Taking care of your teeth and ensuring that you regularly have plaque removed by a hygienist can help you avoid cancer, according to a recent study from Helsinki University. The study found a link between oral hygiene and cancer and concluded that people with a lot of plaque were more likely to develop cancer and that in women this was often breast cancer. Researchers from Helsinki University found a direct correlation between the amount of plaque and the risk of cancer when they studied 1,390 people. This is not a large amount and may not be considered as being clinically sound by many scientists but the report was reported in the British Medical Journal according to Dr. Marilyn Glenville, so we thought it was worth passing on especially when you add these possible risks to the evidence that gum disease (caused by bad oral hygiene and plaque build-up) can also raise the risk of heart disease and stroke.
(Source: Dr. Marilyn Glenville, British Medical Journal, 2012; 2: e001083)
The last issue of Dr. Marilyn Glenville’s newsletter suggests using coconut oil to help control weight, citing a review that stated that the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil increase energy used and give a feeling of satiety. This oil may also offer protection against liver-disease and cancer according to another report cited in the newsletter.
The oil stays fresh for longer than olive oil when kept at room temperature and has antibacterial and antiviral properties, she say.
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(Sources: Marilyn Glenville Newsletter, Int J Antimicrob Agents, 2002; 20: 258-62; Arch Virol, 2001; 146: 777-90; J Nutr, 2002; 132: 329-32; Ann Surg, 2003; 237: 246-55)