Continued from The real causes of tooth decay 1
Dr Weston Price’s research
You may wonder what people did before the advent of dentistry – I know I did.
The answer is that people living in harmony with nature didn’t have dental disease and had no need for dentistry until they started to eat the devitalised foods of so-called ‘civilisation’. This transition has happened in some remote places within living memory.
And a dentist researcher, Dr Weston Price, was on hand to document the devastating health effects of the introduction of the diet we now consider ‘normal’. The first noticeable effects were upon dental health and subsequently upon general health and the health of future generations – what we call ‘birth defects’ and ‘genetic’ and ‘developmental disorders’.
So dental disease was an early warning sign of more serious health consequences to come.
Dr Melvin Page and dental disease
Dr Melvin Page too was an American dentist working in the 1950s who devoted most of his practising career to reversing or preventing dental disease in his patients. He did this using diet, supplements and tiny amounts of endocrine extracts to balance an individual’s blood chemistry.
In so doing he not only stabilised or reversed any tooth decay or gum disease that the individual had presented with, but his approach also reversed the signs of chronic and degenerative disorders (such as diabetes or arthritis), and helped to normalise his patients’ weight.
This made him very popular with patients and very unpopular with the authorities. His work too was never adopted by the dental profession who continue to this day – some 60 years later – to think inside the same box.
The role of energy meridians in tooth decay
Although not part of these researchers’ work, combining the 6,000 year old Traditional Chinese Medicine understanding of energy meridian flows also sheds light on the true causes of dental disorders.
There are 12 bilateral meridians which animate the organs of the body and also pass through a particular tooth or its socket. This understanding can further explain why a particular tooth can be affected by localised gum disease or tooth decay.
For example, a lower left first molar lies on the Large Intestine meridian. Being on the left, this meridian also serves the left shoulder, the left lung, the left side of the large intestine, the nose, the arteries and veins and some vertebrae including the atlas and axis in the neck.
The organs supplied by the Large Intestine meridian form part of a nested energetic system so that if one organ on the meridian becomes diseased or infected, energy is temporarily diverted from the other organs to the damaged organ in order to promote repair.
So, if there are digestive problems – possibly due to consuming gluten-containing grains, for example, energy will be diverted from the other organs – including the lower molar tooth – to the colon to promote healing.
As vitalising energy is diverted away from the tooth, it may develop decay as the protective shielding of the tooth is lost or localised gum disease may occur as a result of the adhesion and invasion of biofilms around the tooth as defences are reduced.
This nested hierarchy of energies also means that the Large Intestine meridian may further ‘borrow’ or ‘drain’ energy from the Lung meridian with which it is partnered (in the first instance). And this can possibly lead to symptoms such as asthma, or respiratory allergies or infections.
It also means that in order to permanently resolve the issues with breathing – the cause – the digestive issues – need to be addressed rather than the symptom: the lung disorder.
Both the Large Intestine and Lung meridians happen to be Metal elements. And these too are part of a larger energetic system where vitalising energies constantly circulate around the five elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood with energies being generated in what is known as the Shen cycle and kept in check by the Ko cycle.
This Eastern philosophy is totally alien to the western way of thinking and you’ll be waiting a long time to hear someone totally schooled (or indoctrinated) in the Western paradigm such as a Professor of Cariology talking about meridians! But the fact remains that many thousands of biological dentists have discovered the veracity of this system in practice for themselves and are able to understand and treat not only dental but bodily disease more effectively as a consequence.
Other than the preventive measures already mentioned, the current approach to decay is to drill out the infected tissue and to fill the hole created with some kind of restorative material.
Often this material contains a mixture of highly toxic metals including liquid mercury, which either blocks or chaotically stimulates the meridian. But putting that concern to one side, whilst this approach apparently solves the problem on one level, on another level it means that the tooth is then never able to heal.
This means that the filled tooth permanently drains energy from the meridian affected and ultimately from the whole energetic system.
And so from the very first filling a destructive domino effect is set in motion, whilst the true cause of the decay is never addressed or rectified leading to more dental disease over a lifetime and the chronic and degenerative health disorders that follow in its wake.
In the words of the philosopher and writer, Ayn Rand “You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”
Our current supposedly ‘scientific’ approach is ignoring – or actively denying – the true nature of reality which is that life is an energetic enterprise which may ultimately be an elaborate, convincing 3D virtual reality simulation where what our senses perceive as matter is condensed energy as Albert Einstein told us over a century ago.
Nutrition and dental disease
Dr Weston Price (who studied dental disease in indigenous people) and Dr Melvin Page (who adjusted his patient’s diet in response to blood chemistry changes) broadly concurred in their dietary advice.
They agreed that the foods to be consumed should broadly be a Paleolithic diet including meat, fish and eggs; vegetables (particularly green leafy vegetables); raw or soaked nuts and seeds; and fruit and berries (but not the very sweet tropical fruits and no fruit juices).
Dr Weston Price also added organ meats, fermented foods, broths and stocks, generous quantities of animal and saturated fats, and raw, grass-fed dairy products to his recommendations.
Both Price and Page agreed that sugar and refined carbohydrates were to be avoided at all costs and were the main culprit in damaging our dental and general health. And Melvin Page also asked his patients to eliminate coffee and sodas, to consume alcohol in small quantities and only with meals, and to drink plenty of water.
The take home message is to eat real, nutrient dense food and to avoid all the nutritionally deficient processed foods that are so ubiquitous in our society. Remember that 95% of people experience tooth decay and over 80% have gum disease. If you don’t want the same results as everyone else you need to be doing something different.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. These dietary changes aren’t made easy by the society we live in or by others, but if you don’t want to end up on a lifelong treadmill of dental work culminating in losing many of your teeth and suffering the other health consequences – it’s worth it.
For more information about eating to avoid and reverse dental disease read Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. Click the appropriate link below for UK and US Amazon.