David Pendergrass presenting at the 2nd Annual Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12).
Paleo Nutrition and the Brain
Neural pathways and gut hormones interact to control hunger and body metabolism in response to food intake. Such interactions are modulated by stress, food addiction and the obesogenic environment. In the obesogenic environment cues by advertising and cultural norms of eating continue to cause specific neural pathways to be activated that result in overeating. Additionally, highly processed grains and added sugars cause a positive feedback response that further activates orexigenic pathways in the brain. Paleo Nutrition advocates a return to pre-agricultural food intake that supports proper signaling in the brain and restoration of neural pathways to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Pendergrass is the director of the Applied Science Professional Science Masters and Molecular Biology programs at the University of Kansas. He conducts a yearly seminar on appetite regulation. He is the author of the Smartest Loser: The Paleo Pathway, a comprehensive weight loss program designed for the general public. Dr. Pendergrass has founded the Paleo Nutrition Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that seeks to forward Paleolithic nutrition principals to health care providers and the general public by offering CME and CEU credits, and to solicit funding for primary research activities in Paleolithic scientific principles.