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Wednesday, July 18
 

4:00pm

Registration and Badge Pick-Up
Wednesday July 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballrooms B/C
 
Thursday, July 19
 

8:00am

Registration and Badge Pick-Up
Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Ballrooms B/C

9:00am

Opening Remarks
Thursday July 19, 2018 9:00am - 9:10am
Ballroom D

9:10am

Poster Previews
Poster presenters will each give a brief description of the topic of their poster. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more by visiting the poster sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon from 2:40-4:10.

Thursday July 19, 2018 9:10am - 9:40am
Ballroom D

9:40am

Break: 5 minutes
Thursday July 19, 2018 9:40am - 9:50am
Break

9:50am

An Entirely Different Paradigm for Cholesterol
Nearly three years of research has brought new and compelling data that is completely rewriting our understanding of serum cholesterol and how it is influenced in the body. Extraordinary patterns have been revealed without use of medication, supplements, or surgery.
All three phases of the research will be summarized and presented along with extraordinary new evidence of just how much lipid markers are impacted by dietary fat and the energy status of the body alone.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Feldman

Dave Feldman

Dave Feldman is a senior software engineer and entrepreneur. He began working with programming and system engineering at a very young age and has always enjoyed learning new mechanistic patterns and concepts.After starting a low carb diet, Dave found his cholesterol numbers increased... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am
Ballroom D

9:50am

Root Causes and Solutions for Chronic Disease
The aim of this talk is to give a high-level overview of heart disease and other chronic condition root causes. It will also zero in on who is really at the greatest risk, and needs to take the most decisive actions to avoid heart attack or an early death. How do we identify and save these people? Luckily there is a science-based strategy to do so - but how much of it is ancestral in nature?

Speakers
avatar for Ivor Cummins

Ivor Cummins

BE(Chem) CEng MIEI PMP®
Ivor Cummins originally completed a Biochemical Engineering degree in 1990. His career specialty has been to lead teams in complex problem-solving scenarios. In the past six years he has focused on researching chronic disease root causes and resolution with Denver doctor Jeffry Gerber... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am
Room 233/235

10:30am

Break: 10 minutes
Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 10:40am
Break

10:40am

Autoimmunity - Evolutionary Understanding & Treatment
Autoimmunity - from Hashimoto's, to Rheumatoid Arthritis, to Ulcerative Colitis and more - is on the rise in all age groups, and especially when populations transition from more "primitive" lifeways to modern ones. An ancestrally informed viewpoint can help us understand that autoimmunity isn't just some bad thing that happens to us, and give us an action plan to treat autoimmunity that isn't to simply rely on powerful immuno-suppressive drugs.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Gerstmar

Tim Gerstmar

ND
Dr. Gerstmar (everyone calls him DrG) has spent the past 10 years specializing in helping people with digestive and autoimmune issues. After his father suffered a severe stroke and DrG became one of his main caretakers, he began voraciously studying medicine, learning about the best... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 10:40am - 11:20am
Ballroom D

10:40am

Movement Oncology: Exercise and Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer
There exists a large body of evidence that those who participate in higher levels of physical activity have a reduced likelihood of developing a variety of cancers compared to those who engage in lower levels of physical activity. It will be proposed that although most of us are aware that physical exercise is important, we are less familiar with the underlying biological mechanisms and how best to use exercise/physical activity as medicine.

Speakers
avatar for Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

MSc
Darryl Edwards, is a Natural Lifestyle Educator, movement coach, nutritionist and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process. Darryl is the author... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 10:40am - 11:20am
Room 233/235

11:20am

Break: 10 minutes
Thursday July 19, 2018 11:20am - 11:30am
Break

11:30am

Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Both Preventable, and Treatable, With Ancestral Dietary Strategy?
Allopathic conventional ophthalmology currently espouses the belief that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease primarily caused by aging and genetics, with ‘environmental factors’ coming in a distant third.  The authors’ recently published research proffered the hypothesis that it is the ‘displacing foods of modern commerce’ that are the primary and proximate cause of AMD.  The evidence in support of this hypothesis correlates elevated consumption of processed, nutrient-deficient and potentially toxic foods, with rising prevalence of AMD in multiple nations; whereas evidence for consumption of native, traditional, nutrient-dense diets in multiple nations, is correlated with rarity of AMD.  U.S. CDC food consumption data, correlating processed food laden diets with multiple diseases of Western civilization, including heart disease deaths, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, obesity, and severe vision loss secondary to AMD, will be reviewed, thus challenging the belief system that AMD is primarily a disease of aging and genetics. 

Learning Objectives: 
  •  At the conclusion of this activity, participants will have a fundamental appreciation of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as the leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65.
  • Participants will be able to recite some evidence that AMD was a rare disorder in the 19th century, rising to epidemic proportions in developed nations by the late 20th century, in correlation to rising processed food consumption. 
Participants will be able to discuss U.S. CDC evidence for elevated processed food consumption and higher incidence and prevalence of heart disease deaths, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, obesity, and severe vision loss and blindness, the majority of the latter being secondary to AMD.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Knobbe

Chris Knobbe

MD, Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Chris A. Knobbe, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus, formerly of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Knobbe, a board-certified ophthalmologist since 1997, is founder and president of Cure AMD Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Room 233/235

11:30am

The gut-skin axis: scientific evidence and an integrative approach to testing and treatment
The gut microbiota has been implicated in many chronic diseases, and increasing evidence points to the existence of a gut-skin axis. Several skin conditions are clearly associated with gut dysbiosis and increased gut permeability, yet most gastroenterologists and dermatologists continue to take unintegrated approaches to the treatment of gut and skin conditions. By addressing the root cause of disease, we can heal the skin from the inside out.

At this talk, you’ll learn about:
·        The association between gut dysbiosis, leaky gut, and skin conditions
·        The role of butyrate in gut and skin health
·        The immune and neuroendocrine connections between the gut and skin
·        How some food allergies may start in the skin
·        How to test and treat skin conditions from the inside out
·        Essential nutrients for gut and skin health

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Mailing

Lucy Mailing

MD/PhD Student
Lucy Mailing is an MD-PhD student in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on the effects of diet and exercise on the gut microbiome, and how this impacts gut and skin diseases. Lucy has contributed to several peer-reviewed publications and was recently... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Ballroom D

12:10pm

Lunch
Thursday July 19, 2018 12:10pm - 1:40pm
Break

1:40pm

Dry Eyes: modern causes and ancestral remedies
The leading cause of vision fluctuations for many of us today has nothing to do with our “prescriptions.” It is almost exclusively an issue of poor tear quality. Any light that enters our eyes interacts first with our tear film, not our cornea or any other fixed ocular structure. An irregular or insufficient tear layer results in blurred, inconsistent vision. Unfortunately, there are more people experiencing these symptoms than ever before. Modern indoor environments have caused our blink rates to decrease and the rate of tear evaporation to increase. Medications have reduced our tear production. A lack of Omega-3 fatty acids in our modern western diets has changed tear chemistry, making the tears less stable. Fortunately, there are dietary guidelines and lifestyle modifications dry eye sufferers can implement to improve comfort and consistency of vision and ultimately increase quality of life.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Turpin

Steven Turpin

OD, MSc
Steve Turpin, OD, MS is an optometric physician at Cascadia Eye in Mt. Vernon Washington . He specializes in the use of medically necessary contact lenses to treat irregular corneas and other ocular pathology. His primary research interests include myopia control and prevention, dry... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 1:40pm - 2:20pm
Room 233/235

1:40pm

Traditional Foods for Modern Mental Health
Speakers
avatar for Laura Poe

Laura Poe

RD
Laura is a registered dietitian in private practice in Southwest Wisconsin. She focuses on individualized healing using traditional, whole foods, with an emphasis on digestion and mental health. She is a blogger, writer, and speaker on health and traditional cooking skills. She is... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 1:40pm - 2:20pm
Ballroom D

2:20pm

Break: 10 minutes
Thursday July 19, 2018 2:20pm - 2:30pm
Break

2:30pm

How Hormesis Works
What explains the modern pandemics of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity, asthma and cancer—and also depression, anxiety and addiction? Is contemporary life too stressful? While chronic, excessive exposure to stressors such as anti-nutrients, toxins, UV, or psychological stress can cause illness, so can insufficient physical challenge. Hormesis -- beneficial stress -- activates endogenous defense, repair and adaptive mechanisms, thereby improving health, fitness and resilience. The hardier lives of our ancestors were indeed protective against illness. I will examine the biological mechanisms behind four main types of hormesis: (1) structural remodeling of tissues and organs, such as bone, muscle and the eye, in response to activity; (2) immunity and detoxification by exposures that train endogenous defenses; (3) metabolic adaptation in response to diet, exercise, cold exposure and hypoxia; and (4) psychological resilience against depression, anxiety and addiction, by challenges that re-sensitize receptors We are suffering from a deficiency of hormesis!

Speakers
avatar for Todd Becker

Todd Becker

BSc, MSc
Todd Becker is the author of Getting Stronger, a blog that addresses a wide range of health topics through the lens of hormesis, the beneficial application of low dose stress. Todd has previously spoken at AHS on diverse topics, including: the downside of nutrition supplements, how... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Room 233/235

2:30pm

Sun Avoidance is As Dangerous As Smoking – An Evidence Based Review of Sun Exposure’s Impact on Health.
Contemporary evidence is now overwhelmingly showing that sun avoidance is bad for your health. This talk will review what the data show regarding sun exposure’s impact on health, including all-cause mortality, cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Evidence substantiating that vitamin D supplementation is not a suitable substitute for sun exposure will also be reviewed. Recommendations for ideal dose of sun exposure will be provided both for those who are deficient in serum vitamin D and for those who are sufficient. The pros and cons of tanning bad use will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ruscio

Michael Ruscio

DC
Michael Ruscio is a doctor, clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in the Ancestral and Functional medicine communities. His practical approach to research and clinical practice have earned him... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Ballroom D

3:10pm

Break: 10 minutes
Thursday July 19, 2018 3:10pm - 3:20pm
Break

3:20pm

Broken Tribe: The Importance of Social Connection in the Context of Depression
Our modern society makes it easier to connect with people than ever before. Between improved transportation and the wide variety of communication via phone, email, text and social media we have little to stand in our way of reaching out to people and maintaining relationships. And yet, ironically, we also face an “epidemic”, so to speak, of loneliness. Loneliness, social isolation, and rejection are associated with a multitude of physical as well as psychological consequences. We are social creatures, and this “broken tribe” has serious repercussions on not just our adolescent and elderly populations, but on our population as a whole. This presentation will explore the meaning and importance of social connection, contributions of a broken tribe to depressive disorders and ways we can address certain aspects of depression by finding our tribe.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Turner

Tiffany Turner

BSc, ND Student
Tiffany Turner is a fourth year student at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine whose focus is on addressing the root cause of physical and psychological pain. Her research career began with comparative genomics using software modeling to annotate genomes of very small creatures... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 3:20pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom D

3:20pm

The Athlete's Gut - Potential Pitfalls When Fuelling for Modern Sports
The athlete’s gut is a double-edged sword; while regular training appears to provide a number of potentially beneficial changes to the gut microbiota (and overall health), gastrointestinal (GI) distress and issues with fuelling (both during and around training) are also some of the commonest problems associated with athletic performance. Traditional recommendations for athletes include a diet enriched with refined carbohydrates and prolonged periods training at a high percentage of VO2Max. However, both of these can be associated with negative effects on both the gut and overall performance. Additionally, a number of different foods and macronutrient balances can cause GI distress in athletes both during and outside of training. The ancestral athlete wishing to perform in a modern sport also tends to under-eat due to reduced energy density in their food, with a number of downstream negative effects. The underlying physiology, and strategies to optimise health and performance, will be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy Wood

Tommy Wood

MD, PhD
Dr. Tommy Wood is Chief Scientific Officer of Nourish Balance Thrive. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. He is the President... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 3:20pm - 4:00pm
Room 233/235

4:10pm

Introduction to Natural Movement and Developmental Progression
Can you sit, crawl, and get up from the ground like a human being? Can you move with a sense of effortlessness and fluidity in the real world, both inside and outside? This hands on movement experience will answer these questions, and introduce you to the fundamentals of developing efficiency in practical movement patterns. It’ll also introduce you to concepts that allow practitioners to progress in their movement abilities in an organized, systematic and tangible way that is increasingly being utilized by forward thinking healthcare and fitness professionals.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Clark

Danny Clark

BA
Danny Clark, CSCS is the Curriculum Director for MovNat, a method for restoring Natural Movement and human physical competence. As a former D1 wrestler and world medalist grappler, Danny experienced both the highs of elite level athletic performance and the lows of pain and discomfort... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom D
 
Friday, July 20
 

9:00am

Inuit Ketosis and the Arctic Variant of CPT1A: data, mechanisms, and evolutionary implications
Inuit peoples are among the many cultures with a traditional diet of predominantly animal sourced foods and negligible carbohydrate. One might expect, then, that they would have been in ketosis most of the time. Some historical evidence suggests otherwise, leading to intense debate. Because the Inuit have been treated as an archetype and historical precedent for nutritional ketosis, stakes in this outcome appear high. If even the Inuit were not in ketosis, it seems that adopting a long-term, ketogenic lifestyle may be misguided, perhaps even dangerous. In this talk, I will present existing literature reporting ketosis measurements in Inuit populations, and explain why they are difficult to interpret. I will delve into research on the CPT1A Arctic variant, its effects on fat metabolism, and its potential selective advantages. Finally I will discuss the relevance of these observations in the broader context of ketosis and historical human diets.

Speakers
avatar for Amber O'Hearn

Amber O'Hearn

MSc
Amber O’Hearn, M.Sc., is a data scientist by profession with a background in math, computer science, linguistics, and psychology. She has been studying and experimenting with ketogenic diets since 1997, and more recently writing and speaking about her findings. Her AHS16 review... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 9:00am - 9:40am
Room 233/235

9:00am

Virta 1 Year Clinical Trial Results and the Role of Health Coaching in Driving Patient Outcomes
Virta Health delivers a clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes and other chronic metabolic diseases without the use of medications or surgery. Among the 83% of patients completing at one year in our clinical trial, 60% of patients achieved diabetes reversal and 94% of insulin users reduced or eliminated usage altogether. Results extended beyond diabetes reversal with sustained improvements in blood pressure, inflammation, cardiovascular markers, insulin resistance and weight loss. We’ve reinvented the diabetes care model to provide continuous remote care via the Virta Clinic - individualized, on-demand access to a health coach and physician anytime, anywhere. Today we will explore the trial results, the role of health coaches, and the importance of developing an underlying coaching philosophy in helping patients through the change process.
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Speakers

Friday July 20, 2018 9:00am - 9:40am
Ballroom D

9:40am

Break: 10 minutes
Friday July 20, 2018 9:40am - 9:50am
Break

9:50am

Ketogenic diets for cancer
What makes us think that ketogenic diets will pay off in treatment of prevention of cancer? Our evolutionary past was more variable and less regular than today and ketone bodies were surely a food of our ancestors. The Warburg effect, simply understood as reliance of cancers on glycolysis (non-aerobic) even in the presence of oxygen, may be more dynamic process for coping with changing environment and we want to know where ketone bodies fit in. In this, we want to understand how caloric restriction, the only firmly established treatment or prevention of cancer, bears on de facto or explicit inclusion of carbohydrate restriction. Perhaps most elusive, we want to understand the effect of reactive oxygen species.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Feinman

Richard Feinman

PhD
Richard David Feinman is Professor of Cell Biology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Feinman’s current research interests are in application of ketogenic diets for cancer. Dr. Feinman has worked in several scientific areas... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am
Room 233/235

9:50am

The hidden epidemic under our noses
CFD, the hidden epidemic under our noses Why are teeth crooked? Sometimes a simple question can lead to a journey connecting a wide range of "modern" disease, which gets very personal. The suggestion is that the facial form of few, if any, modern humans fulfil their full genetic potential; due to changes in the environment; and faces which are not the right shape do not work correctly. All our ancestors from the dawn of time, and all the other 5,400 species of mammals, gained and maintained near perfectly aligned teeth, for their entire lives without any orthodontics. They never had "too many teeth" for their jaws. Craniofacial Dystrophy (CFD) proposes that crooked teeth, sleep apnea, jaw joint disorders, many otolaryngic diseases and forward head posture, are all symptoms of the same underlying problem. There is now also evidence linking this to MS and Alzheimer's Evolutionary medicine in its clearest for.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mew

Mike Mew

BDS (Bachelor in Dental Science),MSc in Orthodontics
Third generation orthodontist who has an interest in why teeth are crooked and making the world a better place. It's my objective to change a section of medicine and believe that I am currently gaining the best facial changes in children and young adults to date.


Friday July 20, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am
Ballroom D

10:30am

Break: 10 minutes
Friday July 20, 2018 10:30am - 10:40am
Break

10:40am

The Incredible Shrinking Face
Anthropologists have long reported that human craniofacial volumes have been diminishing since the advent of agriculture in the Middle East some 10-12,000 kya. Pre-industrial skeletal specimens reveal that H. sapiens had spent nearly their entire 250+ kya existence with wide palates, nasal cavities and faces. Soft tissues, such as brains and tongues, do not often get preserved within the fossil record, but anthropologists can nonetheless accurately infer brain and tongue volumes from the osseous structures that had been lifelong occupied by each of them. Given that functioning/resting tongues should help develop and occupy the palatal vault in a similar manner as do growing brains develop/occupy the cranial vault, it can also be accurately inferred that AMH’s had lived with well-postured and properly functioning tongues for the hundreds of thousands of years that had preceded the Industrial Revolution, which also implies optimal respiratory competence (i.e., habitual nose-breathing during wakefulness and sleep).

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Boyd

Kevin Boyd

DDS (Pediatric Dentist), MSc (Human Nutrition and Dietetics)
Dr. Kevin Boyd is a board certified Pediatric Dentist in Chicago. He teaches in the Pediatric Dentistry residency program at Lurie Children's Hospital and serves as a dental consultant to their sleep medicine clinic. Dr. Boyd is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 10:40am - 11:20am
Room 233/235

10:40am

The Role of Hyperinsulinemia in Chronic Diseases
Elevated circulating insulin or hyperinsulinemia is commonly observed in insulin resistant individuals. It is a compensatory mechanism to maintain normal blood glucose levels when cells become less responsive to insulin. Despite the observed normal blood glucose in some individuals, hyperinsulinemia remains an independent risk factor for various chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers and neurological disorders. While circulating insulin can be measured as an important disease biomarker, it is not typically tested in the clinical practice, even in the context of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes risk screening. Interventions that aim to prevent and manage chronic diseases must involve normalizing insulin as well as blood glucose.

Speakers
avatar for Rand Akasheh

Rand Akasheh

PhD
Rand Akasheh obtained her PhD degree in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She was a co-instructor of the course “Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Diseases” at UIC. Rand has focused her research... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 10:40am - 11:20am
Ballroom D

11:20am

Break: 10 minutes
Friday July 20, 2018 11:20am - 11:30am
Break

11:30am

Biohacking vs. Ancestral Living: Part 2
In 2016, Ben stepped up to the podium and AHS and asked: where do we draw the line between popular biohacking trends and natural, healthy living? When is biohacking too much? How can we merge an ancestral lifestyle with technology, supplements, consumer electronics and a modern world? A myriad of upgrades and developments have occurred on the biohacking and health scene since then, so now, in 2018, Ben is back with Part 2, in which he will explore the latest infatuation with upgrading one’s body, and how to navigate through the ideal combination of marrying ancestral wisdom to modern science.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield

MA
Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, obstacle course racer, human performance consultant, speaker and author of 13 books, including the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training”. Ben has been voted by the NSCA as America’s top Personal Trainer and by Greatist... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Ballroom D

11:30am

It's Not the COW, it's the HOW
Red meat has been unfairly vilified as unhealthy, bad for the environment, and unethical to eat. We in the ancestral health community know that red meat is great nutritionally, but some still don't understand the incredible benefits well-managed cattle can have on the land. Diana will discuss recent research showing that cattle can help sequester carbon and will critique the moral defense of vegetarianism, proving that eliminating them from our food system could cause more harm than good. She will also show a clip from her upcoming film project, "Kale vs. Cow: The Case for Better Meat".

Speakers
avatar for Diana Rodgers

Diana Rodgers

RD, LDN
Diana Rodgers, RD, LDN, is a “real food” nutritionist living on a working organic farm near Boston, Massachusetts that runs a vegetable and meat CSA. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks and runs a clinical nutrition practice. Diana writes and speaks about the intersection... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Room 233/235

12:10pm

Primal Play
Speakers
avatar for Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

MSc
Darryl Edwards, is a Natural Lifestyle Educator, movement coach, nutritionist and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process. Darryl is the author... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 12:10pm - 12:35pm
Ballroom D

12:10pm

Lunch
Friday July 20, 2018 12:10pm - 1:50pm
Break

1:50pm

Evolutionary Biology of Aging, Diet and Mismatch
Human health depends on age and evolutionary history. Firstly, adaptation is age-specific, with Hamilton's forces of natural selection leading to much greater adaptation at earlier ages than later ages. This of course is how evolutionary biologists explain the existence of aging in the first place. Secondly, when environmental conditions change, it takes surprisingly few generations for populations to adapt to such new conditions, at least at early ages when natural selection is intense. Thirdly, at later ages, when the forces of natural selection are weak, natural selection will often fail to produce adaptation to a selective environment that is not evolutionarily ancient. All three of these themes will be illustrated using both explicit mathematical theory and findings from experimental evolution. At the end of the presentation, we will apply these general scientific insights to the case of human evolutionary history, human aging, and optimal human diets.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Rose

Michael Rose

PhD
Michael R. Rose is a professor at the University of California, Irvine and the Director for the Network of Experimental Research on Evolution (NERE). His main research interests are the evolutionary biology of aging and experimental evolution.


Friday July 20, 2018 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom D

1:50pm

Phyto-biological Warfare: Antibacterial activity of plant compounds
The quinolone drugs are touted as being the first synthetic or "man-made" antibiotics. This presentation demonstrates how our research indicates that the mechanism of action observed in quinolone drugs such as ciprofloxacin has been present and utilized by plants as an adaptation against infections. Furthermore, drugs and plants within the quinolone family should be used with discretion in order to avoid deleterious side effects and to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Speakers
avatar for Guillermo Ruiz

Guillermo Ruiz

Guillermo Ruiz, NMD
Dr. Guillermo Ruiz has a deep love for botanical medicine and has presented nationally and internationally on to the topic. He currently holds a position as a research assistant at SCNM and works part time as a researcher at the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. His research... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Room 233/235

2:30pm

Break: 10 minutes
Friday July 20, 2018 2:30pm - 2:40pm
Break

2:40pm

Brave, Safe, & Effective Integrative Medicine: Getting Extraordinary Results for Your Patients and Clients
Abstract (<150 words)
Why practice an integrative approach to health?  To give your patients and clients the absolute best care.   But what does it really mean to be integrative?  And how can you be sure that you’re offering safe and effective information and treatment?  Join Erika Fayina Marie, LAc., MSOM, Dipl. Ac. as she explores concerns and leads participants to clarity through her own step-by-step methods.  Using a truly integrative approach to health, Erika has been able to restore kidney function, re-establish the health of a toddler's heart, reverse colitis, stop neuropathic pain, clear lifelong psoriasis, restore thyroid balance, and more.  Learn how you can incorporate Erika’s “outside-the-box” integrative approach to stop pain and resolve chronic, complex “mystery” conditions. Your patients – and your business – will benefit!      

Learning Objectives
1. Get fresh perspective on the power of integrative medicine (new providers and experienced practitioners alike)
2. Gain innovative ideas and effective integrative treatment approaches to restore failing vital organs 
3. Get clear, step-by-step methodologies for smart and safe integrative health recommendations


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Ballroom D

2:40pm

Building Your Baby From The Ground Up
The development of bipedal locomotion, walking, is the result of a complex neurosensorimotor process that evolution has honed over millenia. Without any technological intervention, our babies’ brains learn how to roll over, crawl, and walk. However, our culture has widely accepted and promoted the use of modern infant furniture, or orthotic devices, (Bumbo seats, Exersaucers, Jolly Jumpers, Infant Walkers) as beneficial and necessary for the development of sitting, crawling, or walking. Remarkably, infants don’t need any help in this process. In this presentation, we will learn why infant orthotic devices that are designed to “help” our children may actually be harming them. In “Building Your Baby From The Ground Up,” we make the case that a minimalistic and evolutionary model of infant motor pattern development is best, and that the less technology we use to help our children walk, the better and stronger they will be.

Speakers
avatar for Chris LoRang

Chris LoRang

DC
Dr. LoRang is a licensed chiropractic physician and summa cum laude graduate from Palmer College and was an honor student at the University of Iowa, graduating in 2007. He specializes in evidence-based pain management, infant motor pattern development, and lifestyle medicine. He treats... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

Circumcision Is Not Paleo
Of all the bodily features for which we should give evolution credit for having shaped meticulously due to intense selection pressures, the reproductive organs top this list. Yet, American cultural views in the last century have cast a shadow and inflicted grievous harm on the male penis by falsely claiming that the highly specialized foreskin is, at best, vestigial and useless, and, at worst, disturbing, unhygienic, and dangerous. The origins of both male and female circumcision as a common practice in the United States are neither religious nor medical as many believe, but specifically instituted to reduce sexual pleasure, and while female genital mutilation was made a felony in 1996, male genital mutilation persists. This talk will provide an in-depth appreciation of the anatomy and functions of the evolutionary marvel which is male foreskin as an argument for why men deserve the same right to genital integrity as women.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Welch

Stephanie Welch

BA, MA, LMT
Stephanie Welch has been an ancestral health advocate since 2010. Her penchant for disruptive anthropology has led her to investigate and challenge many commonly held beliefs and taboos about being a modern human. In addition to the original paleo focus on how to determine what constitutes... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
In 2015 we were contacted by Dr. Gauree Konijeti, Director of the IBD Program of Gastroenterology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. Dr. Konijeti told us that a patient had introduced her to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), and that she’d like to undertake a medical study of it to evaluate its potential efficacy for patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. The study was built on the framework of Angie’s diet and lifestyle program, SAD to AIP in SIX, which transitioned participants from a Standard American Diet to AIP over six weeks. Participants then spent five weeks in a maintenance phase. The results of the study were remarkable, with 73% of participants reaching clinical remission by week 6 and maintaining that remission during the maintenance phase. The authors concluded that this result rivals that of most drug therapies for IBD These results help the AIP community put data behind our conviction that this process is benefiting so many of us. More importantly, it opens the door for big conversations with the medical community and massive changes in the standard of care for those with autoimmune diseas. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5647120/

Speakers
avatar for Angie Alt

Angie Alt

NTC, CHC
avatar for Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott, NTP
MICKEY TRESCOTT, NTP, is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, chef, blogger, and author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of AIP Batch Cook, a video-based cooking program that teaches users how to prepare allergen-free... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

Iron: An Unrecognized Contingency
An excess of iron is implicated in many chronic diseases, but remains ignored in general nutrition advice. Popular medical opinion is that anemia is rampant and caused by iron deficiency, thus most grain-based foods in the United States are fortified with iron. However, anemia is diagnosed with a measurement of hemoglobin, not iron stores. As well, the resulting excess of unliganded iron in an iron fortified diet creates several contingencies such as hydroxyl radicals, fibrin clots in the blood, vascular calcification, and pathogen population increase. Iron levels are best managed with a diet containing substances that chelate iron in the gut or create proteins to chaperone iron in the bloodstream. Many of these dietary practices are under-appreciated by most professionals. In short, there is little recognition in general medical advice for the danger that unliganded iron poses and ways to guard against it.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Bussinger

Steven Bussinger

Steven Bussinger is an independent health researcher. He also co-hosts a podcast discussing nutritional science with a focus on alternative theories.


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

Paleolithic diets, and traditional and nontraditional risks for kidney disease
In comparison to typical western diets, Paleo diets may improve many of the traditional risks factors for renal disease such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, all of which lead to vascular damage and renal failure - as well as non-traditional factors such as hyperphosphatemia, hyperuricemia and low-grade metabolic acidosis, all considered to be uremic toxins that accumulate in renal failure and lead to further kidney damage.

Speakers
avatar for Lynda Frassetto

Lynda Frassetto

MD
Lynda Frassetto, MD, is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF). She continues to do research on paleolithic diets, renal transplant in HIV infection, and is now working with the bioartificial kidney group... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

The Family Medicine Physician of the Future
The role of today's family physician is changing more rapidly than at any other point in modern medicine. Family physicians have been classically trained to be able to care for people "from cradle to grave," however, with the rise of specialization, coupled with vast advances in medical knowledge, the scope and expectations of a family physician is undergoing a radical shift. Joyful and successful family physicians of the future must become experts in truly removing barriers to wellness at all stages of life, preparing and supporting families to raise empowered and healthy children. The family physician of the future will utilize technology in real time to communicate with patients, will employ innovative self tracking and educational platforms to help patients make meaningful change, and above all, will approach disease and wellness utilizing an ancestral or evolutionary framework.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott

MD
Rob Abbott M.D. is a second year family medicine resident at the Virginia Commonwealth University- Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Front Royal, Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia (U.Va.) School of Medicine where he served as a student ambassador... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

When Food-as-Pharma Backfires: Oxalate and the Iatrogenics of Medical Foods
The public’s use of high oxalate foods in hopes of reversing health problems “naturally” is prompting an ever-increasing number of case reports of severe kidney damage. This presentation will: 1) discuss these cases; 2) discuss the hidden problems non-renal oxalate damage; and, 3) examine the flaws in our modern mindset that prompt us to routinely violate key features of ancestral lifestyles, putting the general public and metabolically fragile persons at risk for unexpected injury from “health foods”.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Norton

Sally Norton

BSc, MPH
Sally K. Norton holds a degree in Nutrition from Cornell University (BS ) and in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill (Master’s in Public Health Leadership). Her career in health promotion includes designing and delivering programs in the inner city; research on health issues in poor... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

3:20pm

Primal Posture to Support Your Inner Athlete
Physical activity is a critical part of human wellness. Our bodies are designed to serve us in athletic endeavors for a lifetime. However, in modern societies, people often misuse their bodies and develop musculoskeletal challenges that lead them to abandon sports and physical activity. Of all the common everyday movements that are poorly executed, bending stands out as one of the most harmful. We will explore the merits of hip-hinging—the healthy bending form of our ancestors—and how it can help us avoid disc damage, ligament laxity, and muscle dysfunction in athletics and beyond. We will also examine why healthy bending is commonly found in high-level athletes, but rarely in the general population. Using images of athletes and non-industrialized populations for inspiration, participants will be guided in healthy hip-hinging.

Speakers
avatar for Monisha White

Monisha White

Gokhale Method Teacher
Monisha White is a Stanford University graduate and qualified teacher of the Gokhale Method, a system of healthy posture and movement. Monisha’s passion in wellness began with athletics and nutrition. Sports have played a large role throughout her life; she is a world champion in... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Ballroom D

4:10pm

Evolutionary mismatches and cancer: how the interplay between our physiology and the modern environment promotes the development of cancer
This presentation will explore how evolutionary mismatches in our modern environment interact with our normal physiology to promote the development of cancer. There is currently an ongoing debate on whether cancer is metabolic or genetic in origin. This is an overly reductionist view that rarely gives a patient any actionable information. Patients commonly ask why they developed cancer to which the answer is most definitely multifactorial. Viewing cancer within an ancestral framework opens a discussion with patients on the many factors that lead to cancer development. Furthermore, it empowers the patient by providing a holistic framework that can aid in cancer prevention, treatment and recovery.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Kozin

Adam Kozin

ND.
Dr. Adam Kozin is a naturopathic oncology resident at Naturopathic Specialists, LLC. He has carried out research at SCNM and the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. He has presented his research at the Society for Integrative Oncology and Oncology Association of Naturopathic... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 4:10pm - 4:50pm
Ballroom D

4:10pm

Extended Q&A with Kevin Boyd & Mike Mew
Speakers
avatar for Kevin Boyd

Kevin Boyd

DDS (Pediatric Dentist), MSc (Human Nutrition and Dietetics)
Dr. Kevin Boyd is a board certified Pediatric Dentist in Chicago. He teaches in the Pediatric Dentistry residency program at Lurie Children's Hospital and serves as a dental consultant to their sleep medicine clinic. Dr. Boyd is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania... Read More →
avatar for Mike Mew

Mike Mew

BDS (Bachelor in Dental Science),MSc in Orthodontics
Third generation orthodontist who has an interest in why teeth are crooked and making the world a better place. It's my objective to change a section of medicine and believe that I am currently gaining the best facial changes in children and young adults to date.


Friday July 20, 2018 4:10pm - 4:50pm
Room 233/235

5:00pm

Intellectual Property for the Health Entrepreneur
An aspiring health entrepreneur has a lot to think about, but have you considered protecting your intellectual property rights as you grow your business? IP accounts for up to 90% of the value of a modern business, and acquiring them at appropriate stages protects your name, content, and technology, deters casual infringers, and attracts investors and licensees. In this workshop tailored for health entrepreneurs, you will learn what sort of IP is worth protecting in the health world, best practices to follow, and how to find the right lawyer for the job. Find out the basics of IP law before the law finds you!

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Kuo

Benjamin Kuo

Esq.
Benjamin Kuo is a patent attorney and former computer engineer with a solo IP practice based in Los Angeles, specializing in helping smaller entities obtain IP protection. In addition to patent filings, he also supports litigation and consults with practitioners on Patent and Trademark... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Ballroom D

5:00pm

Primal Play
Speakers
avatar for Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

MSc
Darryl Edwards, is a Natural Lifestyle Educator, movement coach, nutritionist and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process. Darryl is the author... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 233/235
 
Saturday, July 21
 

9:00am

Implications of Evolutionary Mismatch in Public Health
Evolutionary mismatch is now understood to affect many aspects of modern life but has had little discussion in the field of Public Health. However, a wide variety of mismatches both damage the health of populations and reduce the effectiveness of Public Health interventions known to improve overall population health. Intervention strategies that are negatively impacted by mismatch include maternal and infant care efforts, drug treatment programs, vaccination programs, sex education efforts, and attempts to reduce exposure to toxins. These mismatches include both genetic causes of mismatch (e.g., cognitive biases, metabolic constraints) and cultural causes of mismatch (e.g., affiliation with political parties, religious organizations, or other groups that influence individuals to act against their own interests). As Co-Director of a Public Health program teaching an undergraduate Public Health course titled, "Environmental and Evolutionary Health," I will address some of the mismatches affecting Public Health included in this course.

Speakers
avatar for George Diggs

George Diggs

George Diggs, Ph.D.
George Diggs is an evolutionary biologist and Co-Director of the Public Health Program at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. His research and teaching interests include evolution as it relates to human health, biogeography, plant defense, and the plants of Texas. He has co-authored... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 9:00am - 9:40am
Ballroom D

9:00am

Voices of the Gods: How We Lost Our Minds to Agriculture
Julian Jaynes' "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" posits a provocative but well-supported thesis: inhabitants of early agricultural civilizations were not conscious as we are today. They literally heard the voices of their gods, who commanded them to sow and reap and build monuments in the most rigid, authoritarian, hierarchical societies ever to exist - “palace economies.” What if this were true? In this presentation, I unite several well-substantiated but orphaned theories and inconvenient facts from archaeology, botany, history, medicine, and psychology - including work by and about Julian Jaynes, Gobekli Tepe, Wadley and Martin, clinical schizophrenia, Richard Dawkins, and Jonathan Sauer - into a startling yet coherent narrative that explains how we literally lost our minds to wheat-based agriculture, and only regained consciousness after thousands of years.

Speakers
avatar for J. Stanton

J. Stanton

J. Stanton is one of the few remaining polymaths in a world of increasing specialization. In addition to his extensive research on nutrition and metabolism in an evolutionary and biochemical context, presented at previous AHS conferences and at gnolls.org, he has written and published... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 9:00am - 9:40am
Room 233/235

9:40am

Break: 10 minutes
Saturday July 21, 2018 9:40am - 9:50am
Break

9:50am

Food and Mood
What is the latest scientific evidence about food and mood in 2018. Since you are what you eat, your brain is affected by dietary intake. This exciting research is updated every year. Learn what to eat, what to avoid, and the latest about the gut-brain connection.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Deans

Emily Deans

MD
Emily Deans MD is a psychiatrist practicing in Boston. She is the author of the blog, Evolutionary Psychiatry at Psychology Today, exploring the links between genes, environment, lifestyle, and mental health.


Saturday July 21, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am
Ballroom D

9:50am

Why Elephants Don’t Get Cancer, Why Humans Do, And What To Do About It: Using Evolution to Enhance Cancer Treatment
Single-celled organisms are forced to multitask. With the evolution of multicellularity came many advantages, mostly the advantages of tissue specialization, but also, sex. There is a dark side to multicellularity, however: cancer. In fact, tumor formation is nearly universal in multicellular organisms.

Even so, the propensity to develop cancer varies widely among species: in rodents, cancer is nearly ubiquitous by the old age of two years. In contrast, elephants, over a life span of several decades, almost never develop cancer. (This is “Peto’s Paradox,” and the reason will be explained in this lecture.) Humans fall in between these extremes.

Why would cancer remain in the gene pool at all? There is evidence that the very traits that confer greater fertility to individual humans, and hence, reproductive success, also increase the risk of cancer.

On the level of the biosphere, cancer emerges along with reproductive advantages. Within the individual, cancer is an analogous evolutionary process. Cancer growth and spread takes place in an ecological system, the body, with its various metabolic niches that encourage variation in cancer cell phenotypes. (Recall from evolutionary biology that phenotype, not genotype, is the unit of natural selection.)

Cancer cells, as do any living entity, must deal with the realities of their immediate environment. The spatial arrangement of cancer cells, the “neighborhood,” and even the blocks within that neighborhood are not equal in terms of benefit to the cancer cell. Different neighborhoods give rise to different phenotypes: those cancer cells near a blood vessel enjoy greater access to oxygen, nutrients, and a pleasant, alkaline pH, whereas those farther away from the vascular supply are relatively deprived of these things. In fact, the position of a tumor cell on the pH, oxygen, and nutrient gradients within a single tumor mass determines its resistance to certain treatments, and also its propensity to metastasize, or spread.

With application of treatment, individual cancer cells susceptible to that treatment are destroyed. However, this leaves those cancer cells resistant to treatment to repopulate the tumor. With the the treatment-susceptible cells now gone, the treatment-resistant cells now have unencumbered access to all the supplies needed for unencumbered growth. They are enjoying the new lack of competition, called in evolutionary biology “competitive release.” They therefore grow quickly and repopulate the tumor.

The conventional treatment paradigm we oncologists work under advises using the “maximum tolerated dose,” MTD, applied at specific, non-varying frequencies. This is an attempt to kill as many tumor cells as possible while avoiding (sometimes just barely) killing the patient.

This model predictably engenders emergence of treatment-resistance in tumors, and such treatment has now been shown not to prolong survival, but to accelerate death in patients with “incurable” cancers. This is competitive release in action. In a bad way.

This lecture will explore recent research that has successfully challenged that approach, a new treatment paradigm called “adaptive therapy,” and based on the principles of evolution and ecology. Precedents include ecological theory that has devised successful approaches to pest management in agriculture, which mandates avoiding “competitive release” of resistant organisms. That is, total destruction of the pest is avoided in favor of “control,” a new equilibrium allowing lower—and tolerable—levels of the pest to survive.

In cancer treatment, the adaptive therapy approach uses small doses of several different drugs, applied singly or in combination, with long treatment breaks, and at intervals varying according to the patient’s response rather than calendar time. This is what differentiates adaptive therapy from “metronomic” chemotherapy.

The adaptive approach eschews “maximal tolerated dose” and maximum tumor cell kill in favor of reducing and maintaining some tumor burden indefinitely, but at a level where the patient is asymptomatic. In other words, instead of aiming for cure (not possible for the most common metastatic cancers of late adulthood), the goal is to keep the patient alive and feeling well. The population of treatment sensitive cells is put to work as competitive inhibitors of treatment-resistant cells.

Integrated into this approach are dietary maneuvers, such as carbohydrate restriction, exercise, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, etc. These may require specific timing in tumor evolution and treatment for optimal benefit.

The success of the “adaptive therapy” approach is predicted by mathematical models of cancer treatment employing “game theory.” The success of adaptive therapy over MTD has been corroborated in early clinical trials in patients with advanced metastatic prostate cancer and small cell lung cancer. However, the adaptive model is not for use in pediatric cancer, of which 85% are curable even in advanced stages, or in cancers of adulthood shown to be curable with conventional approaches.

Goals:
Participants will be able to:

• Discuss the evolutionary reasons behind Peto’s paradox: why some multicellular organisms rarely develop cancer, and why humans are prone to cancer.

• Discuss the limitations of the “maximum tolerated dose” paradigm when used in treatment of most advanced, incurable metastatic cancers of adults, and contrast it with the “adaptive therapy” model.


Speakers
avatar for Dawn Lemanne

Dawn Lemanne

MD, MPH
Pursuing an interest in cancer and nuclear radiation, Dr. Lemanne majored in biophysics at UC Berkeley. She graduated with academic distinction, and upon entering medical school at UC San Francisco was named Regents’ Scholar, the highest academic award granted by the University... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am
Room 233/235

10:30am

Break: 10 minutes
Saturday July 21, 2018 10:30am - 10:40am
Break

10:40am

Navigating the Matrix: Facing Modern Realities in the Quest for Ancestral Health
Why on earth do paleo and ketogenic diets consistently appear dead last on the annual U.S. News & World Report "top 100 list of best diets"? Why, after innumerable studies dispelling the myths of low-fat, grain-based diets and the farce of mainstream dietary guidelines has near-zero progress been made toward overhauling this antiquated system? Why are responsible physicians like Dr. Timothy Noakes, Dr. Gary Fetteke and others harassed, investigated and dragged through the mud over benign (and accurate) remarks? And what will it take for us to transcend the Matrix and achieve ancestral health in an increasingly health-hostile modern world? This talk boldly looks at real evidence of what lies behind all the confusion and how we can actually take charge of this dystopic reality. The solutions are there, but are you prepared to take the red pill or the blue pill?

Speakers
avatar for Nora Gedgaudas

Nora Gedgaudas

CNS, NTP, BCHN
Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a board-certified clinical neurofeedback specialist with over 20-years of clinical experience. A recognized authority on ketogenic, ancestrally-based nutrition, she is a popular speaker and educator and the author of the... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 10:40am - 11:20am
Room 233/235

10:40am

The VA Beach Diet Study: A comparison of the effects of Plant-based, Mediterranean, Paleolithic, and DASH Diets on cardiovascular disease risk
We compared the effects of one of four diets (plant based - vegan, Mediterranean, DASH and Paleo) in a group of older non-diabetic adults with cardiovascular risk factors attending a cardiology clinic in suburban Virginia. Subjects were followed weekly for 60 days, evaluating weight, blood pressure (BP), and markers of glucose and lipid control. All parameters were re-evaluated at a follow up visit after 6 months. Subjects lost weight and lowered their BP and insulin resistance with all diets, both at 60 days and 6 months. Lipid levels and fasting glucose changes were variable.

Speakers
avatar for Lynda Frassetto

Lynda Frassetto

MD
Lynda Frassetto, MD, is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF). She continues to do research on paleolithic diets, renal transplant in HIV infection, and is now working with the bioartificial kidney group... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 10:40am - 11:20am
Ballroom D

11:20am

Break: 10 minutes
Saturday July 21, 2018 11:20am - 11:30am
Break

11:30am

Menopause and Uterine Fibroids from an Integrative Historical and Physiological Perspective
This paper proposes an integrative approach to thinking about menopause and uterine fibroids, drawing on evidence of these questions in medical historical texts of the nineteenth century, looking at cross-cultural comparative anthropological data, and at current biomedical research models of explanation for menopause symptomology and uterine fibroid growth. Triangulating these different perspectives, I propose a view of women's sexual ageing in modernity that takes account of evolutionary, physiological and cultural pressures on female bodies in the shift to industrial lifeways.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Moore

Alison Moore

BA, PhD
Alison M. Moore is research and teaching historian at Western Sydney University, specialising in the history of sexuality and medicine. Her work seeks an integrative bio-cultural persective on questions of medical and health history.


Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Ballroom D

11:30am

Microcrystals, Ketosis and Time Restricted Feeding in Polycystic Kidney Disease
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a monogenic disease affecting nearly 1:400 individuals, characterized by the accumulation of large, fluid-filled cysts that slowly replace healthy tissue until organ failure. These cystic cells also exhibit altered cellular metabolism favoring primarily glucose. The slow-onset of PKD implies environmental factors as causative agents for cyst growth with diet appearing to strongly effect PKD outcome as PKD patients suffer more frequently from metabolic disease and nephrolithiasis. By using an evolutionary perspective, we identified potential dietary causes of cyst growth and interventions for the treatment of PKD. Previously our lab found that caloric restriction effectively reduced disease progression in a rodent model of PKD and recently, we found that both a ketogenic diet and time restricted feeding reduce disease severity. Additionally, we discovered an evolutionarily conserved mechanism for the normal clearance of kidney microcrystals which appears to be aberrantly activated in PKD leading to cyst growth.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Torres

Jacob Torres

PhD
I am a Post-Doctoral researcher in the lab of Thomas Weimbs at the University California Santa Barbara and received my Ph.D. in cellular biology. Since 2015, I have coached at Innate Fitness Santa Barbara. My research combines my interests in health and wellness applied to the study... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Room 233/235

12:10pm

Animal Moves
Speakers
avatar for Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

MSc
Darryl Edwards, is a Natural Lifestyle Educator, movement coach, nutritionist and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process. Darryl is the author... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 12:10pm - 12:35pm
Ballroom D

12:10pm

Lunch
Saturday July 21, 2018 12:10pm - 1:50pm
Break

1:50pm

Evolutionary Mismatch is a Metatheory for Chronic Disease States
Evolutionary mismatch occurs when the current environment contains features that are different from the statistically-recurrent features present throughout a species’ evolutionary history. When this happens, adaptations selected to operate well in the context of those ancestral features may fail in the novel environment. Mismatches are occurring in the wild (as well as in captive environments) often due to human-induced rapid environmental change—frequently causing organisms to be caught in what are called “evolutionary traps,” and researchers are starting to recognize and actually employ these traps to control certain species Ancestral health, as a field of Darwinian medicine, can benefit from adopting a species-spanning, abstract understanding of mismatch such that mismatch effects—which can be thought of as “environmental mutations”—can provide the conceptual breakthrough that is needed to make serious progress at combating chronic disease, similar to how understanding microbes provided the conceptual breakthrough that made the germ theory possible.

Speakers
avatar for J. Brett Smith

J. Brett Smith

BS, BA, MS, PhD Student
J. Brett Smith holds degrees in biology and philosophy from the University of Alabama. In spite of being a lifelong runner, and college and men’s club rugby player, he narrowly averted lifelong suffering from metabolic syndrome having hit early middle-age at the time “paleo... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Room 233/235

1:50pm

New Zealand Maori Environmental Science: Ancient Māori physical activity learnt from the environment.
Dr. Ihi Heke is a Post Doctoral Researcher to Awanuiarangi specifically in health, physical education and environmental science. Currently involved in a number of national and international projects, Dr Heke recently completed a research project with Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) where he was funded by the Global Obesity Prevention Centre to conduct a study using traditional indigenous health approaches alongside Systems Dynamics. Dr Heke is also an honorary research fellow to the University of Auckland in Biostatistics and previously held roles in Physical Education at the University of Otago. Dr Heke has a number of other roles including elite athlete performance consultant to New Zealand Sport, a qualified swim coach and specialist motorsport performance advisor. Dr Heke recently completed writing the Atua Matua Indigenous Health Framework. Locally, the Atua Matua approach has been used by the Ministry of Education to review the health curriculum, by the Ministry of Health - Healthy Families New Zealand, Auckland Regional Council, Toi Tangata National Minority Health Provider, Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa Tribal Sport Provider, Te Kura Kaupapa o Kaikohe Māori immersion school and Te Aitanga a Hauiti Hauora Maori health organisation. Dr Heke is a strong supporter of mountain and river connections that can be converted into traditional physical activity and training opportunities suggesting that gains in health can be incidental outcomes that begin with whakapapa (lineage) connections to places. In this capacity Dr Heke has developed a number of ‘Virtual Tours’ that use Google Earth as the platform for delivering indigenous knowledge at a regional level with increased gains in health, physical activity and environmental science.
                                                       
    

Speakers
avatar for Ihirangi Heke

Ihirangi Heke

P.G Dip.Sci Environmental Management, Ph.D.


Saturday July 21, 2018 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom D

2:30pm

Break: 10 minutes
Saturday July 21, 2018 2:30pm - 2:40pm
Break

2:40pm

You're the Doc: Interactive Case Studies in Ancestral and Functional Medicine
Speakers
avatar for Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott

MD
Rob Abbott M.D. is a second year family medicine resident at the Virginia Commonwealth University- Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Front Royal, Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia (U.Va.) School of Medicine where he served as a student ambassador... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Ballroom D

2:40pm

Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

MSc
Darryl Edwards, is a Natural Lifestyle Educator, movement coach, nutritionist and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process. Darryl is the author... Read More →
avatar for Nora Gedgaudas

Nora Gedgaudas

CNS, NTP, BCHN
Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a board-certified clinical neurofeedback specialist with over 20-years of clinical experience. A recognized authority on ketogenic, ancestrally-based nutrition, she is a popular speaker and educator and the author of the... Read More →
avatar for Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield

MA
Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, obstacle course racer, human performance consultant, speaker and author of 13 books, including the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training”. Ben has been voted by the NSCA as America’s top Personal Trainer and by Greatist... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

A Paradigm Shift in Nutrition Education: An Evolutionary Whole Foods Perspective
The current paradigm in nutrition education not only teaches inaccurate information to students but also lacks the promotion of a healthy relationship with food. The reductionist approach highlighted by the vast majority of nutrition curricula mirrors the research methodology that has led to the misguided dietary recommendations promoted by the government and healthcare professionals alike. In order to move the wisdom of ancestral nutrition into the mainstream, we need to reteach the subject at a very fundamental level. Use of an evolutionary approach to nutrition education that puts food, rather than nutrients, first is the only way that we can begin to change the perspective on healthy food for healthcare professionals and the general public on a large scale. It is time to rise from the underground!

Speakers
MS

Megan Sanctuary

MS, PhD
Megan R. Sanctuary MS, PhD, is a nutrition researcher and instructor. She has conducted research concerning the immunologic properties of human and bovine milk and the effects on the gut microbiota. She also has expertise on preconception diets, diets for pregnancy and lactation as... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

Ancestral Health is Psychological Health
Diet and lifestyle choices are the foundation of the ancestral movements message of consciousness. Changes in these areas often feel daunting with adoption rates low for long-term lifestyle changes. Learning how to establish a road map increases success rates when using a lens inclusive of the psychological tools one needs to establish a foundation for long-term sustainable outcomes using ancestral principles. Informed and influenced by the science regarding sustainable change one can begin to develop steps for long term goals using a Paleolithic lens. These steps filled with simple accessible tools everyone can use across all cultures toward sustainable lifestyle changes.

Speakers
avatar for Diane 'V' Capaldi

Diane 'V' Capaldi

Community Psychology Specialist
Highly accomplished visionary, leader, entrepreneur, teacher & executive with a 35 plus year history of successful startups, creating movements, educating & empowering the community. V has a MAP with a focus on community considers herself a miracle. Today V is considered the most... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

GI Pathogens: The Tip of the Iceberg
GI tract infections are a common contributor to disease and cause acute andchronic symptomology. It is important for practitioners working with any client to understand that while it is important to treat these infections directly, even more important is to consider why the client was initially infected. The goal of this educational session is to provide participants with a complete background of GI pathogens, how they are contracted, using lab panels to detect infections, explain why common treatments fail, and provide practical and specific information on how to work with clients in health building which includes specific dietary practices, that will protect them from further infection. It is imperative that steps are taken to address the underlying health issues that contribute to susceptibility of GI infections.

Speakers
avatar for Reed Davis

Reed Davis

FDN-P, CNA, BioHealth Clinical Advisor
Over 11,000 clients with varying health issues have been helped to regain normal function and health because of Reed Davis & Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) . FDN is a holistic discipline that employs functional laboratory assessments and interpretations that identify malfunctions... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

Lessons from Ancestral Eating: What Pedagogy is Getting Wrong When Training our Dietitians and Nutritionists in Adult Weight Management
Training for nutritionists and dietitians is based on Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, but they are clearly not effective for creating sustainable weight loss in adults. Even with more holistic approaches to weight management, like mindful eating, intuitive eating, positive psychology, and the Health at Every Size model, which propose that restrictions placed on eating are at the root of overeating, are not effective at creating lasting change either. Examining the various naturally occurring restrictions that were present for our ancestors can provide insights into effective strategies to bridge the gap between our modern hyper-palatable food environment and our evolutionary mis-matched tendencies toward adiposity.

Speakers
avatar for Carole Freeman

Carole Freeman

CN, CHt
Carole Freeman completed her master’s degree in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology at Bastyr University and a Certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy from The Wellness Institute. After a disabling car accident in 2014, Carole discovered the healing power of the ketogenic diet... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

The Diminished Modern Brain
The modern human lifestyle is posing a serious threat to human brain health; and may be permanently altering the brain for the worse. Humans now have exposures to chemicals from plastics, herbicides and metals that are not only decreasing brain resiliency, but boosting rates of neurological disease. The Homo sapien brain is not built to withstand the level of stress, screen use, artificial light, chemical exposure, lack of sleep and poor nutrition that is the new normal for many people. As the brain attempts to adapt to this new landscape, disease rates are climbing and function is decreasing. What can be done to reverse this disturbing trend?

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Aguilar

Jennifer Aguilar

MHEd, CBFC
Jennifer has a BA in Infant/Human Development and her MS in Health Education. She is also a Certified Brain Fitness Coach. She's advised top-tier natural/organic companies, in addition to working with hundreds of private clients. Jennifer was a community and parent health educator... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

2:40pm

Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity: What do we know and what is suspected?
Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Though the Ancestral Health Community discusses treatment of autoimmune disease, it doesn’t often discuss the source of them. As with all drugs, there are side effects to vaccines and one side effect is autoimmune reactions. This session will review the primary mechanisms of vaccine-induced autoimmunity, with an emphasis on molecular mimicry, repeated immune activation and aluminum-triggered responses. It will start with the most certain reactions (those compensated by the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) and the pandemic flu shot (H1N1) causing narcolepsy then move to more recent and less certain associations. Some genetic variants increase the risk of an autoimmune reaction, which will also be discussed. Finally, the presentation will conclude with several key modifications that could be made to both vaccines and the vaccine program to reduce the occurrence of autoimmune reactions.

Speakers
avatar for André Angelantoni

André Angelantoni

BSc
André Angelantoni has been investigating the science of Ancestral Health since discovering it in 2010. Using evolutionary principles, he modified his diet, lost weight and feels healthier than ever. He is the project lead of an international team putting together The Vaccine Course... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ballrooms B/C

3:20pm

The art and science of self-regulation in the modern world.
As a somatic yoga therapy teacher and movement instructor, I would like offer stress management practices to help people not just relax but find more what makes them connect to their intentions, emotions, values, and support systems to thrive in this modern world. This interactive class will incorporate both western and eastern philosophies - along with evidence based practices - on self-regulation through movement, meditation, touch, and social connection informed through yoga therapy, my experience as an instructor, and modern science.

Speakers
avatar for Angeles Rios

Angeles Rios

Somatic Yoga Therapy and iREST Level 1
I use an integrative approach to movement to help people move smarter and get stronger. I found this path to wellness through my own need to heal and feel strong and healthy in my body. After many years of meditation, yoga, pilates and experimenting with nutrition I have developed... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Ballroom D

4:10pm

Are we carnivores? Implications for protein consumption
Past attempts to estimate the plant: animal ratio of the Paleolithic Diet (e.g., Eaton and Konner, 1985; Cordain et al., 2000; Marlowe, 2005; Kuipers et al., 2010) were based mainly on recent hunter-gatherers’ data. I show that the available ethnographic data is misleading in that it is historically inaccurate and even if it were, significant technological and ecological changes since the Paleolithic prevents the application of this data to the prediction of Paleolithic diets.Archaeology is also a poor source of quantitative prediction of the plant: animal ratio of the Paleolithic diet since plants residues are only rarely preserved.This state of affairs leaves the human physiological record, such as anatomy, metabolism, and genes, as the primary source where an evolutionary record of past plant: animal ratio in the diet is preserved. This record is reviewed, and a clear picture of the plant: animal ratio to which we evolved emerges.

Speakers
avatar for Miki Ben-Dor

Miki Ben-Dor

BA, MBA, Doctoral candidate
After publishing three scientific papers, Miki Ben-Dor has recently presented his PHD thesis at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Tel Aviv. He has a BA in Economics and an MBA. During the last 9 years he has researched the dietary context of human evolution. Miki... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 4:10pm - 4:50pm
Room 233/235

4:10pm

Breaking Free of the Human Zoo: how environmental mismatch manipulates you into being warden, guard and prisoner
Consider that our species, and any animal unlucky enough to be fed and “cared for” by us, are the only living entities in nature that have to contend with physical abnormalities, emotional and temperament distress, and a myriad of diseases unknown to their wild kin. And interestingly enough, we more readily identify the problem of “environmental mismatch” in captive and domesticated species than we do in ourselves. Might that be because we fail, in our self-aggrandizing hubris, to even recognize ourselves as true animals? As if our highly complex brains, opposable thumbs, and technical prowess have somehow elevated us beyond the reach of Nature’s dictates? How can we as a species guard against both the overt and unintended social and environmental “imprisonment” that we as a species face? How can we reach for the stars while remaining within our assigned biological orbit? To escape the Human Zoo, we must first come face-to-face with our principle keeper: ourselves.

Speakers
avatar for Keith & Michelle Norris

Keith & Michelle Norris

Keith Norris, Co-Founder, Paleo f(x) / Michelle Norris, Co-Founder, Paleo f(x)
Keith and Michelle Norris are the owners and co-founders of Paleo f(x), the largest of-its-kind event in the world.


Saturday July 21, 2018 4:10pm - 4:50pm
Ballroom D

4:50pm

Closing Remarks
Saturday July 21, 2018 4:50pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom D

5:00pm

Primal Play
Speakers
avatar for Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

MSc
Darryl Edwards, is a Natural Lifestyle Educator, movement coach, nutritionist and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process. Darryl is the author... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Ballroom D