And that, is just as is the case with bees and apex predators - simple reality, simple science.

No matter what fantasies you sell, it does not ever change the fabric of reality

From shark finning to pesticide usage in farming, shark culling, climate change, shale gas, coal mines, palm oil, air pollution, food harvests, fresh water, bumble bees, sustainable energy, storing of chemicals and quality of life.

We should all be thankful for the 'editors' that keep our so called leaders from making things even worse. God knows, they dont have an easy time doing their job because plenty of influential people with nothing but a selfish short term view could not care less about the global effects on what they do. Just as we have some politicians that firmly believe that keeping people from doing abortions and divorces is somehow empowering people's freedom and quality of life.








As we spread our footprint even more, it becomes rapidly much more crucial that we start to acknowledge that we do need to be sustainable and adapting in our approach to both nature, climate and animals.

For our own species long term survivability as well as all our quality of life.
We need both the tiny bumblebees as well as the gracelike predators to help us make this world a more balanced and healthy place for all of us.
Politicians and corporate leaders can be partially blind, and that is okay, they are after all just people, and we are all flawed.
Further more, they are just our minority elected servants and our candy land manufacturer - but the world as a whole has to become smarter and rapidly so because when they do not do their job, when they even deny reality to the harm of us all, then we have to do the job for them.

Neither of us live in an isolated island separated from the rest of the world. We all live on the same planet and neither of us need to sacrifice the rest of the world to have a great life. That is solely the behaviour and selfishness of the Koch brothers and their likes, and today we write January 25, 2014 (the original date for when i wrote this as a public post on g+) and no one should believe such nonsense anymore. The world does not improve and it does not become more equal and healthy because we tax our rich people less then others. The world does not avoid climate change because we ignore it.

Just as no one should be stupid enough to believe that chinese people dont want an equally happy life and clean nature as we do. Nor that their environmental issues does not affect us. Or that the world will do just fine if we keep producing things the way we do know.
It might be positive for your yearly bonus to destroy the nature of West Virginia USA looking for more coal mines ,shale gas or other minerals, or to kill off all the Sumatran rain forests and wildlife just so you can buy cheaper toilet paper one more year.
It might make you sleep better to claim that nothing is going on with the rising sea level outside the US east coast, or at least it might be good for your voting numbers this year to make it illegal to talk about. And yes, all those crazy things actually happens in our world when people turn a blind eye.







Just as how killing a few Western Australia sharks or Norwegian wolves might give you a few easy points amongst voters and especially so if you promise it will somehow manage to create more jobs tomorrow. It might even make a few religious extremists all happy and jolly good feeling to hear that Earth exists in another reality without science, progress and evolution. Just as some confused people seems to think that god cant exist if people are allowed to only have healthy relationships.

But in the long haul, when behaving like that, you are only chopping off your own leg as well as every body elses too. From work, income, to food, climate, equality, fulfilling lives, education, health care and every other way too. Neglecting the reality of us all living on one tiny little marble - is simply no better then those peddling rhino horns to superstitious people being sick in cancer or suffering from sexual dysfunctions.

No matter what fantasies you sell, it does not ever change the fabric of reality.









Related articles from the web

How the threat to lions, leopards, bumble bees and wolves endangers us all

Western Australia shark cull
The guardian on WA Shark cull

1000+ rhinos killed in South Africa during 2013
The guardian on 1000+ Rhinos poached in South Africa during 2013

Unsustainable shark finning,one part of killing more then 70 million sharks per year
The numbers behind sharks vs human fear
Green sea turtles starving to death (due to lack of apex Sharks, pollution and poaching)
Green sea turtles starving to death

Wolves in Norway (and other places in Europe and USA)
Norway slaughtering Wolves

Illegal slaughter of endangered Whale sharks
Endangered whale sharks slaughtered for shark fin soup
A world without apex predators
Take part on a world without apex predators

This quite fitting article about pretty much the same thing as my own thoughts where posted by The guardian the day after i originally wrote this article on my g+ profile so i decided to link to guardians article as well.

How the threat to lions, leopards and wolves endangers us all
How we endanger humanity by not protecting apex predators

Another important pollinator is the Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly facing harder times

And finally, a new bill in Idaho, Usa that wants us all to disregard all of the simple science and reality that we now know by killing off hundreds of wolves in Idaho.
One have to wonder, exactly who does it benefit when we allow leaders and other vested parties to rule our world by disregarding the reality we all live in.
Idaho vs the benefit of wolves

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  • Fitness school, question 39: Telomeres, the fancy sounding tail that connects healthy fit aging with fitness activities. Dive right in as we take a look at recent studies.

    Quality time needed: 13 minutes


    Fitness School
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    Question number 39 in our School of Fitness.
    I have talked about telomeres in years past, and fitness too obviously :).
    But such is the world of fitness, science, and health, it often revisits old "truths" and sometimes upends them because our knowledge has deepened, while new studies at other times will simply fortify and acknowledge what we already knew to be true.
    So what will happen today as we travel back to the world of that peachy sounding telomeres thingy that keeps wiggling its cute little tail inside of us? Let us find out.
    My Question:.
    For this particular study, published in European Heart Journal, Nov 2018, we´ll uncover what happens to the length of our telomeres when we do long distance endurance training, high-intensity sprint intervals, nothing at all or lift weights in a so-so way in the gym ( yeah, color me unimpressed by the strength plan in this study, but hold on to that thought as you read on because I will get back to the fairly inadequate strength training and why that too matters. ).
    The question, which option is the best for maintaining the length of our telomeres and what is the worst?.

  • Anthropocene & the survival of our brilliant but simpleminded species. Just another morning.

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    Breakfast stuff and morning thoughts.

    climate inaction is an existential threat.



    Nothing fancy or big worded to say today, I am just drinking some tasty fresh black coffee while various death metal songs keep pumping through my livingroom gear.
    Yes, what a glorious morning :).
    But while I am enjoying my morning routine, getting ready for the gym and my own workouts as well as the health and fitness regimes of today's PT clients I am also reading up on science and sustainability from around the world. And one of the pieces that stand out is a tonally laid-back piece by Swedish outlet DN. They spent the better part of a month or so following Swedish sustainability advocate Greta as she continues her quest to bring much-needed awareness to the sad state of the world and the essential, deep-rooted changes we as a species and global civilization urgently need to undertake.

  • Fitness school, question 38. Is obesity itself tied to diabetes type 2 and coronary artery disease?. Yes or no?.

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    Question number 38 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short one.
    Obesity is no friend of the bettering of our health and longevity.
    Just as how the old school act of serious bulking never did anyone's health and fitness levels any favors. And pointing this scientific reality out is not about fat shaming. It´s about helping the world and its individuals turn the tide toward better health, and better fitness. And doing so does not remove peoples individual right to pick whatever body size and fat percentage that they so prefer.
    My Question:.
    We already know that obesity ( and a fat powered high BMI ) increases unhealthy factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And it often increases depression, drowsiness and general sedentary choices. Which indirectly leads to worse health in numerous ways. But if a person with a high fat powered BMI is deemed healthy as far as those traditional markers are concerned is excess fat itself still bad?
    Put in another way, will a higher amount of excess body fat still lead to worse health even if your bloodwork turns out ok and you do not feel depressed and drowsy and you do hit the gym?.

  • Fitness school, question 37: Can something as simple as a reduction of daily walking decrease our lean muscle mass in a noticeable way in just 2 weeks time?

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    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Our previous question was fairly straightforward, so for this one, we are dusting off the more complex stuff. In other words, put on your thinking cap before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders :).
    You already know that keeping fit and lifting your weekly weights and doing your daily cardio is nothing but a rejuvenating choice. It's good for your strength, duh.. It is wondrously good for your harty heart health, and it aids your cognitive and creative processes. It lowers depression and tardy drowsiness. And if you have been keeping up with me over the years, you also know that keeping fit on a regular weekly basis also lowers your physical age by quite a noticeable margin too.
    But let us get down and dirty with some actual numbers and perhaps give you cold hard inspiration to just keep going with your daily health and fitness choices because even the impact of what might seem like a tiny little daily thing is profoundly big over time in a long range of ways.
    My Question:.
    What happens with the lean muscle mass for people above 70 years of age if they take a few thousand steps more or less per day for 2 weeks time?.
    Read on to reveal just how big the impact of that tiny change can be below the break.

  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

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    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

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    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.



    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

  • The anatomy and fitness function of our gorgeous human ass ( The mighty three we call the Gluteus ).

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    The gorgeous strength of Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your lifelong guide.



    Fitness is as wonderful for your health as it is for landing you a more sculpted and capable body over time.
    But that will never change that even fit people (quite a lot of them) are doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Case in point the fit and good looking girl you can see in the IG video I am linking to, she obviously trains hard and regular while being in great shape, and she does know quite a few things about the body and the science of staying healthy and fit.
    Which is wonderful on all counts.
    But like so many other gym goers she is seemingly misinformed about a few things too ( on the other hand, so are we all :P ). Allowing wrongful information and knowledge to shape her choices and the choices of other people that gulps up everything we fit people believe to be true. However, if you are willing to listen to it the beautiful science of health and fitness will guide you towards a better body and better health and better workouts if you pay attention to real fitness science instead of personal opinions. You see, there is nothing wrong with the exercises she is doing. But outside of the wonderful world of human anatomy, there is no such thing as an upper or lower butt muscle as far as your exterior appearance goes, nor is there a meaningful difference as far as your practical fitness capacity and workout goes.

    Click through and let us talk about Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

  • Earth over shoot day is one of many events and situations during the year that signals the mindless gluttony of our evolving hybrid species.

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    Planet Earth - studies & life in the Anthropocene.

    A new way of life is needed.



    But what is it exactly? And why is something that sounds so cute something truly terrible that we need to take seriously as a global whole.
    To most people, it is more than likely just another ridiculous phrase keyboard warriors throw around once a year while they too waste this world to the point of no return.
    But this ever-moving yearly event day is anything but deadly essential.

    Every year this day signals the point in that year where we have used up all the naturally replenishing resources of this planet.
    And beyond this point, the planet is losing its inventory for the next year(s) ahead and it's capacity to restock.

    Which if we are talking about corporations and business leaders is something that would cause pretty much every corporate leader out there to die from a heart attack if it persistently happened to their business. But when its Earth, people just shrug their mindless shoulders and look the other way as if the greenhouse we are subsisting in isn't the singular thing that feeds and house us all.

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

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    Your living room
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    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Fitness facts: How and why does the range of motion in any given strength exercise matter?.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Diving down into a range of motion and squat study.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your gym guide.



    Right now, if you enter any given gym, the wonderful world of barbells will conjure up as many opinions as there are fitness girls on Instagram, no matter the subject.
    And plenty of opinions are exactly that, personal opinions, formed by peer pressure in the gym, on social media, or by fit vixens looking to make a bigger following by posting daily stuff which may or may not be factually correct.

    There are out of date school gym coaches still living in the past, badly informed parents, friends, big brothers, big sisters, commercial interests only looking out for the next conference call, as well as uninformed writers working for big tabloids which just happened to draw the assignment to make a puff piece on fitness.

    So let us instead look at science and what it actually has to teach us about the range of motion for any particular exercise. And for the purpose of this article, let us focus on a Squat centric use case since legs and ass are thankfully all the rage anyway :).

  • Moments from the Anthropocene, the fox and my morning coffee.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    The scent of black coffee.

    And wild breakfast companions.



    'Today' (another today ) while enjoying my first cup of coffee standing outside on my sun-drenched porch, I could hear something sneakily make its way through the underbrush and thick tall grass and florals that intermix with the deep dark, and thankfully, untouched old forest at the edge of my property.

    Fast forward just a little bit and I could start to see the movement in the thin youngling trees and the tall flowers. Something was out there, touching here and there making the wild plants and florals sway as it drew nearer me.

  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

    Quality time needed: 15 minutes


    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

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    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

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    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Fitness School
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    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


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    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

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    This is the lost world XVIII.
    And how life in the Anthropocene is the tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Healthy living is nothing but the science of life.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

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    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

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    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

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    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

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    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

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