Did you know that many scientific health journals and books write about how 70-80% of your immune system is part of your digestive system? Probably means that by keeping your digestive system healthy you may be able to keep your immune system in check. By keeping your immune system in check, you can prevent some of the most common illnesses like autoimmune disorders, food allergies, diabetes, sensitivities, mood disorders, etc. We are walking ecosystems. We walk around through life taking our ecosystem everywhere we go. But nowadays we are living far away from our natural one. We are living in environments that lack some of the natural ecosystems that make our immune system to function correctly. It is true that antibiotics have saved many lives, but every course we need to keep going with our lives depletes our internal ecosystem farther down. The current research says we should have about 35,000 species of bacteria in our guts, that is nearly 100 trillion bacteria in numbers. Converting this into pounds, we carry about 2 or 3 pounds of bacteria in our digestive system. By killing species of bacteria every time we have to take a course of antibiotics, we deplete our internal ecosystem, leading to lowering the strength of our immune system. Do you remember at the beginning of this page I said 70-80% of our immune system is in our digestive system?
Recovering our ecosystem’s diversity is hard because those specific bacteria that we deplete are hard to source.
One straightforward way to introduce diversity back into your digestive system is taking probiotics, but not all probiotics are good. Some probiotics don’t work at all. I am an advocate of Equilibrium Probiotic because I recovered my 6-year allergies to coffee, nuts, and grains with this probiotic in the lapse of only two days. This probiotic could be too powerful for you if you are missing too much in your ecosystem, so start very slow and see how it goes. Dr. Grace Liu Ph.D. in Pharmacology can tolerate ten capsules at once allowing her to eat gluten. Try it out slowly and tell us if it worked wonders for you as it did for us. I have recommended this to many people, and they love it.
Monolaurin is an antimicrobial surfactant extracted from Lauric acid in more significant amounts in coconut oil and breast milk. Coconut oil is 50% Lauric acid, but it is said that only about 3% of Lauric acid is converted to Monolaurin by our bodies.
Monolaurin is available as a supplement, and it is processed by combining Lauric acid with glycerin to form glycerol monolaurate (Monolaurin).
It may cause the pathogen’s cells to leakage.
Lauric acid is extensively used in the cosmetic industry to make creams, soaps, cosmetics, and cleaning products.
I imagine Monolaurin to be like a safe soap from the inside of the body.
Contraindications of Monolaurin are sensitivities of allergies to any of the raw ingredients of Monolaurin.
Monolaurin shows antibacterial properties for the following pathogens.
|Group C Streptococcus||Positive|
|Group F Streptococcus||Positive|
|Group G Streptococcus||Positive|
|Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 3||Positive|
|Bacillus anthracis Sterne||Positive|
Other ways to reduce arsenic even further and make it easier to digest
Students dentists at my university knew that fluoride made a positive impact in the reduction of cavities. Safe levels of fluoride to increase teeth strength were not by ingesting it but by applying it to the teeth in the amounts of 1 part per million in the form of a fluoride gel.
We knew that unmonitored high levels of fluorinated water caused fluorosis. One part per million is the amount of fluoride used in dental gels for topical application on teeth at the dental clinic.
When I became a mother, the pediatrician told me that fluoride was best for children if it was ingested and that I should give fluoride tablets to my son; this was new to me.
Knowing how excess fluoride causes fluorosis, unrecoverably ruins people’s teeth and messes up with mineralization homeostasis, I was confused about my pediatrician’s indications, but I followed.
One of my boys had a lot of cavities when little (but not my other kids treated equally). What happened?!
1-I had been trained as a dentist.
2-I was giving my son fluoride in tablets per my pediatrician’s advice.
3-With the exception of a couple of nights here and there when exhausted, I brushed his teeth almost every night.
I couldn’t understand why from my three boys, only one would get cavities. It turned out that from the three boys, he was the one who ate the most sugar and had the most antibiotics early in life. His oral flora was more of the type that form cavities.
Ancient teeth remnants from archeological studies show that prehistoric humans had better teeth than us. They have found cavities in old teeth remnants, but fewer than what we have in our modern population; their teeth, skulls, bones, and jaws were more symmetrical and were stronger.
Everything goes back to nutrition, absorption and gut homeostasis, and the intestinal villi’s length to amplify the capability to absorb nutrients.
Microbes also impact bone metabolism. Some microbes are great at dissolving all kinds of body tissues.
Teeth have interesting microbial clues because teeth don’t degrade as easily as other tissues when we die, but we see decay every day at the dental clinic while we are alive.
The oldest tooth fossil found in research, to my knowledge, was a tooth from Homo Erectus 1.77 million-year-old. Why did my child’s teeth spoiled so fast inside his mouth and the tooth from Homo Erectus’s lasted long enough to become a fossil we can study today?
If you place a tooth in vinegar it demineralizes.
Some bacteria that live in our mouths are called facultative anaerobic bacteria. It means that they thrive in an environment with no oxygen or very little oxygen. They live in an environment of constant feeding from carbohydrates and sugars. And they secrete acid that breaks down the enamel; this way, they can make niches in our teeth and have a cozy home with lots of sugar and food from the host. Their acidic secretions are the causes of tooth decay. Also, it is their ability to form biofilms with the right environment given.
But when we die, our tissues and mucosa degrade, they no longer cover our teeth. The teeth are exposed to air, and there are no more carbohydrates and sugar in the environment that feed the bacteria biofilm formation.
Cavity microbes can’t survive without their ideal environment, and teeth could preserve long enough to fossilize.
Is fluoride good or bad for health?
Fluorine is one of the most unstable and reactive elements in the periodic table, fluorine bonds with almost any element.
Quotes from trusted resources below
“Fluorine bonds with almost any element, both metals and nonmetals, because it is a very strong oxidizing agent. It is very unstable and reactive”.
“But fluorine is also an essential part of everyday life. Among other things, fluorides are used as additives to toothpaste. They are used in LED bulbs to turn the cold LED light into a warm white. Fluorine compounds are also added to many pharmaceuticals to increase their effectiveness”.
Also, fluorine is in soils, air, water (naturally or added), and it is present naturally in the foods we eat daily.
We need this element in “nature smart” quantities and with all other components and nutrients in food. But “If fluorine is absorbed too frequently and in more significant amounts, it can cause teeth decay, osteoporosis and harm to kidneys, bones, nerves, muscles” Also, the pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroid, and any soft tissue
Fluorine has also been found in pituitary glands in more significant amounts than in other tissues. This is scary, because the main function of the pituitary gland is to control metabolism. Adrenal glands, thyroid hormones and calcium metabolism are specially connected to the pituitary.
“Anatomy of the pituitary gland:
The pituitary gland is sometimes called the “master” gland of the endocrine system because it controls the functions of the other endocrine glands. The pituitary gland is no larger than a pea and is located at the base of the brain. The gland is attached to the hypothalamus (a part of the brain that affects the pituitary gland) by nerve fibers. The pituitary gland itself consists of three sections:
* the anterior lobe
* the intermediate lobe
* the posterior lobe
Functions of the pituitary gland: Each lobe of the pituitary gland produces certain hormones.
* growth hormone
* prolactin – to stimulate milk production after giving birth
* ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) – to stimulate the adrenal glands
* TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) – to stimulate the thyroid gland
* FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) – to stimulate the ovaries and testes
* LH (luteinizing hormone) – to stimulate the ovaries or testes
* melanocyte-stimulating hormone – to control skin pigmentation
* ADH (antidiuretic hormone) – to increase absorption of water into the blood
by the kidneys
* oxytocin – to contract the uterus during childbirth and stimulate milk production
Ref: University of Maryland Medical Center
I have to share more information on my experience with prevention of cavities.
This is why I am not completely on the side of “avoid fluoride like the plague”
Even though I grew up in a family of dentists, that did not prevent me from having tooth decay. I had many cavities filled with mercury amalgams.
Many of the dentists in my family had dental work done in their own mouths, with metal bridges and frames.
When I was in college, I wanted to prevent cavities on my sister who is 9 years younger than me.
I got to experience how my little sister (who I took to my college as my guinea pig to fill out my Prevention Clinic school requirements), got NO cavities due to prevention education and from the benefits of topical application of fluoride.
She has never had a cavity and she is now 37. Note that it is no secret, all my family has gut dysbiosis. Antibiotics were and still are in some areas widely used and are sold over the counter in pharmacies in México. My point is when good oral microbes don’t exist, people are prone to cavities and fluoride can make a difference in their prevention.
Also, I saw prevention of cavities in all young patients treated with fluoride and prevention education.
Being saved from cavities, prevented them from being subject to mercury amalgams and all other metals, plastics, and chemicals used to repair a tooth with cavities.
Fluoride is one of the most unstable elements in the periodic table. It latches to calcium in apatite, the mineral in tooth enamel. It latches so strongly that it forms a compound called fluorapatite, and it is stronger than appatite alone.
Fluorapatite is best formed when teeth are mineralized at a young age and we did not have further standard recommendations for fluoride applications in adulthood.
Now it’s speculated that it also makes adult teeth stronger because it binds strongly to calcium. This is why they add it to toothpaste but these studies also strongly advise fluoridated water. I suggest against this, there should be plenty of natural sources of fluorine in a healthy diet.
Some researchers and doctors advise against all fluoride. This quote comes from Harvard Medical.
“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” Grandjean says. “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brainpower of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”
Some naturopaths feel very strongly about avoiding all kinds of fluoride and with good scientific reason. But also, as I said, it is about the benefits and pitfalls of using or not using fluoride. It’s about the timing and frequency and also the careful application.
When I was seeing patients in the dental clinic (a long time ago), application of fluoride was only recommended as a protocol of four applications during permanent teeth development time.
No more fluoride applications after this time were necessary. More applications did not show substantial benefit in comparison to brushing and flossing daily and implementation of a balanced diet without excessive amount of sugar and carbohydrates.
We only applied topical fluoride to the surface of the teeth in varnish form with a brush, maintaining a dry surface area. Some fluoride maybe is still swallowed with this careful procedure but the doses of fluoride can’t be compared with drinking fluorinated water every day. Eventhough the ratios of fluoride in water are .7 parts per million, water is a constant source of unnaturally ingested fluoride. Also research shows that safe amounts of fluoride in water is at the .3 parts per million, not .7 parts per million.
In my opinion no amounts of fluoride should be added to water or toothpaste. Fluorine should come from organic food only. Some pesticides are fluorinated pesticides.
This is what I did for my kids especially I needed to prevent cavities on permanent teeth on my son with cavities in baby teeth.
I followed fluoride applications only at the dentist in the form of topical gel. I asked the dentist to be careful, so they did not swallow the gel too much.
I asked for dry surface area using cotton around the application of fluorine.
I stopped giving fluorine tablets
I don’t buy toothpaste with fluorine (except nobody really worries about my advice at home, so kids still brush with fluoridated toothpaste now and again when my toothpaste runs low).
Toothpaste is scary high in fluoride. “The most commonly used dental products, toothpastes, contain 900-1,100 ppm fluoride (ca. 0.10%), most often as sodium fluoride. If you swallow these products, you will be exposed to higher levels of fluoride. Swallowing toothpaste can account for a large percentage of the fluoride to which a child <8 years of age might be exposed. The Food and Drug Administration requires that toothpaste tubes be labeled with instructions to minimize ingestion of fluoride by children including the use of a “pea-sized” amount of paste and parental supervision of brushing”
I have a double filtration system in my house that filters fluoride.
I trust foods as a natural way of obtaining fluorine in nature smart ways.
I work on their microbiome to address bone and mineral deficiencies. Two of my boys have very mild scoliosis. And I have bone issues, too (this is from a lack of microbiome).
In short I would skip all further fluoride encounters of all types. I have not had a fluoride application in about 25 years and I keep my teeth healthy by removing biofilms at least before every 24 hours (this is the time when bacteria in biofilm start secreting strong acids). Floss and brush
Another critical part of my oral health prevention routine is probiotics. Some probiotics I recommend to all and some after sensitivities to streptococci are addressed.
One amazing piece I discovered about my oral health was after gentle chelation of heavy metals therapy.
My breath is fresher longer. My tongue and oral tissues look healthier (I couldn’t achieve anything like this with the amount of dental studies, neither with probiotics).
You may follow my path if this is what you think would be best for you with the sources of information given.
All the best microbiome,