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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration [Paperback]

by Weston A. Price, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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2009 0916764206 978-0916764203 8th
New Expanded 8th edition with new photos and text.

An epic study demonstrating the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods.


For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health. Dr. Price traveled to hundreds of cities in a total of 14 different countries in his search to find healthy people. He investigated some of the most remote areas in the world. He observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, high immunity to tuberculosis and overall excellent health in those groups of people who ate their indigenous foods. He found when these people were introduced to modernized foods, such as white flour, white sugar, refined vegetable oils and canned goods, signs of degeneration quickly became quite evident. Dental caries, deformed jaw structures, crooked teeth, arthritis and a low immunity to tuberculosis became rampant amongst them. Dr. Price documented this ancestral wisdom including hundreds of photos in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

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About the Author

Dr. Price was a Cleveland dentist, who has been called the Charles Darwin of Nutrition. Searching for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration he observed daily in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to study people with fine teeth the isolated primitives.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Price Pottenger Nutrition; 8th edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916764206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916764203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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262 of 269 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Book I've Ever Read August 25, 2008
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Modern nutrition research is a mess. As a scientist who's interested in health research, I find the field to be amazingly full of bias and unscientific thinking. It's driven more by popular consensus than logic.

"Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" slices through modern nutrition BS with devastatingly simple logic: Price found the healthiest cultures in the world, and recorded what they were doing. It's as simple as that.

For those who are concerned with the credibility of the book, I'll mention that it's very consistent with what anthropologists and field physicians were saying at the time. Price also published some of his findings in respected peer-reviewed journals like JAMA and JADA during his lifetime. His genius was in consolidating information from many different cultures and examining what they had in common. Modern Western food habits have left a trail of destruction throughout the world, and it was painfully obvious to anyone observing a transition from traditional foods to industrially processed Western foods.

Price and other groups of researchers have shown that modern degenerative disease is caused by a modern diet, yet mainstream nutrition research continues to fumble around in the dark. These days, researchers conduct studies that compare the sick to the sicker and confuse correlation with causation. This information then gets conveyed to us by a media that is completely unscientific and more concerned with creating a big story than conveying sound information. Leave them all in the dust and learn how to be truly healthy by reading the most important and most overlooked piece of health research ever published.
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184 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to create a healthy human being with nutrition June 23, 2008
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Would it be crass say this book is the answer to new couples wanting to conceive and raise children who will grow up to have straight teeth, model beautiful cheekbones and manly square jaws? ;)

I fear that is the only way we can get past our current culture obsessed with lowfat oversugared fake food.

This book changed my life and the life of my son. In a time where vegetables-lowfat-tofu eating dietary principles are held up as the answer to health we are eating beef liver and cod liver oil, pastured meat and eggs, wild seafoods and raw grassfed milk, butter and cream, bone broths, soaked grains and nuts and fermented vegetables to try to achieve the 10x the RDA of fat soluble vitamins and 5x the RDA of minerals and water soluble vitamins that protected people around the globe from disease and enabled them to achieve their full genetic potential (ie. the wide palates, model cheekbones and manly square jaws!)

I already know the 3 years following the principles in this book and the WAP Foundation has helped my son as his palate his widened and tooth spacing increased from age 2 to age 5. I'm excited to see if his secondary teeth will come in straight and avoid braces like I had!

Price was a DDS who was the head of research for the ADA of his day... someone very learned with the scientific method. His ten years of travelling the globe has given us most vital information on a natural human diet and how this relates to health and the growth of a child most especially.

I constantly look around me everyday and see the result of modern processed food: the weak chins, narrow palates, crowded teeth, narrow nostrils, "deviated septums" and underdeveloped faces. This is NOT a results of genetics, is is a result of your diet!! That is mind blowing!!
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for the Nutritionist October 9, 2009
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This book may have saved my life. It surely gave me the impetus to switch from a nutrient deficient, anti-nutrient replete vegan diet to a healthy diet rich in animal products such as grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, patured chicken, high vitamin butter oil, cod liver oil, butter and milk in addition to a moderate amount of fruits and copius amounts of green vegetables.

Price examines primitive cultures to see what they eat and what are the results. The healthiest cultures ate no modern "foods of commerce", but ate primarily meat, some dairy, some tubers, and even blood. People that had begun to eat modern food were riddled with cavitations and crowded teeth. Price actually set out to prove that a vegetarian diet was the best, and he was sorely disappointed to find out how necessary animal products were. Once he made this discovery he immediately informed his family and the public of his findings instead of trying to peddle vegan propaganda like some authors do.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniable Proof July 25, 2009
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This book completely destroys the modern concepts of healthful foods despite being written several decades ago. Price found that native people living free of modern foods had strikingly good teeth and health in general, whereas populations inundated with processed foods had awful teeth and typically equally bad health. Processed food = Ill health. It is that simple. That, and not killing the real food you do consume (do not burn up your bison meat and do not be afraid of raw eggs, one egg in every 30,000 has salmonella and even less with free-range eggs...enough with the paranoia). Unfortunately, these days it is hard and expensive to find food how it evolved in nature. As a result we instead suffer from endless body ailments, deformed faces, and poor dental health. Tell your overpaid MD to read this book or to go take a flying leap. Find a DO who is familiar with this work. Find and support local co-ops that sell grass fed beef and raw milk (you probably live in a state where raw milk is illegal to buy so you have to own part of the cow to get the milk). Be brave! And more simply, do NOT buy highly processed junk foods. When you do, you support that industry and further feed the beast. Give Coke, Pepsi, Kraft, Frito-lay, Monsanto, Tyson, and all the other purveyors of dead food a big middle finger and free yourself from their short-sighted profit structure. I suspect the survival of our species very well could depend on changing the food paradigm back to the old 'savage' ways. [...] is a good website to keep up on REAL health trends. Be sure to sign up for his free emails (no, I don't work for him, rather I just think he is honest and his health information is some of the best). And finally, tell the government, both state and federal, to stop imposing their 'standards' on food. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars garbage science
I'm a public health professional, and one of my colleagues recommended this book to me. She said it was important for me to know some of the common misinformation the US public... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by johnmarkcarter
5.0 out of 5 stars A snapshot of another time that is still relevent today
_Nutrition and Physical Degeneration_ is useful today but only if you keep several facts in mind. The work was originally published in 1939 by Paul B. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Bruce Grubb
5.0 out of 5 stars mind-expanding
It's hard to believe this was written in the 30s. We've been through so many fads of nutrition since then. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in the field of medical science.
Weston Price was a dentist with a passion for the truth. He spent a good part of his life traveling around the world studying remote and different cultures along with their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Verna Koster
5.0 out of 5 stars should be required reading for anyone in health care fields or anyone...
Dr. Price was a pioneer in studying cultures of people and how what they ate affected their health. Unfortunately, our government and our processed food nation have ignored this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Wichman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
I am building a library with several different subjects. I thought this book would be an excellent addition since I'm so interested in the health of the body.
Published 1 month ago by S. L. Pieper
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only Every Doctor Were Required to Read This!
I am not a zealot in any area of my life, but frankly, this is 80 year old wisdom that is stunningly obvious once you let go of some modern beliefs. Weston A. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. C. OBrien
1.0 out of 5 stars boring and repetitive. full of endless waffle.
"Cure tooth decay" by Rami nagel is a better book

As a historical reference, it's a good book. But that's it.

To actually read this book is akin to torture.
Published 1 month ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nutrition Advice
Eye-opening nutrition advice to eat the right kinds of fats to get fat and water-soluble vitamins. Nutrition cures body's ills, repairs teeth, prevents mental illness and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DS
5.0 out of 5 stars We are what we eat.
Far beyond dentistry, it's a faultless research pointing the incontestable relationship between diet and health. Read more
Published 1 month ago by VJ, MD, Brazil
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