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The Protocols in a Nutshell

July 9, 2012

First, an Update

Okay, I am once again way past due for an update on this blog. Several people have been asking me about the specific things I have been doing to heal my teeth, so I know I really need to get this down, but finding the time to do a good job has been hard. However, I want to at least give a basic outline of what I feel to be the most important elements of what I have been doing that seem to have been effective. I definitely plan on writing a more comprehensive (but still accessible and easy to follow) plan in the near future. First, a brief update since my last post:

The good news: The pain reversal I reported in my last post continued for about two weeks. The bad news, as you have probably already guessed, came at the end of those two weeks. Yes, the pain returned, as ferociously as before. Now, I will admitUpdate that, after the first week or so of pain-free living, I began to get a bit lax in my eating again — not like I started up a daily candy and donut binge habit or anything like that, but I started having more fruit, and some grains here and there — not things normally considered unhealthy by any means, but not a good idea (I painfully discovered) this early in the intense treatment stage.

That being said, I was highly motivated to get back on the wagon (it’s amazing how a little tooth pain can motivate someone!), and had a high degree of confidence this time, since I had actually made it work before. Like the first time, the reversal did not happen quite as quickly as I would have liked, and was forced to turn to various pain killers for about a week and a half or so. In fact, I was getting close to losing hope again the second time, because right toward the end I fasted for a day, and by the end of the day one of my teeth that has been bothering me — my lower right wisdom tooth — had actually become so loose that I could not even close my mouth all the way  without it painfully hitting against my top tooth, let alone chew on anything. The very next day, though, I restarted some of my power foods and the tooth almost immediately firmed up; in fact I could begin to chew on that very tooth by that evening! Furthermore, all my teeth stayed solid and with no pain whatsoever, even with chewing hard foods, for the next few weeks! I sheepishly admit to, once again, getting a bit cocky and letting myself expand my diet a bit, mostly while eating at friends’ houses or other gatherings., (as well as having significantly more fruit than usual after my recent purchase of a Nutri-Bullet, I do recommend checking it out if you haven’t heard of it) and in the past couple of days I started feeling that tooth getting loose again, and being more difficult to chew on that side. I have not had the extreme tooth pain come back so far (nor do I plan for it to!), and have once again focused in on the protocol, and have already, once again, felt the difference. While I do not recommend this on and off, back and forth way by any means, I am finding that it is helping me to be able to focus more clearly on the things that seem to help the most, and even begin to get a “feel” for the sorts of things to focus on, as well as avoid. So, with all that being said, here is a list of some of the more important (so far as I can tell) things I have been doing to reverse tooth decay:

Foods to Avoid

Some of these may seem extreme, but they are important. I will devote another post to the “whys” of some of these things, especially the sugars, and why it is so important to avoid them.

  • Sugar, in any form. This is the most important thing to avoid. Sorry. This is especially true in urgent (i.e., painful) cases. The No Sugarworst is high-fructose corn syrup; then “regular” (table) sugar; but even sugar in normally healthy, unrefined foods need to be kept at an absolute minimum: namely foods like fruit, honey, maple syrup, and molasses.
  • Refined grains. In fact, grains in general, especially wheat, should be kept at an absolute minimum; none is best.

By now I have probably lost most of my readers. However, I am here to tell you it can be done, and you will actually feel much better. I personally thought I would never be able to give up sugar, let alone wheat, let alone grains in general (bread and pasta were two of my favorite staple foods for many years!). But once I learned how to cook without those things, I actually feel better, and for the most part don’t want to go back (my main failings in this area, as I have mentioned, have been at social gatherings, where it is hard — but usually not impossible — to avoid these foods). In fact, I had been slowly beginning to gather the beginnings of a spare tire around the middle for some time, but I lost it almost instantly (it seemed) as a “side effect” of finally cutting out wheat (for more information about the problems of wheat, the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis has been highly recommended).

The “Power Foods” and Supplements I used

Fermented Cod Liver Oil in capsules

The truth is, I tried tons of things. But here is what I feel (at this point) helped the most:

  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil. I figured I might as well scare off what remaining readers braved it though the last section right up front. It’s not a taste treat, but it’s really not that bad, as far as “medicine” goes. Besides, there are numerous flavors you can get and ways to take it to help you get it down the hatch (including capsules). I recommend the Green Pastures brand. This stuff is so effective it has been labeled “liquid dentist.”
  • Liver (especially beef). I know, I know. Not everyone’s favorite. But before you skip this one, let me share two or three things with you that might help. First of all, I have never been a picky eater my whole life — liver being one of my few exceptions. I have periodically tried it, and repeatedly said Heck No. But last  year, something very interesting happened. It actually came out of something I read in Nagel’s book I mentioned in a previous post. In it, he encouraged readers to get in tune with what their bodies are telling them that they need. So, I tried it. And the most incredible thing happened. It was like somehow a switch turned over inside, and I suddenly started to crave liver! I didn’t have to choke it down — I actually liked it! Something to think about. Another thing to think about is the importance of a good recipe. I plan on providing recipes and even meal plans for this course at some point, but for now, google “liver and onions.” Seriously. Find a highly rated recipe,and just try it. Final thing to think about liver: it is one of the most powerful foods to strengthen your teeth in a hurry. In fact, in my experience it can double or triple the healing time, even if you only eat it a couple of times a week.
  • High quality milk and dairy products. There has been significant bad press in the natural healing circles when it comes to dairy. However, I think where the milk comes from makes a huge difference. Modern, ultra-pasturized, homogenized milk from hormone and antibiotic soaked cows stuck eating grain in a barn is not the same stuff as fresh, raw, natural milk from cows that are free to roam and feed on pasture. I understand that the latter is much harder to come by these days. I have the good fortune to have access to a cow share, where we can get just that kind of milk. It is worth the extra trouble and expense. Once again, there is much more to be said on this subject, but since this is supposed to be a “nutshell” version, we will move on for now.
  • Other parts of my diet included plenty of beef and chicken bone broth, free range eggs, and plenty of greens and other vegetables, both cooked and raw (although raw was harder to chew when my teeth were painful, at least until I got the Nutri-Bullet).

    Colloidal Silver

    The Colloidal Silver I Used

  • Additional things in the supplement category included a high-quality colloidal silver supplement (to help fight off and keep at bay any infection in my teeth); Significant amounts of Vitamin D (when I wasn’t having liver or cod-liver oil); and I also used a mouth wash called Perio Wash.
  • Finally, the last thing I want to mention in the “probably most significant” category, is a tea I found in the “discontinued” section of a local Asian market. It is called “Peking Tooth Health Tea,” and believe it or not, it actually seemed to help. Unfortunately, however, I have not been able to find it anywhere in the internet, or how to get more. I may have to go back to that market and see if anyone there knows.

Pain Killers

Yes, I said pain killers. While I am by no means a big pain-killer man, and I want to stress that it can be dangerous to resort to only pain killers, finding a way — or rather a variety of ways — to manage the pain during the process of rebuilding your tooth enough to stop hurting is essential. Otherwise, you will very likely throw in the towel and go to the dentist, who will almost certainly either remove the tooth and/ or remove part of it and fill it with a foreign material, neither of which are the best option (the details of exactly why that is will have to wait for another post). Something interesting to note is that not all pain killing strategies are equally effective at different stages of tooth decay. For instance, when my teeth started hurting, I couldn’t bring anything hot or cold anywhere near my mouth; but when the pain went away and came back again, ice and ice water were very effective at minimizing the pain. One day one treatment would seem to work wonders, the next day that same treatment seemed to set me off with my head on fire. Thus the importance of having a variety of options up your sleeve and on hand. Some things I tried which were effective at least some of the time for immediate pain relief included:

    • Ice and ice water (I found this to be either very effective or very much to be avoided, but it;s cheap, abundant, and has no side effects);
    • Echinacea and Goldenseal tincture (I used a mix). Tastes horrible, but it was actually one of the best and most reliable treatments I used;
    • Emergen-C (or similar) vitamin C drinks. This one was a bit surprising to me. A little more hit and miss in effectiveness, but definitely worth a try. I would usually use only half a packet at a time, to keep from having too much C over multiple doses (and the effect was just as good). (By the way, I should mention that Vitamin C is not only potentially useful in temporary pain relief, but is also critical to long-term tooth and gum healing — and it doesn’t have to be an artificial drink like Emergen-C);
    • When I was in too much pain to sleep, I would sometimes have to resort to a Vicodin (left over from my last dentist visits);
    • If all else failed (as it sometimes did), I sometimes resorted to vodka shots. I am not recommending it, and I am not normally a drinker, I am just being straight forward about how I got through the worst parts (I pretty much only did this at night when I was trying to go to sleep and nothing else was working. I would particularly warn about the cumulative effects of taking Vicodin or similar pain killers with alcohol, as well as the additional dangers of damage to your liver with taking alcohol with acetaminophen, which is found in Vicodin as well as being the active ingredient in Tylenol, etc. In no way am I advocating the use of alcohol as a pain-killer!);
    • Clove oil. I actually did not find much, if any, relief using this, but I know many people do, which is why I mention it;
    • Similarly with oil pulling. While my results with oil pulling have been not consistent (possibly because my practice of it was not!), it is worth a try, because I know of many people who have found not only short-term but even long-term relief from oil pulling. If you are not familiar with oil pulling, it is fairly simple: The basic technique is to use a about a tablespoon of good quality oil (usually cold-pressed sesame or coconut oil — I much preferred the coconut) and, holding it in your mouth, suck it repeatedly through your teeth until it gets milky, around ten minutes. Then spit it out. Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic practice which has been used as a treatment for a whole host of maladies and diseases. You can learn more at http://www.oilpulling.com.

So, there you have it: a nutshell version of how I have been able to avoid getting more teeth pulled, and am in the process of restoring my teeth to the point where, hopefully, I may never have to have another one pulled or even get a filling.

There is much more to be said about each of these topics I have touched on here, as well as others, but I hope this is enough to give you an idea of what the program is about. For much more information, I once again recommend the book Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition, 2nd Edition. I am currently working on a few things to put together a program that is hopefully more immediately usable for immediate and powerful natural help to bring healing to your teeth (including how to help your children with their teeth). If you have specific comments, questions, things you’d like to see in an informational program like this, or your own experiences, I would love to hear from you!

Until then, good health to you!

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An exciting report!

June 6, 2012

After about a week of fairly excruciating tooth pain (I could only sleep after taking Vicodin and several shots of vodka — which I do not endorse, but was an act of desperation!), I was beginning to wonder if my experiment was going to be a complete failure — again. But I didn’t want to lose another tooth (actually it would have been another three teeth), so I gave it a little more time, and kept researching and adding both things that I thought might help speed the reconstruction of my tooth and help to alleviate the pain while it was happening. I will get to what I did shortly, but the good news is: I have had no tooth pain, and only very minor and occasional discomfort in the past over twenty-four hours! I did not need any pain killers, natural or otherwise, to help me fall asleep last night (and nighttimes are always the worst), because I simply didn’t need it!

The Experiment — Failed But Revisited

June 2, 2012

Well, here it is, two and a half years already since my last post. Ended with a cliff-hanger too, sorry to all you readers out there who now have long since chewed their nails away.

Here’s the upshot of what happened: I was able to stave off that first cavity I discovered fairly well with pretty much nothing but xylitol gum (I have found several all-xylitol gum brands, both in health food stores and on-line, but the one I have tended to stick with has been Spry. More popular gums, like Trident, sometimes have xylitol in them, but the quantities are generally miniscule, and nearly always have aspartame in them as a primary sweetener, which research seems to indicate to be not good for you). It was pretty amazing how fast it worked. My tooth would start hurting, I would realize I hadn’t had any gum in a while, I would chew some, and the pain would go away. And it would stay away, so long as I chewed the gum fairly regularly (meaning something on the order of once every couple days or so).

But then, alas, the fateful day came when that no longer worked. It took quite a while, mind you — in my previous post I indicated that it was about a year and a half, that I was satisfactorily keeping it under control with the xylitol gum. But, without apparent warning, it kicked up a notch. The gum wasn’t cutting it so well any more. It was then that I decided that I wouldn’t go down without at least some kind of fight: I remembered in the past references to someone actually growing back or at least re-hardening their teeth with natural methods. I had no idea who it was or how they did it, but I decided to start doing some research. My findings online were very scant indeed, but I didstumble across one interesting find: a book entitled, simply, “Cure Tooth Decay,” by Ramiel Nagel. I thought, “hot diggity dog,” bought the book, and started reading it. I’ll have to admit: pretty much the whole first half of the book I thought he was off his rocker; he was basically challenging everything we have been taught as axiomatic when it comes to tooth decay, namely, that cavities are primarily caused by bacteria in the mouth that feed off of sugars and other leavings left in the teeth, which then give off acid and erode your teeth. Mr. Nagel refuted all of that, pointing primarily to the findings of another researcher, Dr. Weston A. Price, who

Dr. Weston A Price

Dr. Weston A Price

founded and chaired the research arm of the American Dental Association in the early 1900s. Through studying various people groups all over the world, Dr. Price came to the conclusion that tooth decay, as well as many other signs of physical degeneration, come largely though nutritional inadequacies, primarily those introduced by reliance on the “modern” and refined foods such as white sugar, white flour, canned foods, etc. His findings were outlined in the rather hefty 1939 tome entitled “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.”

The most interesting discovery of Weston Price? Undoubtedly (at least on the subject of tooth health), it is the fact that he went to several areas where the children had very bad teeth, and instead of drilling, filling, and pulling, he gave them highly nutritious foods. Over and over again, he found that the tooth decay was halted and even reversed, the pain would go away, and the teeth would become hard and solid again. Isn’t that amazing? How many dentists have you heard talking about these sorts of things??

So, I decided I wanted to try it on myself. To make a long-ish story short, however, I was still at that time on the short end of the learning curve, that first edition of Cure Tooth Decay was minimal in terms of quick and easy to find solutions to implement right away, and the solutions he did offer would take some doing to learn how to find and prepare the sorts of foods he recommended. Not only that, my teeth were quickly becoming unbearable — I was in severe pain all day and could only sleep with a bottle of vodka beside my bed (true story — and I’m not normally much of a drinker). So I eventually decided the tooth (by then it was two teeth) had to come out, or risk loosing my mind. So that’s what I did. I went to the dentist for the first time, and they pulled out two teeth (at different times).

All that was not without its benefits,. however, for in the subsequent months and years I had the  opportunity to learn more about the findings of Weston Price, and even joined a local Weston A Price group that met regularly to help people learn and incorporated his findings into their lives. I even had a part in bringing Mr. Ramiel Nagel to one of those meetings recently.

And, guess what? A couple weeks ago, more teeth started hurting … a LOT this past week. But now I have more ammo under my belt; I want to try it again, only this time take the protocols more seriously. Hopefully the decay hasn’t progressed too much yet to be reversed.

Join me as we find out …

Dentist Who?

January 12, 2010

Hi. My name is Jeff Johnson. I am 36 years old, and I have, as of yet, never been to the dentist.

My Profile Picture

This Is Me

Yes, you heard me right. Never. It’s not because I have avoided the dentist exactly, although of course I can’t say I would relish the idea of going. And I am sure that when (if?) I do finally see one, I will probably get quite a talking to. But the fact is, at least up until very recently, I simply haven’t needed to. You know:  no pain, no obvious holes anywhere, no discoloration, no loose teeth, no obvious gingivitis.

So, as someone who has for some time been less than thrilled with the standard philosophy and practice of established western medicine, I have found no incentive to see a dentist.

I suppose I should first of all address the question, how is it that you have been able to go for so long without a cavity or anything like that? That is, I have recently realized, a good question, and one I have given a bit of thought to this past week or so.  My parents were largely vegetarian when I was growing up, although in my early years we ate some meat. For the

Schee disch? Disch ish a toosch.

majority of my life until I moved away from home my menu was lacto-ovo vegetarian — that is, we ate milk and egg products. My parents have always been conscious about eating healthy, the biggest staples in our diet being whole grains and legumes, and hardly ever any refined sugar. We also always had the basic vitamin and mineral supplements, nothing super fancy. Also, my parents always insisted that we kids brushed our teeth after every meal or snack, no exceptions. And we never used fluoride, or even fluoridated toothpaste.

Those are the facts. If you want to know why I think I never had any cavities growing up,  I suspect it was probably just because I am totally awesome.  Just kidding.  I actually suspect that it was probably a combination of several things, primarily: a diet that was low in refined carbs and sugars as well as probably more alkalizing than the typical American diet (as opposed to acidizing, which among other things tends to leach minerals from the body — a subject for a different post);  the fact that we were so vigilant with tooth brushing; heredity (although both my parents had cavities); and, in contrast to joking about my awesomeness, I fully acknowledge God’s grace.

I guess I should also add one more thing: for a number of years as a kid, my family chewed a special kind of gum, that was actually originally called simply “Xylitol”, and was afterwards called “Xylifresh”. It was the first, and for a while the only, gum sweetened exclusively with xylitol. Xylifresh for some reason dropped out of the market at some point (in the U.S. anyway, it seems to have stayed strong in Finland, where it originated), and we never found a replacement.

Since I am running roughshod over my bedtime at this point, I will leave you with a brief leapfrog into the much more recent past. About a year and a half ago or so, I was driving on my way home from work, eating some taco-ish type thing from a fast food place, when a horrible pain shot up into one of my upper molars.

And with that nail-biting cliff-hanger, I bid you adieu, until next time.