Revisiting an Old But Important Study

How deep do these consequences reach? Is it possible that our poor diet standards are reaching past our own generation and into the next few generations as well. Is it likely that what we put in our bodies will make it more difficult for our children to live healthy and vital lives?

Back in 1942 a researcher named Dr. Pottenger concluded the first study that evaluated the impact of our modern, processed-food diet on the health of an organism throughout multiple generations. This ten year study that was performed on cats came to be known as the Pottenger Cat Study and has enjoyed near celebrity status among practitioners of the holistic science while being completely ignored by conventional medicine.

In this study, Dr. Pottenger took 900 cats and divided them into two groups. The first group was fed a whole-food diet which was comprised of raw meat, raw milk and supplemented with cod liver oil. The control group was fed an identical diet with one exception, the food was cooked and/or pasteurized mimicing the processed, enzyme-poor diet of modern society. Throughout the course of the ten year study the health of the first, second, third and fourth generations of cats was monitored with a focus on potency, fertility and immune function. The results were nothing short of astounding:

1. The first generation who were fed the cooked diet were already beginning to show signs of degeneration including heart problems, poor thyroid function, arthritis, inflammation, infection and bladder problems.

2. These health problems continued through the second and third generation of cats and were magnified with each generation.

3. Second generation started to show signs of skin problems which worsened with each generation.

4. The second and third generation were showing signs of infertility. By the second generation, 70% of attempted births resulted in miscarriages.

5. 83% of the second generation male cats were nearly completely infertile. 53% of the female cats in the second generation had underdeveloped ovaries.

6. None of the cats in the third generation survived past 6 months.

7. “Deficient” cats that were then put on a raw diet showed signs of significant improvement.

This study shows just how important a raw food diet can be to our health. Ask yourself, when was the last time that you really ate a diet full of colorful and raw fruits and vegetables? This study should be an eye opener to just how vital diet is to health and vitality.

Not long ago, I wandered upon a book in the book store by Dr. Hiroma Shinya, the physician who discovered the colonoscopy technique that is so widely used as a screening tool today. Although colon cancer is mentioned numerous times throughout the book, Dr. Shinya dedicated the book to the impact of raw foods on overall health. In his career he has had the opportunity to look at the colons of thousands of people, some who enjoyed good health and others who were not so lucky, suffering with a multitude of diseases. Throughout his career he determined that he could determine the general health of the person by looking at the health of their digestive tract. People who have diseased digestive tracts have a tendency to have diseased bodies. He goes on to discuss a theory about how a raw, healthy diet can promote overall health. He speaks about vital and delicate enzymes found in food that play integral roles in the repair and regeneration of the body. He theorize that a yet undiscovered enzyme building block exists in food that the body uses to produce all enzymes in the body responsible for repair and regeneration and the processing of this food leads to a destruction of this universal enzyme building block. The result is a widespread deficiency in repair and regeneration enzymes responsible for keeping the body in tip top shape. This finding would confirm the research performed by Dr. Pottenger.

So, how do we use the results?

1. Purchase the book The Enzyme Factor by Dr. Hiromi Shinya and read it. He provides guidelines that help us to load our body with the health promoting universal enzyme building block.

2. Try to eat 80% of your diet as raw, uncooked foods!

3. Use digestive enzymes such as Tyler Similase whenever you eat cooked or processed food. By using digestive enzymes with your meals you will take some of the strain off of the pancreas and leave more building blocks for the metabolic enzymes responsible for repair and regeneration.

4. Promote this healthy diet to your children and grandchildren!

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