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Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beth Ingham   
Monday, 02 November 2009 18:12

book-thumbupCure Tooth Decay
By Ramiel Nagel
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Seventeen years ago while having my teeth cleaned, I overheard the patient in the adjoining cubicle ask the dentist if there was anything she could do to keep her teeth from decaying. He emphatically stated, “No, there is nothing you can do. Your teeth are soft and are going to continue to decay for the rest of your life.”

I imagine that the woman accepted the authority of the dentist, believing and trusting his training and experience and perhaps now has lost all her teeth and wears dentures. I do not imagine that she embarked on a journey to answer the question for herself, a process that is neither taught nor favorably looked upon because “Doctor knows best.”

Back then, I could not have offered any advice but intuitively I felt there was something that could be done. A few years later, I encountered the incredible research of Dr. Weston Price. “Yes!” I said, “Physical demise and the ensuing suffering are not our fate. There is a way out.”

At the Wise Traditions conference last November, I met Ramiel Nagel and purchased his hot-off-the-press book, Cure Tooth Decay. I had been working as a whole health educator at a biological dentistry practice in Massachusetts for two years, educating new patients about Whole Body DentistryTM and introducing them to the work of the Weston A. Price Foundation. I immediately felt this book would be perfect to add to the collection of recommended reading materials. Not only was I correct with this initial instinct, but I quickly realized a few pages into Ramiel’s story that this book is about a journey of health in that health is ultimately a way of being in right relationships and being empowered, a journey I encourage all of my patients to embark on.

I incorporated both Ramiel’s personal story and his explanation of tooth decay and dietary suggestions (which flowed perfectly from the story of Weston Price) into my sessions with patients, to encourage them to look for the answers to their own questions concerning their health and wellness and the disease they may be experiencing. I watched patients smile as they “got it.” No one had ever told them that tooth decay is a nutritional problem, and when the truth was presented they immediately grasped it. Cure Tooth Decay is an indispensible book for any holistic practice, medical or dental.

Ramiel’s wake up call occurred when he and his partner Michelle faced rampant tooth decay in their one-year-old daughter. Ramiel wrote on August 18, 2008, “When my daughter’s teeth began rapidly decaying around the age of one I did not know what to do, or to whom to turn. Eventually I resolved to focus my energy and intention on the goal of discovering why her teeth were decaying and how to stop it. This book is a manifestation of my family’s triumph against dental caries. It brings me great joy every time a parent writes to inform me that their young child who has been suffering from tooth decay, has just been spared costly and painful dental surgery from reading my book. The majority of us can take effective steps to avoid the dentist’s chair and obtain lasting dental health.”

The American Dental Association states that bacteria feed on sugars left on our teeth from eating foods such as milk, raisins, cakes or candy, producing acids that destroy tooth enamel and over time result in tooth decay. By contrast, Cure Tooth Decay introduces us to Weston Price and Melvin Page, dentists whose work helps us understand the true nature of tooth decay.

Dr. Page’s discovery is that tooth decay is the result of a biochemical disturbance of the calcium- phosphorous ratio. This imbalance reverses the flow of nutrients through the three miles per tooth of microscopic dental tubules. When minerals are taken from the tooth, “it is quite possible that the body is sacrificing the minerals in the teeth for use by the vital organs.” “Lack of adequate nutrition causes physical degeneration and tooth decay is the result of physical degeneration.” With this understanding, different dietary choices can be made.

Ramiel evaluates all aspects of possible dental interventions, including root canals, amalgam fillings, fluoride, sealants, whitening, x-rays, conventional vs. biological dentistry and dental visits in general. He mentions that he still has mercury amalgam fillings following the advice of “a wise person who suggested that he not get the fillings replaced”. One of the biological dentists I work with believes that this is not the best health advice and that all mercury-based fillings and other dental metals such as metal with porcelain or gold crowns should be replaced with less toxic composite or pure porcelain crowns. I personally like what Ramiel says, “Fillings, regardless of the material used, can block the energy currents in the tooth”. Not everyone gets ill from amalgam fillings nor does their replacement always make people who are ill become well. “Again, this demonstrates how the most ideal solution to cavities is to heal and prevent them with nutrition.”

The gift of Cure Tooth Decay is that it serves as an invitation. It is not a prescription. One could follow all the dietary protocols to the letter but not have the results that Ramiel and his family experienced because they did not make it their own or see the bigger picture of health and disease. “The revealing findings of Dr. Price, along with his telling photographs, bring home the important fact that our modern foods and lifestyle are a primary cause of disease.”

Dr. Price wrote, “One immediately wonders if there is not something in the life-giving vitamins and minerals of the food that builds not only great physical structures within which their souls reside, but builds minds and hearts capable of a higher type of manhood in which the material values of life are made secondary to individual character.”

According to Ramiel, “the law of personal responsibility is vital to obtaining increasing health. I have found that healing cavities is not just about the physical process of substituting nutrient-devoid foods with their nutrient-rich alternatives. It is an opening up to life itself. It is a reaching out and a growing. It is a small death of the old ways of being. Those who have successfully conquered their decay have embraced the principles of this book and taken it upon themselves to heal. They looked within, trusted themselves, and in some ways acted out of the involuntary consciousness that instructs and guides us. I urge you to tap into this infinite but dormant power. . . I encourage you to take everything I have written in this book as a pointer to your inner knowing and not as a replacement for it.”

How I wish that I could have jumped out of the dental chair seventeen years ago and handed the woman yearning to stop her teeth from decaying a copy of Cure Tooth Decay. I like to believe she would have accepted Ramiel’s invitation and changed her fate. Human beings are not designed to degenerate but to live long healthy lives in wonderment of the universe. Thank you, Ramiel, for Cure Tooth Decay, for helping us on the journey.


This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2009.

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Dental Hygienist
written by Kelly Dental Hygienist, Jan 28 2014
I have been a dental hygienist for 27 years. Teeth that are bombarded with a diet heavy with acid, such as soda pop, juice, or lemons consistently have decayed root surfaces that are exposed by recession of the gums. Teeth that have not been cleaned well over time at the gum line will have gum line decay. Dental plaque, the soft white material, is full of acid from bacterial endproducts. Acid is the culprit in tooth decay. It is a scientific, researched fact. I have witnessed this my whole career, and have asked all patients who exhibit cavities about their diet. It is consistently due to acids frequently consumed or poor home care of their teeth.
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replacing missing teeth
written by Sara, May 22 2013
Is anyone working on making replacement teeth with biocompatible materials like calcium and phosporous instead of relying on white and pink plastic? I have a partial made from white and pink plastic. When I wear it for several hours, my tounge becomes so sensitive to even mildly acidic foods I can't eat a raw apple without my tounge sort of burning from the acid. I don't have to wear it every day to chew well enough. My tongue recovers when I don't use it for several days. Clearly, this plastic partial is not biocompatible with me, but I've never heard of an alternative made with more human friendly ingredients.
Austin Dentist
written by Austin Dentist, Apr 12 2013
The best part of this book is the author's focus on empowering the reader to be active in their dental care. Diet plays a significant role in every part of our body, including our teeth, but what is often overlooked is the effect of diet on teeth from the inside out.

Many times people only associate tooth decay with foods touching the outside of teeth while chewing. If you take sugar, for example, the harmful effects of sugar on teeth are done from the inside out, not so much as from exposure during chewing. They both play a role in tooth decay, but more importance should be placed on the systemic effects of diet and foods as it relates to tooth decay.

teeth rotting
written by beth, Jan 17 2013
Up until college, i had very healthy strong teeth, no cavities. My childhood dentist who was old enough to have treated my grandmother was amazed every visit at the strength and health of my teeth and gums. In college being on municipal water and not knowing the dangers of fluoride i developed cavities. My oldest daughter weaned from breastmilk to non fluorinated well water, while my son onto filtered city water. My son developed numerous cavities by age 4, while my daughter none, both on an otherwise very healthy live organic diet. These dental problems are what brought me to the wonderful weston price foundation, and many of his problems were reversed, and being baby teeth eventually new healthy ones took the place of the fluoride affected ones.

I have had three extractions of wisdom teeth, and one primary molar. Since then have developed gumline cavities,and those teeth are crumbling. I cannot enjoy an apple or carrot unless cooked or juiced. It is driving me slightly mad- the inability to eat certain foods more so than the pain. The info here has been enlightening, and i have utilized much of the dietary protocols, yet the decay continues. The info on this site about cavitation has been very helpful, and i'd like to put money aside for the procedures, but live paycheck to paycheck. I now have well water, and am an organic farmer, knowing that my food is very pure, as i provide most it to my family. I started seeing some reversal and ceasing of pain having added raw goats milk and oil pulling, but now it seems the decay is back on, with more teeth becoming sore, but not loose in the socket. the last dentist i saw (conventional) told me the problem was that i must drink too much soda. I laughed, as that is one bad habit i have NEVER had.

I take solace in knowing that even if my teeth don't make it through this ordeal, my children's will. Nagals book, or what of it i've read that he offers free of charge on his site is very helpful.
Diet Should be Top Priority
written by Lucas, Dec 18 2012
And where do you suppose those vitamins and minerals come from but the diet? And where are the deficiencies coming from in hypothyroidism? If it's lacking in the diet, it's lacking in the body. If the diet is secure, one can look to other factors. But it's 50/50 that the diet's at the root of things. Calcium and vitamin D can be gotten with a cod liver oil and vitamin butter oil blend.

"more factors than diet
written by Jan, Aug 25 2011
Eating nutritionally balances does not always insure freedom for dental decay. Very few of us are sticking to 100% ancestral diets. I have also found that those with hypothyroidism seem to have trouble using calcium and are often vitamin D deficient. And this causes them to have cavities, despite following a healthy diet.
Make sure your serum D levels are above 65. You're getting enough vitamin K, calcium and magnesium as well. Many people also fail to connect that fluoride does not prevent cavities but rather creates brittle enamel by taking the place of calcium in bone/teeth. One should avoid fluoridated water, fluoride paste and treatments. "
Generations before us
written by MInx, Nov 16 2012
I understand that people may be frustrated after following WAP diets, and still find dental decay in their children, but sometimes we have to remember that the foods our parents ate, as well as their parents have an effect on our children. Sometimes inherent weaknesses are seen for generations. So we just do the best we can. I have had a cavity in the same tooth for 10 years. When I slip up, it aches me.. but when I get back on track it's better. It'll be a constant battle to maintain its health, and its not shy to let me know when I'm slipping up in the diet area.
Decayed already from birth
written by Luc Biochemist, Nov 22 2011
In the great debate between creation and evolution, one thing is clear, the assembly of millions of metabolic processes in our body is more in a decaying state than evolving. More like roads degraded some than a road being built. Otherwise we would not get old...
That said, genetics varies, the lucky 1% are cavity resistant because their dentinal flow never reverses no matter the diet. So if one follows perfectly the Ramiel Nagel's diet and life style, one may simply fail to stay totally clear of tooth because of his genetics, although improvement is indeed possible, thanks to Ramiel for that!
more factors than diet
written by Jan, Aug 25 2011
Eating nutritionally balances does not always insure freedom for dental decay. Very few of us are sticking to 100% ancestral diets. I have also found that those with hypothyroidism seem to have trouble using calcium and are often vitamin D deficient. And this causes them to have cavities, despite following a healthy diet.
Make sure your serum D levels are above 65. You're getting enough vitamin K, calcium and magnesium as well. Many people also fail to connect that fluoride does not prevent cavities but rather creates brittle enamel by taking the place of calcium in bone/teeth. One should avoid fluoridated water, fluoride paste and treatments.
written by Marianna, Jul 07 2011
My 4 and a half year old daughter has got two cavities in her upper molars. She has been brought up on a good W A Price diet, mostly raw milk, lots of broths, vegies, sourdough bread and soaked grains... minimal natural sugar intake. I'm so dissapointed that she has cavities, but realize that she must have missed something, and hope to improve her intake especially so her permanent teeth can be good. The community dentist is very worried about the one cavity and has rung me several times as she believes that my daughter may develop an abscess if she doesn't get a filling. The molars are only due to come out around age 10 and she says there is no way that they will last till then. What do you think I should it be better to let her have the 2 molars filled or should we wait and see if they last??
written by Lisa, Jan 13 2011
Hi, Ramiel/ All,

We currently follow a WAP diet and I did when I was pregnant with my first child, a girl, who is now 3. She still uses a bottle (with raw milk) and a variety of other WAP friendly foods.

I just noticed, however, that she has a posterior crossbite. She has a wide head and seemingly wide dental arches with plenty of space for her teeth. Her dental arches appear to be U shaped and not V shaped. And she is a hearty, healthy, strong little girl.

I am going to take her off the bottle (in case that's a factor).

Do you have any advice? I'm looking for a WAP friendly dentist/doctor in Kentucky area.

Have you seen good results in correcting a cross bite?

Of course am surprised that she has this condition given her overall health and diet.

Many thanks for whatever advice you can give.

Kind regards,


Grain Damage
written by Raw Baby, Nov 15 2010
Hi 'nonlinearity',
I only have a fleeting moment to post, in case you come back here, you can get information regarding problems with grains, search for 'Grain Damage' by "Doug Graham' it explains why grains aren't natural for the human body ... grain eating people don't go that far back in terms of human existence. Book is available on Amazon or direct from his website hope this helps.
written by nonlinearity, Sep 15 2010
I'm nursing mum, having tooth decay in a few teeth. removing grains from diet is not making sense, bcs it was constant part of ancient people. who can answer what is wrong with grains if u process them properly?
written by Amalhator, Sep 11 2010
Vegetarians can also get their K2 from spirulina which has 15 mcg per 3g.

It is wise to do research for safe amalgam removal. There is a higher chance of composites failing unless the dentist is trained (IAOMT, Huggins). Patients may develop serious complications from heavy exposure.

Sometimes diet alone is not enough to protect against mercury and prevent deficiencies. Some people excrete mercury more efficiently than others and take much longer to bioaccumulate. We need to take genetics, allergies, malabsorption, other toxins, and soil quality into account.

For example, autistic children given vaccines were shown to have very little excretion of mercury compared to normal children. In the brain the half life is about 10-20 years after exposure ceases but without treatment.

I'm getting my amalgams removed and undergoing chelation since many of my symptoms which began in early childhood (autism, tics, chronic insomnia, social withdrawel etc) matched those of mercury toxicity despite improving my diet and avoiding allergens (gluten and milk).

I consume green juice, chicken liver, small amount of fruits, raw eggs, soaked seeds (except for flaxseeds), grains, legumes, and nuts, and avoid processed foods.

Mercury can also indirectly worsen health. An example of this is the reduction of sleep quality, and high quality sleep is required for optimal health. Again, not everyone is similarly affected. I was surprised to learn that fish is a small source of mercury compared to amalgams.
written by Suvetar, Jul 26 2010
Same here, until I changed 3 things in my diet.

1. I ditched ALL grains (even oatmeal) from my diet.
2. I added RAW goat milk to my diet.
3. I added a Magnesium Malate Supplement to my diet because raw goat milk seems a bit low.

Several things happened:
Teeth became whiter
Teeth seemed denser
The fluoride deposits (from toothpaste and tap water) went away (it was a beige stoney deposit on the outside of my teeth near gum line, I now use fluoride-free paste)
The cavities near the outer gumline under those fluoride deposits are now starting to fill in...3 small cavities have disappeared, 4th one is half way closed.
My tongue has been free of the beige slimey film ever since, I don't need to use a tongue scraper anymore, ever.
Austin Dentist
written by Austin Dentist, May 17 2010
Well it sounds as if cavities are directly caused by poor nutrition. I always eat nutritionally balanced meals and take a 1 a day vitamin to supplement for any deficiencies. However, I still get cavities. I wonder why this is? Any thoughts?

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