Cover of "Nutrition and Physical Degenera...

Cover of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

During the 1930s, a dentist named Dr. Weston Price and his wife studied different people around the world and their diets. They concluded that natural local diets tended to make people healthy while artificial diets especially those high in sugars and white breads made people sicker.  Dr Weston was the former head of the American Dental Association. His findings, documented in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, are astounding.

Natural Medicine by Suite 101 says “Price and his wife documented through photos and research several key findings. Being a dentist, Price observed things like dental arches, the shape and health of teeth and gums, and the overall health of the people. His book is quite lengthy, but his findings may be summed up as follows:”

  • Groups eating their native diet tended to be healthier, more resistant to all diseases, and have overall better dental health than groups who switched over to a modern diet.
    So-called degenerative diseases such as arthritis were almost non-existent. Almost all groups ate a combination of fruits, vegetables, and animal products such as meat or milk, but not in the combinations we think of as ‘healthy’ today. Some groups, such as African tribes, subsisted almost entirely on milk, meat and animal blood, while other groups in the Pacific ate fish, other seafood, sea vegetables and plants harvested in the wild.
  • When groups began eating white sugar products, overall health declined especially dental health. In the group of Swiss villagers, for example, he noted that mothers asked him
    to fit their daughters with dentures so they could get married – their teeth were already rotted and falling out before the age of 30!
  • Even though many groups had no source of toothbrushes, toothpaste or fluoride, if they abstained from white sugar and white flour products, they had few to no cavities or dental problems
  • The diets eaten by groups varied considerably, but all groups consumed unadulterated products with a good portion of the foods harvested from the wild or from animals grazed in the wild. For example, the Swiss villagers eating their ancestral diet consumed mostly rye bread and rye flour products and dairy. The dairy products were especially rich in Vitamin A, since the cows grazed on fresh grass on the hillsides of the Swiss valleys. Children eating this diet were healthier and more robust than their counterparts in the so-called modernized Swiss cities.