Dear Dr. Ellie:
I have just started my family on your program and we are hopeful that it will work on our teeth, sinuses and ears. I was wondering if there are any studies that show that xylitol is protective of the heart since scientists have linked poor oral health to heart disease. It seems like if you kill mouth bacteria, then you would lessen the chances of heart disease. Thanks.
Oral Health has been shown to be intimately linked to general health. Every year studies show more connections. There is a lot of information on this site about the health connections:
High blood pressure, risk of stroke, early term birth and even risk for pancreatic cancer has been linked to plaque on teeth. I believe that anyone who is searching for improved general health should pay close attention to their oral health.
There are studies that show a reduction in middle ear infections with the use of xylitol in children. It is also possible to measure the number of harmful (strep mutans) bacteria in a saliva sample and hence the amount of dental disease in a person’s mouth.
I encourage dental professionals who start patients on my system of oral care to think about taking a bacteria count at the start of the system and again at 6 months and 1 year. This would be interesting.
I am sure that my system is beneficial for general health. Several diabetic patients have noticed after a year or more on my system that their insulin levels have stabilized and their blood chemistry has shown improvement. This was even noticed by someone who has been a diabetic for 50 years. Interesting!
Thanks for your question.
Let me know if you have any more I can help answer.