Will some commercial cold cereals and granola quickly rot your teeth due to added sweeteners?
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Will some commercial cold cereals and granola quickly rot your teeth due to added sweeteners?

Sacramento : CA : USA | Jun 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM PDT
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One Sacramento mom explains how cold cereal grains may have caused rampant tooth decay in her children. "I fed them cold cereals and hot cereals. These were common Sacramento supermarket shelf cereals for kids. And all my kids soon had tooth decay as young as four years old.

"Nobody told me I was supposed to ferment grains before eating them. If you look at cereals, even the so-called natural ones in Sacramento supermarkets, most have some type sweetener added to them. Why do cereals have to taste sweet? You can add blueberries or strawberries to cereals without adding honey or sugar or cane juice or brown rice syrup or agave to the high-heat processed grain sold in cereal boxes. It's like eating carmelized popcorn.

"The combination of sweeteners and grains processed at high heat mixed with milk not only got my kids used to the taste of sugary or syrupy kids' cereals, but this is the third generation in our family to have tooth decay on a breakfast of cold cereal and hot chocolate. When I was only 11, I had 29 cavities eating cereal, toast, and cocoa for breakfast each morning before school. Just because it's familiar, and lots of Sacramento moms are on automatic pilot in the morning in the rush to prepare children for school, they rely on cold cereals.

"Did you ever notice how little gum disease or tooth decay is found amoung people who don't eat grains for breakfast or sugary processed cereals, but eat fish and vegetables or fruit and creamy foods--coconut milk, almond milk or aged, raw cheeses, instead in the morning? You need to take a spoonful of cod liver oil just to combat the effects of cold cereals on your teeth and bones.

"Just look at the ingredients on a box of so-called 'organic' granola cereal. There are 10 grams of sugar per 3/4 cup of cereal, before adding liquid. The ingredients on the boxes of these kind of cereals often say they contain oats along with evaporated cane juice, syrup solids, molasses, and other types of sugars.

"Why do you have to have all this sweet stuff in oats? How about granny's old-fashioned Scottish oat cakes without the added soy oil, salt, and sugary sweeteners? She had perfect teeth and lived on seafood, vegetables, oat porridge and oat cakes without added sweet stuff other than once in a while some fresh fruit without more added syrups.

"How many people ferment their whole grains and feed this to kids? And some kids have weak teeth that rot when exposed to grains. I didn't know I should have been feeding my kids for breakfast before school each morning salmon patties grilled or baked with added egg and vegetables in an omelette or fish cake and a bowl of berries and coconut milk. I should have found out what great grandma ate as a kid, since she had all her teeth."

Some children have a condition of 'weak' or 'hyperplastic' issues whereby eating daily whole grains, no matter how carefully soaked overnight and properly cooked will rot out their teeth. It's as if the toxins in the whole grains cause the teeth to rot from inside out. Your children's teeth respond to specifically tailored diets that prevent tooth decay. What's in your kid's lunchbox?

Other kids aren't affected by eating cereals. How does your child's teeth respond to whole grains? And is there a difference if the whole grains are fermented such as in sour dough bread before eating to remove some of the phytic acid or other toxins? You need some phytic acid to ward of cancer, but how a child responds to whole grains is an individual response that moves from the inside out. Check out the site, Health foods rot your teeth! | Food Myths Busted.

There are some articles that emphasize eating only certain types of grains such as quinoa or buckwheat. See the article, Healthy Foods That Make Teeth Rot. See the articles, Whole Grains Can Cause Tooth Decay - Cure Tooth Decay and, Whole Health Source: Reversing Tooth Decay. For some kids, milk or fruit juice decays their teeth. For others it's whole grains. And for some it's a combination of grains, milk, and fruit. But how many kids will stick to a Paleo diet of chicken or beef livers grilled with onions, green and orange vegetables, eggs and (if not made ill by fermented milk products such as kefir) a hunk of aged, raw cheese?

How many adults and children are immune to tooth decay based on what they eat--or on not eating sweets or drinking too much milk? In the early 1930s anthropologists, dentists, and physicians visited the Maya of Yucatan and found they were almost totally immune to tooth decay on their diet of beans, corn, with some vegetables and fruit.

These isolated peoples had not eaten a western diet or sugar. Anthropologists such as Morris Steggerda and others visited the Maya. At the other end of the planet, the Arctic peoples studied had almost no contact with vegetables and fruits, eating fermented or raw seafood and seal meat, fat, and liver. If you look at the nation before the Gold Rush era, the Native Americans living here did not have much tooth decay. See, Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans.

Yet, American parents today are concerned about baby bottle tooth decay in infants. See, Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Not Prevented by Fluoride. Modern peoples use mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, fluoride, and six-month cleanings at the dentist's. But why do numerous Sacramentans have a specific tooth decay rate? See, An Epidemic Of Tooth Decay Threatens Low-Income Children.

Could it be something they are eating? Why have tribal peoples remained immune to tooth decay for thousands of years when they didn't brush their teeth (just rinsed with water) but as soon as they changed to standard Western diets, lost most of their teeth due to decay and infections followed by degenerative diseases?

According to scientists, neither the Maya nor the Arctic peoples ever brushed their teeth. None had used toothpaste, according to the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor, page 192, by Melvin E. Page, D.D.S, and H. Leon Abrams, Jr. What do you think were the reasons why isolated peoples such as the Maya or the Arctic tribal peoples, before they had contact with Western diets, had almost no tooth decay (about 90 percent were immune to tooth decay)?

And if you look at the Norsemen and Irish in Iceland, they had no grain, few vegetables, and yet had no cavities living on a diet of seafood, some meat, and actually making puddings out of the blood of lambs, until they adopted modern Western diets. They had raw milk cheeses and shellfish, including seaweed.

The Arctic peoples of Asia were immune to tooth decay until they started eating a Western diet of cookies, candy, sugary foods, and lots of white flour instead of their fermented fish and seal meat and fat. So on one hand you have the Maya, immune to tooth decay on a beans, corn, and vegetables diet, and the Inuit or Chukchi, and similar Arctic peoples eating few or no vegetables other than some seaweed, but they, too, with their trace minerals, were immune to tooth decay and many degenerative diseases linked to mouth inflammations. Why?

U.S. Public Health Service reports that 98 out of every 100 men, women, and children in the United States suffer from some form of dental disease. And American Dental Association figures indicate that the average American has 14 teeth decayed, filled, or missing by the time he or she reaches 20 years of age. Where can you find in your own city local preventive dentistry?

Did you ever take your family to a local holistic dentist who is trained in nutritional endocrinology? If so, you'll probably get a diet to follow after your calcium-to-phosphorus ratio has been measured with a blood test. Check out the various directories online of holistic dentists. Pick your home town and state and look up lists of holistic dentists in your area of the nation. But generally, dentists don't give people blood tests to see whether they have an imbalance in their body chemistry as far as the calcium to phosphorous ratio, which is important in whether your teeth are relatively immune to tooth decay or not.

Simply eating a quarter pound of candy (chocolates made with sugar) may make your phosphorous levels shoot up after less than two hours and out of balance with your calcium levels, possibly putting you in harm's way of tooth decay. You see, tooth decay probably isn't going to happen when your diet keeps your phosphorous to calcium ratio in balance. But first you have to be aware of what that ratio is.

It has been found that a constant ratio of calcium and phosphorous (10-4) in your blood plasma is the optimum requirement for adults. There's a higher and varying level of phosphorous requirement for growing children. And there's a lower (but still proportional levels) of calcium to phosphorous being required when you're in your older years. Whether you get tooth decay or not depends upon a certain proportion of calcium and phosphorous in your blood.

Scientists still don't know what the ratio might be for manufacturing bone, but as far as tooth decay prevention, if you have a certain ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your blood, you may become immune to tooth decay, probably, according to Dr.Page's book, which was inspired by the books written by Weston A. Price, DDS, in the 1930s.

Also decalcification of your teeth happens when there's a mineral imbalance in your saliva. And repeated tests have long proven that a mineral imbalance in your saliva is a reflection of your calcium-to-phosphorous ratio. When the calicum-phosphorous ratio is imbalanced in your blood, your salivary secretions are no longer acid, and erosion of your teeth stops happening.

Some holistic dentists follow the teachings of Dr. Melvin E. Page, who is co-author of the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor. If your holistic dentist is using the teachings found by numerous holistic dentists in the field of nutritional endocrinology, then your holistic dentist will probably tell you that it's the ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your body that probably determines whether or not you'll get tooth decay.

Dr. Westin Price, DDS inspired Dr. Page, as Dr. Price believed that an unbalanced ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your body led to a variety of degenerative diseases including some of the chronic diseases and also tooth decay, tooth infection, and inflammation. Basically, Dr. Page found that the ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorus in your body for ideal health should be around 2 1/2/:1.

This ratio was then used by Dr. Page to determine the correct nutritional diet and/or supplements dosages in order to balance the chemistry of your body. That's how nutrition and endocrinology becomes linked, by using nutrition to help balance the chemistry of your body.

Also body measurement was used. For example the length and circumference of your lower leg and lower arm. The lower limbs were measured to determine inherited glandular patterns in your body. This happened many years before the concept of tailoring your diet to your genes became popular. In those days the balancing focused on your body chemistry and endocrinology.

The idea was that slight glandular imbalances may lead to degenerative diseases. And nutrition can help to bring back balance in the chemistry in your body. For example, too much calcium in your blood may lead to too much tartar or plaque accumulating on your teeth.

Too much acid in your mouth, and you have tooth decay. Too much alkaline in your mouth, and you have gum disease. To rebalance your body chemistry in various parts of your body from your calcified pineal gland to your constant tooth decay required changing your diet. Sometimes the culprit was drinking too much milk. Or perhaps your teeth have been ruined by too much sugar.

Dr. Page made these discoveries more than 40 years ago. Why hasn't your dentist handed you a diet sheet about nutrition and endocrinology today? Could it be because of lack of training as a holistic dentist schooled in nutritional endocrinology? Concepts such as inflammation in a tooth joint, known as pyorrhea is related to inflammation in a joint known as arthritis. It is about these parallels that holistic dentistry researches.

The goal is to correct body chemistry through nutrition. For further information, see the book Your Body is Your Best Doctor, by Melvin E. Page, DDS and H. Leon Abrams, Jr. (Pages 194-200 are especially important as far as explaining how nutrition helps to prevent tooth decay.)

AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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