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Tasty Pasta Alternative

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Healing Cavities, Recipes

It’s been a while, I hope that everyone is staying healthy!

One of the big changes our family made when when attempting to heal my son’s mouthful of cavities was the elimination of refined grains (we recently started sprouting….more on that in future posts).  So no more commercial/organic flour or even pastas.  It was one of the toughest diet changes we made, but one that we found made the most difference in healing his cavities.

Cucumber pasta salad

Cucumber pasta salad

Giving up something you eat regularly isn’t easy and so I was on a mission to try and find tasty alternatives to my love of pasta.  It’s amazing what you can find on the internet….all you have to do is search.  When it came to substituting pasta I found many recipes online that used various vegetables and then sliced/cut them to look like pasta.  When you think about it, actual pasta doesn’t have much flavor, it’s the marinara, white sauce, etc. that you add to it that gives your meal the tastes we all have come to love.  So even if you’re not interested in eliminating refined grains, you can actually add more flavor to your meal and make it healthier by using for example cucumbers (pictured) for your next pasta salad or zucchini with your favorite marinara.  In order to make the pasta look like “spaghetti,” I purchased a spiral slicer, however investing in a slicer is not necessary. You can use a peeler to slice off ribbons that work just as well.

Another dish that is a family favorite is potatoes.  Again, I slice using a spiral slicer to get the spaghetti look (hmmm, maybe I should try to see if I can get the company to do a giveaway for one of my lucky fans!).  After slicing I cook the potatoes and add my favorite sauce.  Simple.  Delicious.

With the number of veggies out there the possibilities are endless.  If you try out any other veggies be sure to let us know.

Bon Appetit!

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Hoda Elkassem, RPh, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Allied Health Sciences

One of the best things that has ever happened to my family was the discovery of my son’s mouthful of cavities.  I sincerely mean that.  I have never given my children candy, they do not eat sugar, nor have they ever even tasted chocolate.  I’m pretty strict when it comes to the foods they eat, trying only to give them what is healthy, which is why I was left in utter disbelief the day my son went to the dentist for a checkup.

My husband took him for his appointment and called me to update me on the checkup.  The dentist suspected eight, yes EIGHT, cavities!  How could that be possible?!?! He brushed and flossed daily, and never ever ate any type junk food, yet his mouth was full of cavities?!  I was literally devastated.

The dentist gave us his list of all the procedures he felt necessary:  fillings, tooth extraction, and a ‘child version’ of a root canal.  Hearing this was even more devastating to me then the news of the actual cavities.  He wanted to get started later that week.  I called my husband’s aunt, who is a physician, to get her take on this.   She insisted it was his diet that had caused the cavities and advised that I make some changes.  I was confused, his diet?  He ate so well, or so I thought.

That night I was online for hours, researching, reading, watching videos and learning all about cavities, what actually causes them and natural ways to treat them.  I read about Weston A. Price, a world renowned dentist who studied eating habits in different regions of the world and the effect such eating habits had on one’s health and teeth.  His findings are fascinating and can be found in detail in his book entitled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

What I learned that evening, is when we suffer from cavities, or any other type of disease, it’s our body’s way of telling us something isn’t quite right.   I came to realize that although I may not have been giving my children any wrong foods, I wasn’t giving them all of the nutrient rich right foods, and that was the problem.

Although it was devastating to learn he had so many cavities, it was in fact one of the best things that ever happened to us because we were able to see where changes needed to be made in our diets to make sure we were nourishing our bodies as they needed to be nourished.  Amazingly, by making these changes in our diets we were able to stop the tooth decay and avoid the entire dental treatment plan.  It has not always been easy, but it is definitely worth every bit of effort we have put into it.

I plan on going in detail in future posts about specific life changes we made that actually stopped my son’s tooth decay.  I have decided, however, to take this a step further right now in the hopes of helping some fans who may be currently struggling with this.  I contacted Ramiel Nagel, author of an excellent book called Cure Tooth Decay to see if we could do a giveaway of his  book.   His book  summarizes Weston Price’s  findings and outlines actual causes of tooth decay (it’s not what you think!!) and what can be done to stop it.  He also has a facebook fan page with a lot of really good information on maintaining a healthy set of teeth.

So my dear fans we have a couple books to giveaway courtesy of Ramiel Nagel!!  The book retails for almost $30 on amazon (which by the way it has been rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by 80+ people) and is an absolute must read!

How to enter:

1.  First, share this post on your facebook wall

2.  Then comment on my drug free pharmacist wall by simply saying you’ve shared my article with your friends and you would like to enter the giveaway

Simple 🙂

A winner will be  selected randomly by the end of the day on February 2nd, 2011.   Good luck to everyone!

**Remember there is a cure for widespread diseases like cancer,  the best way to cure cancer is to prevent cancer as best we can.   If you like what you are reading help me spread the word by sharing my articles with your friends.  Follow me, Drug free pharmacist, on facebook**

–Hoda Elkassem, RPh, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Allied Health Sciences