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November 30, 2009

Dear Readers

By Mark Sisson
78 Comments

From time to time I’ll get an email from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader that just throws me for a loop. It might be esoteric, simply outside of my core knowledge, or just downright strange. Still other questions are best answered by consensus.

When enough of these spill into my inbox I’ll crowdsource the questions, opening them up to the infinite wisdom of the MDA community. This has resulted in some great discussions in the past (Dear Readers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Well, it’s that time again. Help out a fellow MDAer with a response in the comment board. Thanks, everyone!

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Question 1

I’ve been reading your blog for some time, but looked at it in a new light after hearing you on The Art of Manliness podcast.

I have to say, the Primal Blueprint is basically a very exact way to spell out how I’ve thought about food for a while – what would a caveman do? I love the anecdotes about Grok, and have been following your eating plan for 2 weeks now.

So, I want to ask you something related to health, but not exactly diet and exercise. I have tried (and failed) to quit smoking too many times to count. Is there any way something like this would fit into the Blueprint? If we assume Grok was addicted to smoking (perhaps he threw tobacco on the fire one night) and knew it was bad, how would he stop doing it?

Aaron

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Question 2

I’ve been following a primal/paleo style of eating for three months now, and have no complaints. I was curious, these days, I notice there’s more and more guys losing their hair at a resonably early age, guys as young as me (I’m 22 btw). Even though I don’t exhibit any signs of hair loss myself, the ideal scenario would be to keep my hair for a very long time. I was wondering maybe if our increasingly poor eating habits may have anything to do with this?  I notice both you and Art DeVany (who’s blog I also follow) both have full heads of hair, and eat similar diets. In your opinion, is there any correlation between diet and hair loss? Thanks in advance.

Brandon

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Question 3

I’m very curious to find out your thoughts on toothpaste. It is obviously made up of many chemicals grok would never have had access to. When I was a child I used to swallow the stuff after brushing much to the horror of my parents. Then I found an article that said that flouride attacks and damages glass and I got to wondering what it was doing to my insides, my toothpaste swallowing days were over. Anyway is toothpaste that great? What did grok use? Is it really that necessary to brush your teeth if you’re consuming a low suger diet? Thanks!

Steve

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Question 4

A trainer at my gym once told me that when doing pull-ups, one shouldn’t go all the way down because that will put unnecessary stain on your rotator cuffs, which would weaken it over time and create problems later. Is there any truth in that?

Jibby

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Question 5

I did a search around your site and read all the articles concerning barefoot running/living and footwear, however, I found nothing about callus maintenance of the feet. I take care of the calluses on my hands because they tend to tear off during lengthy workouts with deadlifts or pullups, but I seldom read something about maintenance of the feet. Since I have some pain on the outer part of my right foot, which I assumed was callus-related, I began thinking about this. From an evolutionary standpoint, it might be beneficial (extra cushions), but since we aren’t able to wear out the unnecessary parts of cushioning, perhaps we should cut them away?

Bert

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pieter d
pieter d
6 years 9 months ago

Brandon,

Don’t you know that loss of hair is a sign of being highly evolved??? 😉

Pieter D

ps: you can guess how much hair I have… 🙂 There are some PB fitness vids where you can check it…

Adam Kayce
6 years 9 months ago
#1: Try EFT. I’ve heard the results with smoking are amazing. And why is that a Grok-friendly recommendation? Because the ancients were way more in tune with their bodies than we are, so being aware of acupuncture points and stuff is right up Grok’s alley. #2: Baldness is a sure sign that you’re on the right track towards complete wellness. (I’m just kidding; I’m bald, and just trying to feel better about it.) #3: Flouride is nasty. Stay away from it. End of story. Stick with the natural stuff. Although, if you want some interesting reads on dental health and… Read more »
paul
paul
6 years 9 months ago

“Because the ancients were way more in tune with their bodies than we are, so being aware of acupuncture points and stuff is right up Grok’s alley.”

I agree! If people havent heard of Donna Eden and Energy Medicine, I would STRONGLY recommend checking her out. I am convinced this natural healing ability was second nature to our grok ancestors. Check this video with her..

http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/members/deden.htm

paul
paul
6 years 9 months ago

“Because the ancients were way more in tune with their bodies than we are, so being aware of acupuncture points and stuff is right up Grok’s alley.”

I agree! If people havent heard of Donna Eden and Energy Medicine, I would STRONGLY recommend checking her out. I am convinced this natural healing ability was second nature to our grok ancestors. Theres an excellent video interview with her on consciousmedianetwork dot com that is such an informative watch. Just search her name.

Steph
Steph
6 years 9 months ago
Hi Brandon, I would say that baldness is sign of poor ‘western’ nutrition. I have had bad acne for many years, and only recently have linked my acne to insulin resistance. Once I went Paleo, within like 3 days my acne was completely gone – and my skin was normal and soft for the first time in a long time. I’ve been Paleo for almost 3 months now, and everyone I know is like what happened to your skin? They all guess Accutane! Anyway, I did a lot of research over the years about why someone would have excess DHT… Read more »
SB
SB
6 years 9 months ago

http://www.thepaleodiet.com/articles/Hyperinsulinemic%20Diseases%20Final.pdf

Excellent paper by Cordain, Eades and Eades. Has a section on male vertex balding.

SB
SB
6 years 9 months ago

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marnee
marnee
6 years 9 months ago

%20 is the URL encoding for space and the browser will recognize it as a space. Just thought I’d let ya know.

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Rob
Rob
6 years 9 months ago
#2 Baldness In many ways, baldness is like other genetic traits like eye color. Your tendency to lose your hair is pre-programmed. So you can’t prevent baldness (unless you are willing to undergo a surgery know as an ochiectomy: removal of the testicles. If the testicles are removed they can’t produce testosterone, which is then converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and this hormonal by-product seems to initiate loss of hair) This is why eunuchs, the harem attendants of ancient times, always had full heads of hair. In order to totally prevent baldness, you must remove the family jewels before the hair… Read more »
Abel
Abel
3 years 9 months ago

This is bullshit. Insulin resistance has to do a lot with mpb. if you have the gene for it, doesn’t mean that significant hair loss is normal in a young age. eating a paleo diet slows it down with a very significant rate.

Jon
Jon
6 years 9 months ago
#1: Maybe allow yourself to smoke, but only tobacco that you’ve processed yourself. Even if you didn’t quit, you’d surely cut back due to the inconvenience of it. #2: Male pattern baldness is almost entirely genetic. You, unlike Mark, have androgen-sensitive hair follicles on top of your head, and when those androgen-sensitive follicles are exposed to testosterone metabolites (e.g., DHT), they miniaturize and stop producing hair. To the extent that diet affects mpb, probably a lower-fat, more plant-based diet is a little better, not because it’s necessarily healthier, but because it may lower testosterone levels. However, if you’re balding at… Read more »
Marie42
Marie42
6 years 4 months ago
This is a great answer to the smoking question. In my mind, Grok wouldn’t be too concerned with the long-term effects of tobacco use. If we look at the Native American’s attitude toward the stuff, tobacco was considered a good thing: Albeit, for ceremonial use only. I could see him using something like tobacco (or any other addictive plant) for ceremonial or medicinal use, but not be able to produce enough for a full-blown addiction. I am one of those struggling with my smoking addiction. I know for a fact that I didn’t get addicted with that first cigarette. (or… Read more »
Kristin J
Kristin J
6 years 9 months ago
#3 – This is something I’ve been pondering lately, as well. I notice that my mouth never gets that gross, icky feeling when I’m sticking to a Primal diet. But when I’m off the wagon (ex – Thanksgiving), I feel the NEED to clean my mouth frequently, and my breath is just gross. (I still brush twice a day, btw.) Ya know how they always used to say “candy will rot your teeth out”? What they didn’t realize is that grains do the same thing since they’re broken down into sugars, which starts as soon as they hit your saliva.… Read more »
truckergirl
6 years 9 months ago

Baking Soda and Peroxide… that’s what my Grandad has used his whole life. He’s 87, and still has all his own teeth.

g2baker
g2baker
6 years 9 months ago

Same with my dad, maybe I need to switch.

Sarah
6 years 9 months ago

Exactly. I’ve started using just those two ingredients in the past month or so, & my teeth have never been whiter; my breath never so fresh. 🙂

Michelle
Michelle
6 years 9 months ago

What’s the ratio on that mix? Can you do it in advance so it’s easier, or do you need to mix each time? I would love to try this!

Richard
Richard
6 years 9 months ago

I don’t know about your toothpaste question, but I found an interesting article a while back that seems to confirms your suspicion that eating Primal is good for your teeth:

Diets Bad For The Teeth Are Also Bad For The Body — http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090709170807.htm

thorongil
thorongil
6 years 9 months ago

I don’t know about your toothpaste question, but I did find an article a while back that seems to support your suspicion about the Primal lifestyle being good for your teeth. The researcher was a dentist who was trying to reconcile the fact that supposedly healthy diets are so bad for teeth, and found that there no such conflict after all.

Diets Bad For The Teeth Are Also Bad For The Body — http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090709170807.htm.

paleo_piper
6 years 9 months ago

I make my own toothpaste. Or toothgel would be more accurate.

I mix baking soda, seasalt, kaolin clay, sage, peppermint, myrrh, prickly ash bark and a little stevia with some coconut oil. Rub that on my teeth and then brush.

I’ve seen commercial toothpowders at my Co-op that are pretty much the same thing. My own mixture is gritty and takes getting used to, but I wouldn’t go back.

Chris
Chris
6 years 9 months ago

My father had a friend who was a barber and every morning when he woke up he would rub his scalp releasing the oils in the skin. This he said is why he has a full head of white, thick hair…maybe it’s BS, maybe not?

If your going bald then just shave your head, it looks WAY better than the horseshoe! Remember…it’s just hair!

Brian
Brian
6 years 9 months ago

re: #1

I’m not a smoker, but I’ve seen the topic of smoking and disease brushed over by Dr. Harris at paleonu.com. It appears that the diseases associated with tobacco use could be a result of a highly synergistic reaction with the SAD. Remove the wheat, excess fructose & O6’s and smoking may be far less damaging to your body. Not an endorsement for tobacco use, but interesting nonetheless.

kongluirong
6 years 9 months ago
#3 – Steve. Instead of using a toothbrush with toothpaste, make your own herbal toothbrush. You need marshmallow root (what marshmallows used to be made from) cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and brandy. Step 1: Choose a straight marshmallow root and cut it into 5 inch pieces. Step 2: Peel the ends and boil in water with the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Step 3: Put the pieces carefully – as they break easily – into brandy and let them soak for a day, Step 4: Take the roots out and let them dry. Step 5: Soak the ends in hot water… Read more »
Steve
6 years 9 months ago
Aaron, There is a reason you (and a great many others) have failed to quit smoking. And the reason is the way you look at it. You see smoking is never about the physical act of smoking. Within about 3-5 days after your last cigarette (or whatever you smoke) nicotine (the addictive stuff) is gone from your system, so therefore it would simply be a case of not smoking for 3-5 days and that’s you good for life. But it doesn’t work like that. What smoking really is about is what it allows you to emotionally feel. Perhaps smoking for… Read more »
C2H5OH
6 years 9 months ago

I’d say that smoking is a way to get love into your body. My thought may be unclear, but when one thinks about it, it starts to make sense. When somebody don’t smoke for a long time, bad thoughts come from inside. By smoking we dig them inside again. Eating is just the same. That’s why many people who stop smoking start overeating. Personally, when I felt loved for a week, it was my most clean eating week of a lifetime. No junk, no recreative drugs, no strange cravings for other things in life

Susan
Susan
6 years 9 months ago

I really like your comment. Most everything destructive we do to ourselves is done in order to feel different. Since we are the only ones in control of how we feel and act… it seems like the long way around the fence to go looking for something outside ourselves to fix it. The times I have just accepted how I was feeling and made a conscious effort to change it myself , within myself, I hate healthier, moved more freely and had the best ays of my life.

John Sifferman
6 years 9 months ago
#4 Hi Jibby, It’s true, any exercise performed incorrectly will lead to injury. Even correct exercise technique, performed excessively or without specific compensation will lead to injury eventually. So, the trainer was wise to warn you of long-term problems when doing pullups, but he was definitely wrong about proper pullup technique. You’ll want to do pullups with a full range of motion, even to full elbow extension in the bottom, hanging position. Just like Adam said above, you should work progressively with any strength training skill. In the beginning, avoid “falling down” until your elbows lock, which will put some… Read more »
Max Barry
6 years 9 months ago

(In response to Jibby Q#4/Pull-ups)
John makes some good points. As a Certified PT, I focus on form first. Understanding and ‘feeling’the movement is essential. By imagining pulling your hips to your elbows, you will engage the lats more effectively.
Also of interest to anyone looking to increase their max reps of pull-ups, google the Armstrong Method…simple AND effective.
Be Well,
-Max

Rich
Rich
6 years 9 months ago

Thanks Max for the pullup advice. Sometimes the right mental cues is what it takes to get it right!

Hugh
Hugh
6 years 9 months ago

I was a smoker for 10 years until I read Alan Carr’s “The Easyway to Quit Smoking”. If you want to quit effortlessly and painlessly, I can’t recommend this book any higher! Check it out from the library for free like I did and give yourself the wodnerful gift of better health.

paul
paul
6 years 9 months ago

This was also how I quit. I had tried countless times before hand on will power but failed. I also know many people who have quit successfully on willpower, but who after 10+ years without smoking, still crave the odd cig. Using Alan Carr’s book I can honestly say I havent craved a cig since the day I quit, which was 4 years ago last september. Its the only way to go if you want to be done with them for good.

neidermeyer
neidermeyer
6 years 9 months ago

Great Book, my wife and I both read it and quit 4 1/2 years ago when nothing else worked…and we tried it all.

KC
KC
6 years 9 months ago

My husband and my both quite after reading Allan Carr’s book! My mother had smoked for 40 years and my husband for 20!

Tara
6 years 9 months ago
Woo hoo! I’m so excited to see that others have quit using Alan Carr’s book. I had smoked for over 10 years and quit before I turned the last page of this book. I haven’t smoked since and that was oh… about 12 years ago now (dear God, I’m getting old). I have recommended this book to my friend’s father who smoked for 56 years. He quit and never looked back. It’s been 7 years living sans ciggies now. My neighbour, a lifelong smoker also read the book and quit after a multitude of attempts. He hasn’t smoked in 4… Read more »
Aaron Griffin
Aaron Griffin
6 years 9 months ago

The only thing turning me off of this book is that it comes off like an infomercial and you can’t get any quick summary of what it actually is.

All I see is “I tried it and it was great! You can do it too for the low low cost of $x.95!”.

Mind giving me a summary as to what it’s actually about so I don’t feel like I’m buying land in Florida?

Valda Redfern
6 years 9 months ago

I also used the Alan Carr book – but it only worked the second time, after I’d already decided to quit and just needed reinforcement. It is a great book, though. The single most useful thing I got from it was to take the view that I wasn’t ‘giving up’ smoking, I was just stopping: that is, I wasn’t trying to give up a value, I was just not bothering to do something unnecessary.

Jeff
6 years 9 months ago

For barefoot running, I recently converted over to using Vibram Five Fingers shoes. They are perfect for a freer way of running, a more natural way and the shoes keep the rough stuff from puncturing your feet (at least so far). I did a review of them on my site and I have seen many YouTube videos doing the same thing. Check them out!

Trish
Trish
6 years 9 months ago
Aaron– I quit smoking ten years ago (about the only bad thing I’ve been able to give up completely, LOL). What helped me tremendously was cutting straws down to cigarette size and sucking on them like I was smoking a cigarette whenever I got the craving. A lot of smoking is the behavior associated with it–that’s why so many people have trouble with the patches and gums because they miss the physical act of lighting up, flicking ash, etc.. The straws handled that behavior very well. I got teased a little when I started doing it, but it was worth… Read more »
Michael
Michael
6 years 9 months ago

Lol, it is funny you get teased for sucking on straws but not for sucking on cigarettes. Man, society can be weird.

Trish
Trish
6 years 9 months ago

Considering I did this in Kentucky (where tobacco is BIG and smoking is very commonplace) I expected it. It wasn’t anything major. 😀

Tracee
6 years 9 months ago

Question 3: In the 1930’s Dentist Weston Price visited several cultures still on their native diets. He found almost no tooth decay despite the fact they did not have tooth brushes (they did have tarter though). He also found almost no crooked teeth, childbearing or fertility problems, malignancies, tuberculosis, bad behavior or depression, etc. He took tons of pictures and his classic book is called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” for those of you not yet familiar with it. It is MIND BLOWING. He also found native diets had far more fat in them than modern diets.

Katie
Katie
6 years 9 months ago

Mind blowing is exactly how I would describe it. The one book every person needs to read.

Brian
Brian
6 years 9 months ago
Re #1 (Smoking) I’m a former smoker. I smoked 1.5 packs per day for 12 years. I have been tobacco-free for almost 13 years now. I quit cold-turkey. It worked for me. Grok, if he did ever smoke plants, probably did so in moderation and not by using something as magnificently efficient and convenient as the modern cigarette. The way cigarettes are mass produced, distributed, marketed, and functionally designed make moderate use the exception and not the rule. My only advice: Quit. Find a way that works for you. Commit to quitting and achieve the goal. Snuff out that last… Read more »
Aaron Griffin
Aaron Griffin
6 years 9 months ago

Already well on my way. About a month in and using the patch. The best I’ve ever done in the past was 11 months before I caved again.

Wendy
6 years 9 months ago

Way to go Aaron! I smoked for 31 years and for most of that time had to light one if I even thought about quitting. One day I realized this had to change. I became a nonsmoker within hours – have never wanted one again. I don’t mark time, but it was 7 or 8 years ago. Quit as many times as you need to!

Ika
Ika
6 years 9 months ago
#3–I second reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price. Excellent book! 🙂 Also, I have heard that besides flouride being bad for you and unnecesarry for tooth health, the gylcerine in tooth paste coats your teeth and makes it difficult for your saliva to re-mineralize your tooth enamal like it should. I use either a mix of green clay and baking soda with a couple drops of peppermint EO, or Eco-Dent, which is an already made up tooth-powder. The Eco-dent is more of a traditional toothpaste texture once you start brushing–it kind of foams up, where the clay/baking soda… Read more »
kongluirong
6 years 9 months ago

Baking soda can scratch the enamel off your teeth. Does the clay help that from happening?

Lisa
Lisa
6 years 9 months ago
Question#1: smoking I am a phone coach for our state’s tobacoo quitline. The participant’s receive 8 weeks of nicotine replacement at no cost and must participate in the coaching to be a part of the program. What I’ve discovered through the hundreds of people I have talked with is that it doesn’t matter what method you are using. What matters is the mindset and finding out the real reasons why you smoke. Once you know the reason and then formulate a complete plan you are more likely to be successful. Unfortunately a lot of smokers finally quit because of a… Read more »
Tr M
Tr M
6 years 9 months ago
#3 There’s tooth soap! But I prefer tooth powder. You can purchase it or prepare your own. I prepare enough every morning in a tiny cup that I keep in my medicine cabinet for (2) daily teeth cleaning sessions. The mix is composed of sea salt, baking soda, (1) to (2) drops of tea tree oil, and hydrogen peroxide (or colloidal silver if you have amalgams). Sometimes, I even do w/o the silver. Purchasing a small bottle of tooth powder is handy to carry around in the backpack if you should find yourself crashing about at a friend’s house or… Read more »
Ann
Ann
6 years 9 months ago

#3 – About the toothpaste, I don’t think that ANY fluoride is a good idea and it is really difficult to get away from it and/or sodium laurel sulfate/ite. I’ve tried the straight up baking soda approach but found it too abrasive on my mouth’s soft tissues. There are recipes for natural toothpastes out there, you could also try pascalite from pascalite.com for tooth remineralization.

paleo_piper
6 years 9 months ago

I’m convinced it’s impossible to find a “natural” toothpaste in teh stores that doesn’t contain both flouride and SLS. If you find one that’s “flouride free!” it has SLS. If you find one without SLS, it’s got flouride and something else nasty in it like titanium dioxide. Even in so called “natural” products!

Sandy Sommer, RKC
6 years 9 months ago

Jibby,

The key to safe “dead hang” pull ups is to keep the lats engaged. If you lose that, not only will you prove the trainer right but you will end up not being able to complete the next rep. Imagine keeping your shoulders “sucked” into their socket. If you find your shoulders up by your ears you are doomed. Hope this helps.

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 9 months ago
Re: Smoking (or rather NOT smoking) I have finally ditched the last horribly unhealthful addiction in my life. Just decided it was time. I am exploring a career change into holistic nutrition..and I could NOT be that kind of moron..lol. I promised my daughter I would quit in Sept..and when I was paying bills the first week of Oct…I realized it wasn’t Sept anymore! I quit that day cold turkey and havent looked back. Check out http://www.whyquit.com, teaches you to treat smoking like the ADDICTION it IS. And I guess because I am brutal and PRIMAL, I let my(nosy) 7… Read more »
Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 9 months ago
oh, and be prepared for the “re-regulation” of your blood sugar. Receptors and such are *all jacked up* when you use nicotine..it takes a little while to regulate. (thats why people who quit crave sweets) Part of our original problem? Who knows, but be prepared. I did not restrict myself that week, but during the detox phase (2 days for me)I mostly fasted with herbal tea and honey. Swift and brutal. Ate like a PIG for the next 10 days, gained 5 pounds, bloated mess. Got back on track and weight came off, not just water. After 2 weeks in,… Read more »
AaronY
AaronY
6 years 9 months ago
Topic: toothpaste. My mother used to make a homemade powder that worked well with dried sage, baking soda and salt. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the amounts of each, but 1:1:1 might be a good starting point with just a teaspoon of each. You could fine tune it from there. I really liked it when I tried it, but it is very salty. I googled “sage toothpaste recipe” and found a few recipes that are similar but include other ingredients (essential oils, etc.). These could be interesting and may be less salty. Remember, although fluoride may be bad for glass, your… Read more »
Ed
Ed
6 years 9 months ago
Glass is etched with hydrofluoric acid, which is chemically different from the fluoride salts that are used in toothpaste and water fluoridation, just as table salt is different (pH, toxicity, etc.) than the hydrochloric acid in your stomach. The benefits of flouride to teeth are mainly topical, not systemic, while the potential toxic effects of fluoride are due to ingesting too much of it (systemic). So if you use flouride toothpaste or rinses, you should spit them out without swallowing. There are some interesting posts and links regarding vitamins D3 and K2 supplementation on Richard Nikoley’s “Free the Animal” site.… Read more »
AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 9 months ago

Toothpaste – Tom’s Natural Toothpaste of Maine.

Kristin J
Kristin J
6 years 9 months ago

But it has the sodium laureth sulfate in it!!! Incredible, I know.

Meghan Darby
Meghan Darby
6 years 9 months ago
Tom’s of Maine makes a toothpaste without sodium laureth sulfate. First–I am a dentist and a big proponent of prevention. Paleo/primal lifestyle is an excellent way to ensure good dental health. However, I do not recommend going completely without fluoride toothpaste unless you are at a low cavity risk (less than 3 cavities in the last three years.) Also keep in mind that the huge ribbon of toothpaste on advertisements are not necessary–only a pea sized amount will do. In my household, we have the fluoride filtered out of our water–but do continue to use a small amout of regular… Read more »
Kristin J
Kristin J
6 years 9 months ago
marci
marci
6 years 9 months ago

I agree with the above and the Weston Price people (read his book!) I don’t think anyone here has recommended a tongue scraper, which is essential to good oral health. You can get a dencent stainless steel one online (I got mine from my dentist) As for fluoride, I avoid it as I have hypothryoidism.
And please, brush & floss your teeth, not doing so is just plain gross.

Eegah
Eegah
6 years 9 months ago
Try using coconut oil as toothpaste, I have been for a while now. Check out Stephan Guyenet’s ‘Whole Health Source’ blog, click on the ‘dental health’ link, there are some interesting posts there. The post from 1st April 2009 is fascinating regarding the reversal of tooth decay…and no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day prank! As for smoking, will power is always the best weapon in your arsenal. If you go somewhere selling cigarettes, look at the prices! I gave up years ago, but kept one cigarette back, eight weeks later I smoked it just to see how bad it… Read more »
MooMoo
MooMoo
6 years 9 months ago
Steve @ Question 3: As others have mentioned, Weston A. Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degradation, is an eye-opening book about dental health. Another great book is Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel. Based on these books, I don’t think brushing your teeth is necessary for dental care. However, even Price recommended brushing for general cleanliness. You may also want to consider brushing and flossing, because unlike Grok (who had a wide jaw with plenty of room for all his teeth), modern diets produce modern jaws with teeth crammed together. If you have crooked teeth or had braces, you may… Read more »
Madhu
Madhu
6 years 9 months ago

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is probably the most primal way of keeping oral health in check. Lots of people still in India chew a slender branch from the neem tree. Neem is found in almost every street in India.
I tried it but it is seriously bitter and its an art to chew.
its got great anti-bacterial properties.
Surprisingly no one mentioned it.

Cave Painter
Cave Painter
6 years 9 months ago

Hi Guys,

I am surprised that no one has mentioned this; but how about just NO toothpaste? I remember a few years ago I was at the Vet and the man was brushing my dogs teeth (dont ask me why, I dont remember!) when he made a comment that toothpaste just foams up so you ‘feel’ like its doing something…

I’ve certainly noticed that ‘furry’ feeling on my teeth has completely disappeared since I began eating primaly,

Cave Painter
Cave Painter
6 years 9 months ago

^ Oops pressed submit accidentaly!

But yes, now I eat primal that furry feeling is gone, and I have noticed my breath has definitely improved. I think with this in mind, perhaps it would suffice to just brush your teeth as per normal but with water instead of toothpaste?

If you think about the basic action brushing your teeth provides, essentially breaking up & removing bacterial colonies around and on your teeth and gums, I see no reason why sans toothpaste shouldn’t still accomplish this.

Trish
Trish
6 years 9 months ago

I brush my teeth in the shower using just water. I used to have HEINOUS dental problems making it necessary for me to have cleanings four times a year instead of the regular two, but since I’ve gone over to a mostly meat diet the scraping’s gone way down. My dentist, however, insists on the 4x a year, guess he doesn’t want to lose his cash cow …

Toban
6 years 9 months ago

I agree: what’s with all the fuss about toothpaste? Just brush with water, and make sure to floss. Works fine for me.

Given our millions of years of evolution sans toothpaste, I think it’s safe to go water-only.

Tom
Tom
6 years 9 months ago
Re Question 4 pullups: I watched a TV show a few years ago where some celebrity learned how to perform on the flying trapeze. The instructor (a longtime trapeze performer) said that when you are hanging, never to “relax” so that only your “grip” muscles are holding you on the trapeze. If you do, your rotator cuffs are supporting your weight and that is not good. He said to keep tension in your upper body so that the bigger muscles are supporting your weight. So the issue is protecting the rotator cuffs, not the range of motion per se. You… Read more »
Jan
6 years 9 months ago
Smoking…read the website whyquit.com. Read it for two to three days, especially the 8-page pdf and the 149-page pdf. The addiction to nictotine is explained in detail along with all the details to help you overcome with a cold turkey quit. Do NOT do nicotimne replacement techinques as it only feeds your nicotine addition. You can do it. I did. two & a half packs per day, quit after reading that website for three days. That was almost 3 years ago and just two weeks ago, ran my first 13.1, with a full marathon scheduled for 02-21-09. best wishes! and… Read more »
liz
liz
6 years 9 months ago
#3 i am a dental assistant, and have been working in restorative dentistry for 10 years. it is necessary to brush your teeth, and floss them. it is not necessary, however, to use fluoride. a recent study shows that it can actually leech calcium from your bones, and even be linked directly with bone cancer. the ‘ol baking soda and water works wonders. from my studies in dental histomorphology, our grandad grok used to chew sticks and fibrous materials which kept his teeth pretty clean. with so many advancements now, we can effectively replicate this (or do even better) with… Read more »
Karsk
Karsk
6 years 9 months ago
Regarding Question 5. Callouses and barefeet. I am a long time barefoot/minimalist shoe guy which happened as a lifestyle mostly because I am a martial artist and one thing led to another. In the olde days, I think that people paid a lot of attention to the state of their feet. The whole “anointing your feet with oil” and the practice of washing someone’s feet who have come in from a long journey (awesome by the way) speak to that. Here are some things that I have discovered from being barefoot a lot over the past 35 years: 1. Getting… Read more »
Johnny H
Johnny H
6 years 9 months ago
#2: I had to chime in with male pattern baldness being absolutely impacted by diet. I want to do a real write up some day but I’ll be brief… I started going bald rapidly from the temples. I researched… Propecia, and its possibility of permanent sexual dysfunction and that was not acceptable. Rogaine doesn’t work on frontal balding… What to do, accept my fate without fight? Never. I kept researching and found a sage called Immortal Hair (google it, there’s a great community). He developed a regimen of supplementation and promoted a primal diet to help. Main ones being, CLO,… Read more »
Andre Sanchez
6 years 4 months ago
Hair doesn’t mean shit to women. If you are alone, it’s not because you are bald. But is that all that matters? You don’t necessarily have to be lean, or strong, or even healthy to be attractive to the opposite sex. But we all want to be our best, don’t we? I hate when people just dismiss balding by making some comment about how it’s not what matters to women, or how you should just shave and bulk up or whatever. I started losing hair (or rather, realising I was losing hair) at about 20. I like hair, regardless of… Read more »
Fred Van
Fred Van
6 years 23 days ago

Re: Baldness
I discovered D-E and have been taking it every morning in my Smoothie.
http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use.php
Not only has my hair grown back, but toenails & fingernails grow MUCH faster, and my FUGLY toenails have completely cleared up.
Also MANY other benefits from D-E.

Rudy
Rudy
2 years 4 months ago

This is great! Have you ever bought diatomaceous earth from http://www.diatomaceousearth.com/

Will that work just as well? I love their site but was curious of outside opinion.

EttaB
EttaB
3 years 5 months ago

Question #1 Try switching to snus, the swedish low TSNA version of dipping tobacco/ snuff. The health risks are miniscule compared to smoking.

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