Journal, Summer 2009, Treating Low Metabolism



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President’s Message

by Sally Fallon Morell

This issue focuses on the complex subject of thyroid and adrenal health, two critical supports for optimal human biochemistry. Thyroid problems and adrenal fatigue respond well to traditional nutrition—and are negatively impacted by the modern diet—yet these conditions often require additional help in the form of thyroid or adrenal cortex hormones. The authors featured here, Dr. Bruce Rind and Dr. John Dommisse, have both developed successful protocols to treat these conditions. Yet their treatment plans differ in many respects—there are no easy answers in the fields of medicine and nutrition, least of all in the treatment of thyroid and adrenal problems!

We also present an article on iodine—another subject fraught with controversy. Iodine status affects not only thyroid function, but also growth, fertility, intelligence and breast health. Yet too much iodine can contribute to thyroid problems. How to optimize iodine status? That is the question!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our columnists for keeping us up to date, issue after issue. Thanks to Pete Kennedy for monitoring all the legal and legislative goings-on regarding raw milk. The increase in state bills for liberalizing access to raw milk plus a reduction in legal confrontations between farmers and state governments is a sign that we are making real progress in this field.

Thanks also to Judith McGeary for her calm, cunning and persistent campaign against the National Animal Identification System. Judith provides the combination of level headedness and steely opposition that we need to defeat this monstrous proposal. Her updates keep us all informed and provide specific activist steps we can all take to prevent the implementation of NAIS.

We also appreciate Mary Enig for her ongoing expertise on fats and oils, Kaayla Daniel for keeping us up to date on the problems with soy, Tom Cowan for his insights into alternative treatments, Tim Boyd for his amusing DVD reviews, Joette Calabrese for her homeopathy column and Jen Allbritton for her wonderful ideas on feeding growing children.

At the office, we have been focusing on the launch of our new website and putting the final touches on conference plans. We have an outstanding list of speakers for Wise Traditions 2009 and will be featuring subjects ranging from the highly scientific to the intensely practical. Since this year’s conference will be held in the midwest, outside of Chicago, we are offering several tracks on grass-based farming and direct marketing. Conference mailers will be going out shortly – meanwhile, you will find details on page 14. Please save the dates of November 13-16. We look forward to seeing you there!

6 Responses to Journal, Summer 2009, Treating Low Metabolism

  1. sydney ray says:

    raw, meaty bones not barf for dogs and cats
    How diturbed I was to read the entry about feeding our pets here! I know many will depend on the site for science-based, evidenced-based guidance. Vegetables, grains,and dairy products (even fermented), are not the natural diet of dogs or cats. I will speak to dogs. Dogs have 98% of the same DNA as wolves and their digestion system is the same. Wolves rip open their prey and shake out the stomach contents so do not eat plant matter that is inside their prey. Mech, THE, wolf expert says less than (I think it was)2% of the wolves diet is plant material, berries and bark, and even this small amount maybe due to shortage of prey. Dogs have a totally diferent digestive system from humans, they do not have the digestive enzymes,etc to convert carbohydrate. No doubt your contributor’s dog did better on whole food over processed, this isn’t surprising, if you study what goes into these diablical concoction! The saddest thing for me is that raw feeding appropriate food; meat,fish and the occasional eggs, is so easy,cheap and convenient but Barf feeding is alot of work-I feel people could be put off feeding their pets even the compromised Barf diet. So our dear furry friends will continue to die of the diseases of civilisation (just like their dear owners). Please print these links so people can learn about feeding a truly species appropriate diet!

  2. HM says:

    Website color
    Gee, is it just me or is that red and green color on this website a bit annoying? How about changing the color to something more neutral and making the print bigger, too?! Just a thought.

  3. george smith, jr says:

    I would like to know a little more about Western A Price. When did he die and at what age? What type of health problems did he have and what was the cause of his death?

  4. Summer says:

    New movie claims that vegetarianism reverses and heals disease
    interested to hear any thoughts on this new documentary…

  5. Kathy Jean says:

    Rice Koji
    I’m wondering if anyone knows whether rice koji can substitute for whey in fermented recipes. I’m allergic to whey and thought this might be an alternative since it is a fermenting product.

  6. Sandy Caldwell says:

    Doula and Childbirth Educator

    I have searched the WAPF site and could not find an answer to my question: have you read/reviewed “Spoutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook” by Steve Meyerowitz? I would like to add spouts (I especially like sunflower seed spouts)and am wondering if this is a good cookbook to use.

    Thank you in advance for your comments on my question. Thank you also for your dedication and commitment to all of our health and well-being. I truly do appreciate it.


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