Reproduced below is Sally Fallon's review of Kristina Amelong's Ten Days to Optimal Health from the Fall 2006 edition of the journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts.
Ms. Fallon is author of numerous articles and several books, including Nourishing Traditions and Eat Fat, Lose Fat. She is founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which publishes the Wise Traditions journal.
In the past, we have steered clear of the subject of detoxification
through fasting and colon cleansing in these pages, in part because the
medical literature provides little research on the subject, but largely
because the many books promoting detoxification through enemas and
colonics include abysmal fasting diets based on vegetable juices and
mostly vegan, low-fat maintenance regimens.
Amelong's attractive book is different; her dietary principles are
right in line with the discoveries of Weston Price and include healthy
pasture-raised animal foods, animal fats such as raw cream, butter and
egg yolks, bone broths, fermented foods, kombucha, raw milk and raw
meat. "Raw meat rebuilds and repairs the body better than any other
food," writes Amelong. "I personally was not able to heal, even after
working diligently on my health for over six years, until I ate large
quantities of raw meat."
vegetarians, she recommends raw dairy and eggs — as much as one-half
pound of butter daily and 10 to 20 eggs per week. (We don't agree with
her that the whites should be eaten raw, however.)
places much emphasis on the importance of vitamin B6, found plentifully
in raw meat and milk, noting the link of B6 deficiency with yeast
overgrowth, a condition of which many sufferers turn to bowel
cleansing, often with miraculous results. With the addition of raw
milk and other raw meat, rich in vitamin B6, the patient has an even
better chance of overcoming this debilitating digestive disorder.
warns against consumption of all grains and legumes, which is good
advice for those suffering from the kinds of digestive disorders she
encounters in her practice.
explains how caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners
contribute to chronic disease, citing a study in the Journal of Natural Medicine which found that one teaspoon of refined sugar paralyzes fifty percent of the body's white blood cells for five hours.
Her fasting program includes nourishing raw milk and bone broths along with vegetable juice blends.
addition to all this good dietary advice, Amelong provides a
comprehensive and well-explained program of colon cleansing involving
either at-home enemas or in-office hydrotherapy, or both, noting the
historical use of these methods and providing a good explanation on how
they work. She describes in detail, the range of various equipment
available, with information on the pros and cons, and the costs.
the absence of double blind studies, we can turn to case histories, and
Amelong provides several inspiring stories relating how this therapy
has helped patients resolve intractable conditions ranging from skin
rashes to fibromyalgia. For those considering this approach, start by
reading the success stories in Chapter Ten, "Supportive Case Studies."