By Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO
2018 is rapidly coming to an end. Over the last year, I have traveled all over the world, presented at 36 conferences, and been interviewed on more than 60 podcasts. Every experience has been unique and amazing, but the last two conferences of the year touched me in special and unexpected ways. Those conferences were the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference and the Acres USA Eco-Ag Conference.
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods into the human diet. Acres USA is a publishing company that is committed to promoting organic and sustainable farming. Both of these organizations have built communities of mindful individuals who understand the importance of the terrain—in our soil, food, and bodies.
The people, speakers, and vendors at these conferences are like my kindred spirits. They remind me that food can be our medicine and farms can be our farmacy—ideas that are similar to what I teach in The Metabolic Approach to Cancer. I’d like to share some brief insights from these conferences and invite you to connect with these progressive organizations below.
Food as Medicine
The Weston A. Price Conference covered topics related to wise traditions in food, farming, and healing. Speakers included Sally Fallon (traditional diets), Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. (research scientist from MIT, speaking on the dangers of glyphosate), Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD (Gut and Psychology Syndrome / GAPS), and Julia Ross (author of a new book called The Craving Cure).
We enjoyed pasture-raised butter, raw cheese, bone broth, sauerkraut, kombucha, and gluten-free sourdough bread. The individuals and families at this conference are committed to following traditional dietary patterns that support a healthy metabolic terrain. They understand that food is the foundation for a healthy body. They also understand that healthy food begins with organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding livestock, and traditional preparation methods.
Farms as Farmacy
The Acres USA Ego-Ag Conference covered topics related to sustainable farming, or what they call “eco-agriculture.” Speakers included Joel Salatin (infamous author and farmer at Polyface Farms), Nick Barnard (author of Eat Right and founder of Rude Health), and myself (I instructed a day-long workshop on microbiome diversity).
The farmers at this conference understand that food quality depends on soil quality and agricultural practices. Monoculture, genetic modification, glyphosate, and overuse of antibiotics are the enemies. These farmers are committed to healing the soil of our planet. Just as I teach the importance of microbiome diversity and the internal terrain in The Metabolic Approach to cancer, these farmers know the importance of soil diversity and nurturing health from the soil up. Our messages resonate on so many levels.
Connect and Learn More
The Weston A. Price Foundation and Acres USA have built strong communities of activists who are committed to sustaining the health of our planet and our people. They are stewards of our land, finding ways to nourish the health of our soil, our animals, and our people. If you want to learn how to grow your own food, prepare nourishing foods in traditional ways, and better understand real FARMACY, I encourage you to connect with these organizations here: