Conventional Medicine Can’t Explain How They Work
By Tom Cowan, M.D.
Weston A. Price, in his global search for people with perfect teeth, found that all of the 14 groups he discovered who fit his criteria for having perfect teeth (and the corresponding robust overall health) included some sort of animal products in their diets. What many people don’t appreciate, however, is that the traditional way of consuming animal foods was quite different from what occurs today. In contrast to today’s muscle-meat-only approach, traditional people always ate in a way we now call nose-to-tail. In other words, they consumed the organs, bones, brains, etc. In fact, considerable evidence suggests that for most traditional people, organ meats were considered the most nutritious parts of the animals and were consumed first and by those in need of extra care or support.
This approach also corresponds to a long history of healers who treated their ill patients with homologous animal organs. In other words, people with heart problems were historically treated with the heart of an animal, thyroid problems were treated with thyroid extracts, and so on.
Throughout my three-plus decades of practicing medicine, I have consistently noticed that treatment with the homologous organ preparation often is effective, even when normal medicine claims it can’t possibly work. For example, I have seen scores of hypothyroid patients effectively manage their condition simply by taking a non-hormone supplement containing desiccated thyroid preparation. To most endocrinologists, giving a person with low thyroid function a medicine that contains no thyroid hormones makes no sense. Yet, in many cases, the result is normalization of symptoms and blood tests. I can’t say I’m sure how this works; I can only assume that substances or energies that the person suffering from hypothyroidism is missing are provided by the organ preparation. It could be thyroid proteins or iodine or something that we haven’t yet discovered.
Another example is the use of beef heart extracts to treat patients suffering from some heart dysfunction. Again, it is not clear yet what the “active ingredient” in the beef heart is, although one guess is the high level of natural CoQ10. What is clear is symptomatic improvement can be clear and rapid.
Over the years I have experimented with various forms of organ preparations. One issue that kept coming up was the purity and sourcing of the raw materials. Most of us would never choose to eat feed-lot animals. it only makes sense, then, to choose grass fed, non-hormone-fed animals as the source of our organ supplements as well.
The new line of products we are carrying from Ancestral Supplements fits these requirements. The sourcing is from pure, 100 percent grass-fed animals in New Zealand, and the freeze-drying process is done in small batches, probably the best way to retain all the enzymes, fat-soluble nutrients and co-factors in an active form. Each of the organs is meant to support the same organ in us: beef heart supports healthy heart function, adrenals support healthy adrenal function, and so on. The Beef Organs supplement is meant for broad support of the key digestive and metabolic functions. I have included the Bovine Tracheal Cartilage supplement not only because tracheal supplements are a valuable source of nutrients that support healthy joint function, but also because bovine trachea extracts were the preparation used by John Pruden, M.D., in his famous cancer treatment with cartilage extracts. This approach later became popularized with shark cartilage, but the original and probably most effective cartilage treatment was with bovine trachea extractions, perhaps nature’s richest source of pure cartilage proteins.
The usual doses of these organ preparations are three to six capsules a day. As with all medicines and supplements, consult a trusted health-care provider before using.