How to Avoid a Root Canal with Diet Alone

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 30, 2011

root canalThe most popular post I’ve written on this blog is how I healed my child’s cavity using the protocol recommended by Dr. Weston A. Price DDS, a dentist who penned the incredible book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
back in the 1930′s.

Granted, the cavity I healed was an early cavity .. it was a hole in one of my child’s top front incisors and it filled in within weeks to be as smooth as the teeth next to it.

But what about a tooth with a really bad cavity?   What if the cavity has actually eaten into the pulp of the tooth and your dentist recommends a root canal?

Guess what?  You can save these teeth too.

The regime for healing teeth even in such a state of complete degeneration is described in the book Cure Tooth Decay by Rami Nagel.

I had the privilege of talking to Rami personally at the Wise Traditions Conference last year in Philadelphia.

I have no doubt that our conversation helped to enable me to heal my child’s cavity some months later and write about it hopefully helping thousands of people in the process do the exact same thing.

Watch this video Rami emailed to me a couple of days ago that tells the story of Mike, another person who has had success healing cavities, this time though, the cavities were severe.  So severe, in fact, that the dentist recommended he have immediate root canals.

If you have teeth in such a severe state of decay and think there is no hope, think again.  Proper, traditionally based nutrition can work wonders even in these types of situations even where the teeth need root canals. Make sure you listen through the whole 7 minutes of the video because he talks about what the dentist said when he went to get his teeth cleaned many months later.

High Five Mike! Thanks for sharing your story with the world!

How a Doctor Avoided a Root Canal for Two Severely Decayed Teeth

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source

Cure Tooth Decay

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Comments (201)

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  2. Did not read all the posts on this blog but just wanted to bring to attention a herbal deal that I found on internet. It is called Padma Basic. A study conducted had shown of 49 test subjects needing root canals were given Padma Basic for 30 days, roughly 82% had complete remission and it was root canal not needed after even 3 years. I have been taking 4 tabs of Padma Basic for two weeks now. The pain has very much subsided but if I miss a tab, then I can feel it (while taking hot tea). I am afraid that Padma is just a herbal version of antibiotic that keeps tooth pain with nerve infection, at bay. As soon as I finish my course of 30 days, I might be back to pain scenario in 2-3 days max. I plan for tooth extraction if that occurs as root canals are not healthy or even long term option. I could have been more careful with my diet (stopped taking pop but do 3 teas a day, fruits are normal and even smuggle in 3 cookies). Padma Basic is good for blood circulation, stronger immunity, anti oxidant etc. but seems (for now) root canal reversal might not happen. Will keep posted.

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  4. Awesome post and awesome video testimonial.

    Like Mike in the testimonial, my dentist told me I needed 2 root canals and 1 tooth extraction. I didn’t quite know what to do because I didn’t want a root canal or extraction, but also didn’t want to continue to walk around in pain. One tooth was extremely sensitive to hot and cold and it was impossible to chew with it. Even cold air made it ache.

    I was in a quandary because I read quite a bit of information on root canals and decided that wasn’t the way to go. For two years my tooth became more and more sensitive while I was trying to figure out which way to go. Finally it became so painful that I almost made the appointment for the root canal. Fortunately, before I did, I was introduced to raw milk.

    Within 3 weeks of drinking raw milk and kefir made with raw milk, the sensitivity is gone. I didn’t realize it until a couple of days ago when I rinsed my mouth out with cool water and didn’t jump out of my skin. To test things further I drank a glass of cold water and allowed the water to touch the sensitive tooth. Nothing. Not even a hint of sensitivity!

    If 3 weeks can make that much of a change, I can’t wait to see what will happen a year from now. I haven’t read the book Cure Tooth Decay but I believe that going back to basics is the key. I no longer eat grains, sugars (except for the occasional coconut crystals in my organic coffee) or processed foods. I drink plenty of bone broth and am tip-toeing into the organ meat arena. Not quite totally there yet.

    Most people are non-believers so I’ve kept my improvement to myself. I’m going to wait until I finally go back to a dentist to have documented proof of my improvement. In the meanwhile, I’m enjoying the fact that I can chew on both sides of my mouth and no longer concerned about an impending root canal.

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  5. Hello Sarah,

    I have two big holes in my lower molars.I want to know if they can still remineralize. I don’t want them removed as they are essential for chewing.
    Regards.

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  6. For those in need of pain relief from a bad tooth try Garlic tabs or capsules, It is one of the strongest natural antibiotics on the planet as well as Oil of Oregano. Scientifically proven. Both are also anti viral!
    IF a disease in the body is causing issues try taking mega-doses of vitamin c. The sicker a person is the more vitamin c they need as it gets depleted when any illness crops up. There is a point when you reach saturation of Vitamin C when you get diarehea. When you reach this point just back off a little on the vitamin C. Vitamin C is anti bacterial and anti viral. There are 4 primary reasons people get sick. Heavy metals from food, (from soil), Chemicals from food (sprayed on food to keep bugs or fungus away), A Virus, (see benefits of xylitol ), and bacteria ( doctor will also call it a microbe but it is actually a parasite that is in vegetables, fruits and under cooked meat.) They are in the earth and you can pick them up by skin contact with the soil. Microscopic in size and possibly at the quantum level according to latest theory. Look into bentonite clay for chelating metals and chemicals out of the body. Also, many herbs can do this. Clean your Liver by using a herbal cleanse. It Also cleans gallbladder. Use cayenne pepper on cavity to relieve pain.
    Put it on with a damp q-tip. It is hot try not to touch the tongue or side of the mouth. Use baking soda without aluminum to brush teeth. Selenium helps cure some cancers. Cayenne pepper tea will kill a tumor (10 cups per day) Turmeric cures many disease and prevents or helps others. High dose of Vitamin C relieves pain. Type 1 diabetes can be caused by fluke worm in the pancreas. Vitamin D prevents cold/flu. if you take enough!
    Much more but not enough room. Oh! 4 glasses of water 45 minutes before breakfast
    may cure every disease known according to the Japanese medical society ..issued earlier this year! Research all the above, I am not a doctor but have researched medicine alternatives for years and have read over a million pages of conventional and alternative
    medicine. Do not take any herb or begin any protocol without seeing your doctor first and talking about what you are going to do. Cayenne pepper lowers blood pressure. Any medicine you take can be enhanced by cayenne pepper so be careful in what you do. Raisins raise blood pressure! Good luck to you all! Hope this helps someone. Pass it on!

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  7. Hello! Thank you for posting this article and video. I just received news yesterday that I may have either an infection or scar tissue near where I had a root canal twenty years ago. I had a sports injury in middle school, which resulted in a root canal. I was only 12 years old so the decision was not mine. I have to see a specialist now about the possible infection. I am very concerned, because I nurse as well and do not feel comfortable with anything that could affect my milk. Do you have any advice or holistic dentists that you recommend in Iowa? I live in a small town in northeast Iowa. Thank you!

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  8. What I would love to know is what one should do about teeth that have already had root canals and about replacing teeth that have been lost. My root canals have failed and I have lost 5 molars. I have other issues that need tending to.
    I avoid the dentist because of dread, fear and cost.

    I have followed you and your site for years (as well as others) but have never commented. I now feel at a lost thou and am seeking direction on what to do about my teeth. In addition to the tooth issue I am seeking any clarification possible about “Traditional” diet verses a more plant based/raw/whole food diet.

    I have teetered between a “Traditional” diet and a more Vegetarian/Vegan/raw food diet for years. I am not convinced of any approach and try to strike a balance.

    I make my own Kombucha, milk kefir, butter and broths, I buy organic, I buy only grass fed/free range meat and poultry, and I buy raw milk, cream etc.. I am 53, have not been to a “Allopathic” doctor in over 13 years, take no RX meds, and only seek out homeopathic/ayurvedic healing solutions. I avoid all wheat and most grains I use in moderation. I know the drill…

    I have been doing “oil pulling” for several months.

    I have struggled with thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue for over a decade but have managed to stay off the drugs and remain fairly healthy with occasional upsets. It has been a battle thou.

    Heres the thing about a “Traditional” diet for me: I gain weight hand over foot when I am drinking/eating dairy and meats. And yes I use my head and practice moderation. The other annoying symptom I get is gut issues such as bloating, gas and constipation. (I know TMI! But they’re the facts) I also have an issue with murdering animals. It haunts me… But on the flip side of that every once in a while I would do anything for a big fat juicy steak or a plump roasted chicken which I usually heed.
    I digress… But I feel I need to illustrate my position…

    More recently I have been focusing on cleansing. I did a 2 week juice cleanse and could not believe how much better I felt. I lost over 10 pounds. (I am not morbidly obese but was about 20-25 lbs over weight). Most of the time I do have one evening meal which consists mostly of fruits vegetables, beans, Quinoa and occasionally fish or chicken and more rarely red meat.

    I am a big picture thinker and do see the value in all positions but I also see the down side. I do not believe that there is only one answer. I am not one of these people who will go Natzi on someone because they are Palio, Vegan, Traditional or what have you. I am a seeker.. I believe in looking for answers and solutions. I believe in (trying) to be the change I want to see in the world. My motto is “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?” (or have balance and serenity)

    I have a friend who is what I would deem as a “Vegan, animals rights” Natzi. Her FB posts are constantly floating across my feed. Things like “we are the only animals that drink milk beyond infancy and it’s another animals milk to boot.” Or tonight it was a recipe for a “Buddha bowl” in which you throw anything that did not involve “bloodletting” into a pan…….
    She is a extremist and I know it but some of it does have a ring of truth and does cause me to question it all. And so it goes… Round and round….

    So with all that said let me ask you, and any dental professionals frequenting this thread, this: Is it possible to save already root canaled teeth that are drying out and cracking or do I need to have the remaining ones pulled? Is it acceptable, in this traditional/holistic approach, to get implants? Do you believe it is possible to have a balance between raw foods (vegetables, fruits and the juicing of them) and a traditional diet that is not so heavy with milk, cheeses, and red/organ meats?

    Also, I need to go to a darn dentist! But I just can not bare to go to a traditional dentist. I live in Oklahoma, any suggestions? I am willing to travel within reason.
    My dental tail began when I was a child and is long and painful. Suffice it to say that it has been a nightmare. I am at my wits end with it and just need a little help figuring out where to go from here.
    And do I really have to eat a heart? UGH! BLEA!! Really? And I think I would rather go to the dentist than eat liver…. Which is really saying something!

    Although I have followed and read avidly on the Weston Price foundation site I have not read this book. I am going to order it now. (while keeping an open mind)

    Any input, direction, feedback and/or resources will be greatly appreciated…
    Thank you

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  12. Hi,
    I wish I had known these things years ago! I had a root canal probably 10-12 years ago. Well, just this week that tooth has been giving me pain, so I went to the dentist. This is not the same dentist who performed the root canal, but he is saying I need re treatment, meaning another root canal on the same tooth. Do you think it’s possible to treat this nutritionally? Or am I going to have to go through with a second root canal on this same tooth? Please advise!!

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  16. I had a tooth abscess one night and the pain was a 20 on a scale of 1-10! I took about 50mg
    of garlic and in 10-15 minutes the pain was about a 1. I also put cayenne pepper in the cavity with a q-tip. I continued the garlic daily as I wanted the bacteria to stay dead in my mouth. Since the pain was gone the next morning and I was busy on a project I soon forgot about the cavity that I could put 2 q-tips in at the same time. About half the tooth was gone.
    I brushed with baking soda daily and oil pulled till I ran out of oil. Anyway, about 5 months later I remembered the cavity in the tooth and so I checked it out with mirror to see if it was
    a bigger cavity. I was a little worried thinking of the cost to see a dentist. To my surprise
    when I looked at the tooth it was completely healed! There is no discoloration and the
    tooth looks perfect and does not trouble me at all. I still take 3mg of garlic each day
    to kill any bacteria in my mouth and continue to brush my teeth with baking soda after
    eating.
    I always heard elderly people having their teeth until the day they died because of using
    baking soda to brush their teeth. Later I found that toothpaste coats your teeth with a substance that takes about a month to get rid of using baking soda. This substance does
    not allow the minerals from food or supplements to heal cavities.

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  18. Peggy Sue Archer via Facebook December 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I suppose this same ‘mentality’ says no antibiotics for the abcess also? … which, untreated can ‘kill’ an organ or two, and maybe you…obviously, none of you have suffered with an abcess … the reality and pain of it….I would never allow my child to suffer with this pain…rediculous pie in the sky stuff here…..my 2c

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  19. Robert N Amber Martin via Facebook December 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Wow, wish I’d known about this a few months ago. I’m still have tons of sensitivity after having some work done.

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  20. I am in this situation, two pregnancies, 4 years of breastfeeding, and a thyroid disorder combined with dairy free (recommendation of my thyroid doctor), I have many cavities, some severe. None, thank God, are causing me constant pain, but the natural doctor in my area says he’s never seen dentin remineralization in 35 years of natural dentistry and wants to drill my teeth to MAYBE prevent root canals. For the past month and a half, I’ve been serious about my diet, following the Cure Tooth Decay diet (as much as possible). I am oil pulling (my gums love it), consuming Green Pastures fclo/bo, liver, raw milk and cheese consistently, and avoiding all grains, unsoaked nuts and beans, and sweet foods (if I eat fruit it is will a protein). And every time my tooth gives a pang of sensitivity I just feel the death knoll for that tooth. I am nursing an 18 month old regularly and working hard to keep my thyroid happy with Westhroid. I wonder if there is any hope for my teeth. I would eat this way forever (I think my body is telling me that it needs that), if I could avoid dental surgeries. I am praying for a miracle.

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  21. Dia Giordano via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Btw my dd was writhing in pain end of September. Couldn’t sleep for the pain. Dentist said major root canal needed immediately. We did the diet. In November had her teeth cleaned and no root canal needed.

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  22. Dia Giordano via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Anna witherington another idea is to cut them in capsule sizes and freeze on a cookie sheet, then put in a container and take like a pill every morning. This is our solution for my dd. (freezing for a couple weeks also kills any parasite concerns one might have)

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  23. Elizabeth Proctor via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD. You will learn so much! It is my go-to bible for health, nutrition and is chick full of excellent recipes and information.

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  24. Like several other people that replied here, I have a crack in my tooth from a trauma 12 years ago. It’s a front tooth, so not easy to just extract. There is some pain associated with it, and the tooth is yellowing (dentist said it was dying) but the root is fine upon x-ray I so don’t need a root canal–yet. I’d like to prevent having one and also relieve the sensitivity I feel in that tooth. Does anyone know about this or other protocols for a tooth trauma/crack?

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  25. My husband has a root canal in a front top tooth that died and was abcessing (had been injured in his teens). Our dentist is 7th Day Adventist but he put in both of the root canals that are in my husband’s mouth…we eat liver, by the way, from our own grassfed beef/goats that we raise ourselves so we know their livers are healthy and clean of junk…

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  26. Anna Witherington via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Well, I don’t have anyone with a need for root canals but it can’t hurt to get this in our diet to prevent it. Cathy, that’s a good idea. I’ll have to search for other ideas like that.

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  27. Diana Weeks via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    My husband and I both went to the dentist last wk and were told we have 9 and 10 cavities, in btwn our teeth.. this could not come at a better time. Is there any listing of holistic dentists by state that you know of? Thanks for the post!

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  28. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Not really. Fermented cod liver oil works well for helping the teeth but if you have a tooth so bad that it needs a root canal, then you need the big guns … organ meats!

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  29. Anna Witherington via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Also, do they have suppliments that work like heart and liver? I just won’t be able to eat heart or liver. I could not make myself do it.

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  30. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Lauren Sherry once a tooth has been filled, it cannot be healed. Drilling a tooth destroys the inherent ability of the tooth to repair itself.

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  31. Anna Witherington via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Does anyone give their kids cod liver oil? I have never purchased it and I wondered if there is a difference in the amount children and adults should take.

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  32. Lauren Sherry via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Do you know what this does to teeth that already have fillings in them? I’ve read so much info about this, but never about what it does to teeth with fillings.

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  33. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook December 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    If you want to eat liver or heart raw, freeze it for 14 days (to ensure safety of consuming raw meat) and then while still frozen chop up small bits and swallow whole like little pills. I eat raw heart and liver like this all the time as I have trouble with the taste (unless it is cooked in a gourmet dish as described above).

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  34. I had a root canal done and the dentist instrument broke off in my tooth!! He was unable to get it out, so now I have a 1 in. long peice of metal in the root of my tooth. He just filled it in and covered it up. I have pain in my jaw, should I have this tooth removed, it’s bee about 7 years since this happened. Also my 4 year old is about to have his back molar pulled in a few days and I’m devistated. There is infection in his gums and the dentist told me there was no other choice. I take butter oil blend with fclo my son takes fclo only and not regularly.

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  35. Hello i just have a question, i already had a root canal but never went back for the crown, if i start taking the butter oil and fermented cod liver oil in my diet will the nutrients be able to reach my tooth even though it had a root canal?

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  36. Sarah, hi :) I just have some quick questions I hope you’ll respond to… I read through this whole post and how your son’s cavity healed even though he didn’t go completely off grains and even ate some sugary Easter candy from school. You had him eating the raw butter on toast each morning. I am curious what type of bread was the toast made from? (was it low in phytates or soaked or something?) I noticed one little tan-colored spot on my son’s molar, and I have been pretty stingy about him not eating wheat or oatmeal or much nuts fsince I found this spot. Maybe this is unneccesary? I saw your video about soaking oatmeal, which is how we have eaten it for around a year now, (until I saw the spot on my sons molar) but I’ve heard that even when soaked 24 hours, oats still have such a high phytate level that people trying to remineralize their teeth should avoid oats completely. What are your thoughts? And did your son eat any oatmeal during the time his cavity remineralized? I am so looking forward to your reply! :)

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  37. I am allergic to fish. I would LOVE to add FCLO to my diet. I drink a lot of raw milk (and make butter), like liver and make broth. Is this enough to heal my teeth?

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  38. As a dental hygienist for 35 years and a nutritional therapist, I have done this with my daughter just recently. Though, I ended up finding a dentist who would do the ozone therapy to the head and area above the root along with the nutrition. She never had a root canal and we saw the dentist today as she gave her story to a bunch of dentists at his office and there is not sign of cyanotic tissue nor that there was ever an abscess. I did say to Ramiel he ought to consult with me as some of the dental info is not quite right and he said he would on his next book.HA HA My daughter is 18 and I did not want to have this effect the rest of her life. By the way the dentist has learned alot from this also. Though he was open to it and there was no indication that this should have ever happened though, her tooth remineralized the pulp showed no indication of the cavity actually reaching the pulp.

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  39. Jeanette 'Tippy' Johnson via Facebook September 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I drive 3 hours to get to my holistic dentist and would happily drive four. He’s saved two of my teeth when three other dentists said I “had” to have a root canal.

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  40. Sarah I have a root canal on my back last molar and I’ve been told if I remove it it will cause my other teeth to shift and become slanted. The last time I was at a dentist i told my dentist i wanted it removed. she told me that it was a perfect root canal and she was not going to remove it for me. Instead she removed my wisdom teeth that we’re pressing agaisnt my root canaled molar causing pain. So I’m Desperat I’m certain that the root canal is causing swollen lymph glads and a constant infection. No more pain, but I feel like I have problems with my ears and sinuses on that side because of it. What can you do if it’s the last molar?? Because r implants not bad to?? I would rly like to remove it.

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  41. How did your husband reverse his root canals? By going to see a holistic dentist? Would you mind telling me approximately how much it would cost to reverse each root canal? I’m on the GAPS diet for my Crohn’s disease now, so I eat a strictly traditional diet, but I have had a lot of work done on my teeth in the past… including an extraction and the base for a new tooth to be put in. :/ How bad is that for me?? :(

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  42. Laura Lewis via Facebook September 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Sarah is there a way to find a “traditional” dentist who in your area? I didn’t know if there was a database or anything. I have had a terrible time finding one in the dc/metro area.

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  43. Sarah I would love to know what your husband did with his root canals as well. Just had one done two days ago to a tooth that had cracked in half. I go to a biological dentist. He tried to save the tooth with out doing the root canal but after three weeks of increasing pain he said the tooth was dying and he had to do the root canal. I’m not sure if I should leave it in or yank it and put in an implant or nothing at all.

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  44. Ive been using Vicco Ayuverdic glycerin free toothpaste now for several months, finally got raw Dairy and take FCLO and butter oil as much as i can afford plus using grassfed butter on things and the calcification and demineralization on the surfaces of my teeth near the gum lines is going away! I’m so excited! ALL my teeth were starting to look just bad, yellow and rotten at the gum lines, with enamel forming white pre-decay and breaking down. Since even just taking these few steps it has been an amazing difference! I haven’t even been able to stop with the sugar and grains yet a whole lot, either! So now onto the raw organ meats and to get the sugar and grains OUT of my diet! I find the last stated so difficult!!

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  45. I would like to know about how real this healing is and where to draw the line and go to the dentist. The only healthy teeth in my mouth are the 4 bottom front teeth, every other tooth has something wrong with it. And I an only 26! I need a bridge or something across my front teeth from k-9 to k-9 and can barely chew soft food on either side of my mouth because of severe pain. I also have a tooth half broken in the front that needs to be extracted. I can tell it has effected my health in a negative way, but when can you not heal your teeth?? I want the dental work so I can get pregnant again so I don’t think the natural method would work. Would it??
    I am planning a trip to Mexico but dread loosing all my teeth at such a young age. I have had dental issues since I was a baby and now I think it is to late. I need help!!

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  46. I would love to know what to do about a tooth that has had a root canal also. One was partially done on my years ago without my knowledge and they never told me I had to go back and have it finished. I have had an infection in the upper part of my mouth ever since, but I don’t know what to do about it as the tooth is already dead. Would love to know…

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  47. Jennifer Hawn Matlock via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    thehealthyhomeeconomist – PLEASE explain about having root canals removed. Does the entire tooth get removed? What takes its place? These are questions I desperately need answered! My son has a top front tooth that he broke off at the gum line 4 years ago. The root canal was done essentially against my express consent, and I would do anything to go back and fight tooth and nail (literally) to stop the guy from doing the root canal. Now that it’s too late, I really need to know what options I have to get that root canal out, and his mouth made healthy and whole. He’s only 13, but I really would like to get this done ASAP.

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  48. Kathy Livingstone Tolman via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I am also interested in the removal of the root canals. i have one that my doctor wants me to have removed because he believes it is harboring bacteria that may be the cause of my RA. I have had all of my mercury amalgam fillings removed, but have not yet dealt with the root canal.

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  49. Julie Quan via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I had a cavitation removed from a previous root canal. I can not even begin tell how much my health has improved in such a short time!!! We have had multiple miscarriages and to think that this could be the cause…. But its fixed now and I am thrilled. Just as significant was another corrective dental procedure. I had two crowns that were putting off negative energy – and I don’t in a new age kind of energy but actual, measurable negative electricity! This was caused by a loose crown that had let decay begun underneath, lots of mixed metals under the crown, including copper. Immediate health improvements! Major difference! Also, had a couple of small mercury fillings removed about a month before that.

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  50. I had a cavitation removed from a previous root canal. I can not even begin tell how much my health has improved in such a short time!!! We have had multiple miscarriages and to think that this could be the cause…. But its fixed now and I am thrilled. Just as significant was another corrective dental procedure. I had two crowns that were putting off negative energy – and I don’t in a new age kind of energy but actual, measurable negative electricity! This was caused by a loose crown that had let decay begun underneath, lots of mixed metals under the crown, including copper. Immediate health improvements! Major difference! Also, had a couple of small mercury fillings removed about a month before that.

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  51. So far I have avoided a root canal. I went to a holistic dentist and she managed to save it. Since then I have implemented eating more nutrient dense fats into my diet and decreasing my grain intake. My teeth feel the best they have in years.

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  52. @Susan Dessicated liver is great .. but to heal a bad cavity where the tooth actually needs a root canal, you need some serious organ meat. Try raw chicken hearts … freeze them for 14 days so they are safe to eat raw, cut one up each day and swallow the little pieces whole. This is how I get it down the hatch as I can’t stand heart either. You can do the same with frozen raw liver. Of course, the fermented cod liver oil and butter oil are essential as well. The organ meats put healing into overdrive.

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  53. Judith Scott via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    i have had about 5 root canals over the last 7 years. after the last 3 i had sinus problems that i attributed to shaking hands with nasty people!! it took me several years to figure out the connection between root canals,sinus issues and other baddies. i wish i’d known about this book then. i swear i would never have put myself through the agony of having that f*cking drill in my head.

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  54. Stephanie Carlson via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I have the same question as Denise. Also.. what about a dead tooth that has died? Mine literally broke in half and I did not even feel any pain till my jaw was infected nearly a year later. That tooth was dead and rotting in my mouth. I “should” have had it pulled. But did not know better at the time. I do think you can heal some of them.. but where is the line ?

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  55. Susan Waite Blanchfield via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I really think I would rather have a root canal than eat heart. Even liver! I know how healthy it is but I just can’t wrap my mind around it, so I bought desicated liver pills. Are they a good substitute, Sarah?

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  56. Tracy Miller Bell via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I watched a cavity shrink over 2 mos in my son’s mouth while giving him fermented cod liver oil. This was after horrendous dental experiences. I use a cake decorator bag to fill gel caps with the cod liver oil/butter oil mix – he can’t taste a thing!

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  57. Good stuff. A few years ago, I went to the dentist with some bad tooth pain. I supposedly needed 2 emergency root canals. Instead, I did some research, found Rami Nagel’s book, and started taking the cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil blend. Several years later, I still haven’t had a root canal. Zero pain, and no problems.

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  58. Wow…that’s all I can say…I just had a root canal done yesterday…well, the 3rd one on the same tooth! I had the first one done 2 years ago (as an emergency). A month ago I went in, because that tooth was causing severe pain. I ended up with another emergency root canal then, and it was severely infected. I had to have gum tissue removed and everything. The endodontist put medicine in it, and I had antibiotics. I went in yesterday to get the medicine out, and the root canal finished. I wish I would’ve seen this a while back! :) Thanks for the info!!

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  59. Elizabeth Anne via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    So this will also help damage caused by trauma? I have a micro crack in a tooth from a fall, that has been getting worse over the years, and it is too far forward to just yank.

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  60. Aubrey n'Brock Yelton via Facebook September 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I have a root canal from when I was 15- my parents didn’t know any better. I am very very interested to know how your husband healed, and if he had the whole teeth removed (it is my very front left tooth and I am afraid to take it out at only 26 years old).

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  61. Good stuff. A few years ago, I went to the dentist with some bad tooth pain. I supposedly needed 2 emergency root canals. Instead, I did some research, found Rami Nagel’s book, and started taking the cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil blend. Several years later, I still haven’t had a root canal. Zero pain, and no problems.

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  62. What about wisdom teeth??? My son is 19 and in pain when he moves his jaw. The 4 teeth are just coming thru and (he is my youngest) does he need them out for sure? My 3 older kids went thru this and it was painful for me as well as them. Just wondering if there are other ways to deal with this. Thank you in advance !! I love your posts!

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  63. I live in Israel and I don’t have access to raw butter or fermented liver oil.

    what are my choices? my children have cavities.

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  64. Does it have to be fermented CLO or can I just use CLO? I just started giving my 4 yr old son 1 tsp clo n 1 tsp bo mixed with orange juice just like Dr. Price did for his research. Hopefully it will work for his cavity. I also made bone marrow soup too.

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  65. Sarah,
    I was wondering if you have any information about Periodontal disease and plaque eating at the bone. Can you also heal this problem with CLO/BO and a good diet?

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  67. Thanks for posting this video! It is always so great to hear people`s stories. I wrote about mine here. The acute phase of this all occurred at a time when I didn`t have access to fermented cod liver oil and I was still pretty repulsed by the idea of organ meats….I had similar results as the gentlemen in the video, you can read about it here:
    http://www.domesticdiva.ca/natural-healing/rootcanal/

    I am at the WAP conference right now and will be getting liver capsules and the cod liver & high vitamin butter oil combo before I leave…..looking forward to experiencing an even deeper level of healing!

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  68. I’m hoping that someone can advise me on the proper dosage of FCLO and Butter Oil for my 5-year-old, 40-pound son. We are attempting to heal his tooth decay naturally.

    He has 5 serious cavities that are scheduled to be filled under IV sedation in late December. After making the appointment for IV Sedation and feeling uneasy, I began researching alternative solutions. We are trying out FCLO and BO from Green Pasture, hoping that we get to witness a miracle.

    He has been taking about a half teaspoon of both FCLO and BO, 3 times a day for a week now. So, a total of 1.5 tsp FCLO and 1.5 tsp BO per day. I then read that it might be possible to overdose on Vitamin A or Vitamin D. We live in California and he gets quite a bit of daily sun throughout the year.

    Can someone advise me on the proper dosage of FCLO and BO in an effort to heal his tooth decay? Thank you in advance!

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  70. I changed to traditional eating about 2 yrs ago. (I should say ‘back to’ traditional eating since I am in my 60′s and ate this way as a kid) and I can’t tell you how much better I feel. (off the low fat, low cholesterol diet crap) The thing that I find amazing is this. I have ridges or something on both upper front teeth near to the gum and about half way down. It is obvious when the dentist scrapes during a cleaning but wasn’t really noticable to other people. I could feel the missing area of tooth with my tongue. The dentist said it wasn’t decay but wanted to fill it in. I didn’t do it bacause I didn’t want more of my tooth removed to hold the filling. Well, low and behold! I can barely feel any ridges today! My teeth have filled themselves in! I can’t wait to see the dentist to hear what she’ll say.
    And, Celeste, thanks for the heart recipe. I’ll try it soon.

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  71. I just ordered the ebook and am reading it now. I have serious pain and sensitivity and 2 broken teeth I know of, one is in the front of my mouth. I haven’t read to much of the book yet, but could this be fixed or are there certain cases for dentists? I would like to try to fix it naturally but it is painful and I want to smile again.
    Also, does anyone use MI Paste? I saw it on WAP, but just curious of personal testimonies!
    Thank you for all this helpful information Sara!

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      I’ve heard of MI Paste, but I wouldn’t recommend it as it contains glycern. Each tooth contains about 3 miles of microtubules through which a type of lymph fluid flows through to help remineralize your teeth. Glycern plugs up these microtubules and takes a lot of rinsing to remove. Most toothpastes have this problem has well. I highly recommend you read Rami’s book Cure Tooth Decay. He goes into detail on this in the 2nd addition in his book.

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      • “Each tooth contains about 3 miles of microtubules through which a type of lymph fluid flows through to help remineralize your teeth” – so this is THE ANSWER!

        I saved 2 of my root canals, whereas in the past I used to be a ginny pig:
        eugeniyamusic.blogspot.com/2013/02/i-did-it-again-tying-it-all-together.html

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  72. Thank you Sara! Amazing post along with ALL the related info. Still haven’t ordered some of that FCLO yet… but getting on it today! I too noticed those trolls on the other blog post and frankly had to LOL!!! I’ve been reading your stuff for a few weeks now and it was the first time noticing an “attack” as such against you, although no doubt there have been many. You, dear woman, should wear that as a badge of Honor and Courage! When you are pissing THEM off enough that they send their dogs out to get ya …… priceless!!! ;) <3

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  73. Paula Hofhansl via Facebook October 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    My son had a bad cavity; pain, big brown spot on his tooth, throbbing cheek. We started the protocol that evening. Next morning his pain was almost gone. It was completely gone by that night. The throbbing disappeared by the next day and in the following 2 weeks the brown spot vanished and he has had not pain since. I know this works!

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  74. What if it was just a porcelain filling? I have one of those. Since the drilling is apparently different, I wonder if it would be more feasible. All I know is that filling has caused me pain ever since I got it and I would love to have it removed, silly thing. ;)

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  75. I’ve not heard of this happening. Not to say that it couldn’t but once a tooth is drilled and filled that is a whole other ballgame entirely though. The drilling required for metal (amalgam) fillings is particularly damaging also. I would not try it. Better to have the amalgam removed by a biological dentist and have it replaced with a bio-compatible composite filling.

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  76. Mary Schaefer Shellenbergar via Facebook October 31, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I saw some naysayers on your other post….don’t worry about them. They get a unique pleasure out of making others angry. BTW, do you think this would work on previously filled cavities? For example, I have a metal filling (eek) that I’d like to have removed. I wonder if I can have it taken out (safely) and then instead of having the dentist refill it, try the diet. What do you think?

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    • Mary, just the thought of exposed teeth makes me cringe, sounds so painful. I would think it would depend on just how deep some of those cavities were as to if they could be removed. If you are exposing nerves I would thinkt here would be significant pain. The metal fillings do damage to the teeth and weaken the tooth, I know this, I have many metal fillings and my teeth that have the fillings are very weak and breaking. I guess it would be the dentists call and yours as to if the holes in your teeth would be to big.

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  77. Before I found out all of this amazing information, I had brauxism and had cracked my two left molars all the way down to the root. I couldn’t eat without cringing in pain. I got root canals on those teeth and got so many problems and couldn’t figure it out. Then I came across a holistic dentists website in my area and found out how horrible root canaled teeth can be for your health and he removed them. So my question is, since I no longer have those 2 back molars, does this mean the organs in my body which those teeth were related to will always have problems?

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    • It is my understanding that a root canal tooth creates a “blockage” (and retains dead bone), which is the problem, but when you have the tooth extracted, the blockage is gone. I don’t think the meridians “need” the tooth. Also, with the theory of focal infection, the infection site is gone when the root canal tooth is removed properly.
      Please let us know if you find out otherwise!!
      I had a root canal tooth removed about a month ago and I can really feel the difference! (For the better!!)

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    • I doubt it. Your body is DESIGNED to lose teeth. When we were developing humans OFTEN smashed each other in the mouths with ROCKS! LOL.

      What the human body is NOT designed to do is to carry around dead body parts such as dead teeth. IMO get those “Root Canals” GONE.

      A seriously infected tooth results in the loss of the tooth. If you can stop the infection you may regain a HEALTHY tooth but hoping for a healthy “root canal” is a dangerous bet IMO.

      “With this thought in mind, although her root filled tooth looked fine, he advised this arthritic patient, to have it extracted. He told her he was going to find out what it was about this root filled tooth that was responsible for her suffering. “All dentists know that sometimes arthritis and other illnesses clear up if bad teeth are extracted. However, in this case, all of her teeth appeared in satisfactory condition and the one containing this root canal filling showed no evidence or symptoms of infection. Besides, it looked normal on x-ray pictures. “Immediately after Doctor Price extracted the tooth he dismissed the patient and embedded her tooth under the skin of a rabbit. In two days the rabbit developed the same kind of crippling arthritis as the patient – and in ten days it died. The patient made a successful recovery after the tooth’s removal! She could then walk without a cane and could even do fine needlework again. That success led Dr. Price to advise other patients, afflicted with a wide variety of treatment defying illnesses, to have any root filled teeth out.” GEORGE MEINIG, D.D.S. author “Root Canal Cover-Up EXPOSED – Many Illnesses Result”

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  78. Hi Sarah – I took my son to have his teeth cleaned back in August. We went to a new dentist, one that I’ve been told by various folks in our area is more “holistic”. What I found out is that although he’s not 100 percent holistic, he does not use flouride or amalgam fillings, and that he is very reasonable about many other things I wouldn’t expect a conventional dentist to be. We’ll be going back to him again because he was so accepting of my views. I mentioned WAP to him and he said he definitely agrees that the research he did was important and that more people should be paying attention. But when I talked about being able to fill in a hole in a tooth with good dietary habits like those recommended in Rami Nagel’s book (I brought it with me to the visit), he said the following: teeth are partly made up of stem cells, and when part of it becomes decayed, it is simply physically impossible for it to fill in again because those stem cells don’t regenerate themselves. I thought that was interesting that he said this. I still don’t agree with him, but I’ve never heard that response to the mention of teeth filling in holes when the appropriate dietary conditions were present.

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  79. Can anyone recommend a good holistic dentist? I can’t seem to find one in Michigan who does cavitations and will remove a tooth with a root canal that isn’t causing pain at the moment. Thanks!

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  80. Maybe we should ask green pastures to set up some kind of sampling system for people to try several flavors and types for the $60. That way even if you don’t like some flavors you try, you would probably at least tolerate a couple and be able to go from there.

    I’m a little scared to order again and waist another $60. It takes me quite a while to save that much (my husbands a full time student right now money is tight to say the least).

    I’m thankful though, for company’s like Green Pastures that are trying to make a truly healthy product that will help people to regain health instead of just trying to make money at other peoples expense.

    I’m thankful too, for people (like Sarah the healthy home economist :)) that are willing to share their knowledge with others that enable us to help our families to be healthier, and help us be informed about all the lies that are constantly being told to us in our everyday life.

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Try the liquid FCLO cinnamon … I don’t think you will be disappointed. It tastes terrible like all the flavors, but is very tolerable and my kids take it without complaining. I think the liquid is preferable to the emusified .. just my opinion here. I’m sure others might disagree. The thickness of the emulsified makes it less pleasant at least in our family.
      Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist\’s last post: Teeth Needing Root Canals Can Heal with Diet Alone

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        • I bought a few bottles of the peppermint without realizing it did not have the butter oil too. I ended up buying the butter oil seperately and blending it with the FCLO with some honey, cinnamon and chocolate extract. It still tastes a bit medicinal but my 5 and 2 year old actually ask for it. Everyone agreed the emulsified cinnamon FCLO/butter oil was much better, though. Both are great with some milk as a chaser, it really washes down any of the aftertaste.

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        • Definitely try the cinnamon tingle FCLO/BO blend. It’s a bit spicy, but it’s not at all nasty. They’ve done a good job with that flavor. I put a dollop of honey on top of my 2year old’s dose, just to lessen the spicyness of the cinnamon, but an older child probably wouldn’t need that.

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  81. Hi Sarah

    I also use the cinnamon tingle and am wondering what dose I should give to a 3 , 7 and 10 year old as the amount it says on the green pastures bottle does not seem to match to Sally Fallon recommendations.

    Any ideas on how to get gets to eat some organ meats.

    I love what you do -I put yourself out there to be ridiculed and you follow it through always. You are an inspiration. Thank you

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Lara, I give my kids 1 tsp of the FCLO per day. That is equivalent to 3000 IU of vitamin D and from my current research, this is an appropriate maintenance dose for a child over the age of 3 or 4. You will have to come to your own conclusions on what you think is appropriate. The levels recommended for vitamin D vary depending on the source.

      This may seem like a lot but considering that 20,000-30,000 IU of vitamin D can be synthesized in just a few minutes of midday UVB sun exposure on most of the body (unprotected skin), it really isn’t all the much in my view.
      Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist\’s last post: Teeth Needing Root Canals Can Heal with Diet Alone

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      • Hi Sarah,

        Thanks for your website. I’ve been learning a lot through your blogs & your YouTube videos. Just to clarify, Your kids take 1 tsp per day of a blend OR 1 tsp of FCLO and 1 tsp of HVBO? How about you & the cameraman? Do you double it?

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  82. I should add that the first couple weeks of a new flavor are always a bit of a battle, but they get used to it (even the chocolate).

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    • Thanks for the reply, Bonny!

      Sounds like it’s just yucky stuff! :) I’ll have to try to save up for another flavor. I don’t think i can get my kids to take this and that’s really saying something, because they take some pretty nasty stuff. One of my daughters and son have both had to take some really nasty tasting herbs in water or juice for a long time because of the health problems they have had from Celiac Disease. I honestly thought they would take the FCLO even though I can’t keep it down.

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  83. Baking soda and salt is one of the issues that I cannot decide if it is good for me or not. I read that some people love it but then some people say that it is too abrasive for the teeth.

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    • I would suggest giving plain baking soda a try and see how it works for you. Abrasion has a lot to do with how hard you press the bristles of your toothbrush into your teeth and gums, but you do need a bit of it to scrape the tougher tartar and plaque. As I said, I am a huge fan and cannot imagine going back to paste, but that doesn’t mean you have to love it. Good luck!

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  84. Well it’s to late for some of my teeth (In the last year I found out that a ton of dental work from the past was making me very sick!) but I’ll be doing all I can to keep the rest of my teeth healthy. I’d like to share my experience, I had 4 root canals that I had collected over the past 15 years. At the recommendation of a good Dr. and great dentist I had them pulled this summer – they revealed infection and cysts on the roots!!! Amazingly enough I started feeling better within the next month and a stubborn skin rash of more than 6 months finally disappeared along with a foot rash I’d had on and off since college (almost 15 years!). None of my previous dentists even once mentioned any other options or any concerns that a root canal could be harmful! I wish I would have known more earlier on.

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    • Elizabeth, you had the actual tooth pulled? Is there now 4 gaps in your mouth or did you get implants or something? I’ve had a ton of root canals, more than I can even remember so I’m interested in your results. Thanks

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  87. I was hoping for some feed back on experiences with the FCLO with Butter oil. I bought the chocolate cream flavor hoping that my children would take it.
    Well, we received it and I did expect that it would smell bad and possibly taste very weird, but bad and weird would be very mild words to describe it. I honestly don’t think that anyone could stomach the stuff. I thought that maybe my reaction was just worse at the time for some reason, so I had my mom and sister (as well as three of my kids) taste it and they all thought it was awful, even though we have all taken other fish and cod liver oil that tasted very fishy and bad – this by far was the worst thing we have ever tried.

    Is this a common reaction? I’m wondering if the batch we got is not good for some reason? I was really hoping that we could take this because we have Celiac and really need to replace vitamin stores.

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        • Sarah K.: The first time I ordered the FCLO/Butter Oil combo, I too went with the Chocolate Cream. Wow. That stuff is ridiculously awful. I didn’t exactly expect it to be delicious, but this was out of hand. Based on some tips I found online, I put the bottle in the fridge (it becomes more solid this way), scooped out the dose with a small spoon and used my finger to slide it in the back of my mouth, WAY past my tongue. Then I took a “shot” of apple cider vinegar to wash it down like a pill. Swish with a little ACV to get rid of any other traces of the oil. Wash your hands really well, as the smell lingers. I used the same procedure with my (reluctant) husband, except after swallowing, I’d throw a small piece of dark mint chocolate in his mouth. The FCLO is expensive and after discovering WAPF and NT, not taking it was just not an option. We finished that bottle a few weeks ago and this time around I ordered the Cinnamon Tingle. I cannot express what a dramatic improvement this flavor is! I still use the spoon/pill method, but I can just chase it down with whatever drink I have handy…no need for the ACV. The remaining cinnamon taste is actually pleasant and not the least bit fishy. Tough out the Chocolate Cream and get the Cinnamon Tingle next time. I promise it’s better. I even increased my dose a little to get through the first bottle more quickly…not the most economical practice, but that stuff is ROUGH. Hope that helps!

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          • Our first bottle was the chocolate too, which has been by far the worst we’ve tried. I agree that Cinnamon Tingle FCLO/BO blend the best. My kids were also fine with the emulsified CLO (peppermint flavor), but that doesn’t have the butter oil in it. I put our CLO on the end of a butter knife and my kids take it off and then I give them a quick sip of something (raw milk or water, depending on the child), and they are fine. My youngest 19 months (just opens up for it and takes it straight). I know Kate at Modern Alternative Mama says her kids LOVE the chocolate and ask for it, calling it their “special chocolate.” Impressive! :) Good luck!!!

          • Sarah and Caren, thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it.

            I’m hesitant to take anymore of it because I feel like I am taking something that is bad for me when I tried it. I could be wrong, but I really think it might be bad. I noticed when I received it that it was very warm, so I put it in the fridge and let it get cold before I tried it. Could it possibly have gotten too hot during shipping and gone bad?

            Caren, If I had to try to describe the flavor I would say it tastes like a dirty diaper smells. Would you say that it tasted like that to you? It just doesn”t seem like something that is good for you should taste that extremely bad.

            Thank you both again for your thoughts and advice! I”m sorry for all the questions.

          • I’ve never had the chocolate FCLO butter blend, but my 3 daughters (6, 5 & 3) happily take the cinnamon tingle. My 11 month old daughter has the unflavored blend which I tried once… I immediately thanked God for the cinnamon tingle as that plain stuff is B-A-D! Cinnamon all the way here, too! :)

    • I have awful teeth, my whole family does. My son unfortunately has some issues with his teeth as well. His front two teeth grew in brownish and have gotten worse. I found “cure tooth decay” a few months ago and have been giving him CLO and butter oil as well as raw milk, cheese and yogurt. I buy the emulsified as I KNOW he wouldn’t tolerate the fishy taste and no matter how good something is for you, it won’t do any good if it isn’t taken so I tried all three flavors. My son doesn’t like mint so that didn’t work, he wasn’t thrilled with the licorice but he tolerates the ginger. I buy it in bulk. If you buy 6+ you get them cheaper I think it’s $34 so that’s what I do. I also buy the butter oil from NutraProIntl http://nutraprointl.com/2010/01/27/grass-fed-butter-oil-2/. Not sure how it compares to GP as neither has any real numbers or info so you can’t really compare but it’s a ton cheaper. I get the bigger bottle, buy them 2 at a time to save on shipping. I have noticed that my teeth are less sensitive. In my son, it’s hard to say. It looks like it’s getting a bit better or staying the same, I don’t think it’s gotten worse. I also brush his teeth with Montmorillonite Clay (Terramin) and give him some spirulina in a smoothie with raw milk and or yogurt.

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  88. Interesting blog Sarah. I have to say that I gave up on commercial toothpaste about 2 years ago and now I could never be tempted back.

    When I was a kid I was completely cavity free, which somewhat flies in the face of the Traditional Wisdom, since my diet was awful and I became seriously overweight in my teens. ANYWAY, I had my first cavity at about 17, but it, and the successive cavities dentists have “found” were really only surface divots I didn’t even know were there. But dentists kept telling me they were a problem and I had to have them filled. So my first advice to parents would be: if your child is not in pain, don’t buy the dentist’s story!

    In my early 20s I started having dermatitis reactions to toothpastes, and finally two years ago I stopped using toothpaste in favor of a homemade powder which has both saved me loads of money, and improved the condition of my teeth. The recipe:

    Herbal Tooth Powder
    2 Tablespoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon dried powdered ginger
    3 drops peppermint essential oil

    Every time I go for a cleaning, the hygienist is impressed, even though I’m not a flosser. I think diet is the main ingredient for healthy teeth, but rubbing chemicals and sugar alcohols is counter-intuitive.

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    • Awesome! That’s just about the same recipe as what I’ve been making. Definitely wish I had known about it sooner. I love it and will never go back either. I haven’t ever tried putting powdered ginger in mine. Is there medicinal purposes for this, or what is your reasoning behind adding that? Just curious. May have to try that. Thanks

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      • Melissa,

        I got this recipe from Natural Health Magazine’s 1001 Natural Remedies by Laurel Vukovic. It is the best home remedy book I’ve read, for ease and common sense. This is what the book says about adding ginger and peppermint:

        Baking soda whitens your teeth and freshens your breath. Sea salt tightens the gums. Peppermint oil and ginger fight bacteria and provide flavor. Mix the ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use half a teaspoon of the powder each time you brush.

        I am a complete zealot about the powder, really…and the book!

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    • please please do not wait until your child is in pain. If it hurts, there is likely nerve damage and a traditional dentist will recommend a root canal (or an extraction). Dentists love to “find” problems. If one suggests a filling, please find an alternative or holistic dentist in your area and request a second opinion. At many places you can get a free second opinion for your child (we often offer free second opinions ourselves).

      Those divots are typically not a big deal and Yates often caused by grinding (or just chewing). Always get a second opinion. But if you wait until your child is in pain, you run the risk of him or her losing that tooth. Second opinions are so much easier.

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  89. That is awesome!! Last time I went to the dentist about 7 months ago I left with a $7,000 bill estimate for cavities needing filled & 3 root canals. I left in tears needless to say and haven’t been back. I went in because I had a large swollen abscess on one of my teeth as well as swollen face which obviously was told it needed an immediate root canal. Well haven’t had any of the work done & pretty much refuse to. I just recently within this past year changed our diet to being more traditional. Soaking, sprouting, fermenting, sourdough, kombucha & kefir, organic, and local meats, eggs & raw milk & fclo. Have liver stocked up in my freezer but unfortunately can’t seem to get it down. Sarah, I’ve tried your chicken pate but still have trouble eating it. Do you know of any other ideas or great recipes. I love a lot of your other recipes it’s just this whole liver different taste thing I have a hard time not gagging. :)
    Anyways I did a round of antibiotics to help the abscess to go down & it came back a couple other times till I did some google searching and switched to brushing my teeth with baking soda & unrefined sea salt. I was using spry with glycerin before. The baking soda mixture has really been my saving grace. Since switching to brushing my teeth with that the abscess has not returned & my teeth and gums are not anywhere near as sensitive as they were and no pain either! I also add a hint of peppermint oil & tea tree oil to it to give it a fresh minty taste.

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    • Melissa, for the liver, try mixing a little with ground meat to make chili or meatloaf or some other beef recipe. Chili is good because the spices and tomato sauce cover the liver taste.

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      $7,000! When dentists have a large and vested financial interest in a particular way of thinking (i.e., cavities don’t heal and that root canals are beneficial) this does indeed sway what they recommend to their patients no matter how they protest to the contrary.

      This explains why the vast majority of dentists refuse to acknowledge the cavities can heal with proper nutrition and why the American Dental Association blackballed Dr. Price when he wrote his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration as well as his 1000 page book on why Root Canals are dangerous and harm health. His only son died of a root canal that he himself put in which is what propelled him to examine root canals in the first place.
      Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist\’s last post: Teeth Needing Root Canals Can Heal with Diet Alone

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      • Your comment is so true. It’s frustrating as a holistic dentist to see dental schools still teaching dentists that a root canal is good (please, avoid root canals at all costs. Close to 50% of the people who visit our practice and were diagnosed as needing a root canal do not even have decay in the first place).

        We have been seeing some great results using ozone therapy in our practice with all kinds of decay (as well as some gum problems). If you’re not already familiar with it, check out some info online. We have a podcast about it (http://naturaldentistry.us/2578/ozone-therapy-a-holistic-approach-to-your-health/) and a couple of articles, but please, if you haven’t already, check out ozone therapy.

        To your health!
        Dr. Marvin
        The Center for Natural Dentistry

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        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
          Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist November 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

          YOU ROCK Dr. Marvin! THANK YOU for commenting! I just love to hear from folks that are actually in the dental profession bucking the system. I hope you get tons of phone calls from my readers who live in your area.

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      • Linda & Anna thanks so much for the advice on ways to eat liver. I will definitely have to try both of them. I’d love to start incorporating that in our diet. I had thought about capping them in gel caps at one time but it seemed like an awful lot of work for a little tiny bit :)
        Sarah, I didn’t know that about Dr. Prices son. How sad. Well I can’t imagine anything in the world that would make you research and find what went wrong anymore than that.

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          • Thank YOU for your website. It’s always good to find people who agree that there is and should be a different way of doing things. You have a great site. If you ever need information or want to do an interview, please let me know.

            We have hundreds of articles on our site. We are all about education — whether people become a patient or not. You have a right to the knowledge and information and we always welcome questions and comments. Everyone should have the chance to make informed decisions about their health.

          • I’ve ben hearing about how dangerous root canals are but where can I find details on how, why, the dangers etc?

        • Oh my. I love liver and so happy I do. I put lime or lemon juice on the beef liver and let it sit then saute it in a little butter. It’s the rest of the dish that makes it for me. Tons of sauteed onion, bacon and a bit of rice. Chicken livers have a stronger taste. Try baking them wrapped around a piece of chestnut then a half slice bacon around both. Now. I’ve never eaten heart but would love to try it. Anyone got a good recipe for heart?Don’t give me any with tomato sauce or cooked tomatoes. Unless the tomato is cooked long enough to turn a brown color, I don’t like them cooked. My chili cooks till you can’t tell a tomato was ever put in it! Thanks

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          • I love heart cooked in a crockpot, long and slow. Sprinkle all over with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place in the crockpot and cover with sliced onions and a few peeled garlic cloves. Pour about a cup of beef broth around it all. Cook all day on low. Delicious! You can throw in a few diced potatoes & carrots, etc, if you want.

      • I’ve been swallowing frozen raw liver for several months now. I just had my yearly blood work done and was surprised to see that my iron levels DOUBLED.

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    • xTry adding a little port wine to chicken livers sauteed with onions. It tastes delicious! (The alcohol cooks off.)

      I brush my teeth with xylitol. Bacteria cannot survive on surfaces covered with xylitol. Xylitol actually helps build up tooth enamel.

      I use coconut oil to help whiten my teeth. Coconut oil is a great nail whitener, especially after I’ve been in the garden.

      I will try the other toothpaste powder recipes.

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    • Melissa, have you tried liver and onions? Maybe it’s not your forte either. Like Linda said below, meatloaf is a great idea. Add some garlic for an added taste if you like it. I grew up on liver so I like it. Heart, that’s another thing. I remember eating cow tongue as a kid and couldn’t handle the taste buds on mine. I haven’t eaten it since.

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  90. I love learning that our bodies can heal without medicines and surgeries. I have to admit I’m not having a lot of confidence in my dentist. Listening to him in the video, he’s not even going to a dentist anymore. I’ve been thinking that I don’t want to do the x-rays anymore. I would like my son not to have them either, but he’s not on a real food diet.

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  91. Hi Sarah,

    Why do some people, like your son, still can get a cavity even when they are eating a traditional diet? I’ve always wondered this because even Weston A. Price still found some cavites in most traditional societies.

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