If I had a television show, it would probably be called Mr. Odds instead of Dr. Oz. After teaching bands and playing trumpet, running an art center and convention bureau, hospitals and research institutes, I'm now flying all over the place consulting.
One of the neat things that I get to do is to periodically attend lectures about health. Because of my interests in non-traditional, ancient medicine practices that usually work better than some new medical treatments, I get to go to some pretty interesting presentations, the kind that you're not likely to see on the Discovery Channel anytime in the near future. The last talk I heard was about primitive food.
This cardiologist started out with a series of photographs of what people's faces looked like in the 30s. I'll admit they were not all models, but there was a certain beauty, a quality that is not seen much anymore. These were the people who were not being exposed to modern make-believe food: no hydrogenated fats or MSG. Then he showed us pictures of people who grew up eating the altered, chemically produced, junk food, and those pictures were full of surprises.
The crux of his presentation was that some super-smart dentist noticed something about people and the impact of what they ate on the formation of their facial bone structure. That's right, the bone formation in their faces changed dramatically. This doc then traveled the world in order to substantiate his findings.
The first place that he went to was Switzerland: not developed, modernized Switzerland, but some tiny little village tucked in a mountain pass that was only accessible by foot and couldn't be reached at all in the winter. When he got there he found out that the people were living on only locally and naturally produced food – dairy products, grains and meat.
This is where it gets interesting. Their faces were full, and their teeth were perfect. They were happy, healthy and fertile. In other parts of the country where sweets and processed foods were more prevalent, the people had thinner looking jaws and lots of cavities. The bone structure of their faces had actually changed, and they didn't have enough room for all of their teeth. So, the good doc decided to keep traveling and went to Africa, the South Pacific, Alaska and about six other remote locations where he discovered exactly the same thing, Natural foods – fuller faces; processed foods – thinner faces, tooth decay, infertility and not enough teeth room, hence the need for braces.
By the end of this lecture, this doctor had me convinced that I should consider switching to eating seal stomachs, grub worms, pig tails or even fish heads as long as the food was not adulterated, not injected with preservatives, chemicals, artificial colors, sugar, corn syrup or even antibiotics. The people who ate primitive foods were happier and healthier, sexier and had prettier smiles; their faces were full and their teeth fit in their mouths.
As I sit here and contemplate our various food groups: artificially flavored chips, injected beef, chemical-laden white bread, sodas containing a chemical used as a fire retardant, make-believe spray cheese, factory-produced chicken eggs, and enough corn syrup to float the Titanic, I now understand why my dentist had to pull my eye tooth and wisdom teeth.
Bottom line? Eat natural stuff. You'll be sexier!
(Nick Jacobs, Windber, international director for SunStone Consulting, LLC is the author of the blog Healinghospitals.com.)