“You are what you eat” is a term that has been used for years to encourage us to consider the quality of food we consume. Our bodies are divinely designed exceptional machines that can do more than we can imagine…including being amazing filters. The rise of chemicals in our everyday life and in food has increased exponentially in the last few decades. We were not designed for this and can only filter so much. This is why Eden, and so many others, are practicing and advocating natural, organic, whole food living by feeding your body what it so desperately wants and avoiding, as much as possible, what it doesn’t. This is healthy living, and the Weston A. Price Foundation is based on principles that have been the foundations of health for centuries.
“The [Weston A. Price] Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants” (About the Foundation - The Weston A. Price Foundation (westonaprice.org)).
Dr. Weston A. Price, who lived from 1870 to 1948, was a dentist in Cleveland, OH who traveled the world studying tooth decay in villages from the Eskimos and Native Americans to African tribes, Switzerland, and more. He was on a quest to study the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he was noticing in his dental practices. In his travels and studies he found that dental decay and deformed dental arches with crowded, crooked teeth were a major sign of physical degeneration, that he believed was caused by nutritional deficiencies. He also found that certain tribes and villages with a traditional diet rich in foods with essential vitamins and minerals had beautiful teeth, without decay, as well as a strong resistance to disease and other characteristics of good health.
“When Dr. Price analyzed the foods used by isolated peoples he found that, in comparison to the American diet of his day, they provided at least four times the water-soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins, from animal foods such as butter, fish eggs, shellfish, organ meats, eggs and animal fats—the very cholesterol-rich foods now shunned by the American public as unhealthful. These healthy traditional peoples knew instinctively what scientists of Dr. Price’s day had recently discovered—that these fat-soluble vitamins, vitamins A and D, were vital to health because they acted as catalysts to mineral absorption and protein utilization. Without them, we cannot absorb minerals, no matter how abundant they may be in our food. Dr. Price discovered an additional fat-soluble nutrient, which he labeled Activator X, that is present in fish livers and shellfish, and organ meats and butter from cows eating rapidly growing green grass in the spring and fall. All indigenous groups had a source of Activator X, now thought to be vitamin K2, in their diets” ( Timeless Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets - The Weston A. Price Foundation (westonaprice.org)…click this link to learn even more, including the 11 characteristic/principles of a traditions diets – a fabulous resource).
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