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How the Pottenger Cat Study Relates to Human Health.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

In 1932, Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., a physician and researcher who had successfully treated patients with TB, asthma, allergies and emphysema by putting them on a diet of raw butter, cream and eggs, decided to experiment with a raw food diet involving cats.

In one study group, the felines ate only raw milk and raw meat, while in the other groups they ate some raw meat mixed with pasteurized milk and cooked meat. During the 10-year study, Pottenger discovered that only the all-raw group maintained good health generation after generation. They had excellent bone structure, few parasites, easy pregnancies and gentle dispositions.

The groups whose diet was partially cooked developed “facial deformities,” including narrowed faces, crowded jaws, frail bones and weakened ligaments. They harbored parasites, developed diseases and had difficult pregnancies. The female cats became much more aggressive compared to those on the raw diet. The males on the other hand were unnaturally timid and exhibited lower sexual interest.  After just three generations, young animals died before reaching adulthood and stopped reproducing.

While Pottenger’s cat experiments do not mean humans should eat only raw foods, it is a testament as to the potential consequences of a diet without the nutrients provided by real grass-fed foods.  Chiefly the fat-soluble Vitamins A,D,and E. Pottenger believed that when the human diet produces facial deformities like crowded teeth, degenerative diseases will soon emerge if the diet is followed for several generations.

With western civilization’s love of refined, highly sweetened convenience foods and low-fat items, could it be that Americans are now experiencing an epidemic of degenerative diseases as a result of generations who were raised on these foods?

Preventing disease now and for generations to come is one reason we need to get back to a more natural diet consisting of grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, organic eggs and produce, raw milk and cheese – all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes.

Weston A. Price and the benefits of grass-fed foods

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
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Dr. Weston A. Price and Activator X

Forget the fluoride and even the dental floss. If you really want healthy teeth and better all-around good health, your best bet is to add more vitamin K2-rich foods, such as grass-fed beef and raw dairy, to your diet.

Back in the 1940s, a Cleveland dentist named Dr. Weston A. Price went in search of the causes of tooth decay and the crowded, crooked teeth he saw in his patients. Instead of doing research in a lab, he decided to study the “primitive” people of the world. These people were isolated from modern society and still ate traditional diets rich in essential nutrients, yet without modern dental care they maintained straight, white and healthy teeth.

Dr. Price’s findings led him to believe that unhealthy teeth were caused by poor nutrition.

When Dr. Price analyzed the foods eaten by the primitives he found they provided at least four times the calcium and other minerals, and at least ten times the fat-soluble vitamins from grass-fed and naturally raised animal foods, such as raw dairy products and meats, as the “civilized” diet.

Aside from healthier teeth, the primitives seemed to be overall – physically and mentally – healthier than those eating a modern diet consisting of sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk and food additives.

Dr. Price also recognized “a new vitamin-like activator” in the primitives’ foods that helped the body absorb minerals. He called this compound Activator X, and determined it was present in the butterfat, organs and fat of animals that consumed green grass.

Activator X seemed to be a major factor in protecting against tooth decay, supporting growth and development, guarding against hardening of the arteries, and helping with brain function.

Today, Activator X is known as vitamin K2, a vital nutrient that is produced by animal tissues when animals consume vitamin K1, which is found in green plants.

Thanks to Dr. Price’s findings more than 60 years ago, we know it is necessary to eat vitamin K2-rich foods such as grass-fed beef and raw dairy products to protect our teeth, bones, heart and brain. And thanks to small farmers who care, finding these natural foods is becoming a whole lot easier.