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Impressions from Wise Traditions 2010

In Mid-November I had the good fortune to attend the 11th annual conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation (1) near Philadelphia, PA.  I have both attended and given talks at other nutrition-oriented conventions, but this one was distinctly different.  Most of the attendees were not scientists but were people from all walks of life […]

Can we put the demonization of saturated fat to rest?

In March 2010, the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published an article (1) which explained an analysis of pooled data from 21 epidemiological studies encompassing 347,474 individuals.  The authors concluded, “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) or CVD […]

Solving the obesity crisis—some preliminary thoughts

I am old enough to remember when most children and adults were not overweight or obese.  I was born a few months before the Japanese bombs were dropped on Pearl Harbor, propelling the US into World War II, so I’m not old enough to remember the rationing and deprivation during the war.  Growing up in […]

Sweet tooth

We are born with a sweet tooth. Human milk is very sweet to the taste due to its lactose content, a sugar specific to milk and necessary for building the nervous system. Humans seem to be innately hardwired to like sweet tastes, but in nature sweet foods, such as fruits, come packaged with fiber, vitamins […]

Fermented foods—why and how to eat them

In my last post I talked about how our emphasis on wiping out microorganisms from our environment is impacting our health in a negative way. We can give up sanitizing our environment and overreliance on antibiotics, but in order to replace the beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems we need fermented foods. There are many […]

Are we too clean?

We are not sterile beings. We have more bacteria in our digestive tracts than cells in our bodies.  Just as all living things are part of the ecosystem around them, our bodies are ecosystems unto themselves.  We have a suite of bacteria and fungi that normally live within our bodies and cause no trouble.  In […]

Energy bars—are they beneficial during exercise?

This blog is about real food, and energy (granola, protein, nutrition, performance) bars are about as processed as you can get, so this should be a no brainer. However, in addition to being a real food advocate I am also an avid cyclist, logging up to 100 miles a week. So the question of how […]

What about grains?

As I said in my last post our Paleolithic ancestors did not use grains as food and many researchers and health professionals think that we should not be eating them today. Lets look at the use of grains for the last 10,000 years and how that use has changed in the recent past. I will […]

How our evolution has shaped our dietary needs

One thing that bothered me while I was studying nutrition in graduate school was that the majority of nutrition professionals had little biology background.  I was not only older than my classmates (and most of the professors) but had been steeped in the evolutionary aspects of biology for many years, both as a biology teacher […]

Levels of knowledge and concern about eating and health

Sorry for the hiatus in posts; I have been travelling and visiting with children and grandchildren, which afforded me little time to write but ample time to think about the hierarchy of nutrition and health comprehension in our society. It seems to me that we can define 3 broad levels of nutrition/health awareness. Level 1. […]