Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel

This blog entry continues my review of the book Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. In previous reviews I covered topics raised in Chapters 1 and 2. This entry will address topics from chapter 3. As I write my review, I will be writing this on the premise you have read, or are reading the book along with me. I will continue to focus on pointing out both areas where I disagree with the author as well as areas I do agree with the author. To see previous reviews, click the tag at the bottom of this review “Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel” to filter all blog posts on this book.

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This chapter begins the discussion on how body chemistry can cause tooth decay and lends this chapter to be a must read to help retrain how we think about the things we eat. In this chapter, the author talks about the decay process, hormones, and overall nutrition with a focus on vitamins, organ meats, and bone marrow.

In this chapter, Ramiel Nagel further discusses his ideas on the method of action for tooth decay, and although the information described is incomplete and somewhat inaccurate, the changes in body chemistry linked to decay are very accurate. The main aspect missing in the decay process is the change in salivary composition.  Saliva flow over the teeth will account for a much greater portion of fluid changes affecting the teeth than the changes in fluid from within the teeth, which is where the author places his focus.

The saliva that bathes our teeth and gums offers protection  and healing to our teeth. When our diet is out of alignment, or other hormonal issues are at work, saliva changes. The mineral content will change as well as volume of saliva. There are also changes to the fluids that form around the bases of the teeth from surrounding tissues and there can be an impact on the immunity level of fluids as well. Our saliva is not just water, it is a complex product including minerals, enzymes, and products from our immune system which are all designed to aid in chewing and digestion as well as cleansing, protection, and repair of the oral tissues, including the teeth. When saliva composition and quantity is compromised, drastic changes can take place in rate of decay and increase in soft tissue lesions (mouth sores). This is something I see more and more with elderly patients, and/or patients who take a lot of medications.

The author also touches on how hormones, etc. can impact the health of the gum tissue. Although I am not as well versed in this area, there is truth to this. This especially rings true for women who go through all kinds of drastic changes in hormones related to their monthly cycle, especially during pregnancy, and even into menopause. As hormone levels change, teeth can become more sensitive, gag reflexes can increase, and gum tissue can become inflamed. Although I do not fully understand the exact process of this cause effect relationship, I am very aware of the impact it can have. While the changes in hormones are often difficult to control, and in many cases necessary, we do have control over both diet and oral hygiene routines. When maintaining both to a high standard, the negative effects of hormonal changes on one’s oral health can largely be negated. So if you are having oral complications related to hormonal changes, take a look at both your diet and oral hygiene routines for areas of improvement, and consider getting in an extra visit or two a year to see your dentist to help track your progress and guide you down the right path to improved health.

After discussing hormones, Ramiel moves on to discuss Cholesterol. Here he makes some very dangerous claims regarding cholesterol to which I disagree and strongly caution anyone with a family history of heart disease to pay more attention to your doctor than this author. Ramiel claims diet does not impact Cholesterol levels, however, I have witnessed cholesterol decrease by changes in diet. Although our body may responsible for producing a lot of the cholesterol in our blood stream, our body gets the building blocks and signals to do so from our diet and lifestyle. Further, to claim fat is healthy because we crave it is ridiculous. We crave a lot of things that are not good for us because we were brought up to crave it. People raised on lard sandwiches will crave fat a lot more than someone who was raised on a low fat diet because that is what their taste buds were conditioned for. Fortunately, we can retrain our tastes and cravings over time. So again, I stress, be careful what you eat and consult your doctor before increasing fat consumption and high cholesterol foods in your diet.

Vitamins A & D and Cod Liver Oil are what was covered next in Chapter 3:

I find this part of this chapter rather frustrating. The author raises some good points regarding the need for certain essential nutrients to help prevent decay, and their Interaction with one another, including how certain nutrients decrease the toxicity of others. To me this stresses the importance of a well balanced diet and eating multiple food groups at a time. It also supports the authors statements elsewhere in the book about not taking supplements. At least, that is until he recommends taking a supplement to get enough Vitamin A & D. What really frustrates me is the recommended dosage for Cod Liver oil. If you compare the dosage he recommends to the equivalent food sources he recommends, you would be eating way too much of specific food groups and have an imbalanced diet to get to the cod liver oil dosages from the supplements he recommends. To me, this is not a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Now, for someone trying to reset their system, I can understand using the supplement to get a kick start, but not for sustained use. Be very cautious when taking supplements, have your doctor monitor your levels, and ideally, find the natural foods required to create a healthy balance of nutrients in your system.

From here, Ramiel moves on to discussing organ meets and bone marrow. In this section of the chapter the author emphasizes the benefits of organ meets and bone marrow as key sources of nutrients. I believe the author is on to something here. As cultures became more “refined”, there is a trend to move away from the more “savage” parts of animals, like eating the brain, heart, etc.  this creates a shift to what is considered the more choice meats. This creates an imbalance in our diet as we are missing out on some nutrients, while overloading our system on other items.

Although I agree with the author to a degree, I believe he once again takes things to far (amazing how the pendulum always swings back too far rather then stopping at the balance point). He pitches very large doses of organ meets and marrow, including supplements, which do not fit in with natures balance. If everyone was to consume Ramiel’s recommended dose of organ meats, what would we do with the rest of the animal parts? The way I like to look at it is like this:  if you are going to eat a chicken, use the whole chicken. If you are going to eat a cow, use the whole cow.  Don’t be picky and only eat the choice meats. This is something that was lost from the hunter gatherer days when survival depended on using the entire animal. So the next time you have a chicken, fry up its liver and boil its bones. Don’t let those nutrients you paid for end up as fertilizer in the landfill.

Well, that wraps up my review for Chapter 3.  Hope you enjoyed and you are encouraged to contemplate more about the foods you eat. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them on the My Family Dentist facebook page.