Bring Your Omega 6 And Omega 3 Fatty Acid Consumption Into Balance For Optimal Health

omega oilWhether because you’re following a strict Paleo diet, eating out too much, eating a lot of processed foods at home or simply aren’t paying attention to what you eat very closely, you’re probably consuming more Omega 6 fatty acids than you should and less of the crucial Omega 3 fatty acids that you need for optimal health.

Consider this: a single handful of almonds gives you all the Omega 6 fatty acid you need for the day, and getting more can be bad for your health. Yet this substance is found in a variety of meats, cheeses and other foods as well as most fried and processed foods.

How can you make adjustments that lead to a more balanced life? Simple changes, as it turns out, can make a real difference when you understand what the goal is.

Our Diets Have Changed Slowly And Dramatically

Our diet has changed dramatically from what our ancient ancestors ate. And even in the last few generations, the diet has changed further — and not for the better. In recent years, the ratio of consumption of Omega 6 to Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids has changed. We’re now eating too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 in most cases.

A lot has been written about this topic, yet many people still don’t understand why this imbalance matters or what you can do about it.

But it’s possible to decrease your consumption of Omega 6 and start to bring things back into balance. Some diet plans make that hard, however. For example, the CrossFit nutritional guidelines tell you to eat lots of vegetables and greens as well as lean meats and plenty of nuts and seeds. But what should you have for snacks, according to their guidelines? A popular choice is almonds. And it’s not uncommon for people to use almond meal instead of grains for pizza crusts and other breads. Yet almonds are very high in Omega 6. Just three handfuls of these powerful nuts offer you 12 grams of Omega 6.

Many recommend getting no more than 6 to 10 grams of Omega 6 all day long, however. So what are you to do? Stop dieting? Getting discouraged doesn’t help, does it?

It’s relatively easy, however, to bring things back into balance if you’re vigilant. A good first step is to replace sources of Omega 6 oils with monounsaturated fats like olives and olive oil, avocado, macadamia nuts and the health saturated fats like coconut oil.

You can also start eating more fish and seafood to bring up your Omega 3 intake. Taking fish oil supplements help too. Just make sure you choose a fish oil that smells fresh and clean and has been tested for oxidation.

Make It A Two-To-One Ratio

Ideally, you should add Omega 3 fatty acids to your diet until you reach a 2:1 ration of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids. Bringing down your consumption of Omega 6 fatty acids will also help bring this ratio into balance.

To reduce Omega 6, start by cutting processed foods from your diet. Then cut back on eating out. Why? Because unhealthy oils are cheap, so they’re likely to be used at restaurants and in processed foods.

While few people still cook with unhealthy oils, you can go over the optimal ratio in no time by eating out and consuming foods that are cooked or processed with:
– Sunflower oil
– Cottonseed oil
– Sesame oil
– Canola oil
– And other high-Omega 6 oils.

You can assume that if you regularly eat out or eat a lot of food from boxes or packages, you’re eating more Omega 6 than you should — probably greatly more than you should.

Further Complications To Staying In Balance

Even worse is the fact that many people have problems converting and using Omega 3 fats from plant sources like walnuts and flax seeds. For that reason, consuming seafood and taking fish oil supplements may be the only way for some people to come into better balance.

If you think about it, throughout the 4 to 5 million years that humans have been evolving on the planet, our diet was usually rich in seafood and other sources of long chain EPA and DHA and relatively low in substances that contain Omega 6 fats.

When our ancestors were hunters and gathers, they were getting Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats in roughly equal proportions, anthropologists suggest. And research on what remains of early human life also suggests that there were few problems in the past with inflammatory diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and similar conditions. Those are the diseases that kill most of us today.

But about 140 years ago, the Industrial Revolution occurred, and that marked a shift in the way we eat. Modern vegetable oils and a greater reliance on cereal grains for feeding livestock meant that we were taking in more Omega 6 fats and also raising livestock with altered fat profiles.

Throughout the 20th century, the consumption of vegetable oil continued to rise dramatically. In the late 1930s, research indicated that the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 was about 8.4:1. From that time until 1985, the ratio rose 23 percent to 10.3:1. Estimates for today indicate that the ratio is perhaps as high as 20:1, and some people are eating these two oils in 25:1 proportions, something that’s extremely dangerous to their overall health.

In fact, soybean oil alone accounts for about 20 percent of all calories we consume today.

Simply put, our proportion of consumption is 10 to 25 times higher than it should be based on evolutionary norms — and that has to change. The consequences on long-term health from this change cannot be overstated.

Getting A Bit More Technical

Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids compete for the same enzymes related to conversion. That means that the amount of Omega 6 in your diet directly impacts the conversion of the Omega 3 ALA, a substance found in plants, into long chains of EPA and DHA, substances that protect us from diseases.

Studies have repeatedly shown that biological activity and availability of Omega 6 fatty acids inversely relates to the concentration of Omega 3 in tissues. Greater concentration of DHA and EPA in membrane composition reduces the AA available for eicosanoid production.

In the United States, the average person has tissue concentration of highly unsaturated Omega 6 of 75 percent. That essentially means that our tissue contains just about as much Omega 6 as is possible. That further means that we establish within our bodies an inflammatory environment that helps to explain why four of every 10 people die of heart disease — and other inflammatory diseases claim even more lives.

Stated more plainly, the more Omega 3 fatty acids you consume, the less inflammatory Omega 6 is available to your body. While Omega 6 causes inflammation, Omega 3 neither causes it nor helps it, so a diet rich in Omega 6 but low in Omega 3 can cause inflammation, but reversing the ratio can reduce inflammation as less Omega 6 is available to tissue to cause inflammation.

It’s Really No Secret In The Industry

When you take ibuprofen, aspirin or other NSAIDS, you’re taking drugs that work by reducing the formation of inflammatory compounds that result from Omega 6 fatty acids in your body. But you could get the same effect by taking in less Omega 6 in the first place.

Are you among the people who are at risk for death from vegetable oil consumption? If you have health issues, vegetable oils could be the problem. Fatty acid imbalance can lead to many inflammatory conditions, including:
– type 2 diabetes
– obesity
– heart disease
– IBS or irritable bowel syndrome
– macular degeneration
– rheumatoid arthritis
– cancer
– asthma
– psychiatric issues
– autoimmune disorders
– and so much more.

The most striking connection, shown in research, is between cardiovascular mortality and imbalanced consumption. As intake of Omega 6 rises, death from heart disease also rises significantly. And remember that dying from something you eat rather than a condition already present in your body is completely preventable.

Move Forward Hopefully And Intelligently

So what’s a smart plan of action for you as you move forward? You can take steps to bring your body in line with modern thinking and ancient health secrets when you think carefully about your imbalanced oil consumption and take action to correct it.

If you don’t want to read all the research and still want to make a significant difference in the quality and length of your life by lowering your chances of suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other conditions caused by inflammation, here are some basic concepts to remember:
– Avoid all fried and processed foods.
– Cook with clarified butter or coconut oil when possible, or use olive oil if using low heat.
– For salads, use only olive oil.
– Take flaxseed oil as a supplement, and buy in small quantities and refrigerate to keep it from going rancid.
– Avoid sugar, including sugar found in processed foods.
– Increase seafood consumption, including fatty fish and a krill oil supplement.

These suggestions are based on the latest research, and following them will dramatically improve your health. Why not give them a try and see for yourself? When you bring Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acid consumption into balance, great things really are possible.

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Homeopathy at the Dentist

dental homeopathicsHomeopathy is a sometimes controversial treatment option.  How can a couple of tablets that, scientifically speaking contain no active ingredient, offer anything more than a placebo?  But those who use homeopathy swear by the miraculous healing that can be achieved.

Homeopathic dentistry is a subset of holistic dentistry, a way of thinking that treats patients as whole people, not simply a set of teeth.  How does homeopathy help the whole patient with dental issues?

Arnica is one of the most widely used remedies, but there are many others that can be helpful in various situations.  Whether it’s Aconite for shock and panic, Zingiber for nausea or gagging, or Gelsemium for nerves that prompt frequent restroom trips, there is a homeopathic remedy to help make any treatment more comfortable.  Chamomilla is excellent for reducing numbness after local anesthesia, while Ledum can ease the soreness from the injection.

Many procedures involve the tiny tubules inside the root of the tooth and sensitivity is common after these treatments.  Hypericum is a useful remedy for pain arising from injury to a nerve and is especially good after a root canal.  Magnesium phosphorus is another good remedy for pain and has been called “homeopathic aspirin”.  Teeth that are sensitive to extreme temperatures can be eased with Plantago, and the tincture can be applied directly to a cavity to alleviate pain.

Many dental advances have allowed dentists to do in one visit what used to take many visits over several months.  Many people today are seeking “perfect” smiles using crown, inlays, veneers, and whitening.  The problem with these advancements is that doing so much at one time requires keeping the mouth open for extended periods, which can cause discomfort in some patients.  Magnesium Phosphorus and Causticum are both good remedies for cramping or problems opening the mouth.  Give Arnica for soreness and bruising, and a few drops of Hypericum and Calendula in a glass of warm water is a soothing mouthwash that eases dryness and discomfort after procedures.

Chamomilla has provided relief to many teething babies.  Help a teething baby before the pain starts by watching for red cheeks, which is often a sign that baby’s temperature is beginning to rise.  Also, if baby is old enough for solid food, do not give milk after midday.  The baby’s increase in temperature can trigger the milk to curdle, causing tummy upset, which can make baby even more fussy.

Nux Vomica is a good remedy for anxiety that causes nausea or vomiting, especially in children.  If you see a cavity, Plantago tincture can be applied directly to the tooth.

Use Ruta to ease discomfort from braces, and Staphysagria or Calendula if the wires cut into the inside of the mouth.  Ruta is also a good option for a tooth that feels loose after a blow to the mouth.

Use Silica 6C twice a day after surgery to encourage bone splinters to exfoliate.  For implants, however, skip the Silica and go with Ruta, as Silica can cause implants to be rejected.

Pain and swelling are the most common problems encountered after a procedure, especially procedures requiring local anesthetic.  Take Arnica just before and again after the procedure.  Arnica is also a good option for any kind of injury from trauma

There are several remedies for toothache, depending on the specific symptoms.  If you have:

  • Throbbing pain – Belladonna
  • Sensitivity to heat – Pulsatilla
  • Sensitivity to cold – Coffea
  • Pain aggravated by clenching – Staphisagria
  • If rubbing the cheek helps – Merc Sol
  • Pain after being in cold, dry wind – Aconite
  • Pain accompanied by bruising – Arnica
  • Shooting pain – Magnesium phosphate
  • Pain with swelling or abscess – Silica
  • Pain that originates in the nerve – Hypericum or Chamomilla

Not all tooth pain originates in the tooth, gum disease can also cause toothache.  Gum disease is a bit more complicated than most of the issues in this article, so if you are new to homeopathy, you may want to consult with a homeopathic dentist for the best remedy for your situation.

If you are bleeding and the blood is bright red, use Phosphorus.  If the blood has a bluish tinge, go with Lachesis.

If you have a tooth extracted and develop pain and an unpleasant smell in the space, these are signs of infection.  Gunpowder will ease the pain and stop the infection.

If you have an abscess, Belladonna can help bring it down.  If the abscess is severe and causing swelling, Myristica will produce amazing results.  If the abscess is recurrent, opt for Hepar Sulph 6C for quick relief.  Higher potencies will cause the pus to drain through the skin, while the lower potency will enable to lymphatic system to drain the abscess.

Ulcers can be relieved with Feverfew.  If sores tend to recur, continue Feverfew for a few days after the sores are gone to help stop the cycle.  For cold sores, go with Rhus Tox.

If you’re having amalgam fillings removed, Merc Sol can help you flush the mercury from your body. 

For a specific homeopathic protocol to address your dental needs, call Dr. Vinograd at 619-640-5100 for a free consultation.

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Homeopathy for Dental Emergencies

homeopathic pillsThe following information is intended to be used as first-aid to ease pain of many dental emergencies.  It is intended to be used in conjunction with proper dental care until a dentist can be seen, not to replace seeing a dentist.  Homeopathic remedies can also be used to ease post-procedure pain and discomfort.

When you have a fear of the dentist, try:

  • Aconite 12C – If you experience sudden panic and restlessness, use 5 pellets the night before and the morning of the appointment, with another dose about 45 minutes before the procedure.
  • Gelsemium 12C – If your fear is accompanied by nausea, sleepiness, diarrhea, or a feeling of weakness, 5 pellets the night before and the morning of the appointment, with another dose about 45 minutes before the procedure.

If you’re experience acute dental issues:

  • Arnica 30C – For post-procedure inflammation and trauma, including injections, extractions, surgery, and soreness from new dentures. Use 3-5 pellets every 20 minutes until pain subsides.
  • Hypericum 9C – Use hypericum after tooth extraction or gum surgery, for toothache or sore dentures, and after any kind of facial trauma. Take 3-5 pellets every half hour until symptoms subside.
  • Myristrica Sebifera 6C – Take 5 pellets 15 minutes before surgery or any kind of invasive dental procedure.
  • Belladonna 6C – If you experience a sudden abscess in the gums or a tooth, especially if there is redness, inflammation, throbbing, or sensitivity to touch. Take 3-5 pellets every 30-60 minutes until symptoms subside.
  • Ferrum Phos 6C – Take 3-5 pellets every 15-30 minutes to control bleeding after extraction or dental surgery, especially bleeding that does not respond to pressure with a damp gauze.
  • Hepar Suphuris Calcareum 6C – This remedy is good when you feel an abscess beginning to form that is accompanied by pus, increased saliva production, and tender, bleeding gums. Use 5 pellets every 4 hours to stimulate pus to drain.  Higher potencies, between 30X and 200X can help prevent pus from forming.
  • Silicea 6C – Take 5 pellets every four hours to encourage pus to drain.
  • Myristica 6C – Use when an abscess is causing swelling and numbness in the area. This is a common issue with wisdom teeth.  Use 5 pellets fours times a day.
  • Ledum 30C – Use 3-5 pellets every hour after dental injections until symptoms subside.
  • Staphysagria 30C – Use 5 pellets every half hour after surgery to the soft tissue, included cases of impacted third molars and periodontal grafts. Continue use until symptoms subside.
  • Apis Memifica 9C – Use 5 pellets every hour or so for sudden swelling and edema accompanied by pricking or burning sensations. Continue use until these symptoms subside.

If your baby is teething, or older child is getting third molars, try:

  • Camomilla 12C – This remedy is great for a whiny, restless child who wants to be held and comforted due to difficult teething. Give 3 pellets every 30-60 minutes until feeling better.
  • Hypericum 9C – Give 5 pellets every 30 minutes for nerve pain caused by teething.

If you have a cold sore, try:

  • Graphites 7C, Rhus Toxicodendron 7C, Arsenicum Album 7C, and Petroleum 9C – Use 3 pellets of each every 30 minutes, 3 times per day to help heal the lesion. Begin use as soon as you notice the sore beginning to form.

If you have a toothache, try:

  • Belladonna 15C – Use this when the toothache is a throbbing pain that is aggravated by moving, touch, or chewing. Take 3 pellets every 30-60 minutes until pain subsides.
  • Magnesia Phosphorica 9C – Use for toothaches that are aggravated by cold and eased by heat. Take 5 pellets every 30-60 minutes until pain subsides.
  • Coffea cruda 9C – Use for toothaches that are aggravated by heath and eased by cold. Take 3 pellets every 30 minutes until pain subsides.
  • Aconitum Napellus 7C – Use 5 pellets every 15-20 minutes for sudden, excruciating pain, particularly pain that is sharp or tearing and aggravated by motion. This type of pain may indicate severe inflammation of the root of the tooth.  Continue use until pain subsides.

If you are experiencing intense muscle spasms, try:

  • Cuprum Metallicum 9C – Use 3 pellets every 20 minutes until spasms subside.
  • Hypericum Perforatum 9C – Very effective at preventing spasms. Use 3 pellets every hour until spasms subside.

Things to Remember for Maximum Effectiveness

  1. Do not touch the pellets. Try shaking them into the cap or a dish, then straight into the mouth.
  2. Use homeopathic remedies under the tongue and let dissolve.
  3. Do not eat 20 minutes before or after taking homeopathic remedies.
  4. Coffee, tea, and mint can all neutralize homeopathic remedies. Avoid these when using homeopathy.
  5. Store homeopathic remedies away from products that contain volatile compounds such as ether, camphor, or perfume, as these can neutralize your remedies.
  6. Discontinue using homeopathy when symptoms subside.

Though homeopathic remedies can ease your problem at home, the best course is to have Dr. Vinograd (619-640-5100), or your local Holistic dentist consult on the best uses of Homeopathy for your particular circumstance.

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Homeopathy at Home

homeopathyMargo is a young girl of about ten who has suffered from dental problems for years.  Though Margo is the patient, it’s her mother that has struggled the most with the situation.  For years, Margo’s mother followed her dentist’s advice, to the tune of multiple amalgam fillings, antibiotics for a recurring boil on the girl’s gums, and general anesthesia as a result of her anxiety about dental procedures, and strong painkillers.  Ever since Margo’s mother began to question these practices,

As a result of this, it has taken years to resolve Margo’s dental issues, and she developed additional cavities as well as food sensitivities.

Over the past few years, Margo’s mother has been busy doing her homework and has discovered that homeopathy may have been able to heal Margo’s dental issues and could have help ease Margo’s anxiety.  It may also have been able to prevent many of Margo’s issues from arising in the first place.

The bright side to this story is that now Margo’s mother is an avid seeker of answers.  She started by studying some books on homeopathy.  She also attended a seminar and had a phone conference with a homeopath.  She developed a plan of action, which led to Margo’s dramatically improved dental health.  Here is the protocol Margo and her mother followed:

  • Margo was given Calc phos 6x and Calc Fluor 12x. Margo’s mom dissolved four of tablets of into 4 oz of water, and Margo was given about a teaspoon of the liquid three times a day.  Calc Phos and Calc Fluor are a special type of homeopathic remedy known as cell salts or tissue salts.
  • Margo’s mother made changes to her diet, including having her drink bone broth and raw milk kefir each day.
  • Margo now sees a holistic dentist who does not use amalgam fillings.
  • Margo’s mother gives her Aconitum the evening before, the morning of, and immediately before her dental visits, as well as Hypericum just before her dental appointments to help relieve her anxiety. As a result, when drilling is required, Margo needs no anesthetic.
  • The use of Nux vomica 30 twice a day for about a week resolved Margo’s gastrointestinal issues, food sensitivities, and insomnia, all of which her mother believes were triggered by the use of antibiotics.

It has been two years since Margo started following this protocol.  After many years of struggle, Margo has had no more cavities or abscesses since the switch.  She can now occasionally enjoy the foods that used to give her problems.  The best part of the whole journey, though, is that the crushing anxiety is no more than a distant memory.

Medicine should be used to heal and cure.  All too often, however, modern medicine only masks symptoms while causing harmful side effects.  Homeopathy is a system that can be practiced by anyone.  It cannot and should not take the place of a highly skilled and qualified holistic dentist, but is a crucial complement that can make trips easier, and can often prevent extra trips.

How to Use Homeopathy For Yourself

While homeopathy is considered to be safe, it’s still important to administer not just the proper remedy, but to use the appropriate potency at the right frequency in order to get the desired outcome.  Here is a bit of information on two of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for addressing dental issues:

ARNICA MONTANA

Arnica is typically the first remedy studied by those interested in homeopathy and is the first choice after a traumatic event.  It is helpful at low potency, but is quite powerful at potencies of 200C or more.  If you wish to use Arnica (or any other homeopathic remedy) at high doses, you should either consult an experienced homeopath, or gain some solid experience of your own.  Arnica helps protect against infection, swelling, and hemorrhage, as well as minimizing system shock and calming the patient.

When using Arnica prior to a dental procedure, use it twice (morning and evening) the day before, the morning of, and just prior to the visit.  It can also be given every 2-3 hours after the procedure as needed for pain.  For persistent pain, frequency can be increased to every hour or so.

HYPERICUM

Hypericum is most often used for intense pain, especially pain that is a result of nerve injury.  Hypericum prevents infection without antibiotics, and soothes the nerves, without pain relievers or Valium.  Hypericum is useful in dental situations involving deep fillings that are close to the root, and in cases of cracked teeth or deep cavities where the root is exposed.

Arnica and Hypericum are only two of the most widely used homeopathic treatments, but there are many others, each of which is useful in specific applications.  If you are interested in homeopathy, I would encourage you to learn as much as you can.

Do learn how homeopathy can improve dental comfort and improve recovery, call (619) 640-5100

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Introduce A New Paradigm Of Disease Prevention To Your Life

Human Heart CirculationDoes it seem like something’s wrong with the way we handle illness and disease in today’s society? It seems that the advice from the medical community over the last 10 years or so about preventing cancer, heart attacks, diabetes and other diseases is seriously missing the mark. When you take a close look at these serious issues and consider the very latest research, you begin to see many myths masquerading as medicine. For example, is the impact of cholesterol on preventing heart disease being overstated? We think it is.

Here’s what’s certain: a small group of diseases — heart disease, cancer and diabetes — will be responsible for most of our deaths, and there must be something that can be done about that. We believe there is.

The causes of these terrible conditions aren’t being represented correctly by the medical community in many cases. Whether for personal gain or because their thinking is simply wrong, many medical professionals don’t tell the truth about the causes of ill-health.

Research shows clearly that the following factors are the primary issues creating today’s epidemic of disease:
– excessive consumption of refined carbs, not to mention sugar itself
– excessive consumption of Omega 6, a bad fatty acid that people often consume at ten times the safe and recommended rate
– excessive consumption of processed and highly refined foods
– the increase in the sedentary and isolated way of life.

 

But it’s absolutely possible for people to make changes for the better that can make a dramatic difference in their lives and the lives of their families. We can make tweaks and adjustments that will protect health for years to come.

It may come as no surprise that the most important and best possible adjustments are quitting or avoiding smoking and getting more exercise. How simple is that? For many, these two simple adjustments are all that’s necessary to dramatically increase overall health.

Other important changes that can be made include:

1. Cutting the sugar and refined carbs. These things do more than just make you fat. They create inflammation and can lead to organ degeneration, probelms that in turn can cause life-threatening and life-ended diseases that could have been avoided.

2. Balancing the consumption of Omega 6 fatty acids. When Omega 6 is consumed in proper balance with Omega 3 fatty acids, overall health can improve. A simple way to do this when cooking at home is to season food with plenty of fresh, uncooked flaxseed oil. When cooking, it makes sense to use clarified butter rather than unhealthy vegetable oils or animal grease.

3. Getting in more raw, uncooked and minimally processed fermented foods. This includes delicious choices like sourkraut, kefir, kambucha, kimchi and plain old pickles. (And avoid taking antibiotics whenever you can because they destroy the good bacteria that fermented foods cultivate.)

4. Eating more unprocessed food. Whenever possible, swap in fresh fruits and veggies as well as real protein sources for processed, packaged and refined alternatives. Refined foods have their nutrition refined away and often have highly undesirable additives put in their place.

5. Getting your mind in order. Meditating, contemplating and other practices to order your thoughts can help you feel better. When you develop an attitude of gratitude and kindness, you’ll feel better and live longer. It also helps a lot to spend time with family, friends and other uplifting people who can help you relax both body and mind.

 

When you turn your back on misinformation and look toward real answers from real foods, you can start to see that narrow and ill-informed views about health and medicine don’t serve anyone very well.

If you are interested in a (free) consultation with Dr. Daniel Vinograd, call (619) 540-5100

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Homeopathic Remedies Enhance Comfort And Safety During Root Canals And Implants

homeopathic herbal pillsIn many cases, we recommend safe and effective homeopathic remedies as part of treatment at our clinic. Relying on the law of similars, homeopathic remedies have been used in many parts of the world since the 1800s to deal with all sorts of medical and dental conditions.

In truth, use of homeopathy and related principles goes back even further, perhaps to before recorded history. Our experience has proven that taking these remedies at the right time and in the right quantities can help fend off pain, swelling, bruising, infection and other complications that can occur with root canals and dental implant surgery.

A Wide World Of Homeopathic Options

For root canals and dental implants, we recommend a simple program of two homeopathic remedies along with the powerful antioxidant alpha lipoic acid taken three times per day until symptoms go away. We find that arnica is especially useful for most dental patients because of its effect on bruising, swelling and nerve pain. It’s a standard choice in homeopathy for any sort of trauma or soreness.

Some dentists also use the following remedies:

– Hypericum, also for nerve pain and post-op pain as well as soreness from dentures or facial trauma
– Myristrica Sebifera, which can prevent nerve abscesses when taken a few minutes before an invasive procedure like a root canal or implant
– Belladonna, used for gum or tooth abscesses and anytime there’s redness, throbbing or inflammation, especially if there’s soreness to the touch
– Ferrum Phos, a homeopathic dentistry remedy often used for bleeding following surgery that isn’t well controlled simply with gauze
– Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum, for the early stages of dental abscesses with pus and tender gums that bleed easily
– Silicea, an option that can help with the drainage of pus
– Myristica, used when a dental issue involves swelling and numbness, as is common with wisdom teeth problems
– Ledum, a homeopathic remedy commonly used for trauma that can come along with dental injections
– Staphysagria, used extensively for gum surgery and similar soft tissue invasive procedures
– Apis memifica, a remedy for sudden swelling and burning pains
– and many others.

We try to keep things simple, but we have years of experience in homeopathy and welcome the opportunity to make your experience better and less painful with homeopathic remedies.

Prefer Modern Medicine?

We have some patients who question the effectiveness and validity of homeopathic treatments. And that’s okay. It isn’t necessary that homeopathic remedies be part of your treatment at our clinic. But it’s important to understand that modern homeopathy has two centuries of evidence from doctors, dentists and patients that shows these simple dilutions can make a big difference in many case.

At our clinic, we use homeopathic remedies as an adjunct to modern dental practices. We use the very best equipment and the latest procedures to ease the discomfort of fearful patients and make surgeries and other complex dental procedures less painful and more likely to be successful.

We’ve learned that combining the best aspects of many kinds of medicine — including Eastern medicine, homeopathy and modern technology-based medicine — gives us the widest array of choices to help the widest possible array of patients. No one approach is right in all situations.

Why not give us a call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Vinograd to discuss what approaches will work best for you? There’s sure to be a way to provide you with the good dental health you deserve. A simple phone call to (619) 640-5100 can start the ball rolling on a better life.. with less pain, and with functional and beautiful teeth that you’ll enjoy showing off.

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Amalgam Removal Goes More Smoothly When Homeopathic Remedies Are Used

Homeopathic alternative medicineBecause dental amalgam contains toxic mercury, removing it is an important part of creating a healthy oral environment. And removing it is also necessary when a more extensive restoration is required. But there is a concern anytime amalgam is disturbed that the mercury released during the procedure can put you as a patient in jeopardy.

At our practice, we take extraordinary precautions to contain mercury that we drill out, making sure it doesn’t cause harm to you or to our clinic staff. When you take homeopathic remedies before and after the amalgam removal process, you make sure that you get the best results from the procedure without any of the harmful side effects of mercury exposure.

It’s amazing that some dentists are still installing mercury fillings in mouths around the world despite the proven harmfulness of mercury. But there’s nothing we can do about their actions or what you’ve had done to your mouth in the past. We can, however, take precautions to make sure that undoing their work doesn’t create harm to your body.

Homeopathic Remedies Work

At our practice, we prescribe a complete collection of homeopathic remedies for taking the day before the appointment for amalgam removal, taking the day of the appointment and for taking after the appointment. Most of these come in the form of small pellets that you take directly from a storage container. These remedies include special formulations designed especially for combating mercury toxicity.

We include arnica, used for centuries to combat nerve and muscle pain and reduce bruising. Arnica is an intelligent choice of homeopathic remedies anytime work is being done to the body that could cause bruising, swelling or pain of any kind. Hypericum is also a vital part of the program we recommend.

But homeopathic remedies can also play another role in the amalgam removal process. For patients who are fearful of going to the dentist, there are also choices that can help reduce anxiety and calm the mind. Look around online and you’ll see aconite, gelsemium and other homeopathic substances recommended for treating the symptoms that go along with fear of the dentist’s office.

A Long History Of Effectiveness

Homeopathy dates back to before recorded history and really took hold in the modern world in the 1800s. It became clear to some medical people at that time that there are ways to treat pain, injury, disease and toxicity that reach beyond what medicines in the modern sense can do. While we understand how important medications and drugs can be in certain circumstances, we also know that some have adverse and even deadly side effects.

Harmless homeopathy — sometimes called the medicine of similars — works alongside today’s modern medicine to improve the outcome of a variety of conditions and circumstances, not just dental office fear and mercury amalgam removal.

As drugs became more prevalent in the early 20th century, use of homeopathy dropped off significantly, but doctors, dentists and patients are now rediscovering the healing effects of homeopathic dilutions. In Europe, homeopathy is widely accepted today, and re-acceptance is growing in the United States. You may use a popular brand of homeopathic ear drops or eye drops every day.

Using so-called laws of similars, homeopathy is touted to cure some conditions and improve the outcomes of others. But this much is certain: mercury is toxic, and your amalgam fillings contain as much as half mercury. When you and the dentist decide these fillings need to go, you need to take every action possible to keep this harmful substance out of your bloodstream — and homeopathic remedies are an important part of those actions.

Why not schedule an appointment at (619) 640-5100 to discuss safe amalgam removal right away?

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Homeopathic Remedies Can Make Dental Surgery Easier On You

Homeopathic medicationUsing the right combination of simple but effective homeopathic remedies can ease the stress and anxiety associated with dental surgery and allow you to heal quicker. At our practice, we give dental surgery patients a specific protocol of remedies to follow before and after surgery to make the process go more smoothly.

One important component of this process is arnica, a well-regarded extract from a plant in the sunflower family. Arnica is used topically by athletes and others for joint pain and muscle pain, but when taken internally it can have a powerful impact on bruising on other issues. In fact, in the UK homeopathic arnica preparations are approved to be marketed for these purposes.

Our plan also includes the use of other homeopathic preparations to limit or eliminate other stresses on the body from dental surgery. This includes the use of alpha lipoid acid, not strictly a homeopathic remedy. ALA is an antioxidant with a variety of benefits, including the easing of nerve pain symptoms, and it has been shown to help patients of our holistic dental practice heal better and with less pain.

A Basis In History

Homeopathic remedies were largely formulated in the 1800s by German doctor Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann, although others had used some form of homeopathy throughout history. Hippocrates, the founder of medicine, wrote about the concept of homeopathy in 400 BC. Hahnemann, however, developed specific formulations for specific purposes and created an encyclopedia of therapeutic agents that’s still in use today by many physicians and dentists. While others have expounded on and expanded his work, Hahnemann can be viewed as the father of homeopathy.

The idea of this kind of treatment may seem strange or backwards at first. Simply put, a homeopathic dentist or physician prescribes substances that have proven to create similar conditions in healthy people. In some cases, a single agent is given at a time. At our practice, multiple agents are given to help with multiple symptoms possible from dental surgery. Since homeopathy has been found to have no side effects, this seems a reasonable approach.

Interesting, homeopathic agents are considered to be more effective as they are made weaker, so something that is said to have 6x potency has been diluted six times and is more potent in homeopathic effect than something that has diluted only three times.

Increasing The Effectiveness Of Homeopathic Treatments

A number of concept and processes are traditional when dealing with homeopathic treatments. Some are based on science while others are more based on superstition or possibilities, but we recommend observing all standard procedures. These include:

  • avoiding touching remedies and taking them directly from the container into the mouth
  • placing them under the tongue for maximum effect
  • not eating or drinking for 20 minutes before or after the remedies
  • avoiding using tea, coffee or mint while using remedies since these substances have a neutralizing impact, and
  • avoiding the use of perfumes or other volatile substances in storing the remedies since this can decrease effectiveness.

Our goal is to decrease the pain of all our patients and to increase the effectiveness of every treatment program we prescribe or action we take. Using homeopathy along with standard surgical techniques and other holistic and alternative practices can make dental treatment more pleasant.

Unusual and hard to understand but proven through generations of use, homeopathic treatments can ease dental symptoms and the symptoms of dental surgery, so they should not be discounted. Why not contact us about handling your dental surgery? We’ll make sure we take every action possible so that things go well for you. – (610) 640-5100

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Feedback from Dr. Sonia Gupta

We appreciate your kind words Dr Sonia!

 

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Dr. Sonia Gupta

“Aloha Dr. Vinograd,

I came across your awesome website and videos and wanted to say thank you for your efforts to educate the public on the raw truth of dentistry and health.

I appreciate your candid and honest approach to providing information and education to people.  It is unfortunately rare to find practitioners who take the approach of “do no harm” and “let food be thy medicine”.  Your information provided is true and honest and I commend you for that.

My mother always taught us “everything in moderation, including moderation”.  You have beautifully mastered this.  I love that you point out that there is no one true protocol or website or product.  The truth is in the practitioner’s heart and how he or she chooses to use all the protocols and all the information to “do no harm”.

I am a young dentist (somewhat young – 35 yrs old haha) and when I got out of dental school I became somewhat disillusioned with dentistry as I saw it as a “sell out corporate business” instead of healthcare.   I followed my passion and stayed true to my soul all these years.  I practice yoga and meditation daily. I see dentistry and healthcare as my calling and passion in life to do good for others while balancing running a business.  I appreciate that I can share this spirit with someone else in the profession.  You are a rare find and a true gem.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

With much aloha,

Sonia Gupta, D.D.S.
Maui Dental Group
President, Maui County Dental Society
UCSF School of Dentistry
www.mauidentalgroup.com

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Dental Implants Vs Dentures- Making the Right Choice

dental implantEveryone’s seen those old movies where the grandparents are talking and their dentures slip out and fall to the ground, or the shows where people have to put their teeth in a glass before they go to sleep. While such things might provide comic relief in cinema, in real life, they can be hugely uncomfortable. Dentures are something that have been in use for centuries. In the olden days, they were extremely expensive as they were made out of ivory or bone. Now, even though the cost is cheaper and the materials less objectionable, they still cause plenty of other problems to people who wear them.

The image of a set of teeth slipping out is actually very plausible. Dentures are fixed inside the mouth by using strong adhesives, such as acrylics. And a lot of it has to be applied to make sure that the dentures stay fixed in place. Applying them every morning or twice a day is an arduous process, and has to be done correctly. Keeping them in position is another nuisance. Dentures often slip and move while talking, eating, and the chances of them actually falling out are high. It becomes very embarrassing, especially in public places, and is psychologically very damaging too.

But it’s not just the social drawbacks. Physically, dentures cause serious pressure effects and bruising on the surrounding area, as well as the area on which they are attached. The constant abrasion as well as irritation from the adhesive causes friction leading to ulcers and sores, which can be extremely painful. Even in partial dentures, the adjacent teeth get eroded and decayed because of the pressure effects of the retainer clamps.

In contrast, dental implants are much easier to use and blend it with the rest of the teeth, too. Dental implants look and function like real teeth, without the nuisance of attaching them and fixing them in place. Once your dentist puts the implant securely into your jaw, he can then place a crown on top of them to strengthen and reinforce. Implants are the best permanent solution to resolve the problem of missing teeth. They don’t need to be replaced, they do not require as much cleaning or maintenance as dentures, and there are no pressure effects on the gum or the surrounding teeth.

The other big advantage of using dental implants is that they have no long term effects on the jawbone. The base of the implants helps reinforce the root of the tooth in the jaw, and make it stronger. This helps prevent erosion of the mandible as well. People are often put off by the price of getting implants as dentures are comparatively a lot cheaper. However, if you take into account the cost of buying dentures again and again, buying binding and acrylic glues, and treatments for the side effects, not to mention the long term side effects themselves, dentures are clearly the better option.

To explore your denture and implant options, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation

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Dr. Daniel Vinograd, DDS |
10450 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92120 |
Phone: 619-630-7174    •    Dr. Vinograd, DDS, is a Dentist in San Diego, CA, offering services as a periodontist, and providing teeth whitening, dental crowns, invisalign, implants, lumineers, dentures, root canals, holistic, family and cosmetic dentistry.


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