I would like to thank the several readers who sent me a link to the book of Dr. Weston Price, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. You can read the book - which I highly recommend - online if you follow the link. I am now at the chapter before last. This is the first time I heard of Dr. Price's research, and I must say his findings are striking, not to mention highly convincing. The facts speak for themselves.
For those who are unfamiliar with Dr. Price, he was a researcher in the 1930's who traveled all over the world and collected data on how the contact with modern civilization and modern food impacted the primitive cultures who were exposed to it for the first time. Dr. Price was a dentist and originally his research focused on the condition of teeth, but it soon becomes very clear that teeth problems are just the tip of the iceberg when we come to deal with trouble brought on by the de-vitalized nutrition of modern age.
Even though his research was conducted such a long time ago, I believe it is still and probably even more relevant today. When I think of why his conclusions weren't highly publicized and the entire approach to nutrition wasn't revolutionized, the only reason I can come up with is that they are so inconvenient to many people. Dr. Price offers no easy solutions, but clearly states that it takes a great strength of character to give up the food that is bad for us.
This strength of character is something that the establishment thinks we lack. They view us as a complace nt herd. When I was a student, our professors clearly told us that most people don't have the willpower to change their lives and improve their health. Therefore, we were to focus on the easy, temporary solutions, not the truly effective ones.
Furthermore, the food manufacturers clearly don't want us to put too much thought into what we eat. It's far too easy for them to toss a handful of vitamins and minerals into junk food like sugared cereal, and market it as health food. It is especially maddening to think that many of the junkiest foods out there are marketed towards children and parents of young children - and many parents don't hesitate to give their children highly sweetened and processed foods, thinking they are healthy because some synthetic vitamins are thrown in.
And if it comes to dentists, how many dentists really give their patients long-term nutritional advice that could be beneficial for them? Are they really interested in preventing teeth problems if it would mean less work for them? The majority of dental services in Israel are private, and people pay hefty sums for each visit. I know for a fact some of them outright sabotage their patients' health in order to ensure further visits. The assistants working with them are fired if any qualms are raised against such practices.
This week surely could be called a Food and Nutrition Week on this blog! I appreciate all who have joined me in the discussion. I enjoyed and benefited from reading your comments. Thank you!