Dentists claim that we need regular dental checkups, fluoride toothpaste, and good dental hygiene for healthy teeth. In addition, we must limit sugars in our diets. Ironically, all four of these claims were proven false many years ago by the finest dentist and nutritionist America has ever known.
Similarly, doctors claim that we cannot enjoy good health unless we have regular checkups, take all prescribed medications, and achieve an ideal weight. In addition, doctors insist that we must limit sugars and comfort foods, and eliminate fast foods from our diets. Weight-obsessed doctors are as wrong about health as dentists are. We do not need to reach our ideal weight to be healthy. We do not have to give up our favorite comfort foods and fast foods, but most of us need to eat more vegetables, and some of us need to reduce the portion sizes of our favorite foods.
Both doctors and dentists fail to realize that Personal Nutrient Sufficiency (PNS) is like a switch. Achieve PNS and we switch on good health (both dental and general), even if we are over our ideal weight, and enjoy comfort foods and fast food. Fail to achieve PNS and we switch off good health, even if we are underweight, workout, avoid fast foods, and have a vegan diet. Unfortunately, PNS is not yet achievable with supplements alone. Hence the need for at least one satisfying and nutritious Square Meal composed of whole foods, approximately 80% vegetables by weight.
By definition, “personal nutrient sufficiency” refers to the person-specific level of each nutrient required to maintain good dental and overall health for a normal human lifespan, given one’s particular genetic makeup and lifestyle. In some cases, such as extremely high alcohol consumption, or IV drug use, PNS may not be achievable.
In theory, for most people PNS should be achievable without serious strain and with the government-recommended levels of nutrition. Unfortunately, this level of nutrition is not enough for some people. At present, we can only learn this the hard way, after these people become ill and a nutritional deficiency is subsequently detected. Unfortunately, there is no complete panel of sub-tests for PNS. Though it would probably save money in the long run, such a panel would be expensive, and each sub-test for each nutrient should focus on activity measurements in the most vulnerable compartments, and not on the concentrations in serum, urine, or saliva.