The Paleo Meeting Italia 2016 was held in Rimini last weekend. We drove down for this full day immersion of all things Paleo, and we’re so glad to have been there. It was grand, and not just for the luxurious banquet that was orchestrated by Italy’s favorite blogger, Morena of Armonia Paleo. Discourses were presented on topics ranging from fertility and osteoporosis through to the bioavailability of nutrients and strategies for anti-ageing. Whatever the subject, all speakers returned to the same indisputable point: modern disease is a homemade travesty caused by fructose and carbohydrate overdose. Though things didn’t get overtly political, mention was made of Big Pharm’s complicity in keeping us sick and in pain and the medical doctors expressed frustratration with the out dated diagnostic and treatment methods which continue to be the norm for clinical practice.
Here are some of the highlights.
Paleo Meeting Italia 2016
The Paleo Diet and Fertility
Dr. Enrico Colosi recounted his experiences working in Venezuela with the Indios people. Conception, pregnancy and birth presented absolutely no problem to those living the traditional lifestyle of the hunter-gatherer – in fact, he never had the opportunity to assist at a birth because by the time he arrived it was always already all over. Both he and his dentist collegue were deprived of work. When they went to work with tribal people who had moved to the city, they found a completely different story. The dentist became busy filling tooth cavities, and Colosi found himself dealing not only with infertility, miscarriage and PCOS (Polycistic Ovartian Syndrome), but also the transgenerational consequences of an unhealthy uterine environment. For Colosi, it was all too clear: this rapid decline of fertility rates and general health was directly related to the change in diet. Fish, seasonal fruits, leaves, tubers and nuts had been replaced by soft drinks, fried foods, and sugar and wheat based products. Unlike their forest dwelling contemporaries, the urban Indios were infested with modern disease.
The Paleo Diet and Osteoporosis
Dr. Cristina Tomasi revealed the startling statistic that in the European Union alone, Osteoporisis causes 1 fracture every 30 seconds. A home-made disease that simply didn’t exist until recent time, it has grown to become one of the 10 most important ailments of the modern world. The medical attitude is fatalistic: Osteoporisis is an inevitable part of ageing, with 1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 5 men expected to contract the disease. But Tomasi disagrees, saying that our modern diet and lifestyle is the cause. Too little VItamin D, too much Omega 6, phosphates in fizzy drinks which consume calcium, a sedentary lifestyle, the use of pharmaceuticals such as antidepressents, thyroid dysfunction and a malfunctioning intestine are all triggers for Osteoporosis, and are all part and parcel of contemporary life.
I found Cristina’s presentation to be absolutely fascinating, and will follow up with a more detailed post.
The Paleo Diet and Thyroid Disfunction
Dr. Andrea Luchi stressed that the current way of diagnosing Thyroid Dysfunction is simply inappropriate. He said the ‘normal’ levels of TSH, FT3 and FT4 are misleading, and that the real indicator is RT3, but they don’t test that because it costs too much. I took notes, but I went into scientific acronym melt-down.
Tiroide Approccio Evolitivo
The Facebook Group Tiroide Approccio Evolitivo was founded in October 2014 by Dr. Andrea Luchi and to date (Aprile 2016) has over 10, 400 members. Franca Leccadito is one of the key drivers behind the group. Francesca wasn’t presenting, so we cornered her during a break to thank her for her efforts. Her energy and enthusiasm for Paleo’s role in the management and cure of Thyroid malfunction and disease through the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle is applaudable. She’s currently in the process of forming an Association to spread the word, support members, and hopefully give a little political weight to this common but preventable problem of Thyroid Disfunction.
The Paleo Diet : Motivating Others to Change
Dr. Flavio Leonori advises all professionals to do a course in Personal Growth once a year. He says you can know the science and do the research as much as you want, but unless you’re constantly exploring your own interior growth, you’ll never have the empathy, the communication skills and the ability to motivate others. These, he says, are the markers of credibility.
Resistance to change is inevitable as it’s lodged deep in our subconscious. Fear, lack of self esteem, limiting belief systems, passivity and interior conflicts are all osbstacles to positive transformation. Overcoming resistance is possible through the implementation of various strategies: creation of new behavioural models, reinforcing new pathways in the cerebral cortex, stimulating the vagus nerve, providing the right models of referral, utilizing the strength of positive groups, and through the guide of an appropriately aligned teacher. He suggests harnessing the energy of Revolution as opposed to the passivity of Conformity.
Healing with the Paleo Diet and the Importance of Support
Valentina Verna spoke about her lifelong battle with dermatalogical and immune issues including Psoriasis and Asthma. After years of cortisone prescribed by one doctor after another with no beneficial result, she was fed up and frustrated. She adopted the Paleo Diet because there was nothing to lose, and has seen dramatic results. She emphasised the important role that support groups play in the healing journey. Without having friends and family on board, a social life would be next to impossible, and the advice, connection and strength offered by online communities is invaluable. She promoted the group Metodo Apollo, the first complete method for treating Psoriasis.
The Bioavailability of Nutrients in Food and Supplements
‘Can all our nutritional needs be met with a diet which is healthy and varied?
Dr. Maurizio Salamone responds, ‘It depends.’ Our ability to assimilate nutrients is affected by numerous factors, including but not limited to age, level of physical activity, pregnancy and lactation, stress management and sleep, and sun exposure. The bioavailability of the macro and micro nutrients, the bioactive substances and the probiotic organisms in any food stuff changes from person to person. In every case, we should strive towards optimal rates of assimilation as opposed to ‘normal’, as ‘normal’ is a point halfway between deficiency and optimal.
The Importance of Omega 3
Rosaria Ramondina explained the situation with the Omega’s. Omega 6 is inflammatory and Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory. The ideal ratio between Omega 6 and Omega 3 is 1:1, but today we’re more likely to see a ratio of anywhere between 10:1 and 25:1, hence the onslaught of chronic sistemic inflammation and all the dire consequences.
As well as being anti-inflammatory, Omega 3 is essential for forming healthy cell membranes. The short chain ALA’s found in vegetable sources are an inefficient means of obtaining Omega 3 as the body needs to convert the ALA into a usuable form. The long chain EPA’s and DHA’s found predominantly in fish and free rangeeggs are far more efficient.
Eat as much wild salmon as you like, a supplement is still going to help balance the ratio. Choose a supplement which, according to the IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) is fresh, pure, and comprised of EPH and DHA.
Ageing and Anti Ageing with the Paleo Diet
Dr. Francesco Balducci is fighting fit and exuberant at 60. He enthusiatically advocates his program of anti-ageing. He described all the factors which mark the ageing process, from the modification of cell membranes through to the compromised integrity of the DNA structure. He explained the exams which all people over 40 – 45 should take, but the slides came fast and furious and I didn’t have a chance to jot them down. Balducci stresses the importance of various physical activities, of which weight lifting should definitely be a part. Francesco’s presentation was rich and exciting, and I’ll follow up in another post.
And Then There Was More
There was more, but after lunch our concentration and energy levels were flagging.
Riccardo Dapretti spoke about PersonalTraining and Alessio Angelieri about the evolution of the human foot and Barefooting.
Fabio Piccini emphasised the importance of the bacterial flora in the gut, and his partner in crime, Maria Stella Rossi, demonstrated a veritable home Fermentation lab with her bubbling bottles and jars of kefir, kombucha and crauti.
We had a long drive ahead of us so, regretfully, we missed the last presentation by Prof. Giovanni Tarantino who wound up the event with a talk about the hunter-gatherer in the 21st century, the importance of saturated fat, and metabolic syndrome.
What a great day. The Paleo Meeting Italia 2016 was a moment of solidarity for those committed to sharing this most important of messages: the future of world health is in our hands if we just turn back the clock and adopt a diet and lifestyle that is appropriate to our DNA.
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