what causes Tooth Decay
Non Painful Diseases
The strongest part of our body structure is our bones. The
strongest bones are our teeth. How can they decay? We must look
at the enamel, dentine and root of the tooth as well as the bone
they rest in for some answers.
Scientists have already searched very hard and long for answers.
But their work is hampered by commercial interests that
try to shape the results. Since commerce determines which research
can be done (that is, paid for) sacred territory can be ignored.
For example, the effects of sugar-eating, gum-chewing,
tooth brushing, fluoridation, tooth filling materials and diet can
be ignored if it interferes with product sales. Trivial studies such
as comparing shapes of toothbrushes, studying the chemical
composition of plaque, and studies of bacterial structure and
genes are done instead. Studies “at the molecular level” do not
threaten existing industries.
Important research has lapsed since the 40's and 50's. Perspective
on tooth health was sound and clear in the mind of Dr.
Weston Price in the 1930's. His scientific studies stand as a beacon
even today because truths, once found, do not change. He
traveled the world over in search of good teeth. Anywhere and
anytime he found them, he described the people who had them.
This is excellent science. It lets you draw the conclusions. He
described what he saw in a book, titled Nutrition and Physical
Degeneration.13 They came to these conclusions from the following
Skulls of primitive peoples who lived along coastlines,
such as Peruvians, Scandinavians and various islanders,
and whose staple foods included fish daily, showed perfect
teeth; not a single cavity in a lifetime. They had strong
bones that didn't break even once in a lifetime of 45 years.
Skeletal structure was fully developed, meaning the jaw
bone was not undershot or cheek bones squeezed together,
forcing the teeth to grow into a smaller than ideal space.
Consequently, there was room for the wisdom teeth, and no
need to crowd the remainder. They saw no crooked teeth or
unerupted wisdom teeth. The authors estimated a daily
consumption of 4 to 5 grams of calcium in their fish
Our daily consumption of less than 1 gram calcium daily is
small by comparison. Our wisdom teeth erupt poorly, our other
teeth are often crooked. But today bad teeth go shamefully unheeded
because we don't need to chew our food, we can lap it
(ice cream) or suck it, or gum it (applesauce).
These primitive peoples got all the calcium, magnesium,
phosphate, boron and other bone builders they needed
simply from eating (fish) bones. Mexican peoples got 4 to
6 grams of calcium a day from stone-grinding of corn for
their staple, tortillas, instead of from fish.
13It is still available from the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, a
non-profit organization that seeks to keep his observations alive. Their
address is PO Box 2614, La Mesa, California 91943, (800) 366-3748.
Where do we get our calcium? Milk is our only supply. One
quart supplies one gram. There is little excuse for a carnivorous
society like ours to regularly throw away the bones of its food
animals in view of our dire shortage. It leaves us dependent on
milk alone. Milk has so many disadvantages. It is impossible to
milk a cow by machine and not get a few manure bacteria, Salmonellas
and Shigellas, into the milk. These bacteria are not
completely killed by pasteurization the way more susceptible
bacteria are. It takes boiling temperature to kill all of them. Why
isn't milk sterilized? Water was sterilized for human consumption
in distant decades. Chlorination of water is not ideal but it did
sterilize the water. Milk could be sterilized by boiling or flash-
Milk has other disadvantages: dozens of antibiotics, both by
feed and by shot, bovine growth hormone, chemicals added in
milk processing, the bad effects of homogenization, and allergy to
milk. Yet, in a choice between milk drinking and bone loss, one
must choose the milk. This would not be necessary if bones were
properly salvaged–ground to powder and added back to the meat
where it belongs–to offset the acidifying effect of the phosphate
in meat. One gram of calcium is not much bone (½ tsp.) but it
requires a whole quart of milk. Bone powder added back to
ground meat, soups, stews could greatly improve our tooth decay
problem, bone density problem, and skeletal growth problems.
Softened teeth set the stage for decay;
bacteria do the dirty work.
Zapping bacteria does not kill them all. The zapper current
does not reach into abscesses under metal filled teeth or around
root canals. Staphylococcus aureus, which we are constantly
stuffing in our mouths as we lick our fingers, finds an immediate
hiding place in a crevice where it can't be zapped. Many other
bacteria hide here, too: those that cause ear ache, sore throats,
bronchitis, stiff knees, joint disease. You can try zapping all the
Clostridia, Streps and tooth decay or plaque bacteria. But the
only way to successfully eliminate them is to pry them out of
hiding and wash them away. This is a job for the dentist.
Strep. mutans is considered to be the bacterium that causes
tooth cavities. I have found it in milk, evidently another pasteurization
escapee. All the more reason to sterilize dairy products.
Frannie LaSalle, 52, was getting compression fractures in her spine,
but the weak bone condition was evident in her mouth (many teeth
were loose—they could be jiggled!). Her gums were red and
inflamed. A low thyroid condition (she needed 2½ grains a day of
thyroid—in one day the normal body goes through 5 grains of thyroid
products) contributed to this. Her blood phosphate level was
high (4.7 mg/DL—should be below 4.0) and her alkaline phosphatase
was 205, also high, showing she was dissolving her bones
(including tooth sockets) at a rapid pace. Her whole system was
too acid, as could be seen in elevated CO2 levels (28, when 23-30
Only the major minerals, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium
can have an impact on this major disturbance. The dentist
said she had to have all her teeth pulled and replaced with dentures.
Her kidneys showed all three types of calcium phosphate
crystals. She drank no milk. She had only three weeks before her
oral surgery appointment. She was started on ½ cup 2% milk, 6
times a day plus 50,000 units of vitamin D (a prescription dose) to
make sure she absorbed all the calcium. She also took magnesium
oxide (300 mg. once a day) and vitamin B6 500 mg (one a day).
She was started on the kidney cleanse to help activate the vitamin
D and to help the adrenal glands make estrogen. Her estrogen
level (5.2 pg/ml) was too low to get the calcium deposited back into
her bones. She was also given licorice herb for their estrogen-like action to help with this and vitamin C, 1 gram (1,000 mg) 2 to 3 a day.
Her mouth care was to be as follows: potassium iodide (white iodine,
made up by dissolving 88 gm potassium iodide in one li-
ter/quart water). Purchase a new very soft toothbrush. Use no
toothpaste or store bought floss. Use 2 lb. or 4 lb. (the 4 lb. is
coarser) fish line (rinse first). Brush twice a day; floss only once at
bedtime before brushing. Use 6 drops of food grade hydrogen
peroxide for daytime brushing. Use 6 drops of potassium iodide for
nighttime brushing. Use no mouthwash, chewing gum, candy. In
three weeks her teeth could not be jiggled. Her dentist was astonished
(but was not interested in how she achieved this). In six
weeks her mouth looked normal and she could chew some foods.
Her vitamin D was tapered as follows: Take 6 a week for the first
week (miss one day). Take 5 a week for the second week (miss
two days). Take 4 a week for the third week. Then 2 a week indefinitely.
She never lost a tooth.