Wise Traditions, Volume 7, Number 1
Editor’s Note: Winter and Spring Journals
Due to extreme demands on your editor, plus circumstances beyond our control that resulted in a very late Fall issue of Wise Traditions, we have decided to combine the Winter 2005 and Spring 2006 journals into one issue. This will allow us to get back on track with timely journals in 2006. We thank you for your patience in this matter!
- Health Issues: Is It Mental or Is It Dental?, Raymond Silkman, DDS, looks at the tragic consequences of facial underdevelopment
- ABC’s of Nutrition: Vitamin A on Trial: Does Vitamin A Cause Osteoporosis?, Chris Masterjohn discovers that Vitamin A is not guilty as charged
- President’s Message: Milk
- Letters: Letters to the Editor of Wise Traditions
- Caustic Commentary: Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD take on the Diet Dictocrats
- Notes from Yesteryear: Vitamin A Deficiency
- All Thumbs Book Reviews:
- Ask the Doctor: Tom Cowan on skin cancer
- Know Your Fats: Mary Enig on the latest studies on coconut oil
- Growing Wise Kids: Jen Allbritton on calming the cry of colic
- Food Feature: Chef John Umlauf’s beef shanks
- Soy Alert!: (Kaayla) Daniel Back from the Lion’s Den
- Foundation Update: Bill Sanda on the National Animal Identification System
- Local Chapter Report: Kathy O’Brien reports on the local chapter leaders meeting at our annual conference
- Healthy Baby Gallery: More healthy Wise Traditions babies!
- A Campaign for Real Milk (on www.realmilk.com): Sally Fallon on lessons learned in Washington state
President’s Message: Milk
by Sally Fallon
As we begin the new year, the subject of raw milk is at the forefront. An outbreak of virulent E. coli O157:H7 attributed to raw milk in Washington State has created a storm but not necessarily a setback. (Fortunately, all the children affected are completely recovered.) We report on the incident in our Campaign for Real Milk section, along with many updates from around the country and overseas. A Campaign for Real Milk is moving forward on many fronts and we look forward to increased demand and increased supply in 2006.
This issue also celebrates our 6th annual conference, with photos from the conference scattered throughout the magazine and a feature article on Dr. Raymond Silkman’s informative talk on facial bone development. Dr. Silkman shows how good facial development is key to good overall health throughout life–which should inspire all of us to redouble our efforts to bring the principles of healthy diets to prospective parents before they conceive.
And since many of our attendees ended up confused about vitamin A toxicity, we asked Chris Masterjohn to scour the literature for us and come up with definitive answers. Chris has accomplished this in a masterful way, resulting in the necessarily lengthy article on vitamins A and D. The bottom line: Without vitamin D, vitamin A can be toxic at low doses. But taken with vitamin D, preferably in foods like cod liver oil, vitamin A is not toxic, even in extremely high doses. The research Chris has uncovered proves the folly of taking vitamins in isolation–we must obtain our nutrients from food.
We are pleased to introduce a new column in this issue–“Growing Wise Kids” by Jen Allbritton.
Speaking of the conference, we are already planning Wise Traditions 2006, our 7th annual conference, slated for November 10-12 in the same location, the beautiful Westfields Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Virginia. This year’s theme: The Health Equation: Healthy Soil = Healthy Grass = Healthy Animals = Healthy Milk and Meat = Healthy People. We are pleased to announce Dr. Mae Wan Ho, expert on the problems of genetically modified foods, as one of our main speakers. The conference will explore the subjects of farming and soil fertility, but will also include tracks on thyroid/adrenal health as well as on plant based diets–problems and recovery.
As we begin the new year, I’d like to especially thank all of our chapter leaders, who have stepped up to the plate to provide leadership in so many ways, from cooking classes to raw milk advocacy. For me, the highlight of the conference was hearing about all the chapter activities on Monday after the conference. It is our chapter leaders who give this organization its strength and vital spirit. Keep up the good work!