My grandmother Louise attended Tuskegee Institute, according to Mom, in 1927 and 1928. How cool was that – not only for an American (and a woman!) of African descent to go to college during that time, but also to attend what would later become known as one of the premier Historic Black Colleges!

george_washington_carver2I can’t help but wonder if Grandmother Louise studied with Dr. George Washington Carver. Dr. Carver is best known for teaching Southern farmers how to cultivate peanuts and other foodstuffs in order to yield plenty of food year after year. At the same time, Dr. Carver taught techniques to replenish and fortify the soil and avoid soil erosion – both at Tuskegee Institute and in many of the Southern communities.

I’ve been a huge fan and follower of Dr. Carver’s work – he was a scientist, an herbalist, and a spiritual man who understood the inner nature of plants. He listened to and “talked with” the plants, and was quite successful in his work as a result.

So , when one of my favorite organizations promoting nutrition and health – the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) – announced that their annual Wise Traditions Conference was to be held in Montgomery, Alabama (40 miles from Tuskegee University), I made it my business to go – and I convinced Mom to go with me!

The 5-day trip took place during Veteran’s Day weekend; the conference’s focus was on teaching about healthy fats. Eating an abundance of healthy fats like coconut oil, grass-fed butter & ghee, olive oil, avocados and whole nuts & seeds are vital for balanced health. Following are just a few advantages of including good fats in your diet:

  • Increases focus and memory
  • Helps with weight management
  • Helps reduce inflammation in the body
  • Contributes to better digestion and supple joints
  • Actually prevents and addresses cardiovascular disease (rather than causing it)
  • Makes vegetables and all foods taste really good!

There were many fantastic speakers at the conference – and the price of admission included 5 delicious four-course meals! In some respects, it was more like a foodie convention than a nutrition/healing arts convention. The WAPF promotes food preparation and consumption following the ancient practices of indigenous peoples around the globe. There was an abundance of Southern style meals (with most dietary needs accommodated), along with dishes from other parts of the United States, represented by the many peoples who have migrated to the U.S. over the centuries. It was all absolutely delicious, and most nourishing!!

For more information about WAPF and the Wise Traditions Conference, visit their website at www.westonaprice.org.

george_washington_carver-laboratory_equipmentBetween attending the conference and eating the delicious food, Mom and I created several opportunities to visit some of the historic sites in Montgomery, and to visit Tuskegee University. Mom and I experienced great pride and honor being in the presence of such history – and walking on the very campus that Grandmother Louise attended, as well as where Dr. George Washington Carver worked and taught about a century ago. We walked on the campus, visited the Carver Museum and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum & Hangar.

The connection of learning more about real food nutrition and at the same time experiencing the ancestral energy of family along with history in the agricultural South was very enlightening. It opened our hearts and minds to great healing for our families, our communities and yes – our nation.

My affirmation for you this holiday season is that you embrace your loved ones (even if not in person), enjoy high quality, nourishing food, and get some well-deserved rest.

Happy Winter Solstice!
Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Happy New Year 2017!
With Love and Appreciation,
Dr. Doris

Butter(Feel free to sing along!)

Crisco Kid –
Was a friend of mine,

Crisco Kid –
Was a friend of mine,

Cakes and cookies tasted so divine,
Chicken Tofu perfect every time!

But then I found out something really weird,
Revealed some dark and deep seated fears.

Crisco made the arteries really clogged,
Not unlike a swampy marshy bog!

Heart disease, stroke and diabetes,
It all somehow seems so needless,

Crisco Kid –
Another disappointment,
Capitalistic methods for exploitment! (Yes, I made up the word!)

So the question begs,
What is really real??

How is health
Restored to the people?

Olive, Coconut, Butter through generations,
Tastes better than Crisco and uplifts the nations!

Well… Well… Well…

Well… Well… Well…!!!

Crisco Kid
Ain’t no friend of mine!

Country Crock – Ain’t no friend of mine!

Margarine – Ain’t no friend of mine!!

I Can’t Believe – Ain’t no friend of mine!!! ………..

This fun poem/song remix focuses on Crisco and all hydrogenated oils, but it also addresses the oil and fats industry and how the public has been brainwashed into believing that certain high-quality saturated fats like butter, ghee and coconut oil cause weight gain and disease, and vegetable oils like corn, soy, and safflower oils are good for you.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is, good quality fats like extra virgin olive oil, virgin and extra virgin coconut oil, and pure butter from pasture raised cows are better for you and actually promote health and vitality in your entire body. This includes your digestive system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system and nervous system, among others. Following is a very brief breakdown of how wonderful these fats are and how they nourish your body and restore health:

  1. Digestive System: When we eat low fat foods or the wrong kinds of fats like hydrogenated and vegetable oils, we become malnourished and crave more foods – especially starchy and sweet foods. It is precisely these starchy and sweet low fat foods that have contributed greatly to the epidemic of obesity and chronic disease in the USA. By contrast, a diet rich in high quality fats like coconut oil can actually help the body be nourished and the appetite satiated. When the diet is low in carbohydrates and higher in good fats like coconut oil, the body will burn fats directly and help increase metabolism. In turn, weight loss may occur more easily and chronic illness patterns like pre-diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, gas, bloating, and even constipation may be resolved. The bottom line: Fat does not make you fat!
  2. Cardiovascular System: We’ve been taught that saturated fats like butter and coconut oil will clog the arteries, create a pattern of high cholesterol, hypertension and atherosclerosis, and thereby cause heart attack, stroke and other chronic circulatory disorders. In truth, it is the low fat diet that is replete with refined starchy and sweet foods, along with most vegetable oils that create the inflammatory processes in the cardiovascular system, in turn leading to these imbalances. A Mediterranean diet that includes high quality fish oils, olive oil and butter from pasture-grazed cows prevents cardiovascular disease and increases vitality. And cholesterol becomes largely a non-factor for most people, because it has been recently discovered that moderately high cholesterol levels are not risk factors for CVD after all! The bottom line: High quality fats are essential for great circulation!
  3. Endocrine System: Continuing briefly the discussion about cholesterol, this is one of the substances that is vital to the proper functioning of the endocrine system. Our bodies make the bulk of cholesterol, which is a hormone in and of itself, and relatively small amounts are contributed via the diet. Certain fats – especially fats like butter, ghee, fish oils and virgin/extra virgin coconut oil – can be catalysts to help the body produce and maintain the proper ratio of hormone activity in the body to keep the entire endocrine system balanced. This is true especially for children and expectant/lactating mothers, but applies across the board to all people. The bottom line: High quality fats are essential for proper functioning and balance of the endocrine system.
  4. Nervous System: Here, we refer to the brain and spinal cord – the body’s computer system. High quality fats like fish oils, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and nuts like walnuts are essential for brain functioning! These not only help develop and maintain the ability to focus and sharpness of mind, but they also help prevent debilitating illnesses like Alzheimers Disease, also known as Type 3 Diabetes. And for growing children, no diet should be without a good amount of these fats. Children need carbs, veggies, fruits, proteins and plenty of fat in their diet. This can help prevent or address disorders like Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum disorder, or malnutrition. The bottom line: High quality fats help create and maintain proper brain functioning.

Our ancestors knew what to eat in order to be as healthy as possible, even before the advent of modern medicine. Honoring some of those traditions, especially the high quality fats, may surely contribute to greater health, more vitality, and longer life. And nature always provides the best to bring about and maintain balance, health and wholeness.

But don’t take my word for it – at least not yet. Check out these books and website links first – and then throw the Crisco, margarines, and bottled vegetable oils away, and replace them with the real food fats: extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, butter from pasture-raised cows, avocados and whole nuts and seeds.

If you have questions or need more help with this, please contact me.

References

  1. Weston A. Price Foundation
  2. Selene River Press
  3. Mercola
  4. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon
  5. Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus
  6. Coconut Cures, by Bruce Fife
  7. Back to the Basics of Human Health: Avoiding the Fads, Trends and Bold-Faced Lies, by Mary Frost