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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

By Dr Weston A Price

"A powerful testament to the adverse effects of our modern diet upon health. As shocking and relevant... as when it was first written.' -Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D. author of Nutritional Influences on Illness.

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By Weston A. Price, D.D.S.

The enduring classic work on how what we eat shapes us... for better and worse.

Price, Dr Weston, A., Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. 6th edition, 14th printing. La Mesa, CA, USA. Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 2000.

ISBN 0-87983-816-7

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Discover the characteristics of traditional diets that kept your ancestors healthy and free from degenerative disease?

In this talk you will get an introduction to the principles of a traditional diet and the mind-body connection.

In brief, Dr Price was the Dentist who in the 1930's studied isolated groups of people living on a traditional diet and compared their health to those living on a westernised diet. Those people living on a traditional diet had less than 1% tooth decay, were in excellent health, gave birth with ease and consistently reproduced their racial form. Whereas those people of the same racial stock who ate a western diet suffered from rampant tooth decay and degenerative disease; the women often had complications in child birth and there was considerable deviation from the racial form in their children.

Even though Dr Price noted that the diet varied amongst different traditional groups, he observed that they all used similar principles to prepare their foods, and this is probably the most important difference between modern processing methods and those of traditional groups. In addition the low fat, high carbohydrate diet being promoted today is totally at odds with that of traditional groups. The shift away from a traditional diet is considered by many experts to be the main reason for the increasing rate of degenerative disease and obesity.

Learn about the startling research on diet and the performance of children both in the classroom and on the sports field. What are the foods that help babies grow up smart and strong? Learn why pasteurised cows milk has received bad press, and why every vegetarian should have access to raw dairy products from pasture fed jersey type cows. Learn why your forbearers fermented all nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. Learn why modern diets may cause obesity and how a traditional diet may help you to lose weight. Learn about the risks associated with modern soy products. Hear how to harness probiotics for use in the kitchen, on the farm and use them to clean up the environment.

In addition learn how your physical and mental health are not just determined by the quality of the food that you eat but by the thoughts that you think. Learn how your emotional state may have a more significant affect upon your physical health than your diet. Hear how Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can provide simple yet powerful tools and techniques to help you bring about rapid personal change.

Hear how following the principles of a traditional diet combined with the technology of NLP can help you nourish both your physical and emotional bodies.




Circling the world in the 1920s and '30s, Dr Price and his wife found the same sinister pattern among 'primitive' populations, whether isolated Irish fishermen, tribal Africans, Pacific Islanders, Eskimos, North and South American Indians or Australian Aborigines. Those groups that followed their traditional nature-based diets enjoyed good health and vigour, and those that turned to the 'civilised' diet of processed, sugar-laden foods soon developed a variety of ills, including misshapen bones and teeth - and the situation worsened with each generation.

Dr. Price's fascinating accounts of his discoveries, and the extensive photo documentation he provides, drive home the nutritional truths that are only now gaining general understanding, and Nutrition and Physical Degeneration remains an unequalled source of basic information - a "must for anyone seriously interested in the effects of food on health." (Robert M. Cathcart, M.D.)


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