you think that modern processed "foods" are
major contributors to the current epidemic of chronic
and degenerative diseases? Do you think that common sense
nutrition shouldn't be an oxymoron? Fed up with the way
that every new study reshuffles the deck of which foods
are healthy and which are not?
So are we.
Just how did people stay healthy before government
agencies, corporations and scientists took over the
role of telling us what healthy nutrition is? There
is evidence that in recent history, a number of traditional
and primitive groups were robustly healthy and almost
completely free of chronic and degenerative diseases
while on their native diets.
We think that Weston Price’s study of 14 isolated
traditional and primitive groups in the 1930s, provides
a good starting point for the exploration of healthy
traditional nutrition. Price traveled the world to study
these isolated groups that had never had contact with
modern foods. The pattern of these diverse groups was
clear - those who ate their native diet enjoyed robust
good health. Other researchers such as Mann and Stefansson
had similar findings.
The purpose of this group is to explore nutrition from
a global and historical perspective. To investigate
the nutrition and lifestyles of healthy traditional
peoples prior to the displacement of their native diets
with modern foods. And to help put modern notions of
what constitutes healthy nutrition and lifestyle, into
this broader context.
While studies of traditional nutrition provide an important
reference point when confronted with modern research
that is often conflicting and confusing, we don’t
believe that any single researcher, group or organization
has all the answers, rather that each provides pieces
of the puzzle. As such, we encourage list members to
apply analytical rigor to ALL nutrition information
regardless of the source.