Primal Nutrition: Paleolithic and Ancestral Diets for Optimal Health
Ron Schmid, ND.
The human body’s innate mechanisms for healing and immunity extend beyond mending of cuts and broken bones or recovery from colds and flu. Given the foods we evolved to thrive on, foods our ancestors knew well, the body can naturally prevent and overcome a host of degenerative conditions and chronic illnesses, from allergies, eczema and arthritis to dental caries, heart attack and even cancer.
Drawing on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, Dr. Francis Pottenger, Jr., and other nutritional health pioneers, Dr. Ron Schmid demonstrates that the strongest and most disease-resistant indigenous cultures around the world lived on whole, natural foods – seafood, wild game, healthy grassfed domestic animals, and, in some cases, whole grains and raw dairy. He explores how modern refined diets differ from ancestral ones, the dramatic declines in health seen in indigenous cultures that adopt modern diets and steps you can take to build health with traditional foods. He observes that the foods considered essential and “sacred” in native cultures – the foods around which rituals and ceremonies evolved and that were emphasized prior to and during pregnancy – were invariably animal-source foods such as seafood, liver and raw-milk products, thus underscoring the importance of these foods to overall health and immunity, a fact that modern nutritional science has overwhelmingly proved true.
Blending wisdom of traditional eating patterns with modern scientific knowledge, Dr. Schmid explains how to apply these principals to create a commonsense primal diet, tailored to your specific needs, to rebuild health and improve longevity.
RONALD F. SCHMID, ND, a licensed naturopathic physician, is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has taught at all four accredited naturopathic medicine schools in the United States and is the former clinic director and chief medical officer at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is the author of The Untold Story of Milk. Dr. Schmid lives with his wife, Ellen, in Watertown, Connecticut.