Weston A. Price Foundation

Named after Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who studied the oral hygiene of pre-industrial and tribal populations in the early 1900s, the Weston A. Price Foundation advocates a host of unproven, counterintuitive, and sometimes dangerous dietary practices. Among the foundation’s dubious dietary recommendations are increasing intake of highly saturated fats like palm oil, ingesting “detoxifying clay,” drinking unpasteurized, raw milk, and an abstinence-only attitude about soy beans.

The Foundation’s “politically incorrect” dietary dictates led Dr. Stephen Barrett to offer this simple advice about the foundation in an essay on QuackWatch.com: “Steer clear of dentists who practice “holistic dentistry” or “biological dentistry” or who use or even recommend any of the dubious methods described in this article.”

Dr. Barrett continued:

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.

Not surprisingly, the foundation’s leaders have also lead the unfounded fight against high fructose corn syrup. In a 2003 essay by Linda “Mother Linda” Forristal, M.T.A. (as in Master of Tourism Administration) published by the foundation falsely implied that high fructose corn syrup contains a significantly greater quality of fructose than table sugar.

In fact, much of the HFCS in foods actually contains less fructose than table sugar (e.g. HFCS-42).