What Does It Mean, to Eat a "Healthy Diet"? (Fascinating Articles This Week)

I just started reading “Righteous Porkchop,” by Nicolette Hahn Niman, which chronicles Niman's adventures as an environmental attorney who begins her career by investigating the non-glamorous and severe problem of hog manure pollution on factory farms. The book's first surprise (for me) came on the first page, in the forward by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: a searing indictment of the CAFO/factory farming meat industry. It contains passages like this one:

The Childish Ways of An Unschooling Wannabe

Dear Family,

“Tooth decay is not only unnecessary, but an indication of our divergence from Nature's fundamental laws of life and health.”
--Weston Price


Aging, Spamming, Drugging, Helminths, and A Controversial Therapeutic Approach (Fascinating Articles This Week)

There are always interesting things to read around here, like the current issue of _Academe: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors_. Among other related content is “Diagnosing Conflict-of-Interest Disorder: Big Pharma works in subtle but powerful ways inside the pages of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2010/ND/feat/cosg.htm

Estrogen, A New Cookbook, and What They Eat in the Arctic (Fascinating Articles This Week)


Take a look at the crazy flooding in Ithaca this week!


I've just started reading a new cookbook! It's called “Full Moon Feast,” by Jessica Prentice, and last night I adapted the Swedish Meatballs recipe for dinner. They were delicious: http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/swedish-meatballs

GAPS Resource List

This is a growing collection of favorite resources relating to the GAPS dietary protocol.

Please send suggestions and additions for this list!

How To Start GAPS

...or, What I Wish Someone Had Told Me in April 2010
by Sarabeth Matilsky

This is obviously biased by my family's experiences, but I'm hopeful that it will help you as you craft your own, unique health-promoting GAPS diet plan. This article will be updated as needed--please send me suggestions!)

(As of March 2013, I have posted a comprehensive list of How We Eat Now, with lots of recipes: http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/updates/what-we-eat-recipes )

The Difference Between Rotten, How to Eat Raw Liver (and Other Fascinating Articles This Week)

Dear Family,

“How easy and delightful life might be if we could do this, if when we had attained the position we wished, we might rest on our oars and watch the ripples on the stream of life.”

--Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings”


Classes are in full-swing, here at Sara University. Some of my graduate courses, like “Healing the whole family,” and “Starting to Learn Who Your Child _Really_ Is,” and “Organ Meats 101,” are not part of any major I ever thought I'd pursue with such passion.

Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD - a book review

In the summer before sixth grade, Beth Alison Maloney's middle son suddenly began to exhibit severe obsessive-compulsive behaviors. She documents his ensuing multi-year battle with mental illness in her book, “Saving Sammy: Curing the boy who caught OCD.”

The Miraculous Possibility of Hope, and Really Bad Words

Dear Family,

The Wise Traditions Conference was a bit more than simple propaganda, inspiration, and meeting great people--it was also validation for this massive, challenging, unpaid job that Jeff and I have been doing. It was a chance to meet “colleagues” also in the “business” of healing their families, and who were willing to share honestly, reserve judgment, and laugh in a friendly sort of way when I--former-life-long-vegetarian that I am—approached the buffet tables at mealtimes with a mixture of disgust and delight and intellectual curiosity.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome (Natasha Campbell-McBride)

Lecture at Wise Traditions Conference, King of Prussia, PA, November 12, 2010.

This is a transcription and adaptation by me (Sarabeth Matilsky). Any mistakes are undoubtedly mine, although I made an effort to leave out any details or insert a (?) when I felt unsure about NCM's intended meaning.

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