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Food, Nutrition, Health And The Pioneering Work of Weston Price

Food, Nutrition, Health And The Pioneering Work of Weston Price

"Thy food shall be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food." – Hippocrates

Summary: We will look at the evidence about how modern food causes disease through seeing some of the field studies of Weston Price D.D.S., along with his nutritional analysis of various diets. In understanding the Cause of Disease you will see that disease is a result of primarly our modern nutritional program.

Something Has Gone Seriously Wrong with Our Modernized Way of Living

Dr. Romig of Alaska "[Dr. Romig] stated that in his thirty-six years of contact with these people he had never seen a case of malignant disease among the truly primitive Eskimos and Indians, although it frequently occurs when they become modernized." Nutrition and Physical Degeneration 6th Edition

"I have referred to the fact that one of the leading Indian scholars of the western coast informed me that the primitive Indian language did not have words for 'rheumatism' or 'arthritis' in any of their various forms. He said these disease were unknown to the primitive Indians. At the point of contact with modern civilization where the only apparent important change has been the displacement of the native foods with the foods of modern commerce, I found arthritis and tuberculosis were common. In a group of twenty homes at Telegraph Creek and its vicinity I found ten bedridden cripples. Many of these cases were so hopelessly advanced that nothing could be done." Price, W. A.

Scientists Claim They Do Not Know The Cause Of Many Diseases

Here is typical information you will find about nearly every disease:

"Scientist do not understand the cause of __________ (fill in any disease name). There is probably not one cause, but many different factors. Family history is a risk factor, Scientists believe that genetics may play a role in getting __________ (fill in any disease name). ___________ (fill in any disease name) has no known cure, and the secrets to preventing it are not yet known."

  • We Are Told to Look Away from Food and Nutrition and Its Role in Disease
  • We Are Told that Disease is Genetic
  • We Are Told that there is No Cure

Neither are true
Disease is usually curable, and disease is not caused by genetics. Disease is passed down by intercepted heredity, which means, disease is first inherited through a nutrient deficiency passed from mother & father to child, and then this nutrient deficiency continues during the child's growing years, creating illness.

The Truth, Both Infectious and Degenerative Diseases can be Cured and Prevented, With Nutrition

Infectious Diseases, These are Usually Curable
An infectious disease is an illness that impairs our functions and supposedly results from the presence of pathogenic agents such as viruses, bacteria's, fungi, parasites and so forth. Some examples of diseases labeled as infectious are, cold's, flu's, tooth decay, respiratory infections, AIDS, Tuberculosis, Polio, Malaria, Measles, Pertusis, Tetanus, Meningitis, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B.

Degenerative Diseases, are Usually Preventable
Alzheimer's Disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Heart Disease, Cancer, Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Parkinson's Disease, Osteoarthritis, and Osteoporosis.

Both types of diseases are usually curable or preventable because, Nutrition is the Cause of Physical Degeneration

The Healthy People of the Loetschental Valley, Switzerland

We will now examine evidence to show you how nutritional deficiency is the primary cause of disease in the west.

Like many of us, Weston A. Price, DDS (1870 - 1948), has suffered from the results of physical degeneration. His son Donald, died from complications of an infected root canal, which Dr. Price put in. Dr. Price examined physical degeneration by carefully studying people's teeth. What is true for the teeth, is usually true for the rest of the body.

The pictures are used with permission from the
Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 800-366-3748

the Beautiful Loetschental Valley Weston Price
The Beautiful Loetschental Valley circa, 1932

In this valley, Dr. Price writes, "They have neither physician nor dentist because they have so little need for them; they have neither policeman nor jail, because they have no need for them." Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

"While the cows spend the warm summer on the verdant knolls and wooded slopes near the glaciers and fields of perpetual snow, they have a period of high and rich productivity of milk… This cheese contains the natural butter fat and minerals of the splendid milk and is a virtual storehouse of life for the coming winter."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Weston Price Photo Cows Grazing Near Glaciers

"[Reverend John Siegen] told me that they recognize the presence of Divinity in the life-giving qualities of the butter made in June when cows have arrived for pasturage near the glaciers. He gathers the people together to thank the kind Father for evidence of his Being in the life-giving qualities of butter and cheese when the cows eat the grass near the snow line." Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

These isolated Swiss children, were remarkably healthy. "The sturdiness of the child life permits children to play and frolic bareheaded and barefooted even in water running down from the glacier in the late evening's chilly breezes, in weather that made us wear our overcoats and gloves and button our collars."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Isolated Swiss Children No Tooth Decay

The health of these children is indicated by the well developed faces and lack of tooth decay.

Health & Nutrition Analysis of the Isolated, Indigenous Swiss

The nutrition of the people of the Loetschental Valley
Whole Rye Bread, Summer Cheese (about as large as the slice of bread), which is eaten with fresh milk of goats or cows. Meat is eaten once a week.

Immunity to Tooth Decay
In a study of 4,280 teeth of the children of these high valleys, only 3.4% were found to have been attacked by tooth decay. In the Loetschental Valley 0.3% of all teeth where affected with tooth decay.

The average rate of teeth infected with tooth decay in the US, which is possibly based on less stringent indicators than Dr. Price used, for 12-19 year olds ranges from 6.25% to 11.61%. Children in the Loetschental Valley where approximately 20 times more immune to tooth decay than modern children.

Nutrient Analysis of an Average Diet for Indigenous People in the Swiss Alps

Calories Food Fat-Soluble Activators Calcium (grams) Phosphorus
800 Rye Bread Low 0.07 0.46 0.00
400 Milk High 0.68 0.53 0.00
400 Cheese Very High 0.84 0.62 0.00
100 Butter Very High 0.00 0.00 0.00
100 Barely Low 0.00 0.03 0.00
100 Vegetables Low 0.06 0.08 0.00
100 Meat Medium 0.00 0.12 0.00
2000 Very High 1.76 3.04 0.01

Price, W. A., (Some figures have been rounded up for simplicity)

The Modernized Swiss, No Longer Eat Their Native Foods

In the 1930's, Dental Caries was a major problem for school children in modern parts of Switzerland, with 85-100 percent of the population affected. The local health director tried sun-taning the children, to prevent tooth decay, this did not work.

Modernized Swiss, Rampant Tooth Decay, Weston Price

"In the modernized districts of Switzerland tooth decay is rampant. The girl, upper left, is sixteen and the one to the right is younger. They use white bread and sweets liberally. The two children below have very badly formed dental arches with crowding of the teeth. this deformity is not due to heredity." Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Modernized - Is defined as people eating store bought food, living a convenience based lifestyle with products of commerce. This is similar to how we live in cities and suburbs today.

Health and Nutrition Analysis for Modernized Swiss

The Nutrition of Modernized Swiss
"white-flour products, marmalades, jams, canned vegetables, confections, and fruits--all of which are transported to the district. Only a limited supply of vegetables is grown locally." Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Interesting Note
"We studied some children here whose parents retained their primitive methods of food selection, and without exception those who were immune to dental caries were eating a distinctly different food from those with high susceptibility to dental caries." Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Immunity to Tooth Decay
In of the 2,065 teeth 25.5% where attacked, many teeth had abscessed. Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Note on Immunity to Tooth Decay
Today in the US, 20-39 year old adults average nearly the exact same 25.25% of all teeth having been affected by tooth decay. There is merely a longer time delay in our culture for severe tooth decay to happen.

Nutrient Analysis of an Average Diet for Modernized Swiss

Calories Food Fat-Soluble Activators Calcium Phosphorus Iron
1000 White Bread Low 0.11 0.35 0.00
400 Jam, Honey, Sugar, Syrup Low 0.05 0.08 0.02
100 Chocolate and Coffee Low 0.02 0.07 0.00
100 Milk High 0.17 0.13 0.00
100 Canned Vegetables Low 0.08 0.08 0.00
100 Meat Medium 0.01 0.11 0.00
100 Vegetable Fat Low 0.00 0.00 0.00
100 Butter (dairy) High 0.00 0.00 0.00
2000 Low 0.44 0.82 0.026

Price, W. A., (Some figures have been rounded up for simplicity)

Compare these figures to the Isolated Swiss

Swiss Calories Fat-Soluble Activators Calcium Phosphorus Iron
Isolated 2000 Very High 1.76 3.04 0.01
Modernized 2000 Low 0.44 0.82 0.026
Native/Isolated Diets Compared
  10x or more 4x 3.7x -2x or 1x

Native diets provided several times more nutrients and fat-soluble activators than their displacing/Modernized diets.

The reason for tooth decay and physical degeneration is shown in the tables analyzing the nutrients of the primitive and the modern diets. The modern diets are deficient in several crucial nutrients.

The Healthy People of the Outer Hebrides, Islands off the Coast of Scotland

"Stories have long been told of the superb health of the people living in the Islands of the Outer Hebrides."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Health and Nutrition Analysis for Isolated Gaelics

Nutrition of Isolated Gaelics
"The basic foods of these islanders are fish and oat products with a little barley. Oat grain is the one cereal which develops fairly readily, and it provides the porridge and oat cakes which in many homes are eaten in some form regularly with each meal. The fishing about the Outer Hebrides is specially favorable, and small sea foods, including lobsters, crabs, oysters and clams, are abundant. An important and highly relished article of diet has been baked cod's head stuffed with chopped cod's liver and oatmeal."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

"Their nutrition is provided by their oat products and fish, and by a very limited amount of vegetable foods. Lobsters and flat fish are a very important part of their foods. Fruits are practically unknown. Yet the physiques of these people are remarkably fine."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Immunity to Tooth Decay
Isle of Lewis,
only 1.3 teeth out of every hundred examined that had even been attacked by dental caries. (1.3%)

Isle of Harris, 1.0%

Isle of Skye, Those living on primitive foods had only 0.7 carious teeth per hundred. (0.7%)

Nutrient Analysis of an Average Diet for Indigenous People in the Outer Hebrides

Calories Food Fat-Soluble Activators Calcium Phosphorus Iron
Low 0.17 0.99 0.01
100 Barley Low 0.00 0.31 0.00
800 Fish with Livers Very High 1.54 1.62 0.06
100 Eggs Medium 0.05 0.12 0.00

Very High 1.76 3.04 0.07

Modernized Gaelic's in the Outer Hebrides Compared with Isolated Gaelic's

"One of the sad stories of the Isle of Lewis has to do with the recent rapid progress of the white plague. The younger generation of the modernized part of the Isle of Lewis is not showing the same resistance to tuberculosis as their ancestors."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

"[The brother on the left had] excellent teeth and [on the right] rampant caries. These boys were brothers eating at the same table. The older boy, with excellent teeth, was still enjoying primitive food of oatmeal and oatcake and sea foods with some limited dairy products. The younger boy, seen to the left, had extensive tooth decay. Many teeth were missing including two in the front. He insisted on having white bread, jam, highly sweetened coffee and also sweet chocolates. His father told me with deep concern how difficult it was for this boy to get up in the morning and go to work."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Above: Normal Development
"An examination of the growing boys and girls disclosed the fact that only one tooth out of every hundred examined had ever been attacked by tooth decay. The general physical development of these children was excellent, as may be seen in the upper half of [this figure]. Note their broad faces."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Below: Checked Development
"This is in striking contrast with the children of the hamlet of Tarbert which is the only shipping port on the Isle of Harris.. These Tarbert children had an incidence of 32.4 carious teeth out of every hundred teeth examined. The distance between these two points is not over ten miles.. [They have] access to modern foods, since it supports a white bread bakery store with modern jams, marmalades, and other kinds of canned foods."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Health and Nutrition Analysis for Modernized Gaelics

Nutrition of Modernized Gaelics
"In Stornoway, one could purchase angel food cake, white bread, as snow white as that to be found in any community in the world, many other white-flour products; also, canned marmalades, canned vegetables, sweetened fruit juices, jams, confections of every type filled the store windows and counters."
Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Ed.,

Immunity to Tooth Decay

Isle of Lewis, In a count of one hundred individuals appearing to be between the ages of twenty and forty, twenty-five were already wearing artificial teeth.

Isle of Harris, 32.4%

Isle of Skye, 16.3% or twenty-three times as many teeth as the isolated Gaelics had been attacked with dental caries.

Nutrient Analysis of an Average Diet for Modernized Gaelics

Calories Food Fat-Soluble Activators Calcium Phosphorus Iron
1000 White Bread Low 0.11 0.35 0.04
400 Jam, Sugar, Syrup Low 0.05 0.08 0.02
100 Chocolate and Coffee Low 0.01 0.07 0.00
300 Fish Without Livers High 0.57 0.60 0.02
100 Canned Vegetables Low 0.06 0.08 0.00
100 Eggs Medium 0.04 0.12 0.00

Low 0.84 1.30 0.07
Price, W. A.

Diet Comparison Primitive vs. Modern Gaelics

Gaelics Calories Fat-Soluble Activators Calcium Phosphorus Iron
Isolated 2000 Very High 1.76 3.04 0.07
Modern 2000 Low 0.84 1.30 0.07
The Differences   10x or more 2.1x 2.3x 1.0x

It should now be clear why isolated primitive people in the Swiss Alps and in the Islands off the Coast of Scotland maintained a high degree of health and a freedom from tooth decay. It should also be clear, why the modernized people in those areas, lost their immunity to tooth decay. The isolated diets contained several times the amount of water soluble vitamins, and particularly, ten times or more the amount of fat-soluble vitamins.

Disease is not many times a result of, or caused by viruses or genetics. Disease is caused when our bodies are starved of nutrients from eating a diet that does not support the needs of the physical structures of our bodies.

The Diet of Modern Citizens of the United States

Calcium Phosphorus Fat-Soluble Vitamin A Fat-Soluble Vitamins D, E, K
Daily averages of the previously listed Indigenous Diets 1.97 grams 4.30 grams High - Very High High - Very High
Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for Pregnancy 1.0 gram 0.70 grams 2541 IU 15mg for Vitamin E
Percentage of Adult Women below the RDA 65.1% 27.4% 56.2% 69.4% for Vitamin E
Percentage of Adult Men Below the RDA 55.4% 13.0% 60.9% 64.4% for Vitamin E

This graph shows how mother's are many times starving for nutrients prior to pregnancy.

The deficiency is shown in this chart in two ways. Firstly, the large portion of women below the RDA standards, which are similar to the DRI standards for pregnancy. Then, in comparison, how low those DRI standards for nutrients are, relative to healthy Indigenous peoples.

We have here, evidence of our modern nutritional catastrophe. The average male and female adult, at the time of conception and during pregnancy and lactation, probably is only getting half of the minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus they need for health, and probably one quarter, to one tenth of the fat-soluble vitamins (A,D, E, K) they need for a healthy body and thus for a healthy child.

Immunity to Tooth Decay, United States

Immunity to Tooth Decay United States interpertation of Data from CDC

Age Group Average Number of Decayed Missing or Filled Teeth Per Person Percent of Decayed Missing or Filled Teeth Per 100 teeth, est. Percent of Age Group Affected by Tooth Decay
2-5 1.01 5.05% 27.9%
6-11 0.42 1.75% 49.0%
12-15 1.75 6.25% 49.6%
16-19 3.25 11.6% 67.9%
20-39 7.07 25.25% 86.7%
40-59 12.85 45.89% 95.1%
60+ 17.46 62.36% 93.1%

For these charts, the third molars (wisdom teeth) where excluded in the data. That means, on average, US adults have even more missing teeth than the figures are presented, since many adults have had their wisdom teeth removed. For ages 2-5 I assumed 20 total teeth, for ages 6-11 I made my averages assuming 24 total teeth, and for ages 12 and older the assumption is 28 total teeth.

In examing the figures it is likely the data collection standards for determining whether a tooth was infected by decay varied widely. I believe the highest chance of tooth decay would occur during the period of rapid growth between ages 12-17. Nevertheless, you see that by the time you are in your 20's and 30's, the odd are you will have 7 teeth that are decayed. By the time you reach 60, this goes up to 17 teeth.


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La obesidad es un exceso de grasa, determinado por un Índice de masa corporal o IMC aumentado (mayor o igual a 30). Forma parte del Síndrome metabólico. Es un factor de riesgo conocido para enfermedades crónicas como: enfermedades cardíacas, diabetes, hipertensión arterial, ictus y algunas formas de cáncer. La evidencia sugiere que se trata de una enfermedad con origen multifactorial: genético, ambiental, psicológico entre otros. Acumulación excesiva de grasa en el cuerpo, hipertrofia general del tejido adiposo.

Es una enfermedad crónica originada por muchas causas y con numerosas complicaciones, la obesidad se caracteriza por el exceso de grasa en el organismo y se presenta cuando el índice de masa corporal en el adulto es mayor de 25 unidades.

La obesidad no distingue color de piel, edad, nivel socioeconómico, sexo o situación geográfica.

Anteriormente se consideraba a la persona con sobrepeso como una persona que gozaba de buena salud, sin embargo ahora se sabe que la obesidad tiene múltiples consecuencias en nuestra salud.
Ahora se sabe que la obesidad está fuertemente relacionada como causal de otras enfermedades como lo son los padecimientos cardiovasculares, dermatológicos, gastrointestinales, diabéticos, osteoarticulares, etc.

El primer paso para saber si existe obesidad o no, es conocer el índice de masa corporal (IMC), lo que se obtiene haciendo un cálculo entre la estatura y el peso del individuo.

La obesidad es un exceso de grasa corporal, que por lo general, y no siempre, se ve acompañada por un incremento del peso del cuerpo.

Tabla de contenidos
1 Clasificación
2 Causas
3 Buscando el equilibrio
4 Tratamiento
5 Enlaces externos

Se puede establecer un índice de obesidad, definido como la relación entre peso real y teórico.

Obesidad exógena: La obesidad debida a una alimentación excesiva.

Obesidad endógena: La que tiene por causa alteraciones metabólicas.

Dentro de las causas endógenas, se habla de obesidad endocrina cuando está provocada por disfunción de alguna glándula endocrina, como la tiroides.

Obesidad hipotiroidea
Obesidad gonadal

No obstante, los adipocitos están aumentados de tamaño por acción de los ácidos grasos libres que penetran a éstos y, por medio de un proceso de esterificación, se convierten de nuevo en triglicéridos. Éstos antes han sido el resultado de la activación de VLDL circulantes en la absorción de ácidos grasos.

Es una enfermedad en cuya génesis están implicados diferentes factores, muchos de los cuales todavía no se conocen muy bien. Los genes, el ambiente, el sedentarismo, son condicionantes básicos que están implicados en la génesis de la obesidad así como los producidos por medicamentos o por distintas enfermedades.
El Síndrome de Prader-Willi (SPW) sería otra causa, en este caso, una combinación exógena y endógena.

Gráfica comparando los porcentajes de obesidad del total de población en países miembros de la OCDE. Para edades mayores de 15 años y un IMC mayor a 30.

Las causas de la obesidad son múltiples, e incluyen factores tales como la herencia genética; el comportamiento del sistema nervioso, endocrino y metabólico; y el tipo o estilo de vida que se lleve.
Mayor ingesta de calorías de las que el cuerpo necesita.

Menor actividad física de la que el cuerpo precisa.
Si se ingiere mayor cantidad de energía de la necesaria ésta se acumula en forma de grasa. Si se consume mas energía de la necesaria se utiliza la grasa como energía. Por lo que la obesidad se produce por exceso de energía, como resultado de las alteraciones en el equilibrio de entrada/salida de energía. Como consecuencia se pueden producir diversas complicaciones como lo son la hipertensión arterial, la diabetes mellitus y las enfermedades coronarias.

La herencia tiene un papel importante, tanto que de padres obesos el riesgo de sufrir obesidad para un niño es 10 veces superior a lo normal. En parte es debido a tendencias metabólicas de acumulación de grasa, pero en parte se debe a que los hábitos culturales alimenticios y sedentarios contribuyen a repetir los patrones de obesidad de padre a hijo.
Otra parte de los obesos lo son por enfermedades hormonales o endocrinas, y pueden ser solucionados mediante un correcto diagnóstico y tratamiento especializado.

Buscando el equilibrio
Se sabe que cada 250 gramos de grasa equivalen a 3.500 calorías. Si existe un exceso de grasa se deben calcular las calorías que representan y disminuirlas en la ingesta en un periodo de tiempo adecuado.
Contenido en calorías de diversos alimentos:
Cada gramo

Contenido en calorias
Grasa 9
Alcohol 7
Proteína 4
Carbohidrato 3,75

Y en cuanto a alimentos:

Contenidos en calorías
Ración de carne de vaca 483
Hamburguesa 300
Pan con mantequilla 100
Taza de té con dos cucharaditas de azúcar 67

Es necesario tratar adecuadamente las enfermedades subyacentes, si existen. A partir de aquí depende de buscar el equilibrio, mediante ajustes en la dieta.

La dieta debe ser adecuada a la actividad necesaria, por ello una dieta muy intensiva en personas muy activas es contraproducente. Debe de tenderse a realizar dietas más suaves y mantenidas.

Una vez alcanzado el peso ideal, lo ideal es mantenerlo con un adecuado programa de ejercicios y alimentación que sobre todo permitan no volver a recuperar la grasa y el peso perdido.

Enlaces externos
Asociación de Información al Obeso
Informacion especifica acerca de la obesidad
Información detallada sobre la Obesidad
Información sobre la Obesidad

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