Beginner Tour

We’ve gotten many emails from site visitors who tell us that our site is so full of information, and it is so new to them, that they don’t know where to begin. So, we’ve created this website tour to take you to some of the best pages to gain an understanding of what our foundation is all about.

Click here if you’d like to take the tour for vegetarians.

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Basic introduction:

  1. Our basic brochure, Principles of Healthy Diets: We have a  28-page introductory booklet that offers an excellent introduction to the foundation and the work of Weston A. Price. The booklet is recreated on this web page (paper copies can be ordered in the Store). Start here!
  2. Ancient Dietary Wisdom for Tomorrow’s Children: This article will get you better acquainted with the work of Weston A. Price.
  3. Vitamin A Saga: This article will help you understand the vital role of Vitamin A, and the many misconceptions surrounding it, particularly that one can meet Vitamin A needs without animal foods, by eating beta carotene from vegetables.

A little more detail: The following sections will acquaint you with some of the major themes of the Foundation in our efforts to educate people about healthy traditional diets and the dangers of modern devitalized foods. You may wish to go through each page in order, or scroll down for a topic of interest and then delve in.

Soy. One of the most surprising things people learn in the brochure is that soy is not the miracle food portrayed by the soy industry.

  1. Soy Alert! Menu page: This page includes links to all our articles on soy. Some of the best starting points are listed below.
  2. The Ploy of Soy: This overview examines the history of the soybean, industry marketing efforts, and the many health problems linked to soy.
  3. The Tragedy of Soy Infant Formula: This article educates parents on how the soy industry’s extravagant claims for the health benefits of soy formula compare to the scientific findings.
  4. Soy Studies and Isoflavones Studies: These listings of the dozens of studies showing the dangers of soy and soy isoflavones will help you understand the extent to which soy industry marketing and lobbying efforts are overshadowing the growing evidence against soy.

Heart Disease. Another shocker to Foundation newbies is the idea that saturated fat and cholesterol do not cause heart disease. Read more about why traditional foods like beef, eggs, butter, and organ meats are GOOD for you in the following pages:

  1. What Causes Heart Disease?: If it isn’t saturated fat and cholesterol, then what DOES cause heart disease? Read this article to find out.
  2. Dangers of Statin Drugs: Doctors and drug manufacturers are turning healthy people into sick patients by prescribing statin drugs to almost everyone. Read about these dangerous drugs.

Fats. Read the following pages to get an introduction to healthy traditional fats that have nourished people for millenia, and learn to distinguish them from modern damaged fats found in processed food. Learn why lowfat diets promoted by the government and food industry just keep making us fatter.

  • The Skinny on Fats: This is a lengthy article, but it effectively dismantles the lipid hypothesis (that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease). An excellent introduction to the basic science of fats and the political issues surrounding the exhortation to avoid saturated fats.


22 Responses to Beginner Tour

  1. cynthia Piercey says:

    Curious about Salt Spring Island resources? Re: Nursing while on Medications for Bi-Polar.

  2. Joe Zen says:

    Glad to find this site
    Will read more after work. People fail to realize the obvious answer but a couple of important points. Only 10% of medical schools teach nutrition. Drug studies almost never perform long term and length of life efficacy studies. While losing weight can cure a lot of diseases doctors may diagnose, at the end of the day it’s up to us to choose to not be deceived by the food and drug companies.

  3. Paul says:

    cancer, fats, and diet
    A good friend of mine died from skin cancer. As a result I have been reading a lot about cancer. In doing so I came across several websites that talk about a lady by the name of Dr. Johanna Budwig. From what you read you get the impression this lady cured hundreds if not thousands of people by changing their diet – even those in their literal dying days.

    I am curious to know if you know about her and if so what you think about her diet.

    She encouraged people to eat a lot of flax seed oil mixed with quark or cottage cheese so that the oil would become water soluble.

    I believe she was the person or one of the people who discovered Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. She was nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize and may have not won because of her findings concerning and opposition to processed fats and to the medical community who were for chemotherapy and radiation.

    She seems to have insisted on an almost vegetarian diet to heal these people, but she did not tell people they could not eat meat.

    A book written by her is promoted on another website entitled Cancer – the Problem and the Cure. If this information is true this should be broadcast to the world.

    • Kim says:

      Yes, And Paul, have you ever hear of the HIPPOCRATES Institute in Florida. It is a a wonderful place to visit. They serve all raw food, wheatgrass, all juicing, offer colonics, guidance,infrared sauna, gym, pool, massage, and many other healing modalities. Along with many lectures. This is exactly what Ms. Budwig was all about.

  4. nurmia says:

    new to website
    found out about your site while researching coconut oil. glad i did. definitely need to cut out time to go thru this website. so much to read and catch up on.


  5. Jill says:

    I so appreciate your site and all the real, non-nonsense info you are sharing!
    Thank you for your willingness to stand up for reality against such a strong stream of “politically correct” dietary insanity. I return to this site repeatedly for information and refer others here as well. It just makes so much sense to base a nutritional approach on common sense and the historical proof of what has worked very well for thousands of years, rather than on “newfangled”, unproven, and financially and politically motivated ideas. God created real people to eat real food. Blessings, and keep up the good work!

  6. David Payne says:

    I am interested in information about Chia seeds.

  7. Frustrated Mommy 101 says:

    Majorly Allergic
    I have a 2 year old son and just found out the he and I are both allergic to many foods (wheat, milk, eggs, tree nuts, pea nuts, and fish). I also found out that he has a weak immune system. He has been on a total elimination diet since December, and luckily he has not had any infections since, but still lots of congestion and now the fevers are starting up again. Plus he has had diarrhea for 5 weeks now and the pediatrician calls it a virus, but I know it has something to do with his diet. His father now wants to take him off of fruits and veggies to help the diarrhea. Please let me know where to start with this. I am totally frustrated! Not to mention, I now have to find a diet high in protein for myself to help benefit all the work I do in the gym.

  8. B says:

    To frustrated mommy
    I would start making real chicken stock pronto. If you can find chicken feet to add to it- do so. There’s an issue of Wise Traditions called th eHealthy Baby issue that you can order from WAPF and I highly recommend it. Try to find some qualuty raw milk, culture it and have him try a little of that. Maybe also make up some liver. An easy one for kids may be frying up some chicken livers, cooling a bit and blending up with an equal amount of pastured butter. He can try it on carrot/celery sticks….
    Best of luck to you!

  9. Jill says:

    Response to “About the consumption of milk”
    Hi Sharon, this came up in discussion on the chapter leaders email list. It would seem likely that the reason animals don’t drink milk after weaning is that they don’t have the opportunity! LOL

    Many people have cats and dogs that will happily drink cow’s or goat’s milk if offered it. Our farmer leaders had numerous examples of adult animals drinking milk, including one adult dairy cow of a smaller breed that would stick her head under another adult dairy cow of a much larger breed and nurse directly from her.

    There are some differences in composition but there are many similarities between types of mammalian milk. We’re the only animal regularly drinking it after weaning probably because we’re the only animals who’ve managed to secure a steady supply.

  10. Sharon says:

    About the consumption of milk
    I love cheese and eat exclusively raw dairy from grass fed cows, but I am curious about something. How is it that we believe milk to be a good food for adult humans? Is it truly as nature intended for us to be consuming something that is nature intended for babies of another species? As a friend pointed out to me, are there any examples other than civilized mankind where an animal from one species gets on its knees and drinks the milk from another? I’m not plannig to give up my beloved cheese, butter or kefir, but I am curious about this aspect of drinking milk.

    • K. Haugh says:

      And, other than mankind, what animal species cultivates its own food on a mass industrial scale, using tools? Should humans live their lives like the animals, using only what we are born with…our hands to dig in the dirt? Should we catch other animals with our bare hands and sink our teeth into their necks, like a lion catches a zebra? Taking milk from a cow is the same as picking fruit from a tree, it is another form of cultivation. As Jill pointed out, animals enjoy drinking milk too, they just don’t have the ability to get to it! Who can say how milk first entered the human diet? Was it idle curiosity, starvation, or simply a by-product enjoyed when the animal was harvested? (Paleo people take note; hunter-gatherers could have targeted nursing females). Those who conjure up the disgusting image of a human suckling a cow do so because they have an agenda. Vegans say that people should not utilize animal products in any way whatsoever, but large scale farming of monoculture crops is extremely bad for the environment, just as much as large scale feedlot operations for cattle, so vegans don’t have a leg to stand on there. And, the only way to have healthy biodynamic soil is through the use of animal manure- are vegans opposed to that? Advocates of the Paleo diet may not want to consume dairy, because domestication of animals only goes back thousands of years, instead of tens of thousands of years, and that is their choice. But, many people around the world rely on dairy products and live long, healthy lives. Enjoy your cheese, butter and kefir!

    • Bill Leach says:

      Sharon, there is a reference (on this site) to a formal research paper located on the NIH site. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to go look for as I HAVE to get to bed soon!

      The research report is really not difficult reading but make it quite clear why grass-fed raw milk (bovine milk) is really a healthy food. On of the almost laughable things in the report is the obvious inclusion of FDA/CDC/Dept Ag standard responses to raw milk… which the report makes and thoroughly debunks using the next 1 or 2 paragraphs!

      I almost can not recommend highly enough that you try to find and read that report.


  11. Margo Moore says:

    The above discussion (regarding whether it is appropriate for humans, especially adult humans, to consume the milk of cows or other ruminants) is incomplete because it leaves out the G-d word. Who created cows and goats and so on and made sure that they had the genetic flexibility to be bred to produce much more milk than their calves would require? The Creator of all things provided food sources for each creature–in some cases pretty unique sources, such as the leaves of a single variety of tree. Providing food sources for humankind, who would move into or at least explore all possible environments, from the North Pole to the South Pole, is a highly complex problem (in the engineering sense) requiring highly complex solutions. A solitary person can survive quite well with a goat for milk, a few chickens for meat and eggs, and a small truck garden. A nearby stream for fish is nice but not essential. The fact that, for thousands of years, childbirth quite often led to the death of the mother, resulted in many thousands of human children who would have died without the milk of ruminants, which provided an unimpeachable source of high-quality protein mixed with fat and carbohydrate in a perfect ratio–not only during infancy but during the entire growth period–stands testimony to the Creator’ loving provision for His children. How many solitary widows avoided starvation because of a goat or two? The fact that herds of cows, sheep and goats represented wealth on the hoof throughout the entire Old Testament should make it clear that animals of this sort were put on this Earth to provide nourishment for us, for people, by the One who made us and had designed our bodies to be able to take nourishment from a diverse array of sources, and only willful blindness can explain why anyone could think these animals were only designed as meat. If cows were only intended to nurse their calves, their udders would not have been made “expandable” to provide considerably more. Further, milk would not be able to be made into cheese, kefir, etc., except that it was designed to be capable of such transformations. Those who prefer the Darwinian theory will never be able to explain this bounty, since it does not add anything to the survival of the calf! Think about it. As for me, I enjoy drinking delightful kefir made from raw, pastured cows by Amish farmers, who I’m sure know the Source of this Providence.
    One addendum: arguably the most effective organization for fighting poverty and starvation is the Heifer Foundation, which gives real live animals to impoverished families all over the world, thus ensuring real food to keep their children and themselves healthy, and enabling them to help themselves financially by selling any surplus and some of the animals’ offspring, which ultimately shares the blessing. Such an effort clearly surpasses any crusade that sends powdered and canned foods to feed the starving, an effort that not only provides poorly from a nutritional perspective but is not self-sustaining. Live animals make more live animals, and the hungry children would certainly rather have eggs and milk than powdered milk, white rice, etc. If we will just remember the Source from Whom all blessings flow, all these nutritional questions will answer themselves.

  12. Tim Hede says:

    I believe we are hunter gather’s at heart. But, I dont’ agree with the idea that we were meant to be milk drinkers. We forget that even healthy grassfed animals have levels of IGf-1, estrogens, dht, and a list of many other (Bovine Hormones)- we do not have a feedback loop in place to deal with these hormones. We fail to take hormones and their influence on our body systems into account. There have been several studies that show milk ingestion influenced hormone profiles in men, women,and children. Yes, there is some great things in grass fed milk-but these things can be obtained in a diet without milk and (bovine growth factors). The key is grass fed meat, organic fruits and veges. We fail to remember the hormonal load our bodies take day after day- this influences weight, cancer, depression , thyroid health, childhood growth rates, etc. How many people are lossing thier lives to unchecked cell growth?

  13. H. says:

    Where in Manitoba, Canada will I find a place to purchase Raw Butter?

  14. Very good work do this Foundation, pure and clear. We hope once to start with The Farm in the ancient Region of the former URARTU. As the soil conditions in the time of Adam , and original crops , it is the challenge to be a farmer on the level as Noah, Job at least. We are open for people who want to join this Mission.Our website :

  15. jessy says:

    Wow so much info here. My 6 yr old son is severly autistic.
    No speech, not potty trained yet, and extremely picky with foods. He has his favorite foods and wont eat anything else.
    Breads, yogurts, fruits, anything thats breaded and fried and chips to name a few of his faves.
    Im reading up on GAPS and about this bone broth.
    I was then referred by someone to this site for making this broth. Has anyone tried or heard of this gaps diet and helping with autism? I want to try this with my son
    But i want to make sure im doing it right.
    Any tips, comments welcomed

    • Leigh says:

      If you haven’t already, buy the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Even if you end up not doing the diet, it’s packed with information. One section of the book deals with picky eaters and offers some tips to get them to eat nourishing foods. I ordered it through Amazon.

    • Alana says:

      Jessy, the answer is yes! Certainly the GAPS diet is helpful, the bone broth is full of nutrients. Probiotics help too, as does a gluten and dairy free diet, which our family follows faithfully. Our child is now a teenager and through diet and B6 with zinc, Omega 3’s in the form of fish oil (flax seed isn’t as bioavailable) as well as strong nutrient and supplement support. Your child can recover, but you must move quickly. Reciprocal speech and brain plasticity are substantially reduced after the age of 6. Our child is now a teenager having been diagnosed as moderately Autistic and PDDNOS, also non verbal, we are happy to say that a GF/DF organic diet with filtered water, no additives, no dyes, avoidance of cleaning chemicals etc, coupled with the nutrient program outlined, has resulted in a very verbal and healthy, well adjusted and outgoing “A” student! Yes, it’s a miracle, but I believe in them. Do it ALL, and do it well and consistently and you will see results, don’t give up, learn and apply what you learn, every day, all day, and I can tell you that you’ll see results. May God bless you and your family with the restoration of your son’s health.

  16. Deidre Herman says:

    I am considering taking some digestive enzymes and probiotics. Do you recommend any brands? Are there any I should stay away from?

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