February 2018: From the Editor

February 16: Potluck & Demo

Friday, February 16, 2018
6:30 PM

Sorry for the short notice.  Someone else scheduled the room on the date that we wanted, so we had to take what we could get at Natural Grocers.

What to bring?

Anything from Nourishing Traditions, the Healthy 4 Life booklet or Recipes of the Week would be wonderful.  A simple homemade meal made from scratch using natural fats is always a great contribution. See more ideas…

Demo: Meat stock, bone broth, soups and stews

I will demonstrate making bone broth, and we will discuss the differences between meat stock, bone broth, soups and stews.  We will discuss some basic patterns for making soups and stews, and have several types of broths to sample.

Read More >>


Tell Congress to support local meat production

This comes to us from the Weston A. Price Foundation:

Last November, we asked you to contact your Congressional representative to urge passage of the PRIME Act, which would make it easier for small-scale livestock producers to sell meat to local consumers.  Since that alert, several more legislators have signed on as co-sponsors!  Now, the best chance for getting that bill passed is to attach it to the Farm Bill – and we need your help to get even more co-sponsors to make that happen.

Read More >>

Our local Representative is Peter DeFazio.  His phone number in Washington DC is: 202-225-6416 
Please call and urge him to co-sponsor H.R. 2657, the PRIME Act.

(I just did, it took less than 2 minutes)


February 23: DVD – Nourish Your Neurons

by Amy Berger

I attended this presentation live at the Wise Traditions Conference last year, and really enjoyed it. I thought Amy Berger did an excellent job of explaining Alzheimer’s disease and her recommended treatment.  I recommend this presentation for anyone who wants to understand the brain.

Description:

Few illnesses are as frightening and feared as Alzheimer’s disease. It seems to strike indiscriminately and the best conventional medicine has to offer are medications that are largely ineffective at slowing or stopping disease progression. However, the scientific literature is replete with research referring to Alzheimer’s disease as “type 3 diabetes” or “diabetes of the brain,” owing to the fundamental role of impaired glucose metabolism and insulin signaling in the brain. This talk will explore the concept of Alzheimer’s as a “metabolic condition, with a metabolic solution…

Read More >>

Download the flier and invite a friend! FebDVD


2018 Steering Committee Meeting – In Review

We had our 2018 Steering Committee Meeting in January, and I am happy to say that we got another couple of great people who volunteered to help the Eugene Chapter, WAPF continue to function this year!

We still have a few tasks that were either not claimed or are still under-supported.  So if you would like to help out, please give us some idea where you would like to plug-in.

A few specific tasks that are still under-supported are:

  • Backup Newsletter Editor (who can make sure things go out in a timely manner when I am not able to)
  • Lookup DVD info for Newsletter
  • Host a food workshop at your home
  • Carry materials to and from events
  • Help with set up and clean up at events
  • Make sure we have a meat dish at each potluck
  • Post fliers around town to promote our events

If you would like more information about any of these, just let me know.  I would be happy to meet with any potential volunteers to discuss what you have to offer and how we can use your skills and energy.

See Get Involved! for more examples.

Oh yeah, and let us know what you would like to see the Eugene Chapter do this year.  What topics would you like to see demonstrated? What farms would you like to meet?  What else do you want from this group?  We want to know.


Eugene Chapter, Now on Facebook!

Thanks to our new volunteer, the Eugene Chapter, Weston A. Price Foundation is now on Facebook.

Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/wapfeugene for up to date information on potlucks, DVD showings, local farms, and more!


Nourished With Nature

Julia and Blake from Nourished With Nature joined us at our potluck in January.  They wanted to pass on this information to everyone:

We offer:
  • Grass Fed and Finished Beef
  • Pastured Pork organically fed non-corn non-soy
  • Pastured Chickens organically fed non-corn non-soy
  • Pastured Eggs organically fed non-corn non-soy
Contact Us: info@nourishedwithnature.com
541-409-3719
Farm Store Hours
Saturdays 10am-2pm (or by appointment)
34847 Bond Rd
Lebanon, OR 97355
We would be willing to make deliveries to the Eugene area monthly if a few families wanted to start a buying club with a minimum total order of $500.
We want to give you access to our farm products and realize its a little bit of a drive to get to our farm so we came up with this other option.
Yours Naturally,
Julia

GAPS Support Group

Alive Holistic Clinic:
1902 Jefferson Street,
Eugene, OR.
The first Thursday of every month at 7:15 pm

Lead by: Mary Ruddick & Ann Tepperman

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) program is a healing regime based on change of diet to allow the body to detoxify and heal. It was originally designed for healing autistic children, but since that initial research, it has also been found to heal numerous other health problems, including ADD, MS, autoimmune disorders, digestive disorders, dyslexia, IC, mood disorders, nervous system disorders, epilepsy, etc.

Read more: eugenewestonaprice.org/gaps


Please check out The Weston A. Price Foundation website, there are many resources for you to use:

Weston A. Price Resources:

Join the Weston A. Price Foundation today!


And as always, check out the online version of this newsletter and our local Eugene area website for updates, link corrections and many more resources.

Eugene Area Resources:

Enjoy!

– Lisa

2018 Steering Committee Meeting – In Review

We had our 2018 Steering Committee Meeting in January, and I am happy to say that we got another couple of great people who volunteered to help the Eugene Chapter, WAPF continue to function this year!

We still have a few tasks that were either not claimed or are still under-supported.  So if you would like to help out, please give us some idea where you would like to plug-in.

A few specific tasks that are still under-supported are:

  • Backup Newsletter Editor (who can make sure things go out in a timely manner when I am not able to)
  • Lookup DVD info for Newsletter
  • Host a food workshop at your home
  • Carry materials to and from events
  • Help with set up and clean up at events
  • Make sure we have a meat dish at each potluck
  • Post fliers around town to promote our events

If you would like more information about any of these, just let me know.  I would be happy to meet with any potential volunteers to discuss what you have to offer and how we can use your skills and energy.

See Get Involved! for more examples.

Oh yeah, and let us know what you would like to see the Eugene Chapter do this year.  What topics would you like to see demonstrated? What farms would you like to meet?  What else do you want from this group?  We want to know.

Thanks,

– Lisa

Microbiome

 This is not a Weston A. Price event, but we thought it might be of interest to some of our members. We posted about a similar event here.

Science Pub Eugene: Microbiome

Located at: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene

A Crash Course in the Microbiome of the Digestive Tract

With Sue Ishaq, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of Oregon

 

 


February 8, 2018 | Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
With the rise of research into the microorganisms that live in the digestive tract, “you are what you eat” has taken on a new meaning.  These complex microbial communities help the host get the most nutritional value out of their food, they teach the immune system “friend” from “foe”, and they make up a fundamental part of our physiology.  But, these gut communities can have dramatic effects on health.  In this talk, microbial ecologist Sue Ishaq will give a crash course in the gut microbiome, including the effect of maternal influences, diet, and probiotics, and discuss current research in animals and humans.

 

Sue is a research professor at the University of Oregon, in the Biology and the Built Environment center, who studies how humans affect the indoor microbiome and how it affects us back.  She got her Bachelor’s in animal science from the University of Vermont in 2007, and her PhD in Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences from UVM in 2015.  Her doctoral study focused on the rumen microbiome of moose, as well as a number of other wild and domestic animal species.  Prior to taking a position at UO, Sue was at Montana State University for two years studying microbial ecology in animals and soil.

 


Science Pub Eugene is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: sciencepub@omsi.edu.

 

January 21: Steering Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:00 PM

Natural Grocers
201 Coburg Road
Eugene, OR 97401

This meeting is for people who would like to contribute a little time and energy to helping the Eugene Chapter run smoothly in 2018. We will discuss what events the Chapter will undertake in the new year and who will make these things happen.

If you appreciate the work that the Weston A. Price Foundation does, please consider volunteering. We have room for all types of skills and involvement level. Just find a place where your own unique skills and interests can contribute to this wonderful community of traditional-foods enthusiasts.

The Eugene Chapter currently needs people to fill these roles:

Potluck Coordinator: selects date and speaker for potluck
Room Reservation: contacts Natural Grocers to reserve the space for our events.
Eugene Weekly: emails calendar at Eugene Weekly to give them information about our upcoming events.
Farm Outreach: Calls local farms and ranches for questionnaire.
Emotional Support: Sometimes I just need to bounce ideas off someone. See Get Involved! for more ideas.

Let us know how you would like to be involved!

Please post your comment on the soy heart health claim before January 15

This comes to us from The Weston A. Price Foundation:

JUST SEVEN DAYS LEFT!
POST YOUR COMMENT ON THE SOY HEART HEALTH CLAIM
BEFORE JANUARY 15, 2018

Dear Friends of WAPF:

As we reported to you several weeks ago, in response to our 2008 petition, the FDA has proposed to revoke the heart health claim for soy protein!

Many of you have already posted comments, but we need hundreds more. Please post your comment in support of the revocation of the soy heart health claim as soon as you can.

ACTION TO TAKE:

Please submit a comment to the FDA before the deadline on January 15, 2018!

You can do it online: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2017-N-0763

Or write a letter to:

Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20853

If you send a hard copy letter, be sure to include the docket number: FDA-2017-N-0763

Begin with the clear statement: “I support FDA’s proposed revocation of the heart health claim for soy protein.”

Then include as much or as little as you want. If you have been harmed by soy, be sure to provide that information! And we have some sample talking points below.

Thank you!
Sally Fallon Morell, President
The Weston A. Price Foundation

TALKING POINTS

  • A substance that causes harm should never be allowed a health claim; soy protein contains many compounds that are scientifically documented to cause health problems.
  • The FDA poisonous plant database contains almost 250 articles on the toxicity of soy or of compounds contained in soy.
  • The original paper used to justify a health claim was seriously flawed; it only showed that soy lowers cholesterol levels a small amount in a diet that avoids meat; it did not show that consuming soy can prevent heart disease. Subsequent studies indicate that eating soy protein does not even lower cholesterol.
  • Soy contributes to low thyroid function; low thyroid function can cause heart disease.
  • Soy causes endocrine disruption, including the development of breasts and loss of libido in men.
  • Studies show that eating soy increases the risk of stroke in women.
  • Both the European Food Safety Authority and the American Heart Association have favored a revocation of any heart health claim for soy protein.

westonaprice.org
(202) 363-4394

We hope you will support the Weston A. Price Foundation in its efforts to restore nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. westonaprice.org

January 2018: From the Editor

Hi all,

Happy New Year!

We have FOUR local events in Eugene this month plus one in Portland! WOW!


January 4: GAPS Support Group

Thursday, January 4, 2018
7:15 PM

Alive Holistic Clinic:
1902 Jefferson Street,
Eugene, OR.

Lead by: Mary Ruddick & Ann Tepperman

First Thursday of every month at 7:15 pm  For info about GAPS, see: eugenewestonaprice.org/gaps


January 9: Potluck & Farm Presentation

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
6:30 PM

Great news!  We have a special presentation by local farmers scheduled for this potluck!  Nourished With Nature, Blake and Julia Bell will come tell us about their farm and discuss bone broth.

Location:

Natural Grocers
201 Coburg Road
Eugene, OR 97401
www.naturalgrocers.com/store-location/eugene

What to bring?

Anything from Nourishing Traditions, the Healthy 4 Life booklet or Recipes of the Week would be wonderful.  A simple homemade meal made from scratch using natural fats is always a great contribution.

Some examples include: a roasted chicken or other meat, meat and vegetable casserole, a dish made with soaked grains, soup using homemade bone broth, pastured egg quiche or other egg dish, organic salad with homemade dressing, steamed or roasted vegetables with butter or cream sauce, fermented vegetables, fresh or cooked fruit with raw whipped cream.

Bring enough to share with everyone and be sure to include some traditional fats!

We’d also like to encourage you to bring your own plate and utensils to help us reduce the use of disposables.  Thanks!

Note: We need a new potluck coordinator to help schedule potlucks in 2018!  Please consider joining us at the Steering Committee meeting to find out more.


January 13-14: Foods by Nature Expo

Portland, Oregon
Saturday & Sunday, January 13 and 14, 2018
Only $10 in advance

Sally Fallon Morell will be joining other leading expert speakers at the Foods by Nature Expo.

Foods by Nature Expo is a consumer show featuring many exhibitors inspired by the traditions of Weston A. Price. Cost is only $10 advance, $12 at the door and children 10 and under are free. Where could you possibly pay such an affordable price and hear Sally and these other speakers? Please share with your friends on facebook/foodsbynatureexpo.

Find ticketing and more details about the event at www.foodsbynatureexpo.com or eugenewestonaprice.org/2017/12/06/sally-fallon-morell-speaking-in-portland-in-january

Invite Your Friends:

This will be a great event to invite your friends and family to attend.  I expect it to be a wonderful introduction for people who have never heard the Weston A. Price Foundation message, plus more in-depth information for those of us who already know the basics.

This is a rare opportunity to hear these speakers in Oregon and a great price!

Carpool to Portland:

If you’d like to carpool from Eugene to Portland for this event, contact us!


January 21: Steering Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:00 PM

Natural Grocers
201 Coburg Road
Eugene, OR 97401

This meeting is for people who would like to contribute a little time and energy to helping  the Eugene Chapter run smoothly in 2018.  We will discuss what events the Chapter will undertake in the new year and who will make these things happen.

If you appreciate the work that the Weston A. Price Foundation does, please consider volunteering.  We have room for all types of skills and involvement level.  Just find a place where your own unique skills and interests can contribute to this wonderful community of traditional-foods enthusiasts.

The Eugene Chapter currently needs people to fill these roles:

  • Potluck Coordinator: selects date and speaker for potluck
  • Room Reservation: contacts Natural Grocers to reserve the space for our events.
  • Eugene Weekly: emails calendar at Eugene Weekly to give them information about our upcoming events.
  • Farm Outreach: Calls local farms and ranches for questionnaire.
  • Emotional Support: Sometimes I just need to bounce ideas off someone.
  • See Get Involved! for more ideas.

Let us know how you would like to be involved!

 


January 26: Mindful Conception DVD

Friday, January 26, 2018
7:15 PM

Know any young couples who are planning to have children sometime?  This is important information to know BEFORE pregnancy.

In light of the tremendous rise in birth defects, autism, learning disabilities, autoimmunity and cancer in children living in industrialized nations, especially the U.S., it is imperative that preconception couples take preparation for conception seriously. Mindful conception is just that…  Read More >>>


Please check out The Weston A. Price Foundation website, there are many resources for you to use:

Weston A. Price Resources:

Join the Weston A. Price Foundation today!


And as always, check out the online version of this newsletter and our local Eugene area website for updates, link corrections and many more resources.

Eugene Area Resources:

Enjoy!

– Lisa

December 2017: From The Editor

Hi all,

We have events coming up!  I’ve written out many events dates in 2018, so read everything then take a moment to mark your calendars.


Steering Committee Meeting:

In January we will hold an informal “Steering Committee” Meeting.

(Look for information about the date as soon as we confirm room availability).

Let us know how you would like to be involved!

This meeting is for people who would like to contribute a little time and energy to helping  the Eugene Chapter run smoothly in 2018.  We will discuss what events the Chapter will undertake in the new year and who will make these things happen.

If you appreciate the work that the Weston A. Price Foundation does, please consider volunteering.  We have room for all types of skills and involvement level.  Just find a place where your own unique skills and interests can contribute to this wonderful community of traditional-foods enthusiasts.

I would like to thank a few of our wonderful volunteers who helped in 2017:

  • Megan, who has been the potluck coordinator for the last couple of years (She is ready to turn this job over to a new person – could this be you?).
  • Rouanna, who has been showing the DVDs each month and helped staff our booth at Fun with Fermentation.
  • Janice, who set up the Eugene Chapter QuickBooks account this year and handled all of our financial data.
  • Mary, who recently volunteered to schedule the room at Natural Grocers for our DVD showings and Potlucks, and post events to Eugene Weekly.
  • Sarah, who recently began work on a Facebook page for our chapter.
  • We need you too!  See Get Involved! for ideas.

Thank you everyone!  I couldn’t do it all without you!


Potlucks:

Potlucks occur once per month.

Dates rotate to include different days of the week, check the newsletter for information.

Recently we have been rotating days of the week to accommodate different schedules.  We’d like to hear from you!  What days work best for you?  Contact Us


DVDs:

Fourth Friday of each month (except for December).

In 2018 the DVD showings are:

  • January 26: Mindful Conception
    Kim Schuette
    All about having a Healthy Pregnancy.
  • February 23: Nourish Your Neurons: Preventing Alzheimer’s with Good Nutrition
    Amy Berger
    How to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s.
  • March 23: Part III GAPS, How to Cook
    Kim Schuette
  • April 27: Bringing Up Baby – Foods for Optimal Growth and Development
    Sally Fallon
  • May 25
  • June 22
  • July 27
  • August 24
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 23

Mark your calendars!


GAPS Support Group:

First Thursday of every month at 7:15 pm

Alive Holistic Clinic:
1902 Jefferson Street,
Eugene, OR.

Lead by: Mary Ruddick & Ann Tepperman

Upcoming dates:

  • December 7
  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2
  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6

Please check with Mary or Ann for any changes.

More info about GAPS: eugenewestonaprice.org/gaps


Important Information from The Weston A. Price Foundation:

Good News About the Soy Health Claim: NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!

I have some very good news to report: In response to our 2008 petition, the FDA has proposed to revoke the heart health claim for soy protein!

But there is still work to do. We now need to flood the FDA with comments in support of this measure.

Read More >>>

ACTION ALERT: Oppose Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services!

If confirmed, Azar would head HHS, also known as the Health Department, charged with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential services.

As general council for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceedings that denied more than 5,000 claims of vaccine injury to devastated families.

Later, as president of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s USA division for almost a decade, Azar exploited drug pricing. For example, Eli Lilly’s insulin product, Humulin R U-500, rose 325 percent in price from 2010 to 2015.

Azar’s career also includes a position as board member of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade association that lobbies for manufacturers of biotech products including vaccines and GMOs.

We must fight against this nomination. Please take a moment to let your voice be heard!

Contact Oregon Senators: Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden

Read More >>>

Vaccine Mandates

If the state can tag, track down and force citizens against their will to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.

Read More >>>


The Eugene Meat Collective:

I’d like to introduce you to the Eugene Meat Collective, which is a noble butchery school.  I met them at Fun with Fermentation.

They hold classes here in Eugene, teaching such topics as butchering, sausage making and Pâté classes.  Check them out.

http://eugenemeatcollective.com/
408.489.0819
eugenemeatcollective@gmail.com


We’d like to welcome a new farm to our farm list:

Nourished With Nature
Blake and Julia Bell
Lebanon, OR 97355
541-409-3719

Pastured and organically fed broiler chickens, turkey, bones and organs Pastured and organically fed pork, lard, organs and bones Grass fed and finished beef, lamb, bones and organs Our poultry and pork is supplemented with an organic corn-free, soy-free non-GMO grain ration milled locally.

Email: nourishedwithnature@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nourishedwithnatureoregon/

Check out all the farms currently listed at the Eugene Chapter, WAPF Farm List: eugenewestonaprice.org/farms


Please check out The Weston A. Price Foundation website, there are many resources for you to use:

Resources:

Join the Weston A. Price Foundation today!


And as always, check out the online version of this newsletter and our local Eugene area website for updates, link corrections and many more resources.

Enjoy!

– Lisa

December 11th: Potluck & WT Conference Presentation

Day & Time:

December 11th, 2017
6:30-8:00 PM

Location:

Natural Grocers
201 Coburg Road
Eugene, OR 97401
www.naturalgrocers.com/store-location/eugene

What to bring?

Anything from Nourishing Traditions, the Healthy 4 Life booklet or Recipes of the Week would be wonderful.  A simple homemade meal made from scratch using natural fats is always a great contribution.

Some examples include: a roasted chicken or other meat, meat and vegetable casserole, a dish made with soaked grains, soup using homemade bone broth, pastured egg quiche or other egg dish, organic salad with homemade dressing, steamed or roasted vegetables with butter or cream sauce, fermented vegetables, fresh or cooked fruit with raw whipped cream.

Bring enough to share with everyone and be sure to include some traditional fats!

We’d also like to encourage you to bring your own plate and utensils to help us reduce the use of disposables.  Thanks!

 

Wise Traditions Conference Presentation:

The annual Wise Traditions Conference was in November, and I was able to attend this year.  I will be presenting some photos, handouts and a few samples from the conference to give you a little “taste” of what it was like.

We will also be discussing what presentations from this conference you want to see in as DVDs in 2018.  So please come and give us your opinion!

Wise Traditions 2018 will be in Baltimore, Maryland, November 16-18th.  I highly recommend attending.  Start planning your trip now!


Links:

2017 Wise Traditions Conference | Speakers | Presentations| Schedule | Ride/Room Share | Hotel & Travel | Exhibitor | CEUs | Guided Farm AdventureChildren’s ProgramMenus & Recipes | Chapter Meeting

GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE SOY HEALTH CLAIM: NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!

GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE SOY HEALTH CLAIM: NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

Dear Members of WAPF:

 

I have some very good news to report: In response to our 2008 petition, the FDA has proposed to revoke the heart health claim for soy protein!

 

But there is still work to do. We now need to flood the FDA with comments in support of this measure.

 

ACTION TO TAKE:

 

Please submit a comment to the FDA before the deadline on January 15, 2018!

 

You can do it online: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2017-N-0763

Or write a letter to:

Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305)

Food and Drug Administration

5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061

Rockville, MD   20853

 

If you send a hard copy letter, be sure to include the docket number: FDA-2017-N-0763

 

Begin with the clear statement: “I support FDA’s proposed revocation of the heart health claim for soy protein.”

 

Then include as much or as little as you want. If you have been harmed by soy, be sure to provide that information! And we have some sample talking points below.

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIONS TO TAKE:

 

  1. Send the press release below to your local media.

 

  1. Share this email with all your friends and social networks—we need thousands of people posting comments! (see: https://www.westonaprice.org/good-news-soy-health-claim/)

 

Thank you!

Sally Fallon Morell, President

The Weston A. Price Foundation

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

  • A substance that causes harm should never be allowed a health claim; soy protein contains many compounds that are scientifically documented to cause health problems.

 

  • The original paper used to justify a health claim was seriously flawed; it only showed that soy lowers cholesterol levels a small amount in a diet that avoids meat; it did not show that consuming soy can prevent heart disease. Subsequent studies indicate that eating soy protein does not even lower cholesterol.

 

  • Soy contributes to low thyroid function; low thyroid function can cause heart disease.

 

  • Soy causes endocrine disruption, including the development of breasts and loss of libido in men.

 

  • Studies show that eating soy increases the risk of stroke in women.

 

  • Both the European Food Safety Authority and the American Heart Association have favored a revocation of any heart health claim for soy protein.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

FDA Proposes Nixing Soy Health Claim

 

FDA PROPOSES NIXING SOY HEALTH CLAIM

RESPONSE TO PETITION BY INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION GROUP

 

WASHINGTON, DC, November 5, 2017. In response to a petition by the Weston A. Price Foundation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed revoking authorization allowing food manufacturers to claim that soy protein reduces heart attack risk.

 

“We are proposing a rule to revoke a health claim for soy protein and heart disease,” said a statement from Susan Mayne, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “For the first time, we have considered it necessary to propose a rule to revoke a health claim because numerous studies published since the claim was authorized in 1999 have presented inconsistent findings on the relationship between soy protein and heart disease.”

 

“The FDA’s proposal is a great step forward and very helpful to the public,” said Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. “A product as problematic as soy protein should carry a health warning rather than a health claim.”

 

For many years, the Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education organization, has provided information to the public showing that naturally occurring soy toxins can cause thyroid disorders and endocrine disruption. The Foundation submitted its petition to revoke the health claim in 2006.

 

Proponents for the health claim argue that since soy lacks cholesterol and saturated fat, it may provide health benefits by slightly lowering “bad” LDL-cholesterol. “But we’ve since learned that not every way of lowering cholesterol has benefits, and some things that do lower cholesterol actually have shown harm, (and) what we know is that there was never any clinical trials ever that showed eating more soy improves heart health,” said Dr. Karol Watson, a cardiologist and director of the UCLA Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center.

 

In 2008, the American Heart Association stated that there was not enough evidence to claim a strong link between soy protein and the reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Now, “while some evidence continues to suggest a relationship between soy protein and a reduced risk of heart disease — including evidence reviewed by the FDA when the claim was authorized — the totality of currently available scientific evidence calls into question the certainty of this relationship,” said the statement from the FDA’s Mayne.

 

“Our review of that evidence has led us to conclude that the relationship between soy protein and heart disease does not meet the rigorous standard for an FDA-authorized health claim,” the statement said.

 

The FDA’s proposed rule to reverse the claim sets in motion a 75-day public comment period. The comments, along with all related research, will be reviewed to consider whether the rule will become final. If it does, the FDA said, a qualified health claim may be permitted if the agency feels there is evidence to support one—an action that the Weston A. Price Foundation will also oppose.

 

“Legally, the FDA cannot allow a qualified health claim for foods known to cause harm,” stated Fallon Morell.

 

The comment period is from Oct. 31, 2017 to January 15, 2018.

 

The docket number is FDA-2017-N-0763.  The link for comments is

https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2017-N-0763

 

or submit comments to

 

Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305)

Food and Drug Administration

5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061

Rockville, MD   20853

 

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a Washington, DC-based nutrition education 501(c)(3) with the mission of disseminating science-based information on diet and health. WAPF publishes a quarterly journal for its 16,000 members, supports 600 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. Contact at (202) 363-4394, westonaprice.org, info@westonaprice.org.

 

 

CONTACT: Kimberly Hartke, publicist

Hartke Communications

703-860-2711, Kimberly@hartkepr.com

 

 

 

 

 

westonaprice.org
(202) 363-4394

We hope you will support the Weston A. Price Foundation in its efforts to restore nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. westonaprice.org

ACTION ALERT: Oppose Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services!

This comes to us from The Weston A. Price Foundation.  Please take a moment to read it and then contact Oregon Senators:Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden


ACTION ALERT

Oppose Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services!

https://www.westonaprice.org/oppose-alex-azar-secretary-health-human-services/

Despite his promises to “drain the swamp,” President Trump has nominated Alex Azar, former President of the U.S. division of drug company Eli Lilly, as Secretary of the United States Department of Human and Health Services (HHS.)

If confirmed, Azar would head HHS, also known as the Health Department, charged with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential services.

Although Azar has experience as both general counsel and former deputy secretary of HHS under President George W. Bush, he is the wrong person for the job!

As general council for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceedings that denied more than 5,000 claims of vaccine injury to devastated families.

Later, as president of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s USA division for almost a decade, Azar exploited drug pricing. For example, Eli Lilly’s insulin product, Humulin R U-500, rose 325 percent in price from 2010 to 2015.

Azar’s career also includes a position as board member of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade association that lobbies for manufacturers of biotech products including vaccines and GMOs.

We must fight against this nomination. Please take a moment to let your voice be heard!

 

TAKE ACTION

ACTION #1:

Contact both of your United States Senators and urge them to oppose Alex Azar’s confirmation.   You can find out who represents you at: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

 

Phone calls have a greater impact than emails. You can leave a very short message (“I urge my Senator to oppose Alex Azar’s confirmation for Secretary of HHS.”) Be clear and concise about why this issue matters to you and/or the people in your community. You can use some of the talking points below to help you get your thoughts in order.

 

If you do use email, be sure to use a clear subject line (“Oppose Alex Azar for Secretary of HHS”), and keep it short, but personal.

ACTION #2:

Email President Trump and respectfully let him know you oppose Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Again, a very short message is all that is needed.

Click here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

 

TALKING POINTS & MORE INFORMATION

 

  • Alex Azar is the wrong person for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He has many conflicts of interest and a track record for putting his corporate interests first.

 

 

 

  • If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Azar would oversee the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – which runs programs like Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Obamacare, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). http://fortune.com/2017/11/13/trump-alex-azar-hhs-eli-lilly/

 

Remember, your involvement and activism works!

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