Two Books About Nutrition

Salt-Sugar-Fat-Book-CoverI don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden I have three books to finish reading. In previous post I blogged about the “millionaire teacher,” Andrew Hallam and his “Global Expatriate’s Guide to Investing.” I’m on the second chapter on that one. But before that I actually made it almost halfway to Michael Moss’ “Salt, Sugar, Fat.” I’m on the chapter about Kellogg and cereals. I may have to set aside the investing book (it’s working, by the way, went to Macy’s and Toys R’ Us the other day and was able to resist buying, even if items were on sale!) and go back to SSF, because of this book that a friend loaned to me last week.

518LA381NILDr. Weston Price was a dentist who found a correlation between dental health and overall health after studying 14 groups of isolated people in Northern Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. These include Peruvian Indians, New Zealand Maori, and African tribes. These people not only have 1% tooth decay yet none of them ever used toothbrush. More important, they showed high immunity to tuberculosis and other diseases like that plague their counterparts who are on modern, Western diet of highly processed foods and have a higher incidence of cavities and crooked teeth. The book reads like a medical journal, but fortunately contains many photos to support it.

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It will be good to read these two side by side, but I’m not sure if I will be able to do justice to Dr. Price’s book. Here are two articles about it, one explaining the highlights of his work and recommendations in more simpler terms. Dr. Stephen Byrnes wrote this in 2001:

While the other one is an “expose” of how his findings have been misinterpreted or misrepresented as a type of meat-centered diet by the Weston A. Price Foundation. The article agrees with the WAPF against highly processed foods, but criticizes “potentially dangerous ideas” like consuming whole, raw (unpasteurized) milk, and limiting fruits and vegetables in children’s diets. Note that the writer, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, is challenging what the WAPF is recommending, that its “good intentions went awry” because its leaders wanted to be loyal to Dr. Price’s original but flawed observations rather than his original intent. It is only now, many years later, that we learned that the healthy primitive people he praised also had shorter lifespan and higher infant mortality rate.

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