Thanks for everyone's well wishes. I surely will let you know how its going :) So far the xylitol mints and everything else we are doing has had one noticeable effect on his teeth. One of his incisors which is still coming in had immediately decalcified upon emergence. It turned powdery white and began to dissolve like the others had. It has since stopped turning white and actually begun returning to the proper color which is a sign of remineralization - or healing itself. So that is giving me much hope.
For those that wanted more information, here is what we are doing:
Drinking and cooking with only reverse osmosis filtered water (we fill up the big bottles at Walmart and bought a simple lead free water crock on ebay).
Brushing with Spry xylitol non-fluoride tooth paste after every meal or more.
Giving him about 15 Ricochet xylitol mints (chocolate, punch and lemon lime flavored) from per day through out the day
Drinking only raw organic milk from pastured cows, no homogenization or pasteurization - ditto on the cheese found through realmilk.com
Minimal organic juice - only used to mix a small amount with his Fermented Cod Liver oil from Green pastures each morning
High vitamin raw butter oil from pastured cows processed as per Weston Price
Vitamins and mineral supplements crushed up in his food. The Bio-Dent and Catalyn from Standard Process
Organic pastured farm fresh eggs from my best friend Vikki
Organic pastured meats from local sources and coops
Organic veggies and fruits from coops and local sources
All grain products are made from grains I grind fresh with my new magic bullet from Walmart since I can't yet afford a real grain mill.
I process grains as specified in Nourishing traditions by presoaking them in kefir etc over night.
I am making and giving him daily fresh kefir, fil mjilk yogurt, home made cream cheese and a little bit of kombucha all purchased initially from Nick's Natural Nook
I am cooking everything in lots of butter as well as virgin cold pressed olive oil and coconut oil available from Radiant Life.
I am using Celtic or other nourishing salts in my seasoning.
For sweeteners we are using Raw Honey, maple syrup and Rapadura.
On its way in the mail from dentist.net I also have Dr. Collins Restore remineralizing toothpaste and an ionic tooth brush we will start using on him.
If any of this information can help anyone, I am very happy to share it. It is the result of pretty exhaustive research :) Much information is from the Weston A Price site and the cookbook Nourishing Traditions
I have incidentally lost 13 pounds so far in the last couple weeks without any real effort since making this diet change and taking the cod liver oil and butter oil. Which is a nice little bonus for all my hard work ;)
Best wishes to everyone else dealing with this mess,
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
For those that don't know what has been going on with our family... my 2 year old son has been having some health issues. Nothing life threatening, we are in many ways very fortunate that his problems only involve his teeth. However, due to severe enamel problems he is having to go under general anesthesia for a second time to have more work done. The first time last April was horribly traumatic. So we aren't excited to go through it again. As a mother, I am of course trying to find the cause and solution to this problem. In spite of the near death experience that was his entry into this world, we are assured his issues are not the result of any of the medications or procedures he had or I had. Given that, and the knowledge that it is not a lock of hygiene. The next culprit I looked at was diet. While we were not perfect, I did think I was doing pretty well by him. Thanks to a very informative thread on Mothering I came to the realization that what I thought was a healthy diet was actually quiet poor. While I may never know if diet was to "blame" for his problem, along with excess fluoride in our water. What I do know is that there is a chance that I can stop and potentially reverse the damage through the diet found in the Nourishing Traditions cookbook and Weston A Price website. However, there is no way that I can continue to operate my business in any responsible way and give to my son the full and concentrated effort he now needs. I am running all over North Texas to locate and purchase the things needed for this diet. I am cooking intricate meals that require planning and coddling for days at a time. My kitchen has become a virtual science lab with jars of kombucha, kefir, fil mjilk, whey, and fermented vegetables. I've tossed out the microwave and invested in a monstrous freezer to stock up. My life must now revolve around healing my son. So... I am closing up shop. www.familypendragon.com will soon be gone, when I have the time to figure out how to close it. www.hyenacart.com/familypendragon will be restocked with only the sweater stones and pattern. I can imagine that a few times a year I may be able to stock some yarn or a custom or two. But it will be a rare occurrence I imagine, and will be announced through the blog and yahoo group. If you have a custom with me, have no fear, I do not let people down :) I am a little slower than normal, but I am reliable. I have loved creating for you. Thank you for the joy it brought me. I will miss you all very much. But I must be a mommy first :)