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I love the description of the nudge here!

A Rainbow In The Clouds

I’ve been a fan of Stephen Covey for years. It began when I read his best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, followed by First Things First, which has had a tremendously positive impact on my life. When I started using Twitter, I naturally decided to follow Covey. He doesn’t tweet that often (unlike some people who are tweetaholics!), but one of Covey’s recent tweets was like a message directly from him to me.

I have a condo in Chicago that I love. I’ve spent the past 5 years making it into my dream home. As much as I adore it, my condo keeps me locked into my current job so I can pay the mortgage, and locked out of other opportunities like working for a nonprofit. I know my current job isn’t fulfilling my highest and best purpose in life, and that it’s time for…

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Doesn’t this sound yummy!!! I plan on trying it by weeks end!

Stick a Fork in It

I came across this cauliflower crust pizza on Pinterest, and was instantly intrigued. A low-carb pizza? Sign me up! I was skeptical, of course, but curious enough to try it and see how it tasted. I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Now obviously, it is not quite the same as a traditional piece of pizza with soft, chewy crust, but it’s a great substitute when you’re watching your carb intake. Since the cauliflower is mixed with cheese, you mostly taste the cheese instead of the cauliflower, as well as the yummy veggies and meats on top of your pizza.

My husband isn’t a huge fan of cauliflower, so I planned on making the pizza before he got home from work. I figured I would just tell him I was trying a new pizza crust recipe. Well, what do you know, he got home early and caught me mixing up the…

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Cayce Health Database


I.  Physiological Considerations

    Scars are such a common occurrence in everyone’s experience that little attention is paid to them unless a large area is involved or a cosmetic or functional problem results from the location of the scar.

    Scars are regarded as products of the natural repair of injured tissue.  The healing of surgical incisions or lacerations which are closed by approximation with sutures differs from the healing of open wounds such as third-degree burns, stasis ulcers, or decubitus ulcers.  Other types of scars may be produced by infections or certain inflammatory diseases.

The healing of surgical wounds begins with the body’s outpouring of blood and serum into the defect, the formation of fibrin from fibrinogen, and the migration of fibroblasts and blood vessels into this matrix.  New collagen is laid down by the fibroblasts, and a new epidermal surface forms from the migration of epidermal cells across the wound gap.  At first the newly formed collagen is very cellular and richly supplied with blood vessels, but in time both the cellularity and blood vessels diminish.  The bright red color of the new scar gradually fades to a pearly color in a year or so, and at this point the scar remains more or less stable.

In superficial wounds, where only a portion of the dermis is destroyed, epithelial cells may migrate from the remnants of sweat glands or hair follicles to form the new surface.  The final healing might be a slightly depressed scar such as often is seen in acne or the deeper infections of impetigo or chicken pox.  Large boils or papular or cystic acne may produce considerably deeper scars, sometimes of the “ice-pick” variety.

Large deep wounds – where the dermis is destroyed, such as in third-degree burns – pose a different problem for the body.  In the absence of adnexal structures such as hair follicles, sebaceous and sweat glands, repair of the defect is by way of granulation tissue.  Granulations are capillary buds extending upward to the surface and carrying with them fibroblasts and inflammatory cells.  Once a good granulating surface is established, epidermal cells may migrate across to cover the healing surface, but if the wound is large, grafts may be required.  Beneath the new thin epidermis new collagen is laid down.  The resulting scar may be smooth, but often it presents an irregular, sometimes ropy surface.  Shrinkage of the tissue may result in contractures and deformity.

Keloids and hypertrophic scars result from an abnormal growth of collagen tissue in a scar.  They are elevated, swollen, tense, and sometimes painful.  Usually keloids and hypertrophic scars develop in recently healed wounds.  Keloids may be quite massive and deforming; excision frequently results in an even larger keloid.  This type of growth is most commonly seen in the black race, and often they are found on the upper portions of the trunk, neck, or ears.  Unlike keloids, hypertrophic scars may regress spontaneously after a few months, but at times the distinction between hypertrophic scars and keloids is impossible to make.

Of the 16 readings in the Circulating File on scars, only two touch on the physiology of scars, and thus comments necessarily will be brief.  Do scars impair the normal functioning of the body?

Apparently some do, as in 487-17, “any scar tissue detracts from the general physical health of a body, for it requires a changing in the circulation continually.” In contrast, in 440-3, when asked if apparently extensive scars on the abdomen and legs were detrimental, Cayce replied, “little or no hindrance.” The same reading also gives a tantalizing hint on the origin and nature of scar tissue: “. . where tissue has been in the nature of folds-or scar tissue, produced from superficial activity from the active forces in the body itself, in making for coagulation in any portion of the system, whether external or internal.”

Just what is meant by “folds” is difficult to guess.  Perhaps it refers to an as yet unappreciated feature of scar coliagen.  The term “coagulation” is used repeatedly in the readings. [2423] had a lack of it, and healing could not take place. [1377] had an abnormality of coagulation, and adhesions resulted, and in reading 440-3 it appeared to refer to a healing property.  It seems to be a broader term than simple clotting of blood, and might be referring to complex biochemical processes involving fibrinogen and other serum proteins and numerous enzymes. (Further study of many more readings mentioning coagulation may be necessary to clarify Cayce’s meaning.  In Dr. William McGarey’s commentary on ” Leukopenia-Leukocytosis,” coagulation is seen as the rebuilding of cells throughout the body.)

The essential, practical point in these readings is that scars are not necessarily the end point in the healing process In some cases, at least, total eradication is possible; “remember the whole surface may be entirely changed if this is done persistently and consistently … in the course of two to two-and-a-half years, a new skin!” (440-3) Some scars, however, cannot be entirely eradicated.  In 3167-1 regarding the scars from abscesses which had been lanced, “Can’t pull out nail holes!. . may pull out the nails, but we can’t pull out the holes!” This would seem to indicate that incision and drainage of abscesses indiscriminately would be a poor practice, although Cayce did recommend at times lancing of boils.

II.  Rationale of Therapy

The treatment of cutaneous scars is covered in all readings but two which deal with adhesions and chronic inflammation.  These two will be discussed separately at the conclusion of this review.
In most of the readings on cutaneous scars, by which is meant healed wounds, camphorated oil was suggested, either alone, or alternated with olive oil and tincture of myrrh, or diluted with other oils.  The best description of the effects of these prescribed medicines is given here:

… olive oil – properly prepared (hence pure olive oil should always be used) – is one of the most effective agents for stimulating muscular activity, or mucous membrane activity, that may be applied to a body … tincture of myrrh acts with the pores of the skin in such a manner as to strike in, causing the circulation to be carried to affected parts [scars] … camphorated oil is merely the same basic force [olive oil?] to which has been added properties of camphor in more or less its raw or original state, than the spirits of same.  Such activity in the epidermis is not only to produce soothing to affected areas but to stimulate the circulation in such effectual ways and manners as to combine with the other properties in bringing what will be determined, in the course of two to two-and-a-half years, a new skin!   (440-3)

The muscle activity stimulated by the olive oil may refer not only to striated skeletal muscle, but also to the smooth muscle in the intestinal walls, and in the walls of small arteries and arterioles.  Perhaps such activity stimulates the circulation within the scar tissue leading toward that activity which is necessary to absorb the scar collagen.  Both the camphor and tincture of myrrh were also described as stimulating the circulation.  Camphor is also called a soothing force.  Camphor is classified by Goodman and Gilman as a hydroaromatic gum obtained from the bark and wood of the tree, Cinnamomum camphora, which is grown in Taiwan and Japan.  It is classed as a rubefacient, which means it produces capillary dilatation, in accordance with the Cayce information.  If taken internally it causes nausea and vomiting, and large doses of solid camphor in children may cause convulsions.  Therefore, camphor lotions should be kept out of the reach of children.

III.  Suggested Therapeutic Regimen

Since camphorated oil appears to be the key to the treatment of cutaneous scars, it is important that it be accurately defined.  Camphorated oil is no longer made commercially as it was in Cayce’s day.  At that time, it was made with natural gum camphor in olive oil.  Presently available is a synthetic camphor in cottonseed oil; therefore, it may not be a satisfactory substitute for the camphorated oil referred to in the readings.

Case [440] was experiencing extensive scarring on the legs and abdomen.  Massage was suggested alternating equal parts of tincture of myrrh and olive oil on one day followed the next day by camphorated oil. (The olive oil is to be heated before adding the tincture of myrrh, and only enough for the day’s massage is to be prepared.) This sounds like an ideal program for extensive scars.

The successful removal of severe burn scars on [2015] was accomplished with a formula that has become a classic Cayce remedy:

  • Camphorated oil, 2 ounces
  • Lanolin, dissolved, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Peanut oil, 1 ounce

Dr. James L. Rowland, D.O., Ph.D., of Kansas City, apparently has used this lotion successfully in wound scars and keloids.  The lotion should be gently massaged into and around the scar with the fingertips once or twice a day.

For active acne in case [528], an interesting lotion was prescribed:

  • Camphorated oil, 2 parts
  • Witch hazel, 1 part
  • Russian white oil, 1 part

This lotion must be shaken very well and massaged for several minutes into the acne areas twice a day.  It was said to help clear the skin and treat and prevent scars as well. (Nujol is one form of Russian white oil.)

Note that the camphorated Oil is diluted about in half in the last two formulas.  A similar dilution was suggested in a burn scar case (48717), but the diluent was sweet Oil (olive oil).

Case [40031 had severe scarring, Possibly with calification and contractures, which followed an injury.  Treatment was aimepd at removing the scar by absorption and excretion through the respiratory, perspiratory, and alimentary systems.  Local therapy consisted of hot Epsom salts packs followed by massage using cocoa butter.  Exercise, hydrotherapy, colonics, and diet were also part of the program.

Finally, in any healing, the spiritual status of the patient ma be most important.

Let the scars be removed from the own mental, the own spiritual and mental self.  Turn to those things of making application of the fruits of the spirit of truth, love, patience, gentleness, kindness, long-suffering, brotherly love, putting away those little tendencies for being “catty” at times or being selfish or expressing jealousy and such.
    Let that mind be in thee as was in Him, who is the way and the truth and the light, and He will make the light of love so shine through thy countenance that few, if any, will ever see the scars made by self-indulgence in other experiences.   (5092-1)

A.  Adhesions

Body cavities, such as the peritoneal cavity, are lined with serous membranes which extend around the organs in the cavity and allow them to slip over each other freely.  Inflammation of the serous membrane may cause it to lose its slippery character and stick to itself forming an adhesion.  The Cayce concept is much in accord with the traditional, but goes a bit further in defining the problem as system-wide.

    As indicated by that as has been given, the inflammation as produced in system that caused irritation to the general plasm of the blood supply tends to make the scar tissue [inflamed serous membrane?] become adhesive in its nature.   (1377-8)

Treatment of adhesions was to be accomplished by vibratory applications to the back.

These will keep the conditions so that the adhesions will be broken entirely by the absorption that is created in the active forces of the blood supply circulation; circulation here meaning not just blood supply but the lymph and emunctory circulation, and nerve circulation as well.  (1377-8)

In addition, malt and codliver oil (in Pure Food tablets) were recommended for [1377] to “carry those vitamins in such quantities to assimilate best with the system.” An improper coagulation in the blood apparently could be remedied by such vitamin forces.

B. Chronic Inflammation (Infection?)

The situation in [24231’s case is difficult to diagnose from this distance.  It may have represented a chronic paronychia or perhaps a granulating wound.  The finger had been sprinted, and this may have led to the diminished flexibility mentioned in a subsequent letter to Cayce.  The reading virtually ignored the finger, instead getting to important systemic disturbances:

… first an unbalancing of the chemical system, until little reaction, or assimilation of values of vitamin B-1 is possible, or the coagulating elements; then poisons from hydrochloric acid, or excesses of same in the system, as combined with influences without.
Hence the inability for the coagulation, or for abrasions or injuries to heal.   (2423-1)

Treatment consisted of Atomidine and the “triple salt” combination:

  • Rochelle salts, 1 level tablespoonful
  • Sulfur, 1 level tablespoonful spoonful
  • Cream of tartar, 1 level tablespoonful

These are to be mixed with a mortar and pestle.  The use precipitated sulfur rather than sulfur flowers is suggested.  Precipitated sulfur is much finer grained, and thus presents a larger active surface for the same amount of sulfur.  A level teaspoonful was to be taken first thing in the morning for five days.

The same prescription has been found in readings on acne, boils, and psoriasis.  At times the warning was given to avoid chills or wet feet while taking the prescription, and in some cases osteopathic treatment was to follow.  However, in [2423]’s case, the use of small doses of x-ray was to follow five days on the “salts.” Local treatment was almost incidental.  Cayce suggested “cocoa butter that is dissolved or rubbed in with olive oil; as this will aid in preventing scars, even upon the areas where old sores and injuries have been so disturbing to the body.” In addition the apple diet for three days was suggested for cleansing the system.  At the end of the three days a tablespoon of olive oil was to complete the purge.

This case is indexed under “scars” because of the advice on prevention of scars with cocoa butter and olive oil.  Physiologically it may be more closely related to other cutaneous conditions such as boils or psoriasis.

[Note: The preceding overview was written by Robert Forbis, Jr., M.D. and is excerpted from the Physician’s Reference Notebook, Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]

Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.  Please consult a qualified health care professional for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health Database.


Ten Secrets of 100% Healthy People

Some people rarely get sick and are always fizzing with energy. They don’t gain weight or lose their memory. So what’s their secret? When leading nutritionist Patrick Holford carried out Britain’s largest-ever health and diet survey, completed by more than 55,000 respondents, the results showed that to be super-healthy, all you need to do is follow 10 simple rules. Make them your resolutions – and look forward to a happier, healthier new year.
How efficiently you digest food affects your state of mind. It also determines your longevity and whether you feel energized or tired. In my survey, those who ate fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, fish and vegetables reported the healthiest digestion. Many foods, such as fruit and vegetables, contain enzymes that help digestion, but this occurs only if the food is eaten raw or lightly cooked.
One myth is that you can’t digest meals of both protein and carbohydrate. This isn’t true.  Protein is digested in the stomach, a process that takes an hour or two, whereas carbs are digested lower down in the small intestine. However, if you eat a high-protein meal and follow it with a fruit salad, the fruit may get trapped in the stomach and start to ferment.
Many people become allergic to common foods for the simple reason that their digestive tract becomes too permeable, allowing whole food proteins to pass through, causing the immune system to react. The main culprits that cause gastrointestinal permeability are painkillers (the average person takes more than 300 a year), antibiotics and alcohol. If you suffer from excessive bloating, that is also an indicator of food allergies.
So, do some homework in identifying what you might have become intolerant to (wheat, milk and yeast are the most common culprits). As well, taking digestive enzymes in addition to probiotics and glutamine will restore intestinal health.
Digestive enzymes help to completely break down food (look for formulas that contain glucoamylase and alpha-galactosidase which are the enzymes that break down beans and greens). Probiotics work to reinoculate the gut with friendly bacteria – you need both Acidophilus and Bifidus strains.
And the amino acid glutamine literally feeds mucousal cells, helping them to regenerate and protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. (In fact, some experts speculate that glutamine deficiency may play a role in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), namely ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). Take a heaping teaspoon of glutamine in water, last thing at night.
When your blood sugar is low, you feel tired and hungry. If you refuel with fast-energy-releasing high-GL (glycemic load) carbohydrates (sweet or refined foods), you cause your blood sugar to rise rapidly and your body dumps the excess into storage as fat. Then your blood sugar level drops again, and you enter the vicious cycle of yo-yoing blood sugar that leads to weight gain.
To balance your blood sugar, eat more slow-release foods (such as fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grain carbohydrates). You also need to graze rather than gorge. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. This provides your body with an even supply of fuel.
Another tool is a daily spoonful of cinnamon. A Scandinavian study found that about two teaspoons of cinnamon may slow down digestion in the stomach. This would effectively ‘slow-release’ the carbohydrates in a meal.
Do you wonder how your brain and body chemistry manages to stay in balance? How it makes insulin when your blood sugar is high, or adrenalin when you’re stressed?
Behind the scenes, there’s a process called methylation that is the key to feeling connected, happy, alert and motivated. How good you are at methylation is indicated by the level of a substance in your blood called homocysteine. Keeping your homocysteine low, indicating that you are able to rapidly adapt and respond to life’s stresses, is the third secret of 100% health. A low H score means a low risk of strokes, heart attacks, pregnancy problems, memory decline, depression, mental illness, osteoporosis and many other health issues.
There are four factors that raise homocysteine: stress, smoking, drinking coffee, and lack of exercise, – as well as a diet low in B vitamins, especially folic acid.
If your homocysteine level is high, there is a combination of nutrients that really works – folic acid, B6, B12, TMG, zinc and sometimes glutathione or N-acetyl cysteine. B12 is poorly absorbed, so it’s worth getting a formula that contains methylcobalamine, the most absorbable form. You need high doses, in the range of 500mcg. Two in five people over age 60 are B12 deficient. In patients with dementia, we often find that also giving glutathione or n-acetyl cysteine makes a big difference.
Today we know that omega-3 fats are essential for good health, acting as natural painkillers and more potent antidepressants than conventional drugs. On top of this, they are your skin’s best friend, keeping it soft and moisturized. Omega-3 fats are found in colder-climate nut or seed oils, such as flaxseeds and walnuts, and in oily fish. The decline in our oily fish consumption, largely because of fat phobia, has fuelled an epidemic of omega-3 deficiency. In my survey, I found that the likelihood of optimal health increases by nearly two-thirds in those consuming three or more servings of oily fish (herring, sardines, mackerel, salmon, tuna and trout) a week, compared to only two a week.
The entire process of aging, from your first wrinkle to worsening eyesight, depends on oxidation. Put simply, we make energy by combusting carbohydrate with oxygen. The net result is our own exhaust fumes called oxidants. This is the stuff that rusts metal and ultimately, rusts us. An optimal intake of antioxidant nutrients is the key to living a long and healthy life. Generally, with fruit and vegetables where you find the most color and flavor, you will also find the highest antioxidant levels. Aim for five to 10 servings daily of a range of fruit and vegetables to keep your intake high.
And yes, it’s true! Dark organic chocolate is good for you. It’s rich in two anti-aging antioxidant flavonoids called gallic acid and epicatechin.
In my book The 10 Secrets of 100% Healthy People we identify the top 20 antioxidant foods, which include herbs and spices such as cinnamon (half a teaspoon has more antioxidant power than two carrots), plus turmeric and oregano. Mustard is pretty good, too. You want to eat the strong colours in nature – greens, yellows, reds, oranges and blues such as blueberries.
In terms of supplements, antioxidants are team players and you need both vitamins E and C, glutathione, anthocyandins from berries (resveratrol being the best), plus beta carotene, alpha lipoic acid and coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 reloads vitamin E once it has disarmed a fat-based oxidant, but cholesterol-lowering statin drugs wipe it out. Anyone on these drugs must take 90mg of CoQ10 a day to prevent drug-induced deficiency, which is the major cause of side-effects.
If you only drink when you’re thirsty, your body is already in a state of dehydration. Not drinking enough makes you tired and dries out your skin and your joints. It gives you headaches and reduces mental ability. It’s also a major cause of constipation. Your body absorbs more water if you drink little and often. It absorbs less if drunk with sweet drinks, or tea or coffee. For maximum hydration, drink small amounts of pure water more often.
A survey of our 101 top health scorers shows that 50% practised some form of chi-generating exercise. Energy isn’t just about eating the right food and exercising. Chi or prana – which broadly corresponds to ‘energy flow’ – has been recognized for years in the East, but it is rarely included in the health agenda in the West, largely because it can’t be measured by conventional medical science.
These ancient systems of exercise such as tai chi, qigong and yoga have been designed to balance the emotions, still the mind and rejuvenate the body by removing the blockages caused by accumulated tension. Although you can, technically, learn chi exercises from books and DVDs, it is far better to have direct instruction because success depends on being in the right position, with the correct breathing pattern.
My survey showed that 54% of people with optimum cardiovascular health exercise for three or more hours a week, compared to 1% of those with a poor rating. Simply increasing your energy expenditure from physical activity by 1,000 kilocalories a week – the equivalent of just 15 minutes of jogging, cycling or swimming, or 30 minutes of walking a day – is associated with cutting your risk of premature death by about 20%.
Get a pedometer and monitor your daily steps for a week. Aim for 4,000 steps in the first week and 6,000 in the second week, the equivalent of about three miles walking a day. When you have achieved this, aim for 10,000 steps a day.
My survey of 101 top health scorers shows that 85% consider state of mind to be extremely important for health, and 83% have a close circle of family and friends. Extreme emotions affect heart function, depress the immune system and inhibit digestion.
Everyone accumulates emotional tension. However, how you consciously experience your emotions makes all the difference. When you need to express an emotion, take a breath and say clearly: “I am feeling x,y,z (for example, angry, frustrated, sad) and that’s OK.” Take another breath and say this until you sense a different feeling. Allow the feeling, and yourself, to ‘be’ – without judgment.
Having a sense of purpose is one of the defining qualities in those who scored highly in my questionnaire. Your sense of purpose changes throughout life. For example, taking care of your family may give you your feeling of purpose. Many people find purpose through work that feels important and meaningful. For most of us, being of service to others works either by supporting causes that we feel passionate about or simply helping people we meet.

Ten Secrets of 100% Healthy People ~ RiseEarth.

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

by Courtney on April 10, 12

in Living healthy, Natural Products for Home and Body, Nutrition, Recipes, Spring Clean the Toxins

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer

Several years ago, I started to question some of the ingredients in commercial toothpastes as well as the approach of modern dentistry in general. I view some modern dentistry practices as appropriate and beneficial. Yet, the foundation of today’s dental philosophy is similar to the mainstream medical model in that it focuses on treatment and not prevention.

I believe the focus of dentistry (like medicine) should be prevention of decay and disease through sound nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

This begins in utero (even pre-conception), when the teeth and jaw structure are formed, is well established through breastfeeding, and must be adhered to for one’s lifetime.  Avoiding dental decay and disease through diet is challenging, as it means one must stray far from the standard American diet.


When most dentists detect a cavity, they suggest filling it, usually without thinking twice. However, what if teeth could be remineralized through a proper diet and oral hygiene routine? I believe they can.

Once drilled and filled, teeth are weakened and susceptible to further decay, but I believe that if we focus on prevention, we can avoid most cavities and subsequent oral health decline as a result of filling cavities.

Most of my teeth were drilled and filled in childhood and young adulthood, but I don’t want my children to go down the same path and struggle with susceptibility to decay for a lifetime because of it. I’m trying to learn more about prevention and re-mineralization so that my children can reap the benefits of a healthy mouth, which contributes to overall health.

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There are several factors involved in tooth remineralization, mainly diet, Ph of saliva, and oral hygiene practices. Diet and saliva are inter-related and quite complex, I encourage you to dig deeply into the link between nutrition and oral health and possibly re-examine your own assumptions there. I hope you will take a closer look at your own oral hygiene routine as well, as what I’m sharing with you today is based solely on my research and conclusions as a mom. I am not a dentist!

Toothpaste cleans teeth and remove plaque, which is beneficial, but if your goal is to maintain healthy teeth through a proper diet, mainstream toothpastes will work against your efforts. Furthermore, they contain questionable ingredients that may do more harm than good.

Glycerin – Certainly not bad in and of itself if properly sourced, but its use in toothpaste may not be ideal. Some suggest it may leave a layer of film on the teeth that prevents remineralization. It can also be dangerous to our health if processed with dangerous chemicals, and I assume most toothpastes contain the cheapest possible source.

Sodium Laurel SulfateSLS is a known carcinogen. Some natural companies still stand behind it’s use and claim it is safe, but I prefer to stay on the safe side here.

Saccharin – This was the first ingredient I questioned when I started to re-think my approach to dental health and toothpaste several years ago. I avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague, as most of them are proven carcinogens, several contribute to obesity and other health problems, and some are excitotoxins, meaning they cause rapid firing and death of brain cells. And yet, we see the artificial sweetener, saccharin, in our toothpaste.

Fluoride – You knew I’d get to this one. I don’t claim to be an expert on fluoride, but from my basic understanding, fluoride is highly toxic in the form found in toothpaste and never found in nature in this state. If you’re trying to rebuild tooth enamel, just like with glycerin, a “protective” layer of fluoride is not ideal. It is also suggested that the layer it forms on teeth is much thinner than originally thought and is useless against protecting teeth from decay anyway.

A Safer Alternative

If you’re looking for a safe alternative to the common toothpastes, there are many options, from the more expensive natural toothpastes (be careful– some contain some of these questionable ingredients) to simple recipes you can make at home.

I’ve been experimenting with my own homemade toothpaste recipe for a while now, after I realized how easy it is to make on my own and that I don’t need to spend a fortune on store-bought brands.

The most basic toothpaste alternative is a simple tooth powder. You can use baking soda alone or combine it with salt for a gentle yet abrasive clean, or you can use a mineral powder such as calcium and/or magnesium. I use Natural Calm brand. Some prefer to add hydrogen peroxide to their tooth powder right before use. I rinse with hydrogen peroxide, so I don’t add it to my powder or paste.

I began to add coconut oil to my recipe to form a paste (and for its beneficial antibacterial properties) and essential oils for flavor. For a while, my recipe included coconut oil, baking soda, a dash of salt, and essential oil.

I’ve since been searching for a solution to the salty taste of the baking soda and salt, which my children aren’t crazy about, and have recently decided to add xylitol to help combat the saltiness. I’m new to the use of xylitol, but it does appear to be safe and even looks promising for cavity prevention. I also recently added trace mineral drops to my paste. I use these to add minerals back into our reverse osmosis filtered water when making water kefir and I thought it would be a great addition to our toothpaste as well.

Homemade Toothpaste

2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbps. baking soda
2 Tbsp. calcium magnesium powder
2 Tbps. xylitol or green stevia powder
2 tsp. real sea salt
20 drops essential oil (I use peppermint.)
10 drops trace minerals

My style recipe would simply read: equal parts coconut oil, baking soda, calcium/magnesium powder, xylitol with a dash of salt, a few drops trace minerals, and essential oils to taste.

This toothpaste is a great follow up to oil pulling. Have you looked into oil pulling? Both oil pulling and a natural toothpaste like this one, in addition to flossing, can keep your teeth clean and healthy. With a proper diet that supports the necessary minerals for re-mineralization of teeth, I believe teeth can be healthier and whiter.

From what I understand, yellow teeth can be the result of reduced/demineralized enamel that allows the dentin beneath to show through. By strengthening that enamel through re-mineralization, teeth are not only healthier and free of cavities but also naturally whiter.

Stephanie’s note: For more on the importance of diet for both preventing and reversing tooth decay, and the process of remineralizing teeth, I would highly recommend the book Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. I’m currently reading it and even though I had learned some of these things previously (through Weston Price, etc.) I wish that I had looked more specifically into this topic long ago!

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization.

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