This post has been a long time in coming. Bits and pieces have been in the draft since long before the Ancestral Health Symposium this past August even took place. The abstracts and bios had been online for quite some time prior, so I had a pretty good idea of what was to transpire. Indeed, I had intended to blog on this before AHS14 just to "compare notes" after all was said and done and had done quite a bit of research.
For an organization and event containing the words "ancestral health", the program in general seemed lacking in relevant material. Paleo was a less often heard term this year, yet it was sadly not replaced by discussions of more recent and/or definable ancestral diets. You know ... those that promoted health up until, in many cases, the 20th century and beyond?
The nods to discussion of the lifestyles of ancestral cultures were clustered together on Day Two of the symposium, all of the shorter 20 minute variety, there along the right side of my screen shot at right. This was announced around the time I had been reviewing The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, wherein she misrepresented the traditional diets of just about everyone she discussed in her book. But most prominently, were the diets of those indigenous to North America whom she described as subsisting practically entirely on buffalo meat from sea to shining sea. I was also deep into researching the truth about Ancel Keys, prompted by the hatchet job done on him at the hands of Teicholz. Thus, the second two presentations caught my eye. They will be the focus of this post, but I'll include all four in summary, for reasons that should become clear. (Each heading to follow links directly to the YouTube video, the abstracts and bios are from the preceding AHS14 program link.)