Tucker Max's presentation at the 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium
Abstract: The ancestral health movement has had immense success by recognizing the fundamentals of human nature, realizing that our modern world often conflicts with what our genes need, and finding ways to better reflect the conditions that best serve our ancestral history. But the focus thus far has mainly been on eating and socialization. There is another fundamental of the human condition that has been largely ignored: Fighting. The 'hunter' has been left out of 'hunter-gather.' For the ancestral health movement to become more comprehensive and effective, we must recognize this fundamental aspect of human nature, and think about how to safely and positively incorporate the physical conflict that is so much a part of our history and genetics into our thinking on human health. I propose mixed martial arts as a viable solution.