Whilst I was in Chanthaburi at the durian festival in Thailand in May last year, I had a quarter of a rear lower molar crumble away. At the time I passed it off as past lifestyle bad habits catching up with me and continued on. Over the last few months my teeth became sensitive and I developed a dull ache in the left side of my jaw. I ignored it for a couple of months until I saw a post on facebook of another 811er having teeth issues. So I went to the dentist - an expensive holistic one in the heart of Melbourne. I had to have an x-ray before seeing him which he viewed before I was called in. He said my teeth overall are severely decayed and in the top 1% of cases in Australia. He said he personally has never seen a patient with such bad decay. This was before he even looked in my mouth. The x-ray showed that most of my rear molars are hollow and on the verge of crumbling. He then proved it to me by gently probing areas of decay which made me cry out in pain. He told me I have to quit the soft drinks, lollies, chocolates, and highly processed sugary foods immediately if I have any chance of saving my teeth. He gave me an estimate of $20,000 to repair the damage done which included a minimum of 3 root canals and 16 large fillings. I left his office in shock.
So I started researching and came to what I consider a solution which is not 100% vegan. In the last 2 and a half weeks I have added a small amount of non-vegan foods to my diet. I won’t discuss that any further here as I respect that this is a vegan forum. I’ve decided to post this here in the hope that a discussion can be initiated.
So what I’d like to ask this community is what have I done wrong and is there a vegan way to correct it? I would like to be 100% vegan but I currently believe that 99% is the way to go. I’m desperate for a solution which has led me down the 1% non-vegan foods path. It was not a decision I made lightly.
Before we start this I’ll tell you a bit about what I have been doing as a raw vegan;
That’s all I can think of at the moment. Ask for anything I may have missed.
I request that only people who have been on this diet for a minimum of 3 years or have a nutritional background reply. The reason being is that at 2 and a half years on 811 I thought my teeth were the best they had ever been and in general I felt amazing. Things only started going downhill a couple of months after that with the crumbling of my first tooth.
Thanks for all the replies and sorry it's taken me awhile to answer questions, I've been entertaining a friend from interstate (also 811 with teeth issues who lives with another 811 with teeth issues) so haven't had much time on the computer in the last few days.
There's been some interesting suggestions especially getting a bone scan and possible liver issues. I'm getting a bone scan on the 4th of July so will let you all know the results of that and will look further into possible liver issues although my liver function tests are fine.
Dental hygiene is a hard one as I have an ex girlfriend friend and have heard before that too much brushing/flossing can lead to receding gums. I currently rinse and brush after every meal but will look into some of the less invasive flosses.
As for my non-vegan consumption, it's limited to invertebrates and some eggs and makes up about 1% of my diet. As far as I can see this is the example nature gives us via our cousin primates and that is where I currently choose to put my faith. Not really interested in debating this.
I agree that fasting could have been the cause of this but I also think that after a year and a half if this diet is the healthiest my body should have been replenishing anything that was depleted. Judging by how I've been feeling I've obviously been lacking something. Since the additions to my diet I've been feeling incredible! Things improved with the B12 shots but still felt pretty average. Feel like I'm thriving for the first time in my life!
So I'm still 99% 811 raw vegan so I hope people can still accept me here. I've been doing this for 3 weeks and will be getting another blood test at the 3 month mark and then another blood test, dental x-ray, and bone density scan at 6 months. So consider this an experiment and hey if it doesn't work I can be the poster boy for what not to do! I can't afford any dental work anyway.
p.s In regards to my weight, I've been around 56kgs for my whole adult life. Within the first few months of 811 I lost 8 kgs and have only put it back on since fasting. So if I was anorexic and fasting is bad then I'm very confused.
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Amy, no need to be scared of ripe fruit sugar or limit exposure to it, ripe fruit is not the cause of tooth decay. We don't subscribe or promote that theory here. Been over it in the past totally flies in the face of natures design. Limit your fruit meal to 20mins and leave yourself open to undereating.
get enough calories from ripe fruit
proper dental hygiene
stay consistently hydrated *big one.
get enough sunshine
remember your past prior to 811 may catch up with you but it's not the fruits fault!
You can also gently blend oranges for a few seconds on low speed in the vitamix. You are still getting all the fiber and pith and still have to spit out the seeds, so you are still getting all the calcium.
Amy, aren't you living in a cold climate? Your biggest concern should probably be finding a way to avoid that in the future, and perhaps eating (or juicing if you have to) more greens.
Not sure if it would help much or not, but you could always juice the oranges and then add some of the pulp back. (I always like it more than way anyways ;)
this is the best thread ever. thank so much! all of you! keep it coming!
Another calcium rich fruit is PINEAPPLE
*Pineapple raw extra sweet variety - 1 fruit = 461.55 Calories
- Calcium 117.7 mg
- Phosphorus 72.4 mg
(I hope that the cronometer doesn't count in the "nutritional value" of the peel, seeds, stem (and leaf) of pineapple:)
Yeah, but if you live somewhere where pineapple does not grow, then it is very unripe and can wreak havoc on the teeth. I know you probably know that... more a note to newbies.
I live in Stockholm, Sweden. I have been consuming one pineapple a day for almost 15 years daily, as it is one of my staple foods. Only some times I cannot find ripe enough pineapple. I consume pineapples in a gently squeezed juice form.
The result of "gentle squeezing" is thicker juice..., with pineapple only the tougher fiber is left over, in case of citrus fruits very little to no fiber is left, besides peel and pits. That is, nor fast rotating blade destruction or centrifugal-based over/micro-filtration.
Still don't quite get it. What is the process of gentle squeezing? Using a juicer? squeezing gently with your hands? forgive me if I'm missing something obvious.
juicing your fruits/herbs/leafy greens with a slow speed juicer like the angel juicer or the hurom gives you much more juice, less oxidation plus the juice gets creamier/tastier. regards!