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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

Some refer to this book as the bible of good nutrition.

Date:   5/27/2012 4:51:46 AM   ( 7 y ) ... viewed 1532 times

A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects - By Weston A. Price, MS., D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Member Research Commission, American Dental Association
Member American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Author, "Dental Infections, Oral and Systemic"[1]

May 17, 2018 - "This book (originally published in 1939) is the culmination of over 10 years of study on the diets and health of traditional-living cultures, detailing the inextricable link between nutrient-dense foods and health - and the rampant decline in health with the introduction of refined foods. Price's book used to be required reading in Harvard medical-anthropology classes, and remains unparalleled today."[4]

May 14th, 2016 -

Weston A. Price:
"The program that I have found most efficient has been one which includes the use of small quantities of very high-vitamin butter mixed in equal parts with a very high-vitamin cod liver oil. ... When this butter oil is mixed in equal parts with a very high-vitamin cod liver oil, it produces a product that is more efficient than either alone. ...The quantity of the mixture of butter oil and cod liver oil required is quite small, half a teaspoonful three times a day with meals is sufficient to control wide-spread tooth decay when used with a diet that is low in sugar and starches and high in foods providing the minerals, particularly phosphorus."[2]

March 1, 2018 -

In deepest gratitude for the Weston A. Price Foundation and Individually for Sally Fallon Morrell whom I had the tremendous good fortune of meeting and visiting with at the start of the Foundation in Autumn 1999. The blessings that have resulted from my connection have been abundant ever since! Just one example has been encouragement to read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. It amazes me that I had not connected with this book over a twenty-eight year period prior to meeting Sally - even though I had activated sincere and engaging interests in health, sound nutrition and the dietary means for obtaining these since 1971. Jonathan V. Wright, MD says this is "an absolutely basic book on nutrition and disease prevention, as relevant today as when first published, decades ahead of its time."

Following is a page and a half from the first chapter: Why Seek Wisdom From Primitive Peoples:

"In the following chapters, I have presented descriptions of certain peoples and their environments in primitive state, and, for comparative study, descriptions of members of the primitive tribes who have been in contact with modernized white races. I have recorded the effects of that contact as expressed in physical and character changes, and have given a survey of the factors in the environment which have changed. It has been necessary to study in this way a wide variety of primitive groups and physical environments. It will, accordingly, be advisable for the reader to keep in mind the comparative effects of different altitudes, latitudes, temperatures and races, and to note the similarity of the reactions of these primitive groups when contact is made with our modern civilization. The purpose is to glean data that will be applicable for use in correcting certain tragic expressions of our modern degeneration, including tooth decay, general physical degeneration, and facial and dental-arch deformities, and character changes. These data will be useful in preventing race decay and deformities, in establishing a higher resistance to infective diseases, and in reducing the number of prenatal deficiency injuries. These latter include such expressions as mental deficiencies caused by brain defects in the formative period, which result in mental disturbances ranging from moderate backwardness to character abnormalities.

The data presented show the level of susceptibility to dental caries (tooth decay) in each isolated primitive group and, contrasted with that, the level of susceptibility in the modernized natives of the same stock. A résumé of the changes in the environment that are associated with the changes in immunity and susceptibility will be presented. These data reveal an average increase in susceptibility of thirty-five fold. Similar contrasts are shown in relation to the relative incidence of facial and dental arch deformities among primitive natives and modernized natives.

It will be easy for the reader to be prejudiced since many of the applications suggested are not orthodox. I suggest that conclusions be deferred until the new approach has been used to survey the physical and mental status of the reader's own family, of his brothers and sisters, of associated families, and finally, of the mass of people met in business and on the street. Almost everyone who studies the matter will be surprised that such clear-cut evidence of a decline in modern reproductive efficiency could be all about us and not (as has) been previously noted and reviewed.

It is important to preface the observations by constructing a mental pattern of physical excellence from the pictures of the various primitive groups and, with this yardstick or standard of normalcy, observe our modern patterns. Certain preconceived ideas may have to be modified, as for example, that based on the belief that what we see is due to heredity or that deformity is due to mixing of races. If so, why should the last child in a large family generally suffer most, and often be different in facial form; or why should there be these changes in the later children, even in pure racial stocks, after the parents have adopted our modern types of nutrition? Although the causes of physical degeneration that can be seen easily have been hard to trace, the defects in the development of the brain, which affect the mind and character, are much more obscure, and the causes of mental degeneration are exceedingly difficult to trace. Much that formerly has been left to the psychiatrist to explain is now rapidly shifting to the realm of the anatomist and physiologist.

Those contributions of the past cultures which have blended agreeably into our modern experience have been accepted with too little questioning. Much ancient wisdom, however, has been rejected because of prejudice against the wisdom of so-called savages. Some readers may experience this reaction to the primitive wisdom recorded in these chapters.

The writer is fully aware that his message is not orthodox; but since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy. Apparently many primitive races have understood her language better than have our modernized groups. Even the primitive races share our blights when they adopt our conception of nutrition. The supporting evidence for this statement is voluminous and as much of it as space permits is included in this volume. The illustrative material used is taken from the many thousands of my negatives which are available. Photographs alone can tell much of the story, and one illustration is said to be worth as much as one thousand words."

The references to "defects in the development of the brain, which affect the mind and character" stands out in my awareness now in light of recent reports of mass shootings - even though I have blogged on this elsewhere in context of the antidepressant drugs that are typically involved in these instances. Yet Dr. Price goes on to say: "Much that formerly has been left to the psychiatrist to explain is now rapidly shifting to the realm of the anatomist and physiologist." That statement is a perfect example of being "decades ahead of its time". That plus it is an indication of the present day dangers of psychiatry in pushing antidepressants without considering the unmet nutritional needs that result in physical-mental degeneration. In contrast - we now have more and more practitioners of anatomical and physiological orientation who are pointing to the gut-brain connection[3] and medical investigative reporters such as Jon Rappoport revealing how and why the "mass shootings" are not a "gun problem". So consider thinking "gut not gun". (An evolution of "Food Not Bombs".)


[1] Start reading this online:

[2] Page 265, "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" via a link provided by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

[3] Dr. Mark Hyman recent aire a series entitled "Broken Brain" that I have blogged elsewhere hear at CureZone.




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