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~

No comments: