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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration Paperback – January 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0916764203 ISBN-10: 0916764206 Edition: 8th

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Information in this book, is understandable and very worth while.
R. J. Brand
Dr. Price's research demonstrates how nutrition affects physical health, and what we need to do to incorporate health-giving, nutrient-dense foods into our diet.
Robert McRobert
This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about their health.

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306 of 317 people found the following review helpful By Sasquatch on 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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213 of 224 people found the following review helpful By Gutsy mama on 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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107 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Evan Eberhardt on 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. Dr. Mercola has a good website to keep up on REAL health trends. I also like Chris Kresser' site and of course the Weston A Price Foundation's site also. And finally, tell the government, both state and federal, to stop imposing their 'standards' on food. Where is freedom of choice with food?Read more ›
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