What Our Teeth Can Tell Us
Ancestral vs Modern diets
Dr. Weston A Price
In 1893, Weston Price became a dentist in Cleveland, Ohio. As the years passed, Price became aware of a highly unusual trend — the amount of tooth decay that he observed was growing sharply. Something strange was happening. He was watching a serious health crisis emerge right before his eyes, and he didn’t understand the cause. Price was curious and suspected that the problem was related to dietary changes.
Weston then decided to do some travelling, in search of healthy people, to see how they lived differently. He spent much of the 1930s visiting many lands, examining the teeth of the residents, taking photographs of them, and studying their diets. He went to remote places where people continued to live in their traditional manner, in regions including Switzerland, Ireland, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Arctic, and Peru. He found many people with beautiful perfect teeth, and he found many with serious dental problems, like his patients in Cleveland. Importantly, he discovered a clear difference in the diets of the two groups.
While each of these isolated groups of natives had very different diets, Dr. Price brought samples of their cuisine back to his laboratory for analysis, and a pattern of vital nutrients began to emerge—primarily Vitamins A, D and K2—all in quantities 10 times more than the average American diet of that era. These days there is an even greater disparity, as our soils are depleted of minerals, industrial methods prevail, and we have been taught to avoid the very foods that contain these fat-soluble vitamins. Mineral content was also off the charts in comparison, and every culture had instinctively harnessed the power of microbes to ferment and preserve their harvests in unique ways. Meanwhile, germ theory was sweeping through modernized societies, and probiotic-rich foods were becoming more scarce as we waged war against bacteria. Convenience became our focus in modernized society, and we gradually abandoned our traditional ways of living and eating.
From the book: “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Weston A. Price
Here are a few observations of the effects that inadequate nutrition is having on social and economic conditions today.
- A widespread alienation and pervasive depression in young people.
- An increase in suicides and killings among young children, almost unheard of a generation ago.
- Depression is the number one disability in adult populations
- 40 million people have an anxiety disorder
- 40 thousand suicides a year in the US alone
- The ongoing increase in drug and alcohol abuse.
- An unparalleled growth of immune system disorders like Epstein Barr, Candida, allergies, chronic sinus, ear infections, and digestive disorders.
- A serious decline in the level of scholastic achievement among school children. (1 out of 6 children in the industrial world has a developmental delay).
- A continued deterioration of the quality of goods produced by American industries. (A nation of people that lives on hamburgers, french fries, milk shakes, cola drinks, TV dinners, and other toxic foods.
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