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.
The solution is to look for wild Alaskan seafood, especially in cans where what’s sold is the overrun of the salmon catch. Use fish such as salmon rather than tuna and consider krill oil and fish oil. 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 joltleft.com article, How holistic dentists use nutrition by relating teeth to the rest of the body – Sacramento Nutrition | joltleft.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.
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 that 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.
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 transfats 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.
- Davis: Downtown–3rd & E Street, Wed. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Davis: East Davis (near Slide Hill Park), Wed. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Davis: Village Homes (West Davis)–Bucklebury, Wed. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sacramento: East Sac–Rodeo Way & L St., Thurs. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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- Vacaville: Orchard St, Thurs. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- 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 vanadim. 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.