A Better Way to Prevent Decay

Yes, spit is gross. It’s also pretty amazing – and critical to oral health. It helps wash away food particles and decay-causing microbes. It dilutes acid, helping keep the oral pH neutral or slightly alkaline. It provides calcium and phosphate to help remineralize and strengthen tooth enamel. What’s more, research published late last year in …

Another Natural, Fluoride-Free Option for Cleaning Your Teeth

Once upon a time, toothpaste wasn’t paste. It was powder. (And once upon a time before that, it was things like crushed shells, burnt bread, charcoal and dragon’s blood, but that’s another story for another time.) In fact, although the first mass produced pastes were available by the late 1800s, it wasn’t until after World …

Strange Place to Find a Defense of Dental Mercury

Long-time readers of this blog may remember amalgam defender Dr. Rod Mackert from previous posts. He remains a paragon of consistency, continuing to insist that mercury fillings are entirely “safe.” But he did manage to plant his soapbox in a very unexpected place recently: the pages of Natural Health Magazine, where he was presented as …

Everything Is Connected

Natural or biological medicine acknowledges the interdependence of all living things – a concept at the heart of the PBS documentary of Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire. Flowers. Trees. Plants. We’ve always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Using this provocative question as a jumping off …

Know Thy Health: 5 Years & 1000 Posts Later…

It’s a nice convergence: The 5 year anniversary of this blog and this, our 1000th post. It neither seems like so long or so many. But them’s the facts. Many thanks to all of you who check in here regularly; who are following us; who have liked, shared and commented. Of course, milestones are an …

Food as Medicine? The Big Picture Matters (Guest Post)

From the blog of William P. Glaros, DDS – Used with permission For all the “health care” that happens in this country, we seem to have a real problem when it comes to preventive care – in dentistry or otherwise – even as all of our most common chronic conditions can be largely avoided. Yet, …

5 Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet that May Be Making You Sicker (Guest Post)

Though every drug places some kind of toxic burden on the body or otherwise interferes with normal, healthy function, there are some that actually compound problems they’re meant to solve. In this guest post, naturopathic physician Dr. Michael T. Murray describes a few… We’ve grown accustomed to taking pills when we feel bad – for …

Natural Antibiotics: The Healthier Alternative (Guest Post)

Antibiotics don’t work on viral or fungal infections. They destroy beneficial flora, weaken immunity and add toxins to your body. Their overuse causes the formation of resistant strains of bacteria. As a rule they should be the last resort, not the first. Nonetheless, many people continue to think they’re necessary for colds, flu and respiratory …