(Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Cheeseslave, and Me)
Today has been packed full of information, good nourishing food, and wonderful conversations. So far being at the conference has exceeded my expectations by far! One thing that I was not expecting was how encouraging just this first day has been personally. I keep really fairly motivated in eating nourishing, good quality foods. But all of us can get a little weary. This has been the encouraging kick in the pants for me that we all can need. If you can, I definitely recommend that you try to come next year! You will learn so much.
Today I went to the first two sessions of Radical Medicine by Dr. Louisa Williams. Some of you asked about it. So much good information; I am still processing it. Definitely try to get the CD if you are at all interested.
First she built the case against conventional medicine. She felt that conventional medicine doesn’t answer the question of why you are sick and that the advice and information given from most doctors are not helpful as they don’t address the main reason of illness. In fact, she quoted from experts who believe that allopathic medicine is the leading cause of death in America.
From that point she went into a three point definition of “radical” medicine. 1-Extreme 2-Going to the Root Cause of the disease 3-Having a fundamental or far reaching effect. Going through three general case studies, alzheimer’s, breast cancer and IBS, she shared what conventional medicine advises and then what a more holistic treatment would be. She especially stressed dealing with any mercury problems and fixing any teeth issues by qualified holistic dentists. Allergy issues also came up in her advice, saying that dealing with those problems was an important part of the healing process.
Also, a very interesting point that she made was how when you read in the past, naturopathic doctors were able to have amazing results with very simple remedies, results we just don’t seem to be able to reproduce now. She feels that we have so many angles that we are being hit with in our modern world- so many toxins from so many things- that it takes more to heal us now. I found this interesting because I have wondered about that very thing.
While this is a very brief overview, you wouldn’t believe how much information she packed into her sessions! There was a lot of ground covered. I loved how she addressed toxins in cosmetics and body products. This is often the last issue people address, but she believes that you can have a huge load of toxins from using products with ingredients like “parabens”. She also recommended a favorite resource of mine, EWG.org, a wonderful website, as well as sharing her own personal list of products that are both very safe and work well found at the radicalmedicine.com. I think that it’s so sad that we can be trying so hard to nourish our families health by the food we eat, only to expose them to a high amount of toxins with our cleaning products, body products and cosmetics. I really appreciated this point because I think it’s so often overlooked.
Later in the evening I was able to listen to Anore Jones, who lived in Alaska for many years, in a session entitled “Sacred Foods from the Frozen North” . She shared how the fish, meat, fats, berries, greens and other edible food from the land is gather and caught, processed (dried, frozen) and eaten. I had always thought of the Eskimo diet being a little limited. But in this talk, she really showed how much variety of foods is found in Alaska and how the different ways they prepare the food gives a lot of variety. It was really interesting. From my notes here is a very partial list of foods eaten: Frozen meat-cut into thin slices and eaten (apparently it doesn’t taste raw when frozen), broiled salmon, half dried salmon, frozen, then broiled, a wide variety of greens picked at the peak and then preserved in seal oil (Anore discussed how the greens help preserve the seal oil and the seal oil keeps the air from the greens so that they are equally good for each other), a wide variety of berries picked through the summer, willow leaves, edible flowers, young greens, fish eggs dried and roasted. The speaker was practically drooling as she described how good some of this food was. She also said she loved how simple the traditional preparations were. Fast food at it’s best.
Last, I’ve been really enjoying meeting all of the sponsors for the conference and tasting their delicious products. Some of the sponsors of my blog from Real Food Media were here as well and I was able to have some great conversations with some of them (and taste some of their new products).
(Did I mention how good the food here has been? I love it. A conference with all nourishing, delicious food. So worth it to come).
Meanwhile, you will find me here.