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A colleague recently sent me a link to a blog post with this sensational headline: "97% of Terminal Cancer Patients Previously Had This Dental Procedure...." They had  me, even though I knew the source was an online general health resource that rails against fluoride and amalgam.

Here's the basic premise, above and beyond this statistic (most often attributed to the anecdotal reporting of Dr. Josef Issels, infamous for his controversial alternative cancer therapies).  Root-filled teeth have demonstrated to promote the growth of and harbor numerous toxic bacteria, particularly around the apex and periodonal ligament.

The language is deliberately ominous and fear-inducing. For example, "Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation [within an endodontically-treated tooth], formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread." Well, it IS Halloween week.

Anyway, the post goes on to outline the history of the research on the subject and concludes that the only way to remove the risk is to remove the tooth. Better yet, don't have a root canal in the first place. Again, hard-line verbage: "Risking your health to preserve a tooth simply doesn?t make sense."

And then, of course, always something for the conspiracy theorists--and the satisfying greed element. "Could there be another reason so many dentists, as well as the ADA and the AAE, refuse to admit root canals are dangerous? Well, yes, as a matter of fact, there is. Root canals are the most profitable procedure in dentistry."

So just the messenger here....chances are some of your patients will pick up on this as local media and other information sources troll for "health panic" stories. Be prepared for questions.

And as always, if you're reading the post, don't miss the reader comments at the bottom. Always the best part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

97% of Terminal Cancer Patients Previously Had This Dental Procedure?

Oct 23 ? New ? 2898 Views ? 211 Comments

by DR MERCOLA

dentist sqDo you have a chronic degenerative disease? If so, have you been told, ?It?s all in your head??

Well, that might not be that far from the truth? the root cause of your illness may be in your mouth.

There is a common dental procedure that nearly every dentist will tell you is completely safe, despite the fact that scientists have been warning of its dangers for more than 100 years.

Every day in the United States alone, 41,000 of these dental procedures are performed on patients who believe they are safely and permanently fixing their problem.

What is this dental procedure?

 

The root canal.

More than 25 million root canals are performed every year in this country.

 

Root-canaled teeth are essentially ?dead? teeth that can become silent incubators for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria that can, under certain conditions, make their way into your bloodstream to cause a number of serious medical conditions?many not appearing until decades later.

 

Most of these toxic teeth feel and look fine for many years, which make their role in systemic disease even harder to trace back.

 

Sadly, the vast majority of dentists are oblivious to the serious potential health risks they are exposing their patients to, risks that persist for the rest of their patients? lives. The American Dental Association claims root canals have been proven safe, but they have NO published data or actual research to substantiate this claim.

 

Fortunately, I had some early mentors like Dr. Tom Stone and Dr. Douglas Cook, who educated me on this issue nearly 20 years ago. Were it not for a brilliant pioneering dentist who, more than a century ago, made the connection between root-canaled teeth and disease, this underlying cause of disease may have remained hidden to this day. The dentist?s name was Weston Price?regarded by many as the greatest dentist of all time.

 

Weston A. Price: World?s Greatest Dentist

Most dentists would be doing an enormous service to public health if they familiarized themselves with the work of Dr. Weston Pricei. Unfortunately, his work continues to be discounted and suppressed by medical and dental professionals alike.

 

Dr. Price was a dentist and researcher who traveled the world to study the teeth, bones, and diets of native populations living without the ?benefit? of modern food. Around the year 1900, Price had been treating persistent root canal infections and became suspicious that root-canaled teeth always remained infected, in spite of treatments. Then one day, he recommended to a woman, wheelchair bound for six years, to have her root canal tooth extracted, even though it appeared to be fine.

 

She agreed, so he extracted her tooth and then implanted it under the skin of a rabbit. The rabbit amazingly developed the same crippling arthritis as the woman and died from the infection 10 days later. But the woman, now free of the toxic tooth, immediately recovered from her arthritis and could now walk without even the assistance of a cane.

 

Price discovered that it?s mechanically impossible to sterilize a root-canaled (e.g. root-filled) tooth.

He then went on to show that many chronic degenerative diseases originate from root-filled teeth?the most frequent being heart and circulatory diseases. He actually found 16 different causative bacterial agents for these conditions. But there were also strong correlations between root-filled teeth and diseases of the joints, brain and nervous system. Dr. Price went on to write two groundbreaking books in 1922 detailing his research into the link between dental pathology and chronic illness. Unfortunately, his work was deliberately buried for 70 years, until finally one endodontist named George Meinig recognized the importance of Price?s work and sought to expose the truth.

 

Dr. Meinig Advances the Work of Dr. Price

Dr. Meinig, a native of Chicago, was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II before moving to Hollywood to become a dentist for the stars. He eventually became one of the founding members of the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists).

 

In the 1990s, he spent 18 months immersed in Dr. Price?s research. In June of 1993, Dr. Meinig published the book Root Canal Cover-Up, which continues to be the most comprehensive reference on this topic today. You can order your copy directly from the Price-Pottenger Foundationii.

 

What Dentists Don?t Know About the Anatomy of Your Teeth

Your teeth are made of the hardest substances in your body.

 

In the middle of each tooth is the pulp chamber, a soft living inner structure that houses blood vessels and nerves. Surrounding the pulp chamber is the dentin, which is made of living cells that secrete a hard mineral substance. The outermost and hardest layer of your tooth is the white enamel, which encases the dentin.

 

The roots of each tooth descend into your jawbone and are held in place by the periodontal ligament. In dental school, dentists are taught that each tooth has one to four major canals. However, there are accessory canals that are never mentioned. Literally miles of them!

 

Just as your body has large blood vessels that branch down into very small capillaries, each of your teeth has a maze of very tiny tubules that, if stretched out, would extend for three miles. Weston Price identified as many as 75 separate accessory canals in a single central incisor (front tooth). For a more detailed explanation, refer to an article by Hal Huggins, DDS, MS, on the Weston A. Price Foundation website.iii (These images are borrowed from the Huggins article.)

 

Microscopic organisms regularly move in and around these tubules, like gophers in underground tunnels.

 

When a dentist performs a root canal, he or she hollows out the tooth, then fills the hollow chamber with a substance (called guttapercha), which cuts off the tooth from its blood supply, so fluid can no longer circulate through the tooth. But the maze of tiny tubules remains. And bacteria, cut off from their food supply, hide out in these tunnels where they are remarkably safe from antibiotics and your own body?s immune defenses.

 

The Root Cause of Much Disease

Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread.


Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/97-of-terminal-cancer-patients-previously-had-this-dental-procedure/#zBVqolPXW1J3UARL.99
Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread
Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/97-of-terminal-cancer-patients-previously-had-this-dental-procedure/#zBVqolPXW1J3UARL.99
Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread.
Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/97-of-terminal-cancer-patients-previously-had-this-dental-procedure/#zBVqolPXW1J3UARL.99
Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread.
Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/97-of-terminal-cancer-patients-previously-had-this-dental-procedure/#zBVqolPXW1J3UARL.99
Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread.
Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/97-of-terminal-cancer-patients-previously-had-this-dental-procedure/#zBVqolPXW1J3UARL.99

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