Primative Wisdom: Teeth
In the 1930s a Cleveland dentist named Weston A. Price was disturbed by what he found when he looked into the mouths of his patients. In adults he found rampant tooth decay, often accompanied by serious illnesses elsewhere in the body.
But it was even worse in children. He observed crowded, crooked teeth, along with facial deformities such as overbites, narrowed faces, underdevelopment of the nose, lack of well-defined cheekbones and pinched nostrils. Such children invariably suffered from frequent infections, allergies, anemia, asthma, poor vision, fatigue and behavioral problems.
Price heard that inhabitants who living in the isolated or “primitive” areas on earth didn’t suffer from these problems. Over the next 10 years he traveled all over the world studying the health and diets of traditional people.
In every isolated region he visited, Price found tribes or villages where almost every individual exhibited genuine physical perfection. In such groups, tooth decay and disease were rare. Price took photograph after photograph of beautiful smiles, and noted that the natives were invariably cheerful and optimistic.
When Price examined food samples in his laboratory in Cleveland he found that traditional diets were very rich in minerals. In addition, among traditional populations, grains and tubers were prepared in ways that increased vitamin content – soaking, fermenting, sprouting and sour leavening.
What surprised Price the most was that the diets of traditional people were high in fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A and D). These vitamins are found only in animal fats – butter, lard, eggs, fish oils, organ meats, fish eggs and shellfish. Price found that fat-soluble vitamins act as “catalysts” for all the other nutrients. In other words, without animal fats, all the other nutrients largely go to waste.
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