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Take the Online Ancestral Health Survey


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One of the coolest things about the ancestral health community is that there’s always something new happening – from research, to educational programming, to conferences like the Ancestral Health Symposium, and more. Being connected with such a vibrant and interested community of like-minded individuals is one of the many reasons I enjoy what I do so much.

That’s why I wanted to share this survey opportunity with you, my readers. This short survey will be used to evaluate the habits and characteristics of those folks who have made the switch to a Paleo lifestyle.

It will only take a few short minutes to complete, but will provide useful information to help better understand the ancestral health movement and where the future of this movement is taking us.

Check out the information below, and please contribute your data if you have some spare time!

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Ancestral Health Survey

Professor Hamilton M. Stapell would like to invite the ancestral health community to participate in a new online survey. The purpose of this survey is to better understand who we are, and where we are going. Specifically, the survey seeks to accomplish three main goals:

1) Describe the current size and composition of the ancestral health movement.

2) Identify common practices and the most important motivating factors for going paleo/primal.

3) Predict the future trajectory of the ancestral health movement.

The survey includes approximately 25 questions, and should take 3 to 5 minutes to complete. We are seeking as many respondents as possible in order to ensure a usable dataset and meaningful results. Feel free to share this link with others.

Please note: The results of this survey are for academic purposes only, and all responses are anonymous. You must be 18 years old or older in order to participate in this survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Hamilton M. Stapell at: [email protected] or David B. Schwartz at [email protected].

Hamilton M. Stapell, PhD, is Assistant Professor of History at SUNY New Paltz, where he sits on the Evolutionary Studies Board (EvoS). He is also the creator of one of the first college-level courses on ancestral living: EVO 201 “Evolution and Human Health.” His AHS12 talk on the historical roots of the current ancestral health movement can be found here.


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  1. …it’s just a survey for a cause I support. I’d love a follow-up when the data is processed but I’m happy to give the 4 minutes to do the survey.

  2. It’s too bad it didn’t let me explain anything. A short bit for comments at the end of the survey would have been helpful. I’m a “different” sort. I was eating Paleo before I heard about it (because of my son’s food sensitivities), and I don’t work out at all, because I have MS and it’s bad enough that exercise isn’t good for me (but I do ride horses). But, maybe they don’t need that kind of information. LOL

  3. New Paltz is my alma mater. Decent enough survey except the God question. All three options supposed the existence of a higher power called God. Needs another option.

  4. I found the religion question to not be appropriate or complete, and a tad offensive on a health based study. While I might believe in the divine, there was no neutral answer that allowed for belief in both faith and evolution. More importantly, if believe aspects are added in relationship to this study, it should allow for more ways than what is asked. I see why one might want to raise the question, but how it is done currently it could “pollute the data” in a rather significant manner. A suggestion might be to do another study that focuses on how a persons beliefs have a direct correlation to the foods they eat. After all most religions have set traditions; of which eating is a major source of their socializing.

    • I did not find the question offensive, but agree that the options were poor in that there was no choice for belief in God but not necessarily guiding evolution. I skipped the question as I found no choice acceptable.

      Agree with out comments that should have been brief explanation, comments sought. I also thought it was limiting (perhaps confusing) to use the term “paleo” since many consume dairy and use the term “primal.”

  5. Feedback on the survey:

    There are a few questions you might be able to get more detailed info on, or there should be a list of foods people can select as foods they: avoid, eat minimally, or include.

    – Specifically, on the “safe starches” question, I wasn’t sure what to answer because we completely avoid rice and potato, but include sweet potato, parsnips, squash, plantains, etc. in reasonable quantities.

    – Corn is something we avoid as much as possible, but occasionally indulge in when it is organic, non-GMO.

    – Similarly, with dairy we have completely cut out all dairy except for occasional quality cheeses.

    – Alcohol intake has naturally reduced because in going fairly strict, our tolerance has dropped considerably. In that regard, we neither avoid it nor regularly consume it. (Maybe 0-1x per week.)

    – Maybe this isn’t the focus of your survey, but I’d also be interested in seeing the Paleo take on caffeine. We’ve stopped drinking any soda or coffee, but have kept plain iced tea and soy-free, dairy-free chocolate.