#73 Drink your bugs, Hannah Crum
Most people would not associate soda with a nourishing, traditional diet. But the good news is that you need not forgo all flavorful fizzy drinks. Fermented drinks are actually the original sodas; they existed long before Coca-Cola and have been relished for centuries by a wide variety of cultures. Fermented beverages like kombucha, ginger beer, beet kvass, milk kefir, and water kefir all contain vast quantities of probiotics, making them ideal for balancing the body’s microbiome.
Yeasts break down sugar, creating carbon dioxide, healthy acids, and a small amount of alcohol in the process. Conventional sodas imitate these properties but fail to provide the same benefits. In this episode, you will learn why fermented foods and drinks are indispensable to a healthy diet.
Hannah emphasizes that fermented beverages are easy to make at home, and in fact, homemade fermented goodies provide many more strains of bacteria than commercial products. She discusses the differences between popular fermented beverages in terms of taste and nutrient-value, adding that even pasteurized milk can become a nourishing food when transformed into milk kefir. Ultimately, Hannah stresses the importance of bacterial diversity and the key role it plays in developing a balanced and resilient body.
This episode highlights…
- The history of fermented drinks (and the “beer before bread” hypothesis)
- Why coconut water kefir can help the body eliminate candida overgrowth
- How to access fermented beverages and starter-cultures
- The meaning of “lacto-fermented”
- Why whey is a highly nutritional byproduct
- The unintended consequences of germaphobia
- How fermented foods and drinks can improve your digestion and circulation
- How the diversity of good bacteria in your gut enhances your immunity and creates a protective “force field”
- The Amercian Gut project/human microbiome found that in Africa they had more organisms in their guts than we do
- High quality bacteria is what we’re looking to feed on, not quantity
- Hannah’s recommendation for those who are new to fermented drinks
- How gardening, having the dog lick you, hugging friends also all diversify our microbiome
Kombuchakamp.com – Hannah’s website with free DIY guides, videos, and more
The Big Book of Kombucha by Hannah Crum
#72 Fighting for health freedom
This is a very unique episode because it was recorded live in Washington DC on March 31, 2017 at the Revolution for Truth March for Freedom and Vaccine Safety. There, we met with several members of the recently formed, but already highly effective West Virginians for Health Freedom. We heard from five well-informed and tenacious women: Afsaneh Faerber, an attorney. Holly Garrison, a chiropractor. Chanda Adkins, a Doctor of Pharmacy. Lori Jones, a certified natural health professional. And Elizabeth Murphy, the co-founder of West Virginians for Health Freedom.
The West Virginians for Health Freedom has already had success in advocating for informed consent, parental choice and for medical exemptions when requested. They are working to change current law in their state. They share their strategy and tactics, as well as provide information about why health freedom is a cause they fight to support.
Here are some highlights from the conversation:
Advocacy in West Virginia:
- The law they sought to challenge was to provide for individual exemptions on religious or philosophical grounds for families who do not want to adhere to the blanket law that all children must receive a full schedule of immunizations before enrolling their children in WV public schools.
- In West Virginia, the number of mandated immunizations is growing, and is now up to about 24 doses required to start kindergarten.
- Currently, requests for exemptions are rejected 50% of the time.
- Even in families with members who have suffered immunization injury, exemption from the immunization mandate for school entry cannot be ruled on until after a child receives the vaccine and suffers an injury.
- Some feel that this legislation contradicts the rights of children to an education, as guaranteed by the Constitution.
- The goal of the group is to change the law to allow families and their physicians to choose exemptions based upon the health history of the child and the family.
- Members of West Virginians for Health Freedom succeeded in winning enough votes in the West Virginia Senate Education Committee but the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee refused to allow the bill to be heard in the committee.
- The group plans to return to try again next year after intensifying their efforts to work to elect local officials who share their views on this issue.
- Their advice for individuals who are concerned about this issue is to use social media to build advocacy groups which address this issue at the local level where they live, as the best way to effect change in laws which mandate blanket immunizations.
- Children and adults often sustain vaccine injury without understanding the connection between the vaccination and their symptoms/disease.
- These injuries can include (but are not limited to) ADD, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and others.
- Current statistics indicate that nationally 1 in 6 children develops development disabilities, 1 in 4 is medicated, 1 in 48 has autism—approximately every 7 minutes a child in this country is diagnosed with autism.
- The CDC has obtained but covered up evidence that vaccines cause injury.
- To those who raise the issue of correlation vs. causation, the members of this group ask the question: why are these reported cases not being studied to try to identify common denominators which might lead to a discovery of causation?
- There is a well-known case in California about the CDC covering up/not requiring labeling of products which included glyphosate which raises questions about the CDC’s openness in these situations.
- Immunization officers and pediatricians charged with setting policy cannot answer questions about the ingredients in various required vaccines.
- In one instance cited by the group, a 2015 study of the CDC’s own data on Pertussis demonstrates a higher incident of the disease in children who received the vaccine than among those who did not receive it.
- Unlike in every other medical situation involving medication, vaccines are “blanket treatment”.
- Not every vaccine is safe for everybody, and in every other area of medicine, drugs are screened for possible allergic reactions.
- Medical providers ignore this fact, and create a “pro-vaccine narrative” that asserts the safety and effectiveness of existing vaccines.
- In many cases it is not possible to learn what the toxins in a particular vaccine are, and this makes it difficult to screen for/address possible sensitivities of individual patients.
Website of the West Virginians for Health Freedom:
We are a group of West Virginians fighting to establish legislative policies that recognize parental choice without discrimination regarding the health of our children. We are also an outreach group focused on educating parents on the school admission required vaccination schedule along with the risks associated with each vaccine.
West Virginia’s Immunization Law citation:
Compulsory immunization of school children; information disseminated; offenses; penalties.
Tré Cates is the COO and the CFO of the Savory Institute. The Institute partners with communities all over the world. Its goal? To encourage holistic management worldwide. Each of us can make holistic choices—decisions relating to the land, the people, and the animals that benefit all of us. The food we eat, the purchases we make, the work we do—all impact not only ourselves, and our families, but also our communities and the world. Today, Tré discusses the Savory Institute, its mission, impact and how we can make choices that align with what we want to see in the world, “beyond organic.”
Highlights from the conversation include the following.
-The Savory Institute uses the approach of partnering with local communities and organizations to help them achieve their own holistic goals.
-Currently there are partnerships in Turkey, Sweden, South Africa, Argentina, and Chile, and the plans over the next five years are to increase to 100 such partnerships around the world.
-Their goal is to go beyond raising awareness of the holistic approach to changing farming practices, for healthier land, animals, and communities.
-Ultimately the goal is to raise awareness sufficiently to “go beyond organic”—meaning that healthy practices will be so accepted that such certification would be unnecessary.
-A key element of their success is demonstrating that there is a symbiotic relationship between herbivore animals and the soil they live on.
– How one woman’s life was turned around in a matter of three years, through holistic management of the land.
-In the past, well-meaning NGO’s introduced programs which were limited by funding distributed over a set time period, leaving problems when they moved on.
-Another challenge has been a “silo” approach, in which experts in animals or seeds or soils did not collaborate among themselves or with local people and traditions.
-We need to consider holistic practices when we make our own choices. We all need to grow in awareness as consumers to impact greater change. For example, when we decided to buy grass-fed beef, this can drive agricultural change.
– Our choices indicate what is important to us. We need to choose holistically to live lives of integrity and to leave every part of this earth better than we found it.
Tré Cates’ TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change
#70 The antidote to Alzheimer’s, Amy Berger
Alzheimer’s disease seems to strike indiscriminately. Conventional medicine offers medication to its sufferers that is designed to slow the pace of cognitive decline but seems to lack efficacy. For her new book, “The Alzheimer’s Antidote,” nutrition therapy practitioner Amy Berger has synthesized medical research to shed light on new options that offer relief and hope to those who suffer with Alzheimer’s and to their caregivers.
In today’s conversation, Amy reveals that impaired glucose metabolism and insulin signaling are at the root of the disease. This is why some call Alzheimer’s “Type 3” diabetes. The brain is starving for fuel, in effect. Part of the solution includes giving the brain an alternate fuel source: ketones (which are found in coconut and MCT oils, for example).
This episode enumerates practical steps for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, those who hope to avoid the disease in the future, and even those who simply want to sharpen their own cognitive functions.
Highlights from the conversation include:
Alzheimers has been called Type 3 Diabetes or Diabetes of the Brain. This is because studies have shown that there is essentially an “energy crisis” in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients.
This is because their neurons have lost the ability to get energy from glucose because of a surplus of insulin stemming from too much intake of carbohydrates.
This is known as “hypo metabolism.”
This can be mitigated by introducing ketones into the diet while simultaneously reducing carbohydrates.
Ketones are an alternative fuel for the brain. They are a byproduct of metabolizing fat.
Ketone production increases when insulin levels are low, which occurs when consumption of carbohydrates goes down.
Coconut and MCT oil are both good sources of ketones.
MCTs, called “MCFAs” for medium-chain fatty acids, are believed to be largely missing from the diets of people eating “standard Western” diets,are medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits.
Coconut oil is one great source of MCTs
In addition to adding ketones to the diet, exercise will help with insulin sensitivity and blood glucose regulation, which in turn helps prevent cognitive decline.
Exercise also increases Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor: BDNF, which one doctor nicknamed: “Miracle Gro for your neurons”.
Better sleep and stress reduction will also improve insulin sensitivity.
Article – “Type 3 diabetes: metabolic causes of Alzheimer’s” – https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/type-3-diabetes-metabolic-causes-of-alzheimers-disease/
Amy’s website: http://www.tuitnutrition.com
Just published! Amy’s new book: The Alzheimer’s Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline
#69 Improve your microbiome, with Kiran Krishnan
Kiran Krishnan is a research microbiologist who has been studying gut health and the human microbiome for years. In today’s conversation, Kiran helps us gain a new understanding of the human microbiome and how it specifically relates to health and wellness. We are 10 times more bacteria than we are human and the bacteria that live in and on us play a significant role in how our body responds to stress, food and our environment. Our microbes control many of our behaviors and can even influence what we eat. A true understanding of the microbiome is critical to understanding the origins of many chronic and prevalent diseases.
Highlights from the discussion included:
- Thanks to recent research discoveries, we now have a different understanding of the human body. We used to understand it as a system of organs, DNA and chromosomes, but in fact that makes up less than 1% of what we are, the rest of the 99% we’ve been ignoring until recent research
We now understand that humans are actually a holobiome: a super organism which Kiran compares to a “walking, talking rainforest”
- We are a collection of thousands of different organisms that have to communicate with one another
- We are ten times more bacteria than human, when it comes to the number of cells in our body
- Of the total thirty feet of digestive tract in our body, every few inches is a different ecology—all of which communicate and work together, making the gut “Ground Zero” for the immune system
80% of the immune system is set up in the gut
- The lining of your gut has a nervous system with more nerve endings than in your brain.
- These nerve endings communicate with your brain, affecting mood and food cravings
- We depend upon a healthy gut to make “mood” chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.
- Leaky gut—scientifically is referred to as barrier dysfunction or intestinal permeability. It is the driver for every chronic illness that we know of.
- Practitioners of traditional medicine don’t study nutrition and therefore do not have an understanding of the gut.
- Drug companies in Europe, Asia and Latin America have been selling prescription-based probiotic medicines since 1958 to take action within the gut.
- By age 2 ½, people have established their own microbiome—they are the most unique things about an individual, and no two people in the world have the same exact microbiome, not even identical twins.
- The best way to repopulate your gut is to eat a diverse diet, which favors the diversity and growth of more and more diverse bacteria.
- A spore-based probiotic, which goes in and acts as “police” in the gut, suppresses bad bacteria, and reduces inflammation and “leakiness” and supports the growth of good bacteria.
Link to Kiran’s talk at the AutismOne conference, May 2016
Kiran recommends the “Just Thrive” probiotics that contain live spores.
The NIH Common Fund Human Microbiome Project (HMP) was established with the mission of generating research resources enabling comprehensive characterization of the human microbiota and analysis of their role in human health and disease.
#68 The “healthy” label, Pam Schoenfeld
Pam Schoenfield connected with Wise Traditions podcast host the day before she was scheduled to participate in public comments to the FDA about the current practice of labeling foods as “healthy.” Pam disagrees with this practice, since the science and understanding of what constitutes health foods continues to evolve at a rate which exceeds the ability of such labeling to keep up. Pam also believes that the practice of fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals further confuses the issue of which foods are truly nutritious and which deserve the label “healthy.” In this interview, Pam provides compelling arguments for the healthiest of all foods—those that are whole, real, and nutrient-dense.
Below are highlights from our conversation:
-Within the last 18 months, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged that its regulations around nutrient labeling should be reevaluated to reflect the evolution in nutrition research.
-The catalyst for this reevaluation seems to revolve around a confrontation with the “Kind” Snacks company. Initially, the company was told they could not use the word “healthy” on packages of its nut bars, because the fat content of the nuts exceeded the FDA’s recommendations for a “healthy” product: three grams of total fat and the one gram of saturated fat per serving. They protested the FDA’s denial of the label.
-As a representative of the American public, and in her role as a board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Pam prepared a brief presentation for the FDA’s public comment hearings on the subject of “the use of the term healthy in labeling human food products.”
-Pam’s remarks included the following facts:
• Currently, individuals whose diet adhered to the various government agency guidelines, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would have a difficult time making sure they received enough of several key nutrients, including vitamins A, B12, and K, zinc, iron and choline.
• These guidelines are provided in educational literature provided to individuals receiving food stamps, and are followed in the preparation of meals to key populations, including school children, military personnel, the prison population and certain groups of elderly people.
• While the FDA and other agencies have good intentions in its food labeling and other educational outreach about healthy diets, inevitably important information is omitted, for example, instructions on how to prepare foods properly to ensure access to the nutrients they possess.
• Traditional cooking methods have been forgotten in favor of information stemming from government literature, with the result that people are receiving less rather than more nutrition from their food.
• The following four foods currently cannot be labeled healthy by the FDA standards, despite the fact that they are important sources of key nutrients not readily available from other foods: beef (iron, zinc); eggs (vitamins A and B 12, folate and choline); chicken livers (vitamins A and B12, and iron; hard cheese (calcium and vitamin K). *
• None of the USDA government dietary plans offer the minimum amount of choline necessary for good nutrition.
• Another challenge is that the various government agency guidelines are not aligned with one another.
-Pam recommends that we all return to the traditional diets and foods of our ancestors for optimal health.
-She believes kale currently has a “health halo” that will eventually fade and be replaced by the next trendy food.
-For optimal health, she suggests we all include liver in our diets.
-She also recommends that we weigh in on the topic of what foods deserve the label “healthy.” (See link below to comment on this docket to the FDA.)
To comment to the FDA on the topic of “healthy” for food labeling: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FDA-2016-D-2335-0843
Refer to Docket number: FDA-2016-D-2335
Pam’s blog on “Psychology Today” website: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/eat-right-grow-right
Vitamin A: The Scarlet Nutrient: The Unfair Stigmatization of Vitamin A During Pregnancy. https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/vitamin-a-the-scarlet-nutrient/April 1, 2011
# 67 Negative charge creates positive energy, Dr. Gerald Pollack
Water’s central importance for health is nothing new, but it has been progressively forgotten. With the various sciences laying emphasis on molecular, atomic and even sub-atomic approaches, we have lost sight of what happens when the pieces come together to form the larger entity. The whole may indeed exceed the sum of its parts. Ninety-nine percent of those parts are water molecules. To think that 99 percent of our molecules merely bathe the “more important” molecules of life ignores centuries of evidence to the contrary. Water plays a central role in all features of life. Water has long been considered to have only three phases: solid, liquid and vapor, or as we typically experience it: water, ice and gas. Dr. Pollack’s work illustrates the fact that there is a fourth phase of water, which he and his colleagues have dubbed: EZ (or exclusion zone) water. Here are highlights from our conversation where Jerry discusses the role of EZ water in our body and how we can build it up by tapping into the negative energy all around us.
- EZ water is generated from what is essentially an internal battery, which is powered using infrared light found in our bodies.
- The chemical formula for water is H2O, which we know is electrically neutral. EZ water’s chemical formula is H302 and it is not neutral, but is instead negatively charged.
- This form of water is more viscous, dense and alkaline than H2O. As its H3O2 formula indicates, it has more oxygen.
- Our bodies require the negative charge that comes from this EZ water; it is critical for life.
- We obtain energy from food; however, we can also get energy from water.
- Every day observations of this explain some of the ways EZ water restores energy and well-being.
- After 20 minutes in a sauna, aching muscles are soothed, and we feel energized. This is because the infrared energy from the sauna’s heat penetrates our bodies, building EZ water, which helps our bodies function properly.
- A practice called “earthing” or “grounding” involves getting in touch with the earth or ground (as in walking barefoot on the beach, for example). Negative charges from the ground seep into our bodies, building our EZ water stores.
- We are familiar with the label anti-oxidants, often used to describe healthy foods. Oxidants remove negative charge. Anti-oxidants are good for you because they prevent the loss of that negative charge.
- Another demonstration of the effects of EZ water is evident through the use of hyperbaric testing, which some will recall was a treatment used for healing by the late musician Michael Jackson.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was first used by the military to treat wounds that wouldn’t heal. Dr. Pollack’s hypothesis, which he proved through lab experiments was that changing barometric pressure through adding pressure and oxygen builds EZ water, improving the function of every organ in the body and promoting healing.
- Another common treatment which affects negative charge in the body is aspirin. The chemical that gives willow bark its therapeutic effects is salicin. Experts believe that when the body processes salicin, it turns it into salicylic acid, which is the chemical precursor to aspirin. Since aspirin effectively treats many kinds of pain relief affecting several organs, the hypothesis was that aspirin builds EZ water throughout the body. Lab tests confirmed this.
- Other products, such as acetaminophen were tested, with almost the same result—all build EZ water. We are familiar with aspirin’s use to prevent heart attack. A recent Harvard study indicated that women with breast cancer who took one aspirin a day significantly extended their life expectancy.
- Dr. Pollack’s lab has demonstrated that our bodies are all negatively charged.
- This negative charge seems to be correlated with health: healthy robust cells carry plenty of negative charge, with an average of about 100 millivolts. A millivolt is one-thousandth of a volt. Unhealthy cells such as cancer cells have far lower millivolts: minus 15 to 120 millivolts negative instead of plus 80 to 100 millivolts negative.
- The hypothesis: if negative charge comes from the water in our body, and if the cells in an individual’s body lack sufficient negative charge, that body must have insufficient water.
- For this reason, drinking water is important for good health. However, the water that comes out of our taps doesn’t have a lot of negative charge. You can get more negatively charged water from spring water or create it using a process called reverse osmosis.
- Dr. Pollack would like for tests to be conducted on the best waters to drink for your health, but it would be cost-prohibitive to conduct such studies.
- However, drinking spring water and walking barefoot on the beach are both pleasant experiences which have the added benefit of improving health.
The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor by Dr. Gerald Pollack
Dr. Gerald Pollack, TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-T7tCMUDXU
Article on the Fourth Phase of Water on westonaprice.org website:
Health Topics > Health Issues > Water > The Fourth Phase of Water
The Fourth Phase of Water
FEBRUARY 15, 2016 BY GERALD POLLACK
Ghp@u.washington.edu – Gerald’s email
Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. Often misdiagnosed and misunderstood,,its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and overwhelming fatigue. Leah spent 20 years getting worse and worse. She was actually relieved when after six years she finally received her fibromyalgia diagnosis, but traditional medicine failed her. She tried over 50 different medications to treat her pain and the depression and anxiety which developed from the pain and isolation she suffered, and all to no avail. Now, eight years later, she has fully recovered, became pregnant at age 40 and is now the proud mother of a seven year-old boy.
Leah’s journey began with spiritual inspiration from many sources that led to her first step—changing her thinking. That, in turn, led to her work with alternative health experts who recommended treatments including detoxification minerals, probiotic supplements, and a new way of eating.
Below are highlights from our conversation:
-Most people don’t know it is possible to recover from fibromyalgia, but Leah was healed nearly 20 years after first contracting the disease.
-Leah’s diagnosis took seven years, and she was told by a succession of doctors that she had a variety of diagnoses. She was also told that it was “all in her head.”
-She spent tens of thousands of dollars on nearly 50 different medications, until finally her physician, who she describes as a “maverick” encouraged her to try alternative healing.
-For the last six years of her illness, she spent 12 to 16 hours of every day in bed. Leah drew upon her faith and the example of her German grandmother who, although house-bound, was a woman of deep faith who spent her time praying for people all over the world. This encouraged Leah to pray and to work on changing her outlook through meditation and positive thinking.
-Inspired by a dream that she had returned to work, she began to meditate on her goal of “optimal health” and a short time later attended a lecture by Victoria Smith, an alternative health practitioner from Florence, Kentucky. This led to a regime that restored her health within a year, even to the point of allowing her to achieve a healthy pregnancy that resulted in the birth of her now 7 year-old son.
-Leah’s work explains her belief that a variety of factors, including toxins, a damaged digestive system, vaccines, antibiotics and bad nutrition, along with a person’s genetic makeup can result in different illnesses. In her case, the result was fibromyalgia.
-She characterized her actual detoxification treatment regimen as “easy.” She used a specific type of micronized zeolites, a very gentle form of a mineral which absorbs toxins in the body. She supplemented the treatment with a therapeutic grade antibiotic which jump-started the long slow process of healing her digestive system.
-She explains that if your digestive system or “gut” isn’t working properly, food, or its components such as proteins, begins to leach out of the gut and actually starts to poison you. While it is estimated that somewhere between 2 to 6 percent of the population suffers from fibromyalgia, the basic symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue, mild depression, and anxiety characterizes 75% of the population. Leah believes that many of these people can be benefit from her regime of detoxification and gut healing.
-Fibromyalgia is generally not a simple diagnosis, but is often linked to one of two or more coexisting conditions, which often include depression and anxiety. The isolation caused by the pain can lead to despair and in some cases to suicide.
-Frustrated and angry that she had suffered for so long, Leah has chosen to reach out and help others who struggle with fibromyalgia hoping to shorten their path to health. In addition to her two books, her website, and the online coaching sessions she provides on the website, she travels widely to tell her story and offer hope and information to others.
-In her first book Freedom From Fibromyalgia, Seven Steps to Complete Recovery her goal is to take everything she learned about fibromyalgia and systematize it so people could easily follow it.
-On her path to healing, Leah explored nutrition, and came to embrace many of the tenets of the Weston Price diet. She describes the health benefits she experienced from switching to full fats and broth, and in fact includes a recipe for “Raise the Dead” chicken broth on her website, crediting the inspiration for the name to Sally Fallon Morell.
-She also explores the benefits of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s “Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)” diet and describes her three years of work developing palatable recipes for liver, a food she believes in for its health benefits, but did not initially enjoy eating.
“Freedom From Fibromyalgia: Seven Steps to Complete Recovery” by Leah McCullough
“Eat to Energize Cookbook: Strategies and Recipes for Using the #1 Super Food For Energy” by Leah McCullough
“GAPS: Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
“Significant Healing Well Care Practice” by Victoria Smith, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
“Detoxify or Die” by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D.
There’s a lot of confusion around what constitutes a healthy fat. In today’s episode, Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, makes a solid case for including animal fats in our diet, based on her book “Nourishing fats: why we need animal fats for health and happiness.” For decades, animal fats and saturated fats have been maligned as unhealthy, but the evidence points in the opposite direction.
It’s time to unlearn the propaganda and become reacquainted with the happy, healthy truth. Saturated fats have an important role to play in our physical and emotional wellness. Sally tells the history of when & why companies began pushing their pseudo oils and fats. And she then gives the science behind why animal fats are so beneficial–how they have been found to be protective against cancer, and provide vitamins A, D, and K that are essential for proper neurological function and emotional well-being, for example.
You will hear specifics about how and why butter, lard and tallow can all be embraced as part of your daily diet. Once you do so, you and your family will be all the healthier (and happier) for it!
This episode highlights:
- how animal fats and saturated fats have been demonized by many diets
- what constitutes a saturated fat
- how & why companies in the 1920s began demonizing animal fats
- how our body temperature affects fats in the body
- how our cell membranes are 50% fat molecules. Saturated fat holds them together!
- how if you’re not eating sat fat, your body makes sat fat out of carbohydrates (and this is reason we crave carbs)
- why low-carb and low sat-fat are the worst diets
- why the brain needs fat to function properly (arachidonic acid comes from animal fats and this acid helps hold cells together, and the digestive tract too)
- how saturated fat is the most stable of molecules
- how science does not support accusations of animal fats being bad for you
- how Sally’s book goes into detail about various diseases and how they are not caused by animal fat (beginning with heart disease)
- how vegetable oils are carcinogenic; but sat fats protect against cancer
- how butter fat is key for nourishing all mammals (it is found in breast milk)
- how commercial formula for babies has no sat fat or cholesterol in it (it only contains vegetable oil) but real mother’s milk has lots of cholesterol
- why cholesterol is a good thing for babies (and adults)
- what happens when a person undergoes fat deprivation
fats help the “feel good” chemicals kick in (we have receptors for natural versions of marijuana, opiates, cocaine…w/ no side effects)
- the depression or poor mood that can result from no sat fats
- the fact that many medical sites and doctors still recommend avoiding saturated fats
- how kidney patients improved on sat fats
- three steps for incorporating these fats immediately into your diet
Article by Chris Masterjohn on arachidonic acid
“Nourishing traditions” by Sally Fallon Morell
“Nourishing fats” by Sally Fallon Morell
#48 Detox mercury safely, Andy Cutler
Dr. Andy Cutler has a PhD in chemistry from Princeton, and a BS in physics from the University of California. As a chemist, he struggled with symptoms that no doctor could explain and when he found the root cause, he made it his cause to turn things around, both for his own benefit and for the benefit of countless others. The problem was mercury. And its source was the fillings in his mouth.
Andy became a pioneer of a form of chelation for metal toxicity that is unique in its approach, science-based, pragmatic, and safe and successful.
In today’s episode, you’ll hear:
* how Andy discovered he had mercury toxicity
* what to do if you think you may be mercury toxic
* how mercury toxicity is under-diagnosed or labeled as something else: MS, Parkinsons, allergies, autism (to name a few issues)
* the definition of chelation—how to remove mercury, or other heavy metals from the body
* how his own chelation protocol turned his own health around
* how to discern the difference between doctors who are simply good at PR and those who have genuine outcomes that are successful with mercury-toxic patients
* success stories of those who have used Andy’s protocol
* the basic rules of Andy’s protocol and the supplements he recommends
* why his chelation method is tailored to what each individual can tolerate
* why chlorella, cilantro, and other chelation approaches (along with improper dosages) don’t work and make people feel worse
* the test you can take to see if you have issues with heavy metal in your system
* the two things you should look for when seeking help online
* Andy’s simple recommendation for one thing you can do to improve your health
Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment by Dr. Andy Cutler
Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities by Dr. Andy Cutler
Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank (Facebook group)
Frequent-dose-chelation (Yahoo group)
#47 Ben Greenfield – Fuel for the athlete
Athletes seek to maximize their performance, often at the expense of their long-term health and longevity. Ben, a former bodybuilder, is an ironman triathlete, speaker, and author who understands how to nourish the body for both peak results and optimal health. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology. Ben coaches and trains individuals for general health, longevity, weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance–using a real food protocol.
Says Ben, “I love getting fit, feeling good about the way my body looks, and fulfilling my deep-seeded drive to live life to the fullest by achieving difficult feats of physical performance. But I was fed up with feeling like crap from all the extreme exercising, strange foods, feeling of constant stress and soreness, and worry about the toll my hectic lifestyle was taking on my body. So I have found a way of training, eating and living that is perfectly healthy and natural, but still allows me to look, feel and perform at my peak capabilities.”
In today’s episode you will hear:
– Ben’s story- what got him into the fitness field, what he learned from his bodybuilding years, and why he believes real food is key for real results
– why overly processed foods are not helpful to the elite athlete
– what makes up “frankenfuels” and what does not
– why so many athletes sacrifice longevity and gut health for performance
– the damage done by fructose and maltodextrin (ingredients in many sports bars/gels)
– the effects of caffeine on the central nervous system
– why so many athletes are suffering from acne, joint pain, and gut problems
– the books that motivate Ben
– alternatives to the packaged sports drinks, bars, and gels
– how to travel light, even with real food, in competition
– the top snack foods Ben recommends
– the specific benefits of chia seeds and macadamia nuts, coconut oils and more
– the benefit of high sat fat and ketones
– why Ben believes athletes “bonk” or get fatigued (it’s not from a lack of sugar)
– the benefits of pemmican (a rendered Native American fat)
– why gut and adrenal issues are so prevalent among athletes
– the aging caused by excessive protein
– the dangers of a low-fat, high protein diet
– how one source of gut distress is improper preparation of beans and lentils
– the problems with too much exercise, inadequate calorie intake, and not enough emphasis on recovery methods like meditation and adequate sleep
– Ben’s personal sweet spot – percentages of fat, protein, and carbs
– how his own body suffered when he followed the “carb loading” diet often recommended for elite athletes
– the issues that come with going too low-carb
– The surprising “one thing” that he recommends people should do to improve their health
“Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life” (http://www.BeyondTrainingBook.com) by Ben Greenfield
“Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes” by Allen Lim
“Anti-fragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Talib
Beth is a health professional whose heart is aching over the next generation. She calls their exposure to environmental and dietary toxins “the perfect storm.” Our over-use of antibiotics, our nutrient-poor diet, and symptom-suppressive meds have contributed to the decline in our children’s health.
Beth cites a rise in allergies, inflammatory conditions, autism, autoimmune disorders, asthma, reflux, sensory issues, GI issues, ADHD.And she gives suggestions about how to take steps to navigate this crisis and ensure improved health for the next generation and those to come.
In today’s show she touches on:
– how/why our health care system is reactive rather than proactive
– conventional doctors’ m.o. (writing prescriptions, looking to suppress symptoms
– how health issues with her daughter, Aubrey, triggered her interest in chronic conditions plaguing the next generation
– how they found the link between food and their daughter’s health
– how they healed her leaky gut and corrected the imbalances in her body
– the move to overhaul the family’s diet and clean up their home environment
– how other families deal with health concerns
– the story of one military family whose autistic son returned to good health
– how her group, Epidemic Answers, is working to scientifically document how recovery happens (through the “Documenting Hope” project)
– how real health recovery requires serious lifestyle changes
– how adults and children can deal with living a counter-cultural lifestyle
– the health revolution that is transpiring
– how healing starts with dietary change and a change in mindset
Acompromisedgeneration.com – website about Beth Lambert’s book “A Compromised Generation”
epidemicanswers.com – Epidemic Answers, the non-profit established for helping parents and children
documentinghope.com – “Documenting hope”project for recording scientific data on health recovery
Institute for Integrative Nutrition –– integrativenutrition.com – health coach training
Nutritional therapy association – nutritionaltherapy.com – holistic nutrition education
Nina Teicholz got her start as a restaurant review columnist. She eschewed meat and fats, but noticed that the chefs preferred preparing dishes with plenty of both. To her surprise, as she ate their food, she began to lose weight, her cholesterol numbers were good, and her health improved. Plus, she was satiated in a way she hadn’t been by her former diet.
Intrigued, she began looking into the role of dietary fats. After nearly a decade of research, she published “The Big Fat Surprise.” The Economist called it the #1 science book of 2014! It was one of the first publications that made the case for why saturated fats—the kind found in dairy, meat, and eggs—are not bad for our health!
In today’s episode, Nina recounts:
– her journey as an investigative journalist
– her personal dietary habits
– scientists’ reactions to her probing questions, like “Do you think it’s true that maybe dietary fat is not bad for health?” and “Is it possible that saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease?”
– how fat came to be blamed for diabetes, heart problems, and cancer
– what happens to people who cut out fat (they increase carbs, and then become overweight and diabetic)
– why food companies do not want to embrace a message that would hurt their bottom line
– examples of people who eat a high-fat diet (the Italians and Maasai) and thrive
– how Americans have followed the dietary guidelines, to the detriment of their health
– how carbs turn into fatty acids in our blood, not fat
– that a healthier diet is the one that reduces carbs and increases fat
– how and why vegetable oils increase rates of illnesses today
– how meat, whole fat dairy are healthier than we’ve been told
– how “fat replacers” are used to make food taste better, but that often load our foods with sugars and grains
“The Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz
Go to a farmers market just about anywhere and you will see something new. In the past three to five years, fermented foods have joined the products being sold at these markets. People are realizing the benefits of these foods that have been a part of traditional diets around the globe for hundreds and thousands of years!
Principle #5 of the Wise Traditions diet points to the fact that traditional diets are high in enzymes and beneficial bacteria. And lacto-fermented foods are often the source of these. From sauerkraut in Europe, to kimchi and pickled foods in Asia, to fermented fish in the North—these foods boost the immune system, protect against disease, and aid digestion.
In today’s episode, you will learn:
– how lacto-fermented foods are nearly universal in traditional diets
– the two types of fermentation
– how sauerkraut is made
– the role of salt in the fermentation process
– how fermentation may have come about
– the wisdom of traditional cultures and the scientific reasons behind fermentation
– what specific fermented foods are enjoyed in various parts of the world
– why Sally considers ferments “super” raw foods
– how 70% of our body’s energy is spent on digestion (and how fermented food pre-digests our food, in a sense)
– the story of one woman with IBS and how fermented food helped her
– how to tell the difference between fermented foods and those prepared in vinegar
– how fermentation can boost levels of vitamin C, minerals, B vitamins
– how some anti-nutrients are partially neutralized by the fermentation process
– how lacto-fermented drinks are also a good source of enzymes and bacteria (and serves as an alternative to soft drinks and alcoholic beverages)
– how these foods inoculate the gut, in essence, with good bacteria needed to resist disease
– how these foods are protective against cancer
– how the fermented foods shore up the “biofilm” that lines the intestinal tract
– how to eat the right balance of fermented food
– how these foods replace enzymes lost during cooking and help with the digestion of fat
– whether you should eat more fermented foods or simply take probiotic pills
Westonaprice.org – click on “about us” and look for the “Principles of a healthy diet” for the full list of Wise Traditions dietary principles
#43 Beautiful Broth, Lance Roll
Lance Roll was a professional chef who seemed to understand food from every angle. But in 2006, he got a hold of Sally Fallon Morell’s “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook and his perspective was turned on its head. This might seem like hyperbole but it is not. Lance himself said that chefs are primarily concerned with flavor. What he learned from being exposed to WAPF and the Wise Traditions diet is that nutrient-density is key. (Good flavor follows, of course!)
It wasn’t long before Chef Lance switched not only his own family’s diet but his entire approach to cooking. He even started his own company, along with a series of trademarks (including: “love is the ultimate spice”)!
In today’s episode you will hear:
– how Lance shifted from a conventional cooking to cooking the Wise Traditions way
– how he changed his own cooking at home as well
– his focus on bone broth
– the difference between broth and stock
– why he believes broth is gaining popularity
– bone broth benefits
– how bone broth helps heal the intestinal tract
– how it helps with absorption of vitamins and minerals (macro and trace)
– why broth makes for an amazing recovery drink for athletes
– healing stories (a young girl with leaky gut and eczema, and a man with ulcerative colitis)
– how bone broth can be used during intermittent fasting
– how satiating bone broth is
– why broth is considered a weight loss “secret”
– the bone broth process used by The Flavor Chef company
– the high-quality ingredients used for the The Flavor Chef’s broth (all organic meat and vegetables)
– why 90% of the people who love bone broth don’t make their own
– how his company sells broth that is in keeping with the GAPS diet protocol and for those with autoimmune conditions
– Chef Lance’s personal health tip
“Dr. Kellyann’s Bone broth Diet” by Kellyann Petrucci
“Nourishing Broth” by Sally Fallon Morell and Kayla Daniels
“The Bone Broth Secret” by Louise Hay and Heather Dane Theflavourchef.com
@TheFlavorChef (Instagram, Twitter)
Mandy Blume is a fascinating woman with a passion to bring health and wellness to thousands of children in the U.S. foster care system. She started out just by taking in foster children herself and then the dream and work expanded from there. At California Polytechnic State University, Mandy graduated with degrees and obtained cooking and nutritional credentials, but what will blow you away is the way she rolls up her sleeves to impact foster children and foster homes.
What you learn today will impact what you eat in your own home and will help you experience the “real food recovery” that Mandy recommends.
In today’s episode, you will hear:
– how Mandy and her husband began taking in foster kids
– just how many children are in the foster system
– how the majority are coming from families with issues related to drug-addiction or domestic violence
– the stigma of taking in foster children
– how Mandy relied on “Nourishing traditions” when feeding her children
– how real food helped the children recover their health
– how in two months’ time, foster kids’ taste buds would change and how they would begin to eat the real food
– how Mandy persevered
– Mandy’s tips for helping children approach food differently
– the health and trust issues of foster children
– what happens when foster kids “age out” of the system
– how their first foster child battled with cancer and how they approached his healing
– the catalyst for her non-profit, her new book, and more
NTA – Nutritional Therapy Association
Realfoodrecovery.org – Mandy’s website
Mandy’s books: “Real food recovery” – just released 9/20
“How our family survived: 10 ways to holistically manage cancer (and fostering)”
#41 On Fat, Raw Milk and Ghee
Sandeep Agarwal is the founder of the Pure Indian Foods company which makes grassfed organic ghee and sells traditional organic Indian foods. This was not his original passion. He was working as a computer scientist when his young two year-old began to get chronic colds, chest congestion, and asthma. When Sandeep began to research how to help him, he came across the Weston A. Price Foundation.
In today’s episode, you’ll learn:
– about his young son’s health crisis, how he had to use an inhaler, meds, nebulizer, etc.
– why the Weston A. Price Foundation’s principles resonated with him
– how he obtained and drank raw milk back in India
– the dietary changes his family made, to align with the Wise Traditions diet
– how his son improved
– what ancient Indian texts say about raw milk and other healing practices
– about Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing science which is 5000 years old
– about his family’s ghee business back in India
– how he and his wife started the business
– the process for making ghee
– the chemical composition of butter and ghee
– how ghee is simply the fat part of the butter
– why ghee is a good choice for people with dairy sensitivities (works with GAPS diet, for example)
– what the Sanskrit texts say about ghee
– the benefits of ghee (which include: good eyesight, rejuvenating, longevity, strength, immunity)
– the concept of “ojaf “ in ayurvedic tradition
– why many Indians consider ghee bad for their health
– why he believes ghee has become so popular today
Sandeep speaks at conferences in the U.S. and India. He is a graduate of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies’ two-year herbalist training program and one-year graduate program. He is passionate about cooking traditional Indian foods using lots of fresh herbs and dry spices.
Pureindianfoods.com – website for organic ghee and other organic food products and spices
Butterworld.org – Sandeep is the founder and curator of this traveling exhibition showcasing unique, rare and historical dairy artifacts from around the world
#40 Autoimmune Help with LDN
Linda Elsegood was humiliated and humbled by MS. The degenerative disease had robbed her of her dignity, as she struggled with poor bladder control, choking on her food, brain fog, pain, and balance. As she put it, she “spent a good deal of time on the floor.” She became wheelchair-bound and often wondered if life was worth living. She was in such bad shape, she could only handle being on the computer for about 10 minutes a day, but she persevered, using that time to begin researching how she might regain her health. This is how she came across LDN, low dose naltrexone. Once prescribed to combat heroin and alcohol addiction, apparently it had off-label uses that were promising. She began taking it around the year 2000.
Today, her health and life turned around. She has interviewed hundreds of people, with a variety of conditions, whose health has improved on LDN. Linda has founded the LDN Research Trust, helped pull off a recent LDN conference in Orlando, and has edited and contributed to The LDN Book called “The LDN Book.”
In today’s interview, Linda touches on:
– the 220 auto-immune conditions that can be improved through LDN, including regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, MS, Crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, autism, exzema, psoriasis, asthma, and more
– her own MS struggles and recovery
– how LDN actually works (boosting endorphins and reducing inflammation)
– studies currently conducted, studying the effects of LDN on Crohn’s, fibromyalgia, regional pain syndrome and tongue cancer
– why some doctors consider LDN almost a holistic medication
– studies on “mouse models” that demonstrate the safety and efficacy of LDN
– the affordability of LDN
– LDN’s efficacy for people with Lyme
– how she designed the LDN book—for both lay people and medical professionals
– how the focus of her book is on main conditions: MS, Lupus, IBS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders, restless leg, depression, autism, cancer, and inflammation
– how LDN reversed one woman’s alopecia (hair loss) and gut issues
Conference videos are available on LDN 2016 Conference
The LDN Book details can be found here.
The LDN and Cancer Documentary Video.
You can listen to LDN prescribing doctors, pharmacists, researchers and LDN users on their Vimeo Channel.
#39 Radical Medicine
Dr. Louisa Williams has been in practice for some 31 years. She kept seeing patients whose symptoms were chronic and she wanted to get at the root cause of their problem. Enter “radical medicine.” The word radical stems from the Latin word “radicalis” which means “of or having roots.”
As a naturopathic doctor, began to work hard to find the underlying cause of disease, not settling for simple diagnoses or treatments of the symptoms. You will glean many fresh ideas for how to approach your own health from Dr. Louisa Williams’ radical approach.
In today’s episode, Louisa touches on the following:
– radical medicine and what it means to her
– diagnosis – identifying why the body is susceptible to certain pains or illnesses
– why even holistic doctors don’t always get to the root of the patient’s problem
– dental focal infections and how they are linked to our overall health
– gingivitis and periodontitis – bacteria that threaten our health
– Dr. Price’s thorough research
– Root canals – when to have them removed and when to leave them in the mouth
– Red flags for dentists – how to know if you should find a new one
– How to handle mercury fillings
– The dangers of dental galvanism
– The prevalence of autoimmune diseases
– How short-term help for the body can sometimes lead to long-term consequences/conditions
– HP as a proactive approach to protect your health
Radicalmedicine.com – ebooks, “Radical Medicine,” and list of clean dental materials
HP test kits available at: Hahnemann pharmacy – San Rafael – hahnemannlabs.com
Helio’s pharmacy – London – helios.co.uk
Raw food is in! But raw animal products? Not so much! But listen to this: every traditional culture ate some form of their animal foods raw. There are scientific benefits that back up what traditional cultures did instinctively.
Listen and learn from Sally Fallon Morell, the President of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She touches on:
– what foods have traditionally been eaten raw in various parts of the world
– the benefits of vitamin B6 (found in raw animal products)
– why it’s important both to eat raw and cooked foods
– why raw food can strain the body
– why cooking is good, even if it destroys some enzymes
– why fermented foods are considered “super” raw foods
– how to begin eating raw food—perhaps starting with dairy: raw milk, raw cheese, raw fermented milk products
– how to prepare raw food to avoid parasites or sickness
– why raw egg yolks are great (but raw whites should be avoided)
– raw meat enjoyed around the world
– the variety of raw foods
– how B vitamins help combat fatigue and help with brain clarity
– why we shouldn’t fear seafood
– how often you should begin to include raw foods in your diet
The mission of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) is to restore nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. This is a HUGE job which is why WAPF relies on its numerous volunteers. There are 600 chapter leaders worldwide, and countless members and others who share the same passion for wellness through nutrition. Together, WAPF supports movements that contribute to this objective including: accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Additional goals include the establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.
To undergird the work, WAPF relies on its four staff members. (And the president of WAPF, Sally Fallon Morell, doesn’t count, because she is actually a volunteer!)
How do they do it? How do they answer questions, provide resources, and more? Listen and you’ll learn:
– about the various “departments” of WAPF (which really consist of only three people)
– the questions they field that make them smile
– the backstory of how each office staff member—Tim, Kathy, and Celia—came to work at WAPF
– how they have seen WAPF grow and impact the dietary habits of the U.S.
– the projects WAPF is currently working on
If you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of WAPF, give a listen. You will be astounded to hear of all they do with such a lean staff!
Pete is an attorney in Sarasota, Florida. He represents you and you may not even know it! He is a board member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) and he works tirelessly to protect your food freedom—so that you can obtain the food of your choice from the source of your choice. He represents farmers and consumers who want to protect their access to nutrient dense foods, and the ability to grow (and sell) their own. He has backed farmers facing enforcement actions and has counseled on the right to farm, herd shares, buying club operations and more, on the federal and state level.
In today’s episode you will learn:
– how our food freedom is at risk and what can be done about it
– where the regulations are coming from and why/how they hinder a small farmer’s business
– the case of dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger in Wisconsin (who was acquitted on 3 of the 4 counts against him)
– the diminishing number of dairies in the U.S.
– the health problems arising from large processing and slaughterhouse plants
– why farmers need a favorable regulatory climate to succeed
– how to get involved with FTCLDF, whether you’re a farmer, homesteader, or consumer
When Cilla Whatcott’s one year-old daughter had a severe reaction to a vaccine, Cilla took her back to the doctor. After some tests, her daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with aseptic meningitis. The pediatrician did not associate the illness with the vaccine, so Cilla began to investigate alternative therapies to restore her daughter’s health and to protect all of her children from sickness and disease.
This led her to homeopathy and homeoprophylaxis. Cilla now has a PhD in homeopathy and she is the author of several books on the subject. The goal of homeopathy is to educate the immune system and to help the body rediscover how to heal itself. Homeopathy combats chronic health issues including recurring ear infections, asthma, coughs, and more. Homeoprophylaxis (HP) offers natural protection against diseases, so some tout it as the “green vaccine.”
In today’s episode, you’ll learn:
– how HP differs from vaccines (one way is that HP does not cause harm)
– the many places in the world HP is being used successfully to protect against disease
– the definition of homeopathy
– the FDA’s stance on homeopathy
– studies are being conducted which indicate the efficacy of HP
– the difference between HP and essential oils
– stories of how homeopathy combats chronic issues (like asthma, coughs, recurring ear infections, etc.)
– how parents are pushing for HP as they seek alternative therapies to preserve their children’s health
– how Worldwide Choice sponsors conference to familiarize medical professionals (and all of us) with the research, theory, and results of HP
“There Is a Choice: Homeoprophylaxis” by Cilla Whatcott
“The Solution – Homeoprophylaxis” by Kate Birch and Cilla Whatcott
Worldwidechoice.org – Worldwide Choice website
Worldwidechoice.org/conference – Details on conference October 7-9, 2016, St. Petersburg, Florida (Use code: WAPF for registration discount)
Razi Berry was extremely fatigued in her twenties. She describes herself as being like “a wind-up doll that constantly needed winding.” She was suffering with fibromyalgia, pain, hair loss, infertility, and more. Doctors suggested she go on medications and disability. At age 25, this was a diagnosis she could not accept. She became her own “health detective” and came across naturopathic remedies that helped her heal. Changing her diet also led her on the path to wellness.
She is committed to helping others find their way, as well. In today’s episode you will learn:
– what first steps she took to recover health–including eating more animal products, organ meats, deep breathing, and getting sufficient sleep
– how she came upon naturopathic medicine
– the roots of naturopathic medicine (the vitalist movement)
– the improvements she saw
– the dangers of detoxing (without a doctor’s support)
– the principles of naturopathic medicine
– naturopathic therapies, including hot/cold showers, wet socks, etc.
– the myth of “side” effects
– how your skin is a mirror of your health
– how Razi applies her health approach in her work and at home
– her most important advice: how to approach your own wellness
Livestock only hope
As a young environmentalist, Allan Savory was convinced that animals were overgrazing, and therefore, turning fertile land into deserts. Many scientists held that same opinion (and many still do). Now, Allan believes that livestock are “our only hope” for greening the world’s deserts and reversing climate change.
In today’s episode, he explains in detail why many efforts to restore the earth (involving the use of technology, fire, rest, or planting trees or crops) are ineffective or temporary solutions. He addresses directly some of the ideas presented in the movie “Cowspiracy,” including the “tragic error” of culling elephant herds (which he and others thought would help heal the land—it did not).
He also covers:
– the deep-seated belief that overgrazing results from too many animals grazing
– lessons learned as he worked with some ranchers to restore the land,
– why you can’t actually overgraze the land
– the problem of over-resting the land
– why the most popular tools to heal the land–technology, fire, planting trees or crops, resting the land—are ineffective
– why animals are our only hope
– how healthy soil can manage all of the methane gas produced by cows
– the problem of factory farming
– where vegetarians have got it exactly right
– what has kept Allan going amidst constant criticism and opposition
– how to apply holistic management, wherever you live
TED talk 2013 – Allan Savory: “How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change.”
Savory.global – The Savory Institute website
“Holistic management: A new framework for decision-making” by Allan Savory
Episode #32 Allan Savory: Part 1 Holistic Management
Allan Savory, of the Savory Institute, was born in Zimbabwe and was educated in South Africa, where he received bachelor degrees in zoology and botany. He has committed his life to developing sustainable solutions to reverse the desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems. His quest, and our own, is the preservation of the planet and the survival of the human race.
In this episode, you will discover:
– the symptoms of desertification: increasing poverty, social breakdown, political unrest, accusation of minority groups, immigration, recruitment of participants in dissident organizations, and climate change
– the two things most blamed for climate change: fossil resources (coal, oil, gas) and livestock
– how the management of the resources causes the problem (not the resources themselves)
– why Allan believes the animals are the only thing that can help us to address climate change
– how to address global scale desertification
– the failure of the United Nations’ millennial goals; and the predicted failure of the 17 new sustainable development goals – all of which address symptoms of the issues surrounding climate change but not the root of the problem
– how a “reductionist” (specialized approach) only makes things worse.
– the good news: over 40 million acres on 6 continents are being managed holistically
– what the critics say
– the definition of holistic management
– an understanding of regenerative agriculture
TED talk 2013 – Allan Savory: “How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change.”
Savory.global – The Savory Institute website
“Holistic management: A new framework for decision-making” by Allan Savory
Episode #31 Vegetarianism Reconsidered
Lierre Keith became a vegan as a teenager. She was concerned about animal welfare and environmental degradation. She was passionate and convinced that vegetarianism was the way forward. And yet, almost right away her health began to deteriorate. Listen to her story and you will learn what she discovered about the pitfalls of vegetarianism and alternative solutions for healing the planet. She explains:
– what persuaded her to become a vegan
– the health repercussions she began to see right away and in the long term (including fatigue, hypoglycemia, irregular menstrual cycles, dry skin, depression, anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia; and later, degenerative disc and autoimmune diseases)
– why the vegetarian diet does not meet the needs of the human “template”
– what’s missing exactly– insufficient fat, not enough protein,
– the mental issues that can surface (difficulty maintaining a stable mood, struggles with eating disorders, OCD, etc. b/c of dietary deficiencies)
– how vegetarianism does not lead to saving the planet, the animals, or feeding hungry people
– the truth about dreadful factory farm conditions
– the fallacy of the argument: take the 18 lbs. of grain used to feed a cow and give them to a human being (this becomes “agricultural dumping” and becomes a hindrance to allowing people to provide their own food)
– the motivating ethic of vegans and vegetarians: the values of justice, compassion, and sustainability
– why animal foods are necessary for the “human template”
There are so many approaches to eating “healthy,” how can we figure out what is really best? Which foods will help our bodies function optimally? Principle #3 of the Wise Traditions diet is the key. It is focused on nutrient density. This is the most important principle of the Wise Traditions diet. Traditional diets were very nutrient-dense: high in vitamins and minerals and replete with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K. Traditional diets maximize nutrients while modern diets minimize them.
It’s high time to maximize our diets once again. Sally Fallon Morell, the Founder and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, explains how to do so.
In today’s episode, you’ll discover:
– how a “healthy” diet can still be deficient in vitamins and minerals
– what foods offer fat-soluble vitamins (such as cheese, egg yolks, organ meats, fish)
– symptoms of being deficient in these vitamins (such as depression and anxiety)
– dangers of a diet high in lean proteins (with too little fat)
– which fats are implicated in heart disease
– how vitamins A, D, and K, a triumvirate, work together for optimal impact
– why the USDA calls vegetables “nutrient dense”
– how Dr. Price studied the vitamin and mineral content of traditional diets
– how Dr. Price used a nourishing diet to improve orphans’ health and behavior
– one diet tweak to improve health, mood, and outlook (before turning to meds)
– how getting your fats right can make a difference in your health, even if you do nothing else
– Sarah Pope – author of “Get Your Fats Straight” and blogger at thehealthyhomeeconomist.com
– “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook, “Nourishing Traditions for Children,” “Nourishing Broth” – all available at newtrendspublishing.com or via Amazon
On his travels around the world, Dr. Weston A. Price visited Kenya. He was impressed with the health and vitality exhibited by the tribal people he met. But western influence continues to affect even the most remote villagers. “The diet is “changing tremendously” said Maasai Dickson Gisa.
Dickson Ole Gisa lives in Oiti, a Maasai village in Kenya, near the border of Tanzania. He heard of the Weston A. Price Foundation through a friend. The Wise Traditions principles resonated with him, and he immediately contacted the foundation, saying, “Please send someone over. We are all getting sick. I have diabetes. My wife has asthma….” The foundation has sent representatives to his village twice and has worked with Dickson to turn things around for his community. Our podcast host, Hilda Labrada Gore, was able to engage Dickson in conversation this past May. You will be fascinated as Dickson shares some of his stories.
In today’s episode, you’ll hear:
• what he ate as a child
• the Maasai traditional diet
• the allure of “foreign foods” like soda, juice, oils
• how the changing diet is impacting the Maasai
• how western diseases are affecting his own community
• how pregnant women are “selective” in terms of the food they eat
• the traditions related to childbirth
• a special book written by the first Maasai scholar which records all of the cultural traditions of the people
• how “civilization” and “education” are shaping Maasai dietary choices
• how Dickson spreads the news of Wise Traditions
• the community response to WAPF principles and ideas
If you want to continue supporting international initiatives, like the one extended to Dickson’s village, please go to westonaprice.org and click on “Get involved.” Then click on “Donate” and select “Overseas outreach.”
“Fat is a major energy storage depot in our bodies. It plays an important structural role in our body. Each of the trillion cells in our body is enclosed by membranes made of fats. Our brain contains ¼ of the fat in our bodies, even though it’s only 2% of our body weight. It affects our thinking, our mental and psychological health.”
Prepare to move from fat “phobia” to embracing this critical nutrient, as a result of listening to this episode! Chris Masterjohn is a nutrition heavyweight. He has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and is currently an assistant professor of health and nutrition sciences at Brooklyn College in New York. You’re guaranteed to learn a lot from this conversation as he explains the role of fat in our bodies.
• How to replace the fear of fat with freedom
• How to avoid the pendulum swing of dietary trends
• The sources of fats and why they play such an important part in our health and physiology
• Why the shift toward soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil may be detrimental to our health
• The differences between saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats
• The definition of essential fatty acids
• How to self-experiment to get the right amount of fats for your body (factoring in genetics, ancestry, your constitution and even your career!)
• When cholesterol levels may be a red flag
• The need for a health care practitioner who is a “biological detective”
Bonus: At the end of the interview, Chris gives a surprising tip for what to do to achieve optimal health!
Look for Chris’ podcast (and blog by the same name) “The Daily Lipid.” And follow him, ChrisMasterjohn, on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.