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“In accordance with ancient Chinese medicine, the mouth is a reflection of the person’s total health. Ancient Chinese physicians would examine the patient’s teeth, gums, tongue and oral cavity before they examined the rest of patient’s body.” (My Dentist, undated)
You can use this INTERACTIVE MERIDIAN TOOTH CHART to learn about each tooth’s relationship to your overall health. For example, if you enter BREAST in the ‘Select An Organ’ box, you’ll see that these teeth share meridians with the breasts: 17, 16, 26, 27, 35, 34, 44, and 45.
Then you can click on each of those teeth to see which other organs are connected on that meridian.
I highly recommend doing this. It’s illuminating. For example, here’s what you get when you enter KIDNEYS and click on Tooth #3, the first molar:


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“Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost.
“The most common causes of pulp damage or death are:
  • A cracked tooth
  • A deep cavity
  • An injury to a tooth, such as a severe knock to the tooth, either recent or in the past
“Once the pulp is infected or dead, if left untreated, pus can build up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth and cause pain.” (Colgate Oral Care Center, 2016)


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Root canal information (American Association of Endodontics, 2016):
  • More than 15 million root canals are performed every year.
  • More than 41,000 root canals are performed each day.
  • Endodontists perform 25 root canal treatments each week; general dentists perform fewer than 2.
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That’s a lot of root canal procedures – but are they safe? Many dentists, doctors, and researchers say ‘no’, that root canals pose serious health risks for the vast majority of us whose immune system functioning has been depressed by poor diet, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, chronic high stress level, exposure to toxins, leaky gut, autoimmune conditions, chronic illness, chronic lack of sleep, etc.






“Infrared thermography is the technique of converting infrared energy (radiant heat) into an image that a person can see and understand.  We ordinarily see in visible light.  We can compare infrared to visible light – they are not the same, but they are analogous….
“… an infrared camera creates an image by converting radiant heat energy into a signal that can be displayed on a monitor (and later printed).
“The infrared energy emitted from an object is directly proportional to its temperature.  Therefore temperatures are accurately measured by the infrared camera.” (Iris Associates, undated)


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“The theory behind thermal imaging, also called digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), is that normal and abnormal tissues have different heat signatures. So a thermal image, when read by an experienced examiner and run through the proper computer analyses, may reveal the infrared evidence of a potential or actual health issue that may not yet be detectable by other means, such as an X-ray, CAT scan, or MRI.” (Integrative Life Solutions, 2016)
Images taken by infrared thermography cameras can be grayscale or color coded.


This grayscale infrared image looks odd because we ordinarily see in visible light while this image shows radiant heat.  As you can see from the temperature scale to the left of the image, the light areas are warmer than the dark areas. 



See Reveal Your Body’s Secrets Through Clinical Thermography and How Does Thermography Work? if you’re interested in getting more information about the technique.
On the color legend (along the right side) accompanying the set of four infrared thermograms below, the reds at the top indicate inflammation while the greens and blues at the bottom indicate the absence of inflammation. You can see that the circled area of muscle pain in the woman’s upper arm is cool (blue) so her pain is not due to inflammation, which would have registered in the red range. She does, however, have quite a lot of inflammation elsewhere in her upper body.
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Airport security in Greece screens for fever, a sign of infection. Presumably, the man shown on the thermography screen was allowed into the country.

Thermal imaging camera & screen, in an airport terminal in Greece. Thermal imaging can detect fever, one of the signs of infection.

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Another infrared thermogram, this one of a house, shows that the windows and most of the siding are doing a good job of keeping the house cozy inside (mostly blue and green) while the roof and a few other areas are allowing a lot of heat loss (bright red).


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Thermography lets us visualize the relationship between root canals and cancers developing in the breasts. The two sets of thermograms below illustrate, in both grayscale and color, this connection.
The top row in the first set of four shows significant breast inflammation after a failed root canal extraction. The bottom row in this set shows a great reduction of the inflammation following the tooth’s extraction.


Before and After Effects of Failed Root Canal Extraction on the Breasts

Thermal Images Root Canal Extraction Copyright The Thermogram CenterTop Row – 2012: (Former Camera)

Note the lymph flow from the neck into the chest and breasts, particularly the right breast.

R – TH 4, L – TH 2

Bottom Row – 2015: (Current Camera)

Note the significant reduction in chest inflammation, the increased symmetry between breasts, and the lack of heat/thermal features therein.

R – TH 1, L – TH 1

Following the left tooth #14 extraction, the client’s Thermobiological Risk in the right breast decreased from HIGH risk (4) to LOWEST risk (1). Prevention was supported!!! Of what, we’ll never know…  (Thermogram Center, 2016)


This pair of thermograms below, of a woman who’d had a mastectomy a year earlier, shows intense inflammation in her breast area and chest lymph system (left image) and a rear molar socket infection on the same side (right image). The thermographer noted, “In the upper left image, lymphatic drainage from the right side of the mouth into the chest is apparent.”


Tooth Socket Infection and Breast Cancer

Thermal Images copyright The Thermogram CenterThis 46 year old female used thermal imaging in 2010 after having had a mastectomy just over a year earlier. While she hadnt understood that many teeth can affect the breast, her thermal imaging and the tooth and organ chart revealed to her the possibility of a back molar socket infection and breast connection. In the upper left image, lymphatic drainage from the right side of the mouth into the chest is apparent. (The Thermogram Center, 2016)


 “In a study of 150 breast cancer patients by Dr. Rau, in Switzerland, 147 of them had had root canals on the same meridian as the breast cancer. The other 3 also had dental problems on the same meridian, but they were not caused by root canals, they were infections in the jawbone caused by some other dental procedure.” (Kehr, 2016)


If you have had a root canal and have had, or are concerned about getting breast cancer, I recommend reading Ann Credible’s post about her own experience that led to her understanding the link between root canal,  breast cancer, and several other unpleasant symptoms she was experiencing: Do Root Canals Cause Breast Cancer?



“The Breast Meridian is connected to the 4th and 5th tooth from the center tooth, right and left, upper and lower jaw. In other words, if you have a hunk of metal or a root canal in one of those teeth, seriously consider having that issue repaired by a biological dentist.
“Dr. Robert Jones, a researcher of the relationship between root canals and breast cancer, found an extremely high correlation between root canals and breast cancer. In a 5 year study with over 300 cases, Dr. Jones found the following
  •  93 percent of women with breast cancer had root canals
  • 7 percent had other oral pathology
  • Tumors, in the majority of cases, occurred on the same side of the body as the root canal(s) or other oral pathology
(Desaulniers, 2012)



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Root canals harm the body in two ways:
  1. They create a toxic drip of pathogenic bacteria that impairs the body’s immune system.
  2. Through the acupuncture meridian system, the toxic tooth energetically affects the organ connected to the tooth.
(Desaulniers, 2012)



Our teeth contain small holes that run horizontally from the inside of the tooth to the outside located within the dentin. Our larger teeth, like molars, can contain up to 3 miles of these tubules.

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Microscopic Image of Dentinal Tubules in a Tooth (greatly enlarged)

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Microscopic Image of Bacteria Growing Inside the Dentinal Tubules of a Root Canaled Tooth

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“Root canals seem to only place a bandage over a life threatening problem, and more appropriately merely delay the onset of major health issues. Unfortunately there is an underlying misconception that infective agents such as microbes, fungi, and viruses are successfully disinfected within teeth’s gums. However, there are miles of microscopic tubules which are never exposed to sanitizing chemicals.

“In studies, up to 50% of the pathogenic bacteria population remained following treatment with the common disinfectant sodium hypochlorite. Adding human error to the equation, secondary health complications arising from root canals seem more likely than not.” (Jockers, 2016)

Enterococcus faecalis

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One of the toxic anaerobic bacteria that is often present in a root canal is  Enterococcus faecalis. As its name suggests, E. faecalis originates inside the digestive and genitourinary tracts. When it colonizes elsewhere in the body, it  can cause life threatening conditions such as endocarditis, septicemia, urinary tract infections, and meningitis. It is highly pathogenic and often antibiotic resistant.
In the mouth, E. facaelis colonies are responsible for the formation of abscesses, pus and destruction of tissue.
“E. faecalis has been frequently found in root canal-treated teeth in prevalence values ranging from 30% to 90% of the cases. Root canal-treated teeth are about nine times more likely to harbor E. faecalis than cases of primary infections.”   (Wikipedia, 7/21/2016)
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In addition to Enterococcus faecalis, other dangerous bacteria are often found living in tooth systems after a root canal (Jockers, 2016):
  • Pseudomonas:  Symptoms associated with Pseudomonas bacteria include a weakened immune system, pneumonia, and blood infections.
  • Staphylococci:  Staph bacteria cause skin infections and are often present in pneumonia, blood poisoning, and toxic shock syndrome.
  • Streptococci:  Populations of these types of bacteria cause strep throat, pain, fever, dizziness, swelling, confusion, abnormal blood pressure, and toxic shock syndrome.  As the most frequent cause of necrotizing fasciitis, Streptococcus pyogenes, is often referred to as the ‘flesh-eating bacteria’.



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Root canals create toxic and dangerous conditions in the mouth. Our teeth are living organisms that connect to the rest of the body via the tubules in each tooth –  around 3 miles of tubules per tooth.
“Saving a dying, infected tooth would be like trying to save an infected appendix or gall bladder, stuffing it with bleach (sodium hypochlorite is routinely used in root canals) and other toxic chemicals, hoping that there would be no effects of long term infections. Sound silly?
“That is exactly what happens when you get a root canal.” (Desaulniers, 2012)
No matter what efforts are made to kill the pathogenic bacteria living in a  root canaled tooth, the truth is that these dead teeth can become seriously toxic sites continuously dripping infection into the body. (Desaulniers, 2012), (Jockers, 2016), & (Mercola, 2015)



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Dr. Weston Price (1870-1948) was a prominent dentist known for his meticulous research and writings on the relationship between nutrition, dental and physical health. In 1913 he founded a research institute called the National Dental Association, which later became the research section of the American Dental Association. Price was the NDA’s chairman from 1914 to 1928.


Weston A. Price, DDS

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A century ago, “Price was concerned about the pathological bacteria found in nearly all root canal teeth of that time. He was able to transfer diseases harbored by humans from their extracted root canal teeth into rabbits by inserting a fragment of a root canal root under the skin in the belly area of a test rabbit. He found that root canal fragments from a person who had suffered a heart attack, when implanted into a rabbit, would cause a heart attack in the rabbit within a few weeks. Transference of heart disease could be accomplished 100 percent of the time. Some diseases transferred only 88 percent of the time, but the handwriting was on the wall.” (Huggins, 2010)



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The truth about root canals may have been written on the wall a century ago but Price was labeled a ‘radical’ by the dental profession, which continued to declare that root canals were perfectly safe. And by the way, the dental mercury in ‘amalgam’ fillings,  was first exposed as a serious health hazard well over a century ago – in 1840 – yet most of us still have these fillings in our teeth. Amalgam fillings are 50% mercury. (Huggins, 2010)


“Dr. Josef Issels, the ‘father of Integrative Medicine’ found that, in his 40 years of treating ‘terminal’ cancer patients, 97% of his cancer patients had root canals.” (Desaulniers, 2012)

Root canals have been linked to a wide variety of health conditions known to be adversely affected by inflammation in the body, including:
  • Cancers
  • Heart disease: heart attacks, endocarditis, heart valve infection
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Meningitis
(Jockers, 2016) & (Mercola, 2012)


“We have identified 28 bacteria that the literature reports are related to heart diseases, including heart attack, endocarditis, and heart valve infection. Neurological diseases are in second place with 23 bacteria reported to be causative or contributing factors. Liver function, kidney, breast cancer – the list becomes alarming, so it is time to inform the public what dentists cannot tell you out of fear of retribution from injured patients and their own association. The Dental Association would move from being one of the most respected professions to the least respected…
“How many people are affected, and how?
“While I cannot list every potential in this article, our figures indicate that over 90 percent of the patients seeking help for dental related problems suffer from chronic fatigue, and that’s just one example. How tiring can bacteria be? One group certainly can contribute. They are called “porins.” Few doctors and even fewer humans have ever heard of porins. The word comes from “pores.” These bacteria drill holes in red blood cells – pores – that allow hemoglobin to escape into the surrounding blood where the bacteria are lurking to suck up the iron. These bacteria, the porin producers, have a very high appetite for iron, and hemoglobin furnishes a never ending supply.
“Once a red blood cell has a few pores punched in it – a sleeve is inserted as well, such that the red blood cell cannot heal – the red cell bleeds to death. Now the liver has to process all that hemoglobin scrap relieved of its iron, and calm the body from irritations due to the red cell contents being where they do not belong.
“Another new kid on the block that may be dentally related is meningitis, which is a growing epidemic. When reading an article about the need for another meningitis vaccine, I recalled seeing meningitis listed as an effect of a few different bacteria that thrive in root canals and cavitations. Capnocytophaga ochnacea; Gemella morbillorum; Klebsiella oxytoca; Neisseria meningitidis; Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a few more.” (Mercola, 2012)



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You wouldn’t purchase a car just because a salesperson or an ad says it’s great. Wouldn’t you also want to know if it’s the right one for you?

If you want to take more responsibility for maintaining or improving  your own and your family’s health, you would be wise to look into the pro’s and con’s of doing whatever your doctors and dentists say needs to be done before actually doing it. Be an informed consumer so, if you do decide to take any particular piece of medical advice, you will be giving  INFORMED rather than BLIND consent.





Many, probably most, dentists and physicians don’t understand the connection between root canals and breast cancer or other illnesses. If you take your health seriously, it would be wise to find a biological or holistic dentist for all your oral health care.
You can search the following sites to see if there are these types of dentists in your area:  International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the (IAOMT)International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) and the Holistic Dental Association. (Jockers, 2016)





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If you want more information on root canals and why they’re dangerous, take a look at Dr Robert Mercola’s 2015 article Toxic Tooth—How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick.
Also see the 2014 book by Robert Kulacz, DDS, and T.E. Levy, MD, JD, The Toxic Tooth: How a root canal could be making you sick.
This is Kulacz and Levy’s website for their Toxic Tooth book: http://welcome.toxictooth.com/. It’s worth taking a look.



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American Association of Endodontics. (2016). Endodontic Facts. See: http://www.aae.org/about-aae/news-room/endodontic-facts.aspx

AnnCredible.com. (2015). Do Root Canals Cause Breast Cancer? See: http://www.anncredible.com/2015/02/do-root-canals-cause-breast-cancer.html

Colgate Oral Care Center. (2016). What Is Root Canal Treatment?. See: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/root-canals/article/what-is-root-canal-treatment?thumbparam=root-canals/490636003

Desaulniers, V. (2012). Is your root canal increasing your risk for Breast Cancer?  Breast Cancer Conqueror. See: http://breastcancerconqueror.com/is-your-root-canal-increasing-your-risk-for-breast-cancer/

Holistic Dental Association. (2016). See: http://holisticdental.org

Homeopathic Dental Hygiene Clinic. (2016). Meridian Tooth Chart. See: http://www.healthyteeth4life.ca/meridian-tooth-chart/

Huggins, H. (2010). Root Canal Dangers. See: http://www.westonaprice.org/holistic-healthcare/root-canal-dangers/

Integrative Life Solutions. (2016). Reveal Your Body’s Secrets Through Clinical Thermography. See: http://www.integrativelifesolutions.com/Thermographyhome.jsp

International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). (2016). See: https://iabdm.org

International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT. (2016). See: https://iaomt.org

Iris Associates. (Undated). How Does Thermography Work? See: http://www.irisinfrared.com/How%20Does%20It%20Work.htm

Jockers, D. (2016). Are Root Canals Really a Cause of Cancer? The Truth About Cancer. See: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/root-canals-cause-cancer/

Breast Cancer. Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc.  http://www.cancertutor.com/breast_cancer/

Kulacz, R. & Levy, T.E. (2014). The Toxic Tooth: How a root canal could be making you sick. See: https://www.amazon.com/Toxic-Tooth-canal-could-making/dp/0983772827

Kulacz, R. & Levy, T.E. (2014). The Toxic Tooth. See: http://welcome.toxictooth.com/

Mercola, R. (2012). How a Root Canal Can Affect Your Health. See: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/02/dr-huggins-discusses-root-canals.aspx

Mercola, R. (2015). Toxic Tooth—How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick. See: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/05/31/root-canal-teeth.aspx

Thermogram Center. (2016). Thermal Images: Teeth. See: http://www.thermogramcenter.com/our-services/thermal-images/teeth-images/

Wikipedia. (7/21/2016). Enterococcus faecalis. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterococcus_faecalis


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Contrary to the assertion that margarine is a healthy choice and butter is a major culprit causing the high rates of  heart disease and cancer plaguing developed countries, the exact opposite is true: Eating margarine (made from polyunsaturated fat) is associated with a wide range of diseases, and butter (made of naturally saturated fats from animal sources) is a healthy food!
The non-profit Weston A. Price Foundation has been a respected source of reliable information about nutrition and a strong voice against imitation foods since 1999. The Foundation is dedicated to “restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism.” (Nienheiser, 2000)
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Sally Fallon (author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrat as well as Founding President of the Weston A. Price Foundation) and Mary Enig (author of Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol) wrote:

When the fabricated food folks and apologists for the corporate farm realized that they couldn’t block America’s growing interest in diet and nutrition, a movement that would ultimately put an end to America’s biggest and most monopolistic industries, they infiltrated the movement and put a few sinister twists on information going out to the public. Item number one in the disinformation campaign was the assertion that naturally saturated fats from animal sources are the root cause of the current heart disease and cancer plague. Butter bore the brunt of the attack, and was accused of terrible crimes. The Diet Dictocrats told us that it was better to switch to polyunsaturated margarine and most Americans did. Butter all but disappeared from our tables, shunned as a miscreant.

This would come as a surprise to many people around the globe who have valued butter for its life-sustaining properties for millennia. When Dr. Weston Price studied native diets in the 1930’s he found that butter was a staple in the diets of many supremely healthy peoples. Isolated Swiss villagers placed a bowl of butter on their church altars, set a wick in it, and let it burn throughout the year as a sign of divinity in the butter. Arab groups also put a high value on butter, especially deep yellow-orange butter from livestock feeding on green grass in the spring and fall. American folk wisdom recognized that children raised on butter were robust and sturdy; but that children given skim milk during their growing years were pale and thin, with “pinched” faces.

Does butter cause disease? On the contrary, butter protects us against many diseases. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)













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Butter contains high levels of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, E, and K2:
  • The retinoids (biologically active compounds occurring naturally in both plant and animal tissues) together are referred to as VITAMIN A. Vitamin A is necessary for bone growth, as well as reproductive and immune system health. It assists the skin and mucous membranes in repelling bacteria and viruses. A is essential to healthy vision and may slow declining retinal function in people with retinitis pigmentosa.  And it is needed for thyroid and adrenal health. Butter is our best and most easily absorbed source of A. (Fallon & Enig, 2000), (Gunnars, 2015), (Weil, 2015A)
  • VITAMIN E complex (consisting of eight compounds) is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes against damage caused by free radicals and prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Vitamin E is needed for structural and functional maintenance of skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscles. It also helps in the making of red blood cells and maintenance of the body’s stores of vitamins A and K, iron, and selenium. E boosts immune health and protects against the oxidative damage leading to heart disease and cancers. It helps relieve symptoms of Alzheimer’s and may also prevent diabetes-related damage to the eyes. (Fallon & Enig, 2000), (Gunnars, 2015), (Weil, 2015B)
  • VITAMIN K2 is an essential nutrient, regulating blood clotting and is necessary for calcium metabolism. Another important role for K2 is activating proteins that control cell grown, meaning K2 is very important in cancer protection. It’s estimated that 80% of Americans get insufficient amounts of K2 in our diets, creating  vulnerability to osteoporosis, stroke, heart attack,  other forms of heart disease,  inappropriate calcification (eg, heel spurs and kidney stones), brain disease, and cancers. Sources of vitamin K2 are fairly rare in modern diets. Butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows is very high in this vitamin. (Fallon & Enig, 2000), (Gunnars, 2015), (Mercola, 2012)


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Children born to mothers who are deficient in vitamin A tend to have narrow faces and skeletons, small palates, crowded teeth, heart abnormalities, and abnormalities of the larger blood vessels. Extreme deprivation leads to blindness and other birth defects. Vitamin A is also important in the development of sex characteristics. Cholesterol, found in butterfat, is important in the development of the brain and nervous system. Low fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)









Butter and naturally saturated fats from animal sources  in general have never actually been shown to cause harm. In fact, studies have demonstrated that saturated fats RAISE our good cholesterol (HDL) and convert bad cholesterol (LDL) from small and dense particles to large particles, which are benign. Studies have found NO ASSOCIATION at all between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease. And here’s some interesting and excellent news: Butter contains many short and medium chain fats, which lead to improved satiety and increased fat burning.(Fallon & Enig, 2000), (Gunnars, 2015)








Margarine is a highly processed food invented as a substitute for butter. Its main ingredient is vegetable oil with added emulsifiers, colorants, and various artificial ingredients. Vegetable oil is a liquid at room temperature so margarine is often hydrogenated to give it a harder consistency and extend its shelf life. Hydrogenation turns some of the vegetable oils into unhealthy trans fats.
Butter, which has been eaten for centuries, is made by churning the fatty portion (cream) from mammals’ milk (usually cows but also sheep, goats, buffalo and yaks) until it becomes spreadable. (Gunnars, 2015)
The chart below compares butter and margarine. Butter is the clear winner in health advantages while margarine is deleterious to our health. The last on each list is of particular interest to me since it’s well known that chronic inflammation leads to many serious conditions and diseases: Butter is anti-inflammatory. Margarine causes inflammation.


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Butter is rich in selenium, an important anti-oxidant, and the lecithin in butter aids in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents. Vitamins A and E, found in butter, are also anti-oxidants.  And of course, butter is a good dietary source of cholesterol, which turns out to be a potent anti-oxidant. Surprised? A survey done by the Medical Research Council found that men who consume butter had half the risk of developing heart disease compared to those eating margarine. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)




Dietary fiber exposed to bacteria in the colon gets turned into the 4-carbon fatty acid butyrate. This process is likely the main reason fiber has so many health benefits for humans. Butter, which is 3-4% butyrate, is another good dietary source of butyrate (in fact, butyr-ate‘s name is derived from butter). Research shows that rats consuming an unhealthy diet who were supplemented with butyrate didn’t gain weight. Instead, the butyrate increased their energy expenditure, reduced their food intake, improved mitochondrial function, and lowered fasting triglycerides and insulin. Butyrate is anti-inflammatory and powerfully protects the digestive systems in humans. (Gunnars, 2015)







Butter, especially from the milk of grass fed animals, is an excellent source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), another important fatty acid which has beneficial effects on metabolism (it can lower body fat percentages in humans) and is even available as a weight loss supplement.
Many of the natural saturated fats in butter possess strong anti-cancer properties, including short and medium chain fatty acid chains that provide strong anti-tumor effects. Actually many of the saturated fats in butter have strong anti-cancer properties. Butter is rich in short and medium chain fatty acid chains having strong anti-tumor effects. The CLA in butter also provides protection against cancer. (Fallon & Eng, 2000)








For decades we’ve been urged by many nutrition authorities to eat low-fat dairy products as a way to get our calcium without all those “bad” fats and calories. But that advice turned out to be detrimental to our health:  eating high-fat dairy products is NOT ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY.
Three respected public health researchers undertook a systematic literature review of observational studies on the relationship between dairy fat and high-fat dairy foods, obesity, and cardio-metabolic disease. They then integrated these findings with data from controlled studies showing effects of several minor dairy fatty acids on adiposity and cardio-metabolic risk factors, and data on how bovine feeding practices influence the composition of dairy fat.
The resulting paper, published in the European Journal of Nutrition in 2013, was titled  “The relationship between high-fat dairy consumption and obesity, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease”.
What the researchers found:

In 11 of 16 studies, high-fat dairy intake was inversely associated with measures of adiposity. Studies examining the relationship between high-fat dairy consumption and metabolic health reported either an inverse or no association. Studies investigating the connection between high-fat dairy intake and diabetes or cardiovascular disease incidence were inconsistent.

Their conclusions:

The observational evidence does not support the hypothesis that dairy fat or high-fat dairy foods contribute to obesity or cardio-metabolic risk, and suggests that high-fat dairy consumption within typical dietary patterns is inversely associated with obesity risk. Although not conclusive, these findings may provide a rationale for future research into the bioactive properties of dairy fat and the impact of bovine feeding practices on the health effects of dairy fat. (Kratz, Baars & Guyenet, 2013)

The cardio-metabolic risks referred to are: high blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol level. This cluster of symptoms is often referred to as “metabolic syndrome”, thought to be associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
So the experts’ advice was simply wrong. Consuming naturally saturated dairy fat does NOT increase risk of cardio-metabolic disease and is actually associated with a REDUCED risk of obesity.
The box below sums up why it’s important to consume natural, saturated fats:
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(Source: versatilehealth.com)


Sally Fallon and Mary Enig noted:

The notion that butter causes weight gain is a sad misconception. The short and medium chain fatty acids in butter are not stored in the adipose tissue, but are used for quick energy. Fat tissue in humans is composed mainly of longer chain fatty acids. These come from olive oil and polyunsaturated oils as well as from refined carbohydrates. Because butter is rich in nutrients, it confers a feeling of satisfaction when consumed. Can it be that consumption of margarine and other butter substitutes results in cravings and bingeing because these highly fabricated products don’t give the body what it needs?. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)





The vitamin A found in butter is important for a healthy immune system. Butter’s short and medium chain fatty acids also have immune system strengthening properties. In contrast, the hydrogenated fats and an excess of long chain fatty acids found in polyunsaturated oils and many butter substitutes are harmful to the immune system. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)


jar sand measuring tablespoon of ghee - clarified butter on grun





Dutch researcher Wulzen found that butter protects the body against degenerative arthritis (calcification of the joints) along with hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland. This ‘anti-stiffness’ effect, called the Wulzen Factor, is unique to butter. Unfortunately, it’s destroyed by pasteurization. Calves fed pasteurized or skim milk develop joint stiffness and fail to thrive but their symptoms reverse when raw butterfat is added to their diet. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)





Glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids in butter, protect against GI  infection, especially in the very young and the elderly. Children given skim milk suffer from diarrhea at rates three to five times greater than children who drink whole milk. The cholesterol in butterfat promotes health of the intestinal wall, protecting against cancer of the colon.  Short and medium chain fatty acids protect against pathogens in the gut and have strong anti-fungal effects, playing an important role in the treatment of candida overgrowth. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)





  • OSTEOPOROSIS: The proper absorption of calcium for strong bones and teeth requires Vitamins A and D, both found in butter. Perhaps the plague of osteoporosis in milk-drinking developed countries is caused by our consuming skim over whole milk, low fat yogurts and other low fat dairy products in the erroneous belief that they’re good for us. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)
  • TOOTH DECAY: The anti-cariogenic effects of butter protect against tooth decay. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)
  • THYROID GLAND: Iodine in a highly absorbable form is found in butter and its vitamin A content is essential to the thyroid gland’s proper functioning. In mountainous and inland areas where seafood is unavailable, butter consumption prevents goiter quite effectively. (Fallon & Enig, 2000)
  • ASTHMA: The saturated fats in butter are essential to lung function and protect against asthma. (Enig, 2010)








And butter from pastured (organic, grass fed) cows is even more delicious and better for you – higher in vitamin content and not full of GMO’s or pesticides. It also has a more satisfying taste.


(Source: www.eatwild.com)
(Source: www.eatwild.com)
Also, it’s better to use unsalted butter – unless the salt used is sea salt. The heavily refined table salt added to most salted butter is detrimental to your health. See my piece on The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts for more info. You can also sprinkle some sea salt on your unsalted butter if you prefer salty butter.



A pastured, grass fed cow (Source: www.foodmatters.tv)
A pastured, grass fed cow
(Source: www.foodmatters.tv)
Some examples of pasture raised, grass fed, unsalted butter:









The powers that be are slowly recognizing that urging Americans to focus on eating low fat foods and carbohydrates while avoiding high fat meats, eggs and dairy was very bad advice.
From the June 23, 2014 article by Bryan Walsh, featured on the Time cover below:

For decades, it has been the most vilified nutrient in the American diet. But new science reveals fat isn’t what’s hurting our health.

The taste of my childhood was the taste of skim milk. We spread bright yellow margarine on dinner rolls, ate low-fat microwave oatmeal flavored with apples and cinnamon, put nonfat ranch on our salads. We were only doing what we were told. In 1977, the year before I was born, a Senate committee led by George McGovern published its landmark “Dietary Goals for the United States,” urging Americans to eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy and replace them with more calories from fruits, vegetables and especially carbohydrates.By 1980 that wisdom was codified. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its first dietary guidelines, and one of the primary directives was to avoid cholesterol and fat of all … (Walsh, 2014)



Joan Dye Gussow – professor, author, food policy expert, environmentalist and gardener –  has been called the matriarch of the eat locally, think globally movement. This is a nice quote from her on butter vs margarine:
Margarine instead of natural butter, processed table salt in place of unrefined sea salt, GMO foods, pesticides everywhere, low fat processed foods chock full of sugar and chemical additives … we’ve been seriously led astray and our health, along with the health of all the other creatures, the soil, waters, and air on our planet, are paying a heavy price.



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Fallon, S. & Enig, M.G. (2000). Why Butter Is Better. The Weston A. Price Foundation. See: http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-butter-is-better/

Gunnars, K. (2015). 7 Reasons Why Butter is Good For You. See: http://authoritynutrition.com/7-reasons-why-butter-is-good-for-you/

Hardin, J.R. (2014). The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/08/02/healing-properties-unrefined-salts/

Kratz, M., Baars, T., & Guyenet, S. (2013). The relationship between high-fat dairy consumption and obesity, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease. European Journal of Nutrition, 52:1, 1-24. See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810464

Mercola, R. (2012). What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium. See: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/16/vitamin-k2.aspx

Nienhiser, J.C. (2000). About the Foundation. The Weston A. Price Foundation. See: http://www.westonaprice.org/about-the-foundation/about-the-foundation/

Walsh, B. (6/23/2014). Eat Butter. Time Magazine. See: http://time.com/magazine/us/2863200/june-23rd-2014-vol-183-no-24-u-s/

Weil, A. (2015A). Facts About Vitamin A. See: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02759/facts-about-vitamin-a

Weil, A. (2015B). Facts About Vitamin E. See: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02813/facts-about-vitamin-e



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