If you want to educate yourself about health and nutrition, mark your calendar for next year’s Weston Price National Conference. I had the opportunity to attend the conference last weekend and I learned so much! I felt incredibly encouraged to meet so many people who are passionate about health, food and reversing disease with a nutrient dense diet.
Here are some highlights of what I learned:
Choose your vitamins or supplements with care – Most supplements contain synthetic vitamin isolates (like refined grains), inorganic minerals and toxic excipients. These excipients are usually labeled as “other ingredients” and are actually stearates made by hydrogenating cottenseed oil. Magnesium stearate, for example, reduces mineral absorption by 65%. We must do our research to get maximum benefit from any supplements or vitamins. – Dr. Williams
Know your fats – Saturated fats (butter, lard, ghee, coconut oil, etc.) are superior at promoting fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Eat your food with healthy fats if you want to get the most benefit from the nutrients. – Dr. Masterjohn
Fermented Foods are of Great Importance – Fermented foods and fat-soluble vitamins play a very important role in reducing calcification in the arteries. Dr. Masterjohn
The Balance of Vitamin A, D and K – Vitamin A and D protect against each others’ toxicity and increase the need for each other. So, if you take a vitamin D or A supplement, you should consult with your health provider to make sure you get enough of the opposite vitamin. An imbalance of A and D can cause calcification in the body. Where do we get these nutrients? Cod liver oil, butter, egg yolks and animal liver are rich in Vitamin A. Cod liver oil, fatty fish, butter, and eggs are rich in Vitamin D (our skin also generates it when we’re exposed to sunlight). Leafy greens are rich in Vitamin K. Dr. Masterjohn
Mercury is the #1 Most Toxic Non-Radioactive Heavy Metal on the Planet – Be educated! If you decide to remove any amalgam fillings, find a biologically trained dentist for proper precautions (I didn’t know this several years ago and a simple filling removal resulted in some major health issues.). Dr. Williams
Be Educated About the Ingredients in Vaccinations – Because of the National Childhood Vaccination Injury Act, manufacturers have no liability and therefore no incentive to make products safer. So, please do your research and learn about all the ingredients – not just the “active” ones. You may be very surprised at exactly what you’re putting in your body. Leslie Manookian
I discovered some great new-to-me resources:
Radical Medicine (website) and Radical Medicine (book)
The Daily Lipid
The Greater Good
Death By Medicine
The recordings from the conference can be purchased here.
The food at the conference was all traditionally prepared and organic. The foundation arranged to bring in all the ingredients and had the hotel chefs cook using only the proper methods and the provided recipes. The result? An amazing spread of nutrient dense foods at each and every meal. I was thoroughly impressed!
I enjoyed chatting with the friendly people from Tendergrass Farms at the conference and purchased some of their pastured pork sausage to bring home. I’ve grown very fond of the pastured meats they sell. Tendergrass is a co-op which helps many organic, pastured farms to sell their meat all across the country.
I had hoped for a cornbread and sausage stuffing this Thanksgiving, so I created this recipe to grace our table in a couple of weeks. Homemade grain-free “corn” bread, sautéed onions, celery, sausage, chicken stock, eggs and herbs make for a nutrient dense and healthy addition to the holiday table.