Dozens of studies have shown that in many cases CRP (C-Reactive Protein) can be directly linked to periodontal disease. And once the disease is addressed, the CRP levels subside. Researchers at the University of North Carolina reported that 85 percent of heart attack patients have periodontal disease, compared to only 25 percent of individuals who haven’t had a heart attack. (BMC Infect Dis 02;2(1):20) (AMJ Med 02;113(6): 462–467) (J Periodontol 01;72(9):1221–1227)
If you have periodontal disease, you could be setting yourself up for a future stroke or heart attack. The presence of periodontal disease may be as important as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, smoking, or family history as a risk factor for death due to heart disease or stroke. (Ann Periodontol 01;6(1):20–29) (Ann Periodontol 98;3(1):127–134) (Curr Opin Periodontol 97;4:21–28) (Compendium 94;15(8):976,978–982,985–986)
The simple act of substituting xylitol, erythritol, stevia or Truvia for sugar in your diet can be a crucial step in preventing or eliminating gum disease, tooth loss, asthma, inner ear infections, chronic throat and sinus conditions, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that xylitol, erythritol, stevia and Truvia all make it hard for pathogenic bacteria to attach and “set up house” in the oral cavities. Also, the bacteria that remain attached ingest the xylitol, erythritol, stevia or Truvia and, over time, mutate to become less and less pathogenic. Xylitol-sweetened gums and mints are good ways to benefit from this “friendly” sugar. Also, Sobe Life Water (the one with 0 Calories) is sweetened with erythritol & stevia. You can now buy Truvia (erythritol & stevia) packets to use in place of sugar.
DO NOT switch to Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, AminoSweet). Aspartame is poisonous. See the article entitled “Aspartame- The Poison You Must Know About” at: http://wp.me/p4rplg-2J
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