Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 2: Sally Fallon Morell

Sally fallon Morell

Publishing Date: January 12, 2012 • Available Now on iTunes

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Educator, advocate and activist, Sally Fallon Morell has probably been responsible for more healthy children in this country than any other single person. A generous and selfless evangelist for Traditional Foods, Ms Morell has created a world-wide organization to promote the distribution of knowledge of about sourcing and using Real Foods. Journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, mother, homemaker, advocate and community activist, Sally Fallon Morell is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. (After the official bio from New Trends Publishing, publisher of Nourishing Traditions.)


Sally sent me this comment by Chris Masterjohn in regards to questions she raised in the interview about fish oil.

Hi Sally,

Regarding fish oil, I would emphasize what I wrote in the sidebar on fish oil and heart disease in Precious Yet Perilous. The DART 2 trial showed a 15% increase in total mortality and 30% increase in cardiovascular mortality for advice to supplement with fish oil or eat more fatty fish. This was the longest-running of all such trials, and the only one to last more than one year. Although one could generate other explanations for the discrepancy between this trial and shorter trials that showed a benefit of fish oil supplementation, one cannot exclude the very disturbing possibility that fish oils offer a short-term benefit but promote cardiovascular and total mortality over the long-run.

Excessive EPA could inhibit the metabolism of arachidonic acid, and arachidonic acid plays important roles in regulating inflammation, including suppressing inflammation and resolving inflammation that has already begun. Excess total PUFA may promote oxidative stress because they are vulnerable to oxidation. Those in fish oil are the most vulnerable of all.

Overall, if we look at the spectrum of traditional diets, very few of them were high in marine oils. The tropical diets, for example, derive about 2% of calories from PUFA, mostly from fish, and derive most of their fat calories from coconut. The Inuit are an anomaly, and it makes little sense to emulate a diet in the tails of the distribution of traditional diets, especially if one doesn’t attempt to emulate it in its entirety, since there may be other anomalous aspects of it that are necessary to make the high intake of marine oils safe. For example, they seek out obscure sources of vitamin C like seal brain, the skin of certain whales, sea vegetables, and so on, and may consume many glands of animals that most of us do not consume.


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2 Replies to “Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 2: Sally Fallon Morell”

  1. Thank you for this great five-star discussion. Even if one is celiac or gluten sensitive (as I supposedly am), it is good to hear from Sally that of all the grains wheat is the highest in nutrients and that she had cream-of-wheat cereal for breakfast (properly soaked, of course)! She comes across as the voice of reason amidst all the diet hoopla and restriction. But it’s an educated voice that seeks enlightenment from the anthropological study of peoples — for example, that paleo people knew how to properly prepare and ate grains, legumes, etc., for which there appears to be some new evidence. It was heartwarming to hear Sally talk about her new farm and the cheese-making — I’m sure it’s a dream come true for her! Your discussion of animals and how they fit on certain farms and not on others was quite interesting as well.

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