I have more to write about lipids and liver (consider yourselves warned!), but I likely won’t have a post out on that subject for a little while.
During the last month I have been enjoying my Family Medicine Clerkship. I am very fortunate to be working with an excellent and enthusiastic physician, with whom I have had fantastic patient interactions both in the office and on house calls (Yes, house calls- who knew physicians still did those?!). Not only is this physician an enthusiastic practitioner and teacher, but she is also very supportive of my (not so main-stream) academic interests. This was evident in the office, where she was keen to push me towards patients whose medical conditions I was particularly interested in and where she encouraged me to talk about nutrition with many of the patients (Yes- evolutionarily appropriate nutrition- not some American Diabetic Association or “My Plate” nonsense”). This physician was also keen that I pursue my academic interests outside of the clinic, so she has worked with me and my schedule so that I can attend the 2nd annual Ancestral Health Symposium in Boston at the end of this week.
This time last year I was in the throes of writing my thesis, and I was forced to watch the inaugural Ancestral Health Symposium from the sidelines (you can watch the videos from last years symposium here). I’m very excited to participate in person this year! (If you’re unable to attend but want to be kept up to date, you can follow the twitter feed @Ancestry2012)
While I am looking forward to a number of the lectures on offer this year, I am equally excited about catching up with other people interested in Ancestral Health. I’ve been fortunate to cultivate a number of friendships within this community over the last couple years, though because of distance I’ve only met a couple people in person. While I’ve come to know some quite well through the powers of e-mail, Skype, and Twitter, there’s nothing quite like some face time with friends who share (arguably very nerdy) interests.
Anyway- this is a drawn out way of saying “Hey- I’m headed to Boston for AHS 2012. If you’ll be there and want to say ‘Hi’, please do!”.