Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price

Modern Western medicine does well what it does, and we have all but eradicated many diseases, but more than ever before in the history of humanity, we are unhealthy. Since the industrialization of food, there has been a sharp change in the major diseases that have afflicted humanity and there has been a steady trend toward physical degeneration. How few people around us go through life without a major medical problem. And yet this is not the way we were created to be. God created us in perfection and provided us with all the nutrition we need in order to build and sustain our bodies in perfect health.

Susan and I believe that we are products of this degeneration. Susan battles autoimmune diseases and has been diagnosed with Addison's disease. I have suffered from weak bones and lethargy throughout my life... and kidney stones since my early twenties. In spite of these this situation, we have radically altered our diet in the past few years. So much so that we go into grocery stores and barely find any food in them. There is a bit, but it's very hard to find. The milk, cheese, eggs, bread... no way... none of it is really fit to be called food - it is nutritionally deficient. Then there's the vegetable oils - pure poison - along with all the rancid flour and chemical laden drinks and snacks. But I get ahead of myself... we'll get to all that later. For now, let it suffice to say that we are trying to turn the tide of our physical degeneration and regain some physical health for the rest of our lives and hopefully even rebuild what has been lost.

Last summer we welcomed Daisy to our family - a wonderful gift from God. Susan and I were eating very densely nutritional foods before she conceived and Susan did her very best to build Daisy in the womb, in spite of the hormonal challenges that her (as yet not fully managed) adrenal insufficiency caused. Daisy was born at home without any chemicals, vaccines, monitors or anything of the like... her birth was glorious and perfect - and she is physically perfect: growing well, alert, active, vibrant, curious...

Over the next few weeks I would like to share my thoughts on a life changing book which has helped consolidate our thoughts on all these things and has brought direction to our nutritional tendencies. The book is "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A. Price, a dentist who travelled the world looking at groups of people who had essentially perfect health at a time when North American society had already lost much in the way of health. The book is old (1939), but it is worthy and has sparked much recent interest and even a foundation to disseminate its principles: The Weston A. Price Foundation. I plan to provide a few quotes from each chapter and give a few thoughts. Along the way, I also hope to share a bit of how we have changed our diet and why.

So even though it seems radical, unorthodox and perhaps kooky, we believe that there is a way of eating which God intended for our bodies and that way will prove best upon scrutiny. What you will read here will likely go against everything you've ever been told about good nutrition - what the USDA says, what your doctor says, what the media says... The ancestors knew best what civilization has made us forget.

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