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Oral Health Is Health!

healthcare on January 23, 2014 - 3:28 pm in Worksite Wellness

The mouth is the window into the health of the body just as the eyes are the window into the soul. Infection and bacteria in the mouth travel through tubes via the bloodstream to other areas of the body. The body delivers nutrients and oxygen via the blood into the root of the tooth. The tooth extracts the nourishment and passes some of the fluid into the tubules through dentin into the enamel.  A weakened immune system increases susceptibility to other diseases like Heart Disease. Heart disease and cancer – two of the biggest killers in the U.S. – can be profoundly influenced by the food we eat.

In 400 BC, Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  Current scientific evidence supports a diet rich in fruits and vegetables for producing amazing health benefits.

The sad truth is that 90% of Americans do not near nearly enough fruits and vegetables to protect them from disease; and the same is true for children. Prevention should start as soon as a baby is born, not after they receive their “wake up” call.  The Standard American Diet (SAD) is extremely unhealthy. The American diet is high in fat, processed foods, refined sugars, salt, preservatives, and chemicals.  As a result of this nutrient less diet, we see an increase in degenerative diseases. This way of living (dying) is killing us. This is not a coincidence.

If being healthy is our purpose, we must align our behavior with that objective. Our diet (eating habits) and environment must be aligned toward getting/being healthy. Health is more than just the absence of disease; it involves mental, physical, social and spiritual elements.  Haven’t we all heard the expression “you make me sick?”  There have been studies that suggest that we can become sick by constantly being around negative, complaining people.  When we dwell on thoughts of envy, malice, jealously, and/or other negative concepts, we begin to affect our cells adversely.  A merry heart (being happy) does a heart good just as  good as medicine.  Negative energy – like lies and deception – has the potential to negatively affect our health.

For generations we have been mis-educated about our diet and health.   Look at the health of our community today and see if we are becoming healthier or less healthy.  Today, African-Americans continue to lead in every disease category, and today more and more of our children are contracting diseases that were predominately not seen until adulthood.  We now have a legacy of parents who out-live their children.  We have more doctors, hospitals, and legal drug dealers (pharmacies like Walgreen’s) but less wellness overall.  We must re-educate ourselves. We must become a community (common unity) again.  Just as it takes a village to raise a child it also takes a village to create wellness.

Making the transition will not be easy, but it is necessary.  Many special interests are betting you will continue down the same path of diet, disease, and death.

Billions of dollars are spent annually to condition you into thinking disease and death is normal.  What we require is someone to teach us how to return to the proper diet and lifestyle that will lead to longevity and quality of life.  Let’s not take life for granted.  Let us make the transition today for the health of it!

About The Author

Dr. Perdita Jay Fisher, DMD has been practicing dentistry for over 34 years.  She currently lives/practices at the Fisher Wellness Center in St. Louis, MO.  She has recently penned a book entitled: “From Pregnancy to Childhood: A Guide To Good Dental Habits” which is available through Mission Possible Press and is soon to be released through Amazon.com.  For more information on Dr. Fisher’s practice, please visit www.FisherWellnessCenter.com.

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