Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions changed my life. Over a decade ago, and in the midst of many life stresses, I got a flu shot at work one year, and suddenly developed all sorts of allergies. I started to develop serious health problems – Asthma, Digestive issues, Raynaud’s, Sjogrens. Worried, I went for the first time in years to my Kaiser doctor, who admonished me about my cholesterol levels (228), and recommended statins. Fearing drugs more than high cholesterol, I told him I’d use natural means to reduce my serum cholesterol. And I did. By ingesting large gobs of oatmeal and by shunning saturated fats, I got my cholesterol down to 180 within the year. I was very proud. But I did not get well. I got sicker. I got every office flu, cough, cold out there. After a final bout of flu on top of flu, and probably driven by some shred of self-preservation, I googled ‘cholesterol good’. That is when I stumbled into the WAPF’s realmilk.com site, sampled some raw milk…and never looked back. I read about the cholesterol skeptics. I read about the incredible conflict of interest between Pharma and human health, and I read about the statin scam (that I nearly fell for). I was hurtling down the modern health highway of food shortcuts, to surefire disaster, and it was pure accident (and the good luck of bad health), that I came upon Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. Not everybody is so lucky. Many people get sick on nutrient deficient diets, then try to cure this with drugs, which have more side effects, which cause more knock on diseases, a vicious cycle that frequently damages them beyond repair. Dr. Mary Enig, Sally’s co-author, was a brilliant lipid biochemist who jeopardized her career to get the message of transfatty acids vs. wholesome saturated fats out to the public. ‘Nourishing Traditions’ and ‘Know Your Fats’ are my go-to food and fat-science bibles. These amazing women resisted bullying and bludgeoning by industry to impart their knowledge and wisdom of traditional food-ways to common people like me.
I grasped the notion of ‘body as terrain’ and ‘food as medicine’. I now eat delicious, pastured, fragrant, nutrient dense, food that is rich in butter, cream and coconut oil. I eat ferments, kefirs, kvasses, yogurts, organ meats, broths, stocks and vegetables of course (without pesticides). I prepare my breads the traditional way and the taste and aroma are incomparable. And my belly likes it too. My kitchen is fragrant once again with the Ghee that my mother and my grandmother before her made. Our insurance premiums are completely wasted because we have not been sick in the last eight years. Nary a cough, cold or flu. This way of living and eating has opened up my life in delightful ways to farmers markets, farmers and the wonderful kinship of likeminded people.
If you have children, feeding them NT food will make them stronger, smarter and healthier. If you are sick, you will get well on this food. The body WANTS to heal, and is set up to heal, if properly nourished. Many people with chronic degenerative disease I know, got not just better, but were cured. My recommendation is, ignore all other isms, fads and trends. Don’t just borrow the book. Buy it. Take a week off from work to read it, imbibe the wisdom, and pass it forward. Sally and Mary probably saved my life. I am forever indebted to them.