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Gut Bacteria is GOOD For You! (DVD Giveaway!)

by Sean Croxton

Oh, yeah! We’re giving away FREE schwag today!

I spent the couple days pouring over Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book Gut and Psychology Syndrome as well as watching the fascinating lecture she gave at The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Wise Traditions Conference 2011 in London on DVD.

In a nutshell, gut flora is king! If your flora is out of balance, you’ve got problems.

The problem is that we tend to not take our gut flora as seriously as we should. Why? Well, it’s most likely due to lack of education. No one is really talking about these health-giving microbes in schools or in the media — well, besides those ridiculous high-sugar yogurt commercials.

So, today’s video is my rendition of Dr. Campbell-McBride’s wonderful lecture. Actually, it’s the first 10 minutes of her 90-minute talk. There’s enough material in that lecture to cover two weeks of videos! Stay tuned for more.

Click the video below and be sure to leave a comment to enter our Wise Traditions London 2011 DVD giveaway contest. We’re giving away this 4-DVD set to three lucky commenters.

In addition to Dr. Campbell-McBride, the DVD includes presentations by:

* Zoe Harcombe, MA
* Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, MD
* Barry Groves, PhD
* Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN
* Jerry Brunetti
* Graham Harvey

For more info, click HERE.

I’ll announce the winners by video Friday morning.

Have a gut flora-friendly day!

Sean Croxton
Author, The Dark Side of Fat Loss

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Mindless Procreation 1: Squandering Our Genetic Wealth

by Sean Croxton

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

The proven blueprint has been abandoned, resulting in recurrent manufacturer error. Quality control is at a historic low. Defective parts are ubiquitous. As expected, upper management denies all culpability, preferring to place blame elsewhere. Absent of a systematic rehabilitation of current practices, crisis appears inevitable.

The situation described above is certain to spawn public outcry. Picketers would line up in droves. The media might even show up. However, the manufacturing oversights I speak of are human in nature, not merchandise.

We don’t make people like we used to.

Not that long ago, missionaries and explorers chronicled their encounters with “superhuman warriors” possessing superior bravery, intellect, athletic prowess, and immunity to disease. These indigenous people lived long healthy lives free of heart disease, cancer, and the innumerable disorders of modern man. They embodied both physical and mental perfection, with beautifully symmetrical facial structures; open nasal passages for unobstructed breathing, wide jawbones that fit all of their cavity-free teeth (wisdom teeth included), and eyes without need for glasses. Their demeanor was described as pleasant. Villages had no need for jails, mental institutions, or even hospitals.

Elderly natives aged gracefully, remaining able-bodied and of sound mind. They were the protectors of the wisdom that allowed their kin to physically and mentally thrive while producing strong progeny to carry on tradition. Much of this wisdom was dietary in nature. However, textbooks in nutrition were not necessary. Instead, they depended on countless generations of astute observation in how food influenced development.

Reproduction was not taken lightly. In many cultures, preconception and pregnancy diets were mandatory, with fish eggs (high in brain-building fats DHA and EPA), organ meats (high in fat-soluble vitamins), and specially prepared grains (high in minerals) served to young women wishing to build strong offspring. Men were not exempt, as they too were placed on special diets before marriage and conception. To avoid Second Sibling Syndrome (we’ll discuss this later), the births of offspring were spaced by 3-4 years in order for the mother to rebuild her nutrient stores that had been depleted during her previous pregnancy. These “primitive” natives had reproduction down to a science.

Although indigenous people likely knew nothing of chromosomes or DNA, they recognized a distinct relationship between diet and genetic expression. According to Catherine Shanahan MD, author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, such meticulous nutritional protocols were a matter of preserving genetic wealth, the genetic legacy endowed and entrusted to each generation by the hundreds, if not thousands, of generations that preceded them.

Protecting thousands of years of genetic wealth is a responsibility of the highest order. Failing to adhere to the reproductive blueprint may alter genetic momentum, producing inferior, defective offspring thus weakening the tribe. These people were well aware that the nutritional misdeeds of a single generation could have an impact on not only their children, but also their grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. Genes have a long memory.

They also have a short fuse.

In the 1930s, nutrition pioneer Weston Price photographically chronicled the rapid physical and moral degeneration of isolated indigenous people when exposed to what he termed the foods of commerce: white sugar, flour, table salt, and pasteurized milk. Confirming traditional wisdom, the offspring of those consuming such nutrient-depleted foods exhibited altered genetic expression including narrow jaws, crowded teeth, poor eyesight, constricted airways, less pleasing dispositions, as well as the sudden appearance of the diseases of civilization that were previously absent. In other words, in a single generation these superlative human specimens morphed into…well, us.

Click HERE for Part 2.

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