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I’ve had some people ask me this question and I figured that I should write a post on Dr. Price so that my readers have a better understanding of his work and why it’s important.
Weston A. Price (1870-1948) was a dentist who studied the nutrition of many diverse cultures. He is known as the “Charles Darwin of nutrition”. Initially, he started out his studies to find the causes of tooth decay and other dental degeneration that he saw while practicing dentistry by studying people in “primitive” cultures. Some of the cultures that he studied included inhabitants of Lötschental, Switzerland, the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, the Eskimos, the Pacific Islanders of Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, tribes in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Congo, the Aborigines of Australia, the Māori of New Zealand, and Indians of Peru.
He discovered that many of the dental problems, like cavities and crooked or crowded teeth, that were prevalent in modern society, could not be found in these cultures. He also expanded his research to find that many non-dental problems, like heart disease and degenerative diseases, were also non-existent in the cultures that lived on an indigenous, traditional diet. But, he did find that it only took one generation for the effects of processed foods, refined flours and sugars to reek havoc on these culture’s health.
The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) was created as a nonprofit charity in 1999. The main purpose of this organization is to spread the research of Dr. Price to the rest of the world. It was quite obvious from Dr. Price’s work that cultures that maintained a traditional diet of nutrient-dense and wholesome food were able to maintain perfect health for generations. The incidents of chronic disease (like is prevalent in the US) was virtually non-existent in these cultures.
There is a 28 page booklet available on the WAPF’s website that is free to download in a PDF version. In it, you will find Dr. Price’s research and principles of a healthy diet. I strongly encourage my readers to check it out. These are the principles on which I base much of my thinking about food.
Please remember that I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to be. I simply have a passion for nutrition and research and I want to share my knowledge with others. I want to put the ideas, concepts, and research out there and then let you make your own decisions. I am always open for discussion, so please, feel free to leave me comments!
I hope this post answers some of the questions that my readers have had.
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