All Weston Price, All the Time - Excerpts and Commentary This week

Dear Family,

Last week, I rhetorically asked the following questions: Why don't we all learn about Weston A. Price's research as soon as we can talk? And why don't we talk about the amazing health and societal differences he documented between Primitive and Modernized races? Why don't we talk about this with everyone we know, every DAY?!

One Alert Reader (as Dave Barry likes to say) offered some thoughtful answers:

GAPS Running Races of The Mind

This morning I was thinking:

1. When trying to affect gut flora, one is up against absolutely entrenched homeostasis.

2. Changing this, even in order to heal "mild" symptoms, takes a looooong time and a lot of faith, since as Natasha Campbell-McBride says, medical knowledge of the human gut "is in its infancy."

3. Dr. Campbell-McBride says that healing requires an average of 2-3 years of "hard work" while adhering strictly to the GAPS protocol.

Hormones, Theatrical Events, and Even More Thoughts on Human Health

Dear Family,

“'If only I had some grease I could fix some kind of a light,' Ma considered. 'We didn't lack for light when I was a girl, before this newfangled kerosene was ever heard of.'

“'That's so,' said Pa. 'These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraph and kerosene and coal stoves--they're good things to have but the trouble is, folks get to depend on 'em.'”

--“The Long Winter,” by Laura Ingalls Wilder



Good Posture, Good Food, and Lots of Good Coconuts

Dear Family,


Trying to open the kefir jar: “This lid is SO tight--it's frickin' JAMMED on!”

Standing outside on the boulder near the sandbox: “I'm the tip of the mountain! I'm gonna jump into the deep of the snow.”

Pondering the possibilities: “If I had extra arms, and cut off this [his head], I could carry it.”

Amazing Aborigines, Conscientious Objectors, Breasts In Use (+Bare feet), Urinary Fingerprints - Fascinating Articles This Week

Here is fermentation advice aplenty...


A good article for Current-Events-Challenged individuals such as myself, on the topic of the recent Egyptian Revolution.


I'm very curious about applying this “conscientious objector” tactic to similarly silly laws as they currently apply to unschoolers.


News from the Cranky Canary, and Other Mundanities

Dear Family,

“But I won't be no runaway
Cause I won't run
No, I won't be no runaway.”

--The National, “Runaway”



House Pets, Anxiety Addiction, and The Crazy Sad Loss of Native Nutritional Wisdom - Fascinating Articles This Week

It turns out that house pets need good nutrition, too.

Our friends recently got a puppy, who subsequently (on the day it received simultaneous de-worming medication and a vaccination) developed diarrhea that continued 24 hours per day for (too) many days in a row.

Human Health, Hotness, and How not to Give Up Hope

Dear Family,

I am reading “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods,” by Cate Shanahan. Also, am continuing to read Weston Price. And I tell you, I am tired of the word “degenerate.”

I also am totally intrigued, and want to understand: what does it mean to be human and _healthy_? How does one do what we are, in the end, unofficially programmed to do: conceive and birth and raise healthy children?

A Performance to Remember, and A Silly Thing About Educational Activities

Dear Family,

“...Pippi, can you tell me what seven and five are?”

Pippie, astonished and dismayed, looked at [the teacher] and said, “Well, if you don't know that yourself, you needn't think I'm going to tell you.”

All the children stared in horror at Pippi, and the teacher explained that one couldn’t answer that way in school.

“I beg your pardon,” said Pippi contritely. “I didn't know that. I won't do it again.”

“No, let us hope not,” said the teacher. “And now I will tell you that seven and five are twelve.”

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