The Pitfalls of the Dr. Weston A. Price Diet…

by Leisa on February 16, 2009

Following on from the last post that mentions primitive diets and the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, I thought  I would add my two cents worth on the the subject.

From Amazon: “For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health.

Dr. Price traveled to hundreds of cities in a total of 14 different countries in his search to find healthy people. He investigated some of the most remote areas in the world. He observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, high immunity to tuberculosis and overall excellent health in those groups of people who ate their indigenous foods. He found when these people were introduced to modernized foods, such as white flour, white sugar, refined vegetable oils and canned goods, signs of degeneration quickly became quite evident.

Dental caries, deformed jaw structures, crooked teeth, arthritis and a low immunity to tuberculosis became rampant amongst them. Dr. Price documented this ancestral wisdom including hundreds of photos in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.”

There is a strong movement that supports Dr. Price’s work and encourages the consumption of animal products, raw milk, butter, grass fed beef and a natural diet.  Of course there is a lot of merit in this as any diet that takes us away from processed, packaged and artifical food is a positive step in people’s health.

However, what I have found with the few people I have treated as a Naturopath who are following this diet – is that they have incorporated huge amounts of meat and fat into their diet at the expensive of just about everything else.

Porridge with great dollops of cream, cream in the coffee, two eggs with butter and a lamb chop with the fat – and that is just breakfast!!  Where is the living green food in that?

It is no wonder that the few people I have seen in clinic who are eating in this way, have become quite sick, all of them were overweight, had very high cholesterol (a marker of poor liver function and oxidation) and had developed type 2 diabetes.  As I have mentioned before, type 2 diabetes is a problem with too much fat in the diet – not sugar.

So even though there are some positive messages in the Weston A. Price research – we also have to place the context of that information into today’s life.  We are mainly sedentary and full of toxins, and it has been shown by other researchers such as T Colin Campbell that a diet that consists of 10% of less animal products is one that can prevent many degenerative diseases.

So from my experience – raw, living, whole plant foods need to make up the bulk of your diet to achieve excellent health!



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