Even if you don’t think this topic is relevant to you today, I encourage you to take a look to ensure you keep all of your teeth. The CDC now reports that about half of all adult Americans suffer from periodontal disease, with 8.5 percent of all adults having severe gum disease. And even worse, 23 percent of all adults aged sixty-five and older have lost all of their teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
- Red or swollen gums.
- Tender or bleeding gums.
- Painful chewing.
- Loose or shifting teeth.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums.
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth.
- Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.
I have known the author Rami Nagel for a number of years and have collaborated with him in the past. Most recently, I feel very honored to have served as one of the editors, as well as a proof reader for Rami’s new book, Cure Gum Disease Naturally, which we recommend via our Amazon affiliation. I also supported some of the layout and visual communication. I have read the book several times over during it’s evolution and will continue to keep it as a valuable reference now that I have the published copy in hand [pictured above]. This review is written from my perspective as a reader who leads a community committed to how we nourish ourselves and our children. I think this book is incredibly informative, and inspirational because Rami invites and empowers each of us to truly nourish ourselves so that we can heal.
Over several chapters, Rami methodically explains the true reason why this kind of disease happens in the first place, and offers us very detailed step-by-step instructions on how to reverse it. Gum disease [periodontitis} is believed by the dental establishment to be a result of improper oral hygiene that allows bacteria in plaque and calculus to remain on the teeth and infect the gums, however, after I read this book I became convinced that it is due to a lack of proper nutrition. As an example, Dr. Harold Hawkins found that 70 percent of his patients with dental problems tested having borderline or low vitamin A levels. Vitamin A plays an important role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, proper prenatal development, and cell differentiation. Vitamin A is crucial for healthy bones and, together with vitamin D, stimulates and regulates bone growth. We want to stimulate bone growth because gum recession is really bone loss in the jaw. Any impairment in liver function impedes vitamin A assimilation, so it is important that we have healthy livers. In his book, Applied Nutrition, Dr. Hawkins attributed vitamin A deficiencies to the use of pasteurized butter and milk because the industrial production of butter and milk rendered them low in vitamin A. Many other vitamins and minerals are implicated in gum disease as well. As Dr. Weston A. Price observed, the health of our teeth and gums reflect what the overall health of the rest of our bodies is.
You are what you eat.
Clearly what we eat or don’t eat and how we live our lives impacts our health on every level. Some of the information I read in Cure Gum Disease was familiar to me as I also educate about Dr. Weston A. Price’s research and the importance of nutrient dense foods.
Nonetheless, I still learned a lot that was new to me, while some concepts were further reinforced. I think this book is a powerful companion to the best selling Cure Tooth Decay, and will serve those who read it with a clear path toward a cure. I recommended Cure Gum Disease to the Nourished Book Club I created, and a number read it and wrote excellent reviews on Amazon. I will share this book with the dentists I’ve seen past and present. I believe that someone who follows the recommendations outlined in this book will experience a benefit to all aspects of their health.
Here is one of the highlights that I took away from the book:
The biochemical cause of gum disease and tooth decay
After 30 years and 40,000 blood tests, Dr. Melvin Page, author of Your Body is Your Best Doctor, discovered and confirmed the biochemical conditions that cause tooth decay and gum disease: a disturbance in the ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the blood. A ratio of 8.75mg of calcium per 100cc of blood, and 3.5mg of phosphorus per 100cc of blood, with normal blood sugar levels, creates immunity to both tooth decay and gum disease. Raymond Forbes reports that the healthy blood sugar level is around 85 milligrams per 100 cc of blood. If those two criteria are met then alveolar bone resorption ceases. The alveolar bone is the thickened ridge of bone that contains the tooth sockets on bones that hold teeth. In humans, the tooth-bearing bones are the maxillae and the mandible.
When there is a low level of blood phosphorus over a period of several months then tooth decay develops. And based on this same research, when there is a low level of blood calcium over a period of months, gum disease begins.
According to Raymond Forbes, when there is a low level of blood phosphorus over a period of several months then tooth decay develops. And based on this same research, when there is a low level of blood calcium over a period of months, gum disease begins.
One recipe for creating gum disease is a diet high in meat and grains and low in calcium from dairy products. A diet that heavily favors meat and grains and is also low in calcium is disproportionately high in phosphorus and can contribute to a calcium/phosphorus imbalance in the body that may lead to gum disease.
One of Rami’s recommendations:
Nearly every packaged, industrially processed product that contains grain should be eliminated from the diet. Also avoid sprouted whole grain products and gluten-free foods made with brown rice. These industrially made products often contain additives such as anti-caking agents, stabilizers, leavening agents, or acidifiers such as tricalcium phosphate, trimagnesium phosphate, disodium phosphate, and dipotassium phosphate. Many times these chemicals are not even listed on labels. These additives are another reason to avoid commercially produced foods.
To summarize, the method Dr. Page and Dr. Hawkins used to heal gum disease was to create balance between the calcium and phosphorous ratios in the blood. In the most common type of gum disease, which Dr. Hawkins called Type 1, the blood calcium is too low relative to blood phosphorous. In Type 2 gum disease, both the blood calcium and blood phosphorous are low. Both of these conditions are the result of significant vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
When I searched Google on the topic of gum disease, Listerine came up as a preventive measure. I don’t believe that Listerine will solve the problem because it doesn’t address the true cause.
Read this book!
Rami offers readers a clear path to cure gum disease naturally that doesn’t involve scaling, root planing, gum grafts, flap surgery, or chemicals. I think the book is very well written and clearly outlined. I was surprised at my own level of interest in the material! I like the fact that Rami reviews what patients will likely face when they enter a dentist’s office and explores different approaches we may take to handle our options. I also like all of the home care recommendations included, as well as the breadth and depth of the information offered about nutrition, which is foundational to a cure. Most chapters offer a summary of key points to solidify what has been taught.
I can’t recommend this book more passionately. It is a must-read, as both a preventive measure and as a clear blueprint on how to heal. I deeply appreciate the considerable amount of time and effort Rami invested so that we may all benefit.
Rami Nagel has offered our community members with a United States postal address 5 books complimentary. One book per household. Please answer the question below with at least 5 sentences to enter, and use the words gum disease in your response. I will randomly choose 5 qualifying responses on July 8, 2015 at 9:00P PDT. [Update: I have randomly chosen 5 qualifying responses and notified the recipients: Jossette, landowne, Delanie, quarts520, and megshine7]