I've moved the discussion from the original Yahoo Groups to this location in order to attempt the categorization of discussion a little better. The purpose of the OraMedia site was to disseminate the works of Dr. Robert O. Nara (DDS)( see 'Freedom from Dental Disease' ). It would be best to become acquainted with some of his work and points of view on oral health before getting involved here. In addition, Dr. Nara wrote a couple of very popular books on the subject, 'Money by the Mouthful' and 'How to Become Dentally Self Sufficient.' At the very least, please read 'The 7 Factors Transcript,' which covers the 7 factors or principles Dr. Nara set up as guides for keeping our teeth healthy for life. This is a transcript of the last speech he gave with the National Health Federation in San Francisco, 1986, and covers the following:
1. Nutrition 2. Frame of Reference 3. Options 4. Knowledge 5. Understanding the biological balance 6. Taking Action 7. Money
The discussions, therefore, will be broken down into those categories, so if you are going to write about Vitamin D, as it relates to oral health, then post in the 'Nutrition' Subject thread and so on. This interface has a search function, so you are encouraged to use it, as time goes by, to see if your question to the group has already been covered. If you want to view the subjects in a given category, click on "Switch to Threaded Style" just below here.
This thread will cover Factor #6, Taking Action.
Dr. Nara touches briefly on this here (from 'The 7 Factors Transcript'):
"OK, number six is, if you finally gain this knowledge, what’re you going to do with it? You have to take action! Ok, so number six is ACTION. You know, it’s fine to have certain knowledge, but if we don’t put that knowledge to use, it’s of no value to us. In fact, when you do testing for health education, you don’t bother testing for what people know. That means nothing in regards to health education. You test for what they do about what they know. Is there anybody in this room that would like to make the position that smoking cigarettes is good for your health? And anybody would like to debate me that I’m going to say it’s bad for your health and anybody would like to say it’s good for your health? OK, so obviously nobody in the room thinks that smoking is good for health. The people that smoke know it’s not good for their health. So, there’s no sense testing them. You ask them a question and say, “Is smoking good for your health or bad for your health?” They’ll all answer, bad. So, in health education when it comes to this business of taking action, you don’t care what they know, what you want to know is what they DO about what they know. So, if you’re going to take action you may have to change your frame of reference, you may have to do a little homework, you may have to gain some knowledge and you may have to start doing a few things a little differently than you’ve been doing them before.
Now, this is not that tough a situation, by the way. A lot of people think immediately that they’re going to have to spend and hour and a half in the bathroom everyday in order to keep their teeth. That’s not true. The methods that we recommend can be done in probably five minutes or less once you know how to do it. Most of the time you can either be watching television while you take the five minutes or maybe when you first start, ten. You can be watching television, reading a book, looking out the window, you can be doing all kinds of things because you’re not going to be in your bathroom now, using a bunch of this glop called toothpaste and getting a whole mouthful of foam so that you can’t do anything but spit, so you have to have a sink. OK, so we’re going to get you out of the bathroom now to clean your teeth. You’re going to clean them in the living room watching television or someplace else in the house where you’re not going to spend 37 seconds brushing them and quit. Because the average American, when they brush their teeth, they brush for 37 seconds, that’s the American average. If you don’t use toothpaste, but you sit in front of the television set with your brush in your mouth and brush, you’ll find that if nothing else changes, the average person brushes for four minutes. Now, you can’t get the plaque off your teeth in 37 seconds. I don’t care what kind of detergent you put in there, and that’s all that toothpastes are anyway, it’s just a detergent.
OK, so let’s face it. Nobody wants to have bleeding gums. Nobody wants to have cavities. Anybody in the room anxious to wear false teeth? You get up in the morning and say, I think I’m going to have my teeth all pulled out and wear dentures. That sounds like a fun thing to do. I mean that’s insane. Nobody wants that. Yet, that’s what’s happening to almost all of us. At age 65, as I said, the average American only has four teeth left and if you project that to seventy, the average American is totally edentulous -- no teeth. OK, now if you want to learn about digestion and a few other things, with natural teeth you can exert a pressure of about 30,000 pounds per square inch. When you bite down with natural teeth, if you measured the per square inch force, roughly 30,000 pounds; that’s why circus entertainers can hang by their teeth, biting on a leather strap. You think you dare try that with dentures in your mouth? Now the people who, unfortunately wear dentures, and hey, I’ve been at this game for over twenty-five years; the denture wearers are telling everybody, “Hey these teeth are just as good as my own teeth, in fact, they’re even better because they don’t hurt and I don’t have to spend any more money and this and that and the other thing.” I’m here to tell you that that is simply not true. You should hear what they’re telling the dentist about those dentures. Ok, but they’re not going to admit to the fact that they made a mistake.
OK, now the products and methods are available to help you create a biologic balance in your mouth. You can do it at home. You can learn through written materials and certain little diagrams and things. That’s why we put together this program called Oramedics. I used it in my office very effectively for about ten to fifteen years when I’d realized that for the rest of my life I was probably only going to treat five thousand more people and it seemed like these methods were so beneficial that, why fall short five thousand, forget it. When I was interviewed by Phil Donahue, for example, they tell me that on that program there’s roughly an audience of maybe ten million or something like that. So the ten million people watching my presentation on Donahue, many of them had to say to themselves, “This fellow makes sense, let’s go home and do that.” So how many people did I affect by that one program? Millions, probably. I mean, maybe they’re not using some of the detailed methods and products that we have available down here, but if you just keep all the plaque off and you flush out the pockets - if you have started to have gum tissue disease, then you need to use an oral irrigator such as a Via Dent (now Via jet)3 unit and there’re some others available on the market these days. If you have the early gum disease or slightly more advanced gum disease, then you need an oral irrigator. A brush and floss or dental tape is not enough, then. We can go into some of these things in more detail. That’s number six."
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