A better appreciation of our evolutionary design and biology, or tapping into an ‘ancestral health blueprint’, could well help us to optimise our health and avoid many of the diseases associated with modern lifestyles.
This is not a new idea. Back in the 1930s an American dentist named Weston Price questioned why his patients’ teeth were so decayed and overcrowded. He noted that the refined Western diet was causing both nutritional problems and a poorly developed facial structure with crowded teeth. He argued that aboriginal peoples who ate their traditional regional diet had much better dental and oral health. Price has been criticized for being romantic rather than truly scientific in his studies, but I do think it is fair to say that he was definitely ‘on to something’.
Contemporary organizations like the Ancestral Health Society are dedicated to exploring this line of thought, and postural pioneer Esther Gokhale speaks regularly at their conferences. She believes that much of the back and joint pain that we experience in modern life could be dramatically reduced by learning from aboriginal and traditional societies. Her best-selling book ‘8 Steps to a Pain-Free back’ beautifully illustrates the body-wisdom inherent in the posture of non-industrialised cultures.
Gokhale explains how modern posture exists in a cultural blind-spot – we have lost sight of what a healthy human structure actually looks like. But we can still find good role models in our own ancestors, infants, and those in ‘undeveloped’ areas of the world. From them we can re-learn how best to raise our children, get fitter, design truly posture-friendly furniture and fashion, and get informed about what is truly normal and healthy for our species. Take a look at your ancestral legacy at www.gokhalemethod.com
Book a Free Posture Workshop to find out more: March 9th, 7pm, Halo, Gloucester Road