|Journal, Fall 2007, Alternative Treatments for Heart Disease|
Wise Traditions, Volume 8, Number 3
by Sally Fallon Morell
In this issue, we look once again at the subject of heart disease and the continued insistence on the part of the medical establishmentâ€”now reaching the point of shrillnessâ€”that consumers can only protect themselves against the disease by adopting a diet low in saturated fat, cholesterol and animal food, this in spite of mountains of evidenceâ€”staring us in the faceâ€”that this prescription isn't working. In fact, the "Prudent Diet," which health officials proposed during the mid 1950s for middle aged men at risk of heart disease, is now forced on growing children with all the finger wagging and moral outrage we associate with the spinster school marm, armored in righteousness.
This dietary dogma actually originated in the early 1800s with Sylvester Graham, who advocated a vegetarian diet as a cure for sexual urges. Graham believed that excessive carnal exercise would cause indigestion, headache, feebleness of circulation, pulmonary consumption, spinal diseases, epilepsy, insanity and early death of offspring, among other dire consequences. His views were furthered by John Harvey Kellogg, who warned against sexual activity even in marriage and advocated an abstemious meat-free diet as a way of curbing lust.
Today we recognize the process whereby demonization and harsh suppression of natural urges often lead to unhappy outcomesâ€”during the strict Victorian era, for example, one woman in eight was a prostituteâ€”and even pathologies. Yet our liberated dietary "experts" fail to recognize the fact that restriction of our natural desire to eat rich animal foods also leads to pathologies. When children are denied the high-fat and cholesterol-rich foods they need to develop normally, the result is behavior problems ranging from autistic withdrawal to uncontrolled consumption of processed food. Food Puritanism inflicted on innocent childrenâ€”such as skim milk and harsh whole-grain cerealâ€”results in Food Pornographyâ€”bingeing on candy, pastries, doughnuts, chips and sodasâ€”along with indigestion, headache, feebleness of circulation, pulmonary consumption, spinal diseases, epilepsy, insanity, and even early death of offspringâ€”not to mention infertility. Neither dietary extreme results in good health, normal behavior and a happy outlook on life.
We hope to provide a more rational dietary policy and further the Food Liberation Movement at our upcoming conference, dedicated to Radiant Health for Children and Their Parents. We have a wonderful cast of speakers lined upâ€”including Drs. Tom Cowan and Natasha Campbell-McBrideâ€”to present principles and strategies for nourishing the next generation.
|Last Updated on Monday, 31 December 2012 16:58|