For today's Real Food Quote Monday (RFQM), I'm going to dig into a book I got last week – “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel. The reason I got this book is not because of decay, but rather because of braces – crowding. One of our daughters is already in braces, another will be in a year, and who knows what will happen with our son. I just hate the fact that we didn't give them the start in life that they're enjoying now. I got this book to find out if we have any hope of avoiding braces for the next two. We'll see… I'll keep you posted. I haven't gotten to that part yet.
The quote(s) I want to share today reveals a fallacy in the modern theory of cavities. There's not much for me to interject as Ramiel's words are direct and clear.
“On the website of the American Dental Association (ADA), the common theory of tooth decay is illustrated. This is the exact quote:
‘[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.'
What is undisputed and agreed upon by many sources is that sweet foods with sugar cause tooth decay. What is questionable is the theory that cakes, candies and other sticky foods being left on the teeth, which then become food for bacteria, determine a decline in dental health.
The theory that bacteria thrive on sucrose, and then produce acids that eat away our tooth enamel, seems to be convincing. But it defies both science and logic.
The reason the bacterial theory of tooth decay is false is that sugar, and particularly refined white sugar, disables bacterial growth. This is from the Sugar Association's website:
‘Sugar incapacitates any microorganisms by its ability to attract water … The microorganisms become dehydrated and incapacitated, and are unable to multiply and bring about foods spoilage.'
White flour is produced by the removal of the wheat germ, for the purpose of inhibiting and reducing bacterial growth.
This leaves us with a conundrum. The two foods that are supposed to be the primary causes of tooth decay are white flour and sugar. These denatured foods have been specifically designed by industry and commerce to have a long shelf life. They are refined for the purpose of being made impervious to bacteria through the removal of most or all of the nutrients that bacteria like to eat.”
So what is the cause of tooth decay?
Tooth decay for two reasons: We are not consuming enough nutrients to build new tooth enamel, and the old enamel gradually wears away; and the body may transform the calcium and phosphorous elements within the tooth into nutrients that are taken to other more important parts of the body, such as the brain or heart.
In short, tooth decay is a result of physical degeneration.
Physical degeneration, over time, explains why the incidence of tooth decay in the United States is largely proportional to age. … The older you get, the more decay you accumulate. Tooth decay is the result of our environment, not genetics. Rather than it being a constant, consistent factor, it changes with age. People have frequently given me feedback, voicing their opinion that improper nutrition may not be the only factor in tooth decay. This is true. You can expand beyond nutrition and examine body chemistry, which is a factor of many variables. … healthy body chemistry creates healthy teeth, but poor body chemistry can result in tooth decay. Usually the cause of unhealthy body chemistry is a lifetime of assaulting the body with toxic food and drink. Other significant factors in tooth decay are the use of drugs, including vaccinations, birth control pills, intrauretine devices (IUD), exposure to environmental pollutants, and emotional stress. In general, people who eat a good diet, while listening to and observing how their body responds to different foods, will have an increased immunity to tooth decay.”
If you're curious what kind of diet Mr. Nagel recommends to cure tooth decay, see this post from AnnMarie – she put it up a day after I ordered this book. I'm warning you, the diet revealed in the post may overwhelm you – you might feel stunned as I did. The comments reveal that many were taken aback by the total elimination of phytic acid in the diet (because even though we soak, sprout and ferment, some phytic acid may still get through). However, what I took away from it was that if one has severe tooth decay, one has good reason to take serious action with the diet. If one does not have severe tooth decay, one's diet can be less extreme and still very healthy.
So what do you think? Are you shocked, like I was, to see that white sugar and white flour can't cause tooth decay because they're impervious to bacteria? Feel free to share your thoughts about this, or anything else YOU'RE reading, in the comments.
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