Sunday, January 25, 2009

Prevent Cavities and Sleep Apnea, Depression, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Infertility, Impotence: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Niacin, and Thiamine

Oral health (the condition of the teeth and gums) is strongly associated with serious health problems. Diseases of the central nervous system are among these problems. People with sleep apnea, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, and impotence have a higher average number of filled cavities than people without these diseases. Counting dental fillings is a good way to assess the risk of these diseases. Problems with the nervous system and cavities are strongly associated because they are both partially caused by failure of some of the same basic metabolic pathways inside our cells. Cavities should be taken very seriously. Every effort should be made to prevent them.

Like the risk of sleep apnea, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, and impotence, the risk of cavities increases with age. The older you are, the more important it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Due to aging, it is more difficult to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also more difficult to keep your central nervous system healthy. Diseases of the subconscious nervous system are difficult to detect, and poor mental health is difficult to acknowledge and discuss. Cavities are obvious. Gum health is obvious. It’s easy to ask your dentist, “Doc, how are my teeth and gums looking?” Everyone should be aware that protecting teeth and gums from cavities and periodontal disease also protects them from sleep apnea, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, and impotence.

Cavities are caused by poor nutrition. This is a well-documented fact from the 19th and 20th centuries. During this period, dozens of isolated, indigenous populations joined the modern economy. Time and again, when indigenous populations switched to a modern diet, the prevalence of cavities increased dramatically. Subsequent research has proven that the most important “anti-cavity” factors in the indigenous diet/lifestyle are vitamins. Read more here. The recommended daily allowances of vitamins are insufficient to maximize cavity prevention. If you are looking for good doses to start with, click here. Counting cavities is a good way to establish at an early age what individuals in the population need extra vitamins. In old age, the high prevalence of cavities and lost teeth suggests that the recommended daily allowances of vitamins are inadequate for the majority.

Nothing will change the fact that a higher incidence of cavities and lost teeth are part of the aging process. Optimizing vitamin intake will not stop aging. But it will help you to age gracefully. There is no reason for your teeth to age faster than the rest of your body. Our healthcare system provides excellent services for keeping your teeth healthy. By using orthodontia to keep your teeth in the right place, and then by brushing, flossing, fluoriding, and cleaning every three months, properly nourished teeth will last more than 100 years.

The importance of dental health puts the women (there aren’t many men in these jobs yet) who clean our teeth at the forefront of the healthcare system. Twice a year they have a roughly 45-minute opportunity to compare the health of our teeth to our neighbor’s teeth, and then to teach us about best practices for keeping teeth healthy. Vitamin supplements and sunshine have become part of that conversation. The best dental offices are helping their patients adjust vitamin intake.

Most people don’t like talking about the vitamin supplements they are taking. It’s embarrassing. Healthy people shouldn’t need pills. And vitamin supplements – even 1 RDA multivitamins – cause side effects. Admitting to side effects is also embarrassing. The dental chair is proving to be a good place to discuss vitamin supplement strategies to maximize benefits and minimize side effects.

If you are a senior citizen, and you are not taking vitamin supplements, and you’re not going out into the sun to get extra vitamin D, then the odds are that your teeth are deteriorating. If your teeth are deteriorating, then you are at high risk of suffering from at least one of sleep apnea, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, and impotence. Find a dental office that will help you put together a supplement program. Stop cavities and prevent nervous system diseases at the same time by implementing the program. Measure the results by tracking the health of your teeth.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Prevent Cavities and Heart Disease: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Niacin, and Thiamin

Oral health (the condition of the teeth and gums) is strongly associated with serious health problems. Heart disease is among these problems. People with heart disease have a higher average number of filled cavities than people without heart disease. Counting dental fillings is a good way to assess the risk of heart disease. Heart Disease and cavities are strongly associated because they are both partially caused by failure of some of the same basic metabolic pathways inside our cells. Cavities should be taken very seriously. Every effort should be made to prevent them.

Like the risk of heart disease, the risk of cavities increases with age. The older you are, the more important it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Due to aging, it is more difficult to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also more difficult to keep your body free of heart disease. Heart disease is difficult to detect. Cavities are obvious. Gum health is obvious. Everyone should be aware that protecting teeth and gums from cavities and periodontal disease also protects them from heart disease.

Cavities are caused by poor nutrition. This is a well-documented fact from the 19th and 20th centuries. During this period, dozens of isolated, indigenous populations joined the modern economy. Time and again, when indigenous populations switched to a modern diet, the prevalence of cavities increased dramatically. Subsequent research has proven that the most important “anti-cavity” factors in the indigenous diet/lifestyle are vitamins. Read more here. The recommended daily allowances of vitamins are insufficient to maximize cavity prevention. If you are looking for good doses to start with, click here. Counting cavities is a good way to establish at an early age what individuals in the population need extra vitamins. In old age, the high prevalence of cavities and lost teeth suggests that the recommended daily allowances of vitamins are inadequate for the majority.

Nothing will change the fact that a higher incidence of cavities and lost teeth are part of the aging process. Optimizing vitamin intake will not stop aging. But it will help you to age gracefully. There is no reason for your teeth to age faster than the rest of your body. Our healthcare system provides excellent services for keeping your teeth healthy. By using orthodontia to keep your teeth in the right place, and then by brushing, flossing, fluoriding, and cleaning every three months, properly nourished teeth will last more than 100 years.

The importance of dental health puts the women (there aren’t many men in these jobs yet) who clean our teeth at the forefront of the healthcare system. Twice a year they have a roughly 45-minute opportunity to compare the health of our teeth to our neighbor’s teeth, and then to teach us about best practices for keeping teeth healthy. Vitamin supplements and sunshine have become part of that conversation. The best dental offices are helping their patients adjust vitamin intake.

Most people don’t like talking about the vitamin supplements they are taking. It’s embarrassing. Healthy people shouldn’t need pills. And vitamin supplements – even 1 RDA multivitamins – cause side effects. Admitting to side effects is also embarrassing. The dental chair is proving to be a good place to discuss vitamin supplement strategies to maximize benefits and minimize side effects.

If you are a senior citizen, and you are not taking vitamin supplements, and you’re not going out into the sun to get extra vitamin D, then the odds are that your teeth are deteriorating. If your teeth are deteriorating, then you are at high risk for heart disease. Find a dental office that will help you put together a supplement program. Stop cavities and prevent heart disease at the same time by implementing the program. Measure the results by tracking the health of your teeth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Prevent Cavities and Cancer: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Niacin, and Thiamin

Oral health (the condition of the teeth and gums) is strongly associated with serious health problems. Cancer is among these problems. People with cancer have a higher average number of cavities than people without cancer. Counting dental cavities is a good way to assess the risk of cancer. Cancer and cavities are strongly associated because they are both caused by failure of some of the same basic metabolic pathways inside our cells. Cavities should be taken very seriously. Every effort should be made to prevent them.

Like the risk of cancer, the risk of cavities increases with age. The older you are, the more important it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Due to aging, it is more difficult to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also more difficult to keep your body free of cancer. Cancer is difficult to detect. Cavities are obvious. Gum health is obvious. Everyone should be aware that protecting teeth and gums from cavities and periodontal disease also protects them from cancer.

Cavities are caused by poor nutrition. This is a well-documented fact from the 19th and 20th centuries. During this period, dozens of isolated, indigenous populations joined the modern economy. Time and again, when indigenous populations switched to a modern diet, the prevalence of cavities increased dramatically. Subsequent research has proven that the most important “anti-cavity” factors in the indigenous diet/lifestyle are vitamins. Read more here. The recommended daily allowances of vitamins are insufficient to maximize cavity prevention. If you are looking for good doses to start with, click here.

Cavities can also be a sign of chronic, difficult to detect infections with bacterium, parasites, or other micro-organisms. I was surprised to learn that there are scientists publishing papers suggesting that chronic, low-grade infections with micro-organisms contribute to almost every chronic disease. It is surprisingly uncommon to try anti-biotics and other anti-microbials to combat chronic diseases. I suspect that's because these drugs, on their own, aren't effective. It's almost unknown to try vitamins and drugs together - despite the obvious logic. The drugs attack the microbes directly, while the vitamins accelerate wound healing and improve immune function. Vitamins and drugs work better together than they do separately. If you are suffering from a chronic health problem, why not try vitamins and antibiotics together? Proven bacterium-caused chronic health problems such as ulcers are often treated with a 3-month course of tetracycline or equivalent antibiotic.

Counting cavities is a good way to establish at an early age what individuals in the population need extra vitamins. In old age, the high prevalence of cavities and lost teeth suggests that the recommended daily allowances of vitamins are inadequate for the majority. A higher incidence of cavities and lost teeth are part of the aging process. Optimizing vitamin intake will not stop aging. But it will help you to age gracefully. There is no reason for your teeth to age faster than the rest of your body. Our healthcare system provides excellent services for keeping your teeth healthy. By using orthodontia to keep your teeth in the right place, and then by brushing, flossing, fluoriding, and cleaning every three months, properly nourished teeth will last more than 100 years.

The importance of dental health puts the women (there aren’t many men in these jobs yet) who clean our teeth at the forefront of the healthcare system. Twice a year they have a roughly 45-minute opportunity to compare the health of our teeth to our neighbor’s teeth, and then to teach us about best practices for keeping teeth healthy. Vitamin supplements and sunshine have become part of that conversation. The best dental offices are helping their patients adjust vitamin intake.

Most people don’t like talking about the vitamin supplements they are taking. It’s embarrassing. Healthy people shouldn’t need pills. And vitamin supplements – even 1 RDA multivitamins – cause side effects. Admitting to side effects is also embarrassing. The dental chair is proving to be a good place to discuss vitamin supplement strategies to maximize benefits and minimize side effects.

If you are a senior citizen, and you are not taking vitamin supplements, and you’re not going out into the sun to get extra vitamin D, then the odds are that your teeth are deteriorating. If your teeth are deteriorating, then you are at high risk for cancer. Find a dental office that will help you put together a supplement program. Stop cavities and prevent cancer at the same time by implementing the program. Measure the results by tracking the health of your teeth.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Niacin, and Thiamin – Maximizing Benefits and Minimizing Side Effects

Vitamins are anti-addictive. It is difficult to perceive the benefits and easy to perceive the side effects. With time, perceived benefits tend to fade away while common side effects emerge and increase in severity. Many people feel the side effects and stop taking supplements altogether.

Vitamin C, vitamin D, niacin, and thiamine are the most important vitamins. Read more here. Each of these vitamins is available in multiple forms. Each form of the vitamin, taken by mouth, will have slightly different side effect sensations and thresholds. Vitamin C is available as the acid, the salt (calcium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, sodium ascorbate), and an ester (Ester-C). Vitamin D is available in several forms as the diol and additionally as the triol. Niacin comes as niacin, niacinamide, and niacin inositol (among others). Thiamine comes as the hydrochloride, the nitrate, and as a family of fat soluble molecules known as allithiamines. The most common allithiamines are TTFD and benfotiamine. If you are experiencing side effects, it’s a good idea to try different forms of the vitamins.

Finding the right pill, however, is only the beginning. Each molecule can be placed into the body using several routes. The most common are swallowing pills (the current paradigm), injection (the common route no one likes and that is typically conducted under physician supervision), rubbing onto the skin (increasingly common as more and more vitamins become available in skin creams), and breathing into the lungs.

Vitamin skin creams are wonderful products, most of which have been available to the consumer for less than 20 years. They are very modern products. Unfortunately, they tend to be expensive. I don’t think people realize that they don’t need to pay for vitamin D, vitamin C, niacin, and thiamine skin creams if they don’t want to. Vitamin D, ester-C, niacin inositol, and the allithiamines are stable in tap water and will pass through the skin. Vitamin D can be purchased dissolved in oil. This oil can be rubbed on the skin. The other vitamins can be purchased as powders (typically in gelcaps). The powder can be spread on the skin and rubbed in with water. Over the course of the day, much of the dose will be absorbed.

Vitamin powders can also be inhaled. I haven’t done this myself, and don’t know anyone else who has. I’m not recommending this method. That said, if forced to choose between injections and inhalation, I’d definitely choose inhalation. More importantly, I’m trying to open the minds of vitamin users and health care providers. Why isn’t inhalation more widely used? It is an effective and proven method for delivering medications. There is a recent patent specifically covering inhaled vitamins. It is U.S. 5944012.

If a vitamin is causing a side effect or if swallowing pills is a problem, there are many other options besides completely giving up swallowing vitamin tablets. If you have problems with a knee or an ankle, higher doses of vitamins can be delivered selectively to those joints by rubbing vitamins into the nearby skin. Vitamins that are subject to degradation in the digestive tract can be delivered to the bloodstream more effectively by inhalation. This improves dosage control compared to injection and shouldn’t require any more supervision from a physician than the commonly used inhalers for asthma. Perhaps there are other options. Many readers will find that there is much to be gained and little to lose by giving some of these uncommon methods a try.