John Durant on “The Culture of Culture” 3.28

The Culture of Culture: What Wise Traditions Teach Us About Our Relationship To Microorganisms

Many ancient customs (“culture”) govern our relationship to microorganisms (“culture”). The Weston A. Price Foundation has long been the leader on fermentation and the gut microbiome, which is finally receiving the scientific recognition it deserves. But our relationship with microbes goes well beyond the gut. Just like our gut relies on good bacteria and probiotics to help us be healthy, our skin regularly relies on an elaborate ecosystem of microorganisms to maintain its function and health. John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto, will talk about the skin microbiome and its role in our overall health. John advises AOBiome, which was written about in the New York Times article “My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment.” He will discuss a chapter from his book called “Moses the Microbiologist” which describes how many traditional religious customs — from hand-washing to sexual codes — helped our ancestors avoid bad microbes.

John Durant is an author, entrepreneur, and professional caveman. His book, The Paleo Manifesto, advocates using our evolutionary history to combat the global epidemic of chronic health problems. Durant is also the founder of Wild Ventures, a venture group specializing in consumer health products and technology. He has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR Morning Edition, CBC, Der Spiegel, and The Colbert Report. He has spoken at Google, Harvard, and The Nantucket Project and has been rated one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness by Greatist. Prior to becoming a professional caveman, founding Paleo NYC and Barefoot Runners NYC, John studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard. He thinks you should try a polar bear swim, intermittent fasting, and bone marrow. You can read more about him on his website

Registration fee: $15.00.

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