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Plaque buildup comes from too much calcium floating around in your bloodstream instead of going into your bones and teeth. Did you know that plaque buildup on your teeth comes from too much calcium floating around in your bloodstream? And tooth decay may be caused by another chemical imbalance in the calcium to phosphorus ratio in your bloodstream. On the other hand, Sacramento and Davis researchers study milk proteins for health benefits.

For example, milk proteins and peptides are being used and studied in health-related products globally. According to Bruce German at UC Davis, noted in the article, Dairy ingredients embody functionality: a question and answer exchange on concentrated and dried dairy ingredients, there are a number of milk proteins and peptides currently being used in health-related products throughout the world. Several companies are utilizing certain peptides from bovine casein and whey protein fractions to lower blood pressure.

Lactoferrin is being used as an antimicrobial. Casein-glycomacropeptide (CGMP), the kappa-casein peptide released during cheesemaking, offers functionality for protecting teeth from cavities.

Casein phosphoproteins have the ability to remineralize teeth

Casein phosphoproteins have been discovered to have similar dental protective properties as CGMP but with the added ability to remineralize teeth. Milk basic proteins, a crude mixture of proteins from whey, have been shown in studies in Japan to protect adults from bone loss. And, finally, whey proteins have become the darlings of the body building set for their muscle building properties. But some people can't handle the milk sugars.

See the study, "A geographic approach to senile cataracts: possible links with milk consumption, lactase activity, and galactose metabolism," Simoons FJ. Dig Dis Sci. 1982 Mar; 27(3):257-64. Also, check out the video, Dairy Galactose in Milk and Cataracts etc - YouTube and the site, Vegetarian - Too much milk could cause cataracts.

Did you know that dental plaque buildup comes from too high a level of calcium in your blood instead of in your bones? The too-high level of calcium in your blood often comes from cooked, high-heated animal proteins that are not fully digested, sometimes because you lack enough digestive enzymes to fully digest the cooked animal proteins. And the older you get, the less digestive enzymes are available to fully digest cooked animal proteins.

When your body chemistry is not in the proper ratio of calcium to phosphorus, plaque quickly builds up on your teeth. What follows is that the calcium deposits on your teeth keep growing because the particular form of calcium in your diet is not able to be absorbed by your body.

Basically, doctor Page found that a disturbance in the ratio of calcium to phosphorus is the cause of tooth decay, according to the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor. It is also mentioned in chapter 3, page 28 of the book, Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel.

According to Dr. Page, a ratio of 8.75 mg of calcium per 100cc of blood, and 3.5mg of phosphorus per 100cc of blood, with normal blood sugar levels, creates "immunity to tooth decay," according to page 196 of the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor,1972.

What happens when calcium is not able to be absorbed, oozes out as plaque along the gum line of your teeth and attracts bacteria?

You need a healthy blood sugar level, which is 85 mg per 100 cc of blood. Check out the book, The Hormone Mess and How to Fix It, by R. Forbes, 2004:7. Also see, The Hormone Mess and How to Fix It (Open Library).

As more and more calcium in your body is not able to be absorbed, the calcium pouring into your bloodstream also keeps building up. This means that plaque by itself is not the cause of your gum disease. It's the excess calcium, unable to be absorbed, building up in your blood and oozing out onto your teeth at the gum line that's causing the problem.

To fix the problem, you can use diet changes to normalize your body's internal chemistry. Diet changes mean cutting out excess sugar, and whole grains not fermented or prepared in such a way that the phytic acids in the grain isn't pulling out the minerals in your body such as magnesium and calcium.

You don't want to use diet to pull out the minerals in your bones because then those minerals pour into your bloodstream. You don't want all that excess calcium in your bloodstream and arteries or organs. You want calcium and other minerals in your bones and teeth and not along the gum line as plaque.

Also environmental toxins and even excess stress can upset your body's chemistry. You can find a lot of information pertaining to restoring the balance in these three books, Your Body is Your Best Doctor, Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities and Repair Your Teeth Naturally with Good Food [Second Edition], and Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Can fat-soluble vitamins from your food perhaps make your teeth virtually immune to decay?

Some dentists believe that it only takes a 25% imbalance of your body's chemistry for tooth decay to begin. The biochemical cause of tooth decay is related to nutrition. In fact the biochemistry shows that tooth decay may be caused by a "disturbance in the ratio of calcium to phosphorus" in your bloodstream.

There's a difference between articles touting dairy products online and articles online warning of the dangers of homogenized and heated dairy products. So where can you go for factual information online? You might start with looking for what really causes tooth decay that's related to nutrition.

You might start with looking at what foods cause imbalances in your blood. Basically, a type of imbalance that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease might begin when you have lots of blood sugar/blood glucose level spikes. When you eat simple carbohydrates that cause these blood sugar spikes, not only are you on the road to insulin resistance and pre-diabetes possibilities, but what happens is that minerals are pulled out of your bones and deposited in your blood, arteries, and organs.

You want calcium in your bones and teeth, not in your arteries or blood

Check your blood calcium levels. Is your LDL cholesterol high and your HDL low? You can keep those blood sugar spikes in check by not eating foods that hit your body with sugary highs.

The healthy blood sugar level is 85 mg per 100cc of blood. So basically, you don't want your levels of calcium or phosphorus to 'deviate' from healthy levels. According to Dr. Page's book, if you are not in the proportion of 2.5 parts calcium to one part phosphorus, those minerals come right out of your teeth and bones and end up in your blood, organs, and arteries.

He measured thousands of patients and correlated various glandular patterns with different degenerative diseases. The deviations from an ideal glandular pattern were not gross abnormalities that you would find in endocrinology text books, but slight deviations that nevertheless make significant effects on one's health.

Doctors looked at diseases associated with various glandular patterns

You also could check out the book, Degeneration Regeneration. Doctors looked at diseases associated with various glandular patterns. Interestingly, the book also deals with personality traits that may be associated with the different patterns. Check out the doctor's (dentist's) diet for health. After 40 years, this diet has stood steady.

Tooth decay is a nutrition-based issue. So is gum disease, regardless of your genetics. To bring those minerals back into your teeth before they decay too far and before gum disease loosens your teeth, it's your diet that helps to bring back the minerals. Look at your hormones.

You need to use nutrition to balance your thyroid, pituitary, and other glands. Work with foods that make your glands healthier and your blood less a high tide of sugar spikes.

Eat foods that help you get those fat-soluble vitamins back into your body in normal amounts. Make sure you're consuming enough of vitamins A,D3,E and K-2 (mk-7). You might also check out Blue Ice (tm) fermented cod liver oil--full spectrum vitamin D, and X-Factor Gold (tm) high vitamin butter oil- D3.

You can look at the website on these products which explains why 'fermented' oil is used and how it was used historically. See the sites for more information on the following topics: High Vitamin Butter Oil, Blue Ice X-Factor Gold, and Green Pasture's Blue Ice Raw Fermented Cod Liver Oil - Live Superfoods.

Why are so many indigenous people often free from dental cavities?

A noted anthropologist and authority on Arctic peoples, Dr. V. Stefansson, mentioned in the book, Your Body Is Your Best Doctor: Melvin Page D.D.S.,H. Leon Abrams Jr., on page 189 that the Inuit (the book uses the 'dated' word 'Eskimo') peoples usually are free from dental decay but only when on their native diet and not also eating standard Western-type foods.

Those foods refer to processed foods such as white flour, jam, coffee, and sugar or refined grains such as pasta. In the Arctic, there are no grains growing naturally. So the Arctic peoples live on their native diet of fish and Arctic animals, sea vegetables, animal oils, and whatever else grows in that area that's edible and not part of a 'modern' Western diet, are free from tooth decay until they begin to eat processed and so-called 'modern' foods.

The Inuit on their native diet who never brush their teeth (but may rinse their mouth with water) aren't getting tooth decay. It's about endocrinology and nutrition, not genes. When Arctic peoples change their diet to the foods that others eat who do get tooth decay, they, too get tooth decay. So it's not about toothpaste and brushing.

Teeth start their decay process from the inside out from an endocrine change due to nutritional deficiencies, such as nutrients not being absorbed. It's also not entirely about eating only a very low-carb high animal protein, high-seafood-fat diet either because in the tropics, the Maya on a largely vegetarian diet, such as corn, beans and vegetables, usually don't get tooth decay on a diet that's native to them, but opposite from what is eaten by Arctic indigenous peoples .

The Maya in the Yucatan also don't get tooth decay on their native diet, which is mainly corn and beans. Anthropologist Morris Seggerda studied them in depth. They, too don't brush their teeth as a rule, just rinse their mouth with water. And they are almost entirely free from tooth decay, according to page 191 of the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor.

The Maya's diet is mostly corn, beans, vegetables, and fruit. They get very little meat, but will eat it if and when they can get it. Yet they don't have have cavities on this largely vegetarian diet. So it isn't just animal protein that protects against tooth decay, since their diet is not like the Arctic peoples, mostly animal/seafood protein and animal/seafood fats and few vegetables or grains. But as soon as the Maya eat European or Western foods, they get rapid, rampant tooth decay when not only on their native diet.

Calcium-to-phosphorus ratio change begins the tooth decay process from inside out

What causes decay is a change in the endocrine balance. It's the blood levels of the balance of calcium to phosphorus that determines resistance to tooth decay, based on internal and external factors. Also see the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration - Project Gutenberg Australia, by Westin A. Price, D.D.S. Sometimes decay is referred to as tooth neck disease.

Your body uses a compound made up of calcium and phosphorus to supply the teeth and bones with nutrition

Dr. Westin Price, DDS inspired Dr. Page, as Dr. Price believed that an unbalanced ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your body led to a variety of degenerative diseases including some of the chronic diseases and also tooth decay, tooth infection, and inflammation. Basically, Dr. Page found that the ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorus in your body for ideal health should be around 2 1/2/:1.

This ratio was then used by Dr. Page to determine the correct nutritional diet and/or supplements dosages in order to balance the chemistry of your body. That's how nutrition and endocrinology becomes linked, by using nutrition to help balance the chemistry of your body.

Foods that lessen the risk of tooth decay

Foods that lessen the risk of tooth decay are foods that help balance the calcium to phosphorous ratio in your blood stream. When it comes to your balanced calcium-phosphorous ratio, it's about 8.75 mg of calcium per 100 cc of blood to 3.5 mg of phosphorous per 100 cc of blood, with normal sugar levels that is more likely to create immunity to tooth decay in most people, according to the book, Your Body Is Your Best Doctor by Melvin Page D.D.S., H. Leon Abrams Jr., page 196.

Often foods that help protect against cancer also work on the thyroid in various ways. In light of this research on chemopreventive foods at UC Davis and other universities, the American Cancer Society recommends consuming broccoli as part of a balanced diet that includes foods from a variety of plant sources.

What's being studied locally about nutrition in the Sacramento and Davis areas? The University of California is studying dairy products and health. See the article, Dairy ingredients embody functionality: a question and answer exchange on concentrated and dried dairy ingredients.

Explaining dental-self sufficiency research by consumers

Some urban neighborhoods of Sacramento County such as Arden Arcade or Citrus Heights have dentists located every few blocks. But dental self sufficiency is a nutrition-based issue that begins in your home.

You don't want calcium from your teeth stuffing up your arteries or calcifying your glands. Worse yet, when minerals are pulled from your teeth, you get tooth decay and gum disease. The root cause of tooth decay and gum disease are the high blood sugar spikes.

Those in turn lead to the loss of calcium from your teeth, loss of enamel, and gum infections/gum disease. You can check out the studies on this. See the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor, by M. Page and L. Abrams. New Canaan: Keats Publishing, Inc. 1972:188. Dr. Melvin Page, D.D.S. developed a system of body measurements to determine one's inherited glandular pattern.

Eating a quarter pound of candy (chocolates made with sugar) can make your phosphorous levels shoot up and out of balance with calcium

Simply eating a quarter pound of candy (chocolates made with sugar) may make your phosphorous levels shoot up after less than two hours and out of balance with your calcium levels, possibly putting you in harm's way of tooth decay. You see, tooth decay probably isn't going to happen when your diet keeps your phosphorous to calcium ratio in balance. But first you have to be aware of what that ratio is.

It has been found that a constant ratio of calcium and phosphorous (10-4) in your blood plasma is the optimum requirement for adults. There's a higher and varying level of phosphorous requirement for growing children. And there's a lower (but still proportional levels) of calcium to phosphorous being required when you're in your older years. Whether you get tooth decay or not depends upon a certain proportion of calcium and phosphorous in your blood.

Scientists still don't know what the ratio might be for manufacturing bone, but as far as tooth decay prevention, if you have a certain ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your blood, you may become immune to tooth decay, probably, according to Dr. Page's book, which was inspired by the books written by Weston A. Price, DDS, in the 1930s.

Also decalcification of your teeth happens when there's a mineral imbalance in your saliva. And repeated tests have long proven that a mineral imbalance in your saliva is a reflection of your calcium-to-phosphorous ratio. When the calcium-phosphorous ratio is imbalanced in your blood, your salivary secretions are no longer acid, and erosion of your teeth stops happening.

The goal is to correct body chemistry through nutrition. For further information, see the book Your Body is Your Best Doctor, by Melvin E. Page, DDS and H. Leon Abrams, Jr. (Pages 194-200 are especially important as far as explaining how nutrition helps to prevent tooth decay.) Dr. Page made these discoveries more than 40 years ago.

Nutrition is linked to endocrinology

Why hasn't your dentist handed you a diet sheet about nutrition and endocrinology today? Could it be because of lack of training as a holistic dentist schooled in nutritional endocrinology? Or if no one has cavities anymore, would the only business that might arrive are people with teeth in which the nerve has died, those with gum disease, and cosmetic work?

Concepts such as inflammation in a tooth joint, known as pyorrhea is related to inflammation in a joint known as arthritis. It is about these parallels that holistic dentistry researches. Yet with the type of diet most people eat by habit, introduced in early childhood (such as sugary cereals) cavities and plaque may grow from the inside out.

Some holistic dentists follow the teachings of Dr. Melvin E. Page, who is co-author of the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor. If your holistic dentist is using the teachings found by numerous holistic dentists in the field of nutritional endocrinology, then your holistic dentist will probably tell you that it's the ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your body that probably determines whether or not you'll get tooth decay.

Also body measurement was used. For example the length and circumference of your lower leg and lower arm. The lower limbs were measured to determine inherited glandular patterns in your body. This happened many years before the concept of tailoring your diet to your genes became popular. In those days the balancing focused on your body chemistry and endocrinology.

The idea was that slight glandular imbalances may lead to degenerative diseases. And nutrition can help to bring back balance in the chemistry in your body. For example, too much calcium in your blood may lead to too much tartar or plaque accumulating on your teeth.

Too much acid in your mouth, and you have tooth decay. Too much alkaline in your mouth, and you have gum disease. To rebalance your body chemistry in various parts of your body from your calcified pineal gland to your constant tooth decay required changing your diet. Sometimes the culprit was drinking too much milk. Or perhaps your teeth have been ruined by too much sugar.

Did you ever take your family to a local holistic dentist who is trained in nutritional endocrinology? If so, you'll probably get a diet to follow after your calcium-to-phosphorus ratio has been measured with a blood test. Check out the various directories online of holistic dentists. Pick your home town and state and look up lists of holistic dentists in your area of the nation. But generally, dentists don't give people blood tests to see whether they have an imbalance in their body chemistry as far as the calcium to phosphorous ratio, which is important in whether your teeth are relatively immune to tooth decay or not.

Plaque buildup comes from too much calcium floating around in your bloodstream instead of going into your bones and teeth

Did you know that plaque buildup on your teeth comes from too much calcium floating around in your bloodstream? And tooth decay may be caused by another chemical imbalance in the calcium to phosphorus ratio in your bloodstream. On the other hand, Sacramento and Davis researchers study milk proteins for health benefits.

For example, milk proteins and peptides are being used and studied in health-related products globally. According to Bruce German at UC Davis, noted in the article, Dairy ingredients embody functionality: a question and answer exchange on concentrated and dried dairy ingredients, there are a number of milk proteins and peptides currently being used in health-related products throughout the world. Several companies are utilizing certain peptides from bovine casein and whey protein fractions to lower blood pressure.

Lactoferrin is being used as an antimicrobial. Casein-glycomacropeptide (CGMP), the kappa-casein peptide released during cheesemaking, offers functionality for protecting teeth from cavities.

Casein phosphoproteins have the ability to remineralize teeth

Casein phosphoproteins have been discovered to have similar dental protective properties as CGMP but with the added ability to remineralize teeth. Milk basic proteins, a crude mixture of proteins from whey, have been shown in studies in Japan to protect adults from bone loss. And, finally, whey proteins have become the darlings of the body building set for their muscle building properties. But some people can't handle the milk sugars.

See the study, "A geographic approach to senile cataracts: possible links with milk consumption, lactase activity, and galactose metabolism," Simoons FJ. Dig Dis Sci. 1982 Mar; 27(3):257-64. Also, check out the video, Dairy Galactose in Milk and Cataracts etc - YouTube and the site, Vegetarian - Too much milk could cause cataracts.

Did you know that dental plaque buildup comes from too high a level of calcium in your blood instead of in your bones? The too-high level of calcium in your blood often comes from cooked, high-heated animal proteins that are not fully digested, sometimes because you lack enough digestive enzymes to fully digest the cooked animal proteins. And the older you get, the less digestive enzymes are available to fully digest cooked animal proteins.

When your body chemistry is not in the proper ratio of calcium to phosphorus, plaque quickly builds up on your teeth. What follows is that the calcium deposits on your teeth keep growing because the particular form of calcium in your diet is not able to be absorbed by your body.

Basically, doctor Page found that a disturbance in the ratio of calcium to phosphorus is the cause of tooth decay, according to the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor. It is also mentioned in chapter 3, page 28 of the book, Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel.

According to Dr. Page, a ratio of 8.75 mg of calcium per 100cc of blood, and 3.5mg of phosphorus per 100cc of blood, with normal blood sugar levels, creates "immunity to tooth decay," according to page 196 of the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor,1972.

What happens when calcium is not able to be absorbed, oozes out as plaque along the gum line of your teeth and attracts bacteria?

You need a healthy blood sugar level, which is 85 mg per 100 cc of blood. Check out the book, The Hormone Mess and How to Fix It, by R. Forbes, 2004:7. Also see, The Hormone Mess and How to Fix It (Open Library).

As more and more calcium in your body is not able to be absorbed, the calcium pouring into your bloodstream also keeps building up. This means that plaque by itself is not the cause of your gum disease. It's the excess calcium, unable to be absorbed, building up in your blood and oozing out onto your teeth at the gum line that's causing the problem.

To fix the problem, you can use diet changes to normalize your body's internal chemistry. Diet changes mean cutting out excess sugar, and whole grains not fermented or prepared in such a way that the phytic acids in the grain isn't pulling out the minerals in your body such as magnesium and calcium.

You don't want to use diet to pull out the minerals in your bones because then those minerals pour into your bloodstream. You don't want all that excess calcium in your bloodstream and arteries or organs. You want calcium and other minerals in your bones and teeth and not along the gum line as plaque.

Also environmental toxins and even excess stress can upset your body's chemistry. You can find a lot of information pertaining to restoring the balance in these three books, Your Body is Your Best Doctor, Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities and Repair Your Teeth Naturally with Good Food [Second Edition], and Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Can fat-soluble vitamins from your food perhaps make your teeth virtually immune to decay?

Some dentists believe that it only takes a 25% imbalance of your body's chemistry for tooth decay to begin. The biochemical cause of tooth decay is related to nutrition. In fact the biochemistry shows that tooth decay may be caused by a "disturbance in the ratio of calcium to phosphorus" in your bloodstream.

There's a difference between articles touting dairy products online and articles online warning of the dangers of homogenized and heated dairy products. So where can you go for factual information online? You might start with looking for what really causes tooth decay that's related to nutrition.

You might start with looking at what foods cause imbalances in your blood. Basically, a type of imbalance that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease might begin when you have lots of blood sugar/blood glucose level spikes. When you eat simple carbohydrates that cause these blood sugar spikes, not only are you on the road to insulin resistance and pre-diabetes possibilities, but what happens is that minerals are pulled out of your bones and deposited in your blood, arteries, and organs.

You want calcium in your bones, not in your arteries or blood. Check your blood calcium levels. Is your LDL cholesterol high and your HDL low? You can keep those blood sugar spikes in check by not eating foods that hit your body with sugary highs.

The healthy blood sugar level is 85 mg per 100cc of blood. So basically, you don't want your levels of calcium or phosphorus to 'deviate' from healthy levels. According to Dr. Page's book, if you are not in the proportion of 2.5 parts calcium to one part phosphorus, those minerals come right out of your teeth and bones and end up in your blood, organs, and arteries.

He measured thousands of patients and correlated various glandular patterns with different degenerative diseases. The deviations from an ideal glandular pattern were not gross abnormalities that you would find in endocrinology text books, but slight deviations that nevertheless make significant effects on one's health.

Doctors looked at diseases associated with various glandular patterns

You also could check out the book, Degeneration Regeneration. Doctors looked at diseases associated with various glandular patterns. Interestingly, the book also deals with personality traits that may be associated with the different patterns. Check out the doctor's (dentist's) diet for health. After 40 years, this diet has stood steady.

Tooth decay is a nutrition-based issue. So is gum disease, regardless of your genetics. To bring those minerals back into your teeth before they decay too far and before gum disease loosens your teeth, it's your diet that helps to bring back the minerals. Look at your hormones.

You need to use nutrition to balance your thyroid, pituitary, and other glands. Work with foods that make your glands healthier and your blood less a high tide of sugar spikes.

Eat foods that help you get those fat-soluble vitamins back into your body in normal amounts. Make sure you're consuming enough of vitamins A,D3,E and K-2 (mk-7). You might also check out Blue Ice (tm) fermented cod liver oil--full spectrum vitamin D, and X-Factor Gold (tm) high vitamin butter oil- D3.

You can look at the website on these products which explains why 'fermented' oil is used and how it was used historically. See the sites for more information on the following topics: High Vitamin Butter Oil, Blue Ice X-Factor Gold, and Green Pasture's Blue Ice Raw Fermented Cod Liver Oil - Live Superfoods.

Back in the 1930s when dentist Weston A. Price, DDS, author of the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, visited a wide variety of countries around the world he found that those who eat unprocessed foods had sound teeth and bones and few cases of TB and those who ate lots of modern, processed foods such as white flour, white rice (polished rice), sugar, jams, and jellies had a higher rate of TB and much more decayed teeth.

He also found good teeth without dental decay in those who lived near the sea and ate lots of sea food. In those days, there wasn't as much mercury waste in the ocean as there is today.

His conclusion was that immunity to diseases of degeneration is due to nutrition. And susceptability to diseases such as dental caries (tooth decay) is due to eating highly processed foods made with white rice, sugar, and white flour. He also found the people who ate the most seafood had the least decay.

And those who ate more meat than seafood had more decay, although it's not the meat by itself but the white flour bread and sugar or white rice and pasta that does the decay. You have indigenous peoples living on mostly salmon and liver and others living on mostly moose and caribou meat.

Some children's teeth are sensitive to grains

Kids and their parents in Sacramento who never ate sugar, white flour, pasta, or polished rice have fewer cavities in their teeth than those who eat candy, white flour, white rice, sugar, refined pasta, table salt, and soda. But what may contribute most is the spoonful of fish oil they are given daily. Those on a high seafood diet seem to have better teeth. Yet most Sacramento parents are afraid of the mercury in seafood.

Is the solution is to look for wild Alaskan seafood, especially in cans where what's sold is the overrun of the salmon catch if you know whether the mercury and other heavy metal levels are low? Should you use fish such as salmon rather than tuna and consider krill oil, calamarine, and/or fish oil? What about vegan red algae supposedly high in omega 3 fatty acids? (See sites such as "Vegetarian / Vegan Omega-3 DHA from Algae.")

You can check out diets that help most with Sacramento's dentists that emphasize holistic, least-invasive dental care. See the directories online, check out the websites Mercury Free Dentists, Mercury Safe Dentists, Mercury Free Dentistry and Holistic Dentists in Sacramento CA California - Best Holistic. See the Directory of Holistic Dentists in your area. Also read my other Examiner.com article, How holistic dentists use nutrition by relating teeth to the rest of the body - Sacramento Nutrition | Examiner.com.

Why do people who never saw a dentist and live on unprocessed indigenous foods more often than not have perfect teeth not attacked by decay, immunity from TB, easier childbirths due to larger in-depth pelvis measurements, and well-formed bones compared to the same ethnic groups of peoples who eat imported processed foods containing white rice, sugar, white flour, and processed salt instead of unprocessed sea salt, if they add salt at all to natural foods? This holds true whether you look at isolated areas of Europe, the South Pacific, Asia, Australia, Latin America, or Africa where processed, refined foods are not eaten.

Also see, the book, Cure Tooth Decay: remineralize cavities & repair your teeth naturally with good food, by Ramiel Nagel. In particular, read the foreword on what holistic dentistry emphasizes, especially pertaining to nutrition. The foreword of that book is written by Timothy Gallagher, D.D.S. who (at the time of that book's publication) is noted on the book's cover as the President of the Holistic Dental Association.

That foreword mentions the importance of nutrition, the meridians, and avoiding specific types of toxic metals in your mouth if you're having adverse or allergic reactions to certain types of metals. Check out the book. Also see, Mercury Free Dentists, Holistic Dentists, Biological Dentists.

The world's soil is so depleted of minerals that you can't expect to find minerals in the fruits and vegetables as you found them a century ago. You may need trace minerals in small amounts to keep up with your body's needs for nutrients that you used to get from fruits and vegetables a century ago.

See, For example, at Elliot's Natural Foods on El Camino Avenue, in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento, you can find the Vita Myr brand of herbal mouthwash and/or toothpaste. The Vita-Myr herbal mouthwash is made from zinc, folic acid, clove oil, and myrrh, in a base of distilled water. See the website, Healing Bleeding Gums, Periodontal Disease, Gum Disease Vita-Myr

The dentist and his team also looked at the rates of tooth decay, facial deformities, TB, and bone problems based on diet rather than on genes. The studies included the affect the diet of parents had on the children's teeth, bones, facial deformities, and immunity to TB and tooth decay. What can you do about nutrition and degeneration prevention today, which is about 75 years after his book was published?

According to a July 29, 2010 news article, New Gel Encourages Regeneration Of Teeth, Study Says and a similar article published in London on July 27, 2010, New gel that can help decayed teeth grow, French scientists have developed a gel that can help decayed teeth re-grow in just weeks, which could in turn mean an end to fillings. This news story on the gel also appeared today on a Sacramento radio station.

The gel works by prompting cells in teeth to start multiplying, quickly forming healthy new tooth tissue that gradually replaces what has been lost to decay. It only takes four weeks to restore teeth (tooth cells) back to their original healthy state, according to laboratory research. What's more the new tooth cells are thought by scientists to be stronger, permanent solution.

How it works is that the French medical team mixed MSH with a chemical called poly-L-glutamic acid. Also see, Nano sized advance toward next big treatment era in dentistry, and the July 27, 2010 article in Science News, New Gel That Can Help Decayed Teeth Grow.

When the mixture was turned into a gel like toothpaste and rubbed on to tooth cells, called dental pulp fibroblasts, taken from extracted human teeth, the researchers found that the gel triggered the growth of new cells and also helped with adhesion - the process by which new dental cells ‘lock’ together, according to the news article, New gel that can help decayed teeth grow. Ask your dentist how soon this gel might take to get to dental offices that specialize in preventive dentistry.

The first experiment began with mice teeth. In a mice-related experiment, scientists applied the gel to the teeth of mice with dental cavities. In just one month, the cavities had gone away, and and the teeth were back to normal. The gel is still undergoing testing but could be available for use within three to five years.

Scientists think that the gel won't be able to fix teeth that have been extensively damaged by decay. But what about the teeth of children when they are just starting to rot from inadequate cleaning? There's hope there, even if your teeth already have had extensive work.

The next steps are the clinical trials. This gel is to be restricted to treating small areas of dental decay. In addition, there's also a ‘tongue’ gel for treating bad breath and preventing tooth decay. If you want to read more about the findings, check out the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. (ANI). On the other hand, if tooth decay is preventable, then think of all the money that will be lost in dental treatments and products that are based on people having dental problems. It makes you think.

On the natural side, thinking of nutrition and its relationship to dental prevention issues, try cranberry juice. At the present it presents some hope to prevent problems caused by bacteria.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and its relation to Refined Versus Unrefined Foods

In a 73-year-old book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Weston A. Price, DDS, there is a remarkable account of which foods eaten by indigenous peoples led to immunity to most (or in many cases all types of) tooth decay and which foods quickly led to rampant tooth decay. It seems that the more indigenous, 'natural' diets that were eaten, the less tooth decay, and the more processed foods eaten, the more tooth decay.

What may be an interesting finding is that inland people who ate small animals and no seafood, but had a diet heavy in meat and some vegetables, had a high amount of tooth decay, whereas those who lived on fresh water clams who lived inland and particularly those living near the coast who ate lots of fish, shell fish, and sea vegetables, had little or usually no tooth decay, when Dr. Price studied indigenous peoples around the world. What was in the seafood that was missing from the animal meat from small animals?

The Maori of New Zealand, for example were studied for their resistance to tooth decay, and they had a diet heavy in seafood. But those who ate modern, processed food such as sugar, white flour, and canned food products, had heavy tooth decay. Dr. Price's book was written in the middle 1930s. Today, dentists will tell you that taking cod liver oil or a combination of krill oil and cod liver oil with your COQ10 is good. Other dentists who are not up to date with COQ10 research still will tout the good results from cod liver oil, if the oil is pure and not full of mercury.

The moral of this history is that ancient and indigenous peoples seem to have arrived at good results from foods. for example, according to the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, the Chinese wrote a treatise 1,600 years ago naming more than 60 best foods for eyesight. More than 20 of those foods named contained helpful amounts of vitamin A, which today scientists know in specified small doses (and not toxic doses) can help eyesight, for example, in helping to prevent night blindness or rapid aging of the eye.

One of the most important developments to come out of these investigations of primitive races is the evidence of a rapid decline in maternal reproductive efficiency after an abandonment of the native foods and the substitution of foods of modern civilization. This is discussed in later chapters.

In the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Price writes, "It was particularly instructive to observe the diligence with which some of the isolated Maori near the coast sought out certain types of food in accordance with the tradition and accumulated wisdom of their tribes. As among the various archipelagos and island dwellers of the Pacific, great emphasis was placed upon shell fish.

"Much effort was made to obtain these in large quantities." In the book, there are photos of two boys "who have been gathering sea clams found abundantly on these shores." The book describes the abundant fishing techniques of the Maori of New Zealand and how the teeth of those on indigenous diets are free from cavities.

In New Zealand and in other areas of the world that Dr. Price visited, he noticed people with cavity-free teeth had consumed large amounts of abalone and some edible kelp. (Too much kelp will overstimulate your thyroid, but a little is nutritious.) And back in New Zealand, the Maori at the time he observed the indigenous people were eating large amounts of mollusks found in New Zealand, the toharoa. So basically, the islands people studied were eating mainly seafood and sea vegetables.

The indigenous Maori studied in the 1930s by Dr. Price also ate a special species of grubs with a highly nutritious type of fern root, which grows abundantly in that area of coastal New Zealand. Fishing took place at low tide.

On the other hand, those people in New Zealand studied who didn't eat indigenous Maori diets were daily consuming high amounts of white flour, sweetened goods, syrup and canned goods. And those Maori who adopted the processed foods type diet with sugar and white flour had what was to be expected-- effects similar to that experienced by others anywhere else in the world after using processed foods similar to what people eat in industrial, urban countries around the world.

Dr. Price wrote how the tooth decay among the whites of New Zealand and Australia was severe. He showed by photos how striking is the similarity between the deformities of the dental arches which occur in the Maori people who were born after their parents adopted the modern foods, and those of the whites.

The book also showed how the children may have inherited facial deformities as well as dental predisposition to tooth decay based on what their parents ate when the children were in the embryonic stage. He illustrated the high incidence of facial deformity in children of parents who recently adopted a diet of processed foods. On the other hand, people eating a diet rich in seafood, had few, if any dental cavities.

The dentist also documented cases of TB showing up in indigenous peoples around the world who recently adopted a processed foods diet rich in sugar and white flour, syrups, and canned food. In the book, the diet of perfection as far as sound teeth and resistance to diseases such as TB emphasized a diet high in seafood. In the 1930s, there wasn't that much mercury in the fish, especially in the Pacific Islands (before the a-bomb tests there).

The most interesting point was the tooth decay found in people eating a high meat diet of small animals and some vegetables and the lack of tooth decay in those on a diet high in seafood, sea vegetables, and green vegetables along with some root vegetables.

In the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, on page 453 of the 527-page paperback version, the doctor notes, referring to the Maori of New Zealand on an indigenous diet, "the fact that they were able to maintain an immunity to dental caries so high that only one tooth in two thousand had been attacked by tooth decay (which is probably as high a degree of immunity as that of any contemporary race) is a strong argument in favor of their plan of life."

A shorter version of the book is online which you can read at no cost at the Gutenberg free book site, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. If you want the paperback version, it's available in paperback from Amazon.com new or used or from the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. Or you can download it as an ebook that you buy from Gigabooks. The book also is in most public libraries. Also check out the site, Cavities & Nutrition I | A Natural Notebook.

There's also an older pre-WWII article you can read about nutrition and physical health, The Medical Aspects of Decline of Population. J.A.M.A., 110:908, 1938, by Drummound, J. C. The reason for looking at some of these older medical journal articles or various nutrition books is that while the U.S. population was having their arteries hardened by trans fats that replaced traditional extra virgin coconut oil or even cultured raw butter or the Mediterranean diet's use of extra virgin olive oil in use for thousands of years, few people were hearing about these nutrition books being written by doctors and dentists traveling around the world looking to see what people ate who had no tooth decay for generations.

The conclusion emphasized how seafood with a little sea vegetables protected against tooth decay more than just eating small animals and some vegetables. Today, we have doctors telling people to take their omega 3 fatty acids such as cod liver oil or krill oil in balance with their omega 9 fatty acids from avocados or almonds and with a balance, but not an overload of omega 6, such as found in extra virgin olive oil. Yet excess omega 6, for example, from peanut butter, puts the oils out of balance. Researchers are studying whether omega 6 in excess hardens arteries. See the articles, Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Clogged Arteries and Atherosclerosis and Fish Oil Dosage | How Much Fish Oil To Take.

Also research these statistics: The annual all-cause death rate of vegetarian men is slightly more than that of non-vegetarian men (.93% vs .89%); the annual all-cause death rate of vegetarian women is significantly more than that of non-vegetarian women (.86% vs .54%) (Wise Traditions 2000 1:4:16-17). Source is the Dietary Myths site. The debate continues on the topic of whether more vegetarians get less cancer. Some scientists note that the phytochemicals in plants switch off the genes that help cause cancer. And other scientists say that industrial food processing supplies more meat with more bacteria because of the high demand and is cruel to animals. So the research continues.

Unrefined versus Refined Foods

If you go into any USA fast-food eatery, you'll see how few of them use unrefined salt in processed foods. And in the best of Sacramento restaurants, you'll find table salt on the table in most cases unless the container actually says in print the words, "unrefined salt." At some of the Sacramento vegetarian and vegan restaurants, you can ask which ones use unrefined salt if salt is added to any prepared foods.

At most Sacramento health food stores you can buy brands such as "Real Salt," "Himalayan Crystal Salt" or "Celtic Sea Salt." But be sure the label also says it's unrefined salt as well. Salt comes in different sizes from chunks of crystal or sea salt to finely ground salt you can put in a salt shaker. See the websites, Bulk Unrefined Sea Salt - San Francisco Salt Company | SFBSC.com, and the article, Choose Unrefined Sea Salt over Table Salt.

For Sacramentans, try Eatwell Farm which is a 105-acre farm in Dixon (Sacramento Valley), California located at 5835 Sievers Road, Dixon, CA 95620 that has organic herbs and unrefined Atlantic grey sea salt. Also see the website, Other Avenues Packaged Food. Other Avenues is a worker-owned cooperative located at 3930 Judah St., San Francisco, CA 94122. Cross-streets: 44th and 45th avenues.

There is a home delivery service in Sacramento from Eatwell Farm. Check with the company for any changes in dates and times or updates in their schedules

  1. Davis: Downtown–3rd & E Street, Wed. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  2. Davis: East Davis (near Slide Hill Park), Wed. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  3. Davis: Village Homes (West Davis)–Bucklebury, Wed. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  4. Sacramento: East Sac–Rodeo Way & L St., Thurs. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  5. Sacramento: Curtis Park–21st St. & 3rd Ave., Thurs. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ~
  6. Vacaville: Orchard St, Thurs. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  7. Dixon: N. 1st Street & E. C Street, Thurs 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Check out an excellent article on what type of salt is healthiest. Check out Jon Barron's (Jon Barron.org) health newsletter on salt, trace minerals, and hypertension. The article is called "A Pillar of Salt." Basically, it tells you the difference between unrefined sea salt and refined table salt.

The article gives you a partial list of the minerals found in unrefined salt and their function in human metabolism and also tells you what each mineral does in the body. For example in unrefined sea salt you find magnesium bromide form, a nervous system regulator and restorer, vital for pituitary hormonal function.

Jon Barron's article, "A Pillar of Salt" also goes into detail for minerals found in unrefined sea salt such as sodium, cholrine, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, silicon, iodine, bromine, phosphorus, and vanadium. For example, vanadium has greater value for tooth bone calcification than fluoride.

Vanadium in the trace mineral amount found in unrefined sea salt (that tiny amount, not larger, unhealthy potentially more toxic doses) works to tone your cardiac and nervous systems, reduces cholesterol, regulates phospholipids in blood, and acts as a catalyst for the oxidation of many biological substances.

In contrast, Jon Barron's article, "A Pillar of Salt" describes what you get in commercial, processed refined table salt, for example, inorganic sodium chloride that "upsets your fluid balance and constantly overburdens your elimination systems, which can impair your health."

So read the article for in-depth explanation in plain language of what happens when using refined table salt. For example, when your body tries to isolate the overdose of refined salt you typically expose it to, water molecules must surround the sodium chloride molecules to break them up into sodium and chloride ions in order to help your body neutralize them, according to Jon Barron's article.

The last thing you want from salt is to interfere with the regulation of your body's hydration system. You don't want water drawn from your cells to neutralize the unnatural sodium chloride. So check out that article to get on track with a more healthy trend. Also, on another note, you may wish to see information on a different study, "Do energy drinks contain active components other than caffeine? (pages 730–744)."

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