How I Healed My Child’s Cavity

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist Healthy Living, Natural RemediesComments: 866

cavityIf you ask most people whether or not a cavity can heal, the answer you would get 99% of the time is that it is impossible.

Even conventional dentists would agree with this assessment. Ask a typical dentist at a routine cleaning whether you can heal a cavity on your own and he/she is likely to look at you like you’re crazy (I know this from experience).

In stark contrast to this current conventional “wisdom”, Dr. Weston A. Price DDS wrote of numerous situations in his dental practice back in the 1920’s and 1930’s where cavities healed with no need for drilling and filling.  Dr. Price discovered through research that cavities are caused by nutritional deficiency and when this nutritional deficiency is corrected, the cavity heals.

If you think about this in an open-minded manner leaving all preconceived ideas about cavities behind, doesn’t this make sense?  Shouldn’t the body be able to heal a cavity just like it heals a broken bone or a cut on your arm?  Why would teeth be any different from a broken wrist after all?

Having read Dr. Price’s epic work Nutrition and Physical Degeneration some years ago, I’ve been of the school of thought that cavities can indeed be healed with proper nutrition for some time.  But believing something intellectually and knowing it works from experience are two very different things, are they not?

For this reason, I am very excited to relay to you a recent story regarding one of my children.  You see, my oldest child recently developed a cavity in his top right lateral incisor.  It was behind the tooth right on the gumline.  My husband noticed it one night as he was checking his teeth to see if he was doing a good job brushing and flossing (he’s way too old for nightly brushing by Mom or Dad).

There was a definite hole in the tooth and not a small one either.  My husband called me over to take a look and I was alarmed to see the hole and I used a rubber tipped tooth probe that we have on hand to check how deep it was.   The tip of the probe went way into the hole.   There was no doubt that this was a cavity, and we both agreed that we needed to get it filled pronto.  Our reasoning was that the incisors are very prominent teeth and taking a chance that the nutritional approach would not work quickly enough to save the tooth was a big concern for us especially given that our soon to be teenager’s diet could likely not be controlled closely enough to ensure rapid success.

I called the dentist right away and made an appointment. In the meantime, I began insisting that my son take 3 butter oil capsules every morning along with his normal, daily teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil.  I’ve always been pretty strict about the daily cod liver oil dose before school, but a bit slack about the butter oil along with it to be perfectly honest.

Not anymore. With this big hole in the back of his incisor, I knew that he needed to take both together.  Dr. Price discovered that cavities healed faster when these two therapeutic and nourishing oils were taken together.

The dentist appointment was a few weeks out, so I continued with the butter oil capsules every single day.  I also told my son that he really needed to go back to his breakfast of two slices of toast each morning with raw butter and honey instead of tahini and honey which is what he had been having in recent months.

He was fine with that as he loves raw butter and had just gotten out of the routine of having it every morning like he usually did.  Did this simple change of breakfast have an impact on the development of his cavity?


I didn’t change anything else.  He didn’t go off grains and he still ate the occasional sugar junk that he gets at school (it was Easter time so this type of stuff was rampant).  He is almost a teenager, after all.  Try to take all grains and sugars out of their diet and you are going to get a rebellion.  Kids need to learn some things on their own.

I’ve found you can’t protect your kids from this stuff and raise them in a bubble – you can only teach them to be wise and they will learn moderation on their own over time.

On a side note, I was pleased to see that at a party following his class’s Poetry Day recently that he bypassed the big bottles of soda and Hershey bars that were being handed out afterward (no, I’m not kidding).

I was very very proud of him.  He knew that eating that stuff would give him a couple of zits for sure and make him feel lousy all afternoon and probably the next day too.  We Moms have to celebrate little victories along the way, don’t we?!

Anyway, back to the cavity story.

As it turned out, the day before his dental appointment, the receptionist calls to say that the appointment needed to be rescheduled as the dentist had to unexpectedly go out of town for family reasons.   This pushed out the appointment for another couple of weeks, but all the while, we continued with the 3 capsules of butter oil with a teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil after a breakfast of 2 slices of raw butter and honey toast.

Last weekend, I decided to take a peek at the cavity to see if it was getting any worse.  It had been about a month since my husband discovered it and I was a bit concerned given that it was one of his top front teeth.  I took a flashlight and he tipped his head back and I looked, and looked, and LOOKED!


That’s right.  There was no hole at all.  It had completely filled in and was as smooth as the tooth next to it.   I told my husband and he took a look too.   He was delighted to see that the hole was gone.

I took the probe and pressed around just to be sure and confirmed what my eyes were telling me – the cavity had indeed healed over.

I will still be taking him to the dentist to have a check-up but there is no doubt that there is nothing wrong with that tooth any longer.

The best news of all is that I changed very little to get this tooth to heal.   He continued on his normal, nourishing diet at home with the lapses that typically occur at school and playdate events.   We just added the butter oil with his daily fermented cod liver oil and he substituted raw butter for tahini on his toast every morning.

That’s it!

I hope you find this story encouraging!  Dr. Price’s research really does work in practice!

Dentist’s Conclusion After Examining My Son’s Cavity

This brief update has been added since the original posting date of this blog.   I did indeed take my son to the dentist to have a full examination and there was no cavity to be found anywhere in my son’s mouth.    Hole was there, hole is gone.  Nutrition can indeed heal cavities!

Where to Buy Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil to Resolve a Cavity

Please click here for where to buy fermented cod liver oil and butter oil.

* Click here to watch my  videoblog on how to make butter oil if you are not able to order Green Pasture Products where you live.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (866)

  • Summer

    Wow I am impressed; I just ordered some cod liver oil from green pastures. Guess I should have also ordered butter oil since I’m afraid I have some cavities forming myself.
    I actually have a question about the fermented cod liver oil. I have only been taking it a few days and have had some really bad bloating and gas. And I only took one capsule, the dosage is 2. A faq on the site said people with a low-fat diet may have issues but I have a very high fat diet. Should I keep taking it and it will get better, and how long would it take to adjust? It is quite uncomfortable. Also, are the capsules still beneficial or is the liquid really that much better.

    May 12th, 2011 9:39 am Reply
    • Ellen

      Summer, you may well have gall bladder issues. Are you seeing an alternative practitioner? Do you have issues with other fats?

      October 13th, 2011 4:05 pm Reply
      • Tom M Culhane

        Even with “an alternative practitioner”, people need to realize, you are your own doctor and dentist, whether you want to be or not. If you decide to trust someone, it is still you making that choice. Great story Sarah. I have read similar accounts, of fillings being pushed out as new enamel formed, even, when a tooth healed. It is truly scary reading some of the posts here, from dentists and others, so clueless as to how corrupt the establishment is. While the dentist may be sincere, he has no idea of how journals and education are controlled, behind the scenes. Fortunately, some of the dentists positng here are familiar with the xrays in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, that the dentist Weston Price took, showing before and after images, cavities being healed with nutrition. Sadly, most dentists and academia types are clueless re this research. Such is the power of the establishment propaganda machine. While Price might not have documented new enamal filling in, as some claim, it is certainly possible. This leads into the whole area of “miraculous healing”, another thing the establishment denies and slanders.Good luck everyone in your research. Don’t let the arrogant, establishment brainwashed types fool you. Think for yourself.

        January 30th, 2013 10:20 am Reply
        • Tom M Culhane

          Forgot to add, years back I asked a dentist if he’d ever had a case where a new adult tooth had grown in after someone had lost an adult tooth. Seems quite reasonable, the DNA for new teeth is still in your body. So the dentist said “no”, but then his assistant said, “Yeah, at the last dentist I worked for, we had that happen”. It was funny and scary watching the dentist, he just couldn’t accept this simple fact, and tried to concoct some alternate explanation… Which leads into, for people here saying new enamel can’t form, because it’s crystallin, not cells… well then how did the original enamel get there in the first place? It was built. Something that was built, can be rebuilt.

          January 30th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
          • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

            it would be great if the person who regrew a tooth, made it a public news, don’t you think?
            I have a great personal story to share – I just fought a tooth infection without antibiotics. I posted it on my blog:

            February 22nd, 2013 9:11 pm
          • Richard

            Your comment is ignorant, from a scientific standpoint. With your logic, bones don’t “turn off”, meaning they close their epiphyseal plates, and can continue to grow if you simply just nourish them?? Please! Or better yet, nerve CELLS in the spine should be able to grow, since, they are just cells after all?? Ask Christopher Reeves if his spinal cord simply just grew back. While I am not closed to the idea that tooth regeneration isn’t possible, please don’t say make the dentist out to be a empty talker. Learn something about science and then make an educated post.
            I’ll just say that science is based on facts, and I wish people who made these kind of claims would simply take pictures that could give some evidence, instead of making a claim and then ending an add with advertisements for cod oil, etc.

            December 29th, 2013 11:55 pm
          • Tom M Culhane

            “Your comment is ignorant, from a scientific standpoint. With your logic, bones don’t “turn off”, meaning they close their epiphyseal plates, and can continue to grow if you simply just nourish them?? Please! Or better yet, nerve CELLS in the spine should be able to grow, since, they are just cells after all??..”

            Actually, there’s nothing more ignorant than ignoring all science that doesn’t fit the propaganda taught in your establishment textbooks. See the research of the bone surgeon, Dr Robert O’becker, going back to the 1950s. See his books, Cross Currents, and The Body Electric. O’becker was fascinated with salamanders, because they are able to regenerate limbs, nerve cells, virtually any body part, even much of their brains, and the new growth is perfect. So much for your screwball theories on what’s possible.
            O’becker was able to cause frogs to regenerate as well, even though normally they don’t. He used electricity to trigger the regeneration. His scientific findings are well documented but you won’t learn about it in the establishment school system. He showed regeneration also works with rats (which are mammals). He never could get funding to do this with humans. Regeneration would make obsolete most all of “modern medicine” and the enormous profits that go with it.

            Then look into the research of Max Freedom Long, “The Secret Science Behind Miracles”, and compare the description of the healing done by the kahuna healers of Hawaii, using their hands, with O’becker’s explanation using electricity. Maybe the lightbulb will start going on for you, and you will begin to have an understanding of what the word “science” really means.

            July 17th, 2015 2:46 pm
    • Drew


      Don’t waste your money. This will not cure cavities – it’s bad science. Cavities are not caused by nutritional deficiencies. Cavities are caused by bacteria that secrete acidic waste products onto the enamel. Also, teeth are different than bones in the fact that a tooth is not made up of living cells but are predominantly a crystalline structure. Dentists are not out for your money. They are out to help you save your teeth. If you listen to this woman and actually have a real cavity, the cavity will become so big in the time you are ignoring it that you will need a root canal or even need an extraction. Please don’t take this woman’s advice.

      July 13th, 2012 12:58 pm Reply
      • Jen

        Drew you need to read When Healing Becomes A Crime – The story of Howard Hoxey I think you will find it quite interesting.

        August 21st, 2012 8:22 am Reply
        • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

          Yes, it happens all the time – big companies, or I should say, big criminal companies holding on to their power and money.
          Would you believe, my pediatrician refused to be my son’s doctor, because of my holistic views? I should have saved her letter.
          Meanwhile, my son used to be sick all the time in the past, when I could not find the right treatment for him.

          February 22nd, 2013 9:19 pm Reply
      • Marco

        since i’m drinking raw milk and having the royal blend butter-COD my two cavities at the dentine layer have stopped, and this is the situation since the last two years.
        I can guarantee the stuff works, and frankly it also makes sense to me, why nutrition would not be able to heal something like this? to me it’s just common sense.

        Feel free to think what you want, we can change the way we think, not other people minds.

        Take care my friend, all the best.


        September 24th, 2012 6:32 am Reply
        • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

          You’re right – people are brainwashed. And some people will never open their minds, unfortunately.

          February 22nd, 2013 9:23 pm Reply
          • Honest Citizen of Canada

            You say that like it’s their fault. If they can’t open up their minds it’s only because they’re protecting themselves from those that do scam us. They rather just deal with what they know. Unfortunately, to trust information is to see FACTS. There are no facts, no statistics from reliable sources. Even people who say it worked for them, there’s not physical proof that it did. Who’s to say they’re not apart of what could be a scam? You have to say that you don’t trust everything you see on the internet or even on TV. If you didn’t trust everything then you can’t even say that you’re opening up your mind. We are just on different levels. Show the physical facts and people will believe. There’s nothing from the Dentists saying that they said the tooth has improved without him doing any work on it. Hearsay doesn’t win in court.

            April 16th, 2013 1:05 pm
      • B

        I have wasted thousands of dollars on dentists. It’s funny how one may tell you, “oh yeah we need to pull and root canal that one stat!”, while another dentist will say it looks fine but my gums need to be stretched back down over the teeth. It’s like going to bad used car salesmen. My mouth has never felt cleaner and cavity-free since I took charge of my own mouth – not surprising.

        November 16th, 2012 4:29 pm Reply
      • tara

        cavities are caused by bacteria? Then if that were true, couldnt you use ANTI-bacterial mouthwashed, toothpaste to get rid of the cavity? false assumption Drew

        December 6th, 2012 11:07 pm Reply
        • A.J.

          Tara, there are thousands of journals that prove what Drew is saying. Think of cavities like you think of rust on a car. You can wax your car to remove any oxidation (rust) but rust will eventually return. Just like the flora of bacteria in our mouths, we can remove them but they will eventually return again. That is why we should brush every day.

          But to better answer your question about antibacterial mouthrinses or toothpastes, the main reason is that the minerals in your teeth have already been removed by the acids produces. When you use a antibacterial mouthrinse you kill of the bacteria but soon new bacteria will colonize on the surfaces of your teeth.

          I used to wax my car about every other month and my car looked so nice! But living in a climate with tons of salt made it virtually impossible to prevent rust from occuring. When I stopped caring about waxing (similar to brushing your teeth), the rust got worse. This is why cavities are more common in those who don’t brush or floss.

          If you have any more questions on this I would be happy to answer them! Best of luck to you. I am glad to see people thinking about this… However, I personally feel the reasons are not founded upon correct principles. This doesn’t mean you can’t try it though.

          December 11th, 2012 12:34 am Reply
          • Izzy

            I’m sorry but comparing a tooth to a car is just plain silly! The environment for teeth is so much more different than a car. Plus your car isn’t a living being…

            February 2nd, 2013 7:53 pm
        • Maria

          How would that get rid of the cavity,if it has already formed? It will destroy the bacteria, but wont fill in your tooth…If you take care of your teeth both morning and evening, from the BEGINNING,using the toothpaste AND anti bacterial mouth wash, plus having a descent diet- that will prevent any cavities from forming. And yes, they cavities ARE formed by bacteria. Science.

          October 1st, 2013 4:52 am Reply
      • Morgan

        Actually there are dozens and I mean dozens of papers from the 1930s that say otherwise:

        Agnew, M. C.; Agnew, R. G.; Tisdall, F. F. (1933) The production and prevention of dental caries. Journal of the American Dental Association, JADA 20; 193-212.

        Anderson, P. G.; Williams, C. H. M.; Halderson, H.; Summerfeldt, C.; Agnew, R. (1934) Influence of vitamin D in the prevention of dental caries. Journal of the American Dental Association 21; 1349-66.

        Bennett, N. G.; et al. (1931) The influence of diet on caries in children’s teeth. Special Report Series – Medical Research Council, UK No. 159, 19.

        Day, C. D.; Sedwick, H. J. (1934) Fat-soluble vitamins and dental caries in children. Journal of Nutrition 8; 309-28.

        East, B. R. (1938) Nutrition and dental caries. American Journal of Public Health. 28; 72-6.

        His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London. (1936) “The influence of diet on caries in children’s teeth. Report of the Committee for the Investigation of Dental Disease”.

        McBeath, E.C. (1938) Nutrition and diet in relation to preventive dentistry. New York Journal of Dentistry Dentistry 8; 17-21.

        McBeath, E.C.; Zucker, T.F. (1938) Role of vitamin D in the control of dental caries in children. Journal of Nutrition 15; 547-64.

        McBeath, F.C. (1934) Vitamin D studies, 1933-1934. American Journal of Public Health , 24 1028-30.

        Mellanby, Edward (1930) The relation of Diet to Death and Disease; Some new investigations BMJ Apr 12, 1930 pg 354 (Edward Mellanby was the discover of Vitamin D)

        Mellanby, May C. Lee Pattison and C. W. Proud, (1924) “The Effect of Diet on the Development and extension of caries in the the teeth of children” BMJ Aug 1924 pg 254

        Mellanby, M. (1937) The role of nutrition as a factor in resistance to dental caries. British Dental Journal, 62; 241-52.

        Tisdall, F.F. (1937) The effect of nutrition on the primary teeth. Child Development 8(1), 102-4.

        “The findings of the Agnews, Boyd and Drain, Eddy, Percy Howe, Hanke, Martha Jones, Marshall, McBeath, Klein and McCollum, May Mellanby, Price, and others show that dental disorders may be greatly reduced by a proper adjustment of the diet. Some of these investigators maintain that a lack of vitamin C is principally responsible for the activity of dental caries (Howe, Hanke). Weston Price regards vitamin B and mineral salts as the important elements in a caries free diet. Some believe that the lack of vitamin D is the offending factor (Mellanby). Finally, a disturbance in the calcium-phosphorus balance (which includes vitamin D) is the factor to which most recent investigators point as being responsible for the high activity of dental caries”(“Metabolic Disturbance in Relation to the Teeth” by Charles F. Bodecker, D.D.S. from the laboratory of Histo-pathology, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York Delivered November 3. 1933)

        Note that EVERY ONE of these are scholarly papers. The question one is left with is if these people held nutrition was the key then what happened?

        December 19th, 2012 5:40 am Reply
        • Dentist

          Morgan, Drew: As with many things in this world the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I believe nutrition plays an incredibly important role in dental health but I and every author you listed would not believe that a cavity (a hole in the tooth) would “fill in” to its original form from dietary adjustments. Even Dr. Weston Price said this did NOT happen: “Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.”

          A groundbreaking investigation by Kakehashi, Stanley and Fitzgerald in the 60’s showed that sterile mice (ie no bacteria anywhere in their body or mouths) did not form cavities. In fact, the investigators made cavities to the point where the nerve was exposed then fed them a diet of sterile food. The sterile food would get packed right on top of the nerve and the nerve/pulp stayed vital, in fact the nerve/pulp formed a protective layer of dentin between the pulp and the food. This did not fill in the cavity, it just formed a thin layer of dentin. They repeated this experiment with non-sterile mice and non-sterile food and the pulps died and abscessed. Price showed something similar by placing a temporary filling in very large cavities then he changed the conditions in the mouth by making dietary adjustments. This changed the conditions to be more favorable to the body than the bacteria and the progression of the cavities halted and that thin layer of dentin formed, but THE CAVITIES DID NOT FILL IN.

          So the truth is in the middle. While bacteria are a necessary component to causing cavities and tooth decay the conditions must be favorable for them to thrive and release their acids, thus forming a cavity. These dietary changes cause the conditions to change, more unfavorable to the bacteria. They can change the composition of the saliva, creating a more effective buffer and immune response against these bacteria. There are different types of bacteria in the mouth (over 700 species, billions in numbers), some more prone to forming cavities than others. The dietary changes can shift the balance of bad bacteria to good bacteria, decreasing the chance of cavities.

          So bottom line, dietary changes can help halt the progression of cavities (holes) and most definitely prevent the formation of new ones, but it cannot fill in a hole in the tooth.

          December 19th, 2012 9:08 am Reply
          • quent

            Dentist… so, what you’re saying is, this lady is bs-ing us all here with her story? She wrote what she observed, which is that the hole DID fill in and you’re saying it’s not possible. So, in effect, you are passively accusing her of lying to us all. If she’s lying… well, hopefully the truth will come out that she is. But why don’t you be honest on the front end and tell her she is lying.

            Let me ask you a question doc… have you ever prescribed this to any patient and recorded the results? I’ll answer that… hell no you haven’t. You just set them up with another appointment for a filling.

            March 30th, 2013 8:41 pm
          • Dr. Taylor

            Quent, The dentist is not passively calling this lady a liar. He is laying out scientific proof as evidence that she is indeed a liar. He is absolutely correct. Further more, why hasn’t she gained FDA approval for her remedy and sold it to the masses so that everyone can be caries (decay) free?

            April 1st, 2013 11:44 am
          • Susan

            What about dentists who still propose mercury fillings and fluoride. What do you call them?

            April 1st, 2013 5:06 pm
          • Dr. Taylor

            Susan, I would call them Dr. __________ (whatever their name is). As of yet, no matter what Dr. Oz says, there is no clinical evidence that amalgam fillings are harmful. They have been in use in dentistry for over 150 years and to date, there have been 0 confirmed deaths or diseases caused by its use. I do not typically use amalgam in my office, but it is not because I think they are harmful (I have 6 of them in my own mouth). I just feel that there are better, more esthetic materials available now. As for fluoride, I prescribe that to many of my patients. In fact, it is naturally occuring in the water supply in many areas of the country. That is actually how we discovered the wonderful benefits that fluoride has on reducing dental caries.

            April 1st, 2013 6:00 pm
          • Dentist

            Great post quent…

            I don’t think she is a liar so I didn’t call her a liar. I think she was mistaken about what she saw, simple as that. I have evidence to back it up, you, her and everyone else who claim it works do not. This story has been out there for 2+ years and no one has yet to post a picture to prove it works, weird. I have a license and ethical standards that prevent me from prescribing a treatment with no scientific backing/research to prove its safety and effectiveness. Whats everybody elses excuse, just post your miracle results and be done with it.

            April 1st, 2013 8:27 pm
          • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

            I have a video I like to share with everyone:


            April 5th, 2013 1:20 pm
          • geeksquad100

            I am sorry but did Dr. Taylor say that what he prescribes and uses on his patients is calcium fluoride (natural fluoride)? I dont know if you are misled and dont know what your giving your patients because what you give them is hydrofluorosilicic acid or you are spreading misinformation. But it is not naturally occurring fluoride, its actually a toxic waste byproduct of the fertilizer industry.

            You say that mercury fillings have been used for 150 years like that is some accomplishment to be proud of. In reality its caveman stupidity. Logically mercury is a poison that destroys the brain so how is it a good idea to put it in someones mouth permanently? No scientific data huh? You read off like an ADA propaganda pamphlet, that just conveniently ignores all the science!

            This report shows plenty of studies of the dangers, which is way more then none as you claim. Where do you get your ridiculous information?

            After this article theres no doubt of the toxicity of mercury fillings. Also explains the fallacy in the argument “well I have six mercury fillings and I am fine”
            “To this day there are still dentists who believe mercury amalgam is stable despite hundreds of observations and studies proving the opposite. As early as 1883 amalgam was proven to give off mercury vapor sufficient to shorten the life of the hardy cockroach (Talbot E. S., “Injurious Effects of Mercury as Used in Dentistry”, MISSOURI DENT J, 15:124-30, March, 1883).”

            SINCE 1883 ITS BEEN KNOWN THAT MERCURY FILLINGS GIVE OFF VAPORS. Smh Dentists STILL try and say they dont leak vapors…….how are these the people we are suppose to trust with our teeth??????

            July 10th, 2013 2:21 am
          • Gretchen

            Dentist, is it possible that the “protective layer of dentin” that was formed could appear to be that the tooth “filled-in”. Is it possible that the layer of dentin formed over the hole and it’s hollow behind it? If so, is there any risk for further decay behind the layer of dentin? Is this a false sense of security? I have also “healed” a cavity. I did not intend to, and I don’t know exactly what I did to do so and subsequently, have no proof. According to my dentist of 35 years, I had a small cavity develop. I was unable to take care of the filling for an entire year at which time I thought “OMG, it must be huge now”, instead, went I went in to fill the cavity, it was no longer there. I had also during that time, been on Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Oil protein diet to try and “cure” my breast cancer. I assumed that my body just went into healing mode and healed everything, but if your body can’t fill the hole, that means that there is a hole in there behind the layer of dentin. And, if there is a hole, will that show in an X-ray? I never had any “proof” of the cavity in the first place, only my trusted dentist’s word. It was to be my first cavity at age 36, so I don’t think he was being “filling-happy”. He was as astonished as I was that there was no sign of decay anywhere in my mouth. Thanks for your valuable time! It’s most helpful and appreciated.

            July 10th, 2013 3:30 pm
  • ladyscott

    As someone who’s cavity-prone and has a mouth filled with fillings, I read this with great interest. I’m going to have to start employing this method for myself! Also, I recently discovered that if I stop buying all commercial bread, even the “healthy” kind (like Arnold’s no high fructose) and make my own, my plaque is greatly reduced.

    May 12th, 2011 10:00 am Reply
    • Kathy

      I came to your site specifically to inquire about your interest in healthier options for tooth paste and was surprised to see that you were taking the fermented cod oil and butter oil instead of (prenatal) vitamins. So the question is how are your teeth? I do have a small cavity so I need to choose a dental visit or the oils. Financially I cant do both. Any input would be appreciated. Thank :)

      September 5th, 2012 10:51 pm Reply
    • Dentist


      Good questions. Without seeing your original cavity I can only base my thoughts on what is logical and possible based on my knowledge of the process. First of all, “cavity” is a very generic term for a complex process but it is an inadequate term in my opinion to represent that process. A cavity suggests a hole. Not all tooth cavities form holes. The very beginning stage results in mineral loss of the enamel that can show up on some x-rays if advanced enough, at this stage there is no hole that is formed. Just imagine placing acid on a piece of glass and watching it frost over, it frosts over because the acid eats away microscopic components of the glass and it loses its translucency but there is no hole. With teeth, these minerals can be replaced if the acid challenge is removed (change in diet, brushing and flossing regularly, fluoride, etc.) So a “cavity” can be healed before it cavitates (forms a hole). Once a hole (cavitation) is formed, the process can be still be stopped in some instances but the hole will always be there. The dentin will not form over the hole but it can increase in width inside the tooth, the nerve or pulp of the tooth has this capability. And if there was a hole it should show up on an x-ray but there are various exceptions that would be difficult to explain without a visual aid. The only risk of developing another cavity in the same spot is if you regressed to the dietary habits you had prior to your lifestyle change. I am very happy for you that you were able to make a change the resulted in benefits you hoped for as well unexpected benefits, that is wonderful.

      But the way the author of this article described the “hole/cavity” a protective layer of dentin would not be able to form where the enamel once was.

      Hope this helps

      July 11th, 2013 8:57 pm Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    The capsules are fine .. you really need to work up to a full tsp though per day which is I think 6 capsules. Try to slowly work up to it and take it with food.

    May 12th, 2011 10:02 am Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    Oh one other suggestion. If you find that you don’t do well on the fermented cod liver oil, try the fermented skate liver oil. Some folks do better on one versus the other.

    May 12th, 2011 10:03 am Reply
    • John


      I think this is fantastic stuff you are sharing with all of us here. About a hear ago I visited a homeopathist, and she now has me on Mercuious 10 Drops every night, and really helped knock out my allergies. But recently I had my last two wisdom teeth taken out; and in the X-ray of panerex it showed a blak mark on my lower last tooth that was next to the wisdom tooth. I went to a dentist and he verrified it is dental decay, they tried to take a picture and I kept gagging. So, I called my Friend and she told is giving me cold laser treatments of about 3 mins per day for 5 days on that tooth.

      I also just bought raw butter and the codeliver tablets. My cavity in the X-ray is about the size of a small eraser, and the top of my tooth is slightly sticky.

      So, I am doing the color laser Q1000 with dentral attachment and now going take 3 tablets per day and have a piece of toast with raw butter and I even bought raw milk.

      I am also chewing with Xylitol B-Gum everyday about 2-3 times, let me know your thoughts.

      I can tell you that after I have the laser treatment I feel something in the tooth, like breaking up, its weird….

      TY so much
      Warmest, regards

      June 5th, 2012 10:30 pm Reply
  • Bettina

    Hi Sarah!
    Great post… I purchase Ghee from Pure Indian Foods. I’m assuming this is equivalent to butter oil? Am I right?


    May 12th, 2011 10:18 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Ghee is fine but it has been heated. The butter oil from Green Pastures is raw which does improve its nutrient value. But .. ghee is wonderful – don’t get me wrong. I have a jar in my pantry too for cooking!

      May 12th, 2011 10:50 am Reply
      • Gene

        Sarah, can you confirm that Green Pastures actually is raw? I have looked and looked and haven’t been able to confirm this.

        Also, Pure Indian Foods themselves dispute the claim that being raw improves the nutrient value. I agree with you that normal ghee must lack lots of nutrients, but Pure Indian Foods’ ghee is no normal ghee. (See their website for details.) I wrote the company a letter asking about this very issue. Here was their response:

        On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM, Sandeep Agarwal wrote:
        Hello Gene,

        We recently had our ghee and this “raw” high vitamin butter oil (HVBO)
        supplement tested in a lab. The results show that our ghee has more Vitamin
        A than this HVBO, even though this HVBO costs over 7 times our ghee. The
        test also shows that our ghee has more Vitamin K2 (X-Factor) than HVBO

        Please check out this link about impact of pasteurization on fat:

        I quote from the above article:

        “Q: What does pasteurization do to the fat in cream?
        A: Pasteurization is much more damaging to the proteins than the fats. The
        only thing ruined in the fats will be the Wulzen Factor, which protects
        against arthritis. If only pasteurized cream is available, you can get the
        Wulzen Factor by taking high-vitamin butter oil.”

        Comments: When you purchase a high-vitamin butter oil, it does not get
        shipped to you in a container that is temperature controlled. As you know,
        the temperature in a delivery truck reaches 20 degrees higher than outside
        temperature. If the outside temperature is 100 degrees F (which is the case
        in many areas in summer) then you have to wonder if the supplement is still
        “raw” once you receive it. There are no tests available to measure the
        Wulzen Factor in a product before it is shipped or to measure the impact of
        heat during the transit.

        As such, we suggest that one should consume some form of raw dairy from a
        reliable local source to get Wulzen Factor. You don’t have to rely on a
        supplement to get it.

        Please check this link about impact of heat on fat-soluble vitamins:

        Please look under “Pasteurized Milk” column and scroll to “D. Nutritional
        Values”, and then see “3. Vitamins”. You will notice that except Vitamin A,
        other fat-soluble vitamins are not altered by heat.

        Your concern for raw or pasteurized is valid. The process of making our ghee
        starts with raw milk. However, this milk goes through other processes which
        are separating cream from milk, churning cream into butter and then heating
        butter to make ghee. This processing involves pasteurization and heating
        before ghee is finally made. Please note that the ghee making process
        involves less temperature than what is used in UHT pasteurization. We are
        well aware of the immense health benefits of raw dairy products. Does it
        mean ghee is not healthy for you?

        Well, we first need to understand what ghee contains and then see if those
        constituents are impacted by heat.

        Ghee is 100% dairy fat plus fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E & K). The
        fat and fat soluble vitamins are heat stable
        ( The reason
        for consuming ghee is that it is the “most” concentrated source of milk fat
        and fat-soluble vitamins. It takes 25 lb. of milk to produce 1 lb. of ghee.
        When cows are grazing on green grass, these fat-vitamins in their milk
        increase many folds. Grass-fed cows’ milk has 500% more CLA (Conjugated
        Linoleic Acid) than cows that are not on pasture. In fact, heating increases
        CLA in the milk. Now, to get the benefits of the enzymes, proteins and other
        heat sensitive constituents of the milk, regular consumption of safely
        produced raw milk, raw cream, raw kefir, raw butter and raw buttermilk is a
        great idea. It should be noted that 8 oz. of whole raw milk will provide you
        only 10 gm. of milk fat whereas 8 oz. of ghee is 240 gm. of milk fat

        Heating destroys lactase which help in the digestion of milk sugar lactose.
        However, there is no lactose in ghee. Heating also impacts the structure of
        milk protein, and ghee does not contain that either. On the other hand, it
        is the process of homogenization which impacts the fat molecules, and we use
        non-homogenized milk.

        So, the most important factor to consider while selecting a ghee is not
        about raw or pasteurized, as there is no such thing as raw ghee. The most
        important factor is the source of milk used in making the ghee. Our ghee is
        produced from only those cows that are on pasture and eating rapidly growing
        fresh green grass in spring and fall only. Our product is USDA 100%
        Certified Organic, and we make it ourselves in New Jersey.

        I hope this helps. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any additional

        January 25th, 2012 3:10 pm Reply
        • Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen

          I am on a Casein free diet, do you know if this company’s Ghee is casein free? Would it still contain all the necessary nutrients to heal tooth decay?

          May 10th, 2012 5:47 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline Ripp

    Thanks for this post. I take the blue ice fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend capsules, two a day. Is this sufficient or do they need to be taken separately? I’m afraid cod liver oil makes me heave…unfortunately I’d rather have a vitamin deficiency than taste that every morning!
    Take care!

    May 12th, 2011 10:30 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Jacqueline, this is not nearly enough. Two capsules of the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend each day is only a little more than 1/6 tsp of FCLO and less than 1/8 of a tsp of butter oil. You would need to take 8 capsules a day to get a decent adult dose.

      May 12th, 2011 10:49 am Reply
      • Lisa @ Real Food Digest

        Hi Sarah,
        What’s a good child’s dose of the FCL/butter oil blend capsules? I was doing 2 for my 6 year old but maybe that’s not enough? and she does have a very small cavity brewing…

        May 12th, 2011 1:42 pm Reply
      • Julie

        Hi Sarah,

        In your opinion – I am a pregnant/nursing mother and I take 10 fermented cod liver oil tablets a day is that enough? They use to put the amount in each capsule on the bottle and since they don’t I have been second guessing myself. Thanks so much for your advice, it means a lot to me :)

        May 13th, 2011 12:48 am Reply
        • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

          My kids each take about 1/2 tsp. or so of the FCLO/BO blend daily. They beg for more. But, that is sufficient to provide them over 1000 IU of vit D and now that it is summer they are outside a lot too.

          I take 1.5 tsp. of FCLO/BO daily, though reducing to 1 tsp. now (I am 34 weeks pregnant and taking a lot in the final weeks of pregnancy can, apparently, increase the risk of hemorrhage so I will stop temporarily in a couple weeks then go back to it immediately after birth). I am also nursing. I am not sure what the equivalent is in capsules. The gels are a MUCH better deal for your money, and I actually like the cinnamon.

          June 25th, 2011 6:53 pm Reply
          • Barb

            what flavor of fclo/bo are you giving to your kids, may I ask?? I have the non flavored version, which just opening the jar makes me want to heave! I have to load applesauce, cinnamon, cloves, and honey on top of the spoonful of oil for my kids (and myself, for the matter!) to take it! Thanks!

            December 8th, 2012 2:56 pm
          • Kala

            Do they make a FCLO/BO in liquid form?? I can only find it in capsules.

            April 10th, 2013 2:04 pm
  • Megan

    I heave on the butter oil too, so I have a full bottle not being used even though it should be as I’m expecting. Sarah–are the butter oil capsules large too? Is the recommended dose for butter oil only a tsp? If so, *maybe* I could swallow it, maybe my serving sizes have been too large. I take a full dropper’s worth of the FCLO nightly.

    May 12th, 2011 10:54 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Megan, you only need 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of the butter oil each day. The capsules are pretty big but my six year old takes them.

      May 12th, 2011 11:04 am Reply
  • gail

    Sarah, cavities have always been a challenge for us. By changing our diet, moving away from SAD, it seems none of the cavities we already have, have progressed. But none have healed completely. I will get the family on this protocol soonest. Can you tell me if the children are okay with the butter clo gel blend as they cannot do capsules yet, and at what dosage? (looks like i will try the chocolate) and just to clarify, 3 capsules of butter and 1tsp fclo for adults? if adults do the blend, what dosage? Thanks so much Sarah, I am pinning my hopes on this to finally heal the cavities after a few horror stories at the dentist, that i sort of gave up going :-)

    May 12th, 2011 11:13 am Reply
    • adam

      Sarah is lying to you. She is not a dental or medical professional. She claims she has cured the most common disease known to mankind, caries. Please don’t risk the health or yourself or your family based on her outrageous claims. The longer you wait to fix that ‘tooth hole’, as she calls it, the more expensive and painful it is to fix. There are a lot of good dentists out there, go find one you like. Good luck.

      May 20th, 2011 7:18 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        I am not lying, Adam. HOW DARE YOU. Have you ever even read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price DDS and attempted to put it into practice with your patients? Of course not. Your idea of a “good dentist” is one that believes cavities need to be drilled and filled with money going into your pocket.

        May 20th, 2011 8:50 pm Reply
        • aerilera

          Wait, according to your own disclaimer:

          The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. You should not rely upon or follow the programs or techniques or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of this website for decision making without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice.

          Hm, interesting….

          February 7th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
          • greg

            not as interesting as your name…I jest.
            the disclaimer is standard legal protection against litigious web-surfers;
            the common sense disclaimer would read..’think for yourself’..

            March 11th, 2012 1:24 am
        • Judy

          My question is what credentials do you have to actually diagnose caries in a tooth? Unless you have a dental degree, I highly doubt your child had a cavity. I have seen many parents that thought their child had carious lesions, but it turned out to be staining on the teeth. Yes, nutrition is extremely important in your overall health, but a carious lesion can not be cured. A carious lesion is a baterial infection. Now, there are ways (through diet) to reduce the amount of bacteria in one’s mouth such as cutting down on sugar and Xylitol products have been RESEARCHED and SHOWN through RESEARCH to reduce the amount of plaque in one’s mouth.

          DO YOUR RESEARCH PEOPLE…. Carious lesions can not miraculously be cured…. if they could the dental profession would cease to exist.

          August 31st, 2012 8:49 am Reply
          • Tori

            Hmmmm, cease to exist…. What a good reason to state that there is no cure, miracle or otherwise. All the money and prestige gone for all the dentists. Out of a job. Because stating otherwise means you no longer need them because you can fix it at home without them. So of course dentists will state that this cure will not work. Duh!

            October 9th, 2012 3:12 pm
        • Demerise

          For the amount of money you dump into your “home remedy,” it is about the same amount to have a filling done. Tooth enamel and dentin can NOT regenerate. It is possible for the caries to be removed without drilling, but the “hole” that is left behind will stay open, in turn the hole will continue to collect food and bacteria, causing more caries to form. I also find it funny that you had your son eating something that is very well known to cause caries, “honey toast.” Grain in any form is carious.

          November 7th, 2012 9:55 pm Reply
        • Jeff DMD

          I am commenting as a licensed dentist and also a huge fan of Weston A. Price. I have read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and I would simply point you to some the dental x rays that that were taken by Dr Price himself. If you look in the 8th edition at Figure 137 on pg 395 the dental radiographs clearly show that dental caries have been arrested but there is none the less a dental restorative material (amalgam in this case) that has been placed into the cavitated area. I am a believer that with proper diet and nutrition a carious lesion can be ARRESTED. But an actual CAVITATION or HOLE in the tooth cannot be repaired or filled in naturally, if you will, simply by altering the diet and providing the body with the proper nutrition. The tooth is unlike bone in this respect. It is made up of a crystalline structure, that once gone, cannot be repaired.
          I assure you most dentists are not bad. I’m sure there are a few bad apples in dentistry as I’m sure there are bad police officers, firefighters, pastors, bankers, car salesmen, politicians, etc… Most dentists are trying to help their patients get out of pain, function well, and look good. Knowing what I know about dentistry and nutrition I have no problem at all drilling out a carious lesion and putting a restorative material in there. Once there is a cavitation present in the tooth, even if the caries is arrested, it will sometimes become an uncleanable food trap and a place that harbors bacterial colonization and thus puts the tooth at greater risk for further decay. This is especially true of carious lesions between teeth. I definitely stress diet to my patients as a way to control dental caries but it is simple fact that most are not interested in giving up all aspects of the SAD diet (that includes the occasional cheats). To not ‘drill and fill’ would be irresponsible and negligent on my part.

          November 18th, 2012 11:00 pm Reply
          • Caitlin

            Hi Jeff, I appreciate your opinion on this topic. I’m wondering what you would recommend in the case of a cavity in a 7yr-old who will NOT do well having any kind of a procedure done at the dentist’s office. I’m not a fan of having her put under at all. The cavity is in a baby tooth, but a molar which will be there for awhile. My hope would be that it could be arrested and left alone until it falls out but I also don’t want to be negligent. This is her first cavity and her diet is very healthy.

            Thanks so much for any input.

            November 19th, 2012 12:44 am
          • Jeff DMD

            @ Caitlin,
            I will say that all cavities are not created equally and I treat every situation differently. There are many factors that go into treatment planning for a patient including the size of the carious lesion, patients age, caries risk, family history, etc… So without a proper examination and x rays I would not be able to properly diagnose your child. I will say that In the case of children it is especially important that we preserve these teeth as they hold space and stimulate the jaw to grow while the adult teeth are developing and erupting. Even in adults, if teeth are lost, the underlying bone in the area where the tooth used to be will begin to resorb due to a lack of the bone being stimulated. Speaking to your situation, If these baby teeth are prematurely lost, the child’s jaw may not develop properly which can leave insufficient space for the adult tooth to erupt. This is a problem that we want to avoid and one which can lead to a whole host of problems that can negatively affect your child for the rest of her life.

            Even though you say her diet is very healthy, my first thought is that there is something in your child’s diet that has caused the cavity. Dental caries is a bacterial disease. If these bacteria don’t have the proper medium and environment to grow and colonize they will not and cannot cause cavities. Simple as that. In my experience, most incipient lesions in a child should be removed and filled as most parents are not able to ensure 100% compliance to proper diet and oral hygiene and most times this will turn into something much bigger and more serious. Do I think that caries can be treated with diet and hygiene? Absolutely and I’m very open and accepting to the ideas of Dr Price. Is this the best solution for every situation? In my opinion it is not.

            November 19th, 2012 11:48 am
          • Caitlin

            Hmm.. Well thanks for your input gives me somethings to think about. As much as I like our dentist there is no option other than sending my daughter to a pediatric dentist, having her put under and having the cavity filled. I was hoping to try a very strict diet and the butter oil/CLO mix and see if it miraculously cures as did Sarah’s son’s cavity. I would say the issue in the past with her diet would have been too much grains and carbs but we changes that significantly awhile back. We have never used sugar as a sweetener, eat mostly homemade, whole foods, etc, etc. One more question, if you don’t mind — Is it possible that I could continue what I am doing and if no signs of the cavity getting WORSE show up I can try to hold out until the tooth falls out on it’s own? Or could it be too late if it does start to get worse? When I took her into the dentist originally she was having tooth pain, but since starting with Sarah’s protocol and switching to xylitol toothpaste the tooth pain has gone away.

            Thank you again for your help!

            November 19th, 2012 1:31 pm
        • A.J.


          Will you please post a link with the data that shows the research done by Dr. Price? I need to see the evidence. Simply stating that a dentist published this information does not make it true. But if there is evidence then I would be more inclined to look into this further.

          December 11th, 2012 12:41 am Reply
      • Emily

        Adam, cavities can be cured. Read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price. According to my dentist, she says that dentistry school has no classes in nutrition, the most important element in the health of teeth, so intelligent lay people who do lots of research can be as knowledgeable as the professionals in this area. The people who I know that have cured cavities don’t go to ignorant dentists – they either don’t go at all or go to an informed dentist who prescribes butter! Please get informed!

        May 27th, 2011 4:49 pm Reply
        • Logan

          Just so you are aware, I’m currently in dental school & we do have classes in nutrition.

          July 16th, 2012 2:16 pm Reply
        • Sara

          I am also in dental school. Almost every class we take has a section pertaining to nutrition and how it relates to dental health and overall health.

          October 16th, 2012 10:35 pm Reply
      • Eve

        Adam, Mr Misinformation

        Sarah has made a claim and has proof. You made no argument because you have no argument. You have no proof. You have nothing to back you up.

        Come back when you have something substantial.

        September 22nd, 2011 1:43 pm Reply
        • J

          Honest question here, Eve – where is this so called “proof?”

          I have three BMW’s, a 12-bedroom house and 3 swimming pools. Oh, and a sweet jacuzzi tub!

          Just because I type that, it doesn’t mean it’s real. There are no photos, videos or dental records put up as “proof,” so I’d like to know how exactly your substantial hearsay “backs you up.”

          I’m sure that maybe this could help remineralize a small cavity, but a large one or a hole (which can cause severe infections, by the way!) NO WAY.

          October 14th, 2011 5:39 pm Reply
          • col grif

            J – same go’s for you – as for Adam – we do not need skeptics on this site – go hang with your medical buds and leave us in peace – and stop wasting precious space.
            Sarah – thanks so much for being You ! Don’t change !

            October 18th, 2011 6:31 pm
          • Moriah

            I have healed a cavity and I have proof: two xrays taken a year and a half apart. I had an exam and xrays taken, with decay found. I scheduled a filling. But then I learned I was pregnant and didn’t get I filled. I went back when my lo was young. I got another set of xrays. No decay in the spot! The dentist reallybelieve me until he compared them side by side… It is very possible!

            November 4th, 2011 1:11 am
      • col grif

        Adam – you appear to be very ignorant of all the intricate details of natural health so you have no place to judge Sarah – Sarah is brilliant beyond her years and she is very far advanced beyond allopathic – Way beyond – you are on the wrong page bud – you should go hang with the medical crowd whom you believe in – we do not need you here.

        October 18th, 2011 6:20 pm Reply
        • aerilera

          Yes, we can’t tolerate dissenting opinions on this site, because we know we don’t have the data to back up what we say… the plural of anecdote is not data.

          February 7th, 2012 1:05 pm Reply
        • greg

          col grif;
          is this a cult blog where only like-minded converts can venture an opinion?
          all views are worthy of airing,even yours…free speech anyone?

          March 11th, 2012 1:33 am Reply
          • Lenny

            I look forward to the root canals, extractions, and crowns that will come my way after the blatant disregard for a well understood disease process known as caries (correctly described as the most common disease known to mankind by one commenter) that is put forth by this article. No, I have not read a case report from the 1920s, but have read through a few of the thousands of studies regarding cariology in the following 90 years that explain the caries process thoroughly. Sarah, comparing cavities to broken bones is completely flawed because broken bones do not involve a disease process. Bones are constantly resorbing and forming bone (remodeling), whether broken or not. The enamel surface of the tooth is composed almost entirely of inorganic mineral components. It does have the capability to remineralize to a certain extent, but not to the extent to fill a “hole.” To even use the term “heal” is ridiculous. Arresting the process of a cavity is more accurate, but once those minerals and tooth structure are lost, they cannot be replaced. I certainly applaud your efforts to promote nutritional diets, as these may indeed help prevent cavity formation, but your claims of “healing” existing cavities are biologically flawed and damaging to your readers. I think your Nobel prize will be withheld for the time being.

            March 29th, 2012 2:13 pm
          • Live Uthing

            @ Lenny
            I was really hoping to specifically reply to Lenny, but there is no reply button available below his comment.
            Lenny you start out very condescending, but as you go along at least you soften it up a bit with the facts as you have been taught (if indeed you are a dentist). Sarah wasn’t talking about any case report form the 1920’s, she was specifically talking about Dr. Price’s writings. Have you ever been able to take your blinders off and try to evolve as a professional above and beyond what you have been taught? Your comment of broken bones not involving a disease process is either your misunderstanding of her writing or deliberately misleading and very dishonest. She simply implied the possibility of a healing process similar to a broken bone or cut on the arm. Besides have you ever heard of osteoporosis and rickets? Certainly at least rickets has been accepted as a nutritional deficiency. Over the years many new “miracle cures” have been brought to us by the modern medical system, only to find out many years later that these drugs don’t actually work, have many side effects or are just plain dangerous. Is proper nutrition not promoted because its not relevant to all aspects of health, or simply because there is no money to be made on healthy people. I personally take offence to the term health care, it should be called sick care. There is no attempt in actually making people healthy, we are only making them dependent. At least in Germany they identified the terminology correctly, by calling it “Krankenkasse”, which translates by google to “health insurance”, but that is just the meaning as we understand it in English. “Kranken” is actually “sick” and “Kasse” is “fund”. I believe we should make the change for conventional medicine to “Sick Care” and reserve the term “health care” to alternative medicine.
            In closing I would like to interest you in the writings of the foremost epidemiologist, Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis, he writes at length about case studies.

            April 1st, 2012 12:52 pm
          • Gee Whiz

            @Lenny and all the Dentists and wanna be dentists.

            SO here is the question/s for you all…

            If not through nutrition provided by the body taken in by the food and liquids you ingest how are the teeth then formed?
            Last I recall we are not born with a whole set of teeth… *unless we are Jethro Bodine and are born with a set just like a beaver… older folks may understand that lol) teeth develop as we grow, true?

            Ok if teeth develop from that which we call nourishment then why can it not be possible that nutrition has a way to help in the regeneration process for our teeth?

            July 28th, 2012 8:05 am
          • Melinda

            Yes, Gee Whiz,
            Isn’t that the definition of nourishment? Really. Eating is good for enjoyment but it should be mainly for our body’s health. Otherwise we could swallow pills and be done with it. The more I help others with nutrition, the more I see the huge benefits. Like the remineralization of my daughter’s tooth.

            July 28th, 2012 6:03 pm
          • Jackie

            @ Gee Whiz – by that logic, we should be able to regrow arms and feet as well. We all start out as single cells without any organs, why shouldn’t we be able to regrow anything we want? Some tissues just have different re/generation windows than others. Teeth are, unfortunately, not among those tissues that get remodeled much after they’ve initially developed. Diet certainly does play a huge role in oral health and preventing tooth decay, but once significant damage is done to the tooth structure the body has only a limited ability to repair it.

            August 15th, 2012 12:15 pm
      • Marie Bingham

        Can we all agree that 1) this lesion was never documented to even BE a cavity by radiographic evidence or professional exam and 2)I haven’t met an office who would allow potential production to be scheduled out a couple weeks nor a GOOD parent who would allow for that.
        Let’s not allow people to misled by claims with no substance.

        May 3rd, 2012 5:36 pm Reply
        • Jimmie king

          Wouldn’t documentation by the person who had their cavity healed be enough? Why would a person lie about something like that? If a persons tooth is ok now: when it was bad before why fight with them and try to change their experience and history to suit yourself. Remember Doctors are not God Almighty. Why would you brag about and glorify them. Thank God for any healing. Remember Jesus Christ is LORD. Christ died for our sins He was buried and on the third day He was raised from the dead in the flesh and seen of over 500 eyewitnesses at once……500 eyewitnesses at once. Is that enough documentation and evidence for you.

          October 9th, 2012 11:14 pm Reply
        • valleygirl

          ACtually I am here reading bc of my daughters visit yesterday with two small pin holes identified as caries. They are in no hurry to fill them and my appointment is pending for sometime next month. In the meantime I will do all I can nutritionally and see what happens. If it works, I am happy to get her dental records and come back with the evidence from the office. If it doesn’t, well then so be it. But I will always try my hardest to heal ailments naturally before going to a procedure involving further damage, chemicals (the N.O.) and then adding in a man made material. Always.

          November 14th, 2012 11:00 am Reply
          • Melinda

            Please don’t fill a pinhole unless it has been shown to penetrate the dentin. If it is a front tooth it will take away more tooth structure than necessary just to get a filling in and then it will have to be done again and again making it larger each time. give it more time. the may be some remineralization by now. I hope you saw the xray that shows decay beyond the enamel.

            December 9th, 2012 11:16 pm
        • Marie is a dumbass

          Really?! My son had a cavity show up during a cleaning and the dentist was unconcerned as she scheduled us for two weeks out. On top of that a dental office has no authority to “allow” or not allow anything!

          April 25th, 2013 8:29 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Amazing, just amazing!

    Do you think the butter oil in the FCLO is not high enough for general dental maintenance in our modern society? My oldest has some cavities in her front teeth that need filling. I’m not sure yet about the other dc. I give them the FCLO w/butter oil but maybe I should give them extra BO? Is this something that is just recommended short term or can be done long term?


    May 12th, 2011 11:15 am Reply
  • Elizabeth Walling

    That is SO cool, Sarah! And to see such healing with such a simple intervention is awesome. I’m going to have to share this post with my FB fans!

    May 12th, 2011 11:17 am Reply
  • mari

    I’m so happy to read this. Everything in my body has been telling me all my life that cavities can be healed, like bones and other things. I knew it was possible and got strange looks when I talked about it. I recently had three cavities filled (before I heard about Dr. Price) and I still had this feeling that I could have healed them. Thanks for sharing this story. Bodies are amazing.

    May 12th, 2011 11:44 am Reply
  • Barb@A Life in Balance

    Fascinating! Do you have a more in depth post on the 2 supplements? I have 5 kids, and I’d like to get them on the supplements, but I’m not sure what to do since their ages range from 3 to almost 15. Thanks!

    May 12th, 2011 11:53 am Reply
  • Paula

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for the great posts all of the time. I love seeing you pop up in my email!

    Quick question: Do you need to increase your dose if you are trying to heal cavities or does the recommended dose do enough?



    May 12th, 2011 12:08 pm Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Paula, it depends on how much you are taking to begin with and your deficiency level (if any) at that current time. It is almost impossible to say … in my son’s case all I needed to do was add the butter oil which is what I should have been doing already with his daily FCLO dose. I didn’t increase the FCLO nor did I give him a mega butter oil dose. My kids have been taking FCLO for years though. Another child may have to take a larger dose to produce the same effect.

    May 12th, 2011 12:12 pm Reply
  • Sarah Blankenship via Facebook

    This is amazing. What brand of oils do you use?

    May 12th, 2011 12:36 pm Reply
  • Amber Stoffer via Facebook

    Yay! Working on my 5 year old as well! Has halted some decay! :)

    May 12th, 2011 12:40 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

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    May 12th, 2011 12:42 pm Reply
  • Bonnie N Steve Foxx via Facebook

    That’s fascinating! I wonder if it will work on all my already-filled teeth. :)

    May 12th, 2011 12:43 pm Reply
  • Kim

    Hi Sarah, Do you have any suggestions for demineralzation of the teeth? I just had a baby in January and I noticed that my front teeth are becoming transparent! (very discouraging) Prior to Jan. I had switched to tooth soap (from a local person who was selling it along with Kombucha mushrooms). I don’t know if that had anything to do with it. I have never had a cavity and my plaque went down considerably after switching to tooth soap (was using a glycerin tooth gel.) I’m just confused why they demineralized and are now sensitive. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    May 12th, 2011 12:47 pm Reply
    • Lisa @ Real Food Digest

      I’m also having issues with transparent teeth. If you find anything that helps please let me know. I’ll reply here as well if I read something that may help. Hopefully others will offer some tips.

      May 15th, 2011 11:21 am Reply
      • Audra Michelle

        I have had transparent teeth (and cavity riddled teeth) nearly my whole life. I didn’t pay much attention to it. After having 3 babies in 4 years, I had quite a few labs run. It turns out I have been severely deficient in vitamin D since I started with thyroid disease 25 years ago. As I get my D levels up into the normal range, my teeth have finally become opaque! I am a long way from optimal levels, but I’m getting there! Now to try this combination to strengthen and possibly heal some of my teeth.

        November 13th, 2012 11:18 pm Reply
    • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

      My grandmother lost most of her teeth after she had her children. At the time, it was 2nd world war, and she, with 3 children, all the way in Uzbekistan, far from home, with not much money – you get the story – she did not have enough nutrition.

      Most problems we have are from not enough nutrition. The quickest nutrition has always been juicing. I find kefir, which I make myself, very helpful.

      Brushing and rinsing teeth every time after you eat and using Hydrofloss.helps with bad bacteria.

      April 3rd, 2013 12:54 am Reply
  • Susan McNiel Godfrey via Facebook

    Do you get their fermented CLO and butter oil? Do you use the regular or Emulsified CLO? I’ve been having issues with my teeth and would love to five this a try.

    May 12th, 2011 12:53 pm Reply
  • Pam

    My daughter has had two cavities which did not fill in after we changed her diet but the decay did stop progressing. I think I will increase her butter oil dose though. They are baby teeth so perhaps they don’t have the permanent plumbing required to regrow the tooth and fill in holes.

    May 12th, 2011 12:56 pm Reply
  • Christy

    I am about to place my first ever order for FCLO and butter oil. I was going to get the new flavored emulsified FCLO for my kids. Since I’m not getting them the formula that has the butter oil and FCLO together, how much butter oil do I give them on a daily basis?

    May 12th, 2011 12:57 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Christy, 1/4-1/2 tsp of butter oil a day given with the fermented cod liver oil works well.

      May 12th, 2011 1:30 pm Reply
      • Tiffany

        And what dose of the emulsified CLO would be equivalent to 1 teaspoon of the regular CLO? Sarah, where is the information on the Green Pasture web site about the amount of Vit. D in each dose? I find their web site rather cryptic.
        Thank you.

        May 13th, 2011 11:35 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          I don’t know Tiffany. I would call or email Green Pasture Products to find out. There is only so much they are allowed to say on their website because of the FDA. For example, Green Pastures couldn’t even use a testimonial like this blog post to show how effective it’s products are because the FDA would not allow it.

          May 14th, 2011 8:49 am Reply
  • Marcee

    All I can say is AMAZING!! I am just finishing Rami’s book “Curing Tooth Decay”. Although my children don’t have any real dental issues, except one cavity 3 years ago, that was BEFORE my conversion to a traditional food diet. We have recently found a raw grass fed milk resource across the border. Unfortunately they don’t sell “just cream” in the raw. But, I was able to make butter with the cream and then make the oil butter. I put them into capsules (following your video, of course 😉 ). I’m hoping to give them a little bit of this each day, along with the FCLO. We can’t afford to do the whole reccomended dose for everybody, but I figure 1/2 is better than nothing. We are slowly working the FCLO and raw dairy into our budget, as well as some raw cheese. Thank you for your encouragement in this, perfect timing. I was a little discouraged, after reading this book, because we DO eat grains (mostly properly prepared). Eating just meat and vegetables would be very hard on us financially . Thanks again for your encouragment, and congrats on this. So EXCITING for you!!

    May 12th, 2011 1:04 pm Reply
    • En Los Manos De Dios

      Marcee, you mentioned finding a good raw milk source across the border. We have just moved to a US border town with Mexico and have not had good sucess finding raw milk. Is it a border with Mexico you were referring to?

      Also, our family has been blessed to find a few different natural treatments for dental decay and infection (including bentonite clay packs, fermented garlic “medicine”, and single drops of tea tree oil directly on the tooth), though we have not yet experienced significant re-mineralization or a “filling in” of the original cavity. I am anxious to try pairing butter oil with our CLO to see if we might have a similar sucess with a few cavities we have dealt with. Sarah, I appreciate your butter oil recipe and video, and have been able to obtain a few pounds of KerryGold for the purpose. Green Pastures is not in our budget right now, so do you think the homemade (heated, or maybe just a 2-tsp slice of the KerryGold) butter oil would be sufficient to help fill-in the small holes, or do you think that level of healing is only attainable with the raw, centrifuged butter oil? Has anyone else had a similar experience with non-raw, quality butter? I know that the raw oil would be beneficial for a wide spectrum of health issues, but thankfully, we do have a good array of other nutrient-dense foods, and have been eating in a nourishing, traditional way for about 7 years. Thank you for your help!

      August 25th, 2011 4:18 pm Reply
  • Danita

    That is very exciting!! I’m glad the cavity healed!!

    We have BIG issues with tooth decay. My 4.5yr old has had to have her top front 4 extracted & has 4 crowns besides that. My 2yr old just recently had her top front 4 crowned. I, myself, had 8 cavities last fall, & I need crown besides those. We do not eat junk!!! (At least according to most. 😉 But, as much as I would love to begin this protocol, we are allergic to dairy. I have also cut out gluten for the 3 of us, because it literally makes me ill. I’ve also cut all artificial ingredients & most sugar. I want to get us pkg free eventually. (Baby steps, right?)

    We are not on FCLO so I *must* look into getting some. Is there anything I could use to replace the butter oil? I need to do whatever it takes to heal my family.

    May 12th, 2011 1:12 pm Reply
    • Marcee

      Danita, the butter oil has the milk solids taken out. So most people with dairy issues can take butter oil or use ghee.

      May 12th, 2011 1:32 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I would suggest fish eggs, Danita. Fish eggs are another superfood like the raw grassfed butter oil. Liver is awesome too but I’ve found that kids like fish eggs better. My kids think they are like “healthy candy” and love the salty taste.

      May 12th, 2011 1:32 pm Reply
      • Jenna L.

        What about natto in supplement form? That’s supposedly VERY high in K2…

        May 12th, 2011 3:23 pm Reply
        • Seana

          Natto has K2-MK7 instead of MK4. Studies in Japan showed that MK-4 helps with osteoporosis so following that line of reasoning, I decided that it should also help tooth density and therefore heal cavities. Something we were doing worked as it increased my daughter’s tooth density and healed her cavity.

          May 12th, 2011 6:52 pm Reply
    • Seana

      We’re dairy free and even though the High Vitamin Butter is supposed to be casein and lactose free, we reacted to it. We use K2-MK4 supplements from Carlson and Solgar Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, Now Brand Vitamin D, and a Country Life Calcium Magnesium Phosphurous complex. We also split 3 bottles of Dr Ron’s Grass Fed Liver capsules between my son, daughter and I. Once, we ran out of the Liver Capsules, I never ordered more. Hope that helps!

      May 12th, 2011 6:44 pm Reply
    • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)


      not sure if you’re still with this post or how your teeth are. But in case you get this message: you were on the right track.
      You need to add fermented food like miso, correctly prepared sauerkraut, home-made kefir, etc..
      By the way, you can make “milk” from oats and nuts, if you like.

      The other few things to do might be: 1) cleanse your colon, 2) check your emotions. I had a classical case of being unsure, which almost cost me a tooth. So far, I saved my teeth 2 times already!

      Is it possible that you are missing nutrition? Juicing is the quickest solution.

      I would also recommend raw apple cider vinegar.

      Question: did you check for Candida?

      April 2nd, 2013 10:53 pm Reply
  • Sarah Blankenship via Facebook

    I went and looked on their site. How long does a bottle of the stuff normally last. We are a family of 6 so I didn’t know how much of each one I would need to purchase to last for a month.

    May 12th, 2011 1:33 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    Very true, teeth are made of the same stuff bones are so they can remineralize in the same way.
    Well, I would definitely be pissed if my mom ever attempted to control my eating habits (especially since she eats SAD), however, I’ve learned from hard experience just how bad junkfood makes me feel!

    I have a problem though. I strongly suspect that I have a wisdom tooth coming in the bottom right back of my mouth. Do you know anything natural/alternative I can do about this? I’ve been trying to do a warm salt water swish every other day. I’m not sure my mouth is big enough for a wisdom tooth, but so far it hasn’t caused me much pain.

    May 12th, 2011 1:37 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Is the FCLO and butter oil blend a good option? How is the taste? I am going to try this but am not sure if I should go with capsules or gels.

    May 12th, 2011 1:46 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      If you are really taste sensitive, then get the capsules. It does taste very strong, but you do get used to it over time. But, if you have a strong gag reflex, just get the caps.

      May 12th, 2011 1:58 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I use the fermented cod liver oil liquid (cinnamon is a great flavor). I just got the emulsifieds as they are new but my kids are sticking with the cinnamon as they are used to it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The FCLO lasts many months in the refrigerator and a month or two on the counter. Remember, it is raw and fermented and is self preserved from that standpoint.

    May 12th, 2011 1:47 pm Reply
  • Michele

    I bought three bottles of the chocolate gel BO/FCLO Blend. I can’t stomach it. I am very disappointed since I was planning to give to my 3 yr old. I would be happy to sell for what I paid. I can take the capsules no problem. email if anyone is interested seachele68 at hot mail dot com

    May 12th, 2011 1:53 pm Reply
    • Seana

      The chocolate flavor BO/FCLO Blend was nasty. It reminded me of earwax. The cinnamon is much better! You might try it for your 3yo.

      May 12th, 2011 7:17 pm Reply
    • Heather

      My son and I take the plain FCLO with butter oil by using a syringe (without the needle of course) and shoot the oil to the back of our throat and then take a drink of water, we barely taste anything.

      May 13th, 2011 12:44 am Reply
    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

      Try it on her anyway, my kids LOVE it. They call it “special chocolate.” Tonight after I gave it to them they both asked for seconds. I don’t like it though.

      June 25th, 2011 6:59 pm Reply
    • ChattaMama

      If you don’t wanna waste it, you can buy capsules and fill them with a syringe and take the capsules yourself. That’s what I’m doing.

      October 30th, 2011 1:58 pm Reply
  • Kristi

    Very nice to hear that it works! I have the FCLO/butter blend in the gel form. How much should my son and I be taking? He’s 6. I usually take 2 tbs a day and give him 1 tsp. Thanks!

    May 12th, 2011 1:56 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I give my 6 year old 1 full tsp of the FCLO liquid each morning and 1 butter oil capsule which I will be increasing to 2 capsules as she just started being able to swallow pills.

      May 12th, 2011 1:59 pm Reply
  • Sarah Blankenship via Facebook

    What is the recommended daily intake for each person in a family on a daily basis? What I am trying to figure out is if each person takes 1 tsp a day for instance how many bottles would I need to purchase a month?

    May 12th, 2011 1:59 pm Reply
  • Katie @ Wellness Mama

    So excited to see this post in my news feed today! I had a similar experience with our oldest when we switched our way of eating. We did completely eliminate grains as well, and I seriously upped all of our fat intake as well as Vitamin D, etc and we limit phytic acid, even from non-grain sources.
    Even though I’d read Nagel’s book and Dr. Price’s work and believed the science behind healing cavities, I was still amazed at how fast it actually worked! (If things like teeth that “can’t health themselves” can improve this fast, it makes a person question how drastically food choices can affect every aspect of life!)
    The part I didn’t expect was the changes in my own teeth. We now make our own remineralizing toothpaste, and between that and dietary changes, my teeth have whitened themselves a lot! A few weeks ago I was eating some homemade ice cream and actually bit into a bite with my teeth. Not a big deal, except I’ve had sensitive teeth my whole life and this would normally cause a lot of pain. It took me a second to realize that my teeth weren’t sensitive at all! The last time I went to the dentist (a conventional one) he also noted surprisingly that my enamel had gotten stronger and my teeth didn’t have any plaque buildup whatsoever. He credited it to me being pregnant and having “growing hormones” in my body, which is funny, since my teeth have a;ways been weaker during pregnancy…

    May 12th, 2011 2:05 pm Reply
    • Seana

      Would you mind sharing your recipe for your remineralizing toothpaste?

      May 12th, 2011 7:08 pm Reply
    • Lila Sanchez

      Katie please share how you stopped the plaque build up.I’ve always suffered from that as well as acid? the dentist said. and it cost too much to go for cleanings so often:)

      December 28th, 2011 3:27 am Reply
    • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

      Katie – Could you share the main sources of phytic besides grain? I’ve just gone grain free. Tough tough tough! I’m going to try your toothpaste recipe. I have receded gums and some root showing and there appears to be a small cavity starting so I’m on the path to see if I can heal it!

      January 13th, 2012 10:59 am Reply
      • Katie @ Wellness Mama

        Hi Adrienne… just saw this post. Have you tried OraWellness products? They are really good for gums especially. I use them in combination with my remineralizing toothpaste and haven’t had any trouble with gums or teeth since changing that and adding the FCLO.

        August 9th, 2012 9:16 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    School of thought on this varies but I take 1 2/3 tsp per day of FCLO which is 5000 IU of vitamin D which is the current school of thought for maintenance of adequate vitamin D levels. My kids take 1 tsp. I take 1/2 tsp of butter oil per day and the kids take 1/3-1/2 tsp of butter oil per day.

    May 12th, 2011 2:08 pm Reply
    • Nicola

      Hi Sarah Thanks for the wonderful article. What is the most effective way to take the FCLO and butter oil Would the combined FCLO/Butter oil blend by Green Pastures be effective, or do you recommend taking them separately, as you state your children take them separately. Also, can adults heal cavaties, or is this limited to children?

      December 10th, 2012 9:06 pm Reply
  • Holly

    Ok I need a dummies guide to this. I have a DS 9yo and a DD 6 yo both have Celiacs and are Gluten Free. Both have cavities. My dd just developed it, she has been GF for almost a year. My son has had two cavities for about 2+ years and has been GF for over 3 years, they haven’t progressed and since they are baby teeth we were trying to wait it out and have them fall out since we have HUGE dentist fears and will have to be gassed to get anything done. There health has improved drastically but I think they are still deficient in some things since they are still healing. What exactly should I be giving them? How much do I give them? How often? Where can I buy the stuff at a good price since I really cant afford alot? Do you think its to late if there has been color change to the tooth at the hole? Thanks for your help.

    May 12th, 2011 2:09 pm Reply
    • Lila Sanchez

      Go to dear.Amazing quality and value.I’ve been thier customer for yrs:)

      December 28th, 2011 3:30 am Reply
  • Holly

    Oh and capsules would be best since they all can swallow them

    May 12th, 2011 2:12 pm Reply
  • Sayedeh K Kasmai-Nazeran via Facebook

    Would it work for my nursing toddler if I take the cod liver oil?

    May 12th, 2011 2:13 pm Reply
  • Susan

    That’s a great story!! Thank you for telling it. I’m sure you won’t mind me sharing it on my facebook page OraWellness. More people need to understand and to hear storied like yours and mine that teeth and gum DO regenerate given the proper conditions. Way to go family!!

    Hurray on your son’s choices! Yes we do have to celebrate the little victories along the way.

    May 12th, 2011 2:16 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    It is recommended by the WAPF for children to begin getting their own individual dose of cod liver oil starting at 3 months old even if the Mother takes it herself and the child is still nursing. My kids got 1/4 tsp to start with an eyedropper.

    May 12th, 2011 2:27 pm Reply
    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

      Really? I just can’t bring myself to give kids anything until they are over 6 months…. 3 months even for FCLO seems awfully young.

      June 25th, 2011 7:00 pm Reply
  • Becky

    How awesome is that?! I’ve actually been wondering about that lately. I somehow suspected that was possible. :) Thanks for sharing!

    May 12th, 2011 2:43 pm Reply
  • Sue Smith via Facebook

    This is impressive information; thanks for posting.
    Is there a specific brand of Butter Oil/CLO that you recommend to folks just starting to get into this WOE?

    May 12th, 2011 2:59 pm Reply
  • laura b

    okay, so, i have 2 kids. my 4 yo had 2 cavities. i’m sure butter oil/CLO will work for him.

    my 2 year old has amelogenesis imperfecta. there are only 3 teeth in his mouth that do not have cavities. the dentist wants to pull 2 of his teeth and give him root canals/stainless caps on 11.

    any advice? i REALLY don’t want to have ANY of that done.

    we already eat as TF as we can. we live in a VERY small town in the middle of the desert so it’s tough to get quality foods. we order as much as we can online but we aren’t rich, ya know?

    May 12th, 2011 3:02 pm Reply
    • Shari

      Going on the GRAIN FREE GAPS diet was the key for us. We needed this diet to halt the decay. We ate NT for years and it just wasn’t enough for our family.

      May 12th, 2011 8:54 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        Hi Shari – yes, for sure grain free is the ticket for some with decay issues. Sometimes extreme measures are warranted but it is good to know that the decay can be arrested even with simple changes like what I did with my son.

        May 12th, 2011 9:05 pm Reply
    • adam

      Hi laura b,
      I was reading through this post as it was sent to me as a joke that is circulating through the dental community. When I came upon your question, I could’nt help but notice that Sarah, the so called health professional, has not responded. That is because amelogenesis imperfecta is a serious medical/dental condition that requires professional treatment. As a board certified and nationally recognized doctor of dental surgery ( i.e. a dentist), I can not sit by and let this go. You need to go back to your dentist and take heed to his/her recommendations or visit another licensed dentist for a second opinion. Doing nothing will ONLY cause unnecessary harm to your child.
      Good luck.

      May 20th, 2011 12:01 am Reply
      • Emily

        Hi adam,
        She’s not a “so called health professional” but a “healthy home economist”. Please read my comment to you above. My dentist is a also a board certified and nationally recognized doctor of dental surgery and treats and supports patients through the WAPF diet before doing invasive dental work. You need to read Dr. Weston Prices’s work before you ignorantly speak out against it.

        May 27th, 2011 4:53 pm Reply
        • Ellen

          Well said, Emily.

          October 13th, 2011 4:24 pm Reply
      • Sally

        Hi Adam,
        I am a dentist too, a maxillofacial prosthodontist, with many years of studying under my belt (studying including way more than 1 book by one dentist that everybody here keeps quoting), and I feel compelled to tell you to stop wasting your precious time on trying to educate people that obviously aren’t looking to be educated, just to defend a point made by someone with no credentials or studies to back their claims. I wonder what will happen when one of these people (and inevitably it is going to happen), wakes up with an abcess, and excruciating pain, and am just amused at the thought of them popping all these butter pills in the hope of making their tooth decay disappear their tooth magically “regenerate” :))) That’s just hilarious :)

        March 23rd, 2012 9:53 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          Well, it’s been over a year now and my son is still fine. No hole, no cavity, no abcess and best of all, no money paid to a closed minded dentist who doesn’t even bother to read the dentistry bible like Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. PRice DDS. Complete and utter arrogance.

          March 23rd, 2012 10:09 pm Reply
          • Carrissa

            I am with you, Sarah. I am tired of the arrogance displayed by almost any “health professional” that I have visited. Doctors and dentists who are unwilling to continue learning (as if they have learned everything there is to know )are the uneducated ones. I am sick of being treated like a second class citizen when I choose another means of treatment or lifestyle than my Doctor has advised. It is the medical profession’s own fault if they lose the support of the majority of the thinking public. I have stood in my doctor’s office and after reading an article from his own medical book that was suppose to change my mind, pointed to the facts and dangers , and he never let it go. I have not been back. No one is swearing at me and getting my business!

            Just because some dentist can blind themselves does not mean I have to.

            May 29th, 2012 5:10 pm
      • Jimmie king

        The reason car insurance for bad drivers is high is obvious insurance people play the odds like bookies. Bad drivers are high risk. Medical malpractice insurance is extremely high for doctors. Wonder why? Is it true over 90,000 fellow American human beings die from doctors malpractice? In 1975 i was told i needed bypass surgery for my heart problem. I decide not to go to a human doctor. I went to the one who created the doctors and the universe: Jesus Christ. I am still here and doing great thank God Almighty. Go to the doctor you live closest to. Doctor Jesus never lost a patient

        October 9th, 2012 11:30 pm Reply
    • Lila Sanchez

      Pulling teeth on a 2yr old! That sounds sick and archaic and who knows how many toxic chemicals those caps carry,gold is better.This adam guy must be really hard up for patients or is really threatened by the effectiveness of the power of nature.Which one do you think it is ;)….Act quickly dear and God give you wisdom:)

      December 28th, 2011 3:47 am Reply
    • starr


      In my opinion, I would never let a dentist root canal my childs teeth , This was suggested for my own children at one point ! Don’t do It ! Find a better dentist , preferably a HOLISTIC dentist and read the Book.. “ROOT CANAL COVER UP”

      April 1st, 2012 12:49 pm Reply
  • Katie @ Riddlelove

    Excellent post! So well rounded. I am filled with hope and inspired. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this!

    May 12th, 2011 3:07 pm Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    Thank you, Sarah for this wonderful and inspiring post!

    May 12th, 2011 3:19 pm Reply
  • Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer

    Amazing! Thank you for posting! My son’s too love the deep gold butter on their toast each morning. What a great testimonial. I agree with the parenting, always tell my friends that you can protect your child but you should not shelter them :) There is a big difference.
    The other day I cought my husband telling an adult couple about sprout fed eggs and how much better tasting and better for you they are, I almost fell over :) While he is gung-ho about eating it, I never thought he would be preaching it! hahaha, my little testimonial too :)
    Also- since I have switched our toothpase over to the Young Living Theives Ultra, not one cavity in our house of 5 for 2 years since we switched!!!! My husband has horrible teeth from growing up out of the US and no dental or steady nutrition, he was always having to go in for root canals and yucky stuff at the dentist, not once since the Theives Toothpaste switch. My last check-up, the dentist told me she wanted MY teeth! So funny, I keep telling them what I use so maybe one day they will stop telling me to use flouride??? I too have had many a cavity growing up without dental ins. and raised on Kraft. Knowledge is power. Thanks again for sharing your evidence.

    May 12th, 2011 4:45 pm Reply
    • Lila Sanchez

      Natasha..what is Young Living Theives Ultra and where can I get it?

      December 28th, 2011 3:53 am Reply
    • Susan

      Looking at ingredients on Youg Living Theives toothpaste. Any kind of substitute sugars like xylitol, run risk of being made with GMO corn and probably aren’t best for health. But good thing you’re not ingesting it. Xanthan gum also could be derived from GMO corn.

      December 7th, 2012 12:50 pm Reply
  • Erica

    Hi Sarah,

    I love your post! Actually, I always love your posts, lol! Are some people more susceptible to nutritional deficiencies? I rarely had cavities when I was young, and I never ate an “ideal” diet until now. However, I didn’t eat candy or sugar very much during that time either. I wonder if it’s because I’m the oldest in the family, and my mother ate a lot of fruit and meats while I was in her womb. My younger brother who is a year and a half younger than me is more easily susceptible to cavities. My mother was consuming more junk food while she was pregnant with him. I can eat the same SAD diet that he’s eating, and still won’t get cavities unless I’m eating a LOT of junk.

    May 12th, 2011 5:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Erica, as Mom’s nutritional stores go down, her later babies will be born with more degenerative problems. Cavities are one of these problems. Also when babies are spaced too close together (less than 3 years apart), Mom does not have time to replenish her stores (especially if she is breastfeeding). and these problems can crop up from this as well. This is why traditional societies took such GREAT CARE to space children no closer than 3 years apart and to provide special superfoods to Moms and Dads so that nutritional stores were optimal BEFORE conception.

      May 12th, 2011 5:55 pm Reply
  • Cindy Hailey

    Thank you so much for sharing this testimony! I am SO very impressed that I am not even writing my blog tomorrow, but just putting in the link to your story. Again, thank you…what a blessing!
    ~’Clee’, The Nourished Nana

    May 12th, 2011 5:49 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Cindy, how wonderful! I am glad that you are finding the testimonial of help for your readers. Best to you and thanks for the link! :)

      May 12th, 2011 5:57 pm Reply
      • Cindy Hailey

        Blogspot was down last night and a good portion of today, but I did finally get a chance to share your story. I’m still amazed and thrilled. :)

        May 13th, 2011 5:24 pm Reply
  • Mati

    I’ve never heard that ghee is equivalent to butter oil – butter oil is an extracted fraction of raw butter, not just raw butter with the milk solids removed – right? If it were just ghee… $50 a bottle is a rip.

    May 12th, 2011 7:30 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Mati, the Green Pastures raw butter oil has the milk solids extracted by centrifuge (just like Dr. Price made it) so it is raw whereas ghee is not. If you get a group order together the price comes wayyyy down, so it is much more affordable.

      May 12th, 2011 8:00 pm Reply
      • Mati

        OK, I’m still confused. If it’s just removal of milk solids, what is the advantage (for people who can use whole milk products)? I’ve made ghee and the milk solids are are small percentage of the total weight. In addition, the butter oil has a relatively strong “pasture” taste vs. raw grassfed butter. I don’t see how they can be equivalent. If they are, I can just up our consumption of raw butter and cream much more pleasurably (and inexpensively) than taking a supplement.

        That’s the other issue – my daughter loves raw butter, so do I – but she won’t take butter oil and I’m none too fond of it either. It just seems to catch at the back of my throat. I have two bottles of the regular, scoopable “liquid,” , not gels/capsules, that I don’t want to waste. Any suggestions on how to take this without tasting or “urping” it? We have no problem with the CLO – she calls it “cinnamon drops” and just likes a little elderberry concentrate after.

        May 13th, 2011 8:33 pm Reply
  • Corinne

    Thank you for sharing this, Sarah. Just last week I was telling my husband how much better my very sensitive gums and one very touchy tooth felt (couldn’t chew with it for 1 1/2 yrs), which all started when I was sick 7 weeks ago (fever/chills/cough/aches/congestion) . I downed lots of extra chicken bone broth during those two weeks, and as I healed I noticed my mouth feeling better too. I can now chew with that tooth! I must admit that weeks prior to the illness, I had become more regular with flossing and I attribute both to my mouth healing. Never underestimate the power of good bone broth!

    Sarah, is cultured butter as healthful as raw butter? I purchase vat-cultured butter that is vat-cured with live active cultures (Sierra Nevada Cheese Co.). What brand of raw butter do you use, or do you make your own?

    May 12th, 2011 7:39 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Corinne, my wonderful deep yellow raw butter comes from my local dairy farmer. I love it. It is full of the fat soluble activators and down here in FL with the cows on pasture in the sun, chock full of vitamin D too I’m sure.

      May 12th, 2011 8:01 pm Reply
  • esther

    Very impressive! I just went Monday to have two cavities filled. Guess what? They weren’t there anymore! I was just there TWO weeks prior and the cavities were diagnosised with a DIAGNOdent.

    They tried two different machines on me because they couldn’t understand what was happening. I just smiled. They would never believe that teeth can be healed. In all honesty I’m awful at taking my cod liver oil and the only thing I tried was going on a primal diet with tons of animal fat.

    Keep up the great work Sarah!

    May 12th, 2011 8:04 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      It’s amazing how quickly they heal when you get the nutrient dense animal fats back in the diet! I won’t be making the mistake of letting my kids lapse on the butter oil ever again, that’s for SURE! I’m glad it happened though or this post would never have gotten written.

      May 12th, 2011 8:18 pm Reply
      • Lila Sanchez

        But everyone is always dissing animal fats saying they are high in saturated fats,that they raise artery clogging cholesterol …about the calories? Please elaborate.

        December 28th, 2011 4:08 am Reply
        • Shay

          Watch the movie “Forks Over Knives” or read “The China Study” (T. Colin Campbell) and “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” (Esselstyn). It will show you clearly what animal fats and animal proteins do to overall health. Especially the heart disease book.

          January 14th, 2012 12:39 pm Reply
          • April

            Hi Shay. I loved learning about the China study, and it sounds so legit. I will say that I have not done a lot of research, and am a pretty standard internet scourer. I try to be careful about preaching something to someone simply because I read a few articles online or watched a few documentaries. There is a plethora of conflicting studies and research out there. Have you seen the documentary “Fathead”? He talks about the role carbs play on our health, and according to the science he shares, carbs can cause much of the same problems they claim animal fats and proteins do. So, I’m wondering, if many of those people they studied are eating lots of animal product, are they likely eating a good amount of carbs as well? In Fathead, he had himself tested first, then for 30 days ate McDonalds three times a day, BUT, he limited his carbs to under 100g daily. After 30 days, his numbers improved. I think the China Study has some great points, but I’m wondering if they’ve taken everything into consideration. Also, the meat that these people were eating, were they processed and injected, or were they grassfed and healthy?

            September 20th, 2012 1:15 pm
  • Gina

    Wow, this is amazing. I can’t believe you can actually cure a cavity. I wish I had this info when my kids were younger. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. If you can cure a cavity, is there a cure for degenerative joints and discs and osteoarthritis and torn meniscus. I am in pain all the time. Anyone have any natural cures that can help me. Thanks.

    May 12th, 2011 8:12 pm Reply
    • Candi

      Gina –

      Matthew Wood (herbalist) mentions healing a torn meniscus with the use of goldenseal tincture (externally), by rubbing a few drops on the affected area. The goldenseal will not be effective if there is inflammation in the area, keeping it from healing together. So you’ll want to take a natural anti-inflammatory internally at the same time as you’re using the goldenseal externally. With all of the issues you have going on, if I were you, I would be looking into finding a well-trained naturopath, as well as an excellent chiropractor. Also, you might check out the book “Earthing”, as some people with chronic pain have found relief using the method described there. Don’t give up searching; in trying to find a natural solution, you’re bound to stumble across a few that won’t work. But there is hope out there, so don’t quit looking for the answers. I hope you find some relief from your pain soon!

      July 20th, 2011 12:45 am Reply
    • Lila Sanchez

      My mother has a degnerative disk and has been taking Arthrenew fr Nutrition It has natural anti-inflammatory ingredients and also Curcumin natural pain reliever,MSM for regenerating the soft tissue in the joints and Glucosamine Chondroitin do similar things.Try it it might just change your life:) The Lord’s healing hand touch you dear, Psalm 103:1-5.

      December 28th, 2011 4:15 am Reply
  • Lauren

    Wow, this is an AMAZING post and really inspiring!

    For the last two months I’ve been taking half a teaspoon of Green Pastures FCOL and Butter oil blend. Is that sufficient?

    May 12th, 2011 8:15 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Lauren, not really enough I would say. I would suggest 1 full teaspoon morning and night. this would give you 1 1/3 tsp of FCLO plus 2/3 tsp of butter oil which is probably overload on the butter oil but you can’t overdose on that so it’s ok. I like them separately as you can control the dosage a bit more closely.

      May 12th, 2011 8:20 pm Reply
  • Loretta Edwards via Facebook

    wish i knew that when my children were young……well done

    May 12th, 2011 9:15 pm Reply
  • Heidi

    I was actually reading this post while sitting in the dentist chair today! I was having a crown replaced. I have an appointment to have 3 cavities filled in 2 weeks, might get give the butter oil a try and see if I have any luck. Thank you for your post!!

    May 12th, 2011 9:17 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Heidi, that is soooo funny! You need the butter oil along with the fermented cod liver oil. Together they give cavities the one-two sucker punch. :)

      May 12th, 2011 9:54 pm Reply
  • Melissa @ Dyno-mom

    Brilliant! I am thrilled to read this. I have been losing trust in dentists and don’t want to be a slave to their methodology. Thanks for putting this out there.

    May 12th, 2011 10:15 pm Reply
  • judee

    This all sounds fasinating. I have had cavitees since I was 5 years old and a lifetime of dental problems.
    where do I get butter oil and raw butter?
    I am 60 .. Is it too late for me?
    what about receding gums?

    May 12th, 2011 10:45 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Judee .. it’s never too late. My parents started take fermented cod liver oil and butter oil in their late 70’s and it has really helped them tremendously.
      Check my resources page for info on Green Pasture Products.
      You can get raw butter from a small local farm. Contact the for a copy of the 2011 Shopping Guide which has farms that will mail order raw butter to your door.

      May 12th, 2011 10:59 pm Reply
  • Crystal – Prenatal Coach

    Wow! Great to hear your first hand experience, thanks for sharing :)

    May 12th, 2011 11:07 pm Reply
  • Beth

    I’m checking out the Green Pastures site, where I get my FCLO, and I’m assuming the liquid butter oil is a better deal per dose than the capsules?

    I’m also wondering about the flavors. We’ve hit and missed on the flavors of the FCLO… Cinnamon was a hit, Orange was a big miss, lol!
    Any favorites for the butter oil?

    May 12th, 2011 11:12 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I know several folks in my area that really enjoy the Butter Pecan flavored butter oil

      May 13th, 2011 6:58 am Reply
  • Jackie Blue via Facebook

    My doctor just started my two year old and I on daily D3 drops. The amount is 5,000 for me and 2,000 for her..but it’s not FCLO. What is the major difference where it is derived from? We could always add the butter oil now, and when our drops are out replace it with the FCLO and get the D that way then.

    May 13th, 2011 12:07 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Jackie, the FCLO would be better as the FCLO has vitamin D along with the vitamin A in a natural form rather than D3 drops which – to me- is like a drug form of the vitamin. Getting the vitamin D from whole foods form with all the nutrient co-factors makes it safer and more effective.

      May 13th, 2011 7:00 am Reply
      • Lila Sanchez

        Which vit D is in the FCLO?

        December 28th, 2011 4:32 am Reply
  • Little Bird

    Would this help a dying tooth too? My husband has a tooth (incisor, I believe) that was damaged at some point and is turning gray and I would hate for him to lose it. What dose would you recommend for a man?

    May 13th, 2011 12:36 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Little Bird – YES, it does help a dying tooth. I have a friend that had a dying incisor and the dentists wanted to do a root canal. She started in on the FCLO and butter oil (I don’t remember her dosages but they were large) and the tooth was saved. This was several years ago and the tooth is still fine.

      May 13th, 2011 7:01 am Reply
      • Mati

        I was supposed to have a root canal more than a dozen years and a pregnancy ago. I didn’t know about butter oil and CLO, but I did hit Vitamin A, D, E and C supplements pretty hard for a few days and by the time the appointment came around, the tooth was better.

        May 13th, 2011 8:35 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Way to go Sarah! My 14 year old son has a similar cavity. He has been taking the plain FCLO with the butter blend for nearly two years and the cavity isn’t healed yet, but it is rare that it bothers him. Most days he takes 1 tsp with a syringe at the back of his throat, some days he takes this twice a day. I still have hope for healing, since a dentist told him 2 years ago he needed a root canal. Keep up the great work at home and the blog, I appreciate your time and knowledge.

    May 13th, 2011 12:56 am Reply
  • lisa

    GREAT and TRUE! Last year, my four year old’s dentist said, “Uh oh, he has a ‘stain’ which can become a cavity. Keep it really well brushed.” After much reading of Weston Price I realized that a stain is a soft spot which indicates he needed more fat soluble vitamins (not necessarily more brushing). We found an amazing raw milk source, added cod liver oil (from quantum at that time) and didn’t cut out grains as we had not read Rami’s book yet. The next visit, 6 months later, the dentist said the enamel was hard as a rock. My 6 year old daughter has a ‘watch spot’ on her tooth now. We’ve cut out most grains (esp oatmeal!) and switched from regular CLO to FCLO. We’ll see how the next visit goes.
    Sarah-I’ve been giving her 1/2 tsp. I wonder if she needs 1 tsp? Also, can the 2 1/2 yr old twin boys take more than 1/4tsp? We live in VERY sunny NM, but I realize the dietary need for vitamin D is critical. Also, do you think giving them a spoonful of Kerrygold or raw butter with the FCLO is powerful or does it need to be the butter oil from Green Patures? Finally, do you also give your family skate liver oil periodically like Rami suggests in his book? I understand it has some healthy different nutrients than the FCLO. THANKS! It’s so important to encourage one another on along this journey.

    May 13th, 2011 1:07 am Reply
  • Carolyn

    This is from the WAPF website – recommended doses for fermented cod liver oil. it doesn’t have capsules listed for those under 12 but based on the other dosages, it would be 5 capsules for that age group.

    Children age 3 months to 12 years: 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5 mL, providing 4650 IU vitamin A and 975 IU vitamin D.
    Children over 12 years and adults: 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules, providing 9500 IU vitamin A and 1950 IU vitamin D.
    Pregnant and nursing women: 2 teaspoon or 20 capsules, providing 19,000 IU vitamin A and 3900 IU vitamin D.

    May 13th, 2011 10:35 am Reply
    • lisa

      thank you, carolyn. for some reason i thought the dosages on the site were for the non-fermented CLO-it’s a “tired mom of little ones” brain thing. i appreciate the posting of dosages.

      May 13th, 2011 7:01 pm Reply
    • Lila Sanchez

      Carolyn…I have read that vit A at such high levels is toxic is this true? As apposed to Beta Carotene which I take daily….Anyone?

      December 28th, 2011 4:52 am Reply
  • Bonny

    Amazing!!! I just shared this on Facebook.

    If we’re only taking it once per day, is there a benefit to doing it in the morning rather than at night?

    May 13th, 2011 10:45 am Reply
  • Heba Saleh via Facebook

    And to think that the dentist I went to (several months ago) laughed in amusement when I asked if my cavity can heal on its own! I actually refused the filling and the antibiotic, and the pain went away by itself after a few days. The cavity is still there, but this testimonial gave me hope that I’m not crazy – and that added nutrition can heal a cavity. Worth trying especially if I don’t care for a filling …

    May 13th, 2011 12:47 pm Reply
  • Joe

    This is very encouraging! I recently got diagnosed with a cavity about a month ago and have been doing a nutritional protocol in line with that suggested by Nagel in his Cure Tooth Decay book for almost a month now. Compared to your situation, it seems my cavity is less severe and the protocol I am adhering too much stricter so it gives me good hope especially considering that my father recently went to a periodontist who says he has a lot of cavities and needs to have some tooth implants done. However, my father has no tooth pain so I am going to see if I can help him heal his cavities before he submits to $7000 surgery he can’t afford.

    May 13th, 2011 1:47 pm Reply
  • lisa

    It seems the ‘strictness’ of the routine required to heal the cavity is based on the person’s past health/diet. Unfortunately, I grew up on the “low fat, high carb (a.k.a. enriched flour)” regime. I think Rami Nagel talks about “damage from grains” in his book Cure Tooth Decay. Some of us are going to require more strict measures to make up for old damage. However, this is a blessing because we can help others and, most importantly, our children.

    May 13th, 2011 7:05 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes … some folks require extreme measures (no grains, no sugars, no starches) to stop tooth decay while others require mild tweaks. My son has been on the FCLO and eating traditionally his entire life so the cavity was a shock to say the least but the great news is that it didn’t require much to fix it quickly. I know many readers of this post feed their families nourishing meals as well so will be encouraged by this.

      May 14th, 2011 9:22 am Reply
  • Kim Garnett via Facebook

    I am highly allergic to dairy and need to stay off it for a while. Is there an alternative to the butter oil? This news is incredible!

    May 13th, 2011 10:20 pm Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    Liver or fish eggs would contain comparable levels of the fat soluble activators. You might want to try the butter oil though as all the allergenic aspects of it (milk solids) have been removed. Many allergic to dairy can use butter oil (ghee) with no problem.

    May 14th, 2011 8:07 am Reply
    • Piyush Ravi

      I’m a “vegetarian”. what can i use as substitutes of cod live r oil? i also have a cavity(a rather big one). I’m going to see dentist after four weeks.

      January 11th, 2013 1:53 am Reply
  • melanie

    Thanks so much for this information. We have been eating a WAPF diet for over 6 years now, but have only been taking 2 fermented CLO pills per person. I’m a little disappointed in the Blue Ice packaging as it recommends 2 as a daily dose and says that you don’t have to refrigerate until after opening. It sounds like these things may not be true?

    Also, have you done a post on glycerin-free toothpaste options or how to make your own?

    Thanks again!

    May 14th, 2011 9:02 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Melanie, Green Pasture Products is only allowed to recommend a certain dosage due to the FDA. You don’t have to refrigerate the FCLO if you don’t want to. It says to refrigerate again due to labeling regulations.

      May 14th, 2011 9:20 am Reply
  • Jenny

    Hi! I’m wondering if the fermented cod liver oil would create a problem if someone were highly yeast sensitive. So many people have yeast problems (I was reading that people were having gas and bloating, plus having the problem myself,I personally know many others who do) that I’m wondering if I were to take it, would it really hinder and not help. With my yeast problem, I have been told to stay away from all things fermented. While I’m sure that these products and Weston Price are a miracle for many, I’m just wondering if anyone can tell me more if one is yeast sensitive. Thanks very much!

    May 14th, 2011 11:58 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Jenny, it would help much more than it would do any harm. You can always eat other superfoods such as liver and fish eggs instead, but I find people find taking the fermented cod liver oil much more convenient. You can’t do without these vitamin A/D/K superfoods. You will degenerate quickly without them.

      May 14th, 2011 12:26 pm Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      Hi Jenny,
      Dr. Norman Shealy explored supplemental magnesium absorbed through the skin (transdermal) and more recently Dr. Mark Sircus has taken up the cause. They write about soaking in a magnesium chloride bath and list the many ways it helps health. Search for “transdermal magnesium” and you’ll find many other source articles. The reason I’m bringing it up here is because I began using Epsom salt baths after reading about transdermal magnesium (Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate). Both sulfur and magnesium promote good health.

      My son has always had problems with yeast, since birth. He had recurring thrush problems as an exclusively breast-fed infant, and has always been sensitive to sugar intake touching off another candida overgrowth. After learning about transdermal magnesium, I had my son soak in an Epsom salt bath, and – voila! – the candida vanished from his mouth. Now he can indulge himself at birthday parties and trick-or-treating, because he has no more issues with sugar/yeast. In my reading about magnesium, I read that it helps with sugar metabolism, actually getting the glucose into where it can be used by cells. I can attest that it dramatically improved my son’s sugar metabolism with regard to candida overgrowth.

      Perhaps you could try transdermal megnesium with your son, to get past the yeast issues which seem to be holding you back from tooth health. By the way, magnesium and sulfur (Epsom salt) also contribute to good dental health.

      October 18th, 2011 3:54 am Reply
      • Lila Sanchez

        Yes SE and the best Magnesium for blood glucose is Magnesium Glycol in liquid form.That’s the one in the medical paper:)

        December 28th, 2011 5:07 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! Just yesterday the dentist told us that my 7 year old daughter had a “sticky spot” in one of here molars (a permanent tooth). She wasn’t positive it is a cavity, but wanted me to bring her back in a couple weeks to “get it ready for a sealant”, saying that once they clean it out to prepare it for the sealant, they’ll be able to tell whether it really is a cavity or not. I’ve been lax on the FCLO/BO-taking (all my kids take the combo), so I’ll get right on making sure she takes it. Two questions: should I also have her take just the butter oil by itself (I do have some that I recently got to try) to help speed healing? And somewhat off topic, but any input you have on getting the “sealants” would be much appreciated!

    May 14th, 2011 3:19 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Jennifer – NO SEALANTS. They are full of estrogen mimicking chemicals!

      Take the FCLO/BO together always if possible. They work better together than on their own.

      May 14th, 2011 3:59 pm Reply
      • Jennifer

        I guess I was a little foggy in my question. She does take the Green Pastures combo product that has the Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter OIl together. I was just wondering if I should be adding MORE butter oil to that dosage to help her tooth heal faster?

        And this is somewhat off the topic, but I’d love your input on a different tooth issue, if you don’t mind. My son broke a top front tooth off nearly at the gum line when he was 8. The dentist put a hard coating over the exposed dentin, but several months later my son started having pain in that tooth area, and we were referred to a pediatric dentist, who sent us to an oral surgeon for a consult on the tooth. The oral surgeon did a root canal on that tooth (without asking my permission, and I was so shocked and frozen that I failed to step in or stop it; I’ve been kicking myself ever since!). Any way, he is now 11, and every day I feel terrible about the fact that he has a root canal-ed tooth. My gut feeling is just to pull it ASAP, but then what? We found out last week that he’s got all his permanent teeth in now (early!), so it seems like now is the time to do something, since we don’t have to worry so much about shifting or crowding. Any thoughts? Is an implant just as bad as a root canal-ed tooth?

        May 15th, 2011 5:52 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          Hi Jennifer, I would consult with a holistic dentist about this. Root canals are bad news even that young. My husband was in a car wreck at 8 and had 2 front teeth knocked out and had root canals in them. Those 2 root canals caused him more health grief over the years until he FINALLY had them out a few years ago. Major improvements since that time. Wish we had done it years ago but we didn’t know.

          If you are giving the FCLO/BO together to your daughter that is fine and enough BO.

          May 15th, 2011 6:52 pm Reply
          • rachel

            do you mind me asking what your husband did when he removed his root canals? i have a root canal and another that turned into an implant unfortunately. i have been researching non stop to try and figure out what to do with either/both since i have experienced horrible health problems since my implant. i feel stuck. and hopeless. i would love any advice you could give me.

            and THANK YOU for the FCLO/butter oil info. i had no idea and am ordering it today. i just want my children to avoid all the dental problems i have had to go through and have now been given some hope.

            March 9th, 2013 2:18 pm
      • Jennifer

        PS – Thanks for the input on sealants! Very good to know.

        May 15th, 2011 5:55 pm Reply
      • Lila Sanchez

        What is a Sealant?

        December 28th, 2011 5:21 am Reply
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  • Susie

    Holy Cow!!! That’s insane! How exciting! I admit, I did not know that was possible. SO glad I found your website. We have changed quite a few things in our diet as a result of what you share here, even though we have eaten a fairly traditional, nutritious diet already.

    May 15th, 2011 8:20 pm Reply
  • Sarah Jones Mosley via Facebook

    I am excited to try this…I was wondering, tho. Raw butter v. raw milk. We already drink raw milk. Is raw butter necessary for healing a cavity through proper nutrition, or will raw milk suffice? Thanks!

    May 16th, 2011 11:55 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Raw milk is great but not enough. Raw butter is a magical food and was given special preference for pregnant mothers and growing children by Traditional Societies.

    May 16th, 2011 1:29 pm Reply
    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

      I am very pregnant and admit that there are times I have simply EATEN butter. I crave it. People look at me like ‘OMG!’ but I just have to have it. Smart traditional societies. :)

      June 25th, 2011 7:06 pm Reply
      • Ariel

        When I’ve been going through my growth spurts, I, too, have been guilty of eating straight raw butter! Grass-fed butter is SO delicious! 😀

        October 18th, 2011 9:20 am Reply
  • Sarah Jones Mosley via Facebook

    Ah, thanks.

    May 16th, 2011 1:31 pm Reply
  • Jackie Blue via Facebook

    I like Kim have been avoiding dairy due to allergies, but is there something different about the raw versions of dairy? I would love to think I could use raw butter and take the oil, but I’m a little scared since cutting out dairy has had very positive effects on my digestion.

    May 16th, 2011 2:01 pm Reply
    • Lauren

      Many people do report that they can tolerate raw dairy but not pasteurised/homogenized. (It has to do with the changes to the fat structures caused by those processes, and how those altered fats interact with your gut.) I can handle minimal amounts of very old cheese or well-cultured yogurt, but pretty much as much clarified butter/ghee as I can get in my mouth! Clarifying is dead easy and a lot cheaper than buying ghee, at least where I shop.

      August 5th, 2011 5:30 pm Reply
      • Lila Sanchez

        Yes because it’s in the fat that the pesticides and harmones etc…all those toxins accumulate.I get it.When you say raw do you mean Organic?

        December 28th, 2011 5:27 am Reply
  • Lori

    Great post, Sarah! We have been taking the FCLO/OB combo, just my husband and I at the moment, to see if it really makes a difference. My husband recently went to the dentist and needs some deep cleaning procedure and 4 crowns. I suggested we try this first. In just a week, he said the pain of the 1 tooth has subsided considerably! I have a tooth that just broke off, so I don’t think I have any other option besides a crown. I have 2 root canals from many years ago that have never felt right, but the holistic dentists in the area are way beyond our budget. ( I have issues w/ their pricing…not all of them are that way as we had a holistic dentist in WA who was wonderful! He gladly billed our ins. and did not inflate prices just because his services were unique. He even goes around the country teaching other holistic dentists! ) We have also eliminated most grains (I had even ‘properly’ prepared them prior to this) and found a raw milk source nearby. The same dairy will be coming out w/ raw butter this summer. Now we need to figure out how to afford the FCLO/OB for all 4 of my kids! I have been giving them Nordic Naturals clo, but this is probably not at all equivalent. My 17yo has 4 cavities, and my 12yo has one tiny one. I want to work on these before submitting them to fillings. The good news is, the dentist we are going to a dentist who practices functional orthopedics. My 17yo and 12yo will be using these services and we are quite pleased w/ this vs. converntional orthodontics.

    One other thing, Sarah, concerning your comment “Kids need to learn some things on their own.

    I’ve found you can’t protect your kids from this stuff and raise them in a bubble — you can only teach them to be wise and they will learn moderation on their own over time.”

    I heartily agree! I would just add, if their choices affect the whole family (they make poor food choices/don’t brush/floss the way they were instructed, etc.) and the family budget is blown because of what is necessary to correct those poor choices, then, in our house, consequences follow. This may sound harsh, but I think it teaches them at an earlier age that there are consequences for every action in life, be it good or bad.

    Thanks again for the great post!

    May 16th, 2011 2:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Lori .. sounds like you are making some awesome changes in your home. Congratulations! Nordic Naturals has next to no vitamin D. It is not a good brand to take by a long shot especially compared with Green Pasture Products which is so far above the rest of the brands out there. You can make your own butter oil (ghee) to save $$ – just get GREAT quality grassfed butter. It won’t be raw but it will be almost as good. I have a video on my site on how to make butter oil:

      May 16th, 2011 3:53 pm Reply
      • Lori

        Thank you for the encouragement, Sarah! I will check out your video. Do you know what the difference is w/ Green Pasture’s ‘gel’ formula (which we have now and can swallow it in a lump) and ’emulsified?’ We would have to get the emulsified if we get it w/o the butter added (or liquid and put it in caps ourselves!)

        May 16th, 2011 9:27 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          They are very similar. I don’t know the exact difference so just give them a call if you need.

          May 16th, 2011 9:46 pm Reply
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  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Many people who have trouble with dairy have no trouble with butter oil as the milk solids have been removed.

    May 16th, 2011 3:58 pm Reply
  • Jackie Blue via Facebook

    Wonderful! So just to clarify, the butter oil should be safe…but maybe not cooking with butter itself?

    May 16th, 2011 11:52 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Cooking with butter is fine of course. The butter oil is a concentrated form of butter (especially when grassfed butter).

      May 20th, 2011 6:02 pm Reply
  • JohnAtl

    You should always trust something you read on the internet over a doctor who has years of medical or dental training.

    “The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. You should not rely upon or follow the programs or techniques or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of this website for decision making without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice.”

    May 17th, 2011 8:34 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi JohnAtl, doctors have the same sort of disclaimer on their own website. Your point is?


      Still waiting. Guess you have no point after all, huh?

      May 20th, 2011 6:04 pm Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      Oh yeah, John, you should always trust the advice of someone who tells you that mercury is safe to put into your mouth and swallow every day for the rest of your life; someone who happens to make lots of money for telling gullible people how healthy it is to swallow mercury. The ADA has made so much money from endorsing and defending mercury that they cannot face the truth and continue to corrupt the FDA despite having lost lawsuits which proved in public records that mercury fillings are neurotoxic. How can you live with yourself, John? You must have had a consciencectomy.

      October 18th, 2011 3:59 am Reply
  • Becky

    Amazing! As my awareness of holistic health has grown, so has my unease around dental procedures. In the past 6 months I had to replace 3 fillings, two with crowns…the work was by the absolute best dentist I’ve ever found…yet I still had a gut-hunch that something was wrong. Now my 2 year old son has had 2 visual dental exams, both diagnosing the need for root canals, crowns and many fillings. And of course general anesthesia. And of course this just seems wrong, so very very wrong! The guilt I’ve felt over nursing him to sleep has been tremendous. Well, in the past few weeks since the initial exam, we have become quite adept at brushing his teeth–he’s actually gotten very good at most of it, then my husband and I come in for the final sweeps. I am gathering courage as I type this to say no to the dental work, at least for now…to try ghee and FCLO for a couple of months first…

    I have downloaded the Kindle version of Ramiel Nagel’s book, and ordered Dr. Price’s book. Now to be able to convey all of this to my husband and team up on this angle.

    Thanks so much for such a great collection of info!

    May 19th, 2011 2:47 am Reply
    • Kyung

      Becky, all three of our sons had dental issues and we went along with conventional medical advice with the first two, which ended up in extractions and a very expensive root canal. With our third we said no to conscious sedation and dental work when he was 1 1/2 y.o. He is now 4 and has no pain. His teeth don’t look great but I am confident that he will be fine until he loses his baby teeth. We cut out most grains from our diet and started on a herbal formula to decrease yeast from his digestive system. I wish I had done the same for our older boys. Good luck and stand your ground!

      November 13th, 2011 11:07 pm Reply
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  • Nickole @

    Great post! So far we have not had any cavities with our four children, but I will keep this in mind if we ever need it for sure! My question is where do you get a tooth probe?

    Nickole @

    May 19th, 2011 7:45 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Nickole, the local pharmacy has quite a nice selection including a dental mirror so you can easily see behind teeth.

      May 20th, 2011 6:01 pm Reply
  • adam

    You are making all of this up. Stop risking the dental health of dental phobics and/or people who may have life threatening oral conditions. You are a menace and a nutjob.
    Every Dentist in the world

    May 19th, 2011 11:23 pm Reply
    • anonymous

      Calling people names for being passionate about holistic health only makes you look bad. When you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you…

      May 20th, 2011 4:16 am Reply
      • adam

        This isn’t holistic health. Holistic health is a concept that all potential contributing factors which may affect a person’s well-being, are taken into consideration when assessing a person’s overall health. What Sarah is suggesting is called ‘quackery’. Sarah may know a thing or two about holistic health, but when it comes to dentistry and dental advice, she is borderline dangerous.

        May 20th, 2011 11:43 am Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          Quackery only applies to a professional. I am not a professional and have made it clear as such. I am a Mom who applied the research of Dr. Weston A. Price DDS in her own home and had amazing results.

          Get a life, Adam. Your tedious comments are a chore to read.

          May 20th, 2011 6:06 pm Reply
        • Emily

          How much training do you have in nutrition? How much research have you done in the works of Dr. Weston Price, Dr. Pottenger, and similar doctors. If someone wants to take a few fat-soluble, food-based supplements in an attempt to heal a tooth and avoid an invasive dental procedure in the time it takes to get an appointment with a dentist, what do you care? I don’t understand your hostility. Maybe you need some cod liver oil!

          May 27th, 2011 5:01 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Dentists blackballed Dr. Price back in the 1930s (even though he had been the President of the American Dental Association) because they were afraid of his research .. that root canals brought on chronic illness and that cavities could be healed. They feared that his research would put them out of business or cause them to lose a lot of money from lost business. The same fear undertones are in your comment. When people are afraid of something that is outside the box of ideas that they have believed, they call that person a nutjob. It only shows your closed mindedness and lack of ability and desire to learn anything new. Don’t worry, there will always be plenty of folks who drink soda and eat garbage for you to fill their cavities and do root canals on.

      May 20th, 2011 6:47 am Reply
      • adam

        It isn’t the fear of losing money that I’m worried about, it is your uneducated dental opinion that you are providing the people on your website that scares me. Posing as a dental professional and giving advice to people with real problems is irresponsible and cruel. You are quouting 1920’s research for crying out loud. In the 1920’s they used to think small worms caused decay! They were wrong! Here’s the truth, IF YOU HAVE A HOLE IN YOUR TOOTH, IT WILL NOT GO AWAY! No matter what! Please stop enabling dental phobics by giving ridiculous “cures”, and preventing them from getting proper treatment before there conditions worsen.

        May 20th, 2011 11:34 am Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          It’s always about money and power when a new idea threatens your livelihood. Don’t deny the obvious. That big house payment is beckoning.

          The hole disappeared. Simple as that. It is amusing to me that you can come on my blog and tell me what I saw with my own eyes. Are you calling me a liar? I guess so.

          Me posing as a dental professional? How hilarious is that? Now, you are really grasping at straws. The post is clear about who I am and what I did.

          What’s wrong with 1920’s research? If they conducted the same research today and wouldn’t be any different. Like the research today is so cut above with all the faked results, fudged data that keeps coming out so frequently. Just read yesterday about how the Body Scanner radiation tests were faked. At least people didn’t seem to lie as much back in 1920’s and 1930’s.

          May 20th, 2011 6:13 pm Reply
          • Patrick

            I maintain a blog called The National Fork,, and I’ve been reading this post and some of the comments.

            In regards to the comments by “Adam”, I have to say the following.

            Either he is a dentist who is extremely insecure on a personal level and who has nothing better to do with his time than to put down honest individuals whose opinions differ from his. OR, and more likely,

            He is a paid agent of the medical and dental community whose agenda includes promoting ignorance among the population as to how to avoid health problems through proper nutrition. Commonly, the agendas of such people also include promoting not only ignorance, but promoting the actual health problems themselves by encouraging unhealthy practices. A stark example of one extremely unhealthy practice that dentists encourage is the consumption of fluoride, which is known to impair the mineralization of bone and teeth and promote the mineralization of soft tissue.

            On my blog, I discuss in various posts how medical professionals (assuming that “Adam” is one) are not entirely to blame for their ignorance. Rather, they are victims of their education, which is funded largely by the pharmaceutical companies, national governments, and global banking establishments. And we all know the extent to which such entities care about our health.

            June 28th, 2011 1:17 pm
          • ADA

            though he may be arrogant seeming and highhanded, demonizing adam, the resident skeptic dentist, doesn’t speak to a whole lot of sense either.

            modern dentistry is the single most important factor in modern man’s longevity. Abcesses and other serious dental conditions DO require intervention. Dentists have access to tools, technology, and years of education that allow them to spot, diagnose, and fix problems not even visible to the lay person.

            the intrinsic value of dentistry is not mutually exclusive to the ideas you propose. I am open to the ideas you propose, and feel adam and whoever should be too. I am all for trying this out but I’ll be damned if I give up my dental insurance!

            Aside from that, we are talking about a person who has dedicated massive amounts of time, energy, and love to learn a useful craft – he loves the dentistry as much if not mroe than you love your herbs – it makes sense he would respond thus. And, whether you like it or not, many people would be maimed or dead right now if people like adam did not exist – NavyWife who commented earlier being a rpime example

            you might consider all this and choose a more diplomatic, mature response next time a member of the helping professions shows up with an opinion – as owner of the discourse, I would say it is your responsibility, in fact.

            June 7th, 2012 12:22 pm
        • Emily

          adam, again, you are uneducated in the area of nutrition. So you really shouldn’t be going around posing as a nutritional professional by saying proper nutrition can’t allow the body to heal teeth or bones or skin.

          May 27th, 2011 5:04 pm Reply
          • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

            If we are such idiots, why are you spending such an inordinate amount of time refuting us? You are terrified of the truth and that is the long and short of it.

            May 30th, 2011 7:30 pm
        • Ariel

          And I’m sure that you just have EVERYONE’S best interests at heart…

          November 12th, 2011 10:36 am Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      Adam, It’s you who is a fraud, just like your mentor Fishbein, who popularized the term “quackery” as a tool to drive out competition from doctors who refused to assimilate into the Borg/AMA. May you go down in flames of infamy just like he did, only may the world be protected from harm on your way up & back down.

      October 18th, 2011 4:04 am Reply
    • Susan

      ADA and modern dentistry is a failure. They cause more pain to people than good. This is why people look to sites like Sarah’s – because conventional dentistry isn’t working! And it’s scary how more and more businessmen than dentists that dentists become.

      When I had my mercury amalgam (you lost credibility right there) cracking and needed to do something, I went to 3 dentists, all who gave me different solutions. One who tried to charge thousands for a ‘bacterial cleaning underneath the gums’. They’re trying to pay off their expensive student loans, I get it, but not at the cost of my health! I finally got it filled with a composite. Another mercury amalgam in my mouth is now cracking, making my ears ring, and giving me headaches and sores in my mouth.

      December 7th, 2012 1:24 pm Reply
      • Ryan

        Have you actually checked what is in composites? You should, before you assume they are that much better than silver amalgams.

        December 10th, 2012 3:49 pm Reply
        • Susan

          They are much better than mercury amalgams. ‘Silver’ amalgams are 50% mercury. All have their negative points, but overall composites are better. I specifically asked for one without BPA/ BPS.

          April 1st, 2013 5:12 pm Reply
  • Grisha

    Who is this person talking to me as though I need her WRONG advice!!!
    I will have my people talk to her people………..

    My dear friend Adam, there are stupid people all around us, don’t take it to heart brother.

    May 20th, 2011 12:07 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Even stupid people can tell when a tooth hole is gone when it was there before. If that makes me stupid, then so be it.

      May 20th, 2011 6:15 pm Reply
    • Emily

      Grisha, I assume you are in the conventional dental field? I don’t think you should be calling other people “stupid” unless you have researched both sides. According to my enlightened, board certified dentist, there is no nutrition training in dental school. So before you, or your people, spout uneducated information, go read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price. Maybe it will save your teeth or health someday!

      May 27th, 2011 5:08 pm Reply
  • Mark

    To proceed with your “idea” on dental decay we should ask for proof.
    Pictures, etc. If decay documented by a dentist, then I want documentation by the same dentist that the decay is not present after your treatment. Without proof(clinical evidence), then your words are an untested theory which is dangerous when people listen to you and not demand clinical research. I have read items on evidence based dentistry, thus the research supports dentists. I care about my family health so I research, do you?

    May 20th, 2011 1:58 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      It’s not an idea, Mark. Dr. Weston A. Price DDS researched this and wrote about it many years ago but it was ignored and blackballed because no one can make money on folks healing cavities themselves.

      Why don’t you try it and see for yourself? But, then … it might work and then what would you do????? Oh horrors. Your little box of ideas would be shattered then wouldn’t it? Couldn’t live without your preconceived ideas and judgmental attitude that puts down others who don’t follow your “keep people sick, make lots of money” allopathic methods, right?

      May 20th, 2011 6:00 pm Reply
    • Emily

      I do understand that it is hard to believe that cavities can be healed in the same way other parts of the body can heal, but it is true. Most people who heal their own cavities are so frustrated with dentists not believing this or encouraging this before filling the tooth, that they either do this on their own or go to an “enlightened” dentist. I hope some people who want to try to heal their own cavity will get documentation from an ignorant dentist who’s opinion will satisfy the conventional dental community, though I think if someone did this and was successful, most dentists would still not believe that it was true. I care about my family’s health and the health of your patients, so I hope you explore Dr. Weston Price’s work.

      May 27th, 2011 5:16 pm Reply
  • Kent G., DDS

    My friends and colleagues Adam, Marc & Grisha are on point here. This type of anecdotal evidence is worthless if not backed up by clinical, reproducible results. There is a scientific method for a good reason: it works! If you want to convince anyone with a scientific background or an analytical mind, you need to approach the forum of discussion with a modicum of scientific evidence. Otherwise, you’re embarrassing yourself, as are the sheep of your flock.

    -Dr. Gross

    May 20th, 2011 2:50 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      It’s this kind of stupidity that really angers your patients. Hole in tooth is there, hole in tooth is gone. What kind of study is needed to see the obvious> No wonder you guys still believe mercury amalgams are safe. You folks can’t tie your shoes in the morning without a study to verify it works.

      I don’t need to provide you any “proof”. I did not write this post for you, I wrote it for Moms and Dads who want to achieve the same results for themselves.

      May 20th, 2011 3:23 pm Reply
      • Aaron

        Lady, you sound exactly like L Ron Hubbard talking about psychiatrists. The truth of the matter is that there IS NOT some grand conspiracy against you, that modern medicine works because it is rigorously tested and vetted, and being skeptical is a GOOD thing.

        But hey, I own a bridge in Brooklyn I’d love to sell you cheap.

        March 23rd, 2012 9:43 am Reply
    • Emily

      Dr. Gross,
      I do understand that it is hard to believe that cavities can be healed in the same way other parts of the body can heal, but it is true. Most people who heal their own cavities are so frustrated with dentists not believing this or encouraging this before filling the tooth, that they either do this on their own or go to an “enlightened” dentist. I hope some people who want to try to heal their own cavity will get documentation from an ignorant dentist who’s opinion will satisfy the conventional dental community, though I think if someone did this and was successful, most dentists would still not believe that it was true.

      Why the sheep comment? We are not the sheep – we are the ones going against the grain instead of just blindly following the ADA and tv commercial’s advice of using fluoride and seeing a dentists 2x per year.

      May 27th, 2011 5:18 pm Reply
    • Deb

      Do not need the double blind tests.
      I healed a cavity on a bicuspid using this healthy protocol.
      Proved it to myself that it does work.
      Now mainstream dentists and big pharma do not want to double blind this because they do not want to prove it does work.
      They’d much rather keep us coming for expensive treatments and drugs than prove something as simple as this works.
      And they cannot patent this so no money in it for them.
      So they loose-we win.

      October 13th, 2011 8:34 am Reply
      • Mee

        Please tell me the details on how you healed your tooth… I have some cavities and I am in desperate need to heal them!

        Thank you soooo much in advance!

        November 23rd, 2012 1:36 am Reply
  • G. Kaiser

    Actually is this kind of stupidity that offers dentists more problems to treat, keep publishing this and instead of just a filling, the “healed”cavity will be in need of a root canal or an extraction and yes that is way more expensive than a filling. Of course you dont need to show proof, why would you?, you can write anything you want even if it is a big lie. These ‘followers’ will jump of a bridge if you tell them that will prevent any disease. There is a reason why asking a ” typical dentist at a routine cleaning whether you can heal a cavity on your own and he/she is likely to look at you like you’re crazy” and that is because you are.

    May 20th, 2011 4:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I don’t need your approval to know what happened G. Kaiser. You can deny all you want. Do I care? Nada, my friend.

      All I care is that my blog is my platform for getting the truth out that nutrition can heal cavities and that Moms and Dads can come read it right here and try it for themselves.

      Go back to sniffing the amalgam fumes. It seems you are quite addicted to it.

      May 20th, 2011 5:56 pm Reply
    • Emily

      Um, what do you mean. All she did is give food-based, fat-soluble supplements between the time the cavity was discovered and the dental appointment.

      I would not jump off a bridge if Sarah told me it would prevent a disease. I’m smart and can do my own research.

      How many times have you saw cavity-free teeth that looked like this?

      May 27th, 2011 5:23 pm Reply
      • Ami

        I know doctors go through a lot to become doctors. We should all have compassion for them, because it would be very difficult to undergo such extensive, and expensive training, only to discover, via the internet (of all things), that you do not know everything, after all. It would be very sad to realize that your years of effort, training and sleeplessness, while procuring a title, may not, actually have prepared you in the best way possible. We shouldn’t beat up these poor docs. We should feel sorry for them, as they are the victims of a system which has failed to recognize nutritional truths, in favor of dogmatic tradition. I am quite certain that the blood-letting physics of the past felt much the same angst when they learned of their failing techniques….

        June 23rd, 2011 2:33 pm Reply
        • Susan

          I agree. A lot of these doctors who have to suffer through a really oppressive system, deprived of sleep, to go through medical training, have the best intentions even though their arguments may be flawed. The ones that argue against natural remedies are ones who just don’t realize they are victims of a pharma- controlled dental and medical system, just like Patrick said, aligned with global banking powers who are the root of all the evil and reach into other industries. If you step back and research into it, you can put the pieces together, how they are related.

          December 6th, 2012 12:11 pm Reply
      • Kendahl @ Our Nourishing Roots

        What a kind comment full of compassion. I absolutely agree. I hear the fear in many of the naysayers arguments here, and I feel sorry for them too. If I ever have a cavity form in our family, I’ll take a picture of it before and after the butter oil therapy and we’ll have the proof people need to believe it (which I don’t blame them for, it’s very satisfying to have proof; and if these things are true then proof is easy to come by!)

        December 31st, 2011 3:42 pm Reply
  • LOL

    Well said G.Kaiser.
    Quack Sarah needs to get her head examined and obtain a dental degree before she tells people about dentistry. Or maybe she will be given an honorary degree because she “discovered a cure for the worlds most common disease”!!!
    Amazing what people fall for!
    You can do whatever you want Sarah, but stop duping gulible people and leading them to more trouble.
    Thanks for the laugh though.
    P.S wanted to ask if you have a stake in this company you keep promoting?

    May 20th, 2011 5:28 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I have no stake in the company. Zero. It’s too bad you can’t just be happy that my kid’s tooth hole is gone and be open minded that there might be a way to fix it that doesn’t line a dentist’s pocket. Folks like you enjoy tearing down other’s optimistic and positive stories. I’ll bet you are quite the joy to live with.

      May 20th, 2011 5:53 pm Reply
    • Emily

      I was inspired by something someone said about your colleges, so I will say it here again to you. I am so glad you posted a comment so I know to avoid your dental practice! I want nothing but encouragement from my dentist.

      May 27th, 2011 5:26 pm Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      Mr. arrogant “LOL”, read up on your history about what happened to Fishbein, the popularizer of employing the term “quackery” as a political tool. Although he headed the AMA for far too long and utterly corrupted it, he was himself a poser, having never practiced medicine a day in his life. Never healed a single patient, or even tried. He devoted his energies to ruining the lives of effective healers who chose not to assimilate into the Borg/AMA political machine. The truth finally caught up with Mr. Fishbein (he doesn’t deserve the title “Dr.”, so watch out for yourself. Truth will out, sooner or later, and false idols fall when it does.

      October 18th, 2011 4:10 am Reply
  • Another dentist

    Understanding why this seems far-fetched requires an understanding of the basic idea of how the body heals and then correlating that with the specific part of human anatomy that needs to heal, in this case a tooth. This will hopefully answer why you’re line of reasoning below is, in my opinion, flawed.

    Sarah wrote: “If you think about this in an open-minded manner leaving all preconceived ideas about cavities behind, doesn’t this make sense? Shouldn’t the body be able to heal a cavity just like it heals a broken bone or a cut on your arm? Why would teeth be any different from a broken wrist after all?”

    I thought about your first question and took you up on it, I actually took cavities completely out of the equation and thought about what if your child just chipped his tooth instead of a cavity. Because after all, the end game is the same for the body. There is a part of the tooth that isn’t there anymore, regardless of how or why, the process of healing should be the same, right? In fact, it should be much more difficult to heal a cavity than a chipped tooth because a cavity is chalk full of bacteria which would hinder or delay the healing process. So I thought about this and I decided to give the body ideal conditions for healing. After thinking about that the answer to your second question is no and the third question is answered below.

    In order for the body to replace damaged or missing tissue it requires a blood supply or a pipe-line for reparative cells to the damaged area. Tissue doesn’t appear out of thin air, the body must send immune cells as well as progenitor cells (precursor cells/stem cells) that are capable of differentiating or transforming into the tissue that is to be replaced. Now the tooth itself DOES have a blood supply contained within the pulp or the inner part (canal) of the tooth, as well as nerves and various other tissues. This is where it stays, some cell processes (NO blood vessels) are found a few micrometers into the dentin but when it comes to the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel (which is a few millimeters from the pulp), it just simply isn’t there. This is not a preconceived idea about cavities, this is not a theory of dental anatomy, this is well proven, well documented, well researched human anatomy that has been proven over and over again. So with that in mind, there is no way this hole in your child’s tooth regrew to the point where it was as smooth as the tooth text to it, because this would suggest the body grew new enamel, this would require a blood supply to the enamel, which I just outlined it does not have. Softened enamel can re-harden but once it cavitates, or once a hole forms, its gone for good. A little more on this later one. Bottom line, the bulk enamel you are born with is the enamel you die with. This is why your reasoning that “shouldn’t the body be able to heal a tooth just like a broken bone” is flawed. The bones enjoy a very rich blood supply as well as progenitor/healing cells and thus are capable of healing themselves in most instances. This is why I think you were most likely mistaken in your initial assessment of the cavity or hole. Based on your description of where the alleged hole was, this is a difficult area to see and I can easily see how one could misinterpret what they were seeing. I don’t mean this to be insulting or condescending but based on what I said above I don’t see any other explanation. Additionally, unless your child has rampant tooth decay this is a very uncommon place to get a cavity. I’m glad your child didn’t have to get a filling, I just don’t believe there was ever anything to fill.

    Side note: The word “cavity” is a generic term that is easy for the lay person to understand. Not all “cavities” are the same, not all “cavities” need to be “drilled and filled,” there are various stages to tooth decay or cavities, some of which ARE reversible. The outer layer of enamel can become demineralized (no hole, just a chalky white appearance) by bacteria and as long as this area remains plaque/bacteria free it should remineralize itself by using fluoridated toothpaste or high concentration fluoride treatment by a dentist, it may even return to the smooth, lustery appearance of healthy enamel. But like I said before, once the enamel cavitates, (i.e. a hole forms), that enamel just isn’t coming back.

    As far as Dr. Weston Price goes, his ideas were simplistic and much of what he claimed has been refuted by years of well-designed and reproducible research. Yes, research, research is done to PROTECT us, to make sure what we are doing to treat ourselves is based on proven outcomes. The system is not perfect but it is there to make sure that the care being provided is safe, effective and ethical. Dr. Price’s ideas and theories have been abused by many clinicians since and have caused great harm to a great many people that unfortunately could not find help from modern medicine or dentistry. There are those that have been helped or were perceived to have been helped by his theories. There just as many whose conditions could have been managed by proven, time-tested treatment’s that delayed their treatment in lieu of a natural cure resulting in a worsening condition and in some cases resulting in irreversible damage. I am all for thinking outside the box and finding new conservative ways to treat our common ailments but we MUST be careful. Your method may seem like a harmless, conservative method to treat tooth decay but without a clear understanding of what your recommending it can become very dangerous and harmful. I don’t make a habit of commenting on blogs but I felt compelled when I came across this. If this butter/fish oil concoction is misused or misinterpreted by even one person then a great injustice has been done.

    May 20th, 2011 9:13 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      If what happened to my son and the healing of his tooth is so far fetched, then why are you dentists converging en masse to this blog to refute it? Obviously, there is something about this anecdotal story that scares you to the bone. The very real possibility that teeth can indeed heal as Dr. Price researched and discovered and that all that you have believed and practiced your entire dental career is a sham and false.

      The more you come on this blog to pontificate and deny my story and the stories of others who have commented with similar stories, the more you give credence to this fact that teeth can indeed heal.

      “Thy Protesteth Too Much!” -William Shakespeare

      May 20th, 2011 11:25 pm Reply
      • Another dentist

        “The more you come on this blog to pontificate and deny my story and the stories of others who have commented with similar stories, the more you give credence to this fact that teeth can indeed heal.”

        I’m not even sure how that makes sense, unless you truly believe we are all evil and money hungry. If that is the case you are just as close-minded as the next person. I provided some very sound and logical information that I hope you read, yet the portion you chose to comment on was the fact that I was a dentist and that thought the idea seemed far-fetched, both of which were in the first sentence. Perhaps I should have started with there is NO way Sarah is wrong about this, since that is probably how you feel.

        Please re-read it, this time with the open mind you asked us to have as we read your story.

        May 21st, 2011 8:03 am Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          As I said before, I DID NOT write this blog for close minded dentists.

          I wrote this for Moms and Dads who are interested in nutrition and want to try it for healing/preventing cavities in their children and for themselves. I DID NOT write it for you and have no interest in debating with people who cannot be debated with because they are so locked into “their way is the only right way” modality.

          I learned years ago that arguing with conventional dentists/doctors is a waste of time. I spend my time giving info to open minded people. I do not cast pearls before swine.

          “Do NOT try this at home people, listen to we dental professionals and disregard nutrition as a way to keep your teeth healthy” argument is absolutely comedic. I don’t read your story with an open mind because it wasn’t written with an open mind.

          May 21st, 2011 8:17 am Reply
        • Emily

          I have read your post very carefully as I also always look at both sides. I do appreciate your logic and reason, and also your (for the most part) very respectable tone. But let me ask you this, have you actually sat down and read the entire book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Price?

          I have read the book and I can’t see how someone could read it and look at the pictures and not be convinced that nutrition plays the most important role in dental health? I’m just curious, what did you see that indicates that his work is false?

          May 27th, 2011 5:45 pm Reply
          • Aaron

            “yes, I understand you feel that way, but have you READ Dianetics?”
            And what if he reads it and still disagrees with it? The man references Dr. Price’s work in his explanation, so he is clearly familiar with it.

            You hinge your argument on “but have you read the book?” and ignore the simple possibility that having or having not read a book doesn’t actually qualify an idea as right or wrong. I hear this exact argument from crazy anti-psychiatry Scientologists all the time, and they at least had the decency to be brainwashed by their cult first.

            March 23rd, 2012 10:01 am
      • Emily

        Hi Another Dentist,
        Your calm and well written comments were a very refreshing change of pace compared to the other “professionals” who outright called Sarah a liar and mocked her. I have two comments about your thoughts.

        One, if you remove a chunk of a tooth, an entire tooth, or a foot or finger, you cannot expect them to regenerate. But if you drill a small hole in bones, or the skin, or any other body tissue, it will heal. It may scar, but it will eventually heal. Small holes in teeth are no different.

        Secondly, I always look at both sides of research. When I first discovered Dr. Price’s work, I looked at the opposing sides. I couldn’t find anything that refuted his work. A few people calling him crazy or a quack or whatever, but nothing actually indicating that they had read his work. Where have you seen something that successfully and accurately refutes his work? The person that runs quackwatch would be an example of someone who does not successfully and accurately refutes Dr, Price’s work and obviously has little understanding of his work.

        May 27th, 2011 5:37 pm Reply
        • Aaron

          I’m not a dentist, but in understand exactly what he said. The outer layer of the tooth, unlike bones, skin, and other body tissue, does not have blood flowing to it. Bones are filled with blood vessels and other tissue capable of carrying those healing agents. The outer layer of teeth are not. So if you poke a hole in a bone, blood will be able to reach the hole or dent or scrape or whatever and repair it. The outer layer of the tooth does not have access to that blood, and so cannot repair a small hole in the outer layer.

          March 23rd, 2012 10:04 am Reply
          • Candy

            I have one word for you: saliva.
            “Saliva is like a bloodstream to the mouth. As does blood, saliva helps build and maintain the health of the soft and hard tissues. Saliva removes waste products and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth, offering first line protection against microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease. The chemical nature of saliva has evolved in humans along with the oral flora and the teeth. Saliva is derived from blood and, as such, can be used diagnostically to detect diseases. ”
            And THAT came straight from Boom.

            May 30th, 2012 3:55 pm
          • Another Dentist

            To Candy: That sentence you wrote says nothing about its regenerative capabilities. IT CANNOT REGENERATE A HOLE IN THE TOOTH. It is not a bloodstream, the statement says it is like a bloodstream. It can remineralize small cavities but it can’t fill in holes, my God, if you won’t listen to me here is a quote from Dr. Price himself.

            “Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.” Since you won’t listen to the past 90 years of research at least listen to your Dr. Messiah Price. These are his own words saying you can’t fill in a cavity with new tooth structure once it is lost, these are the holes we have been talking about, not the chalky white enamel that can be reversed with the dietary changes proposed.

            December 8th, 2012 9:35 am
        • Another Dentist

          Emily, thank you for mature reply, I realize it has been a long time but I just stumbled back onto this blog and thought I would see what was new. I never said nutrition doesn’t play an important role, it does, we do have education in nutrition. You drill a hole in a tooth its not going to regenerate, bottom line, the disease process may halt and “scar” as you put it but it will NEVER fill itself back in. Here is a quote from your beloved Dr. Price.

          “Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.”

          December 8th, 2012 10:38 am Reply
      • GiveUsTheProof

        “The more you come on this blog to pontificate and deny my story and the stories of others who have commented with similar stories, the more you give credence to this fact that teeth can indeed heal.”

        The take away from this is that this blog contains nothing more than stories. You refuse to provide anyone with any actual evidence of any heating what so ever. If your story is true, prove it. Otherwise keep your uneducated mouth shut before you hurt someone.

        September 30th, 2011 9:38 pm Reply
        • Michael

          Add me in. I have also cured cavities with improved nutrition. Those of us who have done it KNOW it’s true. For us, it’s not a theory. Not just an idea we read in a book. Not a faith to believe in.

          I realize that the dentists responding here have trouble believing this. They think we’re all lying, simply because they have not experienced it for themselves. If only they would try it. Test it for themselves.

          This blog is for people who want to try things for themselves. Self responsibility.

          What’s the big deal — before you get the filling, buy a bottle of the recommended cod liver oil and butter oil and test it for yourself. If it doesn’t work in a few weeks, then get the fillings. What do you have to lose?

          August 10th, 2012 12:39 pm Reply
      • Aaron

        Lady, you are downright crazy. They are coming here to refute you BECAUSE you are wrong. If you were right, they wouldn’t be able to say anything. However, since you’re going around spouting anecdotes like they were solid fact carved by the Lord Almighty, you are endangering people.

        To put it another way: “if the idea that the world is actually flat is so far fetched, HOW could I have sailed to the very edge of it and seen it for myself? Obviously something about this anecdote scares your round-worlders to the core or you wouldn’t be trying so hard to refute it.”

        Your argument that the more they try to show you as wrong proves all the more how right you are is absolutely ridiculous and preposterous, it shows how dangerous you are to the people around you by spouting falsehoods that endanger them by discouraging them seeking professional help. Hell, the guy above explained in calm, detailed precision WHY you are wrong and YOU just ignored him. Who’s the closed minded one now?

        March 23rd, 2012 9:56 am Reply
      • Mee

        I am terrified right now. I have lived with the same cavity for nearly ten years. I finally went to see a dentist about it. I have been to the dentist twice this year and cannot afford a “drill and fill”. I’m paying my own way through college right now and the money just isn’t there. Anyway, between the first and second visit, the cavity became worse, now after the second it has spread to another tooth! I think it’s odd that I haven’t been to a dentist in nearly ten years with this cavity and now all of a sudden it has not only gotten worse, but it has also spread. I have several other health issues at the time that are all pointing to my poor diet. I am using the advice on this site starting the end of January. I have another dentist appointment in May… it will be interesting to see what the changes will be! I need to add, too… before going to my second appointment, I did some research and learned about Price. The dentist assistant (or w/e) did my check up and then the dentist came in. She made a comment about why I haven’t made an appointment to fix my teeth. I playfully told her ” hopefully one day… when I have the money…” and I giggled a bit and looked at her, she laughed a little and gave a “sympathetic” and warm smile… then I added “either that or it will just have to heal on it’s own…” I was still giggling and being playful, but when I looked back up at her she had a look so terrifying… it’s like her face froze and she couldn’t breathe! I kid you not! so, I added, “which we both know that can’t happen”… she didn’t smile again and said her goodbyes. For some reason, that to me signals that at least trying to fix it naturally is worth a shot! There was just something in that look and it wasn’t a look like “not another crazy naturalist” but more like “crap, if she does this, who could she tell? how fast would it spread?”

        November 23rd, 2012 1:26 am Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      Mr. “Another dentist”, you lie through your mercury-encrusted toxic teeth. In the mouth, as you well know, blood flow is not required to all surfaces because enamel is both dissolved and deposited through circulation of saliva. Perhaps you forgot that little tidbit, given the neurological damage you may be suffering from mercury exposure.

      October 18th, 2011 4:14 am Reply
      • Another Dentist

        Sapphireys, you are fool. I am glad you found that little tidbit in your 10 minute google search about saliva. The saliva can deposit minerals to the enamel surface, it is called remineralization. This requires an matrix and existing enamel to occur. I don’t know why I am wasting my time defending this to you, you call me a liar because I didn’t mention this process when I in fact did when talking about remineralization. But don’t listen to me, here is a quote from Dr. Weston Price himself.

        “Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.” This quote is from Dr. Weston Price himself and completely debunks your theory since he is the only dentist in the world you all will listen to. Since you won’t listen to the past 90 years of research at least listen to your Dr. Messiah Price. These are his own words saying you can’t fill in a cavity with new tooth structure once it is lost.

        December 8th, 2012 9:28 am Reply
    • Susan

      Sodium Fluorideis used in most toothpastes, mouthwashes, dental varnish, dental preparations and nutritional supplements. This same form of fluoride is used as an insecticide and pesticide, as a preservative in glues, as a growth inhibitor for bacteria, fungi and mold. Sodium fluoride is also used in making steel and aluminum products. Added to molten metal, sodium fluoride creates a more uniform metal. Other industrial uses for sodium fluoride include glass frosting and wood preservatives. Sodium Fluoride is also used in the manufacture of chemical and biological weapons.

      Think this form of fluroide is beneficial for health? Do you know there are several forms of fluoride, and the ones added to our drinking water and toothpastes are not the naturally occuring kind? They are industrial by-products.

      December 6th, 2012 12:19 pm Reply
    • Susan

      Sodium Fluorideis used in most toothpastes, mouthwashes, dental varnish, dental preparations and nutritional supplements. This same form of fluoride is used as an insecticide and pesticide, as a preservative in glues, as a growth inhibitor for bacteria, fungi and mold. Sodium fluoride is also used in making steel and aluminum products. Added to molten metal, sodium fluoride creates a more uniform metal. Other industrial uses for sodium fluoride include glass frosting and wood preservatives. Sodium Fluoride is also used in the manufacture of chemical and biological weapons.

      Do you know there are different forms of fluoride? The ones added to our water and in toothpastes are not the naturally-occuring kind. They are industrial by-products.

      December 6th, 2012 12:26 pm Reply
    • valleygirl

      Thank you for your informative response!

      December 8th, 2012 4:20 pm Reply
  • Concerned parent

    Well said, Another Dentist. I could not have said it better myself. It is biologically and physically impossible for enamel to regenerate. I believe that Sarah thinks she saw a hole but it is more likely that it was something stuck in the gum tissue or a stain in a groove that was eventually cleaned out. Its just not possible for enamel to grow back…sorry.

    I do agree that dietary changes can affect your teeth. If you are eating a more wholesome, natural diet there is evidence that suggests your risk of tooth decay is decreased. The oral bacterial that cause the disease dental caries can more easily “digest” and use refined sugars and simple starches found in our modern and processed foods. With such a great food/energy supply, those bacteria can multiply more rapidly and put out more harmful by-products that lead to tooth decay. Perhaps more importantly, if you are eating a high protein and fiber diet, you are likely to eat less frequently and, therefore, you are “feeding” the bad oral bacteria less frequently. With less food, they do not thrive. That being said, diet is a preventative measure in the fight against tooth decay. There is nothing that you can eat or drink that will actually heal a cavitated lesion or hole in your tooth.

    What is dangerous about Sarah’s advice is that the infection that starts out as a simple cavity that could be fixed with a filling, can progress to a more serious condition if left untreated. Painful and dangerous abscesses can form, and if the infection progresses enough, hospitalization may be required. It is especially dangerous in children. Sadly, there are cases in which children have died as a result of untreated dental problems. It is rare, but are you really willing to risk it?

    Please don’t take the advice of someone who is not qualified to counsel on this subject matter and advises taking oil supplements to heal a tooth. Seek the opinion of a trained dental professional…or a few dental professionals if you would like more than one opinion. There are ways to prevent tooth decay and remineralize “soft spots” on teeth, but as many have said before, there is absolutely no way for a tooth to regenerate itself and heal a true cavity.

    May 20th, 2011 10:26 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      If you want to drill and fill, then go right ahead. Let others choose for themselves. Taking butter oil and fermented cod liver oil for a few weeks to heal a cavity is not much of a risk at all. If the dentist thought that my son’s cavity was that bad, she would have given us an appt. right away, right? I described it IN DETAIL on the phone, yet an appt a few weeks out was the best they gave me. Plenty of time to heal it as it turns out. :)

      May 20th, 2011 11:28 pm Reply
      • valleygirl

        We’ve been on it for 2 weeks already and I see no changes in the pinholes in my daughters teeth sadly. Because our dentist also saw no need to get an appt asap (and they saw first hand what we were dealing with, the dentist discovered it) I figured I had some time to buy and try out some things. I am saddened this hasn’t worked for us and we have made dietary changes as well. I have one more week to give it and then back we go….

        December 8th, 2012 4:23 pm Reply
    • Emily

      Um, you are chastising Sarah’s readers for taking “the advice of someone who is not qualified to counsel on this subject matter,” but spent the previous three paragraphs giving dental advise about how enamel can’t regenerate. ??

      Btw, children have died as a direct result of dental “treatment”, so are you willing to risk that?

      May 27th, 2011 5:49 pm Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      Please don’t take the advice of anyone who has monetarily supported the ADA and its agenda of lying to the public about mercury toxicity. Such a person has ZERO credibility, as he or she devotes his or her energies to destroy the health and lives of their hapless patients. Mad as a hatter they are!

      October 18th, 2011 4:18 am Reply
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  • D

    I exclusively see children in my practice and mothers like you make my job beyond difficult. Because of you a mother isn’t going to have one of children’s cavities restored believing that she can ‘heal it’. Rest assured I will eventually see that patient who has a true cavity when it has caused an abscess to form. My hope is at that point it has not become a life-threatening cellulitis. Perhaps more research into the ramifications of untreated dental decay might curb your missed placed enthusiasm for out-dated research. Children die EVERY year from untreated dental decay for reasons such as access to care. Please do not let a child die because you think oil capsules actually work. Are you SO SURE that you would gamble with a child’s life all because you ignorantly thought a wedged piece of lettuce was on your child’s tooth was a cavity? If you would, Sarah, you have no soul.
    Tell me since you believe dental research from 1930’s with little regard to updated information do you still believe medical research from 1930 as well? Should we not use gloves, should we not test blood products before transfusion, should we only provide whiskey for anesthetic, should medical instruments be washed in this magic oil you speak of instead of sterilized? I’m sure I can find some quacked-out research that supports all of that, too.

    May 30th, 2011 2:57 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      How about IGNORED research, not outdated? Just because research is old does not make it outdated.

      I love all these comments from dentists on this blog. It puts on display for the thousands of people who read this blog to see how closed minded the vast majority of dentists really are and how very cautious we must all be with what they tell us.

      And,the hole was not a piece of lettuce. My husband and I both saw it appear and disappear. It wasn’t just me.

      May 30th, 2011 4:47 pm Reply
      • adam

        Sarah! I thought we were done! Oh well. Just post some pictures of your son’s ‘toothhole’ , before and after, and all these crazy, immoral, and money-hungry dentists will go away……oh you say you can’t do that? Find someone else with a cavity (pretty easy to do), and use them as an example. Easy. Conflict resolved.

        May 30th, 2011 7:18 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          I don’t have a camera that would take a picture at the back of a tooth on the gumline and zoom in that close. Also, I didn’t think to take a picture at the time as I was just as shocked as anyone when it DISAPPEARED! I told you I made an appt to get it filled but started in with the butter oil heavily as the hole to me was an indication of nutritional deficiency .. I did the butter oil to prevent future cavities and was delighted that the existing one filled in.

          Why can’t you stop the Doubting Thomas routine and just admit that it is possible and try it for yourself? You look silly ganging up on me calling me a liar. It makes you look desperate and very much a bully.

          May 30th, 2011 7:23 pm Reply
          • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

            Oh, and by the way. I have another anecdotal story from someone else to post very soon. So, all you dentists can wait in the wings to converge on that post and call that Mom a liar too.

            May 30th, 2011 7:26 pm
          • Zak

            I just wanted to piggyback on to the well-informed comments made by “Another Dentist”. To understand the process of tooth decay, you need to look at it from the molecular level. A tooth is made up of layers. The outer layer, “enamel”, is an inorganic crystaline matrix. This matrix is made up mostly by the molecule hydroxyapatite. There is no blood or nerve supply to this layer as “another dentist” explained. In the case that the process of decay begins, acids produced by bacteria begin to “demineralize” the outer layers of enamel. This process occurs when the acid breaks the chemical bonds of the hydroxyapatite crystal, and calcium ions, phosphate ions, and other ions are lost into your saliva. Once the hydroxyapatite crystals have demineralized, the crystal structure deeper into the enamel begins to demineralize, and so on, and so on, until that demineralization process reaches the dentin layer. Once the dentin layer has been compromised, the tooth is considered to have a “cavity” and requires a filling.
            Let’s take a closer look at your hypothesis that dental caries can be “cured” with the use of butter oil and cod liver oil, and how those supplements would augment the remineralization of the enamel. Since the enamel does not recieve a nutrient supply from the pulp of the tooth (because there are no pathways or vessels for those nutrients to travel in) the process of remineralization can only occur externally, through the nutrients provided in saliva. The levels of nutrients in saliva can be affected by diet for sure, but first we need to understand what nutrients are required for the remineralization process to occur. As the hydroxyapatite breaks down, calcium ions, phosphate ions, hydroxyl groups, and other ions are lost. It would stand to reason that REmineralizing the enamel would require exposure to these ions correct? It was also discovered that a fluoride ion could replace the lost hydroxyl groups in the hydroxyapatite structure, resulting in a much more acid resistant structure. This led to the inclusion of fluoride in drinking water and toothpaste in the 1950’s. Since this addition, there has been a DRAMATIC decrease in the occurence of dental caries, but I digress. In order for the two oils in question to aid in the remineralization process, they would need to have an abundanc of Calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions, which they do not. Therefore, we can conclude that the hypothesis that they aid in the remineralization process is a false hypothesis.
            Now lets take a look at the hypothesis that the introduction of these oils into the diet can heal a hole in the tooth. In order for any “healing” of a cavity to take place, there must be an inorganic matrix present for the hydroxyapetite molecules to fill in. Think of it like a hole in your roof. Without a wooden scaffolding, there is nothing for the shingles to attach to, and the roof would cave in. You postulated that your child had a hole in his tooth, and that after weeks of supplementing with oils the hole was gone. I am not here to question what you saw, I believe that you believe that there was a hole. No question, it is, however, biologically impossible for a hole in a tooth to repair itself because the matrix has been lost forever. We currently do not have the technology to regrow an enamel matrix in the mouth. God willing we will in the future, but science has not progressed that far yet. I have read the arguements above, with good points from both sides, but we can’t overlook the fact that it is impossible to regrow lost tooth structure. So that hypothesis is also debunked.
            Now let’s talk about your hypothesis that Dr. Price’s work was “epic” and that he was a “visionary”. There is no denying that Dr. Price contributed greatly to the dental world. His application of the paralleling and bisecting angle technique when taking radiographs is a staple in all radiology classes taught in dental school. His application of the porcelain furnace has allowed dentistry to take leaps and bounds in the world of recreating natural looking smiles. His research regarding western diets has good points, but was flawed from a scientific standpoint, this is why it was debunked. His lack of quantitative analysis and alternate hypotheses made it impossible to reproduce his findings, and therefore made his research unacceptable in the scientific community. On a whole, there is nothing wrong with scientific findings from the past, AS LONG AS THEY CAN BE REPRODUCED. This is the basis of facts, results that can be reproduced over and over until they can be overwhelmingly accepted as truth. His research IN THE AREA OF TOOTH DECAY does not fall under this category. He is spot on with his analysis that a western diet consisting of refined sugars and starches will contribute to the progression of decay, but his research does not support the hypothesis that tooth decay can be healed.
            I understand that you have a degree in economics (Phi Beta Kappa no less, well done. I am also a member of the prestigious society), and as a student of higher education, you have to force yourself to take in different views, process them, and adapt your views accordingly. Your vehement defense of your viewpoints shows that you aren’t open to different ideas on the subject. I for one have appreciated this article and subsequent debate because it has forced me to research my own knowledge of the subject, and I am more informed because of it.
            As a journalist in the blogosphere, you have a responsibility to your constituents and those that happen onto your site. You owe them a well informed, researched article with MULTIPLE resources to back up your statements, just like writing a research paper in college. Your works cited is the most important part of the paper. By providing an unbalanced article, you are risking the health of the children of parents reading your articles that might not have the sense to double check the facts. I hope in the future you will look at both sides of the arguement before posting. I look forward to your response.

            May 31st, 2011 11:34 am
          • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

            Hi Zak,

            You are rather presumptuous in telling me what my blog should and shouldn’t do. I have no responsibility on this blog other than to blog about what I find interesting and fascinating in my life … and your take on cavities, dear sir, I find less than interesting and downright boring as it is the same old line that most dentists dish out (not all – I know several holistic dentists that teach the tooth can heal philosophy). I am interested in other realms of possibility as with Dr. Price DDS’s research which has been overlooked and underappreciated by the dental community as evidenced by your comments.

            May 31st, 2011 12:12 pm
          • Another Dentist

            “Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.” This quote is from Dr. Weston Price himself and completely debunks your theory since he is the only dentist in the world you all will listen to. Since you won’t listen to the past 90 years of research at least listen to your Dr. Messiah Price. These are his own words saying you can’t fill in a cavity with new tooth structure once it is lost, these are the holes we have been talking about, not the chalky white enamel that can be reversed with the dietary changes proposed.

            December 8th, 2012 9:18 am
          • Another Dentist

            “Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.” This quote is from Dr. Weston Price himself and completely debunks your theory since he is the only dentist in the world you all will listen to. Since you won’t listen to the past 90 years of research at least listen to your Dr. Messiah Price. These are his own words saying you can’t fill in a cavity with new tooth structure once it is lost.

            December 8th, 2012 9:22 am
    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

      I’m pretty sure those children who die from unfilled cavities also have very poor diets, too. They likely live in poverty and don’t have money to go to the dentist. Right? Therefore, what you say is not applicable. If you don’t fill it AND you don’t nourish the child, sure, there are going to be problems….

      June 25th, 2011 7:17 pm Reply
    • Sandra Homemaker

      To all of the dentists that have previously commented – Many of you have expressed concern for the ignorant housewives, such as myself, that will blindly follow Sarah’s professional advice to the detriment of our children’s health. I would just like to remind everyone that this is a BLOG. I am under no illusion that Sarah posses some magical knowledge on the subject of dentistry. This is not a dental forum or a scientific journal. This is a blog. A place where someone can tell their own story, from their point of view, be it fact or fiction. I will take her story for what it is, an anecdotal account. It is up to me to decide how much weight I want to give it. If I want conventional dental advice I will go to a dentist. If I want to read someone’s story I will read a blog.

      I have also read the work of Dr. Price and Ramiel Nagel and have put their teaching into practice in with positive results. I don’t need to read a blog to know that you can reverse cavities. I have seen it with my own eyes in my own childrens’ teeth!

      June 28th, 2011 12:46 am Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      D, can you not read? Dental picks do not disappear into lettuce shards. Now drink some more mercury and go back to your poisoning practice.

      October 18th, 2011 4:20 am Reply
  • Naomi Snider

    Sarah, what do you think might happen to filled teeth that get better on this protocol? Would the fillings just fall out as the hole fills in with new matter? I understand that all holes may not heal, since some are very large. I have had almost entire teeth full of fillings. Just curious, if I started using this protocol how would my fillings respond? And I’m not asking any of you dentists out there, so don’t even TRY to respond, please!

    I don’t have many teeth left and certainly want to protect the remaining ones as much as possible. I have a tooth from which the filling dropped out, and was on stand-by at the dentist’s office to repair it since February, but nothing has opened up for me yet. I’m wondering if maybe I can heal it on my own. Yes, 3 months have passed without dental treatment and hark! I still live and breath! :)

    May 31st, 2011 10:03 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Naomi, a filled tooth would present a different scenario altogether. I don’t think fillings would fall out unless they were very small ones. Sounds like yours are larger, drilled out areas however. Your dental health and risk of future cavities would no doubt be reduced considerably by following Dr. Weston Price DDS’s protocol.

      May 31st, 2011 12:09 pm Reply
  • Tiffany (As For My House)

    Sarah –

    How can I determine the proper dosage of the CLO and the butter oil for my kids (and, heck, myself)?

    June 3rd, 2011 10:49 am Reply
  • sara

    Hi Sarah, I really appreciate you blog! Its so much help to me! My kids were just at the dentist yesterday and my 8 yr old had four small ( I cant see or feel them) cavities and my 4 yr old has ‘soft spots’ that arent yet cavities. Do give my kids a nourishing diet for the most part, but still not perfectly, I am definatly going to try the FCLO and BO and hope for the best but Im wondering should I go to a different dentist to get them rechecked? My dentist is ‘holistic’ but all that means at this particular dentist is that they dont do mercury fillings. The nutrition stanpoint is still shunned, so Im wondering if they would just say the cavities are still there even if they happen to heal…

    June 17th, 2011 10:19 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      If it were my kids, Sara, I would hit the FCLO/BO hard (twice a day) for a few weeks and then go to different dentist to see what he/she says (don’t say anything about the other dentist’s diagnosis).

      June 17th, 2011 10:41 am Reply
  • Harmony

    As I read this, I became a bit saddened. Our kids are getting sicker and sicker, and we all need to work together to find ways of improving their health. I’m a dentist too, and I’ve read Dr. Price’s book, and what he wrote sounds reasonable. We need to give it a chance before we shoot it. Why not try it? Why not improve the diets of our children? Let’s listen to each other. As dental/medical professionals we can learn a lot from this parents that work so hard everyday to make bone broths, lacto fermented foods, homemade bread, and on and on. It is hard work. How dare we accuse them of being liars or having no heart? We earned a degree to work for them, for the community and their families. And they in turn, should feel comfortable in taking their kids to us, and that we will give them the best advice possible. Doctors are needed when prevention, or diet, or hygiene is not working. We forget who we work for. On the other hand, there has been times when I’ve given dental advice on other blogs or forums like these, and my input is always shot down, because its not what the community wants to hear. We can all learn from each other.

    June 17th, 2011 11:39 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Harmony .. SO GLAD you commented. Thank you. I KNEW there were some dentists out there who would be open to some new ways of thinking (actually old ways that are being rediscovered).

      June 18th, 2011 9:49 am Reply
    • Kendahl @ Our Nourishing Roots

      I love that Harmony left a comment here. I hope to bridge more of the disconnect between the holistic community and mainstream medicine as well. There is much to learn from each other, yes, but also I already take the best from both communities myself! We are lucky to have ancient wisdom coupled with current research (if you can sift through the kinds that are “bought”).

      December 31st, 2011 3:56 pm Reply
    • Mee

      I don’t know where your practice is, but I sure want to move there lol You sound like an amazing dentist!!!!! :-)

      November 23rd, 2012 1:45 am Reply
  • laura b

    THANK YOU!!! my family and i started GAPS and taking CLO/BO shortly after you posted this. i had a HUGE cavity in one of my molars that i could literally stick my tongue into. the cavity is still there but it is a fraction of the size. i can finally have ice touch my teeth when i drink without pain also.

    my 4 and 2 year olds had cavities also. we had gone to the dentist about a week before you posted. they both “needed” work done. we figured that we would wait it out for a month and try this first. couldn’t hurt, right? boy, am i glad we did!

    my 4 year old has STOPPED complaining of tooth pain. his cavities are visibly MUCH smaller.

    my 2 year old had amelogenesis imperfecta. some of his molars are completely healed. he had some teeth that had NO enamel on them whatsoever. they now have some enamel and everyday i can visibly see more.

    thank you!!!! i can’t wait until our next appointment for the dentist to see the difference!

    June 20th, 2011 4:48 pm Reply
    • diana

      Laura B,
      What is the dosage you have been giving your 2 year old. I have a 2 year old with what looks like a cavity and two next to it with soft spots. Thanks!

      March 31st, 2012 12:02 am Reply
  • Tammy

    I saved my son’s front upper baby teeth by putting black walnut extract on them every night before bed. He had a bunch of defective teeth, due I’m sure to a nutritional issue during pregnancy. I had read that topical fluoride could reverse tooth decay and a dentist actually told me that applying topical fluoride was one thing we could do for the teeth. I didn’t want to use the chemical version and had read that black walnut hulls were high in naturally occurring fluoride so I decided to try. The black spots on his teeth went away, the decay stopped and he kept the teeth for another 3+ years until they fell out naturally.  

    June 23rd, 2011 1:03 pm Reply
    • diana

      Do you remember the brand of black walnut extract you used? I’ve found several and am not sure. Thanks! Would greatly appreciate!

      April 8th, 2012 9:53 pm Reply
  • Mrs RBC

    This is a great story! Thanks for sharing it! I was just at dentist this week and he thought one of the small outside fillings he had done on one of my very old wisdom teeth had a small cavity underneath it. (under the filling) On second thought/look he said it was NOT a cavity YET but that I should ‘watch’ it. I am 48 and have already had a bad root canal extracted and all my mercury fillings switched to the white stuff! I am curious if you think that this butter oil remedy would help my POSSIBLE cavity under that filling on my wisdom tooth? I HATE dental work and would love to heal this rather than see it get worse. In other words, can adults use this remedy too? I already eat butter alot though it is not raw. Is the ‘raw’ part important? Thanks ! Julie

    June 24th, 2011 1:32 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Raw grassfed butter is more potent and has the anticavity Activator X in it whereas store butter may or may not.

      June 24th, 2011 2:35 pm Reply
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  • cindy

    Hi Sarah. You may know of this book already, but as I was looking for the Weston Price book on Amazon, I found this title, “Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition”, by Ramiel Nagel. I thought your readers would like to know about it too. The foreword is by a DDS, so there’s at least one more out there in support of nutrition to strengthen our teeth. :0)

    June 26th, 2011 10:54 pm Reply
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  • Karen Elpant

    Hi Sarah,

    My interest was really piqued about this cure b/c my husband has a very painful cavity developing and told him about it and he was excited to try it – until I read about the fermented cold liver oil aspect – you see he has a severe allergy to any and all fish related things that trigger his asthma… I went to the Green Pastures website to see what they said about this and even they recommend avoidance of their product should you have a fish allergy… So what do we do for him? Do you know of any alternatives to the FCLO??? I feel like if I don’t get an alternative answer for him very soon he will just go to the dentist to get it filled b/c of his pain… Help! I have a willing and receptive person for now but not for long!

    July 5th, 2011 1:32 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Karen, lots of liver! 2-3 times per week would be great!

      July 8th, 2011 11:03 am Reply
      • Karen Elpant

        Thank you for your reply Sarah,

        The only thing about liver 2-3 times per week is that he is a vegetarian and would be not at all receptive to that route! (although I am working on him slowly and steadily to get him to eat meat again…)

        Any other suggestions? He is severely allergic to all nuts and fish and is vegetarian… Tall order, I know!

        July 9th, 2011 12:36 am Reply
        • Erica

          Hi Karen Elpant,

          I would steer him away from vegetarianism if he has tooth decay that doesn’t go away even with the inclusion of raw dairy and eggs. I’ve heard Sally Fallon stating that some people may need to eat beef or other red meats every day due to their specific nutritional requirements possibly due to ancestory. I would recommend him read the book “The Vegetarian Myth,” by Lierre Keith.

          With regards to the allergies and asthma, it seems that his gut is not in good condition, and may need to be on a special diet in order to fully be healed. I recommend the GAPS diet for him because it can heal the gut, eventually eliminating all of his allergies, and even his asthma.

          July 13th, 2011 9:37 am Reply
  • Lisa

    Hi Sarah,

    We are going to try the cod liver/butter oil to try to get rid of some cavities. We do our best eat a healthy and balanced diet. Could you provide some guidance regarding key foods that we should avoid or be sure to eat to get maximum effectiveness from this treatment?


    July 6th, 2011 12:44 am Reply
    • Erica

      Hi Lisa,

      I would avoid all processed foods. Be sure to consume animal foods rich in vitamins A, D, and K2 on a daily basis like grassfed butter, liver, fish eggs, etc.

      July 13th, 2011 9:28 am Reply
  • Nikki Brown

    I’ve been reading these comments with interest, and decided to weigh in with my “testimonial” if you will. My 16 y.o. daughter was diagnosed with a cavity (her first) on May 10. I read your post on May 12.
    My interest was piqued and thought we had a perfect test situation. She was willing to play along and so I immediately ordered some FCLO and butter oil capsules. I also made an appointment for filling the tooth for July 6 (couldn’t get in earlier because dd was going to camp for 4 weeks). During those weeks, while she was at home she diligently took the oils, and ate good food. At camp, she was very inconsistent with it, and ate junk (she is a teenager, after all).
    At her appointment last week, I urged the dentist to show me the cavity because I couldn’t see it, and she was having no discomfort. Well, he had a hard time finding it! It was a teeny, tiny soft spot. He said he could use a “football” to open it up and then put a sealant on it. Considering this to be a good compromise, I agreed. It took about ten minutes, no anesthesia necessary, NO FILLING!
    I sincerely believe that had she not been at camp with the poor food quality, and inconsistent usage of the oils, it would be gone. Note that I did not read your post: “neglect going to the dentist.” I love my kids more than anyone, including the dentist, and if there is something I can do to avoid the mouthful of metal fillings that are in my mouth, I’ll do it. I will not however, compromise their health by neglect.
    Thank you for bravely sharing your life and wisdom with those who are interested in what you have to say.

    July 14th, 2011 1:48 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    I too have read this whole page and would also like to add my experience. I will try to be brief with what I can, forgive typo’s I am typing fast. 10 yrs ago, my 2nd daughter was 2 3/4 yrs old at the time. She had candida issues that my reg. Ped. could not identify or help me with other than steroids and other drugs. We were complete S.A.D. eaters. She also had 8 cavities 4 on the top front teeth, and 4 behind the top front teeth. Upon return home from the diagnosis of these cavities from our Ped. Dentists, in the entry of my home, I knelt down before her and with tears in my eyes I vowed before her and God that I WOULD find the answers to her problems and I apologized to her for not already possessing this information that I SHOULD have possessed to raise her properly and to pass on to her and her children. I had all of her cavities filled as these were baby teeth, her apt. with the dentist was only 3 days away. It was done. I then began to read ALL that I could find on the computer on pulp, enamel, decay, carries, etc. I did not know who or what to believe, so I began with a “clean” slate. We went raw vegan. Over the next 2 years my son (my youngest who was 4 at this time) developed 6 cavities, my oldest 8yrs old had developed 1 cavity and myself 3 cavities one of which was VERY bad. We ALL had been grinding our teeth when sleeping and clenched them during waking hours. I had migraines that were debilitating due to the constant clenching and severe grinding, my dentist told me I would probably never stop grinding, that I would not find the answer to my grinding because “it is not medically know why people do it”. My children would wake me in the night with their grinding and their teeth became worn from it. We were about 90% raw vegan which is very high. Still something inside me could NOT help but give them raw goat cheese, and weekly wild salmon (thank GOD). We had an amazing diet with all of the raw green juice, smoothies, nut loafs, salads, eggplant bacon, raw soups… just amazing dishes and foods, however our Raw Vegan diet had failed us. 2 years 9months into being raw vegan my 4yr old son had 6 cavities. I had only 2 of them filled right away. the rest I prolonged the apt.’s for and I got in my truck and I made a B-Line for the local book store to purchase “Nourishing Traditions” AND “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” THEY HAD THEM BOTH !! I was amazed. I then made a B-Line for my local Whole Foods Market and purchased all that I could find there for me to replicate the meal protocol that Weston Price HALTED & REVERSED rampant decay with when he gave this one meal to mission clinic groups of children ( 7th Edition, Chap.22, Pg. 428-433) I went straight home and made my first vat of Mediterranean Fish Soup (Nourishing Traditions revised 2nd ed. Pg. 207) I also bought what I could at Whole Foods for CLO (nordic naturals) as I waited for my green pastures to come in… I made the soup that afternoon and gave it to my family that night and for the next 6 nights. yes they were sick of the soup lol. During that week I also made my own sourdough starter (pg489) and old world sourdough rye bread (pg490) so they also ate this bread with lots of grass fed butter along with the CLO and the rest of the protocol meal. On day 4 NO ONE in my family was grinding their teeth. Not one of us. I also took note that my constant headache was no more and I did not have any other migraines from then on. I followed this protocol for my family for 8 months varying the soup as Dr. Price did with the mission children. At this 8 month mark I took my son back to the Ped. Dentist for another x-ray. He said he could still see the decay slightly. But I could not see it on the films… so I took my son for a 2nd opinion to another dentist. While I cringed at the thought of a 2nd x-ray… it was digital which is less radiation, and I just needed to know for sure. This dentist said that he could not find any decay on my son’s teeth or on x-ray. My son is now 10 years old. We have followed a Weston Price diet for the past 6 years and have not looked back. I now understand what our S.A.D. diet and raw vegan diet lacked and why we had decay with each of them.
    I don’t understand why many dentist and professionals in the dental industry INSIST that enamel does not regenerate…. but will sell you a tube of MI paste, a complex of casein phosphopeptides (CPP) and amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) for about $20 to $25 in the bat of an eye OR tell you to use a mouth wash that will “remineralize” your teeth, OR a toothpaste for “strengthening and rebuilding your enamel”

    I mean it’s ALL over the place. Such contradiction. And I really don’t understand “Professionals” who do not act “Professional” when confronted with sincere questions and or people who sincerely share their experiences.

    “First you guess. Don′t laugh, this is the most important step. Then you compute the consequences. Compare the consequences to experience. If it disagrees with experience, the guess is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It doesn′t matter how beautiful your guess is or how smart you are or what your name is. If it disagrees with experience, it′s wrong. That′s all there is to it.”
    Richard Feynman

    “…man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.”
    Winston Churchill

    “It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.”
    Henri Poincare

    One more note… I frequent a good handful of health websites, one of which is a message board for children with autism… I have no issues with autism… but the things these Moms are doing with their children… actually “recovering” them … is AMAZING. It is well known that children with autism do not utilize calcium properly and so there is a protocol called the “vitamin K protocol” where there is a list of supplements to give these kids to help their brains function properly, utilize calcium properly etc. Well it has been reported over, and over, and over again by these parents that their children’s teeth improve dramatically on this protocol. It involves probiotics, fat soluble vitamins A, D and of course K (as well as other supplements) I can see the correlations with Price’s findings all over the place.

    Thanks Sarah for your AMAZING dedication to being the Mom & wife that you are, you inspire me and MANY other people who are all in search for truth.

    July 17th, 2011 11:27 pm Reply
    • Peter

      Great post, thanks so much for sharing. =)

      August 5th, 2011 9:28 pm Reply
    • Becky

      Wow, thanks for this post. I just bought the Nourishing Traditions book, I’d been on the fence about it. Also been on the fence about soaking grains… do you/did you use ANY grains? That’s my big remaining question. My 5 yr old has more than 2 black cavities in her mouth, from, I know now, holding frozen blueberry skins in her mouth every afternoon… Anyhow, cutting sugar OUT, and been doing the FCLO/with GHEE (grassfed Indianfoods ghee) instead of the butter oil. Ordered REAL centrifuged butter oil last week, should be here this week, so will do IT with the FCLO instead of the ghee… or maybe with the ghee. Anyhow, using xylitol toothpaste and sugar substitute too. I’m now a little scared of sugar with my daughter, and using a lot of mouthwash to keep her mouth clean. So the only thing I’m on the fence now about is the grain question… any comments will be appreciated, especially if they’re from personal experiences!

      January 2nd, 2012 8:26 pm Reply
  • Vanessa

    I am having some problems with my son’s teeth and would like to try the cod liver oil but he is allergic to cows milk so i don’t think i can do the butter oil. Is there anything else we could use or would just the cod liver oil work? he is also allergic to coconut. Thanks!

    July 19th, 2011 9:48 pm Reply
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  • Taryn Spence

    Hey I just started using it today it does not taste to fine but I really hope it works and is there anything to get rid of the taste I am using lemon flavored right now 😛 and can u spread it out when u have it or does it needed to be all at the same time?

    July 30th, 2011 1:54 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Are these a good choice too?



    August 4th, 2011 5:34 pm Reply
  • Anthony

    I am 17 years old, I have 7 cavities, it hurts to brush mt teeth

    so what do I get/ how mutch do I take

    I have no clue what any of this stuff is

    If someone can email me and put in comment that would be great

    August 5th, 2011 11:31 am Reply
  • Christiana

    Hi, wow! I am so encouraged by this. I was recently told by my dentist that I have four cavities, and was so bummed out. I thought I had been eating okay, but clearly not well enough. These were my first cavities ever! I got the first two filled last week, and after coming home from the appointment, I picked up my copy of Nourishing Traditions, and decided that now (at the age of 22) was the time to really commit to eating traditional and nourishing foods. I thought that I would still probably have to go back to the doctor to finish getting the other two cavities filled, but I think that I am going to cancel that appointment and try to heal my teeth with food first. Thank you for the encouragement!


    August 18th, 2011 4:22 pm Reply
  • LilMissMom

    We were recently told that my son’s front tooth was “dead” because it was turning grey near the root and that he would need a root canal or it will get infected. The dentist says this could be from trauma to the tooth many, many years ago – which doesn’t sound right to me.This sounds very drastic, but we do not know what else to do. Do you have any knowledge or resources to help us? Thank you.

    September 7th, 2011 12:17 pm Reply
  • kim

    My 5 year old son has 4 very tiny cavities on his back molars. They want to sedate him in order to fill them because he isn’t the best patient in the world. I was wondering, since your blog is about a teenage boy, how much butter oil and cod liver oil to give a 5 year old that weighs about 33-35 pounds? Also, can you give it to a 2 year old? On the Green Pastures site, you can buy a combonation of the butter oil and cod liver oil. Do you suggest that or buy them each seperately? Thank you so much for this blog and information. I am excited to try it out before doing any sedation on him.

    September 14th, 2011 10:00 am Reply
  • Lindsey

    As a mom who has read several, several articles on this blog and learned a lot I do have to say that I don’t really think you can ‘heal’ an actual cavity. I am in no way discounting what sara saw happen to her son.

    I just think it sounds a little extreme and fantastical to heal a cavity with just butter and cod liver oil. I think my main concern is the fact that this idea is only based on a study from the 1920’s. I just feel a little uneasy about trusting a study from that long ago when we know so much more about our bodies and medicine today. I would love to see a little more recent information on this topic. I’m all for trying this method while I wait to take my kids to the dentist, but I don’t think I’ll be cancelling any of their or my own appointments to get our cavities filled.

    Sara- thank you for some very good advice and tips on many other things. I just don’t think I can grasp this one as much.

    September 14th, 2011 9:52 pm Reply
    • Arlene

      You really wouldn’t be so skeptical if you had read Dr. Price’s book.

      January 24th, 2012 4:09 am Reply
    • ADA

      this is, once again, as found so much in the interwebs, a situation where such rigid skepticism seems completely unfounded. If
      1) you are being offered a product that already is inherently healthy in its own right, of longstanding use (CLO & butter aer as old as time itself),
      2) you can reasonably afford to make the speculative investment, and
      3) you have a capable dentist waiting in the wings, then

      what’s the bloody harm?

      I have a bunch of cavities, I have an appointment with a dentist for a few weeks from now, I am not 100% convinced either (esp. since I don’t believe it can work past adolescence, if at all), but that jolly well won’t stop me from taking a few supplements just to see

      my 2 cents anyhow

      June 7th, 2012 11:49 am Reply
  • Pam

    I healed 5 gumline cavities in 6 months and need only 20 minute cleanings every 6 months since. I use xylitol, baking soda and fine celtic salt to brush my teeth . The baking soda takes the minerals from the greyish salt and builds teeth. The xylitol kills off some of cavity causing bacteria. Simple and even can swallow this. My grandfather used baking soda and celtic salt for 50 years and had his teeth until 97. He said none of the dental work in his mouth was from salt and baking soda. Toothpaste has glycerin in it which keeps the minerals from fixing your teeth again. So make your own. Amazon and vitacost have ingredients. Baking soda from grocery store.

    September 16th, 2011 7:40 pm Reply
  • Bob Rivers

    My grandpa told me that he would rub his teeth with raw ham meat every night before bed and he had all his teeth till he died at age 42. I have been using similar treatmeat for 6 years now and things been good. The meat smell got rid of my nagging wife and now I suppliment with Benson & Hedges smokes. Pretty happy with results, I will add the cod liver to this and report any improvements.

    September 22nd, 2011 3:21 am Reply
  • Raising Happy Kids ! (@ParentLearning)

    Here’s a story about how butter oil (ghee) + cod liver oil cured a cavity naturally….

    September 22nd, 2011 7:06 am Reply
  • Scott

    Really cool to hear what I already suspected. Having never had a cavity I never could try and heal one myself. I have a pretty tiny chip on my front tooth that has been “fixed”. I’m sure it will eventually come off. Do you or anyone else know if a chip could heal itself? Anyone have any ideas if it falls off way down the road and I can’t see a dentist? Might just have to live with a little “character” as it doesn’t affect function really?

    September 22nd, 2011 9:20 am Reply
  • MrsD

    Ok….I’m a believer! I never have dental problems….but about 2 months ago I had a toothache that wouldn’t go away. Eating and drinking hurt. I took a look in the mirror and there was a tiny dark spot on the top of one of my back teeth right where the pain was. I already had a routine dental cleaning appt in 3 weeks so I decided to give the natural thing a shot. I already ate grass-fed butter but I really slathered it on now. I started taking FCLO oil daily too. By the time my dental appt came around, the pain and the dark spot were gone! I even asked my dentist to check that area out and told him I had been having trouble there. He said “Everything looks perfect. I don’t see anything.” Ha! I love it!! Be it chance or real, I don’t care….seemed to work for me!

    September 27th, 2011 1:01 pm Reply
  • mister worms

    I don’t know where you’re getting the idea that nobody believes that teeth can heal, especially dentists. Current evidence does support that teeth can heal. There’s no question about that. Inflammation of the pulp can be quelled. An injured tooth can grow reparative dentin. Enamel can remineralize. But you can’t ignore biological facts: you are not going to re-grow enamel whose structure has been compromised to the point of cavitation.

    Allowing a tooth to heal naturally does not preclude working with a dentist and I hope people with problems can locate a reasonable professional to work with. A dentist should be your partner. They have the tools and knowledge to assess the state of your oral health in an accurate manner. You are a consumer of their services and have the right to refuse treatment and go against advice if you please.

    I hope anyone with younger kids, especially, doesn’t put their kids’ health at risk by not working together with a trusted dentist. There are options out there besides drill & fill. For example, my 15 mo daughter had decay all around her top 4 incisors and the standard of care would be crowns, possibly pulpotomies all under general anesthesia. Instead, we opted for ART (manual removal of decayed tooth structure – soft and beyond repair) followed by ozone (to remove the bacterial load and jump on remineralization) and temporary fillings to aid cleaning. This was all done in 15 mins without anesthetics. The treatment was successful and we maintain her oral health on a largely sugar-free and grain-free diet. I tend to think the success that people have with the WAP diet is in large part due to the lack of fermentable substrate which would otherwise feed pathogenic bacteria.

    September 28th, 2011 11:47 pm Reply
  • Dave


    Based on your description of your son’s “cavity”, it doesn’t sound like it was a cavity at all. That is not where they form. You cannot diagnose dental caries. You have not been trained to. You don’t know what they look like, where they form, or what they feel like when they are probed, PERIOD! Everything else that has been stated about enamel being unable to remineralize itself once cavitated is also true. This is what the research has shown, and the research is the most unbiased source of truth we have. Don’t accuse those who hold to it of being close-minded.

    October 7th, 2011 12:34 pm Reply
    • Sapphireyes

      Research funded by harmaceutical companies and/or the mercury-pushers in ADA comprises the best lies money can buy. And that’s about all it’s worth. Much of it is pure fiction, ghost-written for the journals by credentialed con men. Seriously, Dave, have you had your blood mercury levels checked recently? Seems like your prefrontal cortex functioning has been impaired by mercury toxicity.

      October 18th, 2011 4:41 am Reply
      • Another Dentist

        Sapphireyes, such a sad existence to believe in such conspiracy theory garbage. Only God himself could design such a system where research that has spanned decades from universities across THE WORLD was all influenced and directed by pharmaceutical companies and the ADA to arrive and build on the same conclusions.

        Natural supplements is over a billion dollar a year industry, they are not regulated, they can claim whatever they want. I’m sure they are all ethical and have no agenda at all…

        December 8th, 2012 10:09 pm Reply
  • badie sleiman ,M.D. (@drsleiman)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 13th, 2011 4:59 am Reply
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  • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    Cavities do indeed form along the gumline frequently. I don’t need to be “trained” to know what a cavity looks like. Anyone can plainly see a hole or decay (black spots ) on a tooth and identify what that is. I even talked to the dentist about it and based on my verbal description, he said that would definitely be a cavity.

    October 13th, 2011 12:00 pm Reply
    • Dave

      Actually, Sarah, you do need to be trained to know what a cavity looks like. A cavity is more than simply a hole in a tooth. It is true that they often form along the gumline, but it is almost always on the buccal side, and almost never on the lingual side (especially on an upper incisor), like you have described. I wish I could have been there when you and your husband found this “cavity”. I don’t know how you managed to convince yourselft that you stuck a probe in it. All I know is that I have seen hundreds of cavities on upper incisors and I have never seen one that was as you have described.

      October 13th, 2011 11:40 pm Reply
  • Molly

    I am so excited to find this article through! My 19 year old son has a cavity and I would like to begin implementing the use of Butter Oil capsules and Cod Liver Oil to begin healing it until I can get him to a dentist. If I give him 3 Butter Oil capsules and 1 tsp Cod Liver Oil , this will be enough? I hope this is enough.

    October 13th, 2011 1:51 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Molly, hopefully it is the fermented cod liver oil. If your son is on a nourishing traditional diet this has a good chance to work. I would also recommend the book Cure Tooth Decay by Rami Nagel which goes into how teeth heal in more detail than this blog does.

      October 13th, 2011 2:47 pm Reply
      • Molly

        Oh Sarah! My son *knows* he should be eating healthier but chooses not to. He did agree to eat healthier at least while we try this, so we’ll see. I may be making an emergency appointment to the dentist if he doesn’t take this seriously. Yes, it is the fermented cod liver oil. Thank you for the book title.

        October 14th, 2011 10:42 am Reply
  • Talha Bin Hisaam (@talhabinhisaam)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 13th, 2011 2:38 pm Reply
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  • veronica timpanelli (@thefreakwentc)

    really???? How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 13th, 2011 6:35 pm Reply
  • Christine Church (@anagallis)

    Wow, this is an amazing story of natural healing of cavities. Check it out!

    October 13th, 2011 7:25 pm Reply
  • Kristin Emerson (@jstleap)

    Wow, this is a pretty amazing story of how 1 woman was able to heal her child’s cavity without drilling & filling!

    October 13th, 2011 9:08 pm Reply
  • Billy Butterfield (@bilibutterfield) (@bilibutterfield)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 13th, 2011 9:54 pm Reply
  • The Visible Dentist (@visibledentist) (@visibledentist)

    Amazing: How To Heal A Cavity Without Drilling & Filling

    October 13th, 2011 10:28 pm Reply
  • Only Natural (@OnlyNaturalHlth)

    How this woman healed her child’s cavity, naturally:

    October 13th, 2011 11:33 pm Reply
  • Jason

    This is really revolutionary if true. I am skeptical. Are you saying a tooth should be able to regenerate itself if I took its fillings out? What was your son’s typical diet throughout the week. What exactly was he eating. Please elaborate.

    October 14th, 2011 12:59 am Reply
    • Ariel

      If you look at her website and read just a few of her blogs, you will know that Sara feeds her children a nutrient dense diet, based on foods that traditional cultures have thrived on for hundreds of thousands of years. There’s a lot of variety involved in traditional eating, but some good foods to start out with would be traditional fats and sacred foods.

      Traditional fats include butter, cream, and tallow from healthy, grass-fed cows, lard from pastured pigs, virgin coconut oil, cold-pressed olive oil, and, as Sara mentioned above, fermented cod liver oil, taken in conjunction with high-vitamin butter oil. All of these whole, unrefined fats contain the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K, that are essential for human health, as these vitamins allow you to absorb all of your OTHER vitamins.

      Some other excellent foods to provide optimum nutrition for your body would be sacred foods, that is, foods that many traditional cultures have held sacred in their societies for special feeding to members of the community who needed extra nutrition, such as women of child-bearing age, pregnant women, children, and the elderly. These sacred foods included grass-fed butter, as afore mentioned, liver of all kinds, fish eggs, and pastured chicken egg yolks. All of these foods contain a huge collection of vitamins and minerals in large quantities.

      I hope this helps, Jason, but I absolutely encourage you to do your own research about traditional eating. I assure you, it is an enlightening experience!


      October 18th, 2011 8:53 am Reply
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  • Keep it Pure (@Osteopathy_News)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 14th, 2011 3:56 am Reply
  • Sylvain

    Hi Jason,

    Look at this paper :

    October 14th, 2011 10:30 am Reply
  • Holly Noonan (@Mndbdynutrition)

    now it’s there, now it’s gone…

    October 14th, 2011 12:21 pm Reply
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  • Lisa Sutton (@iodtiger)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 15th, 2011 7:18 pm Reply
  • Lester Sawicki

    I would love to drill a large hole in a front tooth and document the healing process with daily photos. Any volunteers?

    October 15th, 2011 7:58 pm Reply
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  • Roy Young

    It’s so encouraged that dental problems can be solved by 100% natural and non-intrusive method. I suffer from severe periodontal disease for more than 10 years and spent a lot of money on dentist but the disease just keep coming back again again and again after each treatment. I’m sure that it is not a problem caused by any improper teeth brushing habit. What is your opinion? Is there any diet can save my life of my teeth? Thank you very much if you can provide your precious advice.

    October 17th, 2011 10:22 am Reply
  • Shannon Santamaria (@ShannonMyDoula)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

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    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity

    October 17th, 2011 3:31 pm Reply
  • John

    Thank you so much for this article! I’ve had issues with my teeth recently and haven’t wanted to go to the big D as I KNEW there had to be a way to heal them naturally. I had asked the universe just a few days ago to show me what to do about it, and up pops a reference to your article via Mike Adams and! All I have to do now is find raw butter. Ghee I can make and Cod Liver Oil I already have.. and the honey can be purchased right up the street. Thanks again!
    Best regards,

    October 17th, 2011 8:44 pm Reply
  • YippeeKaiYeah (@YippeeKaiYeah)

    How cool is this??? How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 17th, 2011 11:21 pm Reply
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  • Lisa

    Hi Sarah,
    I tried to read through all the comments to see if you answered this, but there are so many. I got half way through.
    My question is, do you have to have raw butter also to heal the cavity? Would the butter oil and CLO have healed your son’s cavity alone without the raw butter?

    October 22nd, 2011 1:54 am Reply
  • Reenu

    Hi Sarah,

    My kid is three years old and i found cavity on his two front teeth, how much FCLO/BO i should give to him….

    October 24th, 2011 6:29 pm Reply
  • Sara Haney

    i received a jar of the fermented cod live oil/butter, which i ordered based on your recommendation. i do not blame you; maybe it worked for your son. my problem was the smell of the stuff. i have a large kitchen, and just taking the top off the jar immediately sent the horrific order all through the room.

    i made a second try, thinking i’d misjudged the smell. i put a very small amount on a slice of bread, but could not eat it. i tried to give my dog the piece of bread; he wouldn’t touch it. this dog will eat anything, including what the cats leave in the yard.

    i guess some have stronger stomachs. i was told by the Green Pastures person that the smell was normal for the product.

    i am out $50+, but i guess the lesson was learned: don’t believe everything you read; trust your nose; don’t open the jar again; buy locally where you can ask for/get refund for unsatisfactory product.

    October 31st, 2011 9:11 pm Reply
    • valleygirl

      Oh geez. Some are more sensitive to smells, sure but me and my 8 yr old daughter have been taking this going on 2 weeks. No we don’t look forward to it We do it together quickly and down a glass of coconut milk to get the taste out of our mouths when we are finished. Yeah it’s gross and it smells but wow, suck it up a bit! lol!!!!

      December 8th, 2012 4:46 pm Reply
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  • Paula

    What to do if your child is allergic to dairy? He can’t even do ghee. We are starting the GAPS diet, but I need something now. He also reacts a little to the fermented cod liver oil, but it is not big – a runny nose and sneezing (which he only does after his dose). Should I keep him on the FCO or take him off that too? He is 5 years old. Thanks for any help.

    November 3rd, 2011 3:44 pm Reply
  • juli

    I have the same story only more dramatic. My two-year-old daughter hit her tooth on the bathroom sink and took two big chunks out of her front teeth. They were obvious. But since they were baby teeth we were just going to let them alone until she aged and they fell out. We started drinking raw milk that year. I didn’t really see any difference for a year. Then we moved to our house and had all the raw goat milk, yogurt and butter we could eat. Plus our freerange chicken eggs. Two months ago I looked at my daughter and realized she has perfect teeth. I was shocked. Asked her to let me look at her teeth. I can see a tiny line on her teeth outlining where the crags used to be. If I wasn’t looking at it with a magnifying glass I wouldn’t be able to tell anything had happened to them. This happened over the space of two years. the missing pieces were each half the size of a pencil eraser.

    November 5th, 2011 3:06 pm Reply
  • colleen

    Sarah, I am very confused with so many comments. I want to purchase the cod liver oil and butter oil for me, my son 14 and my daughter 13. What is the best to get from Green Pastures? They have the mixed version and seperate version, emulsified and regular. I am new to all this. Funny & short story, my 1st job was in a drug/food store in a depressed area (didn’t know that info at the time 16 years old), the african american people would always come in in the winter time and purchase cod liver oil. I was told it keeps you healthy in the winter!!! The one man said he has been taking it for his whole life. He must have been 70 or 80 at the time I met him. Now it comes back to me full circle. I should have listened to him,

    November 11th, 2011 2:36 pm Reply
  • Kim Bakker

    Could someone please tell me if I can still make raw butter oil at home. Buying it seems sooooo expensive and also……..Can I use regular CLO or does it have to be fermented to be effective?
    I had severe tooth pain at the root all the way to the tooth end and the dentist took one look and sad Root Canal. Not an option. I was to heal it, but I need to know if it needs to be CLO or FCLO? and how to make my own raw butter oil.

    November 12th, 2011 6:46 am Reply
    • greg

      if your tooth has an infected nerve,it can’t be revitalised,it will die-not the same as an enamel cavity which can re-mineralise with good nutrition…root canal treatment leaves a dead tooth in your mouth-no good for your health;dead teeth must be extracted and the jawbone cavity needs thorough cleaning to remove residual bacteria/toxins..

      March 11th, 2012 2:13 am Reply
  • Diane

    It sounds great but I need to do more research before doing this. I have a few cavities myself that I need to fix.

    November 13th, 2011 1:06 am Reply
  • Joe

    “The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. You should not rely upon or follow the programs or techniques or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of this website for decision making without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice” This is why I dont believe you can heal cavities vis dietary changes. Why is there a need for a disclaimer?

    November 15th, 2011 4:52 pm Reply
    • Bree

      because the word CURE belongs to the FDA — take up your complaint with them

      December 27th, 2011 12:15 pm Reply
  • Navy Wife

    Hey all
    I’m not here to argue so I’m just going to leave one message and leave it at tha
    I’m all for home remedies, some have worked great, others have bombed. I slept with my foot soaked in apple cider vinegar for two weeks and lost all of some gross I’m willing to try things, I’m not doubting you.

    This is about drilling dentists (haha) and that they’re all about money and such and about a tooth problem that I had five years ago that almost killed me. My family had no dental insurance and I was developing a cavitiy so we tried dozens of methods to heal it, while staying healthy with foods and bringing a toothbrush to school. One morning I woke up and there was a massive abcess on my gums around my tooth that we thought we’d fixed. I pushed my tongue against my gums and the tooth would move very far out. I became very sick and almost numb because the infection from the tooth was moving through my mouth into other parts of my body. My mom picked me up and I had to go into emergency surgery. Everything turned out fine, thank God…but the bill. My cavity could have killed me that day (I swear to God I’m not lying) and we were out thousands of dollars. We were already in debt and had no idea what to do and felt hopeless…then the doctor looked at us and waived the entire bill. I kid you not!

    Now I’m happily married in San Diego, finishing all of my college work but living off of my Navy
    sailors paycheck. I will always support the military but the insurance sucks. I got diagnosed with epilepsy a couple of years ago and everything was A-OK until I got a few toothaches. It had nothing to do with my problem when I was in h.s, I found out that my epilepsy meds were eating away my teeth’s enamel while I was sleeping. Now I’m living on the west coast I lived in Milwaukee) and the cost of dental is a bit more here and the Navy only covers 1,500 dollars of dental for spouses each year. I had my teeth looked at it turned out thay meds had my whole mouth rotting. About 15-ish cavities. I looked at the bill estimate in the office and started balling. The hygenist went and got the dentist

    November 29th, 2011 7:13 pm Reply
  • Navy Wife

    -oops! I got cut off.

    (ctd)… The estimate was 10,100 dollars,which for three root canals and twelve csvities sounds about right. The dentist came in and I said “we really can’t afford this” and he told me, “I do this because I love it and I loved people, I want to help you” he told the papers and crossed off s bunvhtuff and handed it back to me..he knocked off 8,000. My teeth and bank acvount will live another day!

    I just mean to say that they’re not ALL liars and crooks. An untreated tooth really can , no matter how rare, can kill you, and I saved fifteen grand. Maybe home remedies can heal a tooth, but it’s worth seeing someone. Cheers and happy holidays!

    November 29th, 2011 7:27 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    I had an experience with a ‘healed cavity’. When I was in college my dentist found a cavity, but I couldn’t afford to fix it right away. By the time I went back to the dentist, it was gone. This has been nearly 30 years ago, and still no cavity there. I wasn’t taking any supplements or trying to heal the cavity, so I’m not sure why this happened, but obviously it can happen.

    I’m grateful to have dentists in real emergencies, but it does seem like a lot of growth in the nutrition/dentistry area is still waiting to happen.

    November 30th, 2011 1:44 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    We’ll, I ordered both for myself. I have a cavity and sure hope those work for
    a 55 y.o. woman…

    December 8th, 2011 11:36 pm Reply
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  • Erin Chamerlik (@GetBetterDiet) (@GetBetterDiet)

    Nutrition can indeed heal cavities!

    December 15th, 2011 1:42 pm Reply
  • allie

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful work and news, Sarah. I’m a huge, huge fan of Dr. Price and his discoveries. My daughter was getting large cavities left and right a couple years ago. I was starting to get 2. I put both of us on butter oil alone, weekday mornings…just enough to cover half a piece of toast. My small ones cleared up completely…xrays proved it. My daughter no longer has big holes in her teeth at all. I see 0 cavities. I took her to the dentist recently, she has 2 small ones. My plan: Give her butter oil 2x a day (14 doses/’week vs our old 5), do sun lamp for vitamin d (so we don’t overdose), and rub cod liver oil on her skin (she won’t take it orally) so she can get some transdermally. i’m also going to feed her crab legs a couple times a month. And floss brush with just water at night (due to glycerin making remineralization tougher), and brush with weleda salt toothpaste (fluroide free) in the morning. I have high hopes to knock out those 2 little cavities. Then I will keep her on this higher dose regimen.

    December 19th, 2011 4:19 am Reply
  • allie

    p.s. the cod liver oil i’ll rub on her skin won’t have vitamin d added to it. it’s nordic naturals. i’m not going for fermented since i personally don’t think it’s good to supplement vitamin d in case of overdose (toxic) and i don’t want to do regular blood tests to check.

    i didn’t go to the dentist for 13 years (before i had kids). then when i did finally go i had 0 cavities. i suspect if i’d gone regularly, they would have found something small that was able to heal over on its own. I’ve only had 3 small fillings my whole life (all at 12 yrs when i got braces on), and i didn’t need anesthesia, they were so small. my daughter has vitamin absorption issues (half size placenta..anomaly) so it’s crucial i help her problems from the root up. that’s when i did research a couple years ago and learned about the amazing dentist Weston A. Price and all his fabulous, true research. It’s real. ‘Activator X’ (Vitamin K2) that he discovered is the missing key for HEALING and forever preventing cavities. We’d tried extra fluroide in the past w/ zero improvement. We also tried sun lamp and cod liver oil, with no noticeable improvement. But once we started that butter oil, I noticed an improvement in my daughter’s cavities within a couple weeks and then huge, huge improvements w/in 2-3 months. My theory is you need to keep taking it. It’s pricey, but one bottle used to last us both 3 months. Now I’m aiming for 1 bottle a month, at least for awhile, but that is sooooooooo
    worth it for my daughter’s health and happiness. there’s nothing she hates more than the shot in her gum and the ‘plastic raincoat’ (rubber dam) that makes it hard for her to breathe, and then the drilling. Not to mention fixing the teeth will fix her full body health. Butter oil and clo are full of vitamins you can’t get elsewhere and these vitamins are awesome for all the body systems. Good luck everyone. Believe these reports, they are true.

    December 19th, 2011 4:31 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      No one has ever overdosed on vitamin D with cod liver oil. EVER. Nordic Naturals is a worthless brand as there is basically no vitamin D in it at all to do much of any good.

      The people who overdose on vitamin D are those who take vitamin D drops, pills etc in isolation. When you take it as food, the vitamin A and K synergize with the vitamin D helping to prevent toxicity.

      December 19th, 2011 7:36 pm Reply
  • jackie

    thanks for this article! i have just the liquid butter oil (solid in the fridge). what do you think is the equivalent to one capsule?

    December 19th, 2011 2:51 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      One capsule is about 1/8 of a tsp I think.

      December 19th, 2011 7:37 pm Reply
      • Matt

        What if I have fillings already? Is it possible to cure a cavity with these oils while a filling is covering it?

        June 27th, 2012 4:34 am Reply
  • Victoria Fann (@victoriafann)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity

    December 19th, 2011 5:36 pm Reply
  • New Day Autism (@NewDayAutism)

    Can cavities be healed?

    December 19th, 2011 5:38 pm Reply
  • Erin Ely (@elyorganics)

    Interesting read on how to self heal cavities.

    December 19th, 2011 10:34 pm Reply
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    December 20th, 2011 1:43 am Reply
  • Mark Zuhrbrigghen

    Hi, interesting story…
    I have a few cavities in my mouth as a 40 years old male, that really started in the past 3 years. I am taking Cod Liver Oil, i.e. 1 teaspoon per day… Enough and with it i take 1 teaspoon of just pure unsalted raw butter. You speak of butter oil, what is this? Is ordinary raw unsalted butter not good?

    December 20th, 2011 5:16 am Reply
  • Kim

    Hi Sarah – would love to hear what I can do to help heal cavities for me. I am 55 years old and they want to pull a tooth that has a couple cavities at the base of a crown. I am a bit hypoglycemic (reading about the honey) and don’t each much grains (toast) – have a sensitive system at this time. Trying to make out the recipe amidst all the info – could you make it simple. Where to buy, what to take and how much? My dental appt was reschedule for a few weeks from now and I’d LOVE to save my tooth and have a couple other cavities be healed. Thank you for your quick response at the holidays if possible!

    December 20th, 2011 11:50 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Sacred foods are what you need for healthy strong teeth in older age. Please see my videoblog on this.

      December 22nd, 2011 2:20 pm Reply
  • Veronica

    Hi Sarah! I read your article and I was impressed. I bought the cod oil/butter oil capsules for my 4 year old son who seems to have not that good teeth and without really changing his diet (he eats few things mostly bread and pasta and a couple of sweets every day) we did see an impressing change on him. He used to have yellow teeth although i brush them every day and one of his tooth had something like a crack un ugly one. After one bottle of the stuff his teeth became whiter and the crack is less visible now. I expect the second bottle now and i have to say that it is really working. I wish i could affort to use them on myself! Even my hubby noticed the difference on our son’s teeth, i thought it was just me! So thank you for the recomandation and many kisses from Greece. Your blog is really great and interesting and many Greeks are reading it. Keep up the good work!

    December 22nd, 2011 1:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Veronica, what a great story! Thank you for sharing. Once you get your son to eat meat and vegetables and not just bread and pasta you will see an even greater improvement in his teeth than just from the cod liver oil and butter oil.

      I love my readers in Greece! I hope to visit your beautiful country one day :)

      December 22nd, 2011 2:18 pm Reply
      • Veronica

        Hi again Sarah! Our second bottle of cod liver oil and butter oil.just arrived and you begin taking it. I’ll keep you posted!

        Wanted to ask you one thing, if my boy takes separately cod oil capsules and butter oil capsules, how many he should get from each product? I can’t figure that out. I found a web in UK that sells blue ice fermended cod oil and X Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil and I’m trying to see If it suits me better buing from them since it’s europe and easier to buy a larger quantity. Thank you!

        January 18th, 2012 3:38 pm Reply
        • Veronica

          Could it be 4 caps of CO nad 2 of BO? And for adults 5 and 3?

          January 18th, 2012 7:13 pm Reply
  • Chris Schilke

    Dear Sara,
    I’m a sixty year old man who believes in healing nutrition. I began to suffer arthritis type conditions in my shoulders and right hand. I’d have to break my fingers loose in the mornings which was a very painful experience. I was told to eat raw egg yolk from organic eggs and I did. I no longer suffer with those symptoms and don’t take medications (never have, food is medicine). As for tooth decay. I’ve lost several teeth to tooth decay and even have one now that has a cavity. It was starting to cause me problems but for some reason has stopped bothering me since I’ve started eating raw egg yolks. The cavity hasn’t healed and that’s what I’m interested in. I’ve seen too many health scams over the years from machines that make alkaline water that is supposed to heal everything to super supplements. I’m also interested in sharing good things like this with people through my website. I hope you don’t mind if I share a link with your site on mine? I’ve just started it and the company who’s helping me has put the things on it that they thought I might want but I can add anything I want.
    Chris Schilke

    December 22nd, 2011 3:19 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Chris, you are more than welcome to share a link to my site if you like. Raw egg yolks are a sacred food so I am not surprised they have helped you as they have!

      December 22nd, 2011 3:28 pm Reply
  • Old_Curmudgeon

    Hi Sarah,

    Interesting thread, and especially regarding “Adam” the blind dentist. If more in his profession were TRUE scientists — pioneers like Dr. Weston Price — then they’d do some of their own honest and unbiased scientific research, and be quite surprised at how far their ‘mainstream’ profession is removed from reality. If Adam had little or no official schooling in nutrition, then by definition HE is the “quack” by attempting to shut down a nutritional-discussion group among lay-people.

    When you come across a rude, outspoken and righteous “dental professional’ like Adam, bluntly ask him several pointed questions designed to reveal his true intentions and methodology:

    –As a licensed dentist, do you put mercury amalgam fillings in your patient’s mouths? If so, do you get their fully informed consent by showing them the MSDS Sheet for Mercury Amalgam? (Check it out—it’s a killer)

    — Do you put fluoride in your patient’s mouths without their fully-informed consent? Did you know that approx. 10 percent of the general public has a heightened sensitivity to this highly-toxic poison? Have you heard of 3-year-old William Kennerly from New York, who died in the dental chair when a dentist brushed stannous fluoride onto his teeth? (The dentist forgot to tell the kid not to swallow. It was little William’s first and only visit to the dentist. The autopsy report said that William had swallowed the equivalent of 3 lethal doses worth of fluoride. The mainstream news quickly suppressed this incident.)

    — Do you do root canals on your patients? Do you get fully informed consent from them, by outlining the liabilities of root canals, as described by Dr. Weston Price in his research?

    A root canal tooth has had its nerve and artery removed to stop pain, and thus it is dead tissue. Dentists are the only doctors who purposely leave dead tissue in the body. Sooner or later dead tissue in the body will get infected, BUT THE KICKER HERE IS THAT A ROOT CANAL GONE BAD, OFTEN SHOWS UP AS A PHANTOM DISEASE ELSEWHERE IN THE BODY THAN IN THE MOUTH. The source remains hidden.

    The toxins from root canal teeth are one of the most toxic substances known. In some of his experiments Dr. Price inserted extracted human teeth (root-canal teeth) under the skin of live rabbits. In 100% of over 300 cases, the rabbits would get the same illness as the patient from whom the tooth came. One tragic set of photographs that I saw in Dr. Price’s book showed a rabbit whose eyes deteriorated more every day, to the point where he went blind and his weeping eye-sockets were almost empty. The human who’d been the owner of that root-canal tooth had bad eyes and, fortunately for him, his eyes got better after that tooth was extracted. The rabbit died, in the name of scientific research.

    20 years ago I’d had severely failing health for a couple of years — constant fatigue, misery, and always getting sick for no reason — yet no ‘official’ MD could find the cause. I was a miserable basket case. By chance I happened across a wonderful dentist who was well briefed on the scientific work and publications of Weston Price, DDS, and after examining my mouth and testing some physical responses, this dentist proposed pulling my two root-canal teeth.

    I consented, and it was like magic. Just as those teeth were being pulled, sitting there in the dental chair, my body responded with a tremendous sense of relief and gratitude. That wonderful dentist refused to give me those 2 teeth back, until he’d soaked them in bleach for 24 hours to kill the toxins.

    My mouth healed in a very short time, and I quickly recovered my health. It was wonderful!

    That dentist had a bad reputation among his peers for openly following the advice of Weston Price, but I’m convinced that it’s his critics who were the unscientific quacks, because they’d rather have seen me dead by their methods, than well with his.

    Moral of the story: Beware the so-called ‘professionals’ with tunnel vision who have been highly indoctrinated, and are very highly-paid, to toe the line of the sickness industry. They simply wouldn’t get paid if everyone was well all of the time. Their biased close-minded training removes genuine science from the equation, often to the detriment of the general public.

    They aren’t playing with a full deck but they’re absolutely convinced that they ARE. They’re quick to righteously toot the ‘I AM A SCIENTIST AND YOU ARE ONE OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE’ horn when in reality they’re bad scientists in a profession which is actually more of an ART than a science. For example, how can you possibly do a double-blind crossover study on a woman who has PMS, plus an undisclosed sugar addiction, plus a vitamin deficiency, plus a sore jaw from a leaking mercury amalgam filling, and who just had an argument with her nagging mother-in-law, etc. etc?

    ‘Scientist’? Yeah, right. What’s the latest annual death-count of iatrogenic deaths, your Lordship?

    Here in the USA, today’s dental/medical profession is like a huge steamroller with a LOT of strongly mis-directed momentum, that tries to crush everything in its path. Following the money, just watch the bulk of TV commercials and you can see exactly where their bias and backing comes from.

    It’s only business.

    December 23rd, 2011 9:00 am Reply
    • greg

      the medical/dental industry is responsible for much misery;
      eg,tonsillectomy-this barbaric,archaic practice dates back millenia,yet is still performed on youngsters-lymphatic tissue,such as tonsils and adenoids,are an essential part of immune system development (up to 7 years of age),so removal should be last resort,ie,to prevent choking to death,yet doctors routinely perform this butchery because the child with tonsilitis is keeping parents awake.
      Doctors don’t know what causes chronic tonsilitis,so they remove the tonsils-this is analgous to having ones arm removed because ones doctor can’t resolve ones tennis elbow…

      March 11th, 2012 1:57 am Reply
    • Lenny

      You might be one the most uninformed, ignorant, and paranoid people I have ever come across. Guess what, most things are toxic in excessive amounts, including water. I guess dentists should ask for your consent before rinsing your mouth and having you swallow.

      March 29th, 2012 2:27 pm Reply
  • Janie R

    What about vegetarians? Kids allergic to dairy? My son is both so this wouldn’t work for him. Are there alternatives? He has never had a cavity (neither have I), we eat healthy and brush/floss often.

    December 28th, 2011 4:08 pm Reply
  • Blackgirlinmaine (@blackgirlinmain)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity

    December 29th, 2011 12:31 pm Reply
  • Rachel (@FreeChildhood)

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    December 29th, 2011 1:01 pm Reply
  • Jamie (@magickmomma)

    Wow fucking wow!!! Totally trying this :)

    December 29th, 2011 2:29 pm Reply
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    December 30th, 2011 3:21 pm Reply
  • allie

    Do you think my child would be able to absorb vitamin d from cod liver oil if I rubbed it on her skin? (since she doesn’t like the taste of it).
    For now I’m planning on just Now Foods vitamin D3 chewables, and rubbing nordic naturals w/out added d, onto her skin. (nordic naturals does make clo w/ vit d3 too). The clo w/out vit d does have some vitamin a and the healthy omega 3’s.
    Thank you,

    December 30th, 2011 5:00 pm Reply
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  • Maggie

    Sarah — please forgive if you get this 2x — just tried to “submit” a comment but it didn’t seem to post — anyway thank you for your post about healing cavities naturally. Like others, I’ve bookmarked your site now, just on the strength of that post alone.

    Also like others, though, I won’t be able to try your suggestions without specific how-to information. How much to take, how often, and when would be very useful. Would you please write a new, separate post with this information? Please do make it *separate* so your readers don’t have to fish through this very long comments list to find the info.

    If you’ve deliberately not-done this yet for legal reasons, there’s no reason not to use a disclaimer absolving you if others don’t get the same results you did.

    Thanks again,

    January 1st, 2012 6:42 pm Reply
    • adam

      Dear Misinformed,

      Sarah’s not writing you back because she know this is bullshit. Please go find a dentist you like and ask questions. They love when their patients want to learn.
      Good luck.

      May 5th, 2012 11:13 pm Reply
      • Michelle Arrue

        Hi Mr. I just want to know why are you being so rude.

        You do realize we’re all civilized individuals with different opinions, and language such as youra is actually frowned upon. These are moms and elders here, not cavemen.

        I don’t really know who is right here, but please respect the decision anyone takes. You’re not their mom, and you’re not their dentist. Seriously, it’s of really bad taste.

        The neutral 17-years-old girl with a better vocabulary and respect than a certified dentist.

        May 31st, 2012 5:26 am Reply
  • Kendahl (@NourishingRoots) (@NourishingRoots)

    How I Healed My Child’s Cavity – The Healthy Home Economist #realfood #wapf #vitaminK2 #FCLO #butteroil

    January 2nd, 2012 7:56 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Sarah, Thanks for writing this. My 5 yr old has 2 black areas on both sides of her upper teeth, mirroring each other (and 3 holes, 1 of them rather large between 2 teeth). The blackness has increased… so we started FCLO and ghee (Indian grassfed). Now I read that we need centrifuged butter oil, so we ordered that, hope it will help more. Cutting sugar, using xylitol toothpaste… should I really cut wheat out? Not sure what my little picky eater will eat without grains… and worried about overdosing with Vitamin A, since canned pumpkin is her favorite veggie (she only eats 2, that and brocolli). Thanks again, I’ll let everyone know how it goes.

    January 2nd, 2012 8:44 pm Reply
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  • Kelly

    Hi Sarah-

    This is fascinating! I was so happy to see this post! I have 4 daughters aged 8,6,4 and 2. Up to this point we haven’t had any cavities. Last night my 6 yr old complained that her tooth hurt. I am afraid that it is a cavity. We are fairly new to the Weston Price diet but have slowly incorporated the diet over the last year or so. We have always eaten an organic/healthy diet but hardly any meat or raw milk. We take a Vit D3 supplement (Solar Gems) 4000 IU total. Cod Liver Oil (500 mg) the rest of Vit D is from cholecalciferol. We eat grass-fed beef, raw milk, bone broth daily..but we are new to the butter oil/fermented cod liver oil. Where do I start to help heal her cavity? What would be a sufficient dose for her? Thank you so much ;).

    January 17th, 2012 4:26 pm Reply

    No skeptics allowed right? Sounds like if you shun out correct and proven ideas and facts, the more this silly nonsense makes sense! If what you say is that there is a cure for caries, then please, by all means, SHOW the clinical data, and pass it along to the rest of the universities and world!!!!! 100% of clinical data from universities proves you are wrong. And believe me, they are trying and spending billions of dollars each year around the world to achieve the exact results you claim.

    BTW, MOST dental schools do offer comprehensive nutrition courses and have for at least the past 12 years.

    Just because the human body can heal a broken bone, doesn’t mean that it can grow new tooth structure and fill in large carious lesions. That is a bogus claim. It is like saying the human body can grow a finger after it has been cut off. There are many biological reasons, which none of you, clearly, have a grasp on. The bottom line is this, the blood supply of a tooth is only in the pulp chamber. There are NO mechanisms for regrowing enamel (the outtermost hard tooth substance) as the cells that create the enamel die before the tooth erupts. If the tooth is cavitated, there is nothing to be done.

    If a small cavity is seen on a radiograph, the lesion can be REmineralized through flouride and other minerals, but you people probably don’t believe in the use of those either.

    Go spend 10,000 hours studying tooth biology, development and anatomy, then spend another 5000 hours in a research lab proving your claims and then come back and shock the world. You all look silly and have no idea how ignorant your claims are.

    Until then, good luck healing your large cavitated carious lesions with ‘all natural foods’ (imagine how much more money they make on this stuff off of you). There will always be someone here to pull your rotten teeth after your intelligence has finally outlasted your pride and you decide to pick up the phone and call your local dentist.

    January 30th, 2012 10:35 am Reply
    • Betsy

      THANK YOU. I am in dental school, and this was one of the worst articles I have ever read – even worse than the run-of-the-mill, “fluoride is a conspiracy to poison our children” ones. I am so glad at least one person here has even a basic grasp of science.

      March 29th, 2012 1:44 pm Reply
  • another phd

    Also, do you really think that Westin Price knew more about medicine and biology in the late 1800s and early 1900s than millions of MDs, DDSs, and PhDs do today? Electronmicroscope anyone? You all crack me up! You are the same gulible people that could be convinced to drink coolaid before a spaceship lands to take you all to another planet!

    January 30th, 2012 10:43 am Reply
  • justine

    Hi, I am so glad I found this. My son who is 15 months has baby bottle mouth even though he has never had a bottle and I am adamant about his diet and teeth cleaning. The dentist thinks it is from the medicine to treat thrush when he was around one or two months old. I had a difficult labor(45 hour induction, with antibiotics the whole time because they thought my water was broken for about a week.). Anyway, they think the medicine could have caused his enamel to not form properly and cause the decay. I couldn’t believe it. I have always been careful with his diet and he hasn’t had sugars or juice. So, i got baby dha codliver oil and i just bought the butteroil. I will be bringing it in to my doctor to get her opinion on dosing, but what do you think the dose should be for a 15 month(almost 16) 23.5 lb little boy? I have also changed his diet to be more calcuim, meats, and vegetables(more starches) and less grains and fruit.

    January 30th, 2012 3:24 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Hi Sarah, I am 13 weeks pregnant and have a 2.5 year old son. I live in Canada and am not sure about getting these products up here. My son and I are mostly dairy free, because I have a high intolerance to it, and so does he. I can usually take some butter in moderation. Do you have any reccomendations for Canadian suppliers, or what I should look for in good Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil? And someone mentioned a “gel,” instead of a liquid? Which is better?

    January 31st, 2012 1:58 pm Reply
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  • Karen

    I was wondering if you use a toothpaste with glycerin? Did your sons tooth heal while using such toothpastr or do you use a homemade or brand without glycerin? Thanks so much for the info!

    February 2nd, 2012 9:40 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    Do you have any recommendations for getting a 21 month old to take fclo/bo? I’ll occasionally squeeze a capsule into her mouth, but after tasting some of it last week I realize how horrid tasting it is. Nearly made me gag :/ And how much should she be getting? She has definite demineralization on her top four teeth. :/ We’ve been doing cell salts. She’s not much of an eater but will sometimes eat butter, coconut oil (which i try to sneak vit d3 into), and the occasional fclo/bo blend capsule. She does like beef, kefir and salmon, but isn’t consistent yet. She didn’t take an interest in table foods until 15 months really (so 99% breastfed) and still nurses for most of her nutrition. Will my milk have more nutrients that could help her if my intake of fclo/bo increases? And any thoughts on how much I’d need to take? Thanks!

    February 3rd, 2012 3:51 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    Hi Sarah, i’m fairly new to this, i live in Australia and the health food shops here don’t seem to have much. Could you please tell me what to ask for? It’s for myself and my 9yr old son and 2 1/2 yr old son. Thankyou:)

    February 3rd, 2012 10:04 pm Reply
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  • Tracy

    I’m guessing this wouldn’t work if you got an old filling removed, and then tried to heal it up with butter…. or would it? Or is that once you get it drilled, you’re stuck?

    I have an old mercury filling that I’d love to get rid of, and it just started playing up today and getting all sensitive to hot and cold again. Problem is, I already had a composite in it before the merucy, but it was so sensitive I had to get it switched…. didn’t know mercury fillings were bad at the time, regretting it now. If I get the mercury taken out, I don’t know what to fill it with that won’t cause me problems…….. I’d rather take it out and fill the hole with SWEET BUTTER! 😀

    February 12th, 2012 7:47 am Reply
    • Betsy

      The levels of mercury present in amalgam fillings are not harmful to your health. In fact, the act of removing an amalgam aerosolizes it, increasing the likelihood of inhaling the mercury, which is more dangerous. Composite resins (the tooth-colored fillings) are more likely to be reinfected with bacteria, resulting in secondary decay. Amalgam fillings are considered safe by the ADA, the FDA, and any other group that understands the scientific literature available. Butter oil and cod liver oil do not remineralize enamel, nor can they reverse the decay process. Small cavities that have not extended beyond the enamel can be remineralized by fluoride, but once they have extended into the dentin, the damage done is permanent and irreversible. Brush your teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste after meals, floss daily, and you will experience few to no cavities. Simple as that.

      March 29th, 2012 1:58 pm Reply
      • valleygirl

        Then how come so many people have health issues go away once removing their mercury fillings? Migraines being the most common? You are saying it was just coincidence since the mercury fillings are so ‘safe’? Or are you just copying what your textbook says?

        December 8th, 2012 5:00 pm Reply
  • Ameera

    Hey Sarah

    Please inform me on the amount that should be given to a 1 yr old of cod liver and butter oil, can you cook with it and then give it to the child or is it better not added in food??

    February 18th, 2012 2:45 pm Reply
  • kenya

    Hi sara,

    I was rather interested in your blog seeing as how my five year old just came back from her grandmothers house and mentioned that she had a cavity. Now, my daughter has been to the dentist, but she is due for another appt now. The last checkup she had, her teeth were fine. I will look into these oils that you are speaking about. My question to you is, will this help someone who already has cavities and fillings? I have a few fillings floating around and wondered if my teeth were fixable or were they a lost cause.

    February 20th, 2012 9:32 am Reply
  • Colleen

    Hi Sarah– thanks for this info. I’m going to give it a try with my 3 year old (and myself). I have a couple of questions I’m hoping you can answer. We have the butter oil (not capsules). How much should he take per day of the butter oil in this form? To get him to take it I put a dab of raw honey on the spoon and had him brush/rinse after. Should I work up to 1 tsp of the fclo /day for his age too?
    Thanks again!

    February 20th, 2012 3:09 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Wow. What a load of baloney you are feeding these people, This is so sad.

    February 21st, 2012 10:07 pm Reply
  • Bri

    The mainstream dentist told me 2 months ago that I needed a root canal. Indeed the cavity was big and black. I started to use a small bristle brush, tea tree oil, goldenseal drops. There is no pain, never was but I know I’ve been curing the bad root. I’ll soon try some butter oil. I’m 60 and I’ve had about 7 root canals. I think they are bad for me and anyone who gets them. There are some alternative dentists out there but I bet they get shunned by the mainstream dentists. Anyway, great posts here and we all know that cavities can cure themselves with the proper diet and some personal attention.

    February 22nd, 2012 11:31 pm Reply
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  • Linda

    Wow……ignorance is bliss and perhaps painful.

    February 28th, 2012 2:24 pm Reply
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  • Bernie

    First of all, I want to say thank you to Sarah. I was suffering with a cavity and have a major fear of dentists since a very bad tooth extraction many years ago!
    I followed the advice given that you back up with researched evidence, and the cavity has completely gone!! No dentist!! Yahoo!!

    As for morons like Amy, you’re only wasting your own time by coming here and flaming!
    Get a life you whiny loser!!

    Thank you Sarah!!

    March 2nd, 2012 9:33 pm Reply
    • Dimple


      How long did it take to fill your cavity and please can you tell me how much CLO/ BO you were using per day.

      I have just bought the green pastures products and am taking:
      – Fermented cod liver oil (mint flavor) – 1 1/4 tbsp per day
      – Butter Oil (Pecan flavor) – 1 tbsp per day

      Is this enough and how long do u reckon it will take to see some results? I have now taken the above for 9 days.

      Please do let me know


      April 22nd, 2012 8:30 pm Reply
      • Ana Suri

        I’d like to know how long also be ause I have a few cavities that need healing pronto! I can’t afford the clo/bo from Green Pastures though so I bought a different inexpensive brand.

        April 22nd, 2012 8:36 pm Reply
  • Sharon

    Looking for advice…..My 12 year old daughter recently got her 2 front teeth knocked pretty loose. She will be having nerve testing frequently. The dentist said she may need a root canal if the nerve dies. My question is what do I do if the tooth or teeth end up needing root canals. What more healthy options are there? I just started her on fermented cod liver oil. Anything else that I should be doing right now. Thanks!

    March 7th, 2012 5:15 pm Reply
    • Becky

      Sharon, be sure and add the butter oil also. And let us know how it goes. She’s lucky the root didn’t crack. Mine did with my impact on the front tooth… and they want me to lose the tooth. I’m just not able to do that at this point, been on the CLO/BO for 7 weeks so far.

      March 8th, 2012 7:03 pm Reply
      • Dimple

        Hi Becky,

        Has the CLO/BO worked for you?? I have started a week ago for a very small and brand new cavity on my tooth..not painful but don’t want my tooth exposed.

        In a week I have seen no difference, how long will it take and has it worked for you is my question. I hope you are still reading this blog. Thanks.


        April 22nd, 2012 8:23 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    Hi Sarah,
    Hope you are still responding to comments on this page bc I have a question :) I just placed an order for the FCLO/BO blend for my almost 4 yr old. How much should she be given? 1 tsp? I read through ALL the comments and responses hoping to find my answer, but you only mentioned doses as separate CLO and BO. Thanks so much!!

    March 8th, 2012 11:06 pm Reply
  • strosdegoz

    I can’t find where to get the Butter Oil supplement nor which type of Raw Butter you are using, I want to try this.

    March 10th, 2012 2:23 am Reply
    • strosdegoz

      I found the Butter Oil in the resources page :)

      March 10th, 2012 2:32 am Reply
  • Fatimah Craker

    You’ve got a good blog here! would you like to create some invite posts on my blog?

    March 22nd, 2012 6:34 pm Reply
  • Kirb

    This page and all of the ignorant comments supporting may be the one of the saddest things I have ever seen. Way to lower my faith in humanity.

    March 23rd, 2012 12:55 am Reply
  • Tot

    Sarah, you are a fucktard. This is impossible akd fuck Dr Price. It seems that hes the only quack that agrees with your findings. You’re lucky someone doesn’t call CPS on your bitch ass. Knowing that your child has an active disease process in your mouth and not having it treated by a medical professional is child abuse and neglect. You are a sad excuse for a parent. If you want to do that holistic bullshit to your body, go ahead, but your child should not have to suffer. Idiot. Your reproductive rights should be taken away.

    March 23rd, 2012 11:29 pm Reply
    • WTF is this

      DITTO to all of that.

      Cure your child’s cavities with butter oil and it’s hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus with fluoride, right?

      How about some peer-reviewed literature within the past…oh I don’t know… decade? and maybe no one would raise an eyebrow…

      March 28th, 2012 6:55 pm Reply
    • RSL

      Actually, Tot, it sounds like Sarah was very proactive in calling the dentist and scheduling the appointment… and while she was waiting for that appointment, she was proactive and did what she knew was best. I don’t see anything negligent about that. Your language, however, makes it seem like you feel threatened by this information that she shared… and also makes you sound extremely immature.

      March 29th, 2012 3:56 pm Reply
      • RSL

        Just re-read Tot’s comment and have to say that her words “you are a sad excuse for a parent” are pretty inflammatory. Tot, what would you say if someone told you that, based on your comment, you are a sad excuse for a human being?

        March 29th, 2012 3:59 pm Reply
  • Lenny

    I look forward to the root canals, extractions, and crowns that will come my way after the blatant disregard for a well understood disease process known as caries (correctly described as the most common disease known to mankind by one commenter) that is put forth by this article. No, I have not read a case report from the 1920s, but have read through a few of the thousands of studies regarding cariology in the following 90 years that explain the caries process thoroughly. Sarah, comparing cavities to broken bones is completely flawed because broken bones do not involve a disease process. Bones are constantly resorbing and forming bone (remodeling), whether broken or not. The enamel surface of the tooth is composed almost entirely of inorganic mineral components. It does have the capability to remineralize to a certain extent, but not to the extent to fill a “hole.” To even use the term “heal” is ridiculous. Arresting the process of a cavity is more accurate, but once those minerals and tooth structure are lost, they cannot be replaced. I certainly applaud your efforts to promote nutritional diets, as these may indeed help prevent cavity formation, but your claims of “healing” existing cavities are biologically flawed and damaging to your readers. I think your Nobel prize will be withheld for the time being.

    March 29th, 2012 2:32 pm Reply
    • Live Uthing

      @ Lenny
      Lenny you start out very condescending, but as you go along at least you soften it up a bit with the facts as you have been taught (if indeed you are a dentist). Sarah wasn’t talking about any case report form the 1920′s, she was specifically talking about Dr. Price’s writings. Have you ever been able to take your blinders off and try to evolve as a professional above and beyond what you have been taught? Your comment of broken bones not involving a disease process is either your misunderstanding of her writing or deliberately misleading and very dishonest. She simply implied the possibility of a healing process similar to a broken bone or cut on the arm. Besides have you ever heard of osteoporosis and rickets? Certainly at least rickets has been accepted as a nutritional deficiency. Over the years many new “miracle cures” have been brought to us by the modern medical system, only to find out many years later that these drugs don’t actually work, have many side effects or are just plain dangerous. Is proper nutrition not promoted because its not relevant to all aspects of health, or simply because there is no money to be made on healthy people. I personally take offence to the term health care, it should be called sick care. There is no attempt in actually making people healthy, we are only making them dependent. At least in Germany they identified the terminology correctly, by calling it “Krankenkasse”, which translates by google to “health insurance”, but that is just the meaning as we understand it in English. “Kranken” is actually “sick” and “Kasse” is “fund”. I believe we should make the change for conventional medicine to “Sick Care” and reserve the term “health care” to alternative medicine.
      In closing I would like to interest you in the writings of the foremost epidemiologist, Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis, he writes at length about case studies.

      April 1st, 2012 6:15 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    This is one of the saddest, most misinformed things I have ever read.

    March 29th, 2012 5:19 pm Reply
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  • Linda

    Very interesting and happy everything worked out. I am happy to say my daughter at 27 has never had a cavity yet. I on the other hand have not been able to see a dentist for some time even though I floss, brush mostly with baking soda or peroxide once in a while.

    A little afraid of all the oils don’t know if I could handle it. Do have sensitivities to foods, chemicals. But I am happy for you and your discovery. Maybe sometime try one at a time. Husband out of job so can’t buy stuff now. Have a lovely day.

    April 1st, 2012 12:19 pm Reply
  • starr

    There are other great remedies in which can be found in the BOOK , “READICAL MEDICINE” such as CELL SALTS, CALCREA FLOURICA AND CALCREA PHOSPHRICA 6X AS well as GEMMO therapy which has been useful in remineralizing TEETH!

    April 1st, 2012 12:55 pm Reply
  • Maggie

    What concerns me is that you really push for us to buy Green Pastures products, and in the FAQ on their website, you are in their videos. This screams conflict of interest! I am interested in this, and I know how nutritionally beneficial cod liver oil is, but your support of Green Pastures’ products does not seem objective at all. Please tell us if you receive a commission, or any kind of benefit, financial or otherwise, from Green Pastures when they have sales because of your blog entries. Thank you very much.

    April 1st, 2012 4:23 pm Reply
    • Live Uthing

      With all due respect Maggie who really cares, everybody is entitled to earn a living. How likely do you think it is that your Doctor gets a kick-back form the pharmaceutical company that he represents. Have you ever ask him about it? Would you even be able to trust the answer? If you found out, would you go back to the Doctor or any doctor? How would you be able to trust that the treatment provided? Do you generally stay away form things that are advertised as the greatest thing since sliced bread? Don’t buy Green Pastures products if it bothers you, and be thankful for the information, which you may follow up with some further reading to make the most informed decision.

      April 1st, 2012 6:36 pm Reply
      • Jennifer

        Does/Can the body heal itself?
        Does it need the right “fuel” to do it?
        From the beginning of time, is that “fuel” included on our planet?
        Can that “fuel” be food we eat or consume? Minerals, vitamins, etc?
        Is it possible that there are “fuels” we don’t know about or understand yet?
        The ones we know about, Are those fuels available to common everyday people?
        Is everyone’s DNA makeup the same?
        So, could there be slight variations in necessary “fuel” for different people?

        Of course our bodies are capable of healing. It’s the design. Have you ever seen a cut heal? Scab? Have you ever known someone who couldn’t heal? There are deficiencies. Their body doesn’t have the right “fuel”.

        So if our bodies CAN heal, are teeth immune to this “healing”? Isn’t it worth asking the question and trying it? What’s it going to hurt?

        Open your minds and contemplate the possibilities. That we can learn even more than we already know. That our knowledge is growing. Don’t be a hater for things outside your knowledge. Explore.

        Staunch Pride has always hurt the hardened human long term. Plenty of men and women have had to eat their words as things like the flat earth were proven wrong. It’s tough. But isn’t there some room for discovery still?

        Thanks for freedom of speech! (and great article! Can’t afford a dentist for my husbands tooth decay. Starting this regimen ASAP … To SEE if it works. Praying it does. Will ADJUST it if needed.)

        I’m thankful we still have freedom of choice too!

        July 13th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
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  • Janet

    Hi! I have been interested in starting this routine for my family, but I am lost for how much everyone should have. My daughter will be 2 in June and my son will be 5 in June. I just weaned my daughter and I am currently pregnant – due in June/July and will be breastfeeding (at least a year). My husband and I are both 26 and both have some dental issues (mine are all cavities, but his are more serious) so it would be great if this is something that could help us!

    Thank you!

    April 2nd, 2012 11:28 pm Reply
  • natty

    you can also look at there are also some dentists on there who have done the research and are better informed than your msm dentist.

    April 3rd, 2012 11:33 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    My daughter is going to be 3 this month and just had her first dental visit and they found cavities. They want to put her under to fix them. I hate that idea. I was wondering if there is a kid version for the fermented cod liver oil or if I can use L’il critters gummy fish from walmart. Also about the butter oil its too expensive. Can I just make the ghee and give that to her instead? If yes how much should I be using?

    April 5th, 2012 7:24 pm Reply
    • Ana Suri

      I just had my 5 year old daughter go through a Pulpotomy and 5 cavities filled last week and as much as I hated the idea, we had to do it and pay money we don’t have ($500!!) I too want to get my daughter started on kid version cod liver oil and butter oil but I agree, it’s way too expensive; I bought a brick of the Kerrygold butter at my local Publix and I payed close to $4.00 but made my own ghee and we all like it! I melt a teaspoon of ghee and make scrambled eggs for my daughter or spread it on her toast.

      April 12th, 2012 8:11 pm Reply
      • Gayle

        There is a reason she has decay, you need to brush her teeth for her twice a day for at least 2 minutes. And floss her every night. She is only 5 and can’t do a good job herself. Avoid sugars, including natural sugars found in juice and milk. A tooth brush, floss and toothpaste are less expensive then supplements. Don’t waste your money on anything else.

        April 21st, 2012 6:25 pm Reply
        • Ana Suri

          Yes, she has decay but not for lack of dental hygiene but because of the amount of sugars, milk. I have started to improve not only hers but the whole family’s diet, I wish I could find and afford raw milk, so now we eat plenty of veggies, fresh fruit and homemade ghee! and maybe someday we’ll be able to afford the supplements.

          April 21st, 2012 8:17 pm Reply
  • Faye

    I am commenting, (late I know) because I am interested in what I could do for my son who is allergic to milk. I am unsure if he should take Butter Oil. What would be a good sub? Flaxseed oil?

    April 7th, 2012 11:10 pm Reply
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  • Ana Suri

    I have been following your blogs and am eager to get my 5 year old and my whole family started on a diet that includes Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil but these are so expensive and we can’t afford them, just buying a brick of the Kerrygold butter is almost $4.00 so for families like ours that are of limited means, how can we get the “raw”, beneficial products? If these products were more accessible, Americans would be a healthier society.

    April 12th, 2012 8:03 pm Reply
    • Michael

      When you end up getting a filling at your dentist, how much will that cost? Alot more than a bottle of cod liver oil and butter oil.

      AND this protocol will save you money from doctor’s visits for colds, flu, ear aches, tummy problems, and everything else you spend money at the doctor for.

      August 10th, 2012 1:46 pm Reply
  • victoria

    Sarah, The problem with your scenario is that the dentist did not check your son’s tooth prior to the supposed “healing”. You probably thought that it was a cavity and your “probe” probably went at an angle below the gum line making you think that it went into a “cavity”. I am a dentist. We use magnification glasses and overhead lights to examine people’s teeth. There is no way that even a dentist could properly diagnose some cavities at home without their equipment. It must have been a stain or some left over food on your son’s tooth. Cavities that are that big will never heal on their own. It is dangerous to tell people to heal cavities, if ignored they will grow larger, leading to more expensive root canals, crowns or tooth loss. Please do not spread this misinformation to people. It is understandable that people want alternative treatment but in this case it is just not true. Sometimes a small cavity seen on an xray between the teeth can remineralize and not need a filling. Most dentists would monitor the growth and not do a filling if the spot does not increase in size. The best way to avoid cavities is very inexpensive!! Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes, floss once a day and avoid sugars! Go to a trusted dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. That is all the magic that you need!

    April 20th, 2012 12:44 pm Reply
  • Katie

    I hope to hear from you not sure when you actually posted this. I am so happy to find this blog post. I am very interested in it!!

    Would you know how to take these things in with food? Supplements are so very expensive and pretty inconceivable in my house. Though I long for these two, since we can’t afford to go to the dentist and desperately need to take care of our issues.
    Again I am so excited and feel blessed to read this today. thanks!

    April 21st, 2012 2:25 pm Reply
  • Ana Suri

    Read your post and share the same feeling. We can’t afford the expensive Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil/ Butter Oil which sells for a whooping $48! So what I started doing is my own Ghee at home, I bought 2 bricks of the Kerrygold butter, these sell for almost $4.00 each, a bit much I know but better than spending $48.00, I even put a dollop of ghee in my coffee in the morning, or toast or even cook scrambled eggs with it! Delicious! The Cod Liver Oil, I bought at Walmart, not sure if it’ll have the same benefits but it’s a start. I believe it would be helpful to some of us if Green Pastures could donate 1 bottle to us families in need, just to get us started. I know this is wishful thinking but it doesn’t hurt to say it out loud, right? Hope my input helps some.

    April 21st, 2012 5:02 pm Reply
    • Katie

      Since you specifically mention kellygold, is there a reason you chose that one? I am unfamiliar. I agree I can (ouch) afford butter at least I make it so I can afford it. You are right I will get what ever codliver oil I can afford! Walmart it is! But how do you go from kellygold butter to ghee? Thankyou for your response!!

      April 21st, 2012 6:38 pm Reply
      • Ana Suri

        Hi Katie,
        It’s nice to be able to exchange info. Okay, so, I chose Kerrygold because I researched for the best available grass-fed butters in my area and it came to Kerrygold and to Anchor (this one I haven’t found yet. buy 2 bricks Kerrygold butter unsalted (silver wrapping), sometimes I use salted (gold wrapping) at Publix or if you have a Whole Foods near you, they have it there as well and, you can see exactly how to make ghee here:

        I also wanted to add that I recently started eating 1 finely crushed eggshell (after I boil it) a day. I have been researching on my own and came about this info: and read about the eggshells and comfrey root, although it has proven almost impossible for me to get comfrey root, so if you happen to know how and where to get it, let me know please! Any info I can give out, I’ll be happy to share.

        April 21st, 2012 8:06 pm Reply
  • Ana Suri

    If anyone knows where and how to get coupons for the Green Pastures CLO/BO blend, PLEASE let me know….I keep reading that this brand is the ticket but I can’t afford it. If anyone an help…..

    April 22nd, 2012 8:49 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Morin

    Hi Sarah,

    Could you please update me with the doses of FCLO and HVBO that you give to your children and to yourself? I realize that you aren’t a doctor, etc. but I value your opinion. Under Dave’s suggestion (at Green Pastures) I was on 1/2 tsp. FCLO and my kids (7 and 9) were on 1/4 tsp per day. They aren’t on HVBO but do use liberal amounts of pasture butter and drink only raw milk. They do not have any cavities, have strong teeth and excellent gums. All is well but my son (age 7) has crowded adult teeth coming in and both kids have an overbite despite being on a whole foods diet for many years (but not since birth) which I assume is inherited because both my husband and I had overbites as children. I have a lot of (old) cavities from years and years of undiagnosed severe gluten intolerance causing severe acid reflux and do have gum recession at age 40. I feel good with the 1/2 tsp of FCLO but have suspected that I could use more. In rural Vermont, we do not have any practitioners (alternative or otherwise) to guide us on this…. The few NDs around here support a vegetarian diet. Also, do you alter the FCLO dosing and change diet (more liver?) when your kids are out in the sun for several hours on a sunny day? I’ve always cut back or eliminated FCLO when they’ve been in the sun all day, but I would love to know how you do it. I read on WAP site to give them a natural CLO with high natural A levels and very low natural D levels… thoughts? Being in Vermont, we aren’t probably making much Vit D even in the hot summer sun! With many thanks and warm regards, Jennifer in Vt.

    April 24th, 2012 5:06 pm Reply
  • Naz

    This is a load of garbage, honestly. Do not ignore cavities, they can be serious. Do you want to end up like the man in one of the news articles listed above? He had a cavity. Didn’t get it treated. The infection spread to his brain, and caused it to swell. He died two weeks later. Two. Weeks. Later. Granted, he couldn’t afford it, but it is essentially the same thing of ignoring it, so to speak.

    Please take oral health seriously. A filling is easier than an extraction, or a serious infection. Brush and floss regularly, use fluoride mouthwash.

    No, I’m not a dentist. No, I’m not a stuck up troll who’s all “HURR DURR LOAD OF GARBAGE FLAME DURR!” … I’ve had several cavities myself, even with brushing and cleanings. It was FAR easier to go into the dentist and get it filled than to try and “heal” it with this absurd method… Enamel does not heal. Please remember that. Take care with your teeth! You only get one set after your childhood.

    April 27th, 2012 2:35 am Reply
  • Jayshree

    Hi Sarah, your post has shown me a beam of light in darkness, my 2.5 year old child needs 6 cavities and a root canal to be done, Dentist is suggesting GA for the same, which we are not comfertable with. Is there any diet I can use to heal his teeth? can codliver oil be given to such a small kids in what amount?

    April 30th, 2012 4:56 am Reply
    • Diana

      Hi Jayshree

      I recommend you look at the Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) website ( for information on the dietary principles followed by Sarah. Also look into purchasing the cookbook Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, the head of the WAPF.

      I give my 23 month old fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) from Green Pastures every morning. He receives 1/2 tsp FCLO and 1/2 tsp Butter Oil. He eats lots of bone broths, liver, raw milk, etc, and is such a healthy child. We’re so happy to have found the WAPF and then Sarah’s blog.

      Good luck with healing your childs cavities, etc. Not a nice thing to deal with. Make sure you make the dietary changes for good so that you don’t end up back in the same position as I’m sure the good work would be undone if the conditions that let it happen were returned to. It’s fantastic that you’re searching for alternatives for your child, he/she is lucky to have you making this step :)

      Cheers, Diana

      April 30th, 2012 5:31 am Reply
  • Roc

    Sarah is a LIAR!

    I have read Dr. Weston’s entire book carefully. (Its a great book btw)

    Sarah claims: Dr. Weston A. Price DDS wrote of numerous situations in his dental practice back in the 1920′s and 1930′s where cavities healed with no need for drilling and filling.
    Backed by Weston she says that her son’s cavity healed, the hole was gone.
    Further she claims you can do this too.

    Weston says in his book(written in 1939) that nutrition indeed has an impact on our gums and teeths health, by preventing or even stopping cavities from evolving and that our teeth can be strenghtened.
    He does not say ANYTHING about cavities that can close, heal or dissapear, in ANY way shape or form like Sarah claims he does.

    But funny enough he does say the opposite.
    Here is a direct quote from his book.

    ¨One of the most severe tests of a nutritional program, accordingly, is the test of its power to check tooth decay completely, even without fillings. There are, however, two further tests of the sufficiency of improvement of the chemical content of the saliva. If it has been sufficiently improved, bacterial growth will not only be inhibited, but the leathery decayed dentine will become mineralized from the saliva by a process similar to petrification. Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.¨

    The man himself said it, the cavity cant fill and heal itself even when given proper nutrition which most of us lack. He never ever said cavities could heal anywhere in his book.

    Why do you do this Sarah? Its obvious for anyone who actually bother doing some research on their own that what you try to claim is a lie, on top of that you can make people risk their health by giving false hope and information.
    I dont care what you say you saw on your child, you dont have proof of it, and other things could have happened like the area around had been worn down. People can not heal their own cavities, you can only prevent further infection and degeneration.

    But the fact is you claimed Weston said something which obviously isnt true, and he even said the opposite, so I have no reason to believe anything you say.

    Shame on you. I actually believed you were telling the truth when I read your article.

    May 2nd, 2012 7:09 pm Reply
    • Max

      Roc said “He does not say ANYTHING about cavities that can close, heal or dissapear, in ANY way shape or form like Sarah claims he does.”

      I’m afraid that’s not true at all. From Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6th Edition page 431 showing 2 X-Rays of the same mouth:
      “Case of girl who had forty-two cavities in twenty-four teeth. With the diet reinforced with activator X, the pulp chambers built in secondary dentin and all the teeth were saved. Full dentures had been recommended”.

      It would also seem you’re attempting to be disingenuous. You seemed to have cut off your quote at a point that might be considered detrimental to your position. The sentences following the quote you posted from the book are as follows:
      “When scraped with a steel instrument it frequently takes on a density like very hard wood and occasionally takes even a glassy surface. When such a tooth is placed in silver nitrate, the chemical does not penetrate this demineralized dentine, though it does rapidly penetrate the decayed dentine of a tooth extracted when decay is active. This process is illustrated in Fig. 96 which shows two deciduous teeth extracted from the same child, one before, and the other a few months after improving the nutrition. These deciduous molars were replaced by the bicuspids of the second dentition. The tooth at the left had deep caries and was removed before the treatment was begun. Note that the silver nitrate has blackened the tissue to the depth of the decay. The tooth at the right was removed about three months after the nutrition was changed. Note that the decayed dentine is so dense that the silver nitrate has not penetrated deeply and discolored it.”

      On the very next page, the book shows yet another X-Ray with the caption:
      “FIG. 97. Three cases that illustrate how nature can close an exposure of the pulp due to dental caries by building a protecting wall within the pulp chamber when the nutrition is adequately improved.”

      May 23rd, 2012 8:34 am Reply
      • Roc

        Max, you are absolutely right. I was hoping someone would come and tell me I was wrong or have missread something. I read through the entire book without any break and I shouldnt have done that. I think I have been so brainwashed that I couldnt catch what was right in front of me and only see what I have been brainwashed to see. It was never my intention to be disingenouse.

        Thanks for correcting me and actually read, too many people just take what they hear and dont research themselves which leads to alot of scam artists (or governments) get away hurting people.

        Also please show us pictures of your cavity progress later. That would be really interesting.

        May 26th, 2012 8:59 am Reply
        • Another Dentist

          Roc, Roc, Roc. Why did you give up so easily. Yours was the first post I read that actually completely discredited the argument that a Cavity or a hole in the tooth could close or form new enamel. Dr. Price has been credited numerous times in this article as the “scientific proof” that this could be done, since the anecdotal story is hard to accept by scientifically minded people. Shame on me for not reading his work, now that I have I understand that his claims have been COMPLETELY misrepresented. Max did not correct you at all in fact, you had it right the first time, he just distracted you from the most important point you made, that mineralized dentin does not fill in the cavity.

          Max, thank you SO much for providing that link so I could actually see what all the hubub was about. Let me explain to you what you are looking at and reading with the link you provided.

          “Pulp chambers built in secondary dentin…” That’s right, the pulps of teeth are capable of forming more dentin because they have a blood supply. No one is refuting this claim. This says nothing about filling in the existing cavity which would require the formation of enamel, what was lost is still lost but the decay process was halted thus saving the teeth.

          Your next quote merely supports that nutritional changes can halt the decay process and result in hardened dentin, no one is refuting this claim. This says nothing about filling in a cavity.

          With regard to figure 97. Yes, again, the pulp was able to form more dentin to protect itself from the decay, no dentist on this blog has refuted this claim. There is also no sign from the x-ray that the existing cavity has decreased in size, the pulp has merely added more dentin to protect itself from the cavity. I really hope this isn’t the image people are claiming is proof that a hole can fill in by nutritional supplementation. If the claim was that nutritional supplementation can keep the hole from getting bigger then I am on board and fully support that possibility.

          “Note that this mineralized dentine is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.” Its interesting Max that you chose not to refute this point considering it is the ONLY point any of the dentists on this blog is attempting to make.

          I really don’t want to go into the reasoning behind why cavities can’t “fill in” on their own again so please read my post I made several months ago if you are so inclined.

          I sincerely hope people read this post between Max and Roc because it finally shows that the reliance on Dr. Price’s research with regards to healing a cavity has been misrepresented and misinterpreted.

          December 7th, 2012 11:39 pm Reply
  • Rae

    i find it bizarre that you (or anyone else for that matter) advocate the use of Cod Liver Oil – especially for your children. We are advised not to consume too much tuna and other large fish as our oceans are polluted and traces of heavy metal such as mercury have been found present in our fish. To advise some one to take an oil derived from the waste processing and purifying organ of a fish is just irresponsible! The liver filtrates all the crud in the water that the fish take in and that rubbish ends up in the liver. To then catch that fish, extract its liver and to use the oil gleaned from it? You may as well just lick the floor of your nearest nuclear plant. It would be much cleaner I’m sure.

    May 9th, 2012 10:37 am Reply
    • Max

      Rae, practically all of the high quality CLOs on the market these days are molecularly distilled. The process removes metals and PCBs, thus eliminating the risk you’re concerned with.

      May 23rd, 2012 10:53 pm Reply
      • tanny

        What about your b4 and after pictures? Any good with this butter-cod liver oil treatment?

        July 12th, 2012 4:36 pm Reply
  • Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen

    I cannot eat dairy products, due to my gluten/casein intolerance, any suggestions as to what would replace the butter oil?

    May 10th, 2012 5:51 pm Reply
  • Maya

    I’ve started implementing the butter oil and cod liver oil, among other things. My loved ones are laughing at the idea, but I believe. I would however love to see results. Like, before and after pics. Does no one have this?

    May 15th, 2012 9:48 am Reply
  • Mason

    So Sarah, will I was going to get the Green Pasture butter oil. Do I need this butter oil capsules and raw butter or just one?

    May 15th, 2012 12:28 pm Reply
  • antonis

    My 8 year daughter just broke a small piece of both her front big teeth.
    Is there any chance that we can aid regeneration through proper food with that too?

    May 15th, 2012 2:03 pm Reply
    • MR

      Regeneration does not happen and is not going to happen. I hope you took her a quality dentist immediately after her injury and continue to get the treatments she need.

      June 18th, 2012 2:57 pm Reply
  • dave

    Hi Sarah. I just bought the Fermented Cod Liver Oil and High Vitamin Butter Oil Capsules. How many capsules of each do I have to take?
    Thanks !

    May 16th, 2012 1:44 am Reply
  • Bri

    Hi Sarah,
    I am confused. I don’t know whether to buy the capsules with the FCLO and BO combined or separate. If I buy the capsules from Radiant Life that combine the two ingredients, how many capsules should I take daily? ..How many of each, if I buy FCLO and BO capsules separately? I noticed you had told someone in a comment below that they should be taking 8 of the blended capsules, I am not sure if they meant the same ones I do( I am also wondering if there is any difference (other than price) between buying the blended capsules versus buying FCLO and BO capsules separately. I would appreciate any guidance you can offer me regarding capsules and doses for adults! (: Great work and great information btw.

    Thanks again,

    May 17th, 2012 4:38 pm Reply
  • Maria

    Hi Sarah

    I wonder if it is possible to cure a tooth which has been submitted to a root canal by simply removing that treatment and following Dr. Price’s diet. What are your thoughts about this?

    May 19th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
  • karen stanbarger

    hi i would just like to say i followed ur advice my daughter had a huge cavity i watched it over 1 week and already the tooth is healing i had doubts about it working but her tooth is healing i cant believe it myself its a miracle as far as im concerned

    May 21st, 2012 6:20 am Reply
  • tanny

    If you’re so careful, how’d he get the cavity in the first place?

    May 24th, 2012 6:56 am Reply
  • Zac Lee

    This sounds like a remarkable treatment. Does anyone have any before and after photos that they could post showing the cavities before and after?



    May 24th, 2012 11:15 pm Reply
    • Max

      Actually, my dentist just found a cavity on one of my back teeth earlier this week. I asked him about this process and he’d never heard of it, but was very intrigued. He said it shouldn’t be theoretically possible for the very reasons people here have mentioned, but he was willing and interested to give it a try. He got his little mouth camera and took a very good picture of the cavity. It’s a big one, too. I haven’t had a cavity in 25 years, but there’s absolutely no mistake that this is a cavity.

      I’ve ordered a fermented cod liver oil / butter oil mixture product. It should arrive today. I’ve already changed my diet. It was pretty good to begin with, but I admit I was eating too many refined carbs. Those are out now and I’ve increased my supplement intake.

      In 1 month we’re going to take new photos to check on the progress. I’ll keep everyone here posted. Hopefully I can post some cool pictures, too.

      May 25th, 2012 9:37 am Reply
      • Nancy

        I am hoping to hear how things are going. Any thing you can post?

        July 12th, 2012 3:12 pm Reply
      • tanny

        It’s past one month. Please tell us what has happened. I’m actually hoping it worked… What’s wrong with me?

        July 12th, 2012 4:37 pm Reply
      • Another Dentist

        So Max, what happened? Got a brand new shiny tooth yet?

        December 7th, 2012 11:44 pm Reply
  • Carrissa

    When I was in high school, we drank raw cow’s milk because we knew the farmer. Our dentist asked out of the blue one day if we had ever drunk cow’s milk raw. She saw lots of patients whose teeth were stronger, and had fewer cavities because of it. I had forgotten about that until reading this article while looking for a way to reverse a possible cavity. I have never had a cavity, but I have a strong feeling that the tenderness in my upper jaw is the beginning of one. Is the fermented Cod liver oil safe for pregnant women? Cause I know Xrays are not, and I refuse to risk something I know has caused miscarriages.

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  • Melody

    My 17 year old just had teeth cleaned after getting braces off. He has 3 cavities where demineralization has occurred. We haven’t done flouride in over a year and that is what they recommend to prevent future cavities on other demineralized spots. I stumbled upon this post today. I can buy the cod liver and butter oil. So, if I do those and he doesn’t really change his diet (because he is a teenage boy) how long do you guess it could take? He does eat a lot of carbs, not many veggies and does eat some fruit and of course meat. No organ meats and rarely fish.

    Thanks for any input!! I don’t want to have the cavities filled and go the flouride route.

    May 29th, 2012 8:36 pm Reply
  • BSR

    I’d like to see these claims to go under further testing.

    May 30th, 2012 1:33 am Reply
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  • ralph C

    Could any give me details of a recent cavity that has been resolved using the protocol outlined?
    I have been doing the cod liver oil blend and butter…but nothing has been visible…please advice will be appreciated.

    May 30th, 2012 9:41 pm Reply
    • Ana Suri

      I have been taking a tablespoon of a cheaper Cod liver oil ($8.00) as opposed to the Green Pastures brand, which I cannot afford, plus I make my own ghee and also take a teaspoon of eggshells every day for the past couple of months. I have decreased my sugar intake considerably, eat a bit more fish, less carbs but have not changed my diet drastically. I stopped using flouride toothpaste and started brushing with Neem toothpaste and gargle 10 -15 minutes with baking soda and I do see some improvement. Two months ago I could see 4 of my molars kinda dark in color (due to visible cavities) and now they are clearing in color. I have to yet see a dentist but I am starting to believe one does not have to spend $40 for Cod liver oil nor Butter oil. The changes I have made I do believe are working for me so I’ll keep doing this. Will go see a dentist when I can afford it.

      May 30th, 2012 11:30 pm Reply
    • Dr. Taylor

      Don’t expect to see any changes at all. This does not work. You will be far better served to stop listening to this quack and go visist a licensed dentist.

      July 12th, 2012 1:52 pm Reply
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  • Susan

    You CAN heal cavities naturally. But, I personally believe there can be different causes to tooth decay and this can effect how well healing them works. We have a beautiful 22 month old little boy who has Early Childhood Cavities not caused by nutrition or poor hygiene. We’re a no-sugar, no-processed, breastfeeding household. I was on antibiotics while pregnant with him, he was born via c-section, had a big gut imbalance, and multiple high fevers as a baby, and has a lip tie. All those contribute to ECC. He was diagnosed 2 months ago with 7 cavities and 2-3 teeth with decalcification. We’re doing the WAPF protocol, plus cell salts, iodine on his toothbrush, and MI Paste. We also started working on healing his gut because he clearly wasn’t absorbing all the vitamins he needs ( like calcium ) and once his gut was better, we started flooding his system with good calcium and magnesium. I WISH I had taken pictures. The decay on top has slowed, but not stopped. The decay on the bottom is completely gone. His bottom molars are about half as tall they should be and jagged like little dog teeth, but they’re now covered with shiny new enamel! Nor more brownish, nasty eroded enamel. I actually was so worried about his top teeth, the I didn’t check his bottom teeth for about two months, so this came as a shock. A powerful testament to how powerful the body truly is.

    June 1st, 2012 12:03 am Reply
    • Diana

      I think I have the same situation with my 26 month old. How did you go about healing your child’s gut? My son was born via c section and I think he’s not absorbing nutrients as well. Please let me know and if possible what brands you used. Thank you so much.

      June 1st, 2012 10:26 am Reply
      • Susan


        Email me at There’s a lot I need to share and I don’t want to clog Sarah’s website. :)

        Things WILL get better, I promise.


        June 8th, 2012 4:35 pm Reply
        • Maria


          Can I e-mail you too? My daughter was also born by C-section and although I could breastfeed she refused my breast as she wasn’t satisfied with the consistency of my milk. At first I had to give her crappy commercial formula until I managed to get almost all the ingredients to do the WAP formula. I’m having some problems as I feel she’s intolerant to cow’s milk (even if it is raw… the cows are out everyday to get sunshine and they eat the grass they want but they are also given grains) so I’m not sure she’s absorbing the formula/nutrients well and I’m hoping to find some light at the end of the tunnel…
          I’m waiting for your answer. Thank you in advance.

          June 8th, 2012 8:39 pm Reply
  • marcus

    I am a vegan with a lactose intolerance. I haven’t had fish or milk in about six years, but was interested in this as a means to combat two cavities that I have.

    Do you know of any suitable vegan alternatives? I could probably stomach the cod liver oil, but the raw buttermilk would tear my system up.

    June 4th, 2012 1:30 am Reply
  • Briann

    Making your child take cod liver oil every day is abusive without documented medical proof.

    June 4th, 2012 2:01 pm Reply
  • David

    Sarah, please respond by email. I’m really hoping to get this figured out. The people at the local Whole Foods told me that the cod liver oil and the fish oil I”m already taking are virtually identical, but they did admit that they had never heard it for this use. Do I need to take the cod liver oil or is a good omega 3 fish oil good?
    Also, the Green Pastures website talks about the benefits of the butter oil are the casein and some of those things. I take a cold processed whey protein with these vitamins and nutrients, such as casein, intact. Is that the same?
    I appreciate your response.

    June 4th, 2012 5:01 pm Reply
  • Anne

    We have had trouble taking the Green Pastures butter oil – after burbs and taste. What can we do?

    June 5th, 2012 7:37 am Reply
  • ADA

    it is a charming story, but I don’t imagine how the experience of a still-growing young man – where more than enough growth hormones and whatnot – can compare to that to older people who have long stopped growing. STill worth a shot, of course, re supplements, I suppose

    June 7th, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • Susan

    Sure Maria,

    I’m not sure what suggestions I may have, but I’ll try to help.

    June 8th, 2012 11:22 pm Reply
  • Suzanne

    Hi Sarah
    This is a very encouraging story. My son, who has ulcerative colitis, is home from college for the summer. Because medications (prednisone and Remicade) have not helped him, he has finally agreed to try SCD. It’s been a week and he’s doing well. I had a nasty shock yesterday though – he complained that his gums hurt and in looking in his mouth I was horrified at the condition of his teeth! His previously straight, clean teeth look like he hadn’t brushed in months! He swears he brushes and flosses every day, and after doing some research on the internet and talking to a nurse friend, it appears his year-long prednisone intake is responsible. I wanted to cry; he used to get comments even from schoolmates on what nice teeth he had!
    More web searches have led me to hope that strict adherence to SCD (we do grass-fed butter and I am ordering a yoghurt maker) as well as supplementing with K2 (he already takes Cod Liver Oil and Vitamin D) will help restore his teeth to some degree. I wish the MD or pharmacist had mentioned this side effect (and shame on me for not doing more research when he started the medication).
    I would appreciate any other suggestions you might have.
    Thank you for your wonderful site, I am a big fan and subscribe to your emails!

    June 9th, 2012 8:32 am Reply
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  • Rachel

    HG causing me to vomit daily during my pregnancy I believe has weakened my formerly great teeth, can I take the butter & oil while nursing my baby? What about if I were pregnant again? For a toddler?

    June 15th, 2012 4:06 am Reply
  • Candace

    I just have to say that these methods sound very good and I am willing to try them. Dentists- I dont care how many years you have “under your belt” of education and what not you have never benefited me. So now I will take matters into my own hands.

    June 19th, 2012 1:13 am Reply
    • Dr. Taylor

      Don’t be mad at your dentist when you needed a $150 filling last time, but need a $2000 root canal and crown the next time you go in.

      July 12th, 2012 1:49 pm Reply
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  • Miranda

    Should I give my kids the Butter Oil Cod Liver Oil Blend or just purchase the Butter Oil separate from the Cod Liver? Do you know how much I should give a 1 year old and a 4 year old?

    June 26th, 2012 12:56 pm Reply
  • Garrett

    Sarah, could you please fix the link: It isn’t working, and I would like to see the video. Thanks!

    June 26th, 2012 7:06 pm Reply
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  • Melinda

    Hi, Just wanted to share with you a story about my daughter. I am a NTP and dental hygientist. She developed an abscess (after being at school in St George, by the way, where she was fed horribly) We used the Redmond toothpaste, butter lots and lots and colloidal silver and coconut oil swishing. I was not going to have a root canal that would haunt her the rest of her life. But the Standard of care these dentists are taught in school is so bad, I could find no one that would work with me. She ended up with surgery as the abscess was behind the bone and gave her such great pain it had to be drained. I had just been to a study club of myofunctional therapists and heard a talk on ozone. This is normally used in root canals as they are doing the procedure. Also used on the gums to kill bad bacteria.
    I decided I would try just the food and supplements. As I was going along and the tooth had remineralized on the outside and there was no opening alongside the original filling of this lateral incisor and she seemed to be getting better, the dentist that does ozone near us emailed me and asked how she was. I told him what I was doing and he said I should add ozone to that. Before he had been politically correct because he did not know me then my friend had dinner with him at the dental convention and told him I was ok. haha So she has had ozone which they do not do for this purpose, to save the tooth and prevent root canal AFTER an abscess, but do it in Europe routinely. The ozone kills the bad infection and cleans it out of the body. She had her beautiful smille back and no bad filling in the tooth though they did refill it with a good material and there was some decay under the filling but not to the pulp! So ozone just helped it to continue to heal with the nutrition and supps I was doing. Oh, I used the ozone oil along the gum each night also. A sample I got from the dentist who did the talk. I am now going to a course to be certified in ozone therapy and though it is for the dental practice I expect to use it as I do CO2 in Buteyko Breathing, the ozone oil can do much also. The best treatment however is to eat as we do nutrient dense food to prevent this all in the first place tho the dds still thinks sugar had nothing to do with it.. We know better!!!

    June 30th, 2012 7:06 pm Reply
  • McKenzie

    I’m sorry to crush your hopes and dreams about this treatment, but it is impossible. The ameloblast, which deposits enamel as the tooth is developing is completely obliterated when a tooth erupts into the mouth. There is NO possible way to “heal” a cavity. All teeth have the ability to lay down what is refered to as sclerotic dentin in response to bacterial toxins and byproducts, but many carious lesions are too aggresive for this to be of any benefit and left long enough will penetrate even this barrier. Please, don’t fall into this practice, especially for your children. Don’t doom them to a life of edentulism.

    July 4th, 2012 9:56 am Reply
  • Melinda

    I agree one cannot grow back enamel. But with proper nutrition including lots of fat and minerals, we can remineralize the tooth. In my daughter’s case the filling was leaking and that was remineralized though the old filling still had to be removed to find a bit of decay underneath the filling. That was removed and ozone gas applied then refilled to then allow the nerve and blood vessels to heal from the infection. So it is not impossible though remineralization is not enamel it is harder then enamel more like glass. And your right we would not want to trap bacteria under that. The ozone oil can help with that. My daughter is an experiment. So far it is working and improving and we are watching closely with ozone treatment. Try cod liver oil and butter sometime to do your own experiment.

    July 4th, 2012 11:41 am Reply
  • Carlie

    hello, I am curious if I can try this method while breast feeding? I have a two month old baby and do not plan on weening him any time soon. Can this upset his system? Thanks.

    July 8th, 2012 2:36 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      You may try this while breastfeeding as it is just whole nutritnt dense foods. Lots of butter (raw is best) and cod liver oil. These foods will only help your child’s future.

      July 17th, 2012 7:11 pm Reply
  • Dr. Taylor

    Wow… these are some rediculous claims. I bet she believes in the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause too. Now, where to start breaking apart her lies. First of all, to think that anything injested into the body would ever reach a carious lesion (a cavity for you non-dental folks) through the blood stream is ludicrous. This ignorant lady has stated that a cavity should heal like any other part of you body such as you wrist. Well, you wrist has a blood supply to it, through arteries, capillaries, and veins. You tooth does as well, however, it only reached the pulp of the tooth (the soft tissue in side the tooth). The blood supply has not way to reach the lesion. Furthermore, the cavity is caused by 1 thing and 1 thing only. Bacteria. Does it have to do with nutrition as she says? Yes, but not the way she describes it. As bacteria feeds, it produces acid. Acid is actually what causes the cavity, not sugar. Sugar, however, plays a huge role. Bacteria love to eat sugar and the more sugar they eat, the more acid they produce, The more acid they produce, the faster you cavity progresses. So, given the fact that a tooth’s blood supply is on the inside and does not reach the outside of a tooth where the cavisty actually starts, how do you explain how “nutirents” you are injesting get to the cavity. It is simply not possible. Next, where else do you find people quoting 1929 junk science as fact? If it were true, it would be repeatable (the true test of any scientific writing or experiment), and every dental school on the planet would be teaching it (as would every medical school, nursing school, high school, junior high school, elementary school, and pre-school across the nation). If it were that simple (and true) everyone would be talking about it. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not listen to the things this quack is saying. I spent 4 years of my life earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree and years practicing my profession. My comments are based on published facts that have been proven and tested numerous times. Are there things that can be done to reduce the risk of cavities? Yes!! The best is community water fluoridation. This is PROVEN efffective. Check the reasearch on the website of the American Dental Association.

    July 12th, 2012 12:18 pm Reply
    • Susan

      You give credibility to all the wrong sources. Check your sources – if you haven’t been totally brainwashed already. Have you seen the teeth of once healthy American Indians, once our government decided to heavily fluoridate their water? They had multiple times the rate of tooth decay as unfluoridated populations and lesser fluoridated populations. I have recently been to a reservation – it is sad what our government has done to the people.

      December 7th, 2012 1:47 pm Reply
    • valleygirl

      Water flouridation?!?!?! Really? You just lost all credibility. Nations that live on high fat and whole food diets and NO flouride in their water have MUCH better teeth than we do! Look at southern mexico. For example. Teeth go bad once grandma and grandpa move to the US. Before that, never had a problem with tooth decay, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, etc. I live in a border town and have heard the stories and see it first hand. Can’t trust everything you read in a book, sometimes you gotta get out and live life a little bit. Outside of the bubble.

      December 8th, 2012 5:27 pm Reply
      • Susan

        True. I do notice that people from other countries tend to have better-looking and straighter teeth. Except for Britain.

        December 11th, 2012 5:33 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Wow. Fluoridation is awful. It poisons the whole body! Btw, I lived without fluoridated water for 32 years and had ZERO cavities and no discoloration. I got my first cavity soon after moving to a fluoridated area. This is also when I started having thyroid problems. You probably also think filling a cavity with mercury is a good idea. Ugh. More proof that an expensive degree (notice I didn’t use the word EDUCATION) is useless in the hands of fools.

      September 10th, 2013 3:20 am Reply
  • Mrs. RDH

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. You poor, poor woman. Words can not even explain how sad these claims are. At the same time I can’t stop laughing, I feel very bad for you and your child and all of the people who believe what you’ve said. The previous post by the DENTIST is correct. What you’re talking about could have never happened. I hope you will trust professionals in the future to diagnose dental/health issues. If there is no cavity there now, there never was one to begin with.

    July 12th, 2012 11:05 pm Reply
  • Clarissa K

    SUCCESS STORY HERE! Hello, I stumbled here by accident but am always curious on this topic as I know for a fact that it is VERY TRUE that our teeth can heal themselves. Teeth are alive and can HEAL CAVITIES, etc. I know because my son’s were healed after switching from a “healthy” SAD, to the WAPF diet. My son had 4 teeth due to be pulled when he was 6. I was floored when we found out, as we had done “everything right” and brushed his teeth since a baby, used flouride toothpaste, avoided junk food and soda, etc.

    But I wasn’t having it. I wasn’t going to let him go around with a great big hole in his smile till they grew in, so I left the dentist sobbing. I instinctively knew that nutrition had to be part of the problem somehow and started researching. We read about Weston A Price, etc. and began to eat lots of butter and eggs again and yes, RAW MILK. We got rid of things like cereal and juice and margarines and other oils, ate fruit as treats, but cut that down, too. Within a few weeks the cavities, which were very obvious were “receding”. Basically what happened was that the holes were still there, but they filled over with smooth white surface enamel. He never had a problem again and they fell out naturally when it was time. I would tell everyone I know that avoiding sugar, etc. is not enough, you MUST eat nourishing foods like our ancestors ate.

    Any “doctor” who is saying that nourishing food is quackery is obviously blinded and ignorant. There is NO HARM in eating good, real food, it sure can’t hurt! I stopped being depressed/anxious/tired by switching diets, and my husbands psoriasis went away and his eyesight got better–he stopped wearing glasses to read!! I can only speak from experience, myself, but I wish that doctors and dentists would get curious again about how the body heals itself instead of the way they treat us with meds/surgeries/poisons. I have excellent teeth by the way, and what do you know, I haven’t seen a dentist in 10 years!!! :)

    July 13th, 2012 12:21 am Reply
    • Dr. Taylor

      You are absolutely correct. Most of the body does heal itself and yes, eating healthy is a great thing that can solve NUMEROUs health problems. The simple fact of the matter, however, is that teeth are one part of you body that cannot heal itself. Let me give you a little anatomy and physiology lesson…Even while in the womb, a child’s primary teeth are forming. Very soon after birth, the permanent teeth began to develop. As teeth develop, certain cells lay down the various layers of the tooth. The odontoblasts lay down dentin (the yellow layer directly beneath the enamel). Ameloblasts lay down the enamel. The problem with your hypothesis (that’s an idea that has not been scientifically proven) is that ameloblasts cease activity after they have layed down the enamel for the tooth. The only cells that are still active in the tooth are the cells that make up the soft tissue inside the tooth called the pulp (the nerve and blood supply to the tooth) and the odontoblasts, in a very limited role. Over time, these cells lay down tertiary dentin. This is the reason that the pulp cavity inside a tooth shrinks with age. Aslo, these cells only produce dentin (no new enamel is ever prduced after initial development) and they only lay down this tertiary dentin at the junction of the pulp and dentin (the inside of the tooth, not the outside). Furthermore, you say that your teeth are just fine and you haven’t seen a dentist in 10 years. The majority of dental problems do not cause any sort of pain or discomfort until they are are fairly advanced. Periodontal disease very seldom, if ever, causes pain. So, the fact that you think your mouth is healthy does not make it so. I also find it intersting that in the original article, the author diagnosed the cavity herself, but later had a dentist confirm that it was no longer there. Next time, have the dentist diagnose the cavity, post an xray on this site showing the cavity, and then show me another xray of the healed cavity. That would make me believe you.

      July 16th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
      • RSL

        “That would make me believe you.” Actually, I don’t think it would – sounds to me like you are quite predisposed to disbelieve this “hypothesis,” based on your education… no matter what evidence is presented. I think you would find a way to discount the evidence. Look honestly into your thoughts/motive, and tell me if that’s not true.

        For the record, I actually really dislike the way Sarah comes across, ESPECIALLY when responding to people who don’t share her ideas. I think she sounds incredibly ingracious, unkind, and like someone that I would not choose as a friend. I’ve seen numerous other bloggers do it so much better, snd they have my respect. I actually unsubscribed from her newsletter because the stress hormones that it induced did nothing to help my detox & healing process. However, having said that, I don’t discount the information presented before testing it out for myself. Yes, it could come in a much better package (and Sarah, for the sake of your would-be and current readers, please work on that! Proverbs 31:26 would be a great verse to memorize!) but I am willing to every now & then look past the packaging and test if something is true.

        Sarah, made your egg custard pudding today, and it was delicious.

        August 17th, 2012 4:12 pm Reply
        • Another Dentist

          RSL-This Dr Price, Sarah claims he is the one who first found this could work. I’ve read his work, seen the pictures, seen the X-rays. He claims he could arrest a cavity by changing the diet, guess what, you can! But not so fast, Sarah claims this dietary change not only arrested the cavity, but it actually filled back in! Well according to the aforementioned Dr Price, and this is a direct quote from his work: “Note that this mineralized dentin is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.”

          What else needs to be said. This fraud Sarah has misled a great many people by misrepresenting what seems to be a hero of hers. He would be ashamed of what she is doing.

          December 8th, 2012 10:44 pm Reply
    • valleygirl

      But even if the there was enamal overlay OVER the hole, how do you know the cavity itself was actually healed INSIDE without an xray? If it were an adult tooth, how do you know this would not quickly lead to infection even though you couldn’t see it happening? Just questions….I am reading and trying to process all the opinions here as I figure out what to do with my dtr’s teeth.

      December 8th, 2012 5:30 pm Reply
  • Jason Fonceca

    I’m late to the party on this, but I’m absolutely thrilled you shared this story.

    I believe there are people and cultures dotting the earth that know this stuff and live by it, but somehow most of the internet / big-city-livers have dismissed the powers of the human body and mind.

    Thanks for sharing Dr. Price’s wisdom and your personal experiences. I love it 😀

    July 16th, 2012 8:43 am Reply
  • Candy

    Well, I hate to bring bad news bears, but I tried this and it didn’t work.
    I was diagnosed with two identical cavities, both top back teeth. I was diagnosed in early June and did not get them filled until the middle of July. I do wear braces and it causes so many disadvantages when I am trying to clean my teeth.
    I could not afford the Green Pastures products, so instead I got a generic WalMart Cod Liver Oil and made my own ghee. I was taking it sporadically at first, but by June 1st I was taking 3 capsules of CLO and a teaspoon of ghee every morning with breakfast.
    Around the 10th of July I went back in and my dentist claimed they were still there, no worse but no better. I could not get x-rays as proof because of my metal braces, so I had them filled. What a bummer, right?
    As much as I wanted to believe this works, it simply did not work for me. I suppose my dentist “could have” lied to me, but I doubt it. She was really particular when filling them. I got a white filling, not mercury.
    I would like to see an actual study done on this sometime, but my experiment proves that it ‘doesn’t’ work. Sorry guys.

    July 16th, 2012 5:52 pm Reply
    • Candy

      Not too certain why that link is in my post.

      July 18th, 2012 2:58 pm Reply
    • Late to the party

      I realize you may never revisit this comment but had to reply nonetheless. You seem so sure that what Sarah has written here does not work and you back that belief up with your “experience”. Seems reasonable… until you point out that you did not actually follow what she said worked for her son. You did not use the same femented cod liver oil nor did you take butter oil capsules. So how on earth can your experiment “prove that it doesn’t work”? In addition to using entirely different products, you did not follow the regimen that she used. Your experiment does not AT ALL mean anything in the way that you think it should as it relates to healing a cavity like Sarah claims to have done with her son.

      July 27th, 2013 9:34 pm Reply
  • Dr Silva

    Thank you for this post. I am a dentist and currently doing my masters in Medical Science. We dental people are looking like crazies at how to stop people getting tooth decay. We look into science as well as traditional methods, put them into trial, see what can help, even if just a little bit, and publish it to share with others. We are currently looking into stem cell research to “regenerate teeth” but we are so so far away still. Arresting caries is possible by obtaining a microscopic build up of a mineral layer on the dental cavity. I am saying microscopic, invisible to the eye:, the cavity would still be a cavity. In very few instances, the cavity could be wide and shallow enough to be brushed properly but who would like to spend so much time brushing inside a plaque trap? Unfortunately as previously mentioned, it is impossible to “grow new enamel”. Diet is a big factor and you should look into this, of course but more from the preventive point. Once you have a cavity, please have it filled. Please drink only water in between meals. And plenty of it. The more saliva you have, the better. No “healthy “snacks in between meals. Floss your children’s teeth (and yours). When you go to the dentist ask him to show you where you have plaque accumulation so you can improve your hygiene. Remember that dentists read research related to alternative therapies and can advise you about this too.

    July 17th, 2012 9:13 am Reply
  • Janet

    Hi Sarah
    Would you know of a homeopath who has successfully treated damaged teeth in the USA?, thanks

    July 18th, 2012 10:09 am Reply
  • Brittany

    Does the Cod oil have to be fermented? I have been looking at different capsules on-line, and some of them don’t specifically say “fermented”. I was just wondering if it would make a difference or not…Also, in total, how long did it take for the cavity to go away? Would it be easier to have the butter oil in liquid form vs. capsule (which did you do)? And would you say that the toast with raw butter and honey contributed to the cavity cure (if you will)? I have recently discovered some surface cavities I think and I am looking for a way to make them go away. I would like to try this method first before heading into the dentist…

    July 19th, 2012 12:48 am Reply
  • Brittany

    Does the Cod oil have to be fermented? I have been looking at different capsules on-line, and some of them don’t specifically say “fermented”. I was just wondering if it would make a difference or not…Also, in total, how long did it take for the cavity to go away? Would it be easier to have the butter oil in liquid form vs. capsule (which did you do)? And would you say that the toast with raw butter and honey contributed to the cavity cure (if you will)? I have recently discovered some surface cavities I think and I am looking for a way to make them go away. I would like to try this method first before heading into the dentist….

    July 19th, 2012 12:49 am Reply
  • Teh Dentist

    Congratulations on solving the most pandemic disease affecting mankind.

    I think I’ll drop out of dental school now.

    July 19th, 2012 7:21 pm Reply
  • Jake

    Sounds amazing. Too bad I’m traveling around some third world countries, where it’s impossible to find butter oil capsules. :/

    In a similar path, I discovered myopia rehab, equally amazing and little coverage. Eye doctor in Austria, has gotten my eyeglass prescription reduced by 30% in just a few months. – lots of tips on preventing myopia in children on there, too.

    July 22nd, 2012 5:12 am Reply
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  • wendell

    When I first started using fermented cod liver oil and butter oil about a month ago, the taste was pretty bad. After watching the video and swallowing my cod liver oil with some water or milk, I’ve gotten use to the taste. I put the high vitamin butter oil in the frig and it tastes great now. Unfortunately, I ran out of the butter oil and Radiant life is always out of the high vitamin butter oil and I couldn’t afford to order more than one bottle. I ordered two each of the butter oil and cod liver oil from green pastures, but don’t have any idea when it was shipped or when it will arrive. When something is shipped by ups it’s easy to use the tracking number, but with fed-ex, I can’t find out anything. If you get to liking these products, order more than one of each and everytime you get down to just one of each, start looking for more. If I could get raw butter or cream to make my own butter, I would probably just use the fermented cod liver oil and eat lot’s of raw butter. Since I started taking probiotics and using the cod liver oil and butter oil, my stomach pain has just about gone away and I’m off the Nexium which I had been taking for years. I also had my right hand break out and bleed and stay sore all the time and that has healed nicely. I don’t have many teeth, but hope with these nutritional remedies and good hygeine, I can take care of what I have left as long as I live. Thanks Sarah, I value your advice and the other readers posts are informative, also. Beware the experts, they have sank a many ships. The experts also don’t want us to use raw milk, butter or use natural healing agents like cannabis. I wish I had purchased Nourishing Traditions and Dr. Cowan’s book years ago. I want to ask my endo doctor to prescribe natural adrenal gland extracts like Dr. Cowan and Dr. Rice, but I may just have to find a homeopathic doctor for this problem. The hormones I have been on for the last two years have added 40 lbs to my waist line and I need some relief.

    August 10th, 2012 12:08 pm Reply
  • Stuart

    For anyone in Europe – the best value supplier is – is around GBP 35 for 120 capsules versus $85 most other places online.

    August 10th, 2012 7:51 pm Reply
    • J

      Funny. That’s about what it costs to get a cavity filled…. except the supplements are an ongoing cost. Who is it that’s getting $$$ here, exactly? The filling is a one off, the cavity due to the fact that I stopped taking flouride for about two years.. yes, FLOURIDE.
      I have remineralized soft spots (NOT cavities) with flouride.
      I have read Weston Price, and am a believer and user of many complementary therapies. Sadly, I kind of thought Price was full of crap. Just go to the dentist people. It’s not that bad. Promise.

      September 25th, 2012 7:24 pm Reply
  • Healing RA

    Love this post, Sarah. Interesting to see well-meaning dentists weigh in with warning of doom for people following this protocol. They can see that when the population at large understands and adopts traditional diets, doctors and dentists will become obsolete. Dr. Weston A. Price found healthy tribes eating animal foods with high vit. A, D, K2 who had no dental decay, cancer, arthritis, degenerative diseases, or mental illness. These people had no need of dentists, doctors, or prisons. We modern people will find our way back to radiant health. And that day is coming soon.

    August 12th, 2012 2:03 pm Reply
    • Liz

      The dentists that have commented here are pretty scary. I wouldn’t want to end up in their chairs. Yikes!

      September 9th, 2012 12:56 am Reply
    • Another Dentist

      I hope I am not one of the scary dentists you were referring to. We believe that nutrition is INCREDIBLY important in preventing and halting tooth decay. This was a HUGE part of our education. It will not fill in a cavity though, that is what we are refuting, that’s it! The reason cavities are filled is they are incredibly hard to clean and make the risk of the cavity getting worse exponentially higher. Don’t believe me because I am an archaic close minded dentist, here is a direct quote from Dr Price: “Note that this mineralized dentin is not vital, nor does it increase in volume and fill the cavity.” This in reference to the changes he saw with existing cavities when the diet was changed. They stopped getting bigger and that’s where it ends.

      The reason these tribes didn’t have decay is because they ate reasonable diets and didn’t overindulge on foods like we do or drink soda, etc. After we eat something the bacteria in our mouth go into overdrive producing acids, demineralizing the enamel surface. The saliva comes in and neutralizes the acid while at the same time remineralizing the enamel. Well, if we eat a snack 30 minutes or an hour later the saliva hasn’t had a chance to catch up. you do this enough and eventually enough enamel is lost to form a cavity.

      December 8th, 2012 11:10 pm Reply
  • Dana

    Hi there … Do you have any suggestions from your reading of Dr. Price’s book on how to minimize/eliminate “craze lines”? I’ve googled it some and can’t find anything helpful. Thanks!!!

    August 13th, 2012 12:52 am Reply
  • Anne

    This is very interesting. I’m very open to information like this and believe nutrition is key in all areas of health. But I would really like to have read a verifiable statement from your dentist (or, even better, more than one dentist) with photos, stating that on first examination the cavity had existed and then after your treatment it had disappeared. Maybe next time, not that I’m wishing cavities on anyone’s children!, someone using this method could do so. It would be very convincing. I think quite often really important information is let down by a lack of evidence. And yes, amassing enough evidence, studies etc is expensive and drug company conspiracies etc, but anecdotes don’t convince anyone except those who want to believe. Best wishes to you.

    August 16th, 2012 8:48 am Reply
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  • John

    Hi Sarah, do you know if it will work for adults? I’m definitely interested to see if this is also applicable for all ages. One of my sister recently called me because she found a cavity on her tooth.

    Thanks for this great article Sarah :)

    September 6th, 2012 5:17 pm Reply
  • Kirstian

    Do you think this would work for a tooth that keeps absessing. My husband has already had a root canal. The dentist now wants him to go to a specialist. He has had this same tooth get infected several times. It goes into his sinus and causes a lot of pain, puss, and infection. Thank you.

    September 11th, 2012 8:56 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      Kirstian, You really need to find a DDS that does ozone!!! My daughter had this and you can email me at She had more abscesses on her body too. It is a detox by the body but the ozone kills the bad stuff and removes it also!!! Where do you live? I will send you the web site that has Drs that do this!!

      September 12th, 2012 1:31 am Reply
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  • Patricia

    I was wishing to try the tooth cavity protocol and was wondering if there are there any alternatives one can use for the fermented cod liver oil ? The reason being is I have always been allergic to all fish oil products and seafood products. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks.

    September 13th, 2012 12:03 am Reply
  • Jen

    Sarah – My favorite saying from my studies is – For every great oak was a nut that stood its ground – As another naturopathist it is basically the same old -same old people calling us quacks I have been trying your suggestion and purchased Dr. Price’s book and it has been working on my 5 year old – it is natural so time and perserverance are very important and I hope people stick with it for as long as you tell them too. I read through some of the comments you have above and wanted to share a story from my work experiences in the last 15 years – I am a neuromuscular therapist and worked with a woman who had a severe neck injury from a car accident and was permanently injured from the neck down. Basically she lost use of her legs – torso and hands. I started working with her 3 years after her accident and well proof in the work – one day I did a psoas treatment on her and her leg lifted right off the table. She looked at me and I looked at her and at the same time we both said “did you do that?” That was the beginning of a glimmer of light – she had a small piece of the puzzle to work with and day in and day out she worked on controlling the muscle and eventually assisted standing and walking – she was also able to get her liscense back with an accessible van. This isn’t a lie – someone out there may find hope in reading this and therefore this passage is for you. Those of you who think it is a lie and need to spread your toxicity into our positive universe- take it somewhere else because we really don’t want to hear about it anymore , we have educated ourselves on what we are speaking of with life experience not Merck manuals, and frankly find something better to do with your time rather than creating such negativity in a positive place. Sarah, I find all of your suggestions accurate back to information I have studied from European Naturopaths and I thank you for putting this out there for all of us who work in the same field as you and continue to do so because we want to help – not because of our stock portfolios. Thank You

    September 13th, 2012 2:25 pm Reply
    • Marco

      tell me something, did the healing that you spoke about happened after a change in nutrition? =) are the two things you mentioned linked?



      September 24th, 2012 6:40 am Reply
      • Jen

        Marco, The point I am making is that the body is so amazing in its own ability to heal itself, we actually have lived quite some time before the intervention of modern medicine and modernized foods. What we have also lived with is the fear and misunderstanding of how long it will take for our bodies to heal, and the fact that a healing crisis will most undoubtedly occur. If we would listen to our bodies own intuition and give it the time and perseverance that it deserves we may find it will give us back exactly what we are searching for. I think the average person probably spends more time on the computer daily than time on helping themselves with good nutrition, exercise, mind relaxation and bodywork. Perhaps we all need to learn from this and start helping ourselves rather than creating fear and panic in others.

        September 24th, 2012 7:57 am Reply
        • Marco

          I fully agree with you.
          At the end it’s all just back to basic intuition, to me nutrition and physical degeneration are very strictly linked and it makes perfect sense to say so.
          People should also learn that nutrition is a course of experience and every person has to embrace his/her own since everyone is different.

          My question was more towards what you said about the woman you worked with.
          I’m amazed at what happened, do you think that has to do with something she ate? Or her spine was not completely compromised so she recovered?.

          I’m curious =)



          September 24th, 2012 9:43 am Reply
          • Jen

            In a neuromuscular treatment you are palpating for taught muscle fiber that isn’t quite responding correctly to stimuli. In many cases a twitch response can occur when muscle has atrophied and become ischemic, very similar to a muscle spasm. This response was what occured when I treated psoas major on my client for possible trigger points, at the time I thought it could have been a one time twitch response so we continued the treatment each week I returned. Week after week the response to the treatment stimuli grew stronger – nutrition – probably not she had been in a traumatic car accident and was depressed and not eating well – the bodies way of reacting to natural stimuli – absolutely. Her spinal cord was not completely severed so there was still nerve connection through the cervical area that was injured, however she was in a wheelchair for 3 years prior to me stepping into the picture and unable to walk or stand on her own. This one treatment started her on her way to being able to become semi independent again. I am sure some scholar can give a text book response to exactly what happened however in the many years I have been practicing and the tens of thousands of hours I have into bodywork I can say that I have proved many diagnosis’ wrong, and of course the reason why I used this as an example is because it involved the spinal cord a quite complex area of the physiology of the body. One might say that if the body could do such amazing things like this from a spinal cord injury than why would it be absurd to think that we couldn’t heal a cavity.

            September 25th, 2012 8:11 pm
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  • Marco

    Hi there ^__^

    Just wanted to congrats you on the post, well explained and well cleared.
    I have only one doubt…you mean to say you have managed to heal the enamel as well??

    I am also eating a big time nutrient kind of meal plan, i take the royal blend every day and i have egg yolks very often, alone with a HUGE amount of raw milk, but till now i have managed to only halt my cavities but no sign of enamel recomposition, how did you managed to reach that goal as well?? Teach me! 😀

    take care, all the best


    September 24th, 2012 6:37 am Reply
  • TB

    Sarah, I’m sorry people on the internet are so stinking mean! Regardless of if you have dental experience or dental education, I trust that you are an involved, loving mother who was in fact paying close attention to her child and you were kind enough to share your motherly experience with us! So thank you. Whether it works for me or not, I am willing to try it out before going back to the dentist with no health insurance. I am always trying the natural way before using the suggested big pharma way, so this makes sense to me. If it works for my body, I will be ecstatic. Thank you for sharing your experience! :) I’m definitely going to follow your blog.

    September 25th, 2012 12:00 pm Reply
  • Vera

    Can I use straight ghee from raw milk instead of the butter oil capsules?

    September 26th, 2012 11:11 am Reply
  • Jonathan Brian Francoeur

    Wow, what a debate! Moriah, you said “I have healed a cavity and I have proof: two xrays taken a year and a half apart.” I strongly encourage you to post these documents as I can’t think of any better way show proof. You posted Nov 4th 2011 and I hope you are still watching this thread. I’m currently scheduling a dentist apt. and if I have a cavity will follow up with results after three weeks of trying the diet.

    September 26th, 2012 3:17 pm Reply
  • Michael Rotch

    Sarah, you are amazing, don’t let them stop spreading health miracles. I was inspired by your story. I lost my manhood in a freak mountain bike accident. After taking cod and butter capsules 5 times per day, it grew back better than ever. Thanks for the miracle!

    October 3rd, 2012 6:49 pm Reply
  • Carrie

    Thank you for sharing this! I actually have healed a cavity of my own. At 34 years of age I developed my FIRST cavity – after exams and x-rays the dentist informed me. I didn’t do anything about it because I didn’t have insurance. Meanwhile….3 years later once I had insurance I went back to the dentist for a cleaning, and the cavity was GONE. This is not me self diagnosing, this is the word of two dentists. I attribute the change to implementing a stricter Weston a Price style diet.. and I had 2 more babies in that time frame too!

    October 4th, 2012 1:29 pm Reply
    • Jonathan

      Carrie: your post is awesome. I’ve read all the posts on this topic and there is variation! I’m trying to contact people like yourself with proof (x-rays) and dentist diagnosis who have cured carries and encourage you to post your x-rays and anything you can get in writing from your dentist and his diagnosis before and after the cavity. I understand that this is asking a lot and will require some work on your part. I think that this kind of evidence would really help me out and others. What do you think?

      October 4th, 2012 8:40 pm Reply
  • BL


    I hope you’re still answering this post. My 8 year old son has 2 cavities that I’m going to try to heal. I bought the Green Pasture FCL/Butter oil already. One question, what kind of toothpaste was your son using while using the FCL/butter oil? Does it have to be fluoride free or will fluoridated toothpaste negate the FCL/butter oil?
    Thanks and all the best.

    October 11th, 2012 6:37 pm Reply
  • Judy

    I use oral probiotics and 2-3000 IU’s of vitamin c and artemesia for my family and it also works great. I’ve treated small cavities in both of my children, a half blackened molar for myself and a dental abcess for my husband that way. My tooth that was half rotten not only turned white again but also regrew the part that had decayed away. We used no other treatment for these issues and all resolved beautifully.

    October 14th, 2012 12:04 pm Reply
  • Heather Robison

    Where can I buy the butter oil capsules from??? I have tried to do a search but only come up with just the oil.. Please help I really need this for myself and daughter!!!

    October 14th, 2012 10:35 pm Reply
  • Stuart

    Heather – you can get the capsules from in the USA – or in Europe.

    They saved me from having a root canal.

    October 15th, 2012 6:18 am Reply
  • Tyler

    Whats next???!!! Vote for Obama?? That is the only thing worse than this. If you do this you have lost your mind. If you believe this, wait for another bacterial infection and drink plenty of honey and butter shit.

    PS. Margarine rules

    -dentist who likes money but is also not an idiot

    October 15th, 2012 4:34 pm Reply
  • Stuart


    Here is the science behind why the Root Canals that you do are so bad for the patient:

    & why Margarine is bad for you also:

    Both cause cancer. The above articles were written by doctors.

    October 16th, 2012 2:53 am Reply
  • Tyler


    Just kidding about the margarine.

    And thank you for the sites. I now feel very educated :). In ten minutes I have uncovered the truth that 8 years of study could not yield….

    October 16th, 2012 9:26 am Reply
  • Samuel

    Stuart –

    You poor, poor soul. I feel sorry that you (and most everyone else on here) would believe and reference someone like Hal Huggins. A man who devoted his professional career to taking patient’s money by convincing them that their teeth were the root (no pun intended) of their problems. When you have someone that wants all of their root canaled teeth taken out, send them to me after they have them removed and I will place implants in them for lots of money. I LOVE MONEY. I AM A DENTIST WHO ONLY LOVES MONEY. Stuart, when you have a cavity (bacterial infection in your tooth), please keep eating oils and raw butter and then go see your dentist. He/she will be glad to take your money. Thank you.

    October 16th, 2012 9:37 am Reply
  • Stuart


    I went to the dentist to have a filling that fell out replaced – the money grabbing philistine (much like yourself by your own admission) – drilled down to the nerve against my instructions & told me I needed a root canal.

    Taking the Butter / Cod Oil capsules the tooth has healed itself. I have not been back to the dentist as I have zero pain & now no cavity either.

    October 16th, 2012 10:20 am Reply
  • Samuel

    Stu Daddy-

    HE DELIBERATELY WENT AGAINST YOUR INSTRUCTIONS?! HOW DARE HE DO THAT?! He probably wanted to give you cancer by doing a root canal on your tooth. So the hole that was in your tooth, miraculously healed and is no longer there? You must be Jesus to perform miracles like that. If you’re Jesus I want to meet you, seriously. Secondly, just because the pain is gone doesn’t mean that everything is ok. People with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, etc. don’t present with pain either. Think about it.

    October 16th, 2012 10:41 am Reply
  • Jonathan

    I’ve just been to the dentist. I had a few concerns. I had soreness in a few places and could see that there were little divots where I could catch the edge of a tooth pick. I thought they were cavities. I called around for a dentist that had a small camera to take a picture of them so that I could have some before “proof” and then my intention was to start the diet without getting them filled for a few weeks and return for a second diagnosis.
    My Dentist examined the sore places that I thought were cavities and explained to me that one of them (at the gumline) was the root of my tooth showing where I’ve had gum recession dues to chronic gingivitis. He said this is not degeneration and while de could drill and fill to relieve the pain, that it was not necessary and would only do so if I wanted him to. It was explained to me that with my tooth brush I can not reach below the gumline to clean and that only a dentist with the right tools can do it for me. Then it was recommended I visit once every 6 months for a cleaning to avoid any buildup of plaque that could cause further gum recession. I asked where I could buy a dental pick so that I could clean my own teeth below the gum line and was told that they are only sold to dentists.
    Thanks to all who post in regards to learning about oral hygene.
    I am unsubscribing from this thread due to the volume of posts that seem to be unrelated to oral hygene. For anyone who finds documented proof from before and after dental examinations that the treatment works I would greatly appreciate that you look me up and send me the info. In fact, I’ll pay you 5 bucks (Canadian) as incentive, if you do.

    October 16th, 2012 11:20 am Reply
  • Samuel

    Well done, Jonathan. On top of your 5 Canadian bucks, I will give anyone 400,000 US Dollars, the title to my car, the deed to my house, my first born child, my brand new puppy (which is super cute), my wife, and everything else I own…if you can prove to me (through visual evidence, not a cleverly written blog) that your tooth had a hole in it and no longer has a hole. But that hole must have been filled with natural dentin and enamel (which is impossible) and it must be because of your amazing butter and oil diet. Thank you and goodnight.

    October 16th, 2012 11:45 am Reply
  • Andrea Stevens

    Believe me, I am ALL for healthy eating to promote whole body health and wellness. I AGREE that our North American diets contain too much junk and pasty white flour and white sugar, and that much if not all of this should be eliminated from our diets. In fact, what Dr. Westin Price’s research showed was that non-industrialized countries had NO dental decay and NO crooked teeth! This was because they ate foods indigenous to their areas, full of grains and seeds and vegetables and fiber…without refined and processed foods. Once we North Americans tried to “help” these countries by teaching them to use processed food items…they suffered from significant dental decay, gum disease, and dental crowding.
    Teeth are NOT bone or soft tissue…they are made of an entirely different, and unfortunately non-healing material. Having said this…it is entirely TRUE that if what we call an “incipient” or “white spot” cavity occurs, this can be stopped with heavy local application of with either fluoride, or ozone treatment (available in some dental offices via a device called HealOzone). However, once the dental decay moves through the outer layer (enamel) of the tooth into the inner layer of the tooth (dentin), the only way it can be “reversed” is by removal of the decayed material, bacteria, and bacterial by-products.
    I am absolutely in favor of using any type of holistic treatments in the prevention of dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease, and I welcome any suggestions to pass along to my patients in that regard.

    October 18th, 2012 8:06 am Reply
  • Lindsay

    Drew is right. Let me start by saying that I have been a registered dental hygienist for 10 years. I work for a dentist who practices very conservative dentistry. By this, I mean that he does not perform fillings, crowns, etc. unless it is the last resort and absolutely necessary. I myself am 100% for nutrition, health, natural healing, etc. I have even opted out of certain vaccinations for my own child. I will tell you, however, that the information provided here is false. The only part of a tooth that can remineralize (heal) is the enamel. This is how it works. When the bacteria in plaque is combined with a sugar (from candy, soda, etc), it creates an acid which attacks the surface of the tooth. If the sugar and plaque are removed, it takes 20 minutes for the acidity level to reach neutral again so that the enamel of the tooth can begin to remineralize/heal. Fluoride in toothpaste/rinses can enhance this healing. But if it goes thru the enamel and enters the dentin (the soft part of the tooth), decay, aka the cavity, is created and there is no going back. The tooth needs to have the decay removed and a filling placed. If this decay is not removed it will continue to grow deeper into the tooth and eventually reach the nerve. This will cause an abcess/infection/toothache after which the patient will need antibiotics, root canal treatment, and a crown. Decay CANNOT be removed by taking supplements, eating buckets full of fruits and veggies or whatever else you may think. Providing false information like this to others could result in pain and suffering, not to mention lots of medical bills, if they choose to believe this. I agree 100% that nutrition, supplements, vitamins, whole foods,etc. are healing and that they do benefit the mouth greatly, but you can’t heal a cavity. Plain and simple. The best thing you can do for your child when it comes to taking care of their teeth is limit their sugar intake as much as possible and make sure they are brushing long enough, atleast 2 full minutes, twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Ingesting fluoride supplements is not something I recommend, but topical application is great. By the way, the hole you saw was something called a lingual pit. It is somthing that is anatomical and is very, very common for maxillary lateral incisors. They can often be deep but do not contain decay. Just part of the anatomy. If you had in fact poked into an actual deep cavity, your child would have let you know for sure. It would not have felt good. If you are worried about these pits, a sealant can be placed.

    October 22nd, 2012 12:18 pm Reply
    • Marco Deepak

      Lindsay, i too was skeptical about it, but there is something more to it then mere common sense.
      I think the best way to verify things is by experience, and i did my own research.
      I started from weston price and reached the dentinal fluid transport theory.
      Without much of waiting i tried to apply the concepts enclosed in these references, without really knowing a lot of the matter myself, just to do some bench testing.
      With my surprise the whole food stuff has changed my teeth a lot.
      It’s not that i’m not gettin tartar and plaque and stuff like that, i do and i do my hygene visits regularly, do but you see but from the internal side i can tell you that i have two cavities which start from below the gumline which are almost touching the dentin and the situation is like this since exactly 2 years, they are like frozen.
      Last time I went to the dentist he was speechless after seeing the scans and was trying to find a reason inspite of me telling him that the way i eat is the only thing that i have changed since my last visit.
      Till now i did not get anything like enamel regeneration and stuff like that, but i’m happy anyway.
      I still don’t want to do any filling, my dentist tought about waiting 2 more years but my plan is to wait one more year than take all the scans and put them online, in the meantime i’ll just wait and observe.

      Hey i’m not arguing anything you said ok? From my side It is my tought that there is never only one side of the matter, as the whole bacterial stuff is important so is the “terrain”.
      My rule is that I cannot convince others but myself, I too am skeptical afterall.
      i’ll go on my way, i hope that in one year i’ll be able to convice myself even more after testing and trying to apply some common sense (my common sense hehehe :D)

      cya! thanks for sharing your view


      October 22nd, 2012 1:20 pm Reply
  • Brent

    Where is the proof this worked for your son? Next time you find a hole, have dentist x ray it. Then do the oils as long as you deem needed. Then go to dentist and have him x ray tooth again. Prove to us he had a cavity then months later it was gone. I’m not asking for the dentists opinion or science jargon. Just the proof of the x ray. I want to believe but there is never any proof with the oil cavity stories. Just someone’s promise that this is what happened.

    October 25th, 2012 11:03 am Reply
  • Michelle

    This is very much a lie. I am a dental professional and have been educated on the dental disease process. Indeed It is possible for teeth to remineralize but not to the extent of the description in your post. You do not have pictures or x-rays of your son’s tooth to prove your story. For your son’s sake I would go to the dentist and have an x-ray taken of this tooth before the bacteria bottoms out the tooth and he needs a root canal or worst case, an extraction.

    I am in full agreement with Brent, clearly a knowledgeable person within the dental field

    October 30th, 2012 12:03 pm Reply
  • Clara

    Big fan of your blog… it is really fantastic to read so much interesting information about food and health. I wish I had known more before I got my children.

    A question: I have a long-time problem with receiding gums, and I have half of my front tooth cracked off (I still have the broken bit and read something about letting it be glued together). Would liver/butter oil combination work for that as well?
    Btw. I have had the same experience with a tooth a long time ago. My dentist said there was a cavity, but not severe enough to drill. The next visit, half a year later, it was gone :) I thought I had brushed well, but maybe it was the food after all.

    And just wondering, is GREEN PASTURES the only store on earth where to get decent raw liver/butter oil or are there some alternatives…? I live in Norway where people take in a lot of cod liver oil (though not raw).

    November 1st, 2012 9:53 am Reply
  • Kevin

    I strongly suggest not blindly taking this person’s advice without additional research and sources for the following three simple reasons:

    1. Notice the link at the end of the article to Sarah’s resource page where you can find locations for purchasing all of the products she mentioned? Have a look at that resource page. Hover over any product and you’ll see in your browser’s status bar that you are being redirected through “”. AdvertServe is a service where people like Sarah make money from you clicking on those links. Here’s a direct quote from their main page:

    “Precisely target ads to your audience to optimize inventory usage and increase profits.”

    Consider for a second that Sarah may have an ulterior motive for you to believe her article and click through to her ad-generating product links. If that’s not the case, then why don’t you just link directly to the products, Sarah? Why secretly pass people through an ad service for your financial gain?

    People, you should take your oral health very seriously. For those of you who are reading her advice and actually taking it, please ask yourself: “Why am I believing a stranger on the Internet who is secretly profiting from me instead of trained medical professionals with established and proven theories on tooth decay?” The only medical literature Sarah refers to are a single dentist’s experiments in the 1930’s. Consider the advancements in medical science over the last 80 years before accepting that as an accurate source.

    2. “Shouldn’t the body be able to heal a cavity just like it heals a broken bone or a cut on your arm? Why would teeth be any different from a broken wrist after all?”

    If you didn’t stop reading after those statements, you should have. Teeth are NOT bones or skin lacerations. So why would you expect them to heal in the same manner? If I cut my arm off, it should just regrow itself because bones and cuts do, right? Wrong. I encourage you to do your own research on how teeth differ from bones and therefore cannot be compared as such. Here are a couple links to get you started, feel free to Google for more:

    3. Even if this did miraculously fix the hole her Sarah’s son’s tooth (I personally don’t believe it did), is a single story on the Internet really enough evidence for you to turn your back on established dental practices?

    November 2nd, 2012 8:12 pm Reply
  • Em

    Even well established science has the mental capacity and kindness to be self-critical. When you start speaking in absolutes like you do, this is when it gets dicey. How do you know absolutely for sure of anything? Nobody does. Not scientists with 5 PhDs, and certainly not you.

    November 3rd, 2012 1:56 pm Reply
    • Kevin

      After reading through the responses to this article I was shocked to see people writing statements such as “Wow, that makes logical sense. I’m going to try this next time my child has a cavity”.

      I’m not speaking in absolutes. I’m not a dentist, dental hygienist, scientist or expert in this field in any capacity. I am not in a position to make definitive statements on the subject. Luckily, other responders are and they have replied to the post in kind with very applicable advice. If you had read my message above then you would understand that I’m merely recommending people perform their own due diligence and additional research before taking a blogger’s advice at face value.

      Do I really need to explain to you why it’s unwise for someone to change their oral care habits based on a single blog article that challenges decades of peer-reviewed scientific research?

      The only absolute I speak to is the author’s choice to filter all of her resource links through a revenue-generating ad service. Most non-technical people will not have picked up on this and I think it’s an important factor to take into consideration when determining the credibility of this article.

      November 3rd, 2012 3:44 pm Reply
      • em

        hi kevin, i was actually commenting on the blog entry itself. i agree with what you are saying, and i’m glad someone on here is not swallowing what she is saying blindly.

        November 5th, 2012 3:40 pm Reply
        • Kevin

          My apologies. My message ended to the effect of “established science”, and that’s where yours started. I assumed a link; my mistake.

          November 7th, 2012 2:18 am Reply
  • Clara

    Of course it is good to always be critical of what you read, use your common sense and cross-check the information. This does not only apply to what is written on the internet. However, the other subjects on this website make much sense and have in fact helped my son a lot. He got rid of his long-time diarrhea, and I mean YEARS, of 3 diarrhea diapers a day, just by soaking/fermenting all grains and legumes and giving him sourdough bread. We hope his excema also stays away. I do not think doctors or dentists are cheating us in order to keep their jobs. But I do think they are more focused on curing rather than preventing. It would have made a lot of difference to my son if only one of the many doctors who examined him would have mentioned something about his diet.

    In reaction to those that suggest the author of this blog is only writing (read: lying) out of economic interest, I would reply that she is actually very open about receiving some income through the ads on her resourses page (I want to make it clear that the links below are paid advertisements. The links below are “pay-per-click” and I do earn a small amount of money when you click on the links below. The money I earn keeps me blogging, and bringing my readers information about real food.) However, I do wonder what (hidden) motives people that warm about Sarah have. Do you care so much for me, anonyme reader of this blog? And hhmm… and why are you wasting your precious time reading this blog and writing comments if you think it is all nonsence?

    Having said that, I agree it would be better to avoid the impression than one is biased or has ties to some products, and I must say that because of the ads thing I remain a bit skeptical if they actually work to the extend that it is suggested here. Hence my question. If Sarah is only ‘supporting’ one brand of cod liver/butter oil without good reasons, that would be bad news indeed. But still, I’m grateful for all I’ve learned trough this site!!

    November 3rd, 2012 4:35 pm Reply
    • Kevin

      I don’t consider my taking the time to reply a waste of my time. My motivation is simple… Some parents have indicated here that they intend to try this approach next time their child has a cavity, rather than taking them to the dentist for prompt treatment. If my reply makes just one parent think twice, then that could very well save some poor child from an eventual root canal as a result of postponing treatment.

      I understand that Sarah has a disclaimer elsewhere on her site indicating that her information should not be interpreted as medical advice. Great. But let’s be honest, most people who come to this page from Google will not be end up navigating to that page. I feel it would be prudent to include such a disclaimer directly in the article.

      Her other articles may very well be helpful and I’m glad to hear that one has helped you and your family. However I am only referring this article, which is not adequately disclaimed and is very misleading to uninformed parents. Their children are the ones who will ultimately suffer as a result. And that is why I have taken the time to respond.

      November 3rd, 2012 9:44 pm Reply
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  • Cal

    This is absolutely crazy! Cavities DO NOT HEAL THEMSELVES! Not taking yourself and especially your children to the dentist is neglect. Please do more research before taking this as truth. The disease process involved with cavities is far more complex and not treating deep cavities can lead to some pretty severe infections and problems. Keep brushing, flossing and using fluoride and this will PREVENT cavities.
    Visit if you want scientific research!
    I am a Dentist who see this everyday.

    November 10th, 2012 7:17 pm Reply
  • Stuart

    Flouride is a poisonous waste product from the Aluminum industry. Adding Flouride to the water supply was pioneered by the Nazis in WW2 in the concentration camps. It suppresses intellect (lowers IQ) making people docile & more compliant towards authority. It has absolutely nothing to do with dental health.

    Next time you are in a hardware store look at the ingredients for Rat Poison – it is Flouride which is both a neurotoxin & carcinogenic. This is why on toothpaste tubes it advises a tiny amount is to be used for small children.

    Just put “flouride, rat poison” in google – there are plenty of references. Avoid Flouride & use Reverse Osmosis Filters if your government adds it to your water.

    November 10th, 2012 8:52 pm Reply
  • Vivi

    Lower IQ, docile and more compliant towards authority? That explains how Obama got re elected. Fluoride in the water!

    November 11th, 2012 1:27 pm Reply
  • Bonna Fahey

    Can you put these 2 oils in a capsule and take it that way with the same results? I think my gag reflex would prevent me from taking them with a spoon! haha

    November 13th, 2012 12:18 am Reply
  • Caitlin

    Sarah, A lot of people are wondering about the honey and butter combo, including myself. Can you address how this helps the cavity to heal and where we can read more about it?

    Thanks so much.

    November 14th, 2012 2:40 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      Caitlin, I am a dental hygienist and a beekeeper! The butter will supply the vitamins A and D plus minerals and lots of other nutrients. The honey supplies the minerals. Honey is a good sweetner but you should not allow it to stay on your teeth long. It will heal skin very fast but will etch the teeth once mixed with the enzymes in your mouth, if allowed to stay on the teeth. It is good to eat with the butter and good for a sleep aid if taken an hour before bed. So I don’t know exactly what you are referring to except the mineral aspect of the honey will reinforce the remineralization of the tooth and we know the benefits of the butter.

      November 17th, 2012 12:38 pm Reply
      • Caitlin

        Thanks for the explanation Melinda! We don’t eat a lot of grains here and I wasn’t sure if there was a specific reason of having the butter and honey chewed together and on toast. We eat tons of butter and honey as our only sweetener, so it sounds like we have that covered. Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

        November 18th, 2012 7:16 pm Reply
        • Melinda

          How old is your daughter? I would like to know which tooth to have an idea when it will be coming out. Do not “put her under” to have a cavity filled! I think what you are doing will help and hope it is not long until the tooth comes out.

          November 19th, 2012 1:45 pm Reply
          • Caitlin

            My daughter is 7 and she has one cavity in her upper left molar in between the back two (on the second to back). She also has one on her lower right, I think second to the back. The dentist said the one up top was getting close to the root. However, she was having pain awhile back when she ate certain foods and no longer is. I’ve introduced some herbal mouthwashes and changed toothpastes and added in the butter oil and a lot of chicken broth. I think my downfall was assuming that she was doing a good enough job brushing her own teeth.
            Thanks for your input, it is so much appreciated!

            November 19th, 2012 10:19 pm
  • Sally, RDH

    Not True. I have been a registerd Dental Hygenist and am now currently in Dental School and this is absolutley not true.

    November 16th, 2012 1:28 am Reply
    • Melinda

      I have been a dental hygienist for thirty five years. I am an orofacial myofunctional therapist. They used to teach about the research of Weston Price in hygiene and dental schools. This is absolutely true. I am surprised you have not heard of remineralization. Though enamel cannot grow back a tooth can be remineralized.

      November 17th, 2012 12:27 pm Reply
  • Melinda

    Your welcome Caitlin! : ) You have it covered!

    November 18th, 2012 8:40 pm Reply
  • Amber

    Has anybody else had any success with this.

    November 19th, 2012 12:46 am Reply
  • Fiona

    Well it seems the time has come to heed this advice! Honestly I’d been putting off trying fermented CLO and Butter Oil because of the cost… instead just focusing on diet. I have always had good teeth and still have no cavities at 39… however, I took my kids to the dentist for a check up the other day and discovered my youngest son (12) has two cavities! One a small hole in a rear molar and the other was a hole in the rear of his right lateral incisor (just like Sarah’s son!) which had gone unnoticed (this tooth had always looked funny since it came through, and the dentist suggested there may have been a weakness with the tooth right from the start which allowed the cavity to develop… I also see this as a nutritional problem).

    I have showed my son this article and informed him that I’m buying some CLO and butter oil capsules (he looked horrified!) but hopefully he’ll see that it’s better than the alternative. He’s obviously more sensitive to tooth decay than his other siblings or me, which means we’re going to have to keep a closer eye on his teeth.

    I will be really, really interested to see if this works! If it doesn’t heal the bad cavity (which is quite large… I really should have been checking his teeth but I’m a bit lax simply because I have no experience with tooth decay myself, I just insist on regular brushing and leave them to it) I’m hoping it will, at the very least, help prevent the forming of future cavities.

    December 1st, 2012 7:22 pm Reply
  • fred hogan

    I am a DDS, in Hamilton, Ohio. Unlike bones, enamel of teeth has no vascular system in which it can regenerate. The tooth picture with the article shows a bicuspid and not a lateral incissor as she describes. Once the decay has punctured through the enamal, it will spread out in the softer dentine under the enamel. The picture shows that quite well. So to get minerals or oil or something to soak in there would be tough. Perhaps load the stuff into a waterpik and blast away.
    There is a new toothpaste out there that combine Calcium and Flouride which may soak into teeth to perhaps regenerate the enamel some. Research shows some promise with that concept.

    I think that her description of when she poked the “cavity” with a plastic probe, just does not standup. She was probably poking into soft plaque. If she asked her child to thoroughly brush and do that again, the cavity will probably have disappear that soon. Also, the tongue side of tooth usually stay clean and build-up is usually on the cheek/lip side. Persons drinking pop all day long will have cavities out of control along the gumline.
    It is the amount of time sugar and the bacteria have on the tooth that is greatest threat, so brush 3-4 times a day and floss out food around you teeth if you want to keep them a lifetime and to keep the dental costs and pain minimal.

    December 2nd, 2012 3:11 pm Reply
  • Christi S

    I wanted to let you know that someone has taken this post and put it up as their own at She does include a link to this post but otherwise it looks like she wrote it.

    December 2nd, 2012 7:40 pm Reply
  • Jona

    I think I just found a few tiny cavities in my own mouth! :(

    Does the cod liver oil have to be fermented? I’m finding a few different things online (I live in a rural area, I can’t necessarily find everything around the corner)… Does it have to be liquid or can it be a capsule? Same questions, I suppose, for the butter oil? Or is raw butter okay? Can it be melty or does it have to be bitten into? Thanks!

    I hope you get this… I know it’s been a while since this was posted. Looking forward to your reply! Hope all is well!

    December 5th, 2012 11:34 pm Reply
  • Susan

    To all you dentists out there: (this is from an article) Do you argue the verity of these facts?

    How many types of fluoride are there?

    Sodium Fluorideis used in most toothpastes, mouthwashes, dental varnish, dental preparations and nutritional supplements. This same form of fluoride is used as an insecticide and pesticide, as a preservative in glues, as a growth inhibitor for bacteria, fungi and mold. Sodium fluoride is also used in making steel and aluminum products. Added to molten metal, sodium fluoride creates a more uniform metal. Other industrial uses for sodium fluoride include glass frosting and wood preservatives. Sodium Fluoride is also used in the manufacture of chemical and biological weapons. Although this form of fluoride can be used for water fluoridation, the next two forms listed are almost always used due to cost.

    Calcium Fluoride(CaF2) is compound of calcium and fluorine which occurs naturally as the mineral fluorite — also called fluorspar. Most of the world’s fluorine comes from calcium fluoride. Fluorides in general are toxic to humans, however CaF2 is considered the least toxic, and even relatively harmless due to its extreme insolubility. Moreover, calcium is a well-known antidote for fluoride poisoning. When an antidote exists in combination with a poison, it makes the poison far less toxic to the body. Calcium fluoride is the form of fluoride commonly found in natural, untreated waters.

    Fluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) is commonly used for water fluoridation. This form of fluoride is a toxic liquid by-product, acquired by scrubbing the chimney stacks of phosphate fertilizer manufacture. Other names for it are hexafluorosilicic, hexafluosilicic, hydrofluosilicic, and silicofluoric acid. The CDC approximates that 95% of our water is fluoridated with fluorosilicic acid. (

    Sodium Fluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) is primarily added to public drinking water as a fluoridation agent. This same compound is also used as an insecticide and a wood preservative. It is a classified hazardous waste by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacture which, if not put into our drinking water, must be disposed of at hazardous waste facilities. Other names for it are Sodium Fluosilicate and Sodium Silica Fluoride.

    So the kind of fluoride in toothpaste is not the naturally occuring kind. By the way, the kind of fluoride, an industrial waste, added to our water has been shown to lower IQ.

    December 7th, 2012 2:07 pm Reply
  • valleygirl

    @Melinda, i saw a comment you posted via email follow up and cannot find it anywhere on here….regarding not to fill a pinhole unless sure it’s penetrated the dentin. i was going to get a hold of the xrays today to bring to another dentist that work better under our insurance (ie: less money out of pocket for us) and will ask specifically about this. can you email me personally for a few other questions? val dot uria at gmail Hope you see this, thank you

    December 10th, 2012 9:18 am Reply
  • Tricia

    Listen you doubters who want proof. How many people are really going to pay extra to get another x-ray? There is no “after” x-ray unless you ask and pay for it. I for one don’t even want a before x-ray, having told my dentist that I refuse to have one unless there is a tooth giving me problems. The annual x-ray is unnecessary and does not prevent problems from coming. Every cavity on me ever discovered was between appointments when my tooth ached. Then I’d go in and get another x-ray on top of the routine x-ray given a few months earlier. What a waste of money and exposure to unnecessary radiation.
    I too doubted this story when I first read it. But when her remedy for it is a healthful one that anyone can try, why get in an uproar? In Sept my daughter went in for her routine cleaning and they found 2 cavities. They could see them with the naked eye and showed them to me. I then allowed the x-ray. We made a return appointment for the cavities to get filled. I remembered this story and came back to follow the steps. I didn’t have exactly the right stuff. I live in Calif where you can’t buy raw milk products. Plus I could only get fermented CLO online and I didn’t have the time to wait. You’ll see my inquiries in this thread around September about substitutes. I ended up with organic butter from grass fed cows and emulsified CLO. I made the butter oil and started the treatment right away. At the next appointment one of the cavities disappeared. I let them fill the other one with a composite filling and here I am to tell you that this works. I don’t know why it cured one and not the other; all I know is I doubted but tried it anyway for its nothing-to-lose incentive. Want proof? Do it yourself.

    December 10th, 2012 2:06 pm Reply
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  • Jennifer

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks again for this website. It is so chalk full of amazing information. I met you at the WAPF conference back in Nov. Mom who asked asked about how you handle birthday parties.
    Anyways, family has been taking Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil for awhile now and I have been taking the butter. Rest of the family is gagging on that one!!! Noticed my oldest daughter has a big cavity in a molar so she has agreed to start taking the butter also. So proud of her. The YouTube video you posted the other day convinced her to give it a try. My question to you is since the convention I ordered the Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend from Green Pastures. Does this work as well? I want to be one of these people who can say it healed her cavity.

    Thank you again so much for wise words and information.

    December 14th, 2012 6:03 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri


    I wanted to know if you know the dose for a 6 year old? I looked through the comments and didn’t see anything. Thank you!

    December 21st, 2012 12:15 am Reply
  • caity

    what kind of fermented cold liver oil do you use? is it flavor free?

    December 21st, 2012 1:05 am Reply
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  • Anastasia @ eco-babyz

    Wow, that’s very encouraging! Especially considering yesterday my husband and I decided to get on the Traditional Foods lifestyle bandwagon to save our daughter’s crumbling teeth! She is turning four next month and I am eager to see what this can do for her! We have Nigel’s book, just need to implement this now and find some local farmer’s to get good meat and raw dairy from :)

    December 24th, 2012 2:48 am Reply
    • Melinda

      Be sure to include coconut oil in your regime Anastasia. Lots of raw butter with half teaspoon of CLO daily. It helped my daughter then I took her for ozone therapy which a few dds’s do depending on where you live. email me if you need more help. or

      December 26th, 2012 10:52 pm Reply
  • nadeje

    i really hope this works!! do you mind just emailing me EXACTLY what you gave you son, because reading the article i wasn’t too sure about the measurements and food brands for example you said you used tahini, can i get any type?

    thank you so much and feel free to email me!

    December 26th, 2012 6:30 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      Nadeje, as long as you eat as much raw butter and good fats plus a bit of cod liver oil like half a teaspoon daily for children. I gave my daughter some amino acids. Make the tahini yourself, I have a recipe but there are plenty on the web. Use a good olive oil. Good well raised food is the key. Look on the WAPF website if you need brands.They have a shoppers guide you can order. Coconut oil is good also for pulling out toxins. The mouth is really where health (or more illness) begins. At least it is shown there first. So eat well!

      December 26th, 2012 10:57 pm Reply
  • Caity

    How necessary is the consumption of raw butter in reversing tooth decay? Would the butter oil and fermented cod oil be effective on their own? Raw milk is not very accessible where I live, and I haven’t been able to find raw cream at all. Also, can the cod liver oil be consumed in capsule form, or is it better to measure out a teaspoon of liquid?

    December 27th, 2012 12:55 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      Do what you can. the CLO and Butter oil together is fine and get good butter from Ireland like KerryGold if you cannot find raw. Doing good and it will come along.

      December 29th, 2012 12:48 am Reply

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  • TC

    I just discovered cavities in my toddler’s teeth, 19 months old. How would I get the baby to take the oils and how much should I give? I’m interested in trying this approach. One of my older children had cavities filled as a baby and it was a terrible experience, including day surgery in the children’s hospital.

    January 11th, 2013 6:12 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      TC, Use the good raw butter on everything. The Cod Liver Oil can be bought in flavors from Green Pastures. You just need a little to begin with if it is hard to take. Sorry about your older child. That is so hard on them plus the drugs they use, UGH. This is a good start, be patient.

      January 12th, 2013 6:42 pm Reply
  • TC


    Thanks so much for the reply. I’m having trouble finding raw milk, much less better oil. :0) (I sent an email to the closest contact on the Weston A Price Foundation website, but no reply yet.)

    Green Pastures has the Butter/Cod Liver Blend. Is that a good option? Will it hurt it if it gets hot during shipping? I’ve never purchased flax oil through the mail because I know it’s not supposed to get warm. I suppose now is the best time to have it shipped, but I live in a area that still gets very warm sometimes, even in the winter.

    Thanks again.

    January 14th, 2013 1:52 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      Look on the WAPF site and they have the names and phone numbers of the leaders. You can call and ask about how they buy their milk. the Green Pastures is the best, yes. They usually will ship the flax oil with cold packs or ice. Should be fine if it is from a reputable place making cold pressed flax oil. Then get it into the refrigerator when you receive it.It is a learning process.

      January 23rd, 2013 3:27 pm Reply
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  • Melani

    This is fascinating! I am wondering when and where you went to dental school to diagnose a cavity on your son’s tooth? This is most definitely on my list of reasons you can’t believe everything you see on the internet! I pray that people will educate themselves further prior to believing they can cure their dental problems by eating.