Here are  a few interesting things that whizzed past on our radar in 2015:

The “fibre is good” con


About 12 years ago when we were telling people saturated fat was an essential nutrient, and “low fat diets” were far from healthy, a lot of people freaked out.Now if we start telling people that high fibre diets are are also very unhealthy, we suspect there may be some reaction.

Of well, nevermind, we’ll go ahead anyway!

You probably have been repeatedly told that fibre prevents colon and breast cancer, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart disease, regulates blood sugar, wards off diabetes, curbs the appetite, induces weight loss, cleanses the colon, arrests diarrhea, and unplugs constipation.


Which low carb diet will work best?

The SCD and the Zero Carb diet are just two of the therapeutic diets available. Here’s an overview of what diet might be best for each person.

For a person who is basically well:
– the WAPF diet is a good option
– or Paleo is a similar diet.

For a person who has a chronic illness, they will often need to go to a more restrictive diet (at least for a while), which excludes common allergens and other hard to digest foods:
– GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome)
– SCD (Specific Carbohydrate diet) which GAPS was based on
– AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) – similar to GAPS but excludes extra foods which are common allergens Or for the person who has tried the other diets and still doesn’t go well on plant foods
– Zero Carb is an option that works very well for some people. (Note that Dr Natasha puts some of her GAPS patients on a No Plant diet if std GAPS is not enough)
– Low Carb or ketogenic diets generally are also very successful for many people, Zero Carb being at the end of that spectrum
This chart gives an overview of what foods are allowed on each diet. Note that there are no diets recommended that are plant based. We believe that the animal foods are vital for human health and vegetarian diets are best suited for short term cleansing only.

Toxic Canola Oil

This is off-putting enough and they don’t even mention that it’s GMO!

The Koanga Institute

The Koanga Institute is home of New Zealand’s largest heritage organic seed collection. They focus on growing nutrient dense food and seeds in a regenerative manner for the next generation’s health and well being.

Take a look around their website to buy seeds, take a course, or read research. http://www.koanga.org.nz/ 

Wheat Belly

This book is great – highly recommended – really good summary of how wheat causes obesity, diabetes, and a range of other diseases.

And it also explains why most commercial “gluten free” foods (high starch) are just as bad as the wheat.

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, MD

Things that can happen if you cut out “healthy whole grains”

Pottenger Cat’s

Francis Pottenger (Pottenger’s Cats) discovered that cats should eat raw meat many years ago but unfortunately most cat breeders and vets are now feeding cats on “dry food” – profitable and convenient, but very bad for the cats www.ppnf.org
Here is a fantastic cat breeder in Gisborne –  Super Maines who feeds her cats on raw organic meat and fish, and her cats certainly look very different to cats raised on Hills Science Diet

And here is a brilliant website from a lady in Australia who breeds Ragdoll kittens, feeds them on raw foods, and doesn’t vaccinate them.

It’s great to see that there are more breeders now who are aware of the dangers of vaccinations and the benefits of raw foods:  www.Eden Lea Ragdolls

A new vegan trend seems to be vegan tattooing

The Endgame for Paleo is WAPF

 Something we have wondered ourselves – why is there infighting between Paleo and WAPF – we are all on the same side

As much as we like the Paleo diet as a starting point, we prefer a Weston A. Price approach to nutrition. Paleo is good at figuring out what foods to eat. Weston A Price focuses not only on foods and food quality, but also food preparation. Paleo is about bringing the food back to the cave. Weston A. Price takes it from there and figures out how to extract the maximum nutrition from that food. Fermentation, soaking, sprouting, making stocks and organ meats.

What really appeals about the Weston A. Price approach is how different cultures in completely different parts of the planet that had no way to communicate with each other, independently came up with similar solutions to food preparation. Only when modern cultures rejected traditional food preparation in favor of convenience and cost saving did health begin to decline. Nutritional science is just beginning to catch up to what our ancestors knew about food”

The Peat-atarian Diet For Those Of Us With Average IQs

Not a diet we recommend because as well as being confusing it has some major balls ups, like “sugar is good”

“I read a lot of stuff regarding nutrition. It has been an active hobby of mine since 2008. Although it was the Paleo Diet that rekindled my interest in nutrition, today I consider myself more in the Weston A. Price camp. I explained why in the post The Endgame for Paleo is WAPF. I’ve been successful on both diets. Earlier this year I started reading about the dietary views of Dr. Ray Peat and his followers. Unlike Paleo or WAPF, which are easy to understand on the surface, the Peat-atarian articles are quite intense. They aren’t user friendly”


Paleo Primal WAPF Peat
Grains NO NO YES (treated only) NO
Soy NO NO YES (fermented only) NO
Fermented Foods YES YES YES NO
“Salt is Good” YES YES YES YES
“Sugar is Good” NO NO NO YES
Offal + Bone Broth YES YES YES YES
Nuts YES YES YES (treated only) NO
Avoid PUFA (Omega 6) YES YES YES YES
Avoid PUFA (Omega 3) NO NO NO YES
“Saturated Fat is Good” YES YES YES YE

You can’t afford to be skinny

And all done without fish oils too – there’s always something amazing to be found at drug counters…

The Vegetarian Myth

For anyone who has ever been accosted by angry vegetarians, we recommend this book – although it won’t be too shocking to anyone familiar with Weston A Price findings, we gather it’s quite a challenge for vegetarians and particularly vegans.
While we wouldn’t give it a 100% rave review – at times when it gets into topics other than nutrition it goes off the rails (for example the graph on page 251 referring to climate is one of the most meaningless charts ever published), but it’s very entertaining and well written, as well as a scary insider account of what veganism really does to people – well worth reading.


This movie was great, and the website is handy too
Comedian (and former health writer) Tom Naughton replied to the blame-McDonald’s crowd by losing weight on a fat-laden fast-food diet while demonstrating that nearly everything we’ve been told about obesity and healthy eating is wrong. 
Along with some delicious parody of Super Size Me, Naughton served up plenty of no-bologna facts that stunned many viewers, such as: The obesity “epidemic” has been wildly exaggerated by the CDC. People the government classifies as “overweight” have longer lifespans than people classified as “normal weight.” Having low cholesterol is unhealthy. 
Lowfat diets can lead to depression and type II diabetes. Saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease — but sugars, starches and processed vegetable oils do.

The NZ ministry of heath gave some good advice once

But that was back in 1944

Eat fish, liver, kidneys, cheese, take cod liver oil daily, get plenty of sunshine…

Isn’t it amazing what even the NZ dept of health was telling people back in 1944?

The medicine is often worse than the disease

Sir William Osler (July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Gut death by Roundup

How the roundup left in non-organic wheat destroys the beneficial bacteria in your gut, as if they are weeds


Best food for cats

For an excellent guide to feeding cats we highly recommend Natural Nutrition for Cats by Kymythy Schultze 

Hi Kymythy

Many thanks for all you fantastic advice and for helping people think about things beyond feeding their pets as well – like avoiding microwaves and fluoridated water.

Our own cat is a third generation raw organic food cat who weighs in at 18lbs of solid muscle – he’s never tasted cooked food, and he’s never been sick.

I think Natural Nutrition for Cats would also make a brilliant book for human diet with barely any changes – especially the part about avoiding grains….

Cheers Ian

ps. Here’s a pic of our cat Christo 

Dear Ian,
Well thank you for making my day!  Yes, I totally agree with you about the cat diet being good for we humans also (with a few more above-ground veggies added).  Your cat Christo is a very handsome boy…and a very fortunate cat to have you to care for him! 
I am a big fan of the Weston Price Foundation…how wonderful that you have a chapter in your area!  I sure wish I could visit it in person as I have wanted to see New Zealand since I was a child.  Please let me know if I can be of any help to your efforts to help others.
Thanks again for the email, Kymythy

New Zealand has an anti health magazine

“Healthy Options” www.healthyoptions.co.nz – New Zealand’s low fat, pro vegetarian “health” magazine, in which the cure for all illnesses is fresh fruit and veg, and the word “meat” is seldom uttered, once published a short article on the work of Weston A Price.

The editor wrote “sometimes it is a good thing to be confronted by a challenging situation… the article based on the nutritional principles of Dr Weston A Price could evoke this response”

The article, which was a good introduction written by someone who understands and follows WAPF dietary principles, is pretty much the antithesis of most of the articles published in Healthy Options magazine, so it was really quite remarkable to see it in there

But they have been careful to avoid mentioning anything positive about eating meat since!


New Zealand rapper Jody Lloyd, aka Trillion, has put out some brilliant stuff on vaccinations, cell phones, fluoridation – awesome – all available on youtube

Clearwaters Yoghurt

For some great yoghurt that tastes like the real thing, try some Clearwaters Organic Dairy Farm yoghurt

Nearly all wine sold in NZ is full of toxic preservatives.

Meanwhile there is an excellent wine shop in Auckland named “Wine Circle” that sells preservative free and organic wines – online sales available on their website.

The most stylish water fountain in Wellington

Moore Wilsons wellington have a very cool fountain

It has clean fluoride free water

It’s not set up for bigtime bottle filling and they have a gold coin donation box, but it’s more convenient than driving to Petone or Lower Hutt for small amounts

unless you already live in the Hutt!

Sean Croxton Videos

The full gallery of Sean Croxton clips are available to view online here

Principles of healthy diets brochures

We’ve given out thousands of these because they are such a brilliant summary in one small brochure. They cover Weston A Price’s studies, traditional diets, fats, dietary dangers, bogus politically correct nutrition, saturated fats, fat soluble activators, common myths about nutrition, dangers of soy, and more. For anyone who would like to see one there is an online copy here:

Teeth by Coca Cola

“The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone who is touched by our business. Founded in 1886, our Company is the world’s leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, used to produce more than 230 beverage brands. Our corporate headquarters are in Atlanta, with local operations in nearly 200 countries around the world”

If you would like to read a more honest summary of the evil beverage see our page on coca cola

Cast iron frying pans

Over the past 60 years Du Pont has conned almost everyone into using Teflon frying pans. Now it’s like an underground secret, but cast iron frying pans make everything taste better. For frying meats, A LOT BETTER! It also turns out Teflon is very toxic.

Although far cheaper ones are available, the best cast iron frying pans are French Le Creuset ones which are available from online shops like the studio of tablewear

They are eye wateringly expensive at around $320 for a 26cm one with a wooden handle, but the food comes out so well they may almost be worth it. A more reasonable option is to find a well used and well seasoned one second hand. But the cheap new Chinese ones from places like Briscos are very inferior and may put heavy metals into your food.

Apart from the vastly improved flavour, the other good bit is that a good cast frying pan is almost as non-stick as Teflon and they are not poisoning you with toxic teflon. And they last for decades and get better with age.

A cheaper option that also works well is stainless steel. Just be sure to avoid teflon pans like the plague. 

Reilly’s peanut butter


This stuff is the bomb. Made to Sally Fallon’s recipe from soaked and dried organic peanuts, coconut oil, sea salt and honey.

Also available in almond brazil, and chocolate hazelnut.

These are all stocked at Common Sense Organics.

Seen on a bus

We are all over the place!