Nora Gedgaudas: Primal Body, Primal Mind, Beyond the Paleo Diet
Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, is a certified nutritional therapist and neurofeedback specialist and is the author of the National best-selling book, “Primal Body, Primal Mind, Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life”. She has studied nutritional science for over 30 years. Gedgaudas examines the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density, dental health and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle. She shares with us how our modern grain, heavy carbohydrate and low-fat diets are a far cry from our ancestors’ high-fat, moderate protein, hunter-gatherer diet.
When asked about the current USDA’s food pyramid, which has grains at its base with a recommendation of 6-11 servings per day, she states:
“There is no human people group in the history of the entire human species that has ever eaten a diet even remotely resembling what that USDA food service suggests is optimal–yet that is the gold standard in terms of government guidelines. What was used to make a determination of the optimal diet in that pyramid had nothing to do with what is healthy for humans based on research…it is based on politics and economics and nothing more.”
She explains the nutritional problems of grains, soy, dairy and starchy vegetables and which fats are beneficial for optimal health. She states that gluten is the cause of a great many of the health challenges that millions of people face today, both physical and mental. She is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and discusses some of findings of Dr. Weston A. Price’s and Dr. Francis Pottenger. You can find out more about their work by going at the Weston A. Price Foundation or Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
Gedgaudas pulls back the curtain on the cholesterol myth and explains how the drug companies have manipulated statistics and research to create a $29 Billion industry. She exposes the risks of taking statin drugs and how they effect the body and the brain. Her comments on the role of cholesterol in the body are thorough and well researched.
Gedguadas’ book, Primal Mind, Primal Body, is a well-written book on the nutritional science of food, as well as a guide for those who want to change their diet. She includes a step-by-step guide for those who want to get under way toward improved physical and mental health. To hear this interesting and informative interview, click on the show link below:
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WAPF correctly points out that processed foods, sugar, corn syrup, and white flour are harmful, but nutritional deficiencies caused by “junk foods” are not remedied by a diet high in meat and butter, animal products that are devoid of plant-derived photonutrients, which promote health and slow the “aging” process. By contrast, the saturated fat in meat and butter raises cholesterol and is one of the significant causes of heart disease.Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fellon and Mary Enig, is a smorgasbord of woefully outdated and potentially dangerous advice. For example, “If you cannot get your family to eat organ meats when served as such, there are plenty of ways to add them to their food without their knowledge… Poached brains can be chopped up and added to any ground meat dish, as can grated raw liver.” Even if it were not so clearly known that animal products in general need to be strictly limited in the diet, common sense should tell us not to eat the brains of animals in light of what is known about Mad Cow disease and its human equivalent, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease.