Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine: Improving Health and Longevity with Native Nutrition

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By Ronald F. Schmid

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Ronald F. Schmid

Ronald F. Schmid
Ronald F. Schmid, N.D., a licensed naturopathic physician and Jungian psychotherapist, is a graduate of M.I.T. and has taught at naturopathic medical schools in Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. He lives in Connecticut and practices in Westport and Greenwich. He is the host of "Just Past Hi More...



This book traces the cause of many chronic health problems to our modern diet and shows how a return to traditional foods can improve one's well-being.

Modern medicine now recognizes that the present-day Western diet is responsible for many of today's chronic illnesses. Nutritionists and anthropologists have noted the decline in health that accompanies indigenous peoples' transition from traditional to modern diets. In Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine, Ron Schmid explains how a return to a traditional diet can help you reduce your risk of heart attack by 50 percent; fight allergies, chronic fatigue, arthritis, skin problems, and headaches; recover from colds and flu in a day or two; and increase your life-expectancy. Chapters focusing on the major food groups, common diets, and health goals enable you to tailor a diet to your special needs.

New edition, previously titled Native Nutrition.

"A provocative contribution to the debate on what constitutes a healthy diet. It deserves to be widely read."
The Boston Herald 

"In our rapidly changing world where technology is king, we have forgotten that native peoples once thrived, disease-free, until the introduction of refined foods into their diets. This is dramatically revealed in Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine. . . . I've reviewed dozens of books on nutrition over the years, but Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine put a lot of things in perspective for me."
Irene Alleger in The Townsend Letter for Doctors 

"An excellent, comprehensive book. Dr. Schmid blends the wisdom of traditional eating patterns with modern scientific knowledge."
Annemarie Colbin, author of Food and Healing