A chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation has been organized for Northern Alabama. Its meetings are held the first and third Tuesday evening of the month, at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce at 6 pm, which is located at 225 Church Street, Huntsville, AL, 35801.
Who was Dr. Weston A. Price?
Dr. Weston A. Price (1870-1948) was a Cleveland, Ohio dentist who began a series of unique investigations to ascertain the parameters of human health and determine the optimum characteristics of the human diet. For over 10 years, he traveled to isolated parts of the globe to study the health of populations untouched by western civilization. His goal was to discover the factors responsible for good dental health. His studies revealed that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth are the result of nutritional deficiencies and not inherited genetic defects. Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, good physiques, resistance to disease, and fine characteristics were typical of native groups on their traditional diets, all of which were rich in essential nutrients. The discoveries and conclusions of Dr. Price are presented in his classic volume, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
Why is this important for Northern Alabama?
The Foundation is dedicated to restoring health through the implementation of nutrient-dense foods into the American diet through education, research and activism. The Foundation 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. As a nation, we are slowly losing our health because of innumerable myths that have been presented to us as truths. Education is essential in charting a course for good health in today’s industrialized, polluted society.
Can you give a few examples of these health-threatening myths?
Myth: Avoid fat. Eat low-fat, no-fat foods.
Truth: The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:
Butter Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
Lard from pigs Chicken, goose and duck fat
Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils Extra virgin olive oil
Expeller-pressed sesame and peanut oils Expeller-pressed flax oil
Marine oils such as cod liver oil
The following new-fangled fats can cause cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems and osteoporosis:
All hydrogenated oils
Industrially processed oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola
Fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying.
Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.
Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. As little as four tablespoons of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.
Myth: Children benefit from a low fat diet.
Truth: Children on low fat diets suffer from growth problems, failure to thrive, and learning disabilities (Food Chemistry News 10/3/94).
Myth: A low fat diet will make you “feel better . . . and increase your joy of living.”
Truth: Low fat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide (Lancet 3/21/92 Vol 339).
These few myths are just the tip of the iceberg. Learn about the cholesterol myths, excitotoxins (Equal, Aspartame, Nutrasweet, MSG), fluoride and chlorine, mercury amalgams, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), terminator genes, pasteurization, local sources for organic vegetables, free roaming poultry, pasture-finished beef, and much, much more through this organization.
If you, or anyone you know, are dealing with health issues; come to the Weston A. Price Foundation meeting and begin to take control of your healing through education. Only YOU are responsible for your health!
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