Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Looking Back on the Latest AHSNZ Conference, and Moving Forward to the Next One

Surviving the Urban Jungle

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a conference in Wellington organised by the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) called ‘Surviving the Urban Jungle’.  See the programme below:

Survival of the Fittest: Lessons from the Christchurch Earthquakes
Jamie Scott, Health Researcher, Synergy Health, Christchurch

Whakapapa or fatness? Assessing physical health and performance with measures that matter
Dr Isaac Warbrick, PhD, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland

Our love affair with speed: Why it really isn’t sexy
Lulu Loya Wu, Health Coach, Wellington

Fertility vs Famine – A delicate balance of survival
Kate Callaghan, Nutritionist, Wanaka

Surviving modernity’s ‘fadism': Exploring the ethics of ancestral health
Andrew Dickson, PhD, Massey University, Palmerston North

Weight loss: The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Dr Anastasia Boulais, Medical Practitioner, Christchurch

ANCESTRAL MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
Max Bell
Shelley Bell
Jason Young

In particular, Jamie’s and Andrew’s talks really struck a chord with me.  Jamie’s talk was powerful and his message of being physically and mentally prepared for a natural disaster (or similar situations) is one that is quite unique.  Andrew’s talk offered insights on the pillars of modern faddism and methods to resist faddism, which is particularly relevant given the current state of Paleo

The movement workshop was fun and featured some basic parkour and mobility (don't be put off by the dramatic youtube videos of parkour, it's actually very scalable)

* The society has also previously organised two other conferences: the first in Christchurch called ‘Ancient Genes vs. Modern World’; and the second in Wanaka called ‘Health of the Land, Health of the People

Looking Back, Moving Forward

The society is also holding an international symposium in October at Queenstown called “Looking Back, Moving Forward”.  Among the impressive speakers list, made up a large number of professionals and academics, you’ll find many well-known people in the Paleo/Ancestral Health community, but also many people who aren’t.  A broad range of topics will be covered, such as diet, physical activity, urban design, indigenous health, sustainability and climate change.  This quote from the Whole 9 South Pacific facebook page sums up my thoughts about the event as well:

“Far from choir-preaching, this event has the ability to bring together many professionals whose work has never been appreciated by the ancestral community before. And, of course, there will be some of the very well known names. Check out the speaker line up”

Jamie was kind enough to invite me (a relative nobody) to be one of the speakers.  My talk will be based on my research on saturated fat and coronary heart disease (which I’m planning to publish as a meta-analysis around the middle of the year). 

You can register here.  There’s also information on how to get there, where to stay and what else you can do around Queenstown (if you can, turn the trip into a holiday, Queenstown is a great place for that)

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