- Fatty Liver Disease Chris Masterjohn focuses on the modern diet, not alcohol, as the most common culprit
- Vitamin B6 Pam Schoenfeld details the important effects of this neglected vitamin
- Pyramid Scheme Adele Hite reveals the lack of science behind the USDA dietary guidelines
- President’s Message: Mythbusters
- Letters: Letters to the Editor of Wise Traditions
- Caustic Commentary: Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig take on the Diet Dictocrats
- Ask the Doctor: Tom Cowan describes herbs and supplements for liver health
- Homeopathy Journal: Homeopathic support for liver function from Joette Calabrese
- All Thumbs Book Reviews
- Growing Wise Kids: Jen Allbritton explains the importance of a good breakfast
- Food Feature: Cooking with stoneware by Maria Atwood
- Soy Alert: Soy to the world not so joyful says Kaayla Daniel
- Legislative Update: Food safety legislation passed, now what? Judith McGeary explores the scenarios
- A Campaign for Real Milk: Steve Bemis explains why cheese is serious
- Healthy Baby Gallery: More Wise Traditions babies!
by Sally Fallon Morell
A definition of insanity, attributed to Albert Einstein, is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” For decades now, the Diet Dictocrats have preached the gospel of lowfat, low-salt, high-carbohydrate diets, which Americans have followed, eating less meat and fewer eggs, more refined carbohydrates and more low-salt and lowfat foods.And during this period, Americans have gotten sicker, fatter and more unhappy.
The new 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines urge more of the same—lower amounts of saturated fat, restriction on cholesterol intake and severe restriction of salt intake, and more “plant-based” diets—but no restriction on sugar. Surely these recommendations constitute a kind of collective insanity, especially as they are inflicted on growing children participating in school lunch programs.
The myth that good foods (eggs, meat, butter, whole milk, cheese, meat fats and salt) are bad and that bad foods (refined carbohydrates, high-fiber foods, reduced-fat foods, soy-based substitutes) are good has now become so ingrained in our culture that many people feel guilty when they indulge in the pleasure of a juicy steak or a cheese omelet. Journalists describe eating lard, for example, as a “guilty pleasure.”
Our efforts at the Weston A. Price Foundation this year will focus on myth-busting—showing the lack of science, indeed the lack of sanity, in the government’s dietary strictures; demonstrating how diets that restrict components that our bodies actually need lead to overindulgence in empty processed foods. To this end we organized a press conference to protest the new 2010 dietary guidelines and to introduce our new Healthy 4 Life booklet, which contains simple guidelines and recipes based on four food groups, one of which is healthy fats. The event has received a lot of attention on the internet and good feedback to the Foundation. To view the press conference, visit westonaprice.org and click on the link posted on the home page.
The theme for this year’s conference is Mythbusters—we have put together a line-up of experts to bring down the myths attached to salt, fat, cholesterol, soy, vegetarianism and sweeteners. We will also have tracks and lectures on Recovery, Nutrition, Farming, Cooking, Metabolism and Children’s Health. Your favorite speakers will be there along with many new ones.
Wise Traditions is becoming the nation’s premier nutrition conference, one that not only talks about healthy foods but also demonstrates what healthy eating is all about in the delicious meals served.
So mark your calendars! The conference begins most auspiciously on 11-11-11, and will be held in Dallas, Texas. See page 33 for details and watch the website as more information is posted.