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Ancestral Health Symposium Interview Questions

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Hello fellow Paleo Enthusiasts!

I NEED YOUR HELP!!! I have been given the honor of being the lead interviewer for the Ancestral Health Symposium in LA August 5-6 and I am going to be interviewing most of the following people (in no particular order):

Boyd Eaton
Loren Cordain
Staffan Lindeberg
Robb Wolf
Michael Eades
Mark Sisson
Nell Stephenson
Richard Nikoley
Robert Lustig
Mat Lalonde
Nora Gedgaudas
Melissa McEwen
John Durant
Tom Naughton
Lynda Frassetto
Stephan Guyenet
Gary Taubes
Andreas Eenfeldt
Mark Cohen
Guy-Andre Pelouze
Don Matesz
Richard Jacobson
Emily Deans
Jamie Scott
Dr. BG & Tim Gerstman
Pedro Bastos
Craig Stanford
Richard Feinman
Chris Masterjohn
Seth Roberts
Tucker Max
Kevin Boyd
Michael Mew
Jen McCabe
Vivian A. Shelton
Frank Forencich
Erwan LeCorrs
James O'Keefe
Skylar Tanner
Keith Norris
Brent Pottenger
Joe Sobolewski
Nate Rosenberg

Imagine my anxiety/excitement as my email inbox is filling up with personal emails from the likes of Loren Cordain, Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf!! I have heard of most of these people, as I'm sure you have as well. What I need from you is a little insight into any of the presenters that you may know better than I do. Or, do you have any burning questions for any of these people? Things you want answered? A bone to pick, or a review of some of their work? ANYTHING will help at this point!! I am almost completely overwhelmed with the workload I've gotten myself into. These people are all heroes to me and I don't want to offend anyone by not knowing who they are, or what their speciality is, at the very least.

For those of you lucky enough to be attending the AHS, hopefully I'll have the chance to meet you there. We'll be conducting interviews in the main patio, so please drop by and introduce yourself. For those of you not attending, the website is http://ancestryfoundation.org/ - it's a veritable 'who's who' of the Paleo world and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of it. I have a feeling this will become an annual event, getting bigger every year, so watch out for it!

Thank you so much for your help,
Tara

Tara Grant
Paleo Journalist and Enthusiast
http://primalgirl.wordpress.com

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 28, 2011
at 09:57 PM

@pg = I think the word you were looking for was 'crazy'. Regardless, the many voices in my head have a lot more input to give you, but I probably cannot get to it until the weekend to do it right. I will do my best however.

D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:02 PM

LOL Kamal. I cannot promise anything, ha ha ha. Thanks for the headsup, tho, I just googled tucker max and apparently he is a huge man whore. ;)

D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

(742)

on July 28, 2011
at 08:00 PM

WOW. Thank you so so so much Aravind. You are amazing.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 04:00 PM

@Jack - I resemble those remarks. I should just change my name to "Crazy" since that encapsulates everything else about me including the nom de guerre at any given moment

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 03:58 PM

@Jack - I resemble those remarks!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 27, 2011
at 03:39 PM

well done jarjargheewolverinearavindcrazyhindu

5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

(738)

on July 27, 2011
at 02:26 PM

I like this because it really shows how great the paleo movmement is. It is a group of unified people, but not totally unified ideas, and requires that people tinker with different elements of it in order to succeed. It makes us that much harder to attack than Weight Watchers or Atkins. BOOYAH!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 03:19 AM

What does this tell me when my substantive answer below as of 11:18 PM Eastern time on July 26th has 0 upvotes but this answer just hit the double digits?

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 02:13 AM

@LB - sorry I took your question. Do you feel that he did not address that in the series? I'm not disagreeing, but when I read this for example, it's in there regarding the elimination of veggie oils and sugar - http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/06/food-reward-dominant-factor-in-obesity_28.html

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(12407)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:26 PM

damn, took my question for stephan

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 26, 2011
at 11:22 PM

@Shari - I said I would also answer seriously so I needed to differentiate from my other persona. I'm done changing...for today

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:04 PM

Another name change???? Dude! Pick one and stick with it already. I cannot keep up!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 26, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Yes - congratulations pg!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 26, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Oh, I needed a laugh so badly today. Thank you, whoever you are!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 26, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Congratulations! What a great honor.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 26, 2011
at 08:36 PM

You are hilarious (whatever your name is!)

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on July 26, 2011
at 07:46 PM

That is so exciting; I'm giddy about just attending! I hope your interviews go well, have fun! :)

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(24543)

on July 26, 2011
at 07:32 PM

I'm sure the interviews will go well even if you don't have much background information. Just please don't sleep with Tucker Max.

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on July 26, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Just read your story on your blog-awesome!

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on July 26, 2011
at 07:17 PM

+1 for the Jar Jar name and the Tucker Max reference mostly but the whole post made me laugh really.

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 26, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Going into a meeting at work (not quite as dramatic as Quilt into the OR)...

  • Loren Cordain - why do you continue to be lipidophobic in spite of the veiled attempts to convince people otherwise?
  • Robb Wolf - Why didn't you have the KGH podcast?
  • Mark Sisson - $70 for a tin of protein powder, really?
  • Stephan Guyenet - Will you PLEASE write a book already?
  • Gary Taubes - Are willing to acknowlege that the vilification of carbohydrates is no longer appropriate. Also, do you find it hard to hide the sexual tension between you and CarbSane?
  • Don Matesz - DUUUUDDE. WTF?
  • Emily Deans - Are you really as nice as you seem?
  • Chris Masterjohn - Does it bother you that many of the men here have a crush on your gal?
  • Tucker Max - Do they really serve beer in hell?

EDIT - I actually intend to seriously answer this question but that requires more time and thoughtfulness than I can spare now. Not that I don't stand by the above questions...

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 26, 2011
at 11:22 PM

@Shari - I said I would also answer seriously so I needed to differentiate from my other persona. I'm done changing...for today

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 26, 2011
at 08:36 PM

You are hilarious (whatever your name is!)

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 03:19 AM

What does this tell me when my substantive answer below as of 11:18 PM Eastern time on July 26th has 0 upvotes but this answer just hit the double digits?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:04 PM

Another name change???? Dude! Pick one and stick with it already. I cannot keep up!

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on July 26, 2011
at 07:17 PM

+1 for the Jar Jar name and the Tucker Max reference mostly but the whole post made me laugh really.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 26, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Oh, I needed a laugh so badly today. Thank you, whoever you are!

5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

(738)

on July 27, 2011
at 02:26 PM

I like this because it really shows how great the paleo movmement is. It is a group of unified people, but not totally unified ideas, and requires that people tinker with different elements of it in order to succeed. It makes us that much harder to attack than Weight Watchers or Atkins. BOOYAH!

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 26, 2011
at 10:11 PM

It might be interesting to ask all of them each the same set of yes or no questions. It would be neat to see on the areas that all the 'big' names agree on, and the points of contention. I agree with JAR JARavind in a way, I think you should ask them at least one that is personally controversial. (and maybe one thing or more that is generally controversial).

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 26, 2011
at 10:50 PM

Ok, this will be an evolving answer time permitting. As usual, I tried to include some links for reference. More to come. Here goes...

Dr. Cordain ??? There is a perception that many have regarding your Paleolithic prescription as being lipidophobic. Would you care to address the following comments from Dr Kurt Harris? http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/4/5/wild-vs-grass-vs-grain-fed-ruminants.html


Dr Guyenet ??? You have spent considerable time expounding your Food Reward Theory of Obesity

1) What is the biggest hole in the theory from your point of view?

2) You have stated Food Reward is A DOMINANT FACTOR, but not the singular factor. What do you believe to be the other dominant factors that are causal, not correlative, to obesity and do you intend to provide a similar exposition in the near future?


Gary Taubes - GCBC was a seminal text and incredibly influential. However, many Paleo luminaries such as Kurt Harris and Stephan Guyenet seem to have moved beyond the carbohydrate theory of obesity and nutritional transition. Have you reconsidered your thesis in light of more recent evidence regarding the vilification of carbohydrates vis-??-vis other underlying mechanisms driving diseases of civilization? Please see attached-

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/08/cardiovascular-risk-factors-on-kitava_17.html - In my opinion, the most important finding in this paper is that a high-carbohydrate diet does not necessarily lead to elevated fasting insulin. This is why I think the statement "carbohydrate drives insulin drives fat" is an oversimplification. What drives fat accumulation is chronically high insulin (hyperinsulinemia), which the Kitavans do not have. With a properly-functioning pancreas and insulin-sensitive tissues (which many people in industrial societies do not have), a healthy person can eat a high-carbohydrate meal and keep blood glucose under control. Insulin definitely spikes, but it's temporary. The rest of the day, insulin is at basal levels. The Kitavans show that insulin spikes per se do not cause hyperinsulinemia.

http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/3/30/paleo-20-a-diet-manifesto.html - In my own intellectual evolution, I have expanded and modified the carbohydrate hypothesis of the nutritional transition, as proposed by Gary Taubes, to one that does not indict a whole class of macronutrients.


Dr Deans - You briefly provided your thoughts on Stephan Guyenet???s Food Reward theory - http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-podcast-interview-and-my-thoughts.html. Given the brain centric focus of his exposition

1) Can you please provide a more detailed analysis vis-??-vis other factors that drive obesity?

2) What is your biggest critique of the theory?

3) Do you accept the theory in spite of any such critiques?


Melissa McEwen ???

How have you melded your prior vegan philosophical views with your current Paleolithic dietary choices? What, if anything, remains as the biggest internal discordance with the nutritional transition you have made? [Note ??? this is a VERY personal question and I do not ask it frivolously]


I still think my previous question for Don Matesz is the most insightful one I have to offer!

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(18472)

on July 27, 2011
at 03:39 PM

well done jarjargheewolverinearavindcrazyhindu

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 03:58 PM

@Jack - I resemble those remarks!

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:26 PM

damn, took my question for stephan

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 04:00 PM

@Jack - I resemble those remarks. I should just change my name to "Crazy" since that encapsulates everything else about me including the nom de guerre at any given moment

D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

(742)

on July 28, 2011
at 08:00 PM

WOW. Thank you so so so much Aravind. You are amazing.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 28, 2011
at 09:57 PM

@pg = I think the word you were looking for was 'crazy'. Regardless, the many voices in my head have a lot more input to give you, but I probably cannot get to it until the weekend to do it right. I will do my best however.

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66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

on July 26, 2011
at 11:31 PM

stephan guyenet- where do the dangers of excess fructose and high pufa/ omega 6-heavy oils fit into your most recent theory on food reward being a dominant factor in obesity? is it implicit that those items are high reward or is the food reward pathway a different mechanism altogether?

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 27, 2011
at 02:13 AM

@LB - sorry I took your question. Do you feel that he did not address that in the series? I'm not disagreeing, but when I read this for example, it's in there regarding the elimination of veggie oils and sugar - http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/06/food-reward-dominant-factor-in-obesity_28.html

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(78467)

on July 26, 2011
at 10:45 PM

Nikoley - How did it feel to lose a debate to Mr. 40 Bananas Per Day?

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