Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutritionby Published 11 Nov 2010
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There is a holistic alternative to conventional dental treatments which can help you heal tooth pain, reduce tooth infections, halt tooth decay and inhibit gum disease. Learn about a flexible whole foods dietary program pioneered by the head of research at the National Dental Association, Weston Price D.D.S. that proved 90-95% effective in halting cavities. Cure Tooth Decay provides clear and easy to understand dental facts so you can make healthy, life affirming choices about your dental health, including a non-surgical approach to halt baby-bottle tooth decay. Learn five nutritional programs that Nagel used to cure his own cavities, and halt his daughter's severe cavities. Restore dental and oral health through nutrition and lifestyle, not harmful chemicals and surgery. Dr. Gallagher the president of the the Holistic Dental Association says, "Cure Tooth Decay is treasure-trove of wisdom as it takes the mystery out of dental health."
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To cure tooth decay, Ramiel Nagel used the research of the dentists Weston A Price and Melvin Page to heal himself and his daughter. Price focused on principles he found in all “native” diets around the world that were cavity free and Page focused on diet and body chemistry. Nagel adds reflexology to the protocol with the intention to help balance the glands thus balancing the blood chemistry thus helping with the correct flow of the fluids in teeth thus aiding in healthy teeth.
Nagel discusses the false theory that regular brushing alone prevents cavities. The work of the said dentists busted that theory before it should have been started. He gives a fair look at what is involved in root canals and removing teeth. He gives lists of foods that must be avoided and foods that must be included daily to stop tooth decay and build a new layer of enamel. These foods aren’t new to followers of WAP and the cookbook Nourishing Traditions, however Nagel focuses on certain ones that are more specific in healing teeth. Besides the old stand-bys of cod liver oil, butter oil, bone broths grass fed raw milk, raw wild fish and grass fed meat (organs too) and pastured raw eggs, he emphasizes bone marrow and celery/parsley juice. He shows x-rays of teeth building a new layer of enamel.
Nagel consoles the reader for problems they might have had with their children and dentists. He constantly urges the reader to listen to her instincts and pray and ponder what is best for her to do. He gives lots of resources and references to look up additional information.
Cure Tooth Decay is an easy and inspiring read.
This book is written by a father after his daughter's teeth crumbled out of her mouth. He did a bunch of research to try to save her teeth (his teeth were also failing ... made me wonder about their drinking water, etc.). The book is heavily reliant on the ideas of Weston A. Price. I have mixed feelings about Price. He has some good things to offer, but much from his foundation is extreme and unrealistic. This book suffered the same problem but in much worse fashion. The man who wrote the book isn't well-versed in research or in understanding it. He cherry-picks his data and makes absurd claims (including that sugar combats bacteria as well as if not better than xylitol ... seriously).
The most revealing part was at the end of the book when there was a question from someone saying, "How can I do your remedy as it costs so much?" The remedy has to do with eating all kinds of special (and expensive) cod liver oil, grass-fed pastured butter and liver, and bone broths ... on and on. Quite pricy (pun intended). His answer? Well, duh, just start farming your land and grow your own food. Or, if you can't do that, go ask for the organs from your local butcher (of grass-fed animals, of course) and get them for cheap. Or go to the docks and ask the fishermen if you can have their fish guts pail. You could get it for free, and think of all the nutrition! Sorry, but this just isn't a realistic approach to health for teeth or anything else.
Do I recommend this book? Nope. I just can't. As a researcher, I was appalled at this book from the introduction clear to the end. If you're already totally sold on the ideas from the Price foundation, then this book might really appeal to you.
Notes to Self:
-My three-year-old had a rotting molar and within three weeks of extremely limiting (as in, once a week) any intake of sugar, grains, potatoes, or nuts, his molar has hardened. So though it is not pretty, he no longer needs a filling. So.... even though this isn't the most well-written or well-organized or well-communicated book of all time, I am giving it 5 stars for saving my son from needless medical intervention.
-I have been taking green pastures fermented cod liver oil plus high vitamin butter oil for years, but I have the dose wrong. I have been taking 2 capsules as it says on the bottle. To prevent cavities and heal the body you must take 7-10!!! I need to confirm this with WAPF.
-Obtaining oats that have not been destroyed is impossible, don't eat oats.
-A bone broth soup should be eaten every day or every other day.
-If you are going to eat sugar, including fruit, eat it with a fat (e.g. apples and cheese, berries and cream).
-This book is the WAPF diet but errs on the side of Primal over WAPF. As in, eat WAPF, but if you are not healthy enough or your teeth are struggling, go Primal. And if you can't handle Primal, at least go GAPS. Super interesting.
There are some interesting ideas in here and I think I'm going to start implementing some of the nutritional recommendations into my diet, however there were a few things I just couldn't get over.
Ramiel Nagel says, "For many, but not for all, vegetarianism is a masked form of a denial of life. Somewhere deep within you, you believe that life is suffering, and you want to suffer. Superficially, vegetarianism is a good way to minimize impact on the planet, not harm animals, and to get a high and light feeling from avoiding the seemingly burdensome animal foods. Deeper down, you are suffering."
Also, there were at least a hundred grammatical errors. Where was the editor of this book?!
There is a lot of good information here, but also a lot of personal beliefs hammered in over and over and some bad information mixed in. I gave it 4 stars because the good stuff is material you just don't tend to find elsewhere (I've never seen most of it anywhere). It's reasonably well documented but ultimately very one-note.
It's all about diet. Which doesn't add up, but I'll agree diet is very important. Unfortunately, his examples of cultures with good teeth are all very dairy-centric ones. So his proposed diet is huge with dairy (we're talking a quart of milk and several oz of cheese, every day, plus butter). To the point where he insists that dairy is necessary for dental health. Never mind that most of the world does not eat dairy (or didn't before modernization/Westernization). Somehow, all those examples got lost in translation.
The idea of someone reacting to dairy? Why it's just that they aren't using the good stuff, raw and grass-fed and low processed. Yeah, I've heard that one before. For a few people, it's true. For most of us with dairy intolerance, it's B.S. He does give a quick nod to actual dairy intolerance in the section on children, but it's less than a paragraph.
His diet is also all about meat. Just like with the dairy, he focuses on truly healthy, humanely raised, meat. That's fine, except not everyone chooses to eat meat. He does have a decent vegetarian version but it's really heavy in dairy. He is rather insulting to vegans (I'm not a vegan but I felt insulted).
The majority of the book is about what you should and shouldn't eat (mostly a couple very specific products, plus meat, seafood, and dairy). The rest is fascinating. There's a lot on what mainstream dental treatments actually do to your teeth and the rest of your body. Plus detail about accessing the need for dentist intervention and alternatives. There is an entire section on children's teeth as well. Only a few parts cover what I hoped much of the book would be about: herbs, supplements, tooth care, etc. It also only has one small chapter on gum health, which is mostly why I wanted to read the book.
Over all, it's worth reading, you just have to take some of his claims with a few grains of salt (but hey, you can brush your teeth with that salt!).