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Dentists Call to End ‘Workplace Cake Culture’


If we are to stop the obesity epidemic and improve our health, including dental health, our “workplace cake culture” is a problem. This according to dentists:

BBC News: Dentists Call to End ‘Workplace Cake Culture’

This can be a complicated problem. But it can at least be made a bit simpler. Most people who eat low-carb foods, including healthy fats, feel satisfied with no need to snack during the day. I know this has certainly been the case for me.

If that’s not enough, and it feels impossible to abstain, it may take much more effort to become sugar free.

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Prevent Kids’ Cavities with a Low-Carb Diet


What can you do to keep your kids cavity-free? Feed them fewer carbs.

Dr. Roger W. Lucas, pediatric dentist, explains the link between carbs and cavities in his book More Chocolate, No Cavities: How Diet Can Keep Your Kid Cavity-Free. Simple carbohydrates such as flour and juice feed mouth bacteria that cause cavities. On the other hand, high fat and protein foods don’t.

How to Use Diet to Prevent Kid’s Cavities

The dentist even claims that it is better to give children really dark chocolate (70%+) than snacks such as juice and crackers in preventing cavities. The chocolate contains a lot of fat, that protects the teeth from the sugar.

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Tooth Decay and Junk Food

People are quitting soda in developed countries. So what do Big Sugar do? Just like Big Tobacco they are now targeting developing countries – that’s where the new profits are.

But what happens to kids in El Salvador and other countries without developed dental care? As this short video shows, it’s quite a disaster for them.

Ditchthecarbs: Tooth Decay and Junk Food

People might argue that all they need to do is brush their teeth immediately after eating a lot of sugar. Well – that antidote sure could help. For the teeth. But what about the rest of the body?

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Sugar Crash – New Sugar Documentary

Here’s a brand new Irish documentary on the dangers of sugar consumption – it may be worse than you think. The documentary features Dr. Aseem Malhotra, Professor Robert Lustig, Damon Gameau and many more.

Worth watching, and perhaps sending to your friends.

Thanks to Ivor Cummins for the tip.


Footballers and Olympic Athletes Have Bad Teeth – Here’s Why

English football players have “worryingly poor” teeth, according to a new study. Four out of ten have cavities and they often have worse teeth than the general population, despite otherwise being in good physical shape.

The most probable reason is said to be “frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods”, e.g. sports drinks and other junk food marketed to athletes.

BBC: Footballers have ‘worryingly poor’ teeth

Interestingly, previous research has shown the same thing – “striking” levels of bad teeth – in athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. An event that was shamelessly and massively sponsored by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s chocolate.

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No Need for Braces Before Agriculture


Typical lower jaw from a hunter-gatherer, and aborigins from early 1900’s.

Before we invented agriculture our ancestors mostly had perfectly aligned teeth, without dental crowding or the need for braces. These tooth and jaw problems – which are now extremely common – are rarely or never seen in skeletons from our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

This is yet again showed in a new review of a few hundred European skeletons from the period 26,000 to 4,000 B.C.:

Malocclusion and dental crowding arose 12,000 years ago with earliest farmers

Similar findings have been seen many times before and are of great interest to everyone who has children with growing faces. How do you make them get as well-formed and well-functioning teeth and jaws as possible? Something in our modern environment messes things up – but what?

After discussing this with some experts in the field (for example at the Ancestral Health Symposiums), I’ve three things that seem important for well-formed jaws and teeth. Three things that we’re trying to follow with our children. Continue Reading →


Do you want great teeth? Eat Paleo


Do you want great teeth? Avoid sugar and grains, like our Paleo ancestors: Ancient Chompers Were Healthier Than Ours

Are you surprised, even a little bit? Then read the 1939 masterpiece Nutrition and Physical Degeneration (free online). Or just look at the stunning pictures.


How Kids Get Straight Teeth


How Kids get Straight Teeth


Among a lot of great lectures at the Ancestral Health Symposium, there is one I have been meaning to write about for a long time now. I found it fascinating.

Why do so many Westeners develop crooked teeth? Bad genes is a common explanation. But is it true? Continue Reading →