Thursday, February 23, 2012

Can A Cavity Be Healed?

OK, y'all.  I have something really cool/freaky to share with you that happened to me yesterday. But first, you need a little back story. :0)

My dad was an auto worker, so we had AWESOME insurance when I was growing up.  This meant that I saw the dentist every six months for my entire growing up years. Then, as an adult I couldn't rely on Daddy's insurance. Unfortunately, Daddy's insurance is hard to come by. My husband's insurance rarely included dental, so I would go years without seeing a dentist. We all would. Anybody relate to that? 

About a year and a half to two years ago I got one of those fliers in the mail for a free cleaning and exam from a dental office. So, I made an appointment for me and Isaac to get our teeth cleaned. It was one of those offices with the newest high-tech equipment that probably cost a fortune and the bill gets passed along to the patients. Both of us had cavities. I don't remember which was which at this point, but one of us had four and the other had five. The estimate they gave us to get them filled was $800 and $900. That just seemed astronomical to me so I called around and found a much more reasonable dentist just around the corner from me. He had actually been recommended by our tax guy. First, I made Isaac an appointment. The dentist found all the same cavities that the high-tech place did using nothing more than his metal pokey thing and his training. We got Isaac's cavities filled for a third of the price it was going to cost us at the other place. Plus, we just love the dentist and hygienists that work there. They have this rare trait called bedside manner. Or, maybe it's personality. It could be that they just care more about their patients than raking in as much dough as possible. Whatever it is, it roped us in.

Well, after we got Isaac fixed up, we got Dad in there. He had some pretty serious dental work that needed to be fixed. My cavities could wait. And, wait they did. Until yesterday.

Now, remember, it's been a year and a half to two years since I had that initial exam that showed I had four or five cavities. In the mean time, we've been slowly making changes to our diet. When the dentist examined my teeth yesterday I only had one small cavity. He said it was very small - just how they like to catch them.  One cavity? Now under different circumstances I would be tempted to think that maybe he just didn't find the other ones without all of the new-fangled, high-tech equipment that the other place had. But remember, he found all of the same cavities that they said Isaac had.  

I've read in several places lately where cavities can actually be healed just like any other bone can be. Although, most mainstream dentists would disagree, the scientific proof is there and the research all started because of a dentist named Weston A. Price. Ever heard of Nourishing Traditions? Evidently, diet plays a crucial role. 

I can't put my finger on one specific thing that we've changed in our diet that would cause these results in my teeth, because we've made a lot of little changes. I began using traditional fats, eliminating most of the processed food we ate, began including coconut oil in my diet and recently we bought a pastured hog and half of a grass-fed cow. I make bone broth. We don't eat nearly as much bread as we used to and started taking fermented Cod Liver Oil.  We stopped using toothpaste that has fluoride in it and just used tooth soap for a while. Some of these things we've been doing for a while, some are more recent. And, we don't do any of these things perfectly. In fact, we still eat too much sugar. We're baby stepping. I think it must be working, though. Even though I can't see the effects of our changes on the outside as much, yet (That stubborn weight!) - the fact that my teeth are actually healing from cavities is pretty strong evidence to me that these are very healthy changes.

This is all pretty new and still wild to me. I never believed that a cavity could be healed because I'd never heard it was possible. I thought that once the damage was done that was the end of the story. But, after reading some about it, the possibility became believable. Especially when I started thinking about how God created our bodies to heal themselves. If a cut, wound or bone can heal - why not a tooth? And then I went to the dentist. I have seen the proof for myself.

Here are a few of links to articles on this in case you're interested in reading more about it.

So, what do you think? Have you ever heard of cavities being healed? Any thoughts you'd like to weigh in with?

I'm linking this up at Simple Lives ThursdayHomestead Barn Hop, and Your Green Resource.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Whoo Hoo! I'd like to thank Kari from the blog, Moo Said the Mama, with The Versatile Blogger award. Like, really.  From the bottom of my heart. I feel especially honored to receive this award since I've been pretty quiet on the blog-front lately (getting ready for a soon to be announced adventure). So, once again, thanks Kari!

Here are the RULES for the Versatile Blogger Award -

1. Add the award to your blog. 
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Mention seven random things about yourself. (see below)
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 15 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.
So, do you really want to know 7 random things about me?  Alrighty, then.

1. I've dreamed of living in the mountains every since I was 4 years old and we'd make trips to West Virginia to see family.  Did you realize that you just got a two-for-one random blurb in this one? :0)

2. I once got to be in the choir for the Handel's Young Messiah Tour at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Michigan.  That was really cool.

3. I have really wide feet. I recently left DSW in tears because I couldn't find a single pair of tennis shoes to fit me from either the women's or men's department.

4. I recently ordered a pair of tennis shoes from the Brooks website. I'm not crying anymore.

5. I suffered through 3 hurricanes and a lightening strike all within about a three month span.

6. I never wore braces.

7. I had my hair dyed after I graduated from high school and it was so Bozo-ish that my dad made me go get it fixed before we left for vacation. Yes, it was really that bad.

My choices for the award are for bloggers who inspire me, teach me something, make me laugh, or a mish-mash of all these qualities.

And the next "The Versatile Blogger" awards go to (in alphabetical order)...

1. A Delightful Home

2. Crunchy Betty

3. Frugal Granola

4. Frugally Sustainable

5. Growing Home

6. Home Joys

7. Homestead Revival

8. Jill's Home Remedies

9. Jo's Health Corner

10. Our Simple Farm

11. Overflow of a Forgiven Soul

12. Parisienne Farmgirl

13. Penniless Parenting

14. Stuck in Frump, Striving for Fab

15. Tea Rose Home