|Posted on August 13, 2017 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
As a city dweller, when you hear the word “ozone,” air pollution probably comes to mind. Yes the two (air pollution and ozone) often go together, but only because ozone is nature’s response to counteracting the air pollution. Uncontrolled ozone at ground level does impact air quality levels, usually negating air pollution toxins.
Ozone is simply oxygen (O2) with an extra atom in its gas molecule (O3). It is often referred to as “excited oxygen.” Ozone is constantly trying to throw off the extra atom, an instability that gives it an oxidizing property, similar to the fizz of hydrogen peroxide. That makes ozone extremely valuable in fighting not just air pollution, but all types of toxins, including those found in dental cavities.
Historically, when faced with a dental cavity, a dentist’s only option was to “cut” the tooth – drill away structure damaged by decay. Today, however, we are able to heal many small cavities with a gentler alternative.
Nutrition is of primary importance as we are rebuilding tooth structure. That being said, following the Weston Price protocol is critical. What you eat is as important as what you don’t eat. (See this post for more information http://www.thebrandwellnesscenter.com/apps/blog/show/24822385-reversing-and-preventing-cavities- )
Ozone dental treatment involves the painless, controlled application of dental ozone gas. It is sprayed onto a tooth with early stages of decay. Ozone drives oxygen through microscopic tubules in enamel, killing bacteria. Oxidation also eliminates acid waste products from bacteria. This creates an unfavorable setting for harmful bacteria that thrive in an acidic environment, and allows beneficial bacteria to take over. The progress of tooth decay is essentially halted.
This new, healthier environment allows minerals to flow back into the tooth, stimulating natural repair of the cavity and hardening of the tooth structure. Once a tooth is remineralized, decay doesn’t usually return once you continue with good nutrition and oral hygiene.
If you have a large cavity with a sizeable hole, your tooth won’t regrow that much structure. However, sterilizing the prepared tooth with ozone before placing a filling can be beneficial. It will sterilize the internal tooth structure and assist with internal remineralization of the tooth. This will practically eliminate the possibility for any bacteria starting a new cavity under the filling.
The applications of ozone in dentistry are many, as it can be used successfully for treating resistant tooth, gum and bone infections of the jaw.
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|Posted on July 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Holistic medicine is growing rapidly in the United States. Conventional medicine with its use of medications (and subsequent side effects) and invasive treatments, is losing its allure to the general population. People want to be well and feel well without taking drugs.
This is not to downplay the importance of allopathic medicine, as it certainly has its place in emergency situations. But for chronic health challenges, patients are waking up to the idea that there may be solutions outside of just treating the symptoms of the illness.
Dr. Brand receives her Naturopathic Physician Certification
Patients want answers for their chronic health problems, as they finally realize that they are frustrated with the idea of “medication for life”. People are sick and tired of being sick and tired!
As a holistic practitioner, I understand profoundly the mouth–body connection. As a person who overcame chronic Lyme disease (and all its associated symptoms), I understand the hopelessness of being given a label of having an incurable disease.
Having experienced both sides of the conventional medical paradigm, as a doctor and a as a patient, I can honestly attest that there is more to regaining health than most of us have been led to believe.
It is my opinion that most chronic illnesses can be reversed, just as I was able to get past chronic Lyme, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, neuropathy, tremors, brain fog, leaky gut, macular degeneration and an entire host of other “dis-eases” labeled as incurable.
As I wrote in my short book My Secrets to Regaining Health:
"Shifting your health starts with you. Believe that you can be healed. Be proactive in making it so, and you will be. It worked for me and it can for you."
Using biocompatible dental products is important for preventing additional damage to your health, but clearing your body of existing toxins that have accumulated over a lifetime, may be a bigger missing link to regaining health.
As a holistic dentist/naturopathic physician, I am are rooted in the concept that when treating teeth, I consider the entire body — diet, lifestyle, mental and emotional health. In my practice, I only use technology that minimizes exposure to harmful chemicals — for the patient, staff and doctor, as well as the environment.
We are all so much more than our bodies. Holistic medicine is an integrative field that involves the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fields of health. As a dentist and as a naturopathic physician, I can intelligently and rightfully integrate all these modalities into my dental practice.
|Posted on June 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
Colostrum is what is often referred to as "pre-milk", or the fluid produced by the mother's mammary glands during the first 72 hours following the birth of her child. Colostrum provides vital immune and growth factors that ensure the health and vitality of the newborn. In fact, all mammals produce colostrum after giving birth to their young; and receiving colostrum is so important that most baby animals would become ill and die prematurely without it. Colostrum contains almost no lactose, so those that are lactose intolerant should have no problems with a high quality colostrum.
Nearly all infectious, degenerative and autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, diabetes, cancer and heart disease, are preceded or accompanied by impaired functioning of the immune system. This impairment can occur years or decades before the actual disease is diagnosed. Studies show that colostrum contains powerful immune factors (immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, cytokines and interferon) that work to help restore a properly functioning immune system.
• It also contains PRPs (proline-rich-polypeptides), which have been shown to be powerful immune system modulators.
• PRPs work by stimulating the thymus gland (producer of T cells) that provides protection against antigens.
• PRPs calm down an overactive immune system, thereby assisting in shutting down autoimmune diseases.
Colostrum also contains numerous growth factors (hormones) which promote healing and create an anti-aging response. These benefits include:
• Regenerate and accelerate normal growth of aged or injured muscle, bone, cartilage, skin collagen and nerve tissue.
• Muscle mass, which normally decreases with age, can be preserved or increased.
• Repair DNA and RNA.
• Bone mass and density is increased
• Heal burns, surgical incisions, cuts, abrasions, and mouth sores with topical application.
• Help regulate blood glucose levels and "brain chemicals", providing alertness and better concentration.
• Help regulate the brain's "feel-good" chemicals to brighten mood.
As for oral health:
• Control infection and pain associated with gingivitis, sensitive teeth and dental work.
• Conclusive study showing colostrum is effective in the treatment of Sjogrens (dry mouth) syndrome.
Colostrum is a whole, complete natural substance which doesn't need to be overly processed in order to be effective. There have been no contraindications, side effects, or allergies reported during the thousands of years of human consumption. Additionally, we know that colostrum's ability to increase the surface area of the small intestine can potentially make some medications, vitamins, and minerals more absorbable. This may necessitate that your doctor reduce your medication dosage. This also means that you’ll also get more nutrition from the foods you eat.
For those baby boomers born in the era of bottle feeding (not breast fed on mother’s milk), and hoping to improve chronic health issues, supplementing with colostrum may be the missing link for attaining better health.
|Posted on May 12, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (1)|
Most of us involved with holistic health are already aware that the health of your mouth is a reflection of the health of your body.
According to the BMJ (British Medical Journal), a recent study in Sweden was conducted that proved there is a significant link between excessive dental plaque and premature cancer death. Higher levels of bacteria correlated with increased risks of dying up to 13 years earlier than normally expected.
Almost 1400 people were followed for a period of 24 years. Of the 58 people who passed away, 35.6% of them were women and 64.4% were men. The difference between genders was statistically significant, implying that men need to keep a cleaner oral cavity to stay well.
Based on the findings of this study, the high bacterial load on tooth surfaces and in gingival pockets over a prolonged period of time may indeed play a significant role in getting cancer. The control of the oral biofilm (plaque, tartar) is necessary to reduce the burden of the bad bacteria that may lead to getting cancer.
As was concluded in the study, poor oral hygiene, as reflected in the amount of dental plaque, was associated with increased cancer mortality. As a good preventative, we should all floss, brush, and eat right on a daily basis. And as importantly, visit your dentist regularly for evaluations and proper dental cleanings.
|Posted on April 19, 2017 at 1:15 PM||comments (2)|
As a follow-up to our last post, there are some simple remedies to improve your adrenal health:
• Limit all caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, chocolate). Or just limit it to the early morning
• Limit all sugar foods or foods that quickly break down to sugar (most simple carbohydrates)
• Increase Vit C intake
• Increase mineral intake (grey Celtic salt is a good choice as it has 84 minerals)
• Increase magnesium intake- Epsom salt baths or magnesium oil
• Get off the computer/cell phone before 10 PM
• Do your best to get in bed by 10 PM. The circadian rhythm of the body allows for optimum physical healing between the hours of 10 PM and 2 AM
• Install the free f.lux software so that your computer/cell phone does not emit the blue light in the evening. (The blue light from these electronics stimulates brain activity and keeps you awake)
• Do not eat within 3 hours of bedtime
• Add healthy fats – Coconut oil, ghee, olives, organic olive oil, and clarified butter all greatly support adrenal health.
• Eliminate stress -try meditation, yoga, breathing techniques
• Eliminate toxic metals from your environment (cookware, dental fillings, water supply, etc.)
• Add adaptogenic herbs – Ashwagandha, panax ginseng, and astragalus are good choices
• Medicinal Mushrooms – These include Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, etc. They all have stress-relieving properties and boost overall levels of health. I use them as teas.
By integrating as many of these natural adrenal healing practices, you should start feeling more rested, healthy, and energetic over time. Adrenal fatigue can be healed; you just need to see what works best for you. Making better daily choices in foods and lifestyle is key.
As always, it is best to work with an adrenal educated health practitioner to get the best results.
If you like this post, you may also like: Adrenal Fatigue and Mercury Fillings
|Posted on March 20, 2017 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
Adrenal fatigue is rampant. With our highly stressed lives, poor diet and environmental toxins, adrenal gland imbalance will occur and can be a major undiagnosed underlying factor in many chronic illnesses.
Testing for adrenal fatigue is easy (saliva test) but rarely done by most physicians, unless specifically requested. Even more unsettling is that most physicians have no clear cut remedy to treat this illness, as the causes of the adrenal fatigue can be multifactorial. It is not simply a nutritional problem but also a result of our daily poor habitual choices in a highly stressed lifestyle.
The adrenal glands are 2 of the most powerful endocrine glands in the body. They are also 2 of the most ignored. The adrenals sit on top of the kidneys and produce hormones that are vital to life.
The adrenals produce a variety of hormones. They modulate the body's stress response, and are involved in numerous other biological functions including blood pressure control, digestive functions, anti-inflammatory responses, thyroid function and sleep patterns.
These are the major adrenal hormones:
• Cortisol -helps regulate metabolism and helps your body respond to stress
• Aldosterone -helps control blood pressure
• Adrenaline -helps your body respond to stress
• DHEA –precursor to estrogen and testosterone
The most accurate way to assess adrenal function is through a saliva cortisol evaluation. There are other ways to assess adrenal function, including blood tests and Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. These methods will not give you exact cortisol and DHEA values. Blood tests can measure the adrenal hormones but saliva hormones are considered far more accurate.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue are said to include:
• Exhaustion, especially in the morning
• Insomnia, trouble getting to sleep
• Craving salt and sugar
• Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
• Reliance on stimulants such as caffeine to get through the day
• Dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing
• Loss of body hair
• Skin discoloration, particularly on the palms of your hands, knees, elbows and knuckles
• Lack of menstrual periods
• Thyroid imbalance
And I must say that this list could easily describe 80% of the new patients that come for consultations. Most come for mercury amalgam removal. Mercury toxicity from their silver fillings may be a partial cause for their health problems, but adrenal fatigue may also be an issue. Which came first can be tough to say.
The causes of adrenal fatigue are due to:
• Chronic emotional stress, worry
• Poor diet (junk food, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, too much chocolate)
• Not enough sleep, staying up too late
• Pollutants in the air and food
• Heavy metals toxicity (mercury fillings, aluminum from pots and foil)
• Reoccurring trauma (PTSD)
• EMFs from cell phones, computers, wifi, cell towers
In terms of dental health and adrenal fatigue, it has been shown in many research papers that mercury has a high affinity for all endocrine glands (adrenal and thyroid inclusive). So replacing your mercury amalgam fillings may be part of the solution in reversing adrenal fatigue.
|Posted on February 18, 2017 at 11:55 PM||comments (2)|
Several years ago, I wrote a short book My Secrets to Regaining Health. It covered many of the simple techniques that I employed to get past the chronic Lyme disease that plagued me for eight years. It was written to help the many patients that were coming to me to specifically find out what I had done to achieve this.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that is affecting greater numbers of people than ever before. It is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. It can also be transmitted through saliva, blood and other bodily fluids. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. (Here is a good link on Lyme disease symptoms: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs_symptoms/ )
If treated early, the cure is easy. However it is an insidious disease, so many times it may not be properly diagnosed until it is in its late stages. At this point, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. It is most often diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing can be helpful but rarely accurate.
As a survivor of chronic Lyme disease, I know firsthand that residual symptoms of post Lyme are many and stealthy. Dentally, it can wreak havoc in your mouth creating many neurological, muscular and chronically painful oral problems that may involve more than just teeth.
Here are some of the dental complications with Lyme disease:
• Heavy plaque buildup
• Bleeding or infected gums
• Increased number of cavities, especially cavities occurring quickly and invasively
• Unusual sensitivity or achiness in teeth with no obvious cause
• Neurological problems in the mouth, such as a tingly tongue or numb areas on the cheek, lips or tongue
• Bone pain in the jawbone
• Joint pain in the TMJ
• Facial nerve palsy
• Masticatory muscle pain
For years after Lyme, I always had on and off phantom dental discomfort in certain teeth that no dentist could explain the reason for. Call it “sensitive teeth” or possible cracks in the teeth or maybe sinus problems.
Now that we have ozone in the office, I decided to give myself microbaric ozone treatments to see if it might help with the some of these lingering dental symptoms. To my surprise, after the 2nd treatment, I developed a bullseye rash on my palate, a sure sign that Lyme bacteria were indeed still harboring somewhere in my mouth. I have since done the treatment a few more times and bullseye rash only appeared once more.
Microbaric Ozone Therapy
And even though it has been almost 20 years since I have gotten out from under the chronic Lyme disease merry-go-round of never ending antibiotics and experimental medications, I know for sure that the Lyme parasite is still living quietly in my cells. Everyone has parasites of some kind living in them. Luckily my immune system is now strong enough to keep it under control.
If you like this post, you may also like my book: My Secrets to Regaining Health
|Posted on January 22, 2017 at 4:10 PM||comments (1)|
Boron is a naturally occurring vital trace mineral that is required for normal growth and health of the human body, especially the joints, bones and teeth. It is believed that it improves the natural ability of the human body to absorb important minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
More importantly, boron has been implicated with the body’s ability to detox fluoride. And for those of us who understand the implications of fluoride, this information is vital. (If you are not aware of how fluoride is affecting your health, educate yourself through our many blogs on fluoride or just google it.)
Diets with a fair amount of fruits and vegetables provide about 2 to 5 mg of boron per day, but the average intake in developed countries is 1-2 mg of boron per day. Chemical fertilizers inhibit the uptake of boron from the soil: an organic apple grown in good soil may have 20 mg boron, but if grown with fertilizer it may have only 1 mg of Boron. Fertilizers combined with poor food choices have greatly reduced our boron intake compared to a generation ago.
Boron deficiency may result in:
• Abnormal metabolism of calcium and magnesium.
• Sex hormone imbalance, specifically estrogen and testosterone
• Neural malfunction (poor brain health)
• Pineal gland calcification
This last symptom on the above list - pineal gland calcification, is usually caused by excessive amounts of fluoride being deposited there. Boron is a transporter in moving superfluous fluoride out of the body. The pineal gland (located in the center of the brain) is responsible for melatonin synthesis, which plays a role in maintaining normal rhythms and sleep cycles. If our sleep cycle is out of whack, then our health will suffer. Melatonin also helps convert signals between our nervous and endocrine systems. Melatonin is believed to act as a neuro-protector that could play a role in the aging process and Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, the pineal gland can absorb a lot of fluoride -even more than our bones. Once calcification of the pineal gland takes place, significant health problems usually occur.
So that being said, it would be wise to incorporate a little extra boron in our daily diets. The best natural sources are fruits like apples, oranges, red grapes, pears, plums, kiwis, dates, as well as certain vegetables, avocado, soybeans and nuts. Chickpeas, hazel nuts, currants, peanut butter, red kidney beans, tomato, lentils, olive and onion are also notable sources of boron.
There are so many sources that one would think there is no reason to ever suffer from a deficiency. But as we noted previously, chemical fertilizers inhibit the uptake of boron from the soil, so that boron intake may be greatly reduced. And with all the overdosing of fluoride in our food supply, more boron may definitely be needed.
So how much boron is enough? The lowest active dose of boron supplementation appears to be 3mg, which is effective in supporting hormonal factors in postmenopausal women. Studies on osteoarthritis have used 6mg of Boron while studies in youth investigating hormonal changes have used 10mg.
The optimal dose is currently not known, but the above doses appear to be effective for their aforementioned goals.
And here are the health benefits:
• Prevents arthritis
• Reduces severity of rheumatoid arthritis
• Balances sex hormones
• Improves bone health
• Enhances embryonic development
• Can reduce post-menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats
• Improves cell membrane function
• Prevents congestive heart failure
• Lowers cholesterol
• Decreases fungal infections
• Improves brain function, cognitive performance, short term memory, sleep patterns
Personally, I take a boron supplement a few times a week. One needs to go slow when starting boron supplementation, as Herxheimer (die off) reactions can occur, especially when dealing with detoxing fluoride from the nervous system. In addition to detoxing the fluoride out, you should also limit the amount of fluoride coming in, by investing in a water system that filters out fluoride. When you go at a pace that feels good for you, and the fluoride leaves your system, you’ll experience overall health improvements.
If you liked this post, you may also like: Cooking with Fluoride
|Posted on December 14, 2016 at 5:10 PM||comments (1)|
The word “ozone” may make you think of a hole in the earth’s atmosphere due to pollution, or remind you of the unique scent in the air after a lightning storm.
In reality, ozone is a vital, healthy element. It shields us from ultraviolet rays of the sun, and it has many helpful applications in daily life. I use ozone water as a rinse to remove bugs and residual pesticides from my fresh produce. Many cities use ozone to keep public water supplies safe and germ-free. It is also a component of air purification systems, and is used to clean spas and swimming pools.
The same properties that make ozone useful in those situations make it an ideal treatment for gum disease. It is such a good destroyer of pathogens and rebuilder of health, that we can even use it in dentistry, with little to no side effects.
The medical community accepts ozone
Physicians have long embraced ozone to heal wounds faster, fight infection, and treat various diseases. Ozone is proven to render anaerobic (thriving with no oxygen) bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa inactive. As these organisms are eliminated from the body, healthy cells replace them. Ozone therapy boosts the body’s metabolism of oxygen, causing an increase in red blood cell production.
Dental ozone therapy and gum disease
Gum disease occurs when harmful anaerobic bacteria overpopulate the mouth. They burrow deep into the gums away from oxygen. The acids excreted by bacteria irritate gum tissues, causing inflammation and infection. Gums pull away or recede from teeth, forming pockets that trap food debris and allow anaerobic bacteria to infiltrate deeper. Eventually, you lose teeth and bone as these bacteria eat into the supporting tissues. Ozone therapy is a healthy alternative to traditional, invasive periodontal treatments.
If you are looking for a simple holistic alternative to conventional painful invasive periodontal surgery, ozone may be your answer.
Advantages of ozone treatment for gum disease:
- Not invasive
- Relatively painless
- Stimulates new connective tissue regrowth via stem cell stimulation
At our office, we use ozone treatments, along with laser treatments and nutritional support to heal and reverse your gum disease. Considering that studies have shown that each tooth lost will cut 5 years of your lifespan, it is important to save and restore as many of your natural teeth as possible.
Be sure to speak with your dentist before agreeing to conventional painful surgeries for periodontal disease. Ozone treatment for gum disease may be a better choice.
|Posted on November 20, 2016 at 6:20 PM||comments (1)|
It has been said that 80% of the immune system can be found in the intestines. If this is true, then good health will never be attained until your digestive system is working at its best.
So if you are dealing with chronic health problems and also have chronic intestinal issues (constipation, loose stools, bleeding, bloating, or any combination of these), then you might want to actively focus on fixing your gut, in order to fix your health.
As a holistic integrative healer, I see many patients with chronic health challenges (allergies, skin conditions, brain fog, fibromyalgia, etc.) autoimmune diseases (Lupus, MS, Hashimoto’s, Crohn’s, IBS, etc.) and cancers.
Many clients have finally made the connection that dental health plays a significant role in overall body health. Removing toxic dental restorations and toxic teeth can be helpful in healing, but may not be enough to turn your health situation around. It is still necessary remove all the lingering poisons that have accumulated in your body from these toxic teeth.
By repairing the intestines, your body can now actually effectively remove the poisons that have accumulated through all the years of holding these dental toxins. There are other ways to detox these poisons, but the intestines are primary, more so because intestines possess an intricate lymphatic system (GALT-Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue) which helps remove toxins through the lymph system as well as through daily bowel movements.
Without getting into too much science, here are the basics in improving and healing the gut.
• Limit grains, seeds, and nuts
• Limit dairy intake
• Daily doses of probiotics (good bacteria)
• Daily doses of prebiotics ((feeds the good bacteria)
• Daily doses of L-glutamine (rebuilds the intestinal wall)
• Daily doses of caprylic acid or coconut oil (kills off yeast and fungus overgrowth)
• Eat at least 1 type of fermented food daily (cultured vegetables, kefir or kombucha)
I have seen this regimen work miracles for many patients, as it did for myself. When I had gotten past chronic Lyme disease, I was suffering from leaky gut and many food allergies which I had never had before. By following this diet, I saw a significant change for the better within 6 weeks of starting it. Within a short time period of time, I no longer had any food allergies and can now eat just about anything, including gluten and dairy.
By improving your intestinal flora, gut inflammation and intestinal hyper-permeability will lessen. Your entire immune system will quiet down and function more properly. Work with your health practitioner to personalize this basic rejuvenating remedy.
|Posted on October 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
As a biological dentist, I have quite a number of health conscious patients, several of whom are avid swimmers. Swimming is a very healthy sport, but it can have its drawbacks.
Handstand in the swimming pool
Most swimming pools are chlorinated, and as most of us already know, chlorine can be toxic. We know that our skin is the biggest organ for sweating out poisons (detoxification), but it is also the biggest organ for absorbing poisons. That being said, it would be good to avoid exposing our skin to all known toxic chemicals: sunscreen, most makeup and moisturizers, and of course, chlorinated swimming pools.
Aside from the systemic absorption of chlorine through the skin into the body creating imbalances in iodine levels (see Iodine vs. Fluoride:One Secret to Better Health blog for further information), chlorine can have an effect clinically directly on the teeth.
According to this recent article from the Academy of General Dentistry, “Athlete swimmers, who often swim laps more than six hours a week, expose their teeth to large amounts of chemically treated water. Pool water contains chemical additives like antimicrobials, which give the water a higher pH than saliva, causing salivary proteins to break down quickly and form organic deposits on swimmer’s teeth. The result is swimmer’s calculus, hard, brown tartar deposits that appear predominantly on the front teeth.”
So, if you notice that you are getting stained teeth due to swimming, you may want to ask your dentist about coming in for more frequent dental cleanings.
The other issue with swimming in chlorinated pools, concerns the pH of the water. This case report tells the story of a competitive swimmer who swam in a gas-chlorinated swimming pool and experienced notable dental erosion within 27 days. It says, “Several reports indicate an increased prevalence of dental erosion among intensive swimmers due to low pH gas-chlorinated pool water.” Several cases are presented but one extreme case report is presented which describes a competitive swimmer who experienced very rapid excessive dental erosion within 27 days, due to gas-chlorinated pool water. Gas chlorination results in the formation of hydrochloric acid in the water. Inadequate buffering of this hydrochloric acid can decrease the pH level significantly, increasing the risk of erosion on contact with the dentition.
If you notice that you are losing some enamel on your teeth due to swimming, you may want to check with the swimming pool maintenance company to make sure that the swimming pool’s water pH is within the normal range. Also, it may be a good idea to do frequent oil pulling (see Oil Pulling blog) before and after swimming in a chlorinated pool to minimize the dental effects.
|Posted on September 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
Detoxing the body from heavy metals and other everyday toxins can be a challenge. As such, it is important to find simple routines and nutrients to incorporate into your daily rituals to enhance health. (Read My Secrets to Regaining Health) Ingesting whey protein may be worth adding to your list.
Whey Protein Powder
Whey is formed as a byproduct of cheese production. It is a complete and balanced protein because it contains all the “essential” amino acids (as well as additional amino acids). It supplies the purest form of these crucial nutrients and cofactors for cellular repair and growth.
More importantly, it increases the body's level of glutathione (our master antioxidant). Glutathione level is an excellent indicator of overall health and the ability of our immune system to support detoxification and a healthy aging process. Whey has a very high content of sulfur-containing amino acids (such as cysteine) that are necessary for the biosynthesis of glutathione. And studies have shown that you can effectively raise your glutathione levels through the consumption of whey protein.
Glutathione is different from other antioxidants in that it is intracellular (produced within the cell and not transported between cells). It has the unique ability of maximizing the activity of all the other antioxidants present, including vitamins C and E, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid. It assists in removing toxins from your cells and protects you from the damaging effects of radiation, chemicals, and environmental pollutants.
Several components of whey also known as cofactors, include the immunoglobulins, lactoferrin (anti-inflammatory, improves bone density), lactoferricin (antimicrobial and anti-tumor), sphingolipids (allows for proper communication between cells), lactoperoxidase (anti-bacterial agent), and glycomacropeptides. All of these cofactors have been shown to support the body’s ability to inhibit the growth of a wide range of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and protozoa. The regular use of whey protein can help keep your body prepared to ward off everything from the common cold and beyond.
Basic health benefits include:
• Antiviral and antibacterial effects
• Strengthening immune system
• Lowering blood pressure through vascular relaxation
• Improved bone density
• Prebiotic benefits enhancing intestinal health
• Appetite suppression and weight control
If you want to supplement your diet with whey protein products, you have to be careful because not all whey protein products are created equal. Most conventional and vitamin stores sell whey protein powders which are loaded with sugar and chemicals that don’t support good health or detoxification.
If you’re going to supplement, you should only use a high quality whey protein that provides all the necessary nutritional elements for naturally boosting glutathione.
Be sure that your whey protein supplement has the following features:
1. Certified Organic Grass-Fed, hormone free, unflavored, 100% pure, non-GMO
2. Cold processed from raw milk
3. Whey protein concentrate, not protein isolates
4. Sweetened naturally or not at all
Personally, I really enjoy the flavor of whey protein as it adds a creamy texture to my green smoothies. I also notice that I am mentally more alert and physically energized after drinking it. No need for caffeine when you supplement with whey.
If you like this post you may also like: NAC: A Detoxification Revelation
|Posted on August 20, 2016 at 12:30 AM||comments (1)|
Do you have bleeding gums or chronic bad breath? Do you find blood on your pillow in the morning? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions you may have gum disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease is rampant. It is estimated that 80% of the adult population over the age of 40, have it. Most people aren’t even aware that they have it since it is fairly painless with minimal symptoms. If left untreated, the obvious sequelae include painful abscesses, loose teeth, and finally tooth loss. The less obvious sequelae is chronic inflammation in the body, heart attack and strokes.
The worst part is that many dental professionals tend to overlook gum disease, since they are so focused on the actual teeth, not the supporting structures (gums and bone) holding them in your mouth. So going for routine dental checkups may not even be useful in getting a proper diagnosis.
Not all bleeding gums are indicative of periodontal disease. But it does indicate something is amiss.
Here are some other reasons for bleeding gums:
1. Poor or infrequent brushing
2. Poor or infrequent flossing (See our post Floss First)
3. Vitamin deficiency
5. Stress (See our post Cures for the Grinding Holiday Stress)
6. Crooked or overlapping teeth
7. Medication side effects
8. Sharing saliva with someone who has gum disease. (See our post Gum Disease is Contagious)
9. Pregnancy or hormonal imbalance (See our post Dental Health During Pregnancy)
10. Acidic saliva pH (See our post Saliva Secrets: pH)
11. Oral flora is off balance (See our post Oral Probiotics)
If these circumstances are not recognized or corrected, bleeding gums may become a chronic condition and eventually turn into periodontal disease. There are many simple and natural ways to heal bleeding gums before it becomes full blown periodontal disease. Something as simple as increasing your Vitamin C intake may not only stop your bleeding gums but may also reduce bruising, prevent cataracts, and strengthen your entire immune system. The health of our mouth is a reflection of the health of our entire body, so it is important to listen to what our teeth and gums are telling us.
Conventional dentistry is fairly aggressive at treating the symptoms of periodontal disease, but it may never actually address the underlying cause, setting you up for a lifetime of chronic periodontal care that never cures it. If this is your situation, it may be time to see a biological dentist who may actually help you find the origin and eliminate it completely.
So if you have bleeding gums, it is best to have a qualified licensed health professional evaluate your oral cavity. And always get a second opinion before moving forward with any aggressive periodontal treatment.
|Posted on July 17, 2016 at 12:15 AM||comments (4)|
When we think about probiotics, we automatically think of intestinal health. We know that intestinal health is a significant key to our healthy immune system, so it is important to maintain its integrity by eating fermented foods or regularly supplementing with probiotics.
But now we can look at the other end of the digestive system- the mouth. Most of us are already aware that the health of the mouth is a reflection of our bodily health. This has already been shown through conventional medicine with simple correlations of periodontal (gum) disease with coronary disease. Holistically, the meridian system (via Acupuncture) has shown that every tooth is correlated with a corresponding body part. (see Meridian Chart here)
With this in mind, maintaining a healthy flora in the oral cavity may be an important shield in preventing cavities, gum disease, bad breath and localized infections like the common cold or sore throat. The bigger picture is that it may save your life by preventing disease in distant outlying bodily organs.
Friendly bacteria (probiotics) boost our immune system and hinder pathogens from binding to your body's tissues. Probiotics can also lessen the growth of pathogens by producing agents that make it harder for them to live and thrive. According to one dental study, probiotics also have properties that reduce inflammation, a benefit that curtails the harmful effects of pathogens. In addition, they can stimulate bone formation, which helps repair the bone that deteriorates from advanced forms of gum disease.
Improving the flora of the mouth is critical for improving overall health. The question is which probiotics to take.
• Streptococcus salivarius helps maintain normal oral pH, breaks apart biofilms that harbors germs, reduce inflammation by lowering inflammatory cytokines
• Streptococcus oralis and Streptococcus uberis have reported to inhibit the growth of pathogens both in the laboratory and animal models. They are indicators of healthy periodontium. When these bacteria are absent from sites in the periodontal tissues, those sites become more prone to periodontal disease.
• Streptococcus rattus adheres to teeth and gets below the gum line to crowd out undesirable bacteria that can cause cavities.
A combination of these probiotics will create a continuous low dose release of hydrogen peroxide that kills off harmful microorganisms and naturally whitens teeth.
For those of us who are looking for easy ways to improve our health, intake of daily probiotics for the mouth and gut is a simple routine to include for creating optimal well-being.
If you like this post, you may also like: Meridian Dentistry
|Posted on June 26, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (1)|
According to a recent report published by the Fluoride Action Network, fluoridation chemicals added to public water supplies can leach lead from water pipes and increase lead levels in children’s blood. The report, produced in light of the current lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, explains that fluorosilicic acid (the chemical that fluoridates the drinking water) intensifies the corrosion from lead pipes and fixtures.
Fluorosilicic acid is a caustic fluoride byproduct of the commercial fertilizer industry and is added to public water supplies, including Flint’s, in a failed effort to prevent tooth decay. (See our many posts on Fluoride that explain this.) Even though lead water pipes were banned in 1986, these pipes are still in use throughout the nation’s water supply infrastructure.
Fluoride increases the acidity of the water and accelerates the leaching of lead, not only from the waterline pipes, but also from the brass fixtures on your sinks and showers. (There is 1% to 3% lead in brass.) Studies have found that children living in areas with fluoride treated water have higher levels of lead in their blood.
In a study by National Institute of Health (NIH) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA), scientists found that fluoride facilitates the uptake of lead into the blood of laboratory animals, and magnifies lead’s toxic effects on the body.
It was also found that lead can magnify the damaging effects of fluoride thereby affecting our teeth (dental fluorosis), bones (osteofluorosis) and brain health (fluoride is a neurotoxin). (See our other posts under Fluoride Category)
So if you are drinking fluoridated water without filtering it, you may be creating a heavy metal toxicity issue (in addition to the fluoride injury) for yourself. It is important to be aware and be proactive in preventing this.
If you like this post, you may also like: Our Other Fluoride Posts
|Posted on May 22, 2016 at 1:45 PM||comments (2)|
When one thinks about losing teeth, usually we think of periodontal (gum) disease, deep dental decay or maybe even trauma (getting hit in the mouth). But as baby boomers age, one has to consider how medication may play a part in this.
Osteonecrosis of the Jawbone
Osteonecrosis, or death of the jawbone, is on the rise. It has been reported in patients who are receiving treatment that includes bisphosphonates (for osteoporosis), chemotherapy (for cancer), and/or corticosteroids (for inflammation). The majority of reported osteonecrosis cases have been connected to dental procedures such as tooth extraction or implant placement. It is not that these procedures create it, but that they actually uncover it and expose its presence.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw is also known as avascular necrosis of the bone which basically is the death of bone resulting in the collapse of the bone’s structural architecture. It may lead to bone pain, loss of bone function, and bone destruction, and it is the result of a number of conditions leading to an impairment of the blood supply to the bone. Symptoms of osteonecrosis also include toothache, exposed bone (it literally pokes its way through the gums), swelling and loosening of the teeth, altered sensation, and recurrent soft-tissue infection. Osteonecrosis frequently results in chronic pain and disfigurement, and it is difficult to treat.
Medical practitioners are also seeing atypical fractures of the femur (thigh bone) that don’t heal. This is because this dense bone doesn’t remodel and doesn’t allow in a good blood supply. Many dentists are also seeing an increasing need for root canal surgery because of these bisphosphonate drugs.
The IV (intravenous) forms of the bisphosphonate medications have proven to have the most devastating effects, but the oral forms are also implicated in osteonecrosis. Both the IV and oral forms have the same mechanism of action.
The jawbone, more than other bones, is particularly vulnerable to osteonecrosis because of tooth and gum susceptibility to infection. The risk factors for developing osteonecrosis of the jaw include:
• Taking bisphosphonates, especially in IV form
• History of cancer, osteoporosis, or Paget’s disease
• Concomitant therapies (e.g., chemotherapy, radiotherapy, corticosteroids)
• Co-morbid conditions (e.g., anemia, coagulopathies, infection, pre-existing oral disease)
• Invasive dental procedures (e.g., tooth extraction or dental implants, and local anesthetics)
It is important to note that withdrawing the medication is not thought to make any difference in the outcome. Bisphosphonates have a 10-year half-life and will accumulate in the bone for up to three half-lives, or 30 years. For the next 30 years, a patient who once received bisphosphonate therapy may be at significantly increased risk for osteonecrosis, and dental treatment must be carefully considered.
Common Bisphosphonate Medications
The only true preventive measure would be to avoid bisphosphonate medications. (See our blog: Rebuilding Bone Naturally). Lots of minerals, Vitamin D3, K2 and weight bearing exercise are top priority.
|Posted on April 5, 2016 at 8:20 AM||comments (2)|
A relatively new phrase in the holistic dental community is ‘biomimetic dentistry’.
The word "biomimetic" is derived from two terms: "biology," the science of life or living matter in all its forms, and "mimic," to imitate or copy. With the advent of adhesive bonding technologies in dentistry over the past few decades, materials and techniques have been developed that allow for the minimal removal of tooth structure, followed by adhering tooth-colored material onto or within the tooth. The philosophy behind this brings new meaning to the phrase “less is more”.
Historically, when prepping a tooth for a filling, dental schools taught students “extension for retention” and “extension for prevention”. In essence, the bigger you make the cavity prep, the more likely the filling will stay in and the less likely you will get a recurrent cavity around it. This no longer holds any truth in the modern dental arena.
Nowadays, decay is removed and a restoration is bonded that both strengthens and mimics the form and color of the remaining healthy tooth. Depending upon the individual needs of a tooth, it can be repaired either with a bonding material applied directly to the tooth, or with a conservative inlay/onlay (similar to a partial crown) fabricated in a dental laboratory.
Biomimetic Dentistry: Less is more.
In these cases, crowns and prophylactic root canals can be avoided. The integrity, form, esthetics and function of the tooth, as nature intended, can be preserved. Thus, biomimetic dentistry is achieved.
Unfortunately, there are still (holistic) dentists practicing old school philosophy. An instance of this presented itself just a few days ago. A new patient came in regarding a second opinion on her dental situation.
This particular patient wanted to have her mercury filings replaced but found that she could not afford the fee presented in her treatment plan. This treatment plan presented by the holistic dentist she saw, involved crowning almost every tooth that had a mercury filling in it. She was hoping that perhaps I might have a solution that was less aggressive and more affordable.
After evaluating her teeth, we created a treatment plan that would safely replace her amalgams, mostly with conservative white fillings. Our treatment plan was considerably less expensive than the one with all the crowns and certainly more in the realm of holistic biomimetic dentistry. A win-win situation for both the dental health and financial health of the patient.
So if you are looking to preserve your natural dentition as much as possible, consider working with a dentist who is biomimetically aware. There is more to being a “holistic” dentist than labeling yourself as such.
For my personal experience on this, you might also want to read Choosing a Holistic Dentist.
|Posted on March 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM||comments (4)|
“Fluoride causes more human cancer death, and causes it faster than any other chemical.” - Dr. Dean Burk, PhD
Cleansing your body of fluoride is not the same as getting rid of heavy metals such as mercury. Fluoride is not a heavy metal. It's a halide (review your high school chemistry) in the same family as iodine, bromine and chlorine. Fluoride, bromine, chlorine all bind to the iodine receptors in the body and displace iodine. So it is not uncommon to find that fluoride toxicity is associatd with iodine deficiency.
Here are some simple ways to remove fluoride out of your body daily:
1. Take Iodine supplementation. Since fluoride and iodine have the same electron configuration in the outer shell, it is easy to see why the main iodine receptors of the body (pineal gland, thyroid, breast, ovaries, uterus, prostate) would pick up fluoride. So if you have any health challenges with these organs, you should seriously consider fluoride detoxification.
2. Add Boron to you daily intake. It naturally flushes out fluoride.
3. Eat turmeric. The researchers identified the primary polyphenol in the spice turmeric — known as curcumin – as an ideal agent worth testing as a neuroprotective substance. Previous research on curcumin indicates that it is capable of acting as an antioxidant.
4. Liver cleanse daily. The liver is a main detoxification route. It is important to keep it clear to move out all toxins, fluoride included. These liver cleansing foods may help: garlic, turmeric, lemons and limes, and avocado.
5. Sweat. Sweating is one of the best ways to remove all toxins from the body. Exercise or use of a sauna will do the trick. Make sure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before and after. You might also want to add some gray Celtic or Himalayan salt to the water to replace minerals lost.
As fluoride is released from your cells, you may experience symptoms like headaches, agitation, and palpitations. To minimize those effects, it's important to work closely with a knowledgeable health specialist. Supportive nutrients to take should include unrefined sea salt, selenium, vitamin C, and a vitamin B complex.
For more information on this topic, read my many other helpful posts on Fluoride.
|Posted on February 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM||comments (4)|
Fluoride is found everywhere today. Not just toothpaste and mouthwashes, but in many antibiotics, medications, and even non-stick cooking pans. I think that most of us know that it is found in many bottled waters and municipal water supplies.
The fallout from this fluoridated water supply is that it is currently in just about everything we eat or drink that has been made from these waters. There is no escaping fluoride in the modern world, and as a result, there has been a plethora of diseases associated with this fluoride overdose.
Fluoridated water from the kitchen sink
Here are the top 7 fluoride related health challenges:
1. Dental fluorosis. The unsightly staining and pitting of teeth is an obvious visual marker.
2. Osteofluorosis of your bones. Usually found later in life and misdiagnosed as osteoporosis.
3. Calcification of pineal gland. Can’t sleep? Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland. If yours is calcified by fluoride, you will have decreased melatonin production. This will follow with less sleep. ( See my blog on sleeping for more help.)
4. Thyroid disease. The thyroid is one of the biggest uptakers of iodine. If you are iodine deficient (most people are), your Iodine receptors will uptake the next best thing. Since fluoride and iodine have the same electron configuration in the outer electron shell, the receptors may take the fluoride instead. This will leave your thyroid highly imbalanced and in need of attention.
5. Hormone imbalance diseases. Cystic breast, cystic ovaries, fibroids and prostatitis are at the top of this list. Malignancies associated with these organs have also been correlated with fluoride overdose/iodine deficiency.
6. Coronary Artery Disease. A recent study has just shown that fluoride has a positive correlation with increased cardiac risk.
7. Lower IQ. A recently published Harvard University study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with high fluoridation have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.
So to answer our title question, “Is fluoride making you sick?’, the answer is clear. The implications of fluoride in our daily diet are more complicated than what we were led to believe. Now is the time to rethink the dogmatic belief that fluoride is good for you and your teeth.
|Posted on January 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM||comments (3)|
Replacing your mercury fillings with a dental material that is more biocompatible and less toxic, is usually the goal of the vast majority of patients that come to see me. And I applaud each of you who actually take a proactive step to do so.
The question that usually comes up afterwards is: How do I remove the residual buildup of mercury from my body tissues?
There are many simple ways to detox, and you can actually read about many of them in my book My Secrets to Regaining Health or read through my blogs to get other helpful ideas.
However there is another simple method worth exploring. The use of NAC.
NAC (N-Acetyl –Cysteine) is a natural sulfur-containing amino acid derivative found naturally in foods. It is a powerful antioxidant. It helps the body eliminate free radicals and neutralize toxins, especially heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead.
This sulfur containing amino acid is closely related to L-Cysteine, being its acetyl derivative. L-Cysteine is important for homeostasis, being a glutathione precursor, and a natural source of sulfur for metabolism. Unfortunately, L-Cysteine is unstable, and can become degraded (inactivated) while being absorbed. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), on the other hand, is more stable than L-Cysteine and conveniently becomes converted into L-Cysteine after being absorbed. Thus NAC taken orally will raise blood and tissue L-Cysteine levels. As a dietary supplement, NAC is therefore a highly attractive alternative to L-Cysteine.
By supplementing with N-Acetyl Cysteine, you will increase cellular Glutathione levels, because cysteine is the limiting component in the production of Glutathione. As many of you may already know, taking Glutathione supplements directly won't do any good since it is a protein and will be destroyed in the stomach by the hydrochloric acid and ultimately be broken down into its amino acid components (glycine, glutamine, and cysteine).
Glutathione is known as the "Master Antioxidant." An antioxidant is a natural substance that removes harmful free radicals from our bodies. There are many antioxidants (such as Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, etc.) but glutathione tops them all. Fortunately, we have an amazing built in system of antioxidant power that operates optimally when properly maintained. Daily supplementation with NAC will help regulate this.
An important detail to keep in mind is that glutathione is a chelator of heavy metals. The more heavy metals in your system, the more glutathione is needed to transport it out. If you have a lot of heavy metals in your body, then your glutathione levels will most likely be insufficient. Supplementation with NAC is critical to keeping this detoxification system healthy. From my personal research, it seems that concomitant high doses of Vitamin C are imperative, as it is an important cofactor in assisting in the glutathione detoxification system.
So if you haven’t already done so, I would seriously consider adding NAC (and extra Vitamin C) to your daily nutritional intake. I already have.