Question: I am excited about eating raw foods, and have been really enjoying my raw milk (Cleopatra’s). I recently sourced some organic calves liver and have been eating it raw by swilling some small frozen chunks in my raw milk. The liver has been frozen for more than 2 weeks, but I am questioning the validity of Sally’s claim that this will kill all parasites (especially eggs and cysts which I suspect are freeze resistant). I am chomping at the bit to get back into my raw liver, but am worried about infecting myself with organ burrowing critters. Also wondering how much liver I can safely eat each day (assuming parasites are not an issue). Looking for reassurance, and perhaps some studies to support the claim. Thanks, Nick
Answer: I have been told by several experts in this field that freezing for 14 days does the trick for parasites. Also, the FDA requires that sushi fish be frozen (not sure what the time period is) to get rid of parasites–they deem it safe after a period of freezing, which is significant because raw fish can be a serious source of parasites.
Question: I read NT and there are methods for soaking nuts and seeds. But I was wondering s there a need for soaking tiny seeds? Like poppy seeds and sesame seeds? - Huiting
Answer: Hard to say–I think it depends on the seeds. Historically, Sesame seeds were usually roasted before eating. Flax seeds do not need to be soaked–they are very low in phytic acid. I don’t really know abut poppy seeds. Teff, the grain used in Ethopia, is a tiny seed. This is usually ground and then fermented to make injera bread.
Question: Our family has been taking cod liver oil daily for a year. I avoid sunscreen as much as possible to gain more Vit D and avoid chemicals. Some practitioners like Dr Mercola believe you can overdose on Vit D by taking Cod Liver Oil AS WELL AS getting plenty of sun. Cod liver oil was traditionally taken by people in northern COLD climates. Is it still necessary for us in sunny summer Australia? Can we really overdose? Does High Vit Butter Oil (which we also take) have Vit D, or only A? I am also concerned for my children who take both
and get plenty of sun. Thanks. - Mary
Answer: Chris Master John has, Vitamin D researcher, says this: “..if one is getting plenty of D from sun, one can get A and n-3’s from the other sources (fatty fish, liver, egg yolks, etc). If the dose of CLO is small (one or two servings) I wouldn’t worry about it, but, to ease her anxiety, she could have them test their 25(OH)D, and if it is in a reasonable range, they can just keep on doing what they are doing.”
About the Author...
Sally Fallon is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation with over 400 local chapters and 9000 members. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. Author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and also of Eat Fat Lose Fat (Penguin), both with Mary G. Enig, Phd, Sally has a encyclopedic knowledge of modern nutritional science as well as ancient food ways. Her grasp on the work of Weston Price is breath taking and her passion for health freedom, inspiring. In each edition of Nourished Magazine Sally answers your questions about nutrition, health, food and medical politics. Send us an email with your question and we'll put it to her.