Category Archives: Basics

Why We Need Carbs

One of the lessons that comes across most clearly from the studies that Weston Price documented in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration is that, although traditional diets all emphasized nutrient-dense foods, the specific mix of animal and plant foods was widely variable. Since it is primarily plant foods that provide carbohydrate, the carbohydrate content of traditionalContinue Reading

Nourishing Traditional Diets

Hilda Gore: I’m your host Hilda Labrada Gore. And today our guest is the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sally Fallon Morell. Sally’s book Nourishing Traditions came out in 1996 and has been a driving force behind today’s real food movement. In the book and in today’s interview, Sally emphasizes the importance ofContinue Reading

Reading Between the Lines

Nutrition Updates by Merinda Teller, MPH, PhD Red Meat: The Food They Love to Hate In late October 2015, one of the nutrition establishment’s most cherished villains—red meat—hit the newsstands again in a big way. A report by the cancer agency of the revered World Health Organization (WHO) attracted major media attention by pronouncing processedContinue Reading

A Closer Look at “My Plate”

Those of us who watched the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Review Committee process were bemused to see the way they chose to deal with their predecessors’ obvious policy failures. The graphic design which decorated their final report was a calculated cover-up. In 1992, the United States Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines recommended the largest portion ofContinue Reading

The Baneful Consequences of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines

The next set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), the public health nutrition policy that directs all federal nutrition activities “including research, education, nutrition assistance, labeling, and nutrition promotion,”1 are due out in 2015. The DGA are meant to address a simple question: What should Americans eat to be healthy?2 As the 2015 Dietary GuidelinesContinue Reading

Nutrition: The Anti-Aging Factor

Due to increasing gains in life expectancy, by 2025 the number of people aged sixty-five and over will comprise 29 percent of the U.S. population. As a consequence of aging, the typical chronic diseases of the body and brain such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will claim more and more preciousContinue Reading

Protein: Building Blocks of the Body

All Proteins Are Not the Same Protein is in the spotlight these days, with articles touting diets high in protein and advertisements for protein powders in the media. Protein is, of course, an important building block in the body, but it is not the only building block. And furthermore, protein is made up of aContinue Reading

The USDA’s Pyramid Scheme

We Need a New Way to Define “Healthy” Presentation at the Weston A. Price Foundation press conference on the USDA Dietary Guidelines, February 14, 2011. I am a PhD candidate in Nutrition Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. I represent the Healthy Nation Coalition, a public health advocacy group dedicated to changing our definitionContinue Reading

The Right Price

Interpreting the Work of Dr. Weston A. Price “I am deeply interested not only in your health individually but in the efficiency and welfare of your families. It is particularly important in these times of industrial and financial stress, that children shall not suffer defects which may mark and handicap them for their entire life.”Continue Reading

Complexity and Food

Complexity as a theory for how systems work and maintain stability is a popular topic today in many fields, including physics, chemistry and mathematics. These concepts have even entered the popular consciousness, with references to it in such films as Jurassic Park. The various theories about complexity also have validity in the area of dietContinue Reading

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