At Selene River Press, our goal is to support the public in applying holistic nutrition to their daily lives. For health practitioners, that means educational and training materials in the art and science of nutrition therapeutics. And for patients, it means a wide selection of books and media that support a self-health approach to diet and lifestyle.
SRP has been the leader in holistic nutrition education for over 30 years. Helping readers get beyond fads and miracle diets, we battle misinformation with nutrition’s original principles, as revealed by the field’s first pioneering researchers.
Led by the prescient Dr. Royal Lee, they showed that most types of degenerative illness are the result of malnutrition at the hand of synthetic foods and weak, sterilized soils. The simple truth that whole, unprocessed foods are the foundation of good health, demonstrated so clearly in the early 1900s, was largely forgotten as industrial foods replaced real foods in America.
Dr. Lee warned that the consumption of these deficient foods would make each generation progressively weaker—predicting, accurately, the kind of widespread illness we see today.
Whole foods are the foundation of good health. This is our guiding philosophy, and it rests upon the following foundational principles of Dr. Lee:
Healthy food can only be produced from healthy soil. Whole, unadulterated food is paramount for good health. However, it is also critical that plant and animal food be organically raised on healthy soil—rich in trace minerals, mycorrhizal fungi, and other factors critical for health, unlike most highly deficient conventional foods.
The effects of malnutrition are passed on to future generations. In the 1930s, Drs. Weston A. Price and Francis M. Pottenger Jr., proved that malnutrition does not just damage the health of the individual—it damages the health of future generations as well. Classical geneticists scoffed at this idea for decades, until the new science of epigenetics roundly confirmed the reality of “inherited malnutrition.”
Dietary supplements must also be made from whole food. Thanks to food processing and poor soils, most Americans would benefit greatly from supplementing their diet with concentrated nutrition. But just as the food we eat must be whole, so must the supplements we take. Only vitamins as found in food—whole and intact—can truly nourish the body. Antioxidants and synthetic, isolated vitamin fractions are not nutrients.
Vitamins are functional complexes, not single chemicals. The functional mechanism in vitamins includes all the synergistic components found in whole foods. These components—fatty acids, proteins, enzymes, trace minerals, and phytochemicals—work synergistically to produce a vitamin effect. For example: No one part of a watch records the time. Only the entire functioning mechanism produces a time-keeping instrument.
The autoimmune process is an integral end phase of the disease process, secondary to malnutrition, infection, and inflammation. Degradation of ill-nourished tissue results in excess nucleic acids leaking from the tissue into the blood. The immune system sees those nucleic acids as foreign proteins and creates auto-antibodies to destroy them. The auto-antibodies then attack the tissues containing those nucleic acids.
The editorial staff at SRP strives to apply Dr. Lee’s philosophy, one that spans more than ninety years, to all we do. We select our authors, books, media, and other resources based on this real-life know-how.
Moreover, at the SRP Historical Archives, readers can browse through hundreds of foundational articles, papers, and commentaries from the likes of Drs. Royal Lee, Weston A. Price, Francis M. Pottenger, and many other voices from the early days of nutrition research. Their work, years ahead of its time, continues to teach and inform holistic practitioners, parents, and students of today. And it’s all available for free.
Industrial foods have dominated the market for so long that many Americans can no longer identify healthful foods. But, given the tools at SRP, we can help build a self-educated public. We can work to adopt methods of husbandry, agriculture, and nutrition that nourish human health, preserve the health of the planet and its creatures, and halt the degradation of our genetic integrity.
Join us in a commitment to our children and grandchildren: that the causes of good health will become common knowledge in their lifetime.
Stephanie Selene Anderson
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Selene River Press