Hate to be so to-the-point, but does  your breath stink?

BAD BREATH: In medical jargon, this is labelled “HALITOSIS”.  Halitosis usually originates from the putrefaction–the decay–of PROTEINS in the mouth and in the large bowel. That decay of waste materials generates a gas-like compound of sulfur. Our noses are very sensitive when it comes to detecting sulfur. “Proteins with the highest content of sulfur-containing amino acids are found in red meats, poultry, cheeses and all other animal-derived foods. … If you want to drastically cut down on your sulfur intake and improve your breath odor, then the most basic step for you to take is to change your diet to…minimize your intake of animal proteins.” See End Note 1

To be sure your breath doesn’t smell bad to others, you can chew gum, use mouthwashes, and brush your teeth several times throughout the working day. But that will only have a marginal effect. Much like using an air freshener in a room to mask offensive odors from pets. If the air freshener is more powerful than the malodor then people smell the air freshener. And when you do MASK an odor with another odor, albeit a more pleasant odor, OTHER PEOPLE KNOW, that YOU KNOW, that you have bad breath and are using a strategy of masking one odor with a more powerful odor. But when it wears off, and it will, the masking odor must be replaced in order to keep those around you from wincing every time you speak or exhale. A much better strategy is to remove the cause, the source, of the odor.

“Thoroughly  cleaning  the mouth by brushing and flossing,  will not remove  the outward flow of malodorous sulfur vapors  that appear with  each breath. However, improving breath odor is quickly accomplished by eliminatinganimal-derived foods  from the diet.”  See End Note 2



  1. “Halitosis is More Than Bad Breath” by Dr. John McDougall. Dr. McDougall’s Newsletter. Vol. 1, No. 1, Jan. 2002.  p.2.
  2. “Food, Sex, and Attractiveness Part 2: The Role of Skin (Color, Oiliness, and Acne) and Body Odor”,  by Dr. John McDougall.  Dr. McDougall’s Newsletter.  Vol 14, No. 12, Dec. 2015.