Principles: In the early 1930s a dentist named Weston A. Price started to investigate healthy populations around the globe untouched by Western civilization and modern diets of white flour, sugar, refined vegetable oils, and processed foods. For over a decade he traveled to unique regions of the world trying to understand what factors contributed to healthy teeth that were free of cavities and deformed dental arches.
What he found were villages of people in all areas of the globe that had beautiful, healthy, straight teeth, robust physical structures, and resistance to disease. When these native diets were analyzed, Dr. Price found them to have ten times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins compared to the diet of most Americans at the time, all coming from animal foods such as butter, organ meats, eggs, fish, and animal fats. Fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, and K, are needed to absorb minerals which form strong teeth and bones, and keep the immune system strong. Eating a traditional diet would include organic whole foods, soaked whole grains and legumes, fermented foods, raw dairy products, seafood, organ meats, and animal fats from grass-fed animals.
Emphasis is placed on consumption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K coming from the animal foods during the preconception time for both parents, as well as during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and early childhood. Recommendations include a diet with higher amounts of butter, full-fat milk and cheese, cod liver oil, and animal organs.
Theory: Processed foods and industrial agriculture have led to the downfall of human health. Diets high in whole-grain products that have not been soaked or fermented can lead to mineral deficiencies. The consumption of a high-fat, preindustrial whole foods diet will restore health and vitality to humans. Considerations: Eating a whole foods diet free of processed foods and harmful agricultural chemicals is extremely important for both personal and planetary health.
The Weston A. Price Foundation has done an amazing job of raising awareness of centralized animal feeding operations, the hazards of pasteurized dairy, and numerous other atrocities of our modern diets. Unfortunately, our earth is increasingly bombarded with toxins that bioaccumulate in animal fats. Butter, farmed salmon, and other animal fats have been shown to contain levels of environmental persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like PCBs, dioxins, furans, and brominated flame retardants that are much higher than their lower-fat counterparts.