By Dr. Bruce Fife
Are you confused about diet
and health? If you've read any of the popular diet books or magazines
currently on the market you should be. It seems like everyone has a
different opinion as to what is healthy and what is not. Some advocate
low-fat or vegetarian diets others promote low-carbohydrate or high-protein
others say your diet should be based on blood type or ethnic background. Others
claim you need a low-calorie diet based on artificial sweeteners and fake fats.
One expert will say one thing while another will say the opposite. Who do you
believe? Which one is right? How do you tell? There is a way.
The secret to recognizing the
difference between a healthy and unhealthy diet was revealed back in the 1930’s.
A dentist by the name of Dr. Weston A. Price observed that early in his career
very few of his patients were troubled by cavities and dental disease. As time
progressed, however, more and more people were developing dental problems.
Degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes were also on
the rise. At this same time, a revolution in food processing was in progress.
Packaged and convenience foods were taking the place of fresh foods that once
dominated the market place. Dr. Price wondered if there was a connection between
these modern foods and the changes that were occurring in people's health.
To answer this question Dr.
Price embarked on a 10-year study that took him around the world. He began his
study in the early 1930’s. Dr. Price traveled to Canada, Alaska, Australia,
South America, Africa, Europe, and the islands of the Pacific to study the diets
and health of the people.
Back then many of these people
were still living on traditional foods just like their ancestors had done for
thousands of years. He was able to compare people of the same ethnic and genetic
backgrounds, but who had different dietary habits. What he found was remarkable.
Those people who lived on traditional diets, without any modern foods, had
excellent dental health and were relatively free of degenerative diseases that
were common in the U.S. These people didn't have access to dentists or doctors
and didn't brush their teeth, but they were free of cavities and other dental
In contrast, he found that
when these people began eating modern foods such as white bread, sugar and
sweets, processed meats, and vegetable oils their health declined. Those people
who ate modern foods had tooth decay, dental disease, and degenerative diseases
just like those in the U.S. Dr. Price studied dozens of different cultures from
around the world and in every single case it was the same. Where the people ate
traditional foods they were relatively free from the so-called diseases of
modern civilization. When they began to adopt modern foods they started to
develop health problems. He found no exceptions to this observation.
His conclusion, and the secret
to good health, was that modern food processing has produced foods lacking in
essential nutrients and contaminated with harmful additives that leads to poor
health and increases susceptibility to disease. These foods include sugar, soda
pop, hot dogs, chips, donuts, candy, white bread, pasteurized and homogenized
milk, processed vegetable oils, canned foods, etc.
In order to avoid the diseases
of modern civilization, a person must eat wholesome traditional foods such as
whole wheat bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh whole meats and eggs, and
raw or cultured dairy like yogurt, kefir, and cheese.
Dr. Bruce Fife is a certified nutritionist
and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. He has written 18 books and serves as
the publisher of Piccadilly Books/Health Wise Publications.
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