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Re: Soke's Diet

Subject: Re: Soke's Diet
by Philip on 2008/5/9 3:49:10

I can understand the datum so the long version is quite fine by me.
I do challenge his premises and your claims as to the scope of the problems presented. Malnutrition does cause problems, no duh. Processed foods are both a bane and a boon. A bane if prodeuced with added yuck, over used, or used as the basis for a diet. A boon if you don'y have access to ready foods, need food in an emergency or need to transport foods over long distance, or store for an emergencie for long periods of time, or need specific nutrients not availiable or...

Political instabilities and famine are more the cause of malnutrition in the countries he studied than a change to the western diet. The fact that folks had recieved western foods is a result of a new thing called "aid".
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryR ... dTopics/holisticdent.html
Wait here is a passage:

Much of "holistic dentistry" is rooted in the activities of Weston A. Price, D.D.S. (1870-1948), a dentist who maintained that sugar causes not only tooth decay but physical, mental, moral, and social decay as well. Price made a whirlwind tour of primitive areas, examined the natives superficially, and jumped to simplistic conclusions. While extolling their health, he ignored their short life expectancy and high rates of infant mortality, endemic diseases, and malnutrition. While praising their diets for not producing cavities, he ignored the fact that malnourished people don't usually get many cavities.

Price knew that when primitive people were exposed to "modern" civilization they developed dental trouble and higher rates of various diseases, but he failed to realize why. Most were used to "feast or famine" eating. When large amounts of sweets were suddenly made available, they overindulged. Ignorant of the value of balancing their diets, they also ingested too much fatty and salty food. Their problems were not caused by eating "civilized" food but by abusing it. In addition to dietary excesses, the increased disease rates were due to: (a) exposure to unfamiliar germs, to which they were not resistant; (b) the drastic change in their way of life as they gave up strenuous physical activities such as hunting; and (c) alcohol abuse.

Price also performed poorly designed studies that led him to conclude that teeth treated with root canal therapy leaked bacteria or bacterial toxins into the body, causing arthritis and many other diseases. This "focal infection" theory led to needless extraction of millions of endodontically treated teeth until well-designed studies, conducted during the 1930s, demonstrated that the theory was not valid [1,2]

So when your done getting your mega vitiamins/ and watching out for soy products (see http://www.westonaprice.org/) show me the science. I'll await your points on quality of life issues(I'm sure everyday is a struggle in front of your computer), but you might need to get out of Texas and actually see the mechanisms/causes for a poor quality of life and concerns of people who are struggling for any quality of life starting with access to basic foodstuffs.

p.s. I kinda take umbrage at your use of terms which belittle people. Whats up with "white man" and "primitive"? "Natives?"
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