Dr. Weston Price

• Prominent dentist, head of the American Dental Association of his time

• Traveled the world in the 1930s studying nutrition

Native People

• Had plaque on their teeth, but had virtually no tooth decay or gum disease

• Did not get impacted wisdom teeth because jaws were wider

• Had healthy bones and immune systems

Essential Principles of Healthy Eating

• Select natural foods over processed foods

• Select nutritionally dense foods

• Eat fresh foods that are in season and locally-grown

• Eating organic reduces chemical exposure

• Select food that is flavorful, looks and tastes good

• Eat in a relaxed state with an attitude of gratitude

Nutritional Density

• High nutrient value for calories consumed

• Most important part of good nutrition

• Processed foods are not nutritionally dense

• Wild foods are extremely nutritionally dense

• Native people had 10 times more fat-soluble vitamins and 4 times more water-soluble vitamins in their diets.

• Macro mineral content was also 3-4 times higher.

Specific Nutritive Values in Native Diets

• The isolated Swiss diet contained 10 times more fat-soluble vitamins and activators, 4 times more calcium, and 3.7 times more phosphorus

• The isolated Gaelic ate 10 times more fat-soluble vitamins, 2.1 times more calcium, and 2.3 times more phosphorus

• The diet of the Aborigines of Australia contained 4.6 times more calcium, 6.2 times more phosphorus and 10 times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins

Dr. Price’s Conclusions

• Good dental health is a sign of good general health

• Tooth decay is a sign of nutritional deficiency

• Disease and criminal behavior is linked to poor nutrition

Diet and Dental Health

• Weston Price found that the indigenous groups that had the highest immunity to tooth decay ate foods from at least two of the following food sources daily: 

o Dairy products from grass fed animals

o Fish and shellfish (including organs)

o Organs of land animals

My Thoughts on Nutrition ________________________________________

1. Be grateful for your food

2. Chew your food well, you cannot overdue it

3. When possible choose organic, locally grown or raised

4. Foods to avoid:

• Anything your grandmother would not recognize as food

• Anything that has more than 5 ingredients

• Anything that you cannot pronounce

• Anything that has high fructose corn syrup

• Foods that make health claims

• Avoid eating when you’re angry or upset

• All flour

• MSG or similar additives

• Hydrogenated or Trans fats

5. Be aware many knowledgeable people believe the Western Diet is an important factor in chronic illness or disease refer to Doctor Weston Price’s research (see www.westenprice.org) 

6. Everyone according to genetic makeup and living environment needs a certain balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to supply energy and chemicals so that we function normally. Heating or other processing changes the chemical nature of food. This can be beneficial, making it easier to digest fully. It can also make food more difficult or impossible to digest; they become unrecognizable as food to our digestive tracts. Anything our body does not recognize triggers an immune response such as allergies and autoimmune disease (arthritis and colitis). Poorly digested foods can also contribute to ulcers and gastric reflux.

7. Food is more than the sum of its nutrients. The nutrients behave differently when artificially broken up by processing. Whole naturally occurring foods are better than supplements. These are nutrient dense.  Nutrient dense foods should contain a balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats). These provide energy and building blocks for our body. They also should contain micronutrients which provide vitamins, minerals and cofactors for optimal metabolism. Most diets emphasize increasing one of the macronutrients in order to improve health. A good rule of thumb would be:

A. High physical activity requires increasing carbohydrates.

B. Muscle building requires increasing protein. 

C. Low physical activity requires increasing healthy fats.

Try fresh fruit and vegetables of many colors. The darkest, deepest colors are better. Whole milk and dairy products are better than reduced fat. Note: most dairy products have been processed by pasteurization, which could be a problem for some. Lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yogurts are beneficial because digestion is already started, friendly bacteria are replaced and healthy enzymes are present Even whole grains should be minimized. Hydrogenated and Trans fats should be avoided, these oils are broken down into usable but unhealthy fatty acids. Fats are necessary for health. Our brains and cell membranes are mainly made of fat. Eggs from free range chickens, salmon, chia seeds, and flax seeds (which can be ground in a coffee grinder), and walnuts (soaked for 8 hours in water) are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Nut butters are also a good source of fat. Olive oil and coconut oil (which has been shown to have anti-microbial activity in the intestinal tract) are good and can be used for cooking since they are more heat tolerant. Coconut oil and coconut butter could be good for the immune system. Proteins should make about 25% of our diet and should be included with each meal. Vegetarian sources of protein include nuts, seeds (pumpkin and hemp are good) and beans. Proteins provide amino acids which are the body’s building blocks and are directed by our genetic code for building our bodies. Food contains instructions that help our metabolism and affect our genes. That is why it is important to eat foods that are whole, real, and fresh.

8. As the cost of processing foods (to make them cheaper, more convenient, and tastier) have gone down, the cost for treating chronic illness has increased even more.

9. After eating a meal to about 2/3 fullness, we should feel great emotionally, we should feel energized (not tired), we should not have any cravings.

10. There is a lot of controversy on diet. These thoughts could help point the way to a healthier lifestyle, which is the path that leads to true healthcare. Be an informed consumer and do your own research.

Suggested reading:

Michael Pollan “The Omnivores Dilemma”

Weston Price DDS “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”

Francis M. Pottinger M.D. “Pottinger Cats: A Study in Nutrition” 

The Elimination Diet

The goal is to eliminate the food or foods to which our body has produced antibodies and contribute to the process of autoimmunity and inflammation. Inflammatory foods must be avoided for healing to take place. The fire of inflammation cannot be put out if we keep throwing gasoline on it. The most common food component is a protein called gluten. It is present in many foods (read labels). It is probably best to avoid any foods containing wheat, rye or barley. The casein in dairy may be another to avoid (although raw grass fed dairy may be ok.) Corn, eggs and soy may also be a source of food intolerance. It would be good to start the elimination of these foods for 3-4 weeks. If improvement occurs then slowly reintroduce one at a time to find the offending food. If no improvement, there may be another food or toxin involved and you will need professional help

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