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Biological Dentistry Continued

About Dr. Weston A. Price

Dr. Price's Nutrition Studies

Seminole Girls



Biological Dentistry Continued

nutrition and physical degeneration

Price wanted to find HEALTHY people, find out what made them so, and see if there were any patterns among these people. During his nine years of journeys, Price did indeed come across groups of primitives who were having problems for various reasons. Price noted these groups down, what appeared to be their difficulty, and then passed them over. Again, he was not interested in sick people. Price often found that the health problems were caused by food shortages (especially a lack of animal products), droughts, things people living off the land must face from time to time, or contact with white European civilization. Dr. Price and his wife went just about everywhere in their journeys. Price visited with fourteen groups of native peoples. After gaining the trust of the village elders in the various places, Price did what came naturally: he counted cavities and physically examined them. Imagine his surprise to find, on average, less than 1% of tooth decay in all the peoples he visited! He also found that these people's teeth were perfectly straight and white, with high dental arches and well-formed facial features. And there was something more astonishing: none of the peoples Price examined practiced any sort of dental hygiene; not one of his subjects had ever used a toothbrush!

  Dear Farid,

In this issue I discuss the final aspect of Biological dentistry namely Nutrition and Physical Degeneration In the 1930's, numerous commentators were proffering all sorts of unlikely explanations for the alarming rise in tooth decay, including the alleged 'soiling' of racial stock by interbreeding. Accomplished dentist Weston A. Price had long suspected faulty nutrition. To find out just whether inter-racial marriages or substandard diets were to blame, Price decided to visit isolated communities around the world. He reasoned that if genetics were the sole explanation, then native peoples would have the same incidence of tooth decay regardless of whether they ate traditional diets or imported Western foods.


  • About Dr. Weston A. Price

    Dr. Weston A. Price, a Cleveland dentist, has been called the "Charles Darwin of Nutrition." In his search for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to unstudied evidence among human beings. Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them- the isolated "primitives." The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected-nutritional deficiencies.

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  • Dr. Price's Nutrition Studies

    Price noticed that his patients were suffering more and more chronic and degenerative diseases. He also noticed that his younger patients had increasingly deformed dental arches, crooked teeth, and cavities. This definitely concerned him: he had not seen such things just ten or fifteen years ago. Why was it happening now? Price also noticed a strong correlation between dental health and physical health: a mouth full of cavities went hand in hand with a body either full of disease, or generalized weakness and susceptibility to disease. In Price's time, tuberculosis was the major infectious illness, the White Scourge. He noticed that children were increasingly affected, the ones with the lousy teeth.

  • Seminole Girls

    The photographs of Dr. Weston Price illustrate the difference in facial structure between those on native diets and those whose parents had adopted the "civilized" diets of devitalized processed foods. The "primitive" Seminole girl (right) has a wide, handsome face with plenty of room for the dental arches. The "modernized" Seminole girl (above) born to parents who had abandoned their traditional diets, has a narrowed face, crowded teeth, and a reduced immunity to disease.

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