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By Bertie Cowen

They say a little knowledge can go a long way in a survival situation. Personally, despite having a reasonable handle on outdoorsmanship, I reckon I probably wouldn’t last a week before looking at one of my own feet and wondering how best to cook it.

But I love thinking about this stuff and reading and learning, particularly about how our predecessors interacted with the land.

By: Bertie Cowen

Back in October 2020 the American Psychological Association reported a surge in mental-health-related problems; reporting nearly 80% of US adults say coronavirus is a significant source of stress in their lives, with two-thirds saying their stress levels have increased during the pandemic.

Perhaps this comes as no surprise and “wellness” has been a very popular topic over the past year.

When I first began writing this, I wanted it to be engaging, informative, and related directly to my research regarding the depletion and conservation of the revered Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) cactus.