The Dude Abides said...
An excellent, logical analysis. You're the kind of person I'd like to know in real life.
(Just think of all the diseases we could imagine together! On second thought, don't think about that...)
Earlier, I'd asked about diet, because I was wondering if eating more animal-based foods might drive IGF-1 and exacerbate the issues. But, if it's structural/mechanical, rather than hormonal, then animal foods are likely less of a concern.
Also, I can't recall if it was me and you chatting about TMJ in another thread, but I'd mentioned a guy named Mike Mew. He has some YouTube videos talking about how to widen the palate and get a more defined jaw.
Also, on a blog I sometimes follow, the topic of chewing was recently discussed and how this one competitive eater has these massive jaws, presumably, due to all the chewing. Then, in the comments section, someone mentioned "face pulling." Literally, pulling one's face, using a mouthpiece and attached to some weird-looking head gear. Some people have corrected their jaw alignment, over time, using such methods.
I think it was Weston A. Price that was blaming westernized diets for the narrowing of the jaw/palate, due to straying from traditional foods, as native cultures had wider palates, prominent jaws, and beautiful, white teeth that were not crowded. No yanking-out their wisdom teeth.
Lots of interesting ideas and theories.
Speaking of noses, the tip of mine points slightly to my left. My septum is quite deviated. I can tell, through CT and MR imaging over the years, that it's gotten worse. In photos from 20-30+ years ago, my face/nose was symmetrical. I've read online about the dangers of "mouth breathing" and how, allegedly, it can cause a long list of issues. I go to sleep breathing through my nose and wake-up breathing through my mouth - and my mouth is as dry as the Sahara desert.
I eat tons of meat. I exercise and intermittent fast. All things that boost testosterone which induces HGH and then HGH it's self. Higher than healthy IGF-1 could be exacerbating the TMJ. I won't be surprise to find no pituitary tumor but higher than normal IGF-1. In this case I will consult with my doctor on what to do about
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