Think Tank: Catalyst for Change – (Robb Wolf, Abel James, Roger Dickerman, Dr. Shilpi Bhadra Mehta, Diana Rogers)
This was a great gathering of Paleo experts, especially Robb Wolf. Basically, this session was an open discussion with audience input on how we can get the word out about Paleo lifestyle.
As individuals, we send out a message and it resonates with people – need lots of different voices and takes on Paleo to grow it. There is a group of people that will want to hear your message and your story. Your personal story is what will give you credibility and get people interested. You don’t have to write a NY Times best seller, anything effort no matter how small helps. That gives me hope for this humble blog 🙂
The Silent Autoimmunity Explosion – (Nora Gedgaudas)
There were so many great stats and points in this session that I was having a hard time keeping up. We had the opportunity to meet with Nora for a book signing of Primal Body, Primal Mind. She is true authority on auto-immune. Auto-immune is the single biggest epidemic in the world today and we aren’t hearing anything about it. The body Immune system can’t distinguish from self and non-self, so it attacks itself. Auto-immune issues used to be very rare and now it is common. 1 in 12 women and 1 in 24 men are estimated to have an autoimmune disease. Health care providers aren’t aware and it may be a bigger problem than cancer and heart disease combined. Why don’t we hear more about this? There is a disconnect between the field of medicine and the field of immunology. Everyone is at risk of developing an autoimmunity in their lifetime. That is really scary!
Why is this happening now? There are a significant amount of grains in our diet, we have an industrialized food supply full of dietary anogens (gluten, casein), depleted soils, GMO, antibiotics, vaccines, contamination, increasing toxic additives to foods, exposure to heavy metals. Other causes – refined table salt, chronic EMF exposure, fluoride exposure, blood sugar surges, infections, haptens.
The thing we can control is our diet… that is where Paleo comes in. Addressing leaky gut is critical. Once the gut healed, it is not ok to go back to the previous diet. Keep gluten intake at zero, avoid table salt, eat a healthy fat based ketogenic diet, use an air purifier. #1 Glutathione destroyers, 1) Alcohol and 2) Acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Nora has a new book coming out soon and a Primal Restoration Series e book as well.
Genes Aren’t Destiny (but they do matter) – (Dr Helen Messier and Dallas Hartwing)
How do you know that you are healthy? More than a collection of “good numbers” for HDL, LDL, body weight, BMI, BP, fasting blood sugar, body fat percentage. These numbers can give a false sense of security that we are truly healthy.
Optimal health is a state without limitations on out physical, emotional abilities
Up until disintegration and death, it is all reversible. Our tendency it to just paint the yellow leaves green, we forget about the trunk and the roots and the soil that feeds the roots. Not all trees thrive in the same environment. To optimize our health, we need to live in harmony with our genetic heritage and recognize underlying clinical imbalances.
I’m very sad to say, that Paleo f(x) 2014 Austin is over. I was very memorable and the chance to talk directly to Dr Wahls and Nora Gedgaudas was woth the price of admission. We stayed all the way through the last word of the closing remarks and still didn’t want to leave our new Paleo friends. The good news is that we don’t have to wait another whole year for PFX. There will be a Paleo f(x) conference in Denver from October 10-12, 2014. I hope to see you there! Woohoo!
Stay tuned for our Expo write up and see who our favorite Paleo vendors are!