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I reeled in shock and felt upset for weeks, considering what to do. I phoned and asked the dental office so many questions and had so many discussions with them that they begin to treat me like a "problem patient". I begged for information, something written that I could study about but the dentist had none, and it was hard to find anything more than a verbal opinion. The dentist tried to answer my question, but wondered why I was making such a big deal. It was no big deal to him, since he did ten or more surgeries just tike it every week.
In answering one question, the dentist mentioned the word "remineralizaton". That caught my attention. You mean, there might be a way to "heal" a tooth?! I got on the Internet and searched. All the information I found seemed to back-up what the dentist had told me. I couldn't find any "natural" way to handle this problem. It seemed extensive decay in babies and treating it under general anesthesia was a common occurrence, growing more common every year in America. In fact, thereis a shortage of pediatric dentists (who can make a great deal of money just doing surgery after surgery on tiny children with rampant decay). I scheduled the hospitalization, but I could not go through with it. It just seemed too unnatural. Adam and Eve's babies certainly didn't have this problem!
So, I let the problem sit on the back burner for a few years, striving to use herbs that would strengthen the teeth and fight the infection caused by an abscessed tooth. I could see slight improvement, but overall his teeth were in very bad condition. He needed treatment and yet I couldn't bring myself to casually put my child under a general anesthesia. There are children who do not wake up. This child had suffered with spinal meningitis when he was 2 years old and had several febrileconvulsions, chipping some of his front teeth. I thought the abscess was caused by the broken teeth. I worried that his nervous system had not healed sufficiently to undergo the strain of a general anesthesia. He was still "twitchy" and nervous, I assume from the nervous system damage caused by convulsions.
One day, when he was just four years old, one of his front teeth actually broke off while he was eating. It was such a shock to see that I immediately phoned for a dentist. I thought I'd try a different dentist, the most highly recommended pediatric dentist in the state. He examined my son and with great alarm told me that he needed immediate hospitalization and extensive treatment at a cost of over $3,000 (we had no dental insurance). I asked my questions again! Why? How did this happen? He answered that breast feeding had rotted my baby's upper teeth and that the infection had spread through his mouth to all the other teeth. He looked at the new baby on my lap and pronounced that she should have her mouth and eventual teeth washed after every nursing, and that I should limit her nursing to only giving her the nourishment she needed, never letting her nurse for comfort or fall asleep nursing. I cried, "Surely this is not how God intended it! Breastfed babies all over the world have strong teeth. I cannot believe that nursing causes rampant decay." I could not see another option so for a week I tried to follow his advice to save my baby from the same dental problems that my son was experiencing, but I soon realized that nursing was a whole way of mothering, and I could not rip the breast out of a sleepy baby's mouth just to wash her teeth. It wasn't working.
I wrestled with the idea of general anesthesia and finally decided I could not accept any risk at alt to my son's life, in spite of the dentist's confidence and assurance that everything was perfectly safe. I convinced the dentist to do the necessary work right there in the chair without general anesthesia, which he had never done before in his 20 years of practice. The next hurdle was getting him to do the work without the "drunk" medication that they prescribe to relax the patient before giving them Nitrous Oxide. I cringed at all the anesthetics that they wanted to pump in his system. The whole thing was a nightmare, but my son did sit quietly and have the hours of work done without extra anesthetics, which was amazing to the dentist.
Now that the crisis was over and I wasn't upset all the time, I really began to ponder and search for the answers to my questions. How could my first four children have good teeth and suddenly my babies have serious dental decay especially since I'd gone to great effort to change over to only plant foods, thinking a vegan diet would only increase their health? What makes strong teeth? Have babies the world over for centuries suffered from rotten teeth as a result of nursing? Can it just be a fluke that one child gets healthy teeth and the next suffers? The word "remineralization" came to mind and I thought at length about it. Could teeth heal? God provides for healing in every other area of the human body. Adam and his kin were so strong and perfect that they lived hundreds of years. Surely they must have had strong teeth. Is it possible for man to have decay-free teeth?
About this time, I was fortunate enough to happen upon a short mention in a magazine about the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. Writing to the address given, I obtained some information from them, and strange it was! This organization found fault with the vegan diet to which I was so committed! They were bold enough to defy the commonly held beliefs about diet in America. I was stunned at their information: some animal fat is healthy and necessary for optimal vitality, animal products are irreplacable for some vitamins and minerals, birth defects can be prevented, etc. But most of all, I stood in awe that they had a very reasonable and well-proven explanation for the condition of my children's teeth when the best dentist I could find could not give me a suitable reason at all. Not only did they have an explanation, they had countless research subjects photographed to prove their stand.
I soon purchased their book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price, a dentist during the 1930's-l 950's, and began studying. I could hardly believe what I was learning! Did I believe it? Could I make such an abrupt change after years of vegetarianism and of late, a vegan diet (no animal products)? I felt so brainwashed with the culturally correct diet
that it was hard to even believe that animal fats could be good for you!
Basically, Dr. Price taught that those who eat in accord with nature earn healthy, vibrant, bodies and straight, decay-free teeth. Those who violate nature's laws suffer the unhealthy consequences. Traditional dietary wisdom should be heeded. Newfangled foods generally debilitate health. How a mother eats prior to and during her pregnancy determines the health of the child. The first signs of degeneration occur in the mouth (decay and crowded teeth). Advanced signs include lack of immunity, reproductive problems such as miscarriage, infertility, and birth defects. When a whole community or nation eats poorly, history has proven countless times that eventually reproduction is impossible and that people dies out. Noting America's current soaring infertility rate, I shudder to think where we are headed.
These research studies were based on the world travels of Dr. Price, who could see, even back then, that America's health was deteriorating rapidly. He knew there were people on the earth with incredibly good health that had no dental care at all. He searched out these pockets of people and examined them to determine how they prevented dental decay. What he discovered in his ten years of globe trekking, was that those people who eat their native diets, different and unique as they may be in different parts of the world, had the same thing in comonon: immunity to dental decay and vibrant health. Those people who had adopted western foods (white sugar, white flour, pasteurized dairy products, vegetable fats such as margarine in the place of butter, vegetable oils, etc.) had innumerable maladies. The hopeful and amazing thing is that when any person returned to his native diet and rejected the western foods, within 6 weeks they were on their way back to immunity and good health. The body does heal and regenerate! Dr. Weston Price took over 18,000 photographs of primitive peoples of every land in all their health and splendor. His photos (found in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration) show beautiful, well formed bodies and wide smiles of flawless straight teeth!
When Dr. Price analyzed their extremely varied diets in the laboratory, he found they all had one point in common. This common factor he named "Activator X". Later research has confirmed that Activator X is only present in animal products and belongs to the group of fat soluble vitamins. Dr. Price became a sought after healer of sorts and was able to cure severe dental decay, arthritis, infertility and many other illnesses by supplementing the diet with vitamin/mineral dense animal products. In all the peoples he studied, the conclusions were the same: no people can long maintain health, vitality and fertility on plant foods alone. Animal products are essential.
When I studied to the point that I felt fully convinced, I was stunned and amazed to finally know some truth about diet, but I felt so bad and guilty for my erroneous influence on others. How I yearn to have had this information early in my childbearing years so that I could have made a difference for my children! I began to feel such a deep desire to publish the news as far and wide as possible so that there might not be so much suffering. "If only" are not happy words, but perhaps I could prevent another mother from having to live through health problems, infertility problems, severe illness or allergies in her children, and many of the other trials I have experienced.
During my first three pregnancies, I was eating a healthy diet (whole grains, low sugar) but we ate meat and dairy products (pasteurized). Then I began to learn about veganism and I gradually moved toward that way of eating. My body's mineral stores were sufficient to get my through the next pregnancy and that child shows minimal signs of my deficient diet. By the time I had been vegetarian for a few years, I cut meat and dairy out of my diet and my next child has crowded teeth and some decay. Thinking I was choosing health, I inched closer to veganism eliminating all animal products and replacing them with soy products. My next child suffered severe eczema, rampant dental decay, crowded teeth and a very narrow dental arch and jaw (signs of deficiency in the pregnant mother's diet). Since I did not fully realize the extent to which diet and reproductive capability are related, I kept with my vegan diet, drinking soy milk and eating soy products such as soy cheese, tofu, and even soy ice cream. I was sickly myself and now experienced repeated miscarriage. I now know that repeated miscarriage and infertility are the screaming signs that vitamin/mineral levels are too low to produce another whole life. I was pregnant with my last baby while I was on a vegan diet. I felt very poorly during the pregnancy, and barely was able to hold the pregnancy and keep from miscarrying. I drank soy milk constantly to try to give myself a protein boost, as I felt so very ill and feeble. Only though blessings, herbs and constant vigilance was I able to complete the pregnancy. Now that baby is suffering from early decay. I wish now that I could have learned sooner!
How did I get duped? The answer to that is known to all who are LDS. The scriptures tell us not to rely on the arm of flesh (2 Nephi 4:34) and yet it is not easy to separate ourselves from the culture in which we live. Maybe we are too believing of all that the media, government agencies, RDA, doctors and health literature has to say. All of the health books that I have studied and reviewed in the last 5 years (with the exception of the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration) have all promoted the same ideas. To back them up, the government strongly promotes the "fats are bad" myth. Even with the blessed gift of personal revelation, we have to be open to new ideas and willing to "hear" what the Spirit dictates. Sometimes our own cultural conditioning prevents us from "hearing".
Since my own discovery, I have since met others who have suffered the ill effects of lack of animal fats in the diet. One sister experienced the painful results of diet deficiencies in the birth defects of her children. Her first baby had a heart defect that was serious enough to cause death at 15 days old. Subsequent pregnancies (while she was on a vegan diet using lots of soy products) resulted in miscarriage of defective fetuses. It was only after learning about the need for animal fats in the human diet that she was able to give birth to healthy babies.
As I began to share my newfound knowledge with others, I was met with much resistance to the idea that veganism isn't really good for us! I know I myself was not easily convinced that I was on the wrong track, so I suppose I can't expect others to believe right off that these conclusions are correct. I am so glad that Dr. Price documented his work so thoroughly, and that others have followed up on his work, proving his research results to be accurate. You can study it yourself and be convinced on this vitally important issue of how to have health for yourself and your family. May you be successful in your search for health and strong teeth! DH
Taken from Issue 6, 1998 of "The Latter-Day Family" #6905 (Used with their permission)
author - Diane Hopkins.
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