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My dentist is a legend. He happens to also be the author of his new book “A Life Less Stressed” and boy is it a cracking and important read. Discussing disease, inflammation, the nervous system, homeostasis, carbs, precautionary principle, allergy, pain, fats and proteins it’s a comprehensive look at how we can use certain things to our advantage, how not all stress is ‘bad’ and how to identify effectively what needs to fall away. Ron talks today with me about how this book came to be, gets deeply personal about his cancer journey, discusses the key principles of the book mentioned above and how to actually succeed at minimising stressors. We also tangent into mercury amalgam fillings and their removal – a question I get asked all the time and – well, frankly, not being an experienced dentist or a dentist at all for that matter – I felt it was the perfect opportunity to seize the day and ask Ron all about it.
Here’s a little snapshot of the juicy bits in today’s episode…
- Dr Ehrlich has been running his practice for almost 40 years and was introduced in the 90’s to a model of stress as a combination of emotional, environmental, postural, nutritional and dental stress. That’s the model of stress he’s been working with during his time as a dental specialist. He wanted to offer people solutions in terms of what could build them up when confronted to any type of stress. That’s how he came up with the 5 pillars of health and wellness: sleep, breathe, nourish, move and think.
- Dr Ehrlich wrote his book “A life less stressed: 5 pillars of health and wellness” out of a sheer passion for the topic of health and with a desire to clarify the word “holistic”, helping people recognise and deal with any type of stress in a holistic way.
- Stress and inflammation have been our first line of defence for hundreds of years. When it comes to stress, the flight or fight response helps us to deal with immediate danger. Physiologically, the blood supply goes to our muscles and away from the digestive tract, our immune system shuts down and we stop using the frontal part of the brain which is the more considered and reasoning part of the brain. The problem today is that we are in that mode most of the time.
- Whenever we are exposed to bacteria or a trauma, the body mounts an acute inflammatory response. We need that in order for our body to repair properly. The problem today is chronic inflammation that runs through all type of diseases.
- Inflammation in the mouth through gum disease can be remedied by thorough brushing and flossing of the teeth every day in order to disrupt the plaque. Having the right bacteria in our body and feeding them properly with a nutrient dense diet is also essential to ensure proper dental hygiene and keep inflammation away.
- When it comes to the 5 pillars of health that Dr Ehrlich describes in his book, sleep comes first as it is the most important part of the day. A good night’s sleep (average of 8 hours a night) gives us all the energy and reserves we need to face our daily stresses in the most efficient way. From a quality perspective, we need to breathe well while we’re asleep for sleep to be truly beneficial. Breathing through the nose helps with proper filtration of the air as it enters the body, affecting the body chemistry and the posture.
- There are some basic principles to guide you when it comes to nutrition: having a nutrients dense diet which means having healthy fats, eating a mostly vegetable-based diet and predominantly eating things that are grown above ground to keep carbohydrate levels in check. Vitally important is clean water as well as good quality salt (not table salt).
- Aim to move every day, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Do something that makes you feel good so you can keep it going effortlessly.
- The last pillar of health that Dr Ehrlich describes in his book is “think”. He talks about expressing gratitude as the most powerful and positive tool we have to turn our health around.
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