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Dental Crowding, Cavities, and Health Problems – What’s The Connection?

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Most people have had cavities, periodontal disease, orthodontics, and other dental issues – or know someone who has.  In fact, crowding in teeth and cavities are extremely common conditions in modern day civilizations. They are so common, we’ve come to view these issues as being “normal”.

But they’re not.

In fact, these disorders are clear markers of widespread malnutrition in our society. It is indicative of mineral deficiencies that would ordinarily be non-existent in those consuming a nutrient-rich diet.

The conventional way to take care of teeth riddled by decay (cavities) is to drill a hole and fill that hole up with a substance that is intended to prevent the hole from getting any larger. Modern dentistry also uses chemicals such as fluoride and teeth polish and metal dental scalers and spatulas to “remove plaque” beneath the gumline, which is believed to be the cause of tooth decay.

When cavities become larger or fillings wear out, the next step might involve replacing the original filling with a crown or possibly a root canal. All of these procedures are dangerous and provide opportunities for heavy metals, harmful bacteria, and other toxins to enter the body system.

The conventional way to remedy crooked teeth is to cement hardware on the teeth and put pressure on them with wires to cause movement with the end result of straightening them.  Once again, this exposes the person to toxic chemicals and other heavy metals which enter the body system.

Dental cavities and disease

Did you know that the percentages of people afflicted with dental caries (cavities) in modern times are higher now than ever before in history? Roughly 90 percent of the population has it, and it grows more acute as we age. In 2-5 year olds, 28 percent of have dental cavities. In people ages 20-39 that percentage increases dramatically to 87 percent!

Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who practiced during the 1930s, was highly respected in his time. His work was published in various dental journals, including the Journal of The American Dental Association. He traveled the world to try and determine the reason why so many of his patients had dental disorders as well as other health problems, discovered some startling facts on his journey. What he found all over the world was that people eating indigenous diets of the lands where they lived had wide dental arches and straight teeth, few cavities, and superb health. They were largely free from the degenerative diseases prevalent in developed countries like the United States.

In treating various illnesses – and in particular – dental caries – he discovered that cod liver oil used in conjunction with a healthy fat-soluble food like high-vitamin butter oil was more potent that cod liver oil alone. High-vitamin butter oil from healthy cows consuming rapidly growing grass on pasture is a particularly rich source of Vitamin K2 – one of the critical co-factors needed to work in tandem with Vitamin D to maintain health.

Decayed and crooked teeth are indicative signs of disease in the body.  If the problems people experience with their dental health did not continue to worsen over time despite aggressive campaigns undertaken by dental professionals to instruct patients to brush, floss, use fluoride treatments, toothpaste, and mouthwashes, and the use of complicated and expensive surgical and drilling procedures, we could truthfully say these practices had a positive impact.

But, they don’t.

From an interview with Ramiel Nagel, author of Curing Tooth Decay, Natural News, January 2008:

“This is what I refer to as an unscientifically sound practice. If we are to examine the effects of our dental care as a society, the statistics clearly show it is a failure, as tooth decay becomes worse and worse over time. Either Nature is fundamentally flawed and has doomed us to a life that includes decaying teeth, or humans are flawed in understanding and utilizing Nature.”

When I was 12 years old, my parents took out a loan to have braces, orthodontic hardware, put on my teeth. It took 2 1/2 years to straighten them with those devices. But did my nutritional problems disappear after my teeth were straightened? They did not. In fact, they only became more acute because during my treatment, no one ever said to me, “Your eating habits are causing health problems that have made your teeth crooked and are causing other issues in your body.” So, for years and years I continued to eat poorly and consume nutritionally-empty foods.

The result was that at age 35, when I should have been in the prime of my life, my health had hit rock bottom. I was continually fatigued and irritable, depressed, experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and other digestive problems. I was having “panic attacks” that kept me awake for hours during the night (and I also started having them in the daytime as well), muscle-weakness, heart palpitations, and general malaise. I was exhausted and I couldn’t do the normal activities required in my life. It wasn’t until I completely changed my diet and lifestyle that things began to change.

I had dental pain my whole life – gum pain, bleeding when I brushed, and sensitivity to temperatures. Whenever I went to the dentist, I asked what I could do to stop this from occurring. The answer was always, “brush and floss, avoid sugar, and get dental checkups.” For many years I had not flossed as regularly as I should, and I was eating a lot of refined sugar and processed foods. But after I completely changed my diet and started eating high-fat foods from clean sources and removed grains and processed foods from the things I consumed, my dental pain and bleeding gums have since vanished.

What’s the solution to dental crowding and cavities?

Avoid processed foods -from Ramiel Nagel’s foods that cause tooth decay:

  • grains
  • refined carbohydrates
  • sugar
  • hydrogenated oils such as those found in margarine, shortening, “butter” spreads, and other artificial fats, and all vegetable oils, especially – canola, cottonseed oil, and soybean

If you still decide to consume grains, soak them overnight in filtered water and whey (from pastured cows). Alternatively, you can use raw apple cider vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Foods like grains, corn, soy, and even nuts and legumes contain phytic acid, which if not neutralized by proper preparation methods, blocks the absorption of nutrients. Even when properly prepared, the phytic acid will not be completely neutralized enough to prevent nutrients absorption from being blocked.

Read more about how grains affect dental and bone health on Ramiel Nagel’s site. If you continue to have dental or bone issues, avoidance of grains is the best choice.

Here are Ramiel Nagel’s foods for prevention of tooth decay:

  • 1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times per day of Green Pasture Products Blue Ice Royal Blend fermented cod liver oil / butter oil mix (1-1.5 teaspoons per day)
  • 1-4+ cups of raw grass-fed milk daily, or 4 ounces of cheese
  • 2 cups daily of bone soup, made from slow cooking the bones & organs of fish, chicken, beef and so on
  • 1-4 tablespoons of grass-fed bone marrow. Either raw or cooked.

In general, eat more whole, unprocessed foods – and especially fats and proteins from healthy animals on pasture – raw dairy foods like raw milk, butter, cream or ghee, fermented cod liver oil, broths made from the bones of healthy animals on pasture, dark and organ meats from healthy animals on pasture, and  safe-sourced seafood like fish, mollusks, scallops, (oysters, clams, squid, octopus), and crustaceans (crab, lobster, crayfish).

Suggested reading on the topics of dental health, dental caries, cavities, and fluoride:

Curing Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel – speaker at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference, November 2010

The Case Against Fluoride – Paul Connett, Ph.D., James Beck, M.D., Ph.D., and H.S. Micklem, DPhil.

Tooth Decay Trends in Fluoridated vs. Un-fluoridated Countries

More information about fluoride in our water supply

Fluoride in the water – does it really help prevent cavities?

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Fluoride In The Water – Does It Really Help Prevent Cavities?

Do you use fluoride toothpaste or drink tap water with fluoride in it? Does your dentist recommend fluoride treatments for your children when they have dental checkups? These common practices are what many people do and accept as a method of “preventative” dental care.

Ever since I was a child, the concept of having fluoride in my toothpaste and water to keep cavities away has been hammered into my head. However, fluoride is not only unnecessary, it is not a nutrient; it is in fact, a harmful chemical.

Here’s why:

In November of 2008, the Journal of the American Dental Association made the following statement based on the systematic review of fluoride supplement research: “There is weak and inconsistent evidence that the use of fluoride supplements prevents dental caries [cavities] in primary teeth.” Yet for some reason, dentists persist in trying to convince parents to allow them to apply fluoride treatments to their children (I know, I’m one of those parents!).

According to Midwestern Integrative Dentistry (Dr. Philip P. Sukel) the whole theory of fluoride being necessary to maintain dental health was never founded on hard scientific research. Instead, its push to be used in the prevention of dental caries has primarily been driven by financial interests and efforts to cover up gross errors made on endorsing its use.  Dr. Sukel’s assertion that even if a certain amount of fluoride were useful to the human body, receiving more of the chemical doesn’t make it more beneficial is definitely worth considering.

During the time period between 1990 and 1992, the Journal of the American Medical Association published three separate reports which connected an increase in the rates of hip fractures to the consumption of water containing fluoride. The March 22, 1990 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine contained information from the Mayo Clinic stating that patients with osteoporosis who received fluoride treatment experienced an increase of hip fracture and bone weakening.

In a  2007, a statement was issued on the CDC web site (that received no media coverage) to warn the public about the following information:

“It now appears that the amount of the fluoride contained in the water used for mixing infant formula may influence a child’s risk for developing enamel fluorosis, particularly if the child’s sole source of nutrition is from reconstituted formula.”

“If tap water is fluoridated or has substantial natural fluoride (0.7 mg/L or higher), a parent may consider using a low-fluoride alternative water source. Bottled water known to be low in fluoride is labeled as purified deionized, de-mineralized, distilled, or prepared by reverse osmosis.”

“Using only water with low fluoride levels to mix formula will not eliminate the risk of enamel fluorisis…other factors that contribute to developing fluorisis include swallowing of toothpastse and use of dietary supplements that include fluoride (tablets or drops).”

And yet, how many medical or dental professionals are inclined to outwardly admit that fluoride is not only unnecessary but dangerous to your health? I’m betting most people hear just the opposite from their practitioners; that fluoride is still considered a necessary element toward wiping out tooth decay.

From the book titled Fluoride, The Aging Factor by Dr. John Yiamouyiannis, (1993) we learn how the consumption of fluoride destroys enzymes in the body and leads to a variety of diseases. Fluoride levels as low as 1 ppm cause the destruction of 30 percent of collagen – the most abundant protein in the body. It also causes irregular formation of collagen which provides major structural support to body components such as teeth, bone, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons and and skin. Some side effects listed in the The United States Pharmacopoeia of drinking 1 to 2 pints daily of fluoridated tap water are as follows: stomach distress and cramps including nausea, faintness, bloody vomit, constipation, tremors, aching bones, stiffness, skin rash, weight loss, and brown or black discoloration of the teeth. The 1991 Physicians’ Desk Reference lists some of the same side effects from administered doses of fluoride.

Fluoride interferes with bonds responsible for maintenance of normal shape of proteins. When the protein becomes mutated, the immune system attacks it, and therefore, causes damage to the body’s own tissue and cells.

Fluoride (at 1 ppm) in drinking water has been reported to do the following:

  1. Damages the immune system by inhibiting the migration rate of white blood cells to infected areas;
  2. Interferes with phagocytosis (the destruction of bacteria and other foreign agents by white blood cells); and
  3. Induces the release of superoxide free radicals in resting white blood cells.

Because of this fluoride-induced situation, the body is subjected to foreign substances longer and also causes release of free radicals (which cause cancer and other diseases), and further accelerates the aging process.

Damage to the environment and health

One of the many examples of fluoride harming life is the incidence on August 25, 1961 where W.S. Meader and his wife May (near Pocatello, Idaho) took judgment through the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, against Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation for the amount of $57, 295.80 and against J.R. Simplot Corporation for $4,246.41. These corporations’ factories produced fluoride as a by-product in the form of both gaseous and solid compounds. The Meader trout farm and fish hatchery sustained serious damage from these substances.

The fish eggs were described by court record as “worthless” and did not hatch normally. Furthermore, the fish that did successfully hatch were reported to have mutations. The owners of the hatchery removed about a ton of dead fish daily for a period of time. Levels of fluoride taken from water samples in the hatchery were between 0.5 and 4.7 ppm, which is the same as concentrations existing in food and beverages consumed by humans all over the country. In the end, the hatchery experienced a loss of business and livelihood.

The only fluoride naturally occurring in water is calcium fluoride, yet that type of fluoride is not used in fluoridation. The majority of what is used in municipal water systems is silicofluorides – these contain 85 times more toxins than calcium fluoride. These substances are pollution by-products of large corporations, do not biodegrade, and are considered hazardous waste products.

The cost of neutralizing these toxic substances to corporation? Per gallon, $1.40 – possibly higher if other toxic substances are present such as  uranium, lead, arsenic, and cadmium – at the highest-rated hazardous waste facility. These substances are purchased by cities and are then dumped into the water supply.  Silicofluorides contain toxic levels of those substances that are nearly as high as arsenic, and are more toxic than lead.

Recent reports from the EPA have stated that lowering levels of lead and arsenic within the water system are at a critical all-time high, and they would ideally like to see levels at zero parts per million. Given the toxic nature of silicofluorides (which contain arsenic and lead), it is absolutely inconceivable that anyone would pass recommendations to add them to our water supply.

The 2007 CDC information release caused some controversy within thinking health communities, and Paul Beeber, attorney and President of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation asked an important question, “Where’s the media alert so that the parents, caregivers, healthcare workers and legislators know about this?” Beeber has been one of the most vocal opponents of water and supplement fluoridation.

“Americans are unaware that their arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome or other symptoms may be fluoride-related,” he said. “This information should be heeded by physicians and members of the medical and scientific communities.

“So there is no good reason to swallow fluoride via supplements or the water supply. Further, fluoride is neither a nutrient nor required for healthy teeth. Poor diets decay teeth and fluoride won’t stop that, ” Beeber said.

Various European countries have already eliminated fluoride from municipal water supplies: France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Italy.

What’s the solution?

Write to your state representatives and legislature and oppose fluoride in drinking water. Find out which politicians support non-fluoridation measures and those who are in favor of fluoridation, and keep sending correspondence. Don’t sign petitions in your local area advocating the adding of fluoride to your water system. Tell all your friends, family, and neighbors about the dangers of fluoridation in water.

At the dentist, decline to have fluoride treatments for your children. Although your dentist will surely try to talk you into it, resist anyway.

Use non-fluoridated toothpaste (read lables) or make your own.

Educate yourself on the ways to keep good dental health by following a diet that supports teeth and bone health. Research states that good nutrition prevents dental decay and bone problems.  In fact, studies of the diets of indigenous peoples around the world who eat traditional diets (research of Dr. Weston A. Price) have proven that dental and many other health issues are virtually non-existent when eating nutrionally-dense foods such as fish, eggs, butter, shellfish and organ meats.

Purchase a good quality filtration system for your home and don’t drink tap water. Some good quality brands include GE SmartWater filtration systems, Kangen Water, and visit Heart Spring for good general information about water filtration products.

After analyzing foods consumed by isolated primitive peoples, Dr. Weston A. Price discovered that they provided at least four times the calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins from animal foods originating from animals raised naturally. This was in contrast with the processed, additive-filled diet of Western citizens in developed countries who experienced heightened levels of dental issues including decay, malformation, and bone mal-structure and loss. His record of detailing the extreme deterioration both physical and dental health of people who went from nutritionally-dense foods to processed foods is both startling and eye-opening.

Consider the amount of processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugar consumed by the average citizen living in a developed country in the modern age. As technology continues to advance, more products are invented and the availability of products becomes more prevalent and widespread, we are exposed to more and more sugar than ever before in history.

Although overall sugar consumption has increased, the consumption of  real sugar has steadily declined over the years due to the advent of artificial sweeteners – and subsequently, we consume more of those – high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, glucose, dextrose, fructose, aspartame, and saccharin has gone up. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, consumption of available calories from all forms of added sugars increased 17 percent from 1970 to 2006. When you consider just how much we consume, it is no wonder we have such high rates of tooth decay. The presence of fluoride does not affect this number.

Take the challenge to improve your diet which will have a profound effect on your health and your teeth. Read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price and learn about how you can take charge of your future and live a healthier life.

You may believe you have a healthy diet, and perhaps you do, but ask yourself the following questions about your diet and then go from there. Do you consume:

  • Processed foods
  • Sugary beverages
  • Foods with artificial sweeteners
  • Foods with refined sugars

If you are in the habit of consuming these types of foods regularly, ask yourself if you can replace them with the following:

  • Grass-fed meats from healthy animals raised without chemicals and additives, antibiotics and hormones
  • Pasture-raised poultry and eggs
  • Real milk and other dairy from pasture-raised cows (raw is a plus!)
  • Organic produce (fruits and vegetables)
  • Sprouted, organic whole grains from non-GMO sources
  • Real, whole fats like butter, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, lard, tallow, fish oil, and cod liver oil
  • Fermented foods such as real yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, natto, kombucha, or lacto-fermented vegetables

When you include real, nutrient dense foods in your diet, you will experience a decline in tooth decay and better health.

For more information about this topic, visit the Fluoride Alert web site and read the 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation.

Recommended reading on the subject of eliminating tooth decay naturally: (Rami Nagel) Cure Tooth Decay; Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition

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