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Posted by: 41 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 12:31am
Are there any BTDer's who chew gum??? I have been addicted to gum chewing since my first peice of bazooka yeeeeaaaaaarrrss ago, LOL.  I now chew sugarless chewing gum and was wondering what it woud be as far as bennie, neutral, avoid.  Or if it doesn't matter, which I doubt  ::)  Thanks,  :D Sandy O
Posted by: 476 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 12:51am; Reply: 1
Its probably an avoid since many sugarless gums contain plenty of artficial flavors, colors, preservatives and artificial sweetners. Unless you are using one of the gums sweetened by xyilol or stevia only but most have other sweetners. Im sure other older blood type deiters have opinions on this topic but I would say you probably should ween your self off of these. For the longest time I had an addiction to Altoids peppermint flavored candies. It took the blood type diet to get me to quit them for good. I think I was just addicted to the sugar and the peppermint. Remember too that chewing gum allows for the swallowing of more air and therefore the possible production of more gas in the digestive tract. It always happened to me when I was a kid and chewed alot of gum. I havent really wanted gum either since Ive been on the blood type diet so hang in there with this diet.
Posted by: 41 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 1:34am; Reply: 2
Quoted from JamieB
Remember too that chewing gum allows for the swallowing of more air and therefore the possible production of more gas in the digestive tract.


Good point, that is definately something a type O doesn't need.  But......as only an addict could say  ;) .....I have not noticed it bothering my stomach.  I am not sure if it is the sugars or what...I really just like to chew, especially since I quit smoking 13 years ago.  But  have always loved to chew  ;) I guess Freud would have a great time with that  :P, LOL.

Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 1:50am; Reply: 3
I used to be an avid gum chewer also. I don't chew any gum, at all, anymore because of all the junk that is in them. Especially with the aspartame. blllaaahhhhh :P

Debra :)
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 2:31am; Reply: 4
I wouldn't recommend that you chew gum if you have any mercury amalgam dental fillings.
Posted by: 41 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 11:15am; Reply: 5
Quoted from ironwood55
I wouldn't recommend that you chew gum if you have any mercury amalgam dental fillings.


Oh, WOW, really!!! I had 2 that chipped/cracked and had to be replaced.  But I still have 2 left.  What does the gum do to the fillings?  Maybe knowing the details will help me to let go of the gum  ;)  Sandy O
Posted by: Schluggell, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 11:48am; Reply: 6
If you also crave salt and/or grind your teeth you may try some Homeopathic remedies.
Posted by: 41 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 1:05pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from Schluggell
If you also crave salt and/or grind your teeth you may try some Homeopathic remedies.


No I never craved salt, actually did not use it until starting the BTD, except for small amounts when cooking.  I always used fresh ground pepper, but now use salt or kelp powder with my pepper on veggies and salads, since I don't use dressing any more.  I also have never ground my teeth, so I guess that is good.  What would craving salt and grinding teeth be symptoms of??  Sandy O
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 2:55pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from paulssandy@adelphia.net
What does the gum do to the fillings?  Maybe knowing the details will help me to let go of the gum  ;)

Mercury amalgam dental fillings release mercury vapor 24/7. However, when you stimulate them by chewing gum or food, consuming hot food or drinks, or even brushing them with a toothbrush they will release substantially more mercury. Therefore, it is unwise to stimulate them by unnecessarily chewing gum. Here is an example:
Quoted from The Scientific Case Against Amalgam
http://www.iaomt.com/
After ten minutes of chewing gum, the mercury concentration in mouth air does not change in subjects without amalgams, while for those with amalgam fillings it increases 8 10 fold, and remains elevated for at least 90 minutes.

The mercury from this vapor quickly travels to the kidneys, liver, intestines, heart, brain and other organs and endocrine glands. The science is irrefutable, but most dentists aren't interested in real science, it turns out. They just want to be able to continue using mercury fillings based on the ADA-accepted consensus lie that mercury is somehow inert and never leaves fillings.
Posted by: 41 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 4:05pm; Reply: 9
Thanks Don!!! Seems if you have mercury fillings your up the creek without a paddle, since we must eat and brush our teeth and drink liquids. :o I suppose chewing gum all the time will keep the mercury levels high, so.......wonder if you can be addicted to mercury or the taste of it or something, not the actual chewing of gum? Now that is food for thought to chew on  ;) I copied a simple 'chelating pesto' recipe from a thread.  I think I will start adding that into our diets as well, since Paul has even more of these fillings than I do.  
:D Sandy O
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 4:23pm; Reply: 10
Don, thanks for reminding us!  Have you got yours out yet?

I had started the process of getting the rest of mine removed, then my daugter needed some unexpected and expensive dental work.  So, my teeth have been put farther down the priority list.
Posted by: 1507 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 5:12pm; Reply: 11
Glad someone asked about this topic. I love Orbit gum. But it does use aspartame, so I've been looking for a gum that doesn't. Now I think maybe I just shouldn't chew gum at all after reading your posts.
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 5:16pm; Reply: 12
I have had the amalgams in two teeth in the lower left quadrant replaced with composite fillings. The composite material was selected based on serum biocompatibility dental material testing.

I should find out next week if my doctor thinks my body is ready for another quadrant to be done or if I will have to wait longer before assaulting my system with another mercury removal dental revision. Based on the timeline so far it will take a minimum of another 2 months before I am done, but it could take much longer if my body needs more time between dental revisions.

Yes, this is very expensive, $,$$$ !
Posted by: 41 (Guest), Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 5:18pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from rottlady
Glad someone asked about this topic. I love Orbit gum. But it does use aspartame, so I've been looking for a gum that doesn't. Now I think maybe I just shouldn't chew gum at all after reading your posts.


YUP, looks like another sad goodbye for me too!!!  ;)

Sandy O
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 5:42pm; Reply: 14
You mentioned quadrants, Don.  Is the work usually done in quadrants instead of, say, the two lower ones, first, and the two upper ones next?
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 6:11pm; Reply: 15
The holistic mercury free dentist was willing and said it was OK to do one half at a time, either right or left (upper and bottom). You are not supposed to do mercury dental work on both sides of the body center-line during one revision.

My doctor only wanted one quadrant done at a time to minimize the mercury assault on my body each time.  I believe that is what he tells all his patients to do. He will tell me which quadrant I am to have done next.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 6:21pm; Reply: 16
Thanks for that clarification, Don.  I need to make a decision about my next step.  :-)
Posted by: Beouemom, Sunday, October 8, 2006, 11:22pm; Reply: 17
Don

    I was wondering if the dentist who took your fillings out used the usual novacane for numbing?  Whenever I have gone to the dentist and had work done on my teeth they use that stuff. I just about pass out when the needle goes in and the stuff is being injected into my gums.  If I was standing up I think I would have passed out.  I have tried going without novacane but I am such a wimp.    Is that one reason the dentist only wanted to do one quadrant at a time?   Hope your filling removal continues to go well and you can tell us all how much better you are feeling.  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 9, 2006, 12:16am; Reply: 18
My dentist has used a tens machine, or something similar when drilling.  I've been able to go without novacaine the last few times he worked on my teeth.  It's been at least 10 years though, since I got most of my amalgams out.  Still two more to do.
Posted by: Don, Monday, October 9, 2006, 1:13am; Reply: 19
Quoted from Beouemom
... I have tried going without novacane but I am such a wimp.    Is that one reason the dentist only wanted to do one quadrant at a time?

That is not exactly what I said above, in post 15. The doctor, not the dentist, only wanted one quadrant done at a time to minimize the mercury exposure during each dental revision. It had nothing to do with whatever shot they used to numb that part of the mouth.

Posted by: koolaid, Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 10:24pm; Reply: 20
Yes, I chew gum, and I think it helps digestion, and I think it's pretty darn innocuous compared with most things. See if you can find Spry that uses xylitol as a sweetener.

http://www.xlear.com/spry/

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Posted by: Don, Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 10:33pm; Reply: 21
In general I don't think there is anything with chewing gum, depending on the ingredients. However, if you have mercury fillings I wouldn't chew gum frequently and/or for long periods of time, but it would be probably be OK for a short periods right after eating.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 10:49pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from Lisa_O_Sec
Yes, I chew gum, and I think it helps digestion, and I think it's pretty darn innocuous compared with most things. See if you can find Spry that uses xylitol as a sweetener.  http://www.xlear.com/spry/ 8)


tastes good too. this is the only gum I use. I give it to my g'kids as a treat. I know they're going to chew gum, so figure I may as well give them one 'worth' chewing. :-)
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