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Traditional Eating & Myocardial Infarction

Myocardial infarction (MI) was almost non-existent in 1900. Doctors thinking about specializing in heart ailments were told that they’d starve because heart disease was so rare, that they might see only one case in their entire career. 

MI is when there is a massive blood clot leading to obstruction of a coronary artery and consequent death of the heart muscle. 

Myocardial infarction

By 1960, there were at least 500,000 MI deaths per year in the US. What lifestyle changes had caused this increase? What made MI go from rare to the number one killer? Three words: hydrogenated vegetable oils. 

For all human history, the only oils or fats (they are the same) that were used were those that were found in nature: olive oil, coconut oil, butter, tallow, lard, chicken fat, goose, and duck fat (mostly saturated fats). 

Good fat consumption is essential.

In 1900 egg consumption was three times what it was in 1956 and corn oil was unavailable, and Mis didn’t exist. Good fats don’t cause heart disease, but bad fats do.

Today, we have cheap seed oils that are created under high pressure and temperature and are damaging to the cardiovascular system: canola oil, soy oil, corn oil, sunflower seed, cottonseed, safflower, and other “seed” oils (mostly unsaturated fats). Another dangerous product is margarine. These oils cause inflammation of the heart’s arteries and promote blockages. 

If you’d like to live a healthy, long life do yourself and your family a favor and ditch the hydrogenated vegetable oils for traditional fats. (4) 

  1. The Oiling of America. By Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig. https://www.westonaprice.org/oiling-of-america-in-new-york/

Cholesterol Not Guilty – New Research Shows Cholesterol is Natural and Beneficial

Our ancestors had it right all along – good quality saturated fats such as butter, cream, tallow, lard, chicken fat (schmaltz), goose fat, duck fat, and fatty organ meats will lead to a long, healthy life. 

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Cholesterol is needed for the proper function of your brain, your heart, and your cell membranes. That means you need cholesterol in pretty much every cell in your body. 

Many studies show that people with high cholesterol live the longest. “What?” I hear you say. This statement seems incredible because it flies in the face of what so many of us have been told which was based on theory, not reality. In fact, cholesterol is an antioxidant, it fights inflammation. If a person has chronically high cholesterol, it is the inflammation (the cause) that should be addressed. 

That people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. After the world was told about how horrible saturated animal fats and cholesterol were, and that millions needed to be spent on expensive cholesterol-lowering drugs, many scientists questioned that approach. In 1994 a major study from Yale University researcher Harlan Krumholz reported that elderly people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did the elderly with high cholesterol. (3) Other researchers have since noticed the same finding. (1-2)

Cholesterol is not your enemy

Unhealthy fats and oils (i.e., corn oil, canola, safflower, cottonseed oil, margarine, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils), as well as hidden infections and subluxations, are the real enemies that cause inflammation

  1. Ravnskov U. High cholesterol is not a risk factor. Well-Being Journal. November/December 2012;21(6).
  2. Ravnskov U. High cholesterol may protect against infections and atherosclerosis. Quarterly J of Medicine. 2003;96:927-934.

Nourishing Traditions: Raw Milk

Raw milk is healthier and saferraw milk

Raw milk is completely fresh and unprocessed (not pasteurized). Raw milk has more nutrients, enzymes and minerals than pasteurized milk where the heating process damages vitamins and enzymes. Raw milk promotes health.

Studies show that raw milk protects against asthma, allergies, eczema and respiratory infections. Reports gathered by the Weston A. Price Foundation indicate that you are at least thirty-five times more likely to contract illness from other foods than from raw milk. There has never been a confirmed death from raw milk, but there have been more than 70 deaths from pasteurized milk and pasteurized milk products.

Paraw milksteurized milk is much more dangerous than raw milk. Even more significant is that higher mortality rates in men and women, with a higher fracture incidence, were found in those using pasteurized as opposed to raw milk. (1)

For more information about nutrition click here and put “raw,” “pasteurized,” “milk,” etc. in the search engine and see what you find.

Note here: Cheech and Chong are apparently taking up this issue now….now that pot is becoming more accepted, they are on to the next BIG THING…..not sure I would want their help…but there you are!

  1. Michaëlsson K, Wolk A, Langenskiöld S. Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies. British Medical Journal. 2014;349:g6015.

Traditional Eating – What We Stopped Doing

Do you know what traditional eating is? traditional eating

Our ancestors did it for hundreds and thousands of generations. It’s prized in all cultures. What is traditional eating?

Eating fats. 

Here’s an example of traditional eating:

When Eskimos (Inuit) catch game such as seal, caribou, bear, etc. they prize the liver and internal organs and give the lean muscle meat to their dogs.

This diet is found all over the world. Even today many cultures still prize the health qualities of organ meats:

  • chopped liver
  • sweetbreads (thymus or pancreas)
  • Scottish haggis (heart, liver, lung pudding)
  • sausage from many cultures
  • British bangers
  • Irish shepherds’ pie

There are many similar dishes all over the world.

It seems to be the opposite with modern society. And yet lean meats were always considered less important and less nutritious than the fatty organ meats. It’s true, organ meats have far more nutrients. Serve some this holiday season!

Traditional Eating: Raw Milk

raw milkRaw milk that is not pasteurized or homogenized and is from grass-fed pastured cows is one of nature’s perfect foods.

Raw milk is good for you because it contains many components that kill pathogens and strengthen the immune system. These components are largely inactivated by the heat of pasteurization and ultra-pasteurization.

Raw milk stimulates the immune system, builds a healthy gut wall, prevents absorption of pathogens and toxins in the gut and ensures assimilation of all the nutrients.

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