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Halitosis

Definition

Offensive breath.
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Causes

Halitosis is usually caused by poor dental hygiene. But other factors can include: gum infections or tooth decay, nose or throat infection, improper diet, constipation, excessive smoking, foreign bacteria in the mouth, liver malfunction, indigestion, and inadequate protein digestion. It may be a sign of poor health. Have a thorough checkup, see the doctor for consultation.
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Symptoms

Gums may bleed, blood on toothbrush, toothache, eruptions in the nose or mouth, soreness of tongue, coated tongue, beefy tongue.
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Nutrients

Chlorophyll, 1 tbsp. in juice twice every day (green drinks are one of the best ways to combat bad breath, chlorophyll can also be used as a mouth rinse (1 tbsp. to 1/2 glass of water)). Vitamin C, 2,000-6,000 mg. per day, is important in healing mouth and gum disease and in preventing bleeding gums.
Acidophilus, taken as directed on the label, is needed to replenish the “good” bacteria in the colon. Insufficient “good” bacteria and an overabundance of harmful bacteria can cause bad breath.
Alfalfa tablets or liquid, 6 tablets per day, or 1 tbsp. liquid in juice or water 3 times per day (chlorophyll cleanses the bloodstream and colon, where bad breath often begins).
Garlic capsules, 2 capsules with meals and at bedtime, (odorless garlic acts as a natural antibiotic, destroying foreign bacteria in both the mouth and the colon).
Bee propolis, taken as directed on the label, aids in healing the gums, aids in control of infection in the body and has an antibacterial effect. Vitamin A, 15,000 IU per day, is needed for control of infection and in healing of the mouth. Beta-carotene, 10,000 IU per day, is needed for control of infection and in healing of the mouth. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 50 mg. per day, is needed for all enzyme systems in the body. Niacin (B3), 50 mg. per day, dilates tiny capillaries for improved blood flow to infection sites.
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Herbs
  • Apple
  • Arnica
  • Barley
  • Bennet
  • Bistort root
  • Caraway
  • Dill
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Gold thread (Huang-lien)
  • Linden, European
  • Musk-mallow
  • Myrrh (Mu-yao)
  • Oak
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage (Shu-wei-ts’ao)
  • Senna, American
  • Sweetgum
  • Wheatgrass

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Recommendations

Brush the teeth and tongue after every meal. Change toothbrushes every month to prevent bacteria buildup. Use dental floss and chlorophyll mouthwash every day.
Go on a 5 day raw food diet. Eat at least 50% raw foods daily.
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Suggestions

A cleansing fast with fresh lemon juice and water is important.
Also, it has been suggested that alcohol and soft drinks cause gases to be trapped in the cells of the body, when released they will cause bad breath.
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Bibliography

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 15th Edition, F. A. Davis Company, 1915 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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