Ancestral Orthodontics

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One of the topics that always comes up what discussing traditional cultures and ancestral diets is orthodontics.  You’ve seen the pictures that Weston A Price made famous of the beautiful traditional faces verses the faces of those that had begun eating the “displacing foods of modern commerce.”  While there are still people who have beautiful facial structure with functional wisdom teeth and space to spare, it’s undeniable that in general, modern facial structure has changed dramatically and facial “deformities” are much more prevalent today.  In fact malocclusions are now considered the norm and most of us expect that our children will need braces.  The exact causes are somewhat debated but the fact is that our faces are growing vertically rather than horizontally.  While the overall length of the mandible hasn’t changed, the arch length differs by 14mm causing crowded front teeth and impacted molars.

Dr. Mike Mew just gave a great lecture here at the Ancestral Health Symposium in which he discussed our “modern melting faces.”  While he acknowledges the important work of Dr. Price, Dr. Mew feels that Price may have had a few things wrong and Mew believes that modern facial deformities are not so much a result of nutritional deficiencies (as Price theorized), but are instead caused by changes in muscle usage, tongue posture and swallowing patterns.

Live From the Ancestral Health Symposium

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I have definitely been a negligent blogger this summer spending every possible moment enjoying my little ones before school starts up next month.  I’ve also officially begun taking nutrition classes so a lot of my blogging time is spent studying these days (and nights).  This weekend I’m taking some time for myself (OK it’s nutrition related…but that’s what I love) and I hope to be able to share it with you as I blog and tweet live from the Ancestral Health Symposium here in beautiful Cambridge, MA.

So here I am, part of a community of scientists, health professionals and celebrity bloggers all on the same real food mission.  It’s inspirational, motivating and at times comical.  Like this morning at the coffee shop when the barista said, “A lot of folks have been ordering their sandwiches without bread…is there a convention or something?”.  It’s not just a convention honey…it’s a movement and our motto is “Bacon is rad, gluten is bad.”

More to come…
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