I may be way behind the curve here, but I'm just getting around to reading this gem. I'm not finished yet, but what I've read so far is very interesting, and frankly, enraging. This guy was telling folk back in 1939: "Look, we eat absolute crap nowadays, and it's degenerating our bodies and our children's bodies. Check out what isolated people who eat real food look like." Fast forward 73 years later, we're still eating crap, and our collective gene pool is weaker, except nobody realizes it beacuse physical and mental illness/degeneration is the new "normal".
Price, and others like him, seem to me like the Nikola Teslas of nutrition - unsung, and way ahead of their time
It's culpable ignorance on the part of all the people whose professional business it was to know about nutrition, and who should, consequently, have known about, read, and thought about that book.
Some of it is outdated. For example, Price didn't realize just how bad cereal grains can be. The isolated populations Price came across (e.g. the Swiss, Hebridean Islanders) who were eating them who were doing OK had diets that were otherwise extremely nutrient-rich. And this was in the days before the plant-breeders really got going, as detailed by Dr. William Davis in Wheat Belly. But the general thrust of the book is right on target, and the photographs and case-histories compelling.
Yes, enraging. How many unnecessary dental fillings over the last three-quarters of a century just for a start? It must run into the millions. Price knew, and told, how to stop them dead just with diet.
Anyone who wants to read it online, there's a version here:
Weston Price: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration; Table of Contents
wow thanks for the link! i actually havent heard of this book, but i am familiar with WAP (i hope most of us on this forum are!). i agree with the nikola tesla sentiment.
My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html
"...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price
Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like the Perfect Health Diet a lot.
Griff's cholesterol primer
Selecting: I don't mind it too much when someone is ignorant about something and they admit it -- but to be this ignorant and so strongly opinionated is insanity.
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
bloodorchid is always right
i actually havent heard of this book
This book was written by the head of the American Dental Association's research unit. The forward to the book is by the Professor of Anthropology of the day at Harvard University. The book was used as a teaching text for anthropology students at Harvard for years.
There may be "opponents" of the book for all I know, but whether you and they consider that that they can "effortlessly discredit it" is really neither here nor there. There are plenty of people on the internet who consider that they can "effortlessly discredit" the theory of natural selection, for example, or any number of other things. Doesn't mean that in truth they can.