“Modern” Western Nutrition Is Deep In The Dark Ages …A Catastrophe Of “Modern” Science

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Nothing is more dangerous than bad science driven by arrogance. Readers here are very much aware of this when it comes to climate science. Yet, as surprising as it may sound, the problem of junk science is even far worse in the field of Nutrition.

Book (right) available at Amazon.

Recently I read a book written by Dr. Weston Price, published in 1938 – almost 80 years ago: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Weston Price was an American dentist who had been shocked by the wave of physical degeneration he observed among patients, who suffered tremendously from caries and facial deformities, along with the number of crippling diseases that seemed to accompany it.

To find out what was happening, he journeyed to many remote regions across the globe to study “primitive” tribes and people who were still isolated from “modern” living. What he found was stunning and revealing: These people were in tremendous physical and mental condition. He observed that physical degeneration had little to do with genetics, was mostly nutrition-based, and that it took only one generation to turn a physically superior community of people into a health and societal basket case.

He journeyed to isolated areas of the globe where the so-called “primitive” people relied on their own local natural food sources and customs for nourishment and health. Their practices had been perfected over generations. Price examined tens of thousands of teeth, facial forms, dental arches of not only living persons, but also of exhumed skulls. He found near dental perfection and few modern diseases among them. Health was at an impeccable level.

No matter if it was a community in Switzerland or Polynesians in the South Pacific, those who relied on their traditional food staples were in a state of excellent health and near physical perfection.

Throughout the book Price describes natives of great physical strength, well-being, keen intelligence and near zero crime rates within their communities. Cancer, heart disease and metabolic syndrome – our modern diseases – were almost non-existent.  But as soon as these peoples and tribes came into contact with western “modern” nutrition, their health deteriorated rapidly and dramatically.

What follow are sample photos of what Dr. Price typically found. It did not matter where or what race he examined. They were all healthy and shared a common denominator: excellent animal-based nutrition.

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Isolated communities living on “primitive” diets had near perfect health. Rates of caries were close to zero. Shown above is a sample of people from various locations around the globe. Modern diseases were rare. Photos: Weston Price Foundation

It was only when the “modern” western foods of “civilization” – comprising in large part sugar, white flour, syrups, polished rice and canned goods – were introduced by the whites did a profound and rapid deterioration in the health of these isolated tribes and groups take place.

Price often observed parents of superior physique, facial form and dental health –  but whose children had been ravaged by caries, deformed dental arches and poor health because they had switched to the “modern foods”.

As was common back in the early 20th century, “experts” often blamed the facial deformities and poor health on race mixing. Another scientific debacle.

What follows is a table showing a selection of isolated, “primitive” tribes and peoples that Price studied, and who had robust physiques and health. Note the very low rates of caries – all without the need for “modern” dentistry.

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The above table is just a sampling of many tribes and peoples Price studied.

But once the modern western foods were introduced, many of these healthy societies literally collapsed. What the diseases of the encroaching “modern” civilization didn’t kill off, the newly introduced “modern” foods did the rest, laying many of these once healthy societies to waste.

When we look at the above tables, it is clear that one thing stands out: The common food staples necessary for good health are in large part made up of natural, animal-based foods such as fish, shellfish, organ meat, animal fat, dairy, vegetables, plant life, insects and some fruit.

In short: their diets were as remote of a vegan or vegetarian diet as one could possibly get. Price writes that many of these tribes and peoples also had advanced medical, veterinary and engineering skills, which also were lost since the invasion of “modern” junk food.

The key component to these healthy individuals was animal product. Price confirmed it in his book.

Western society is deep in the Nutrition Dark Ages

It becomes clear that our modern nutrition has completely diverged from what the human species was originally designed to consume. Worse, it is evident that modern nutrition risks diverging even further away as junk diet fads such as veganism are being promoted as the way to health. Here many greens are unwittingly advocating the worst of both worlds.

The truth today, as Price reveals, is that our modern society is deep in the Dark Ages of Nutrition and it’s going to take a lot of time, effort, education and resources to crawl back out of that abysmal pit. Unfortunately many more tens of millions in western society will further suffer from the ravages of our “modern” food before things get better. The burden risks collapsing our entire society if something is not done soon.

Of course no one advocates returning to “primitive” life standards. But why isn’t it possible to integrate the advanced nutrition of these isolated natives with our modern society?

Today tens of millions are suffering and dying from metabolic syndrome and its related diseases. Hundreds of millions more are at high risk. It is one of the great scientific catastrophes of human history.

What is needed is a Nutrition Renaissance – and quickly.

 

38 responses to ““Modern” Western Nutrition Is Deep In The Dark Ages …A Catastrophe Of “Modern” Science”

  1. A.D. Everard

    In this household, we’ve cut down a lot of carbs and we eat a lot of meat and fewer processed food (packets). Our health is steadily improving. I have found that the biggest thing to cause harm has been additives, particularly sulphites.

    When I chopped those out, my breathing improved, as did my sleep. Most importantly for me was the complete clearing up of arthritis in my knees and the chronic pain I had there. I could barely walk. Now I am pain free. I’m no spring chicken, but being pain free has me looking at a happier old age ahead instead of one of misery and suffering (I am 58).

    I would also like to say that the films you posted some time ago now (The Oiling of America and the other one at the same time) helped to steer us onto a healthier path. Many thanks to you for that.

    1. A.D. Everard

      I should also point out that the RSI in my writs cleared up totally as did my Better Half’s gout. We ditched packets and tins. We mostly have what I call “granny’s diet” meaning if you have to pick it, peel it or chop it, it’s probably okay. But my knees – my knees were the worst, and for the reprieve there I am most thankful. I am totally pain free. That’s with no medication, I might add.

  2. yonason

    A friend recently sent me this
    https://youtu.be/4aFxzAZdv7Y
    I haven’t vetted it, but if it’s accurate, there’s yet another fine mess processed foods have gotten us into.

    Worth looking into, I think.

  3. StewGreen

    Piers you missed a story. Bloomberg did a story about Germany having a 100% renewables day.
    Yes a there is a debunk .. it was indeed faulty provisional data
    Reports of 100% renewable power in Germany vastly overstated
    The warmist blog posts will not get corrected cos with them ..It’s not about truth, it’s about PR.

    and correction statement from Agora
    ..I guess further into the summer there could be sunny windy days ..and the line could be crossed.

  4. Ingvar Engelbrecht

    I think bread is dangerous, especially white bread. It has a glucos index above plain table sugar. After reading the book “Grain Brain” (Amazon) I am convinced.

    1. AndyG55

      I can eat 3-4 slices of commercial white bread a day…

      .. any more and I get tummy issues.

  5. John Farnham

    I tried to save this page on my home computer – only to find it could not be read. I have been convinced sugar and diet sparked my diabetes – which is rampant in society. First advice from the nutritionist ? Eat real food.

    1. Jeff Wood

      John, assuming you are Type 2, I think it is reasonably well established that just as you eat your way into it, you can eat your way out within a few months.

      Type 1 is a different animal, and it will take a while to find a cure for that.

  6. Ingvar Engelbrecht

    AndyG55.
    Read the book. Available in kindle version. It also describes how wheat has been “evolved” since humanity first started to eat it. Being informed is never wrong

  7. Gerry

    Richard Mackarness “Eat Fat and Stay Slim” 1958 – A simple explanation of how most people get fat and how they can easily become slim again without starving or enduring unpleasant diets (A Quick Guide)

    1. yonason

      Thanks. Here’s a link for those who want to purchase it.
      http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Grow-Slim-Richard-Mackarness/dp/0006338089

  8. CraigAustin

    Nutritionists may be responsible for more deaths than Hitler and Stalin. Of course if you want to reduce global population by 90% or more, obesity may be just as effective as starvation, and more profitable.

  9. Mikky

    The battle against “consensus” nutrition advice will be a long one, at least in the UK. Recently a major charity produced a report against the low-fat consensus diet advice, it was covered with reasonable balance by the BBC, but they had a long line of scientists and a govt department to condemn the report.

    A major problem for science seems to be the egos of those who have done well out of mistakes.

  10. A.D. Everard

    I find it difficult to get this information to some people. Friends and family don’t want to know and don’t want to take responsibility for what they put in their mouths. I send them links, which they don’t follow, reports they don’t read and talk to them and get argument back about how I’m being “led astray” and that “doctors know best”. They put down my own remarkable recovery as coincidence.

    So now, sad as it is, I keep my mouth shut as they slide into their own health issues, aches and pains and diseases. It’s frustrating – I can’t get through to them on global warming issues either. They think I’m a nut case.

    So thank goodness for sites like this one! 🙂

  11. KuhnKat

    Why purchase?? Download free here:

    http://www.w8md.com/nutrition_vs_physical_degeneration_dr_weston_price.pdf

    Now you have no excuse for not reading it…

  12. Catman

    No wonder Americans are some of the most ignorant, if not outright stupid people on the planet. Easy, pliable material for duplicitous politicians to work with.

  13. yonason

    ASIDE – Rats get cancer from cell phones** – the way dietary cholesterol causes heart disease, i.e., they don’t, really.
    http://motls.blogspot.com/2016/05/do-male-rats-using-cell-phones-get.html

    (**Never would have happened if it hadn’t been for the Obamaphones!)

  14. Graeme No.3

    Pierre:

    You might be interested that the Paleo diet was mentioned FAVOURABLY on TV news here in Adelaide last night. Helped with weight reduction – double that from ‘normal’ dieting (unstated but this was a supervised trial). Favourable comments from the supervisor followed by vague claims that prolonged eating would lead to unspecified health problems. Unfortunately only a news program so no link.

  15. Graeme No.3

    Pierre:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/bad-cholesterol-helps-you-live-longer/news-story/9341cf5325f64c0f22573b388806fd24
    but I am sure it will be elsewhere e.g. The Times.
    “What we found in our detailed systematic review was that older people with high LDL levels — the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol — lived longer and had less heart disease. Many of us suspected this may be true but the consistency of the results was astonishing. The diet/heart cholesterol hypothesis has been called the greatest scam in the history of medicine. It seems that is right.”

    The researchers analysed 19 international studies involving 68,094 elderly people and found that in 92 per cent of cases LDL cholesterol — low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol — did not increase the chance of death caused by heart disease.

    They also found that people with high levels of LDL cholesterol were less likely to die prematurely from other diseases, such as cancer.

    The results, published in the journal BMJ Open, are the latest from a series of studies that undermine accepted theories involving diet and health.

  16. Graeme No.3

    Pierre:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/bad-cholesterol-helps-you-live-longer/news-story/9341cf5325f64c0f22573b388806fd24
    but I am sure it will be elsewhere e.g. The Times.
    “What we found in our detailed systematic review was that older people with high LDL levels — the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol — lived longer and had less heart disease. Many of us suspected this may be true but the consistency of the results was astonishing. The diet/heart cholesterol hypothesis has been called the greatest scam in the history of medicine. It seems that is right.”

    The researchers analysed 19 international studies involving 68,094 elderly people and found that in 92 per cent of cases LDL cholesterol — low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol — did not increase the chance of death caused by heart disease.

    They also found that people with high levels of LDL cholesterol were less likely to die prematurely from other diseases, such as cancer.

    The results, published in the journal BMJ Open, are the latest from a series of studies that undermine accepted theories involving diet and health.