Tuesday, August 03, 2010
The Health Ranger, Mike Adams posted an article titled
It concerns the "genetic collapse" that appears to be happening especially in the industrialized Western world. This is characterized by decreasing fertility, chronic degenerative diseases, cancer etc. He quotes from a Georgetown University Medical Center study that was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting. The study investigated the risk of contracting cancer in rats fed a diet of "junk food". The astonishing conclusion was that the increased risk was transmitted to two succeeding generations of rats. In other words, if the rats were fed the junk food diet not only were they more likely to get cancer but their children and grandchildren also inherited an increased risk. What is worse is that the grandchildren remained just as susceptible to the increased risk of cancer even if the parents (i.e. the children of the first group of rats on the the junk food diet) were fed a good diet. The diet appears to cause an epi-genetic change in how one's genes function or express which is passed on for at least two generations.
That study reminded me of Dr. Pottinger's cat experiments a summary of which, I have copied below. His experiments showed that cats that were fed a poor diet of cooked and de-vitalized foods were unable to reproduce after the third generation. The third generation was either sterile or their offspring were either stillborn or died soon after birth.
We are now living in the fourth generation of people who have been raised on modern industrialized food. While there are many factors that could also be involved, e.g. injected toxins, environmental toxins, environmental estrogens, etc.)
The problems that de-natured foods cause have been known for decades and were documented by Dr. Weston Price and experimentally proven by Dr. Pottinger.
If you are having chronic health problems talk to you chiropractor, get off of junk food and on to a whole food, natural diet, including whole food supplements and lots of raw organic fruits and vegetables. If you still think that your diet is not contributing to your problems, read this article and watch the following video.
This is the story of Dr. Pottinger's famous cat study this is taken from Peter Glickman's Raw Food Site.
Pottenger’s Cats and raw food
by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD
From 1932 to 1942, Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger,
Jr. (frequently misspelled Pottinger) conducted an experiment
to determine the effects of heat-processed food on
This ten-year cat study was prompted by the
high death rate among his laboratory cats undergoing operations
to remove their adrenal glands. At that time, there
were no chemical procedures to measure the
strength of adrenal extract. So, manufacturers
used cats. Cats die without their adrenal
glands. So, the amount of extract the cats needed
to keep them alive allowed the manufacturers to calibrate
the strength of their product.
Dr. Pottenger fed his cats a diet of raw milk,
cod liver oil and cooked meat scraps, which included liver,
tripe, sweetbreads, brains, heart and muscle. This was
considered the optimum diet.
Concerned with the cats poor postoperative
survival, Dr. Pottenger noticed the cats showed a decrease
in their reproductive capacity and many of the kittens born
in the laboratory had skeletal deformities and
By a quirk of fate, since the number of cats
donated by his neighbors in Monrovia, California kept increasing,
he couldn’t handle the demand for cooked meat scraps.
So, he ordered raw meat scraps from a local meat
packing plant, including the viscera, muscle
and bone. Always a scientist, Dr. Pottenger fed
these raw meat scraps to a segregated group of
cats so that he could observe any change. Within
a few months, this group appeared healthier, their kittens
more vigorous, and they had a higher survival rate after
The contrast between the two sets of cats was
so startling, it prompted Dr. Pottenger to perform a
controlled experiment to verify these facts scientifically.
The experiment included 900 cats over four
generations and was well documented by Dr. Pottenger. The
cats were divided into five groups. All the groups were
supplied the same basic minimal diet, but the major
portion of the diets were varied. Two of the
groups were fed whole foods (raw milk and meat –
real foods for cats). The other three groups
were given processed foods: pasteurized, evaporated
and condensed milk.
All four generations of the raw meat and raw
milk groups remained healthy throughout their normal lifespans.
The first generation of all three processed food groups
developed diseases and illnesses near the end of
their lives. The second generation of all three
processed food groups developed diseases and
illnesses in the middle of their lives. The third generation
of all three processed food groups developed diseases and
illnesses in the beginning of their lives and many
died before six months of age. There was no fourth
generation in any of the three processed food
groups. Either the third generation parents were
sterile or the fourth generation cats died before
birth! Remember, all four generations of the raw food groups
were healthy throughout their normal lifespans.
As for applying his results to human nutrition,
Dr. Pottenger said, “While no attempt will be made
to correlate the changes in the animals studied with
malformations found in humans, the similarity is
so obvious that parallel pictures will suggest
Does this give you an understanding of why so
many children are now developing cancer? Why there were
no fertility clinics 30 years ago?
There is no similar experiment in medical
literature. The findings were supervised by Dr. Pottenger
along with Dr. Alvin Foord, professor of pathology at the
University of Southern California and pathologist
at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.
These studies met the most rigorous scientific
standards of their day.
For the Pottinger's Cat video, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPCOGSnjP5w