Healing Tooth Cavities on a Vegetarian Diet
I created the vegetarian program because it is possible to significantly improve your dental health as a vegetarian. Even though I do not recommend anyone to choose vegetarianism as a way of life, I want to respond to the many requests for help from vegetarians. I ask you to reflect on a few points before continuing onto the vegetarian program.
Just to be clear in this discussion, when I say meat, it includes fish. If you want to avoid land animal food and only consume sea food, then you can use the other protocols in this website and enjoy very gratifying results.
When I was a vegetarian I never completely thought through why I had chosen that lifestyle, although I believed I did not want to contribute to the killing of animals. Instead I slowly and unknowingly started to kill myself by consuming large amounts of tofu to satisfy my hunger. My two years of vegetarianism ended when I was on a vision quest. High up on Mount Shasta in California I fasted for two nights and three days. I could not finish the last night of the vision quest because I became obsessed with one vision only: a turkey sandwich! I was starving and depleted and I resolved during that fast to quit vegetarianism. I no longer am vegetarian and I do not encourage a vegetarian diet for women who are pregnant or planning for pregnancy, or who are breastfeeding. Neither do I encourage a vegetarian diet for children.
Current commercial livestock practices around the world damage the environment, and the animals are in general mistreated. But depriving ourselves of what we need by avoiding animal foods sends out into the world the energy of impoverishment and deprivation. I did not realize that there was a choice of animals humanely cared for. There are even some grass-fed farms that include prayers in a ceremony before killing the animal. By choosing foods carefully, making certain that the animals are well cared for and raised humanely, I personally feel it is good to satisfy my body’s hunger by eating meat.
In an idealized world, I probably would not eat meat because I honestly prefer not to kill things. Yet until that idealized world becomes a reality, I do not have energy or vibrancy without eating some type of animal protein with every meal. Healthy vegetarians still need animal fats and proteins; they simply get them from dairy products and eggs. Before domestication of animals, humans hunted their animal proteins. Nature’s design for humans, who are able to fashion tools, is clearly for us to hunt. Humans would not be able to live in colder climates without making clothing from animal skins. Our genetic and ancestral heritage is one of hunting and gathering.
Most people are vegetarian for religious purposes. Over the last millennium or two, certain groups relied upon a meat-free diet to aid them on their spiritual path. Today many monks and spiritual leaders eat some animal meat; they just do not kill it themselves. So until the wolf and the lamb feed together and lions start eating only grass, I am going to continue to eat and recommend that people eat some type of animal flesh.
There are healthy vegetarian societies in the world, but this is not a common finding. When Weston Price did his field studies he could not locate even one traditional culture that was vegetarian. However Dr. Price did not travel to India. Village people in certain parts of India, following a carefully designed diet based upon ancient Ayurvedic knowledge, have what appears to be a low rate of tooth decay. Each part of their diet is carefully orchestrated including planting and harvesting in harmony with the moon cycles, special soil fertility practices, special combinations of vegetables to ensure mineral balance, absolutely no processed food of any sort, grains aged for one year and freshly ground, aged sugar, special spices to enhance digestion, herbs and berries such as amalaki to enhance the mineral content of diet, complete avoidance of all nightshades, and perhaps the most potent and nutrient-dense dairy on the planet from the water-buffalo. The milk is also processed differently in accordance with the season. A rare few deeply spiritual and traditionally rooted societies have found ways to create enough mineral density in their diet to have a high resistance to tooth decay without relying upon animal flesh. This type of diet is very difficult to recreate in the United States.
The key problem area for the vegetarian diet is fat-soluble vitamin D which is the most important fat-soluble vitamin for remineralizing teeth. Even most grass-fed milk is low in fat-soluble vitamin D. It is highly likely that special foods given to the water-buffalo and its ability to absorb and utilize sunlight led to milk with fairly high vitamin D content. Since I know for certain that Green Pasture’s’ X-Factor Gold high vitamin butter oil is rich in vitamin D, (most butters are not rich in vitamin D, even many grass-fed variants) using this regularly is an essential key for a vegetarian plan to work well.
The vegetarian plan relies heavily on minerals from vegetables. People who eat meat and fish can get some missing dietary minerals from animal flesh. On the vegetarian plan there is not going to be that extra measure of safety. Success will be partially dependent on the quality and freshness of the vegetables that you use. The success of this diet also greatly hinges on the quality of the dairy you use. The higher the quality the dairy products, the higher chance you have of success.
Daily Food Intake
2-4 cups of raw, whole-fat dairy per day in the form of milk, kefir, whey, yogurt, clabber, or buttermilk. You can substitute about two ounces of cheese for every cup of dairy. Also consider an eggnog smoothie as described in the next post.
2-4 ounces of raw cheese
1-4 eggs per day, either raw, soft-boiled or fully cooked
Plenty of vegetables such as provided by the Ayurvedic Green Drink (recipe provided in the next post), or vegetable soup.
Vitamin C-rich foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, mustard greens, cabbage, sauerkraut, kohlrabi, liver and adrenal glands.
Plenty of butter or ghee with every meal.
At least once per day have something fermented such as kefir, yogurt or sauerkraut.
You will want to focus on having concentrated vegetable sources as your dietary base. This is best obtained from vegetable soups or the Ayurvedic green drink discussed in the next post. Vegetable minerals can also be obtained from vegetable juicing if you are aware of the principles of avoiding plant toxins from juicing.
As with the other dietary programs you will want to have some form of protein with every meal. Cheese is particularly concentrated in the important minerals calcium and phosphorous and is a very high quality protein. Yogurt makes a great addition to meals. Make sure to get genuine grass-fed cheese whenever possible.
Be extremely careful with your use of grains in this diet. They must be phytate free. If you consume brown rice it must first be soaked with a starter as described in the next post, and very well cooked until the grains burst open. If the vegetarian plan fails for you consider adding some fermented cod liver oil to the diet to provide the missing vitamins needed for success.
Healing your teeth is all about taking care of yourself. In natural eco-systems undisturbed by humans it is easy to see how Nature provides for all of her creations. Plants and animals generally have plenty of food and nutrients, and they do not suffer from relentless stress. Even though we are also a part of Nature, the design and structure of our civilization is built upon the belief systems of deprivation, competition for resources, and exploitation rather than upon a belief in abundance for all.
Rather than giving, our society takes, and then takes some more. The designs of our buildings and transportation systems take tremendous amounts of resources to build and maintain. The government takes our money as taxes and we can question how much of that money is being used to nurture and support citizens and social networks.
All of this taking is disharmonious, stressful and destructive. The society and world many of us live in makes it hard for us to relax. If we can relax, however, we find it is much easier to take care of ourselves. Taking care of oneself is in alignment with the law of personal responsibility. If you feel unimportant, undeserving, or unhappy, it will be difficult to take good care of yourself and give your body the food that it needs. When you truly are willing and able to take care yourself you will find healing. Allow yourself space to make your needs important and take excellent care of yourself.