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Primal Nutrition presents the principles of healthy traditional diets that continue to work today.” (From the foreword by Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation)

“I know of no better introduction to the works of Weston Price, or a better and more thoughtful discourse on traditional diets, than this book.” (From the foreword by Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind)

Primal Nutrition is a well-researched, comprehensive resource for achieving better health with the use of traditional foods and time-honored methods of preparation. Dr. Schmid clearly explains why understanding and implementing the ancestral dietary principles outlined by Dr. Weston A. Price in his worldwide travels is critical if we are to overcome many of the health challenges of our time. This essential book is especially useful for anyone who desires to adopt all or part of a ‘paleo diet’ but is confused by its various interpretations.” (Edward Bennett, president of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation and editor of the Journal of H)

“In Primal Nutrition, Dr. Ron Schmid has done a superb job of integrating the work of Weston Price, D.D.S., and Francis Pottenger, Jr., M.D., with recent research and a variety of popular diets, such as the macrobiotic diet, the Atkins diet, and the Pritikin diet. This book will be of great value for all clinicians interested in healing their patients or clients. In my opinion, it should be required reading for all medical students, dental students, nutritionists, chiropractors, naturopaths, dentists, and others in the healing arts. It will also be valuable to anyone interested in improving his or her health. I recommend it without qualification.” (Michael B. Schachter, M.D., CNS, director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine and cer)

“Throughout my years of research and teaching food energetics, I am often asked to recommend books on the subject. Naturally and without hesitation my suggestions include Weston Price’s seminal work, along with Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, and a few other authors who extol the many benefits of traditional foods. Ron Schmid’s Primal Nutrition is a welcome addition to my list.
With so many diet books available we are often confused with which direction to turn, whether it’s for general health maintenance or more personal health issues. Primal Nutrition is a great book for helping you get past the confusion inherent in making these choices. Schmid has a great respect for all traditional primal foods and knows well their historical role in health and their nutritional benefits. He leaves few stones unturned when it comes to supporting you in making wise and sensible decisions with diet and traditional foods.” (Steve Gagne, author of Food Energetics: The Spiritual, Emotional, and Nutritional Power of What We E)

Primal Nutrition brings you back to the basics of a good and healthy diet. It is well grounded and invaluable.” (Christopher Vasey, N.D., author of The Acid–Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health and Natural Remed)

"Confused about the paleo diet fad? Dr. Ron Schmid, now a retired naturopathic physician, has a broader perspective on what has worked well for traditional cultures for millennia. He's informed by the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who studied indigenous people's good health and disease resistance with their diets of whole, natural foods including meat from wild game and grass-fed domestic animals, seafood, raw-milk dairy products and, to a lesser extent, whole grains. As Schmid explains, modern diets with processed foods are at odds with ancestral diets. In some traditions, certain nutrient-dense foods such as seafood, liver and raw milk products had a sacred quality with rituals that revolved around them, reinforcing their importance for health and immunity. And yet when indigenous cultures shunned their traditional foods, ill health resulted. Today, the modern diet is so often industrialized and denatured, so Schmid's dietary advice is particularly relevant. We have to be increasingly aware of the source of our foods: for example, seafoods from Pacific Ocean waters affected by Fukushima nuclear radiation are to be avoided. In this substantially updated fifth edition, originally titled Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine, Schmid reaffirms the role of ancestral diets in overcoming ill health, chronic disease and degenerative conditions. He has a wealth of advice supported by scientific studies to help us tailor-make our diets to our specific needs to support our health and longevity." (Nexus, December 2015)

“In this substantially updated fifth edition, Schmid reaffirms the role of ancestral diets in overcoming ill health, chronic disease and degenerative conditions. He has a wealth of advice supported by scientific studies to help up tailor-make our diets to our specific needs to support our health and longevity.” (Nexus, Ruth Parnell, January 2016)

"All in all I don't think I can recommend this book highly enough. Not only is it well-researched and based in cultural history, but Schmid allows for each person having their own unique dietary needs; he does not in any way put forth this book as a one-way-fixes-all manner.  He also allows for the differences in what's available to us now versus what was available, food wise, in ancestral times.  Not only that but he encourages the reader to slowly make small changes so they are better able to see what works, what doesn't and to adopt the changes slowly so as to make permanent lifestyle changes. While it is always recommended to check with your doctor before starting any major diet change, I do still highly recommend this book to anyone interested in health, nutrition and/or ancestral ways." (Facing North, Jessica Elizabeth, February 2016)

“Schmid brings together traditional stories with modern scientific research to provide recommendations of food for today’s society.” (New Dawn, Sandy Brightman, May 2016)

About the Author

Ronald F. Schmid, N.D., has been a licensed naturopathic physician since 1981. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, he has taught at all four accredited naturopathic medical schools in the United States and is the former clinic director and chief medical officer at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Schmid lives with his wife, Ellen, in Watertown, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 3 edition (October 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620555190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620555194
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kaayla T. Daniel on October 5, 2015
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"Primal Nutrition" has been changing diets and lives ever since it was first published as"Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine" in 1987. Long before paleo became a popular trend, Dr. Ron Schmid integrated the teachings of Drs. Weston A. Price, Francis Pottenger, and other nutrition world pioneers and showed their relevance for the modern world. His book profoundly influenced my thinking about nutrition and alternative medicine and that of many other health practitioners and healers as well.

Now this seminal work has been updated, and it remains an indispensable guide to nutrition and health, informed by common sense, ancestral wisdom and sound science. Although many writers today discuss how nutrient-rich, real foods can nourish us physically and emotionally, Dr. Ron knows they empower us spiritually as well. I strongly recommend "Primal Nutrition" for all of us who desire to reach our full potential and fulfill our purpose on earth.
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Excellent book with sensible advice. I followed the guidance and feel better- more energy all day long and my blood pressure dropped 10 points. I have purchased extra copies for my friends and co-workers.
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I know something about nutrient-dense food, but I was surprised at how much I learned from "Primal Nutrition". I love how Ron Schmid weaves the history of nutrient-dense foods with the history of research on their benefits, and drawbacks (in some instances). Most of all, I love the level-headedness he imparts. Even though raw foods may be most nutritious in some instances, he allows that relying on raw foods can have negative social consequences. It's not necessary to be obsessive and compulsive about consuming real foods in their absolute optimum form all the time, he suggests. In other words, he seems to be saying, relax. Simply being more attentive to the kinds of meats and fish and dairy and veggies and other foods can make a huge difference to our health, and our health benefits if we don't get overly hung up with being perfect.. Finally, I greatly appreciate Schmid's effort to be objective. He refrains from endorsing expensive food-based supplements over conventional vitamins, for example. He provides insightful assessments of some of the most popular weight-loss diets. In sum, I found this to be a wonderful reference tool, and a great read on top of everything else.
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"As paleo nutrition becomes more and more embraced in the mainstream, Dr.Ron Schmid's Primal Nutrition offers a comprehensive quide for the
layperson. The depths and breadth of primal nutrition are presented in plain-spoken language by an eminently-credentialed doctor! Regular people can become expert at creating their own primal diet for health and longevity, and can feel confident in knowing what to eat and how to choose.
I find myself consulting this book regularly, on both nutrition and on suggestions for enhancing health. and enjoying and trusting the engaging presentation of such valuable information." Claire Wholley
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