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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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Mar 23, 2020

Looking for ways to support the immune system? Let's turn to vitamin A. It truly is an A-mazing vitamin that is often overlooked. Registered dietician and nutritionist Pam Schoenfeld discusses today what this vitamin can do for us, in what foods it is most bio-available (including liver) and what she has seen it do for her clients—from clearing up acne, resolving poor night vision, improving fertility, to resolving low energy and fatigue.

Most of us are vitamin A deficient, and completely unaware of it. Symptoms can include dry eye, vaginal dryness, skipping menstrual cycles, gut problems and more. Together, we discuss how to include more of it in our diet and what we can expect when we do.

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Mar 16, 2020

The Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, was recently labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Thousands have died and there is much concern about the rate of the spread of the virus and its severity. Along with the Coronavirus, anxiety and concern are sweeping across the U.S. and the world.

Today's conversation with Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, empowers us to take our health into our own hands. Through a nutrient-dense diet, we can strengthen our bodies naturally and improve their ability to confront what may come their way.

Sally offers practical tips for boosting immunity including:

  • taking 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil per day
  • eating liver once per week
  • drinking bone broth regularly for detoxing
  • including saturated fat to safeguard respiratory health

She goes into detail about the foods that nourish and protect our immune system. She discusses the role of vitamins A, D, C, and saturated fats. She covers the role of 5G in weakening the immune system in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus. And, importantly, she reminds us to stay calm--since stress depletes our vitamin A stores, which are critical for fighting any virus.

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Mar 9, 2020

We are so disconnected from our food. Most of us think soup only comes in cans and meat comes on a styrofoam tray wrapped in plastic. It’s time to eat like humans again. In generations past, our ancestors hunted and processed animals themselves. And they respected the animal by using every bit of it to nourish their families. They made nutrient-dense meals from the organ meat, broth from the bones—all to the benefit of their families' health, and their budget.

In today’s discussion, Dr. Bill Schindler, director of Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College and an avid hunter, butcher, and forager, explains how to break out of the supermarket mentality and start putting a face on the plate, once again. He discusses the percentage of the animal Americans eat (it’s very low), how we got to where we are today (uncomfortable with organ meats and processing animals) and the small steps we can take to reconnect with our food. He also explains in detail the value of this transformative journey.

Visit Bill's website for virtual cooking classes (including learning to cook offal), events, and resources: drbillschindler.com.

Check out his Eastern Shore Food Lab.

Become a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation here

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements & White Oak Pastures.

 

 

Mar 2, 2020

Ballymaloe Cookery School is the world-renown, multi-award-winning cooking school situated in lovely East Cork, Ireland. It is known for its unique approach, helping students reconnect with their food from start to finish--from planting seeds to cooking in the kitchen. Ballymaloe's guiding principles include sustainability, and using locally-sourced and high-quality ingredients--many of which are grown and harvested directly from the 100-acre organic farm on which the school is situated.

Darina Allen established the Ballymaloe Cookery School in 1983 with her brother. An author of over 10 books, Darina shares her passion for cooking on today's episode. She discusses how Ballymaloe came to be, why she persisted when many insisted she choose a different line of work, and why she believes cooking is so often looked down upon. She also shares secrets she has learned over the years about the importance of preparing nourishing meals and how to rediscover the lost art of cooking.

Visit the Ballymaloe Cookery School website: cookingisfun.ie

Become a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation here

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Feb 24, 2020

Ingredients like "natural flavorings & colorings" and "rosemary extract" sound benign...until you dig deeper and find out how these terms misrepresent the ingredients that are actually in our food. Today, nutritionist Cyndi O'Meara of Changing Habits, and author of "Lab to Table," peels back food labels, revealing the dark underbelly of the food industry: how our health is being sacrificed for profit.

Cyndi defines terms and explains how we're in a new age of biotechnology that allows chemists to genetically modify micro-organisms (not just crops) and insert them into our food. And then said micro-organisms are labeled with familiar names like "citric acid."

Cyndi discusses questionable ingredients in synthetic meats and foods labeled "natural." And she also offers suggestions for how to avoid becoming lab rats in this grand experiment. The first step is to take our health into our own hands. This includes buying local food, from trusted farmers, and getting back into the kitchen, making meals out of single-ingredient foods. 

Visit Cyndi's website: changinghabits.com.au 

Become a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation here

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements

Feb 17, 2020

This is such an odd thing—that is, the fact that there is a need to point out the benefits of real food. But our world has changed so much since the days in which our ancestors lived! Supermarket shelves are stocked with items that resemble food but are pseudo foods with little to no nutrient value. As a matter of fact, these foods often are labeled as “heart healthy” or “low fat” and “natural” in an effort to persuade us otherwise. How can we distinguish what is good for us (i.e. actual food) and what products are dangerous facsimiles? 

Today, Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, reviews principle #1 of the Wise Traditions lifestyle. It is the recommendation that we avoid refined and denatured foods. Sally defines the terms “refined” and “denatured” and helps us understand why foods that have been so changed endanger our health. She describes the effects of ingredients found in highly processed foods like MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and aspartame and she explains how they derail our health. She tells us about the rancid seed oils that are marketed to us and which oils are actually most natural and beneficial for our bodies. Overall, this conversation is a fantastic primer on why and how to switch to a more real food diet.

Check out Sally's blog: nourishingtraditions.com 

Get our 7 Easy Lessons for applying Wise Traditions here.

See our brochure "Timeless Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets." 

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements

Feb 10, 2020

How effective is the Gerson therapy in combatting cancer? What about the ketogenic diet? And mistletoe therapy? In part 2 of the series on cancer, holistic physician and author Dr. Tom Cowan explains what leads to cancer in the body and why we need to explore new and alternative approaches to heal from it. He discusses the above protocols, covering the pros and cons. He discusses deuterium-depleted water and its promise for cancer patients. And he offers long-term strategies for those who want to avoid cancer altogether and cultivate vibrant health.

Visit Tom's website: fourfoldhealing.com.

Get our 7 Easy Lessons for applying Wise Traditions here.

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements

Feb 3, 2020

In the 1970s, President Nixon declared a war on cancer. Fifty years and trillions of dollars later, we are no closer to winning it. We haven't completely understood what causes it, and consequently, our approach to treating it has been overwhelmingly ineffective.

Dr. Tom Cowan is a holistic physician and the author of "Cancer and the New Biology of Water." On today's podcast, part one of a two-part series, Tom offers his theory on what causes cancer in the first place. He unpacks how cancer develops--diving into the science of cell structure, spatial orientation, balance of sodium and potassium ions, and more. He contrasts healthy cell function with cancerous cells. Overall, he makes a strong case for a new understanding of cancer and how to fight it. And he shares practical ideas for how to nurture cellular and overall health.

Visit Tom's website: fourfoldhealing.com.

Get our 7 Easy Lessons for applying Wise Traditions here.

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements

Jan 27, 2020

Keto. Paleo. Carnivore. Vegetarian. Whole 30. Pescatarian. And on and on. There seems to be an infinite number of diets on this planet. Some are particular to a certain people group or spot on the globe. Others are diets taken on for improved health, weight loss, or managing an illness. Many of the Weston A. Price Foundation’s Wise Traditions principles can be followed, whatever the dietary specifics.

The Wise Traditions principles are not a diet, per se, but a framework for making the best choices for the body, based on what has worked for humankind for millennia.

Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) gives an overview of the 11 Wise Traditions principles for a healthy lifestyle, based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price and further study by WAPF. In today's conversation, Sally sheds light on her own dietary journey, the one thing she overlooked when it comes to eating a more traditional diet, and what influenced her along the way. She also explains the important role of salt in the diet, why we should avoid industrial seed oils (like canola) and what happens to the body when we don’t eat enough fat. She also covers the key concept of “nutrient density”—foods that offer the most “bang for your buck”—and how to prepare food to make nutrients more bioavailable and easier to digest.

Read Sally's blog: nourishingtraditions.com

Get our 7 Easy Lessons for applying Wise Traditions here.

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements

 

 

Jan 20, 2020

We tell ourselves we're only going to get on our phones for a second and 30 minutes later we're still on them. We give our children an iPad to entertain them and when we take it away, a huge meltdown follows. What's happening? Why are we, and virtually everyone we know, so addicted to our devices?

Katie Singer, the author of "An Electronic Silent Spring," explains what's going on. She talks about the radiation and the infrastructure that supports our electronic habits. But she also does a deep dive into why we've become so dependent on our laptops, computers, and phones. And she gives us practical tools (such as setting an egg timer and turning off wifi) to help us extricate ourselves from our attachment to them.

Visit Katie's website: electronicsilentspring.com

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Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements and Holistic Hilda's Ancestral Tour of Ecuador

 

Jan 13, 2020

Why is intermittent fasting trending right now? Should we embrace it? Is it in keeping with ancestral eating patterns? What are its benefits? And how do we get started with it?

Marisa Moon, Intermittent Fasting (IF) instructor and Certified Primal health coach, addresses all of the above. She is convinced that IF is very much aligned with how our ancestors ate and she explains why it’s a good idea to incorporate the practice into our lives. In our conversation, she covers how fasting stimulates autophagy (a cellular clean-up process), restores metabolic balance, triggers longevity pathways, and stimulates brain cell growth and connectivity. She gives practical ideas for how to get started with IF and explains why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all fasting model.

Visit Marisa's website: marisamoon.com

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Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements and Holistic Hilda's Ancestral Tour of Ecuador

 

Jan 6, 2020

How can we live a “life less stressed”? With all that’s going on in our world--global crises to family fights, agricultural turmoil to 5G in our backyards--is it really possible to mitigate stress in our daily lives? Dr. Ron Ehrlich believes it IS possible, and today, he offers practical advice how to go about it.

Dr. Ron is an author, health advocate, and like Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist with a holistic approach. Today, from his book, "A Life Less Stressed, he covers the five pillars of his model that help us build physical, mental and emotional resilience: sleep, breath, nourishment, movement and thought.

He discusses why we shouldn't shortchange ourselves on sleep, the importance of nasal breathing (while awake and sleeping), how to make absolutely certain we are eating a nutrient-dense diet, and more. This conversation reminds us to take control of our health, to build resilience and be the best we can be.

Visit Dr. Ron's website: drronehrlich.com

Order our 2020 shopping guide HERE.

Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements and Holistic Hilda's Ancestral Tour of Ecuador

Dec 30, 2019

Today we feature excerpts from our most popular episodes of 2019! Coach & fitness expert Ben Greenfield is known as a "biohacker" who uses technology and science for peak performance. And yet he also has a profound understanding of simple ways that we can mimic the health practices of our ancestors for optimal health. (From episode #185 "Mimicking Ancestral Living")

Clinical scientist and hormone expert Dr. Elizabeth Plourde weighs in on the sunscreen debate and discusses why sunscreen may do us more harm than good. Based on her extensive research, Elizabeth discusses how sunscreen negatively impacts coral, marine life, and our own. (From episode #183 "Is Sunscreen Okay to Use?")

And health coach, fitness professional, and podcast host Hilda Labrada Gore offers her top tips for healthy living. Holistic Hilda, as she is known, is the host and producer of this show. As such, she has gleaned insights on how to improve energy and well-being. She emphasizes the power of sunlight to improve sleep and hormonal function, and reveals the daily physical and spiritual practices that give her perspective and strength. (From episode #200 "Top 5 Health Hacks")

Ben's website: bengreenfieldfitness.com

Elizabeth's website: sunscreensbiohazard.com

Hilda's website: holistichilda.com

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements &

Ecuador Ancestral Tour with Hilda: Carishina Travel

 

Dec 23, 2019

If we want nourishing food, we need to put our money where our mouth is. Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, makes a strong case why it is so important to spend at least 50% of our food dollar supporting local farms and artisans.

In today's podcast, she gives practical tips  for how to go about buying more food right where we live, how to stretch our food budget, and which foods are especially important to buy locally. She also reminds us of the big picture--that is, how powerful educated consumers are. The way we spend our money shapes the direction of the food industry.

Check out Sally's blog: nourishingtraditions.com

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements 

Take the 50% pledge here: westonaprice.org

 

Dec 16, 2019

So, what’s the deal with fat? If it’s really so good for us, why is there still so much conventional dietary dogma warning us of its perils, and how can we learn to discern which voices to listen to when it comes to something so important like our health?

Heart health expert & author Dr. Stephen Hussey offers common sense and scientific insight on the role fat should have in our diet. His starting point is our body's penchant for burning fat, from the beginning of time. He busts the myth that blames heart disease on fat consumption. And he explains how we can benefit from including more fat in the diet and which fats are the best "starter" fats (like egg yolks, for example)!

Visit Stephen's website: resourceyourhealth.com

Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements & Trust Merchant Services

For more resources, visit our website: westonaprice.org

 

Dec 9, 2019

Imagine being stuck on a desert island with access to only one food for survival.  What would you choose? Our guest today, cheesemaker and founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sally Fallon Morell, would definitely say cheese!  Today, we’re thrilled to welcome Sally back to Wise Traditions to tell us all about her favorite food.  She tells us about the surprising nutrient density and health benefits of cheese, how cheese got its start, how it is made, and how to include more of it into our diet.

Subscribe to Sally's blog: nourishingtraditions.com

Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements & Trust Merchant Services

For more resources, visit our website: westonaprice.org

 

Dec 2, 2019

Our children are sicker than those of prior generations. One in two has a chronic illness. What can we do to turn the tide? Beth Lambert has concrete ideas about how to reduce our children's toxic burden. Beth is the executive director of Epidemic Answers, a group committed to empowering and educating families to help children heal. Beth has an audacious goal of getting hard data on the health status of children across the country, and then documenting the journey of families who undertake changes to reduce the stressors on their children's bodies. 

Today, Beth gives us the background on her own journey: how her own children’s health concerns alarmed her and propelled her to start examining the root causes of chronic issues like eczema, allergies, digestive issues, and sensory and processing disorders. She was able to turn things around for her own children and now is on a mission to help children, nation-wide, and world-wide.

We learn about the tools she used to help her children rediscover health and balance. And we are invited to join hands with her by participating in the study she is conducting to document hope for the next generation.

Learn more about Epidemic Answers: epidemicanswers.org

Participate in the CHIRP study (for families with children between the ages of 1-15) here: CHIRP

Order conference DVD, flash drive, or on demand recordings: Fleetwood Conference Recording

Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements & Trust Merchant Services

Nov 25, 2019

Our most nourishing meals are not simply those that fill our bellies. Today, chef, teacher, and author Holly Davis helps us explore the many facets to deep nourishment:  Taste. Texture. Simplicity. Beauty. Appropriateness.

This conversation is not a how-to, really, or a lecture on what we should and shouldn't do. Rather, it's a gentle reminder to become intentional about how we approach eating and serving others. 

We take Holly's book, Nourish, as a starting point. From there, we discuss the value of sustainable food production, and of knowing where our food comes from. Holly sprinkles in advice for parents of picky eaters. She talks about how the "five element theory" can be a guide while cooking. And she points to the role our attitude plays as we put together a meal that truly nurtures both the body and the spirit.

Visit Holly's website: FoodbyHollyDavis.com

Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements & Trust Merchant Services

Visit our website for more resources: westonaprice.org

Nov 18, 2019

Have you heard of kefir? It's an amazing probiotic drink that offers vitamins, minerals, metabolites, enzymes, amino acids, peptides and more to help sustain and regain health. Victor Cozzetto, of Vitagenics, explores the wonders of this ancient drink on today's episode.

He discusses gut health (and how kefir can help repair the gut lining), the importance of a holistic mindset when it comes to healing, why it's better to get bacteria from our food and drink (as opposed to a pill) and why making kefir is so very satisfying and gratifying. 

If you're new to kefir, this podcast offers a sweet introduction to the drink. If you love it already, you'll find more reasons to do so.

Visit Victor's website: vitagenics.net

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements 

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The Weston A. Price Foundation
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Nov 11, 2019

Twenty-seven percent of Americans have sleep issues. What keeps us tossing and turning or waking up and having trouble falling back asleep? Today, Dylan Petkus, of Optimal Circadian Health, helps us analyze our sleep patterns and troubleshoot the issues. 

What keeps us awake? For starters, anxiety. Blue light that suppresses melatonin function. A poor sleep environment. And more.

To improve our sleep quality, Dylan talks about the importance of circadian rhythm, mitochondria, environment, and mindset. And he offers concrete take-aways to help us rediscover the benefits of deep, restorative sleep.

 Visit Dylan's website: optimalcircadianhealth.com

Check out our sponsor Ancestral Supplements: ancestralsupplements.com

Give a gift to WAPF here: westonaprice.org

Write a note to WAPF:

The Weston A. Price Foundation
PMB 106-380
4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016 USA

Nov 4, 2019

The Impossible Burger. The Beyond Burger. Lab meat. All of these are touted as healthy alternatives to the real deal: a beef burger. Today, Sally Fallon Morell, the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation makes a case for including animal products in our diet.

As Sally goes over the highlights from the fall Wise Traditions journal, she goes in-depth, explaining why pseudo meat is a poor substitute for real meat. Their cheap and highly-processed ingredients (including soy, pea protein, artificial flavorings, and colorings) make for an unhealthy choice for us and for the planet.

In this episode, Sally also touches on the importance of mitochondrial health, “gentle cooking,” and the dangers of ultrasound technology and even microwave ovens. The conversation, overall, is a solid reminder of why we need to return to real foods and natural approaches for cultivating good health.

For Sally's blog, visit her website: nourishingtraditions.com

Become a member (& receive the Wise Traditions journal) here: westonaprice.org

Register for the Wise Traditions conference here: wisetraditions.org

Check out our sponsor Ancestral Supplements: ancestralsupplements.com

Oct 28, 2019

How can we hold onto joy in a world that is so challenging? How can we keep the openness and curiosity of a child? Alyson Earl believes that connecting to nature is a great first step. Alyson is the executive director of the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education. At the Horn Center, she is creating space of wonder, a place for wonder, and connection to the land and ourselves. She and her team are raising up a new generation of farmers and gardeners, helping people reconnect with the importance of soil health, biodiversity, and mutually beneficial relationships.

Among other things, in today’s conversation, Alyson discusses regenerative agriculture, the need for us to become producers (not merely consumers) and how we can hold onto hope as look at our lives and the land differently.

Learn more about the Horn Center here: hornfarmcenter.org

Register for the Wise Traditions conference here: wisetraditions.org

Check out our sponsor Ancestral Supplements: ancestralsupplements.com

Oct 23, 2019

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Wise Traditions conference this November! Whether you can attend or not, this bonus episode will give you an idea of what’s going to be covered at the gathering. Sally Fallon Morell, author, speaker, traditional food advocate, and the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, brings an overview of the topics and speakers in the stellar lineup. From a focus on vitamin A, to offal, intermittent fasting, to vaccinations, farming, and whole body health, there’s something for everyone at this event!  

This conversation may inspire to join us in person, or simply buy the livestream tickets and on demand access. See the links below to do so. We welcome you to take a deep dive with us in the place where ancient wisdom meets modern science.

For more from Sally, check out her blog: nourishingtraditions.com

Visit our website: westonaprice.org

Register for our conference: wisetraditions.org

Order conference live streaming/on demand: Fleetwood On Site Recording

 

Oct 21, 2019

Are you gluten intolerant? Sensitive to wheat? Have you eliminated grains from your diet altogether? Bob Quinn, a leader in organic and sustainable agriculture, and the author of “Grain by Grain,” suggests that you may be able to include grains in your life once again. He has been cultivating an ancient grain known as “kamut” and he has found that it is much more digestible and beneficial than most hybridized modern wheat.

Bob recognizes that modern wheat is very inflammatory, so he offers suggestions to those who are willing to give ancient grains a try. He also advocates for fermented grains to make the nutrients more bio-available to our bodies. Not only does he bring his wisdom to bear in terms of the wheat we can eat, but he also explains why it is critica for us to pay more attention to what the food industry is doing to farming and our health. 

Visit Bob's website here: bobquinnorganicfarmer.com

Check out our sponsor: Ancestral Supplements

Register for our upcoming conference here: wisetraditions.org

 

Oct 14, 2019

For the health conscious, choosing a wine can be problematic. Are there "clean" wines for those who like to eat "clean?" What difference does alcohol content make? How do we decide between "natural" and "organic" wines? How can we avoid additives? Which are the best brands? Is it smart to even drink alcohol in the first place, when you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle?

 

With 15 years of experience in the wine industry, Todd White, the founder of Dry Farm Wines, educates us about the wine industry, while answering these questions. He shares the industry's dirty little secrets related to labeling, alcohol content, and what's really put into the products. He explains that the label "organic," for example, does not necessarily mean that the wine is additive-free. He goes over which additives cause headaches and are actually toxic to our bodies. And he offers suggestions for how healthy people can choose the best wine. 

Visit Todd's website here: Dry Farm Wines

Check out our sponsors: Ancestral Supplements

and New Trends Publishing

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