Karl H. Pribram, MD

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The realm of science has lost a truly great man and pioneer, and someone who I considered a friend and inspiration.

Karl H. Pribram, MD:  Neuropsychologist and neurophysicist.  He passed away on January 19 at the age of 95 from cancer.  We have collectively truly lost one of the greatest scientific and inspirational minds of our time.

Karl is not someone I knew more than casually, though we have many, many hugs to show for our heartfelt mutual regard and our shared association with the (now former annual) Winter Brain Conference—an event near and dear to both our hearts.  There was always an almost childlike exuberance about him and enthusiasm radiating his presence wherever he went.  Karl never failed to attend this conference (to the notable exclusion of other, more academically-oriented ones) as it once stood alone in embracing the open-hearted and pioneering spirit he so embodied.  His presentations at this conference were always standing-room only and deeply inspiring.   To say that he was beyond staggeringly brilliant and unique within the field of neuroscience is understating what is more than obvious.   He was also far more than “just” a pioneer—Many literally referred to him as “the Magellan of the mind.”   To him the human mind was not simply some biochemical or bioelectric construct generated by or solely contained within the confines of  the physical human brain,  but rather he saw the brain itself as a merely a receiver (like a radio receiver) of holographic quantum data through which a holographic (or, as he referred to it, holonomic) process of Mind found its expression.  He advanced what he referred to as The Holonomic Brain Theory of cognitive function and together with his friend, physicist David Bohm they constructed a viable theory of the nature of consciousness, as well as emotion, cognition and memory function. He was a prolific writer/researcher and authored an untold number of books and literally hundreds upon hundreds of research papers.

His work was featured in the wonderful best-selling book written by journalist, author, publisher and lecturer, Lynne McTaggart titled “The Field”.

My favorite personal recollection of Karl involved an afternoon where he, myself, and my incredibly dear friends, Dr. Siegfried Othmer and Thom Hartmann sat in a small circle, knees almost touching with all of us leaned over in an intimate huddle, where we each simply shared our hearts and thoughts.  It was a greatly moving, touching and enriching experience  for us all.  It is a most cherished memory.  I felt forever meaningfully connected with Karl after that.

I did not know him well enough at all to know whether his life was a truly happy one (though he always seemed filled with that almost innocent and joyous exuberance to me and I suspect so),  but it is clear that his life was more than worthwhile and filled with extraordinary meaning.  I also happen to know he was greatly loved as a deeply kind and humanistic soul by many.  Thanks to him and his extraordinary body of work, the nature of the human mind is that much more tangible and life itself has a greater, richer and deeper meaning for me.

Rest in peace, Karl.  You will be forever missed…

~Nora

GETTING DOWN TO THE WIRE!

JG-My-HOpe-For-Health-BWOn this day of Thanksgiving I want to reach out and thank all of you–in the most heartfelt possible way— who have contributed monetarily to this profoundly worthy cause following my last article where I introduced Kama Trudgen and the nine women seeking to transform their own health and the health of their Yolngu community. Both Kama and the women in her care are deeply moved by the outpouring of support they are receiving from all of you. To them, this is a beautiful miracle—but they are still short of their essential monetary goal to make their humble need (and dream) a reality.

The Australian Indigenous Health Project launched by Kama and her husband, Tim has already raised just over $41,000 in donations from caring people, but this is still short of the $54,000 needed in order for ALL these deserving and health-challenged women to receive the help they need. They have just 11 days to reach this goal now and time is rapidly ticking…

Keep in mind, that these women are not asking for any sort of “handout”, but instead for an opportunity to create real, foundational self-empowerment. Lives are literally at stake in a very real way in this, and quite possibly the very future survival of other similarly suffering Aboriginal people groups throughout Australia who have a real potential to benefit from the success this project can offer. It is an opportunity for all of us to help right a grievous wrong and potentially even inspire indigenous people groups everywhere if this program is successful and the news of that is allowed to spread far and wide (which I will personally see to, to the extent I can).

There is also a very real urgency in all of this, as more people in the community are succumbing as I write this to entirely preventable ill health and even death—even since my earlier blog post a few days ago! My most recent email from Kama had this to say:

“I am trying to support these incredible ladies on a journey to rediscover their health, but along the way many of their very close family members have died. This is so heartbreaking, as it is often from preventable diseases that these guys are only just coming to understand. They have such a beautiful vision to help their community, but they are not there yet, and it is too late for many people that we love. It makes it feel very urgent, but at the same time nothing moves very quickly at all, which is a challenging tension. Of the three ladies who have worked most closely with me, one is now caring for her Dad who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, one recently buried her husband, and the other her youngest sister died suddenly and unexpectedly a few months ago from a stroke, leaving behind a little son not much older than Eli. The funeral is only just about to start next week- as there is a queue of constant funerals here. Pretty depressing stuff, but the reality here…”

It is impossible for any of us to fathom the intense grief and pain these women live with as an ongoing daily reality. And it doesn’t have to be this way! WE can actually do something about it!

Some people ask the question Why the need to go anywhere? Why not simply do all this right where they are?

Kama is not paid to do the work she is doing (nor is she asking to be—regardless of how deserving she obviously is) and resources in Galiwin’ku are severely limited. Also, Kama herself has a two-year-old son and many other personal and community responsibilities, making it impossible for her to single-handedly simply create some kind of health retreat locally on her own from scratch with zero available infrastructure. Eventually, creating a local educational/health center run by and for this community is the goal– but first these women need to come to some measure of restoration of their own compromised health before they can hope to spread health to the rest of their community. That is why their traveling to this health retreat is so critical. As Kama rightfully points out:You cannot expect the people who need the retreat themselves to be able to build it. They need to be empowered first to have the knowledge and skills to create it for their community.” 

Kama went on to more optimistically share:

“We are now well past our tipping point, which means THIS IS HAPPENING!! We are super excited!! We have enough funds (at least to start) and that means we can go ahead with a smaller group. But we still hope to take the whole group along to Living Valley Springs, so that they can support each other, build knowledge, and be a strong transformative force when they return to Galiwin’ku. The more women we can take the stronger the foundation of this work.”

They are less than $13,000 away from reaching the goal that will allow all of these deserving women to take the next critical step in their healing, but time is running out—in more ways than one. Compared to many other worthwhile charities, the amount of money that is being sought here is minute— especially considering the very real life-and-death difference it will make. And it IS reachable!

As soon as I finish writing this post my plan is to go back to the Hope for Health site and contribute yet again. I am hoping many of you are willing and/or able to follow suit and do the same. If everyone my earlier post reached would have contributed just $10 we would have already far-exceeded the goal. Your moral support and heartfelt positive intentions are deeply appreciated and needed here— but the unfortunate bottom line, real-world practical need right now is money.

If there is any possibility at all that you can contribute more to this beautiful, life-saving cause, here is the link yet again:

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THANK YOU!

~ Nora

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The Australian Indigenous Health Project

Some-of-the-ladies-being-cheeky-Groupshot-HFHMany of you reading this know, I spent the month of July touring throughout Australia on what was called The Paleo Way tour. Following the tour I had the extraordinary privilege to spend some quality time in Australia’s Outback— more specifically, Uluru.

Uluru was at one time referred to as Ayers rock, but then rightfully renamed with its original name given by its original stewards, the Aṉaŋu people. I wrote more about my time in the Outback in my last blog post.

While there I saw a great many Aboriginal people. Many were simply going about their business, shopping in the local market and traveling to and from the local village where they live (off limits to tourists), called Mutitjulu. Others actually work in tandem with the Park service, functioning as expert guides and/or providing education about the history and way of life of their people. Others still are fortunate enough to be artistically gifted and sell their wares (mostly paintings, baskets and carvings) throughout the park where tourists frequent. Few are entirely fluent in English, and those that do speak English often mix their native tongue in with English words in a way that makes it very hard to have an easy conversation. The Aṉaŋu guides working for the Park service seemed to me to be the most readily fluent.

The state of health among Australia’s Aboriginal population that I was able to witness was beyond deplorable. Obesity there is virtually ubiquitous and I watched many individuals walking with considerable difficulty simply because of this. Many are missing multiple teeth. Never have I seen a more blunt example of “manifest destiny’s” fait accompli. The local grocery market is overflowing with anything but that which I would personally identify as “food”. There was little recognizable happiness in the faces of many of the Aboriginal people that I encountered, and it was plain to see just how different their lives must be compared to the time (while many were still living off the land) when Weston Price visited these communities in the 1930’s. Back then; Dr. Price was overwhelmingly impressed with the health, strength and vigor of the Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal ManPhoto of an Australian Aboriginal man, circa 1901
Aboriginal hunter1922 photograph of an Aboriginal hunter (from the National Museum of Australia)

 

For as long as I can remember, I have felt a love, passion and special allegiance for indigenous cultures. I have been passionate about what they knew that could teach us more about who and what we are—and also how to live in sustainable symbiosis with the world around us. When I first arrived at the mode of thinking I now passionately promote about diet and health from an evolutionary perspective, I immediately recognized that the population that would stand to benefit most from this information would be indigenous people groups. It has been a bit of a dream of mine to find a way to share some of this information with people groups who we modern Europeans owe the most (and whose traditional history and spiritual wisdom means so much to me).

As far as I’m concerned, the deepest genocide committed by European encroachment upon native aboriginal people groups throughout the world was not by guns— but through food. There can be no faster way to conquer and destroy a people than through drugging them with nutrient- and spiritually-devoid, addictive foods (and food-like substances) and simultaneously destroying their health. Traditionally, all indigenous peoples recognized the inherent sacred connection between themselves and the animals they hunted and accepted the meat from their hunts as a sacrament of power. The famous Lakota holy man, Black Elk once aptly commented on the white man’s food. When he saw the sad and passively resigned state of the livestock white men casually slaughtered for food he commented, “How can there be any power in a food like that?” —Little did he know what else was coming. His heart would have shattered.

A REMARKABLE CONNECTION – SERENDIPITY!

A remarkable connection

A trained medical doctor named Kama Trudgen (pictured above, on left) recently contacted me. She lives in a remote Indigenous Community in North East Arnhem Land, Australia. The particular Aboriginal people group she works with there are the Yolngu. She was representing a program she helped create called “The Australian Indigenous Health Project”. She knew of my work speaking in Australia about nutrition from an evolutionary perspective she shares and decided to reach out. I’m so glad she did!

She said, “I did some reading about your work, and it just felt like your approach and ideas were consistent with what we are doing, and that you would understand this and might connect with it!” She also said, “It feels like everyone is still caught in the low fat paradigm, and its killing people, especially here!”

After acknowledging our common ground she proceeded to tell me her story. Here it is, in her own truly inspired, and eloquent words:

“I am trained as a medical doctor, and am now doing additional studies in Natural Medicine/Nutrition, where my real passion lies. My husband and I do community development work here, and we have had the unexpected joy of stumbling upon an incredible breakthrough of Hope for the Health of this community.

After my hospital years I got halfway through general practice training, and was working in an Aboriginal Medical Centre in Darwin, and my husband was doing consultancy work in Arnhem Land, and we realised we both needed to get outside the system to be able to meet people where they were at and come alongside them. So we left our nice secure jobs and started this work…

My husband and I moved to Galiwin’ku five years ago to start a community development project that was all about grass roots empowerment, supporting local people to achieve their own goals and endeavors. (Though) I am a trained medical doctor; I have a real passion for nutrition and preventative medicine. I always hoped that I could support people with health related goals, but we were focused on being responsive, and not directing agendas and ideas, so we continued to help with those enterprises we were asked to help with, whatever they involved. In the meantime we were learning language and building up relationships and connections in the community. In that time I observed a lot about people’s health behaviours, diet, lifestyle, and about the projects that were going on in the community aimed to improve health, but failing.

After being here about 4 years (the end of 2013) a dear friend named Dianne who I call ‘Mother’ in the Yolngu kinship system asked me to help her with her health. We talked a lot, but the information was not connecting. When she got sick, I felt like I just had to show her, and that’s why I offered to cook for her, and it’s like it just came alive for her, and she was suddenly starving for more information. Before this she literally did not believe me that eating differently would change how she felt at all!

Dianne had been wheelchair bound with unstable ischemic heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes. With some simple nourishing foods on board, she went from being unable to walk short distances without feeling extremely breathless, to experiencing a new level of energy and vitality. She rapidly lost weight, her blood sugar levels normalized, and she was able to walk up hills with ease. Empowered to understand she could transform her own health, she was hungry for more information and tools to continue this new way of living.

Dianne’s recovery was so profound that other community members saw it as evidence for the first time that proper nutrition was powerful and effective! Before this experience Dianne literally did not believe me that eating differently would change how she felt at all! The current generation of Yolngu people have literally only known this state of ill health. White flour, sugar, powdered milk, black tea and soft drinks are the staple diet now. Nutrition programs in the community are still promoting artificial sweeteners and low fat processed foods as “healthy” options.

The current generation has literally only known this state of ill health.

I had no idea that this simple offering of mine (to cook for her) would change her life, and lead to a chain reaction that is spreading Hope across this remote community.

Chronic Disease is responsible for 80% of the mortality gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians. We know this is preventable, but Yolngu people do not. As my amazing Yolngu Mother has now discovered: “Before colonisation we trusted that the food from the land was good for us. When Balanda (white man) food was introduced to us we believed it was good too…Yolngu have started eating more and more Balanda food, without having the knowledge about how it should be eaten…High rates of chronic disease are killing my community. People have chronic disease because of poor nutrition.”

I am now supporting an incredible group of women from this community, as they rediscover their lost vitality and are empowered to take back control of their health. They want to take this all the way, and create a local Health Retreat where people can experience the power of real foods, and combine this with their own traditional methods of healing. As a first step they want to travel to an established health retreat. They are all dealing with chronic diseases themselves, and they know they need to conquer their own health first before they can be catalysts for healing in their community. They want to experience, learn and build their capacity, and bring this back to their community.
Basically what I have been promoting is to completely empower the Yolngu traditional diet. This consists of fresh locally caught/hunted seafood, wallaby, magpie goose, turtle, fruits/berries, some root vegetables etc., etc. Sadly people love these foods, but don’t value them, and have become highly dependent on the local store. There is actually research that shows that people’s health is inversely proportional to the distance they live to a shop- eek! The majority of the population is now living mainly on white four and sugar and black tea, often with margarine and syrup and soft drinks. So, I am trying to help people now to work through what on earth they can eat (if they can’t go hunting) and they cut out these foods. There are huge challenges here, as often alternatives are not available in the local store (although they are working with us slowly to try and resolve this). Also they need the skills to understand and make the choices about foods that are in packages. The simple rule I have been saying is to eat food the way God made it- so that includes all their traditional foods, plus fruit, veg, meat (free range if possible), eggs, nuts, seeds. I am trying to get people to avoid wheat/gluten all together. I encourage coconut oil and organic butter, coconut milk and yoghurt.

I am now supporting an incredible group of women from this community on a journey to rediscover their lost vitality and be empowered to take back control of their health by returning to Real Foods.

Yolngu still maintain much of their own language and culture, but colonisation is actively still occurring before our eyes, usually through people and programs trying to “help”. The health crisis is only going to get worse before it gets better, with chronic disease affecting younger and younger people, as the current generation have known nothing but processed food from since they were in the womb. (There are still some people alive today who as children were living here before any significant contact with white people, who had a completely traditional lifestyle for part of their life).

Yolngu people are not used to a society full of lies in the form of advertising. They don’t understand why foods would be sold if they are bad for you. And to confuse things more there are still Dieticians, etc. running programs for this community promoting artificial sweeteners and other processed rubbish as “healthy” foods.

Sticking with the “system” and its recommendations is so safe and easy, as you don’t have to think, challenge, cause a stir. –Pity it is so often wrong. I must admit I have had some fear and trepidation as I have started to encourage, for example, the use of coconut oil and other quality saturated fats here…

I wanted to send you a short clip of Dianne, my amazing Yolngu mother, but alas it’s not working on the Internet, so I will have to put the transcript below. It is Dianne speaking a few years ago, about what life is like for Yolngu people. Dianne is just the most incredible woman. Yolgnu are disempowered on so many levels, including a crippling welfare dependency. I know I am biased by personal passion here, but without the foundation of health, how do a disempowered people group find the strength and courage to overcome this. To be honest I was quite stunned to discover in the changes of the few women working closest with me, that what is often labeled as Yolngu being lazy and unmotivated, is actually malnutrition. They literally don’t have energy!”

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Kama’s ‘Mother’, Diane said:

“Here we are living in a state of disempowerment. Gone is our inner strength. There is our strength–held by strangers. We are walking around like dead people. That is how we are living now. In this situation we are animated by a foreign culture. Our wills are compelled, directed by foreigners. But we do not posses the inner power, to raise our own will to action for ourselves. We are living in dependency, we are dependent on others. People coming from distant places. And so we are dependent. We are living like that— while our elders were living with inner confidence and resolve. –With life, like with real life. Then a person thrived. Such a time is finished, struck down. We want support. We want…Where is there…..From where will it come…..support? Where can we really find support for us? This is the kind of support we require. A spirit lifting person. Restoring, giving purpose and meaning to life. Empowering.”

Kama went on to say,

“I know the reality is that most of us are actually “walking around like dead people”, as she describes Yolngu, and we need to truly be learning from each other across cultures to actually realise this. What is happening in Yolngu communities in Australia is like a giant magnifying glass, where everything that is screwed up about our system is concentrated and horrifyingly visible.

What we don’t realise in the Dominant Culture is that the system that disempowers Yolngu also disempowers us.

Health is the little piece of the puzzle that I want to contribute to. I feel that Yolngu rediscovering their health will be powerful not only for their own people, but for us all!”

Astonishingly articulate, remarkable, passionate…and right on the money.

Kama and I have been in considerable contact of late and she consented to having some of what we discussed privately over email shared with all of you. What you have just read was selectively condensed from several email correspondences we have recently shared. Kama is an extraordinary human being and her work is perhaps even more important than she realizes. To me the success of this program has clear potential implications for many other similar communities throughout Australia.

One doesn’t typically hear words like: “I am a trained medical doctor” and “passionate about nutrition and prevention” in the same sentence. I am deeply impressed. It actually tells me a lot about Kama. She no longer practices conventional medicine, as she has found food to be the true, more powerful healing medicine.

By now, many of you reading this are undoubtedly as convinced as I that Kama’s work needs to be supported. She sent me the following link (below the photo) to the crowd-funding page she and her husband created for this project. Kama works strictly as a volunteer with this and her husband is paid a meager half salary for what he does. This is a labor of love and of passion for doing the right thing, in the right way, for people group that deserves more than any other to be helped in this way.

I have provided the link here and hope that all of you will find it in your hearts to contribute at least something to this worthy cause. I, myself hope to travel to this community early next year to meet with an offer what support I am personally able. –And yes, I have contributed to this fund, myself.

Be sure to watch this incredible short video!

Kama says:

“These women want to take this all the way, and create a local Health Retreat in Arnhem Land where Yolngu people can experience the power of real foods, and combine this with their own traditional methods of healing. A place where people can receive education about nourishing foods in their own language, as well as skills to cook and understand food labels. As a first step they want to travel to an established health retreat, Living Valley Springs. They are all dealing with chronic diseases themselves, and they know they need to conquer their own health first before they can be catalysts for healing in their community. They want to experience, learn and build their capacity, and bring this back to their community.

Please partner with us on this incredible journey!

Please follow this link, hear their story, their dream, and please Donate to help their first step! We need to raise these funds before the 8th of December, so please jump on board for this exciting ride!” ~Kama Trudgen

ANY amount you are able to contribute would be a miracle for Kama and the Yolngu people. The way I see it, any work committed to restoring the foundational/traditional health of Aboriginal people goes a long way toward healing the soul of the world.

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Kama with her ‘Mother’, Dianne

 
“Here in Galiwin’ku Yolngu are suffering. There are funerals all the time. Life expectancy is short for Yolngu. So many people, both young and old are affected by Chronic Disease. This is getting worse…We don’t want to continue in this way, going through all this pain and suffering. We want a different future for this community…We want you to partner with us in nurturing and celebrating Life and wellbeing. We want Yolngu to have a quality and enjoyment of life that other Australians enjoy. My experience has shown us that with deep knowledge and experience this is possible.”

~ Dianne Biritjalawuy

Please help these women get to Living Valley Springs Health Retreat and bring Hope to this community to overcome its current health crisis!

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My “Paleo Way” Down Under Adventure

Paleo Way tour, Adelaide

WOW. Where do I begin (belatedly)? All I have to say (well, maybe not “all”) is that BIG (very big) things are happening Down Under! I returned at the end of July from a h-u-g-e series of speaking events throughout Australia on The Paleo Way tour in the amazing company of celebrity chef (and dear friend), Pete Evans, fitness guru, Luke Hines and Australian rock icon, Wes Carr. Let’s just say that the Primal Body, Primal Mind way of eating is taking Australia by storm. We spoke to enthusiastic audiences totaling in the thousands (and thousands) throughout the tour and had events in seven cities: Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Dubbo.

This was my third tour in Australia and it was an immensely gratifying thing to be approached by countless people sharing their own enthusiastic (and often tear-jerking) stories of positive personal transformation and renewed health and vitality. I recognized a number of faces from a couple of years ago and seeing the incredible growth of interest in all this since then was, well, a bit overwhelming (in the best possible way).

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A couple of years ago, I received an unassuming email from an Australian celebrity chef by the name of Pete Evans. He basically said that my book had changed his life and the life of his partner and family and that he wanted to meet me. We agreed to talk over Skype–with me in Portland, Oregon and he in Perth, in Western Australia (pretty much the edge of the world). We forged a wonderful heart-felt connection over that conversation. Over the next two years we remained in sporadic contact and during my return trip to Sydney in 2012 we finally met at his home at (then) Bondi Beach. We spent an entire evening together with Pete (who prepared a glorious meal), his gorgeous and wonderful partner (fiancé) Nic Robinson, and Pete’s two beautiful and delightful young daughters, Chilli and Indi. We agreed that we wanted to find a way to somehow work together to help make positive change in others and in the way the public looks at food. Pete shares my deep passion for all this and a genuine drive to see real change in the world and in the health of others and he believed that together we could do this in a massive way.

Last February, 2013 Pete and his partner, Nic flew to Portland, Oregon to film me (and a few other health luminaries) for his upcoming Paleo television program slated for release in Australia and the UK. We wandered with a PBS film crew through the streets of Portland for close to three hours doing our interview, then spent the next several days just hanging out and getting to know one another better. We all became family in short order and decided we wanted to find bigger and better ways of collaborating. A few months later, Pete contacted me and said he had found the perfect collaboration, all beginning with The Paleo Way tour. The rest, as they say, is soon to make history. 

Nora on stage in SydneySpeaking to a h-u-g-e crowd in Sydney

 

Fitness guru, Luke Hines had been a contestant on Pete’s number one rated television show in Australia, called ‘My Kitchen Rules’ and they had gotten to know each other by the end of the season, ultimately becoming good friends. Luke became a “Primal convert” after Pete turned him on to my book and Luke was eager to play a role in our future endeavors. Luke has been a celebrity personal trainer and is enormously (not to mention deservedly) very well-liked. He is positive, energetic and a genuinely inspiring presence. He has a great sense of humor and a warm, open heart. He was also a blast to work with.

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Wes Carr, known throughout his country for having won first place on Australian Idol has since become a bona fide Australian rock star, with several successful albums and tours (recently working on a project with Joe Cocker).   It turns out that Wes, too had a personal story to tell about his physical and emotional health related to having stumbled across my book during a particularly dark time in his life. Not only was his physical and mental health turned around, but it also ultimately transformed the health of his young, beautiful son, Willow. Wes wanted to take part in the tour so he could have an opportunity to tell his (and his son’s) story.

Willow seemed normal enough at birth, but following a series of vaccinations began to change and exhibit symptoms of what was later diagnosed as autism. (Note: Wes did not claim that the vaccinations had caused the symptoms, but things didn’t seem to be the same that day forward). Their sweet happy boy had begun screaming and crying with frightening intensity at night with no help and no answers from his doctors. He had also begun staring off into space for prolonged periods of time, not speaking or connecting at all with anyone and not playing at all.   He had also begun the disturbing habit of self-stimming by hand flapping throughout the day. Wes and his wife, Charlotte were utterly terrified that they might lose him forever.   They made the decision to change their son’s diet, removing all gluten and dairy, GMO’s and all processed foods and adding in nourishing bone broths and healthy fermented and cultured foods, plus (you guessed it) lots of healthy, grass fed, nourishing fat.   In a nutshell, in no time at all they had their beautiful son back– smiling, engaged in life, playing with other children, being loving and at last— normal. OH– and Willow’s absolute favorite food? Homemade liver pate! Wes recently released a new sure-to-be hit single, called Anthem– a song and a YouTube video all about personal transformation. You can view his amazing and powerful YouTube video here.

Wes Carr and familyWes, Charlotte and Willow

 Charlotte has created a healthy web site for other families of kids like Willow: www.BubbaYumYum.com

Wes performingWes Carr – performing onstage on The Paleo Way tour

 

Wes is one of the most genuine, warm and talented people I have met in a very long time and an incredible person I am proud to include in my life as a heartfelt friend. We also had a blast jamming back stage in Perth.

Together, we all spoke to massive and enthusiastic audiences everywhere we went and the response was amazing.

We also had an amazing crew that came everywhere with us, making sure that everything went smoothly. Many thanks to Yvette, Lisa and Courtney at Earth Events (and all the “Earth Angels) from Earth Events for keeping us on track (and being generally awesome)!

Here is a after tour wrap up blog post by Earth Events:  The Paleo Way Wrap

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Pete and Wes sleeping on plane

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Group at restaurant in Perth

The tour schedule was utterly exhausting (note Pete and Wes zonked out pictured above) and we were boarding planes almost daily. The audiences were amazing, as were the locations. Our last stop of the tour in Dubbo was a special joy for me, where I had spoken a year prior in an all-day mostly solo event to an engaged audience of hundreds. The Paleo movement and fan base for Primal Body, Primal Mind sparked by my earlier tour is a growing and well-organized phenomenon there and we attracted quite a bit of media. It felt like a real homecoming. Primal/Paleo potlucks are happening regularly throughout the region, thanks in part to Amanda Parrish (Finding Eco), and her dad, Mike Parrish (Healthy Life Dubbo)  –two dedicated forces for good in Australia and the world. I truly have some wonderful friends there (a heartfelt shout out to Grahame and Ros Rees of nearby Bathurst), and Dubbo is the home of one of my favorite Paleo cafes ever: ‘Sprouts’. Their chef, Wassim—pictured above with Yours Truly holding a Paleo-friendly treat he lovingly prepared and gifted to the crew—is among the most talented of chefs anywhere in Australia. He is a culinary perfectionist in the kitchen, for sure—devoted to the utter glorification of real, nutrient dense food. He’s also a terrific guy.

In the last pic (above) we were all grabbing a bite to eat at a fabulously healthy café in Perth called Solomon’s. They even served grass-fed, homemade bone broth on the menu! I was actually fairly impressed by the availability of Real food throughout the many places we visited in Australia.

Our tour attracted tremendous media attention wherever we went and was very positively received by the many wonderful people that attended it. In short, we had an incredible time and I like to think we were able to do an effective job of introducing this revolutionary natural approach to diet and health to thousands of enthusiastic Aussies in the land Down Under.

The Paleo Way Tour Video

 Stay tuned for upcoming news about the next (yes—next) tour!

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Pete and Nora on TV Pete’s and my appearance on Sydney, Australia’s ‘Sunrise’ TV show

 

AFTER THE TOUR…

Immediately following the tour, Lisa and I traveled to the sleepy surfer town of Byron Bay for a day or two of badly needed R&R. During our stay, we asked the locals where the best place was to go for fabulous and healthy food. A number of people “in the know” told us about a place not too far from our hotel called ‘The Roadhouse’; an out of the way, tiny local hangout joint located just up the road. The atmosphere was relaxed, cozy, unassuming and warm and the menu boasted the largest selection of whiskey anywhere in the area (OK—less than Primal). That said, it was also filled with a beautiful selection of organic, free range, farm-to-fork fare, and even served things like fermented vegetables, green juices and homemade kombucha! I ordered fresh, locally caught fish lightly broiled (to absolute mouthwatering perfection) and prepared atop of a platter of fresh, local, organic sautéed vegetables. There were even homemade cultured vegetables on the side! OMG…I was never so impressed with a meal so perfectly prepared as I was at this restaurant. It is a meal I will not soon forget. The young proprietor, by the name of Liam Flanagan came by the table to make sure everything was all right. Naturally, I gushed about the fabulous food and how impressed I was. He then proceeded to ask me if my name was Nora Gedgaudas. I think my jaw audibly hit the table. “Why…uh…yes…” –It turns out that Liam happens to be a big fan and was inspired to create the menu he did– in part based on what he read about in my book! What are the odds? Needless to say, if you ever happen to be in Byron Bay, be sure to stop by The Roadhouse for one of the best meals you’ll ever have. Tell Liam I sent you.  :-)

Nora & Liam Meal pic at Roadhouse

Following our brief but welcome respite on the beach, Lisa and I were extremely fortunate to be able to also spend some real quality time in Australia’s Outback.   I have had a long-term fascination with Aboriginal culture and set my travel sights on Uluru (formerly known as Ayer’s Rock). The harsh climate and terrain of the area surrounding Uluru was easily matched by its stark, yet strikingly rich beauty.

Sunrise at Uluru Sunrise at Uluru

 

There are a few locations more iconic in Australia’s Outback than Uluru. This ancient sandstone monolith has been a sacred site for the Aboriginal people that have inhabited this place for literally tens of thousands of years. Despite the now popular tourist destination that it has become, the power of this place continues to be palpable.

40,000 year-old cave art40,000 year-old cave art

 

I had the opportunity to learn something about the Aaŋu (pronounced “Ananoo”) culture of this particular region (one of many ancient Aboriginal groups in Australia) and many of the traditional foods, hunting implements and tools they once used. The term Aṉaŋu essentially translates to “human being”.

A number of Aboriginal people in Australia still continued to live their traditional life in the bush until as recently as 1985, when the very last of them sadly abandoned “the old ways” and resigned themselves to modern life. A lot has changed since then— not the least of which has been the health of the Aboriginal people.

Hint: NOT for the better.

Our Aṉaŋu tour guide led us on a hike around the base of this magnificent ancient natural wonder, stopping along the way to point out places of particular significance and carefully explaining the rich history of this region and his people. At the cultural center complex located in the nearby shadow of Uluru we were treated to a demonstration of numerous Aboriginal implements traditionally used in the old days (and occasionally even still today in some places). We learned about digging sticks and getting at witjuti grubs under mulga shrubs. Witjuti grubs were the single most important food insect in the Outback and are a terrific source of protein and fat. They are white, juicy, fat-n-sassy grubs that when roasted taste like—supposedly–fried eggs. When eaten raw they supposedly taste more almond-like. –I’ll take their word for it.

Hollow rootA section of hollow root from a mulga shrub where juicy witjuti grubs might be found
Witchetty_grubA couple of plump, tasty widjuti grubs[i]

 

The Aṉaŋu hunted animals using 8-10 foot long spears thrown with a woomera (a form of atlatl – see below example). They were typically carved from mulga wood—an incredibly durable hardwood from which they also frequently carved their spearheads. The ingenuity of the woomera is such that it additionally could serve as a bowl, a cutting tool and a firestarter. –Sort of the Aboriginal version of the Swiss Army knife. The woomera spear was known as the fastest weapon in the world pre-1800’s and the extra energy gained from the woomera’s use has been calculated as four times that from a modern compound hunting bow[ii]. That’s some incredible, powerful and versatile ingenuity!

WoomeraExample of a woomera (close up of spear hook at tip below)

 

Spear hook

 

Woomera spear tipWoomera mulga-wood spear tip. Barb wound with kangaroo sinew

 

CalendarOverlapping Piranpa and Aṉaŋu calendar

 

The Aṉaŋu never calculated their annual calendar by Piranpa (white man) dates/seasons, but only by their own particular seasons (six of them); which were logically characterized by the kinds of foods that were available to them at different times of the year or under different conditions. Some of the recognized seasons included Wanitjunkupai, which translates to “beginning of the cold weather”, Tjuntalpa, (meaning the time when clouds roll in from the south), Wari (meaning “cold time”), Piriyakutu (“the warm, windy time when animals breed and flowers bloom”), Kulu (“hot time”) and Itjanu (“the hot and rainy time”). They referred to drought as Ailuru. To find enough food the Aṉaŋu often had to travel great distances. It could be several days walk from waterhole to waterhole and it took a great deal of strength of body, experienced knowledge and superior powers of observation to traverse these distances and successfully find food and water. Their very lives depended upon the accuracy of these skills. One can scarcely imagine more harsh living conditions on planet Earth than the Australian Outback. That said, the Aṉaŋu people claim the climate has actually changed quite a bit since traditional times. They say that rain does not fall the same way or at the same time as it did in the past and there is much more dry, or Ailuru time today. Bush foods are no longer anywhere near as common. In fact, it is unlikely that even the stealthiest and most knowledgeable traditionally-inclined Aṉaŋu person alive today would be able to successfully live on the land anymore as they once did. The dingoes are largely gone now from the wild, and wildlife such as kangaroos, emu and wallabies are nowhere near as abundant and are only scarcely seen. Many native plant species are gone, including the ones they used for food. Easily the most abundantly found mammalian species anywhere in the Outback today are feral camels! These were brought to Australia with early explorers from the Middle and Far East. Many were abandoned or got loose along the way– and rather than perish they managed to thrive. –And thrive they did. Today there are in excess of 800,000 feral camels wandering loose in the Australian Outback! They are considered a nuisance, as they damage and over browse native plants.

Feral camel

The feral camels are regularly seen in areas surrounding Uluru, though I never had the occasion to actually spot one while I was there (though certain enterprising individuals have opened local camel ranches for the tourists). Non-native grasses from Africa have also been inadvertently introduced to the region and have led to the decimation of numerous native plant species there.

The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act was passed in 1976, which finally—by law– recognized the rights of Aboriginal people to their ancestral lands. It took nine more years for the Aṉaŋu to be presented with the Freehold Title deeds for the Park, who, in turn (by conditional agreement), leased the land back to the Australian Government through the Director of National Parks (formerly the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service) for “99 years”. The Aṉaŋu at last officially own the ‘Uluu-Kata Tjua National Park’ (formerly Ayers Rock – Mt Olga National Park) lands, but operate the Park itself through what is referred to as “joint management” (i.e., in tandem with the Australian government). The Aṉaŋu continue to hunt certain animal species such as red kangaroos, emus, other birds and lizards in remote areas of the Park and on Aṉaŋu land elsewhere. Some even utilize traditional hunting implements such as the woomera and boomerangs to do this on occasion, though their true hunter-gatherer way of life is essentially (and sadly) now gone. Most of what Aboriginal people eat tends to come from regular grocery stores nowadays. Beyond unfortunate.

Aṉaŋu guideOur Aṉaŋu guide displaying and demoing numerous traditional and fascinatingly innovative Aboriginal implements

 

Sunrise at Kata TjutaSunrise at nearby Kata Tjuta

 

Another nearby source of natural wonder was a second megalithic cluster of rock outcroppings known as The Olgas, or (more traditionally) Kata Tjuta (which translates to “many heads”). It is made up of a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes that date back 500 million years. Geologically, Kata Tjuta is intimately related to Uluru (see illustration below), arising from essentially the same underground geologic substrate.  Where Uluru is primarily sandstone, however, Kata Tjuta is comprised mainly of conglomerate rock. Kata Tjuta is still supposedly home to a species of wallaby (called “black footed rock wallabies” – see below) that can sometimes be seen navigating the treacherous steep terrain in the canyons there.

Geologic formation illustrationThe geologic formation making up both Uluru and Kata Tjuta[iii]
Rock WallabyAn adorable Black-Footed Rock Wallaby[iv]

 

A popular tourist activity (or tourist hazing) when visiting Uluru involves awakening at unreasonably early hours to watch the sunrise at either Uluru or Kata Tjuta. We were gullible enough as naïve tourists to attempt both (on different days, of course). One boards a bus—with bleary eyes– at about 4:00 AM in what feels like the dead of night in order to travel to certain specific locations where the colorful sunrise spectacle can be observed (assuming you are awake). The air temperature in the photo below, shortly after sunrise, was about 30°F/0°C. (I heard that temps can get as low as 23°F/-5 °C at night in the winter). There was literally frost on some of the surrounding vegetation. I was told that Aboriginal people endured temperatures like this in winter without any real clothing to speak of, and through mainly huddling—with or without fire and with little to no shelter. The Minnesotan in me tips my wool hat to this kind of resilience and stands in uncomprehending awe of what we once must have endured as a species. “Primitive,” my ass. These people were superhumans!! We are total wimps by relative modern-day comparison.

Nora at sunriseYours Truly posing at “stupid o’clock” watching the sunrise (with 30 degree F temps)
Canyon at Kata TjutaCanyon and a rare, ancient spring at Kata Tjuta

 

We hiked deep into Kata Tjuta to find this magnificent spot. It is considered a sacred place containing spirits and knowledge in its caves and nooks considered very powerful and even purportedly “dangerous”. A mildly hallucinogenic plant grows here, also—related to the tobacco family and having only mildly stimulating properties when ingested in small amounts (no—I didn’t try it). This beautiful spring must have been incredibly important at one time and was likely widely utilized by humans and animals alike. It was also extremely well protected by the looming, precipitous and sentinel-like canyon walls. It was extraordinarily peaceful here. We made a point of enjoying several minutes of pure reverent silence in this place. It was magical.

One particularly beautiful flower in the Outback known popularly as the “honey flower” served as perhaps the only source of sugar and the closest thing to “candy” for the Aṉaŋu in former times.

Grevillea 'Honey Gem'Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’
Blossom up closeIt’s beautiful, sweet blossom, up close

 

The Outback Grevillea spp “honey blossom”–typically left attached to the rest of the shrub (so as to allow it to regenerate)–was sucked upon by children and sweet-loving adults, and contained a sweet nectar that was enjoyed as a seasonal treat. The total intake for sugar for the “primitive” Aṉaŋu (I was told) was approximately 1 tablespoon per person, per year.

My Outback sojourn led me to an enhanced appreciation of the ingenuity and resilience of our most ancient ancestral forebears. It amplified my deep respect for these cultures and my anguished sorrow for what has been lost.

The most painful thing about this journey for me was seeing what has become of the Aboriginal people. To see an Aboriginal person that isn’t obese is almost unusual. The local supermarket at Uluru scarcely contains anything I would be inclined to think of as food (it was bad enough finding anything we could eat in the finer local hotel restaurants). Aisle after aisle is filled with heavily processed, prepackaged substances with unpronounceable ingredients masquerading as food. The conveyor belts at the checkout lanes there are laden with white bread, sodas, bottles of canola oil, cereals, sweet rolls, canned goods, snack foods and a smattering of limp vegetables here and there, along with the occasionally spotted shrink-wrapped factory farmed meats. It is horrible—and the results upon the local Aṉaŋu population’s health are obvious. Devastating. Weston Price once said (back in the 1930”s) that these were among the healthiest and strongest people he had seen in all his travels. He would mourn their deplorable state of health today.

Aboriginal hunter1922 photograph of an Aboriginal hunter from the National Museum of Australia[v]

 

I am hopeful to return to the Outback again and explore other, more remote regions of this ancient landscape and its people. Witnessing the catastrophic health changes that have befallen this ancient people group inspires me with the awareness how important the example set for us by our earliest aboriginal antecedents is. The genocide of the Australian Aboriginals (and in fact that of all native peoples throughout the world) was not the product of guns—but of food. It speaks to the potential genocide of us all unless we can remember some of the very things that the earliest humans once had the luxury of taking for granted:

The availability of unadulterated nutrient dense, sustainable natural food, fresh air, clean water, a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding natural world and a first-hand knowing of where our food came from. We also experienced community and the grounded awareness/comprehension that humankind is a mere thread in the web of life and did not weave it. To paraphrase Chief Seattle, whatever we do to that web, we do to ourselves.

Jimmy Nelson photoFrom ‘Before They Pass Away’ by Jimmy Nelson[vi]
Sunrise treeBeautiful sunrise at Uluru
Sunset at UluruSunset time – magical
Sunset at Kata TjutaSunset at Kata Tjuta

 

Image sources:

[i] Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchetty_grub#mediaviewer/File:Witchetty_grub.jpg

[ii] “Extinction’s group theory” – The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 25 June 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2011

[iii] Image source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Uluru#mediaviewer/File:Schema_Kata_Tjuta_Uluru.png

[iv] Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu%E1%B9%9Fu-Kata_Tju%E1%B9%AFa_National_Park#mediaviewer/File:Black-footed_Rock-wallaby%28small%29.jpg

[v] Image from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Man_with_a_spear-thrower,_photograph_by_H._Basedow.jpg

[vi]  http://www.beforethey.com/

The Paleo Way

From Chef Pete Evans:

I’m incredibly excited to announce a new project launching soon called ‘The Paleo Way’.

‘The Paleo Way’ is a 10 week vibrant health and fitness program tailored to a Paleo lifestyle.

I’m looking forward to sharing the journey as it comes to fruition.

Tour Update:

Following the success of The Paleo Way tour, early next year we will be hitting the road again for ‘The Paleo Way – Learn to Cook’ tour.

This time around we are cooking with an emphasis on fermenting basics, children’s lunch boxes, budget family cooking, bone broths and a whole lot more with some super special guests that you are going to love.

Can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks.

Pete

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Autoimmune Summit

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Learn how to prevent and reverse autoimmune disease at the world’s first free online summit all about autoimmunity!

Nearly 40 experts in the fields of Functional Medicine, nutrition, and autoimmune disease will explain how leaky gut, genetics, and environmental triggers such as toxins, food sensitivities, infections, and stress all play a part in the development of autoimmune disease.

• Have you, a friend, or family member been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?

• Do you have a family history of autoimmunity and want to learn how to prevent it?

• Or are you a healthcare provider who wants to better treat your autoimmune patients?

If that sounds like you, or you just want to learn more about preventing, treating, and reversing these conditions, The Autoimmune Summit is for you! The information you will learn will put you on the road to better physical, mental, and spiritual health. Plus, it’s FREE and online from November 10-17, 2014.

Join Amy Myers MD, author of The Autoimmune Solution, and educate yourself about more natural ways to treat autoimmunity. Diagnosed with autoimmune hyperthyroidism during medical school, her mission is to help others avoid dangerous conventional treatment and prevent and reverse autoimmune disease naturally!

The Autoimmune Summit is online and FREE from November 10­-17, 2014!

Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

• David Perlmutter, MD, The Brain, Gut, and AutoimmunityIndividual3-Gedgaudas

• Mark Hyman, MD, A Functional Medicine Approach to Autoimmunity

• Nora Gedgaudas, A Patient-Centered Approach to Autoimmunity: Triggers, Mediators, Antecedents

• Alejandro Junger, MD, How to Detox in the Modern World

• Jeffrey Smith, GMOs and Their Role in Leaky Gut, Inflammation, and Autoimmunity

• Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, The Problem with Grains and Legumes in Those with Autoimmunity

• Jeff Bland, PhD, Why Autoimmune Disease is Not “Being Allergic to Yourself”

With nearly 40 expert presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for you or someone important to your life!

Better yet, if you register today, you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS…

Watch the first talk of the summit:

• Dan Pardi, Sleep is More Important Than You Think. Here’s Why:

◦ How your body uses sleep as a time for healing and repair

◦ The affect of light and dark on your hormones

◦ How adequate sleep increases physical and mental performance

◦ Tips to reset your sleep cycle for optimal health and well-being

And, download Dr. Myers’ favorite 12 gluten-free and dairy-free recipes! These nutritionist-designed and doctor-approved recipes are simple, delicious, and easy to make.

Come listen to The Autoimmune Summit from November 10-17, 2014! Register for FREE at the following link today:

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I’ll see you at the Summit!

Warmest regards,

~ Nora

Rethinking Fatigue Video

Source: Peak Moment TV on Youtube 

“What people really think of as adrenal fatigue or burnout rarely has anything to do with the adrenals themselves.” Nora Gedgaudas dispels myths, and illuminates various forms of brain dysregulation that can affect our response to stress, as well as our energy levels. She also discusses the importance of a daily sleep-and-activity rhythm based on natural light and dark, a low-carbohydrate diet and supportive supplements. Nora is the author of a new e-book Rethinking Fatigue —What Your Adrenals are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It.

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“Nora Gedgaudas’ Rethinking Fatigue is dense with fascinating, cutting-edge information that’s easy to understand and use.  A brilliant new work.”          ~ Dr. Chris Decker

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But how do you get enough calcium if you don’t eat dairy?

Calcium Supplements

 

OK–I am addressing the popular question concerning why I don’t recommend calcium supplements. Basically, the American public has been completely bamboozled by the American Dairy Association to believe that calcium is somehow the most important mineral ever and that we should all want to get as much of it in our diets or supplementally as possible (“don’t forget to take your Tums!”). There is no rational foundation for this.

 

Calcium is, in fact, the single most abundant mineral in our food supply. Even if you completely avoid dairy products (which isn’t the worst idea in the world, btw) there would still be plenty of existing calcium in other foods to meet anyone’s daily requirements. If, for some reason you truly are deficient in calcium, the problem isn’t likely to be a “deficiency” of dietary calcium. The problem is much more likely to relate to deficiencies in essential cofactors (i.e., magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D3, vitamin A, vitamin K2, boron…etc.) OR– very commonly— an issue with insufficient hydrochloric acid production, absolutely required for the proper ionization of calcium so that it may be properly absorbed. Hormonal imbalances and errant signaling can also contribute improper calcium metabolism. If these happen to be your issues, then calcium isn’t going to be the only thing you are likely missing and calcium supplementation is anything but advised.

 

Just because you’re sucking down calcium supplements (and I don’t care from what source) it doesn’t mean that the calcium is necessarily going where you want it to go. You are far more likely to wind up calcifying things that were never meant to be calcified; such as your cardiovascular tissue (arteries and heart), your brain tissue, your joints (ever hear of bone spurs?) and whatever else. There is literally NO reason to waste money on calcium supplements for “bone health”.

 

There are quite a number of nutrients essential for the formation of healthy bone, of which calcium is only one– and is the least likely to be dietarily deficient. Calcium gives bones their hardness, however it is the collagen protein in bone that gives it its strength and flexibility and is far much more likely to be diminished in osteoporosis due to factors that I have little space to elaborate on here (though I did write a chapter about some of this in my book, Primal Body, Primal Mind). Sufficient bone calcium without sufficient collagen protein makes for dense looking bone scans, but otherwise leads to very brittle bones.

 

Furthermore, a meta-analysis study in the British Medical Journal a couple of years ago showed that calcium supplementation actually can augment the risk of a heart attack by as much as 30% [“Effect of calcium supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular events: meta-analysis” BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3691 (Published 30 July 2010)]. The authors of the study additionally pointed out that taking calcium supplements improves bone density only by a marginal amount at best. They said that the minor beneficial effects of supplemental calcium on bone density were greatly outweighed by the potential cardiovascular/heart attack risks. Excess intracellular calcium can actually increase undesirable spasms and contractility of cardiovascular tissue (and is a hallmark of cellular sickness, impairment and aging), while it is MAGNESIUM (something many people are far more likely to be deficient in) that is essential for healthy cardiovascular and parasympathetic functioning– along with about 400 other things. Magnesium is also far less efficiently retained in the body.

 

Even in those with insufficient bone calcium, the same individuals with poor bone density scans typically have abnormal calcium deposits elsewhere in the body where they don’t belong. In fact, excess calcium can even lead to problems with building sufficient protein matrix in bones. The issue isn’t whether you’re getting “enough” dietary calcium almost ever. Once again, it boils down to digestion/ionization, absorption and proper utilization balanced by sufficient necessary co-factors.

 

Save your money on over-hyped (and potentially deleterious) calcium supplements. Enjoy your bone broth but also make sure you’re getting plenty of fat-soluble nutrients and other good stuff.

 

~ Nora

 

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…But The Best Revenge Is Living Well!

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

So–there’s a story behind this eBook:

Some time ago, a good friend of mine was planning on launching a website that was designed to provide information and support for individuals who were suffering through relationship breakups.  There was actually quite a lot of very good stuff happening with that website and some very good ideas going into it—but the Universe interfered and it just didn’t end up happening.  Such is life, I guess.  At any rate, while the whole thing was still in its developing stages this friend of mine had asked if I would write an eBook for the website on the subject of what actually happens in the body when a person is going through this type of acute emotional trauma and what could be done nutritionally to support a person in a way that would help them to get through it in the best way possible. I realized this was actually a really good idea and set about creating a short but very useful eBook on the subject.  Having been through something like this a number of years back I immediately recognized all the things that I had been through emotionally and physically as a result of that painful trauma. I found that I was eager to share what I had learned.

In the end, the eBook turned out great–the website project unfortunately didn’t. 

It turns out that statistically more relationship breakups happen in February than any other time of the year (having something, I think to do paradoxically with Valentine’s Day).  Not trying to be cynical, but it did seem like a good idea in light of all that to release this eBook now.  I think this eBook, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…But the Best Revenge Is Living Well is fairly rich with valuable information that anyone going through a breakup can genuinely benefit from.

That said, I think a lot of what’s in this book is actually quite applicable to any acutely stressful situation.  Many people nowadays are losing jobs, homes and experiencing other traumatic events that challenge their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, not to mention challenging your adrenal health, brain health and health of your immune system plus all the rest all at the same time.  Quite a lot of us don’t know how to deal with this sort of thing particularly well.  Although I have an outstanding eBook on adrenal issues coming out shortly (The Fatigue Factor:  What your Adrenals Are REALLY Telling You and What You Can Do About It), this particular eBook is useful for those going through particularly difficult emotional challenges in their lives. 

If you happen to be going through a relationship breakup, or are experiencing an emotionally difficult, stressful challenge in some other area of your life I think you are likely to find the information in this eBook valuable. Learn what could be done nutritionally to support a yourself in a way that would help you get through a difficult time in the best way possible. 

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I sincerely wish you all the best,

~Nora Gedgaudas

First of all, it’s a lovely book! It’s very compassionate and inspiring, and I felt all built-up and psyched after I read it! It’s kind of a two-fer, too. All the great nutritional information is certainly useful for any kind of stressful period in one’s life–breakup or otherwise–but it’s also just a wonderful presentation in a nutshell of how to eat well–with the added benefit of some sound advice on how to think about life. Plus the tone is so sweet and down to earth, and Nora’s awesome sense of humor comes right through on every page. I’d recommend this book in a second to anybody. Some lousy breakup or other is something we’ve certainly all been through, and the book is unquestionably great for that, but even if one is just going about one’s business, it’s still a great read–with a nice, decent dopamine hit thrown in for good measure.   ~ Dr. Chris Decker