documented the decline in health among dozens of people groups who once subsisted on a traditional diet (all of which were vastly different by the way-- some were meat-based, others were primarily vegetarian, and most were a mixture of meat and plants). What he found was that dental malformities, decay, and decline in health set in as soon as processed foods were introduced, and these health woes were reversed when a traditional diet was restored.
So what does this mean to you? If you're like me, I am not interested in giving up the comforts of modern living and returning to "the bush" just to be healthy. So instead, I do the best I can with eating real, whole foods plus a healthy lifestyle to prevent disease and reverse illness. But as a Nutritional Consultant, I understand that even if we ate the same foods as our ancestors did, we would not enjoy the same health benefits because foods have changed due to soil depletion and genetic modification. In fact, we would have to eat massive quantities of foods to receive the same nutritional values that our grandparents enjoyed.
Blah, blah, blah! You've heard this before, right? Some people have asked me why we are not all dead or starving if our foods are so nutritionally bankrupt. Well, I believe that we ARE suffering from starvation, ultimately leading to death. Because we have become conditioned to believe that disease is normal, we forget that long ago, people died of old age after they had lived long, ripe lives. They did not die from disease. And to top it off, modern medicine denies that disease is related to nutrition, so pharmaceuticals are used to mask symptoms vs. addressing the root cause. I think Dr. Royal Lee stated it best: