Researchers in a new study found that diet soda as bad as meth or crack cocaine for your teeth, according to the May 25, 2013 Daily News article by Victoria Taylor, “Diet soda as bad as meth or crack cocaine for your teeth: study.” The study found that a woman in her 30s who drank two liters of diet soda daily for years had similar tooth decay and erosion to a meth user and a coke addict.
The woman in the study told researchers that she began to drink diet soda because she was concerned about gaining weight. But as a result of her soda consumption — and failing to visit the dentist — she lost all her teeth. Also see the article, “Soda Consumption Linked To Higher Risk For Kidney Disease In Women.”
Industry replied that to blame tooth decay on diet soda is irresponsible, since the woman stayed away from dentists for 20 years. On the other hand, certain beverages and foods may disrupt your normal pH levels, for example, overly alkaline versus excessively acidic diets.
Does your brain react to anything sweet, whether it’s sugar, a leaf, or synthetic?
For some people who drink synthetic sweeteners in beverages or consume them in foods, the body starts acting as if it’s expecting something sweet whether it’s sugar or some other diet sweetener. See, “Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause an Insulin Spike?”
In such cases, the body might react to sweetness as experienced by the brain in a certain way whether the person is drinking diet beverages and foods that taste sweet or sugar or corn syrup. The body could in some cases react the same way in response to the brain’s experience of ‘sweet’ taste.
Carbohydrates stimulate insulin production which is known to be an anabolic hormone.
Did she lose her teeth mainly because she failed to see her dentist every few months for a cleaning, because of the diet soda, or because her blood calcium to phosphorus ratio changed due to nutrition that’s not conducive to healthy teeth and gums?
On one hand, the woman in the study admitted she had not been to the dentist in years. Many of the her teeth were eroded, discolored and could not be saved.
Soda is acidic, diet or regular
Diet and regular soda are highly acidic, like methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Paired with poor dental hygiene, the citric and phosphoric acid in soda can lead to substantial damage and decay, according to interviews in the Daily News article.
The 29-year-old female in the study reported using methamphetamine for three years, and also consumed two or three cans of regular soda daily. The 51-year-old said he had been doing crack for 18 years. The three study participants needed all of their teeth extracted. So was it the soda, the meth, the crack, the poor diet, or lack of having teeth cleaned and fixed every few months that led to becoming toothless?
There’s always two sides to every story.The American Beverage Association, which represents soft drink manufacturers, told the online magazine Health Day in a statement that the study shouldn’t be seen as a reason to stop drinking all diet soda.
The woman in the study, according to the Daily News article, did not receive dental health services for more than 20 years. But what causes tooth decay besides soda, that also raises the risk of kidney stones and kidney disease for those susceptible to these illnesses?
Balancing the ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your body: A nutrition issue that influences tooth decay or health
Dr. Westin Price, DDS inspired Dr. Page, as Dr. Price believed that an unbalanced ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your body led to a variety of degenerative diseases including some of the chronic diseases and also tooth decay, tooth infection, and inflammation. Basically, Dr. Page found that the ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorus in your body for ideal health should be around 2 1/2/:1.
This ratio was then used by Dr. Page to determine the correct nutritional diet and/or supplements dosages in order to balance the chemistry of your body. That’s how nutrition and endocrinology becomes linked, by using nutrition to help balance the chemistry of your body.
Foods that lessen the risk of tooth decay
Foods that lessen the risk of tooth decay are foods that help balance the calcium to phosphorous ratio in your blood stream. When it comes to your balanced calcium-phosphorous ratio, it’s about 8.75 mg of calcium per 100 cc of blood to 3.5 mg of phosphorous per 100 cc of blood, with normal sugar levels that is more likely to create immunity to tooth decay in most people, according to the book, Your Body Is Your Best Doctor by Melvin Page D.D.S., H. Leon Abrams Jr., page 196.
Often foods that help protect against cancer also work on the thyroid in various ways. In light of this research on chemopreventive foods at UC Davis and other universities, the American Cancer Society recommends consuming broccoli as part of a balanced diet that includes foods from a variety of plant sources.
What’s being studied locally about nutrition in the Sacramento and Davis areas? The University of California is studying dairy products and health. See the article, Dairy ingredients embody functionality: a question and answer exchange on concentrated and dried dairy ingredients.
Explaining dental-self sufficiency research by consumers
Some urban neighborhoods of Sacramento County such as Arden Arcade or Citrus Heights have dentists located every few blocks. But dental self sufficiency is a nutrition-based issue that begins in your home.
You don’t want calcium from your teeth stuffing up your arteries or calcifying your glands. Worse yet, when minerals are pulled from your teeth, you get tooth decay and gum disease. The root cause of tooth decay and gum disease are the high blood sugar spikes.
Those in turn lead to the loss of calcium from your teeth, loss of enamel, and gum infections/gum disease. You can check out the studies on this. See the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor, by M. Page and L. Abrams. New Canaan: Keats Publishing, Inc. 1972:188. Dr. Melvin Page, D.D.S. developed a system of body measurements to determine one’s inherited glandular pattern.
Eating a quarter pound of candy (chocolates made with sugar) can make your phosphorous levels shoot up and out of balance with calcium
Simply eating a quarter pound of candy (chocolates made with sugar) may make your phosphorous levels shoot up after less than two hours and out of balance with your calcium levels, possibly putting you in harm’s way of tooth decay. You see, tooth decay probably isn’t going to happen when your diet keeps your phosphorous to calcium ratio in balance. But first you have to be aware of what that ratio is.
It has been found that a constant ratio of calcium and phosphorous (10-4) in your blood plasma is the optimum requirement for adults. There’s a higher and varying level of phosphorous requirement for growing children. And there’s a lower (but still proportional levels) of calcium to phosphorous being required when you’re in your older years. Whether you get tooth decay or not depends upon a certain proportion of calcium and phosphorous in your blood.
Scientists still don’t know what the ratio might be for manufacturing bone, but as far as tooth decay prevention, if you have a certain ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your blood, you may become immune to tooth decay, probably, according to Dr. Page’s book, which was inspired by the books written by Weston A. Price, DDS, in the 1930s.
Also decalcification of your teeth happens when there’s a mineral imbalance in your saliva. And repeated tests have long proven that a mineral imbalance in your saliva is a reflection of your calcium-to-phosphorous ratio. When the calcium-phosphorous ratio is imbalanced in your blood, your salivary secretions are no longer acid, and erosion of your teeth stops happening.
The goal is to correct body chemistry through nutrition. For further information, see the book Your Body is Your Best Doctor, by Melvin E. Page, DDS and H. Leon Abrams, Jr. (Pages 194-200 are especially important as far as explaining how nutrition helps to prevent tooth decay.) Dr. Page made these discoveries more than 40 years ago.
Nutrition is linked to endocrinology
Why hasn’t your dentist handed you a diet sheet about nutrition and endocrinology today? Could it be because of lack of training as a holistic dentist schooled in nutritional endocrinology? Or if no one has cavities anymore, would the only business that might arrive are people with teeth in which the nerve has died, those with gum disease, and cosmetic work?
Concepts such as inflammation in a tooth joint, known as pyorrhea is related to inflammation in a joint known as arthritis. It is about these parallels that holistic dentistry researches. Yet with the type of diet most people eat by habit, introduced in early childhood (such as sugary cereals) cavities and plaque may grow from the inside out.
Some holistic dentists follow the teachings of Dr. Melvin E. Page, who is co-author of the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor. If your holistic dentist is using the teachings found by numerous holistic dentists in the field of nutritional endocrinology, then your holistic dentist will probably tell you that it’s the ratio of calcium to phosphorous in your body that probably determines whether or not you’ll get tooth decay.
Also body measurement was used. For example the length and circumference of your lower leg and lower arm. The lower limbs were measured to determine inherited glandular patterns in your body. This happened many years before the concept of tailoring your diet to your genes became popular. In those days the balancing focused on your body chemistry and endocrinology.
The idea was that slight glandular imbalances may lead to degenerative disease
And nutrition can help to bring back balance in the chemistry in your body. For example, too much calcium in your blood may lead to too much tartar or plaque accumulating on your teeth.
Too much acid in your mouth, and you have tooth decay. Too much alkaline in your mouth, and you have gum disease. To rebalance your body chemistry in various parts of your body from your calcified pineal gland to your constant tooth decay required changing your diet. Sometimes the culprit was drinking too much milk. Or perhaps your teeth have been ruined by too much sugar.
Did you ever take your family to a local holistic dentist who is trained in nutritional endocrinology? If so, you’ll probably get a diet to follow after your calcium-to-phosphorus ratio has been measured with a blood test. Check out the various directories online of holistic dentists. Pick your home town and state and look up lists of holistic dentists in your area of the nation. But generally, dentists don’t give people blood tests to see whether they have an imbalance in their body chemistry as far as the calcium to phosphorous ratio, which is important in whether your teeth are relatively immune to tooth decay or not.
Plaque buildup comes from too much calcium floating around in your bloodstream instead of going into your bones and teeth
Did you know that plaque buildup on your teeth comes from too much calcium floating around in your bloodstream? And tooth decay may be caused by another chemical imbalance in the calcium to phosphorus ratio in your bloodstream. On the other hand, Sacramento and Davis researchers study milk proteins for health benefits.
For example, milk proteins and peptides are being used and studied in health-related products globally. According to Bruce German at UC Davis, noted in the article, Dairy ingredients embody functionality: a question and answer exchange on concentrated and dried dairy ingredients, there are a number of milk proteins and peptides currently being used in health-related products throughout the world. Several companies are utilizing certain peptides from bovine casein and whey protein fractions to lower blood pressure.
Lactoferrin is being used as an antimicrobial. Casein-glycomacropeptide (CGMP), the kappa-casein peptide released during cheesemaking, offers functionality for protecting teeth from cavities.
Casein phosphoproteins have the ability to remineralize teeth
Casein phosphoproteins have been discovered to have similar dental protective properties as CGMP but with the added ability to remineralize teeth. Milk basic proteins, a crude mixture of proteins from whey, have been shown in studies in Japan to protect adults from bone loss. And, finally, whey proteins have become the darlings of the body building set for their muscle building properties. But some people can’t handle the milk sugars.
See the study, “A geographic approach to senile cataracts: possible links with milk consumption, lactase activity, and galactose metabolism,” Simoons FJ. Dig Dis Sci. 1982 Mar; 27(3):257-64. Also, check out the video, Dairy Galactose in Milk and Cataracts etc – YouTube and the site, Vegetarian – Too much milk could cause cataracts.
Did you know that dental plaque buildup comes from too high a level of calcium in your blood instead of in your bones? The too-high level of calcium in your blood often comes from cooked, high-heated animal proteins that are not fully digested, sometimes because you lack enough digestive enzymes to fully digest the cooked animal proteins. And the older you get, the less digestive enzymes are available to fully digest cooked animal proteins.
When your body chemistry is not in the proper ratio of calcium to phosphorus, plaque quickly builds up on your teeth. What follows is that the calcium deposits on your teeth keep growing because the particular form of calcium in your diet is not able to be absorbed by your body.
Basically, doctor Page found that a disturbance in the ratio of calcium to phosphorus is the cause of tooth decay, according to the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor. It is also mentioned in chapter 3, page 28 of the book, Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel.
According to Dr. Page, a ratio of 8.75 mg of calcium per 100cc of blood, and 3.5mg of phosphorus per 100cc of blood, with normal blood sugar levels, creates “immunity to tooth decay,” according to page 196 of the book, Your Body is Your Best Doctor,1972.
What happens when calcium is not able to be absorbed, oozes out as plaque along the gum line of your teeth and attracts bacteria?
You need a healthy blood sugar level, which is 85 mg per 100 cc of blood. Check out the book, The Hormone Mess and How to Fix It, by R. Forbes, 2004:7. Also see, The Hormone Mess and How to Fix It (Open Library).
As more and more calcium in your body is not able to be absorbed, the calcium pouring into your bloodstream also keeps building up. This means that plaque by itself is not the cause of your gum disease. It’s the excess calcium, unable to be absorbed, building up in your blood and oozing out onto your teeth at the gum line that’s causing the problem.
To fix the problem, you can use diet changes to normalize your body’s internal chemistry. Diet changes mean cutting out excess sugar, and whole grains not fermented or prepared in such a way that the phytic acids in the grain isn’t pulling out the minerals in your body such as magnesium and calcium.
You don’t want to use diet to pull out the minerals in your bones because then those minerals pour into your bloodstream. You don’t want all that excess calcium in your bloodstream and arteries or organs. You want calcium and other minerals in your bones and teeth and not along the gum line as plaque.
Also environmental toxins and even excess stress can upset your body’s chemistry. You can find a lot of information pertaining to restoring the balance in these three books, Your Body is Your Best Doctor, Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities and Repair Your Teeth Naturally with Good Food [Second Edition], and Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
Can fat-soluble vitamins from your food perhaps make your teeth virtually immune to decay?
Some dentists believe that it only takes a 25% imbalance of your body’s chemistry for tooth decay to begin. The biochemical cause of tooth decay is related to nutrition. In fact the biochemistry shows that tooth decay may be caused by a “disturbance in the ratio of calcium to phosphorus” in your bloodstream.
There’s a difference between articles touting dairy products online and articles online warning of the dangers of homogenized and heated dairy products. So where can you go for factual information online? You might start with looking for what really causes tooth decay that’s related to nutrition.
You might start with looking at what foods cause imbalances in your blood. Basically, a type of imbalance that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease might begin when you have lots of blood sugar/blood glucose level spikes. When you eat simple carbohydrates that cause these blood sugar spikes, not only are you on the road to insulin resistance and pre-diabetes possibilities, but what happens is that minerals are pulled out of your bones and deposited in your blood, arteries, and organs.
You want calcium in your bones, not in your arteries or blood
Check your blood calcium levels. Is your LDL cholesterol high and your HDL low? You can keep those blood sugar spikes in check by not eating foods that hit your body with sugary highs.
The healthy blood sugar level is 85 mg per 100cc of blood. So basically, you don’t want your levels of calcium or phosphorus to ‘deviate’ from healthy levels. According to Dr. Page’s book, if you are not in the proportion of 2.5 parts calcium to one part phosphorus, those minerals come right out of your teeth and bones and end up in your blood, organs, and arteries.
He measured thousands of patients and correlated various glandular patterns with different degenerative diseases. The deviations from an ideal glandular pattern were not gross abnormalities that you would find in endocrinology text books, but slight deviations that nevertheless make significant effects on one’s health.
Doctors looked at diseases associated with various glandular patterns
You also could check out the book, Degeneration Regeneration. Doctors looked at diseases associated with various glandular patterns. Interestingly, the book also deals with personality traits that may be associated with the different patterns. Check out the doctor’s (dentist’s) diet for health. After 40 years, this diet has stood steady.
Tooth decay is a nutrition-based issue. So is gum disease, regardless of your genetics. To bring those minerals back into your teeth before they decay too far and before gum disease loosens your teeth, it’s your diet that helps to bring back the minerals. Look at your hormones.
You need to use nutrition to balance your thyroid, pituitary, and other glands. Work with foods that make your glands healthier and your blood less a high tide of sugar spikes.
Eat foods that help you get those fat-soluble vitamins back into your body in normal amounts. Make sure you’re consuming enough of vitamins A,D3,E and K-2 (mk-7). You might also check out Blue Ice ™ fermented cod liver oil–full spectrum vitamin D, and X-Factor Gold ™ high vitamin butter oil- D3.
You can look at the website on these products which explains why ‘fermented’ oil is used and how it was used historically. See the sites for more information on the following topics: High Vitamin Butter Oil, Blue Ice X-Factor Gold, and Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Raw Fermented Cod Liver Oil – Live Superfoods.
One California study in September linked sodas to obesity. Another recent study revealed that women who drink two or more cans of soda pop per day are nearly twice as likely to show early signs of kidney disease. Researchers did not find an elevated risk for men, or for people drinking diet soda, according to lead researcher, David Shoham of the Loyola University Health System.
This massive study questioned the soda consumption habits of 43,000 adults and 4,000 adolescents and concluded that drinking one or more sodas daily increases your chances of obesity by 27 percent. Sixty-two percent of adults drinking at least one soda each day are overweight or obese, according to the study.
Researchers also found that among Californians, at least one soda is consumed daily by 41 percent of children, 62 percent of adolescents and 24 percent of adults. The average California teen consumes 39 pounds of liquid sugar a year from soda consumption.
Women who drink lots of soda at higher risk for early kidney disease
Eliminating soda from school diets does not affect overall consumption. Also see: “8 Reasons Why People Drink Soda & 16 Reasons To Stop Its Drinking.” Of interest also is the article, “Got soda ? – got neurological disease ! | WeeksMD.”
The study appeared in PLoS ONE, a peer-reviewed journal of science and medical research published by the Public Library of Science. But can a very small amount of baking soda prevent kidney disease in some? For further information on the study with baking soda and kidney patients, see the article, “Baking Soda Prevents Kidney Disease, Renal Failure and Kidney Dialysis.”
For further information on sugary sodas being linked to kidney disease in women, see the article, “Soda Consumption Linked To Higher Risk For Kidney Disease In Women.” But men aren’t off the hook yet, because, another study found, “A diet high in fructose, a form of sugar found in sweetened soft drinks and junk food raises blood pressure among men.” One of two studies released on Wednesday provided the first evidence that fructose helps to raise blood pressure.
Drinking too much soda pop could wear out your kidneys. Read the study, “Sugary Soda Consumption and Albuminuria: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2004.” Drinking sugary soda raises the risk for kidney disease in women. How kidney disease eventually is caused links soda consumption to kidney damage. See the article, “Opposing Views: RESEARCH: Drinking Soda Raises Risk for Kidney Disease.”
How Drinking Soda May Effect Your Kidneys
Women who drink lots of soda at higher risk for early kidney disease. But there’s an unknown underlying cause that is linked to both soda consumption and kidney damage. That’s why research continues. See the news release, “Learn more about soda consumption.”
According to one study, Sugary Soda Consumption and Albuminuria: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2004, “end-stage renal disease rates rose following widespread introduction of high fructose corn syrup in the American diet, supporting speculation that fructose harms the kidney. Sugar-sweetened soda is a primary source of fructose.” Scientists in this study “hypothesized that sugary soda consumption was associated with albuminuria, a sensitive marker for kidney disease.”
The conclusion of the study reported, “Findings suggest that sugary soda consumption may be associated with kidney damage, although moderate consumption of 1 or fewer sodas does not appear to be harmful. Additional studies are needed to assess whether HFCS itself, overall excess intake of sugar, or unmeasured lifestyle and confounding factors are responsible.” For more information, check out the study, ” Sugary Soda Consumption and Albuminuria: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2004.” Authors are Shoham DA, Durazo-Arvizu R, Kramer H, Luke A, and Vupputuri S, et al. (2008)PLoS ONE.
Carbohydrates stimulate insulin production which is known to be an anabolic hormone
Women who drink two or more cans of soda pop per day are nearly twice as likely to show early signs of kidney disease, a recent study has found, according to the article, “Huge California study concludes soda consumption undeniably linked to obesity,” published September 23, 2009 in NaturalNews.com, a new California study on soda linked soda consumption and obesity.
A California study released September 17, 2009 reports that sugar-sweetened soda pop and other beverages sweetened with sugar is one of the main reasons for the current statewide obesity epidemic. See the article online, “California soda survey gives weight to health concerns,” by Anna Tong published September 17, 2009 in the Sacramento Bee daily newspaper.
If you want to research local statistics on what demographic group is drinking the most soda or consuming the most sugar, one of the best sources of information and tables is the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
According to the Sacramento Bee article, California soda survey gives weight to health concerns, “The study found that 24 percent of adults drink one or more non-diet sodas a day, and these adults are 27 percent more likely to be overweight.” For children, the study revealed that sixty-two percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 and 41 percent of children ages 2 to 11 drink at least one sugar-sweetened drink a day.
If you look at the children’s increasing consumption rate of soda and other sugary and syrupy-laded beverage consumption, it transfers to a future of higher medical bills and possible health-care costs, including the possibility of higher insurance premiums.
When you open a can of soda pop sweetened with sugar or sugary syrups, you’re drinking 17 teaspoons of sugar and about 250 calories per 20-ounce serving. With many beverages you’re also getting added caffeine.
Sugar added to beverages and foods is one of the most addictive foods that raise the dopamine levels in your brain so you come back to buy more. The other three most addictive foods are meat, cheese/dairy products, and chocolate.
How Baking Soda Helps Prevent Worsening of Kidney Disease
Also view the article, “Baking Soda Prevents Kidney Disease, Renal Failure and Kidney Dialysis.” The study indicates that baking soda prevents a worsening of kidney disease and renal failure in patients already with kidney disease. Baking soda has been shown to slow the decline of kidney function in CKD, according to a study published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).
In that study, scientists studied 134 patients with advanced CKD and low bicarbonate levels, a condition known as metabolic acidosis. One group of these patients was treated with a small daily dose of sodium bicarbonate in tablet form, in addition to their usual care.
As a result of the small daily baking soda dose, the rate of decline in kidney function was dramatically reduced in these patients. According to the study, “overall, the decline was about two-thirds slower than in patients not given sodium bicarbonate.” Also see the article, “Study Indicates Diet Soda Increases Heart Disease Risk.”
Interestingly, in patients taking sodium bicarbonate, the rate of decline in kidney function “was similar to the normal age-related decline.” Perhaps this study also shows how the human body reacts to the difference between one type of sodium, (sodium bicarbonate also known as baking soda) and sodium chloride found in common table salt.
The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) reported that a small daily dose of baking soda could prevent kidney damage and chronic kidney disease. See the abstract of the study, “Bicarbonate Supplementation Slows Progression of CKD and Improves Nutritional Status.”
For those without kidney conditions, a small daily dose of baking soda also can come by way of brushing your teeth with it. See: “Baking soda can clean your teeth, clear your complexion and act as a natural antacid.” On the other hand, another study found baking soda harmful to tooth enamel, even though it’s alkaline.
According to a Dec. 2009 article, Exposure to Alkaline Substances Could Damage Tooth Enamel, at the “Your Dentist Guide” news site. The article notes that the “detrimental effects of acid exposure to tooth enamel has long been accepted, but a recent study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, also has shown that exposure to powerful alkaline substances can be just as damaging to tooth enamel.” Also see, “101dentist.com: dentist guide, cosmetic dentist, pediatric dentist.”