What a wonderful campaign you’ve embarked upon! It’s illegal to buy raw cow’s milk here in Canada, as far as I know. I’ve spoken to farmers who tell me that they would lose their ability to sell milk at all. Farmers here have to sell their milk to the Dairy Board, who then regulates the price and sells it to the consumer. It’s illegal to bypass the middle-man.
At any rate, my grandfather had a few simple rules when it came to food:
- always eat food that remembers where it came from (the minute it
visits a factory, food gets amnesia);
- don’t eat anything that won’t spoil, and eat it before it does (Twinkies, frankly, frightened him, and he never ate a hot dog in his life);
- there is a good reason why whole eggs, raw milk, fresh cream, butter, and fresh vegetables are called “wholesome” food. Don’t eat man-made “food.” And, as much as you can, grow your own.
When he had to have surgery at age 81, the surgeon came out and asked his kids, “There must be a mistake. They have your brother listed here as 81. That’s 61, right? That’s not a man in his eighties that I just operated on.” My 59 year old aunt nearly split a gut laughing, saying “Well, that’s my father you have in there.”
We always had raw milk as children, and none of us had allergies or ear infections. My children, and my siblings’ children, have been fed what Grampy called “dead” milk, and they all have allergies, ear infections, etc. I certainly believe that there’s a connection.
My dad was so determined that we have raw milk that he “rented” milk bottles from a nearby farmer. Just the bottles, mind you. The milk in them was a gift from the farmer. Totally illegal, but I’m very glad Dad took the chance. I was well into my teens before I had store-bought milk, and my parents say that all three of us turned our noses right up at it.
Good luck on your campaign. I hope you can spread this throughout the world. If people want to buy dead milk, good for them. I would certainly prefer to buy healthy wholesome food for myself and my children.
Mrs. Marie White
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Thank you so much for all your information. During the past year, my husband has been tested for most major diseases including MS, celiac, cancers, iron overload, lactose intolerance. Since discovering and implementing traditional foods and preparation methods, he is now cautiously but joyously telling me that his IBS-type symptoms and pain are gone. He’s living pill free–no longer taking 14 pills a day prescribed to reduce his major intestinal upsets and all that goes with it.
I also have an autistic 4-year-old son who has perplexed a variety of medical doctors in the past three years. He’s displayed a wide variety of symptoms which are common to “leaky gut syndrome” suffered by autistic children–even self-mutilation and hallucinations. I’d been told (badgered!) by doctors, teachers and other experts that removing grains and dairy were necessary to his health. I just haven’t seen the researched evidence, however, to support their theory. For me, the issue wasn’t necessarily the ingestion of grains and dairy, but rather, that the grains and dairy were being ingested without proper preparation. I have to tell you, when I found your information, I burst into tears because it was all right there–all confirmed.
I’ve been including grains (soaked, sprouted, ground and slow cold-rise sourdough), dairy (kefir), as well as fermented vegetables, ridding our house of all cereal, processed foods (which were few in number to begin with), and in the past month, I’ve not witnessed him experiencing hallucinations–a major change. I could never get protein down him before. Now, he’s craving it. He’s loving the coconut oil, red palm oil–life is just good. For the first time since we adopted him (11 months of age), he’s having solid bowel movements. For a kid who rejected all vegetables, you should see him eat his fermented beets. I have great hope!
Potty training is a huge issue for autistic children. In the past two weeks, he has become fully, completely, joyfully potty trained. Granted, I don’t have the medical/nutrition background and research techniques to prove it is the change in the diet, but there’s nothing else to point toward. Thank you so much for being a very big part of this. You have been a blessing to our family and with all my heart, I want to thank a great cause.
Cod Liver Oil Scam
I am from the UK and I love your website–it’s packed with great information and practical advice.
My only comment is that after a thorough investigation, I have found out that most commercially available cod liver oil supplements in the UK contain synthetic vitaims A and D–even if this is not declared on the packaging! Seven Seas “Original cod liver oil” (the brand most widely available in pharmacies) contains these artifical additives–I checked with their consumer service–and does not declare this on the package. This is apparently because the processes used to detoxify the oil from heavy metals removes most or all of these natural vitamins–so the companies put them back in artificially. This may be the reason there have been problems with cod liver oil in the UK. I don’t know whether the same issue exists in the US.
I finally found out that there are only two “all natural” cod liver oil products in the UK. These are produced by: Kirkman Laboratories and Nordic Naturals and are distributed in the UK by The Nutricentre in Regents Park Crescent, London, and are available online at www.nutricentre.com. The Nutricentre claims to be sole European distributers of these products.
I have noticed that I get far fewer problems with digesting this supplement compared to the brands that contain artifical vitamins.
Lisa Jane Wainer
Editor’s Response: Thank you indeed for sharing this information with us. This explains why there are such contradictory results with cod liver oil in scientific studies and also why we have been getting reports of bad results with cod liver oil in countries like Australia. We have just posted a clarification statement on Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and cod liver oil and will add this information to it.
In the news recently concerning toxic artificial sweeteners, noted aspartame critic Dr. Janet Starr Hull reports (on www.splendaexposed.com) that there is currently a shortage of sucralose (sold as Splenda). Splenda, the sweetener of choice in Atkins-friendly products, has many associated health concerns, as I noted in my 2003 Wise Traditions article, Sugarfree Blues.
Animal research has shown that consumption of sucralose can cause up to 40 percent shrinkage of the thymus gland, enlargement of the liver and kidneys, atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus, increased cecal weight, reduced bodily growth rate, decreased red blood cell count, hyperplasia of the pelvis, extension of gestational periods in pregnancy, decreased fetal body weights and placental weights, and diarrhea. Sucralose may also contain impurities such as heavy metals, arsenic, triphenilphosphine oxide, methanol, chlorinated disaccharides and chlorinated monosaccharides.
Dr. Hull reports that the one currently existing facility that produces Splenda cannot keep up with the demand and will not be able to do so until a second plant is built in 2006. As a result, there is now a growing demand for the newest artifical sweetener to enter the market: neotame. Neotame is synthesized from aspartame but is much more potent and potentially more hazardous to human health. People should now start scrutinizing product labels for the word “neotame” and avoid it like the plague!
Also of interest, as Dr. Hull reports, the makers of Splenda are not facing several lawsuits over their sweetener. The sugar industry and makers of aspartame have separately filed suits alleging that Splenda’s advertising is misleading and that it suggests that Splenda is a “natural” product because it is made from sugar. . . whereas there is no sugar left after the chemical processing involved in creating Splenda. I recommend visiting Dr. Hull’s website, listed above, for more details.
I broke my ankle bone (fibula) a month ago, and the doctor said it was a significant injury and may need surgery. I followed the Weston Price protocol for fractures, using 1 teaspoon cod liver oil daily, 1 teaspoon high-vitamin X Factor butter oil daily, lots of raw milk, raw cheese, kefir and bone broths daily, as well as lying in the sun.
Went back for checkup, and doctor said the bone was clinically healed at 4 weeks! I am out of my boot cast and walking all over the place in my sneakers! For a 40-year-old woman, this is quite a testimonial.
I share the beliefs of this organization with everyone, just wanted to say thank you, the diet really works. I have followed a traditional diet for over a year now and really am feeling good these days.
Dade City, Florida
Nothing About Trans Fats
Here’s one for you. I was shopping with my daughter-in-law at the weekend, and looking at one ingredient label I remarked, “Look at the amount of trans fats in that!” Despite having just graduated as a nurse for whom nutrition was a “must,” her reply was “What’s trans fats?” They were told lots and lots about how saturated fats are bad for you, but trans fats were never mentioned.
Mosgiel, New Zealand
No More Whole Milk
I work for the child nutrition system in our local school district. The “powers that be” have decided to completely eliminate 2% milk from the menu, offering only 1% milk, nonfat chocolate milk (25 grams sugar) and skim milk. Whole milk is not even offered any more.
My son has ADD and has a very difficult time maintaining his weight due to medication. He loves whole milk (at home) and will drink the 2% at school, but has tried 1% and will not drink it at all. He will choose chocolate milk instead, with all the sugar.
Since I also work in the cafeteria, serving kids in the elementary through middle school grades, and am responsible for stocking the milk boxes each day, I know from our milk count that we order seven times as much chocolate milk (700 cartons per day) as we do 1% milk (about 100 per day). When 2% milk was served instead of 1%, we used to order 200 cartons per day and ran out from time to time. Now that we serve mainly 1%, I get constant requests from the kids for the 2%. They do not want the 1% milk and are not “getting used to it” as everyone thinks they will, as evidenced by the drop in sales. Instead, our chocolate milk sales have climbed to about 800-850 per day, 900 on Fridays.
No one here will listen to reason. I also cook so I am familiar with recipes and fat content. If fat content is the real target, why are we selling fish sticks with 23 grams of fat? Pizza with 24 grams of fat? Vegetarian casserole with a whopping 46 grams of fat? Chicken nuggets with 18 grams of fat? Fish sandwich with 30 grams of fat? Cakes, pies and chocolate chip cookies by the hundreds (daily) that are absolutely loaded with fat? I simply cannot see the reasoning behind cutting a couple grams of fat from milk when we serve such high-fat foods along side it. Also, because the children are resisting 1% milk, they are turning to chocolate milk with so much sugar intake every breakfast and lunch.
I see a dangerous skew in vision on behalf of our Nutrition Department, but I cannot get a soul to listen to me. They keep pointing out the US guidelines by failing to reason this out themselves, or to recall how often the US guidelines are revised.
Los Angeles, California
Please accept our donation of $200. We are deeply grateful for the advice we received concerning an appropriate diet for a twin pregnancy. Even more fundamentally, we are grateful for the Foundation’s work to keep the wisdom of Dr. Price’s research alive and accessible.
When we learned that Sarinah was carrying twins, one of the first calls for help we made was to the Weston A. Price Foundation. We wanted to take the dietary steps necessary to enable Sarinah to carry the twins to term, to bring them to seven pounds each, and to have a natural childbirth.
Sarinah took one tablespoon daily of high-vitamin cod liver oil and an equivalent amount of high-vitamin butter oil daily. She took a large daily dose of calcium and ate 150 grams of protein per day, as recommended by our midwife. This included one quart of raw milk daily, and all the other forms of raw dairy Sarinah could stand.
We learned the hard way about the importance of adequate rest. The stress of moving to a new house and caring for our two-year-old were too much. Sarinah experienced a preterm labor scare at 31 weeks. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Jaron took a leave from work, and Sarinah really rested. She slept and stayed in bed for the first four days. After that, she moved around freely, took walks as often as she wanted, and stayed as far away from packing boxes as she could. Her follow-up gynecological examination revealed a complete reversal of symptoms. This episode demonstrated that it is possible to arrest preterm labor, if it is caught early enough and if, we strongly suspect, the mother is following a nourishing diet.
We happily announce the birth of Susannah and Bella, born at home, at 40 weeks to the day, and weighing just shy of 7 pounds and 7.5 pounds.
Sarinah V. Kalb and Jaron Bourke
Washington Grove, MD
Thank you so much for the work that you do. It has made a great difference in our lives. Please accept this contribution of $500 to continue your wonderful crusade. This donation represents the amount of money you have saved us in life insurance premiums this year. Since following your diet guidelines, we have finally been able to lose weight and my husband could qualify for a better life insurance premium.
Before learning about Weston A. Price and nutrient-dense food, we ate the recommended diet low in animal fats and we consumed large amounts of soy. We could not understand why we kept putting on weight. Our sex life was horrible because neither of us had much interest in sex and my husband could not perform. We had no idea that the soy in our diet was the cause. Since we began following the guidelines, we have found that the weight just falls off us. I am at my lowest adult weight ever and feel great. My husband has also lost fifty pounds and now has the libido and stamina of an 18-year-old.
You have truly changed our lives!
Not Even in Small Amounts
Because the recycling of hazardous waste into fertilizer is a serious problem in need of greater public attention, I was pleased to see that Fateful Harvest was given an All Thumbs book review in Wise Traditions, Winter 2004.
One concern I have with Jane Greenleaf’s review is that mercury is listed as among “chemicals needed in small amounts.” Correct me if I am wrong but I know of no scientific studies indicating that there is any biological need for mercury.
New Brunswick, NJ
Editor’s Response: That you for pointing out this error!
Mad Cow Update
I am both jubilant and annoyed by the notice of patent application (for a “method of isolation and self-assembly of small protein particles from blood and other biological materials”) from researchers at Auburn University which demonstrates that my years of trudging around the global outbacks collecting analytical data from the cluster foci where the Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE), or “mad cow” group of diseases have emerged, has been experimentally validated–to the finest degree!
Geochemical analyses of the soils and foodchains that supported these BSE-affected populations has produced some very convincing data. This has enabled me to generate a hypothesis which proposed that exposure to certain types of metal microcrystals–largely resulting from sources of pollution by military munitions–underpins the primary cause of these diseases. I proposed that these microcrystals acted as nucleating agents in biological tissues, whereby they entered the brain via the nasal olfactory or gastrointestinal tract, and bonded with various proteins (the ferritin and prion proteins), seeding the growth of substantial metal protein crystals (e.g., the fibril structures seen in the BSE-diseased brain), which disrupted electro-transmission and the turnover of growth factors in the brain. My work has been published in the academic literature over the years, and can be found on the pubmed and medline databases.
It seems that the Auburn research has confirmed the core of my hypothesis. Furthermore, I have also recently reviewed a paper for publication in a biochemical journal which described research that had introduced my aberrant mineral formula into a prion protein cell culture model. When these researchers had subjected the treated cells to the “Prionics BSE test,” it recorded a BSE positive result! The untreated control cells recorded a BSE-negative result.
Whilst this experimental validation of my environmental data and hypothesis is good news indeed, I feel annoyed that the British government has got away with the outright rejection of my research observations and political discrediting of my personal integrity over many years. In fact, their sustained campaign to invalidate and obfuscate the true relevance of my work has been so effective that all of my lecture work and research funding has dried up–leaving me unemployed and living on state benefit today (apart from bringing in a bit of supplementary income from hand pulling turnips two days a week). This is a very ironic state of affairs in light of the recent laboratory revelations.
Had the global health authorities taken serious note of my observations when they were first published in the scientific literature, then we would have got to the root cause of this grotesque disease several years ago–thereby preventing much human and animal suffering, as well as economic upheaval across the world. It is a disgraceful state of affairs, that the mere arrogance and ignorance of a handful of powerful unilateral official advisors can be allowed to thwart the healthy evolution in our understanding of the causes of important modern diseases, such as BSEs. Governments need to be sourcing their advice from a more lateral base of independent expertise in future.
For five years I was a follower of diet guru Dr. John McDougall, as was my mom. I found his very lowfat vegetarian diet difficult to follow at times, although I did maintain a decent weight. I found, however, that I consumed way too much sugar. I figured if I didn’t eat fat, the sugar didn’t matter. My mom didn’t have as good a result with her weight though.
Early in 2002, my mom was diagnosed with a stage-4 cervical cancer and died an excruciating death nine months later, as the cancer had spread to her spine and bladder. I know it was the treatment rather than the cancer itself that killed her. She went through two rounds of chemo and was burned by radiation treatments. Ultimately she wound up with nephrostomy bags due to the scar tissue that prevented urine from reaching her bladder. She weighed 78 pounds the day she died and had been incoherent the week prior due to the morphine she was on to “manage” her severe pain.
Now, I am a reasonable person and can’t in good conscience blame any one person for her death. She never went to the doctor even though she was overweight and exhibited symptoms of major hormonal dysfunction for years before she died. I now understand after reading and revisiting your site that the diet we followed only exacerbated problems. I can see now the lack of saturated fat and cholesterol in her diet caused many problems. One of these was the fact that she couldn’t donate blood because it would clot in the tube before it reached the collection bag. Not a good sign. A sign, however, that she didn’t bother to investigate.
Thank you for your fearless efforts and research. My daughter was born one month before my mom died and I will do everything in my power to teach her the healthy, whole food way of eating you espouse. And unlike my mom, I would like to enjoy my own grandchildren one day.
Thank you and keep fighting the good fight.
Bleach is bleach, right? Wrong! I’ve been strictly on the Weston A. Price diet for over two years and for ten years searching intensely to stop the decline in my health. This search leads me to lots of places and the most recent “Aha!” I’d like to share from Dr. Hulda Clark’s most recent book, The Prevention of All Cancers. Dr. Clark has noticed in all her cancer patients a combination of industrial toxins that are also in laundry bleach (Clorox). And that Clorox is being used as a sterilizer and in water conditioner systems, thus it is in our food and water supplies. The toxins are consistently PCB, benzene, azo dyes, heavy metals, asbestos, motor oil and wheel-bearing grease. She writes that a lot of people don’t realize that there is laundry bleach and food grade bleach, certified by NSF, a non-profit product safety organization.
We all know bleach/chlorine is a strong and important chemical when handled properly, but using its impure form on clothing is very different from ingesting it. So first I wanted to know about the type of bleach used to condition the water I drink with a call to the building’s maintenance man, and to my horror, he proudly said he uses Clorox but makes sure it’s the unscented type. Dr. Clark says you have about a 50/50 chance of living in an area that uses laundry bleach or food grade bleach. For example, my parents checked their area’s water and NSF bleach is used at their pump house.
Then I started calling the local grass-based farms to find out what bleach they’re using to sterilize the milking equipment, watering troughs, farm kitchen, milk house and their butcher shops. All this wonderful raw organic grass-based dairy food is (you guessed!) cleaned with laundry bleach. The department of sanitation tells them to use Clorox, so the department of sanitation must not know the difference either. OK then, how hard is it to get NSF-certified bleach? Dr. Clark’s book says it can be bought at swimming pool supply stores. I called and yes, they sell NSF-certified bleach, it comes in special 5-gallon containers (returnable with an $8 deposit) and costs $11.00. When I went to the store to pick it up, I asked why would a pool/spa supply store use food grade bleach? The manager said because it’s a pure chlorine, Clorox has solvents in it that cause foaming. Then I asked who besides pool people buy NSF bleach. He said a local vet and some restaurants. I thought to myself how smart those people are to use NSF bleach. Now I will join the smart ones and only use NSF-certified bleach, even for my laundry. I just can’t afford to pollute myself or the earth anymore than it already is. Yes, chlorine is still a toxic chemical of its own and I take precautions to avoid it with water filters on the shower and at the kitchen sink. I hope this “aha!” helps you and the seventh generation to find more and more solutions for rebuilding our health. Please join me in an effort to educate all and in making NSF-certified bleach more availabe to everyone.
Editor’s Response: We hope that this letter will convince all our wonderful grass-based and raw milk dairy farmers to use only NSF-certified bleach! See the NSF website at www.nsf.org.