Monday, September 26, 2011

Francis M. Pottenger "Pottenger's Cats"

This can be considered Part 2 of Weston A. Price.  Pottenger's research compliments Weston A. Price.

Francis M. Pottenger Jr. M.D. was dedicated to preventing illness and studied the role nutrition plays in maintaining good health.  From 1932-1942 he did research on cats.  He discovered that deficiencies in nutrition led to deficiencies in bone maturation by effecting the adrenal and thyroid glands.  These are very much our current health concerns of our day! 

To summarize:

Raw milk/Raw meat/Cod Liver Oil consuming cats = healthy cats and kittens generation after generation.

Pasteurized milk cats = NOT healthy: They had respiratory problems (Similar to what we see today. Asthma can be cured for some by consuming RAW milk and eliminating all pasteurized milk)

Evaporated and sweet condensed milk = even worse!  These cats were very irritable, noting behaviors like pacing back and forth.

Vitamin D milk = These cats has calcium/phosphorus ratios that became imbalanced and there were marked changes in bone composition. Rickets was also noted.

Raw milk from cows who consumed dry feed showed similar deficiencies as with pasteurized milk!  There was major hormone variations in the raw milk between cows  that consumed dry feed vs fresh feed. This is why it is so important if you consume dairy to only consume RAW dairy products from healthy organic cows grazing on grass in the sun all day!  His research clearly shows that the nutritional value of animal products such as milk depends on the nutritional value of the producing animals diet! This also includes eggs and chickens!

Heat processed and cooked meat effected the cats.  The cats had reproductive problems including efficiency in delivery and nursing effectively  The kittens had problems in: skeletal development, dentofacial structure, calcium/phosphorus content in bones, issues in resistance to infection, and allergic sensitivity.  On a poor diet, each generation got weaker and weaker.  Sound familiar??

I love the generational research. It clearly shows that cats who are fed a poor diet got worse each generation.  By the 3rd generation the cats were so sick and producing very sick kittens with brittle, porous, easily fractured bones and major calcium/phosphorus deficiencies!

Allergies and Thyroid:
Cats and kittens that consumed raw food and Cod Liver Oil had NO allergies or thyroid issues.  None!

However, milk allergies were super common on second and third generation nutrient deficient cats, including asthma.  Think about how "allergies are on the rise" now in our day? See the correlation!?

These cats and kittens intestinal track was elongated, lacking elasticity and tone.  They had skin disorders.  They had significant thyroid problems.  Did you know, a bad thyroid leads to SIGNIFICANT reproductive problems? I think about all the people these days, on poor diets, who "think" they are eating healthy, yet cannot conceive!  From everything I have read, I firmly believe eating SAD (Standard American Diet) is contributing to weaker and sicker generations. 

Here is another interesting discovery:
Cats who were fed raw milk from fresh fed cows with cooked meat did "better".  The raw milk lessened the effects of the cooked meat.
Cats who were fed raw milk from dry fed cows with raw meat had normal kittens. 
Therefore, raw meat countered the deficiency in the dry feed!

Finally, this is the part I love the most! He discovered you can REVERSE health conditions by switching to a nutrient dense healthy diet! This is SO promising! No pills or drugs. No fad diet! Just REAL FOOD, prepared properly. How much easier can it get!?

If you would like more detailed information please read, "Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., M.D."  This research is eye opening!

Have a Happy and Healthy week!
xo

Jeni Clark~

Monday, September 19, 2011

Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing (Dairy Free!)

I am SO addicted to this HEALTHY yummy salad dressing!  Its SO simple to make! As you probably know from reading this blog, MOST salad dressings you buy in the store are JUNK! (Even the "natural and organic" ones!) Here is one salad dressing you AND your body will LOVE!

I use a blender.

1. Add approximately 1 cup macadamia nuts to the blender and pulverize as much as possible.
Remember to properly prepare your nuts but soaking in Celtic Sea Salt over night. You can dehydrate them for this recipe OR use in the morning after they are soaked (non dehydrated)

2. Add the following to the blender:

Chop 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic/chopped/minced
1/4 tsp of Celtic Sea Salt
1/4 tsp of Dry Mustard
2 TBSP of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (or more)
2TBSP of Edens Organic Red Wine Vinegar (or more)
1 tsp of Honey (optional) or 5 drops of liquid Stevia

Blend for a few seconds

Add 2/3 cup of Organic Olive Oil

Blend for a few seconds

Add approximately 1/2 c water

Blend for 2 minutes (or more) until creamy

Transfer to small glass mason jar (Walmart has a TON of these in stock right now!) and store in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

This dressing tastes fabulous as a chicken salad base, as a dip on a variety of bell peppers/sugar snap peas, or straight out of the jar! It's REALLY amazing and loaded with nutrients!

Have a happy and healthy week!

xo
Jeni Clark~

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weston A. Price

First, HELLO everyone!

I have not blogged as often as I would like the past 2 months. We were really enjoying the remaining of the summer and knew it was coming to an end soon! (Although, Monday was SUPER warm and we headed to the Dunes!)  Fall schedule is in full swing and blog posts will be more consistent and often!

So let's get started!

I was blown away by the research I read from Weston A. Price.  Price is was a brilliant Cleveland dentist known as the "Charles Darwin of Nutrition".

In 1939 he published Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.  In this book he describes how he traveled around the entire planet in search for the cause of dental decay and physical degeneration.  By studying people's teeth all around the world, he correlated cavities, deformed arches, and crowded, crooked teeth as a sign of physical degeneration directly resulting from nutritional deficiencies.

He discovered that isolated "primitives" had the healthiest teeth! They had beautiful, straight teeth with no decay and their bodies were resistant to the diseases of the time! He also identified the factors that contributed to their ideal health!  Their traditional diets were rich in essential nutrients.  They consumed 4x's  the calcium and other minerals and 10x's the fat soluble vitamins from animal foods (butter, fish, eggs, shellfish and organ meats).

He also learned from the primitives about the importance of good nutrition for mothers and fathers pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post pregnancy.  Children were spaced out to permitt the mother to maintain her ideal health.  Special foods were given to pregnant and lactating woman rich in fat soluble vitamins A and D. These nutrients came from FOOD and NOT a "pill".

He noted the dramatic difference in these primitive diets and health compared to the impoverished foods from the "civilized" people.  "Civilized" people of this time consumed sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk and convenience foods filled with extenders and additives.  Consumption of these items is MUCH worse now, on top of the "new" chemicals added to "food". (I hesitate calling processed food, "food")

The photographs Dr. Price took of these people show marked differences in facial structure among primitive people who consumed "traditional diets" vs. civilized people.  These photos clearly show how diet impacts humans in both a negative and positive way.  We can learn so much about how we "should" be eating from Price's research. 

I am going to follow up this blog with the research of Francis M Pottenger Jr MD.  His research on cats compliments the research done by Dr. Price.  This will also be the topic at our next REAL FOOD meeting on October 21, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 at my house.    

Price's legacy has been taken on by the Weston A Price Foundation (http://www.westonaprice.org/) , which bears his name, and the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (http://www.ppnf.org/).

This infomation is a worth while read! PLEASE pass along to friends and family!

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!

xo
Jeni Clark~