Friday, March 20, 2009

NTA Conference Notes Day 1

I'm here! After driving around lost in the big city for quite awhile, I finally found my way to the Red Lion Hotel in Vancouver, WA.

I had a short while to say hello to my NTP teacher Cathy Eason, and see classmates from school last year. It was great seeing everyone and catching up on the past year! Now we're beginning our first session, by Sally Fallon Morel. She's introducing us now to the dentist Dr. Weston Price, and then will be talking about "Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health". We'll be hearing from her until 6:30 tonight.

Dr. Price wrote the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, which is an incredible documentary of his findings as he traveled the world seeking to find healthy cultures who subsisted on nourishing diets. If you haven't read the book, try to get your hands on it and look through it!

His first stop was in some small villages in Switzerland. The only way you could access the village was with a cart, so obvious that all the food they ate was grown in their village.

He lined up the people and began opening their mouth, taking pictures and writing notes about what he found. He saw less than 1 percent tooth decay in these people. No crowded or crooked teeth. Broad faces with high cheek bones. They also didn't brush their teeth and some of their mouths had teeth covered with green slime -- but there was no tooth decay.

The #1 source calories in their diet was raw milk. (accused of causing tuberculosis)
rye - dense sourdough rye bread.

typical school lunch for the children - slice of bread, thick slice of cheese.

diet based on dairy and grains. (few veggies in summer months)

Every village sacred foods. Important for men and women before conceiving, women during pregnancy, children while growing.

Sacred Food For Switzerland: Butter that came from cows when first went to pasture in the spring. Deep yellow/orange butter. Esp prized for growing children and pregnant women.

Genetically have a narrower face, but still no crowding.

lived on windswept island that had no animal life, and no trees or vegetables. What did they eat?

Diet based largely on seafood. Ate the whole fish -- heads, liver, etc. They did eat 1 vegetable - seaweed.

They could grow oats.

Favorite breakfast for children so they would grow strong and healthy: Fisheads stuffed with oats and chopped cod liver. :-) yum! ;-)

They used smoke-blackened thatch on their fields, and that's the only way their oats would grow.

They lived in these smoke filled cabins for most of the year, and never got lung cancer.


contrast with villiages that have contact with the outside world:
 - rampant tooth decay. They had received the foods of the outside world, but not the dentists yet
 - narrower faces with not enough room for the teeth to come in straight.
 - Dr. Romeg (been in AK 30 yrs) had never seen a traditional Eskimo heart disease, tuberculosis, etc. Women always had healthy babies.

 very few plant foods
 animal fat (seal oil)
 80% of diet fat (cooking, dipping food in, etc.)

They ate their fish fermented. Dug a hole in the ground, put the fish in, let it stay there until it got mushy, so they could eat all of it including the bones.

They knew that if they gave dogs fresh fish they couldn't pull the sleds all day, but eating fermented fish they could.

They never ate lean meat. When they had lean meat they would cut it into strips and dry it. Then spread the dried meat with fat before they ate it.

sacred food:
fish eggs

So you say "that's only their teeth.... we can just eat sugar and go to the dentist. But the teeth is only the part that we see. It is telling of the rest of the body. If there is plenty of room for the teeth, that implies that there is room for the head organs.

Straight teeth ......... Crooked, crowded teeth
plenty of room in head for pituitary, pineal, hypothalamus......compromised space for master gland in the head

Good skeletal development, good muscles...... poor development, poor posture, easily injured

keen eyesight and hearing... poor

optimal function of all organs.... compromised

opitomistic outlook, learns easily...... depression, behaviour problems, learning problems,

round pelvic opening, easy childirth .... squished pelvic opening and difficult chilbirth.

Tropical Islands
pig (fav. food

All children in tuberculosis ward had dental deformities. Not cause of tuberculosis, but it shows there were connected underlying nutritional problems.

Now she is showing us pictures of people in the USA. Contrasting faces of improperly nourished people to those of well-nourished people. The session is about over, and my laptop battery is about to die. So I guess that's all for now folks. ;-)


Elisabeth said...

Wow, Katie! That is so interesting! I'd would have loved to have been at that lecture. :) You summed it up nicely.

Just a question(s): These cultures didn't eat many plant foods or vegetables. Is it *bad* for sketetal development to eat a lot of veggie based foods? Basically, how much of our diet should be vegetables?...or are vegetables merely add-ons to the real food?

Big Sis said...

I find that very interesting - Ive heard similar stuff before.

Thanks for sharing your notes.