Born in Valladolid, Yucatán in 1956. Trained as a medical practitioner at the University of Yucatán, degree obtained in 1981. Married on Dec. 11 1982 to Gabriela Vargas Cetina. Specialization as Family Doctor in 1986, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. Worked until 1986 as Family Doctor in Chetumal, Q. Roo. Moved to Calgary, Canada to study an MSc in Community Health Sciences (1989) and then moved to Montreal to pursue a PhD degree. Fieldwork in Sardinia, Italy, from Dec. 1990 to June 1992. Degree obtained in 1993. Moved to Chiapas at ECOSUR, in 1993, and then, in 1995, to CIESAS-Sureste. After conducting research with Tzeltal, tzotzil and tojolabal healers, moved to the Autonomous University of Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico. Since 2000 I conduct research on regional gastronomy and identity. From 2006 to 2007 I spent one year at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, as a fellow, under the annual theme Historicizing the Global Postmodern.