About Us  

ancestral-health couplePhysicians for Ancestral Health is an international organization for medical doctors (MDs, DOs, and international equivalents), medical students and residents of all specialties. 

Many diseases of modern civilization, such as diabetes, obesity, heart attacks and strokes, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disease are mostly preventable [1] and are all afflictions our ancestors rarely had to deal with. [2, 3]

Our intent is to learn from the lifestyle of our ancestors, both recent and ancient, and to select the most valuable tools to improve our health, and the health of our patients and society as a whole.

Because of certain licensing requirements participation is limited only to medical doctors, students and residents. However, we will collaborate with other healthcare professionals to learn from each other.

We are happy and proud to be an inclusive and growing group of physicians from various specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, sports medicine and rehab, anesthesiology, neurology, ob/gyn to name a few) from many countries (USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Germany…). Some of us are published authors, others are researchers, faculty of major universities, private practice business owners, many run a blog or have a websites of their own. Most of us practice in a traditional setting of conventional medicine and find ways to incorporate our beliefs into interactions with our patients and colleagues. We are happy to share our wealth of knowledge with each other and to help each other to navigate various challenges, both in personal and professional lives. The best part is that we live what we preach!

References: 

  1. CDC. Chronic diseases and health promotion. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2014. Available here.
  1. Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective, by Stefan Lindeberg, PhD
  1. Konner, M., and S.B. Eaton. “Paleolithic nutrition: twenty-five years later.” Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2010; 25(6): 594-602. doi:10.1177/0884533610385702.

 

How it all began:

Our organization was born in August 2012 out of a dream to connect like-minded individuals. During an Ancestral Health Symposium at the Harvard Law School in Boston, MA, a handful of doctors met by chance in a hallway and became curious if there were any other doctors at the conference. We asked the organizers to send an email to all attendees and a few doctors gathered at the patio during a lunch break. We exchanged contact information and decided to connect in the near future.

 

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