Posts Tagged: Weston A. Price

Goats and Bo: The Role of Genetics vs. Diet

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By Matt Stone I’ve had peculiar longings for a lifestyle overhaul of late. It’s a long story involving goats. And maybe sheep and dogs, too. Don’t ask. Okay, fine I’ll tell you. You are so nosey! I’ve been doing extensive research on breeding animals. My interest in goats in particular stems back to my hardcore mountain man days when I had once had the idea to retreat into the backcountry for long stretches of time with some goats, including both pack goats and dairy goats, to carry my stuff, get me some fresh milk, and offer me an occasional meat feast if I found myself getting too short on calories. A little strange and extreme sure, but hey, that’s just me. I never did it of course. But daydreams like… Read more »

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

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By Rob Archangel, 180DegreeHealth.com 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 »

About High-Fiber Diets. Do they help with IBS or Constipation?

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Fiber.  Gotta get that fiber.  Even the cartoon South Park is inundated with fiber propaganda, as one of the characters, Mr. Hanky, a talking turd overflowing with Christmas cheer, touts the benefits of “getting a lot of fiber” in your diet. Fiber is lauded as the holy substance that can help cause weight loss, relieve constipation, prevent colorectal disorders, stave off colon cancer, lower cholesterol levels, and just about everything else shy of reupholstering your furniture for you.  But fiber won’t help you fight disease any more than it will help the appearance of your old furniture. Most of the benefits attributed to fiber are the result of research done by a man named Denis Burkitt (of Burkitt’s lymphoma fame).  Burkitt, like many doctors, researchers, travelers, scholars, and anthropologists in… Read more »

Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay is the most common form of degenerative disease in the world, affecting nearly every human being on the planet.  Most children are born into the world, have a bunch of their baby teeth filled with amalgam fillings, have those teeth fall out, and then start the same process over again with their next set. Modern dentistry is able to hide the woes of cavities and toothaches through modern dental practices.  Regular tooth brushing, mouthwashes, and more help keep our cavities from getting out of control. But get this.  Our teeth dissolving in our mouths within a few short years of arriving is the most telling sign of our collective lack of health than any other barometer we have.  It is the canary in the coal mine of human… Read more »

What Causes Allergies & Asthma

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Allergies to cats, dogs, dairy products, wheat, nuts, shellfish and other foods, pollen, fragrances, dust and so on are quite common.  Has it always been this common? No way. When it comes to asthma and allergies, there are generally more questions than answers. What causes allergies? What causes asthma? Are these developed or inherited disorders? What exactly is asthma? Asthma, an allergy-related condition is skyrocketing.  Has air-quality really gotten that bad?  What about in poor countries where air quality is even worse than it is in some of the wealthier nations? Actually, there is little correlation between air-quality and things like asthma and allergies.  In fact, in most cases the opposite is true.  Air quality, in general, is improving with tighter and tighter standards, but asthma, for example, has seen… Read more »

Sarah Braun Vs. Rocky Balboa

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I recently received an e-mail from a young woman who has been through the diet ringer as so many who have gravitated to 180DegreeHealth have.  From raw-foodie to low-carb Paleo, Sarah went through it all and got repeatedly punched in the face.  Just reading her story felt like I was on the receiving end of Mike Tyson or Rocky Balboa’s boxing gloves.  Extreme diets can definitely be formidible opponents, especially for a young kid with a well-intentioned but hopelessly lost mother as you are about to read.  I take great pride in 180 having become a sanctuary for those who have tried all kinds of radical diets.  I’m sure many of you have had similar experiences.  “Screw ‘em!” says Anthony Hopkins in Legend of the Fall.  Ferris Bueller’s sister said that… Read more »

Body Temperature in Decline

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There is really no question that average human body temperature is in decline. Even the New York Times recently wrote an article on the subject, being, as clueless as ever, about the real significance of such a thing. For well over a year now, there has been much focus on the basal body temperature at 180DegreeHealth. This came, in part, as a result of reading all of the books of Broda Barnes, Stephen Langer’s book on hypothyroidism, and perhaps my favorite book on the far-reaching impact of having a low body temperature – Type 2 Hypothyroidism: The Epidemic, by Mark Starr. I find much of my beliefs about the all-encompassing importance of the body temperature to be reinforced by the current book I’m reading – Ancel Keys 2-volume piece on… Read more »

Vitamin D

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Vitamin D, as the great Charles De Marr might’ve put it, is “the hottest thing since sunburn!” (Line at 7:05 mark in THIS VIDEO).  Mercola’s talking about it. Nora Gedgaudas is talking about it. Al Sears is freaking out about it. Even Joel Fuhrman is talking about it (at the expense of completely negating his vitamin D-less dietary recommendations). Everywhere I turn somebody’s going on and on about the power of vitamin D, and its absence from modern man’s menu. When I read Weston A. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Price talks extensively about vitamin D being an important “activator” of other nutrients. In other words, nutrients, which work as a team, depend upon vitamin D. It’s not just that vitamin D is important, or simply one of the team players…. Read more »

The 1909 American Diet

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I’ve done more book-throwing this week than any week prior. First, there was a little post-alcohol and refined sugar crash that involved an argument and me throwing, not in any particular direction or with malicious intent toward the author – a copy of Julian Whitaker’s Reversing Diabetes. The book wasn’t the worst I’ve ever read, but after hearing all this miraculous diabetes reversal talk from Whitaker, I almost threw it again when I got to the end and read a selection of his Auschwitz recipes – many of which were under 300 calories. The real tear-jerker was Primal Mind-Primal Body, by Nora Gedgaudas. I was already a little wary of it after it received accolades at world champion artificial sweetener consumer Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb site. But… Read more »

Carb Wars: Episode II

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Here’s a compelling low-carb/paleo adventure from a 180 Member and frequent blog participant (my responses in red): Hi Matt, My low-carb story starts a long time ago. Knowing what I know now from reading the research of McCarrison and Pottenger on multi-generation metabolic decline I know it started at least with my grandmother and potentially before. My grandmother was raised on margarine and jam on white bread, vegetables cooked to a mush and ice cream by the pint. She lived that way all her life and raised my Mom that way. My Mom tried better with me, but there was still a lot of baked goods at home and I was “the fat kid” by age 3. Good insights. I agree completely. I’ve come across lots of overweight people who… Read more »

Appetite for Destruction

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As sort of a follow-up to the last post, an update on some general conclusions that have been ascertained over the years of research and blogging, is this puppy – “Appetite for Destruction.” First off, it pleases me tremendously to title something after an album that debuted at the exact same moment that high levels of testosterone debuted in my gonads as a young lad. The timing was perfect, and only the Metallica “One” video conjures up greater symbolism of manhood at that time in my life, after years of eagerly playing with He-Man dolls in anticipation of my impending man juice. Anyway, here are what I’m attempting to call “The 4 Pillars of Metabolic Ruin.” 1. The first pillar of metabolic ruin is nutritional deficiency. As one of the… Read more »

Suckled by Triceratops

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Apologies kind followers for the recent raves of fellow comrade-gone-wild, Bruce K. It’s been real, and it’s been fun, but the loyal followers have had enough. Although, for whatever pains and frustration it has caused anyone, or what damage Bruce may inflict upon himself or others with his IQ of 12,000,000 – it may be worth it. Why? Because someone proposing to be a member of the Bruce K. Royal fan club posted a lengthy rant that mentioned Bruce’s superpowers and his childhood rearing, involving being suckled by Triceratops. After peeing my pants once, and then again after reading about his intergalactic breakfast of Black Holes, I realized that the pain and suffering was worth it. If you have even a mediocre sense of humor and a familiarity with what… Read more »

Bob Greene – Holy Grail of Health

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Legendary heroes of nutrition such as Weston A. Price, Robert McCarrison, Melvin Page, Denis Burkitt, T.L. Cleave, and many others were all in search of the holy grail of human health. The key word in that sentence being “search.” They ‘searched’ far and wide, but unfortunately they came up short. Thankfully, in the year 2006 the real answer to the question, “how to live a good, healthy, or ‘best’ life” was revealed. The verdict is in. Ye who speaketh the truth hath bestowed uponeth us the great answers to health and disease. That’s right. Bob Greene, anointed by Oprah Winfrey as sort of the Joseph Smith of Nutrislam (a religion based on eating less and exercising more), has revealed the great secrets to human vitality in this epic tale of… Read more »

FUMP Day 12

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Yesterday we addressed appetite, metabolism, lipolysis, and some goodies like that as it relates to carbohydrate consumption. I would go into far more detail today, but I’m having some trouble sleeping on this all-meat diet! Dream recall is the best of my life; however, but for the last decade the majority of my dreams involve either urinating or defecating or both, and not being able to stop, so I can’t say the dream recall really thrills me. I go through at least 20 times the quantity of toilet paper in my dreams as I do in reality. Actually, my sleep has felt pretty good, and my energy levels are very stable and lasting. Still, the dark coloration under my eyes ain’t lookin’ so pretty. Energized perhaps, but a friend of… Read more »

Layla’s Pearly Whites

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“When we saw someone with really bright skin and shiny hair we used to assume that they were eating a lot of butter.”-Layla Sheikh’s remark watching me snarf up ridiculous amounts of butter Recently I crossed paths with a Somalian refugee living in political exile here in Maui. Her name is Layla Sheikh. But don’t think that she’s some poor peasant girl fresh outta the Somalian desert sand, begging for food. She sports a stylin’ fro and highly fashionable clothes. She cruises in an SUV, and has her own two-bedroom apartment 200 yards from the Pacific ocean. She works as a professional model, getting gigs like holding the round cards at the UFC fights over in Lahaina, as well as doing plenty of photo shoots and fashion shows. Basically, she’s… Read more »

Malabsorption

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First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap for all the newbies, Price directly observed a dramatic change in physical, mental, and even societal health amongst several independent groups of humans worldwide, as they were exposed to modern foods for the first time from a previously natural, nutritious, and untainted diet. Highlights include improper formation of facial structure resulting in crooked teeth, something we now just consider to be normal and “genetic”… Read more »

The Crypt Keepers

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The first book on the topic of health and nutrition that I ever read was The Food Revolution by John Robbins. For those not familiar with ole’ Johnny boy, he is the son of the co-founder of Baskin-Robbins. He was inspired to write his first book, Diet for a New America, an edgy wad of ethical, environmental, and health reasons to go vegetarian, by growing up on a steady diet of ice cream and watching his family drop dead from massive, ice cream-induced heart attacks. Robbins was quick to jump on the government-sponsored idea that fats are bad, animal fats being the worst kind, and animal products in general are unhealthy. His books are filled with mountains of references to the ADA, AMA, AHA, and other acronyms synonymous with mainstream… Read more »

Fruc Fructose

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Fructose is a kind of sugar. There are many kinds of sugars: sucrose, lactose, galactose, maltose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, and bunches more. Fructose is just one type. Fructose is famous for being the type of sugar found in fruit. Because of this association with fruit, considered to be a very nutritious and overall healthy food to be included in the daily diet of every man, woman, and child, fructose has been given unfair judgment. We might want to take a moment to investigate fructose a little further though, because there’s a legitimate possibility that it is the biggest single contributor to chronic disease. For realsies. As those who have done their homework have discovered, there is a striking correlation between the availability of refined sugar and the widespread onset of… Read more »

Devitalized Food

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Modern, mainstream nutritional dogma tells us that eating a lot of fats, a lot of calories, and not exercising are the primary causes of the degenerative process leading to heart disease, Diabetes, obesity, and perhaps Cancer. People unaligned with mainstream thought on the subject of human health say that those claims are full-blown BS. Gary Taubes, who researched the subject for half a decade before writing his human health opus, Good Calories, Bad Calories, has pretty much established that it is in fact, BS. Still, on his side of the fence, carbohydrates are the root of all evil – the cause of the entire degenerative process ranging from your good ole’ heart attack to Alzheimer’s. Yet, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, whatever – have been staples of various human diets throughout history… Read more »

Robert McCarrison: Straight Nutrition Gangsta

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The integrity and insight of the old nutrition classics never ceases to amaze me when I manage to track them down. The work of Weston A. Price is groundbreaking. Francis Pottenger, Jr. had some legendary insights into human health and nutrition. Stefansson looked into human health from a much wiser and broader perspective than the authors on the shelves at your local, intellectually-crippling Barnes and Noble. However, after everything I’ve come across, I must say that Major-General Sir Robert McCarrison, C.I.E., M.A., M.D., D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.C.P., B.AO., born March 15th in 1878, is probably the greatest contributor to the understanding of human health that I have seen or can even imagine. The bulk of McCarrison’s studies were done on animals, the idea being to figure out exactly what was going… Read more »