In the early 1900’s a dentist by the name of Dr Weston A. Price studied primitive people (untouched by civilization) around the world from the Australian Aboriginals to the Eskimo’s in Alaska, Indian American’s, Mayan people, South Pacific Islanders and many more traditional communities. He observed changes in teeth and palate structure as the various cultures discarded their traditional diets in favor of a more ‘civilized’ or ‘western’ diet. He was able to follow these individuals for 20 to 40 years and he carefully documented the onset of degenerative diseases as their diets changed.
Dr Price during his research over 20 years found that they were all very different (in terms of their specific diet)…BUT they had things in common:
- All enjoyed superb health
- Free from chronic disease (heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes)
- Dental decay (didn’t even brush their teeth)
- Mental illness and were very optimistic
- Strong and sturdy in stature and attractive
- Produced healthy children with ease generation after generation (didn’t have fertility problems)
They all consumed:
- Whole, natural foods (foods as closed to it’s natural state as possible
- Whole grains
- Meat with it’s fat (not lean)
- Organ meats
- Fruit and Vegetables
- Whole dairy products – butter, cream, full cream milk
- Naturally Fermented foods rich in good gut bacteria
We are what we eat (old cliché – ‘you are what you eat’)
- Food as medicine
- Hippocrates (the Father of Western medicine) states that “Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food”. g. chicken soup – scientifically proven to boost/enhance white blood cells of our immune system – fighting infection. We all love a cup of home made chicken soup when we are sick!
- Dr Linus Pauling (Noble prize winner) stated “Optimum nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow”.