In my personal and professional pursuit of wellness, I have lately had cause to ponder the question; can teeth be healed? I have never doubted the possibility of the arrest and even the reversal of many diseases common to the human body as I have experienced this miracle in my own life. Given time, knowledge and the commitment to provide what the body truly needs for health and well-being, much is possible!
But what about teeth and specifically tooth decay? It would appear that in dentistry, when a tooth decays, the most common disease in the world presents itself – we are most often given a traditional surgical approach – a filling, to fix the problem.
However, having recently read the work of Dr. Weston Price in “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration ” I am inclined to believe, as Dr. Price did, that tooth decay is an oral manifestation of an underlying systemic or whole-body imbalance and therefore fixing the cavity with a filling is only addressing symptoms.
And guess what? Dr. Price actually had a protocol for fixing teeth that did not involve filling them! I have asked myself repeatedly why have I and so many of my colleagues in dentistry never even heard of this ingenious and most curious dentist and the work that he did?
There are people within the nutritional and medical/dental professional community who believe that this man, who just happened to have been born in Canada, should have won the Nobel Prize for his research work. Instead, his work has remained in relative obscurity for the last 60 some odd years.
Dr. Price traveled the entire world looking for healthy people and what made them healthy and this is what he found:
- When he found dental decay there was typically other disease present. In his day, it was often Tuberculosis.
- When he found isolated, indigenous peoples eating their native diet, cut off from what he called the “Diet of Commerce” there was virtually no disease, including dental caries.
- As soon as sugar, white flour, canned and processed foods were introduced into these isolated communities, there was a corresponding rise in disease.
- He also observed a lack of social deviation and problems with fertility and childbirth in these isolated communities.
- Laboratory tests performed on native foods revealed an astounding 10 times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins, and at least 4 times the amount of calcium, other minerals, and water soluble vitamins than Western diets at that time.
There is a great deal of confusion these days about what an optimal diet is and I do not profess to know the answer! However, it was of great interest to me to note, that while the diets of these isolated tribes were vastly different depending on geography, not one of them was vegetarian! All ate some form of animal protein and the most coveted foods came from the sea!
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