Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD, dedicated his professional life to understanding the role of nutrition in the prevention of chronic illnesses and physical degeneration. Boldly challenging contemporary dogma, Dr. Pottenger’s studies consistently demonstrated the direct relationship between a healthy diet and vital living.
Today, the world faces a nutritional crisis. This is evidenced by:
- the proliferation of unhealthy and over-processed foods
- chemicals in the food chain
- the epidemics of obesity and diabetes
- the popularization of fad diets
As these problems continue to worsen, it is clear that Dr. Pottenger’s findings and message are more valid today than ever before. In order to reverse these trends, and to improve our quality of life, we all must come to understand, as Dr. Pottenger did, that good nutrition is key to optimum health.
In modern times there remain questions as to what defines a “healthy diet.” Through celebrity endorsers and glitzy media campaigns, we are regularly introduced to trendy eating plans with catchy names – all promising miraculous results. However, most of these fad diets eventually fail and fade away; they neglect a basic understanding that was proven by decades of Dr. Pottenger’s research – and corroborated by the studies of Dr. Weston A. Price. Namely: tradition NOT trends are the keys to a healthy diet and good life.
In his research – the results of which are detailed here – Dr. Pottenger found that animals enjoying traditional diets containing raw and unprocessed meats and milk were stronger, more active, disease free and socially well-adjusted. These findings mirror the discoveries of Dr. Price in his studies of human tribes who maintained traditional diets. Humans and animals alike need the nutrients provided by consuming a variety of minimally processed meats, vegetables and dairy products.
Price-Pottenger works to promote a return to traditional nutritional values as the best path for increased health and longevity.