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Hack the Inuits Bad Teeth

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM

http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/15633416/article-CDC--Severe-dental-decay-among-Alaska-Native-children-?instance=home_news_window_left_top_3

This article from today's newspaper in Fairbanks, Alaska. It's sad what is happening to the native Alaskans living in remote villages. I don't think fluoridation is the answer as the gov't is proposing, but rather a dietary change where they don't drink so much damn pop and maybe look at their nutrition in general. What say ye?

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on September 23, 2011
at 05:51 PM

The Alaskan natives, including the much-studied Inuits, lived a traditional life up until the 1700's, then Russians came after the furs and later everyone else came after gold, oil, and military footholds. During this time, we introduced alcohol, sugar, and highly processed food to the remote areas. A death-blow to the health of Alaskan Natives. Seems there'd be an easier hack to fixing their teeth than fluoride, though. I don't want to fix the world, just a few kid's teeth. I was thinking supplementing with K2 and neem oil or something...

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on September 23, 2011
at 03:12 PM

To pfw: That's the spirit! To Simibee: Who's gonna need CyberPaleo when they got the real thing?

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on September 23, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Techno-solutions like, uh, Paleo Hacks?

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on September 23, 2011
at 02:14 PM

I can't wait to fight over your malnourished corpse in the ashes of civilization

91fe5b7e10068df9f147ee84320e38f7

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on September 23, 2011
at 12:31 AM

I agree. Fluoridation of water is not the only factor. If one wants to commit to a scientific study, then one needs to consider all factors. I'm (as a PhD in Native American History) tired of these "studies" that isolate certain "factors". They ignore nutritional history and epidemiology, for one. Someone/thing is pushing that agenda, and it's BS.

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on September 23, 2011
at 12:22 AM

This may not be popular, but I'm going to say that tooth decay/poor nutrition is just a symptom of a deeper malaise here: socioeconomic deprivation is most likely what really lies at the heart of the matter. Sadly, I don't think we've come up with a hack for that yet.

91fe5b7e10068df9f147ee84320e38f7

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on September 23, 2011
at 12:31 AM

I agree. Fluoridation of water is not the only factor. If one wants to commit to a scientific study, then one needs to consider all factors. I'm (as a PhD in Native American History) tired of these "studies" that isolate certain "factors". They ignore nutritional history and epidemiology, for one. Someone/thing is pushing that agenda, and it's BS.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on September 23, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I say the Alaska pipeline is down to one-third capacity, when it drops much lower the oil will move so slow it freezes, the whole enterprise will be abandoned, the phantom oilfields in the wildlife refuge will NOT pick up the slack - because there's not enough oil there either - and hopefully Alaska will suffer total economic crash soon enough that a few remaining traditional natives will be able to put their lives back together and pick up where the old timers left off.

It's more or less the same story all over the world. Modernity has run it's course. Screw yer fluoride, yer wiz-bang medicine, yer techno-solutions of every kind. Everywhere.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on September 23, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Techno-solutions like, uh, Paleo Hacks?

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on September 23, 2011
at 05:51 PM

The Alaskan natives, including the much-studied Inuits, lived a traditional life up until the 1700's, then Russians came after the furs and later everyone else came after gold, oil, and military footholds. During this time, we introduced alcohol, sugar, and highly processed food to the remote areas. A death-blow to the health of Alaskan Natives. Seems there'd be an easier hack to fixing their teeth than fluoride, though. I don't want to fix the world, just a few kid's teeth. I was thinking supplementing with K2 and neem oil or something...

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on September 23, 2011
at 03:12 PM

To pfw: That's the spirit! To Simibee: Who's gonna need CyberPaleo when they got the real thing?

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

(7821)

on September 23, 2011
at 02:14 PM

I can't wait to fight over your malnourished corpse in the ashes of civilization

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