Archive for the ‘Nutrional Therapy for Tooth Decay’ Category

Our Teeth as a Reflection of Our Health

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Often our teeth are treated as separate and not viewed as having anything to do with our overall health.

Fortunately there have been some amazing researchers who have conducted studies in the past – showing how closely tooth and body health are interrelated.

One of those researchers,  Ralph Steinman, DDS, performed numerous experiments on rats and mice to determine how tooth decay begins.  He injected a combination of glucose and fructose into the abdomen of rats and watched as it traveled directly to the pulp of the tooth where it began the decay process.  Dr. Steinman also discovered that the normal flow of nutrients is from the abdominal area into our teeth and then out into the mouth – which gives the teeth nutrition and cleanses them.  When he fed his rats sugar orally, that natural flow was reversed causing stagnation and decay to form on the inside of the tooth.

Dr. Steinman concluded from his experiments, that it may not be what is on the surface of the tooth, but what is allowed to penetrate into the tooth that brings about tooth decay.

Dr. Weston Price – another extensive researcher and pioneering holistic dentist – traveled to remote areas of the world to find what healthy people had in common.  What types of foods did they eat to keep them healthy?  He found consistently that as long as these people stayed on their native diets, without the influence of processed foods – they remained healthy and their teeth had very little decay if any.  He even discovered a tribe of people in Africa, who filed their teeth to points, but had no dental decay and that their teeth actually formed a protective  layer after the filing was done.

Both Dr. Steinman and Dr. Price viewed tooth decay as systemic illness.  They knew the foods that would keep our bones in our body healthy would also keep our teeth(bones) healthy.  The best foods for our bodies then, are also the best foods for our teeth:  good quality saturated fats, whole fat and raw dairy products, organ meats, oysters, mussels and non-starchy vegetables.  Just as our bones are capable of repair and regeneration, so are our teeth – with good nutrition.  Our teeth will always reveal to us – our state of health.

So, the next time you go to the dentist – be sure to ask if you can make an appointment with their nutritionist on staff.

Solving the Mystery of Heart Disease

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Did you know that there is not a strong connection between cholesterol and heart disease?

In fact, if your cholesterol is high – it’s probably because your body is trying to protect itself by making more of it.  In other words, don’t shoot the messenger.  We eat 20% cholesterol and our body makes 80% of our cholesterol in our liver.  That’s because we need cholesterol for many health reasons – one being, that it acts as an antioxidant in our body.  Here are few facts regarding cholesterol:

1.  High cholesterol has no correlation to heart disease.

2. Middle-age and older women may be better off with higher cholesterol.

3.  On blood panels – 250 mg/dl used to be the normal levels for cholesterol.  Now normal is considered <200 mg/dl.

4.  High cholesterol is a result of stress, obesity, illness, alcohol consumption, carbohydrate and sugar consumption, medications, lack of activity, smoking and heavy metal toxicity.

5.  Low Cholesterol is connected to heart disease.

6.  Saturated fats are protective of HDL – the “good” cholesterol

7.  LDL is needed as we get older – it is protective to the immune system.

Risk factors for Heart Disease include:

  • Stress
  • High Triglycerides
  • Low LDL
  • Low Saturated Fat
  • Excess vegetable fats
  • Excess Carbohydrates and Sugars – which lead to elevated insulin levels
  • Lack of exercise
  • Thyroid deficiency

The two greatest contributors to heart disease are sugar consumption and a sedentary lifestyle.

Life is Better With Butter

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

As late as the 1930s, indigenous people all over the world consumed at least 10 times more saturated fat daily than we do today. They had no obesity related illness, no heart disease and very little tooth decay.

Is it possible that saturated Fats kept them healthy  & could also help us today?

There may be many ways that butter – a saturated fat – could benefit us.  I would like to focus on 4 of those:

Let’s begin with the idea that Butter helps us stay fit – how could it do that?

Well butter satisfies our hunger easily.

It does that by giving us quick and steady energy  – unlike sugars and grains that tend cause spikes and dips in our blood sugar

Also, Butter supports a steady release of insulin and keeps our body in balance

A good example of that is eating butter on bread – the butter slows down the absorption into the bloodstream of the carbohydrate or sugar in the bread.

In addition – Research studies have shown that when women diet – those eating the most saturated fat – lose the most weight.

A second benefit of butter is that –

Butter Builds Good Mental Health.

Our brains are made mostly of Cholesterol and fat – and most of is saturated fat which is abundant in butter.

The fat in butter supports our bodies us of DHA – an important oil in fatty fish such as salmon.  This fatty acid is essential for healthy brain function.

LOW Cholesterol is associated with depression, aggression, suicide and mood disorders.   This is why doctors prescribe fish oil supplements for depression or mood swings.  Butter is the ingredient that stabilizes the fish oil so that our brain can benefit from it.

NEXT  –  A third and very important benefit of butter is that –

Butter Gives Us A Healthy Heart.

Did you know that saturated fat is the favorite fuel of the heart?

The body actually builds a protective cushion of saturated fat around the heart, for quick energy in times of stress.  So, just as saturated fat helps our brain handle stress – it also helps our heart handle stress.

Adding butter to the diet reduces something called lipoprotein – LP(a) –  which is a marker for heart disease.  Currently there are no medications to lower this substance in the body.  The only dietary means for lowering LP(a) is to eat saturated fats.

Eating saturated fats also raises the level of HDL – what is commonly called the good cholesterol.

AND – Butter supports the building of the muscles – the heart is a muscle.

FINALLY – The 4th and most important benefit of butter is that

Butter Tastes Delicious and Gives us Vitamins and Minerals.

The most delicious butter is the deep yellow butter from cows eating their natural diet of green grass.

Without this delicious butter – We are not able to utilize vitamins and minerals

For example – without butter – the vitamins and minerals in broccoli are unavailable to our body – even though we might be eating broccoli two or three times a week.

So enjoy all your vegetables drenched in butter!

If butter were really bad for us – wouldn’t our great grandparents have died of obesity related illness?  But most of them did not

SO, don’t deny yourselves the fat of the land  – pure grass fed cow butter.  Let it melt in your mouth and feel how much better – life is – with butter!

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