Recommended Books

 “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”
Weston A. Price, DDS (1939)

Dr. Price, a practicing dentist and prominent researcher of oral disease, later turned his attention toward a more fundamental question:  What causes oral HEALTH?  In the 1930s, he traveled the world and studied still-isolated, primitive tribes known to have excellent teeth, as well as strong, healthy bodies.  Diets of these groups varied hugely, as dictated by geography, but there were common threads.  Foods were local, organic and in, or very close to, their natural form.  These diets were exceptionally nutrient dense, rich in fat soluble vitamins and saturated animal fats. In thousands of photographs, Dr. Price documented amazing oral and whole health, from cradle to grave.  Sadly, his photos also show how quickly health deteriorated, even among subsequent siblings, with the arrival of sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Today Price’s work is carried on by the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

“Life in all its fullness is Mother Nature obeyed.”

- Dr. Weston A. Price

“Dentinal Fluid Transport”
Ralph Steinman, DDS, MS;  John Leonora, PhD, Loma Linda University (2004)

So, how did the primitive cultures that Dr. Price studied have such good teeth without dental care?  “Without a doubt the oral environment can be hostile to teeth, but it doesn’t have to be,” Dr. Leonora explains in the foreword to this compilation of decades of research.  This is a textbook, but highly recommended for serious students of oral health, and not nearly as well-known as it should be.  It explains how sugar promotes tooth decay from the inside out, by acting as a hormone disruptor.  Loma Linda is a Seventh Day Adventist university, advocating a vegetarian-based, whole-foods diet.

“For abundant health and beautiful teeth, select your food wisely.”

- Dr. Ralph Steinman

“Fat Chance:  Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease”
Robert H. Lustig, MD (2013)

Imagine Dr. Price’s sorrow to read, in this current work, that sugar consumption in America has risen to an astounding 130 pounds per person, about twice the rate that Price would have encountered during his practice of dentistry.  Dr. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist, who also describes sugar’s role as an endocrine disruptor, and especially, high fructose corn syrup.  Lustig argues strongly that sugar is wrecking human health, causing an epidemic of diabetes and obesity, at an increasingly catastrophic cost to society, on top of human tragedy.  Lustig writes movingly of obese children, even infants, challenging a common assumption that obesity is one’s own fault.  Change starts at home, he writes, but also requires a grassroots effort to change powerful public policies. If you’d rather watch than read, check out Lustig’s U-Tube video lecture on the same topic, at 4 million hits and counting. 

“Grain Brain –The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers”
David Perlmutter, M.D. (2013)

Dr. Permutter is a board certified neurologist, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a founding member and fellow of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.  He explains how sugar and all carbs turn to sugar in the body, fueling inflammation, hormone disruption, and a host of modern, degenerative diseases, ranging from mental health issues to terminal brain diseases.  He also finds gluten sensitivity rampant among his patients.  Alzheimer’s may be “Type 3 Diabetes,” he warns, with both diseases sharing the same origin.  Instead of carbs, he says, our brains need fat and cholesterol – not trans fats, but healthy, natural fats.

“Know Your Fats:  The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholestrol”
Mary Enig, PhD

Dr. Enig is a licensed nutritionist, one of the world’s leading lipid biochemists, and a director of the Weston Price Foundation, among many other credentials.  In decades of work that is finally coming to fruition, Dr. Enig sounded some of the earliest warnings about the dangers of trans fats, fighting for honest labeling and opposing their use in general.   She also points out that polyunsaturated vegetable oils are highly unstable, easily turn rancid, and not a healthy alternative.  Instead, she strongly advocates the consumption of natural saturated fats, such as coconut oil and fats from organically raised, naturally pastured animals. 

“Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats” 
Sally Fallon

This is a practical kitchen guide for incorporating the Weston Price traditional foods philosophy into daily routine.  It helps the reader get going with delicious bone broths, fermented vegetables, raw dairy products from naturally pastured animals, and more.  Nourishing Traditions places special emphasis on the feeding of babies and children to ensure optimal development.  Fallon is president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition researchers and activist.  The Foundation’s goals include establishing universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.

“In Defense of Food” 
Michael Pollan  

As noted to various degrees by the above authors, our daily diet is constructed upon and within a structure of public policy.  Pollan, a journalism professor and food writer, explains in readable detail how we got to where we are.   Let this whet your appetite:  After World War II, he writes, ammonium nitrate supplies were shifted from bombs to fertilizer.  Nerve gas research was redirected toward pesticides. The government began to subsidize the mass production of low-cost calories from corn, soybeans, wheat and rice. Policies began to financially penalize the production of "speciality crops," I.E., fruits and vegetables.  Thus, the nutrition guidelines that most Americans depend on today, were designed primarily to support our industrial farming economy, and enrich those who provide the world with cheap calories – at the ultimate expense of public health.