Pt 1: Bedbug Nation - A new survey indicates we're on the threshold of a global bed bug pandemic and experts and people who've experienced bed bugs say more should be done to tackle the pests because they are horrible to live with and take a real financial and emotional toll. (Read More)
Pt 2: Hunter-Gatherers - It's been 10,000 years since humans gave up the hunter-gatherer existence in favour of settled agriculture - a transition that has generally been viewed as 'progress.' But some experts say we were made to be hunter-gatherers - and the move away from that lifestyle has led to all kinds of disease, mental health problems and environmental issues. Guest host Jim Brown gets into it with Spencer Wells, author of Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization. (Read More)
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Today's guest host was Jim Brown.
It's Tuesday, August 3rd.
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Currently, Which puts him on track for a mid-life crisis just in time for Christmas.
This is The Current.
According to a new survey, the world is on the verge of facing a bed bug pandemic.
Bed bugs are tiny things, about the size of an apple seed or, as Mark Amery said, a fleck of pepper. They only come out at night to bite their hosts. And they don't just live in beds. You can find them in picture frames, baseboards, electrical outlets or books. Officials insist that bed bugs are not themselves a public health risk. But many people who have lived with them say differently. Marsha Lederman is a reporter with the Globe and Mail. She recently wrote about her family's experience battling bed bugs at their home in Vancouver. She was in Toronto for the show.
According to Missy Henriksen, bed bug infestations are becoming all too common in cities all over the world. She's the Vice-President of Public Affairs for the U.S.-based National Pest Management Association. It's a not-for-profit group that represents the pest-control industry. And last week it released a survey suggesting that the world is on the verge of a bed bug pandemic. Missy Henriksen is in Washington.
About ten thousand years ago, humans made a giant leap forward as a species. We settled down, stopped wandering the earth endlessly in search of food and shelter and built permanent settlements. That led to towns, cities, modern farming and ultimately nations with complex cultures and economies. Most people view that as a good thing. But Spencer Wells thinks it might have been our undoing as a happy, healthy species. He's the Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. And his new book is called Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization.
And he's not the only one trying to revive the hunter-gatherer ideal. Loren Cordain is a professor of Health Science and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. He is also one of the driving forces behind what's commonly known as "the caveman diet", although Loren Cordain prefers the term "Paleo Diet."