Dr. Price Searches for Health

As promised, here’s a brief synopsis of Dr. Price’s amazing journey to discover the truth about which foods nourish and build up the body and which foods cause degeneration of the body. His whole story is so fascinating that you will undoubtedly want to know more about it.

In the 1930’s Dr. Price, DDS, traveled 150,000 miles, visiting 6 continents and 17 different cultures of people, studying the effects of diet on teeth and general health.

His premise: “modern people” were eating too much white flour and sugar and not enough health building foods. Eating wrong kinds of modern food causes tooth decay, general physical degeneration, and facial and dental arch deformities.

He visited and examined many “primitive cultures” around the world. They were isolated from “the products of trade” (sugar, white flour, canned food, coffee, etc.) and lived on their native diet. As long as they ate their native diet, they had healthy teeth (only 1% tooth decay), great physiques, well-formed faces, wide dental arches, no crowding of teeth. They were emotionally, mentally and physically healthy.

Whenever they went to live in a city or on a plantation or a ship came by and they adopted the “modern” diet, they had rampant tooth decay and physical degeneration.

When they ate the modern diet, their offspring developed narrow faces, deformed sinuses, narrowed nostrils, narrow jaws, crowded teeth and other physical deformities. If the parents returned to their native diet, the offspring had the normal facial configurations of their “tribe” and no physical deformities.

The native (no matter what part of the world) diet always included:

Very adequate amounts of animal protein, unprocessed and fed by nature


Whole grains

A source of fat-soluble vitamins

A source of vitamin C

The native diet sometimes also included:

Dairy products


Dr. Price called refined carbohydrates, sugar and white flour “the white plague”, non-food, dead food. Modern people are choosing dead food which leads to degenerating bodies. Primitives and animals choose living, life-giving food that provides the minerals and vitamins that they need.

When Dr. Price analyzed primitive food versus modern food, he found a marked reduction in vitamins and minerals in modern food. He also identified “activator X” in fats. (Found in the butter of grass fed animals.) He found that the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and F were absent in people with tooth decay. These factors are found in seafood, fish roe, eggs, butter, organs of animals, and insects.

Diet of primitive people compared to modern diet contained:

 4 times the amount of water-soluble vitamins in diet

10 times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins and mineral activators

2-8 times the amount of minimum daily requirement of calcium and phosphorus, and 28 times the amount of magnesium


Dr. Price felt that modern agricultural techniques changed the quality of the soil, which changed the quality of the food.

Primitives were aware of the importance of nutrition in reproduction and fed their pregnant women appropriately.

What can we do to select better foods and use them liberally?

What physical heritage do you want to bequeath to your descendants?

Dr. Price recorded his travels and research in a large volume called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Of course, it’s impossible to convey the immensity of his findings in this short article.

Fortunately for you, you can learn more about Dr. Price’s work and see the healthy people who ate their native diets in contrast to the degenerated people who ate the processed food in the photos he captured on his journeys. I reviewed these photos in the videos of the nutrition class I taught called Disease is Optional – the Choice is Yours. Truly a picture is worth a thousand words. So lots of pictures must be worth millions of words.

Isn’t what Dr. Price discovered cool? You can make a huge difference in whether you become dis-eased or stay healthy. And if you are already dis-eased, you can work your way back to health. You truly do have a choice.

But now you’re probably thinking, how can I practically implement Dr. Price’s findings into my lifestyle?

Good question.

That’s what we discuss in Disease is Optional – the Choice is Yours. Order your videos today, complete with the manual that goes with it.


Dr. Jo

About Dr. Jo

Dr. JoDr. Jo delights in sharing the message of health. She believes disease is optional if you know how to take care of yourself. And she’s a great coach to help you reverse or prevent disease.

So she writes this blog to keep you up to date with information that may undermine your health if you are not aware of it. She also provides tips on healthy living, how to reverse degenerative diseases, delicious recipes, and ways to enjoyably change your habits to healthy ones.

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