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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.

I may receive a commission for downloads made through links in this post. Please see our affiliate disclosure for more information. Are you familiar with the man, the nutrition myth buster , the legend, Dr. Weston A. And yes, the rumors are true. I have a crush on him. From the Weston A. Price Foundation : Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them—isolated nonindustrialized people.

Primitive peoples got this vitamin in four different ways. The Swiss, Arabs and Asiatic races got it from dairy products such as milk from cattle, camels or sheep. The native americans and Andean tribes got it from the organs of animals and the eggs of birds. The pacific islanders and coastal natives got it from seafood and the Australian Aborigines and African tribes got it from small animals and insects.

The natives had no problems with tooth decay. They got enough nutrition in their foods that the saliva composition protected their teeth without brushing or modern methods of cleaning teeth. When the proper chemical content of the saliva is reinstituted, bacterial growth is stopped and the tooth will harden in the area of the cavity.

Even in natives where the tooth was worn down to the gum line, the body was protected from bacterial infection by new layer of dentine where the pulp was exposed. When these defensive factors are not present the acid producing organisms multiply and produce an acid which dissolves tooth structure. The origin of this protective factor is provided in nutrition and is directly related to the mineral content of the foods and to known and unknown vitamins particularly the fat-soluable.

Many of the children had vary large cavities which had decalcified the tooth to the pulp chamber. After the nutrition was improved, the tissues of the pulp built in a secodary dentine thus reincasing itself and the decay was inhibited. About four ounces of tomato juice or orange juice and a teaspoonful of a mixture of equal parts of a very high vitamin natural cod liver oil Vitamin A and an especially high vitamin butter was given at the beginning of the meal.

They then received a bowl containing approximately a pint of very rich vegetable and meat stew, made largely from bone marrow and fine cuts of tender meat: Each child was also given two glasses of fresh whole milk. The menu was varied from day to day by substituting for the meat stew, fish chowder or organs of animals These meals provided approximately 1. Dental caries is only one of the many expressions of our modern deficient nutritions.

If cattle are in gestation too often and fed foods low in chlorophyl the nutritional value of their milk is depleted. Reduce intake of white flour, sugar, and over processed foods. Increase intake of whole grains, freshly ground wheat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Make particular efforts to get double to quadruple the minimum daily amounts of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron along with natural Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.

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Proper nutrition will reduce the number of cavities, reduce risk of disease, make childbirth easier and reduce risk of mental and physical deformities in infants and adults. An example of a mental deformity in infants that is related to nutrition is the increased risk of downs syndrome for children born to parents over forty years of age. See book for an extensive look at the effects of nutrition on downs syndrome children.

View all 5 comments. Aug 11, Roslyn rated it it was amazing. Required reading, especially for people thinking about having kids. Fascinating how much effort he has to go to prove what is really common sense and yet people still don't know this stuff.

Why didn't I learn about this until now? I am so angry about what a useless waste of time public education is. Why don't we learn anything useful at all?!!!! This book has flaws though, but the pros far outweigh the cons. And as for how the "scientific community" regards his "poor scientific methods" I'm totally with him on that one. Isolating variables in human being living habits is next to impossible and why spend all your time trying to do that to cure sick people when instead you can go hunting for healthy people and learn from them?

I don't think he has the evidence to prove that nutritional deficiencies in utero also cause criminals and other problems. It does not mean he is wrong, just that he really didn't spend much time researching that or gathering enough evidence to support his theory. May 13, trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the best book I've ever read.

The amount of research, depth of knowledge, and pictures that capture more than words can describe makes a very though provoking read.

Forget everything you have head about nutrition from so called experts over the last 60 years. This is the only book you need. Apr 07, David Carver rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is quite simply the best and most succinct argument for a natural, non-synthetic diet.

Chapter after chapter of detailed surveys, statistics, and citation establishes that diet directly influences not only the superficial problems of tooth decay, but much more serious issues of prenatal development, degenerative disease, and mental acuity.

One would expect a work on dental health in primitive cultures to be dry going, but Weston Price has an eye for the beauty in Nature, especially the This book is quite simply the best and most succinct argument for a natural, non-synthetic diet.

One would expect a work on dental health in primitive cultures to be dry going, but Weston Price has an eye for the beauty in Nature, especially the beauty of the unmarred and healthy physical form, and therefore he regularly interrupts the scientific narrative to discuss weird or colorful items in his journey across the world. The results of that journey, photographed regularly and precisely, can leave little doubt: Only the vitamins and minerals present in non-synthetic primitive diets can ward off such modern ills as heart disease, dental crowding, and infant deformities.

In fact, it is remarkable how much of the human experience relates to this basic idea of good nutrition, a fact that appears irrefutable from the thousands of cases documented by Price. While the claims of this book touching only on dental hygiene would make it fascinating reading in itself, other conclusions are particularly relevant to contemporary culture: This means that capsules and pills are secondarily useful - much better to eat freshly-ground wheat or fish eyes.

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.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration : A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. For free! Merry belated Christmas to you! I hope you spend some time digging into the wealth of invaluable information available in this awesome, free resource. Spread the word! As Dr.

Click HERE to access the free book. Ooh, thank you! In the meantime, yay for free! Btw, just to my right, in your sidebar, you have a misspelling: Just noticed that. Thank you so much for sharing! Thank you so much for this link!!!!! The only problem — my kitchen. And there is no oven. Thanks for your blog! Super excited to read more! Yes, how do I download this on a mac? All I am getting is a webpage to read the book from. Found a zip file, but once opened, it took me back to the webpage.

Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Price Foundation: Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them—isolated nonindustrialized people. The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected—nutritional deficiencies.

Wherever he went, Dr.

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