Just Eat The Weston Price way

Braving the impending snow, I trekked to Alexandria on Saturday morning for the Northern Virginia Whole Food Nutrition Meetup. NHS Heroes And although the drive back home took about three times longer than it normally would, the trip was worth it.

The meet-up was held at Food Matters, a restaurant in the Cameron Station section of Alexandria, and whose motto is “eat, drink, shop & learn.” The restaurant serves local, in season food and was the perfect setting for a group whose focus is on better living through nutrition.

About 40 people attended the meet-up, which was organized by Alana Sugar, and Kimberly Hartke was there representing the Weston A. Price Foundation . The featured speaker was Paula Bass, PhD (on the left) an integrative and holistic licensed clinical psychologist who infuses the traditional psychotherapeutic approach with nutritional wisdom. She was a compelling speaker, with about 30 years experience as a psychologist, she was able to illustrate the importance on nutrition on mental health with case studies from her own practice.

She told several stories about patients — young and old — who had come to her in distress and were able remedy their problems by changing their diet. A second-grade girl, for example, who had always excelled in school but had recently been having breakdowns, crying and screaming, lashing out at friends and family. It turned out this little girl, who up until recently had been eating a whole-foods breakfast with plenty of fat, was now eating sugar-cereal and skim milk because of the morning rush at her home. Paula recommended to her parents that someone take the time to cook her a proper breakfast — eggs, soaked pancakes etc. — and when the parents followed her advice, the symptoms disappeared.

“Food can directly influence a child’s brain,” Bass said.

She spoke at length about eating disorders and how deadly this particular mental illness is. But even those who do not have full blown eating disorders can do their bodies and mental health terrible harm by denying them much-needed fats in the misguided effort to lose weight. Bass explained how the brain needs fat to function well, and fat-deprivation can lead to mental illness.

“When you take the fat out, you’re taking out all the good nutrients,” Bass said. “Symptoms can mimic a psychiatric illness and then you dohave a psychiatric illness because that’s the way you’re feeling every day.”

Mental illnesses and disorders, everything from depression to ADD, are on the rise, Bass said. It’s a phenomenon she partially attributes to the lousy Standard American Diet most of us eat.

“We’re not eating what we should eat and what we are eating damages the manufacture of healthy cells,” Bass said. She recommended pastured meat, organic fruits and vegetables and a strict avoidance of sugar, vegetable oils, white flour, soy and chemicals such as MSG. If it sounds a lot like the Weston A. Price approach that’s no coincidence. “I could have gotten up here and said ‘If you want to eat well, just eat the Weston Price way’ and sat down,” Bass joked.

She was speaking from personal experience. Bass described her own struggles with bad health after being on a strict vegetarian diet, one that she believed would help prevent the cancer that had stricken her sister.

“I ate low-fat, vegetarian, a boatload of soy and boy, was I sick for about 10 years,” Bass said. Thanks to friends, including Alana Sugar, and some insightful doctors, Bass kept inching toward a more whole-food, high-fat diet. She eventually radically changed her eating habits. “But not soon enough,” she said. “I had destroyed my thyroid and ended up having it removed.”

8 Wonderful Uses for the Essential Oil of Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oil is extracted from the flowers of a tropical tree native to Indonesia, the Commores, Madagascar and Reunion. Find out more about stop snoring mouthpiece from Positive Health Wellness – https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/ The flowers of Ylang Ylang are pink, yellow, cream or mauve with a strong, exotic and floral fragrance. The aroma earns Ylang Ylang the nickname of Poor Man’s Jasmine, as its scent is reminiscent of Jasmine. The name is derived from the Malay alang ilang referring to flowers which flutter in the breeze. Ylang Ylang is commonly used for romantic occasions; in Indonesia, the flowers of Ylang Ylang are spread on the newlyweds’ bed. In the Philippines, the flowers of Ylang Ylang were traditionally used to make a pomade to massage on the body; this helped to counter insect and snake bites and to avoid diseases throughout the rainy season. In the Molucca Islands, Ylang Ylang flowers are used to protect against infections, fevers and skin disease. Ylang Ylang was a traditional folk remedy for asthma, headaches, malaria, rheumatism and diarrhea. Here are 8 wonderful current uses for Ylang Ylang essential oil:

1.Anti Depressant

Ylang Ylang fights depression and relaxes the body and soul, thereby removing anxiety, sadness etc. It also has an uplifting effect on mood and induces feelings of joy and hope. It may be an effective treatment for those undergoing nervous breakdown and acute depression after a shock or accident.

2.Anti Seborrhoeic

Seborrhoeic Eczema is a dreaded disease which is caused due to malfunctioning of sebaceous glands resulting in irregular sebum production and consequent infection of the epidermal cells. It looks very ugly as the skin, colored white or pale yellow, dry or greasy, starts peeling off, particularly from the scalp, eyebrows and wherever there are hair follicles. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can be beneficial in curing this inflammatory situation and reduce peeling off of skin by regularizing sebum production and treating the infection.

3.Anti Septic

Wounds, cuts, abrasions and burns come with the potential of bacterial infection. The essential oil of Ylang Ylang might help us avoid both septic and tetanus as it inhibits microbial growth and disinfects the wounds. Using this oil increases your chances of remaining uninfected from these types of wounds, and helping them heal quicker.


High blood pressure is an alarmingly growing problem both among the young and the old. We all know that the drugs for lowering blood pressure bring serious adverse side effects on our health. This oil can be a safe refuge. It is natural and has no adverse side effects, if taken in prescribed quantities.


Ylang Ylang essential oil is a health booster for the nerves. It strengthens the nervous system and restores it from damages. It also reduces stress on the nerves and protects them. It can also help heal nervous disorders.


Do you suffer from stress, anger and anxiety? Consider using this essential oil to help with these issues.

7. Aphrodisiac

This can be a very beneficial oil for those people who are losing interest in sex due to tremendous work load, professional stress, worries and the effects of pollution. This loss is an alarmingly growing issue particularly in metropolitan areas.

8. Other Benefits

It is suggested that this oil can be used to cure infections in internal organs, such as stomach, intestines, colon urinary tract. It may also be beneficial for people suffering from insomnia, fatigue and other stress related factors. Plus, it is extremely effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin.

Few Words of Caution: Some cases of sensitivity, nausea and headache have been observed when taken in excess amount. Otherwise it is non-toxic and non-irritant.

An ointment or cream made with Ylang Ylang would be a great addition to your medicine cabinet for those who have small children who are always getting bruises, scrapes and minor injuries. Come talk to me and we can make up a blend for you.

Aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular among those who are interested in alternative medicine. I have had great success using Ylang Ylang in a carrier oil for several clients who are suffering from depression and anxiety. I invite you to contact me to discuss ways in which Aromatherapy and essential oils can assist you to better health.