The Great Ancestral Health Symposium Blog Post Roundup #AHS11

For those new, just Stumbling, googling in or, linked here, this is a roundup of blog post assessments, remembrances, and photos and commentary surrounding the just completed first Ancestral Health Symposium, held on the beautiful campus of UCLA, August 5-6, 2011. Click around. Note that the people don’t look like the people do on your average trip to the mall, or, hell, anywhere.

These are people who have ignored every ounce of bullshit vomited by the news media, the “alphabets,” the “experts.” …All of whom are the whores of the big “food” conglomerates that manufacture the “crap in a box” and bottled sugar that is making the world obese, step by step.

If you’re a regular here, just start clicking and reading. I’ve read most of them over the last few days, and there’s some great stuff which should serve to put your butt in a seat, belatedly.

Let’s get to it. They’re going up in exactly the order they came to me.

Lindsay Starke, Wildness and Wonder, who does her best to be a bit different, which is always an attractive trait. Initial Thoughts from the Ancestral Health Symposium. She comes in with a second post: Top Ten WTF Moments of #AHS11.

Jamie “That paleo Guy” Scott, who speaks English with a funny accent. Ancestral Health Symposium – The Respect Post.

Dr. Jack “The Neurosurgeon” Kruse, Living An Optimized Life, with an early post I’d categorize as stream of consciousness, a welcome thing. My Very Fresh Initial Thoughts Of AHS 2011.

Roger Dickerman. Ancestral Health Symposium 2011: The Best Stuff on Earth.

Emily “Evolutionary Shrink” Deans, Evolutionary Psychology. Ancestral Health Symposium. And her’s her followup: AHS: The People Post.

Chris “The Master” Masterjohn, The Daily LipidReflections on the Ancestral Health Symposium 2011.

“NomNom Paleo.” Two posts with lots of great pics: Ancestral Health Symposium: Day 1 (& Paleo Eats) and Ancestral Health Symposium: Day 2 (& Paleo Eats).

FitBombAncestral Health Symposium 2011. Later, I see this is cross posted at a place called AMP3D.

David “Naturally Engineered” CsonkaSummary of Important Ideas From the 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium.

Alyssa Rhoden, An Omnivore’s DecisionThe Woodstock of Evolutionary Medicine (Part One): 72 hours of awesome.

Frank “The Exuberant Animal” Forcenich. The guy I was personally most anxious to meet. We’re of a mind, along with my buddy Ewan Le Corre. This is more than a diet and a gym. This is deep evolution, deep science, deep natural and playful movement and deep human animal socialization. Ancestral Health Symposium 2011.

Clifton Harski. Leading MovNat courses. AHS11. Holla.

Melissa “The Better Master Half” McEwan, Hunt. Gather. Love. You always just want to pick her up and hug her cuteness. But you also want to pick her amazing brain. Ancestral Health Symposium Part 1.

Whole9Whole9 Goes to the AHS.

Bare 5Ancestral Health Symposium 2011: Notes, thoughts and links.

Emotions for EngineersAncestral Health Symposium Notes.

Tracy of The Food Way. Ancestral Health Symposium.

Debbie “Grass Fed Momma” Young. She was total sweetheart to moi. The Ancestral Health Symposium: Part one.. too much to jam in one post..or maybe five.

Jennifer Hunt. She has a great blog title I must share: Vibrant. Sexy. Strong. This is what I have been telling you, chicks. She knows exactly how to rule the day. You go, Jennifer. Our Ancestors Are Dead Sexy.

John “The Colbert Caveman” Durant, Hunter-Gatherer. My buddy has granted my wife and I a Major Award. Now, who would you rather party with? 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium Awards.

Jimmy “The Big Guy Sweetheart” Moore, Livin’ La Vida low-carb. He has a post up listing podcasts he’s done with most, if not all of the presenters, me included. And other Podcasts. I keep telling’ ya: Jimmy Moore has figured out how to be everyplace all at the same time. Must-Hear Podcast Interviews After Attending The 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium.

big think. I know nothing of it, but looks like some digital media attention. EAT LIKE A CAVEMAN? FIELD NOTES FROM A CONFERENCE ON THE PALEO DIET.

Diane Sanfilippo, BalancedBites. I created a dust up. It’s over. We’re cool. Post-Ancestral Health Symposium 2011 Thoughts.

Slyler Tanner, fitness. fallacy. follyAncestral Health Symposium 2011.

Beth Mazur, Weight Maven. My Ancestral Health recap.

Colin Pistell, Fifth Ape. Ancestral Health Symposium. Plus, I like LA again.

Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, Diet Doctor. Three posts so far: My first lecture on the big international stageAHS showdown: Gary Taubes vs Stephan GuyenetLustig, the number one talk of #AHS11, now online.

J. Stanton, Gnolls.orgAncestral Health Symposium 2011: You Never Forget Your First Time.

Diana Hsieh, Modern Paleo. Ancestral Health Symposium: My Experience.

Mighty Al, Primal RoarAncesteral Health Symposium 2012 Review and other random thoughts.

Melissa “Meliscious” Joulwan, The Clothes Make the Girl, threatens a series of posts and here’s the first. AHS Recap: Nora Gedgaudas. Her second is about moi: AHS Recap: Richard Nikoley.

Jos, Delightful Taste Buds. Two posts: Ancestral Health Symposium – Day 1 (Aug 5, 2011) and Ancestral Health Symposium – Day 2 (Aug 6, 2011).

Jules, Queen of the Stone Age#AHS11.

Bethany Glasser, at her Blog of the same name. Mostly Rosy, but let’s move it forward: AHS: The Good the Bad and the Opposite of Ugly.

Tom “I’m a Fat Head” Nauthton, of Fat Head, the Movie and y’know what? “You’ve Been Fed a Load of Bologna.” Ancestral Health Symposium.

Paul Jaminet, Perfect Health DietAncestral Health Symposium.

Krista, STUMPTUOUS.COM. Ancestral Health Symposium roundup. Very funny.

Denise Minger, Raw Food SOSAncestral Health Symposium Thoughts, Paleo Vegetarianism, and Other Fun Things.

Dr BG, AnimalPharm. Rockstar Edition: THE AHS 2011 (link removed).

Karen De Coster, at LewRockwell.comA Libertarian’s Take on the First Ever Ancestral Health Symposium.

Keith Norris, Theory to PracticeThe Ancestral Health Symposium, 2011.

Don Matesz, Primal Wisdom. The Ancestral Health Symposium.

Brent Pottenger, co-organizer of AHS. The Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS) and Its Clinical Implications: If you build a tradition you might just fuel a revolution and The Value of Exposing Ideas to the Envelope of Serendipity: How blogging kick-started the Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS).

Badier, The Lazy CavemanLink Love: Ancestral Health Symposium Edition.

Angelo “Latest in paleo” Coppola. He wasn’t there (so this will remain at bottom in deference to those who were) but has a podcast about the event, and he’s always worth listening to. Episode 27: Ancestral Health Symposium. I’ll be recording a podcast with Angelo (same format as before) very soon about my take on the controversies of AHS11 (Taubes vs. Guyenet and more).

Blogger attendees at AHS: Post a comment if you have a post but it’s not on the list. I’ll add, then delete the comment. Or, if you know of one I haven’t listed, same thing.

So how about Help Me, Help You? If you’re a blogger, socialize the hell out of this and if you’re on the sidelines, do the same. For the bloggers, perhaps you gain readership and for the rest of you, you promote the movement and everyone gets to nest where they want.

Tweet it, post it on Facebook and Google +. Link it. Email it. Go all out. I’ve had diarrhea of the mouth about my own experience for years now. This is organic paleo, on the scene remembrances and reflections. Get that natural search and traffic flowing in so that the Fat and Hungry just might find a home.

This is a tough place to take up residence, but there are many other options.

Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Chris Tamme on August 10, 2011 at 19:40

    Linking this post on my blog now as it seems to be the most comprehensive summary of AHS 2012 blog summaries. Thanks Richard for putting this post together.

  2. North American Paleo Network on August 10, 2011 at 16:38

    Hi Richard!

    We’ll be posting coverage of the AHS all week long over on our Facebook page North American Paleo Network.

  3. Deb on August 10, 2011 at 17:07

    <! I will have a series going on AHS to get it all in!

  4. Diana Hsieh on August 11, 2011 at 07:13

    Hey bloggers! In tomorrow’s blog carnival — The Paleo Rodeo — I’ll be featuring posts about the Ancestral Health Symposium. If you’d like to be included, you have to join the (low-volume) PaleoBloggers e-mail list, then submit your post by midnight MT tonight (8/11). (I’ll send you instructions for how to do that.) Join PaleoBloggers here:

    Also, I just posted my scattered thoughts on the AHS here:

  5. Jamie on August 10, 2011 at 17:18

    I’ll have you know, Richard, that Lindsay tweeted that I had the sexiest accent at AHS… second only to Erwan Le Corre… which is like coming second to Usain Bolt – still a royal thrashing!

    Great summary.

    • Lindsay on August 10, 2011 at 20:22

      I’m sure if you had insulted chihuahuas I would have found it in my infinite grace to award you first prize.

    • David Csonka on August 10, 2011 at 20:32

      Jamie, I think your Australian impersonation was even better. I wish I could get my TomTom GPS to use it.

  6. Joe on August 10, 2011 at 17:48

    FYI I just tried to navigate to the link and got some kind of fishy javascript redirect — you might want to kill that link for the moment.

  7. Diana Hsieh on August 11, 2011 at 08:21

    Yipee! They’ve started posting videos of talks here:

  8. Level-5 Paleo on August 10, 2011 at 22:44

    […] From Free the Animal (a summary of all the summaries!) […]

  9. Chris Tamme on August 11, 2011 at 15:55

    My god my head is spinning. There is just way too much to digest from AHS 2011. (Don’t know why I kept saying 2012??)

    • Richard Nikoley on August 11, 2011 at 15:56

      Chris: I have s simple goal. By the time I’m finished, I want every reader who could have but did not attend to feel like a fool. In a good, motivational way, of course. :)

  10. Primal toad on August 11, 2011 at 04:55

    Dude. For this moment, I love you.

    This kicks ass. I’m going to do a post myself soon.then another one after I watch all the videos. It may take some time but I will read all the blog posts on this list.

    You can bet I’ll be going crazy about sharing this post!!

  11. Skyler Tanner on August 11, 2011 at 05:34

    You’re going to do an entire post in caps lock about our meeting, right? RIGHT?!

  12. AJ Wow on August 11, 2011 at 08:17

    Does anyone know where to find the presentation slides for the talk Mat Lalonde did?
    They seem to be missing from the slides available at Slideshare.


  13. Tom on August 11, 2011 at 09:39

    A Major Award, huh? Is it Frageelay? Must be Italian….

    I am so jealous reading everyone’s experiences at AHS. Wish I coulda been there.

  14. #AHS11 – from the outside, looking in. on August 11, 2011 at 13:09

    […] say that I didn’t really digest much of that at the time.  (I will naturally be checking out the #AHS11 blog round up , the presentation slides and the videos once my crazy week is over. No point adding a stressor, […]

  15. Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan on August 11, 2011 at 14:48

    I’ve posted the first of my recaps of what I learned at the AHS. Here’s my first installment on Nora Gedgaudas’s presentation on “Diet and Mental Health.” REALLY good stuff.

  16. Jules on August 11, 2011 at 20:31
  17. Fat Head » Ancestral Health Symposium on August 11, 2011 at 20:40

    […] Richard Nikoley (Free the Animal) […]

  18. Our Ancestors Are Dead Sexy « Vibrant. Sexy. Strong on August 12, 2011 at 10:39

    […] The Great Ancestral Health Symposium Blog Post Roundup #AHS11 | Free The Animal – August 10, 2011 […] Jennifer Hunt. She has a great blog title I must share: Vibrant. Sexy. Strong. This is what I have been telling you, chicks. She knows exactly how to rule the day. You go, Jennifer. Our Ancestors Are Dead Sexy. […] […]

  19. […] I stuffed my head full of ideas at the Ancestral Health Symposium. Here’s my recap of some of the things I learned in the presentation “Diet and Mental Health” given by Nora Gedgaudas, a Certified Nutritional Therapist and author of the book Primal Body, Primal Mind. (For a very comprehensive round-up of other bloggers’ impressions of the conference, visit […]

  20. […] I stuffed my head full of ideas at the Ancestral Health Symposium. Here’s my recap of some of the things I learned in the presentation “Self-Experimentation: The Best Science?” given by Richard Nikoley, the smarty-pants behind For a very comprehensive round-up of other bloggers’ impressions of the conference, visit Richard’s monster post with lots of links to the other bloggers. […]

  21. Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan on August 12, 2011 at 11:46

    Your turn! I posted my recap of your presentation — which I really enjoyed. You’re a great speaker, and you got me excited about new ideas — love that!

  22. Lindsay on August 12, 2011 at 12:54

    I turned out a second post, which you can feel free to append: The Top Ten WTF Moments of #AHS11

  23. […] Interesting posts: You can find round-ups of AHS reminiscences at Richard Nikoley and Diana Hsieh’s Paleo […]

  24. […] anyone who hasn’t read the smorgasbord of blog posts chronicling the symposium (or the live Tweeting from fast-fingered folks like Lindsay Starke, Diane Sanfilippo, and Jimmy […]

  25. Asian Inspired Pot Roast with Cauliflower Rice | Family Living Simple on August 15, 2011 at 18:35

    […] If you want to check out what some people thought about the whole even check this post out from Richard Nikoley. I think this is the most complete post so […]

  26. The Lazy Caveman on August 15, 2011 at 23:31

    Richard! It was good to meet you briefly on your quest for coffee. Here’s my contribution to the roundup. Much appreciated and I hope that we get to talk Paleo locally sometime soon!

  27. Link Love: Ancestral Health Symposium Edition | The Lazy Caveman on August 16, 2011 at 00:23

    […] Richard runs the immensely popular Free The Animal and while we only talked briefly (he in his pre-coffee state and me in my pre-breakfast state) he’s definitely a blogger I admire for his candor. He’s also a frequent guest (n>1) on Angelo Coppola’s Latest in Paleo podcast. He’s local to me, so I hope that there is more Paleo hanging out in our future. Richard has also put together the largest roundup of AHS recap on the interwebs here. […]

  28. […] of all paleo peeps, big and little people alike, has links to everyone’s posts on AHS: The Great Ancestral Health Symposium Blog Post Roundup #AHS11 Eco World Content From Across The Internet. Featured on EcoPressed Green Laptops: Going […]

  29. julianne on August 21, 2011 at 19:07

    I did put together a links post – so people could get access to blogs, research, books and publications of all the presenters and poster presenters. I also linked the AHS videos and slides to each person.

    If anyone has any more helpful links – please let me know

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  31. kamagra on October 6, 2011 at 10:30

    Interesting Post, Vengeful Gladiator’s Leather Gloves equipped can interrupt Shade using their Deadly Throw ability.

  32. The Ancestral Lifestyle Boom | Lew Rockwell on December 8, 2011 at 14:02

    […] abstracts, and videos of the presentations on Vimeo (not all are available yet). Also see Richard Nikoley's post collecting AHS […]

  33. benefits of raw food on December 23, 2011 at 11:51

    The Forks Over Knives documentary FINALLY go me to seriously start eating right. I refuse to have a disease that I ate myself into having.


  34. […] of all paleo peeps, big and little people alike, has links to everyone’s posts on AHS: The Great Ancestral Health Symposium Blog Post Roundup #AHS11 This entry was posted in Ancestral Health Symposium, Paleo diet and tagged Ancestral health […]

  35. Paleo Women are Phat « Ancestralize Me! | on May 2, 2012 at 18:29

    […] look forward to hearing comments from you all regarding this serious issue in the Paleo community! Disclaimer:  this is not a post meant to be saying that lean women aren’t healthy or fertile. I…look Paleo enough’. If you choose to pursue your ideal body type, then right on! Just please […]

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