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Nutritionist, Chef and Author (Part III): Nutrition and Dental Health Connections and Suggestions

Friday, November 21, 2008 by: Kevin Gianni
Tags: nutrition, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Renegade Roundtable, which can be found at http:// www.RenegadeRoundtable.com. In this excerpt, Sally Fallon shares on connections between nutrition and dental health and even dental recovery.

Renegade Roundtable with Sally Fallon, nutrition researcher, chef, journalist and author of Nourishing Traditions-The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats.

Kevin: That's a neat way to prepare it. Weston Price was a dentist so let's talk about teeth. And let's talk about what happens when people's teeth start to decay. Can you rebuild those and what do you think some of the reasons why their teeth were so good, the cultures who were eating a non-Western diet?

Sally: Well their teeth were normal. I don't even like to use the word "good"; they're the way teeth are supposed to be. They were normal. A key nutrient here is vitamin K. Now Dr. Price didn't know what this vitamin was, he called it activator X, but we have now identified it pretty firmly as vitamin K and we know that people who have a lot of vitamin K in their saliva don't get cavities. And vitamin K is absolutely necessary for putting calcium in the teeth and bones, calcium and phosphorus. You need vitamin K for that, more than just for healthy blood. We now realize you need vitamin K for healthy teeth and bones.

Where do we find vitamin K? Well we find it in the animal fats of grass fed animals, we find it in liver, and we find it in egg yolks of grass fed chickens. Cheese is an excellent source of vitamin K. And there are a couple surprising sources of vitamin K. One is nato, which is a fermented soy product. Vitamin K is created by a special type of fermentation. So in Asia where they're not eating butter -- by the way butter is a great source of vitamin K -- where they're not eating butter and cheese, they get a lot of vitamin K from this special fermented soy product that they eat in small amounts.

And that's why we say...we really qualify our warnings about soy. We warn against the modern soy products but in Asia, in the context of their diet and the way they prepare the soy, it is an extremely important component of the diet, very healthy component.

And just getting back to the tooth decay. Dr. Price had a method for treating tooth decay that worked, that stopped the decay and actually reversed the decay, helped the tooth rebuild. And it was a combination of high vitamin cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil. The butter oil was made by centrifuging butter that came from cows eating rapidly growing green grass and the oil concentrated the X factor, the vitamin K. And when he gave this to people and got them off all the sugar and everything their teeth rebuilt themselves, the re-healed themselves. We've had lots of people tell us they've done the same thing.

Kevin: Really? How much of the oil?

Sally: Well we're saying a half a teaspoon to a teaspoon a day. Dr. Price actually
administered it in drops under the tongue, alternating drops of the vitamin oil and the cod liver oil. But you know the other thing that he was concerned about was dental deformities. You have to ask yourself why all these children today need braces. Why are their teeth coming in crooked? It's not genetic, it's not because they suck their thumbs, it's not because they eat soft food, it's because of nutrition. It's because they don't have the right building materials to build a large wide palate for the teeth to come in straight. And I actually proved that with my reckless experiment on my children, none of them needed braces so I had a lot more money to spend on good food than spending on the orthodontist. And that's surprising because I needed braces. So we were able to reverse that trend with the right nutrition.

Kevin: Now my question is, you may or may not know the answer to this, if you have had braces, if you've had your wisdom teeth pulled, is there any salvation for you?

Sally: Yes, I'm in that category. I had braces, I have a very narrow face and I had wisdom teeth pulled and I was the allergy kid, I had lots of health problems. I've gone on this diet and my allergies have gone away and I have a lot more energy and I haven't gotten cavities in years and years but my wisdom teeth didn't grow back. And my palate is narrow. After a certain point you can't go back. And actually the palate is formed in utero and in the first years of life so that's when a very nutrient dense diet is so crucial and, in fact, the traditional cultures understood that and fed special foods to men and women before conception and then to the women during pregnancy and to growing children.

Kevin: You mentioned rebuilding teeth. Is that getting rid of cavities that are there? Is it building back enamel?

Sally: Enamel can grow back. We've had people with black cavities in their teeth who did what we recommended and the tooth ache goes away and then they say a few weeks later this black piece falls out and the hole is filled. It's amazing, isn't it? And you know when Dr. Price first did this, and even today, dentists will tell you can't heal tooth and yet we've seen it done.

Kevin: It doesn't make any sense because you can heal a bone. So you break a bone, you can heal it, why can't you heal a tooth?

Sally: Well, of course what the tooth does is kind of fill in whereas the bone re-knits. But yeah, it's quite amazing.

Kevin: I have a question for you here. Someone asks, "How do you deal with all the confusion about diet?" What's a way that someone can be at ease when all this information is being put on them, "this is right, this is right, this is wrong, someone just said this is right"...how does someone deal with that?

Sally: I know and it's quite interesting to me when people first hear about our work there's a certain percentage that kind of digest it immediately and that's it, they never look back. And they're never confused or afraid again. It just all comes together for them. But we have other people who say, "You're just one opinion," and so continue to be pulled in different directions on the diet and I do not know what it is that makes the difference in how you accept what we're putting out there. All I can say is that I would strongly urge someone who's confused to be a member and get our journal; we have a section of the journal called Caustic Commentary where we talk about all the studies coming out and what's being said about them and what the studies really show and so forth. It keeps you up- to-date on all of these controversies. So I would recommend reading all that part of our website. We reference everything; so hopefully, if you're not convinced in your gut immediately, eventually your brain will convince you from just all the information we put before you. I would certainly recommend carefully reading our little dietary guidelines booklet and see if that makes sense to you. It's all bullet points and numbered points so it's kind of easy to take in.

Kevin: To start the Weston A. Price Foundation, it must have really hit you pretty hard.

Sally: Yeah. I'd much rather stay home and cook and do leisure activities but Dr. Enig and I, Dr. Enig's my colleague and co-author, we just looked at each other and said, "Who's going to do this if we don't do this?" Somebody had to do it because otherwise we were facing an absolute disaster. And fortunately a small portion of the population has listened to us and has followed the recommendations when they were pregnant and given birth to these beautiful healthy babies. Maybe that's how I should answer the question that you asked before, go onto our website and look at our babies and if that doesn't convince you that this is the right way to go then probably nothing will because these babies look so different from the typical modern baby. They have beautiful round faces and good skin, they don't have circles under their eyes, they are normal in every respect, they talk early, they walk early, they're just bright sparks. And the letters of thanks and gratitude that we get from the parents, that's what keeps us going; that's what helps us work 26 hours a day, day after day.

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About the author

Kevin Gianni is a health advocate, author and speaker. He has helped thousands of people in over 85 countries learn how to take control of their health--and keep it. To view his popular internet TV Show "The Renegade Health Show" (and get a free gift!) with commentary on natural health issues, vegan and raw food diets, holistic nutrition and more click here.

His book, "The Busy Person's Fitness Solution," is a step-by-step guide to optimum health for the time and energy-strapped. To find out more about abundance, optimum health and self motivation click here... or you're interested in the vegan and raw food diet and cutting edge holistic nutrition click here. For access to free interviews, downloads and a complete bodyweight exercise archive visit www.LiveAwesome.com.

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