- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Dr. Christopher Amoruso describes drug-free solutions to GERD
- Choleric Dispositions Dr. Sally Boyd Daughtrey explains how to support gallbladder health
- Herbal Bitters Guido Masé suggests that herbal bitters are as essential in the kitchen as salt
- Hidden Histamine Problems Jill Cruz describes two ways that histamine can cause problems
- President’s Message: Digestive Problems
- Letters: Letters to the Editor of Wise Traditions
- Caustic Commentary: Sally Fallon Morell takes on the Diet Dictocrats
- Reading Between the Lines Merinda Teller considers the constipation epidemic
- The Wise Traditions Pantry Kelly the Kitchen Kop on original, tasty and nutritious snack foods
- Homeopathy Journal Cilla Whatcott describes CEASE therapy
- Technology As Servant John Moody takes a close look at protein supplements
- WAPF Podcast Interview Hilda Gore talks to Jodi Ledley about excitotoxins as a root cause of migraines
- All Thumbs Book Reviews
- Legislative Updates Judith McGeary updates us on the current Farm Bill
- Vaccination Updates Kendall Nelson on vaccines during pregnancy
A Campaign for Real Milk:
- Mark McAfee describes consolidation in the organic milk industry
- Healthy Baby Gallery: More Wise Traditions babies!
by Sally Fallon Morell
Compared to other animals, the human digestive tract is simple—as one scientist put it, humans have less disk space devoted to digestion so that more disk space can be devoted to the brain and nervous system. This explains why all primitive societies take steps to render their foods more digestible—especially plant foods like grains, legumes and green vegetables. Soaking, sprouting, fermenting, consumption of bitter foods, copious use of salt, daily consumption of broth—all these are examples of using our brain disk space to help our digestive disk space.
It’s no secret that Western societies are suffering from an epidemic of digestive disorders these days, and the reason is easy to explain—we’ve abandoned the food preparation traditions of our ancestors and opted for hard-to-digest processed foods instead.
In this issue, some talented practitioners and authors focus on key digestive problems. Dr. Christopher Amoruso tackles GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), often blamed on high stomach acid but actually a condition of low stomach acid. No wonder acid-lowering drugs don’t work for this condition! Amoruso lays out a sensible plan based on easy-to-digest, nutrient-dense foods, including broth and lacto-ferments, and interesting chiropractic adjustments.
Dr. Sally Boyd Doughtrey addresses liver and gall bladder issues that plague so many people these days. Key to success is the elimination of all industrial seed oils, along with plenty of unrefined salt and “liver tonic” foods.
From Guido Masé we learn the importance of bitter foods for digestion and overall health. Masé supplies us with a wonderful example of how science can validate traditional foodways—researchers have discovered that we have bitter receptors all over the body!
Improved digestion can help those who suffer from an overproduction of histamine, as described in this issue by Jill Cruz. She offers a diet that eliminates the worst histamine offenders. And Merinda Teller tackles the subject of chronic constipation—something that afflicts millions of modern people but was unknown among primitive people.
Please take a look at pages 10-13 for information on Wise Traditions 2018, this year in Baltimore, Maryland. We will have a Sunday track on digestive issues, but the key focus this year is on cancer and environmental toxins. We try to make our conference affordable for everyone. Thanks to a generous grant from the Forrest and Francis Lattner Foundation, we are able to offer forty scholarships. We also can arrange work scholarships, room share and ride share. Check our conference page, wisetraditions.org for details. We are looking forward to seeing many of you there!