Vibrant health from primitive diets? What is the Weston A. Price Foundation?
What is the Weston A. Price Foundation?
In some of my other blog posts, I’ve mentioned the Weston A. Price Foundation. Today I’m going explain what it is, and what it stands for. It’s very interesting and useful!
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Who was Dr. Weston A. Price?
Dr. Weston A. Price was a dentist. He lived from the mid 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. In his dental practice, Dr. Price started to see more and more dental problems, especially in children. He was seeing cavities and crooked teeth more and more frequently, and he wanted to know why.
This was a very unique time in history. Camera and airplanes had just been invented. And, at the same time, there were isolated groups of people living who were still eating the traditional diet that their ancestors had eaten for thousands of years.
Dr. Price decided to go travel to as many of the groups of people as he could. He wanted to visit them and find out what they were eating. He especially wanted to know why they were so much healthier than the children he was seeing in his dental clinic.
Dr. Weston A. Price’s Books and Travels
The main book that Dr. Price wrote is entitled “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.” This book is an extensive record of everything he learned during his travels. I think it’s really interesting! If you’re like me, and want to know all the details, you’ll enjoy it, too.
If you want a much shorter, quicker read, here is where you can find a pamphlet all about Dr. Price and his travels.
There is also a wonderful children’s book on the same topic. It is a favorite at our house! I love how it introduces the principles to young children in a fun way.
Dr. Price’s Discoveries
What did Dr. Price learn? He travelled to many different places: Switzerland, Scotland, Africa, Alaska… Dr. Price found out that each group of people ate a slightly different diet. However, there were common themes shared among the healthiest people.
The common foods that the healthiest people ate a lot of were all animal foods. These included animal fats, dairy products from grass fed animals, and organ meats. Other common practices among the healthier groups of people were that they properly prepared their grains and ate fermented foods.
Parents need care, too
Another thing that Dr. Price noticed were some traditional practices that are largely lost in our culture today. For example, parents ate special, very nutrient dense foods before they conceived children.
Mothers ate special foods after having a baby. They also had specific, nutrient dense foods that they made sure to give to their growing children.
Not enough room
One of the things Dr. Price had been noticing was that the children he was seeing in his dental office had increasingly narrower pallets. This caused their teeth to be crowded. In contrast, the children from traditional cultures who ate nutrient dense foods had wide pallets and plenty of room for their teeth to come in uncrowded.
I personally am so thankful for this information, and for all of the research that Dr. Price has done. Also, I’m very grateful for the Weston A. Price Foundation, because it has made his research so accessible.
Practical books based on WAPF principles
Here are some of my favorite books that put Dr. Price’s research into practical information:
- Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig – This is a cookbook that includes both familiar recipes and lost traditional ones that you may have never heard of before. The recipes incorporate nutrient dense foods as top priority, and place emphasis on property preparing certain foods, such as grains.
- The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by Sally Fallon and Thomas Cowan – This one is a comprehensive guide to everything having to do with preconception, pregnancy, baby and child health. I love how it approaches all of this from the standpoint of the very best nutrition, which is very rare to find these days! Also, this book covers just about every other topic related to baby and child care, besides nutrition. I personally have really appreciated this book as I’m raising my kids.
This is a delicious way to eat
I speak from personal experience – following Dr. Price’s principles and eating a nutrient dense diet is really a wonderful way to eat. No foods are excluded, but everything is properly prepared and sourced from places that properly raise the ingredients.
Healthy, pasture raised animals and animal fats impart real, authentic, delicious flavor to dishes that are not achievable with conventionally grown food. Flavorful, sourdough baked goods ensure proper digestion of grains without having to forego eating breads, rolls, cakes, and more. It is truly gourmet!
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