What You Need To Know About Root Canals

What You Need To Know About Root Canals

What You Need To Know About Root Canals

James Howenstine, MD

Many chronic diseases, perhaps most, are a result of root canal surgery. Approximately 20,000,000 root canal operations are performed annually in the United States. Nearly every dentist is oblivious to the serious health risks this operation produces. Brilliant dentist, Dr. Weston A. Price, did monumental research about dental conditions. His work took him around the world where he studied the teeth, diets and bones of native populations living without the benefit of "modern food." He learned that primitive tribes had perfect teeth without cavities or gum disease and had no bone diseases. As soon as these native tribes adopted the food of the western "advanced" nations their teeth became deformed, full of cavities, gingivitis started, diabetes appeared and they developed bone diseases. Foods that appeared particularly troubling included processed white sugar, fluoride, synthetic vegetable fats (transfats) and all processed nutritionally lacking foods. It was obvious to him that human degenerative diseases were fundamentally a nutritional problem.

Dr. Price wrote two incisive books covering 1174 pages about his research into human health and dental conditions that were so important that he should have won a Nobel Prize. Instead his work was deliberately buried, unread and unappreciated for 70 years. An endodontist (root canal surgeon) named George E. Meinig was encouraged to read Dr. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by the Executive Director of The Price Pottenger Foundation, Pat Connoly. Dr. Meinig soon realized the great importance of the 25 years of research efforts by Dr. Price. He confessed to being in "utter shock when he realized the serious ramifications of Dr. Price’s research." Dr. Meinig developed great empathy for the millions of persons who are suffering illness from the infections produced from their infected the root canal teeth. His concern for the immense health problems arising from lack of knowledge about Dr. Price’s research led him to write his important book Root Canal Cover-Up which fortunately has attracted wide interest to Dr. Price’s research.

Dr. Price learned after thousands of animal studies that a root canal tooth is always infected regardless of it’s appearance and lack of symptoms. When Dr. Price took a root canal tooth out of a patient who had a chronic disease and placed this tooth in an animal the patient became well and the animal developed the same illness the patient had previously suffered from. If the patient had rheumatoid arthritis the animal became afflicted with RA. When the patient had heart disease the animal developed heart disease. The tooth from a patient with kidney disease produced an animal with kidney disease.

More Details About Dr. Price’s Research

The patient whose root canal tooth was placed in an animal not only became well they became well in 24 to 48 hours. This means that a person suffering from the chronic degenerative disease rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune illness) can be completely cured in 48 hours. The animal receiving the infected tooth from the person with rheumatoid arthritis developed full blown rheumatoid arthritis in 48 hours. The person with chronic glomerulonephritis (autoimmune illness), after removal of the infected tooth, no longer has kidney disease in 48 hours. The patient suffering from auto-immune disease affecting the heart becomes quite well when the offending root canal infected tooth is removed. This research completely changes the way physicians need to think about disease causation.

Every tooth affected by a root canal infection may have a different bacteria residing in it. Thus the individual who has had three root canals could have three different infectious organisms continuously seeding the blood stream. This could result in three different degenerative diseases simultaneously affecting this person.

Each bacteria is capable of setting up an auto-immune disease in a different tissue of the body depending on the nature of the particular infectious organism. This may relate to the genetic composition of the infectious agent. One bacteria has a chemical structure on it’s surface or when floating in the blood stream that irritates a part of a heart muscle cell. This muscle cell responds with an antibody reaction against the antigen in the bacteria. We now have an inflammatory reaction in many heart muscle cells that can be diagnosed as heart disease. Another bacteria has a substance (antigen) that irritates the lining synovial membrane cells of a joint. When this membrane reacts to the irritant we have swelling, redness, warmth and destruction of the synovial membrane (inflammation). This leads to a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Price learned that the most common bacteria infecting a root canal tooth was streptococcus. Staphlococci, spirochetes and fungi were also frequently identified. At least 20 different bacterial organisms were isolated by Dr. Price from root canal teeth. These bacteria caused many oral and dental illnesses. Of greater importance they were producing enormous numbers of medical diseases in other parts of the body. This invaluable information appears to overshadow any advance in medical knowledge made by another researcher.

The patient who had more than one root canal operation might have a different organism infecting each root canal tooth. This explains why a patient can have multiple afflictions from root canal teeth all occurring simultaneously. Infected root canals have a deleterious effect on the immune system permitting the development of many degenerative diseases including heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, blood stream infections, subacute bacterial endocarditis, phlebitis, anemia, leukopenia (low white blood cell count), back, neck and shoulder pain, neuritis etc.

How Are Infectious Organisms (Strep, Staph, Spirochetes, Fungi) Able To Infect Root Canal Teeth?

Dentin makes up 95 % of the structure of a tooth. This was always felt to be a solid stone like structure. Actually dentin consists of very fine tubules. Undamaged dentin tubules contain a nutrient dense fluid that keeps the teeth alive and healthy. These nutrients reach the teeth by an artery which is accompanied by a nerve and vein in the root canal.

When a tooth becomes decayed the placement of an amalgam (preferably non mercury containing) serves to protect the tooth from ongoing injury. If the decay is neglected or not discovered until it has spread into the root canal the bacterial infection involves the nerve and blood vessels of the root canal. Then these bacteria can easily spread through the whole root canal and enter the dentin tubules through their blood supply. The bacteria, spirochetes and fungi have become established in a new home where they are free to multiply and grow without any impediments. Dr. Price had found that not one of 100 disinfectants was able to penetrate and sterilize the dentin. Neither are any antibiotics capable of sterilizing root canals.

Dr.Price’s microscopic photographs of 1923 show myriads of bacteria or other pathogens doing well in their new dentin home. Most dentists do not know that bacteria and other infectious organisms are always present in the dentin tubules after root canal surgery. Very few dentists are aware of or willing to admit that dentin tubules are always infected after root canal surgery. These bacteria escape into the blood and proceed to initiate a vast number of degenerative diseases. Most dentists believe that the disinfecting substances used to pack the root canal after surgery effectively sterilize the root canal site which is unfortunately not true.

Some dentists are convinced that the removal of pulp and packing the root canal cavity with a disinfecting substance blocks the supply of nutrients to the dentin tubules ensuring eradication of infection. This does not occur.

Once established in the root canal the bacteria become capable of mutating and changing their form. Price found out that established root canal bacterial organisms became more virulent and their toxins became more dangerous. A German oncologist named Josef Issel[1] was able to confirm these observations of Dr. Price. He learned that the toxins released from these root canal bacteria were very closely related to the chemicals used by the Germans in World War I to create mustard gas.

This ability of bacteria to mutate and change in root canals is the same process occurring now in bacteria after exposure to antibiotics. The changes bacteria are able to undergo permit them to become resistant to antibiotics that previously had no difficulty killing them. The ability to mutate relates to the genetic capabilities in the bacteria. Of great importance, exposure to natural anti- infective substances does not result in bacterial resistance because natural anti-infective substances do not produce any genetic changes in the bacteria.

How Do Bacteria Escape From The Dentin Tubules To Other Parts Of The Body?

There are billions of bacteria in root canal teeth. The bacteria which are located nearest to the lateral accessory root canals move into these canals. They then migrate into the hard fibrous membrane that holds the tooth in the socket (periodontal membrane). Once established in the periodontal membrane it is easy for them to spread through this membrane and pass into the surrounding bony network. From the bone structure the bacteria proceed to enter the blood vessels of the jaw bone. The bacteria then travel via the blood stream to a gland, organ or tissue where they start a new infection. Thus a focal infection from a root canal source can spread to a distant site creating a new disease.

The desire of endodontists to preserve and save root canal teeth is commendable. However, far too often the tooth is saved but the patient dies. This happens because of false confidence in the ability of disinfectant substances used to sterilize the root canal tooth. Their theory about this problem is ignoring the presence of live bacteria in dentine tubules. Some intelligent open minded dentists have begun to try to solve the problem of universal infection in root canal teeth. These individuals are starting to study ultrasound, lasers, colloidal silver, garlic, Enderlein serum therapy, nutrition, calcium oxide therapy from France and prayer as possible solutions to this infectious problem.

The Critical Importance Of Our Immune Systems

Dr. Weston Price’s important research completely alters the way we must think about how diseases develop and disappear. Creating a permanent abscess in the body with a root canal operation sets the patient up for serious degenerative diseases. Whether these diseases occur soon after root canal surgery or begin many years later depends on the patient’s immune system. The 70 % of patients with impaired immune system function may become ill immediately after the root canal operation. These persons with impaired immune health may proceed to develop several degenerative problems at a young age.

The 25 to 30 % of persons with a strong immune system may remain in perfect health for many years after root canal surgery. This situation intrigued Dr. Price causing him to study these persons. He learned that the strong immune systems of these persons engulfed the living bacteria in the infected dentin of the root canals site preventing spread to distant sites. However, when these immune healthy individuals suffered a severe accident, had a serious influenza infection or were placed under great stress their immune system became so compromised that they proceeded to develop a degenerative disease.

What Should The Person Who Has Had A Root Canal Operation Do?

The answer to this question appears to lie in the state of one’s immune system. It appears reasonable to me for the person who is well to postpone any action until a degenerative problem appears. Every individual is responsible for their own health. You must remember that nearly all physicians as well as 97 % of dentists know nothing about the danger of root canals. When in medical school we are taught little to nothing about the vital importance of diet, teeth, gums and the mandible in promoting good health. To make matters worse physicians do not inquire about root canals in taking a comprehensive medial history. I know I never did. This means that when you bring up the topic could my new phlebitis, arthritis, nephritis, anemia, low white blood cell count etc. be related to the root canal I had eleven years ago you are going to be greeted by ignorance. If you forget to remember the possible link between the new illness and the old root canal operation you will suffer.

For the individual with a history of root canal surgery and one or more degenerative diseases you have to face the truth that you certainly have a compromised immune system. If you would like to get rid of your chronic disease you must obtain competent dental care. I am certain there will often be occasions when it is difficult to be certain whether removal of the offending root canal infected tooth will eliminate a new disease or not. In this situation I think it would probably be best to proceed with extracting the infected tooth. Your overall health will be better with an abscess out of your body and your immune system is certain to be stronger even if the hoped for disappearance of your new disease does not occur. The sooner uninformed dentists lose out economically the better our national health will be. When a biologic dentist gets overwhelmed with new patients he will search for another biologic trained dentist to help him out. In this way we do not have to depend on the corrupt American Dental Association to change it’s ways and start putting truth into dental school curriculums.

What is the best answer for this problem?

I think the answer is to stop having a relationship with uninformed dentists. You must seek a biologic trained dentist even if it means traveling a longer distance to get dental care. As dentists see their patient loads dwindling they will begin to attend seminars where they can be brought up to snuff about truthful modern scientific dentistry. Remember if you continue dental care with an ignorant dentist your body will suffer from his or her mistakes.

Case Reports Illustrating Important Points About Root Canals

Dr. Robert Atkins had a patient who knew of the danger of root canals. This woman had an 11 year old child as a neighbor. The child had a root canal three days earlier and had slipped into a coma and was "going fast".

When this information was given to his patient, the patient insisted that the MD contact Dr. Atkins. After much arguing with several of those caring for her, an intelligent Maxillary-facial surgeon asked the obvious question, "What do we have to lose?" Within an hour after the removal of the root canal tooth, the child was awake and up and walking. This case does illustrate that a presumably healthy young person can face possibly deadly consequences from root canal surgery. My impression is that this child almost certainly had some serious defect in her immune system that permitted her to become critically ill in a few days.

Another example of the diagnostic complexity that can be seen after root canal surgery is provided by G.G. age 51. This patient was seen by Dr. Robert Rowen because of progressive crippling of the left leg of 10 years duration. He had been advised to have surgical removal of part of the heel bone (calcaneus). His history revealed several root canals including one that was complicated by recurring abscesses before he developed the crippled leg. German acupuncture meridians connect his infected root canal tooth number 14 to the spleen meridian that runs from the inside of the foot through the arch to the inside of the leg. After Dr. Rowen injected a local anesthetic into the gum below the No. 14 tooth. this abnormal electrical circuit was broken and normal movement resulted in the leg. Removal of this infected tooth and gingival tissue led to complete recovery from his foot deformity.

What Is A Jawbone (Mandible) Cavitation?

A mandibular cavitation (MC) is a hole appearing in the mandible because of loss of bone tissue and marrow from this part of the mandible. Another name for MC is NICO. This stands for Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis (bone death). Cavitations can appear in any bone in the body but are relatively common in the mandible and the femur. The cause of most bone cavitations appears to be loss of blood supply to this portion of bone. While most MC are painless mandibular cavitations can be a source for severe difficult to eliminate pain problems. Most patients with a MC have had one or more root canal operations. Cavitation tissues contain toxins which are probably waste products of anerobic bacteria. Toxins inhibit enzyme function and are able to combine with mercury from amalgams to create even more dangerous toxic substances. When facial pain appears in this setting it can be a difficult challenging problem. This pain is frequently confused with trigeminal neuralgia. Factors that can contribute to the development of a mandibular cavitations include:

  • Root canal and gingival infections of a tooth
  • Hormonal therapy in women may cause decrease in the size of the small blood vessels nourishing the mandible
  • High long term dosage of cortisone can lead to loss of blood supply to a bone.
  • Any blood disorder which produces a clotting tendency
  • Trauma The force needed to extract a wisdom tooth or root canal tooth may tear the delicate blood vessels supplying the adjacent portion of the mandible. This produces a clot in the injured blood vessel followed by death of a bone fragment and marrow tissue The most common place for a cavitation to be found is the site of a previous wisdom tooth extraction.
  • Injection of vasoconstricting medicine (adrenaline) prior to surgery may cause permanent loss of blood supply to the mandible if a clot occludes the vessel. during the anesthesia while the vessel is constricted and more vulnerable to clottimg.
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Elevation of homocysteine blood values which produce premature aging

The human body reacts to infection by causing the blood to become sludgy. This acts to wall off the infection to prevent spread to other sites. This thick slow flowing blood is prone to clotting and if the clot occurs in a blood vessel going to bone the bone tissue dies from no blood flow and the marrow in the center of the bone gets reabsorbed into the body. In this manner a bone cavitation can be created. Infected patients are known to be prone to blood clots in leg veins that may pass to the lungs causing serious even fatal results.

Cavitat Diagnostic Equipment

Mandible cavitations are hard to identify on conventional xrays which makes them very difficult to diagnose. By far the best method of establishing the diagnosis of a cavitation in the mandible is by use of a sophisticated advanced ultrasound technology instrument called Cavitat.. Use of the Cavitat instrument has revealed that 94% of wisdom tooth removal sites and 100% of root canal removal sites have cavities of varying size in the adjacent mandible bone.

How Acupuncture Meridians Can Be Related To Distant Health Problems

Persons with a problem root canal tooth may have pain or weakness at a distant site such as the calf or sole of the foot. This pain or weakness is due to irritation of the acupuncture meridian that passes from the affected tooth site to this portion of the leg. Injection of the damaged tooth with xylocaine may temporarily eliminate the peripheral leg pain or weakness and successful surgery on the infected tooth accomplishes permanent relief of this distant pain or weakened extremity.

Why The Removal Of Mercury From Old Root Canals And Old Extraction Sites Is So Vital

A very important problem related to mandibular cavitations is the frequent presence of chunks of mercury left in the cavitation after extraction of a root canal, impacted wisdom tooth or gingivitis destroyed tooth. This presence of mercury in the cavitation provides an ongoing site for continuing release of mercury and effectively prevents the patient from benefiting from the removal of mercury containing amalgams. The residual mercury in cavitation sites and extraction sites protects localized bacteria and viruses from being killed by the body’s killer lymphocytes. Release of this residual mercury blocks proper function of the body’s enzyme systems. When the mercury is removed from the extraction and cavitation sites the body’s enzymes return to normal function and the chronic viral or bacterial infection becomes eradicated.

The correct surgical therapy for a cavitation involves the complete removal of all dead bone debris from the cavitation site. This must be combined with a meticulous search for pieces of mercury remaining from prior extractions. The dentist who did not think that mercury has any adverse effects on health may have been cavalier about gathering up buried pieces of mercury from an extraction site.

What Is The Significance Of Dr. Weston Price’s Research?

We know that approximately 20,000,000 root canal operations are done annually in the U.S. each year. This operation generates a high percentage of many dentists income. For these dentists to admit that they are performing a dangerous operation would guarantee a significant portion of their income would be immediately lost. For this reason alone there will be considerable resistance to giving up root canal surgery by many dentists. In only a 20 year period 400,000,000 root canal operations will have been done. Even granting that many persons have more than one root canal operation there still must be a huge segment of the U.S. population at risk for a chronic degenerative disease because of root canal surgery.

What Percentage Of The Chronic Disease Population In The U.S. Is Derived From Individuals Who Have Had Root Canal Operations?

No one knows the answer to this question because root canal operations have been ignored by the medical community as a possible cause for many diseases. As a consequence of this ignorance no long term follow up studies have ever been done and it is unlikely that the American Dental Association would stand by and permit such a study to be funded and performed. Obviously an adverse outcome could result in major loss of income for a multitude of dentists. The problem of sterilizing the root canal site is so complicated there may not be a good solution for many years.

In my opinion there is a good possibility that 50% or more of the U.S. population might be victims of chronic illness caused by root canal surgery. Stopping root canal operations until an effective therapy to sterilize the operative site is available would probably greatly decrease the amount of disease that burdens the American people.

Where Does Dr. Weston Price Stand In the List Of Medical Heroes?

In thinking through the list of medical giants it does not appear to me that any prior research comes close to the value that Dr. Price’s research has accomplished. There is no doubt that Dr. Ignaz Semmmelweis saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of women when he urged hand washing before performing deliveries. This is so simple someone would have certainly have figured this out as medicine progressed. Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin which certainly has saved a multitude of lives.

Currently some disconcerting findings are developing regarding antibiotic drugs:

Bacteria are able to change their genetic structure so they can no longer become killed by a drug that was quite effective in small dosage in the past. These resistant organisms require dangerous complicated antibiotic programs to kill and now there are several bacteria and parasitic infections (enterococci, resistant falciparum malaria) for which there is often no effective pharmaceutical therapy

Taking antibiotic drugs in the preceding year can be a cause for a woman to develop breast cancer. My guess is this will be found for other cancers as other kinds of malignancies are studied. This may well relate to antibiotic induced death of healthy bacteria in the intestines causing impaired function of the immune system, which depends on healthy intestinal bacteria, to properly kill tumor cells.

Dr. Weston Price’s meticulous research appears of unique priceless value in the annals of medical advances. I think history will give him the recognition that he has advanced medical knowledge more than any other person.

Where Does The American Dental Association (ADA) Stand On Vital health Issues?

When an individual or organization tells a falsehood there is a need for more falsehoods to support the original untruth. The American Dental Association is currently in an untenable position because of lies they have told in the past. Now if they come clean about these issues they will be swallowed up in a flood of lawsuits they can not win.

There are 4 issues that place them in the position of having a tiger by the tail:

  • Untruth # 1 Fluoride Is Safe In Our Drinking Water. The only reason we have fluoride in our water today is because sodium fluoride is a toxic byproduct of the aluminum manufacturing industry. No research was done about the safety of fluoride addition to drinking water before this was implemented by Congress as a favor to the aluminum industry. There is no evidence that fluoride decreases cavity formation in teeth. In fact there is evidence of just the opposite. Dr. Cornelius Steelink, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Az. studied fluoride exposure in 26,000 school children. The results showed the more fluoride a child drank the more cavities the child experienced. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified fluoride as more toxic than lead but less toxic than arsenic.

Paul Ewing was appointed Administrator of the Federal Security Agency to get rid of the troubling fluoride problem for the aluminum industry. Rockefeller interests[1] paid him $750,000 to get this accomplished. When fluoride appeared in the water supply of Washington, D.C. the members of Congress had bottled water placed in congressional offices. One senator always carried a flask of spring water with him to fancy restaurants. He was heard to remark" Not one drop of fluoridated water will ever pass my lips". When the time came to place the fluoride in the drinking water no one knew how much to place as there had been no research ever done on fluoride in water supplies. A guess was made. The toxicity of fluoride was well established by a later study which compared 10 large U.S. cities fluoridating their water with 10 similar sized cities that did not use fluoride. After a 20 year follow up the cities fluoridating their water were found to have 10 % more cancer than the cities not using fluoride. These results prompted Dr. Dean Burk, the Chief Chemist Emeritus of the U.S. National Cancer Institute to remark "In point of fact, fluoride causes more human death, and causes it faster, than any other chemical."

  • Untruth # 2 Root Canals Are A Safe Operation. You have read enough in this article to hopefully convince you otherwise.

    Untruth # 3 Mercury (Silver) Amalgams Are Completely Safe. The ADA must continue to fight for the safety of silver (mercury) amalgams as caving in and admitting the truth would bury them in lawsuits that they should lose. Many dentists have been persecuted and prosecuted for speaking out against mercury amalgams (silver).

In 1984 the ADA heard a presentation about mercury hazards from Dr. Hal Huggins. This presentation initiated a new policy for the ADA of removing the licenses of any dentist who mentioned that mercury might be dangerous. This was a "gag rule." Dentist Mark Breiner had an ongoing battle with the ADA about his right to write articles in local Connecticut newspapers in which he called attention to the toxicity of mercury in amalgams. For its part in suppressing Dr. Breiner’s right to free speech the State of Connecticut was forced to pay the ACLU its legal fees in a July14 decision that gave dentists the right to speak freely. Attorney Charlie Brown has been fighting the ADA for 7 years in Florida, Arizona and Maryland.

He states "The ADAs rule of forcing silence on the part of dentists has been one of the greatest impediments to consumers learning the truth about amalgam or even learning that they are mainly mercury, and not silver. A decade ago the ADAs monopoly was unchallenged and the dental boards, it is still hard to believe, were agents of the ADA, taking licenses from dentists who would not kowtow to the gag rule." These changes show that the ADAs illegal power over dentists is beginning to unravel. The ADA should never have had the power to remove licenses from dentists who were simply speaking the truth.

  • Untruth # 4 Gingival Surgery Is An Effective Way To Heal Gum Disease.

The conventional dental approach to gum disease is antibiotic therapy and surgery. Periodontal Disease (gum infections) affect approximately 75 % of adults.

Dr. Paul Cummings of Wilmington, North Carolina taught gingival (gum) disease at the University of North Carolina Dental School. He now recommends using hydrogen peroxide and taking baking soda rubbed into the diseased gums after the mouth has been professionally cleaned. He states that this program is obtaining a 98 % success rate far better than he ever obtained with surgery. Cimmings relates that "Not one clinical study has ever shown that periodontal surgery was necessary’. This surgery brings monetary reward to surgeons but does not eliminate receding gums, bleeding gums, nutritional deficits and vitamin and nutrient (CoQ 10) lack. Persons suffering from gum disease have a breakdown in the connective tissue supporting the gums. How can you correct a nutritional problem with an operation?

The substance Oral Guard is effective in healing gum disease. This contains Vitamin C, CoQ 10, hydrogen peroxide, xylitol, comfrey root, green tea extract, eucalyptus oil, propolis extract, menthol, St. John’s wort, vitamin K1, alpha lipoic acid and folic acid. My wife had badly receding gums and loose sensitive teeth which subsided with Oral Guard treatment.

What Is Biologic Dentistry?

Biologic dentistry is worlds apart from conventional dentistry. These dentists have a consciousness of how treatment of the teeth and jaws will affect the health of the individual and how it will affect that persons immune system. There is awareness that once a dental procedure has been done on a tooth (amalgam placement or gum surgery) that tooth becomes more vulnerable to needing future dental procedures.

Conventional dental cleaning removes a thin layer of enamel from the teeth with each trip to the dental office. Teeth cleaning with ultrasonic techniques does not remove enamel.

Dental xrays are ordered for specific reasons but are not automatic.

Metals placed in the mouth from dental procedures are regarded as toxic substances. Mercury injures the autonomic nervous system, oxidizes easily producing free radicals, binds to sulfur, inactivates enzymes, injures cell membranes, causes cross linking of proteins (aging) and reduces the detoxification potential and biochemical function of the individual. Other toxic metals used in dental procedures include tin, cadmium, nickel and aluminum.

Different metals in the mouth (mercury, gold, nickel etc.) dissolve in the oral fluids. These dissolved metals produce electrical charges that may disrupt the normal electromagnetic meridians seen in good health (oral galvanism). Immune function can be disturbed resulting in low white blood cell counts and defective immune responses. Additionally abnormal unhealthy electrical waves may lead to interference with proper neurologic function of distant structures (foot paralysis etc). Unusual pain problems need to raise the possibility that the electromagnetic meridians are being disturbed by a root canal abscess or cavitation.

Pain from the temporomandibular joint may lead to curvature and osteoarthritic changes in the neck and thoracic vertebra. These changes can be instantly resolved by an oral implant created by dentist Dr. Farrand Robson of Spokane, Washington. This implant restores proper flow of air into the posterior pharynx. When this airway obstruction is eliminated by the implant the excessive release of adrenaline that permitted survival by causing constant activity of the pharyngeal muscles to improve air flow ceases resolving all symptoms.

Allergic reactions may occur to metals and chemical sensitivity may develop to ceramics used instead of mercury to restore amalgams. Tests to detect possible allergic reactions and metal sensitivity can be performed prior to dental procedures. The biocompatibility tests of Dr. Reinhold Voll and Fritz Kramer D.D.S. and the Applied Kinesiology techniques of George Goodheart D.C. are able to aid dentists in selecting materials to place in the mouth that are less likely to cause allergic and chemical reactions.

Removal of multiple amalgams on a single visit can result in acute neurologic dysfunction including paralysis and coma. The process of extracting an amalgam releases a cloud of mercury vapor into the air that when breathed by the patient creates a potential problem with acute mercury toxicity if that person has multiple amalgams. There is no test that can discern if a patient is in danger when several dental amalgams are removed in one sitting. The most common symptom of mercury poisoning is striking unexplained irritability but headaches, depression and mental cloudiness are also commonly seen..

A program to bind mercury before amalgams are removed appears to be a good idea. This should be started with an agent such as Essential Daily Defense at least one week prior to planned surgery. Essential Daily Defense EDD chelates mercury, iron, cadmium and lead out of the body in a safe manner. I have taken EDD for more than 2 years and intend to continue it until Codex stops supplements. These toxic metals not only cause a multitude of health problems they are a major factor in the production of arteriosclerosis.

Mercury poisoning can be avoided by limiting the number of amalgam extractions done on one visit and having the patient, dentist and dental assistant breathing air from a remote site containing oxygen through a mask during the procedure. The room where amalgams are removed is the most dangerous room in a dental office. Mercury using dentists and their assistants have a high rate of depression, impaired mentation, tremor and infertility because of chronic exposure to this mercury vapor from silver (50 % mercury) amalgam placements and extractions.

Biologic dentistry is concerned with selecting the therapy that will cause the least disturbance to the immune system. My impression is that the general public will embrace these new dental methods with open arms.

Where Can An Informed Biologic Dentist Be Found?

If you go to a search site such as Google and click Biologic Dentistry you will be able to click over Amalgam Directory. This directory provides names, addresses and phone numbers of biologic dentists in the U.S., Canada, Europe and other parts of the world.


1, Mullins, Eustice Murder by Injection The Story of the Medical Conspiracy Against America pg 151 The National Council for Medical Research P.O. Box 1105, Staunton, Virginia 24401

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Dr. James A. Howenstine is a board certified specialist in internal medicine who spent 34 years caring for office and hospital patients. After 4 years of personal study he became convinced that natural products are safer, more effective, and less expensive than pharmaceutical drugs. This research led to the publication of his book A Physicians Guide To Natural Health Products That Work. Information about these products and his book can be obtained from amazon.com and at www.naturalhealthteam.com and phone 1-800-416-2806 U.S. Dr. Howenstine can be reached by mail at Dr. James Howenstine, C/O Remarsa USA SB 37, P.O. Box 25292, Miami, Fl. 33102-5292.

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