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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Sep 10, 2018

Why is raw milk illegal in some states? What are the risks associated with drinking it? How could a simple, straightforward product—like milk from a cow—have become so controversial? On today’s episode, Mark McAfee, the Chairman of the Raw Milk Institute, and the head of Organic Pastures Dairy, expounds on the topic with first-hand knowledge, experience, and passion. You’ll soon discover that Mark is a proponent of real, unadulterated, unpasteurized, grass-fed and pasture-raised raw milk. Mark explains the history of raw milk and pasteurization; he dives into the proteins and beneficial bacteria in raw milk; he contrasts raw milk with pasteurized milk and even "nut milks" on the market; and he discusses the role raw milk plays in the health of our gut microbiome. He gives us the big picture of the dairy industry world-wide, along with important information as to the benefits of including raw milk in your own diet.

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Sep 3, 2018

How do we relate to the people around us? What is our relationship to nature? How do our choices (food and otherwise) affect the ecosystem we live in and the world, as a whole? Jessica Prentice, one of the founders of Three Stone Hearth in California, tackles all of the above in today's conversation. Jessica has a brilliant mind and passion to match it. She established Three Stone Hearth with a view to providing healing, nourishing foods to those unable to make it for themselves.

Her heart is for cultivating community and consciousness. Her mission is to wake us up to the reality that good health is made up of much more than just a particular diet or "clean eating." Jessica discusses our role in revitalizing the earth and the soil, the joys of communal work and meals, and the ins and outs of her unconventional Three Stone Hearth business model. She is an innovator--the woman who coined the term "locavore." Her candor and insights challenge all of us to live differently...and healthier.

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Aug 27, 2018

Vaccines are a controversial topic. Some say that they are effective; others disagree vehemently. Dr. Tom Cowan, a holistic physician, author, and speaker, sees both sides and sheds needed light on this difficult topic. Basically, Dr. Cowan postulates that vaccines do indeed reduce the likelihood of our contracting various illnesses such as whooping cough or measles, for example. However, he explains why this short-term help has long-term consequences for our health—leading to autoimmune disorders and other chronic conditions. Today’s conversation includes a discussion of what best boosts our immunity to disease, how vaccines (& illness) work in our bodies, why vaccines must include adjuvants (toxic ingredients) to be effective and what holds the most promise for long-term positive health outcomes.

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Aug 20, 2018

As evening approaches, we ask ourselves "What should we have for dinner?" Exhausted from a full day of work, we try to come up with something semi-decent to put on the table. Sometimes we punt and order take-out or fast food. Twenty-four hours later, the same scenario crops up again. Cooking instructor and expert Nevra Ledwon suggests that there is a better way to go about providing healthy meals for ourselves and our families.

In episode #147, Nevra talked about "why" we should get cooking. Today, she gets into the "how." She walks us through a week of cooking and shows us how simple it can be, with just a little forethought and planning. She gives us strategies for using what food we have on hand, ideas for involving the family in meal planning, and tips for avoiding our perfectionistic tendencies that make us stress about getting a dish exactly right. Novices and cooking veterans alike will glean ideas from Nevra's clear guidance. She shows us how cooking can truly be a joy and a wonderful tool for deep nourishment and lasting health.

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Aug 13, 2018

In this hectic day and age of modern convenience foods, where you can grab food on the go practically anytime, anywhere, why would anyone decide to spend time cooking at home, from scratch?! Nevra Ledwon, cooking instructor and aficionado, gives plenty of reasons why--from the joy and pleasure of the process, to the sense of accomplishment and freedom that accompanies nourishing our families ourselves. On today's episode, Nevra also gives us plenty of practical ideas that empower us to take decisive steps toward our kitchens and the preparation of nourishing meals.

Along the way, she tells us the story of how, as a young girl, she became inspired to cook and how it led to her can-do attitude when it comes to cooking up new dishes. In addition, she gives us easy tips for how to transition from being consumers to creators. She suggests that meal planning may go far in relieving the stress that can characterize many busy families today, giving us more time for joy in our interactions with one another and in our kitchens. 

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Aug 6, 2018

Most people turn to the ketogenic diet to lose weight or to enhance athletic performance. Today, nutritionist Miriam Kalamian, author of “Keto for cancer,” explains how this diet is a powerful tool for improving our health overall. She tells how her son's cancer diagnosis launched her on a mission to explore the possibility of nutritional therapy to improve his outcome. When she came across the keto diet, she saw promise. And once she changed how he was eating to align with keto, she saw its efficacy. Science backs up what she witnessed first-hand. Not only does the keto diet help cancer patients live longer, it also allows them to enjoy a much higher quality life.

On this episode, we discuss the origins of the healing keto diet, how it works on a cellular level, and why it is an effective and safe treatment for cancer. Miriam explains how nutrition can be the first line of defense for cancer treatment & recovery of health, or, how, at the very least, it can be an adjunct to conventional therapies.

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Jul 30, 2018

We're told that GMOs can help feed the world and that they are perfectly safe to eat. And yet there is growing evidence that GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) are damaging our health.

Zen Honeycutt, the head of Moms Across America and the author of "Unstoppable," joins us today to help us understand what GMOs are and what they're doing to us. She gives us a short history of where GMOs came from and she explains their relationship to chronic illnesses and health problems (like cancer, autism, auto-immune conditions, and more). But she doesn't leave us there. She challenges us to take our health into our hands and to become advocates to lighten our toxic burden--making our families, communities, and the world a healthier place! 

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Jul 23, 2018

Many of us are able to buy quality vegetables in enough quantity to satisfy our hunger. It’s so easy we may become convinced that the world doesn’t need animal products to survive. But what about those who live in isolated places who don’t have these privileges? What about those who can’t grow a big variety of vegetables in enough quantity to have a balanced diet and keep hunger at bay? Cue the chickens. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin makes the case in today’s episode for a poultry-centered regenerative agriculture model that has the power to shift food inequalities and cultivate health. A chicken laying eggs can make all the difference for a family on the brink of malnutrition, and quite probably bridge the gap between life and death.

Today, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, author and fair trade advocate, tells his own story—how chickens saved his life as a small child in Guatemala, and how he is applying this nature-centered agricultural knowledge (and knowledge of poultry, in particular) to today’s farming strategies. Learn how this chicken revolution is quietly transforming the food landscape in countries around the world.

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Jul 16, 2018

It has helped bring relief from joint pain, asthma, vision issues, Lyme’s disease, heart conditions, digestive problems, wrinkles, and more. What is it exactly? It's emu oil, the best fat you've never heard of! Emu oil is a super food of sorts, rich in vitamins K2 and MK4. On today's episode Dr. Will Schlinsog and Dr. Sylvia Onusic explain the many benefits of emu oil. They discuss emu oil's anti-inflammatory properties, what makes it a fantastic source of vitamins K2 and MK4 (the "activator X" that Dr. Price often spoke of), and how it can be used topically and internally to improve our health. They also relate many anecdotes of people (and even animals) who have had promising responses to this unique fat.

You will certainly be intrigued about this beneficial heretofore overlooked fat. Give a listen. It may be just the thing your body needs to restore your health.

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Jul 9, 2018

Is it important to detox before conception? Are prenatal vitamins helpful? What foods should we include in our diet, pre-conception, and when pregnant and nursing? What role does birth control play in our fertility?

In today’s episode, Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, answers all of the above and then some as we discuss Principle #11 of the Wise Traditions diet: how men and women can plan and prepare for conception with nutrient-dense foods. She tells how all traditional cultures had special diets and “sacred foods” for men and women wanting to get pregnant, and how today’s recommendations for women who want children are often misguided. Sally sets the record straight for what foods youreallyneed to eat to have a healthy pregnancy, and, in turn, healthy, happy children. Her perspective is based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, who travelled all around the globe in the 1930s, studying traditional food ways and the diets of the healthiest peoples.

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Jul 2, 2018

Most of us have removed ourselves from the natural dance and cycles of nature. We see ourselves as separate from all of the other living creatures and this has a negative impact on our health. We can turn things around by reconnecting with the wild--spending time in nature, observing the ecosystem & wildlife all around us, and basking in its beauty and rhythms.

On today's episode, Doniga Markegard, regenerative rancher, naturalist, and author of “Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild,” explores the topic of nature's role in our health. She challenges us to consider how each choice we make leads to either a regenerative or a degenerative lifestyle. 

Doniga tells the story of her own unconventional childhood and youth.  She goes deep and explains beautifully what it means to live a truly healthy lifestyle. Our diet--even if filled with healthy, nutrient-dense foods--is a part of it, but not the whole. Doniga walks the talk and this conversation will inspire all to live more in tune with the world around us. 

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Jun 29, 2018

En este primer episodio de Sabias Tradiciones (Wise Traditions) en español nos enfocamos en las raíces de la buena salud. No provienen de la última moda para perder peso o jugos para desintoxicar el cuerpo, sino vienen de nuestros antepasados, nuestros abuelos y tatarabuelos, que tenían tradiciones culinarias y sabiduría que cultivaba y mantenía la mejor salud. La Fundación Weston A. Price se dedica al redescubrimiento de estas tradiciones.

Hoy, Hilda Labrada Gore, entrenadora de salud y entrenamiento físico y líder en el organismo, conversa con el médico naturópata Guillermo Ruiz. Juntos hacen hincapié en el trabajo del médico e investigador Weston A. Price, cuyos descubrimientos en los años 1930 forman una guía para recuperar y respaldar nuestra salud.

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Jun 25, 2018

Why do we crave certain foods and what we can do to end food cravings for good? In the second of this two-part series, Julia Ross, author of "The Craving Cure," offers practical recommendations to end the rollercoaster of food cravings once and for all.

This is a follow-up to Wise Traditions podcast #138 "What drives our cravings?" in which we discussed the various kinds of "cravers" and what affects our bodies' drive to eat certain foods at particular times of day. Today, we take the conversation one step further--not only do we identify what's behind our cravings, but we talk about methods to shut them down altogether.

Simple dietary tweaks, such as eating more protein, for example, can do wonders for making cravings a thing of the past. Julia--an expert on nutrition therapy for helping those with disordered eating, addictive behavior, and mood problems--also offers advice about what supplements can address our diet's deficiencies. Julia has seen countless clients recover their health following her protocol. This episode gives us the inside scoop on what leads to success in curbing our cravings.

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Jun 18, 2018

Do you often crave a bowl of ice cream late at night? Does stress lead you to ply yourself with cereal and carbs? Julia Ross, author of "The Craving Cure," has a deep understanding of the brain/craving connection and today she shares her insights into why we crave certain foods, at particular times. Julia helps us identify what kind of “cravers” we are, and how we got that way in the first place.  

Julia is an expert in the use of innovative nutritional therapies for the treatment of eating disorders, addictions, and mood problems. Today's conversation covers many pieces of the craving puzzle--from the "bliss point" of food, to the addictive nature of wheat, to how changes to our food system have impacted our relationship to food, leading to behaviors dictated by the neurotransmitters in our brains.

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Jun 11, 2018

The United States is a country of many cultures and food traditions. However, the traditions of the land’s indigenous ancestors have largely been forgotten. Sean Sherman, an award-winning chef, is the CEO and Founder of The Sioux Chef, an organization committed to helping us rediscover Native American culture and history, using food. He and his team prepare local, traditional foods, using ancient cooking techniques, in an effort to re-introduce Native American cuisine to their own communities and to the world. Their work is about more than food, clearly. It is provocative, reminding us of the past, and present, oppression of indigenous people.

Our conversation covers the intersection of food, culture, and history. We discuss what inspires Sean’s work and why he believes it’s critical to preserve ancient ways. Today, Sean leads us to encounter the lost world of indigenous food wisdom.

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Jun 4, 2018

Joel Salatin is likely one of the most influential farmers on the face of the planet. He runs Polyface Farms in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. For decades he has been an influential author and speaker; a prominent advocate of the sustainable, regenerative agriculture movement. With humor and honesty, he always tells it like it is. One of his most popular books, "Folks, this ain't normal," was recently translated into Spanish.

We caught up with him shortly after some recent travels to Australia, Austria, Spain, and more. In today's interview, he gives us his perspective on farming around the world. Along the way, he weighs in on imitation meat, how limited the “organic” label can be, and why Americans may be more willing to buck the government than Europeans. After going global with Joel, we get hyperlocal and swing back around to Polyface, and then to our own backyards. How can we eat more locally? What changes can we make to live in a way that’s better for the world and our health, too? Prepare to be challenged and entertained as he answers these questions and more.

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Jun 1, 2018

Mercury is considered by the World Health Organization as one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern. Why? Because mercury is a poison, more toxic than lead or arsenic. And it is the hidden toxin behind a lot of common health concerns—it attacks the central nervous system and can lead to chronic conditions like Alzheimers and Parkinsons, as well as ADD, brain fog, mental illness, and more.

This episode focuses on how we are exposed to it—through environmental pollutants, food sources, dental amalgam fillings, preventive medical practices, and more—and what we can do about it. Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation walks us through important articles on the subject in our latest Wise Traditions journal, including one written by Robert F. Kennedy Junior. This conversation covers the problem mercury poses and reveals protocols for minimizing exposure and removing it from our bodies.

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May 28, 2018

What’s the secret to a long, healthy life? Dr. Alvin Danenberg recently participated in the "Human Longevity Project," a documentary that explores the world’s “blue zones”--areas where folks are living long, happy lives. He knows well what it takes to nurture good health. A personal health crisis years ago led him to change his own diet and lifestyle. Now, at 71 years of age, he is healthier than he was decades ago. Today, he is a certified functional medicine practitioner, a primal health coach, and a periodontist who offers unique insights and tips to point us in the right direction. 

Among other hacks, he stresses the importance of diet (not just what we eat, but what we choose not to eat), the role of the microbiome in our overall health, the supplements to take to diversify gut bacteria, and how a 4-minute daily workout can bring immeasurable benefits to our bodies!

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May 21, 2018

Many people use Roundup without questioning its safety. It’s advertised on TV, and sold at hardware/garden stores all over the country. The herbicide is viewed as a miracle spray that gets rid of those dreaded weeds within hours. It’s become a staple garden product in many homes. And it's used by many agricultural companies during food production. But how safe is it really? What is it doing to our health?

In today's conversation, Kiran Krishnan, a research microbiologist and an expert on the human microbiome, explains how dangerous glyphosate is. He discusses the science behind the damage it causes to the body's microbiome. He also explains how the presence of glyphosate directly correlates with the rise of many chronic health conditions, including obesity, autism, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and gut infections. Kiran goes in depth about the dangers of this ubiquitous herbicide and explains why it's still in use today, despite warnings from the World Health Organization that it is a probable carcinogenic.

Most importantly, he tells us what we can do (and eat) to protect ourselves from this toxin that acts like the worst kind of antibiotic on a mass scale.

For more from Kiran, check out episodes #84 "Ground zero of most health disorders" and  #169 "Improve your microbiome".

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May 14, 2018

Fiddlehead ferns, dandelions, mushrooms--these are just a few of the many foods that can be found in your own backyard (or in your neighborhood, perhaps) that are free for the taking and good for you! Our ancestors foraged for wild plants and mushrooms that were rich in nutrients, and we can, too! Becca Griffith, longtime food educator and foraging enthusiast, explains why wild foods are beneficial to our diet, how to go about finding them, and what precipitated Becca's own involvement in the wild world of foraging. Learn how you can get started, too, from today's engaging and "wild" conversation!

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May 7, 2018

It is now so common for children to be “picky eaters” that most consider it a normal childhood phase. There are special menus at restaurants and at social events shaping this whole “children’s food” culture—offering them primarily chicken nuggets, french fries, and mac and cheese. Despite parents’ best efforts, “picky kids” seem to choose carbs all day long and getting them to eat healthier foods can appear like an impossible task. But is it? Can picky eaters be “fixed”?

On today’s podcast, Jennifer Scribner, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and author of “From Mac & Cheese to Veggies, Please”, helps us understand what makes a picky eater “picky” in the first place and she gives us strategies for helping them change their eating patterns. She tells us what to expect and how to plan ahead to make the transition smooth (or at least smoother) as we navigate from picky to healthy. 

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Apr 30, 2018

Some say soy is heart-healthy. Others consider it a food that is a perfect protein, making it an ideal meat substitute. Dr. Anthony Jay has a different perspective. He suggests that soy is problematic. Anthony has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and works at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is also the author of “Estrogeneration.” He describes soy as an “estrogenic” food, meaning that it acts like estrogen in our bodies, which can lead to dysfunction and a number of ailments. In today’s episode, Anthony explains why there is so much conflicting information on soy and how to make sense of it all. He makes clear why we should care, guides us on how much—or rather, how little—we should consume, and describes in detail the cumulative effects of soy on our health.

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Apr 23, 2018

We let our kids play with them, sleep with them next to our heads, and can’t seem to live without them. But cell phones just may be one of the most hazardous objects in our house. Our guest, Dr. George Carlo, a world-recognized medical scientist, tech expert, and the Chairman of the Science and Public Policy Institute, explains why. George is not an alarmist and yet today he does sound some alarm bells to wake us up to the dangers that radiation poses to our health--specifically the radiation emitted from our devices and wifi networks. George was featured in the recently released documentary “Generation Zapped.” In that movie, and on today’s show, George discusses how we got to where we are today, why the cell phone industry has chosen to ignore evidence that radiation damages us on a cellular level, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its effects.

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To find out more about the Weston A. Price Foundation or to make a donation or to find the full show notes for this episode, visit our website here

Apr 16, 2018

Most of us believe that our dental health is directly related to how much we brush and floss. But what if there is more to it than that? The traditional groups that Dr. Weston A. Price visited so many years ago did not have wonderful dental hygiene, yet their teeth were perfectly straight and surprisingly free of decay. Their secret? Their diet! These populations were eating a diet devoid of processed foods, and extremely rich in minerals and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K.

On this episode, Dr. Steven Lin, the author of The Dental Diet, explains how to maintain a healthy smile, naturally. He covers how we need to increase vitamin and mineral consumption from the foods we eat, what foods to avoid that are destructive to our health, and how to breathe and hold the mouth properly. He also busts many common dental myths and replaces them with truth that we can apply, to enable vibrant dental health.

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Apr 9, 2018

Farmer Paul Grieve, of Primal Pastures in Southern California peels back the curtain on how life on the farm affects our own lives. We all want to be healthy and eat real, nutrient-dense food. This becomes a reality when we begin cooperating with nature and regenerating the soil. When we help the land heal, we heal ourselves.

On today's episode, Paul describes what regenerative agriculture looks like and why it's important. It's healthy farming at its best--restoring the soil, the air quality, ground water, and wildlife, while at the same time providing nutrient-dense food for people.

He also talks about how challenging it is to come by. He describes how labels like "organic," "cage-free,""antibiotic-free," etc. don't tell the whole story. He explains why organic food costs producers and consumers more. In sum, he describes the how and why behind sustainable, regenerative agriculture and how it is worth the effort--since it benefits us, our children, and grandchildren.

To find out more about Paul, visit Primal Pastures

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To learn more about food, farming, and the healing arts, or to make a donation, visit the Weston A. Price Foundation's website here


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