On first suspecting a cavity, I immediately began to question my diet. I follow the dietary principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation including drinking real milk, eating meat from grass-fed animals, pre-soaking grains and nuts, consuming fermented foods like kvass, kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut. Except for a small amount of maple syrup in my yogurt, I eat very little sugar on a daily basis. So how did I manage to get a cavity? And what was I going to do about it?
The book “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel had been on my “must read list” for some time and I finally purchased a copy to try and figure out what I was missing in my diet. In reviewing my diet over the previous 3 or 4 months, I realized that I had made some dietary changes which, collectively, may have contributed to the cavity. You see, Vitamin K2 (identified by Dr. Price as Activator X, now known as menaquinone) is critical for the body being able to put the calcium into your bones and your teeth. The easiest source of K2 is butter! Now I used to take high vitamin butter oil every morning with my fermented cod liver oil; however, my supplier had been out of stock for months. I could have purchased raw butter from my farmer, but it was very expensive and I was being frugal. (You can pay now or pay later – hindsight has enabled me to see that I would have been better off paying the price of that butter than paying the price of the cavity later.) I could even have used regular store-bought butter, but at that point, I had also started using coconut oil instead of butter. While coconut oil has many health benefits, but it is not a source of K2. In addition to avoiding butter, I had stopped eating bone broth soups for several months during the summer. Bone broth is important for bones and teeth.
So, armed with the knowledge that the body needs Vitamin A, Vitamin D, calcium, and Vitamin K2 to repair tooth decay, I have returned to eating butter. Lots of it. I bought grass-fed butter from my farmer which is sweet and creamy! I found another source for butter oil that I again take with my fermented cod liver oil every morning. I’m eating gouda cheese, another source of K2. (Try gouda melted on a scrambled egg. Yum!) I am enjoying bone broth soups again. And I am resolving to eat liver twice a week. I enjoy it fried with bacon and onions for breakfast, or have it raw in a lacto-fermented lemon-lime drink. I am eating bone marrow for lunch on Saturdays. And I’m looking forward to next week’s farm delivery of duck liver, another source of K2. It will make a tasty paté and is also an immune builder for the flu season!
Life may give you lemons like a cavity, but you can take action and, as stated by Ramiel Nagel, make “the decision to be responsible for your teeth in a new way”.
While my cavity was not causing tooth pain, I was experiencing some heat, mild swelling, tenderness, and stiffness in my face just above the offending tooth and in front of my ear. I decided to utilize one of the tools at my disposal, specifically, Bowen therapy.
In Bowenwork, there are procedures indicated for use with lymphatic obstruction in the neck and under the jaw, for infection, and for TMJ pain or problems. After doing these Bowen procedures on myself, the symptoms – heat, swelling and stiffness – were gone! Wow! Trust the process – which we hear over and over again in Bowen training – really was true!
I attributed the success with Bowenwork to lymphatic drainage of the cervical lymph nodes helping to relieve a possible infection. In “Cure Tooth Decay”, Ramiel Nagel says, “When the parotid gland is stimulated […] it releases parotid hormone which triggers a movement of mineral rich dental lymph through microscopic channels in our teeth. This mineral-rich fluid cleans teeth and remineralizes them. “ The Bowen TMJ procedure is performed on soft tissue in front of the ear which, coincidentally, is over the parotid gland potentially stimulating the movement of dental lymph, as well as the drainage of cervical lymph.
After that Bowenwork treatment, my face was pain-free, plus I now recognized the difference between a TMJ joint that is tense and clenched and one that is in a natural state of muscle tension. Prior to my cavity, I had no idea that I was holding so much tension in my TM joint. This led me to further investigate TMJ problems, and I’ll share my learning on that sometime in the future.
Making lemonade from the lemon of my cavity wasn’t over yet! In my next e-newsletter, read about Homoeopathy and the Dentist’s Chair!