Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation was founded in 1952, originally as the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation, later changing its name to the Weston A. Price Memorial Foundation, and ultimately to Price-Pottenger, to signify the importance of the works of Francis M. Pottenger, Jr.
In the 1990s, Sally Fallon was an advisory board member and journal contributor to Price-Pottenger. Her book, Nourishing Traditions, was published in 1995, with co-authors Pat Connolly (Price-Pottenger's executive director at the time) and Mary Enig. In 1999, differing priorities led Sally Fallon and Mary Enig to found the Weston A. Price Foundation, with Sally Fallon as its president.
Today, more people know about the Weston A. Price Foundation because of Sally's important work to build local chapter networks and advance the cause for access to raw milk, along with many other excellent initiatives that have made Weston A. Price a well-known figure to this day.
We respect Weston A. Price Foundation’s right — and applaud their efforts — to share their important views and messages. At the same time, here are a few topics we are often asked about that sometimes create confusion between the two organizations and in which PPNF wants to make its positions more clear:
Who owns Weston A. Price's work?
Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation is the owner and publisher of Price’s work. His book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, remains the foundation of our teachings. Our emphasis is on staying true to his and our other pioneers’ views, remaining open to genuine scientific advancements while minimizing injection of personal bias and interpretation.
How does Price-Pottenger determine its positions?
Price-Pottenger promotes the work not only of Weston A. Price and Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., but 14 other contemporary pioneers with aligned views. We have made all our archives available online for people to research, beyond Price’s famous book, what he and others believed at the time. We believe that critical evaluation of current science and applying the critical lens of Price and our other pioneers is the best way to determine healthy modern approaches.
How does Price-Pottenger view germ theory vs. terrain theory and the existence of viruses?
Numerous pioneers in our collection including Drs. Price, Albrecht, Lee, and Meinig explicitly commend the work of Antoine Bechamp, Pasteur’s rival, who advocated for “terrain theory” and the need to build personal resilience, rather than to focus on or only attempt to treat the disease at the expense of the patient. However, Price-Pottenger does not go so far as to disclaim the existence of viruses, although we believe they are often misrepresented. During the 1918 pandemic, in which Price visited many ill individuals in the hospital, he sought to reduce their disease burden by treating active dental infections.
How does Price-Pottenger view vaccines?
In 1914, Dr. Price referred to vaccines as “one of the weakest crutches we can lean upon” and that any use of them or other experimental therapeutics must exercise rigorous science and caution. It is important to recognize that this does not suggest they should be dismissed altogether, but that we should maintain a strong degree of healthy skepticism and put building individual resilience much higher in our priorities.
Does Price-Pottenger recommend fermented cod liver oil?
Price-Pottenger notes that, in Dr. Price’s recommendation of cod liver oil (which he encouraged limits on the use of and felt it must be complemented by land-animal-based fats such as butter oil to prevent toxicity), he never identified fermentation as a desirable property of cod liver oil. When it comes to vitamins, Price always emphasized maintaining freshness. Fermentation, generally speaking, is a method for preserving and reducing the toxicity of plant foods; Price never recommended it as a method to preserve or enhance the nutrient quality of animal-sourced foods.
Does Price-Pottenger support the theory of evolution?
Price-Pottenger acknowledges that Dr. Price was both a Christian whose faith contributed to his great sense of responsibility to serve humanity and also a firm believer in evolution as evidence of an orderly universe designed by a higher power which created man “gradually.”
Does Price-Pottenger support conspiracy theories about 5G, smart meters, and vaccines?
Price-Pottenger agrees that technological interventions (like EMF pollution or vaccines) are often problematic or comparatively ineffective ways of solving modern problems than a return to more ancestral and traditional wisdom and methods. However, we do not believe it is necessary to attribute malice or deliberate collusion against humanity in the explanations of how we’ve come to be in this situation. We believe the solutions are the same, regardless, to take individual and collective actions to restore our lives and advocate for freedom and respect for individual and cultural rights.
What is Price-Pottenger's view on coffee and chocolate?
Price-Pottenger does not think the evidence is sufficient to condemn chocolate, coffee, or other caffeinated beverages.