|Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price
Please answer the following True or False:
1. Dr. Price did studies on traditional people groups to determine the overall health effects of their diets on their health.
2. Dr. Price found that the groups he studied had in common that they consumed bone broth.
3. Dr. Price discovered that the groups he studied had in common that they ate fermented food.
4. Dr. Price discovered that the groups he studied had in common that they soaked their grains.
5. Dr. Price advocated the consumption of animal foods such as organ meats.
6. Dr. Price researched and discovered that the women in the cultures he studied had few fertility problems.
7. Dr. Price discovered that people with traditional diets enjoyed greater longevity.
8. Dr. Price compared vegetarian diets with animal food based diets.
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ALL of the above answers are False. Surprised?
1. False. Dr. Price was a dentist. The only health issue he studied in detail was dental health. He also took a long look at tuberculosis transmission rates between those living in crowded urban settings and those living in open air with lots of sunshine. He did not do a comprehensive study of health in general, although he occasionally would make a tourist-type observation about general health, for instance, that he noted that he saw a woman in her sixties that seemed very strong.
|Dr. Price's Research Focused on Dental Health
2. False. Many of the groups in his book did not consume bone broth. In fact, some of them did not consume the food of animals that had bones, but lived only on vegetables and shellfish.
3. False. Many of the groups in his book did not eat fermented food.
4. False. Many of the groups in his book did not soak their grains, in fact, some of them did not even have regular access to grains - others consumed lots of grains.
5. False. Dr. Price actually advocated an Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian diet in a letter to his own nieces & nephews. He observed many traditional groups and recorded their diets, but did not advocate eating exactly as they ate. For instance, the Masai of Africa consumed a substantial amount of fresh blood from living cattle. Dr. Price recorded this, and recorded the good dental health of the Masai who consumed this diet, but did not advocate or denounce it. (unfortunately, the actual letter in which Dr. Price advocated vegetarianism is at this site, The Price Pottenger Foundation, but requires a "membership" for access. There are many summaries and excerpts of the letter available at other sites, such as this one written from a vegetarian perspective, Or this one, written from another perspective . Unfortunately, I cannot find a copy of the letter alone without editorial comment for free)
6. False. Dr. Price did not study fertility rates. He did occasionally make an anecdotal observation. For instance, he spoke with one doctor who treated one tribe. That doctor offered the undocumented and unresearched offhand opinion that fertility issues seemed to have been better before his arrival. But, Dr. Price only offered these third party observations anecdotally, he did not do studies on fertility.
7. False. Dr. Price did not do his research on longevity rates.
8. False. Dr. Price's work involved examining the teeth of those on traditional tribal diets with those on a "modern" diet high in refined grains and sugars. Some of the traditional tribal diets has lots of animal food, and some contained a very high percentage of vegetarian foods. The traditional diets were all whole foods diets, and the modern diets were all high in refined foods.
|Dr. Price Focused on Dental Health - Comparing Whole Foods & Refined Food Diets
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