Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hope to see you at Wise Traditions!

by Chris Masterjohn, PhD

The 13th annual Wise Traditions is being held in Santa Clara, California in just two weeks! I'll be giving two talks. The first will be on the importance of meat, organs, fat-soluble vitamins, bones, and skin for mental health. The second will be on nutritional adjuncts to the fat-soluble vitamins, things link zinc, magnesium, and carbon dioxide. Other names familiar in the blogosphere may include Chris Kresser, who will be speaking on the gut-brain axis, Esther Gokhale, who will be speaking and leading a workshop on "primal posture," Ann Marie Michaels on social media, Anore Jones on native Alaskan foods, Sandor Katz on fermentation, and many others.

The WAPF site is finally back up, and if you have any trouble with it you should be able to fix that by clearing your browser cache. You can find a description of the presentations here and the schedule here, and you can register here or here.

I submitted my abstracts late and they aren't up yet, so here they are:

Meat, Organs, Bones, and Skin: Nutrition for Mental Health

Weston Price documented the ability of nutrient-dense diets to promote not only vibrant physical health, but vibrant mental health as well. Many of the nutrient-dense foods Price emphasized were animal foods, such as organs, bone broths, liver, and cod liver oil. Numerous studies in the modern era have associated vegetarianism with an increased risk of mental disorders, suggesting that animal foods may support mental health. This talk will review the importance of key amino acids and vitamins in supporting mental health, with special attention to the paradoxical roles of dopamine in promoting future- and goal-oriented behavior in some parts of the brain, and to promoting rigidity of thoughts in other parts of the brain. Special attention will also be given to the key nutrients needed to coordinate dopamine signaling to maximize mental health.

Nutritional Adjuncts to the Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins A, D, and K2 interact to promote adequate growth, to support strong bones and teeth, and to protect soft tissues such as our kidneys and arteries from calcification. They cannot win this battle alone, however, but rely on special helpers. The receptors for these vitamins and many of their related proteins are dependent on zinc. Magnesium intervenes at many steps to help them distribute calcium to where it belongs, in the bones and teeth. Vitamin K activates proteins only with the help of carbon dioxide, not often recognized as a nutrient. Thyroid hormone plays a key role in providing this carbon dioxide, and dietary carbohydrate may assist as well. This talk will focus on these and other interactions supporting the efficacy and synergy of the fat-soluble trio.

I hope to see some of you there! 


Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

20 comments:

  1. Speaking of events... Are you and Denise planning to be on the 2013 Low Carb Cruise?

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    1. Hi Howard,

      I'll only speak for myself but I'd be surprised if she answered differently: the cruise was a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful time! And you were definitely part of that! However, it's also a LOT of money and definitely not something I can do every year, so unfortunately I'll have to decline this coming cruise. I hope you have lots of fun though!

      Chris

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  2. Can you say a few words about heavy metals in organ meats? I avoid liver because of the Cadmium...

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    1. Hi Ben,

      Good question. In my opinion, liver is so high in protective nutrients that it is worth eating it even if it accumulates some undesirable metals. But, naturally we would want the liver most free of undesirables, and shouldn't overdose on liver. Personally, what cinches the deal for me is that I feel better when I eat liver regularly (though not every day).

      Chris

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  3. Hi all,

    can you please send me a link/s to information regarding the need for fat soluble vitamins to be consumed with fats lest they not be absorbed adequately? I recently heard something along the lines of green juices not being overly beneficial if they weren't consumed with fats. I am wondering if we therefore need to have an adequate amount of fat with every single meal that contains fat soluble vitamins?

    Ben

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  4. Hi Ben,

    See the last section in my Good Fats, Bad Fats, article, particularly references 37 and 38.

    http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/good-fats-bad-fats-separating-fact-from-fiction

    Chris

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  5. See interesting article on methylglyoxal and LDL modificaton:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3121424/
    this presents a new mechanistic link between DM2 and atherosclerosis.
    Bob Hansen MD

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  6. Thank you for your talk and for taking the time to speak with me after in the hall way. Your
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