by Sally Fallon Morell
â€śI am so frustrated after reading the article on essential fatty acids by Chris Masterjohn (Fall, 2010). I look to your foundation for wisdom about healthy eating and all I seem to find is more confusion. Take cod liver oil, eat fishâ€”no, donâ€™t! Drink raw milk, but wait! Only milk from certain cows! Donâ€™t eat cabbage, broccoli, fruit! I am so confused and frustrated!â€ť So writes a perplexed member and I can certainly sympathize! The subject of nutrition is fraught with contradictions, counter claims, fads and fears. No wonder so many people are frustrated.
Our general adviceâ€”to eat a variety of whole natural foods including plenty of healthy fats, with problematic foods like grains properly preparedâ€”applies to those who are already fairly healthy, with good digestive systems. But many who come to the WAPF message are not healthy; these brave folks are struggling with numerous health problems and may need to be more careful in their food choices. If they have a thyroid problem, they will need to avoid cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli; if they have blood sugar regulation problems or poor liver function, they may need to avoid fruit; if they are prone to tooth decay, they will need to avoid foods high in mineral-blocking phytic acid; if they suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance, they will need to avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains; if they are sensitive to dairy foods, even raw dairy foods, switching to milk from A2 cows may help. These are details that we need to work out for ourselves, but always with the goal in mind: to be able to enjoy all the Earthâ€™s bounty, or at least to pass along that gift to our offspring.
As for Chris Masterjohnâ€™s article, the message was not to avoid fish or cod liver oil, but to point out the foods that are needed for the proper utilization of foods containing omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are the products of land animals, rich in choline and arachidonic acid, such as egg yolks, meat fats, butter fat and organ meats. This message has been part of the WAPF philosophy from the beginningâ€”these rich, satisfying, cholesterol-rich foods are not the enemy, but our best friends. Including them in our diet will go a long way to strengthening the digestive tract and alleviating the sensitivities that so many of our members are struggling with.
Speaking of delicious, rich, satisfying foods, how about the great meals we served at Wise Traditions 2010! Everyone there agreed that this was our best conference ever, and that the food was the highlight! Thanks to Cathy Raymond and Amanda Love, who worked with talented hotel staff to coordinate WAPF-friendly dishes made from foods donated by our many wonderful farmers, artisans and merchandisers. The Weston A. Price Foundation board and staff look forward to providing accurate information about nutrition to those hungry for knowledge in the coming year.