Good morning, friends. As I sit in our kitchen preparing the Roger Pecoraro address I am to give at the American Diabetes Association, I wanted to share with you a terrific video clip (below). It reimagines the prehistoric (1 to 2.5 million year old) footprints in a patch of mud in the Laetoli gorge in Tanzania that Mary Leaky discovered and made famous in her discussions of Australopithecus afarensis. What does this have to do with diabetic feet?
When my friend and SALSA partner Joe Mills and I were writing the prologue to the upcoming JVS/JAPMA special issue, we were simultaneously perusing an article about anthropologist and fellow University of Arizona researcher, Dave Raichlen, whose work supports that upright walking preceded humanity by at least a million years. By virtue of the requirement for rapid brain development, it is arguably the reason we exist. Joe then remarked “when we take that ability to walk away, we take away something basic.” So basic, I would suggest, that we can’t even articulate its importance. That discussion made its way into that article.
I’ve always felt that keeping our friends, loved ones and patients upright and walking (hopefully with both legs) is important. It’s worth a life’s work.