Before I forget, PB had some links to salt flushes to help lower halides so that the iodine doesn't have to do all the work there. I'm assuming that is NOT okay while pregnant, but I think it's a temporary up/down thing so may be okay while nursing if LO is able to not nurse for a few hours. Here's one of her links...http://drshevin.com/patient_educatio...giene/salt.php
It's about halfway down the page. And she had another somewhat related page that suggested 1/2 tsp rather than 1/4 tsp of salt.
As an FYI, for people with adrenal issues not consuming enough salt, you won't start urinating a lot, you'll just rehydrate yourself.
Originally Posted by momofmine
Haven't read but I'm jumping in real quick to ask a quick question. My kids have gotten the worst tartar buildup on the backs of their lower teeth since we started the SCD. My oldest has always been prone to build-up there, but they both have it very very thick. I actually have a dental scraper (it looks like a small crook, pointy at the end but not too sharp, and I started trying to scrape it off of my oldest's teeth, and it is thick. A small chunk of it popped off, but it made me nervous that I was going to poke his gum, so I stopped. Would you try to scrape it off, or get to the dentist?
The dentist we talked to way back when suggested I get a dental pick and use that on DS's teeth. I was leery with a toddler, but the tartar stopped (for him, not really for DD) and I just haven't done it.
And what in the world would cause this? It has got to be nutritional, but I don't necessarily think it's a lack of something, because it began to happen almost immediately after we started SCD. I'm leaning towards it being something more about the pH of the mouth? They were eating practically just meat, fat, and bananas in the very beginning. Any ideas?
And Tanya, is this why we need K2?
K2 can do it, but I'm guessing you consume more than average K2. It could be mouth pH, for most people those would be acidic foods. If that's it, then you _should_ be able to counter it with a beefy mineral supp--groups of people have had good teeth on very meat-centric diets, I think they did it by consuming lots and lots of minerals. But that may not be it for you. You remember JaneS's posts on insufficient bile, right? But you said poop improved on SCD? So that doesn't fit either.
Originally Posted by whoMe
Melvin Page says it's too much calcium/too little phosphorus in your blood. But I don't know how much you want to trust him
One of our dentists (saw 2 back when DS was 18mo and had a sudden tartar build-up) said calcium (relatively too high) and phosphorus (too low, relatively) were out of whack. She didn't say reduce calcium consumption, consider increasing phosphorus, but dietary sources of phosphorus are animal products and we eat plenty. So I'm guessing something controlling calcium and/or phosphorus. For us it was K2 (the lack thereof) not controlling calcium that caused the tartar. What controls blood phosphorus? Not sure, but actually the vit k yahoo group is big on that, but it's more involved than just K2, they're looking at kidney function and supping sodium bicarb _between_ meals (Pat
) and lots of involved stuff.