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- Low Metabolic Energy Therapies, Dr. Bruce Rind explores the relationship between adrenal and thyroid function
- Best Kept Secret: A Thyroid Treatment Protocol, Dr. John Dommisse challenges conventional thyroid treatment
- The Great Iodine Debate, Sally Fallon Morell presents differing views on iodine supplementation
- President’s Message: Controversy
- Letters: Letters to the Editor of Wise Traditions
- Caustic Commentary: Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig take on the Diet Dictocrats
- Farm and Ranch: Mark Kastel updates us on goings on at USDA
- Ask the Doctor: Dr. Tom Cowan outlines a treatment for herpes
- Homeopathy Journal: Joette Calabrese on remedies for low thyroid function
- Food Feature: Sharon Kane on non-gluten sourdough
- All Thumbs Book Reviews
- Tim’s DVD Reviews
- Growing Wise Kids: Jen Allbritton celebrates healthy popsicles
- Soy Alert: Update on the Illinois soy prison case
- NAIS Update: Judith McGeary on how the NAIS issue is heating up
- A Campaign for Real Milk: Updates from Pete Kennedy
- Healthy Baby Gallery: More Wise Traditions babies!
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!