by Sally Pipes | Jan 18, 2018, 10:47 AM
Earlier this month, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would enable as many as 11 million Americans to sidestep some of Obamacare’s premium-inflating coverage regulations. Specifically, the new rule allows small businesses and self-employed Americans within the same state or metropolitan area, including areas that extend across state lines, to band together to purchase large-group insurance policies through so-called association health plans, or AHPs.
The rule basically legalizes affordable health coverage for small businesses.
At present, businesses and individuals have little choice but to buy coverage in the individual or small-group markets. These plans are subject to Obamacare rules that have sent premiums soaring. Obamacare’s essential health benefits mandates, for instance, require all plans sold on the individual and small group market to cover a long list of potentially costly services and procedures, from pediatric dental care to speech therapy.
By effectively banning simple, low-cost coverage, such rules have made insurance more expensive for individuals and small businesses. On Healthcare.gov, the federal exchange that covers 39 states, the average premium for the second-lowest benchmark silver plan rose by 38 percent this year. By contrast, the average premium in the large-group market, where Obamacare’s mandates don’t apply, rose by only 5 percent.
AHPs also give small firms and self-employed individuals more bargaining power to obtain favorable rates from insurers. For instance, dozens of small landscaping companies could form an AHP. That economy of scale enables them to save big bucks and tailor coverage to members’ needs.
For years, Obamacare has forced many small businesses and sole proprietors to purchase prohibitively expensive, excessively comprehensive health insurance. The AHP rule would give these folks a more affordable option.
From the amount of research that’s been done, it’s become increasingly apparent that fluoride is a toxin and harmful for our teeth and bodies. As mama’s who care for our children, we can speak up and tell our dentist no to fluoride for our kids. There are healthier alternatives to your children having strong, cavity-free teeth without using neurotoxins. There are even natural solutions to turn to when little ones do develop a childhood cavity.
But what about the everyday stuff? How do we nourish our children’s bodies and keep their enamel healthy and decay free through our everyday choices? It all starts with the food we eat.
How Cavities Start
We’ve been taught that certain foods, like sugar and other acids erode enamel, creating a haven for bacteria to invade and causing cavities. But the issue is actually much deeper than that.
“Daily the calcium and phosphate of the enamel migrates out of the teeth to the bones, heart, brain and other places where it is needed. This is called by dentists demineralization.” (source)
Unless we are providing the body with the minerals it needs to function properly, the minerals in our teeth will continue to leech out. Our bodies don’t just need calcium though, they require water soluble and fat soluble vitamins and minerals.
Primitive people’s diets contained ten times more fat soluble vitamins than our average diet today. There was also little to no tooth decay. If you look at pictures of indigenous tribes in Africa today, their smiles are straight and very white, without modern dentistry.
So what should we be feeding our children to promote strong, cavity-free teeth?
Foods To Eat
These foods and nutrients should be incorporated into children’s every day meals. It’s also really important for pregnant and nursing mothers for the proper development of the baby they’re nurturing.
- Fat soluble vitamins A, D, K and K2. These are found in grassfed dairy, aged cheeses, pastured butter, high vitamin butter oil and pastured meats. And yes, vitamin K and vitamin K2 really are two different nutrients.
- Include regular protein throughout the day to help balance blood sugar. Dentist Dr. Melvin Page found that the incidence of tooth decay would increase when blood sugar levels raised above the 80-90 range. (source)
- Increase mineral intake from bone broth high in gelatin, raw and cultured dairy products, and seafood products.
- Fermented foods and probiotics are also a must have.
- Fermented cod liver oil, high vitamin butter and coconut oil provide necessary fat soluble nutrients.
- Vegetables contain vitamins necessary for strong enamel, so a wide variety should be included.
Foods To Stay Away From
There’s a huge list of unacceptable foods listed in the Cure Tooth Decay book. Unless your child already has decay though, you can most likely get by on a real food diet. The Weston A. Price Foundation’s guidelines are a good place to start. Diets low in sugar, especially processed sugar, and high in fat soluble and water soluble minerals will prevent tooth decay in most cases. Some of the foods that can cause cavities include:
- Refined flour and other grains, unless properly prepared
- Refined and processed sugar
- Prepackaged and fast food
- Coffee, soda and sweeteners
- Soymilk and tofu
- Pasteurized milk products, even organic
- Hydrogenated Oils – like margarine and low quality vegetable oils
- Non-grass-fed meat and eggs, and farm raised fish
What About Cavities?
If your child already has weakened enamel, decay and cavities, then additional measures should be taken. The Cure Tooth Decay book is such a wealth of information on the subject, so at that point it would be best to get the book and follow its protocol.
36 Healthy Recipes For Strong, Cavity-Free Teeth
- Loaded sweet potato soup via Wellness Mama
- Meatloaf cupcakes with sweet potato “frosting” via Wellness Mama
- Crock pot pulled pot roast via Live Simply
- Easy crock pot braised shepherd’s pie via Live Simply
- Grain free chicken fried steak via Mommypotamus
- Grain free mini pizzas via Mommypotamus
- Teriyaki salmon via Deliciously Organic
- Cottage cheese via This is So Good
- Glazed brussels and bacon via The Herbal Spoon
- Parsnip fries with harissa mayo via Wellness Mama
- Vegetable fried “rice” via Wellness Mama
- Beef and veggie taco lettuce cups via Live Simply
- Bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese via Pinch of Yum
- Healthy sweet potato skins via Pinch of Yum
Broth and Soup
- Slovak Sunday bone broth soup via Almost Bananas
- Easy borscht via Almost Bananas
- Purple cauliflower soup via A Harmony Healing
- Quick and nourishing Japanese soup via Almost Bananas
- How to make bone broth via Eat Beautiful
- How to make fishstock via Fearless Eating
- Creamy roasted cauliflower soup via Live Simply
- Creamy meyer lemon gummies via This Is So Good
- Mango lime and coconut gummies via This is So Good
- Strawberry basil popsicles via This is So Good – sub raw milk for the almond milk to follow the Cure Tooth Decay guidelines
- Berry cheesecake pops via The Herbal Spoon
- Simple (and best) liver patte via Almost Bananas
- Honey butter pecan ice cream via Wellness Mama (use raw honey and raw milk)
- Strawberry Gelato via Wellness Mama
- 3 veggie packed popsicle recipes via Live Simply
- How to brew kombucha (and add flavors) via The Herbal Spoon
- Eggnog via The Herbal Spoon
- Turmeric tea via Wellness Mama
- Beet kvass via Wellness Mama
- Kid friendly green smoothie via Live Simply
- Homemade herbal electrolyte drink via Growing Up Herbal
- Shamrock shake via Deliciously Organic
My son doesn’t have a perfect diet, but we do try to include strengthening and nourishing foods as often as possible. So far he hasn’t had any cavities, and I’m hoping that with diligence, it will stay that way.
Bad habits are incredibly hard to break, and some are more difficult than others. Although difficult, whether you can’t stop overspending or picking your nose, these habits must be broken. One of the most common issues is biting your nails. In fact, it’s estimated that 20-30% of people have this bad habit.
But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s harmless.
For starters, nail-biting can cause serious damage to the nails.
Chewing away at the white part of the nail can cause inflammation or infection of the skin. This may, in turn, affect the way the nail looks as it grows from this white section of the nail. Although this may not be permanent, increased and consistent nail-biting will result in more regular bumpy or rigidity nails.
Biting off pieces of the nail may leave the skin underneath exposed, according to Prevention, and prone to getting infected by bacteria found in the mouth or anything that comes in contact with that specific spot. These infections may be seen in forms of redness, swelling, or pus-filled sores on the nails.
Dental health may also be affected by nail-biting.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, nail-biting increases the chances of teeth cracking, chipping, or wearing down. This is even more prevalent for those who also have braces, as braces increase pressure on the teeth.
When enamel is worn down, teeth may have increased sensitivity which can cause tooth and mouth pain and discomfort. Nail-biting may also cause dental health problems such as unintentional grinding or clenching, sores, and damaged gum tissue.
Another major concern when it comes to nail-biting is the possibility of infection and illness.
Germs on the hands and fingers are transported into the mouth when nail-biting occurs. Although some of the microorganisms found on hands do not cause serious illness, others can. Under the nail, especially, are thousands of forms of bacteria that, when making their way to the mouth can cause an illness or infection.
If you’re fighting a nasty nail-biting habit, don’t fret. There are many steps you can take to worktowards fighting this. To start, keep your nails trimmed. Doing so will help prevent a desire to bite your nails as they have already been cut short. Whether through getting regular manicures or simply cutting them at home, keeping your nails trimmed and short is the first step towards fighting this habit.
Also, identify your triggers. It’s important to determine why exactly you are biting your nails. If it’s stress, identify stressful situations and find coping mechanisms to deal with the urge to bite your nails. If it’s boredom, find small activities to fill the time.
You may even want to consider applying bitter-tasting nail polish to your nails. Sold at almost any convenience store, this polish goes on clear and will taste bitter if you try to bite your nails.
Nothing boosts a person’s confidence more than knowing that his or her smile is showing off beautiful, straight teeth. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with a picture-perfect smile and orthodontic treatment is often needed to correct crooked teeth, spacing problems or poor dental alignment. While in the past those without dental insurance typically paid for […]