Posts Tagged: Chris Masterjohn

Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater


Terrible tragedy of the healthy eater

A while back I posted links to some of the best articles I had recently read.  Readers seemed to really enjoy being directed to these great reads.  Here’s another installment… The first is an absolute must-read.  I love information, but I have a weakness for really clever and creative writing.  This article combines both in one of the best pieces I’ve read on the modern disease known as healthitis… The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater Next is by Scott Abel.  I’ve been impressed with Scott for years, and his material just seems to get better and better.  This is a powerful article about how the dieting mentality influences young kids – certainly an inspiring motivator for ending the diet cycle.  Warning – it mentions some really gruesome stats on… Read more »

Primitive Wisdom, Raw Dairy & Why We Are Not What We Eat



By Rob Archangel, staff writer Back again with today’s Real Food Summit Roundup.  I listened to part two of superstar Chris Masterjohn’s talk about Weston A. Price and what his research can tell us about how to live today. I like Chris because he’s a man of science, and measures his words and conclusions deliberately.  And while he certainly is on board with the Weston A Price Foundation, I never get the sense that he’s twisting data to meet his (or the Foundation’s) preconceived dogma. A couple quick comments from today’s talk:  Price never said that it all “primitives” had the wisdom to avoid modern ills, though some did. So it’s wrong both to assume primitives are necessarily dumb, and to adopt a hard-line paleo stance that always valorizes… Read more »

Paul Chek Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self



By Rob Archangel, staff writer  … ’cause Paul is good for your health. Welcome back for another quick take on the Real Food Summit. Listened to Paul Chek yesterday, and as several folks forecasted, dude was out there. I usually dig that stuff, and Chek is obviously a bright and thoughtful guy, so I’m not hating.  My approach with those esoteric sorts of fields is to never get caught up or convinced of the rightness or wrongness of any of them, but let those perspectives illuminate new ways of thinking about things.  If those ways offer some functional benefit for me, if say, it’s useful to believe in an etheric body in order to hep accomplish some goal or live in a more satisfied way, then groovy.  But I… Read more »

Real Food Summit



Sean Croxton is up to his usual extreme interviewing prowess, and is at it again with another online summit featuring nearly 30 interviews.  His eardrums must be made of some kind of titanium alloy. None of that Paleo stuff this time.  This summit is the REAL FOOD SUMMIT.  The speakers look good.  If you have never heard Joel Salatin speak, who is first in the lineup, I promise you it is worth your time.  I’m particularly excited about his talk, not necessarily because of his beliefs but because he is just such a rare character that tricks you into thinking deeply while you’re having a ton of fun.  In 2008 I seriously contemplated spending a year apprenticing at his farm to learn about his revolutionary “polyculture.”  But then I came to my senses and remembered… Read more »

Cold Hands and Feet



Me:  It’s a W, for Weston Debbie:  You mean like the Westin hotel?  (we were staying at the Sheraton by the way) Me and Masterjohn:  No (conveyed loudly, with large inflection in our voices, and in creative language) I just finished up with the 2011 Wise Traditions Conference, the annual conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation.  I finally did my talk yesterday in the biggest ballroom, which was pretty flippin’ full – somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 people in there I would say.  Having to wait all weekend to give my talk was tough.  I felt like they were “icing the kicker” as they say in American football, and interestingly, my kickers were quite icy.  So were my hands.  I think of acute and chronic stresses alike as… Read more »

Asthma, Adrenaline, and Carbon Dioxide


I found something interesting recently when browsing over Gary Taubes’s bloodwork that he recently posted. I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about carbon dioxide, but it jumped out at me right away that his carbon dioxide levels, on a prolonged low-carbohydrate diet, were below the normal ranges. This caught the attention of Chris Masterjohn as well, and he made a note of it – and even went so far as to suggest that low carbon dioxide levels were invariably a result of eating a low-carbohydrate diet. Knowing the basics about carbon dioxide – its role as a powerful anti-stress substance in the body, and also something that, when exiting the body at a rapid rate, triggers an asthma attack, I found this all quite interesting. Of course,… Read more »