Dr. Weston A. Price began his travels to remote parts of the world in 1931. The first place he visited was Lötschental [pronounced lert-chin-tall], a very remote valley in Switzerland.
I feel deeply blessed to have participated in the eighth annual tour of Switzerland this summer led by Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader Judith Mudrak. In July of 2014, I caputred Lötschental very similarly to how Dr. Weston A. Price did in 1931.
His photograph above has been shared by permission from the Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation who holds the copyright. As a group we hiked for several hours in the valley. For 10 years now, I have been teaching about Dr. Price’s travels to Lötschental and the surrounding areas based on what he wrote in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. It was extremely moving for me to literally walk in his footsteps. Dr. Price found that those on a traditional diet in this valley had less than 1% tooth decay. He also found that every single child and adult he examined had no dental deformities. Not only were all of their teeth straight, the adults had all of their wisdom teeth. All of that is hard to imagine today in modern times when we see orthodontics as prevalent as they are. Keep reading to find out their secret! Below is one of many photographs I took when we visited Lötschental. In the children’s book The Adventures of Andrew Price that I am co-creating with Mohammad Naser, he illustrates Lötschental as seen below. Click on the illustration to see a larger view. Our main character, Andrew Price, the fictitious great, great grandson of Dr. Weston Andrew Price shares the following about what Dr. Price discovered there:
It was a special time in history when Dr. Price set out on his travels in 1931. There were groups of people in the world who still lived without modern appliances such as a refrigerator! They ate what we’ll refer to as a traditional diet. They didn’t eat food from cans, boxes or packages made in factories. Airplanes and cameras had been invented so he could visit these people and take photographs of them.
The reason that my great, great uncle wanted to visit these people was because more and more of the children he saw in his dental office in Cleveland, Ohio had cavities and crooked teeth. What is a cavity? It is a word no one wants to hear when they go to the dentist’s office. A cavity is a hole in the tooth than can grow deeper and bigger over time. He wanted to help people prevent cavities, as well as crooked teeth. So he hopped on a plane with his wife and flew to Lötschental, Switzerland where he had heard that children and their parents had beautiful teeth and were in good health. I had to practice saying Lötschental saying many times before this presentation! Dr. Price planned to find out what they were eating in this valley, far from other people. Let’s follow in his footsteps and take and adventure. Are you ready?
Once Dr. Price arrived and received permission, he lined up all the children and adults in order to examine their teeth. “Open wide!” He discovered they had almost no cavitities. Also, every single child and adult in the village had straight teeth and wide, round faces. You may not believe this: the children never brushed their teeth. They had never even seen a tooth brush. Many of the children’s teeth were covered with green slime. I know, ewwww, but they had almost no cavities! Some of the children played in really cold streams barefoot. You know what? The children were still in good health!
The people who lived in the villages made all of their own food in the valley. They didn’t have any supermarkets like we do! The only food that was brought in from the outside was salt carried in by foot. The number one food in their diet was raw milk, which came straight from their cows and goats without doing anything to it. They loved raw milk, raw cheese, raw cream and raw butter.
They also made a very thick sourdough rye bread from carefully prepared grains. They had meat about once a week. They ate the whole animal. They also ate some vegetables during the summer. A typical lunch for the children was a thick slice of rye bread and a thick slice of Swiss cheese. They especially loved the butter that came from the cows when they first started to eat grass in the spring. It was orange not yellow! They thought that this butter was very important for growing children like us. I always say that everything is better with butter.
While in Switzerland, Dr. Price not only visited Lötschental, which you see here, he also visited Swiss villages that had access to stores by road. These stores sold foods made from white sugar and white flour. They also sold pastries, jams and jellies, canned condensed milk, canned foods and vegetables oils. These were not the same foods that the healthy people in Lötschental ate. What do you think happened to the those who ate the store-bought foods?
Did you guess? Many of them had cavities! Also, if the store had been there long enough, the children born to the parents who were eating that store food had crooked teeth. Their teeth were coming in overlapping, crowded and twisted. Their faces were more narrow than those of the children Dr. Price had seen in Lötschental. They were shaped more like an oval than a circle. So, what my great, great uncle learned is that those who ate traditional foods had enough room in their mouths for straight teeth to come in and had almost no cavities.
I will add, beyond what Andrew Price shares, that those who ate foods made with white sugar and white flour, as well as the other “displacing foods of modern commerce” as Dr. Price described them, consistently had cavities. Within one generation, dental deformities developed because of the narrowing of their faces. This was true time and again in every place Dr. Price visited, whether he observed the natives on the coast of Scotland, Eskimos in Alaska and Canada, the native Americans in the Florida Everglades, South Sea Islanders, Aborigines in Australia, Maoris in New Zealand, Peruvian and Amazonian Indians or tribesmen in Africa. They ate a wide variety of different diets but, as long as they ate their traditional diet, they exhibited health and wholeness in mind, body, spirit and emotions. As Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation explains in her PowerPoint on traditional diets:
“The teeth tell the tale! When the teeth are straight, it’s a sign that the rest of the body was properly constructed, with good bone structure, good musculature, keen eyesight and hearing, optimal function of all the organs, optimistic attitude and a well functioning mind. And when the teeth are straight and the facial structure broad, the pelvic opening is round, allowing for easy childbirth.
But when the teeth are crooked, it is a sign that there will be compromises in the rest of the body as well. When the face is narrow and the teeth crowded, there is less room for the important glands in the head—the pituitary, the pineal and the hypothalamus, the master gland. The hypothalamus is the seat of impulse control—and what is the defining characteristic of our young people today? Lack of impulse control!
When the teeth are crowded, the nasal passages are likely more narrow so there’s more susceptibility to infection. The ear tubes are more narrow so problems in this area are more likely.
Crooked teeth often goes with poor posture and underdeveloped muscles. The plumbing and the wiring of the body-house will be compromised as well. There will be less surface area in the lungs, fewer cells in the kidneys. The security system of your house—your immune system—will not be able to keep out all intruders.
In addition to physical problems caused by poor diet, mental and emotional problems also appear. We actually have receptors for feel-good chemicals in our brains and these receptors can’t work without the nutrients found in foods like seafood, animal fats and organ meats.
Finally, when the face is narrow, the pelvic opening is oval and childbirth becomes much more difficult, even life threatening. We should not blame the doctors for all the C-section births they are doing today—these operations are necessary because otherwise the babies cannot get through the narrow opening of the pelvis.”
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66 Responses to It all started in Lötschental, Switzerland
It really clicked for me when I finally sat down and read Nourishing Traditions. It was really exciting to me, and made so much sense. Since then I’ve read many other books, blog posts, etc. Definitely another favorite resource has been the free videos from this site. They are great!
Such a great resource Sandrine this will be for children and their parents. I discovered Nourishing Traditions book when on a trip to Alaska to my eldest daughters home. She had the book on borrow from a sister in law that wasn’t looking at it much (she’d gotten it as a gift from her MIL). I started reading it and started reading out loud parts and the more I read it, I knew I finally came across a book that promoted pretty much ways we were already eating. I ordered it online while there so it would be in the mail when I got back home. And since then my daughter , her relatives up there and many others that I recommended the book to are now traditional real food eaters.
Thank you for what you are doing to continue showing people the value of making changes and why.
Your journey in Dr. Price’s footsteps sounds like it was incredible…looks like it, too! Fantastic pictures…so beautiful.
My journey became when my health was deteriorating before my eyes, as was my 1 year old’s. I started to question modern medical professionals and what the USDA said I should be eating. It was suddenly all counterintuitive to me. …down a rabbit hole I went. I’ve been down several more since then, and hope to always go down them searching truth and traditional wisdom!
I learned about health benefits of raw milk and found out how to source it in my area. I learned about the intense benefits of healthy fats from happy, grass-fed and pastured animals. I discovered how to properly prepare and eat grains, as so many have done for so many years.
Of course, Nourishing Traditions became a staple book for reading in my home and my son and I both saw dramatic improvements in our health. Although we are still healing, I have zero doubts that without finding the knowledge from Dr. Price, Sally, and WAPF, we would not be as healthy as we are now…we would still be floundering.
Keep up the great work. I am proud to be a supporter of this book and cannot wait to read it with my son (who is now a rambunctious, fun, and incredibly loving 3-year old).
I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation online sometime back in 2006 or 2007. At the time, it seemed like a faraway organization that I’d never have any contact with. I wouldn’t have guessed back then that I’d become so intimately connected with contributing to educate about Dr. Price’s work, which has now spread so far and wide. I give my heartfelt gratitude to the many dedicated and caring folks including Sally Fallon Morell, the board members of the Foundation, you, authors, farmers, health care practitioners, and bloggers working tirelessly to ensure his legacy continues on! I am so excited to see the completed book, and I hope it is a go-to resource for parents and their children for many years to come!
I can’t wait for your book. My first introduction was at the WAPF conference in 2005. I really had no idea who he was or what he discovered or even what the foundation was all about until I heard Sally speak that fateful Friday…. Life changing for me and my family.
Sandrine, your pictures are amazing. It was such a delight to experience the Löetschental Valley with you. Our Weston Price journey began with our first jar of raw milk many years ago. We were so hooked, we left civilization so we could have our own milk cows and raise our own food. Eagerly looking forward to your book! xoxo – Jamie
Thank you so much, Jamie! I so enjoyed having shared this experience with you.
Your “Reverse Food Pyramid” directly contradicts the information in this post. If Dr. Price reported that the people of Löetschental ate meet once a week, then why does your food pyramid have meat as the primary food?
Dr. Price visited a number of healthy population groups with very different diets. Our “Reverse Food Pyramid” doesn’t illustrate Dr. Price’s observations of what healthy villagers ate in Switzerland but, rather our dietary recommendations. Animal foods were found in each diet. Animal foods are most nutrient dense, so we included animal foods in the first two rows of our food pyramid: butter, milk, organ meats, fish and meat.
That doesn’t make sense. All of the populations with the longest life spans have eaten meat in small quantities, whereas all of the people who eat a meat-centric diet, such as the Maasai and the Inuit, have the lowest life expectancies on earth. Something doesn’t add up. And why does Sally Fallon Morell look 10 years older than she is? If the diet she recommends is so healthy shouldn’t she look good for her age?
Here is a photograph of a 90-year-old woman that Dr. Price captured, reprinted by permission from the Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation who holds the copyright: https://nourishingourchildren.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/90-years-old.jpg
Whether or not this 90 year old woman or Sally Fallon Morell looks good for her age is a matter of interpretation. I have been collaborating closely with Sally for 10 years and I don’t know how old she is. What I do know is that she started to integrate traditional dietary principles only later in her life.
Sally asserts in her PowerPoint on traditional diets that “we will never know what the average life span of these people was. No one was keeping records, no one knows whether they were always telling the truth when they gave their ages. But Price commented on the fact that that he found many old people in these communities. Often they lived in special enclaves for the elderly and ate foods that were reserved for them because they were easy to hunt or gather. Even the Eskimos, living in their harsh environment, had a tradition of longevity. Many Eskimos claimed to be over one hundred years old.”
I consulted with Chris Masterjohn, PhD, who wrote these articles: http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/the-masai-introduction/
“There is very little in the way of accurate lifespan data for any of these groups. Analyzing the lifespan of traditional Inuit or Maasai is preposterous because most of the Inuit, if you go back far enough, were probably dying of accidents, and most of the Maasai were probably dying in drought-induced famines. I have never seen any lifespan data on the Swiss. But trying to analyze the lifespan data as a result of traditional diets strikes me as futile, and certainly one cannot do it justice in blog comments, as it would be rather painstaking to treat the data with justice and the conclusion would ultimately be inconclusive.”
What I know for sure is that after 10 years of integrating the dietary principles outlined in the book Nourishing Traditions, I am significantly better off. Read my testimonial: http://wp.me/p1g4VG-10w
The Swiss relied heavily on milk and milk products, which are animal products. Even though they ate less meat than other groups, they still ate a lot of animal protein and fat.
Is that statically true about the Massai and Inuit? Is that now or back in Dr. Price’s time? As far as Sally, genes maybe Athonwy, or are you just being unkind?
A friend recommended raw milk, and while researching it, I came across the research of Weston Price. Reading the WPF’s brochure summarizing his work, and then reading Nutrition & Physical Degeneration itself, I knew I had finally found the “diet” I would follow for the rest of my life: real, unprocessed food, all of it, always. We have had 7 years of amazing & constantly stupefying health improvements in our family ever since, including the healing of terrible & constant cavities in all 5 of my children.
I can’t wait to get this book (I’m already developing a high school health course for my homeschooled children based on N&PD) for an easily accessible information source.
I will say that this article, including some of the material quoted from the new book, has several errors (typographical, grammatical, logical, etc.). Please seek an excellent editor so this can be the fantastic resource I’m praying for!
We would love you to point out the issues you see and I’ll correct them now. No need for us to wait for an editor at the end!
I noticed some errors, too. If you ever want me to come over and do some proof reading, I’d be happy to!
Thanks Lisa, please send me an email with any errors you noticed! We’ve had a number of folks review the content already. http://adventuresofandrewprice.com/Book-Preview.pdf
My brother Jonathan serves as the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, so I’ll definitely have him take a careful look before we go to print! We are actively raising the funds necessary to complete the book now with our pre-sale.
This is an amazing learning tool, but I take issue with the statement…
“We should not blame the doctors for all the C-section births they are doing today—these operations are necessary because otherwise the babies cannot get through the narrow opening of the pelvis.”
First of all, not all the C-sections being done today are ‘necessary’ Many of them are completely unnecessary. Secondly, setting up a young girl with the idea that if her parents consumed a denatured diet during the preconception and in utero stages, then fed her insufficient foods while she was developing, she will be incapable of birthing her babies when the time comes, is an untrue and dangerous seed to plant.
I myself was born in 1963 and consumed ‘the foods of modern commerce’ the entire time I was growing up. I developed pronounced narrowing of my face, jaw and pelvis. I was still able to birth four large babies naturally and at home, one of them weighing 10lbs/12oz.
I agree that it is vitally important to emphasize a nutrient dense diet for optimal reproduction, and I personally talk myself blue in the face about it with my sons and their partners. That being said the human organism is incredibly complex, and when the spirit is determined, anything is possible.
I will pass on your comment regarding Sally Fallon Morell’s statement to her. That piece of the article is not in our book – The Adventures of Andrew Price.
I have to agree with Annie. While birth may be more challenging, I still believe most women can birth vaginally even with a Western diet. From my own experiences (a hospital birth with interventions–almost had a c-section, and a home birth with no interventions–pushed baby out in three minutes), the way in which a woman is allowed to birth can make a tremendous difference.
I was directed here from the Facebook group, Nourished Children. I just recently joined that group and am very new to te ideas of the WAPF. I would love to learn more. We eat a mostly organic diet, but there is certainly always room for improvement!
Welcome, Erinn! How did you find us on Facebook? Are we your first introduction to these dietary principles?
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Hello! Ever since I moved to the US from France, I was on a quest for good food! A friend I met here lent me the NT book and after reading it, I bought a copy for myself. But I really started getting more serious when my son started eating solid food. I really wanted him to receive nutritious food, and I turned to NT and the NT and childcare book for support. I still have a ways to go but I am learning a lot! Thank you for this great group!
I started my journey about 4 years ago when I got so tired of going to the doctor, and them not finding anything wrong with me. I had a lot of inflammation in my body and had to learn what to eat and how to care for myself. Had to take my health in my own hands. Also my grand baby has cavities at 7 months old and that sent us on another journey for health and healing. We are still dealing with that.
Hi Maria, I envision you are already aware of Cure Tooth Decay, which we recommend via our Amazon affiliation? http://amzn.to/1mwsX52
My moment, I suppose, was reading Nourishing Traditions! It was such a pivotal moment in my life. I was really sick and felt like I was going to develop a serious disease like cancer–had a lot of anxiety, too! A friend recommended the book. As I was still reading it, I was already recommending it to another friend, telling her it was like the “Food Bible.” I felt like I finally knew the truth about how to eat well. My life changed from that moment on. And the first change I made? I started buying raw milk!
But I also remember watching one of your presentations that talks about the Swiss villagers and it really blew me away. Made me more of a believer than I already was. There is a tender place in my heart for Lötschental as well because of that presentation.
When I was pregnant, I read Nina Planck’s Real Food for Mother and Baby – this introduced me to the idea of real food, at a time I was really motivated! I’ve been striving for a real food diet for the 2 years since.
Thank you for mentioning Nina Planck and her books. The book I read that led me to the WAPF was Nina’s book, the other one, Real Food. After seeing them mentioned over and over in her book I looked up the WAPF and found them and found that our local county chapter had just started up right here in my town! I have been a member ever since. It is so sad, that Dr. Price’s research fell by the wayside for so many years and thank you Sally for resurrecting it. Let’s get the word out!
Shortly after I had my daughter three years ago, my Mom was reading “The Fateful Fork” and loaned it to me. At the time I was already eating mostly all organic veggies and grass fed meat, but was still drinking non-homogenized, pasteurized milk and not being really careful about other things (like Hagen Daaz ice cream). After I finished that book with the commitment to not buy any industrial food, I was ravenous for more information. That’s when I stumbled across “Nourishing Traditions,” “Real Food for Mother and Baby,” and “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” among others. Now I can hardly imagine not knowing this amazing information with all the great resources such as this wonderful Nourishing Our Children blog. Thank you for all the great work you and all the other WAPF folks do to spread the word!
We have only just started our WAPF journey, about 6 weeks. My lightbulb moment was a mother in a natural parenting group talking about traditional eating & how it had improved her child’s health. I started to research, ordered the books & attempted to digest all the information. I knew the diet we had was making us I’ll but PPD had caused us to slip into bad habits, my son was getting fussy only wanting bread/cookies/cakes. It’s been 6 weeks since committing to the dietary changes & slowly we’re seeing improvements. My IBS doesn’t flare as regularly, my acne scarred skin looks smoother & brighter & most importantly my dairy intolerant son is starting to manage small amounts of raw cultured milk in his diet. I am so thankful that I found WAPF before too much damage has been done
I learned about the Weston A. Price Foundation over 6 years ago upon our daughter’s diagnosis with Celiac Disease. Wish I had known more about traditional foods when my kids were younger!
Thank you, Sandrine, for sharing your passion for ancestral diets and Dr. Price’s work. I look forward to reading the new book. :)
I learned about the Weston A. Price Foundation a few years ago when a family member was diagnosed with Colitis and Graves. We went to the Mayo Clinic and after many tests we had a consultation with all of the doctors. They wrote out a prescription for a drug that they use to treat Cancer patients. I asked about how long she would need to be on this drug.They said for life. I walked out of the Mayo Clinic determined to find another way. Our first step was to watch the DVD. This person is off all medication and is doing well.
Wow, Our DVD?! I am so, so profoundly moved!
I discovered WAPF in 2005 when I was reading about raw cheese on Dr. Mercola’s site. From there, I learned about raw milk, looking on realmilk.com for a local source.
I’ve been learning as much as I can through Facebook and blog posts. I’m on a waiting list for Nourishing Traditions at our library. We have a wonderful source for local raw milk and grass-fed beef. I can’t wait to learn more!
My journey begain a year ago when I meet these amazing mommies and a women named Lisa who has started a Weston A. Price group in Muskegon, MI. I’m learning new things daily and trying to incorporate the knowledge to my children and raise them with they way. I have to say I’m pretty excited you are writing a children’s book I can’t wait to share it with my children.
I learned about WAPF when I joined a Community Supported Agriculture Farm in Davisburg, MI in 2003. The owner was a chapter leader and I was working in the gardens, along side her and other farm members, I heard snippets about Nourishing Traditions, Raw Milk, etc. I was interested and started asking questions. She gave me lots of information. My kids were always at the doctor and we wanted to change our diet (hence joining the farm…I grew up with organic gardening, organic co-ops, home-cooked food, etc….wanted to get back to that with my kids). The owner told me about raw milk…it took a year of hearing about it and reading resources to make a decision to get a cow share. We have never looked back. She showed us local sources of food. We are so much healthier. All of my kids got rid of their acid reflux, medications, and are rarely sick. Now I am a chapter leader and still learning all there is to know!!
I became interested in Weston Price’s work when I was research on the internet after I had had a severe gum infection. I also remember when I was very young sitting on the floor in our house eating homemade yogurt. It was delicious–I remember the taste and the whole experience. So now I am more interested in traditional foods. I have just made my first batch of yogurt with raw milk and I am interested to see how different it will be from the organic pasturized milk I have been using. My teeth and gums are in excellent shape right now.
I stumbled across WAPF about a year ago. I now have cure tooth decay and nourishing traditions. Mind blowing! I am feeling so much better following the WAPF diet. I just had an amazing birth and recovery. Now I am determined for my 3 little ones to grow up to prefer real food instead of the junk most people eat.
I found WAPF after I read a book called the Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon. At the time I was vegan and bought the book because I was interested in growing my own garden and wanted to read up about it. I definitely got more than I bargained for! He screams through the page to read Price’s book, so I did! He also includes so much great information on why and how to remineralize soil our desperately depleted soils. I am so thankful to have found all this great information so early in my life at age 21 so that one day I can properly prepare for and nourish my future children. This book would be a great educational tool for all future children as well.
I’ve always wanted to do better, eat better, feel better, and quit being sick so much. I just thought that’s how I was born and there was nothing I could do to change it. When I got pregnant with my daughter and felt her kicking and moving, that was the moment I knew there had to be a better way. So for the rest of my pregnancy I researched tons!! Some of it was full of crap and I began to feel like an island. I knew I wanted to do better for her and all the junk at the store sure as heck wasn’t going to help. It was on one of my internet wormholes that I stumbled onto a Dr. Price writing. I honestly can’t say which one. But suffice it to say, wow!! I’m not alone on my island any longer. My daughter is now 13 months old. She was born with tummy issues and at every turn there was more drugs or gross food everyone wanted me to give her. I stuck to my guns and slowly we’ve began to not only heal her gut but mine as well. Every day is a journey, and most of my family thinks I’m nuts for not feeding my baby all sorts of crap. But thankfully I have great support from the hubby and some wonderful groups on fb to help me out, give me encouragement, and share all things yummy food!!! Now pass the butter will ya!!!
Very nice post!
I started my real food journey about 4 years ago, when I read Ramiel Nagel’s book trying to heal my then 3yo son’s sensitive teeth. It was then that I learned about WA Price’s work. I immediately ordered Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, which was such a breakthrough for me!!! I had already read Nina Planck’s books and everything fell in place.
I wonder why don’t all doctors and dentists know about Dr. Price’s work.
I would totally love some resources from nourishing our children! I moved to the Pacific NW in 2010 and we went for a visit to my MIL’s in California and she told me about Sally Fallon’s book nourishing traditions. I ordered it online and have loved reading it, although I have to admit I haven’t gotten the chance to read the whole thing but I do love what I have learned so far and the recipes are so great! I started out making kefir, yogurt, and kombucha. And I now soak and dehydrate everything! Since moving to Oregon we have really loved getting connected with a community of people who love real food and go far to get this! I jumped into a WAPF yahoo group soon after we moved here and it’s been such wealth of information for us. I am still learning and growing but I’m so thankful to have found WAP’s work and what it has done for my children’s allergies and our health and energy! I would love to learn more about the nourishing our children book and the book for kids about eating real food. :-)
My traditional food journey started not long after my mother & grandfather died. I had been researching how diet helps cancer patients after my mum was diagnosed but unfortunately she did not survive long after her diagnosis. I decided to research instead how to prevent cancer through diet & stumbled across the Weston A Price foundation. Their dietary guidelines made a lot of sense to me because they were similar to how my granddad ate. My granddad was always a strong, lean man with no health issues despite his age & the fact that he was in hospital with TB for 4 years in his 20s. He was rarely sick. He ate alot of butter, dairy, meat & veg. I remember my mother tried repeatedly to convince him to switch to margarine because she was convinced he would have a heart attack. I bought Nourishing Traditions & it convinced me that changing our diet was the best way to go. We have been implementing the dietary guidelines to the best of our ability since.
How fortunate you are to have been able to travel there. What an amazing experience! I can only imagine the wonderful friendships you developed there. My journey with a traditional diet began when my son was two weeks old. He had began having blood in his stool. In the emergency room he was diagnosed as having a diary allergy. So being that he was breastfed, it meant I had to eliminate diary from my diet. Three weeks later and after not having consumed any diary in that time, my baby had blood in his stool again. His pediatrician determined that I would need to stop breastfeeding my baby. I stopped for 24 hours and was so miserable. I wanted to desperately feed my baby. It didn’t feel natural that my baby couldn’t drink my milk. So, in a search for answers and a solution, I read that drinking raw milk was tolerated by people who could not tolerate dairy generally. Now although I was dairy free at that time, I did more research on this topic and I was lead to the WAPF.
In my research I was also put in contact with someone from la lache league. She explained that if my baby had a dairy intolerance than it takes longer than three weeks for all of the dairy to completely leave my system. She also explained that blood in a baby’s stool could be caused by a front/hind milk imbalance. She told me there was absolutely no reason to quit breastfeeding my baby. All was right in the world again. Two years and five months later (minus a horrible 24 hours) we are still going strong. He also enjoys many other foods now raw milk being one of his favorites! I love cooking for my son and am so happy I was led on this journey.
We started our journey in 2006 when my husband and I decided to quit our jobs and farm. Neither of us knew anything about farming, but we knew that we wanted grass-fed organically raised food for our family.
A year later we had our first child, up to that we had been learning as much as we could about not only parenting but raising a healthy baby, and that is when I discovered the Weston A Price Foundation. I later bought a copy of Nourishing Traditions, and then a few years later I bought Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I LOVED both of them. We are still on our journey, making changes as our family needs them and as we can. We are very lucky to have our own, meat, milk, eggs and produce.
I read nourishing traditions when my first son was about 6 months old and it was a definite lightbulb moment for me. My milk supply was declining and I didn’t know what to do because the formulas from the store seemed so toxic and full of garbage, and was so happy to find the homemade baby formula that only had ingredients that I knew and trusted in it! it is has been a steady journey since then following the traditional foods path, some steps back, but many steps forward.
for me it all started in 2010 when I was looking for a healthier, non processed food for my family. I am a keen researcher and like to know my facts before I jump into some new fad/idea of what can make us healthy. I stumbled across wapf and have been a belIever ever since. In my part of the country it is very hard to find like minded people who are progressive or in this case traditional and want to serve the very best to their families. Online Support has been invaluable to me in this journey. As a new mom,I would love a copy of the book about little Andrew to read with my son.
I can’t wait to read this with my son. I am hoping it helps him understand these nutritional principles! He was to little to remember the tooth decay, but he does remember the eczema in the crooks of his knees and he was not yet two years old. That was my ah ah moment. I met Dr. Price thru the Mothering Boards of Mothering Magazine when my fifteen month olds teeth began to crumble. I was panicked and overwhelmed! Sitting around while my child’s health deteriorated was not an option. I read, researched and gathered information, but I would have never figured this crisis out in time without the support of other mothers and fathers who cared enough to share what they had learned! When I prayed for answers, I got the Nourshing Traditions diet! The work of Potter, Price and Page. I got a dentist ten hours drive from me who handed me a Sally Fallon’s work, Rami Nagel was writing his book and took to time to email with me. It took time for the decay to slow and stop, but the exczema was gone in two weeks, and it never returned! My kid is NINE years old next month and his teeth are beautiful. As long as I follow these dietary principles my child is healthy, silky hair, peachy skin, happy disposition! In fact, the entire family benefitted greatly! Thank you all who endeavor to bring this healing to the people, your work is so important. I share my success every chance I get, as my way of paying forward the assistance of the many who increased my knowledge in time to save my child’s baby teeth and ensure his proper development! Dr. Price is a personal hero of mine!
I can’t wait to read this with my son. I am hoping it helps him understand these nutritional principles! He was to little to remember the tooth decay, but he does remember the painfully itchy eczema in the crooks of his knees and elbows, and he was not yet two years old. That was my ah ah moment, when the eczema cleared inside of two weeks, I knew we were on the path to healing. I met Dr. Price thru the Mothering Boards of Mothering Magazine when my fifteen month olds teeth began to crumble. I was panicked and overwhelmed! Sitting around while my child’s health deteriorated was not an option. I read, researched and gathered information, but I would have never figured this crisis out in time without the support of other mothers and fathers who cared enough to share what they had learned! When I prayed for answers, I got the Nourshing Traditions diet, the work of Potter, Price and Page. I got a dentist ten hours drive from me who handed me a Sally Fallon’s work, Rami Nagel was writing his book and took to time to email with me, and a raw milk dairy thirty minutes from my home. I put all these dietary principles into,place and never looked back. We have had no more cavities! My kid is NINE years old next month and his teeth are beautiful. As long as I follow these dietary principles my child is healthy, including his teeth. He has silky hair, peachy skin, happy disposition! In fact, the entire family benefitted greatly! Thank you all who endeavor to bring this healing to the people, your work is so important. I share my success every chance I get, as my way of paying forward the assistance of the many who increased my knowledge in time to save my child’s baby teeth and ensure his proper development! Dr. Price and all of you who came after to share his work and spread the truth, you are all heroes.
When my baby was born 15 months ago, i had debilitating postpartum depression for six months. In my desperate attempt to get better I started seeing a nutritionist who introduced me to the Weston A Price philosophy of nourishing our bodies through the foods we eat. Nourishing Traditions cookbook is my go-to for meal planning and recipes. My kitchen is stocked with kombucha, sourdough starter, beet kvass, bone broth, fermented cod liver oil and fermented foods like sauerkraut, ginger carrots and salsa. I love knowing I’m giving my family the gift of healing foods.
My husband and I first started reading about Weston A. Price when we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. We had moved out of the city to a small cottage north of Berkeley, CA. There our love for food really blossomed. We had great options and a good community with similar interests. Since then, my husband and I have moved to upstate New York in search of land and space to call our own. We have only strengthened our diets even more and now raise our own pastured chicken, beef and lamb. We still have a ways to go but we hope to supply grassfed meat to our community in the next few years.
It all started for me when I was searching for a way to heal my son’s digestive issues and eczema. I had heard of the gaps diet but only as a cure for autism and not the issues I was dealing with so I didn’t look into it much. A year later my brother introduced me to ferments, bone broths, WAP ! So far I have seen great healing, no more eczema (yay!) But the digestive issues still show up here and there but are WAY less frequent! As for myself, my health has come a long way (but still has a long way to go) and my anxiety, which I have had my entire life, is finally subsiding!
I started my whole foods journey 13 years ago. I have always been “healthy” and through the years have found what works best for me and of course that was eating a wge foods diet. My children have been raised this way with my oldest being 13 and my youngest being 4. I have 4 beautiful, healthy children and am trying my best to raise them to be aware and healthy and happy. I am a researcher at heart and LOVE to share my knowledge with anyone that is interested in learning. Thank you so much for all of you insight. It is so wonderful to connect with like minded people.
For me, becoming a mother was my moment. I looked at my son and wanted to know why so many children were so sick. My great-grandparents and grandparents lived long, healthy lives. They ate food. I remember eating meals with them. I searched and read as much information as I could. I questioned everything. At the same time I discovered I my thyroid was not working properly so I wanted to heal myself. I found a wonderful doctor. His approach is building the immune system through food and supplements. In the waiting room was information on Weston Price. I actually discovered Price on my own and was happy my doctor had information to share. Over the past 8 years I’ve made so many changes. My son is healthy and I am getting better. I love all the information that people share and learning.
I went to a integrative nutrition school in 2006 and a friend of mine told me about Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions. I have used it all these years and loved incorporating the recipes in my diet. When I had my baby two years ago, Sally came out with Nourishing Children and I read it right away when I got it. I love that it provided me with the information on how to make my daughters diet rich and nourishing. She wanted to stop breastfeeding at 9 months and I knew I wasn’t going to give her commercial formula so I made her the homemade formula until she was 1 years old. It worked out so perfectly. I’m so grateful. When she started eating foods I was able to make her all the recipes and really learned so much more because I wanted to provide her with the best nutrition there was. We especially love the bone broth I make every week. I would love to read the Nourishing Our Children’s Educational Material. Thank you for the opportunity!
I had learned of WAPF through my holistic chiropractor (2005 or 2006?). In 2007 I attended the WAPF conference. Such an amazing experience to learn from so many people & try such incredibly tasty & nourishing foods. Nutrient dense foods are so crucial. I bought Sally’s Nourishing Children book in 2013 & it has been an invaluable reference for my pregnancy & child birth (our Sweet Emma was born 9 weeks ago). I have referenced & continue to reference it often for many topics. Such an incredible book full of so much information all in one book!
My daughter is 5 and this would be a huge blessing. I am a single parent, raising her myself but what’s really neat is that I am surrounded by a group of mom’s that have really come to depend on me for information and direction. They are grateful for whatever I share and really have been growing with the information I have gotten from WAPF and your posts. The group in facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/nourishingourchildren ) has been invaluable for me… it’s lovely to feel not alone and hear the same results and successes from others. Often, in my world.. I am looked at as an “extremist”, but I seriously see the american diet as poison and I think you have to be radical in cutting it out and making changes. I guess that seems extreme to most americans.
Changing our diet has made all the difference in my and my daughter’s life being so strict on what we put in our bodies. Unfortunately, it took my infant with severe eczema and colic for me to refuse typical american medical advice (steroid cream applied to face and antibiotics) and start an elimination diet which started us on this journey. Eliminating store-bought eggs and dairy from my diet (I nursed her til 3/yo).. I saw drastic changes in my daughter immediately. At some point, I was led to nourishing traditions online and from there started making bone broths. This was easy to do as the place where we purchase raw milk from sells organic chicken feet and heads and beef bones. I am still learning but it is a delicious and satisfying process. Not only has the eczema been healed and colic relieved, the other things I notice is my daughter’s teeth have healed themselves and are very strong now, her regular complaints of “belly hurting” before bowel movements has completely stopped. Things I noticed about myself.. I would have painful aching in my leg bones that would wake me in the middle of the night (kinda like when you’re pregnant and calcium deficiency).. my ankles cracking when I walked and moved, both have completely stopped.
Having been macrobiotic in my 20’s for over a decade, not consuming meats or dairy and eating a lot of soy replacement products, consuming a lot of vegetables (not organic) and drinking coffee every day from morning til 4pm (NYC designer typical diet) .. I now have severe issues with my adrenals and am trying to heal them, feeling like my body is not absorbing nutrients as it should. Bone broths have left me completely satisfied and an amazing sense of well-being which is a struggle to feel with weakened adrenals.
Sometimes I feel so blind in this process of relearning the truth about food and our bodies and am so grateful for you and others who have blogs and sites that are so very helpful.
I am so excited about this book and learning more from you! Thank you so much! (sorry my comment is so long!)
I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease about 9 years ago. After 3 Rheumatologists and them not knowing what was wrong and how to fix it and just giving me drugs I fired them all and found a real doctor, who introduced me to Weston Price. I have not taken drugs since and feel a lot better!!!
My husband Michael and I first started learning about Weston A. Price when he was studying for his Metabolic Typing certification. We both read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and ordered Nourishing Traditions. Since then we have become raw milk enthusiasts and take ‘baby steps’ each year with our five children in moving towards more of a traditional diet. We own a nutrition and fitness studio and currently host Weston Price Foundation chapter meetings! We are ‘sold’!!
My real traditional food moment came when my daughter was almost 3 years old. I have fibromyalgia and could barely take care of her some days and work to support us. I started thinking about how bad foods are and gmo’s, etc and decided to embark on a journey to cleanse us. She was starting to show some of my symptoms and it scared me. This was August 2013. Since then we have no more artificial food dies, no gluten, no gmo’s if I can help it, organic everything I can find in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I make homemade yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, and any bread products when eat except for certified crackers. We grow our own garden and buy grass fed meats when possible. I am able to be present with her now and yet work too. I want to learn more about eating traditional foods for so many reasons. Our daughter deserves to grow up healthy. Thank you for your blog above. I never knew of Dr. Price and now look forward to reading his and your book.
I haven’t had a moment, I’ve had a journey. My mother’s breast cancer led to a change in diet, six year later my food allergies changed it more, reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma lead me to Joel Salatin which lead to traditional foods then led to my chiropractor which lead to Nourishing Traditions. It’s been a 16 year journey where I’ve continued to narrow my choices while expanding my knowledge. I’m pretty sure I’ve landed right where I am supposed to be and will stay.
I’d love to see this book in print!
Just found your blog & am very much in love! Thank you for providing a well-articulated resource on the research of Dr. Price & the nutritional wisdom of traditional foods! My moment occurred during my first full-season of work on a farm. In awe of how nourished I felt eating just what we were producing, Sal Fal’s Nourishing Traditions found its way into my life during the same season & I’ve never looked back since.
I just moved to Geneva, Switzerland, and am so curious to visit Lotschenschal & to eat some rye bread with butter soon.