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Over the last 65 days, we’ve been on a journey together covering nutrition from an ancestral, whole foods perspective. Now that we’re at the end of our Thrive in 65 journey—and we excitedly welcome spring—Price-Pottenger wants to ensure that you have all of the resources you could need for supporting your ongoing wellness journey.
But first, what is the focus of our nonprofit organization?
About the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
Originally created as the Santa Barbara Medical Research Foundation, it was renamed the Weston A. Price Memorial Foundation in 1965. In 1972, we added Francis M. Pottenger, Jr.’s name to the organization, and it became the Price-Pottenger Foundation. Today, we are the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
Weston A. Price, DDS, was a dentist from the Midwest who, in the 1930s, went on a now-famous quest to isolated cultures to explore the roots of nutritional health. His study of people who were eating their traditional diets, untouched by modern food processing, uncovered the reality that refined foods like white flour and white sugar were responsible for the modern degenerative disease epidemic. If people returned to the whole, nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods of their ancestors, it would dramatically change the future trajectory of their health, including of the next generations.
Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD, became a doctor like his father, who had founded a sanatorium to help people recover from tuberculosis. Pottenger followed in his father’s footsteps as a doctor, turning his focus to pediatric allergies in medical school. His work eventually led to the groundbreaking understanding of just how powerful nutrients could be at influencing epigenetic changes both within a person’s lifetime and in the generations that followed. He conducted much of his research with cats, experimenting with raw and cooked food diets, but also put his nutritional theories to work in his adolescent patients. He would turn around the health of children simply by feeding them nutrient-dense diets and giving them ample time to play outside and experience the wide-ranging activities that would be normal for children.
Both Price and Pottenger discovered, separately, that nutrient-dense food is the key to health. There are no shortcuts, and modern society is suffering from health epidemics because science has tried to subvert nature’s wisdom by making foods faster, cheaper, and more refined.
The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation exists to preserve the work of these and other nutritional pioneers but also to help put their findings into practice today. Through our Journal, our research archives, and various other educational resources, we strive to support abundant health by combining scientific knowledge with the wisdom of traditional nutrition.
How & Where to Find Natural Health Practitioners
Many times throughout our Thrive in 65 series we referenced working with a practitioner to determine your individualized dietary and nutrient needs. There are many types of natural health practitioners. These include naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, chiropractors, traditional naturopaths, health coaches, herbalists, acupuncturists, and more.
You can find practitioners in your area through our Professional Membership Directory, which is a network of healthcare providers who ascribe to the nutritional wisdom and approach of Price and Pottenger.
More Resources for Your Wellness Journey
If you have enjoyed the Thrive in 65 journey of daily blog posts, your learning doesn’t have to end there! You will always be able to access every post in the Thrive in 65 series here. You can also read more articles on our blog. Members of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation also have access to hundreds of journal articles, spanning decades of Journal issues and including book reviews, book excerpts, recipes, news briefs, interviews with experts, and much more.
We also have an online store that stocks resources that we find to be helpful and in line with the nutritional approaches of Price and Pottenger. We have books, DVDs, and other learning materials available, as well as an entire course library from expert practitioners.
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