Weston A Price - ahead of his time?
Dr. Weston A. Price (1870-1948), a Cleveland dentist, has been called the “Isaac Newton of Nutrition.” In his search for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to unstudied evidence among human beings. Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them – isolated non-industrialized people.
The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected–nutritional deficiencies.
Price traveled the world over in order to study isolated human groups, including sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, Eskimos and Indians of North America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South America. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of native people on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors.
Nowadays our children are facing teeth extractions, braces, cavities and badly formed mouths. We could learn from these tribes who had perfect teeth without any modern dentistry involved. If every mum knew what diet she should eat to build health before she had children this would give mum and baby a massive head start. Once the baby is born knowing that bottle feeding may affect the formation of their mouths may make women think twice before finishing breast feeding. Or if they have to bottle feed they maybe able to get help on how best to support their teeth and bones.
Is diet affecting our teeth?
Another way of looking at orthodontics
Having good teeth needn’t be for the lucky few. We can achieve it for our future generations so long as we know what to include in our diet. This will not only save our NHS a vast amount of money but it will also save our children from potentially a lot of trauma.
If you go private a brace can cost between £4-6.5k. Tooth extraction is around £60/tooth. Even though you can get these on the NHS that is the approximate cost the practises will be charging the NHS – making dentistry big business.
Yet there are now dentists who don’t believe in extracting teeth for orthodontic purposes. If we knew this would be go along with teeth extractions if another route was opened to us? Yet so many can’t afford to go private and have no choice but to follow the NHS path.
We aren’t here to promote any practise but one that doesn’t extract healthy teeth is Brickstables in Essex.
Dr Seb Lomas is a biological (holistic dentist) whose practise is in Huddersfield. Here’s an extract from his website: “Perhaps the biggest difference you’ll notice at our biological dental office is the individualised approach to care. We oppose the traditional “one size fits all” dental model and, instead, recognise that every patient is different and should be treated according to their specific needs.”
Do your own research
We are not affiliated to any of the people mentioned on this page but are just trying to give a wide perspective on all treatments out there. We will continue to add to the page as we learn about other dentists – particularly biological ones.
Please, as always, do your own research of course to find the best solution for yourself so you can make the best decision for your own health.
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Weston A Price
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