Health is Empowering!

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 15, 2022

 

What price do you put on good health?

Good health is priceless. It’s the foundation of everything you do. Your health allows you to lead your life as you want – creating new opportunities, enjoying family and friends, and making memories.

Unfortunately, many of us struggle with our health – whether it be through “minor” inconveniences such as brain fog, or big disruptions like cancer.

You could spend thousands of dollars on health insurance, medications, and conventional medical doctor bills and still never get healthy. The least expensive medical insurance you could ever buy is investing in yourself to improve your nutrition, gut, stress, immune system, and other lifestyle activities.

Unfortunately, you could regain good health and then lose it again. This could occur because of various reasons and require another effort to reclaim your wellness.

Let me share two of my personal journeys.

 

Regaining My Health, the First Time

My first life-changing and life-threatening event occurred on a Saturday in 2006. I was 59-years old and had been practicing my specialty of dentistry for 32 years.

On that Saturday morning, my 6-year-old grandson was staying with my wife and me for the weekend. He was sleeping between us in our bed.

I woke, turned to my grandson, and attempted to ask him if he wanted to go out for breakfast. But something was wrong.

When I tried to speak, no recognizable words came out of my mouth. My speech was garbled. I panicked.

I first thought I must have been sleeping with my mouth open, and that dried out my mouth.

So, I got out of bed, went to my bathroom, drank a glass of water, and then attempted to ask my grandson again if he wanted to go out for breakfast.

Still, just gabled sounds.

My wife then woke, realized what was happening, and took me to the emergency room. As a registered nurse, she knew I was having a stroke.

Fortunately, my stroke was not severe. Other than the inability to speak, I had no other obvious physical issues.

My conventional doctors saved my life. They put me on 7 medications to take for the rest of my life and discharged me after a couple of weeks. It took over a month for my speech to return to normal. I went back to my dental office to see patients fulltime about 2 months after being discharged.

I realized I was not as healthy as I thought. My stroke motivated me to seek out a healthier lifestyle and diet. However, it took about 7 years before finally discovering the benefits of a Paleo-type diet and primal lifestyle in 2013. Eventually, by the age of 69 in 2016, I was eating and living healthy and was able to wean off all 7 medications and to lose over 30 pounds of excess fat.

Life was great. Regaining my health empowered me. I wanted to share everything I learned with my periodontal patients. And so, I incorporated my new knowledge with the periodontal treatment I provided my patients. Those who accepted my suggestions of diet and lifestyle changes experienced enhanced healing and overall health improvement. My mission was to change the world as best as I could.

 

Regaining My Health, the Second Time

Then in 2018, I experienced the biggest challenge of my life. I was diagnosed with incurable bone marrow cancer in September 2018 and was given 3-6 months to live. At that time, I was 71-years old.

The years leading up to this devastating diagnosis were filled with hope and direction from what I learned following my stroke. I had gotten healthy by eating and living a primal lifestyle. I even considered myself the “senior poster boy for a healthy lifestyle”. And I was lecturing around the country and writing about my success.

However, the invisible cancer that was lurking inside my body had severely damaged my bone structure without me knowing. I had no idea how many years ago the malignancy began its path of destruction within me. But my research suggested that I was exposed to two significant and continuous toxicities while in dental school and in my periodontal specialty training from 1968-1974. My excessive exposure to low dose ionizing radiation (dental x-rays) and free mercury (from dental amalgam fillings) most likely caused at least one plasma cell in my body to become cancerous and eventually grow to a full-blown malignancy of multiple myeloma by 2018 – 4 decades later!

Learning of my diagnosis and prognosis was as though a ton of bricks fell on me. My life as I knew it was going to change forever.

My oncologist explained that conventional medicine could not cure my multiple myeloma. With his consent, I rejected chemotherapy and began to investigate other options, which led to the creation of my own 11 Unconventional Cancer Protocols. The goals of my protocols were to help strengthen my immune system and heal the rest of my body as best as possible. Quality of life meant everything to me. I was not interested in longevity without a quality of life.

By diligently following my 11 Unconventional Cancer Protocols, I regained my health as best as my body would allow, and I began another amazing journey to teach others about regaining their health. I was empowered once again.

 

Others Have Regained Their Health & Empowerment

Example #1

I have a client who has had “brain fog” and lack of energy for years. He and I discussed his concerns, and I coached him to improve his nutrition and gut function. We investigated his dental health, sleep patterns, chronic emotional stress, and physical activity. After 3 months of some changes, he felt he was a new man. He confided in me that he was going to train to become a functional medicine practitioner. And now he has the mental clarity and overall energy to pursue his new career with a new mindset. His newly acquired health empowered him to pursue his life’s work.

 

Example #2

Another client has been a vegan for over 20 years. She just realized that avoiding all animal foods has caused muscle wasting and ill health. Her lack of energy and dental problems motivated her to contact me for a consult. We worked together for 3 months. I helped her seek out a biological dentist to improve her dental health, and I coached her to change her diet and lifestyle. She now is feeling like a new woman and can get on with a more vibrant, proactive, and productive life. She told me that her mission now was to educate her immediate family of the importance of an animal-based diet for overall wellness.

 

Example #3

Years ago, a 30-year-old woman came to my periodontal office complaining of sore, bleeding gums. In fact, her gum tissues had a “red, bubbly, angry” appearance. However, from a dental standpoint, there were no obvious causes for her oral problem. She previously had seen her medical doctor who checked for possible systemic diseases that could be the cause, but none were found. She felt miserable and fatigued. All she could think about was her mouth discomfort. During her examination in my office, she explained that she was subjected to emotional and sexual abuse by her employer constantly! I explained how this chronic stress affected her overall health and manifested as severe lesions in her mouth. Fortunately, she had a new job offer in another state. She accepted that position, quit her current job, and moved away. Four months later, she returned to my office for a checkup. From the time she originally was seen until the time she returned, she did not receive any medical or dental treatment for her mouth lesions. Her only treatment was the 100% removal of her emotional stress. Amazingly, all the gum lesions were gone – no soreness, no bleeding, no pain. Her previous gum lesions were caused by severe emotional stress. And her cure occurred because she completely removed this chronic emotional stress from her life. Her overall health was restored, and she was empowered. She was able to pursue her life’s goals unimpeded by chronic emotional stress, which had created a deteriorating health problem.

 

My Invitation to You

I invite you to consider your overall health today …

  • Are there areas of your health that need attention?
  • Are there methods to improve those weaknesses?
  • Are there areas of your health that you have not been able to improve personally?
  • Have you been disappointed with healthcare practitioners who have not resolved your concerns?

And then think about how you could improve your business and all that you want to do in life once you had your health back. If you improved your health and had more energy and mental clarity, you would be empowered. You could pursue whatever you have the desire to pursue. Quality of life and the pursuit of your goals would be the results of improved health.

Here are some areas that impact your health and can be tweaked to improve your immune system and empower you: [1],[2]

The bottom line to improve your health and become empowered is to improve your immune system. This is your internal armed forces that come to your defense in times of need – healing from internal disruptors like cancer as well as external irritants like viruses, bacterial invasions, and physical damage to your tissues.

I can offer help if you have questions about your health and personal empowerment. Schedule a 30-Minute Free Consultation with me to see if we are a good fit.

 

[1] https://drdanenberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/5-Things-PDF.pdf

[2] https://drdanenberg.com/the-state-of-our-health-as-i-know-it/

[3] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

[4] https://www.dovepress.com/total-meat-intake-is-associated-with-life-expectancy-a-cross-sectional-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-IJGM

[5] https://www.amazon.com/Carnivore-Code-Unlocking-Returning-Ancestral/dp/035846997X/

[6] https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Cow-Better-Well-Raised-Planet/dp/1953295797/

[7] https://drdanenberg.com/why-does-rick-have-no-dental-disease/

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9034083/

[9] https://drdanenberg.com/leaky-gut-leaky-mouth-both-must-be-treated/

[10] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tem.2022.01.002

[11] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35281490/

[12] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

[13] https://drdanenberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Shoddy-Dentistry-4.19.21.pdf 

[14] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41368-022-00163-7

[15] https://drdanenberg.com/stress-damage-to-your-body-havoc-in-your-mouth/

[16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2568977/

[17] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

[18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5879702/

[19] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/apt.12269

[20] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28336545

[21] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24882154

[22] https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/real-life-benefits-exercise-and-physical-activity

[23] https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm

[24] https://www.insider.com/overdoing-hiit-workouts-metabolism-backfire-fitness-study-suggests-2021-3#

[25] https://www.cardiosports.org/high-intensity-interval-training-hiit-benefits-and-side-effects/

[26] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6763680/

[27] https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/sleep-deprivation#

[28] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/sleep-and-health/

[29] https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/sleep.htm

 

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Just Because It’s In Toothpaste
Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe
– Xylitol, Nano-hydroxyapatite, Fluoride, Activated Charcoal –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 8, 2022

If you want to put something into your mouth, it should be compatible and healthy. Not just for your mouth, but also for the rest of your body! If it’s not, then why would you subject yourself to potential harm?

  • Would you drink water that contains lead?
  • Would you gargle with gasoline?
  • Would you eat arsenic?

Of course, you wouldn’t since you know that these elements could kill you.

But what if you didn’t know what you didn’t know?

What if you were told something is beneficial but the potential harm was not disclosed and intentionally hidden from you?

You’d be more than angry – you’d be irate!

So, let me bring this reality to you.

 

Teeth & Dental Plaque Are Unique

Here is a little-known fact. The only area of the body where a hard structure pierces the skin and enters the sterile bony structures is the tooth. Think about this for a moment …

Can you imagine the potential havoc that could occur if infection were to move down the tooth into the jawbone? Your jawbone could rot, and you could die.

But the body has solutions.

The body created a “healthy biofilm” to protect this susceptible area to prevent bacteria from sliding down the tooth into the bone. There are other protective structures under the gum that can alert the immune system to fight infections.

But first, this protective and healthy biofilm is the initial defense. It is called “dental plaque” and is composed of several hundred bacteria is a state of balance.

This natural biofilm serves at least three main functions. Healthy dental plaque …

  1. Allows necessary nutrients and minerals from the saliva to enter the root of the tooth to remineralize it as necessary 24/7.
  2. Produces hydrogen peroxide to kill any potentially pathogenic microbes in the mouth from getting to the gum/tooth margin
  3. Buffers the acidity around the gum/tooth margin to maintain an acid level of no more acidic than pH 5.5 to prevent decay of the root surface.

So, you don’t want to disturb or destroy this healthy dental plaque. Proper oral hygiene using a healthy toothpaste will not remove the thin layer of healthy dental plaque. Proper oral hygiene will only remove any excessive, unhealthy dental plaque.

 

Four Potentially Toxic Ingredients in Toothpastes

Four specific ingredients in various toothpastes are promoted as healthy and disease fighting.

  • Xylitol
  • Nano-hydroxyapatite
  • Fluoride
  • Activated Charcoal

But most people are confused about these ingredients because there are many published scientific papers that proclaim the benefits of them for the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. But the far-reaching damage that these additives may cause to other parts of your body as well as to the garden of balanced bacteria in your mouth is not disclosed. And you need to be informed before you decide to use them in your mouth or to avoid them.

 

Xylitol

Xylitol will prevent a specific mouth bacterium (Strep mutans) from growing. Strep mutans is one of the bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay. But in a healthy mouth with a balance of bacteria, Strep mutans is part of the homeostatic community in healthy dental plaque without causing any harm. To destroy Strep mutans could disrupt the overall balance of bacteria and create an unhealthy overgrowth of other microbes.

Xylitol also prevents healthy dental plaque from forming and attaching to the root surface near the tooth/gum margin.[1] But healthy dental plaque is protective as I described above.

In addition, xylitol can damage the gut microbiome and create GI (gastrointestinal) disturbances.[2]

 

Nano-hydroxyapatite

Hydroxyapatite is the calcium-phosphate mineral structure of tooth enamel. Nano-hydroxyapatite has a much smaller size than hydroxyapatite and can adhere to the existing hydroxyapatite in teeth and “fill in holes”. The effect is that it can reduce root sensitivity and mineralize and repair early tooth decay. Nano-hydroxyapatite is marketed as the healthier alternative to fluoride.

However, several medical papers have shown that “nano” particles can penetrate other cellular tissues in the body and become cytotoxic.[3] They also have the potential to damage the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut.[4],[5],[6] All “nano” particles have the potential to do more harm than good. Much unbiased research still needs to be done in this area of medicine before I am convinced that medical nanotechnology is unconditionally safe and proven effective.

 

Fluoride

For years, dentistry has been a proponent of fluoride in water and in toothpaste. The ideas are that fluoride will kill oral bacteria and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. And the American Dental Association (ADA)[7] and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)[8] still believe this to be the case.

However, much of the current science demonstrates potential overall harm when fluoride accumulates in the body. The IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) put together this detailed paper describing the harm of fluoride. And the IABDM (International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine) published this paper about their position on fluoride and republished this paper on the ingestion of fluoride.

 

Activated Charcoal

Charcoal is a porous black solid form of carbon that is created by burning wood or other organic material. This charcoal can be burned again at higher temperatures to produce “activated charcoal”. Activated charcoal can bind to toxic elements primarily in the gut. It doesn’t remove toxic elements in the mouth and does not prevent tooth decay or gum disease as promoted by some dental product companies.[9] Activated charcoal can also bind to essential nutrients to induce vitamin deficiencies, dehydration, constipation, and even vomiting.[10],[11]

In toothpaste, activated charcoal also is promoted to help whiten teeth. However, it is abrasive and could possibly damage or remove the outer layer of the tooth, which is the enamel. If some of the enamel is removed by activated charcoal, a more yellow under-layer of the tooth called dentin will become exposed. The exposed dentin will stain more easily than the enamel and could cause tooth sensitivity. And the lost enamel will never “regrow”.

If you are interested, I published a blog on teeth-whitening ideas a few years ago.

 

Summary

When selecting a toothpaste, you shouldn’t use one with potentially harmful chemicals that may act as “Band-Aids” to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Even if some research suggests that these elements may have benefits, they still should not be used if other science shows that they can cause harm.

Choose a toothpaste with no harmful elements and one that can enhance the healthy balance of the garden of bacteria in your mouth. My choice is Revitin.

There are very specific methods to stop tooth decay and gum disease. And they don’t involve chemicals to disturb natural processes in your body. In fact, these methods not only will prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but also assist in overall health and wellness. In this PDF I published, I describe the 4 Steps to a Healthy Mouth.

Tooth decay and gum disease are results from poor diet choices, an unhealthy gut, and inefficient oral hygiene protocols. You wouldn’t paint a rusted pipe with Rust-Oleum to hide the rust. And you wouldn’t take an aspirin to treat appendicitis. You would figure out the cause of the rusty pipe or the appendicitis and treat both correctly.

That’s the way you must approach the problems of tooth decay and gum disease. Treat the real causes of these diseases and repair the damage these diseases have created in the mouth.

Don’t rely on Band-Aids like Xylitol, Nano-hydroxyapatite, Fluoride, or Activated Charcoal to solve the problem.

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31361368

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5537870/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31349397/

[4] https://particleandfibretoxicology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12989-020-00349-z

[5] https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/22/4/1942

[6] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721001443

[7] https://www.ada.org/resources/research/science-and-research-institute/oral-health-topics/fluoride-topical-and-systemic-supplements

[8] https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-brief/fda-brief-fda-proposes-updated-standards-fluoride-added-bottled-water-maximize-health-benefits-while

[9] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32112023/

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482294/

[11] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1745-4557.2004.tb00647.x

 

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Better Belly Blueprint Recipes
– Sautéed Soft-Shell Crabs –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 1, 2022

 

My soft-shell crab recipe does not include any flour, which is typically used to coat these delicacies before they are sautéed. And what a delight they are!

But they are only available for a short period of time. It’s all about timing.

As crabs grow, they must shed their shells, just as a snake sheds its skin to grow. The crab will develop a soft shell underneath its hard shell, then puff itself up to break the hard shell to make room for the new outer skeleton. Crabs that have just shed their hard shells expose a soft, delicate shell that hardens within hours. So, to obtain soft-shell crabs, you must harvest a crab just within the small window of time after it breaks off its old shell and before the new shell hardens.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 Fresh soft-shell crabs

 

 

 

(I remove the gills on the right and left of the crab which are under the top soft shell)

 

  • 1 Beaten egg
  • Sprinkle of Himalayan salt
  • Grass-fed, grass-finished butter to sauté (approximately 2-3 tablespoons – enough butter when melted to cover entire saucepan)

 

Preparation:

  1. Dry soft-shell crabs with paper towels
  2. Add butter to saucepan and melt on medium heat
  3. Dip each crab into beaten egg and then place in saucepan to begin sautéing
  4. Sprinkle salt on surface of crabs
  5. Sauté for 5 minutes
  6. Turn over crabs, and sprinkle salt on surface of crabs

 

  1. Sauté for additional 5 minutes
  2. Plate crabs
  3. If you desire, pour remaining butter in saucepan over plated crabs
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Oral Health & Diet

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

April 24, 2022

Our primal ancestors generally had healthy mouths. But how could that be since …

  • They never brushed their teeth with commercial chemical toothpastes?
  • They never flossed with manufactured cotton string?
  • They never went to their neighborhood dental cave to get fluoride treatments?

So, what were the reasons for their generally healthy mouths?

They had healthy mouths because …

  • They didn’t eat junk foods; processed foods; or chemical additives.
  • They consumed a high percentage of animal protein and animal fat[1], and
  • They ate low to moderate amounts of healthy carbohydrates occasionally.

Basically, our primal ancestors ate a healthy diet – full of bioavailable nutrients. As a result, they most likely were in a state of dietary ketosis most of the time but still cycled out of ketosis when their level of carbohydrates increased.

In this article, I will …

  1. Share 3 peer-reviewed medical papers that show how diet can alter the health of the mouth
  2. Describe dietary ketosis
  3. Suggest 3 biohacking tests that can help you predict the degree of health in your mouth

 

Peer-Reviewed Medical Papers

Study #1

In 2009, Dr. Baumgartner reported a study that was set in an area of Switzerland.[2]

In this controlled experiment, ten individuals were not able to brush or floss for 30 days. Their diet consisted of primal foods endemic to their area in Switzerland about 5,700 years ago. No processed foods were available. These participants had to gather and forage for most of their food.

At the beginning and at the end of the study, the gum space between the teeth and the degree of bleeding gums around the teeth were measured, and cultures of bacteria were taken from the dental plaque around the teeth and from the tongue.

At the end of the study, there were a significant decrease in bleeding in the gum tissue and a significantly healthier gum space around the teeth. Amounts of dental plaque increased greatly, but pathogenic bacteria did not increase either in the plaque or on the tongue. Dental plaque and other oral microbes were in a state of balance at the end of the four-week experiment.

The researchers were surprised with the results.

Bottom line: A diet that completely removes over-processed foods reduces the signs and symptoms of gum disease. This type of diet allows the interactions of bacteria in dental plaque to become and stay balanced and healthy.

 

Study #2

Dr. Johan Woelber and researchers performed a randomized clinical trial, which they reported in 2016.[3]

Fifteen people were selected for this trial. Only those who had signs of gum disease and were eating a diet heavily based on processed carbohydrates were selected for the study. Ten individuals made up the experimental group, and five individuals made up the control group.

The experimental group had to change their diet. Their new diet consisted of foods low in processed carbohydrates, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and abundant in vitamins C and D, antioxidants, and fiber. The control group did not change their unhealthy eating habits.

As far as oral hygiene was concerned, all fifteen participants were instructed not to clean between their teeth with dental floss or interdental brushes. However, they did not have to change the way they brushed their teeth with a normal toothbrush.

The study began after each group had two weeks to acclimate to these changes I mentioned above. Then, the four-week study began. The signs of gum disease (i.e., bleeding gums, infected gum spaces around the teeth, and the degree of gum inflammation) in all participants of this experiment were recorded at the start of the four-week study and at the end.

At the conclusion of the trial, all disease parameters decreased significantly in the experimental group by approximately 50% from the starting point. In contrast, all inflammatory markers increased from the starting point in the control group.

Bottom line: A diet that eliminates free-sugars and processed grains and includes healthy foods can reduce the signs and symptoms of gum disease. Therefore, a healthy diet can maintain dental plaque in a healthy state.

 

Study #3

Dr. Sheiham reported on the pivotal role of free-sugars in dental decay.[4]

He and his associate published their paper in 2015, which evaluated many previous research studies. The authors concluded:

  • Dental decay is diet mediated.
  • Free-sugars are the primary and necessary factors to develop dental decay.
  • Acid-producing bacteria and other factors facilitate the development of decay, but free-sugars are required.
  • Processed food starches possess very low decay potential.

Free-sugars include all sugars added to foods in any way.

Bottom line: Dental caries is a diet-mediated disease. Free-sugars are the primary and necessary factors in the development in dental decay. These free-sugars cause an imbalance of gut bacteria, compromise the immune system, and feed decay-producing bacteria in healthy plaque. Health plaque then becomes unhealthy plaque. Free-sugars allow potentially pathogenic bacteria to overgrow and produce excessive acids that cause tooth decay.

 

Dietary Ketosis

Dietary ketosis is a healthy metabolic state, where your body burns fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel. It is also known as physiologic ketosis or nutritional ketosis. It creates a clean energy source for the body, and reduces the inflammation caused by eating a diet high in carbohydrates (especially sugars and the standard American diet). It is characterized by elevated serum ketones and normal blood glucose and blood pH. Eating a high fat diet (which I describe in my Better Belly Blueprint plan) can do wonders for your mouth, brain, and entire body.

You can get into ketosis through methods that increase the breakdown of fatty acids by the liver. Ketosis can be obtained by fasting; prolonged exercise; or high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate ways of eating. In dietary ketosis, blood ketone levels generally remain between 0.5 – 3.0 millimoles per liter (mmol/L).

Ketosis helps maintain maximum energy efficiency, reduces Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) production, and stimulates the body’s production of glutathione and other endogenous antioxidants. In addition, mitochondria become healthier when ketones are metabolized as opposed to some other fuels, especially glucose.

And most importantly, dietary ketosis allows for a healthy gut microbiome and a healthy gut lining, which improve the immune system. A robust immune system helps maintain a healthy and diverse garden of microbes in the mouth. With a balanced oral microbiome, tooth decay and periodontal disease hardly ever become a problem.

But our metabolism needs to cycle out of ketosis and burn carbs cyclically to improve insulin metabolism. This allows for metabolic flexibility, which I have discussed in a previous Blog.

 

Three Biohacking Tests

Biohacking tests give you a sense of what your body is doing. Here are three that can identify healthy gut bacteria, a healthy gut lining, and a healthy balance of mouth bacteria …

  • BiomeFx
    The health of the mouth is directly affected by the health of the gut. Therefore, this is a stool test that can identify many different species of bacteria in the gut. But one of the most important results of the BiomeFx test is your Alpha Diversity.

Alpha Diversity is the amount of different species of bacteria in your gut and the number of each of these species.

In this stool test, your Alpha Diversity is ranked as a percentile within the general population. So, if your Alpha Diversity were in the 87th percentile, that would mean that 87% of the population had less Alpha Diversity than you and that 13% would have more Alpha Diversity than you.

The higher your percentile reading of Alpha Diversity, the better equipped your gut would be to crowd out bad bacteria and other unhealthy microbes.

This blood test can show the health of your gut’s epithelial barrier. In other words, it can identify if you have a “leaky gut” or not.

This is a home saliva test that measures the different microbes in your saliva. It indicates the extent of healthy and potentially unhealthy microbes in your mouth.

 

Summary

Our primal ancestors generally had healthy teeth and healthy gums. Their diet was the main factor which created a balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, a healthy gut lining, and a balance of healthy bacteria in the mouth. In addition to a healthy diet, irritants to the gut and mouth like chemicals and other toxic substances were practically nonexistent in their days.

If you’re experiencing issues with your dental health, look to your diet first and then other environmental factors. The takeaway for us is that we can mimic the ancestral way of eating as well as avoid toxic elements to maintain our gut and dental health.

Also, incorporate a daily oral hygiene programs as I describe in my 4 Steps to a Healthy Mouth.

I offer one-on-one consults – we look at your dental health, as well your diet to pinpoint the cause of irritants and find a course of treatment that will provide lasting results. If you’re interested in learning more, send me an email with any questions or book your consult here.

 

[1] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19405829

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4962497/pdf/12903_2016_Article_257.pdf

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Diet+and+Dental+Caries%3A+The+Pivotal+Role+of+Free+Sugars+Reemphasized

 

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My Cancer Journey Update
– And Newest Protocol –
 

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

April 17, 2022

 

Much has changed, and it’s time to share the latest update from my cancer journey. It’s been a wild ride, and I appreciate all your support along the way. It means the world to me.

There have been some recent developments I’d like to share with you, and they’ve led to an addition to my 11 Unconventional Cancer Protocols, as you’ll read at the end of this Blog.

My newest protocol will come as a surprise. It did to me too! But hey, I don’t call my protocols “unconventional” for no reason!

Let’s start with a recap, beginning in June of 2021.

 

Recap from June 2021

I had a reemergence of multiple myeloma because the severe side effects from an immunotherapy injection on June 22, 2021. The side effects weakened my body and made me susceptible to the COVID virus. By the end of July 2021, I knew I had contracted COVID-19.

At that time, I discontinued the monthly immunotherapy injections, and began to recover from the COVID acute symptoms. My recovery was the result of my efforts to enhance my immune system via my Unconventional Cancer Protocols, which I started when I was diagnosed with incurable bone marrow cancer in 2018.

During my recovery time, my oncologist thought that my symptoms were predominately the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. So, I returned to the immunotherapy treatment on January 4, 2022, thinking it might still be effective for me. After that treatment, I received another injection on 2/1/22.

My oncologist and I were wrong! The reintroduction of the immunotherapy proved to be critically damaging for me.

After the immunotherapy treatment on 2/1/22, the intense side effects returned with a vengeance. Several weeks after the injection, I began to develop piercing sciatic pain in my left leg, sharp pain in my joints, and significant discomfort and weakness throughout my body. My oncologist scheduled me for a new PET Scan.

 

PET Scan Results: 2/28/22

The newest PET Scan on 2/28/22 showed a reemergence of multiple myeloma cells …

  • An accumulation of malignant plasma cells near my left eye orbit.
  • An accumulation of cancer cells in my sacral area affecting the sciatic nerve and other structures.

To determine the extent of the eye lesion, I had a Brain MRI on 3/10/22. The MRI showed a soft tissue mass approximately 2cm X 1cm X 1cm. It was invading an area around a posterior eye muscle of my left eye. But I didn’t have any symptoms, yet.

My oncologist scheduled me to see a radiation oncologist to evaluate the lesion near my left eye and the malignant plasma cells in the sacrum area. My leg pain was continuous and stabbing. It was not controllable even with narcotics.

In addition, my legs also were developing extensive edema. In just 6 weeks, I put on about 12 pounds of fluid weight. My oncologist thought there might be a blood clot, so he scheduled an ultrasound of my legs, which turned out to be negative. He then set up an appointment with a vascular surgeon to evaluate the acute leg edema.

 

Radiation Oncologist: 3/22/22

I didn’t want to go blind in my left eye, and I needed the pain in my legs to end. So, on 3/22/22, I saw the radiation oncologist, who immediately set up specific radiation therapy appointments.

The radiation oncologist explained the malignant cells near my left eye would eventually cause me to go blind in that eye and that the accumulation of the malignant plasma cells in the sacrum could be the culprit of the leg and sciatic pain as well as the edema accumulation.

Image guided radiation treatment would consist of a couple of appointments for measurements and then 10 days of consecutive radiation. The eye lesion and the sacral lesions would be treated concurrently. The entire process began on 3/23/22. But the actual radiation treatments didn’t begin until 4/4/22 and ended on 4/15/22.

However, by Monday, 4/11/22, the pain in my legs was gone! That was awesome!

 

Vascular Surgeon: 3/24/22

On 3/24/22, I was examined by the vascular surgeon, who scheduled a full vascular study of my legs. She showed me some photos of her patients who had SARS-CoV-2 virus and had serious visible lesions in their legs because the spike protein caused endothelial damage in the venous system. She suggested that my leg edema might be the result of long haulers COVID, which I believe was provoked by the Darzalex side effects and eventually caused my multiple myeloma to reactivate. My hope is that after the radiation treatment, the water retention will go down, and I will return to my “normal self” before all of this started in July 2021.

The full vascular study consisted of doppler evaluation of both of my legs. The results showed healthy arterial flow but compromised venous flow. To be proactive, I had an echocardiogram on 4/14/22 to assure my heart was not the culprit of the leg edema – and it was not.

Although the leg pain as of 4/11/22 had ended, I am still waiting for the water retention to go down. No doubt it will in time!

 

Oncology Visit on 4/8/22

I visited my oncologist on 4/8/22 for new blood work and exam. He discussed the results of the ongoing radiation treatment and the report from the vascular surgeon. It could take another month to determine the benefits of the isolated guided radiation treatment on the concentrated accumulation of the malignant cells. Most likely, I’ll have another PET Scan. I am optimistic about the outcome.

Then I discussed with him my new protocol, which I planned to start on 4/16/22. I was pleasantly surprised that he agreed with me and gave me his ‘Go Ahead”. He emphasized that he would not recommend this to any of his other cancer patients because of medical legal obstacles. But he will continue to monitor me every 4 weeks to determine its effects.

 

My Newest Protocol – Fenbendazole  

Caveat: Once again, I am describing my experiment of N=1. I am not recommending this as treatment for any disease or for anyone to try. And I don’t know if it will work for me or not.

That being said, I’m not jumping into this without doing my own research. I knew about this drug for a couple of years but didn’t consider it seriously at that time because it was a “drug”. However, with the resurgence of malignant plasma cells in isolated areas of my body, I have changed my mind to give it a try.

The drug is Fenbendazole. It is a dog dewormer. Yes, a dog dewormer!

Joe Tippens popularized this out-of-the-box protocol when he wrote about his own cancer journey that began in 2016. He set up a website to explain his story and current research.

Joe was told that there was nothing oncology or modern medicine could do for his incurable lung cancer. His doctors gave him only 3 months to live. Yet, after his veterinarian friend suggested that he try fenbendazole, Joe began his own experiment of N=1. Fenbendazole “cured” his lung cancer!

Here is a video interview of Joe Tippens in 2021, where he describes his amazing story:

 

 

My Research

During my research, I found 47 studies when I searched PubMed describing the effects of this drug on human cancers. I also used Fenbendazole.org as a source for valuable information. In addition, there are two private Facebook groups for discussions about fenbendazole:

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any research about this drug’s effects on multiple myeloma. So, as I said, I don’t know if it will help me or not.

Fenbendazole is a broad spectrum benzimidazole anthelmintic originally used against gastrointestinal parasites in animals. Merck began experimenting with fenbendazole for animal use in 1961. It was used to treat rodent pinworm infections in dogs. But now it is fast becoming a repurposed drug to treat late-stage cancers in humans. Yet, fenbendazole is not FDA approved for human usage.

Fenbendazole is a dry, tasteless powder. Research shows it to significantly inhibit tumor growth when supplemented with vitamins A, D, E, K, and B. Incidentally, my animal-based diet adequately provides these essential vitamins in bioavailable forms. So, I will not take any synthetic or processed vitamin supplemental forms with fenbendazole.

Fenbendazole appears to kill cancer cells in three specific ways:

  • It destroys microtubules that sustain the structure of the cancer cell and its ability to divide and multiply rapidly.
  • It interrupts the cancer cells’ ability to process sugar to survive.
  • It boosts the production of a cancer-killing gene called p53, a gene that cancer patients may lack. When p53 becomes mutated or can’t keep cancer cells in check, cancer cells can proliferate.

Fenbendazole also works against parasites, which might be the origin of some cancers.

 

Side Effects

Some research suggests that those who are weak from chemotherapy may experience more side effects than those not receiving conventional cancer treatment. Some common side effects include elevated liver enzymes, mild diarrhea, and mild stomach discomfort. There has been a medical report that fenbendazole caused liver damage in a lung cancer patient, but the liver healed after the patient discontinued fenbendazole.

One concern I have that has not been reported to my knowledge is the potential damage to the gut microbiome. Another antiparasitic drug, Ivermectin, has been described to damage the gut microbiome causing gut dysbiosis. So, it could be possible that fenbendazole will also cause gut dysbiosis if not mitigated by proper gut support. And gut dysbiosis is a major source of most chronic diseases.

To that end, the methods I use to improve the diversity of a healthy gut microbiome and heal any damage resulting in a leaky gut are described in my 11 Unconventional Cancer Protocols.

For example, I consume Molecular Hydrogen as a discriminate free-radical neutralizer and antioxidant as well as Bovine Colostrum, both of which improve gut health. I also consume spore-based probiotics to assist in replenishing and diversifying my gut microbiome.

While including fenbendazole in my protocols, I am not following the Joe Tippens Protocol because it includes manmade supplements. As I have said, my eating lifestyle and original cancer protocols provide the necessary elements in bioavailable forms to help my body in its healing process.

 

My Protocol for Fenbendazole

On April 16, 2022, I began taking Fenbendazole 222 mg (Panacur C) for 3 days, then taking 4 days off every week. This product is supplied in individual packets, each containing the proper dosage. I mix the powder from one packet in my Colostrum in the morning. Fenbendazole should be taken with or after a meal containing fat for better absorption.

I’ll follow this weekly protocol until I see an improvement in my PET Scan as well as in the SPEP (serum protein electrophoresis) with immunofixation blood tests. These blood tests identify dysfunctional antibodies resulting from multiple myeloma. If there is no improvement in my monthly blood work, I will increase the frequency of my dosing of fenbendazole to every day without interruption. If there are signs that fenbendazole is harmful in any way, I will stop the experiment.

All along my experiment with fenbendazole, my oncologist will be witness to the effects – good or bad. As I have mentioned, I have new blood work every 4 weeks.

Time will tell, but I am encouraged.

I know that my previous protocols have helped my body reboot and enhance my immune system. And now, this additional protocol should further my healing ability. My current 11 Unconventional Cancer Protocols might be able to take my body’s ability to fight this multiple myeloma battle to a higher level than before.

While it’s been an extremely challenging 10 months, I’m not letting it hold me back. I’ve been working on a brand-new book that I can’t wait to share with you. And I really enjoy working one-on-one with my coaching clients and writing these weekly blogs. If you have any questions you’d like to see covered in an upcoming blog, send them my way!

 

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Heavy Whipping Cream
– Healthy & Tasty –
                                        

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

April 10, 2022

If you’re not lactose intolerant, you need to give this a try.

Heavy whipping cream is not only healthy, but also tasty. I talked about animal fat in a previous blog. And cream is a perfect way to increase fat in your diet – especially if you are following my Better Belly Blueprint way of eating.

 

The Best Heavy Whipping Cream

First of all, there is a difference between heavy whipping cream (also known as heavy cream) and light whipping cream (also known as light cream or just whipping cream). Heavy whipping cream has at least 36 percent fat content, and whipping cream has at least 30 percent fat.

Also, heavy whipping cream tastes better, has a richer texture, and doesn’t curdle as easily when used in cooking compared to regular whipping cream.

The best quality heavy whipping cream is not pasteurized and comes from A2, grass-fed cattle grazing on pasture with no added chemicals. The next best comes from these cattle, but the cream is only lightly pasteurized (also known as vat pasteurized).

The milk-producing pastured cows may consume certain mineral and energy supplements at low levels. During the non-grazing season, the cattle also can consume all forage-based feeds, which may include dried or fermented alfalfa, clovers, and grass.

 

Pasteurization

The purpose of pasteurizing milk is to kill harmful microorganisms. At one extreme, ultra-pasteurization kills offending microorganisms but also destroys many important elements in the milk. It is a process in which milk and other dairy products are heated to 190°F for a brief time—just three seconds—and then quickly cooled back down.

At the other extreme, low temperature vat pasteurization is a process where milk in small batches is heated to a lower temperature for a longer time (145°F for 30 minutes) and then rapidly cooled.

Low temperature vat pasteurization will kill unwanted bacteria but will preserve the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, essential minerals, and fat-soluble vitamins A, D3, and K2. However, even low temperatures will break down some of the beneficial enzymes, but enzymes are in relatively small amounts in heavy whipping cream.

 

A1 vs A2 Dairy

The difference between A1 and A2 milk is the structure of the casein protein. This protein exists in two forms: A1 beta casein or A2 beta casein. Research has found that A1 milk isn’t as good for health as A2 milk.

A1 milk contributes to intolerance of dairy products and to mucus production. It is difficult to digest and can create damage in the gut and to the immune system. The structural difference between these two types of casein is only one amino acid. Specifically, the 67th amino acid in the structure of A1 beta casein protein is histidine, whereas the 67th amino acid in the structure of A2 beta casein protein proline. People drinking A2 milk don’t seem to have the damaging effects caused by A1 milk. [1],[2]

Although there are extremely small amounts of casein in heavy cream, there is some that might cause gut and immune system problems.

 

Health Fats

In past blogs, I’ve explained the importance that our diet provides omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the ratio equal to, or less than, 3:1. Research has shown that consuming organic, grass-fed dairy provides this ideal ratio by lowering the levels of omega-6, while increasing the levels of omega-3.

If the cattle are grain-fed, this important ratio rises to include larger amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and less omega-3 fatty acid. Higher ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases.

In addition, grass-fed dairy provides conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer, obesity, and heart disease. CLA also may improve immune function. However, grain-fed cattle produce significantly less CLA.

 

Other Nutrients in Heavy Whipping Cream

HERE is a detailed analysis of the composition of heavy whipping cream from the USDA. And below, I listed some of the nutrients in one-half cup of liquid cream (4 ounces):

  • Calories: 408
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Fat: 43 grams
  • Carbs: 3 grams
  • Vitamin A: 55% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin D: 10% of the DV
  • Vitamin E: 7% of the DV
  • Calcium: 6% of the DV
  • Phosphorus: 6% of the DV
  • Choline: 4% of the DV
  • Vitamin K: 3% of the DV

Grass-fed cattle produce several important nutrients, which are included in the heavy cream …

  • Carotenoids in grass are converted into retinol Vitamin A, which improves vision, strengthens bones, and helps our immune systems.
  • These cattle also convert vitamin K1 from fast-growing green grass into Vitamin K2, form MK4.
  • The cows in southern states in the US produce large amounts of Vitamin D3 from sunlight.

Cows in commercial dairies located in the northern states can’t access green grasses year-round, so they may be low in Vitamin A and K2, and winter sunlight is not strong enough to provide adequate vitamin D.

 

My Choice

I am not able to consistently purchase raw heavy whipping cream. But I can get the next best thing – cream from lightly pasteurized, A2, grass-fed, pastured cattle from Alabama.

My source is Working Cows Dairy. There may be other options available, yet this is readily available from my Whole Foods Market in Charleston, SC. The cattle raised by Working Cows Dairy Farm in Alabama produce A2 milk.

And when it comes to the question, “Aren’t dairy products inflammatory?”, I have the answer …

“When you consume dairy products from grass-fed, A2 cattle, which have healthy levels of omega-3 fatty acids and CLA as well as healthy casein, their heavy cream has potent anti-inflammatory effects.[3],[4],[5]. In other words, consuming grass-fed A2 dairy is not inflammatory!”

Check out my recipe for Perfect Heavy Whipped Cream!

 

[1] https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rajalaxmi-Behera/publication/323358929_A1_versus_A2_Milk-_Impact_on_Human_Health/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4586534/pdf/nutrients-07-05339.pdf

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6357022/

[4] https://portal.nifa.usda.gov/web/crisprojectpages/0207890-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-conjugated-linoleic-acid-cla-enriched-butter-on-rodent-models-of-inflammation.html

[5] https://www.bakeryandsnacks.com/Article/2005/10/19/How-CLA-fights-inflammatory-disease

 

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Better Belly Blueprint Recipes
– Perfect Heavy Whipped Cream –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

April 10, 2022

 

 

You may want to read my Blog about Heavy Whipping Cream to learn the differences in heavy cream, light cream, pasteurization methods, and the health benefits of A2 cattle vs A1 cattle.

And here’s the perfect recipe using heavy whipping cream to make the best whipped cream for a fantastic dessert topping or just eating it with a spoon. It is light yet creamy, soft yet rich, and easy to dollop onto whatever you want.

The secret for this whipped cream rests upon the whipping process. The only important ingredient is the chilled heavy whipping cream.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chilled heavy whipping cream (will yield about 3 cups of whipped cream)
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Seasonal fresh fruit (optional)

 

Preparation:

  1. Start with chilled heavy whipping cream that is raw or vat pasteurized; a large, chilled bowl; and a chilled whisk or electric beater. If you use ultra-pasteurized heavy cream, it will take longer to whip.
  2. Start whisking or beating the cream slowly.
  3. You could add about 1 tsp of honey if you want sweetened cream. You also could add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract for additional flavor.
  4. Increase the speed of whipping until the cream forms soft peaks. Soft peaks are those that form in the cream, but the peaks should drop to the side and not hold their shape. If you overbeat the cream, you will create stiff peaks that can become slightly grainy and quickly separate into butter and buttermilk.
  5. Serve the whipped cream. You could eat it with a spoon by itself, dollop it onto your coffee, or add it to fresh fruit.
  6. If you have leftover whipped cream, you could store it covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.

 

 

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Animal-Based Foods & Snacks
Online Sources & More *
   

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

April 3, 2022

You know the importance of eating well. We all do. But do you know how to choose the best options?

Is this you? …

  • You want to emphasize an animal-based diet for yourself and family.
  • You want the best organic, pastured, grass-fed and grass-finished meat products.
  • You also want to include healthy snacks.
  • You want the convenience of online shopping.

If this is you, then this blog is “just what the doctor ordered.”

Here is where I’m going in this paper:

  • The science behind animal-based diets
  • Ruminant Animals
  • Other Animal Sources
  • Regenerative farming – the method of raising these animals
  • Online sources

 

The Science

Our diet (the foods we eat and the foods we avoid eating) has a major impact on our quality of life, health, and longevity. The food we eat directly affects the gut microbiome.[1] And a healthy gut is critical to prevent chronic disease.[2]

I have written about the research supporting an animal-based diet, which is based on the evolution of the human species, medically controlled trials, and published patient case reports. An animal-based diet will provide practically every nutrient your body requires in a bioavailable form with all its symbiotic elements in place and in the correct ratios.

  • Read the seminal paper published in 2021 about the evolution of the human species over 2.5 million years which got us where we are today. Humans are the most intellectual and dominant animal on earth, and the authors’ story is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.
  • Watch this 15-minute video by Brian Sanders about meat, the benefits to the environment, and feeding the world. This short talk about how we got where we are today will be the basis of his soon-to-be released documentary film, Food Lies.

 

 

  • Investigate some of the human studies (HERE, HERE) that clearly prove that healthy red meat does not cause cardiovascular disease or cancer. On the contrary, consumption of healthy meat and organs is inversely correlated with these chronic diseases.
  • Read this controlled study of Kenyan children who excelled in school when they ate animal-based foods and did poorly when they ate predominantly plant-based foods.
  • Look through the results of this study, which showed that total meat intake is positively associated with increased life expectancy. The study included an analysis of 175 contemporary populations.
  • Study this 2022 paper which showed that animal-based foods improved the physical growth in 6 to 24-month-old children.
  • Peruse the case reports from the Paleomedicina Clinic in Budapest, Hungary where over 5,000 patients with severe and sometimes “incurable” chronic diseases and cancers have been treated and sometimes cured using a strict animal-based diet with no supplements and no prescription drugs. Go to their website and then click on “Scientific Work and Articles”.

My Better Belly Blueprint describes and outlines a healthy and doable animal-based way of eating. It is a way of eating for a lifetime.

A typical “plate of food” following the Better Belly Blueprint consists of at least 70% animal foods from nose-to-tail and no more than 30% raw honey, fruits and a select group of vegetables – no nuts or seeds.

 

 

Ruminant Animals

The ideal muscle meat options come from ruminant animals – cattle and sheep. I wrote about them in my blog, Beef & Lamb – My “Go-To” Meats. Also, these ruminant animals provide high quality organ options – and organs are replete with numerous nutrients our body craves. In addition, the kidney fat (suet) from beef and lamb is healthy and a great source if you need to increase your fat content with the meals you prepare. I wrote about animal fat HERE.

However, your local farmer or butcher may not carry these foods. And if they do, they may not be from grass-fed, grass-finished animals. Fortunately, there are viable options at the click of a key on your computer. I’ll suggest many online sources at the end of this article.

 

Other Animal Sources

I am not including animal products like seafood, chicken, or pork for your regular, daily consumption. These options for animal protein do not have the nutrient density like ruminant meats. If you were to eat them occasionally, then that would be OK. They provide variety which is important.

When it comes to seafood, the healthy options would be wild caught, fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and anchovies – never farmed fish. Other healthy seafood choices include oysters, clams, crab, etc.

When it comes to chicken and pork, there is another problem in addition to the lowered overall nutritional density. Today’s chickens and hogs are usually fed corn and soy products. These products are high in linoleic fatty acid – even if these animals are organically fed. The linoleic fatty acid accumulates in the meat, skin, fat, and organs of the chicken and pork. When you consume these animals that have been fed corn and soy products, the excess linoleic fatty acids accumulate in your body and specifically in your fat cells. These omega-6 fatty acids are inherently unhealthy in excess quantities. Therefore, I do not recommend chicken or pork as part of your routine way of eating if they have been fed soy or corn products. If you eat them once every other week, then they probably will not affect you significantly.

 

Regenerative Farming

Throughout the US, there are organic farms that practice regenerative farming and grazing of cattle and sheep. These farmers treat their animals humanely and allow them to graze on the pasture without any added chemicals.

Regenerative grazing is a principle-driven agricultural practice of building healthy soil by managing livestock on perennial and annual forages, and in a way that supports human and ecosystem health, farm profitability, and community and food system resilience.[3],[4],[5],[6]

Several of these regenerative farms and co-ops of regenerative farmers provide grass-fed, grass-finished animal products for shipping directly to you in dry ice.

But you may have had a difficult time purchasing the healthy meats, organs, and even snacks for your way of eating. I have assembled online sources that can provide these healthy foods.

 

Online Options

I’m listing online sources which provide animal meats and their organs and fats as well as snacks. I have not personally ordered from most of them. I am fortunate that I have local sources where I purchase grass-fed, grass finished beef and pastured lamb. But I have ordered organs and suet online from White Oak Pastures and US Wellness.

 

Meat Sources:

 

Snack Sources:

Most likely, you will not crave snacks when you eat the way I have already described. But sometimes you or your family members may want a snack to take along on a trip or at some other time. Why not make the snack a healthy one?

Some snacks can be made in your kitchen. Examples would be hard boiled eggs, homemade beef jerky, and homemade liver jerky. But you may not want to go to the trouble of cooking.

So, here are some online sources to buy animal-based snacks. However, you will need to check the ingredients of those products you investigate. Some will have sugar, unhealthy oils, and spices that are high in anti-nutrients. Obviously, you’ll need to choose the appropriate snacks.

 

There is so much misinformation out there. When I try to decipher what is real or what is inaccurate when it comes to human nutrition, I attempt to take a broad view with a perspective that spans hundreds of thousands of years. Our primal ancestors are examples of how we have become the dominant species on earth. By duplicating the nutrients which they consumed will allow us to continue to thrive going forward. And an animal-based diet is our best means to recreate the success of our primal ancestors.

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6524347/

[2] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tem.2022.01.002

[3] https://pastureproject.org/

[4] https://vetsustain.org/work/regenerative-agriculture-practices-provide-benefits-for-ruminant-health

[5] https://www.transformationholdings.com/agriculture/regenerative-agriculture-managed-grazing/

[6] https://countryfolks.com/transition-to-small-ruminant-regenerative-grazing/

 

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* NOTE: The statements I make in my publications are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not intended to replace any recommendations or relationship with your physician. To support the claims I make in my writings, I cite various medical articles and studies that have been peer-reviewed and published in different medical journals worldwide.

Better Belly Blueprint Recipes
– Frothy Keto Chicory Coffee –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

April 3, 2022

 

Here’s a flavorful twist for a great cup of coffee – chicory coffee. Less caffeine than a cup of only coffee and smoother with less bitterness than a cup of Joe. If you have been to Café Du Monde in New Orleans, then you probably are familiar with their chicory coffee.

I use Mayorga Café Cubano coarsely ground coffee and organic ground Chicory. I also add MCT Oil and heavy whipping cream from pastured, grass-fed cows.

When my wife and I want coffee in the morning, I make enough Frothy Keto Chicory Coffee for both of us. That’s all I have until my first meal around 2PM in the afternoon.

Look at the ingredients. The fats in the coffee keep me in ketosis until my first meal. If your body is not used to these quantities of healthy fats, you must start slowly. Use smaller portions of heavy cream and MCT Oil at first. Or else, you and the toilet may take center stage for the rest of the day. So, gradually increase the amount of fats until you reach the suggested measures in my recipe. Or use whatever amount of fat that is perfect for you.

 

 

Ingredients:

 

Preparation:

  1. Grind beans to coarse grind
  2. Place ground beans, chicory, baking soda, and salt into French Press
  3. Boil water and wait 1 minute after boiling
  4. Add about 1/3 of the water to the French Press carafe and stir to mix coffee grounds and chicory thoroughly with the water
  5. Add the remaining water, stir, place the plunger, and set timer for 3.5 minutes
  6. While coffee is brewing, add heavy cream and MCT Oil into a 4-cup measuring cup
  7. Slowly press the coffee grounds and chicory to the bottom of the carafe after the 3.5-minute brewing time
  8. Pour the chicory coffee into measuring cup
  9. Blend mixture until well mixed and frothy using a stick blender
  10. Share and enjoy with your spouse or a friend. Put the remainder into a Thermos-type container to keep warm.

 

 

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Animal FAT
– Let’s Talk About It –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

March 27, 2022

Organic, Grass-fed, Grass-finished Beef Suet

What if I told you there was ONE magic ingredient to boost cognitive function and improve overall health and wellness? You wouldn’t believe me as this superfood element has been villainized for decades.

The superfood element is animal fat. It has been essential for the evolution of human life as well as the development of our unique brain.

If you have read or listened to the media surrounding food and nutrition, you undoubtedly have been inundated with misinformation that animal fat is the cause of many chronic diseases and a shortened lifespan.

You’ve been repeatedly told that “fat makes you fat” and that “animal fat causes cardiovascular disease and cancer”. Both statements are false if the animal fat comes from grass-fed, grass-finished animal sources that have consumed their organic, natural foods that are not tainted with chemicals of any kind.

Animal fat provides energy and is needed for hormone production and functional cell membranes. And animal fats can fight the battle of the bulge. Without healthy animal fat, we would be less satiated after a meal, and we would become hungrier more quickly. And animal fats, especially saturated palmitic and stearic fats, help reduce the excess storage of fat in fat cells.

In addition, animal fat helps the absorption of necessary vitamins and minerals.

Below is a 22-minute video by Paul Saladino, MD (author of the Carnivore Code). He discusses the importance of saturated animal fats, especially long chain saturated fats (palmitic, stearic) which are found in beef and lamb. They are the healthiest among all fats. In this video, Paul also discusses the harm of excess linoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated fat that is present in excess in vegetable and seed oils as well as chicken and pork if they have been fed corn or soy products.

 

 

Is Animal Fat Healthy?

In an article published in the 2017 edition of The Lancet, saturated fat was specifically shown to be healthy. The authors also explained how high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality. Yet, total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease mortality. And saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke.

Slowly, the world is relearning that animal fat is healthy. As I already stated, the animals must be fed a natural diet, humanely raised and butchered, and not injected with any chemicals.

In this 2020 article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the authors wrote in their abstract …

The recommendation to limit dietary saturated fatty acid (SFA) intake has persisted despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Most recent meta-analyses of randomized trials and observational studies found no beneficial effects of reducing SFA intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and total mortality, and instead found protective effects against stroke. Although SFAs increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, in most individuals, this is not due to increasing levels of small, dense LDL particles, but rather larger LDL particles, which are much less strongly related to CVD risk. It is also apparent that the health effects of foods cannot be predicted by their content in any nutrient group without considering the overall macronutrient distribution. Whole-fat dairy, unprocessed meat, and dark chocolate are SFA-rich foods with a complex matrix that are not associated with increased risk of CVD. The totality of available evidence does not support further limiting the intake of such foods.

 

Types of Fatty Acids in Animal Fat

A study published in 2016 identified the percentages of the various types of fatty acids in both US grass-fed beef compared to US grain-fed beef. Here is a table from the published paper:

 

 

How Did Animal Fat Get Vilified?

The vilification of animal fat began in 1958 when Ancel Keys began his research for the Seven Countries Study, which eventually was published in 1978. However, Denise Minger researched the real truth about Ancel Keys’ research, and various papers have been published which have debunked as well as supported Ancel Keys’ research.

Ancel Keys wanted to prove a direct correlation between heart disease and fat intake. This theory is known as the lipid or cholesterol hypothesis. Ancel Keys suggested that the ingestion of saturated fat (which can raise blood levels of cholesterol) would clog up your arteries, leading to heart disease.

Ancel Keys reported on 7 countries. He attempted to show a direct correlation between fat intake and rates of heart disease. However, the eventual research looked at 22 countries but only included the 7 countries that supported his hypothesis the most. For example, excluded from the 7 countries were the cases of Denmark, France, and Norway where their diets were rich in fat, but the occurrence of heart disease was low. Also, data was excluded from Chile, where the diet was low in fat, but the occurrence of heart disease was high.

His ongoing research was widely debated, then accepted, and eventually picked up by the health industry. By 1961, the American Heart Association recommended that butter should be replaced with polyunsaturated seed oils, and that animal fats should be avoided. The aim was to lower cholesterol levels. And in 1980 the US government issued dietary guidelines to cut back on saturated fat and cholesterol.

There were many problems with Ancel Keys’ research. Some of them are below …

  • A significant weakness was that the research was observational and did not involve controlled trials. The data could not scientifically support a causal relationship between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease – the results only showed a correlation.
  • Also, there were many lifestyle factors of the participants in the study that could confound the basic assumption that saturated fats were unhealthy.
  • Another significant problem was the source of the animal fat. If the fat came from animals which consumed grains, were conventionally raised with added chemicals, and inhumanely slaughtered, their fat would have been inherently unhealthy.
  • In addition, the food diet questionnaires which the participants had to fill out were dependent on the recollection of the individual participants.
  • Finally, in the days of the study, the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease might not have been completely accurate and often other diseases were misdiagnosed as cardiovascular disease.

 

How to Get Animal Fat in the Diet

My Better Belly Blueprint lays out a way of eating, which provides the necessary nutrients including animal fat for a healthy diet. A typical “plate of food” for a healthy person following my Better Belly Blueprint would consist of at least 70% animal-based foods and no more than 30% selected plant-based foods by volume on the plate.

There is no direct weighing of the food or amount one should force himself or herself to eat. You eat when you’re hungry to the point you feel comfortably full but not stuffed. The fat in the diet helps your body become satiated. You also drink water replete with trace minerals whenever your thirsty. And you drink until your thirst is quenched.

This is a high fat, moderate protein way of eating. Your goal is to eat about 2 grams of fat for every 1 gram of protein until you feel full. The high fat content can be eyeballed. For example, if you are making eggs or cooking ground beef or ground lamb, you could add extra ghee or tallow (or suet) to your preparation of the food. If you make a soup with bone broth, you could add additional ghee or suet to the soup. If you can tolerate dairy, triple crème brie offers up to 4:1 ratios of grams of fat to grams of protein.

The amount of carbs you consume depends on the number and types of selected plants you choose.

Here is a graphic that shows the grams of total fat and protein in ghee, beef tallow (or suet), beef ribeye, lamb loin chop, ground beef, ground lamb, eggs, triple crème brie, and raw gouda cheese. To increase the fat-protein ratio measured in grams for any given meal, you can add ghee and/or tallow (or suet) to the food preparation.

 

 

Here are links you may find helpful …

  • This is my recipe to make homemade Ghee.
  • This shows how to use Suet and provides links to purchase frozen suet from online sources.

Many people eating this way may only want to eat once or possibly twice a day. Again, you eat when you’re hungry and stop when you are comfortably full. There is no specific “breakfast”, “lunch”, “dinner”, or “snack time” that you must adhere to.

Personally, I cycle in and out of ketosis. On the days I am in ketosis, my carbohydrate intake is less than 25 grams daily. When I cycle out of ketosis and become a carb-burner, my grams of carbs may be over 125 grams those days. This cycling helps my body stay metabolically flexible.

 

In Summary

Many people whom I speak with are shocked when I emphasize that animal fat needs to be included in their diet. I personally was confused when I learned the health benefits of animal fat. But what I learned is that you “can teach old dogs new tricks”.

My earlier “education” of animal fat was that it created health dangers and needed to be avoided. Today, many nutritional supplement companies and healthcare professionals that I have great respect for are still condemning the consumption of animal fat and animal products.

It is encouraging that medical controlled studies now are being published that clearly state and prove that animal fat is healthy and even critical for overall health and wellness. But it will take time to change people’s minds. And the food industry has an ulterior motive to continue the false claims that animal fat is the villain and must be avoided and substituted with their polyunsaturated and highly processed food products.

Don’t just take my word for it. Try a little experiment for yourself. For the next two weeks, consciously add more healthy animal fat into your diet and monitor how you feel. One of my favorite brain-boosting breakfast tips is to blend a spoonful of ghee into your coffee. The trick here is to use a frother or stick blender so you get that rich, cappuccino-like texture. You can find more high fat, nutritious recipes here.

Let me know how it goes! Drop me a line in the comments section or send me an email with your results.

 

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