I’ll be talking at AHS19 in San Diego on August 10

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Posted 28 Jul 2019 in Uncategorized

I realize this blog has been pretty quiet, but that’s about to change. I’ll be presenting at the Ancestral Health Symposium at UC San Diego on August 10, 1:30-2:10 pm.

It’s not too late to register. The conference runs from Thursday, August 8 to Saturday, August 10.

It’s not too late to register – here’s the link to the AHS website:

AHS19 Conference in San Diego – Program Details

Here is the title and abstract of my talk:

“Retraining the Limbic Brain to Overcome Obesity and Addictions”

This talk considers whether food and other stimuli are inherently addictive, or only become that way through conditioning. Insufficient attention has been paid to the role of the amygdala and learning processes in mediating the sensory, emotional and social inputs that can modulate hypothalamic drives for better or worse. I will outline ways that appetite and other drives can be usefully retrained, often with surprising effectiveness for losing weight and overcoming addictions.

Modern maladies such as obesity and addiction have neural correlates in two ancients parts of the brain: the hypothalamus and the amygdala. Research has elucidated the particular neuronal structures and pathways that underlie the development of these conditions. Some have argued that the epidemics of obesity and addiction have their roots in the contemporary environment of hyperpalatable food and other supernormal addictive stimuli that hijack and dysregulate homeostatic control by the hypothalamus. 

Hope to see you there!


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