About Weston A. Price
In the early 1930s, a Cleveland dentist named Weston A. Price set out to discover the factors responsible for good dental health. Over the next ten years, Dr. Price traveled to isolated parts of the globe to study the health of populations untouched by Western civilization.
His studies revealed that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth are caused by nutritional deficiencies rather than inherited genetic traits. Further, Price found that straight and beautiful teeth, freedom from decay, fine physiques, resistance to disease, and fine characters were typical of cultures following their traditional diets, rich in essential nutrients.
The widely varied isolated groups Price studied included Swiss villagers, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, indigenous peoples of North and South America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, Australian Aborigines, and African tribes. When he analyzed their traditional foods, in comparison with the American diet of his day, he found 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, and organ meats. Note that these animal foods are the cholesterol-rich foods now shunned by the American public as unhealthy.
Price discovered that these fat-soluble vitamins – vitamins A and D — were catalysts to mineral absorption and protein utilization. Without them, we cannot absorb minerals, no matter how abundant they are in our food. He also discovered a fat-soluble nutrient he labeled Activator X, found in fish and shellfish, and organ meats and butter produced from cows eating rapidly growing green grass in spring and autumn. All so-called primitive groups had a source of this fat-soluble nutrient in their diets.
Further, the remote groups Price investigated understood the importance of pre-conceptual nutrition for both parents. Many cultures required a special diet prior to conception, in which nutrient-dense foods were given to young men and women. The same foods were considered important for pregnant and lactating women and growing children. Price found such foods particularly rich in minerals and in the fat-soluble activators found only in animal fats.
The people Price photographed in these studies – with their fine bodies, ease of reproduction, emotional stability, and freedom from degenerative ills – stand in sharp contrast to civilized moderns who subsist on the “displacing foods of modern commerce,” including sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk, low-fat foods and convenience foods laden with extenders and additives.
Dr. Weston A. Price presented his discoveries and conclusions in his classic volume, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The book, with its striking photographs of handsome, healthy people from isolated cultures, unforgettably illustrates the physical degeneration that occurs when human groups abandon nourishing traditional diets in favor of modern convenience foods.
The Weston A. Price Foundation
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit charity founded in 1999 to share the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price. Through his studies of traditional, non-industrialized peoples, Dr. Price established the optimum characteristics of healthy diets. The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism.
The Foundation supports a number of movements that contribute to improved nutrition, including accurate nutrition instruction, non-toxic farming, pasture-fed livestock, community supported farms, truth in labeling, and prepared parenting and nurturing.
The Foundation seeks to serve the general public through an extensive system of local chapters that help consumers find healthy foods available in their communities. Chapter contact information is listed on the web site at westonaprice.org.
The Foundation’s quarterly magazine, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, explores the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions and holistic therapies throughout the world. It also serves as a source for foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.
Specific projects of the Foundation include universal access to clean, certified raw milk through A Campaign for RealMilk (www.realmilk.com) and a ban on soy formula for infants through its Soy Alert! Project.
The Foundation also seeks to establish a test laboratory to research the nutrient content of foods produced and prepared under various conditions, including traditional methods, and to develop Dr. Price’s research on the naturally occurring fat-soluble nutrient he discovered.
The board and membership of the Weston A. Price Foundation do not reject modern technology, but believe it should be harnessed to serve the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors – rather than used in ways destructive to human health and the environment.