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|Price travelled the world over in order to study isolated human groups, including sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, Eskimos and Indians of North America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South America. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of primitives on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors.
Dr. Price discovered an additional fat soluble vitamin which is now called the Price Factor or Activator X. It is a powerful catalyst which, like vitamins A and D, helps the body absorb and utilize minerals. It was present in the diets of all the healthy population groups he studied but unfortunately has almost completely disappeared from the modern western diet. Sources include organ meats from cows eating green grass, fish eggs and shellfish. Butter can be an especially rich source of Activator X when it comes from cows eating rapidly growing grass in the Spring and Fall seasons. It disappears in cows fed cottonseed meal or high protein soy-based feeds. Fortunately, Activator X is not destroyed by pasteurization.
|...Secondary dentine, a less well-organized form of tubular dentine, is produced throughout life as a patching material where cavities have begun, where the overlying enamel has been worn away, and within the pulp chamber as part of the aging process. Sometimes when cavities occur, production of secondary dentine can "heal" the decayed spot or rebuild portions of the tooth that have worn away. If vitamin D is adequate, secondary dentine will be well calcified. If vitamin D is lacking, dentine will be of poor quality or not present at all.
There is some evidence that the mineralization of dentine may depend on calcium derived from saliva rather than blood; in other words, it is deposited from the exterior rather than the interior of the tooth. The book describes studies by Dr. C. L. Pattison who, working with Mrs. Mellanby, determined that the calcium content of saliva doubled or even tripled when the diet contained adequate vitamin D from cod liver oil.
|I've had a personal revelation, and I'd like to share it with you.
I was eagerly reading my copy of Eat Fat Lose Fat, the new book by Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig, when a paragraph on page 77 stopped me in my tracks. It said,
Dr. Price explained that vitamins A and D are catalysts to mineral absorption and protein utilization. Without them, you cannot absorb minerals, no matter how abundant they may be in your food. In addition, Price discovered another fat-soluble nutrient, a potent catalyst for mineral absorption that he labeled Activator X. It was present in all the diets he studied.
"Wait a MINUTE!!!!" I thought. "Mineral imbalances and deficiencies can lead to all KINDS of health problems!!!! Did Dr. Price mean that if I wasn't getting enough vitamin A and D, I couldn't absorb MINERALS ????????" I read the paragraph again. That was certainly what it had said, hadn't it? It was like someone had hit me upside the head!
...Case Three: During the severe industrial depression, rampant caries developed in a great number of cases in the families of mill workers...twenty-seven mission children were selected on the basis of rampant dental caries. Since these children were all from poor homes, many of the families being on relief, one extra good meal a day at midday** was provided for the entire group at the mission. This was preceded by administration to each child of one teaspoonful of a mixture containing a high vitamin butter oil. This butter was selected on the basis of its high content of activator X. It was mixed with equal parts of a high-vitamin, natural cod liver oil. The clinical effect was apparent complete control of dental caries for the entire group, as shown in the x-ray films. In many of these cases, the open cavities were left without fillings; and, in all such cases, the exposed dentin took on a hard glassy finish. There were many other evidences of betterment.
***** You can read Weston Price's chapter on controlling decay(and rest of his groundbreaking book "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration") online:
Originally Posted by bmanmommy
"Our friend discovered WAP when researching how to help their 2y.o.'s decay problems. Though they adopted the diet, there was no reversal of decay and he ended up having to have them fixed..."
Actually, that's not the whole story. We DO believe there was decay reversal. The dentist that fixed DS's teeth said in 30 years of practice, he'd never seen such healthy tissues inside decayed teeth. We had been on the diet for 8 months (including cod liver oil AND butter oil) by the time DS had the work done, and I don't believe the dentist would have been able to say that 8 months prior. They also prepared us for super sore gums and a lot of bleeding, and his gums didn't bleed. We saw three dentists, and they all said that the decay would be to the root within 3 months. That wasn't the case. I wonder now if we'd waited if the decay would have reversed completely. Unfortunately, fear got the best of me and we decided to do it sooner rather than later. But the dentist's discovery just confirmed that the WP diet was the right way.
|Multi-mineral supplements (synthetic vitamins are suspect), pounded into powder and added to food since no kids multi-minerals exist that we know of.|
Originally Posted by Hibou
I was reading your posts thru the link, and I have a question for you. You mentioned something to the effect of multivitamins being suspect in dental decay...here it is:
I'm not sure what you mean by suspect and was wondering if you could elaborate on this? TIA
|Synthetic vitamin D added to milk can cause symptoms of vitamin D deficiency including calcification of the soft tissues and hardening of the arteries. Rats and mice fed synthetic vitamin D as .1% of their diet died in 24 to 48 hours.|
|Synthetic D2 has been linked to hyperactivity, coronary heart disease and other allergic reactions, while synthetic vitamin D3 is poorly absorbed.|
Originally Posted by toraji
So then...I am suspicious of synthetic vitamins as they don't seem to be as well-absorbed and tend to be toxic, especially in high levels. I don't really feel content with things manufactured in laboratories and prefer to get my nutrients as close to the source as possible.
Originally Posted by JaneS
Yes it does contain the X Factor, as do all organ meats, but I haven't seen as much specific info on it as butter. I assume it would also have to be grass fed?
Also shellfish, and fish but I don't know the particulars. I know fish roe does, there's a recipe for fish roe cakes in "Nourishing Traditions".
How do you make chicken livers in bacon? Broil it like scallops in bacon?
Eating liver regularly is one of my New Year's resolutions
|When Luke found out that the pineal gland - a little gland in the center of the brain, responsible for a very large range of regulating activities (it produces serotonin and melatonin) -was also a calcifying tissue, like the teeth and the bones, she hypothesized it would concentrate fluoride to very high levels. The gland is not protected by the blood brain barrier and has a very high perfusion rate of blood, second only to the kidney...
She found that melatonin production... was lower in the animals treated with high fluoride levels compared with those treated with low levels...
Significance? Huge. Melatonin is reponsible for regulating all kinds of activities and there is a vast amount of work investigating its possible roles in aging, cancer and many other life processes. The one activity that Luke is particularly interested in is the onset of puberty. The highest levels of melatonin ( produced only at night) is generated in young children. It is thought that it is the fall of these melatonin levels which acts like a biological clock and triggers the onset of puberty. In her gerbil study she found that the high fluoride treated animals were reaching puberty earlier than the low fluoride ones.
|1. I have been researching the literature on fluoride for just over three years. I approached this issue with an open mind. If I had any bias when I set out it was that those who were opposed to fluoridation were `crackpots'.
2. However, the more I have read the more concerned I have become over the dangers posed by fluoride and the very poor science underpinning its supposed efficacy in protecting children's teeth. How we ever allowed such a toxic substance into the drinking water is staggering. Even though fluoride's toxicity is rated higher than lead, the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) maximum contaminant level for lead in water is 15 ppb (parts per billion) whereas the level allowed for fluoride is 4,000 ppb. The recommended level for artificial fluoridation of the drinking water of 1 part per million (1 ppm = 1,000 ppb) was established in 1945, and it hasn't been changed since, even though today we (and our children) are getting fluoride from many other additional sources, including toothpaste, other dental products, mouthwashes, processed food, some vitamin tablets, and beverages.
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