Carbs make you fat?!

I’ve heard this over and over again. When people hear that we have changed to a high carb low fat plant  based vegan diet many tell me that carbs make them fat.

When we did a 10 day potato diet, aka Mary’s mini, lots of people told me how potatoes make them fat!  What!  Potatoes!?!? My typical respouse is: I’ve been eating a starched based diet for 2 month and lost 30 pounds.  Then we discuss how carbs are typically eaten with sone thing high fat. Most Americans can’t imagine eating mashed potatoes without the dairy or butter. Or having fries cooked without oil.

When you stop and think about it, we have been eating a starched based diet for much of human history, pre industrial revolution and westernization societies thrived off starches, with very little animal products and oils, and certainly no processed foods like we have today. The more of these rich and processed foods we eat the fatter and sicker we become.

But what about protein? Is typical the next question.  Protein deficiency is so rare in our society. In fact health issues due to protein excess are the norm.  Besides how did we survive for so long before with such little animal protein in our diets? and those who ate these foods in abundance, kings and queens, became obese and sick.

Sorry my paleo and low carb high fat loving friends.  Take a good objective look at these, the paleo myth is just that.  We couldn’t sustain ourselves on such a diet back in those times, or even now for that matter. Low carb high fat means lots of animal protein.  And our planets land is already close to 50% use for livestock.  We just don’t have the space and resources for this type of eating to continue.  And in the Paleolithic times hunter gatherers couldn’t hunt the amount of animal foods one eats on a so called Paleo diet.  Most of the time they ate plant foods, having a meal of animal flesh was rare.  And eating oils at that time in history wasn’t even in existence.

Another thing to consider is corporations and industry.  Corporations are legally bound to make a profit.  Ethics don’t come in to play or they get sued by shareholders. Most of our food, even plant foods, are controlled by a hand full of corporations, who use many brand names.  They supply what the culture demands.  So we do have say in our food, we let them know what we want every time we shop.  However we are talking big business.  They have lots of money to lobby congress, sue the little guys who speak up, advertise, product place on tv and movies, fund research that will support what they sell, and so on.  If you think this is a far stretch, just think about the tobacco industry, they had big money, influence and hold.  Heck even doctors prescribed smoking to keep women from gaining weight during pregnancy.  Gee I wonder who funded that study?

Thanks to Dr. John McDougall and some really great documentaries, my eyes are wide open.  We are fully enjoying the benefits of a high carb plant based low fat diet.  We keep our food very simple, and go beyond how most people follow his program, we eat foods raw or minimally processed. It really is working for us.  This one time obese vegetarian is becoming lean and healthy!  I still have some more weight to lose and health to gain, and happy to be out of the obese category.

Many of my recipes from the past have oil in them. I honestly don’t have the time to go through them all, however from now on all my recipes will be McDougall compliant.

thanks for joining me on this next part our journey. When I get closer to goal weight, or on special occasions I will make some of the foods I used to, but without oil. And will share as I can.  In the meantime you can check out my Facebook page  Lori Loves Carbs

i have a YouTube channel with the same name, but only put up one video so far. Not sure if I will pursue that further or not.  I’m a busy momma, posting on Facebook is always the easiest.

In health!


Caramelized sweet potatoes and marinated roasted eggplant

High carb low fat plant based food can be as simple or complex as you like. We prefer to keep our food very simple. Most meals are boiled potatoes, quickly blanched green veggies and a raw salad. Occasionally I make something special, tonight it was Caramelized sweet potato and marinated roasted eggplant. I posted a pic and was asked for the recipe, here you go. No oil, salt or sugar. Still simple yet so tasty.


How to Caramelized a sweet potato.

Preheat over at 450 deg F
Wash the sweet potato, peel any brown spots, if the ends are black or exposed cut them off. Be sure to leave at much of the skin on as possible.
Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 30 minutes or until liquid starts oozing out.
Remove and Serve

Marinated roasted eggplant

Preheat oven at 350 deg F, can be as high as 450
Wash the eggplant, cut off the ends and slice long ways in half.
In a deep glass Pyrex dish mix
Balsamic vinegar, mustard, applesauce, coriander powder and ginger powder and enough water to cover the eggplant at least half way or just above it.
Bake for 30 minutes
Remove and serve

Options for marinade: add spices you enjoy, sumac is one of my favorite, it has a deep lemon flavor. Sometimes I add ketchup to this or tomato paste, it tends to be a very strong flavor with that, but goes well mixed with potatoes, rice, quinoa, etc… Some other options: juice of an orange, pineapple, chopped tomatoes. Really the possibilities are endless. And even more simple you can just used balsamic and water. You can also roast carrots, peppers, squashes, beets, parsnips and other tubers this way.

Oil free potato pizza, gluten free, high carb low fat

Gluten-free guilt free vegan pizzas that my kids love

I have recently eliminated all oil for my diet. These potato pizzas have been a favorite in my house and now I figured out a way of making it without any oil.


Potato pizza recipe:
Slice potatoes thick-long ways
Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flat sides down (for the end pieces)
Bake at 450 for 20 min
Flip and top with no oil tomato sauce, I use plain diced stewed tomatoes that I blend quickly.

Cashew cheese sauce:
Blend 1 cup cashews with 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast. Fresh or dried garlic and other herbs and spices can be added to the tomato sauce or cheese sauce.
Top with cheese sauce. If the sauce is runny that’s ok it will thicken in the oven.  Almond, Brazil or macadamia nuts can be used instead of cashew, I find the cashew is the softest texture.

Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown on edges.

Serve hot

Brazil nut Parmesan:
1-3 garlic cloves
1 cup Brazil nuts
Salt to taste (optional)
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
Chop until fine in blender or food processor. Sprinkle on top before eating. Store extra and fridge.

This recipe is compliant for the McDougall Plan, Starch Solution, the Engine 2 Diet, and other high carb low fat Plantstrong vegan diets. Not compliant for the McDougall Maximum weight loss plan (because of the nuts).

Lemon Hair and Body Wash DIY Homemade


A guide to the no “poo” method using Lemons.  This wash is great for the hair and body, a great homemade natural cleaner, that leaves your hair and body clean and soft.

15 years ago I let go of all chemicals and un-natural products in my house.  My journey began to find the best ways of replacing those products with something natural.  For many years I used organic shampoos, considered to be more natural.  Looking at the list of ingredients it was better than anything I used before, but I knew I could figure out a way to use something simple from nature to clean my hair.

12 years ago I decided to stop using shampoo and conditioner all together.  It took about 2-3 weeks for my body to stop over-producing oil on my scalp.  When we use shampoo the dirt and oils get stripped out of our hair.  Then we have to use conditioner to add some oil back in.  This is why for many, hair has to be styled after washing, or we need to add some type of product to it, as it tends to get frizzy.

I have a good friend, living in Florida, with dread locks that used aloe on his hair, it was always so soft.  This got me thinking, nature is perfect, something in nature could work on my hair too.  I was living in California and aloe was very expensive, but lemons I could pick off a neighbors tree.  What’s better than free?!  So I gave it a try.  And the results amazed me.  My hair became more healthy than it had ever before.  I no longer had to style it after every washing.  I also greatly reduced how much I washed my hair, as I used to wash it daily. With the lemon method I would wash only when needed, which in the beginning was about every other day.  Today I was once a week, and some times only once a month.  Yes I know that sounds gross, but my hair looks amazing.  On a few rare occasions I have used shampoo.  I instantly regret the shampooing because my hair becomes very frizzy, so I put coconut  oil in it to tame it down and then wash it with lemon or conditioner (when I’m too lazy to make the lemon – hey I’m a mom with 2 young kids now, I don’t always have the time to eat breakfast, let alone pamper myself with my lemon wash).  Lol

The lemon wash method:

1 lemon – cut into wedges (or small enough that it will blend easy in your blender)  For a vitamix you can leave it whole.

2 cups of water

Blend until smooth.

Take a flour sack towel, nut milk bag, kitchen towel, cloth hankie or any towel that is thin enough to strain the liquid but thick enough to hold in the pulp.

Ball up the pulp in the middle of the towel, and tie it tight with a rubber band just above the ball.

Bring the container of liquid and the towel with the pulp to the shower or sink.

Dip your hair in the liquid, using the ball end of the towel, dip it into the liquid and then apply it to your hair and body.  Add more water if needed before running out.  Whatever is left over just pour over your scalp.  Brush your hair with a shower comb (optional), while rinsing.  Towel or air dry.

That’s it!

When I was drinking kombucha I would but some scoby and liquid into this mix.  It didn’t change the results, but I had so many scobys that I needed to do something with them.

As mentioned above, it can take a few weeks for your hair to not be oily, especially if your eating oil, high fat foods (including all animal products).

Let me know what you think of this method, if you’ve tried it, and if it works for you.

Also check out my post on using lemon for deodorant.  

Gourmet Vegan Mac and Cheese even children will love

Gourmet Vegan Mac and Cheese even children will love

I finally made a vegan Mac and cheese even my children love. Made with only a handful of ingredients, and has a gourmet taste. Can be made raw with zucchini noodles.

Until now any vegan Mac and cheese I’ve made got eaten (happily) only by my husband and I. My children would take a bite and declare “It’s not my taste”. Big frowns for this foodie mama. One time I even used a whole block of follow your heart vegan cheddar cheese, knowing they love it, and they ate only a few bites. This new recipe satisfied all my picky eaters!

This won’t taste like a boxed Mac and cheese, but more like a gourmet one. I would expect to have a dish like this, maybe with some truffle oil (although I don’t eat that any more) at a gourmet restaurant in New York or California. I can imagine myself eating this in the garden dining room at Post Ranch Inn. It is very similar to the way Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL makes it, they add jalepeno. The cheese texture is sure to please.


Vegan Mac and cheese
1 tablespoon Brazil nut Parmesan (see recipe below)
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup water
Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients (except salt) on high until smooth. Add more water or cashews if needed for the right consitancy, should be a thick sauce.
Pour over freshly made pasta and mix well. Serve with a sprinkle of Brazil nut Parmesan and salt to taste.

My favorite gluten free pasta is Trader Joe’s fusilli made with brown rice. Any gluten free pasta will work for this recipe. Some rice pastas leave a thick starchy water after making the pasta, you can use that in place of the water in this recipe.
For a raw version: use raw zucchini noodles, can be made with a mandolin, shredder or spiralizer.

Brazil nut Parmesan
1 cup Brazil nuts
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Chop on low in a blender or small food processor. Transfer into a shaker bottle, I use a regular mouth mason jar with a Parmesan shaker lid I got from my sister. Store in the refrigerator.
You only need a small amount for this recipe, so you can make much less of you like.
While it has no cheese flavor it works well on pasta and Italian dishes in place of parmesan, and has a similar texture. Adding nutritional yeast will give it more of a cheese flavor.


Nutritional yeast can be added for extra cheese flavor.
1 tsp Turmeric can be added to make it a yellow-orange color.

For a spicy m&c:
Add jalepeno seeds to taste when blending the sauce.

For a sweet Mac and cheese add some mashed baked sweet potatoes stirred in.

Something different: my husband added garbanzo beans, kidney beans, red bell peppers and hot pepper flakes to it. I couldn’t think of a name for the dish (maybe bean-pasta salad?), he said it was amazing.

We loved this so much we wanted a few servings, but learned quickly that it’s too heavy of a meal for that.


Cucumber Summer Rolls

Cucumber Summer Rolls

Raw vegan, lite refreshing summer rolls.

When we moved to California the famous Roxanne’s raw food restaurant had just closed. We heard stories of the amazing unique food served. So when I came across the book “Raw” by Charlie Trotter & Roxanne Klein, I knew I had to get it and see what the buzz was all about.

The pages of this beautiful book are filled with pictures of the mouth watering gourmet creations and freshly picked produce that make me want to be a farmer! After reading through the recipes I knew I had to make some adjustments for my family, and so here is my version. I also added another simple kids version on the bottom of this post.

Adapted from “Raw” by Charlie Trotter & Roxanne Klein.

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (or shoyu)
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and minced (or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Black pepper to taste
2 Tablespoon dried coconut flakes, soaked in 2 Tablespoons coconut water
1/2 clove garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)

Mix ingredients and set aside

Cucumber Wrappers
1 large cucumber, English preferred, peeled

Cut the cucumber in minimum 4 inch pieces, crosswise (or close to that length, depending on the size of your cucumber)
Thinly cut the cucumber long ways with a mandolin, as thin as you can get. Once you get to the seeds turn it over and cut the other side, put these slices to the side.
Julienne the part with the seeds, and add to the filling (below).

1/4 avocado, julienned
1 small carrot, shredded or julienned
1 small bell pepper, julienned
1/4 cup mung bean sprout, or thin sprout of choice
1/4 cup romaine lettuce, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and julienned
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Place the filling in a bowl, pour 3/4 of the marinade over it.

Take a slice of cucumber wrapper, put some filling across the bottom of it short ways. Roll it up. Place it on a plate and drizzle a little marinade on top. Repeat until you have finished all the cucumber.

If you have any filling left over put it on a bed of lettuce and pour the remaining marinade over it to make a refreshing summer salad.

The thinner the cucumber wrapper the easier it will stay rolled up

The original recipe has red Thai chile, cilantro and some other ingredients that I didn’t have, but would have been excellent in this recipe.

Starting with the basic cucumber wrapper you can fill it with anything.

Kids Version
My boys got so excited to try this, but they aren’t fans of ginger, so I made them a separate plate of cucumber avocado roll up sushi. Wish I would have taken a picture. I took a cucumber wrapper, placed a piece of avocado on the end, sprinkled on very thin pieces of nori and rolled them up. They ate them as fast as I could make them. Adding some carrots or pea sprouts would have been perfect, but I was all out.

Elegant nature inspired diaper cake

An elegant beach/nature inspired diaper cake.

I believe creative expression is a vital part of being “A-Healhty-You”, which I why I love sharing my food and craft creations on my blog.

My friend Erica helped me put this masterpiece together, I have to say it is amazing. We put in lots of little details. The diaper cake was made for our friend who is pregnant with twin girls. When shopping I wanted to make sure to get 2 animals. Typically I buy some sort of animal toy, so the baby(ies) can use them, but when I saw these hummingbirds I just knew they had to be on the cake. I then found matching flowers. My friend loves the ocean and scuba diving so sea shells, a pair of scuba slippers (yellow on the bottom) and lots of little ocean/beach inspired touches are all over. The top features the 2 hummingbirds in a nest, there is a glitter heart in between them, drawn inside the nest. The glitter tool was a perfect was to make the burlap more elegant, and the foam nautical stickers as well. Inside I hid lots of organic nursery supplies.

This is about the 6th diaper cake I’ve made, they have all been beautiful and fun, but this one takes the cake! I’m going to be making another one soon and already have purchased the supplies, I love making these so much that it’s hard to wait, and yet if I make it now my boys, who really enjoyed pre-decoration the cake, would surely redesign it a few times.

Happy creating to U!

Photo by my husband Chris Bain

Garbanzo bean “chocolate” chip cookies, vegan, gluten free

I have been making bean cookies and brownies for years, my family loves them, and this one the have named the best ever!

As many of my readers may know, I don’t follow a recipe, I use it as a guide. I also don’t always write down what I put in a recipe because I love to just be in the moment. Yes I love to cook. Funny thing is I’m on a cleanse and can’t eat it, but what I’ve been cooking since I started my cleanse has been amazing, according to my family.

So here are the ingredients. To make it McDougal low fat omit the oil and almond butter, as you see I don’t use much. You can replace it with a non dairy milk, or leave it out all together.

NOTE: the amounts are estimates
Makes about 50 small cookies
4 cups cooked garbanzo beans
2 cups oat flour (you can use oat groats or rolled or quick oats, made into flour in a blender)
1 cup ground flax
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 Tablespoon almond butter
2 Tablespoon applesauce
1 cup dates
1 cup water
1/4 cup cashew
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup carob chips (or chocolate chips)
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup maple syrup or other liquid sweetner
1-2 tablespoon salt (to taste)

Preheat oven at 375 F
Blend the dates, cashews, maple syrup, baking soda, salt and water until the dates are liquid.
In a food processor blend the date liquid and garbanzo beans until smooth.
Put into large mixing bowl, add all the remaining ingredients except raisins and carob chips. Mix until all combined well. If the batter is too wet add more flax or oat flour. Should be a little thinner than regular cookie batter. Not runny.

Using a ice cream scooper, or spoon, scoop out small balls, about the size of a golf ball, and put on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. The balls can also be cooked in silicon baking cups. You can make them into cookie shapes too by pressing them down with the back of a spoon.

Bake for approx 30 min, or until it starts to get golden brown. Let cool before serving. They can be served room temperature or cold. They tend to get a little more firm if left in the fridge over night.

Store in air tight container in the fridge.

I can’t say how long they will last, in my house that’s about a day or so.

Some more pics from the Bain family photo shoot, even our sons joined in the fun.




Quick and Easy Sauerkraut


I went to a sauerkraut party today. The ladies and I pounded away at shredded cabbage. It was fun and I left without making my own kraut, intending to make it at home. The evening came and went and I’m left with cabbage that needs to be kraut-ed, so I opted for the quick and easy way.

1-shred a head of cabbage, a food process with a silver works fast.
2-put in a glass jar
3-add enough salt water to cover the cabbage (for one small head of cabbage about 1-2 tablespoon of salt is enough).
4-put a full piece of cabbage on the top and press down so it’s submerged in water.
5-put on lid loosely or cover with a tea towel or paper towel and secure with rubber band, so no bugs or dirt gets in. You want it to get some air. The water will rise as the salt pulls out the liquid from the cabbage.
6-put on counter for 3 days, press down the cabbage as needed 1-2 times a day, to keep submerged in water
7-transfer to fridge, it will continue to ferment
8-check in a week, usually takes 2 weeks however it can take up to a month depending on weather and how cold your fridge is.
9-eat when reaches desired taste.

This technique tends to make the sauerkraut a little more crunchy yet still ferments.

I have 2 other techniques that produce sauerkraut faster. I will share those in another post.

Happy Kraut-ing!

Some future posts to look forward to:
-Is colored natural salt healthy? What I found out about sea salt and heavy metals.
-kombucha, how to make scobys and this fizzy health drink
-bye bye PMS! Hello kombucha

Healing Severe Tooth Decay Naturally

Healing Severe Tooth Decay Naturally


After years of trial and error my son’s brown severely decayed teeth have become tooth colored again in less than 2 months! Here’s how we did it.

My son started having browning on his teeth around 3 years old, and after many doctors, procedures and tears his situation became much worse, experiencing infection, severe decay, very deep cavities and chunks of teeth falling out. Years of researching have finally paid off.  See the bottom of this post for the more detailed history.

I have detailed below the protocol he has been following for the past year with no results.  Once we added Vitamin C his teeth healed in less than 2 months.  I can not say if the Vitamin C alone would heal teeth, instead I believe the Vitamin C is a key factor, which allowed for his body to utilize everything else he is using.

The protocol the he follows:

1,000 mg Lipo-Spheric Vitamin C, 1 a day in the morning with fresh homemade orange juice, mixed in a blender, it’s very thick and only a blender can break it up, it also made it frothy.  This type of vitamin C we used for the first week when we started 2 months ago, to bring his levels up and fast.  He hasn’t taken it since, although we will certainly give it to him again as needed, especially if he gets any sort of illness.  I highly recommend you research the healing effects of Vitamin C, I’ll put up a post one day soon.

2,000-5,000 mg of Vitamin C – L-ascorbic acid, we use Bluebonnet Vitamin C 1000 mg Vegetable Capsules and Natural Factors Vitamin C 500 mg chewables.

Toothpaste & Rinse:  Replace toothpaste with 2% Lugol’s Iodine (Iodine from the store is not the same, do not use regular iodine), put 2-3 drops on the toothbrush and brush teeth as usual.  We also mix distilled water with a drop of iodine for him to rinse his mouth with.  Rinse, Swish and Spit then Rinse, Swish and Swallow

Floss: With children it can be difficult to get them using regular floss, so we buy dental picks, Use at each brushing
NOTE:  as per the holistic dentist, do not use floss with fluoride on it.  The dollar store usually has these.  Floss is best to use before brushing, or do a quick brushing with water to brush away any dislodged food.

Coconut Oil: Rinse and or Brush with natural coconut oil.  This is a natural oral disinfectant that can help clean the mouth without alcohol or toxins.  It also has a pleasant tastes. Oil Pulling (aka swishing) for 15-20 min will disinfect the whole mouth.
NOTE: I do the oil pulling once in a while, however my son never has, it made him gag the time we tried, instead we put some mixed with Olive Gold O3 – Ozonated Olive Oil Super Oxygen and Xlear Spray Rain Oral Mist Spray
on a cotton swab and he puts it in the areas of the decay and then all around the mouth.

Ozonated Water or Oil (O3): Ozone is known for it’s power in killing bacteria, viruses and fungi, as well for stimulating healing.  Ozonated water is more economical but holds the O3 for shorter time.  Ozonated Oils can retain the O3 gas much longer.  See coconut oil above for how we use this.

We use: Olive Gold O3 Skin Care Lotion – Ozonated Olive Oil Super Oxygen (it can be used internally and externally)
We have tried: Ozene Skin Cream and Deodorant by Premier Research Labs and PurO3 Fully Ozonated Olive Oil
Both of these he gags on, so we use it for skin healing and care.

MI Paste: Is a topical product that introduces minerals to the oral cavity and promotes absorption.  It can greatly reduce sensitivity to hot and cold or after whitening. MI Paste can also promote Re-mineralization of tooth structure.  Use a pea sized amount and apply to teeth with a finger or tooth brush.
NOTE: I’ve found most dentists sell this, which is a plus if you have an HSA account.

Multi Vitamin: Metagenics – Multi-Min Chelate: Minerals are essential for good overall and oral health.  Today’s food chain simply cannot provide enough of what the body needs. This supplement has Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and other minerals bonded with Amino Acids to aide in absorption.  This has MANY health benefits including Re-mineralization of tooth structure as well as reducing clenching and grinding.
NOTE:  My son switched to this multi – MegaFood Kids One Daily Tablets

Probiotics: We use this probitotic regularly (daily or every other day), and when needed a high dose one for a week.
Regular: MegaFood Kids N’ Us MegaFlora Tablets
High Dose: Ortho Molecular Products – PRObiotic 225 billion CFU

Kombucha:  About the only way I can get kombucha into my son is in a smoothie or ice pop. We make our own kombucha at home, more info on that in a later post.  He gets kombucha in some form at least once a week.

E3Live Brain On: E3 Live is an all-organic superfood. It is 100% Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) wild-harvested from Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA. This nutrient dense superfood contains over 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Our plant-based superfood is non-GMO, vegan and a rich source of chlorophyll.
He gets a serving of this 1-2 times a week in a smoothie.


The following is additional recommendations that he doesn’t do, or only did for a short period of time.

Colloidal Silver: Colloidal silver can be used as a mouthwash to help prevent the buildup of plaque which leads to cavities and gum disease. And it can be used to stop painful tooth infections dead in their tracks if you get to them soon enough. Sovereign Silver Fine Mist

Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil: Both are recommended by the Weston Price foundation.  A friend gave me some to try, I had a hard time getting my son to take it.  VEGAN alternative: Source Naturals Flax Seed-Primrose Oil as suggested by a few doctors.

Vitamin D: Ortho Molecular Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2, we live in Florida so I only give him a drop of this daily when he hasn’t had much sun exposure.



The dentist recommends following the Standard Process Purification Program long term.  This program can be adapted to any life style or diet, such as Paleo, Vegan, etc.

My son’s diet:  Organic, Gluten Free, no food coloring, no artificial anything, minimal natural sugars, and pretty much everything made from scratch.

NAET – A natural allergy elimination technique, we have used NAET to find out what his allergies are and “clear” them.


Detailed History:

My son was breastfed, and when he started eating food he ate a clean organic vegan diet, mostly raw.  By about 3 years he started to have some browning on his top front teeth.  Unable to find a pediatric holistic dentist I took him to a highly recommended local pediatric dentist.  What came after was nothing short of heartache.  My little boy who had never had so much as an over the counter medication was now going to be put under anesthesia to have dental work done on 8 teeth. We did everything the dentist told us, brushing, flossing, MiPaste, to keep his teeth clean and healthy, but one year later they wanted to do work on 8 teeth again!  I refused to have him put under anesthesia again and the dentist convinced me that putting him in a papoose would be the best way to fix his teeth since he wouldn’t sit still.  10 minutes in they decided to stop and bring me to see him (parents aren’t allowed in the room).  I cried, it was so sad to see him in this straight jacket – yes that is what a papoose is, even though they try to convince parents otherwise, struggling to get out, 5 minutes later, and no procedure done he was in my arms and we headed home.  I spent the next two years researching and praying for answers.  He was traumatized and it took me that long to get him back to see a dentist, actually a bump on his gums is what got him back to the dentist. This time we went to another dentist about an hour away.  While this dentist wasn’t holistic, she was known for putting children at ease, and it worked.  My son went through the exam without any issues, as did my younger son.  The dentist sat me down and knowing his diet was puzzled as to why his teeth had such severe decay and told me he has an abscess (which was wrong). The dentist sent us on our way with a prescription for antibiotics, a surgery date and a coupon for free ice cream… WHAT?!?!?!  This dentist required a hospital stay for major dental work as she didn’t have the facilities, and the bill was getting up around $20,000, with no guarantee that it wouldn’t go higher.  I didn’t go through with it and soon after found a holistic dentist in Miami, Dr. Ted Hermann @ Assure a Smile.  He told me that my son did not have an abscess, instead it was inflammation from 2 growing adult teeth rubbing against each other under the gums and that it would heal on it’s own as they grew in, and assured me his diet was not the major culprit, but could use a little tweaking. He told me his body was not getting the nutrition it needed and the teeth suffered, most likely from an allergy. He put my son on a protocol, which we followed for a year with no change.  Then less than 2 months ago we added Vitamin C to that protocol that changed his brown decaying teeth to tooth color.  The holes are still in his teeth, however only the baby teeth have decay, the adult teeth are fine, so as per the dentist advice he will not have anything done to those teeth unless he has pain or the situation gets worse.