How Much Money Will You Spend at the Dentist this Year?

clean-white-smileDo you know how much you will spend on dental care this year? According to a 2014 report from the ADA, the average American dental patient spends over $650 per year, out of pocket, on dental care. That number is significantly higher for adults 65 and older – closer to $800 per year. Nationally, it all adds up to over $111 billion per year. Our annual dental spending is bigger than the GDP of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador.

The same ADA report notes that there has been a significant slow down in dental spending in recent years, and that the industry has still not rebounded from the “Great Recession” in 2008. It seems that when middle class Americans tighten their belts for tough times, the dentist is one of the first expenses to get axed from our budgets. We get creative about saving money on many fronts. We check our tire gauges and change our oil filters to maximize fuel efficiency in our cars. We turn the air conditioning off and open our windows at night to save on electricity in our homes. And some of us just stop going to the dentist altogether.

When it comes to healthcare, many of us have started researching home remedies and alternative medicine. For a mild case of acid reflux, we spend $4 on ginger root tea rather than spending $30 on a little bottle of purple pills. For sore throats, there’s $4 licorice root. For muscle aches, $5 arnica.

But what do we do about our teeth during lean times? Few people know that there are simple and cost effective herbal remedies that can be used to treat even serious dental issues at home using plants that are widely available. So, let me introduce you to Doug Simons. Doug is an herbalist and healer who has spent most of the last 30 years living off the land very primitively in the Gila Wilderness.

Doug has spent plenty of time learning about traditional medicine from native and primitive people, like the Tarahumara people of northwestern Mexico. He has learned quite a bit about herbal tooth care, and he shares several simple, natural, and highly effective techniques in his video Alternatives to Dentists. This video covers a lot of useful tricks, including:

• Dental hygiene without brushes, paste, or floss
• Healing cavities with herbs
• Treating abscesses with herbs and poultices
• Treating cracked and chipped teeth
• Reversing receding gums and gum disease

Be warned, Doug is a different sort of guy. He has been out in the woods a long time, bless him. While he is sort of a “tree hugger,” he is also a wealth of valuable information about traditional healing techniques, and I don’t think anyone can fault him for learning and preserving these priceless skills.

Alternatives to Dentists is a physical DVD that is delivered by mail. The package includes the DVD video and a short companion booklet. The price is $27, plus shipping.

I think it goes without saying that these herbal tooth care tactics will work best as part of a holistic strategy, including a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet and a healthy, active lifestyle. These are the fundamental values that we preach every day, and that we try to spread across the internet for the benefit of anyone who is interested to learn. Marjory worked personally with Doug to produce this video, traveling to meet him on his home turf and recording his knowledge about traditional tooth care. A portion of any sales made through this promotion will go to support The [Grow] Network.

Click Here to Order the Alternatives to Dentists DVD

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  • Wendy says:

    We purchased this DVD, and certainty enjoy the practical herbal knowledge. But, a very important detail has been overlooked, at least when I compare this to what many others say. Horsetail/ shavegrass is Not to be used by women trying to become pregnant, pregnant women, and women nursing babies. What do these women do if they seriously need something? He does not share any alternatives for this group of people. Thank you!

    1. Michael Ford says:

      Hi Wendy – That’s a good point. It is mentioned in the booklet that horsetail shouldn’t be consumed by “special population” groups including pregnant women. But it would definitely be good to give an alternative approach for pregnant women. Hopefully we will be able to get this worked in to a future version of the DVD. Thanks for the input – Michael

    2. Carolyn says:

      Hi Wendy,
      I was thinking the same thing, and wondering if food grade diatomaecous earth would provide silica in the same way/form as horsetail. DE is safe for pregnancy. Anyone have any thoughts?

  • I received my Alternatives to Dentists package last week… imagine my delight when I realized that the primordial looking plant growing in my lower pasture, (that I had just been asking the locals how to get rid of of in favor of better grazing fodder, is actually a beautiful, clean supply of horsetail!

    Now all I need is to get a few prickly pear plants growing around my place and I’ll be all set! Thank you for all the great information contained in this DVD and accompanying pamphlet. Diana

  • Jeanne says:

    I hope Doug will write a book. It would be a terrible loss if his knowledge were lost.

  • Tamara says:

    Is there a version compatible with Australian players? (PAL region 4, I think).

    1. Michael Ford says:

      Hi Tamara – I think this DVD is compatible with Australian players. We have shipped several copies there, and we haven’t gotten any complaints about the discs not playing. Thanks – Michael

    2. DanielScranton says:

      Just get the digital version. It’s cheaper, and you don’t have to worry about compatible DVD players 🙂

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