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 #4, Knowledge.
Dr. Nara touches briefly on this here (from 'The 7 Factors Transcript'):
"OK, number four on our list of seven steps, is knowledge. Now the first thing that I want you to think about in this regard is that I want you to take every bit of existing knowledge that you have right now, that has to do with how to keep your body healthy, how to keep your mind healthy and use it all in relation to your teeth. Because most of the knowledge you already have about the other parts of your mind and body are the same things that your teeth need. For some strange reason, I think the dentists had something to do with this. We look upon teeth differently than the rest of the body. They can’t heal. They’re hard structure, how’re you going to heal holes in your teeth. If the gums have receded, they can’t grow back up. OK, if you lose bone support and you get pyorrhea, it can’t grow any new bone. Well, if you think that way then it’s impossible for you to take advantage of these things that are all scientifically proven. So take all of the existing knowledge that you already have and apply it to your teeth and gums because they’re made out of the same kind of compounds and minerals and things that the rest of your body is made out of.
OK, now start to gain new knowledge, not only knowledge about other things; start to gain brand new knowledge. Don’t depend on your dentist for this knowledge. You simply are not going to get it there, unless you have a very unique dentist. You’re not going to learn much in the form of new knowledge from your dentist and if you do, by the way and you feel confident that you have a dentist some place, then you write to me and tell me what that dentist’s name is and I’ll be on the phone to that dentist because I’ll want to know what that dentist’s name and address and phone number is because I have thousands of people every year ask me where can I find a dentist that thinks like you think. Unfortunately, there are so few of them that I can’t find them myself. So, if you find one, please be sure to send me their name and I will check them out, by the way, because you have to be a little careful, there are a lot of dentists who are calling themselves holistic dentists today. I think that’s because they’re looking for holes.
The next thing that I want you to do, is that I want you to learn the cause of your problem. You see, dentists don’t tell you what the cause is. “Oh, Mrs. Jones, you have six cavities, your gums are receding, OK, you’re going to need three crowns, two jackets, four root canals… a partial.” They never told you what was wrong with the teeth, what caused the thing. All they told you was all of the fancy mechanical labels, the things that they’re going to do to your teeth. They don’t tell you what caused the problem. Now if you don’t understand the cause of a problem, how can you possibly be part of the solution? Now, you‘re all intelligent people. OK, if you don’t understand the cause of a problem, what chance do you have of arriving at a potentially sound solution? None. Other than maybe you’re just flat out lucky… Just make a wild guess… OK, in my opinion, that’s not going to work to good. So, you have to learn what is causing your problem. Unless you understand that, you have no hope of being part of the solution and again the best thing that I can offer you is books and materials.
We’ve tried to condense these methods. I’ve tried to make these messages as simple and easy as I possibly can so that children can read them if necessary and understand. What we’ve talked about are already in these books. The four things that I’ve mentioned already are in the books and we’ve got three to go. OK.
We’re touching on number five which is biologic balance."
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