Healthy Home Economist Claims Cavity was “Cured” by Fish Oil and Butter

So I found this steaming pile of bullshit today.

The article claims that a toddler had a cavity. The cavity was caused by eating whole wheat foods. The cavity was cured 8 weeks later by eating fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil. The article (and moreso, the comments) also states that dentists don’t want you to know about this amazing treatment because they’ll make less money. The article presents “proof” in the form of photographs they got from someone trying to sell a book on the subject. (They also mention “toxic, IQ lowering fluoride,” but that’s another infuriating topic for another day.)

Let’s take this bit by bit shall we?

1. The toddler didn’t have a cavity. I mean, I’m no dentist, but cavities are holes in the teeth, right? That kid didn’t have any holes in his teeth. He had a little discoloration or maybe some plaque build up. It was NOT a cavity.

2. Cavities are not caused (exclusively) by “whole grain” foods. Cavities are caused by acid. Acid gets in your mouth when you eat sugar or something acidic. The bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar and produce acid. The acid eats away at your teeth. Seriously, this war on grains is getting old.

3. Your dentist isn’t out to get you and he isn’t trying to misinform you for your money. Yes, dental (and all medical, in my opinion) services are way overpriced. But these people went to school for years and offer a valuable service. They deserve to make money. If they were just in it for the money, they would have chosen a profession where they didn’t have to work with diseased people all day.

4. The photos don’t really provide any proof. Like I said, what that child had was hardly a cavity. The teeth don’t even look that different between the photos.

5. The guy proposing this “treatment” is trying to sell you a book. While this doesn’t make him wrong, you should always think more critically about claims made by people trying to sell you something.

Misinformation like this is disingenuous at best and harmful at worst. Some parents may decide to buy this book and do what it says instead of taking their child to a dentist. If their child does indeed have a serious dental issue, it’s only going to get worse without treatment. Trying to convince people that medical professionals just want their money and don’t actually care about them is wrong. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but this whole thing just rings pure bullshit to me.

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