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ancestral-health couplePhysicians for Ancestral Health is an international organization of physicians (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.

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, Iceland, 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 out of a dream to connect like-minded individuals when a few doctors met each other at the Ancestral Health Symposium in August 2012. 

 

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