See you at the Ancestral Health Symposium

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Posted 15 Jul 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m excited to be poster presenter at AHS 2012, meeting August 9-11 at Harvard University:

 

My presentation at AHS 2012 will be about the role of hormesis in optimal health

UPDATE:  Here is a link to the poster sessions – scroll down to see the full abstracts and biographies.  You’ll see my talk and abstract listed there:

AHS 2012 Poster Sessions

 

The Ancestral Health Symposium is considered by many to be the “Woodstock of Evolutionary Medicine”.  According to the Ancestral Health Society website, this annual event “fosters collaboration among scientists, healthcare professionals and laypersons who study and communicate about health from an evolutionary perspective to develop solutions to our modern health challenges.”

This year’s Ancestral Health Symposium will be only their second annual meeting.  Last year’s inaugural meeting was the buzz of the paleosphere, featuring a long list of paleo luminaries familiar to readers of this blog, including:  Loren Cordain, Mark Sisson, Robert Lustig, Gary Taubes, Seth Roberts, Robb Wolf, Stephan Guyenet, Michael Eades, Denise Minger, Chris Masterjohn, Doug McGuff, Erwan LaCorre, Tom Naughton, Richard Nikoley, J. Stanton, Emily Deans and others.  AHS 2011 was informative, exciting and featured both formal and informal debate and even controversy.  For a great synopsis of last year’s meeting, here are a few good review posts:

Nora Gedgadaus and Denise Minger

This year’s roundup promises to be equally impressive.  Take a few minutes to look at the program,  speakers, and poster presenters, as well as details on how to attend:

If you are interested in attending, my understanding is that tickets are moving fast and are likely to sell out.

If you plan to be there, I’d like to meet you; send me a note using the contact form at the right of the blog page.

Todd

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Wish I could be there! I love the world of hormesis and look forward to hearing your talk after it is all said and done.

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  2. Really looking forward to meeting you Todd! I’m the Volunteer chairperson, so will likely be running around like a bunny, but am counting on having enough free time to connect ;).

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    • Todd

      Looking forward to meeting you too, Beth! I enjoy reading what you write at Weightmaven, and your many contributions to Paleohacks.

      AHS is a truly exciting event, and it is only possible thanks to such things as having a good volunteer organization.

      Todd

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      • Hi Todd,
        I’d like to see you also – after your own successful efforts with vision clearing.
        Otis

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  3. Dear Todd,

    As you know I receive hostility when I suggest that our modern society is creating negative status for our eyes. A child’s habits are essentially part of this problem. More to the point, are the graphic and statistical charts that show how the natural eye changes from “plus to minus” – in the Eskimo eye. This truly supports your thesis, and I hope some would understand this issue of “natural eye adapting to long-term near.”

    Todd> While Western medicine often succeeds in providing acute relief, it often comes at the cost of burgeoning rates of chronic illness and heightened dependency on drugs or other therapies. Paradoxically, earlier generations and primitive cultures led a hardier existence, yet largely avoided newly epidemic “diseases of civilization” like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, immune disorders and cancer.

    Otis> For those who ask you about science supporting this “disease of civilization” – I would hope they understand this graphic representation of the problem.

    http://myopiafree.i-see.org/DynamicEye.html

    Otis> Yes, the habits of our kids, do indeed create this problem!

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  4. Hi Todd,
    We all look forward to a summary of your pitch to the Harvard Symposium.

    How was it received? How were the questions? How were your statements about your success with clearing your vision (with a plus) receives?

    I appreciate all the work and effort you have committed to the goal of teaching yourself (and others) how to do this difficult task.

    Otis

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    • Todd

      Otis,

      I’ve just posted a link to a pdf of my poster, together with a full text version and some comments about the conference:

      http://gettingstronger.org/2012/08/ahs-2012/

      Thank you again for your help in the interpretation and statistical analysis of the paper by Young and Leary that I cited to illustrate the impact of modern education on the visual health of Eskimos, and for providing me with Young’s publications. I wish you could have been at the conference — there was such strong interest in the possibilities for vision improvement.

      Todd

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      • Hi Todd,

        Subject: A paper I prepared for a prevention study at the U. S. Naval Academy.

        Dr. Frank Young’s semminal work with the natural Eskimo eye, suggested the possibility that prevention (at least up to 20/40 and 20/50) would be possible – for the person with the understanding and motivation to actually wear the plus, and measure his refractive status himself.

        As an engineer, I am expected to prepare proposals for work that could be effective – with other engineers. With Frank Young’s support I prepared this proposal for Dr. Montor at the Naval Academy.

        This was strictly a preventive study to be conducted with pilots who have pseudo myopia, (defined as Snellens of 20/30 to 20/60) with refractive states of from -1/2 to -1.0 diopters, most of the pilots could probably get out out of it, i.e., change their refractive status from -3/4 diopters to +1/2 diopters – if each pilot were taught to make these measurements themselves.

        This was the proposal, and we got no support to even BEGIN this type of potentially successful engineering study.

        http://myopiafree.i-see.org/NAVAL.TXT

        This type of study would truly fully confirm Todd’s advocacy that a plus be used for prevention in the pseudo, or muscle spasm state (and return to 20/20) before an excessive minus, worn all the time created axial myopia.

        This is a promise for the future – about what could work and become effective – if we were ever allowed to conduct this type of scientific study.

        Perhaps Todd’s skilled presentation will help us with this type of prevention goal – that depends so much on the intelligence and motivation of the person himself.

        Otis

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