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Where to download Recommended Books and Media Foundation ensures that Weston Price's classic Nutrition and Physical Degeneration a. More than sixty years ago, a Cleveland dentist named Weston A. Price decided Nutrition and Physical Degeneration is the kind of book that. Weston Andrew Valleau Price (September 6, – January 23, ) was a Canadian dentist . In , Price published Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, a book that details a series of ethnographic nutritional studies he performed.
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration is the kind of book that changes the way people view the world. No one can look at the handsome photographs of so-called primitive people—faces that are broad, well-formed and noble—without realizing that there is something very wrong with the development of modern children.
In every isolated region he visited, Price found tribes or villages where virtually every individual exhibited genuine physical perfection.
In such groups, tooth decay was rare and dental crowding and occlusions—the kind of problems that keep American orthodontists in yachts and vacation homes—non existent.
Price took photograph after photograph of beautiful smiles, and noted that the natives were invariably cheerful and optimistic. Price found this theory unacceptable. Children born to parents who had adopted the so-called civilized diet had crowded and crooked teeth, narrowed faces, deformities of bone structure and reduced immunity to disease.
Price concluded that race had nothing to do with these changes. In the Swiss village where Price began his investigations, the inhabitants lived on rich dairy products—unpasteurized milk, butter, cream and cheese—dense rye bread, meat occasionally, bone broth soups and the few vegetables they could cultivate during the short summer months. The children never brushed their teeth—in fact their teeth were covered in green slime—but Price found that only about one percent of the teeth had any decay at all.
The children went barefoot in frigid streams during weather that forced Dr.
Price and his wife to wear heavy wool coats; nevertheless childhood illnesses were virtually nonexistent and there had never been a single case of TB in the village.
Hearty Gallic fishermen living off the coast of Scotland consumed no dairy products. Fish formed the mainstay of the diet, along with oats made into porridge and oatcakes. Fishheads stuffed with oats and chopped fish liver was a traditional dish, and one considered very important for children.
The Eskimo diet, composed largely of fish, fish roe and marine animals, including seal oil and blubber, allowed Eskimo mothers to produce one sturdy baby after another without suffering any health problems or tooth decay. Well-muscled hunter-gatherers in Canada, the Everglades, the site, Australia and Africa consumed game animals, particularly the parts that civilized folk tend to avoid—organ meats, glands, blood, marrow and particularly the adrenal glands—and a variety of grains, tubers, vegetables and fruits that were available.
African cattle-keeping tribes like the Masai consumed no plant foods at all—just meat, blood and milk. Southsea islanders and the Maori of New Zealand ate seafood of every sort—fish, shark, octopus, shellfish, sea worms—along with pork meat and fat, and a variety of plant foods including coconut, manioc and fruit.
Whenever these isolated peoples could obtain sea foods they did so—even Indian tribes living high in the Andes. These groups put a high value on fish roe which was available in dried form in the most remote Andean villages. Insects were another common food, in all regions except the Arctic.
The foods that allow people of every race and every climate to be healthy are whole natural foods—meat with its fat, organ meats, whole milk products, fish, insects, whole grains, tubers, vegetables and fruit—not newfangled concoctions made with white sugar, refined flour and rancid and chemically altered vegetable oils.
Price took samples of native foods home with him to Cleveland and studied them in his laboratory. He found that these diets contained at least four times the minerals as the American diet of his day. Price would undoubtedly find a greater discrepancy in the s due to continual depletion of our soils through industrial farming practices. It was when Price analyzed the fat soluble vitamins that he got a real surprise.
The diets of healthy native groups contained at least ten times more vitamin A and vitamin D than the American diet of his day! These vitamins are found only in animal fats—butter, lard, egg yolks, fish oils and foods with fat-rich cellular membranes like liver and other organ meats, fish eggs and shell fish.
In other words, without the dietary factors found in animal fats, all the other nutrients largely go to waste. In Nutrition and Physical Degeneration , Price discusses another fat soluble vitamin that was a more powerful catalyst for nutrient absorption than vitamins A and D. All the healthy groups Price studied had the X Factor in their diets. It could be found in certain special foods which these people considered sacred—cod liver oil, fish eggs, organ meats and the deep yellow Spring and Fall butter from cows eating rapidly growing green grass.
When the snows melted and the cows could go up to the rich pastures above their village, the Swiss placed a bowl of such butter on the church altar and lit a wick in it. The Masai set fire to yellow fields so that new grass could grow for their cows. Hunter-gatherers always ate the organ meats of the game they killed—often raw. Liver was held to be sacred by many African tribes.
The Eskimos and many Indian tribes put a very high value on fish eggs. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration has as much relevance today as it did 60 years ago. All who plan to bear children and everyone in the practice of medicine should read this book. Sally Fallon Morell is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and founding president of the Weston A.
Price Foundation. And finally, 4 A good diet derives from satisfactorily answering two questions: Modern diets have tended to focus exclusively on the former, which means that the vegans are right, in a way - meat does present serious risks when it comes from the feedlot system, but a diet that contains no animal products whatsoever not only cannot deliver vitamins and minerals efficiently, but has been rejected by the primitive cultures of the world, who have not suffered tooth decay, degenerative disease, or mental retardation in the process.
I can't think of a book I'd be more likely to recommend in the near future than this one. A necessary read. Nov 01, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. White flour and sugar were common ingredients in many meals I consumed between childhood and into my 40s. She got diabetes, and I did too. My first dentist said I had teeth like a horse.
They are crowded and crooked. All four of my wisdom teeth were surgically removed, because they were growing sideways, toward the molar next door. I brushed my teeth, but still got cavities. Back in the sixteenth century, Queen Elizabeth also had a sweet tooth. Sidney Mintz told an amusing story about her meeting with a German gentleman, who was deeply impressed when her smile revealed a mouthful of black teeth.
In , Weston Price became a dentist in Cleveland, Ohio. As the years passed, Price became aware of a highly unusual trend — the amount of tooth decay that he observed was growing sharply. Something strange was happening. Price suspected that the problem was related to dietary changes. His curiosity grew. Finally, he decided to do some travelling, in search of healthy people, to see how they lived differently.
He spent much of the s visiting many lands, examining the teeth of the residents, taking photographs of them, and studying their diets. He went to remote places where people continued to live in their traditional manner, in regions including Switzerland, Ireland, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Arctic, and Peru. He found many people with beautiful perfect teeth, and he found many with serious dental problems, like his patients in Cleveland.
Importantly, he discovered a clear difference in the diets of the two groups. The people with happy teeth ate the traditional diet of their region, never used a toothbrush, and never saw a dentist.
Those who lived in remote villages in the hills were fine, but those who lived by the shore, and ate imported modern foods, suffered for it. If one brother stayed in the hills, and the other brother moved to the city by the sea, the difference in their dental health was often striking.
Among those eating the modernized diet, the incidence of problems varied from place to place. In some locations, only 25 percent of them had problems, but in other locations up to 75 percent were affected. The children of those who ate modernized diets had even worse problems. In addition to tooth decay, their dental arches were deformed, so their teeth were crowded and crooked like mine.
Their nostrils were narrower, forcing some to be mouth breathers. Their skulls formed in unusual shapes and sizes, often narrower than normal. Their hips and pelvic bones formed abnormally, making childbirth more difficult. They suffered from far higher rates of chronic and degenerative disease, including cancer, heart disease, and tuberculosis.
Their overall health was often weak or sickly. Some were mentally deficient. Price finally went home and wrote a book to document his findings. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration was published in The book is loaded with stunning photos. Readers will never forget the powerful pictures. Click through the pages. His writing includes some racist language that was common in that era.
For the first pages, the chapters proceed, region by region, comparing the health of the people, based on their diet. His descriptions get repetitive, because wherever he goes, he reports the same findings — people who ate their traditional diet had healthy teeth, and people who ate the modern diet more often had lousy teeth and other problems.
All of those enjoying good health included some animal-based foods in their diet. A number of groups are endeavoring to do so with marked evidence of failure. Yes, they were. By the late nineteenth century, both products had become widely available and inexpensive.
The primary reason for this was new technology, steam-powered steel roller mills, which appeared around Melissa Smith and Steven Gundry wrote about the unintended consequences of roller mills. Previously, grain had been milled between stones, which ground together all parts of the wheat berry, resulting in whole wheat flour. White flour had been made by bolting — sieving whole wheat flour through fine cloth. This was a time-consuming process, so white flour was expensive.
White bread was a luxury that only the rich could afford. The waste byproduct of the bolting process was the super-nutritious bran and germ, which was usually fed to livestock. The new roller mills crushed the grain, rather than finely pulverizing it.
This made it much easier to separate the bran and germ from the powdered endosperm white flour. Because of this, white flour could now be cheaply mass produced. Since people perceived white flour to be a desirable luxury food, they eagerly consumed it. Gundry noted that the new process eliminated both the fiber-rich bran, and the germ, which was rich in oil and vitamins.
White flour was little more than highly refined carbs, which rapidly enter the bloodstream — empty calories. White flour had a much longer shelf life than whole wheat, because it had no oil which would go rancid over time. White flour could be shipped to the ends of the Earth, and stored indefinitely. By the s, folks realized that white flour was crap. Despite enrichment, white flour remains nutritionally inferior to whole wheat. With regard to sugar, the steel roller mill was a big improvement.
It could extract up to 85 percent of the juice from the cane. The previous technology could extract only 20 percent. So, each ton of cane could produce much more sugar, which lowered the price, and enabled mass production.
Sugar became a major component of the working class diet. By , 20 percent of the calories in the English diet were provided by sugar. Many factory workers started their day with a slice of white bread spread with sugar-packed jam, marmalade, or treacle — many calories, few nutrients.
According to U. Department of Agriculture statistics , the average annual consumption of caloric sweeteners per person in the U. In , it was down to a mere Sugar consumption nearly doubled in the U. In some U. By the s, the cancer rates in the U. Diabetes and cancer are far less common in societies that do not eat a Western diet. Smith discussed Dr. In numerous locations, 20 years after the arrival of white flour and white sugar, primitive people started to suffer from heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, gallbladder disease, and colitis.
You are what you eat! Mintz, Sidney W. Gundry, Steven R. Weston Price Foundation — info on nutrition and health. Nov 28, Brad Belschner rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting stuff, but not as relevant to the modern reader as it might seem. There's a world of difference between being raised on whole foods in a pre-industrial environment with plenty of exercise VS.
The latter can actually be harmful, depending on the circumstances. Overall, this book is an interesting source of information, but somewhat poor source of dietary guidance. I recommend the research of Matt Stone instead or in additi Interesting stuff, but not as relevant to the modern reader as it might seem. I recommend the research of Matt Stone instead or in addition ; it's much more relevant. View 2 comments.
Oct 09, Stewart rated it it was amazing Shelves: Most people only hear about Price from the "raw milk" crowd. That topic is only a tiny part of his work, and he talks about healthy diets that include no dairy whatsoever. This is probably one of the most significant works on nutrition and health I have read. The principles of health, extracted from fine specimens of "primitive" peoples, include: The unspoken formula for health in this book is: The way to do this is to seek out nutrient-dense foods.
The problem with looking for good food is that even the best soils in the USA are dying, and the soils of the humid South East are millions -- millions -- of years old with virtually all soluble minerals long gone. So how do we find these foods anymore? It is not the dogmatic J. Rodale path of more organic matter. We need that, but we don't merely need more carbon -- we are lacking soluble rock minerals. Sea foods, greens, sprouts, whole grains, cold fermented foods, dried foods, organ meats, cod liver oil, mineral-dense butter oil from fast growing grasses One quibble I have with Weston Price is his correct claim that no native stock he examined that was virtually cavity-free was vegetarian.
All, in some capacity, ate meat or organs. Price wrongly indicates that the only practical external source of Vitamin D is meat; this is false: I would posit that a vegetarian diet is ALSO possible, and if Price had access to more information on mushrooms, which have more protein than meat AND zero calories, he too would gladly embrace that possibility.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Very cool book. A cross between adventure dentistry, cultural anthropology and nutritional science.
Some of the material he discovered is common knowledge now: But the really interesting stuff was his data on physical development in people who had gone from traditional aka "primitive" diets to modern diets and then back again. Children born under the primitive diets were healthier, stronger, and had resistance to c Very cool book. Children born under the primitive diets were healthier, stronger, and had resistance to cavities, while children born under the modern diets had stunted bone development, high disease tuberculosis was particularly common susceptibility, and low cavity resistance.
There are lots of interesting tidbits about the cultures studied as well, like the Maori school children who would run to the beach at lunchtime, make a bonfire, dive for lobster, then have quite a seafood feast before returning to class. The coverage of special, pre-marriage and pre-childbearing diets for both mothers and fathers and child spacing were fascinating as well. Dec 14, anne rated it it was amazing. Weston A. Price is a master scientist.
He traveled the world with his wife, Indiana Jones style, but instead of ancient relics, he searched for ancient foods. He found the key to ending chronic disease! Feb 08, Valerie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book changed my perspective on food and dental care. Cavities can be healed easier while young than old , teeth can be remineralized, and what we eat has a direct effect on our health I already knew that part of course, but never read it this way before.
This book is a fascinating story of a dentist in early last century who traveled to pockets of people still eating their age-old ancestral diet. He found that their traditional diet, widely different in content depending on the area, equ This book changed my perspective on food and dental care.
He found that their traditional diet, widely different in content depending on the area, equaled good health, including healthy teeth. It was when people changed their diet to a modern western diet white flour, white sugar, etc that their health deteriorated. Interestingly enough, no diet was entirely vegetarian. Little meat, sure, but not totally vegetarian. I've read The China Study and am trying to decide how to apply them both, since they seem to contradict each other. So far, my conclusion is, if I get cancer, follow the China Study with strict veganism.
For every day, increase bone broths, choose meat and vegetables with the highest nutritional content, eat local and pesticide free and from scratch where possible, and include a good cod liver oil. I loaned my copy of this book to a dentist friend who became President if the Oregon Dental Association. When we talked some years later, he brought up remineralization of teeth to me he'd forgotten I lent him the book, which he still has.
So this book, old though it is, is influencing dentists today. Recently, I heard someone say that, "The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know.
It opened up a whole new world of learning for me about health. Price traveled around the world in the 's to find primitive societies who were as isolated as possible. He wanted to find people who weren't touched by the modern world and find out how healthy they were.
His observations and clinical studies are documented in this book, and if you choos Recently, I heard someone say that, "The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know.
His observations and clinical studies are documented in this book, and if you choose to read it, it will open your eyes. Not only were these native, primitive tribes incredible healthy, he also noticed many other things that he didn't expect. Tooth decay and dental arch deformities were practically non-existent, disease was minimal even though they had no doctors or hospitals, just to name a couple. He also noted that the common practice of removing wisdom teeth in modern society was something that wasn't practiced in these primitive cultures because they simple grew in the way they were supposed to.
Even though we can all look around and see how far we've come as a society in so many ways, this book shows how there are some ways in which we have degressed. In addition, it also gives a glimpse into the wisdom of the primitives and show us a little how we can live in such a way that we can get many of the same benefits that they received. Great book!!! Feb 15, Christopher rated it it was ok Shelves: A sometimes racist, often subjective, occasionally factual, outdated, repetitive scientific read.
This is what you get, I guess, reading 1st person biological science from the s. Nevertheless, this book is fantastic in 3 ways: Found myself skimming entire sections. Overall, an over A sometimes racist, often subjective, occasionally factual, outdated, repetitive scientific read. Overall, an overrated book. Not sure I'd recommend this one, unless you're pretty primed up about human nutrition.
View all 3 comments. Oct 21, Beth Haynes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fascinating account by a dentist who traveled the world in the s to examine communities which remained isolated from modern food and diet refined flour, sugar, processed oils and meats. He found not only remarkable dental health a paucity of cavities and lack of crowded teeth he also found that heart disease, cancer and even diseases like inflamed gall bladders were rare. Within one generation of eating "modern foods" - dental health markedly deteriorated, as did general health.
If yo Fascinating account by a dentist who traveled the world in the s to examine communities which remained isolated from modern food and diet refined flour, sugar, processed oils and meats. If yo are interested in learning more about the connection between diet and health - this is a classic. Jul 17, Iona Stewart rated it really liked it. Weston Price travelled around the world investigating the teeth of so-called primitive peoples. His focus was to find societies untouched by Western society who thus still existed totally on a diet of indigenous foods.
The diets studied by Price were diverse, some being based on sea foods, some on domesticated animals, some n game and some on dairy products. Some contained almost no plant foods while others contained a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. In some, mostly cooked foods were eaten while in others many foods, including animal foods were eaten raw.
I found the language to be extremely dated e. But it is not the most readable of books and its size is off-putting. So I would recommend it mostly to dentists and others absolutely interested in dental matters. In my experience, as regards dental decay, this is not something that the dental profession is aware of. I have just begun to read a fascinating book by a former dentist who contends that dental decay is primarily caused not by bacteria, lack of good brushing or poor nutrition, but by our feelings.
I believe that the feelings are probably the primary cause, but everything is interconnected, and good nutrition is obviously absolutely important. Fascinating, informative, sobering. Studies of native diets were documented by inveterate dentist Weston A Price in a watershed time between the two world wars where there was means for diplomacy, photography, air travel, and scientific analysis of foods and soils in diverse living conditions around the globe.
Price and his wife sought out peoples where there were similar stock exposed to western foods, such as sugars and highly milled flours and other grains living in close proximity to the Fascinating, informative, sobering. Price and his wife sought out peoples where there were similar stock exposed to western foods, such as sugars and highly milled flours and other grains living in close proximity to the same racial stocks not yet exposed to the western diet.
He wrote of these peoples with respect, giving credit to their traditional nutritional knowledge and practices. Many photographs document his findings as well as tables and graphs. It is indeed sobering to understand the changes in facial structure in just one generation exposed to unhealthy foods. He also documents successful treatments for nutritional diseases which can be adopted.
His concerns extended to depletion of soil nutrients, which has been addressed somewhat in recent years with artificial fertilizers. The Alchemy of Air: I found it especially interesting to learn about fat soluble vitamins, which need activators to be utilized by the body. For instance, skim milk contains nutrients but provides no delivery system.
Cream provides the necessary activator. Sadly, Dr. Price's work has been swept aside by modern dentistry and orthodontia. Box , La Mesa, CA , www.
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May 10, Eric rated it it was amazing. First of all, yes. This book was written in the 's and it is full of politically incorrect terms describing native populations primitives, savages as well as handicapped individuals idiot, retarded, moron, etc. It also features theories that are now baseless. Price assumed that the theory of the land bridge to north america following the ice age was infallible so all the native population were from common ancestry and therefore their regionally physical differences were entirely base First of all, yes.
Price assumed that the theory of the land bridge to north america following the ice age was infallible so all the native population were from common ancestry and therefore their regionally physical differences were entirely based on nutrition. Modern DNA testing reveals that the indigenous populations of the Americas are from varied regions of the world who, most likely, arrived at different times and locations. If you can get past this distraction there is an amazing wealth of nutritional research in this book.
If you are interested in nutrition like me, you should also check out my other two favorite books on the subject: Morse ND What is truly interesting here is that "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" seems to stand in opposition to these other preferred works of mine. It has provided a reference point for what appears to be an exceptionally long review! Price and his wife Florence did some exceptional research on untouched ancient cultures around the world and their relation to corresponding populations that had been introduced to modern diets.
This is something that would be much harder to document today. The majority of the diets studied were high in animal products. Milk, Meat, Blood It literally went without mention that the milk was raw as were any products made from it. Cheese, Kefir, Yogurt Little mention of the preparation of the meat was made. Often the meat was wild game as opposed to domesticated.
Also, the use of organ meats was given great importance. Many Eurasian and African cultures used blood from blood-letting procedures on live animals.
There are many interesting anecdotal notes regarding hunting and fishing as well as animal management practices. These people are surmised to be descendants of the Incas.
Potatoes are an important part of their diet. These are dipped in an aqueous suspension of clay to prevent "sour stomach". The clay is called "Chacco". Traditional farm animals do poorly at this altitude.
The main indigenous animals include: Theses are all eaten. Parched corn and parched beans are eaten while carrying a heavy load or walking a long journey. Cocoa leaves are chewed like tobacco. Ash of a particular plant is included to extract the alkaloids. A large quid lasts several hours.
Dairy is not a large part of this diet. Price's research proved that a "primitive" diet of primarily animal products would produce healthy teeth, dental arches, bones and babies. Without providing any evidence, he denounced all the modern processed foods of the day. Refined flour products, sweetened foods, canned foods, and polished rice. Price, being a dentist by training, was a great admirer of dental arches and cavity-free teeth. These he found in great abundance in these native populations.
Also in the study of ancient skull repositories. He attributes malnutrition to "mouth breathers" such as myself, with pinched nostrils.
From malnutrition is also derived delinquency in the population. So that would explain my youth! It is worth noting that some of the well-nourished indigenous populations had a history of war, murder and hostage taking. What is the ideal diet?
I'm still not sure, but it seems an updated version of this book would be of great assistance in informing the populace. Mar 12, Sean Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of the most important books on nutrition ever written. Price presents in this work documentation of the detrimental effects on health, bone structure and fertility that are seen when modern foods sugar, white rice, white flour, canned foods, jams, lean muscle meat, vegetable oils , replace traditional foods liberal use of sea foods, organ meats, eggs of many species of animal and fish, full-fat dairy from cow, goat and camel raised on fast growing grasses on mineral-rich soil, This is one of the most important books on nutrition ever written.
Price presents in this work documentation of the detrimental effects on health, bone structure and fertility that are seen when modern foods sugar, white rice, white flour, canned foods, jams, lean muscle meat, vegetable oils , replace traditional foods liberal use of sea foods, organ meats, eggs of many species of animal and fish, full-fat dairy from cow, goat and camel raised on fast growing grasses on mineral-rich soil, freshly cracked and ground whole grain breads.