The Pottenger Cat Study, conducted between 1932 and 1942, was the first clinical report dealing with the process of intergenerational degradation resulting from a deficient diet.
The study used approximately nine hundred cats, divided into two control groups. One control group of cats was fed a raw food diet including raw meat, raw milk, and cod liver oil. The other control group was put on a deficient diet. The health of the first, second, third, and fourth generation of all cats was studied, with a focus on their immunity, potency, and fertility.
The results were stunning. Those cats on the deficient diets could not produce a fourth generation, and the first generation already showed the first signs of degradation, such as heart problems, underactive thyroid and bladder, arthritis, inflammation of the nervous system, and various infections. Second and third generations of cats on the deficient diet also suffered from an acceleration of these symptoms and showed a general decrease in the health of reproductive organs.
Males showed a failure in active spermatogenesis (meaning they had low sperm count and weak sperm). Miscarriages accounted for up to seventy percent in second-generation deficient cats. Skin allergies were frequent and got worse with each subsequent generation. The third generation cats were so deficient that none survived beyond the sixth month. Needless to say, there was no fourth generation of deficient cats.
In contrast, those cats that were given raw food ("normal cats") were healthy in all generations. Their internal organs were fully developed, and the immune systems of all four generations of these cats were fully intact, with no signs of infections or allergies. They reproduced one homogeneous generation after another, all in good health.
It's interesting to note that when the second generation of "deficient cats" was put back on a raw food diet, some of the deficiency-related symptoms, such as allergies, diminished and by the fourth generation some cats had fully restored immune systems.
There also seemed to be a general connection between hypothyroidism (low thyroid) and male sterility. Eighty-three percent of male "deficienl" cats in the second generation were sterile. Fifty-three percent of second-generation female "deficient" cats showed under-developed ovaries.
According to a Kellogg Report by Joseph Beasley, M.D. and Jerry Swift, M.A., forty-four percent of thirty million couples surveyed in the United States in 1980 with a woman of childbearing age were unable to have children. In 1965, there were 482,000 couples with a wife younger than thirty who were classified as infertile. By 1976, the number of infertile couples rose to 920,000. Among black couples (ages twenty to twenty-four), the proportion of infertile couples went up from three percent to fifteen percent in the eleven-year span from 1965-1976.
Dr. Pottenger theorized that there are similarities between malformations found in animals and those found in humans.
My points here are that:
1.1 firmly believe there is indeed a direct connection between diet, health, sexual performance, and fertility for both men and women.
2. The lack of raw foods, live nutrients, and enzymes in the typical American diet makes it a deficient diet, which causes unpleasant symptoms as well as health maladies.
I believe, furthermore, that the Pottenger Cat Study throws significant light on what may be contributing to the acceleration of immunodeficiency and chronic diseases in our culture, such as cancer, hypothyroidism, sterility, hyperactivity, and depression.
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