How I Healed My Child’s Cavity

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 12, 2011

rotten toothIf 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?

Probably.

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!

NO CAVITY!

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 Tooth

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

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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  2. I just found out that my daughter has 2 small cavities and had no hope but getting filling done. I read your blog and am very excited to try these on her. You said your son was taking a tblsp of fermented cod liver oil and then butter oil capsule but your link has a capsule with both. Is it ok to give 3 capsules a day instead of both seperate.Does the dose change then? Also what is raw butter and where would you find it.Is there any specific measure of butter and honey.Also you were mentioning about diet for healthy teeth.Can you please email it.

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  3. I have a so small tini tiny cavity on my wisdom tooth, i was so scared and i cried a little bit (havent tell my parents). If this eating oil and raw stuff really works then i will tell to my parents about my tooth and this blog ^^ Please answer: should i do it or not? >.<

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  4. Veneta Mcpherson June 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Hi Sarah!

    I have a question. I have a dead front tooth that is completely yellow. The rest of my teeth are white but this one stands out. I try not to smile much as this just exposes it and it’s very embarrassing. Do you know of any natural remedies that will whiten this tooth. I went to the dentist and was told that there is nothing i can do to save it. He recommends to remove it and replace it with a veneer. This would cost me in excess of £500. Any recommendations you can give would be much appreciated. Would the butter oil and fermented cod liver oil help?. The rest of my teeth are perfect apart from the dead front tooth that is permanently yellow.

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 7, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Hard to tell but worth a shot. I do know a friend who was told her tooth was dead and she whitened it up naturally with large doses of FCLO and butter oil for a period of time. This was a few years ago now, so I can’t remember exactly how much she took.

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  6. honestly, I did not believe this at all (and am still unsure) but I do know that I have had six cavities for the longest time, then about a year ago my husband and I started adding more healthy living choices to our lifestyle. We ate all organic, no processed foods, and cut out all surgery drinks. Last year we added to the list. Now we also eat one fish meal a week, two vegan meals a week, sugar free (its amazing the teats you can make with honey!), and gluten free. I’m not sure if it was cutting out the sugar or adding the fish but I HAVE seen involvements on my teeth. There is no longer a nasty film on them and my cavities have not gotten worst. It does seem that ONE (just one) is getting better but I might be imagining it since its all the way in the back and hard to see.
    who knows… maybe there is something to this.

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  7. Does it have to be FERMENTED cod liver oil or can just cod liver oil be used?
    How do I make sure all pollution from the fish is taken out?
    What is the daily intake of the oil and the home made butter oil?

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  8. Hi I have a cavity but my mom will NOT let me try this she wants to go to an expensive dentist and we have non of that stuff so I can’t try it

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  11. Hello!

    I came across this post and I thought that the results your son had were remarkable. I am a little discouraged though, as I have been following Weston Price’s advice for almost 2 months and I can’t say that my cavities are gone. It’s interesting because you indicated that your son didn’t go off grains, still consumes sugar and yet his cavity healed. I am taking FCLO, a calcium supplement from New Chapter, I am not eating any grains or any sugar product, I use the toothpaste recipe from Wellness Mama, I consume goose liver pate, drink raw milk and eat raw butter and the only thing I haven’t done are the bone broths, which getting grass fed bones are really expensive, therefore I am take a liquid colloidal mineral supplement. I am in my 20′s, my body seems to heal rapidly and my hair grows really fast, I think this is going to take a lot longer than expected, in fact, I have a follow up appointment at my dentist in 3 months and if they aren’t gone by then…well then I know that maybe nutrition isn’t going to heal these cavities. I’m interested to know if anyone has tried this expecting fast results and haven’t gotten any…

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    • I went to the dentist last week after a piece of my tooth broke off when I was eating. The dentist had bad news. He said the tooth looked great on the outside but nothing left on the inside. He filled the hole and sent me on my way.

      But God had and has good news! What is impossible with man is possible with God!

      I cut junk food out of my diet 99 percent and ate more protein, rinsed with sea salt and coconut oil (separately), I started eating grass fed butter and eating cheese, but God is the one that has been doing the healing. I am a Christian, and have been since I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and be my Lord and Savior when I was 19, and all this time, I never understood the part of Isaiah 53:5 “By His Stripes we are Healed. I had no idea that God wants healing for all of His children! All the dental work I could have avoided!

      Now God may be using nutrition to help my teeth as well..He is healing my teeth, Five that had cavities are almost completely healed within a few days of each other this week..three days after I started a diet change!

      Trusting God, as He has told me He will heal my teeth..and really, If I choose not to have faith that is like telling God he doesn’t keep His promises,He does! I did confess my sins and I meant it, especially my sins with my mouth and words and not eating enough good foods, and I asked him to heal my teeth and to make them healthy, whole and strong and stable. I listened to Videos on Youtube on healing scriptures, and Joel Osteen videos, especially How to Move a Mountain, and I found out how to speak to the mountain and cast it out into the see, and God had showed me that scripture as well, Mark 11:23.

      I am trusting God to complete His work in my teeth, and seeing so many be healed and well on their way to healing including a tooth I had a root canal on two years ago that hurt ever since, is now almost pain free!

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  13. I tried this for my two boys who have cavities, despite that fact we brush and floss their teeth, while waiting for dental appointment and unfortunately it did not work for us. In fact both their teeth were much worse but the time the appointments for fillings came around. Don’t waste your money, get into the dentist as soon as possible.

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  15. What can you do if you have a dairy sensitivity? I take fclo but not the butter oil due to my sensitivity. I just recently was told I have 3 cavities, which I am questioning a bit because I haven’t had one in years and within the past 6 months I got 3? I went to my regular dentist, but found out at my appointment that he is retiring and new doctors took over the practice. If this was my usual dentist I would tend to believe it a bit more. Also, the dentist did not see anything, she just stuck the sharp instrument into my molars and said if it sticks then that is the start of a cavity and it needs to be filled. At the beginning of my appointment, before this finding, I said I wanted to wait on xrays because I am breastfeeding. They agreed because the dental hygenist did not see anything of concern and they are in the process of switching to digital xrays and thought it would be best to have those instead of the older type. Then at the end is when the doctor told me about the cavities. She was open to hearing about fclo/butter oil, Weston A. Price etc. and said she would look into it herself. I told her I would try this route and recheck in 6 months. Not sure what I can do but I need to find a solution to help before fillings are my only option. Any advice? Thanks!

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    • I would not believe the DDS. Use the bone broths for healing. It is the minerals that the tooth needs to heal. There are other things like ozone oil and MI paste that will remineralize it but just having a fissure is not a cavity even if it sticks! That is just a money making thing and the new DDS is probably not into superior dentistry just fast as he can make it. That is what I see in dentistry today. I was and am in the field and am disgusted by even the best dentists these days. They must teach them to make money more than care about people in dental school. I know they teach very outdated orthodontics in schools and I would never have the typical ortho for my child.

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    • Meg – you probably didn’t get three cavities in six months. Instead, there are two “schools of thought” I have found in dentists over the years. Some find a sticky spot and make a tiny filling early – it’s a preventive measure. They attack it before it gets worse, and then they don’t have to drill into your tooth nearly as much as they would had it turned into a full-blown cavity. The other school of thought is don’t treat things until they’re very noticeable. When I was young, my family switched dentists, as ours was retiring. He was pretty “old school” (only filled full-blown cavities). For our first appointments with the new dentist, my mother had five fillings, father had four, and sister had two (I had none and was pretty darn proud about that). It wasn’t that our dental hygiene had gone bad, it was just that our “new school” (fill the sticky spots while they’re small and don’t risk a big cavity or (heaven forbid) a root canal down the road) dentist was more into preemptive treatment.

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  16. So has anyone actually try this for themselves and has it really worked? It seems every article I find about this links to the same Amazon link. Advertising or is it the real deal?

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  17. The Cod Liver Oil that you recommend, “Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend” by Green Pastures has Beeswax and Plant Cellulose. What are these ingredients and do they harmful in any way?

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  19. You must be a proud mom indeed by achieving what people think is impossible. I have read Dr Weston Price studies and since then I am a firm believer in reversal on cavities or tooth decay. It is possible to get rid of cavities by just eating right food which is rich in vital nutrients. I came across this book called “Cure tooth decay” by Rameil Nagel which is based on Dr Weston Price’s research and studies. The author of this book has explained the causes of tooth decay that it is caused by nutritional deficiencies in our diet. He has devised a nutritional program, based on Dr Weston’s guidelines which include foods which are rich in nutrients. The author has also successfully treated and cured his daughter’s cavities by giving her nutritional diet. So I would recommend people to read this book and follow the diet plan mentioned in this book to prevent and reverse cavities forever. Visit this website for more information http://www.curetoothdecay.com/

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  23. This is very impressive but I am allergic to milk and any kind of fish/fish product makes me super nervous. I don’t want mercury or radiation or any other junk dumped into the environment and then absorbed by fish. I guess I’ll have to keep googling.

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  25. lol at the whole filling in with enamel. I’d love to see an explanation of how the outermost layer of dentin which was likely sclerotic formed a hydroxyapatite filling that conformed to the tooth’s natural anatomy. Diet definitely has a huge roll in causing/preventing dental caries but you all need to get a grip on reality. Next you’ll be telling me you sucked milk straight from a cow’s udders and it grew back your bone and cured your periodontal disease.

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  26. Thank you so much for posting this.

    Could you please say which brand of oils you used and how much was taken per day ?

    Thanks again.

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  29. Ok so I am looking up remedies as I am 15 weeks pregnant, and just had SEVEN fillings. All on the left side. However they are trying to push 2 root canals on me. Aside from them being mega expensive, I dont see anything positive long term from them. A lot of failed and redone root canals, etc.

    I looked up hypericum but am unable to take it because I am pregnant and there are studies saying to avoid until you’ve given birth and have finished breastfeeding. Im wondering if this diet will help with the pain/sensitivity I am still getting in my gums from all this trauma. I do not want to yank teeth, especially since one is a front tooth.

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  30. This “story” is an utter and complete lie. Whether or not fermented cod liver and butter oil helps prevent cavities i won’t comment, but to suggest it causes existing cavities to fill in and disappear is ludicrous. Why would someone make this up? Because they are selling those products immediately below the story.

    Its shameful that someone would willfully instruct others to allow their teeth to decay further for a few bucks in sales commission. But if you allow it to happen to yourself (or your kids) the shame is on you… as are the lost teeth.

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    • @WillJohnston, agreed. I’ve heard this “story” all over the internet and the one thing that I get hung up on every time is . . . what kind of dentist makes you wait “several weeks” for an appointment for a filling? I’ve moved around a lot and thus had many dentists and I’ve never run across one that wouldn’t fit a child in asap for a cavity. Of course, if the dentist had been willing to see the child that week, the story wouldn’t work, would it?

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      • I’m having trouble believing this as well, Although I’d really like to believe and most definitely see it work for myself. I’m commenting to answer your question about “what kind of dentist makes you wait “several weeks” for an appointment for a filling?”
        I’m a single mother living below the poverty line and have medical assistance. My kids and I HAVE to go to the only community health building with dental that will accept state aid. They have a long waiting list. Usually a few month to get in for an initial exam. Then another month or more to get in for fillings or other work. But they do tell you that you can call the office every day after 1pm to see if they have a cancellation or unconfirmed appointment that would fit your time slot with your appointed dentist. So it does happen for those of us who can’t afford our own dental insurance or the normal costs of dentist. But on another note. For those of us who can’t afford any of the matters I’ve just mentioned, we certainly would not be able to afford the costly items for these miraculous cures linked in these types of stories. That’s for sure!
        I also find it strange that none of the questions concerning the validity of the claims never get answered or addressed.

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  31. Interesting stuff. My Mum always claimed she healed my older brothers tooth with raw food & lots of almonds (I think). She was also a fan of cod liver oil and caster oil, I think one of those were in the mix somewhere. I always put it down to her imagination as she can be very eccentric. I tried googling if this could be done a year or so back as I have a few cavities from poor diet and bad tooth hygiene (x smoker here). I got nothing but a firm no for all the articles I read, so I have continued to disbelieve it. I have had a small cavity growing on my front canine. Im really eager to believe it’s possible…. I’ll be buying some cod liver oil and raw butter combo. I’ll take some before and after shots, and continue between now and end of year. I’ll have to make a few diet changes too, currently I’m big coffee drinker. Might take a few weeks before I’m on track dietary wise.

    Do let me know if there are other foods I should cut out…. or include.

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  34. I’d much rather try this than go to some stupid dentist who still believes that fluoride prevents cavities and filling a person’s mouth with mercury is a good thing. Most dentists are fools.

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    • I see lots of fools on this page, but none of them are claiming to be dentists! I noticed one fool in particular: Her name is Michele!

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  36. I’ve read through many of the comments on this site, and I have noticed that many of the arguments have devolved into very personal attacks from both sides, and most of the ones aimed at skeptics are accusations of monetary involvement with the industry of dental medicine. for this reason, I would like to preface my statement with the information that I am not a dentist. I’m not a doctor. I have no intention of ever being a dentist or going any nearer to one than necessary. (No offense to the profession, but dentist appointments are not my favorite activity.) I also haven’t read any dental books, including Dr. Price’s. As such, I refuse to regard him either as the ultimate authority or as a quack.
    I’m a person with a few cavities who would like to get rid of them. I don’t really care whether this is via alternative medicine or more traditional paths. However, before I buy expensive supplements and postpone a supposedly necessary procedure, I would like to soothe my inborn skepticism.
    Here are my questions:
    Nearly all of the dissenters have asked for concrete proof, such as dental records or even dated photographs. After each posting have been several other posts from people either promising to use the cure or announcing its success in their cases. Why don’t any of these people document their process, take pictures, and settle the debate?

    It’s been established that blood is the body’s healing mechanism. That’s why cuts bleed and the scabs are formed of congealed blood. This theory holds for broken bones too: bone marrow produces a large quantity of blood cells. The counterargument I have seen presented is that saliva serves the same function for the teeth. I’m not so sure, and here’s my reasoning:

    If a hole in a tooth can be healed, that means the body is capable of growing enamel in specific patterns onto a tooth without the presence of blood. if this is indeed feasible, why do children lose their baby teeth? no other body part is similarly shed and replaced, so what is the purpose of such a function? It seems so wasteful to grow a perfectly good set of teeth only to wantonly discard it. if baby teeth could be grown inside the mouth by layering on enamel, why would they ever have to go? As for those who point out that we aren’t born with a full set of teeth, that’s true. but the new ones form within the gums, surrounded by blood, then push their way out. why would they do that if they could simply form on the outside from the start.
    If you’re going to reply to me, please don’t insult me. I genuinely would like this method to work. if it doesn’t, however, then I have been ill-used by those encouraging me to delay treatment, and I would like to prevent that. I have no expertise on this subject, and I don’t pretend to. just common sense ideas.

    also, Sarah, if you read this comment, I would very much appreciate a personal response answering my questions so I don’t waste any more time deliberating the options. thank you very much.

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  37. Hi Sarah, I know it’s been a while since you wrote this but thank you! Still helpful after all these years!

    I was wondering about the link for butter/oil at the end of the article. It takes you to Green Pastures butter/oil capsules. Is that intended? Don’t you usually recommend the liquid? I much prefer the capsules and would love it if the link to those is intentional but I thought it was difficult (or much more expensive) to get the benefits with those. Thanks!

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  38. Interesting read.

    Butter oil and cod liver oil contain lots of Vitamin D, a study found that “Vitamin D Linked to Lower Rates of Tooth Decay” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127130321.htm

    So I think your story is believable, though I’m uncertain if what was identified was actually a cavity.

    It seems that the benefit comes from the Vitamin D, I’m not sure if the Vitamin A in the cod liver oil is useful for this purpose.

    It’s well established that Vitamin D is essential for healthy teeth and bones. Some research also suggests that omega-3 may help teeth as well (which is found in cod liver oil).

    But what’s missing in your treatment I believe is calcium.

    My hypothesis is that the combination of Vitamin D, omega-3, calcium (not mentioned in this article), and also something else involved with saliva (which I’m uncertain of) will regrow enamel.

    Since correlation isn’t causation I believe that the cod liver oil and butter oil is just one part of the equation, not the full story. But I think you got an important part of it.

    To all the doubters, it’s already been scientifically proven that enamel CAN regrow under certain conditions, they’ve already regrown enamel in mice and in humans using a special compound (http://www.medgadget.com/2011/08/a-cavity-filling-fluid-that-regenerates-tooth-enamel-is-this-the-end-of-the-dental-drill.html), so my hypothesis is that it should be possible naturally as well.

    So what do the so-called experts and dentists here claiming that enamel can’t regrow have to say about that?

    Thanks for the information.

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  40. I am amazed and hopeful reading this story. I just got back from a second opinion dentist appointment regarding my daughter’s teeth. She is 2 1/2 and has had some significant discoloration on her front, top 2 teeth. Thankfully it isn’t decay yet. However, the enamel on those teeth did not form properly and the teeth are very susceptible at this point. With traditional dentistry our options arent great. Do you think a similar plan could help with this as well? If so, what brands do you recommend for the FCLO and butter oil? What about doses for her? As I said before she is 2 1/2. She weighs a little under 40 lbs and is off the chart for her height and weight.

    We have been working towards a full WAP kitchen and the oil supplements are on my to-change list, we just haven’t done it yet. Maybe now is the time!

    Thank you in advance for the help. I am so disappointed about this. I had terrible teeth as a kid and they aren’t great as an adult. If I can spare my children this same fate, I want to try.

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  42. Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I am wondering if you could give me dosing guidelines for adults, an 8 year old and a 1 year old. I am planning on buying the Blue Ice Royal BO & FCLO gel, but is it more cost effective to buy the BO and FCLO separately? Also, is there a maintenance dose and a dose for treating activty cavities? Thank you so much in advance! We sincerely appreciate it!

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  45. Hi, I noticed this little black cavity on one tooth of mine. I noticed it yesterday, and it’s really scaring me. It’s small, so I have started the capsules. I really don’t want to get any kind of flossing done!!! Hope everything works out!!!!

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    • Bangalore Huduga June 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Akshita,
      Where did u get the cod liver oil and Butter oil in India? I am finding it hard to get them in Bangalore.

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      • Butter oil was easy. It’s ghee, and you find that everywhere.
        I am actually using cloves (long) (putting it regularly), not cod liver oil. The truth is, since a month has passed and the cavity hasn’t “disappeared”, I’m going to visit the dentist. It has made a progress but I think that’s just because of regular brushing, having milk, and perhaps butter oil.

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        • Bangalore Huduga July 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

          Thanks Akshita!
          Mine are deep cavities and i already had few root canals. So there’s little left for me. I am also using clove and mustard oil/rock salt combination. No difference yet.

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    • I don’t think there is, you could try doing lots of vit c in the diet and get a ton of vitamin D from the sun because I don’t think you can get it really from any plants. Soak and ferment all grains, beans, legumes, and nuts and find out how to neutralize, plants just like animals want to live and protect themselves and they do so by giving off poisons and anti nutrients.

      I believe there would be no way for me personally to be healthy on a vegetarian diet. And I think very few can do well on one, most of the people I’ve seen and heard of that start taking these and following the weston a price diet were vegetarians because they were suffering so badly. It could be the fact these people that suffer are usually too limited didn’t get enough vit c and d and don’t think outside the box on how to get their minerals, such as eating seaweeds, grasses, and moss as a staple to their diets. I believe that is unlikely though, most people are just meant to eat meat and organs if not all.. plain and simple. Just look at nature, until we live in a world where 100% of predators stop eating animals then I will stop, because otherwise I will really suffer. We probably even learned to eat and hunt for meat from animals. Plus like I said, plants want to live too… only because they aren’t cute and blahblah nobody cares. Life is sacrificing.

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  46. Cait the Herbivore May 25, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Hi, and thanks for writing this. I am about to turn 24 and just noticed a pinprick of what I believe to be a cavity. My first one. I have a dentist phobia and if I can find a natural remedy to try first, Goddess knows I will. I always do anyway. My main issue with your suggestion is that I am a vegitarian and thus can’t do the FCLO. I am not Vegan, so I can do the butter oil or ghee. Is there something I can replace the cod oil with? Thank you and Blessed be!

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  48. Kimberly Tidwell May 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I got way too caught up in reading the comments. anyway, I just received my order of Green Pasture’s FCLO & BO, we can’t get raw milk where we live, but bought Kerrygold on Wardee Harmon’s recommendation. We will be getting raw milk and butter in Tennessee soon. Is there a toothpaste like Earthpaste or like that you recommend or used? My 5 yr old’s is very very tiny, but want to try to heal it naturally. I saw where you said “to hit it hard twice a day” Do I give her a total of 4 FCLO capsules a day? Dosage is 2 capsules, I know you do the liquid. Thank you, I need this information!!!

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  52. Lets pretend for a second she is right. Now lets pretend 75% (I’m sure it’s an extremely high estimate) of dentists/scientists/other related fields are all in on this giant conspiracy to suppress knowledge and line thier pockets. How about the other 25%? This amounts to tens of millions of good people. People who are in the same field and care about humanity, not to mention the fact that something like this being proven would easily guauruntee a Nobel prize and the giant cash rewArd that includes. If they are so selfish they would take that easy money and call it a day. Not to mention what they could earn from appearences and books and interviews. Look at journalists! I’m not talking about big papers because I’m sure you will tell me those are corporation controlled conspiracy giants as well. I’m talking about the small up and comers who believe in getting the truth out at any expense. I could go on, but the fact of the matter is…. This lady is likely niave as all hell, or an employee of someone who reaps dividends from these types of sales. C’mon guys… No one is praying for this to be true more than I. We are on the cusp of a treatment being released in the near future, but I can pretty much guaruntee you whatever it includes, it isn’t gonna be fats! It’s like the people that are so certain brushing their teeth with butter is superior to tooth paste. Of course they can’t figure out why their teeth are yellow and rotting out at 45. I’m no professional, but I was an amateur bodybuilder for about 15 years and I’m well aware of the health benefits to be had from omega 3′s, amino acids, and/or fish oils. Unfortunately regrowing teeth isn’t one of them.

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  53. Pretty sure my teeth are past the stage of this possibility 20 of my teeth are currently in half with 0 enamul…..side note… the fuck is wrong with you having a kid take oil pills like a 80 year old? x.x

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    • I would have my kids take them if I had kids, this cod liver oil is absolutely amazing. I’m a 19 year old female and I had such a bad hormone imbalance, horrible cramps, even very painful water retention on the stomach I thought I was having appendicitis, acne, depression to where I couldn’t live with myself, and so many others… the minute I stop doing it I get all of these things back… this is the best medicine and no bad side effects and 100% natural! For me to benefit so much and not let my kids would be shameful

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  55. All u people saying frigging fats can heal cavities and its common sense must be delusional. Common sense based on? Your graduate degree in anatomy? Or is it biology? Perhaps skeletal and muscular science? Or are you a dietician/dentist hybrid? Let me guess you have 100s if not 1000s of years of medical research that the rest of us haven’t seen? Our medical communities clinical tests and research is all funded and altered by the giant conspiracy machine… Lol. Common sense.. Yea I could see how an amino acid that helps with digestion and heart health could have absolutely anything to do with regrowing enamel and decaying bone. Christ we are still amputating dead tissue, let me know when we can regrow that first. What’s truly scary is just how quickly and easily you people eat this stuff up. Quick secret.. I’m a dental-phobe and have several cavaties due to that very reason. I would LOVE for this to be true. Talk about dream come true. Unfortunately, it just isn’t.

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    • Kevin,
      “Christ we are still amputating dead tissue, let me know when we can regrow that first”
      - read Ann Wigmore book about Wheat grass juice, and research by Gary Young about high quality therapeutic grade essential oils.

      Ann Wigmore was presented with a Recognition Award for work in the field of Youthfulness and for Efforts in Regeneration of Human Cells and Tissues, in 1971.

      For the past 12 years, Young Living has compiled an essential oil reference library that has over 280,000 compound references. Every oil in the Essential Desk Reference has numerous research sited.

      As far as comparing science and thousands of years of the experience people have had using different remedies – there is no comparison. Science can try to understand
      nature, but it is not that simple.

      Negative emotions change PH to acidic. The acid not only harms his body – the teeth as well (speaking from personal experience – please read my other answers).

      Did anyone watch cancer-forbidden-cures and Hear the Silence?

      In summary, I want to say, that we are all learn as we get older – we all have had different experiences than others, and therefore feel a certain way. Remember Shakespeare: “there is nothing good or bad – just thinking makes it so”

      Don’t be angry!

      As far as the author of this post getting paid – why not – she put a lot of work into it.
      And then again, what if she is telling the truth? Why do people always suspect rot first?

      Yes, my husband says that 99.9% of people care only about themselves. And I get hurt when someone lies to me. However, I still like to help people, and do not enjoy seeing anyone suffer. (sorry for getting too far with this, maybe)

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  56. I have a 2 and 3 year old. I purchase Ghee all the time but didn’t realize it’s also cled butter oil until watching your video. I was wondering if I could spread Ghee on toast & mix 1-2tsp of fermented cod liver oil with local raw honey & spread on top of the toast as well. Do you think this would work for my toddlers & possibly help prevent cavities?

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  59. i didn’t read through all the hundreds of comments and posts, so sorry if this has already been asked, but is butter oil the same as or similar to ghee? isn’t butter oil just the butter fat without the milk solids? i’ve been eating a lot of pure indian foods grassfed organic ghee to try to heal my teeth. it’s high in the fat soluble vitamins.

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    • My take on it is that

      Butter oil:
      - Raw
      - Grass fed and natural
      - Not only Grass fed but collected from RAPIDLY growing grass which contains the key vitamin called Activator X or vitamin K2. When is there rapidly growing grass? in the spring time! they collect the butter oil in the spring time. Grass fed ghee might have this vitamin sometimes but it won’t always and that’s why you would get butter oil because it ensures that you are getting what you need.

      I don’t know what else could be the difference though, and ghee probably is very good for you anyway. So it just depends on how much you want to make sure of what you’re doing is benefiting you to the maximum.

      Another thing you could try is skate liver oil which has the vitamins in cod liver oil but on top of that has a high amount of activator x. Even higher than butter oil…

      Hope this would clear things up

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      • Jackie,
        You seem to be looking for 1 solution to your problem. It does not work that way.
        .
        For example, if you eat sweets and don’t brush your teeth afterwards,
        if you have some stressful situation which affects your teeth,
        if your colon needs cleansing,
        if you’re deficient in some minerals,
        if you have Candida,
        if you don’t irrigate your teeth, don’t drink enough, etc. and so on.

        I don’t mean to discourage you. I just want to emphasize that you need to examine a few things.

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  60. First of all, as a dental hygienist, you CAN NOT heal cavities. If you know anything about Microbiology, anyone would know this. Once a tooth has been decayed by bacteria, feeding the bacteria any kind of natural sugar or carbohydrates only allows the bacteria to continue to multiply and become more virulent which causes even more decay. The only way you can “heal” a cavity is if there is a “white spot lesion” on the tooth which is a hallmark of demineralization. If you catch this stage early enough, you can promote remineralization by forcing calcium, phosphate and fluoride into the demineralized area by use of a fluoride application. Once tooth structure is lost, the only way to fix the cavity is by having a dentist drill the tooth which gets rid of the bacteria and then fill it. If people could heal their own cavities, then there would be no need for a dentist or dental hygienists.

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    • If you knew anything about microbiology, you would know how silly it is to go and say what you’re saying and then say that you can drill away bacteria. One does not simply drill away bacteria period. You can not get rid of bacteria anywhere in the body, you would die or get sick and would not be able to even function without bacteria. Ever consider that you have mass numbers of bacteria all over and inside your body, yet, it does not “eat” your flesh, but once you die it “eats” you. Its the same thing here, remove the dead/dying flesh, bacteria will not “eat it.” Doesn’t mean you removed the bacteria with a drill.

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        • Megan, you’re on the right track. Izzy and Eugenia, you are completely off base and have a severe lack of knowledge of dentistry and microbiology.
          Yes, our bodies are filled with bacteria. Bacteria is in our gut and in our mouths. Yes, we cannot survive without this bacteria. It plays a crucial role in our digestive process. You are both correct in that we cannot rid our bodies of bacteria. We do not want to rid our bodies of bacteria. We do, however, want to rid our bodies of harmful bacteria (yes, there are good ones and bad ones) that cause various diseases (and tooth decay) Now, for the bacteria you two seem to have no knowledge about… the one’s that cause tooth decay (caries) known as cariogenic bacteria. Cariogenic bacteria come in two forms: aerobic (needs oxygen to survive) and anaerobic (can survive without oxygen, oxygen actually will kill them). The first stage of tooth decay, demineralization, is caused by aerobic bacteria. They are present in the mouth and adhere to teeth through plaque. Plaque takes a minimum of 24 hours to form (in other words, if you do a good job of brushing a flossing once a day, you should be able to prevent most tooth decay). Once plaque is on the tooth, the bacteria need food (sugar) in order to survive. When the bacteria feed on the sugar (or other carbohydrate), they produce acid. It is the acid by-product from the bacteria that actually causes tooth decay (not the bacteria themselves). It breaks down the mineral structure of the tooth until in causes a “cavity.” Once the cavity continues to grow, there is a change in the bacteria. We then see a shift toward anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria will not be removed with simple brushing and flossing. These are the bacteria that must be removed by a dentist. These are the ones that Izzy says we cannot simply “drill out.” She is right that I cannot drill out all of the bacteria in someone’s mouth, and I don’t want or need to. I simply need to remove the affected dental tissue that has been damaged by the anaerobic bacteria. At the same time, I am removing these harmful bacteria. If I happen to miss one of those microscopic little bacteria, guess what…. I killed him by exposing him to oxygen (remember, anaerobic bacteria die in the presence of air). At this point, after the damaged tooth structure and bacteria have been removed, I now place a nice, conservative restoration that will protect the tooth from further invasion of more bacteria. This is now a healthy tooth with no decay. If, however, my patient chooses not to brush and floss properly, a new cavity can form.
          As for the comments about eating this or that and healing your cavities, it is a complete lie. Teeth only have an internal blood supply and even if any of these things your are putting into your body could stop decay, your body would have no way of getting them to the external surface of the tooth where they are needed.
          As far as re-growing teeth (enamel (the outmost dental tissue) or dentin (the second layer of dental tissue)), look into some tiny cells that are present in teeth early on in life. They are called ameloblasts (produce enamel) and odontoblasts (produce dentin). Ameloblasts are completely inactivated after initial tooth formation. They cannot be brought back to life in any way. Odontoblasts are still present in a limited function inside the dental pulp (the nerve and blood supply to the tooth). Again, these cells are only present inside the tooth. They do no good in healing a cavity on the external surface of a tooth.
          Now, if you can offer me some solid evidence as to how these so called treatments are even getting to the tooth, and then exactly how they are re-activating ameloblasts to produce enamel, I will listen to you (as will every dental researcher, university and the committee who awards the Nobel prize). Until then, get an education about the things you are posting on the forum as facts!

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  61. Is there a way to heal sensitive gums??? I use the special toothpaste for that but still are very sensitive!
    Thanks,
    Tricia

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    • First you need to check the bristles on your tooth brush, are they soft enough?

      Second, you need to check your flossing and brushing technique.. there are a lot of great youtube videos out there that can show you how to brush and floss properly so that you don’t hurt your gums. You can also ask your dentist or hygienist to show you, they will probably be happy to show you.

      Third, your floss… does your floss fit your teeth? Also waxed floss is best, it can easily slide in and out that way you don’t end up losing control and chopping your gums and roots all up. Also the skinnier the floss, the easier it will be to cut the gums and the more careful you should be but you should use skinny waxed floss if you have tight spaces.

      By bad technique and using the wrong equipment you can get injuries, I had an exposed root from being a little too careless with my floss and it took a few weeks to heal but it hurt and was sharp every time I had anything cold. I hope these tips help you like it helped me

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    • Try oil pulling with coconut oil. You take a teaspoon of coconut oil (it’s a solid oil. You can get it at walmart by all the other oils for cooking or on amazon, or pretty much any other grocery store. Just some have better prices. I like the Spectrum oil {it’s less than $8 for a 15 or 14oz jar at walmart] there’s not much of a taste at all. There is a cheaper brand that comes in a white plastic jar that’s cheaper. I use that one for cooking but has more of an oil like taste if using for pulling)put it in your mouth and chew it a bit to get it to melt. Then swish and pull it around and through/between your teeth for 29mins. DO NOT SWALLOW. It’s believed that you are pulling toxins out of your gums and even your blood stream and body. Spit it in the trash. Don’t spit it in the sink or it could re-solidify and build up in your pipes causing it to clog. Then rinse your mouth well with a warm salt rinse. Do this first thing in the morning before drinking or eating anything. Then brush and floss. There are some good recipes for toothpaste that include bentonite clay. Here’s a few on this site… http://www.breathmd.com/how-to-make-toothpaste.php
      I find the best floss for me is the “tape” or “ribbon” kind. The spaces between my teeth are very close together. But you do have to keep up with the oil pulling in order to see and keep up the results of your reduced sensitivity. I also switch my brushing with just pouring home made mouth rinse on my toothbrush and brushing with it. It’s a mixture of water, peroxide, and peppermint oil. I’m sorry, I can’t remember the mix ratio or where I found it. I think I made up my own after looking at a few different recipes. I do know that mine ended up very very minty and sometimes makes my eyes water if I’m using it as a rinse. But brushing with it is fine.
      I also want to state that when using essential oils in any type of recipe or therapy, use what you find to be best. Don’t just use whatever brand the recipe states because most likely the ones posting those are distributors of that brand of oil and are just doing so because they hope the person reading won’t know any better and will just buy from them. Do lots of research and try to stay away from MLM companies that make copyrighted claims. Good luck :)

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  62. I have some questions. Is raw butter different from regular butter? Does anyone know of a specific brand? Is it okay for the butter oil to be in the same capsule as the cod liver oil?

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    • Milk is a living food and when you pasteurize it, it kills all the bacteria and so you’re basically drinking a bunch of dead bacteria whether bad or good bacteria. Pasteurization does not remove bacteria it just kills them. Now you may think that is a good thing but it’s not.. The bacteria in raw milk is good bacteria most of the time unless there is unsanitary conditions and bad environments. Pasteurized milk is linked to all sorts of medical issues probably because they are drinking a food that is supposed to be consumed naturally the way it is. Plus pasteurization lets people leave the animals in god awful conditions all because they can pasteurize it and that somehow fixes everything, just because you pasteurize doesn’t make the food is okay for people to eat. This is probably the biggest factor in why people have so many health problems these days. Anyway that’s the difference between raw and pasteurized.

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  63. Does this really work? I’m having some really bad teeth problems right now with a mother who refuses to take me to the dentist because she doesn’t want to pay, and with out a job money to pay for it myself is out of the question to get it done in a reasonable time. So would the butter/cod oil caps from green pastures work? Or do I have to buy them on their own?

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  64. Hello again Sarah,

    I saw the message that the dentist wrote about how enamel or teeth don’t heal back. I am willing to undergo an experiment and see if there is any proof to either side. I have a follow up appointment with my kid’s dentist in 3 months to check on the progress of her cavity. I know I will be brushing her teeth more frequently, just to prevent it from spreading. So, lets work on something I can do for her additionally. I promise, if her situation gets better I will be the first one to tell you and the world that it is possible. My baby loves vegetables, so if there is a nutritious drink that I can make for her, please by all means tell me and I will keep you posted on her health. I want the cavities to stop and improve her health, period!!!

    As you can see, I’m desperate.

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    • Maria,
      It is not the vegetables that will restore the tooth structure or remineralize the tooth. It is the good fats. Green Pastures cod liver oil with butter oil if you can and the raw pastured cow butter is what Sarah did to restore the teeth. It will work if you do this. The minerals in these kinds of fats help to do this. It worked for my daughter who had an abscess in her tooth we healed without a root canal. We also did ozone therapy to make sure the infection was dead and removed from the body. But, you need the nutrition right now.

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      • Melinda,
        Just so that I understand well, it has to be the Green Pasture type? Can I get a different brand of cod liver oil? This brand is expensive and I also need to be creative on the way I give it to her because she might not like the strong odor/taste. As for the butter oil, I’m thinking of making my own from Sarah’s recipe.

        What are your thoughts or ideas?

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        • The Green Pastures is one of the only CLO’s that has a right amount of A to D. You can get the flavored gel. I like the cinnamon flavor and it has no fishy after taste. You only use half a teaspoon instead of a full teaspoon if that helps. It will last longer. I think it is a good company too. Sometimes you can buy it from your local chapter leader of WAPF for a bit less.

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  65. Hello Sarah,

    My name is Maria and today I visited the dentist with my 2 year old. I’m so disappointed with my brushing work on her. I was told that she has a small cavity on her back molar. I Really need your help with her diet because I want her tooth to heal and prevent anymore cavities. My baby started teething early, at 3 months, and I already feel like her teeth are very weak. Also, I’m planning on getting pregnant soon and would like to take the pills that your son took to improve his dental health. What do you recommend for my 2 year old daughter and I?

    Thanks for your help!!!

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  66. Interesting story. I hope it’s true.

    Myself, I follow Norman Walker’s book on juicing and many other books by him. For example, he writes:: “raw dandelion juice obtained from the leaves as well as the root and combined with carrot and turnip leaves juice, will assist in remedying spinal and other bone ailments, as well as give strength and firmness to the tee, thus helping to prevent pyorrhea and decay.

    I found therapeutic grade essential oils most effective dealing with infection and protecting from germs. I add therapeutic grade essential oils of lemon and tea tree to sea salt for brushing my teeth. In fact, I was lucky to avoid a root canal procedure by using oils.

    If you like the proof, I’ll post all the E-mails back and forth to my dentis on my blog:
    http://eugeniyamusic.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-tooth-saved-by-my-holistic-dentist.html

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  68. Wow. Such controversy.
    I don’t think all of this bitterness is called for, necessary, or acceptable. It’s not a wise decision to disregard the dentistry. They have proven, time and again, their worth. I have quite a few cavities, and I’ll cope with getting them filled in. I would like to believe that cavities can naturally heal, but it’s enamel; closer to being like a rock. But, guys, stop ganging up on Sarah. She did something and it worked. Regardless of how, it happened for her. Maybe it was because her kid was growing, and strange and wonderful things can happen with growth. If you don’t believe it, then fine. This isn’t a scientific journal. It’s a… shoot, I have no idea what this website is. Gossip? Eh, that sounds a bit too cynical, but oh well. The thing is, no one should be so unbelievably worked up over this. Exchange numbers and argue it over the phone or leave it to oral science discussions to debate. Don’t spam it here!
    Few, if any, of us know how anything here worked. Sarah might be mistaken. She might not. But do you all really have a need to start hatin’ on her? If so, you’re sick.
    What happened to “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”? These pompous issues could be avoided.
    That’s all this is – pride and prejudice. No one wants to admit they’re wrong, no one wants to fold. Goddamnit, stop being so stubborn, ALL OF YOU. LEAVE THIS POOR CREATURE ALONE AND DO WHAT YOU WANT. Just know you’re right or she’s right and MOVE ON.
    Dentist or giant horsepills. Your choice. I just came here to see if there was some valid arguement, and there was. I don’t say it’s sound, because there isn’t enough research into teeth (and who, really, ever wants to do that?) but I won’t argue it anymore.
    I’m done with this day.
    Don’t order people around, unless you really want to be ordered around yourself. Just go to sleep if you really want to be that way. Wake up and see if you still feel the hate. If so, go back to sleep.

    Oh, and NO HATERS respond to this. You won’t like the result. I accept kindness and well-formed, gentle criticism. None of this apeshit sarcasm some of you yahoos have been flinging around.

    Thank you Sarah, and thank you Dentists.
    PeaceOut.
    (P.S. calm down people, it’s just a website.)

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  70. Ok, here is most likely what healed your child’s tooth. There was nothing there in the first place.
    First, the area you described–lingual of anterior tooth near gum line–never decays without some major problem–like Mountain Dew mouth or Meth use.

    Second, my own dental assistant that trained in a program for a year and has worked for 2 years and I consider knowledgable about teeth was in a panic and sure her kid had a cavity in a similar location you are describing–I checked it the next day, and it was a up side down popcorn kernal, which looked just like decay and made a fake hole in her kids tooth.

    Third, you believe oil and butter will make a hole in a tooth suddenly heal? Teeth are just like bones–next time you get a hole in your bone, just butter that baby up and see if it heals.

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  71. I just had my mercury fillings replaced with composite. One side of my mouth is ok, but the other side is sensitive when I chew. I’ve had the dentist shave down the fillings so they aren’t too ‘tall’. I was wondering if they would be weak from just too much of the tooth gone to begin with, and if it would help if I tried the fish oil gels to fill my teeth (or strengthen my teeth).

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  72. Tracie Tackett-Penrod February 3, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I don’t know if you would know the answer to this or not, but my almost 2yr old son has a cow’s milk allergy. He also has some significant tooth decay. The dentist wants to put him under general anesthesia soon to do some dental work. I want to avoid this if at all possible. Is there anything else that I can use to replace the “butter oil” you recommended?

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    • Tracie,
      I would not put a 2 yo under anesthesia. This type of procedure is very popular ow with dds. This way the DDs’s who do not see children can and the pedodontist’s can make alot more money doing munch more dental work in one appt. I would not let my child be that guinea pig. I don’t know if you are using raw milk or pasteurized. Usually raw milk helps allergies in my view. I would make kefir from raw milk too. Have you tried the butter oil with the CLO? If all else fails, try raw goat milk or butter. Use lots of butter. He really needs the minerals to remineralize teeth if you are interesed in that, which is in the grazed cows raw milk and that same butter.

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  73. Sarah – I have been plagued by cavities all of my life. I even had periodontal disease and had to go through surgery. I brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash. I very, very rarely eat any sweets at all and yet cavities still like to come back to me. For over 30 years I have been doing what the dentists told me to do and my condition only worsens. This falls inline with most of the medical world – the money is in the treatment not in the cure.

    The same people who debunk the logic behind the fact that your body made it in the first place so your body should be able to heal it if given the right tools are likely the same people that say things like:
    – you need to get a shot so you don’t get bird/swine/entername here flu
    – cancer can never be beaten without chemotherapy
    – inoculations could never cause autism
    – brain cells do not grow back
    – and a whole host of other inaccurate references

    I firmly believe that our body can fix almost anything if given the right tools. I am not here to defend my position or your position as I am not seeking to change other people’s minds. I am here to say “Thank you Sarah” for posting this. I sincerely appreciate the information that you presented.

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  74. I’ve just discovered your site. Can’t wait to read everything. How did you get your son to drink the cod liver oil? Any secrets to success?
    Thx

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  75. Hi Sarah, I really would like to try this remedy however I have never been able to take pills or capsules with ease. Do you think it will be just as effective if I use chewable cod liver oil pills or if i got the butter oil capsules and cut them open to suck the liquid out? Thanks for the information.

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  76. 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.

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  80. Melinda,

    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.

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    • TC,
      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.

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  81. 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.

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    • 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.

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  82. 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?

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    • Caity,
      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.

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  83. 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!

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    • 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!

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  84. 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 :)
    Anastasia @ eco-babyz\’s last post: Snowman Card Craft {for wee ones}

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    • 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. orofacialmyologyoforangecounty.com or blessd2be2@yahoo.com

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  86. Hello,

    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!

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  87. 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.

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  89. 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.

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  90. @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

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  91. 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. (http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/fact_sheets/engineering/wfadditives.htm#1)

    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.

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  92. 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!

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  93. 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.

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  94. 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.

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    • Sally,
      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.

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  95. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • Caitlin,
          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.

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          • Melinda,
            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!

  96. 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

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  97. 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.

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  98. 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 http://www.pubmed.org if you want scientific research!
    I am a Dentist who see this everyday.

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  100. 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!!

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    • 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.

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  101. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • My apologies. My message ended to the effect of “established science”, and that’s where yours started. I assumed a link; my mistake.

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  102. 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.com”. 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:

    http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/1225-why-are-teeth-not-considered-bones.html
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_teeth_bones

    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?

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  103. 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).

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  104. 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

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  105. 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.

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  106. 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.

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    • 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

      Marco

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  107. 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.

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  108. 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.

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  109. 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 http://www.eelandscaping.blogspot.com and send me the info. In fact, I’ll pay you 5 bucks (Canadian) as incentive, if you do.

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  110. 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.

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  111. Samuel,

    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.

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  112. 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.

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  113. Stuart,

    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….

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  114. 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

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  115. Heather – you can get the capsules from best-organic-supplements.com in the USA – or funkyraw.com in Europe.

    They saved me from having a root canal.

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  116. 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!!!

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  117. 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.

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  118. Sarah,

    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.

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  119. 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!
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    • 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?

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  120. 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!

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  121. Jonathan Brian Francoeur September 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    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.

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  122. 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.

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  123. 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! :D

    take care, all the best

    Marco

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  124. 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

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    • Jen!
      tell me something, did the healing that you spoke about happened after a change in nutrition? =) are the two things you mentioned linked?

      tk

      Marco

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      • 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.

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        • 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 =)

          tk

          M.

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          • 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.

  125. 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.

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  128. 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.

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    • Kirstian, You really need to find a DDS that does ozone!!! My daughter had this and you can email me at blessd2be2@yahoo.com. 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!!

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  129. 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 :)

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  131. 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.

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  132. 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!!!

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  133. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  135. 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.

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  137. 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. http://www.Frauenfeldclinic.com – lots of tips on preventing myopia in children on there, too.

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  138. Congratulations on solving the most pandemic disease affecting mankind.

    I think I’ll drop out of dental school now.

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  139. 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….

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  140. 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…

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  141. 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.

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  142. 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.
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    • Late to the party July 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      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.

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  143. 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 :D

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  144. 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!!! :)

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    • 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.

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      • “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.

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        • 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.

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    • 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.

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  145. 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.

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  146. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  147. 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.

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    • Carlie,
      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.

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  148. 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.

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  149. 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.

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  150. 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!!!

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  152. 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?

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  154. 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.

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    • 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.

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  155. 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?

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  158. 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!

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  159. 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

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  160. 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.

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  161. 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.

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  162. 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.

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    • Susan,
      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.

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        • Susan

          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.

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  164. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  166. Sarah,
    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.

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  167. 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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  168. This sounds like a remarkable treatment. Does anyone have any before and after photos that they could post showing the cavities before and after?

    Thanks,

    Zac

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    • 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.

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  169. karen stanbarger May 21, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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

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  170. 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?

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  171. 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(http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/Butter-Oil-Cod-Liver-Oil-Blend/healthy-fats-oils). 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,
    Bri

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  172. 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 !

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  173. 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?
    Thanks

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    • 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.

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  174. 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?

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  175. 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?

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  176. 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.

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    • 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.

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  177. 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.

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    • 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.”
      http://www.journeytoforever.org/farm_library/price/price16.html

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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  178. 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?

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    • Hi Jayshree

      I recommend you look at the Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) website (www.westonaprice.org) 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

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  179. 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.
    Article: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/insurance-24-year-dies-toothache/story?id=14438171#.T3OYqpjHE20

    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.

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  180. 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.

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  181. 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…..

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  182. 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.

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    • 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!!

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      • 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: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2011/03/video-how-to-make-ghee-butter-oil/

        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: http://www.naturalnews.com/029112_teeth_regeneration.html 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.

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  183. 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!

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  184. 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!

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  185. 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.

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    • 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.

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  187. 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?

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  188. 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?

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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  189. you can also look at healingteethnaturally.com there are also some dentists on there who have done the research and are better informed than your msm dentist.

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  190. 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!

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  192. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • Questions?
        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!

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  193. 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!

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  194. 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.

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  196. 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.

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    • @ 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.

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  197. 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.

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    • 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…

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    • 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.

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      • 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?

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  198. 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.

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  199. 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!!

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  200. 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!

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

        Cheers,
        Dimple.

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  201. 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!!

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    • Bernie,

      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

      Cheers,
      Dimple.

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      • 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.

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  204. 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.

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  205. 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!

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  206. 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.

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  207. 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??

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  208. 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! :D
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    • 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.

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      • 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?

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  210. 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:)

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  211. 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!

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  212. 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!

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  215. 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?

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  216. 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.

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  217. 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!

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  218. 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.

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    • 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.

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  219. 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 ;).
    Kelly

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  221. 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.

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  222. 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,

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    • 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.

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      • Michelle Arrue May 31, 2012 at 5:26 am

        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.

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  224. Sarah,
    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,
    Allie

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  226. 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.

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  227. 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)
    http://www.mercuryexposure.info/occupational/material-safety-data-sheets/item/468-material-safety-data-sheets-msds-overview

    – 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.

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    • 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…

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    • 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.

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  228. 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

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  229. 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!

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      • 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!

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  230. 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!

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  231. 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?
    Regards
    Mark

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  232. 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?

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  233. 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.

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    • 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.
      Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist\’s last post: Monday Mania 12/19/2011

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  234. 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.

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  236. 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.

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  237. -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!

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  238. 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 warts..so 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

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  239. “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?

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  240. 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.

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    • 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..

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  241. 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,

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  242. 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.

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  243. 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.

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  245. 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.

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    • 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!!!!

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  246. 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?
    Thanks

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  249. 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 naturalnews.com! 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,
    John
    John\’s last post: Living Consciously

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  250. 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.

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  253. 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.

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    • 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!

      Ariel

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  255. I am so excited to find this article through NaturalNews.com! 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.

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      • 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.

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    • 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.

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  257. Sarah,

    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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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…

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  258. 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.

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  259. 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!

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  260. 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?

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  261. 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.

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  262. 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.

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  263. 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.

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    • 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

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  264. 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.

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  265. 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.

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  266. 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!

    Christiana

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  267. 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

    Masucci94@yahoo.com

    If someone can email me and put in comment that would be great

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  268. 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 :P and can u spread it out when u have it or does it needed to be all at the same time?

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  271. 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!

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  272. 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 http://www.mi-paste.com/faq_10.php OR tell you to use a mouth wash that will “remineralize” your teeth, OR a toothpaste for “strengthening and rebuilding your enamel” http://www.crest.com/crest-products/3D-white-advanced-vivid-enamel-renewal-toothpaste.aspx

    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.

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    • 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!

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  273. 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.

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  274. 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?

    Thanks!

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    • 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.

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  275. 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!

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      • 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!

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        • 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.

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  277. 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)

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  279. 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

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  280. 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.  

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

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  281. 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!

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    • 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!

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  282. 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.

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  283. 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…

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  284. 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! :)

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    • 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.
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist\’s last post: Monday Mania 5-30-2011

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  285. Sarah,
    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.

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    • 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.
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      • 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.

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        • 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.
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          • Sarah,
            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.

          • 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.
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          • “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.

          • “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.

    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama June 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      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….

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    • Sandra Homemaker June 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

      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!

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    • 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.

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  287. Concerned parent May 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    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.

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    • 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. :)
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      • 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….

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    • 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?

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    • 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!

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  288. Another dentist May 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    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.

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    • 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
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      • Another dentist May 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

        “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.

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        • 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.

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        • Hi,
          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?

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          • “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.

      • 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.

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        • 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.

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          • 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 ADA.org. Boom.

          • 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.

        • 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.”

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      • “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.

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        • 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?

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      • 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?

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      • 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?”

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  289. 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?

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  290. 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.

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    • 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.
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    • 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?

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      • 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….

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        • 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.

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      • 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!)
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  291. 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

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    • 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.
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      • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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!

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  292. 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?

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    • 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?
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    • Mark,
      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.

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  293. 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.

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    • 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!

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  294. Sarah,
    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.
    Sincerely,
    Every Dentist in the world

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    • 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…

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      • 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.

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    • 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.
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      • Sarah,
        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.

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        • 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.
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          • I maintain a blog called The National Fork, http://www.nationalfork.com/, 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.

          • 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.

        • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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        • 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.

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  296. 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!

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    • 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!

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  297. 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.”

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    • 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.

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  299. 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!

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      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:
      http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2011/03/video-how-to-make-ghee-butter-oil/

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      • 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!)

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    • 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.

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      • 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?

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    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama June 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      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. :)

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      • 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! :D

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  300. 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.

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  302. 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!

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      • 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?

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        • 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.

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          • 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.

  303. 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!

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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

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  304. 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!

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist May 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

      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.

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  305. 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.

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    • 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.

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  306. 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.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist May 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

      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.

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  307. 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.
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  308. 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?

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  309. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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?

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  310. 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.

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  311. 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.

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  312. 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?

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  313. 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?

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  314. 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?

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