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Friday, August 12
 

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Ancestral Birth
If we look back to anthropological accounts of birth in pre-civilized human groups, or attend to the myth and lore surrounding birth in indigenous communities, we discover that the birthing process was not always laden with the dread it elicits in the modern world. Unfortunately, in recent times nutrient deficits, morphological distortions arising from sedentism, the impacts of trauma, and other factors have rendered birth more challenging. In the medicalization of birth rampant in the Western world, a cascade of interventions is often employed that disempower birthing women, create deleterious health consequences for mother and baby, and interrupt the bonding process now known to be crucial for the psychological development of the young (the rate for caesarean birth in the United States is now 33%). We will discuss why this is so, as well as how we can assist and empower birthing women in the prenatal, birthing, and postpartum phases.

Presenters
avatar for Lina Sylvae

Lina Sylvae

BA
Lina Sylvae is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and doula (birth attendant). She has engaged in over a decade of dedicated inquiry into human health and healing, researching plant medicine, nutrition, movement, and strategies for the support of birthing people. She offers birth support... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: APOA2 Gene Polymorphisms and Saturated Fat
It is widely understood in the ancestral health community that an individual's genes may determine their response to varying foods. An estimated 1 in 6 people carry the homozygous minor alleles in the gene responsible for coding the APO A2 protein, resulting in a deviant response to foods containing saturated fat with regards to BMI, satiety, and CVD risk. The variations in the APO A2 gene has become one of the most researched gene-diet interactions to date. A review of the current body of literature, including a critical examination of methods used in various experiments, may serve attendees in learning how to determine whether they or their clients may carry the homozygous CC polymorphism, and what practical modifications to diet may be necessary to facilitate desirable satiety, body composition, and chronic disease risk.

Presenters
avatar for David Palmer

David Palmer

BS. Applied Nutrition
David Palmer has been engaged with the ancestral health movement since first reading Loren Cordain's "The Paleo Diet for Athletes" in 2007. Since graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Nutrition, he has been working at The Food Trust, one of the top-ranked "high impact... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Botanical Medicine—The Evolutionary Relationship between Humans and Medicinal Plants
For generations humans have used plant materials as medicine, we rely on historical data and tradition to guide their use. This presentation explores the use of botanicals for their oncolytic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Our studies, have been able to identify and validate botanical extractions with medicinal properties by using evolutionary data, traditional knowledge and laboratory proof of their efficacy. Additionally, we will explore possible mechanisms of action and synergism within botanical extractions. Finally, this presentation provides with guidelines to assure the safe implementation of botanicals in our evidence based world and precautions for their proper applications.

Presenters
avatar for Guillermo Ruiz

Guillermo Ruiz

ND candidate
Guillermo Ruiz is a third year naturopathic medical student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He aims to use his research to advance evidence-based medicine, and focuses on finding evolutionary connections between our modern and traditional health care systems. Guillermo... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Challenging Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
When it comes to cardiovascular disease we are trained as physicians to focus on traditional Framingham risk factors with the goal to lower cholesterol. Statistically noisy, including the updated 2013 guidelines, these methods do a poor job of predicting risk. We need better tools. Disorders of Insulin metabolism including hyperinsulinemia and Insulin resistance are mostly underdiagnosed conditions and yet provide clarity as to the root cause of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Joseph Kraft, the father of the insulin assay, in his career noted that almost 75% of his study population had disorders of insulin metabolism and yet were missed via standard testing. He calls this “diabetes in-situ” and through his work as a pathologist concluded that the damage of diabetes is vascular. “Those with cardiovascular disease not identified with diabetes… are simply undiagnosed” in the words of Dr. Kraft. We will look at traditional cardiovascular risk assessment and compare it to more modern methods, including the insulin assay and advanced CV imaging.

Presenters

Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Culling Our Sacred Cows—Examining Some of Our 'New Conventional Wisdom'
The topic of diet, health and human nutrition has been profoundly influenced by those who believe that eating animal products causes various chronic diseases. The realms of environmentalism and “sustainability” have been influenced by similar mindsets, resulting in the belief that animal agriculture harms the environment. Researchers and others holding these world views have formed incorrect conclusions from the associations perceived in dubious observational studies. This contamination of the “conventional wisdom” has also influenced the “new conventional wisdom” held within the Ancestral Health community. Justus von Liebig’s “Law of the Minimum” from plant nutrition can be applied to human health and nutrition to evaluate claims regarding the nutritional content, food safety, and environmental impact of food produced by varying methods.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Ballerstedt

Peter Ballerstedt

PhD
Peter received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1986, specializing in forage management and utilization, minoring in ruminant nutrition. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 until 1992 and is currently the Forage Product Manager at... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Evolution's Place in Nutrition and Dietetics
Evolutionary medicine is defined as applying modern evolutionary theory to understand health and disease. This emerging field has only begun to be sprinkled into the medical establishment, and more recently, medical school’s curriculum. It has yet to be determined if the field of nutrition & dietetics appreciates this interdisciplinary approach. To resolve this, a survey of Registered Dietitians (RDs) was conducted to determine (A) if RDs understand the theory of evolution, (B) if RDs believe that an understanding of evolution is useful in defining optimal health and (C) if RDs think that an evolutionary perspective should be included in dietetic education. This survey was conducted in hopes to address that gap in evolutionary knowledge within the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Presenters
avatar for Anthony Basile

Anthony Basile

MS
Anthony J. Basile earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics Foods, & Nutrition from CUNY Lehman College in 2014 and his Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University Medical Center in 2015. His interests are energy balance and metabolism, and evolutionary... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), a State of the Science
For good or ill, we humans have been tinkering with our environment since the dawn of our species. First fire and tools, and then with the advent of agriculture, we began breeding desirable traits into our food crops and livestock. Until the last few decades, selective cultivation provided the only means for the purposeful modification of living organisms. Now, our understanding of the chemistry and biology of DNA allows us to directly alter the genetics of just about any creature. “GMOs” have been stirring up a lot of controversy over concerns about their safety. In this talk, I cover how we engineer DNA and address the pros and cons of genetically engineered organisms as assessed through a comprehensive review of literature and the opinions of experts on both sides. I also explore how genetic engineering is rapidly expanding beyond agriculture and the implications for the future of health and technology.

Presenters
avatar for Leandra Brettner

Leandra Brettner

PhD cand.
Leandra Brettner is a bioengineering graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle where she is studying synthetic biology. Her research focuses on using genetic engineering techniques to study and utilize differentiation in multi-cellular microbial communities. Leandra... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Going Local—Repackaging Ancestral Ideas for Soccer Moms and Their Communities
Soccer moms put dinner on the table night after night. And, in most cases, moms decide what goes into that grocery cart. There is a lot of power there. So the question becomes: ‘How can the AHS community better reach them?’ How can we help everyday parents choose more whole, real food -- to get the more out of both their efforts in the kitchen and their grocery dollar? And who can help us spread the word? Often, it’s cities (not nations) that nurture innovation and solve problems. Might our local communities, with the help of their foundations, provide a path around the nutrition policy gridlock in Washington DC? Might localized ‘experiments’ with real-food-more-fat eating be possible? How might we get some traction (and FUNDING) for ideas about healthy, ancestral eating in some of our cities? I’ll talk about what I’ve learned trying to figure this out in Pittsburgh.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Calihan

Jennifer Calihan

Founder, Eat the Butter
Jenni Calihan created the non-profit, Eat the Butter, to start a mother-to-mother conversation about diet and health. She advocates for real-food-more-fat eating, and has been feeding her family (four kids) for twenty years. Jenni is a former consultant; she holds a Human Biology... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: Immune Signaling Model of Autoimmune Endocrine Disease
The immune endocrine axis plays an important role in shaping the systemic immune response to injury, trauma and infection. Under homeostatic conditions the endocrine system is regulated by a network of feedback loops. However, following infection or injury, these homeostatic controls may not produce the ideal conditions for a proper response to the challenge. The need to regulate the endocrine system to adapt to trauma is mediated by the immune system through the immune endocrine axis which includes autoreactive B and T cells. These autoreactive immune cells have the ability to stimulate and suppress hormone production both through direct action as well as through changes in receptor expression. Prolonged or inappropriate activation of these pathways due, most likely, to altered microbiome can lead to chronic activation or suppression of related hormone production. This change in activation would then lead to increased or decreased volume or the corresponding gland dependent on activation state where overproduction leads to increased volume and suppression would lead to atrophy. This alteration in activation of the immune endocrine axis is both necessary and sufficient to explain the pathology of AED.

Presenters
MW

Matthew Wilmoth

Matt has spent the last decade trying to understand the mechanisms of chronic disease and health from a molecular standpoiint. After a an attempt to connect current mechanisms of disease to nutrition and lifestyle factors it became clear that our current disease models did not fit... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central

2:40pm MDT

Poster: The Vitality Mindset and the Human Operating System: How an Evolutionary Understanding of Signalling, Stress and Key Needs can Create a New Model for Health
While there is a plethora of discussion about diet and exercise in the Ancestral Health community there are less obvious but equally important inputs that have huge implications on our health. At the same time the reality of overwhelming mismatch in our current environments calls for a more complete understanding of who we are. What is needed is a more holistic model to address these problems. By more accurately describing our intrinsic mammalian and human design through signalling, stress and our key needs we can begin to understand ourselves in ways that create massive opportunities for both healing and optimization. From biometrics to device and environment design this has wide ranging implications for both individuals and society to optimize health.

Presenters
avatar for Jonah Larkin

Jonah Larkin

MS, LAc
Jonah Larkin M.S. L.Ac. is an Sports Medicine Acupuncturist and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner in San Francisco, CA. His work with thousands of patients lead him to create a health model combining modern clinical tools with an ancestral understanding of health. He is co-founder... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT
Central