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Who was Weston Price and why is he important?

Jeri is the one who first introduced Dr. Price to me. She was the one who told me about the relationship with nutrient dense foods and health. She changed my life forever; I am glad she is willing to share some of what she has learned with all of us.

Enjoy! Rachel

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Dr. Weston Price was a dentist in Ohio in the early 1900’s. He observed over time that greater numbers of his patients suffered from larger numbers of dental caries (cavities).  These patients had a higher incidence of narrowed/misshapen palate and misaligned teeth. In a nutshell, he was seeing more people with poor dental health and structure.He theorized these problems came from the increasingly processed/refined and preserved American/western diet.

During the 1930’s he and his wife traveled the world in search of indigenous peoples eating the traditional diet of their culture. He documented dental examinations and took pictures. His findings were universal.

Regardless of location – Alpine village, Outer Hebrides, Pacific island, Eskimo village, Maasai village etc – populations eating the traditional diet of their culture had broad dental arches with enough room for their healthy straight teeth. These indigenous diets are remarkably varied, and not “balanced” by today’s standards. For example, the Alpine villagers lived on goats’ milk, mostly made into cheese and whole rye bread. Yes, there was a little variety, but these exceptions made up a very small percentage of the daily diet. Eskimos lived on seal and whale blubber much of the year. Pacific islanders had fish.  And more fish. Not one group suffered classic deficiency diseases.

Individuals from those isolated villages, when they relocated closer to ‘civilization’ ( when they moved to a village/town served by the train and engaged in trade with the rest of the world) and began to eat the refined flours and sugars, and preserved (tinned) milk/meat/vegetables of the western world, began to experience poor dental health. Increased dental decay became the norm and in one generation the healthy broad dental arches of ancestors were lost to offspring.

What does this mean to us today?

The short answer is to avoid the SAD (Standard American Diet) of our neighbors, co-workers,  and acquaintances and feed ourselves and our loved ones real food.  This includes getting over the false teaching that animal fat is bad and unhealthy. Healthy undamaged animal fat is necessary to our health.

This includes avoiding processed/preserved foods.  Forget those “heat ’em & eat ’ems” found in every employee lounge.

This means carefully sourcing the ingredients of our meals.  Fresh locally produced fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, and milk are good for our nutrition and local economy.

This means avoiding fast food.  A friend who lived in Chicago for many years and had no air conditioning conducted an unintentional experiment with fast food. She was given an opened package of english muffins from a well known fast food chain. They sat on her kitchen counter for three weeks during a hot, humid summer before she remembered them. They hadn’t molded.  Not one speck of green or white or brown to be seen.

Real food molds, rots, spoils under such conditions.  If it won’t mold or rot or in some other way decay in a reasonable time, don’t eat it. It’s not real food.

This is enough to mull for a few days.  I’ll be back in a few weeks with another installment. Comments and questions welcome. Bon Appetit!

 

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