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Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition Paperback – Jun 1983

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Cancer Book House (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916764060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916764067
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This was an easy read with incredible information. The research that was done is extremely eye-opening. I'd recommend this book to everyone serious about their health and nutrition.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cf46324) out of 5 stars 46 reviews
155 of 159 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c68ad68) out of 5 stars Stay healthy Aug. 14 2001
By EDWARD DARMOHRAY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Pottenger's Cats is a classic in the science of nutrition. Dr. Pottenger discovered quite by accident that cats degenerated unless they were fed raw food. In his 10-year study of 900 cats, he found the optimal diet for his cats was 2/3 raw meat and 1/3 raw milk plus a little cod liver oil. If either the meat or the milk was cooked, the cats degenerated. And if both were cooked, the degeneration was much worse, and the cats could no longer reproduce by the third generation.
Some of the problems Pottenger found in the cats fed cooked food were: heart problems; nearsightedness and farsightedness; underactivity and inflammation of the thyroid; infections of the kidney, liver, testes, ovaries and bladder; arthritis and inflammation of the joints; inflammation of the nervous system with paralysis and meningitis. And in the third generation, some of the cats' bones became as soft as rubber. Lung problems, and bronchitis and pneumonia were also frequent. Moreover, the females became irritable and even dangerous, and the males became passive and lacked sex interest.
Do many of these conditions sound familiar? Pottenger, of course, realized that his cat studies didn't apply entirely to humans. He believed nonetheless that his findings for cats did have relevance for humans, and in his sanitarium he fed his patients much raw food, with considerable success. Weston A. Price reported in his book, "Nourishing Traditions" that all of the people's he studied worldwide included much raw food in their traditional diets and were almost entirely free of the degenerative diseases that are rampant in our junk food society, such as tooth decay, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, digestive disturbances,etc.
If you want to stay healthy, you owe it to yourself to read both Pottenger and Price. Their eye opening photographs alone will make clear to you that you need optimum nutrition if you want to be optimally healthy.
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c68adbc) out of 5 stars Eye opening April 23 2010
By Dr. LC - Published on Amazon.com
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While the study on cats is depressing (as a cat lover) I found it eye opening. It is more heart breaking because this is exactly what we have done to ourselves. We are literally starving our bodies and are falling apart. As our bodies fall apart, the medical community continues to label new diseases...so much so that a new set of diagnosis codes has to be created just to handle them and the ones they know will come in the future. As a doctor, I have seen people improve just by improving what they put in their mouths. Changing our diets to more whole foods...REAL food...makes a BIG difference! If you want to see what we are doing to ourselves and our children, this is the perfect place to start reading. Then...do something about it!
69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c68c0b4) out of 5 stars Only for cats, not for humans Jan. 25 2010
By Tom B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Careful, the nutritional information in this book tells us only about a cat's diet, not a human's diet. Pottenger conducted these studies in the 1930s. It was not known at that time that the amino acid taurine was an essential nutrient in the diet of a cat. Search for the word taurine in his book and you will not find it. By cooking the meat scraps, Pottenger destroyed the taurine. His cats therefore suffered from, and exhibited all the marks of taurine deficiency. Taurine is not one of the essential amino acids for humans, because our body can manufacture it. There is hardly any taurine in milk or cod liver oil. For more information please refer to [...] It is possible for modern cat food makers to offer canned (cooked) food and add taurine to it. As to whether or not raw meat is better for cats, I don't know, but it is a subject I am very much interested in, as it certainly seems plausible.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c68c5d0) out of 5 stars generations March 27 2012
By lr Snare - Published on Amazon.com
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what is interesting to me is that all the reviewers focused on specifics of the diet (raw vs. cooked). the real story is the generational impact of a deficient diet. arguing about taurine deficiency is really not the point and doesn't discredit the study.today the research focus is on genetics which i'm sure plays a role, but that some apparent genetic disorders could be accounted for by generational nutritional deprivation needs to be explored. it wouldn't be the first time a nutrional deficiency was mistaken for a hereditary one.whether or not people need to eat raw foods or taurine is not the take home message. what we eat, if it is nutritionally deficient, can affect our health and potentially the health of our children and grandchildren. that is huge!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c68ae7c) out of 5 stars Excellent book! Highly recommended May 14 2008
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
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Pottenger's nutrition studies of cats clearly indicate the importance of quality nutrition. They also help understand why people in our society have such problems with poor health, given the poor quality food that they consume. The book is relatively easily understandable, as long as you don't put extensive effort into trying to understand the content of the tables of data.

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