Shelley, Jason and myself presented an ancestral movement workshop at the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand‘s Surviving the Urban Jungle Conference back in March. Some photos below.
But I’ve forgotten to post about it until now… so here’s a round-up of the recorded presentations. During the conference we were occupied looking after our 1 year old, popping in and out of the back of the conference room, so it’s great that some of the presentations were captured on video allowing us, and you if you weren’t there, to still hear the knowledge that was dropped.
Survival of the Fittest – Jamie Scott, Health Researcher
Not once will any civil emergency advice mention the single most important piece of disaster survival equipment you can ever own – you and your own physical abilities. Can you lift and carry heavy awkward objects (people, rubble, containers of water)? Could you climb over or around a landslide? Could you squeeze yourself through tight spaces? Could you move very fast? Climb up or down the floors of broken building? Lower someone bigger than you down a building on a makeshift rope? Could you hike for several hours over hills or through the bush? Can you dig a hole? Could you do all of the above in the dark, with aftershocks rumbling through with high frequency? How long can you go without food and still maintain your physical ability?
The above are very real scenarios and ones Jamie both experienced and witnessed first-hand in the devastating Christchurch earthquake on February 22nd, 2011. In his talk, ‘Survival of the Fittest’, Jamie outlines these experiences, the best physical capabilities that you should have in your disaster readiness kit, and how to go about training them.
Fertility vs Famine – Kate Callaghan, Nutritionist
Our survival as a species depends on our ongoing fertility however modern lifestyles, diets and attitudes are creating more of a “famine” environment, pushing our body into fight-or-flight mode and compromising our ability to reproduce. Find out how you can optimise your nutrition, exercise and mindset to optimise your fertility and the survival of the human race.
Our Love Affair with Speed – Lulu Loya Wu, Health Coach
Our cultural environment is in love with speed. We want speedy internet and fast cars, we also want to lose weight fast and get results quick. But has anyone asked “What’s the rush? Where are we trying to get to?”
There’s a greatly underplayed relationship between living fast and poor health – not just physical, but also of the mind and spirit. Speed and stress unbalance our mind and spirit; over time this silently erodes our full capacity and power, and we unknowingly become more and more unconscious. It’s time to take a deep breath and slow down. Take your time and paradoxically get more out of life.
Weight Loss: the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – Dr Anastasia Boulais, Medical Practitioner
Any discussion about health and wellbeing, whether at your doctor’s office, office tearoom or over a coffee with friends, inevitably focuses on weight loss. As a society, we are preoccupied with our relationship with gravity and we often judge our health, social success and overall happiness against that marker. The recent rebirth of the ancestral health movement is no exception, with many people attempting to apply evolutionary biology principles for the sole purpose of getting thinner. However, as we will hear, weight loss is a foreign concept in most ancestral cultures and modern indigenous populations. Concentrating our individual and public health efforts on pursuing this red herring makes us lose focus on the truly vital markers of wellbeing.
Modernity’s ‘Fadism’: the ethics of ancestral health – Dr Andrew Dickson
Nutritionists, dieticians and others in this industry are living in tense times. Practitioners who aspire to follow an ancestral health philosophy are no exception. Tensions abound in many facets of their work, such as those that exist between contradictory bodies of knowledge within the general field of nutritional science. In this presentation I argue that ‘fadism’ is the most significant current issue threatening the ancestral health movement. By tracing the ethics of fadism and comparing to the existing ethics of nutritionism via philosophical thought I will conclude by presenting an alternative ethical strategy for practitioners of ancestral health, one that moves away from fascism within fadism toward a respect for the subject.
Coming next from the society is its first International Symposium – to be held October 23rd-25th 2015 in Queenstown.
Featuring a phenomenal lineup of speakers, tickets are available now.