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Dr. Weston Price, probably the most influential figure in modern dentistry, investigated underlying ways in which both dentistry and diet might be linked with disease.  Today the Price-Pottenger Nutritional Foundation in Lemon Grove continues to provide educational resources to the public.  Dr. Price’s work has also inspired a book called Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel, which describes a father’s success in re-mineralizing his toddler’s decayed teeth with nutrition.

Dr. Price found that one of the most important nutrients in diet that impact the health of teeth and bones was the body’s ability to metabolize calcium.  Today we know that Vitamin D, is one of the key factors that determines the body’s ability to absorb and utilize calcium. Vitamin D,  “the Sunshine Vitamin,” can be absorbed through our skin. It is not actually a vitamin but a fat soluble hormone that allows our body to synthesize the calcium it needs through the liver and kidney.

Vitamin D can be obtained with supplementation and also in limited amounts from foods, the most notable being cod liver oil.  Our bodies also store Vitamin D in the liver and in fat, so adequate exposure during spring and summer can sometimes see us through the winter months!

The phytochemicals in whole organic foods that are loaded with the vitamins, enzymes and minerals to support our immune system are often found in the parts that people throw away! The rinds, stems, seeds and skins have special properties that make them anti-aging, anti-disease, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Many people are discovering the joys of blending their meals. 2 and 3 horsepower appliances like the Vitamix and the Blendtec blender can pulverize most any foods – including pits! – creating healthful meals out of whole fruits and vegetables.