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Wise Traditions

Looking to improve your health? The Wise Traditions podcast embraces traditions from the past for optimal health today! The key is to nourish our bodies with nutrient-dense food, not processed, food-like products. Health coach Hilda Labrada Gore, known as Holistic Hilda, is the host and producer of the show. She conducts down-to-earth interviews with leading health and wellness experts (scientists, doctors, farmers, physical therapists, and more) to uncover practical tips that you can incorporate into your life today. This podcast is brought to you by the Weston A. Price Foundation, committed to wise traditions in food, farming, and the healing arts.
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May 20, 2019

From the time we are born, we are conditioned to sit, sleep, walk and stand in a certain way. We are directed to “sit up straight” and to stick our “chest out” when we slouch. These ideas are actually counterproductive and do not correspond with how our ancestors sat, stood, and moved. The result? Back pain, digestive issues, shoulder and neck impingement, and more. Esther Gokhale knows this firsthand. She had excruciating back pain and resorted to several surgeries before she discovered the root of the problem: poor posture. Esther is the founder of the Gokhale Method: an approach that retrains the body to adopt its natural, primal posture. Today, she walks us through what’s wrong with our alignment and how to fix it. She offers simple tweaks for improving how we sit, stand, and even sleep. And she explains why it is critical to carry ourselves properly for a strong foundation for optimal wellbeing.

For more on Esther and the Gokhale method, visit her website gokhale method.com.

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May 13, 2019

Is a homebirth a viable option for mothers-to-be? Is it safe? What happens if complications arise?Katelyn Fusco answers these questions and more on today’s show. Katelyn is the host and creator of the “Happy Homebirth” podcast. She studied as a student midwife and is a home birth mother herself. She explains how home births have been historically, a wise tradition. She talks about the shift to hospital births and what’s been lost in the process. She offers insights on C-section statistics, the risks and benefits of giving birth at home, the training midwives receive, and even how to manage a more “natural” birth at a hospital. Katelyn showcases giving birth at home as a beautiful and safe option for low-risk pregnancy moms.

For more from Katelyn, visit her website myhappyhomebirth.com.

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May 6, 2019

For decades we’ve been told that fluoridation of water helps prevent cavities, but science doesn’t support that claim. As a matter of fact, fluoride is a waste product that is so toxic it is not allowed to be dumped in our landfills, and yet somehow it is routinely added to our water supply. Today, Integrative Biological Dentist Dr. Griffin Cole explains the history of water fluoridation and how this practice is negatively impacting our health. Systemic fluoride interferes with our hormone balance, the thyroid, kidneys, and more. He also explains how we can personally avoid fluoride in our diets and the water, and how to defend our rights to clean, fluoride-free water in our communities.

For more from Dr. Cole, visit his website: griffincole.com.

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Apr 29, 2019

Sometimes we over-complicate healthy living. Today, author, coach, and nutrition & fitness expert Ben Greenfield, brings insights on how to improve our health based on ancient wisdom. While Ben is known as a “biohacker,” who uses technology and science for peak performance and health, he also has a profound understanding of simple ways that we can mimic the health practices of our ancestors for optimal health.

Ben discusses the benefits of grounding, catching sunlight, and cold exposure, for example, that we can incorporate into everyday health habits, wherever we are today. He shows us how to use modern-day technology to benefit our physical and mental health in this post-industrial world. He shares his own personal hacks that he uses to mitigate exposure to radiation when traveling, not to mention his biggest “dial mover” when it comes to his own health and fitness. In the end, he points us to the ultimate combination of health and life span for the most fulfillment and joy.

For more on Ben, his resources, and podcasts, visit bengreenfieldfitness.com.

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Apr 22, 2019

Ananda More was skeptical about homeopathy until she fell ill during a trip to India. She took the two little "sugar pills" figuring she had nothing to lose. Now, Ananda is a homeopath herself and the filmmaker behind the movie "Magic Pills: Promise or Placebo?" In today's conversation, she covers the science behind and the benefits of homeopathy, the ancient system of healing. 

Ananda explains how homeopathy follows the principle of "like cures like" and how surprisingly effective its micro doses of natural substances can be in helping the body heal. She points to recent scientific developments that demonstrate its positive track record, and helps us understand why the pharmaceutical industry is threatened by the same.

This episode is ideal for those who are brand new to homeopathy, for the skeptics, and for those who are already choosing homeopathic remedies and are eager to see the widespread use of this ancient healing system. 

For more on Ananda and her movie "Magic Pills," visit her website here: magicpillsmovie.com

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Apr 15, 2019

For decades, we’ve been told to protect ourselves with sunscreen from the sun’s harmful rays or risk getting skin cancer. However, melanoma has increased, in tandem with the use of sunscreen. What’s going on? Today, clinical scientist and hormone expert Dr. Elizabeth Plourde weighs in on the sunscreen debate and discusses why sunscreen may be doing more harm than good. Elizabeth has done extensive research on the chemicals in sunscreen and gives us clarity about how they are impacting coral, marine life, and our own. She explains how the ingredients mess with our hormone health. She gives us the keys to a diet that works as a kind of “solar protector,” and sheds light on the role that electro-magnetic frequencies play in making us more vulnerable to the toxins in sunscreen. She also gives us insights as to why the medical community is not making this information more widely known. In sum, Elizabeth opens our eyes to the scope of the problem emanating from our use of sunscreen and what we can to curtail its detrimental impact.

For more on sunscreen's effects, visit Dr. Plourde's website: sunscreensbiohazard.com.

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Apr 8, 2019

Why are sports injuries so common? How can we not only avoid injury, but maximize performance? Dr. Tommy John owns and runs the Dr. Tommy John Performance and Healing Center in San Diego and is the author of “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance: A Sports Parent’s Survival Guide.”

Today, he shares insights on what children--and athletes of all ages--can do to not merely survive, but thrive in the activity of their choice. He reviews a list of essentials for optimal health and he reminds us of the power we have to shape our own health and athletic performance. He covers what to do about cravings, how to nourish young athletes on the go, and how to learn to listen to our own intuition about what our bodies need most.

For more from Tommy, visit his website here: minimizeinjurymaximizeperformance.com

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Apr 1, 2019

Chances are, your great-great-grandmother didn’t obsess over what she ate. She didn’t count calories, measure out carbs, or worry about the fat content of what was on her dinner plate. And chances are, she was healthier than you and me!

Nutrition doesn’t have to be as complicated as we've made it out to be. But if it’s so simple, where did we go wrong? Filmmaker Brian Sanders, of the documentary "Food Lies," exposes the food lies that have added to our confusion and wrecked our health. In today's conversation, he suggests we ditch dietary dogma and return to ancestral wisdom.

Brian covers how we've lost touch with our own instincts when it comes to eating, what's behind food fads that appear "healthy" at first blush, why meat has been deemed "unhealthy," and why it's critical for this generation to turn things around. 

To support the movie "Food Lies," go to "Food Lies Post" on IndiegogoFor more on Brian's work, visit Sapien.org.

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Mar 25, 2019

Joel Salatin is the most famous farmer in the world! A prolific author and engaging speaker, he's a man at the forefront of the regenerative agriculture movement. Today he shares the secrets of life: his insights on living, farming, and business. He covers how to find your sweet spot and staying relevant in a changing world. He tells us what books he's reading and what books he's writing! He opens up about his deepest motivations to farm sustainably and regeneratively and his biggest regret in life.

Joel is clearly passionate about his purpose; he radiates joy as he lives his best life. This conversation will inspire you to do the same.

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Mar 18, 2019

Unfortunately, traditional fats have been replaced in many kitchens by so-called "heart healthy" processed oils and spreads. Today, Sally Fallon Morell, the President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, explains how detrimental this is for our health. She discusses who is behind this push and why. She busts the myth that high cholesterol has a role in chronic illness and heart disease. She helps us understand why we actually need cholesterol in our diet, how the food we consume does not affect the cholesterol in our bloodstream, and why statins are not the answer for avoiding heart disease. Sally goes deep and wide, examining the flawed research that has led us to where we are today and making a strong case for why we should embrace traditional fats like butter, lard, and tallow, rather than demonizing them. 

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Mar 11, 2019

Carlos Moreno wore glasses and contacts for over 22 years; today, he is free of both. Carlos corrected his own imperfect vision which included nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (presbyopia/hypermetropia) and astigmatism through the Bates Method & Natural Vision Improvement. An instructor and consultant in the method since 1997, Carlos breaks down how to improve our eyesight naturally. In today’s conversation, he goes over the three factors that improve eyesight, reviews how stress negatively affects our vision, and he even shares a practice that we can implement right away to help strengthen the eye muscles and help with overall relaxation, leading to improved eyesight and greater enjoyment in life.

For more on Carlos and the Bates Method, visit his website: centeredvision.com.

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Mar 4, 2019

Human beings have been called "light-eaters." Basically, food is light "slowed down," so that we can ingest it and get energy from it. In today's episode, Dewey Layman explores how the light in our food and our environment shapes our health. He dives into how our brains are wired for light, why it's a good idea to include plenty of seafood in our diet, and how getting enough sunlight can decrease not only our appetite, but the actual amount of food we need to eat to function well. Dewey is the COO of Ra Optics (a blue-blocking glasses company) and the Founder and CEO of L-Dopa, a quantum health consulting company, and, as such, he shares insights from his years of research into light and its effects.  

For more from Dewey, visit his website: l-dopaconsulting.com.

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Feb 25, 2019

Depression. Weight gain. Eye problems. Auto-immune conditions. The wrong light can lead to health concerns on a number of fronts. Our computers, cell phones, and indoor lifestyle are jeopardizing our well-being. The blue light, considered "junk light," emitted from many of our devices interferes with our bodies' natural functions, throwing our systems out of whack. Dewey Layman, the founder and CEO of L-Dopa, a quantum health consulting company, understands this first-hand. For a time, he worked the night shift at a pizza shop and played video games till the sun came up. His health took a nosedive. He developed myopia and hormone imbalances; he became overweight and depressed. Turning to the sun, literally, helped turn his life and health around. Today he discusses the importance of exposing ourselves to sunlight for energy and health. He also explains what blue light is, the problems it causes for our circadian rhythm, and how we can mitigate its effects in our lives. 

For more from Dewey, visit his website: l-dopaconsulting.com.

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Feb 18, 2019

Tara Couture is a farmer, holistic nutritionist, devoted mother, and wife. She lives with her family on Slow Down Farmstead, a small, organic, grass-based farm in Canada. Today, Tara shares with us her personal journey from being a vegetarian struggling with her health, to recovering through traditional nutrient-dense foods. Now, she and her husband do their best to raise healthy, strong children, but that doesn't mean it's been easy. One daughter's diet is so radically different from her teammates' that it sets her apart, socially. Tara's middle daughter, at age 11, was diagnosed with an eating disorder that had her parents sick with worry and wondering how to bring her back from the brink. In short, Tara is an open book in this episode, sharing both the highs and lows on her journey of helping her family embrace slow, real food in this fast-paced modern world.

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Feb 11, 2019

What can we do to mitigate the toxins that seem to be just about everywhere? Today, Sally Fallon Morell, the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, reveals what’s assailing us and what we can do about it. Sally reviews highlights from our winter Wise Traditions journal, which include a look at the dark side of sunscreens, a fresh approach to cancer, and a new study comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Sally also touches on sugar addiction, our children’s behavioral and learning issues, and the dangers of glyphosate, and even how coffee can negatively impact our health.

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Feb 4, 2019

Dietary fat is our friend, not our foe. Although this may seem like a radical statement, it is true. Today, Jennifer Isenhart, journalist and documentarian, reveals the weak science behind the dietary fat dogma we’ve been fed for years. She explains the consequences of the anti-fat propaganda: namely that we are more overweight and sicker than ever. Jennifer brings the data that backs up her conclusions: that fat does not make us fat or sick. Along the way, she tells us her personal story and what led her to create this "Big Fat Lie" documentary to help set the record straight. 

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Jan 28, 2019

It’s one of the most important parts of the earth’s ecosystem. We get our food from it, walk on it, and even breathe it in, but many of us hardly give it a second thought! It's the soil. The quality and health of the soil has such a huge impact on our own health and the health of the planet. "Sustainability" is not enough. We must reverse the damage and restore the soil to avert our growing climate crisis. Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author Josh Tickell tells us why we should care about the health of the earth and how we can make a difference, once we do. Listen and learn how to become a part of the soil-ution that will help generations to come enjoy good health, springing from a peaceful, fruitful planet.

For more from Josh, visit JoshTickell.com & for more on planetary health visit KisstheGround.com.

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Jan 21, 2019

There is a push to roll out small cell towers in our neighborhoods and cities. The radiation from these small wireless antennas is not small at all. The installations--placed on streetlights, lampposts, trash cans, & mailboxes in our neighborhoods--emit microwave radiation at higher frequencies than our current technology and, thus, pose a greater threat to our health than ever before. 

Ostensibly these are being approved and installed by cities in response to consumer demand for faster internet service. But 5G promises "fast" and delivers "unsafe" in its place. Theodora Scarato, the Executive Director of the Environmental Health Trust, explains in today's podcast the health ramifications of 5G radiation in and near our homes. She cites multiple studies and worldwide concern, raised by 250+ scientists, over the effects of this radiation. She also gives us practical ideas for how to protect our families and advocate for our health on a local and federal level. 

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Jan 14, 2019

Gut issues are unfortunately far too common in this day and age--people are struggling with everything from constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, and upset stomach, to more complex conditions like celiac disease, colitis, diverticulitis, IBD, IBS, candida and Crohn’s disease. All of these various conditions stem from the same source, inflammation. Today, we hear from Mike Merrill, the "Heal Your Gut Guy,” on the topic. Mike shares his healing journey from Crohn’s disease and discusses the five sources of gut inflammation. He then explains the protocol he recommends for reducing inflammation and helping the gut heal for good. 

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Jan 7, 2019

We have lost the ability to think for ourselves when food is concerned. We’re the only animal on the planet that hires nutritionists and dieticians to tell us how to eat. But we’re the sickest species on the planet. Something’s wrong. And Dr. Bill Schindler wants to right that wrong. On today's episode, Bill, professor of anthropology and archaeology at Washington College, and the director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, walks us through 3+ million years of diet history to help us get a handle on what our ancestors ate. As we learn about the tools they used and which foods provided the most nutrients, we gain insights into how we can eat and live better today.

Bill describes what main foods were part of the primitive diet, how the diet shifted over time, how the dietary needs of the past compare to ours today, how our ancestors extracted the most nutrients from the raw food they hunted or gathered, and the importance of getting back in touch with our food. 

Learn more from Bill's website: ancestralinsight.com

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