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Living Longer and Healthier on a Diet Full of Butter, Eggs, and Raw Milk

I knew six of my eight great-grandparents—all six lived into their late eighties or early nineties. I knew all four of my grandparents—three of the four lived into their nineties, and one still lives at 91. Were my ancestors health nuts? Hardly. In fact, they were hard working folks who grew up on small farms in the Midwest.

They produced much of their own food when they were young, (especially during the Great Depression) and got plenty of exercise farming, raising animals, and sometimes working a second job in town. They slept well, often tired from a hard day’s work.

They ate red meat, eggs, and drank raw milk. They cooked with butter and (gasp!) lard. They picked fruit from their own trees and maybe even sampled a cask of cherry wine now and then.

Things they didn’t eat were MSG, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, or soy. At the end of their lives they ate a lot of refined white flour, but during their formative years, it was most likely the cheaper (at that time) whole wheat.

So what can we take away from this? That my family has good genetics and tends to live long lives? Possibly, or maybe we should reexamine what we have been told about nutrition by a government that likes to exert control over our lives, a government whose agencies are funded and influenced by the corporations they are supposed to regulate.

The first step towards changing the way you eat should be to gather information. An excellent resource on this topic is the Weston A. Price Foundation. One of their goals is to educate the public as to the importance of nutrient dense foods to health and well being.

Sally Fallon Morell, today’s guest on Off the Grid Radio, is one of the co-founders of the Weston A. Price Foundation, has written an excellent book on the subject called Nourishing Traditions. This book details how traditional foods like meat and fats are good for us and actually help protect the body from disease.

Sally’s book and the Foundation’s website are a treasure trove of information about several of the main points of contention between what the government thinks we should eat and what traditionalists say is better for us.

Raw Milk

An issue that many consumers are fighting for is the right to eat what we want. Nowhere is this issue more pointed than when it comes to raw milk.

Proponents claim raw milk is a perfect food and that pasteurization destroys beneficial microbes and enzymes that protect the body from disease. Research seems to back this up to a point, especially in the area of asthma.

Detractors try to bring the specter of E. coli and other unsavory diseases to the fore that are killed by pasteurization. They will cite a CDC report that states that raw milk accounted for 36% of the 4,400 milk-related outbreaks from 1993-2006.

Interestingly enough, Ron Lemke of Organic Pastures Dairy (who had to recall raw milk in 2006 because of an E. coli outbreak) says that outbreak was eventually traced to spinach and had nothing to do with the raw milk. The same thing happened in November 2011 when Organic Pastures was forced to recall its milk and was later found not to be the source of the outbreak.

Mr. Lemke goes on to point out that during the same time period as the 4,400 milk-borne illnesses, 45 million other food-borne illnesses were reported. That is approximately a 1:10,000 ratio showing just how safe dairy actually is to consume.

Our government allows us to consume tobacco which has been proven to kill an estimated 440,000 people a year by the same CDC. Alcohol accounts for about 42,000 deaths a year from drunken driving, and another 22,000 from medical problems induced by it.

When we compare that to 4,400 people in 13 years being made ill by dairy products (compared to what alcohol and tobacco kill every single year), any sane person should see allowing people to buy raw milk is a no-brainer.

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The foundation has a listing of 72 studies dating back to 1939 showing the adverse effects of soy in the diet. Soy has inundated the American food chain, mostly in an effort to prop up Big Agriculture, since the soybean is an excellent crop for monoculture.

They are even pushing soy infant formulas when soy has been shown to cause a myriad of problems, including hypothyroidism and even DNA damage. Only a money grubbing industry would push something like this on unsuspecting parents.

The soy eaten in Asian cultures is largely ingested as a fermented curd or condiment. It would seem that soy is not the wonder food it has been touted to be.


A study has shown that MSG (monosodium glutamate) can lead to an inflamed liver, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes. MSG is a flavor enhancer used in most processed foods and has been the disputed source of Chinese Restaurant Syndrome for more than 40 years.

As it stands, MSG does not have to be listed as an ingredient on food labels.

Listen to Bill Heid’s interview with Sally Fallon Morrell on today’s Off the Grid Radio Show.

Healthy Fats

The Foundation points out that the right kinds of fats can be healthy, nutritious, and just plain good. Fats to be avoided include anything hydrogenated and vegetable oils made from corn, soy, canola, or other GMO crops. Polyunsaturated fats shouldn’t be used for cooking in high temperatures, and foods fried in these oils should be avoided. Frying in coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, lard, or butter is actually more healthy and better for you than cooking with vegetable oils.

However, it looks like the government finally got one right by telling us to avoid all trans fats.

I have barely touched on processed foods, GMO, bovine growth hormone (BGH), or antibiotics in our animal feeds. Our ancestors didn’t have to deal with any of this and they were better off for it.

If you want to make a difference in your overall health you need to check out the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website to find a local chapter. Then start talking to your elected officials like I plan to.

You are the one ultimately responsible for what you and your family eat. Research, read your labels, and make the best choices possible.

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  1. I agree that government should not be allowed to dictate what we consume. I also think the government should not be in the business of prohibiting ANYTHING!!!! That would include smoking, alcohol, marijuana or anything else someone might wish to put in their own body so long as it doesn’t interfere with another’s rights. It’s not the governments job to legislate human behavior, it is their job to protect our rights and protect the border and they have been doing just the opposite for a long time now!

    • Dogs may like soy sauce, ketchup, even ctaoclohe but that doesn’t mean they should get it. You have to be very careful what you feed your dog. They make dog food for a reason and dog food contains all the essential vitamins and other things they need.People food can be VERY dangerous for a dog. It can cause them to have seizures, become diabetic, over weight and in some cases can cause them to have issues with their teeth which then leads to gum disease and then leads to a blood infection with causes death.It is just much safer to stick to dog food.

  2. rhondajean, check Bryanna Clark Grogan’s site for ideas on not-so-beany soymilk. Someone else likend to it. Basically, she recommends using mostly soybeans but also adding in some rice and rolled oats. It’s good but the problem I had with making my own soymilk was that the cleaning was very time-consuming and labor-intensive. I may go ahead and give it a whirl again for July’s Local Food challenge, though.

    • I wouldn’t sugesgt it since its very high in sodium. You should try getting him some of the stuff they actually make for dogs, I know Iams makes different types of sauce to put on your dogs food so they’ll want to eat it. But if its just an occasional treat for him and not an every day thing, I’d say there’s no harm.

  3. You do NOT give your dog anything like this. Soy sauce is so full of soiudm and is so bad for your dog. Why would you want to put human condiments on your dog’s food?Use a little common sense. Aren’t you the one who is asking about a TOFU diet? Feed your dog DOG FOOD.

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  6. Regarding dog food….we will NOT feed our 4 Pyrnees one more commercial dog kibble! After twice poisoning our dogs, we now make our own dog food and they are as healthy as they were designed by God to be. Commercial dog foods are made with dead, euthanized cats and dogs from vetrinary clinics and animal shelters, as well as road kills. The euthanizia chemical is not destroyed in prossessing, nor are the flea collars or any of the other pet attachments, or the diseases of road kills, that are ground up with them. For more enlightenment, google dog/cat food recalls. Our dogs thrive on brown rice and lentils, plus fresh veggies, raw cow meat/fat. We avoid GMOs and any processed foods, the same as our diet. They get fermented MULTI “grain (rice, lentils, bean, barley, oat, rye, whole wheat, flax meal, black walnut meal, raw milk, free range eggs, and anything else good) hotcakes 6 out of 7 days. Additionally, they get a large helping of rice and lentils with whatever fresh veggies we have on hand. Following this diet, our last two Pyrs lived 9 and 12 years. Their teeth were then examined by the vet. He said they had the teeth of puppies….no tarter at all! On commercial kibble, our dogs had two poisonings and continual skin problems and ear infections. Happily, we are free of those problems.

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