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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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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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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My Roller Coaster Cancer Journey
– March 2022 Update –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

March 13, 2022

Starting at the end of June 2021, life for me has been a roller coaster ride. My body has been challenged like at no other time – complications with my immunotherapy, fighting external viruses, dealing with body pain, and plummeting into depths of depression.

As a quick recap, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in September of 2018, following what I thought was an extremely healthy lifestyle the previous 6 years. My oncologist gave me 3-6 months to live if I did nothing. I rejected chemotherapy and used my medical background and research to develop what I now call my 10 Unconventional Cancer Protocols.

This approach was not without setbacks, as I found myself in Hospice for end-of-life care in 2019. However, as you know, that was NOT the end of my story. I adjusted my approach with my continued research, and I began thriving.

However, these last 9 months have been bordering on horrific. I always try to keep an upbeat tone when I share my findings with you, but I also believe it’s important to be transparent and real. I look forward to the day when I can say, “I’m thriving again!”.

Here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes:

 

My Strength

My first pillar of strength has been my astonishing wife. And once again, she has come through with flying colors. But I can tell you, “I don’t make it easy for her.” I’ve been known to be a pain in the ass.

In addition, my oncologist stands out as stellar in his own right.

He is the most empathetic and committed medical professional I know. He is a conventional, allopathic specialist who practices in a large oncology group where I live. I dare not tell you his name, because he must follow the standard of care for his cancer patients or else his practice and most likely the medical licensing board would end his career if he deviated. But he always is interested in my “out of the box” thinking and the research I have put into my 10 Unconventional Cancer Protocols.

After my diagnosis in 2018, I have been adhering to my protocols, which have served me well. But by the end of June 2021, my path became repeatedly choppy.

 

June – September 2021

A botched injection of my monthly immunotherapy on June 22, 2021, may have weakened my body’s defenses. I wrote all about it HERE.

At first, I thought I developed severe side effects from this monoclonal antibody called Darzalex. (Darzalex is a human-derived monoclonal antibody that attaches itself to a specific protein on the surface of malignant plasma cells. Then the body’s immune system can eat up these tagged malignant plasma cells.)

But what developed by the beginning of July was far worse and more complicated.

Early in July, I developed a sore throat and cough. I used my Bee Propolis Spray and Nebulized 0.1% Hydrogen Peroxide saline that took care of those symptoms. Then almost immediately after that I experienced extreme exhaustion, overall muscle and intense joint pain, and headaches which just got worse. And then there was diarrhea, which I don’t deal with very well.

I never had a fever, loss of taste, or loss of smell.

These “side effects” started deteriorating my body. My oncologist believed that the exaggerated symptoms were the compounding effects from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It made sense that my body was weakened from the recent immunotherapy injection, and I was more susceptible to contracting the virus.

But it is difficult to determine what is going on for some patients with multiple myeloma. Since multiple myeloma produces dysfunctional antibodies, my immunoglobulins are not functioning as those would be for someone without cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow.

Shortly after developing all my symptoms, I had my monthly blood work drawn. My CBC showed lower than normal hemoglobin. I had a significant rise in my neutrophil count and a significant drop in my lymphocyte count. My blood chemistries showed increased serum calcium and elevated alkaline phosphatase. My immunofluorescent blood work showed a spike in my serum dysfunctional IgA antibodies. It was bizarre, but all these biomarkers were moving in the wrong direction after July 2021. This had not happened before.

 

October – November 2021

Again, I returned to my specialist’s office on 10/19/21 for a round of new blood work. At that time, he also scheduled me for a new PET Scan on 10/26/21.

The most compelling biomarker that suggested I had COVID was my NLR, which was skyrocketing when I had another CBC drawn on 11/2/21.

NLR is the Neutrophil/Lymphocyte Ratio. It is a reliable blood marker for systemic inflammation and a most robust marker for COVID. A severely high NLR has been reported in various recent medical papers to be a hallmark of severe COVID-19.

A normal NLR is between 1:1 and 3:1. In this published study, the average NLR for hospitalized COVID patients was 6.15. When that ratio rose above 8.17 in the study, the risk of death increased. Strikingly, my NLR on 11/2/21 was 42.0 – a seriously disturbing level!

But I never had to be hospitalized. My efforts to support my immune system have played an important part in my body’s ability to heal – albeit slowly.

Another tool in the toolbox is the PET Scan. When I had my PET Scan on 10/26/21, it showed that my multiple myeloma had become slightly-to-moderately activated again and centralized in my colon area, lower spine, and pelvis.

Did all this start with a botched immunotherapy injection at the end of June? Was COVID causing havoc with my physical body, my bloodwork, as well as my multiple myeloma? The answers seem to be, “YES!”

I became very depressed.

I remember in September 2018 I was at the oncologist’s office for the very first time. My wife and adult children were at this appointment. The oncologist told me of my diagnosis and prognosis. After we discussed the options of chemo and other treatment, he said that eventually all meds eventually would prove ineffective. Then, I would succumb to the manifestations of multiple myeloma.

Was this the end? Was I going downhill for the last time? Good thoughts were replaced by dark, destructive, negative energies.

 

December 2021 – January 2022

Once again, my wife pulled me out of the abyss of depression by my bootstraps and set me straight. She has been my guiding light and pillar of strength since we married in 1969. And certainly, since my cancer diagnosis in 2018, she has been my partner in my cancer journey.

I continued with all my 10 Unconventional Cancer Protocols, but I added two new elements that I believe can assist in healing my body – colostrum and hydrogen-rich water.

I also began another round of my monthly immunotherapy (i.e., Darzalex FasPro) on 1/4/22 since I thought I was recovering well from the COVID symptoms.

 

Colostrum

I wrote about my experiment with eating Colostrum-6 every day. There is an abundance of research touting the health benefits of colostrum, especially with healing the gut. And you know how much emphasis I place on a healthy gut for overall health and immune support.

 

Hydrogen-Rich Water

I also wrote about another new pet research project of mine, molecular hydrogen. There are over 15 years of published medical articles about its ability to bring the body back into a state of balance or homeostasis. At high levels of concentration, molecular hydrogen dissolved in water may produce significant clinical benefits. This study describes the benefits for adults over the age of 70.

Two of the most interesting aspects of high-dose molecular hydrogen dissolved in drinking water (16PPM) is that it is a discriminating free-radical scavenger and an anti-inflammatory agent.

The emphasis is on discriminating. That means it does not destroy the good free radicals that the body creates for many biologically necessary functions. It only neutralizes the excessive free radicals and the most dangerous of them.

 

February – March 2022

Assuming that the immunotherapy would be OK, I had another injection on 2/1/22.

I was wrong!

I once again developed serious side effects. My joints and muscles became extremely painful, and I had difficulty raising my arms and walking. My shoulder joints became frozen” (adhesive capsulitis).

I felt debilitated and incapacitated.

On 2/28/22, I had a new PET Scan. And on 3/1/22, I had new blood work and an appointment with my oncologist. He reviewed that day’s blood work and the results of the PET Scan from the previous day.

This was a crucial day in my Cancer Journey.

He told me that my Darzalex FasPro subcutaneous injections have exceeded the risk-benefit ratio. And my blood work and symptoms were reflecting this toxicity.

It now appeared that my symptoms beginning after my botched Darzalex injection on 6/22/21 and then reappearing after this last round of Darzalex on 2/1/22 were directly related to the severe and compounding side effects of Darzalex along with the underlying and lingering effects of COVID-19.

Both of which woke up my cancer, which was confirmed in my newest PET Scan taken on 2/28/22.

The Scan showed a continuation of the resurgence of multiple myeloma spreading to other areas. Through no fault of my own, but rather the fault of Darzalex’s side effects and the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, the bone marrow cancer was rearing up its ugly head.

I had to consider my next steps and options.

 

Next Steps & Options

  • I could not be in denial.
  • I could not get depressed.
  • I had to maintain the proactive attitude that brought me to where I was before June 22, 2021, when all these problems started.
  • I knew I would no longer put Darzalex into my body.

My oncologist suggested chemo, but I once again declined. Here’s why …

At my diagnosis in 2018, I rejected chemo because my quality of life could have been significantly decreased with the chemo. And quality of life meant more to me than longevity with increasingly debilitating symptoms.

Chemo cocktails are a potentially damaging combination of chemicals which can disturb all biological functions as well as everything I have been doing to support my immune system.

I am not in agreement with other conventional specialists who have said that chemo is the only answer. The side effects, which are numerous, are testaments to the fact that the recommended chemotherapy drugs have produced serious complications for some patients. The response to my concerns from many allopathic oncologists is that there are always other meds to offset the side effects from chemotherapy.

However, I can’t rationalize that statement. I can’t make any sense of it in my head because my goal is to allow my immune system to do what it can do to heal my body. The last thing I want to do is disturb and short circuit my body’s biochemical functions.

So, I know that following my 10 Unconventional Cancer Protocols will assist my body in healing as best as possible – just as it did in the past. I have no expectation that my Protocols will take me into remission or cure this bone marrow cancer.

A greater power than I am able to comprehend has created the human machine I call “me”. This omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, cosmic energy source made “me” perfectly balanced and functional. Why would I hamper “me” from doing what it was designed to do by God? I have a strong spiritual belief that I am here on this Earth in this body to learn important lessons, and my cancer journey is a significant part of those lessons.

 

Naysayers Have Nothing on my Support System

Although my wife is there to encourage me, I don’t always get love from everyone.

For example, when I publish my cancer journey updates on some social media sites, some individuals leave their comments in capital letters like they’re screaming at me.  Recent comments have been …

  • “GET THE HELL OFF THIS SITE”
  • “YOU’RE KILLING PEOPLE BY TELLING THEM TO EAT RED MEAT”
  • “YOU’RE A FAKE AND A SCAM ARTIST”

Generally, the most vitriolic comments are coming from those who shout,

  • “BECOME A VEGAN IF YOU WANT TO CURE YOUR CANCER”

 

Where Am I Going?

I don’t know.

I do know where I want to go. And I have the motivation and attitude to get there.

By stopping the offending Darzalex and continuing with all my 10 Unconventional Cancer Protocols, I expect to get back to “my normal”.

I realize that multiple myeloma is real and spreading in my body. But I also realize that my body has the potential to assist the fight without any outside chemical side effects.

One of the excellent investigative journalists I regularly follow on an uncensored social media site says, “The virus is gonna virus”. I’ll take his insight one step further and say, “The cancer is gonna cancer”.

I continue to forge ahead and always am looking to tweak my Protocols with methods to enhance my existing immune system to become the best it can be under my current circumstances. I still am dealing with lingering bone pain. But I’m working on that.

And I am moving forward with great expectations and abundance of proof that what I have done in the past has worked and will produce excellent benefits for me as time moves on.

Again, I must emphasize that I do not have a cure for cancer, and what I am doing for myself is my own personal journey. My goal is to be transparent and candid about my experiences – both good and bad.

Of course, my awesome wife is always by my side, and my empathetic oncologist is rooting me on.

 

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The State of Our Health
– As I Know It –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

February 27, 2022

 

Our health is in a state of turmoil and misinformation. It is following a nutritional path to destruction. I’m not being dramatic; I’m being real.

As you may know, I was diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma in 2018. The truth is, the state of our health system failed me, as it is failing you right now. While I can’t pinpoint exactly why I got sick, my research has led me to several important conclusions.

I want to share some facts and my thoughts with you. This is the state of the world as I know it. And it may be an eye opener if you haven’t considered the facts – the real facts and nothing but the facts. But all is not lost. I also want to share what we can all do to be proactive and help keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy.

 

8 Scary Statistics

  1. The United States is the highest spending country worldwide when it comes to health care.[1]
  2. The U.S. Health System ranks dead last among the 11 high-income countries in the world.[2]
  3. The first and close-second leading causes of death in the US are heart disease and cancer, which are chronic, debilitating, yet preventable diseases. Our population is grossly and glaringly unhealthy.[3]
  4. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) stated that 60% of Americans live with at least one chronic disease, and chronic diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths each year in the United States. In addition, at least 72% of our society is overweight or obese.[4]
  5. In a 2019 issue of the journal, Metabolic Disorders and Related Disorders, a peer-reviewed study showed that 88% of US population is metabolically unhealthy.[5]
  6. In 2010, a published paper demonstrated that 93.9% of adults in the United States had some form of gum inflammation (gingivitis) [6], which frequently has its origin in an unhealthy gut.[7],[8]
  7. In 2015, the CDC published their results in the Journal of Periodontology.[9] It showed the prevalence of severe periodontal disease (periodontitis) was estimated to be 47.2% for American adults. For adults 65 years old and older, the prevalence jumped to 70.1%.
  8. The CDC reported that approximately 91% of U.S. adults aged 20–64 had dental caries in permanent teeth.[10] The prevalence increases to 93% for those above 65 years old.[11]

 

Do I Have a Cure for Chronic Systemic Diseases?

My answer is, “No!”

I do have a carefully researched and tested set of tools and metrics that allowed me to quadruple my life expectancy after being diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma and given 3-6 months to live in September 2018.

Let me be very clear. I do not have a cure for chronic disease or cancer.

But I have a means to support my immune system, enhance my nutrition, and create a healthy gut. For the most part, my 11 Unconventional Cancer Protocols have assisted me in improving my health.

I’m sharing what I have learned with you in hopes that you’ll take these findings and use them to help yourself and all whom you love and care about. If I can leave one legacy behind, it’s to help people take control of their health and know they can change their circumstances.

When I talk to my medical and dental colleagues, I’m not preaching to the choir. Most of them have no idea what I am talking about. And most biologically oriented healthcare professionals aren’t getting the message completely either.

I believe that biologically oriented healthcare professionals have the ideal platform to address the facts I will describe and could make a considerable difference in the health of their patients. But everyone could take the lead and make substantial changes for himself or herself. You don’t have to be a healthcare professional to understand and implement what I have to say.

 

Healthcare Professionals Must Get Educated

#1. Most chronic diseases start in the gut. For various reasons, the potentially 38 trillion microbes that originally are in a state of balance in the gut can become unhealthy with overgrowing pathogenic species. The one-cell-layer epithelial barrier of the gut becomes breached. Within the gut, there are remnants of cell walls of gram-negative bacteria called LPS (Lipopolysaccharides). They are highly toxic to the body if they get into the circulation. With a breakdown in the gut epithelial barrier, LPS begins to leak into the blood stream through the “leaky gut” allowing the immune system to mount a significant and chronic inflammatory state that eventually can affect all organ systems and lead to most chronic diseases. Periodontal disease is just one of many chronic diseases that emanates from a leaky gut. This article published on 2/8/22 describes the destruction to the entire body via LPS leaking from the gut.

#2. When it comes to periodontal diseases, treatment must include active treatment of gut dysbiosis concurrently with active treatment of oral disease. Diseases in the mouth can become systemic and affect all organ systems throughout the body, just as a leaky gut alone can become the causal factor for chronic disease. The diet must be tweaked, the gut must be made healthy, and definitive periodontal treatment must be instituted.

Definitive Scaling & Root Planing in the early stages of periodontitis should be implemented, while Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) bone regeneration surgery should be the goal in advanced stages. This Laser wavelength also destroys the majority of pathogenic bacteria in the infected tissues.[12] Watch these enlightening animated videos to help you understand both these treatments:

 

#3. Healthcare professionals and proactive individuals need to understand the critical effects of a diverse garden of microbes in the gut and the mouth. Never should the microbiome be indiscriminately destroyed, but the microbiome must be treated effectively and efficiently to bring it back into a state of homeostasis.

#4. We need to realize the vital importance of biologically available, animal-derived nutrients in their natural and balanced ratios with other symbiotic elements. The animal sources must be organically and compassionately raised and humanely slaughtered.

#5. Everyone needs to appreciate the facts about regenerative rotational farming and animal grazing using no chemicals. The facts are that this type of regenerative farming and grazing results in benefits to the world environment and the world population.

#6. Some fruits and a very select number of vegetables can be healthy and included in your lifestyle eating plan. However, many vegetables, processed fats and oils, added sugars, grains, and almost all nuts and seeds contain “antinutrients” that are damaging to the gut, encouraging chronic systemic inflammation, and leading to chronic debilitating diseases later in life – and these include dental diseases. The potentially damaging foods must be eliminated as part of your new way of eating for a lifetime.

#7. And when it comes to supplements, humans are not deficient. Synthetic, processed, unbalanced supplements including other harmful chemical ingredients do overall harm and do not address the real problem. These chemically harmful ingredients accumulate over time.

#8. Our body requires hydrogen and electrolytes in their natural states to allow the many metabolic, mitochondrial, and ionic transfers and pathways to occur seamlessly. We are electrical beings and require discriminating oxidation/reduction processes (i.e., Redox[13]) to occur continuously.

#9. Manmade and processed indiscriminate antioxidants can be ultimately destructive to the intricate biology of our system. These indiscriminate supplements may destroy all free radicals. In contrast, high-dose molecular hydrogen (16 PPM) dissolved in drinking water neutralizes only the harmful, excessive free radicals but allows healthy free radicals to function in the body as they are supposed to do. Molecular hydrogen also is a potent and discriminating anti-inflammatory agent.

 

My Wife Thinks I’m a Fanatic

I am not a fanatic; I am a realist. Eventually, I will die from the complications of multiple myeloma, but it will be on my terms as I live the best quality of life I can muster for my body’s metabolism, mitochondrial function, and immune system.

My multiple myeloma was a result of poor nutrition throughout most of my life, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and a significantly toxic chemical environment during my 6 years of dental and specialty training. In addition, the advice propagated by the USDA Food Pyramid and its many updates, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society contributed to the misinformation I followed. All professed a diet and lifestyle which are contrary to our human species’ evolution and DNA Blueprint. I have changed my way of living and am making enormous strides to heal my body.

 

Do Your Due Diligence

  • 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, regenerative farming & grazing, 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 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.
  • Read 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.
  • 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”.
  • Read and understand the critical importance of a healthy gut.

 

My Legacy

The legacy I want to leave calls for all proactive individuals to take a hard look at the way our primal ancestors evolved into the intellectual and nutritionally healthy beings we can be today and appreciate the requirements of our DNA Blueprint which have genetically evolved very little during the last 10,000 years.

I intend to help my body as best as I can fight the fight it was designed to fight by providing all that it needs and avoiding everything that it doesn’t need.

You can do the same thing for yourself and for all others whom you love and care about. Be proactive! Start today!

I can help you if you want some guidance. Here’s a link to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me to discuss.

 

[1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/236541/per-capita-health-expenditure-by-country/

[2] https://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/news/20210804/us-health-system-ranks-last-among-11-high-income-countries

[3] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

[4] https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/center/index.htm

[5] https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/met.2018.0105

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=20437720

[7] https://aap.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/JPER.21-0374

[8] https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcimb.2021.752708/full

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4460825/

[10] http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/DentalCariesAdults20to64.htm

[11] http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/DentalCariesSeniors65older.htm

[12] https://jpis.org/DOIx.php?id=10.5051/jpis.2100900045

[13] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1097276521006857

 

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“My Jaw Pain is Killing Me”
– 10 Causes … Treatment Options –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

February 13, 2022

Have you ever experienced jaw pain? It is estimated that up to 80% of people have experienced some type of jaw or tooth pain at some point in their lives. So, if you haven’t experienced it firsthand, there’s a good chance you will.

Today, we’re going to look at some of the causes, treatment options, and how you can be proactive to avoid this unpleasant experience all together!

On July 3, 2016, I published a Blog about Monique. She was a patient I saw in 2015. She was one of many patients I treated for similar symptoms. She entered my office saying, “My jaw pain is killing me.”

Another patient I treated in 2018 had similar symptoms but they were much more serious. Jonathan had a root canal procedure performed on his upper right molar about 3 months before I saw him. His general dentist performed the root canal and also placed a crown on that tooth. Then, Jonathan began to have severe pain in that tooth, in his jaw muscles, and in his jaw joint.

At first, Jonathan thought that the root canal was failing and was the cause of his pain. That was part of his problem. The other immediate cause was related to his biting pressure on that newly crowned tooth, which Jonathan didn’t consider.

When I saw him on an emergency visit, I needed to get him out of pain. I also had to determine a definitive treatment plant to resolve his issue for good. I treated the emergency problem that day; the other was definitively treated later in the week.

 

What Is Jaw Pain?

As a periodontist, I frequently treated jaw pain.[1] Most pain comes from the jaw joint and the muscles that help chew food. This jaw pain may be called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain or TMD (temporomandibular disorders). Many of the causes of this type of jaw pain also can damage the jawbone around the roots of teeth. Here’s the inside skinny about jaw pain (TMD).

More than 40% of adults experience pain in their mouth annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).[2] But only 50 to 60% of people with jaw joint pain will seek treatment. Those who don’t get treatment continue to live with painful side effects.

The most frequent complaint I have seen is pain either in the jaw joint or in the jaw muscles. Another common symptom is discomfort when opening the jaw, most obvious when eating or speaking. Popping and cracking sounds in the jaw joints when opening and closing may be present. Also, buzzing or ringing sounds in the ears are possible. Sometimes there is swelling; most of the time swelling is not obvious.[3],[4] Pain also can be isolated to the areas around the roots of the teeth.

 

10 Causes of Jaw Pain

TMD is multifactorial, and there may be sources that are difficult to identify.[5],[6]

Below are 10 related causes for TMD:

  1. Trauma (like a car accident) involving the jaw joint could create damage in the structures of the joint resulting in pain.
  2. Habits of clenching and grinding the teeth can damage the jaw joint and cause muscle pain. These habits also wiggle the roots of the teeth in the jawbone, which will damage the bone around the teeth and may cause tooth pain and cause the tooth to feel loose. Grinding also may crack teeth.
  3. Improperly designed chewing surfaces because of a poorly shaped crown or a poorly placed filling material could cause forces that rock a tooth from side to side. The rocking motion can cause spasms in the jaw muscles as well as cause a hairline crack to develop in the root of the tooth. This also can cause the involved teeth to feel loose in the jawbone.
  4. Poor nutrition and unhealthy digestion could cause chronic systemic inflammation that could affect all joints (example: rheumatoid arthritis).
  5. Emotional stress has been shown to create biochemical changes in the blood system that could increase chronic inflammation throughout the body and joints.
  6. Lack of sleep increases chronic systemic inflammation and can affect joints in the body.
  7. Excessive estrogen may increase inflammation and damage in the jaw joint.
  8. Infection beginning in the joint will cause swelling and pain.
  9. Infection in the jawbone from a failing root canal filling, from residual infection in an extraction site, from an abscessed tooth or a decayed tooth, and from other areas of infection in the mouth and head can affect the TMJ.
  10. Complications with airway space because of a narrow jaw, improper position of the tongue, and misalignment of teeth can create obstructive breathing and poor oxygenation which can result in clenching, teeth grinding, and jaw pain.

 

Treatment Options for Jaw Pain

First, the most obvious potential causes must be addressed.[7]

If the bite is causing muscle and jaw soreness, then the bite must be adjusted. Correcting heavy pressures on the chewing surfaces of the teeth by selectively smoothing out these heavy pressure areas may be all that is necessary to make the bite healthy and stop the pain.

If a patient grinds his or her teeth habitually, sometimes a bite guard could be worn during sleep to reduce the pressures in the jaw joint. If people go to the gym and perform strenuous workouts, they often clench. This also would be a good time to wear a bite guard to protect the teeth and jaw joint.

At other times, orthodontic treatment might be necessary to correct the bite. In more complicated cases, the upper and lower arch may be too narrow to allow the tongue to fit comfortably between the lower teeth. In this case, the upper and lower jaw arches could be widened, the teeth properly positioned, and the tongue given more comfortable space. These efforts will open a compromised airway space regaining normal function for the tongue, improved oxygenation, and reduced bruxism.

I published a paper called, Shoddy Dentistry & Mouth Splinters, where I describe many dental issues that could cause dental pain and inflammation. It’s Free to download if you would like.

Clinical studies show other factors affecting TMD. Examples are emotional stress and lack of sleep, which have been reported to aggravate the symptoms of TMD.[8],[9]

Based on published research papers, these other therapeutic steps should be considered:

  • Treat any obvious or not-so-obvious infections or inflammation in the mouth
  • Reduce stress
  • Get restorative sleep
  • Eat a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet
  • Avoid eating foods that contain chemicals that can affect the gut and create chronic systemic inflammation
  • Seek the advice of a myofunctional therapist and an orthodontist who are trained in proper jaw structure and function
  • Only as last resorts, investigate medications or surgery for TMD

 

How I Eliminated Jonathan’s Jaw Pain

Jonathan’s pain was related to (1) his bite after his crown was made and (2) a hairline crack in the root of his upper molar root canal tooth. The crown was improperly designed and shaped poorly. The chewing surfaces between that tooth and his lower molar were bumping too hard. Since these pressures were too heavy, his jaw muscles went into spasm, which in turn caused his jaw pain initially. Jonathan couldn’t make this pain go away and didn’t know what was causing it. He also could not tell if the upper crowned tooth was hurting more than the lower molar tooth which was also being pounded with heavy biting forces.

In addition, the heavy pounding pressures on the crowned tooth which had the root canal procedure eventually caused a hairline crack in the roots of that molar. A root canal tooth tends to be more brittle and prone to root fracture. The hairline fracture went through the roots of the upper molar into the jawbone.

At first, I needed to get Jonathan out of pain. The first thing I did was to determine the spots on the crown that were hitting his lower molar too hard. I used a very thin “carbon paper” to visualize the responsible heavy pressure points. I then evened out these heavy contacts by smoothing and polishing the chewing surfaces so that his teeth came together properly. Immediately, he noticed his jaw was more comfortable.

Next, I rescheduled Jonathan to extract the upper molar. Once there is a crack in the root that travels up the root into the jawbone, it is not treatable. After I extracted the tooth and prepared the bone socket to receive an implant, Jonathan scheduled to have me place a zirconia-type implant into the socket about a month after the extraction. At times, a bone graft and other bone rebuilding procedures are required to restore the bone socket to receive an implant.

 

Putting It All Together

Many factors affect jaw pain. The more obvious causes should be explored first. If grinding habits or bite problems exist, these must be corrected. If those pressures on the tooth have cracked the root, then the tooth must be extracted since a cracked root cannot heal.

Any irritant in the mouth that may cause infection or inflammation must be diagnosed and treated appropriately.

If the jaw is out of alignment or if the jaw needs to be widened, proper orthodontic treatment is crucial to regain function, to provide room for the tongue to become comfortable, to normalize the airway space, and to resolve TMD issues.

Also, stress reduction, restorative sleep, and good nutrition must be implemented to reduce TMD symptoms.

If symptoms persist, other treatment options must be investigated and implemented to resolve the issues and make the patient comfortable.

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK551612/

[2] https://www.forbes.com/health/body/common-causes-of-tooth-pain/#footnote_1

[3] https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/t/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd.html

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21835653

[5] http://www.rjme.ro/RJME/resources/files/570116185189.pdf

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Association+between+estrogen+levels+and+temporomandibular+disorders%3A+a+systematic+literature+review

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Different+association+between+specific+manifestations+of+bruxism+and+temporomandibular+disorder+pain

[8] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33829540/s

[9] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27687043/

 

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