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Healthy Baby Initiative

How to have a baby with healthy teeth and bone structure

We affirm the beauty and worth of every child.

The purpose of this project is to support parents to have the healthiest child possible.
Health and vitality can be the norm rather than the exception.
Our actions can virtually assure it.
Every human being matters.
We all matter, totally irrespective of our condition or physical health or beauty.
May we insure vitality in the human family.

Photo © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist from Canada, traveled around the world for a period of ten years during the 1930s to study the dental structures of native people around the globe. Dr. Price focused on isolated native populations, including villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, Eskimos and Indians of North America, Polynesian South Sea Islanders, Various African tribes, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South Africa.

Dr. Price found that in every instance, people of these isolated populations consuming traditional diets were absolutely beautiful, with strong, straight bone structures, and straight teeth without decay. He also noted their resistance to disease and fine character that were typical of the people from those villages. Above is a photo from Alaska, in a remote village, and here he found a very high degree of health among the natives.  He described a woman’s teeth as virtually two rows of pearls.

When Dr. Price analyzed the diets of these healthy, isolated populations, he found that their food provided at least four times the water-soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least ten times the fat soluble vitamins from animal foods such as butter, fish, eggs, shellfish and organ meats when compared to the common “modernized” foods of the 1930s and ‘40s. He noted that the babies of villagers were very strong and sturdy.  They were curious and alert. 

Dr. Price observed in many of these cultures that the babies rarely cried, and only so upon hurting themselves. It reminds us of a letter we got recently from a woman at Oriental Health Solutions (OHS) who had been on this type of diet when she was pregnant. She gave birth to the most beautiful baby (see right).  He had a big, round, fat face and very apparently strong bone structure from day one. The mother said that the baby rarely cried, and was in a quiet, alert state for most of the time, starting with his first day of life.

In the 1940s, Dr. Francis Pottenger became acquainted with Dr. Price. Dr. Pottenger became famous through his “cat study” (Copies can be ordered from His research study followed several generations of cats on various diets. He observed changes in their behavior, prevalence of sterility, arthritis, skeletal deformities and allergies.

Some cat groups received condensed milk, powdered milk and other processed foods that are not part of a typical cat diet. These poorly fed cats couldn’t reproduce after the third generation, and also exhibited diseases similar to that of the modern human: dental deformities requiring orthodontia, skeletal frailty, antisocial behavior and a variety of degenerative disorders. The healthiest cats were those that followed a traditional diet of raw meats and raw dairy products. They exhibited straight teeth, normal fertility and behavior.

During his travels Dr. Price found that those natives who still ate their customary natural foods –whether primarily fish, meat or vegetable –showed broad facial structures, a “perfection” to their dental arches and virtually no tooth decay; while those who had been exposed to a “civilized diet” based on refined white sugar, white flour, canned and packaged foods showed narrowing of their faces, crowding of their teeth and a high incidence of cavities. They also suffered increasing susceptibility to tuberculosis and other degenerative diseases.

Dr Price’s greatest concern was for the children born to the parents who had “modernized” their diet. These children lost the facial characteristics of their ancestors. 

They had more narrow faces with teeth that were crowding the jaw, overbites, underbites, and facial deformities. This pattern repeated itself over and over again—excellent facial structure in the parents brought up on a traditional diet, compromised facial structure in the children born after the parents changed their diets.

Dr. Price visited villages that had access to so-called civilized foods. In these villages he found stores selling foods that one would find in our modern grocery stores: sugar, white flour, jams and jellies, canned condensed milk, canned foods and vegetable oils.

The longer a store selling processed foods had been near the village, the more children exhibited dental deformities. The teeth of these children came in overlapping, crowded and crooked.  Their faces were narrower and almost had a triangular shape when compared to those of the “primitive” children he had seen in areas where people had continued with their traditional diets.

Photos © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

These are Seminole Indians (left) living in the Florida Everglades.  Dr. Price had to wait patiently for a couple weeks before they finally let him count cavities (or lack thereof). Fortunately, they allowed him to take photographs and capture these beautiful faces. Notice the expression of nobility on each face.

We have a genetic blueprint for the expression of our physical structure. Whether or not this genetic code can express itself fully depends on the building materials - our food - that we consume. If we don’t have access to good building materials, or if we are trying to save money and use sub-standard materials, the body does the best it can but it cannot build exactly according to the blueprint. Not only will the framework - the skeleton—be more narrow, but the plumbing and the wiring –nervous system, blood vessels, etc - will be compromised as well.

The Seminole Indians lived mostly on animal foods—fish, birds, reptiles and game.  Surprisingly, the game in tropical climates contains a lot of fat. Let’s compare the beautiful Seminole Indian princess in the upper right hand corner of the above photo with the one directly to the right. This woman was from the same tribe as those above but was born after her parents changed their diet. 

Photos © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

There’s a severe narrowing of her face and crowding of her teeth.  She doesn’t look like her ancestors. This is not a genetic problem.  It is a nutritional one.  It shows up almost immediately in the next generation when the diet changes.
These photographs were taken on an island that had been untouched by western civilization. Can you imagine getting off a boat and finding a population where everybody looked this healthy?

There is no question that faces of this type have disappeared.  And these are the faces of teenagers - look how happy and optimistic they appear - expressions our teenagers of today do not usually possess.

Photos © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

The woman in the upper right photo (left) was 90 years old. Dr. Price commented on the fact that that he found many old people in these communities. Often they lived in special enclaves for the elderly, and ate special foods that were especially reserved for them. 

On another neighboring island, where there were trading posts or missions, Dr. Price found a very different situation.  He saw an immense amount of suffering from tooth decay, as well as all of the White man’s diseases, from TB to cancer. Along with those physical changes he noted behavioral changes as well. These included violence, depression, and anxiety.

Photos © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

Below are two pairs of Samoan siblings. The older children, above, were born when the parents were on traditional foods and the younger siblings, below, were born after the parents changed their diet. You can see the change and it is not hereditary! The younger and weaker brothers don’t look anything like their older siblings.

This photograph below illustrates perfectly the change in facial structure that occurs when people start to eat modern foods.  These two boys belong to the same tribe and have similar genetics, but the boy on the right has excellent facial structure, while the boy on the left shows elongation of his face and a narrow palate.

Here at Oriental Health Solutions, we have made similar observations that children born while under our care have broader facial structures and stronger constitutions compared to their older siblings.

Photos © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

To the right is a typical American beauty, the type of face we saw very frequently in the 1940’s. She ate foods we’re all familiar with: raw Jersey cow milk from pastured cows, a lot of seafood including fish eggs, meats such as beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Chicken broth was an important part of her diet, as well as fresh vegetables and fruit. 

This is what today’s children look like. Most teenagers need braces to straighten their teeth. They commonly don’t have space for their wisdom teeth. They are plagued with cavities, allergies, asthma, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and autism which now occurs in 1 out of 160 children in the U.S. and Great Britain (as of 2006).

Twenty years ago autism occurred in 1 in 10,000 children.

Photos © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

Narrow faces have become so commonplace that we see them everywhere, even in today’s magazines. Most of us belong in this category.

While we cannot go back and change our already-formed bone structure, we can restore our health with the same kind of diet that promotes good bone structure in the next generation, regardless of our early nutritional deficiencies!

This is our goal: Healthy children who give joy!  It is possible for us to ensure that every child born today is born with his or her birthright for full genetic expression.

At OHS, we present the fundamentals of healthy diets coupled with the teachings of Oriental medical food therapy so you can join us in returning nutrient-dense foods to American tables and ensuring health and wellness in the next generation.

Photo © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

During her pregnancy, the mother of this 2 day-old baby boy below ate an all organic homemade diet, cod liver oil, bone broth, raw milk, local eggs and meat from pastured animals, fermented foods and very little sugar. Notice the size of the baby’s ears, how flat his ears are against his head, the detached lobes, the narrow mouth and wide nostrils - all signs of a strong constitution. When visiting him and his mother 4 days after his birth, both were well rested and quite at ease.

He rarely cries and is a very happy baby. The mother’s labor was well under four hours, and this was her first baby. That’s vitality!

Acknowledgements: We would like to thank Sally Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation for her tireless efforts. We would like to thank the Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation for letting us use their photos on our website. We would like to thank Ken Morehead for writing the introductory poem. Thanks to Fang Cai for editing this document.
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