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    Magical Toothpaste Too Good To Be True

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/toasty/412580888/In a recent BBC News Health article, Seaweed Toothpaste ‘To Stop Tooth Decay, Ms. Roberts gives the fantastical and compelling assertion that tooth decay can be halted through the insertion of seaweed enzymes into toothpaste. She states

    “…lab tests suggest the [seaweed] microbe’s enzyme cuts through plaque stripping it of bacteria that cause tooth decay.”

    I would be inclined to agree with the author if the only aspect lacking in public dental hygiene is insufficient brushing of the teeth. Thanks to the book Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities we now know this is not the case.  Some reasons for this inconsistency include a misunderstanding of the bacteria tooth decay theory and although this seaweed enzyme may have been shown to remove some undesirable bacteria this does not constitute the cessation of tooth decay.

    In his eye-opening book Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities, Ramiel Nagel has this to say about the current accepted tooth decay theory:

    “Bacteria exist everywhere and are nearly impossible to get rid of completely. More than 400 different bacteria are now associated with dental disease, and many more have yet to be discovered. Since bacteria are a part of life, with some good ones and some bad ones and trillions of them everywhere, dentistry’s approach to eliminate bacteria seems hopeless.”

    The current modern dental view to tooth decay has many striking similarities to the current modern allopathic view to infectious diseases. Both believe that the world is filled with evil pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi waiting to invade the body system of multi-celled organisms such as ourselves composed of purity and goodness. This is otherwise known as the germ theory first proposed by Louis Pasteur in the nineteenthcentury. The reality is all living beings are composed of micro-organisms that co-exist in diverse symbiotic relationships within the body, the state of which determines health or disease. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide:

    “An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. These microorganisms (or microflora) generally don’t make us sick; most are helpful. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens (harmful bacteria) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.”

    If we were somehow able to dispose and rid ourselves of all "harmful" bacteria, viruses and fungi, our bodies would collapse into an amorphous state of chaos. The extent to which the symbiotic relationships exist to provide us with the breath of life is unfathomable and not to be tampered with, as anybody who has endured prolonged use of antibiotics can attest to. The evolutionary complexity that has succeeded in giving rise to humanity is not something that a little seaweed toothpaste and extra brushing must attempt to circumvent. Regarding tooth brushing Ramiel Nagel has this to add:

    “If dental drilling, root canals, tooth pulling, mass water fluoridation, tooth brushing, and toothpastes were the proper treatment for cavities, then would we not see this increase in cavities over time? Are we to assume that over 90% of the population is not following the prescribed protocol? Rather there is something fundamentally wrong with this “modern” war on bacteria approach to preventing and treating tooth decay.”

    I am not belittling the innate value of seaweed. Quite to the contrary I implore all readers to include it in their diet for its manifold health benefits. Tidal Greens has this to say regarding the benefits of sea vegetable consumption:

    “Scientists have recently concluded that sea vegetables offer perhaps the broadest range of minerals of any food found on earth. Western cultures are only recently beginning to discover the nutritional value of sea vegetables, which have remained the foundation of the Japanese diet for centuries. In fact, sea vegetables contain virtually all the nutrients in the ocean and the very same minerals found in human blood.”

    I am simply finding tremendous fault with a scientist's desire to isolate and extract a single enzyme out of its environment of natural buffers and synergistic chemical interactions in order to exploit its function. These buffers and chemicals are requisite in order to mollify any harmful effects such an enzyme might induce once isolated. The implications of such a risky action are incomprehensible. They can be compared, in no small measure, to the mass production of Western medications through a similar process regarding herbs. It is well known to which path this has led; innumerable side effects such as injured stomach and gastrointestinal linings, toxic livers, strained kidneys, and even death. According to Health Freedom Resources this notion is further explained:

    “Standardized herbal extracts isolate certain chemicals in plants, leaving out the other beneficial properties…. The result is more of the targeted chemical component, but without the synergistic and complementary factors which have not been tested, studied, and isolated, making them ‘phytopharmaceutical’ drugs…. If you isolate a specific chemical that is safe in its natural form, it can have a dangerous effect when not balanced by other chemicals in the plant.”

    One final point that must be mentioned is that of corporate involvement in health. If they succeed in extracting and synthetically mass producing this seaweed enzyme, what are the implications this has on the public view of health? Tooth health is not simply a matter of what ingredients are in the toothpaste. Rather one must be incessantly vigilant in supplying one’s body with superior nutrition in order to have superior teeth. In Cure Tooth Decay, Ramiel Nagel quotes Harvard professor Earnest Hooten:

    “It is store food that has given us store teeth.”

    Similar to the inevitability of breathing, one cannot elude the basic biological necessities required for tooth and bodily health. Although science and technology has advanced in leaps and strides, that which is sorely lacking is humility at the majesty of life.

    So what does Ramiel Nagel recommend for tooth brushing? He recommends any or all of the following natural brushing solutions: water, sea salt, baking soda, and herbal tooth powder.

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GordonHonig 5 pts

Hi,This is a good post, indeed a great job.. You must have done good research for the work, i appreciate your efforts.. Looking for more updates from your side.Thanks

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