This month for the theme of TEETH, we will talk about an alternative to … cavities: how does that sound?
This is the story of Weston Price, doctor from profession, who noticed in the 1930s when he lived, that primitive peoples had better teeth than he did! Full of jealousy … uh I mean scientific mind, he started trying to figure out why. And guess what? He shared with us his insights (in a book) and now we transmit to you the truth about tooth… and nothing but the tooth!
Germs and Indigenous Peoples
Thus, through his discoveries, he understood that germs are not the cause of tooth decay. I repeat. Germs are not the cause of our tooth decay (= cavities).
It is in fact the foods we eat that are the true culprits. Let me explain.
Industrialized and processed foods, are (or at least WERE 100 years ago) non-existent in developing countries. Whereas for us, they’re all around like the Plague! Developing countries don’t know what they’re developing into… they’re developing cavities, that’s what they are!
It is therefore modern nutrition linked to urban life that causes tooth decay, not to repeat myself, but not germs! And this Dr. Price learned from the natives. Wisdom is priceless! Tell your dentist about it!
Fat-soluble Foods = Key Foods
But what is the solution, we can’t possibly go and live in a desert island (or can we?)
The native cultures he studied ate four times as much water-soluble food and ten times as much fat-soluble food rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and other minerals that help maintain strong teeth.
And Dr. Price understood that fat soluble foods are not present enough in our diet. A proof? I don’t even know what he’s referring to! (and you either probably). So we will have to define what a fat soluble food is. Other than, as the name suggests, it dissolves in fat.
These fat soluble vitamins, A, D and K2 are found in organ meats, fish liver oil, egg yolks, butter and bone broths.
Weston Price identified three categories of foods that non-tooth decay cultures ate in large quantities:
– The entrails of animals.
– Entrails and other parts of fish and marine animals such as heads, eggs, cartilage, etc.
– Raw, grass-fed dairy products.
Let us also not forget a fact often repeated by the followers of the organic lifestyle – that most of the food in industrialized societies comes from impoverished soils and is treated with pesticides and other chemical agents. However, the native food was organic and cultivated from fertile soil …
Other Differences for Your Teeth
– Indigenous peoples eat more organ meats while we in the industrialized world eat mostly muscle meat.
– Indigenous societies use natural animal fats for cooking while we mainly use processed vegetable oils.
– Animals from native cultures are raised on pasture while ours are raised in confinement.
– Indigenous peoples use bones to give the broth its flavor while modern societies use additives.
– Indigenous peoples use unrefined salts and sweeteners while modern societies use refined varieties.
Recommendations for Beautiful Healthy Teeth
DO NOT eat processed foods. This includes a lot of the packaged foods you find in the supermarket as well as the entire snack aisle.
Eat natural, whole foods that can spoil (in other words, not chemically treated to be edible for unusually long periods of time).
DO NOT eat foods that contain refined sugars (especially high fructose corn syrup), white flour, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils, vegetable oils, polyunsaturated oils or powders protein. This means avoiding most fried foods.
USE natural animal fats and vegetable oils (coconut oil or ghee) in cooking.
DO NOT be vegan. There are important nutrients that can only be found in foods of animal origin.
DO choose raw milk and none that is pasteurized, low-fat, skim or powdered.
DO NOT use a microwave oven for cooking; use traditional cooking methods instead.
Choose eggs and meat from outdoor farms where the animals are grazed and not locked up.
DO NOT drink fluoridated water or use it for cooking; only use filtered water.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic.
Testimony of a Former Vegetarian
“The first time I heard about it, I admit, I rejected it. Being a vegetarian, I had a hard time swallowing. But as soon as I gave up my dogmas and food beliefs and I have tried a Weston Price diet for my children… have seen many amazing results. As a health care practitioner my duty is first and foremost to my patients and children. I have witnessed many truths with this way of eating and healing and reversing the disease.
When we tried the broths, my daughter’s teeth, which were previously crowded, slanted, somewhat translucent, and filled with cavities, became straighter (without braces ), became whiter and opaque and during his last examination, no cavities were observed. This without any other change in dental health… with no change in brushing, flossing, etc… just diet. Our family’s diet has always rs been made from organic, whole foods, made from scratch, made from fresh green smoothies, vegetables and fruit juices, with no junk food or sugar. But none of those healthy foods did what a Weston Price-style diet did for them. “- Sapna Fliedner
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