They were contemporaries, living and working at the same time in the same country, and focused on the same topic—tooth decay. But they took totally different paths and their contributions were worlds apart. Weston A. Price was a dentist, world traveler and humanitarian who valued what people could teach him. He lived large and his laboratory was the world. Gerald Judy Cox, a chemist, involved in all that chemistry could bring, never stepped far from his lab rats. Although he traveled in the U.S. to professional meetings, he lived in Pennsylvania for most of his life.
Dr. Weston Price was born in Canada in 1870 and graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1893. He had a busy and successful dental practice in the early part of the 20th century in Cleveland, Ohio. He was head of research for the American Dental Association and a well-regarded scholar. Price and his wife traveled the world examining the teeth and health of people living in primitive cultures. He found that people who kept to traditional diets were healthy, physically strong, good-looking, vibrant, and largely immune to tooth decay.1