IN ONE GENERATION WE HAVE CHANGED THE SHAPE OF OUR FACES!
An evolutionary change like this usually takes several generations to occur, but humans have done it in ONE. So who cares and what does that matter??
The reason it has changed is due to malnutrition, especially in pregnancy. (These changes were not due to cross racial breeding). Our diets in the last century have become more processed and refined, and lacking in the ‘good stuff’. Mothers (and fathers) don’t have the vital nutrients for the foetus to develop properly. This has led to the last couple of generations requiring major dental work (like braces and extractions) to straighten the teeth or to fit them in our smaller, narrower mouths.
In the study ‘Nutrition and Physical Degeneration’ by Weston Price, he found that isolated towns, who grew and prepared their own food freshly, had minimal, if any, dental decay. These people did not brush or floss or use toothpaste. Whereas civilised towns in the same country had much more pronounced dental decay. An example (but by no means an isolated incident) is the Gaelic children of the Isle of Harris, who ate plenty of fresh oats and seafood, had 1 tooth in every 100 with evidence of decay. 10 miles away at the shipping port to get to the Isle, the Gaelic children of Hamlet of Tarbert, who ate processed foods, had 32.4 teeth in every 100 with dental decay. He also found that not long after roads were put in, the rate of dental decay increased dramatically as these once isolated people had access to more processed foods, introduced by travellers. He also found that milk consumption made no difference in the rate of decay or quality of the teeth.
The shape of our mouth is SO IMPORTANT for our health. On the most basic level, we need good teeth and a strong jaw to eat to survive. If there are problems with your jaw or teeth this can give you headaches, upset your balance or give you low back pain. Each tooth also has nervous connections to various parts of the body which can also then be affected. For example: Your hamstring muscle will have a specific tooth that has a matching nerve supply. If this tooth was removed, the hamstring muscle will not work 100% because there will always be mixed messages going to the brain now that the tooth is gone. There are many of these connections all over the body. The shape of the mouth will also affect your sinuses and eyesight, and will affect the development of the brain.
What can you do to prevent dental problems, and get enough nutrients?
-Eat BASICS. Fresh fruit and veges, grains. Fresh is best, avoid as much processed food as possible. If possible buy local and organic foods. Nothing artificial! But if you’re a patient of mine you wouldn’t be doing that anyway. No sugar-free ANYTHING.
-Cook more meals yourself. The more basic food you start with the better. You know what’s in it, it will usually be less processed and be more nutritious.
-Don’t drink water with your meal. This will increase the likelihood of developing reflux, which affects the gums. Give yourself at least 30 mins before and after eating.
-Chiropractic adjustments. Because it works on the nervous system there are many things Chiropractic can help with in the jaw, regarding the teeth and cranial system. Obviously this is the easiest to fix in babies when the cranial bones are soft and movable, and before the teeth erupt, however plenty can still be done to improve in adults
-See a holistic dentist who won’t jump at the chance to pull teeth out. They are there for a reason and usually don’t need to be taken out. If it’s because there’s not enough room, look at making more room in the mouth rather than taking out the teeth
-You may also need a vitamin supplement. Australian soil is so depleted of many vital minerals and nutrients. We have the 2nd lowest levels of selenium in our soil (behind NZ) and this may be linked with increased thyroid problems and reduced immune function.
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A Price
Applied Kinesiology by Keith Keen
Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
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