Journal, Spring 2007, Dr. Price’s X Factor: Mystery Solved

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Wise Traditions, Volume 8, Number 1

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President’s Message: Weston Price Vindicated. . . and Misrepresented

by Sally Fallon Morell

With this issue, we are proud to offer a solution to a sixty-year-old mystery, namely, just what is the X Factor described by Dr. Weston A. Price? Our scientific sleuth Chris Masterjohn has done a brilliant job of correlating Price’s research on the X Factor with modern research on vitamin K2, showing that these two nutrients are one and the same. What emerges is a long list of benefits from this largely unrecognized nutrient—protection from heart disease and dental caries, support for brain, kidney and reproductive function, and even proper development of the facial bones resulting in the beautiful wide facial structures captured in Dr. Price’s photographs of nonindustrialized peoples.

Since vitamin K2 is mainly found in the fat and organ meats of animals eating green grass, I believe that the solution to this mystery represents the death knell for modern agriculture. This won’t happen overnight, of course, but as the public becomes aware of the amazing benefits of vitamin K2, the demand for pasture-raised animal products will become overwhelming. Those who do make efforts to consume foods rich in vitamin K2 will be blessed with a long life and healthy offspring; their numbers will grow while the numbers of those consuming the products of industrial agriculture will decline—I refer to this process as the “natural selection of the wise.” My prediction: within 20 years, the nightmare of confinement agriculture will be a thing of the past and the agricultural lands of the world will once again become dotted with prosperous pasture-based farms.

It becomes more and more obvious that the only solution to our health problems is the adoption of traditional foodways—but what to do if you have trouble transitioning from a lowfat or vegetarian diet to the new, higher-fat paradigm? We provide a number of suggestions and solutions in this issue, starting with a letter from Tawanda Queen. Articles by Katherine Czapp, Laurie Warner and Tom Cowan offer much wisdom and good advice for those who wish to embrace our dietary principles.

As our influence grows, a number of authors have co-opted our rhetoric to promote principles not in line with those of traditional diets. For this reason, we offer two extensive book reviews in this issue, one on Healthy at 100 by John Robbins (who argues that the foodways of traditional peoples were largely vegetarian) and the other on Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman (who argues that a “nutrient dense” diet is one based on vegetables). We also provide rebuttals to the work of Brian Peskin on essential fatty acid balance and Loren Cordain on the supposed cancer-causing effects of a substance called betacellulin in milk.

We now have a full speaker line-up for our eighth annual conference, Wise Traditions 2007. Start planning now!

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