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Life in all its splendor is Mother Nature obeyed.
--Weston A. Price, DDS

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About Dr. Weston A. Price

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In the early 1930s, a Cleveland dentist named Weston A. Price (1870-1948) began a series of unique investigations. For over ten years, he traveled to isolated parts of the globe to study the health of populations untouched by western civilization. His goal was to discover the factors responsible for good dental health. His studies revealed that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth are the result of nutritional deficiencies, not inherited genetic defects.

The groups Price studied included sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, indigenous peoples of North and South America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines and New Zealand Maori. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, good physiques, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of native groups on their traditional diets, rich in essential nutrients.

When Dr. Price analyzed the foods used by isolated peoples he found that, in comparison to the American diet of his day, they provided at least four times the water-soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins, from animal foods such as butter, fish eggs, shellfish, organ meats, eggs and animal fats--the very cholesterol-rich foods now shunned by the American public as unhealthful. These healthy traditional peoples knew instinctively what scientists of Dr. Price's day had recently discovered--that these fat-soluble vitamins, vitamins A and D, were vital to health because they acted as catalysts to mineral absorption and protein utilization. Without them, we cannot absorb minerals, no matter how abundant they may be in our food. Dr. Price discovered an additional fat-soluble nutrient, which he labeled Activator X, that is present in fish livers and shellfish, and organ meats and butter from cows eating rapidly growing green grass in the Spring and Fall. All primitive groups had a source of Activator X, now thought to be vitamin K2, in their diets.

The isolated groups Dr. Price investigated understood the importance of preconceptual nutrition for both parents. Many tribes required a period of special feeding before conception, in which nutrient-dense animal foods were given to young men and women. These same foods were considered important for pregnant and lactating women and growing children. Price discovered them to be particularly rich in minerals and in the fat-soluble activators found only in animal fats.

The isolated people Price photographed--with their fine bodies, ease of reproduction, emotional stability and freedom from degenerative ills--stand forth in sharp contrast to civilized moderns subsisting on the "displacing foods of modern commerce," including sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk, lowfat foods, vegetable oils and convenience items filled with extenders and additives.

The discoveries and conclusions of Dr. Price are presented in his classic volume, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The book contains striking photographs of handsome, healthy primitive people and illustrates in an unforgettable way the physical degeneration that occurs when human groups abandon nourishing traditional diets in favor of modern convenience foods.


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The photographs of Dr. Weston Price illustrate the difference in facial structure between those on native diets and those whose parents had adopted the "civilized" diets of devitalized processed foods. The "primitive" Seminole (left) has a wide, handsome face with plenty of room for the dental arches. The "modernized" Seminole girl (right), born to parents who had abandoned their traditional diets, has a narrowed face, crowded teeth and a reduced immunity to disease.

Characteristics of Traditional Diets

  1. The diets of healthy, nonindustrialized peoples contain no refined or denatured foods or ingredients, such as refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup; white flour; canned foods; pasteurized, homogenized, skim or lowfat milk; refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils; protein powders; artificial vitamins; or toxic additives and colorings.
  2. All traditional cultures consume some sort of animal food, such as fish and shellfish; land and water fowl; land and sea mammals; eggs; milk and milk products; reptiles; and insects. The whole animal is consumed­--muscle meat, organs, bones and fat, with the organ meats and fats preferred.
  3. The diets of healthy, nonindustrialized peoples contain at least four times the minerals and water-soluble vitamins, and TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins found in animal fats (vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin K2--Price's "Activator X") as the average American diet.
  4. All traditional cultures cooked some of their food but all consumed a portion of their animal foods raw.
  5. Primitive and traditional diets have a high content of food enzymes and beneficial bacteria from lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages, dairy products, meats and condiments.
  6. Seeds, grains and nuts are soaked, sprouted, fermented or naturally leavened to neutralize naturally occurring anti-nutrients such as enzyme inhibitors, tannins and phytic acid.
  7. Total fat content of traditional diets varies from 30 percent to 80 percent of calories but only about 4 percent of calories come from polyunsaturated oils naturally occurring in grains, legumes, nuts, fish, animal fats and vegetables. The balance of fat calories is in the form of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.
  8. Traditional diets contain nearly equal amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids.
  9. All traditional diets contain some salt.
  10. All traditional cultures make use of animal bones, usually in the form of gelatin-rich bone broths.
  11. Traditional cultures make provisions for the health of future generations by providing special nutrient-rich animal foods for parents-to-be, pregnant women and growing children; by proper spacing of children; and by teaching the principles of right diet to the young.

Dietary Guidelines

  1. Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
  2. Eat beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs from pasture-fed animals.
  3. Eat wild fish (not farm-raised) and shellfish from unpolluted waters.
  4. Eat full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as raw milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, whole raw cheeses and fresh and sour cream. (Imported cheeses that say "milk" or "fresh milk" on the label are raw.)
  5. Use animal fats, especially butter, liberally.
  6. Use traditional vegetable oils only--extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils--coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil.
  7. Take cod liver oil regularly to provide at least 10,000 IU vitamin A and 1,000 IU vitamin D per day.
  8. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables--preferably organic--in salads and soups, or lightly steamed with butter.
  9. Use whole grains, legumes and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and other anti-nutrients.
  10. Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
  11. Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb and fish and use liberally in soups, stews, gravies and sauces.
  12. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
  13. Use unrefined salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
  14. Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of expeller-expressed flax oil.
  15. Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice (sold as Rapadura) and stevia powder.
  16. Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
  17. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
  18. Use only natural, food-based supplements.
  19. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
  20. Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.

Dietary Dangers

  1. Do not eat commercially processed foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, TV dinners, soft drinks, packaged sauce mixes, etc. Read labels!
  2. Avoid all refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup and fruit juices.
  3. Avoid white flour, white flour products and white rice.
  4. Avoid all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils.
  5. Avoid all refined liquid vegetable oils made from soy, corn, safflower, canola or cottonseed.
  6. Do not use polyunsaturated oils for cooking, sautéing or baking.
  7. Avoid foods fried in polyunsaturated oils or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  8. Do not practice veganism. Animal products provide vital nutrients not found in plant foods.
  9. Avoid products containing protein powders as they usually contain carcinogens formed during processing; and consumption of protein without the cofactors occurring in nature can lead to deficiencies, especially of vitamin A.
  10. Avoid processed, pasteurized milk; do not consume ultrapasteurized milk products, lowfat milk, skim milk, powdered milk or imitation milk products.
  11. Avoid factory-farmed eggs, meats and fish.
  12. Avoid highly processed luncheon meats and sausage.
  13. Avoid rancid and improperly prepared seeds, nuts and grains found in granolas, quick rise breads and extruded breakfast cereals, as they block mineral absorption and cause intestinal distress.
  14. Avoid canned, sprayed, waxed and irradiated fruits and vegetables. Avoid genetically modified foods (found in most soy, canola and corn products).
  15. Avoid artificial food additives, especially MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame, which are neurotoxins. Most soups, sauce and broth mixes and most commercial condiments contain MSG, even if not indicated on the label.
  16. Individuals sensitive to caffeine and related substances should avoid coffee, tea and chocolate.
  17. Avoid aluminum-containing foods such as commercial salt, baking powder and antacids. Do not use aluminum cookware or deodorants containing aluminum.
  18. Do not drink fluoridated water.
  19. Avoid synthetic vitamins and foods containing them.
  20. Avoid distilled liquors.
  21. Do not use a microwave oven.

Confused About Fats?

The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:

For Cooking

  • Butter
  • Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
  • Lard from pigs
  • Chicken, goose and duck fat
  • Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils

For Salads

  • Extra virgin olive oil (also OK for cooking)
  • Expeller-expressed sesame and peanut oils
  • Expeller-expressed flax oil (in small amounts)

For Fat-Soluble Vitamins

  • Fish liver oils such as cod liver oil (preferable to fish oils, which do not provide fat-soluble vitamins, can cause an overdose of unsaturated fatty acids and usually come from farmed fish.)

The following newfangled fats can cause cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems and osteoporosis:

  • All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
  • Industrially processed liquid oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola
  • Fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying.

The Many Roles of Saturated Fat

Saturated fats, such as butter, meat fats, coconut oil and palm oil, tend to be solid at room temperature. According to conventional nutritional dogma, these traditional fats are to blame for most of our modern diseases--heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, malfunction of cell membranes and even nervous disorders like multiple sclerosis. However, many scientific studies indicate that it is processed liquid vegetable oil--which is laden with free radicals formed during processing--and artificially hardened vegetable oil--called trans fat--that are the culprits in these modern conditions, not natural saturated fats.

Humans need saturated fats because we are warm blooded. Our bodies do not function at room temperature, but at a tropical temperature. Saturated fats provide the appropriate stiffness and structure to our cell membranes and tissues. When we consume a lot of liquid unsaturated oils, our cell membranes do not have structural integrity to function properly, they become too "floppy," and when we consume a lot of trans fat, which is not as soft as saturated fats at body temperature, our cell membranes become too "stiff."

Contrary to the accepted view, which is not scientifically based, saturated fats do not clog arteries or cause heart disease. In fact, the preferred food for the heart is saturated fat; and saturated fats lower a substance called Lp(a), which is a very accurate marker for proneness to heart disease.

Saturated fats play many important roles in the body chemistry. They strengthen the immune system and are involved in inter-cellular communication, which means they protect us against cancer. They help the receptors on our cell membranes work properly, including receptors for insulin, thereby protecting us against diabetes. The lungs cannot function without saturated fats, which is why children given butter and full-fat milk have much less asthma than children given reduced-fat milk and margarine. Saturated fats are also involved in kidney function and hormone production.

Saturated fats are required for the nervous system to function properly, and over half the fat in the brain is saturated. Saturated fats also help suppress inflammation. Finally, saturated animal fats carry the vital fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2, which we need in large amounts to be healthy.

Human beings have been consuming saturated fats from animals products, milk products and the tropical oils for thousands of years; it is the advent of modern processed vegetable oil that is associated with the epidemic of modern degenerative disease, not the consumption of saturated fats.

The Fat-Soluble Activators

The crux of Dr. Price's research has to do with what he called the "fat-soluble activators," vitamins found in the fats and organ meats of grass-fed animals and in certain seafoods, such as fish eggs, shellfish, oily fish and fish liver oil. The three fat-soluble activators are vitamin A, vitamin D and a nutrient he referred to as Activator X, now considered to be vitamin K2, the animal form of vitamin K. In traditional diets, levels of these key nutrients were about ten times higher than levels in diets based on the foods of modern commerce, containing sugar, white flour and vegetable oil. Dr. Price referred to these vitamins as activators because they serve as the catalysts for mineral absorption. Without them, minerals cannot by used by the body, no matter how plentiful they may be in the diet.

Modern research completely validates the findings of Dr. Price. We now know that vitamin A is vital for mineral and protein metabolism, the prevention of birth defects, the optimum development of infants and children, protection against infection, the production of stress and sex hormones, thyroid function, and healthy eyes, skin and bones. Vitamin A is depleted by stress, infection, fever, heavy exercise, exposure to pesticides and industrial chemicals, and excess protein consumption (hence our warnings against the consumption of excess protein in the form of lean meat, lowfat milk and protein powders.)

Modern research has also revealed the many roles played by vitamin D, which is needed for mineral metabolism, healthy bones and nervous system, muscle tone, reproductive health, insulin production, protection against depression, and protection against chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Vitamin K plays an important role in growth and facial development, normal reproduction, development of healthy bones and teeth, protection against calcification and inflammation of the arteries, myelin synthesis and learning capacity.

Modern health literature is rife with misinformation about the fat-soluble vitamins. Many health writers claim that humans can obtain adequate vitamin A from plant foods. But the carotenes in plant foods are not true vitamin A. Instead, they serve as precursors that are converted into vitamin A in the small intestine. Human beings are not good converters of vitamin A, especially as infants or when they suffer from diabetes, thyroid problems or intestinal disorders. Thus, for optimal health, humans require animal foods containing liberal amounts of vitamin A. Similarly, many claim that adequate vitamin D can be obtained from a short daily exposure to sunlight. But the body only makes vitamin D when the sun is directly overhead, that is, in the summer months, during midday. For most of the year (and even in the summer for those who do not make a practice of sunbathing), humans must obtain vitamin D from foods. As for vitamin K, most health books mention only its role in blood clotting, without recognizing the many other vital roles played by this nutrient.

Vitamins A, D and K work synergistically. Vitamins A and D tell cells to make certain proteins; after the cellular enzymes make these proteins, they are activated by vitamin K. This synergy explains reports of toxicity from taking vitamins A, D or K in isolation. All three of these nutrients must come together in the diet or the body will develop deficiencies in the missing activators.

The vital roles of these fat-soluble vitamins and the high levels found in the diets of healthy traditional peoples confirm the importance of pasture-feeding livestock. If domestic animals are not consuming green grass, vitamins A and K will be largely missing from their fat, organ meats, butterfat and egg yolks; if the animals are not raised in the sunlight, vitamin D will be largely missing from these foods.

Because it is so difficult to obtain adequate fat-soluble activators in the modern diet, Dr. Price recommended cod liver oil to provide vitamins A and D, along with a source of vitamin K, such as butter from grass-fed animals or what he called high-vitamin butter oil, made by low-temperature centrifuging of butter from cows eating rapidly growing grass. Consumed in liberal amounts during pregnancy, lactation and the period of growth, these nutrients ensure the optimal physical and mental development of children; consumed by adults, these nutrients protect against acute and chronic disease.

It is important to choose cod liver oil with care as many brands contain very little vitamin D, with potential toxicity of vitamin A. Click here for an over view of cod liver oil and our brand recommendations.

What's Wrong With "Politically Correct" Nutrition?

"Avoid saturated fats."
Saturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell wall, promote the body's use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. The lungs and the kidneys cannot work without saturated fat. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Because your body needs saturated fats, it makes them out of carbohydrates and excess protein when there are not enough in the diet.

"Limit cholesterol."
Dietary cholesterol contributes to the strength of the intestinal wall and helps babies and children develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Foods that contain cholesterol also provide many other important nutrients. Only oxidized cholesterol, found in most powdered milk and powdered eggs, contributes to heart disease. Powdered milk is added to 1% and 2% milk.

"Use more polyunsaturated oils."
Polyunsaturates in more than small amounts contribute to cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, learning disabilities, intestinal problems and premature aging. Large amounts of polyunsaturated fats are new to the human diet, due to the modern use of commercial liquid vegetable oils. Even olive oil, a monounsaturated fat considered to be healthy, can cause imbalances at the cellular level if consumed in large amounts.

"Avoid red meat."
Red meat is a rich source of nutrients that protect the heart and nervous system; these include vitamins B12 and B6, zinc, phosphorus, carnitine and coenzyme-Q10.

"Cut back on eggs."
Eggs are nature's perfect food, providing excellent protein, the gamut of vitamins and important fatty acids that contribute to the health of the brain and nervous system. Americans had less heart disease when they ate more eggs. Egg substitutes cause rapid death in test animals.

"Restrict salt."
Salt is crucial to digestion and assimilation. Salt is also necessary for the development and function of the nervous system.

"Eat lean meat and drink lowfat milk."
Lean meat and lowfat milk lack fat-soluble vitamins needed to assimilate the protein and minerals in meat and milk. Consumption of lowfat foods can lead to depletion of vitamin A and D reserves.

"Limit fat consumption to 30 percent of calories."
Thirty percent calories as fat is too low for most people, leading to low blood sugar and fatigue. Traditional diets contained 30 percent to 80 percent of calories as healthy fats, mostly of animal origin.

"Eat 6-11 servings of grains per day."
Most grain products are made from white flour, which is devoid of nutrients. Additives in white flour can cause vitamin deficiencies. Whole grain products can cause mineral deficiencies and intestinal problems unless properly prepared.

"Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day."
Fruits and vegetables receive an average of 10 applications of pesticides, from seed to storage. Consumers should seek out organic produce. Quality counts!

"Eat more soy foods."
Modern soy foods block mineral absorption, inhibit protein digestion, depress thyroid function and contain potent carcinogens.


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Dr. Price consistently found that healthy isolated peoples, whose diets contained adequate nutrients from animal protein and fat, not only enjoyed excellent health but also had a cheerful, positive attitude to life. He noted that most prison and asylum inmates have facial deformities indicative of prenatal nutritional deficiencies.



Traditional Versus Modern Diets

Traditional Diets Maximized Nutrients Modern Diets Minimize Nutrients
Foods from fertile soil Foods from depleted soil
Organ meats preferred over muscle meats Muscle meats preferred, few organ meats
Natural animal fats Processed vegetable oils
Animals on pasture Animals in confinement
Dairy products raw and/or fermented Dairy products pasteurized or ultrapasteurized

Grains and legumes soaked and/or fermented

Grains refined, and/or extruded
Soy foods given long fermentation, consumed in small amounts Soy foods industrially processed, consumed in large amounts
Bone broths MSG, artificial flavorings
Unrefined sweeteners Refined sweeteners
Lacto-fermented vegetables Processed, pasteurized pickles
Lacto-fermented beverages Modern soft drinks
Unrefined salt Refined salt
Natural vitamins occurring in foods Synthetic vitamins taken alone or added to foods
Traditional cooking

Microwave, Irradiation

Tradition seeds, open pollination Hybrid seeds, GMO seeds

Myths and Truths About Nutrition

Myth: Heart disease in America is caused by consumption of cholesterol and saturated fat from animal products.
Truth: During the period of rapid increase in heart disease (1920-1960), American consumption of animal fats declined but consumption of hydrogenated and industrially processed vegetable fats increased dramatically (USDA-HNIS).

Myth: Saturated fat clogs arteries.
Truth: The fatty acids found in artery clogs are mostly unsaturated (74%) of which 41% are polyunsaturated (Lancet 1994 344:1195).

Myth: Vegetarians live longer.
Truth: The annual all-cause death rate of vegetarian men is slightly more than that of non-vegetarian men (.93% vs .89%); the annual all-cause death rate of vegetarian women is significantly more than that of non-vegetarian women (.86% vs .54%) (Wise Traditions 2000 1:4:16-17).

Myth: Vitamin B12 can be obtained from certain plant sources such as blue-green algae and fermented soy products.
Truth: Vitamin B12 is not absorbed from plant sources. Modern soy products actually increase the body's need for B12 (Soybeans: Chemistry & Technology
Vol 1 1972).

Myth: For good health, serum cholesterol should be less than 180 mg/dl.
Truth: The all-cause death rate is higher in individuals with cholesterol levels lower than 180 mg/dl (Circulation 1992 86:3).

Myth: Animal fats cause cancer and heart disease.
Truth: Animal fats contain many nutrients that protect against cancer and heart disease; elevated rates of cancer and heart disease are associated with consumption of large amounts of vegetable oil (Federation Proceedings July 1978 37:2215).

Myth: Children benefit from a lowfat diet.
Truth: Children on lowfat diets suffer from growth problems, failure to thrive and learning disabilities (Am J Dis Child 1989 May;143(5):537-42).

Myth: A lowfat diet will make you "feel better...and increase your joy of living."
Truth: Lowfat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide (Br J Nutr 1998 Jan;79(1)23-30).

Myth: To avoid heart disease, we should use margarine instead of butter.
Truth: Margarine eaters have twice the rate of heart disease as butter eaters (Nutrition Week 3/22/91 21:12).

Myth: Americans do not consume enough essential fatty acids (EFAs).
Truth: Americans consume far too much of one kind of EFA (omega-6 EFAs found in most polyunsaturated vegetable oils) but not enough of another kind of EFA (omega-3 EFAs found in fish, fish oils, eggs from pasture-fed chickens, dark green vegetables and herbs, and oils from certain seeds such as flax and chia, nuts such as walnuts and in small amounts in all whole grains) (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1991 54:438-63).

Myth: The "cave man diet" was low in fat.
Truth: Throughout the world, primitive peoples sought out and consumed fat from fish and shellfish, water fowl, sea mammals, land birds, insects, reptiles, rodents, bears, dogs, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, game, eggs, nuts and milk products (Abrams, Food & Evolution 1987).

Myth: A vegetarian diet will protect you against atherosclerosis.
Truth: The International Atherosclerosis Project found that vegetarians had just as much atherosclerosis as meat eaters (Laboratory Investigations 1968 18:498).

Myth: Lowfat diets prevent breast cancer.
Truth: A recent study found that women on very lowfat diets (less than 20%) had the same rate of breast cancer as women who consumed large amounts of fat (New England Journal of Medicine 2/8/96).

Myth: Coconut oil causes heart disease.
Truth: When coconut oil was fed as 7% of energy to patients recovering from heart attacks, the patients had greater improvement compared to untreated controls, and no difference compared to patients treated with corn or safflower oils. Populations that consume coconut oil have low rates of heart disease. Coconut oil may also be one of the most useful oils to prevent heart disease because of its antiviral and antimicrobial characteristics (Journal of the American Medical Association 1967 202:1119-1123; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1981 34:1552).

Myth: Saturated fats inhibit production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Truth: Saturated fats actually improve the production of all prostaglandins by facilitating the conversion of essential fatty acids ("Tripping Lightly Down the Prostaglindin Pathways,"

Myth: Arachidonic acid in foods like liver, butter and egg yolks causes production of "bad" inflammatory prostaglandins.
Truth: Series 2 prostaglandins that the body makes from arachidonic acid both encourage and inhibit inflammation under appropriate circumstances. Arachidonic acid is vital for the function of the brain and nervous system (Ibid).

Myth: Beef causes colon cancer
Truth: Argentina, with higher beef consumption, has lower rates of colon cancer than the US. Mormons have lower rates of colon cancer than vegetarian Seventh Day Adventists (Cancer Research 1975 35:3513).

Myths and Truths About Soy

Myth: Use of soy as a food dates back many thousands of years.
Truth: Soy was first used as a food during the late Chou dynasty (1134-246 BC) only after the Chinese learned to ferment soy beans to make foods like tempeh, natto and tamari.

Myth: Asians consume large amounts of soy foods.
Truth: Average consumption of soy foods in China is 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) per day and up to 60 grams in parts of Japan. Asians consume soy foods in small amounts as a condiment, and not as a replacement for animal foods.

Myth: Modern soy foods confer the same health benefits as traditionally fermented soy foods.
Truth: Most modern soy foods are not fermented to neutralize toxins in soybeans, and are processed in a way that denatures proteins and increases levels of carcinogens.

Myth: Soy foods provide complete protein.
Truth: Like all legumes, soybeans are deficient in sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine. In addition, modern processing denatures fragile lysine.

Myth: Fermented soy foods can provide vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets.
Truth: The compound that resembles vitamin B12 in soy cannot be used by the human body; in fact, soy foods cause the body to require more B12.

Myth: Soy formula is safe for infants.
Truth: Soy foods contain trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein digestion and affect pancreatic function. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders. Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D, needed for strong bones and normal growth. Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailabilty of iron and zinc which are required for the health and development of the brain and nervous system. Soy also lacks cholesterol, likewise essential for the development of the brain and nervous system. Megadoses of phytoestrogens in soy formula have been implicated in the current trend toward increasingly premature sexual development in girls and delayed or retarded sexual development in boys.

Myth: Soy foods can prevent osteoporosis.
Truth: Soy foods can cause deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, both needed for healthy bones. Calcium from bone broths and vitamin D from seafood, lard and organ meats prevent osteoporosis in Asian countries--not soy foods.

Myth: Modern soy foods protect against many types of cancer.
Truth: A British government report concluded that there is little evidence that soy foods protect against breast cancer or any other forms of cancer. In fact, soy foods may result in an increased risk of cancer.

Myth: Soy foods protect against heart disease.
Truth: In some people, consumption of soy foods will lower cholesterol, but there is no evidence that lowering cholesterol lowers one's risk of developing heart disease.

Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.
Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 mg isoflavones (from about 30 g soy protein) per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.
Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

Myth: Phytoestrogens in soy foods can enhance mental ability.
Truth: A recent study found that women with the highest levels of estrogen in their blood had the lowest levels of cognitive function; in Japanese Americans, tofu consumption in mid-life is associated with the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease in later life.

Myth: Soy isoflavones and soy protein isolate have GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status.
Truth: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently withdrew its application to the FDA for GRAS status for soy isoflavones following an outpouring of protest from the scientific community. The FDA never approved GRAS status for soy protein isolate because of concern regarding the presence of toxins and carcinogens in processed soy.

Myth: Soy foods are good for your sex life.
Truth: Numerous animal studies show that soy foods cause infertility in animals. Soy consumption lowers testosterone levels in men. Tofu was consumed by Buddhist monks to reduce libido.

Myth: Soybeans are good for the environment.
Truth: Most soybeans grown throughout the world are genetically engineered to allow farmers to use large amounts of herbicides, creating toxic runoff.

Myth: Soybeans are good for developing nations.
Truth: In third world countries, soybeans replace traditional crops and transfer the value-added of processing from the local population to multinational corporations.

Soy Infant Formula: Birth Control Pills for Babies

Babies fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula. Infants exclusively fed soy formula receive the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least five birth control pills per day.

Male infants undergo a "testosterone surge" during the first few months of life, when testosterone levels may be as high as those of an adult male. During this period, baby boys are programmed to express male characteristics after puberty, not only in the development of their sexual organs and other masculine physical traits, but also in setting patterns in the brain characteristic of male behavior.

In animals, soy feeding indicates that phytoestrogens in soy are powerful endocrine disrupters. Soy infant feeding reduces testosterone levels in male marmoset monkeys as much as 70% and cannot be ignored as a possible cause of disrupted development patterns in boys, including learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Male children exposed to DES, a synthetic estrogen, had testes smaller than normal on maturation.

Almost 15 percent of white girls and 50 percent of African-American girls show signs of puberty, such as breast development and pubic hair, before the age of eight. Some girls are showing sexual development before the age of three. Premature development of girls has been linked to the use of soy formula and exposure to environmental estrogen-mimickers such as PCBs and DDE.

Animal studies indicate that consumption of more than minimal amounts of phytoestrogens during pregnancy may have adverse affects on the developing fetus, the timing of puberty later in life, and thinking and behavior patterns, especially in male offspring.

For a full list of references and further information on the dangers of modern soy products visit our Soy Alert! section.

Coronary Heart Disease: What the Experts Say

"In Framingham, Massachusetts, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower people's serum cholesterol. . . we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories weighed the least and were the most physically active."
--William Castelli, MD, Director, The Framingham Study

"The diet-heart hypothesis has been repeatedly shown to be wrong, and yet, for complicated reasons of pride, profit and prejudice, the hypothesis continues to be exploited by scientists, fund-raising enterprises, food companies and even governmental agencies. The public is being deceived by the greatest health scam of the century."
--George Mann, ScD, MD, Former Co-Director, The Framingham Study

"An analysis of cholesterol values . . . in 1,700 patients with atherosclerotic disease revealed no definite correlation between serum cholesterol levels and the nature and extent of atherosclerotic disease."
--Michael DeBakey, MD, Famous Heart Surgeon

"The relevant literature [on CHD] is permeated with fraudulent material that is designed to convert negative evidence into positive evidence with respect to the lipid hypothesis. That fraud is relatively easy to detect."
--Russell L. Smith, PhD

"Whatever causes coronary heart disease, it is not primarily a high intake of saturated fat."
--Michael Gurr, PhD, Renowned Lipid Chemist, Author of authoritative study on CHD

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Principles of Holistic Dentistry

In addition to his work on nutrition, Dr. Price conducted extensive research into the destructive effects of root canals, detailed in his two-volume work Dental Infections Oral & Systemic and Dental Infections & the Degenerative Diseases. His conclusions, ignored by the orthodox dental establishment for over 50 years, are gaining renewed acceptance as holistic practitioners are discovering that the first step to recovery from degenerative disease often involves removal of all root canals in the patient's mouth. The principles of holistic dentistry, based on the research of Weston Price, are as follows:

  • Eat nutrient-dense whole foods, properly grow and prepared.
  • Avoid root canals. If you have root canals and suspect that they are causing disease, have them removed by a knowledgeable dentist.
  • Avoid mercury (amalgam) fillings. If you have amalgam fillings and suspect they are contributing to health problems, have them removed by a holistic dentist who specializes in mercury filling replacement.
  • Orthodontics should include measures to widen the palate.
  • When it is necessary to extract teeth, do so in such a way as to avoid leaving the jaw bone with cavitations, which can become focal points of infection.

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Photo Copyright © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation®, All Rights Reserved,

Good dental health begins with the diet of both parents. The "primitive" Samoan girl (left) was born to parents who ate nutrient-rich native foods. The "civilized" Samoan boy (right) was born to parents who had abandoned their traditional diet. He has crowded dental arches and will be more susceptible to dental decay and chronic illness.

The Weston A. Price Foundation

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets.

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism and supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk through A Campaign for RealMilk ( and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants through its Soy Alert! project.

The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the "X" Factor, discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.

The board and membership of the Weston A. Price Foundation stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than used as a force that is destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.

The Foundation's quarterly magazine, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research; human diets; nontoxic agriculture; and holistic therapies. In addition, it serves as a source for foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.

An extensive system of local chapters also helps consumers find healthy foods available in their communities..

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"Wise Traditions appeals to people of all backgrounds. People with virtually no health or scientific training find this journal easy to comprehend and highly practical for making positive and often dramatic changes in their health. And some of the most advanced health practitioners tell me that they continually discover information in Wise Traditions that has increased their efficacy as they practice the healing arts."
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Comments (59)Add Comment
Taking all factors into consideration
written by Dee Skeets, Mar 25 2014
While I have no argument with the dietary guidelines, the conclusion that the changes in facial structure, tooth alignment, and health deterioration because of diet modification (specifically replacing saturated fats with oils) fails to consider other factors.

It is well documented that primitive breastfeeding practices produce a broad palate, coordinated and well-muscled tongue, lips and facial muscles, and well-aligned teeth. The adoption of non-traditional diets in indigenous peoples undoubtedly included a shift to "civilized" methods of infant care including artificial feeding and early weaning. Babies were born at home, the current cornucopia of vaccines was unheard of. The plethora of pills was not part of the average person's daily life like it is now, from vitamins and supplements to antihistamines, antidepressants, diet, energy, sleep inducers, ad nauseam.

There is some thought that toileting habits, which are ergonomically incorrect (the "throne", rather than squatting to void) and involve holding urine and feces until an appropriate private location can be reached is very damaging to all body systems. The squatting promoters argue that not only the ailments of digestive tract, intestines, bladder and kidneys, but the prostate, heart, pancreas and other organs are adversely affected by holding and straining. This is a problem of modern times, and has not been studied adequately. (In the end it really doesn't matter what studies may show, Westerners would not give up their porcelain thrones if their lives depended on it...and it well may.)

Around the turn of the century (1900) people had more physical activity. There was much less leisure time, and more productive time. Washing, cooking, cleaning, caring for garden and livestock, travelling by foot or horse--all took much more physical effort.

People used to get more sunshine, and make their own vitamin D. They were more likely to consume foods as seasonally available. People didn't sit under fluorescent lights in front of radiation emitting devices for most of their waking hours.

People had more faith. They believed in heaven and hell, in an all-seeing God and a mean devil. There were well-defined lines between right and wrong. People were more accepting of roles. Women expected to marry and have children. Men expected to marry and support a family. The elimination of established customs and roles undoubtedly has an affect on stress and health.

The point is, that there are many other factors besides the politics of food oil that are likely to have had a huge impact on human health and well being.

written by ximena, Mar 22 2014
thank you thank you thank you! this is amazing smilies/kiss.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Getting back to nature is the key
written by hangthebankers, Mar 06 2014
I think the overall message that Dr. Price had for us was to incorporate nutrition based on what our bodies have evolved to utilize which happens to always be natural things, unsuprisingly. This generation has devastatingly lost the skillset of its grandfathers and grandmothers, and is overwhelmed with an entirely different socio-economic circumstance which makes the change from living on processed foods with "yoga mat" materials like azodicarbonamide, msg, flouride, aspartame, hydrogenated oils, GMO ETC ETC to knowing how to gro your own gardens, make your own bread, raise chickens for their eggs and cook with basic ingredients from scratch- VERY difficult. However, once an individual wakes up to the reality that either they make these changes or they will get cancer, diabetes, or any array of serious illness, there is hope that they will make these transformations. But also sadly, these dietary transformations take money- which Americans dont have anymore! Unless you have a huge yard or farm to grow your own, you will go broke buying all organic produce,meat, grains and dairy. I buy organic based off EWG's dirty list because to buy organic everything is not feasible. We lease a cow to get raw milk and thats almost 9 federal reserve notes/gallon, a lb of butter is 12! Organic chickens are like $20! Dont even ask what grass fed beef is per lb. - my point is, with a family of four, you need serious bucks or your own farm to escape the clutches of Monsanto, BIG DAIRY and BIG AGRO. I agree with the nutrition plan Dr. Price produced, but the average American just does not have the financial resources or access to basic nutrient dense foods.
written by Blisco, Feb 04 2014
I think here, the majority of people is talking only about food and not enough about the way they live. An healthy food will be not enough with a stressful life or a sedentary life.
written by Arlene La Hera, Jan 11 2014
I bought Dr. Price's book, "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" years ago because it is remarkable and convincing proof the "commercialized food industry" is detrimental to our health, as if we needed any more proof. I so admire and respect the excellent book and findings of the wonderful Dr Price.
Certainly disconcerting to me is that more Americans are not aware of Dr. Price, his book and his studies. It seems like modern industry and corporate interest is so powerful and long armed they can bury vital, even critical, information concerning health and longevity.
As much as I agree with the dietary guidelines shown above, I feel it is equally important we simultaneously ask for the humane treatment of farm animals.
Is it too much to ask the beasts we slaughter for food be able to graze on grass and receive adequate sunlight? This makes a more nutritious meat. I think it is hardly a coincidence humane method of raising and killing animals are significantly better for us. Humane treatment of livestock is long overdue and worth demanding from our food industry for nutritional if not ethical reasons.
I also think it is important to stress primitive people ate abundantly from fruits, vegetables and nut products grown and plentiful to their area. They did not eat, and no one is suggesting a diet overfull of meat, fat and milk. Meat supplemented a plant based diet on an “as available basis” to our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Like a furnace, our body’s heat up and burn fuel. A fat based fuel burns steady and longer. Sitting at a desk does not warm or work the human body in a way that burns as much as say "a hunt" or even a daily jog. Unless you have an especially rigorous, physically demanding day, moderation is probably more important than increasing red meat consumption, with the point being animal products are part of balanced nutrition.
We should enjoy and not eschew animal products but the rosy glow I got came from avoiding caffeine and adding apples. Lemon water and tea replaced caffeine. I always have been a meat and butter eater but I fostered new love of fruits and vegetables, especially apples. I enjoyed assorted vegetables in recipes I found on the internet, throughout the day. I ate no starch except a slice of Ezekiel Bread and sesame butter for the occasional craving. I ate eggs, cheese and yogurt. Sometimes for dinner a fish or chicken stir fry. I was never hungry. I decided hunger itself was actually the body crying out for nutrients. When it gets them, it stops crying out. I got all my nutrients in a small and reasonable amount of the right foods, so I wasn’t hungry for hours.
Vitality comes from the garden, but is greatly enhanced and enriched by the farm.

Studying to become a Nutriologist.
written by Alejandro, Nov 30 2013
I am going for the career of Nutrition, and it is not recommended to make fats more than the 30% or 35% of your total daily calories.

It is not about taking a nutrient out, it is about balancing them, saturated lipids have no use beyond 7% of your total fats, and monounsaturated fats should be more than this, inside this 30% of fats.

I have a question, I do not understand the cause of death of my uncle, his diet was rich in pig, steak, and overall saturated fat, he was diagnosed with heart disease, died in the operation table. By no means his problem came from a modern diet, his diet was rich in fats, how can we not make alarm about the consumption of food from animal origin?
is this diet suitable for all blood types?
written by avis, Nov 18 2013
I know this diet would work for blood type o's... but for people who are A, AB and Bs can they eat high fat, protein foods?As are suppose to be vegetarians.... has anyone who is type A tried this?
written by Mark Harris, Nov 17 2013
I find this very interesting. Heres some more info to ponder. When early settlers in the 17th century ventured to America they were startled by what they found. The Male American Indian along Eastern America had an average height of 5'10" and lived well into his 70's. He was physically fit, and performed remarkable feats of strength and indurance. Check out his diet for some interesting ideas. Yes, I know rendering bear fat is not going to happen for most of us, but you get the idea. Live long and prosper.
written by meer khan, Sep 10 2013
There is no doubt that if we do the basics that ancient man did with regards to food, making it our natural source of our bodily needs as well as our medicine, we can remain healthy for a longer period and have better quality of life
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written by TheoDusko, Aug 08 2013
I'd just like to point out that Tamari and Natto are from Japan and Tempeh is from Indonesia, not China.

Also that bean curd (tofu) was being eaten as far back as 220AD.

And finally, the soybean itself was being cultivated as a staple food source in Korea by 1000BCE (3000 years ago) or earlier, and was introduced to China around 2500 years ago.
written by Anna Wirt, Jul 15 2013
with no comparisons to control groups. Sorry, I didn't finish my statement.
written by Anna Wirt, Jul 15 2013
Where are his sources for all this information? He doesn't cite one reference to one study, doesn't cite any surveys, clinical trials, and only the empirical evidence of small groups of isolated individuals, with no
Dr. Mercola's update on Cod Liver Oil - he no longer recommends it due to Vit A toxicity
written by Dana, Jul 13 2013
How did a near 70 year old man live so long without coming across Dr Price's info
written by John L Yount, Jul 02 2013
I have read and have been confirmed in my disagreement with conventional wisdom.
Mr Curiosity
written by Richard Karch, Jun 23 2013
WE have used almond milk and almond cheese. Anything good bad or otherwise about these products?
Reply to alterego
written by tjboyd, Mar 07 2013
GMO anything is evil.
What about GMO soybeans? I didn't see anything in the soy section related to their danger, equal to the GMO BT corn, producing its own pesticide
written by alterego, Mar 06 2013
What about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) soybeans? I didn't see anything in the soy section related to their danger, equal to the GMO BT corn, producing its own pesticide debilitating insects by attacking their stomachs, same for cows, pigs, & humans, not to mention the reduction of offspring and male genitalia shrinking.
Thank you!
written by Lallenia, Feb 25 2013
This is absolutely AMAZING information that you have made accessible to us. Thank you SO much for starting this foundation! I hope enough people will start educating themselves then make changes to their own lives so eventually we will have a healthier world.
apple cider vinegar
written by Jim Weaver, Dec 10 2012
Two weeks ago I had some heart flutter. I began taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of grape juice in the morning, afternoon and evening. The flutter has virtually disappeared and my heart now has normal turbulence.
I have been eating raw butter and drinking raw milk for long time and my cholesterol ratios and triglycerides are in the optimum range.
Raw foods, including lots of fat, are the way to live.
This is an awesome website.
Eat well to feed your brain and body
written by Christine Green, Sep 17 2012
Enjoyed reading all this info shedding light on many myths of proper eating. I hope more become acquainted with this way of thinking about foods and the proper sources to nourish our brain and body.
What's Good about Eating'
written by Christine Green, Sep 17 2012
Wow-what an abundance of good information you are sharing through this foundation. More folks need to examine our dietary habits and learn or rediscover what makes a healthy human.
written by Christine, Aug 19 2012
Two years ago, I decided to go vegetarian for breathing problems that began to develop. I felt better at first, and though I strictly adhered to good, whole foods and was very well informed as to how to go about balancing a diet, what foods should be eaten together to boost vitamin absorption, etc. My year and a half stint with vegetarianism, despite my getting enough vitamins, minerals, fats, calories, amino acids on paper, led to the worst health crisis of my life.

My teeth have always been problematic, therefore the first of my problems began with the literal disintegration of my teeth. Broke teeth, cavities springing up at an alarming rate, yellowing teeth and terrible tooth pain - not to mention thousands of dollars in dental bills. The next problem to strike was iron deficiency anemia, not once, but THREE times in the span of 6 months! I was deathly ill. My brain was in a fog, my energy was non existent, and the skin under my eyes was dark - I looked like a corpse. I researched heme vs non-heme iron, introduced red meat in my diet which I took with orange juice to assist iron absorption. Yet I still had two more bouts of anemia.

That's when I began researching into a different type of diet and found Weston Price and Paleo. I completely reversed my diet, omitting 99% of grains, pasta, olive oil, and the high amount of nuts I was eating, mainly cashews and soy, which I was to learn from Weston Price, contained mineral blocking phytic acid. In hindsight, my bouts of anemia were shortly after consuming high amounts of these products. It was only when I started eating red meat that my heart murmur felt less pronounced, that I lost fat without sacrificing muscle mass. Eggs, fish, cheese (a miracle food that has REVERSED MY DENTAL PROBLEMS - my cavities are remineralizing at a rapid rate, my teeth are brighter, whiter), butter... all the foods we are told to avoid gave me sparkling good health for the first time in my 31 years.

I recently started drinking whole milk, and noticed it not only made my breasts somewhat larger (unexpected benefit!), it has aided the healing of my teeth even further. They are whiter still, and a wisdom tooth set to be pulled, which has been impacted for 10 years, has now started breaking through the gums! Whole milk has cured my skin of that problem most people of Irish descent seem to have - the redness to my face is getting better every day, my skin and hair is softer.

Please excuse the length of this, but as someone who started life with a nutritional disadvantage, it is astounding to me the healing benefits of animal fats. I vehemently believe the human race cannot thrive on vegetable products. The ethics equation is an invalid one - bear in mind I am aware of the cruelty issues that goes on in many slaughterhouses and with the way food animals are raised - but the issue there needs to be improving conditions, not eliminating animals as a food source. The slaughter itself, when done in a humane manner, is not ethically wrong. Nature is simply brutal, and despite our intelligence, the fact that we are conscious of that brutality, we are still a part of Nature. I am extremely grateful to the Weston Price foundation for making this wonderful information available to the public, and can agree from experience that vegetarianism is a dangerous path to travel down.
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this proves what is wrong with the modern western diet
written by richard wizardy, Aug 13 2012
I have been reading about the effects of estrogen and low fat diets causing so many health problems and and not being good for you.
Dr Price proved it more than 50 years ago and it has taken this long for people to start to wake up to the B.S. we have been sold by the medical and food establishment for to long.
Re: An "egregious" error
written by Sara, Jul 19 2012
Maybe "floppy" vs "stiff" was the wrong set of descriptors. While a cell membrane is indeed semi-permeable (which implies more than just holes in the membrane allowing stuff to freely move in or out of a cell--many, many things require channel proteins to get across the membrane rather than just simply diffusing across), the types of lipids it is composed of affects just how rigid it is. It's like trying to contain a liquid in a plastic box (cell wall) vs. a glob of butter with an indentation (cell membrane with lots of saturated fat) vs. a pool of canola oil (too many unsaturated fats). We want cell membranes that have lots of integrity (or "rigidity", or "floppiness/stiffness") so we're not struggling to contain the stuff inside them, since we don't have cell walls to do that for us. We also want the membrane to be flexible, since we do more than just sit around and photosynthesize all day. We can change the integrity of the membrane to a degree by changing the types of fats we eat.

So, cell membranes sure can be "floppy" or "stiff". No egregious error there at all, as I see it...
written by P Roth, Jul 14 2012
Att: Administrator,

I wrote my opinion in word then copied and pasted. I think I neglected to copy the first sentence. If you are brave enough to include my post, could you please add this to the beginning. Thank you.

There are many good and valid nutritional points that I wholeheartedly support, however, I have a big problem with one serious error and several omissions.
Principles of Healthy Diets
written by P Roth, Jul 14 2012
Human cells are composed of: 1.the cell membrane (its outside or coating), 2. the nucleus (its center or brain) and 3. the cytoplasm (everything in between), which is also called cytosol. Humans and animals do not have cell walls; plants have cell walls which go all the way around the cell membrane. In fact, cell walls are one of the big differences between plants and animals. Unlike plants algae and fungi, the exterior cell membrane that holds the cell together in humans and animals has tiny openings that allow things to flow in and out (called semi-permeable), so there goes the silly idea of human cells being "floppy" or "stiff". This error is so egregious that by default it causes everything else to seem highly questionable.

The second problem involves errors of omission. It’s possible that this foundation does not know about the recent scientific concerns between cow’s milk and auto-immune disease or it could be that to mention it opens up a Pandora ’s box best left closed. However, high quality epidemiological studies are unveiling the role that cow's milk protein plays in people who have a genetic predisposition to auto-immune disease, especially MS, Diabetes Type 1 and Parkinson's. Studies from Germany and Canada show that certain proteins in cow's milk mimic part of the nerve myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein, the part of the myelin (the sheath that covers nerves) thought to initiate the auto-immune reaction in MS.

Milk protein is also linked with Diabetes Type 1 and Parkinson's. The scientific concern about this is so great that a study out of the University of Helsinki triggered a massive international project involving researchers in 15 countries who have recruited over 2,000 children to determine if keeping babies with a genetic predisposition to Diabetes away from cow's milk will prevent this disease from occurring.

Most importantly, to highlight that people have different genetic tendencies and everyone does not conveniently fit under one dietary umbrella: after 34 years of following 144 patients, Professor of Neurology, Dr. Roy Swank of Oregon showed that patients with MS only got better when their diet was especially high in fish (Omega 3s) and low (less than 20%) in saturated fats. Continuing in this vein, Professor George Jelinek, MD, Melbourne, AU writes in his book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: Basic science research in the laboratory has confirmed that people with MS have more saturated fat in their cell membranes and less polyunsaturated fat. A very low saturated-fat diet seems the optimal diet to facilitate MS recovery which means: a plant-based, whole food diet, which includes 17-23g/day of essential omega-3 fatty acids either consumed as supplements or fish.
written by elloretta, Jul 07 2012
"Saturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell wall..." Humans do not have cell walls...
Stunning article.
written by Martin, Jun 19 2012
Just finished reading this article. I have to say it's one of the most complete and detailed resources about diet and nutrition (yet not only about them). I have learned a lot of new information and I am grateful for it - just wanted to thank you. Good luck!
written by Walter Bauer, May 18 2012
See our video.

Food is a product of the ecosystem and so are we.

Restoring the ecosystem to its original state takes effort.

We are working hard to make that happen.

saturated fat diet is for elite
written by luke , May 09 2012
this diet sounds great but ,dont have access to this life style all day,grass feed beef is very expensive .any answers.want to learn more and get some ideas, ,Thanks Luke
Great ideas
written by Merry, Apr 22 2012
You have giving the world something to strive for. Thanks yousmilies/smiley.gif
GMFs, saturated fats.....
written by bernadette slosmanis, Apr 18 2012
I'm in Canada. Some supermarket fruit labelled "organic" never goes off. Am wary about food coming from the US because GMFs are not labelled. Found it hard to believe that the FDA & other bodies actually raid farms, put people in jail, and destroy food - Health Ranger website, but now your website elaborates on that! People don't seem to think! To me it's commonsense that pasteurized anything has no nutritional value, or very little, since pasteurizing involves very high temperatures. I love the info re: red meat. I need it for the protein so I eat it. I love crispy chicken skin, I eat the skin on wild salmon (nobody else likes it), I like the taste of goose fat, duck fat - which you're promoting. Weight's normal. Sad about soy infant formula - information! information! soy is genetically modified....avoid it.....Thankyou for all this important food information.
Raw milk question
written by Fehmina, Dec 26 2011
Hi Chef Jem,

After reading some of the recommended books fromWise traditions I came to realize the benefit of raw cows milk.

I live in Bahrain, in the Middle East, and have finally hunted down a farm (if i can call it that) here. I got my hands on raw cows milk, but now am concerned. I have been told to heat the milk before consumption and even though did not want to at first due to defeating the purpose of it being raw, I am now wondering if I should.

The cow that they milk, is kept contained in decent size area but is not roaming around freely. The chickens, however, are running around the cow constantly. Also from what I have seen it is fed both greens and dried pita breads. The pita bread is plenty and always kept In a bin in front of the cow and some have greenish stuff on it too (my guess mold). They do feed it grass and other plants but I don't think it is their predominant feed.

So should I even bother to get this kind of raw milk? Or should I get it but heat it at home? I'm so confused.
Fatty Diet
written by Tom Johnson, Jun 28 2011
I have often looked back at the diet of my grandparents. My paternal grandmother is 96 and still lives at home, by herself. My Paternal grandfather died at 91, my maternal grandmother died at 97. Their diet was just like this. My paternal grandparents lived on a farm. Breakfast was usually eggs, bacon, toast (homemade bread), butter, lard, fried apples, biscuits and gravy. Lunch was usually either sandwiches from leftover meat (never deli) or homemade soup made with lard. Dinner was usually meat from the farm, along with fresh garden vegetables. According to modern science, they should have died an early age with all sorts of diseases. I am convinced that me and my family have to return to this type of diet.
written by Karen, Jun 11 2011
I am delighted to be a part of this foundation. I have used diet as a way to get well and as a healthy discipline for over half my life. It is my way of life, not only for my wellness but as a way to support the health of this planet we so dearly love and need to protect.
Growing up
written by Janet, May 05 2011
Growing up we used to have bread and dripping and eat all the full cream milk (not homogenized), we ate the fat on meat and Mum baked the roast in lard and none of us had weight problems. My last two trips to the doctors my cholesterol has gotten higher and higher, despite being on a low fat, very healthy diet with meat, veg, fruit and wholegrains. I found this site from another link and have decided to go back to eating butter and fats (in moderation as I used to) and see if that makes a difference!! Love the info on soy and fats, a wonderful information site. Thanks
Raw milk, bacon and bread-super food!
written by Gdaiva, Apr 29 2011
I grow up on raw milk! Every morning we had breakfast of pancakes or hot cereal with a lot of butter. We cooked everything on pig lard. My all 4 grandparents died at 86-87, I'm 44 years old and never been overweight. I don't have a health insurance and not planning to get one, cuz I'm not planning to need one.
Its funny, but I can't even call this diet plan, it is just the way I eat, except that now I'm in America and its hard to find real food. But I'm moving to Alaska this spring and going to make as much of my own food as possible.
God bless you all!
written by Wendy Sherman, Apr 26 2011
I am interested in this concept of eating and have a friend who eats this way.
written by don, Jan 23 2011
Examples of Lean meat? Do you have to see tha fat in a piece of meat and for it to be acceptable?
Nutritional Response Testing
written by Dr. Jerry Hochman, Jan 15 2011
I am a 28 year practitioner of Chiropractic in the Atlanta area. I have learned Nutritional Response Testing, and have been amazed that so many patients are mineral deficient and suffering from various allergies from heavy metals, chemicals, various foods, etc. The use of a better diet and whole food supplements has enhanced my practice.
Why people who ate more cholesterol had lower serum cholesterol?
written by Bruce Hart, Nov 28 2010
Has it been ruled out that it wasn't because the people with higher serum cholesterol purposely ate less because of that?
Response to jimmyv
written by sydtom, Nov 07 2010
Hi jimmyv,

Your diet sounds excellent, I'm no expert but from what I've read from WAPF, it all fits in nicely. One thing I would caution for your alcohol is the sulphur preservative, that some micronbrewers can't avoid. Go for organic/biodynamic options. My father used to make his own wine and all his friends would say that they'd never wake up with a hangover.

I'm really interested in your progress with bodybuilding. I'm looking at starting weight training 100% natural. Have you had any good results? Would you mind if I asked you some questions via email? My address is sydtom at
written by Caroline Boles, Oct 29 2010
I feel as if the lights are being turned on! This way of living and nourishing our bodies seems to be in perfect rhythm with the natural desires! I always desired to eat the good meats and dairy and veggies and fruits, but somewhere along the way almost all these foods have been demonized. WAPF makes good wholesome sense in a world where nutrition has gone off the deep end. This is a food revolution in our house! Thank you, thank you, can't thank you enough!!!!
written by Ronny, Oct 28 2010
I am a college student trying to follow this diet. I used to eat a high-carb breakfast including orange juice, and I did not get many vegetables in my daily diet. Now, I am eating eggs with buttered whole-wheat toast almost every day, I no longer drink juice, and I get vegetables and full-fat dairy in every meal. Do you have any more tips on how I can improve.
written by Randy Hartwig, Sep 19 2010
I like the comments by E Brooks stating that her grandmother gave her a book on the health secrets from the Caucasus and it matches what the Weston A Price foundation is teaching.

We need to hear from more people who have information about the diets of traditional cultures.
My diet plan so far (a work in progress)
written by jimmyv, Aug 31 2010
Hi smilies/smiley.gif
Here's my diet plan:
- rich in fresh or fresh-frozen healthy beefs, pork, eggs, salmon
- some omega-3 rich tuna with no oil/water/salt added
- rich in full fat real cheeses, raw cream, real butter (also considering grass fed ghee)
- moderate in extra virgin olive oil, avocados
- cook in virgin unrefined coconut oil
- moderate to modest amount of healthy nuts
- modest amount of fresh 'lower' sugary fruits
- modest amount of non-starchy only vegetables
- only choose breads that are sprouted whole grains with low carb and keep all breads at a super minimum
- soak grains/legumes/nuts before consumption
- no fruit juices, no sugary drinks, no pasta
- no other vegetable oils, including canola
- no high fructose corn syrup, no corn syrup
- no hydrogenation, partial or full
- very little to no sugary desserts
- an occasional micro-brew beer (2-3 per week - can't resist)
- an occasional red wine (maybe 1 per week)
- a single cup of coffee daily with raw cream
- purified water only
- and maintain a generally low carb, under 50 total carbs [well chosen carbs]
- adequate in protein, adequate in animal fats

while taking the following supplemental nutrients:
- Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil and High Vitamin Butter Oil daily
- borage oil 300 GLA
- vitamin C from ascerola cherry concentrate
- Nutrilite's Intestiflora 7 (seven strands of probiotic, live culture bacteria)
- whey protein / L-glutamine amino acid drink daily

Oh, I am also currently doing heavy free-weight bodybuilding (to fatigue) every 3 days.
I have considered the '6 days low carb - 1 day high carb' plan (carb cycling for insulin spike to fuel muscle growth)

Is this a healthy and good way to live?
Am I missing something and/or doing anything terribly wrong?

The use of Stevia should be further examined
written by LadyDove, Aug 20 2010
I note that this diet includes stevia. According to the WebMD website stevia can cause infertility in men and women. Just something to consider when making choices.
written by lynette orlando, Aug 13 2010
I am currently taking classes at South West Inst. of Healing Arts. My current subject is wholefoods 1 and 2. Dr. Weston A. Price is referred to often in my studies. So excited about what I am learning. I have read many books on PH balance, Fibromyalgia cures, Cures they don't tell you about, body for life and so on. I am now on a path that makes sense for me and I want to help my daughter live healthier along with grandson with type 2 diabetes.Chef Rachel Matesz is my teacher a SWIHA she is a fan and now I am too.
Awesome guide
written by Shawn Plep, Aug 13 2010
I've read about Dr. Price in a few different books, and also have started trying to follow his eating guidelines. It's usually more expensive than what I used to do (i.e. buy processed foods, eat fast food, and eat non-organic foods) but I think in the long run I'll save by having less medical bills.
written by john kem, Jul 24 2010
to be informed is to be forearmed and truth is essential to holy and righteous (right with God) living. your info is reflective of such a direction. thank you.
written by E Brooks, Jul 23 2010
Before my mother passed nearly 30 years ago, she left me a book with health secrets from the Caucasus. ( The group of people living in Russia with the average longevity over 100 years) . It sounds like a very similar if not exact diet!

It is wonderful to hear about your site and also, the confirmation for me on so many other levels! Thank you!
written by Megan, Jun 21 2010
Do you have any recommendations for a good source of shellfish? I would like to try some, but don't know where to look. Thanks.
I'm Alive Again
written by David Hester, Apr 22 2010
This website and not to mention beginner article has much valuable information that all should learn. I will for sure be sending people your way!
written by linda liberi, Mar 18 2010
great information for all ages
This is the master source, the keystone to nutrition
written by Brandon, Mar 17 2010
I have read Dr. Price's book and gave it to a health conscious lady at church two years ago. This is the source for nutrition information. Now if only there was an equal organisation for physical exercise we would have something.
Hey look, real science
written by Caveman Sam, Jan 25 2010
Can't sleep. This stuff is mind-expanding. I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of reading here over the next decade or so.
written by Anne-Lise Quinn, Jan 09 2010
As a mother of four, I am struggling to find ways for making my generally healthy kids, healthier and to feel satisfied that amid all the diets out there (and I have dabbled in raw, blood-group, and eat-to-live) this may be the one that makes us all feel at our best. Thanks.

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