Pottenger’s Cats: Nutritional Lessons For Your Children’s Dental-Facial Growth

August 12, 2013
414 Views

Lessons From Pottenger’s Cats

“If proper nutrition and exercise are absent when facial structures are developing, dentition always suffers. The kitten kept on a deficient diet for 10 months has an inadequate jaw with crowded, irregular and poorly aligned teeth.” Dr. Francis Pottenger, Jr., MD, author of Pottenger’s Cats Studies. (Pottenger’s Cats, Price-Pottenger Foundation, 1983)

Poor dento-facial development is “one of the earliest defects noticed in the cats on cooked food.” (p. 41) Dr. Pottentger’s studies showed that nutritional injuries can be passed down from one generation to the next with increasing severity.

Is your child on the receiving end of nutritional injuries from up the family tree? Pottenger’s Cats have lessons for all parents and doctors.

Francis Pottenger, MD, wanted to produce high potency adrenal extracts. That meant growing healthier cats. By accident, he found the cats fed a raw meat diet had much more potent adrenals than those fed cooked meats prepared for human consumption. He studied 2 groups of 900 cats over 10 years, and his findings have useful implications for humans.

Both groups were given vitamins, cod liver oil, and given access to outdoors. The control group was fed a optimal (native) diet of raw meat and raw milk.

Lessons from Pottengers Cats Children Nutrition

The experimental group was fed a diet of cooked meat and pasteurized milk. They are called Deficient Cats because of the resulting health deficiencies. “Adults cats placed on cooked meat or pasteurized milk diet begin to show unhealthy condition in their mouths within 3-6 months.” (p. 22)

Selective findings from Dr. Pottenger’s Deficient Cats fed food altered by heat:

  • Bad teeth alignment and poor occlusion (p. 41)
  • Poor bone mineralization: calcium content of bone ranges from 12-17% in the first deficient generation to 1.5-3 % in the third generation
  • Milk produced by a deficient mother lacks the nutrients necessary for her kittens’ normal growth and development.

“On the other hand, if such deficient kittens are given adequate feedings during the nursing period, much can be done to improve their general condition.” (p.42)

 
Raw Meat Group Cooked Meat Group
Prominent Cheek Bones Longer and narrower face in Gen2 & 3
Broad Dental Arches Retruded mid-face, underbite, overbite
Teeth regular in size and alignment Crowded & Twisted Teeth, Malocclusion
Gregarious, Friendly, Playful Irritable, nervous, dangerous
Distinct Male & Female Traits Aggressive females & docile males
Normal sexual interest and pattern Sexual disinterest or perversion
Strong resistance to parasites Frequent allergies and skin lesions
Efficient child birth with no delivery complications 25-75% higher aborted pregnancy + difficulty with delivery causing many maternal deaths so there was no 4th generation
Mother cat stays healthy after delivery Maternal health declines toward death
Newborn average weight = 119 grams Newborn average weight = 100 grams
Head size stays the same from one gen to the next Smaller skulls in G2 and G3 kittens
Well-developed normal cat can be maintained in health if given thyroid and adrenals Does not become a normal cat even if given intense therapy

(Source: Pottenger’s Cats, by Francis Marion Pottenter, Jr., MD, Price-Pottenger Foundation, 1983)

Dr. Pottenger’s study on raw milk compared to pasteurized milk showed the same result as raw meat versus cooked meat. “The cats fed pasteurized milk as the principal item of their diet show skeletal changes, lessened reproductive efficiency, and their kittens present progressive constitutional and respiratory problems as is evidenced in the first second and third generation deficient cats eating cooked meat. (p.15)

For Dr. Felix, the take-home lessons provided by Pottenger’s Cats are:

  1. Some nutrients called “freshness factor” in some foods are heat sensitive.
  2. Nutritional injuries, including dental-facial deformities, hormonal imbalances, allergies, and behavioral changes, can come from loss of the “freshness factor”
  3. Nutritional injuries first shows up in the mouth and dental-facial misalignment
  4. Nutritional injuries can be passed down to the next generations to cause increased dental and systemic complications
  5. Nutritional injuries and their dental-systemic complications are compounded down the second and third generations, and reversal takes much longer and often is not complete

Do you have ancestors who had a life time of refined processed foods? Do you have crowded teeth or history of orthodontic braces? Now you can understand why your child has crowded or crooked teeth.
EggsCatsPost

Knowing WHY gives us a shot at sensible natural solutions. Dr Pottenger concluded, “The first step in giving a person the right nutrition is to make him able to eat the right foods in sufficient quantify. This depends on the adequacy of his facial development, the strength of his muscles, and the shape of his masticating (chewing) bones.”

Parents: do not feel guilty that your child does not have perfectly straight teeth. There are many factors, including some that are beyond your control. There is a way to fit your child’s teeth back into the Whole Health puzzle. The first step is to take in the lessons from Pottenger’s Cats

Dr. Felix discusses Pottenger’s findings and how they pertain to children’s health during his webinar on September 19, 2013. Click here for more details and to sign up for this webinar on our events page.

Recent Blogs

Why Are My Teeth Falling Out All Of A Sudden?

Feb 29, 2024

Some people can hear a tiny pop while chewing, and their tooth just drops out on their palms. It’s not a scenario anybody would like to experience. Although teeth falling out suddenly can catch you off-guard, it’s not the right time to panic. Stay calm and visit your dentist to rule out the right cause. […]

147 Views Read more

Can Bad Oral Hygiene Cause Stomach Problems

Feb 15, 2024

When you don’t brush and floss regularly, these bacteria feast on the leftover food. They produce acids that can erode your tooth enamel, causing cavities, inflammation, and potential gum disease. Anything from your mouth can easily access and enter your gut. What Are the Signs of Poor Oral Hygiene? Symptoms of bad oral hygiene are […]

2149 Views Read more

How To Stop Grinding Teeth At Night Without A Mouthguard?

Jan 30, 2024

Do you often wake up with dental pain after catching some z’s at night? This nighttime tooth grind-fest is technically known as bruxism. It mostly happens due to stress and anxiety. However, it is not only emotions, sometimes it has more to do with how your jaw is wired. Ways to Stop Grinding Teeth at […]

1480 Views Read more

How to Keep the Mouth Closed While Sleeping?

Jan 15, 2024

It might not be a big feat for you to breathe through your nostrils while you sleep. However, some people can strive for it. It is not only an unpleasant sight but also causes various health problems. Keeping your mouth open during sleep causes your tongue to roll backward, blocking your airway passage. Why Is […]

3001 Views Read more

Benefits of Seeing an Airway Mouth Doctor

Dec 30, 2023

Dentistry might not even cross your mind when you hear the term sleep Apnea. This disorder can seem harmless. However, it can trigger problems like lack of concentration, dizziness, and zoning out during work. Etc. Therefore, fixing your airway problems can enhance your overall quality of life. Airway Dentistry Airway dentistry is as real as […]

1267 Views Read more

Can Teeth Grinding Change Face Shape?

Dec 15, 2023

Teeth grinding is called Bruxism in the dentistry world. Have you ever noticed bodybuilding athletes, how do they crazily exercise to get that bulky body? Your jaw is also a muscle, when you keep gritting and tensing up your muscles, it can start looking heavy. Does Grinding Your Teeth Affect Your Face? When you have […]

1971 Views Read more

Treatment for Crowded Teeth without Extraction

Nov 30, 2023

During teeth eruption, just when teeth are making their way out of your gum line, adjust into whatever spot they find vacant. But aren’t they supposed to erupt in a line? This happens when a jaw is too small to accommodate an array of teeth. Teeth crowding can happen in both the upper and lower […]

1761 Views Read more

Can Tongue Thrust Be Corrected in Adults

Nov 15, 2023

Are you familiar with the phrase” old habits die hard”? As you approach adulthood, your habits grow old with you and strengthen with time. Tongue thrust is one of them, to address it among adults. It needs an intense therapeutic plan paired with dedication and patience. However, considering rewards like improved speech clarity and enhanced […]

1136 Views Read more

Why Does My Jaw Pop Every Time I Open My Mouth?

Oct 30, 2023

Have you ever noticed a weird “pop” or “click” sound coming from your mouth every time you open it? Be it when you’re yawning or taking a big bite of your sandwich, a sudden pop can make you freeze in your tracks. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people face the same problem, asking […]

2657 Views Read more

Can You Chew Gum if You Have Braces?

Oct 15, 2023

Dental braces can sometimes feel like a prison designed specifically for your pearly whites. Sure, it promises to better your teeth by aligning them and getting them in shape, but that doesn’t always translate well for your teeth. The metal wires aren’t just constricting, but they also lead to lots of pain and restrictions over […]

2110 Views Read more
Skip to content