It’s amazing how such valuable knowledge and research could have been done so long ago, yet so obscure from present knowledge. I’ve recently been mentioning the Weston A. Price formation and I am the local Terre Haute chapter, but what exactly am I talking about? Dr. Price was actually a dentist, who was concerned by the decreasing quality of his younger clients teeth: crowded, crooked teeth, narrowed faces, overbites, underdeveloped noses, ill-defined cheekbones and pinched nostrils. Along with this they also were suffering inflictions like: frequent infections, allergies, anemia, asthma, poor vision, lack of coordination, fatigue and behavioral problems. His curiosities led him to travel the globe (from Swiss villages to islands off of Scotland, Eskimos and Indian tribes of Canada and the Everglades, South Seas islanders, Aborigines, Maoris in New Zealand, Peruvian and Amazonian Indians and of course tribes in Africa) in search of isolated communities, untouched by ‘civilization.’ What a wonderful concept. Older generations didn’t seem to suffer our current ailments and health deterioration, so why not look to them; what’s that old saying, “If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it?” Hmm, needless to say what he found was a healthier lot of people, who only suffered once we the ‘civilized’ influenced them with our white sugar and flour, poisoning them with our diseases. Of course he also found handsome wide-jawed communities, with defined cheekbones and straight pretty teeth. Not to mention a lack of disease. When he looked at diet what he found was that people throughout the globe living in different climates were healthy living on whole foods (although varied from region to region): meat with its own fat, organ meats, whole raw milk and dairy products, fish, insects, whole grains (often prepared in traditional ways), tubers, vegetables and fruit. For example:
- The Swiss diet was rich in raw dairy products like milk, butter, cream and cheese. They also ate meat sometimes, bone broth soups and a vegetables during the summer. Even though the children there never brushed their teeth they had only 1% decay (wow!)
- Scots skipped the dairy, but filled up on fish, along with oats.
- Eskimos ate plenty from the sea of course. They consumed plenty of fish, fish roe (eggs), marine animals and their blubber
- Other Indian tribes were heavy on the game animals, not just tearing into muscles, but organ meats, glands, blood, marrow, and particularly adrenal glands.
- Tribes like the Masai enjoyed loading up on meat, blood and milk
- The South Seas and Maori ate every kind of seafood: fish, shark, octopus, shellfish, sea worms; in addition to pork meat and fat, a variety of plants, including the ‘tree of life’ coconut.
What’s sad is how Price’s work is so ignored today, but it’s so ironic how true he was. Some of the points that he was right about:
- these communities had at least 4 times the mineral and water-soluble vitamins (like C and B) that we get. And they prepared their grains and tubers in a way that gave them more available vitamins and minerals (soaking, fermenting, sprouting, souring, leavening, etc.)
- They had 10 times more vitamins A and D which Price referred to as ‘catalyst’ to which other nutrients depend (protein, mineral, vitamin).
- Don’t forget about his discovering of Activator X (vitamin K2 today, which he found decades before us), that he found in cod liver oil, fish eggs, organ meats and deep yellow butter of cows during the Spring and Fall when grass was rapidly growing (all of these things you will remember were one way or another prevalent in all these societies).
- Price used high vitamin butter in conjunction with cod liver oil to treat tooth decay, arthritis, rickets and failure to thrive in children. Other researchers have since used them to treat respiratory diseases like tuberculosis, asthma, allergies and emphysema
It’s easy to understand why his work is so misunderstood or ignored in a country where the food industry and big Pharma control studies and media information. A land where sweeteners, white flour, polyunsaturated fats, and sugar dominate grocery stores and ads. A land where we demonize animals and their fat, cholesterol, and saturated fat that made us thrive before; while our government promotes consumption of heavy carbs like grains. We have this research and these ancient societies as prime examples of health, yet we want to keep making pills to ‘cure’ everything. We should be thanking this curious dentist and his extensive work, but instead we ignore it and the companies with the most money control the health information and studies in this country; when are we going to learn? You have to change your lifestyle plain and simple. Not just for weight loss, but for your future health. Looking back to help the current (isn’t it like fashion where everything comes back in style, maybe it will catch on that we need to eat like we used to) health crisis. For more on our fat-burner weight-loss program check out our website at bodychange.net