Wise Traditions London 2011
Weston A. Price Foundation London
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One of the themes at this recent WAPF conference abroad is summed up by at least two of the conference speakers who cited a version of the familiar H.L. Mencken quip: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.”
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick spoke on the importance of how you eat, not just what you eat. Apparently Scots, who suffer high rates of heart disease, wolf their food down as fast as humanly possible. The French, on the other hand, who are notorious for their low rates of heart disease, take their jolly time. There is a lot of reason to believe that eating while rushed or stressed will interfere with digestion and good health. While this may seem like a no-brainer to many, not much study has been done in this area.
During his presentation, Dr. Kendrick examined a number of studies and the associated data full of mumbo-jumbo and pretty much came to the conclusion, “What’s the bloody point?” The studies made about as much sense as a lowfat cigarette. He is quite entertaining and I have to admit his British accent makes it that much more enjoyable for me. Years ago I overheard the response of a proper English gentleman when an American waitress told him she loved his accent. He told her he had a language, she had an accent.
Zoe Harcombe’s presentation was based on the excellent information in her book The Obesity Epidemic. (You can find the thumbs up review at http://www.westonaprice.org/thumbs-up-reviews/the-obesity-epidemic-by-zoe-harcombe.) She throws a lot of math at her listeners, possibly straining those who are not human calculators, but her conclusions are clear and to the point. The experts at calorie counting can’t do math. As the old saying goes, there are three kinds of people: those who can do the math, and those who can’t.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride will be very familiar to those who have attended the stateside WAPF conferences. As we have come to expect, she does an excellent job of explaining the importance of properly balanced gut bacteria to good immune function and resistance to heavy metals like mercury. She also explains in some detail why we should not fear the cholesterol bogey-man. Real science had solidly come to the same conclusions some time ago but corporate-controlled propaganda passing itself off as science is still in denial. She goes on to cover the real causes and solutions to heart disease.
Barry Groves, PhD, said he tried the calorie restriction approach to diet. He also has a sense of humor. With this diet he would lose weight, put it back on, lose weight, put it back on in an endless cycle, kind of like the rhythm method of birth control. One thing to understand is that all calories are not the same. Fat is a very important part of a healthy diet especially if you are diabetic. Of course, it must be the right kind of fat. Commercial cooking oil may be good for many things. You can modify cars to run on it. You can use it for lubrication, but whatever you do, don’t eat the stuff.
A few Americans also invaded the islands to speak at the conference, including Kaayla Daniel, PhD, and Jerry Brunetti. Dr. Daniel, the Naughty Nutritionist, handed out plenty of politically incorrect advice. Jerry Brunetti spoke about cancer treatments that worked for him. He also pointed out the high correlation between cancer and emotional or psychological issues.
Graham Harvey is Agricultural Editor of BBC Radio 4′s “The Archers”, which is a long standing series about a rural farming community in England. He has learned much from Joel Salatin. Contrary to the fallacious claim that industrial farming is necessary to feed the world, Harvey notes that acre for acre, small farms are actually more productive and it is small farms that continue to feed 70 percent of the world. It is very possible to go back to feeding 100 percent of the world this way. Not only is it possible, it would be a very good idea. Finally, there is a preview of an excellent raw milk success story titled “The Moo Man,” which gives its audience insights into the relationship between the farmer and his cows. The thumb is UP for this video set.
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This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2012.