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

August 12, 2013

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.

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.

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