I also want to comment on the issue of Low Carbs. Sally Fallon ( for the rest of the folks here who don't know) is the President and voice of the Weston Price Foundation ( Dr. Price has been with the Lord for many years now). In her book "Eat Fat, Lose Fat" she recommends about 70 carbs per day . That is above the level Dr. Atkens would recommend for weight loss. It keeps you above the point where you will developed Ketosis but it is still by all measures a Low Carb way of eating.
Yes it is and while a choice that certainly fits within the Weston Price paradigm, it is certainly not the
Weston Price paradigm, and to the extent that low carb eating is presented as such it is a denial of one of the very basic principles that Weston Price taught over and over - there is no one food or macro-nutrient ratio
that is the ultimate for health. The tribes he studied clearly demonstrated the truth of his observations.
I understand you comment that the work of Dr. Price himself can lead to all kinds of conclusions,
No, I never said that the work of Dr. Price can lead to all kinds of conclusions. It can't. I said that embracing the low carb lifestyle (or declaring that raw milk is necessary for optimal health) as the
approach to health is not indicative of the breadth of the work of Dr. Price. In fact, it is a denial of it since one of his basic principles as I noted above is completely at odds with such an approach.
but today the leaders of the Weston Price Foundation are squarely on the side of going low carb. That is where I got the idea.
And they are wrong. Even some of the material on their website is opposed to such an approach. They have to acknowledge that it is certainly possible to eat a high carb diet and be healthy, since you can't draw any other conclusion from the work of Dr. Price. But then they try to qualify such an approach by saying most people today wouldn't be comfortable eating the protein sources these groups ate (like insects). Huh? Why would "moderns" have to eat the same protein sources to achieve the same effect? It is a very dubious argument and easily dispelled by observing modern healthy high carb groups who have different protein sources than some of the tribes that Price studied.
Not to mention that one of the poster child groups often used for illustrating the superiority of an animal food diet, the Masai, while not eating any vegetation that we are aware of, certainly did not consume a low carb diet by any stretch of the imagination.
More important is the central theme of eating foods that are highly processed and include saturated fats and raw milk, and depending on pasture fed animals free of Hormonal manilpulations..etc.
If you drop raw milk out of the equation, I agree 100%. Raw milk, while a potentially excellent food, is not necessary for good health. Most of the groups Price observed did not consume raw dairy. I consume it all the time and if available it is certainly a powerful option, but one can do quite well without it.
We should study the diets of more primitive societies and begin to pattern our foods along those lines. There are more commonalities among these Traditional Diets than differences it seems to me.
If we did most of us would not be consuming raw dairy.
Dr. Price taught that it is not the slavish obedience to a particular diet of one of the groups that is important, but rather making sure we get all the bodybuilding nutrients that are represented in the diet of a particular group. And there are many ways to do that, as noted by the many different diets he did observe among the healthy tribes he studied.
The commonality is the nutrients, not any one particular food.
I know that I have restored my good health after starting to eat this way.
And eating the "Weston Price way" does not necessarily mean eating low carb or consuming raw dairy.