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Should I Shut the Heck Up About All Things Not Green Smoothie? (Part 5 of 7)

Robyn Openshaw - May 10, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I started using a Sonic toothbrush a few years ago. It’s incredible! I had quite a few cavities as a kid, but I haven’t had any, since using the Sonic. It vibrates the plaque off your teeth. My gums were receding from my scrubbing my teeth too hard, and with the Sonic, I have stopped eroding my gums. Moreover, my dentist tells me when I go in for cleanings every six months, “There’s no plaque on your teeth—there’s nothing to clean here.”

You can get a Sonic toothbrush at Costco or any store. It’s not cheap, $50 for the electrical unit or something like that? But so worth it. I bought one for each of my kids a few years ago for Christmas.

One dentist reader, Dr. L, asked me last year why I talk about fluoride being a poison and a byproduct of a number of industrial processes. That was news to him. After studying the issue, and following my recent blog series on toxic dental practices, he wrote me a lengthy report, which I read.

Dr. L wrote me an email saying one of my readers came to him about increased dental decay. His own dentist had told him green smoothies were causing it. LOL!

(And so he should eat, what? More Junior Mints instead of kale and berries? Wait, how about hormone-soaked animal flesh? Dr. L discovered the man had stopped using fluoride. Of course I stopped using fluoride many years ago too…..and QUIT getting cavities. Could be my Sonic toothbrush though!)

Dr. L’s defense centers on fluoride treatment being just a little extra of a necessary minerals. Kind of like table salt—it’s fine, in moderation, is his reasoning.

Actually, refined table salt is far more toxic than sugar—I need to talk about that more. The Gerson therapy has cured thousands of patients of cancer for 80 years, with lots of raw vegetable juices and completely, vigorously eliminating all sodium from the diet. This pushes sodium out of cells, and potassium into the cells, which allows the body to metabolize cancerous cells.

Just because lots of people are eating refined salt doesn’t mean it’s fine in moderation. I have quite a few people testing the diet / recipes / shopping lists in the Detox Manual I’ve been working on for 8 months.

Every single one of us has lost 2-5 lbs. in the first day or two, and 5 lbs or more in the first 5 days. That’s partly because the diet is completely sodium free. (It’s also high bulk, so you don’t have to be hungry at all, and low calorie.) When you give your body a break from eating sodium chloride (NaCl, table salt), you body sheds water. It’s not that your body is dehydrating and you will just drink that water back—it’s that your inflamed cells are releasing fluids and waste products trapped there. And those cells can then heal and rebuild!

Dr. L implies that what is in your water supply is just the natural fluoride that occurs in a mountain spring in trace amounts. But no, it’s a chemical synthetic, a compound with sodium bound to another element, and it’s added in far greater amounts than anyone would encounter in spring water. That’s why Dr. Ulm, Dr. Wall, and many others have fluoride-free practices. More than 90 percent of U.S. fluoridating communities now use inexpensive silicofluorides, because it’s cheap—a compound never tested by the FDA but which was recently shown to elevate lead levels in children.

I was told by Dr. L, at the end of his email, that he wishes I would stick to talking ONLY about whole foods, in my blog. The implication, to me, was: “Don’t trouble yourself with this; you don’t know what you’re talking about. Just trust us, the experts.”

Tomorrow I’m going to talk about how I feel about that.

(To access the other posts in this series, Click Here.)

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22 thoughts on “Should I Shut the Heck Up About All Things Not Green Smoothie? (Part 5 of 7)”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to read to report, Robyn, you should share!

    On a separate note, in the last month, one my close friends (age 30) had a seizure and fell. When they took him the hospital, they found a huge tumor in his brain that had be growing since he was teenager (verrry slow growing). He had surgery last week and got most of the “dense stuff” out and he finds out today what grade they’re going to classify the tumor and then apparently work out a diagnosis from there. But it’s not good. The whole time, all I’ve said about anything (besides supportive friend stuff) is that if he wanted any information on what to eat, to please ask. He hasn’t, so I haven’t offered. BUT when I went to visit yesterday, I spied a copy of forks over knives on the coffee table. He’s a meat and potatoes guy, so this is huge. I wish … I wish … I don’t know what I wish. I’m heartbroken. I wish decisions were made before the damage was done. You’re making an excellent start. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please don’t SHUT UP! I appreciate *all* that you take the time to share.

    Question about your toothbrush: Could you share the brand and model that you use and prefer? I am looking into purchasing electric toothbrushes for my family and am very interested in opinions of the various models. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I find all of your writings very informative. You are not the only person reporting these things(by far!). So Dr L needs to keep his opinion to himself and realize that a dialogue needs to be started about these very topics. Keep on doing what you are doing. Thanks for this article! I might just go buy a Sonic Toothbrush this weekend. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Robyn – KEEP IT UP! You are shining light on information we might not be exposed to otherwise. You are absolutely on track…. 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Funny enough I had this EXACT SAME CONVERSATION with my local dental health unit a few weeks ago!! I wasn’t sure what to think after having the conversation with the nurses about how fluoride is a natural element and how there is no effect on people & kids from it but thanks for clearing it up for me now! Always a great & informative read 😉 Thanks so much Robyn!

  6. Anonymous says:

    When I lived in Europe I was shocked at the state of the average person’s teeth. They don’t have fluoride in their water.The average European with excellent dental hygiene practices will have a mouth full of teeth that are about 10 shades darker (or yellowed), cavity filled and full of decay compared to an American with only mediocre dental hygiene. My European friends used to joke that you could always tell the American tourists by how white their teeth are and by their shoes. IMHO, it won’t do me a lot of good to go all organic and chemical free if my teeth fall out or turn to nubs of decay when I’m in my 50s.

    Also, are you aware that salt deficiency is one of the leading causes of adrenal fatigue?

    I sort of agree with the Doctor. You try to be an expert based on your “research” but you aren’t an expert. You’re an activist. They really aren’t the same thing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have been using a Sonicare toothbrush for many years. I wish they had been available when I was a child!! Maybe my mouth would be in a lot better shape now–I have crowns over most of my molars! Thankfully, I have never had to have a root canal. Now, I get the same reaction from my hygenist, “I don’t know why I’m even bothering to clean your teeth, they are already so clean!!” Because of a lack of insurance, we recently began going in just once a year, and the result was the same!

    By the way, the price for the toothbrush has gone up to around $125–but you get two toothbrushes! And, if you watch for their coupons, you can buy it even cheaper once or twice a year.

    Thanks for all you do to research and inform the public about the truth!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, thank you for ALL the information you share. I believe you and trust you and follow you and my health gets better and better. I think it is wise to question all the things we are just told are good for us. But sometimes I have no idea which things I should be questioning. Thanks for bringing up so many great topics that really do affect our health and we have no idea.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is sea salt as harmful as table salt?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I think what you’re doing is great! I love reading your blog. And the things you write get me to

    think and then I do my own research as well. Keep it up!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Please, do not be quiet with all you have and are continuing to learn. You have blessed so many people with your research. And yes, I did call it research. A study of any particular subject is called research. Those who do not want to heed your warnings need to keep quiet.

    Sonic toothbrush is the next thing I will buy. Actually, my dentist recommended it years ago and every six months since. I too have receding gums from brushing too hard.

    I am so looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta on July 5th.

    Many blessings,


  12. Anonymous says:

    I think Robyn has always given us a starting point with her research, and then encouraged us to do some of our own and decide for ourselves about a given subject! I’m so grateful for all the topics she’s brought up in her blog, because they’ve been a catalyst to my own research on those topics – some things I might never have looked up otherwise. I think it’s unwise to do something just because “that’s what everyone else does.” That sort of mentality (politically, emotionally, physically, etc) is harmful in many ways.

    Robyn, you are obviously a lifelong learner, and I’m so glad you pass on some of that knowledge to us!

  13. I will say that I will be getting my children’s teeth done to dentistry standards. My 3 year old daughter has already had a flouride treatment. Why? Not because I’m dying to poison them. I’m trying to help them. My husband’s family has the worst teeth ever! There is a multi-generation with cavities. Both my kids had cavities before the age of three and it wasn’t because they were consuming tons of sugar. They weren’t. They both took after their father. Nothing wrong with that, it happens. My daughter had two teeth pulled and two with caps on them at age 18 months. I was breastfeeding her, making her whole foods, and giving her green smoothies. She had the optimum diet and it didn’t prevent bad teeth and yes, I was brushing her teeth. So to protect the over three thousand dollar investment I have in her teeth and to prevent more cavities in her brother, I will take the treatment and I don’t think I’m a bad mother. Having said this, it is good to have the information. I have to do what insurance will pay for – mercury fillings, flouride, yadda yadda.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have an electronic toothbrush on the advice of Dr. Ulm, because I too was brushing too hard and causing my gums to recede, but it’s not a Sonicare. I can’t think of the brand at the moment.

    I can believe the dentist who said green smoothies could cause cavities! Many people probably aren’t drinking them the way you are. I typically sip mine over 2-4 hours. (If I drink it quickly, I am STARVING within 15-30 minutes.) So my teeth are exposed to all those fruit sugars for 2-4 hours solid each time I have a smoothie. Bacteria don’t care whether your sugars come from bananas or candy bars. But rather than advise the guy to give up green smoothies, the dentist should advise him to brush his teeth BEFORE eating them (to break up the bacterial colonies), drink them quickly, and then rinse his mouth or brush his teeth afterward.

  15. Anonymous says:

    No, of course, you shouldn’t stop writing about all things health! Which is a great opportunity to ask you a question about coconut oil. I used to use coconut oil as a teenager, but I would break out so I eventually stopped. I had started consuming about tbsp of coconut oil with my morning oatmeal about a year ago and so I recently decided to give topical applications a try. Well, I found that it does still cause small breakouts so I have stopped again.

    I was also using coconut oil as a personal lubricant. I tend to get yeast infections so I would use a heavy application during those times thinking it would help. I have found out that when I get yeast infections since using the coconut oil, I seem to have more pain/raw skin associated with the yeast infection.

    So I wanted to ask you, Robyn, if some people are allergic to coconut oil or have adverse affects? I would LOVE to use it on my skin, but I seem to break out. Although I do use it internally every day and haven’t noticed anything bad from that. I’m confused if I’m just having a reaction from the oil or if my external reactions are caused by something other than the coconut oil.

    Any information would be appreciated. I don’t use store bought creams for yeast infections or antibiotics for obvious reasons so I was hoping the coconut oil would be a great alternative instead of just having to painfully wait it out.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, thank you so much for the info. With this info on salt (table), what are your thoughts now on drinking sole every morning. I am confused on this. I’ve been drinking sole (Himalyian rock) for about 2 years. Should I continue? Thanks.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Lack of table salt does not lead to adrenal fatigue– the lack of iodine does, plus a number of other factors. Also, I have grown up in an area that does not put fluoride in the water supply and our teeth look pretty American to me.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, since I changed to an alkaline diet there has been a vast improvement in the amount of plaque on my teeth. Before I needed to scrape PAoff plaque with a dental tool every day and yes, I used a Sonicare toothbrush. Now I rarely do that. Hooray for green smoothies!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Last time I checked dental health and over all health are entirely linked. Growing up on a horrific diet of white sugar and flour and dairy I have almost every tooth in my mouth worked on by age 20. My dentist as a child told me I had acidic saliva that ate away at my tooth enamel. My poor diet exascerbated the problem too. Dental health and over all health can be improved affordably and productively through whole foods and Robyns 12 step methods. Dr. L should do more of his own research so he won’t feel so threatened about patients questioning his “expertise”.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I have been striving to go as all natural as possible in my skin care and cleaning products and I am stumped about my oral care. I would love to make my own toothpaste and moustwash but my dentist made me question this by saying that he agrees we should not be drinking flouride in our water but we need it on our teeth and recommended Act mouthwash and store bought toothpaste. He also told me that swishing my mouth out with hydrogen peroxide was bad for my teeth and gums and caused free radicals. I don’t know what to do and was wondering what toothpaste you used and if you knew of any homemade recipes or all natural products you would recommend.

  21. Anonymous says:

    When will the Detox Manual be ready? I have been waiting since December when it was first mentioned. I am so excited for this to be available.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Lorria, in the next couple of months we hope to have the whole site / program up. I have not worked this hard on anything since 12 Steps….sorry for the delay, I didn’t know it would take this long but we keep making it bigger and cooler.

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