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1. Question: Suggestions For A Good Mouthwash?
I’m new to your blog, so please let me know if you’ve addressed this question elsewhere. I used to use Listerine and ACT mouthwash (one brand in the morning, the other in the evening as my Dentist recommended). They both seemed to work great, but when I got pregnant, I stopped using them. Listerine is so strong that I just can’t imagine it’s good for you and I read in a magazine that it was originally sold as a floor cleaner!
But, I’ve noticed my teeth have lots of plaque since I stopped using the mouthwash. I do floss and brush daily, so that’s not the issue. I have several bottles of Listerine just sitting in my closet and wondered if I should start using it again.
Haha! That is funny that Listerine was originally used as a floor cleaner.
You can get natural brands of mouthwash at the health food store.
I find, though that for plaque, a really good remedy is to do what they call “oil-pulling”. It’s an odd term, I think, and it makes it seem harder than it is. All you need to do is swish some coconut oil or olive oil around in your mouth for a few minutes, then spit it out and rinse with water. Whenever I do it, my teeth are squeaky clean.
You could also rinse with water and baking soda, or water and some hydrogen peroxide.
2. Question: Thoughts On Improving Astigmatism?
Hi Ann Marie-
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do to educate us.
The change in my children’s (and my own) health is astounding since following a traditional diet. My 7-year-old son no longer has asthma. At all! Ever!
My 5-year-old had a very serious autoimmune disorder that is 100 percent gone! The docs have called it “a miracle”.
All three kids almost NEVER get the colds, strep, flus that seem to go around at school. Bless you for the hard work & research!
Now for my question, what do you know about improving astigmatism? Is it simply hereditary? Can it be reversed or improved?
I would look into palate expansion. According to Dr. Raymond Silkman (my dentist in LA), astigmatism is caused by a narrow palate due to nutrient deficiencies.
The entire floor of the orbit or eye sockets, where the visual globes or the eyeballs are housed, is made up of the upper jaw or maxilla. When the maxilla is not well developed, and the face is long and skinny, the eye sockets do not develop properly; the eyeballs cannot develop as a sphere, but may take on a football shape. The resultant developmental pattern can create various ophthalmic issues such as astigmatism or myopia. We can treat astigmatism with corrective lenses but the treatment does not really address the root of the issues.
My daughter has a narrow upper jaw. Unfortunately I didn’t know about WAPF when she was in utero. I think her jaw is a lot wider than it would have been if she wasn’t drinking raw milk and taking cod liver oil, but it’s still too narrow and she has a bit of a cross bite.
We’re going to start working with Dr. Dean Howell this summer to help to expand her palate. He works with all ages, from babies to people in their 90s. I’ll be blogging about it.
3. Question: Advice On Helping With Son’s Cavities?
Hi Ann Marie,
I’m not much to comment on posts, but I’m always on your site for recipes and info and can’t tell you how grateful my family is for you and your presence in our lives!
We refer to you around our house like you are a personal friend. “Well, Ann Marie says…” “I read that Ann Marie suggests…”
My husband made fun of me for a while, but now he talks about you, too. Anyway, thanks for all you do to keep us informed and up to date about nutrition.
I’m embarrassed to say that my son (almost 4) has cavities and apparently one is “pretty bad”, although he doesn’t have any symptoms. I just always thought that since we eat pretty well (soak everything, tons of bone broth, fermented veggies, liver, etc.), we didn’t have to worry about his teeth.
I think I probably was too comfortable and even started brushing regularly a little too late. I searched for a holistic dentist in town (we are in Asheville, NC) but only found one that sees adult patients. I took him to the most open-minded pediatric dentist I could find today, but she’s very conventional…
I was scared into a fluoride treatment while we were there and now all of the sudden we’re scheduled for a silver crown and fillings. Exactly what I thought I would never have to deal with while we are adhering to a WAPFish diet. I’m feeling completely neglectful, but I don’t want to give up.
I just ordered Cure Tooth Decay (it’s being overnighted), but I’m really wanting some advice… like exactly what cod liver oil/ butter capsules to get and how much to give my son.
I’m going to cut out soaked oatmeal entirely and start limiting other grains. Although I think we eat well, we haven’t yet started on cod liver oil or butter supplements.
We have 2 months until this dreaded appointment with the dentist and I’m willing to do anything to help our son heal his cavities… Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated!
Much thanks and lots of love,
Sorry I’m so late in answering this letter — life has been hectic lately and I’m behind a few weeks on the Q & A. I am sure you have gotten a lot of answers from Cure Tooth Decay.
Dr. Weston Price was able to reverse cavities in children at an orphanage just by feeding them one solid, nutrient-dense meal per day and giving them cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil. This was only one meal per day.
I think the most important thing you can do is add the fermented cod liver oil with the butter oil. They work synergistically so it’s important to take them both (or take the blend). You also need to make sure that he is getting enough. I see a lot of people using the cod liver oil/butter oil and they don’t take anywhere near as much as they need to. Children should get 1/2 tsp per day of cod liver oil and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of butter oil. Children with cavities should take more.
I think it’s a good idea to cut out the oatmeal for a while unless you can prepare it properly. Oatmeal has a lot of phytic acid — more than most other grains, nuts and seeds. I would also avoid peanuts, as they are also very high in phytic acid. Oatmeal is also particularly problematic if it is soaked with an acidic medium alone. Since almost all oatmeal is heat-treated, unless you add some whole wheat flour or brown rice flour to the oatmeal when you soak it, there won’t be any phytase in the mixture to break down the phytic acid.
Now, this is not a huge problem for most people but for those of us who have dental decay, we should probably avoid oatmeal unless we add whole-grain flour containing phytase OR buy sprouted whole groats and roll them yourself with an oat roller.
That said, if you go read this post, Do Bread & Cereal Cause Cavities? Reversing Dental Decay With Food, I quote a study by Melanby in which one group of children ate oatmeal and no extra vitamin D, one group got oatmeal with extra vitamin D, and another group got no oatmeal and extra vitamin D.
If you read the post, the kids who ate no oatmeal and got extra vitamin D had the best results. However, their results were not THAT much better than the kids who got oatmeal and extra vitamin D.
I really don’t think you need to limit grains. Dr. Price cured tooth decay while feeding the orphans rolls made from freshly ground whole wheat with their stew.
And I certainly would not limit carbohydrates. Children need carbohydrates, and I think a low-carb diet can be detrimental. If you read the Mellanby study I quoted above, you can read about how
“Dr. Mellanby was quick to point out that diet 3 was not low in carbohydrate or even sugar: “Although [diet 3] contained no bread, porridge or other cereals, it included a moderate amount of carbohydrates, for plenty of milk, jam, sugar, potatoes and vegetables were eaten by this group of children.”
Fruit and unrefined sweeteners are fine, as are potatoes and other carbs. Mashed potatoes with plenty of grass-fed butter and cream are a great way to incorporate fat-soluble activators (vitamins A, D and K2). Add some gravy made with concentrated bone broth and more butter and that’s even better. Sourdough bread with enough butter to make teeth marks (as Sally Fallon Morell recommends) is also good. Top it with a thick slice of grass-fed cheese or liver pate — even better! Another option is homemade mac and cheese made with grass-fed butter, cream and cheese.
If you can’t get your son to eat a lot of liver, don’t fret — just focus on butter, cream, and cheese. These are all great sources of fat soluble vitamins, and most kids will eat them.
Also great to give him lots of seafood, particularly shellfish and most particularly mollusks. If he doesn’t want to eat oysters or scallops, try fried clams or fried oysters or fried calamari — see my recipe for fried clams. THe clams recipe will work for any of the above.
If you can’t get him to drink bone broth, make gravy. Most kids I know love gravy.
The point is not to restrict and try to get the bad stuff out, but rather to add the good stuff in. And stuff he will actually eat! If you’re giving him lots of liver and other foods that are good for him but he won’t eat them, there’s no point.
Fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2 and minerals (including calcium and magnesium) are what build bone.
Lastly, don’t forget sea salt. Use liberally — it is very rich in minerals. Most of us today do not eat enough salt and we’re not getting enough minerals as a result.
4. Question: Suggestions For Supplements When Breastfeeding?
Hi Ann Marie,
I just came across your post on breastfeeding issues possibly being related to Iodine deficiency. I am reading about milk supply because I am 11 weeks pregnant, and I have 3 friends who had babies recently who ALL had low milk supplies. It is really scary how common this is, and tt really made me worry that I might have the same problem! Have you learned anything new since your blog post?
Before I got pregnant, I was taking a supplement called “ThyroFem” by Vitanica, which has iodine, B12, C, E,L tyrosine and two herbs. I quit taking it because it said not to take during pregnancy, but after reading your post I am thinking about taking it again (and my doctor approved). What supplements did you finally settle on when you tried to start breastfeeding again?
I am hoping that if I am proactive about this during my pregnancy, I can prevent a low milk suppy!
Thanks in advance!
That’s an old post and I should update it. I later found out that the reason I had trouble breastfeeding was because the doctor put me on birth control pills after Kate was born. I think if I hadn’t taken that dumb pill, I probably would not have had any problems with my milk supply.
Best of luck to you!
5. Question: Suggestions For Help Diminishing A Scar?
Hello Ann Marie,
Thanks for your blog! I have really gotten a lot out of reading your posts. I have a question for you which I hope you can answer on the Sunday Q & A sometime — I have a big nasty scar near my ankle from a shaving scrape, any suggestions for how to diminish this? The cut happened a few weeks ago and the scab just came off.
I’ve heard good things about Lugol’s iodine helping with scarring, as well as fresh aloe vera gel. From what I have read, you have to apply them topically, as often as possible (like several times a day).
6. Question: Recommendations For Magnesium And Cod Liver Oils?
I’d like to apply both magnesium and cod liver oils to my skin and to my daughter’s.
I remember reading your recommendations (seems like one was cinnamon-scented?) at one point but can’t seem to find them on your site/resources page now. Could you send me links to a store where I could purchase these??
Thanks so much!!!
Yes the cinnamon fermented cod liver oil does not stink when you rub it on the skin. You can find Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil on my resources page.
Magnesium oil is a different thing. Here are my posts on magnesium oil:
7. Question: Help With Making Whey? / Thoughts On Homemade Formula?
Hello Ann Marie,
I have made whey from raw milk but a couple batches seem off…I am wondering if the whey can be bad? With a particular batch, I left it out for about 7-8 days. It seemed to take a while to separate, but then I let it sit longer once it separated because I was busy. This gallon of raw milk was probably a little older, maybe 2 weeks old. This batch smells different (not a good smell), and is more of a dull/pale, more gray color. My other whey has been a brighter, almost neon yellow, and did not smell as bad. This batch tastes terrible. I drank a little bit but it has not upset my stomach. I am wondering if whey can be “bad.” I don’t really know what could be wrong, but maybe it was left out too long. Or, is it fine to use, but may smell, look, taste, bad or different. Is it best to use fresh raw milk when making whey? If I use fresh milk, it seems to take longer.
Also, I make the homemade formula for my 16 month old and my 3 year old son. I continue to give it to my son because I feel he does not get enough nutrition from food alone. Do you see anything wrong with this? I have started to use less water and more milk in the formula, since I figure they are older and need the protein and calories from the milk and I can give them water separately. Do you think this is okay, or what do you recommend?
Thanks so much for all the wonderful information. Your site is where I first discovered the homemade formula and WAPF, and I am very grateful!
If it tastes bad, I’d toss it.
I have never made whey from milk. Our raw milk in California is expensive, so I only use it to drink and make kefir. I use yogurt to make whey.
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