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In case you weren’t able to attend the event held in Fargo on July 13th, here’s a brief recap with a few photos from the event sponsored by the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. 

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The evening started off well with appetizers being served by The Holiday Inn made of all-organic ingredients from local sources. Tables with information from sponsors and the Weston A Price Foundation lined the back of the room. Attendees trickled in starting at 6:00 p.m. and the room was quite full by the time announcements were made and the presentation began at 6:30.

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Sally Fallon Morell, the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation gave a three-hour presentation titled “Nourishing Traditional Diets, The Key to Vibrant Health.”

In starting out, the question was asked, “What is a healthy diet?” In light of the findings of Dr. Weston A Price, Sally colorfully explained the native peoples that Dr. Price visited in his quest for the cure to dental decay. 

From the secluded, broad-smiled healthy tribes of the Swiss Alps, to the Gaelic island peoples who enjoyed breakfasts of cod heads stuffed with oats and chopped liver, Dr. Price’s research showed that no one strict diet exists that will ensure a healthy vibrant life. What does exist, however, are some basic nutrient requirements every person needs in order to enjoy good health. These are found in many natural sources that are accessible to people everywhere.

Over the course of the presentation, Sally Fallon outlined 11 principles that can be drawn from the work of Dr. Weston A  Price.

The first principle was that traditional diets contained no refined or denatured foods like:

  • white sugar
  • white flour
  • canned and processed foods
  • vegetable oils

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Second, every native diet included animal foods such as fish, dairy or meats. None were strictly vegetarian. According to Dr. Price’s laboratory studies, there were common nutrients in these animals foods that enabled the people to thrive for generations. Some of the vitamins were:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Cholesterol
  • Vitamin B12
  • Activator X (Vitamin K2)

As Sally mentioned, much of modern baby formula contains little or no animal fats, yet the second ingredient listed on calf milk replacer is animal fats [1]! It is no wonder that infants do better on mother’s breast milk or raw milk homemade formula

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Consuming naturally raised animal foods such as bone broth soup from grass-fed beef gives your body a “synergy of vitamins,” where each vitamin complements the other. This is what is being lost in the modern compartmentalized diet.  

In review, the event was encouraging and inspired everyone to roll up their sleeves and get to work, changing from highly processed foods, to nutrient-dense whole foods. 

 

References:

  1. Compare calf milk replacer, and Similac formula ingredients.
  2. Raw milk homemade baby formula: http://www.realmilk.com/how-to/recipes-for-whole-foods-baby-formula/
  3. Nourishing Traditions Cookbook, by Sally Fallon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00276HAWG/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

 

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