Look, Mom — No Cavities!

[Note from Cheeseslave: This was my very first blog post. Published on: Apr 8, 2008]

Look, Mom -- no cavities!

I went to the dentist today. And guess what? No cavities!

This is the first time I’ve had no cavities in years. And you would think that I would be more prone to dental decay — considering the stress I’ve had on my body over the past year (childbirth, breast feeding).

Here’s the interesting thing… For the past six months, I have not used toothpaste. No fluoride.

My whole life I was told that you’re supposed to brush with fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities. Yet I only used Tooth Soap and baking soda for brushing. Of course, I ate a very nutrient dense diet — cod liver oil, pastured eggs, raw milk, butter, cream, and cheese, and organ meats. I avoided sugar and any grains/nuts/seeds/legumes that were not soaked and/or sprouted.

But isn’t fluoride supposed to prevent cavities?

When I asked my dentist, Dr. Raymond Silkman, what he thought of fluoride, he responded with one word, “Bad.”

He’s probably the only dentist in Los Angeles who gives prescriptions like this: “Drink beet kvass and freshly juiced green vegetables and carrots — daily”. And he told me to get tested for heavy metals. He thinks I may have heavy metal toxicity. (Beet kvass and freshly juiced vegetables chelate heavy metals.)

But back to the fluoride… This Crest ad says that “Crest stops soft spots from turning into cavities.” Lies! Crest doesn’t do any such thing.

Here’s another lie:

Coke - It's the Real Thing

Coke’s slogan proclaims it is the opposite of what it really is — a fake. For centuries, people have been producing naturally fermented soft drinks like kombucha, naturally fermented root beer, and ginger ale. These naturally fermented soft drinks are very high in B vitamins and probiotics — they are health tonics. Conversely, Coca Cola is artificially carbonated sugar water. Not only is it devoid of nutrition, but the sugar in it actually blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body.

Of course, nowadays Coke doesn’t even have sugar — it’s made with high fructose corn syrup. Which is genetically modified corn soaked in battery acid. YUM!

Here’s an ad for sugar from the ’60s:

Sugar Advertisement

I love how transparent it is. Looking at it today, it’s so obvious. You can see the lies.

This is how you have to look at ads. Ads are made to convince you to buy. That is their sole purpose. They don’t care about you. And they don’t care about truth. They are often saying the very opposite of what is true.

Ads also prey on your fears and insecurities.

Here’s a Heinz baby food ad:

Heinz Baby Food

The message is based on the idea that real food is not safe, and only food in jars is safe for babies. See what I mean? It’s the opposite of the truth.

Of course, not all ads are bad… here’s a neutral one for iodized salt (iodized salt is not good for you — sea salt is best — but the iodine is something we need):

Iodize Salt

In the 1920s, with the depletion of the soil in America, people in the midwest started getting goiters due to iodine depletion. This prompted a campaign for iodized salt. Many Americans today are cutting down on salt — but there is a bigger problem today. Soy.

Soy is a goitrogen, which blocks the absorption of minerals, including iodine. Most Americans are deficient in iodine today — due to widespread consumption of soy foods.

Think you’re not eating soy? If you eat in restaurants, you are eating soy. If you eat processed or packaged foods, you are eating soy. Restaurants cook with soybean oil or vegetable oil — which is almost always cut with soybean oil. Most processed and packaged foods contain soybean oil and/or soy lecithin. All baby formulas (not just the soy formulas) contain soybean oil.

Here’s one I like — a French advertisement for cod liver oil:

French Ad for Cod Liver Oil

This next one is not a real ad — it’s a spoof — but it’s great:

Lard Advertisment

Too bad lard is so maligned today. It is such a healthy fat!

Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

17 thoughts on “Look, Mom — No Cavities!

  1. Hi Ann Marie,

    Do you have a reference for this comment you made:
    “Also it is important to make sure he gets enough saturated fat. 6 TBS per day is what they say toddlers need. That can be cream, butter, lard, goose/duck fat — any animal fat (or coconut or palm oil).”


  2. Hi, Dawn

    Yes –

    On this page:


    Scroll down to about halfway down the page until you see this:

    “Example Toddler Day of Meals With Six Tablespoons of Fat”

  3. Thanks for my intro to wordpress. I found your blog on a search on beet kvass. Not that many WAPFers actually drink beet kvass.

    I recently made my own toothpowder by mixing, the way too salty , baking soda 50-50 with dried spearmint leaves in a coffee mill. Then I added a small amount of dolomite, calcium carbonate, to get my teeth whiter (ingredient in Tom’s toothpaste). Using it, like my recent experiences using a cast iron pan, seems like the most natural thing in the world. Like I’ve been doing it wrong all these years and finally have it right! Peppermint leaves are another good choice- pain relieving. Or a mix. Go wild and add vanilla seeds! 🙂 Or dried lavendar or rose petals, or …

  4. Oh, I forgot to say. I want your dentist!!! He doesn’t happen to be a holistic dentist knowledgeable about removing mercury fillings the right way?

  5. Nice toot powder-i must try that

    My teen ( who doesn´t drink milk ( but get all the other good stuff) and is horrible at brushing teeth
    went to the dentist last week and he said how great your teeth are -you must brush good- and floss a lot
    – well she doesn´t and when she do
    it is with salt/ baking soda mixture…..it must be all that butter that girl consume 😀

  6. Fluoride – are we going to continue to complain about it while forking out money on both ends, paying tax money to purchase the fluoride, then paying for the use of the water, then paying for expensive filtration systems and medium to filter it out while also loosing the calcium, magnesium, potassium and other beneficial minerals our bodies need with it? Lets get it together and say NO MORE! www.fluoridealert.org sign the petition, pass it along. Thank You 🙂

  7. hello !
    im kiyana and im having some teeth issues i have a few cavities and im laid off and i cant afford to have them fixed 🙁
    alot of the things on this plan are very expensive and are things that an out of work student cant afford at this time
    i know i can do the low carb no white/ sugar diet, cod oil , cream and regular full fat butter and that be a sub for the raw stuff?

  8. Kiyana,

    Yes if you can do those things that will help. Dr. Weston A. Price reversed dental decay in an orphanage by giving them one good meal a day.

    If you can’t find raw milk I would try to eat raw cheese (raw milk cheese — aged — can be found at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s). It is the phosphatase in raw milk that helps build bone. I would also do bone broth as often as possible — it also helps build bone.

    Lastly make sure you eat fermented foods such as homemade sauerkraut or kefir or kombucha (all are very cheap to make) which not only provide nutrition but are important because they aid digestion and absorption of nutrients.

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