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Getting Nourished: A Conversation With Author Sally Fallon

1) What began your journey into traditional/holistic nutrition?

I’ve always liked to cook, but it all really started in the early 70s when I read Dr. Weston A. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.  I decided to apply the principles outlined in Price’s book to my own family, and raised my children on a rich diet that included whole raw milk, butter, cream, meat, seafood and organ meat’s.  The result was that none of my children needed braces, even though I myself wore braces as a child. And they were much healthier than I had been as a child. Then, seeing these good results I had the idea to write a cookbook that incorporated Dr. Price’s principles. I started what was to become Nourishing Traditions in 1990 and the first edition was published in 1996.

2) What is the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and how was it started?

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfecthealth generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats. (As taken from the WAPF website)

In February of 1999 I, along with Geoffrey Morell and Dr. Mary Enig, founded the organization in order to provide accurate nutrition information, as a counter to the propaganda coming from the government and processed food industry. [Mrs. Fallon-Morell continues as president of WAPF today.]  We published our first journal in the Spring of 2000 and also had our first conference in the spring of 2000 in Washington, DC, in the basement of a church.  That first conference was attended by 75 people and now over 1,500 attend our annual conferences.

3) You and Mary Enig have teamed up on several holistic health projects over the years. What brought you two together?

I met Mary while writing my cookbook, since I didn’t have a background in science and needed some assistance to flesh out some of the more technical information.  After reading an article about Mary Enig in a holistic health journal, I sent her the manuscript of Nourishing Traditions.  Mary liked the manuscript and offered to help, and that began our collaboration and future relationship, writing articles together and working to build the Weston A. Price Foundation.

4) Your book Nourishing Traditions is considered the bible of natural and healthy cooking by many. What motivated you to write it?

A friend of mine whom I had often cooked with was interested in writing a cookbook with me.  But she really wanted to write a mainstream sort of cookbook, which wasn’t where my interests were. I wanted to do something different with the skills and knowledge about nutrition I’d learned.  Thus the inspiration for Nourishing Traditions was born!

5) During your decades of research and writing, what is the most prevalent fact you have found Americans to be the most confused about when it comes to eating properly and nutrition?

Fats and oils. Americans are very confused about fats and oils when it comes to how they relate to health today. The food industry pounded it into Americans’ heads that lard, butter and natural fats are bad for your health. I believe this false information is purely due to corporate greed, because most of the true science is indisputable when it comes to oil and fats.

6) What would be the one main piece of advice you would give to people trying to improve their diet?

Use butter, avoid all industrialized oil including the liquid oils, and get off all processed carbohydrates.

7) How do you feel about the government getting more involved in what Americans eat?

It is a disaster! The government will always to be in the pockets of the big food industries, and that will never change.  A perfect example is the government’s Dietary Guidelines, which have done tremendous damage, especially to children. These guidelines have caused a lot of chronic illnesses by perpetuating poor eating habits in the name of greed.

8) If there is one thing you could tell the government when it comes to nutrition and its role in our health what would it be?

I believe there is really nothing I could say, as the government will never change its attitude about nutrition with so much money and influence coming from the big food industry. The only thing that will get the government out of our food is for the people to rise up and have a food revolution.  We the people as a group are the only ones who will be able to invoke change. The problem is just too large for any one voice no matter who they might be.  But together we can change America’s eating habits, and the educated consumer is the strongest force on earth.

9) Do you have any personal future projects in the works?

I have a couple of books in the works, and am dedicated to continuing the expansion of WAPF. I am also very involved in the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal defense for small farmers, especially those producing raw milk, selling directly to the public.

10) What are in the future plans for the Weston A. Price Foundation?

To continue to educate people and assist them in finding healthy foods. An immediate goal is to have 15,000 members by 2012.

 

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Gary Collins, MS

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