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An Ancient Diet to Restore Health, Community and Spirit

For those concerned with the decline of the standards of our civilization and the loss of vitality that seems to be afflicting the western world an understanding of the role of nutrition throughout the course of history is essential. The degenerative diseases, the:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders

... that are decimating western populations are no doubt a result of our abandonment of nourishing traditional foods for what Dr. Price called "the displacing foods of modern commerce," or grain, corn, soy, sugar and so on. But more than physical degeneration of the individual is the result, for creativity, morality and healthy reproduction are all dependent on proper nutrition. How much of our cultural, intellectual and moral decline can be credited to the radical "modern" diet that most westerners have adopted? Quite a bit Dr. Price would maintain. The pioneering work of Dr. Weston A. Price is compiled in his classic of natural medicine "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration". If you are interested in returning to the healthier diet of our ancestors, this book should be your first step along the way. But even putting the health effects aside, as it says in Nel Stemm's intriguing essay, which you can view through the link below, so much of our truly meaningful cultural events were at one time based upon food; the harvest, the feast, fasting or restricted eating, disciplined religious food choices. Modern society has been cut loose from these anchors that were so important to our ancestors, the knowledge ceased to be passed down when we gave up our responsibility to feed ourselves to big business. If we take back that responsibility we can usher in a rebirth of the community spirit that is so lacking today.

LewRockwell.com June 2, 2004

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