I’ve Been Called Fanatic;
I’m Actually Discerning

      Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS     Nutritional Periodontist
      July 28, 2016  


Dinner With Friends
I've been called fanatic

A few months ago, my wife and I had dinner with a married couple, whom we had not seen for over 4 years. I’ll call them Liz and Bud. They last saw me before I began my journey with primal nutrition and lifestyle. When we last got together, I was over 30 pounds heavier. As we met at the restaurant for the first time in 4 years, Liz blurted out to me, “You look sick!”


You have no idea how surprised I was by her comment.


She proceeded to say, “What’s wrong? You’ve lost so much weight.” My first intention was to just turn around, leave, and never look back. I knew I had nothing in common with her anymore. But, I responded to her by saying, “I’ve changed my life by eating healthier and living healthier.” Her response was, “Are you a fanatic? I’m happy with the way I am at my age.”


The facts were that Liz was medically compromised and was living with chronic disease in ignorant bliss. Her husband, Bud, chimed in by saying, “I’m not going to change the way I am. I’m doing what makes me happy.” But, Bud had severe joint pain and could hardly walk upright.


We ate dinner. I listened to them tell me how fanatic I was. Liz and Bud consumed almost a loaf of bread, enjoyed some pasta dish, and finished dinner with some type of gooey cake-like dessert. My wife and I left. I don’t plan to have dinner again with Liz and Bud anytime soon.


Fanatic or Discerning


I’m not fanatic; I’m just discerning.


I watch what I eat. I know what I will not put into my mouth or my body. It’s my choice. I eat foods that are tasty, healthy, easy to prepare, and REAL. My body is the only machine I will have to live in for the rest of my life.


I have a friend who owns a classic Porsche, which he takes care of like a precious baby. That’s how I feel about taking care of my body. I prefer to maintain my body in tiptop shape as best as I can. The benefits are many-fold. Along with fending off all kinds of chronic diseases, I can physically do things that most of my contemporaries cannot. Quality of life is my goal.


I’m not fanatic; I’m just discerning.


Results For My Patients


For my patients, I emphasize how a primal nutrition and primal lifestyle could benefit their mouths as well as their overall health. Studies have been published demonstrating that proper nutrition improves the balance of bacteria in the mouth, which in turn will help prevent various forms of dental disease.


However, healthy eating and healthy living will not solve existing dental diseases. For example, the immediate irritant causing infection must be treated first, just as a splinter would need to be removed from a finger before the skin could heal. But, I emphasize to my patients that after proper gum treatment, a wholesome eating program could improve healing as well as prevent disease going forward.


Comments For Liz and Bud


I am not a fanatic, but I am selfishly concerned about my health. I wonder, whatever happened to our discerning sense of what is right and what is wrong for our body? Our body is the only set of clothes in which we will live continuously for the remaining days we are on this earth. My body is precious to me. A healthy body makes me happy.


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