Hi guys, I want to be both cautious and diplomatic in referring to your concerns. These studies that you have posted links to were never published. This means that they never underwent any process of peer review in order to determine their legitimacy. It is simply impossible to analyze their results with any sort of independence. This fact in of itself does not render the conclusions inaccurate merely suspect. The Weston A. Price organization is a trade advocacy group that has mobilized to oppose any attempts to move the American diet away from its animal-based origins. This organization advocates the utilization of animals for food and has been known to propagate unproven research conclusions towards this end. I became aware of this organization due to their financing of a public relations campaign in opposition to the seminal book on nutrition " the China study". I advocate caution when researching nutritional information. it can be very difficult to determine the reliability of such information, especially when it originates from a trade industry group. Can you imagine any legitimate scientists feeding rats cardboard and water and watching them starve slowly from malnutrition? Justin
Pheeeeew - Justin, I was waiting on you to seize on this - ladies I didn't want to speak ill or contradict you, but warning bells and red flags GALORE went off in my head and heart when I read that article - DO NOT take it to heart! I'm so disturbed by it, I'm sorry, and I agree with what Justin said, I can't add much more. No, I can't imagine it and don't wanna!
Wow - this Weston A Price Organization is crazy! I just read a few "articles" they have posted and it's bizarre. I love the way that they took an article about vegetarianism and after every point wrote "sources please!?" (without linking to the original article, so we could see if there are actually sources given) and then proceeded to contradict said statement with ONE study...as if one study is enough to call a claim or a finding the truth! One of the things I really liked about the Kind Diet is that a lot of (varied) sources were provided to back up statements in the book, which makes me think it is based on a lot more sound science.
Oh, and I loved how they criticized various aspects of vegan/vegetarian health claims as being based on acedotal evidence and then began an article about how meat is good for you with a story about a girl who was mostly vegetarian and couldn't become pregnant. The author (who is presumably a doctor) told her to eat more animal fats and lo and behold, she became pregnant soon after.
I also found it interesting that the Weston A Price group keep pushing milk and cream as necessary for making a dish taste good and for proper digestion. One of the main reasons I became interested in vegan food was because dairy made me feel like crap. As soon as I stopped dairy consumption, my tummy troubles/digestive issues became non-existent.
I'm really shocked by this organization. Do they have a lot of power/sway over policy-making? Are they just active in the US? Are they generally recognized as nuts by the public or do a lot of people buy into what they have to say?
Hi Mikah, hon - you're right, nooo contradicting at all :) - sorry, I was just in complete aghast-ness of the article, and I totally got from the start that you were just looking for info - a VERY good thing, always. <3
Joanna, amen on all your points - and as for your last thoughts, I sure HOPE and pray they don't hold sway over anyone and that folks like Mikah in essence blow the whistle and seek real answers.
And Kelly, you're SOOOO right, I'm sure it's just a drop in the ocean of atrocity that goes on.
Totally cool, Karen! Honestly, I'm very happy to see that the website is so completely ridiculous! It makes me feel like that scary article must be completely ridiculous, too. So I guess I can keep eating puffed rice cereal. :)