Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine: Improving Health and Longevity with Native Nutrition

Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine: Improving Health and Longevity with Native Nutrition

by Ron Schmid, N. D. Schmid


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Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine: Improving Health and Longevity with Native Nutrition by Ron Schmid, N. D. Schmid

This book traces the cause of many chronic health problems to our modern diet and shows how a return to traditional foods can improve one's well-being. Modern medicine now recognizes that the present-day Western diet is responsible for many of today's chronic illnesses. Nutritionists and anthropologists have noted the decline in health that accompanies indigenous peoples' transition from traditional to modern diets. In Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine, Ron Schmid explains how a return to a traditional diet can help you reduce your risk of heart attack by 50 percent; fight allergies, chronic fatigue, arthritis, skin problems, and headaches; recover from colds and flu in a day or two; and increase your life-expectancy. Chapters focusing on the major food groups, common diets, and health goals enable you to tailor a diet to your special needs. New edition, previously titled Native Nutrition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892817351
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ronald F. Schmid, N.D., a licensed naturopathic physician and Jungian psychotherapist, is a graduate of M.I.T. and has taught at naturopathic medical schools in Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. He lives in Connecticut and practices in Westport and Greenwich. He is the host of "Just Past High Noon," a radio show about alternative medicine and psychology.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Native Foods: History, Anthropology, Research, Clinical Experience

1 Dr. Weston Price and His Studies of Traditional Societies

2 The Benefits of Raw Foods

3 People, Food, and Health: From Ancient Ancestors to Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers

4 Long-Lived People of Vilcabamba, Hunza, and Georgian Russia

5 Protective Characteristics of Native Nutrition

6 Fish, Fat-Soluble Nutrients, and Health

7 A Review of Several Well-Known Diets

8 Creating a Native Diet for Health and Longevity

9 Recovering Through Nutrition: Dietary Considerations for Specific Conditions

10 Relationships: Individuals, Physicians, and Health Goals

Part 2: Native Versus Modern Foods: a Guide to Natural Eating

11 Fish and Shellfish

12 The Production of Modern Meat, Fowl, and Eggs

13 Naturally Raised Meat, Fowl, and Eggs

14 Conventional Milk and Milk Products

15 Certified Raw Milk, Butter, Raw-Milk Cheeses

16 Chemical Versus Organic Farming

17 Vegetables

18 Whole Grain Foods

19 Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds

20 Other Foods, Seasonings, and Beverages

21 Vitamins, Minerals, and Food Supplements


I Seafood: Characteristics and Habitat of Popular Fish

II Understanding Laboratory Tests

III Food Irradiation: The Latest Threat to Our Foods

IV Exercise and Sports



What People are Saying About This

Annemarie Colbin

"An excellent, comprehensive book. Dr. Schmid blends the wisdom of traditional eating patterns with modern scientific knowledge.

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