Biological dentistry takes into account a person’s entire state of physical and emotional health. Holistic dentists use natural therapies (often in combination with conventional ones) to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases of the oral cavity.
Holistic dentists will not use amalgam, nickel, or other metals to fill cavities. Instead, they will use composite resin. Some holistic dentists may be against using fluoride; they believe it does not prevent tooth decay and poses long-term health problems such as increased risk of cancer and degenerative bone diseases.
Many also holistic dentists are against performing root canals; the use of chemicals in sterilizing agents, in addition to bacteria becoming trapped in the canal as a result of the procedure, can cause long-term health effects.
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Relationship between root canals and cancer
When a person in the United States has a toothache, due to an infection in the tooth, rather than cure the infection with 3 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide, dentists almost always kill the tooth. Typically, they will drill out the insides of the tooth and fill the tooth with metal rods. This is called a root canal.
Root canals are a safe haven for microbes. Because no blood reaches the inside of the tooth, the immune system cannot kill any microbes inside the dead tooth. Microbes originate elsewhere in the body (such as were cancer cells form). The microbes thrive and some hide from the immune system inside the root canals.
These microbes, and other toxins from inside the tooth, periodically come out of the tooth and cause reinfections. It is impossible to cure more than 200 diseases unless all of the root canal teeth are removed properly because even if you killed the microbes of the disease, microbes hiding in the root canals can come out and reinfect the person.
All of these things have been known about for decades by the American Dental Association.
Root canals are a major cause of the immune system being suppressed and they are a major cause of cancer:
Dr. Thomas Rau, who runs the Paracelsus Clinic (cancer clinic since 1958) in Switzerland recently checked the records of the last 150 breast cancer patients treated in his clinic. He found that 147 of them (98 percent) had one or more root canal teeth on the same meridian as the original breast cancer tumor. His clinic has a biological dentist section where all cancer patients, on reporting in, have their mouth cleaned up first — especially all root canal teeth removed. There are about 24 million root canals done in the U.S. alone every year. They were proven deadly disease agents in 1925 in a study by Dr. Weston Price and 60 prominent researchers. That study has been suppressed ever since by the ADA and the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). Read the book Root Canal Cover-Up by George Meinig, DDS, FACD for the full story. Dr. Meinig was an endodontist for 50 years. He helped found the AAE in 1943. His book is a mea culpa (apology) to the thousands of patients whose health he ruined doing root canal fillings. He discovered the Weston Price research only after he retired in 1993. His book was published first in 1994 and he has lectured widely since then trying to alert people to this danger to their health. The Weston Price conclusions (i. e. that there is no safe way to do a root canal filling) track with my experience with counseling cancer patients for the last 8 years.
— Mercola.com: Cancer Continues to Worsen
What is interesting about this quote is that 100 percent of the breast cancer patients had root canals, or other infections, on the same acupuncture meridian. Since the microbes do not originate in the root canal, what this implies is that breast cancer cannot form without the assistance of the metals and microbes coming from the root canals.
It is a major research effort of the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. to identify other types of cancer which may be caused by root canals.
But root canals may also explain why so many cancer patients are able to cure their cancer with alternative cancer treatments, but the cancer comes back again and again. The next section will discuss this problem.
Relationship between root canals and cancer regression
When the symptoms of cancer are gone, the patient is said to be in remission. With Stage IV cancer treatments, it is required that the patient be on a potent alternative cancer treatment for at least a year. This means that the patient will almost always be on a potent cancer treatment after they go into remission.
When a cancer patient gets cancer after they have gone into remission, it is called regression.
There are three main reasons a cancer patient can go into regression.
First, they quit their alternative cancer treatment before their cancer was completely cured. For example, they may have felt good and their tumors may be gone, so they quit their treatment. This is the main reason a Stage IV treatment is required to last at least one year.
Second, they go back to their old way of life and get cancer again. This is a common problem. Staying on a Stage IV treatment for a year won't help these people. When a person is completely done with their year-long treatment, they need to stick to at least 80 percent of their diet. And the other 20 percent should not be cake and ice cream except in rare situations.
But this article is about the third reason people go into regression — root canals.
Why root canals can cause regression
It is important to understand that cancer, some cases of type 1 diabetes, and a host of other diseases, are caused by a microbe. Viruses, yeast, fungus, mold, and bacteria cause a host of diseases. To cure these diseases the microbes must be killed throughout the body so the immune system can restore the body to its normal state.
When a person gets a root canal they create the perfect breading ground for microbes. There is nothing in the immune system that gets inside a root canal. However, viruses, yeast, mold, fungus, bacteria, etc. can easily get inside the root canal and set up a safe and comfortable home.
After they breed inside the root canal they can then spread out into the body of the host any time they want. Microbes, when they live in a colony, are actually quite smart, as research has shown. If you kill the microbes everywhere in the body, except the root canal teeth, it is inevitable that the microbes will spread out from their safe haven in the root canal teeth and the disease will return.
Dr. Weston A. Price did experiments many decades ago which at first were hailed by the American Dental Association, but which were later suppressed.
Dr. Price removed a tooth, which had had a root canal, from a person who was suffering from a disease, and then surgically inserted the tooth in a rabbit. The rabbit then developed this same disease and in many cases, the human patient was quickly cured.
This technique worked with heart disease, cancer, arthritis and many other diseases. Dr. Price's research was followed-up by a Dr. George E. Meinig, who also wrote a book on the subject.
While it might be thought that this is an issue for after cancer treatment, rest assured it is not. It is an issue during treatment if the microbes are constantly being released from the root canal tooth or teeth.
No cancer cure will kill the microbes inside a tooth that has had a root canal.
Did You Know?
How to stop a toothacheIt is critical to stop a toothache in its tracks. The alternative is to have a root canal, and root canals can cause cancer (e.g. especially breast cancer), arthritis, etc. etc. Thus, do everything in your power to stop a toothache. If you can’t, your best option is to have the tooth pulled, though it is best to use a biological dentist or holistic dentist to do that.
Also, don’t eat a lot while fighting a toothache. It causes the blood to go to the stomach and you need the blood available to go to the teeth. Also, no sugar or white flour (they feed any microbes) or very acidic things like soda pops.
Most of the items you need you probably don’t have in your home and they can only be purchased over the Internet. If you don’t have them now, learn from your lesson and buy them for the next time you have to deal with a toothache. They are useful for a wide range of health problems.
What can you do?
The ideal solution is the have the root canals and all dental amalgam removed from the body, followed instantly by heavy chelation therapy (e.g. chlorella, zeolites, etc.). But don't go to your local dentist to have this done or things might get worse. For example, the infection may have spread to the jawbone, adding a great deal of complication to the situation.
In other words, if the root canal is not done by the right kind of dentist, the net result may be that nothing is accomplished or things have been made worse.
There is a specialized type of dentist called a biological dentist or a holistic dentist.
So what about those cancer patients who cannot find a biological dentist or cannot afford one? All you can do is deal with the cancer and hope to be able to keep the cancer from returning.
One problem with a simple solution is due to dental amalgam. If you use electromedicine to kill the microbes inside the root canals, you may release mercury from the dental amalgam, which may make matters worse because mercury damages the brain and the immune system.
Baking Soda (a.k.a. Sodium Bicarbonate, NaHCO3, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, and Bicarbonate of Soda), and / or 3 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide mouthwash might be able to kill the microbes, by passing through the teeth, but most root canals have “caps” on them, thus even these ideas may not work.
Bill Henderson on root canals
Bill Henderson was a cancer researcher who wrote three books and hosted the How to Live Cancer-Free radio program. He also talked to more than 3,000 people across world about their cancers. He passed away in 2016.
I feel compelled to get one particular message to you. Two facts have jumped out at me from those many phone calls. They are simply:
- The most common cause of all cancers is root canal-filled teeth; and
- Until a cancer patient gets rid of the root canal-filled teeth, they can't get well.
You can take those two facts to the bank, folks. Why is this the first time you’ve heard about this (unless you’ve been reading what I’ve written, heard my radio show or talked to me on the phone)? Well, I’ll tell you. Doctors know nothing about this.
I’ve asked each of the 3,000 cancer patients I’ve talked to on the phone the same question: “Has your cancer doctor ever talked to you about your dental history?” The answer, every time, is “No.” But even more significant, 99.9 percent of dentists are ignorant of the two facts above about the relationship of cancer and root canals. Or perhaps they are in denial about it, like their dental professional societies, because of the fear of liability.
If you knew what I know about root canals and the degenerative conditions they cause, you would be tempted to sue the dentist who did yours, and you’d be perfectly justified. Believe me the American Dental Association (ADA) knows this. They have a large staff of full-time lawyers whose mission apparently is to keep suppressed the connection between dental work and health.
A small cadre of dentists has courageously schooled themselves in how to detect and treat root canal problems. These are not the mercury-free or holistic or biological dentists you see advertised in the Yellow Pages. In fact, this small group operates under the radar because of the persecution their brave compadres have suffered at the hands of the dental societies and state dental boards.
I know of 30 or so of these wonderfully qualified and brave dentists. Their names have been given to me by cancer survivors who have taken my advice and addressed their root canal problems. These ladies and gentlemen are competent to help you. There are about 70 or so others worldwide who are capable of dealing with this problem. This number of 100 or so dentists is out of the 160,000 dentists and 7,400 endodontists (root canal specialists) in the U.S. alone.
Many people postpone getting their jaw evaluated by one of these competent dentists. It is common to procrastinate on dental work. It is costly, usually not covered by insurance, and often painful. This procrastination or ignorance has cost millions of people their lives. If possible, I want to help you avoid that fate. First, let me explain why I feel this is Priority One if you have cancer.
Root canal facts
More than 50,000,000 (50 million) teeth are “saved” in the U.S. alone every year by having a root canal done on them. This common name for this treatment is really a misnomer. The root canal in a tooth is the portion in the center of the tooth that goes down into the roots (usually two roots — sometimes three or even four).
When a “root canal” is done by the dentist, he/she removes the nerve in the center of the tooth and the pulp which surrounds it. This nerve and pulp go all the way down from under the “crown” of the tooth to the end of the roots in the jaw. This is usually done because the decay has penetrated the center of the tooth and a “normal” filling is impossible because it would press on the nerve. The “root canal” process has a reputation for being quite painful.
When the nerve and pulp of the tooth is removed by this procedure, it is replaced with an inert substance — usually the rubber-like “gutta percha.” The dentist attempts to sterilize the tooth before the gutta percha is inserted in the “root canal.” The object is to cut off the normal circulation of bacteria through the tooth and make it permanently sterile.
Unfortunately, this never works. I say “attempts to sterilize the tooth” because it has been proven that this is impossible. The tooth becomes a dead piece of bone in the jaw. The bacteria which were in the millions of tiny “tubules” in the dentin of the tooth (the portion between the enamel and the root canal) mutate into “anaerobic” bacteria. These are bacteria which do not require oxygen.
Every root canal-filled tooth has them. No exceptions. They occur because of the structure of the root canal filling. It is impossible to eliminate them and they are 1,000 times more toxic than any other bacteria. In fact, the toxins they put out are in the form of a gas called “thio-ethers” which can easily migrate through the enamel of the tooth and down through the roots into the bloodstream. These toxins travel throughout the body, as do many of the bacteria themselves. These are responsible for most chronic degenerative conditions…not just cancer, but rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus, ALS, diabetes … you name it.
The evidence is overwhleming
Example No. 1) Dr. Weston Price, beginning in 1903, led a study by 60 prominent dentists. Their mission was to find a safe way to perform a root canal filling. In 1923, they submitted their 1,174 pages of research to the American Dental Association (ADA). The team’s conclusion: There is no safe way to do a root canal filling.
Why, you ask, are 50 million of these done every year in the U.S. 87 years later? And why are they done exactly the same way they were in Dr. Price’s time? Well, it is mind boggling, but I’ll tell you. A key assumption of Dr. Weston Price’s team was something called “focal infection.” This just means that an infection somewhere in your body (your mouth, for example) can affect organs distant from it.
This concept is taught in all medical schools now and has been for many years. At the time, however, it was controversial. The conservative heads of the ADA rejected Dr. Price’s team’s conclusions because they did not believe in the “focal infection” concept. You’ll find Dr. Price’s research summarized in a book called “Root Canal Cover-Up” by Dr. George Meinig, D.D.S., F.A.C.D. Dr. Meinig passed away in 2008.
Dr. Meinig was a prominent endodontist (root canal specialist). After he retired in 1993 from 50 years of practice, he discovered Dr. Price’s 1923 research report. He was horrified when he considered the thousands of people whose health he had ruined in his 50 years of practice by doing root canal fillings.
As a mea culpa, Dr. Meinig wrote Root Canal Cover-Up and spent the last 15 years of his life trying to get his message out to people about how deadly root canal-filled teeth are. Here’s what Dr. Hal Huggins says about Dr. Weston Price’s research: “Dr. Weston Price and Mayo’s Clinic of 1910 to 1920 described finding bacterial growth in root canals that could be transferred into animals and create the same diseases the donor human had in from 80 to 100 percent of the animals. Heart disease, in particular, could be transferred 100 percent of the time. His research has since been suppressed by the various Dental Associations in the United States.”
Example No. 2) Dr. Hal Huggins, D.D.S. had his dental license taken away by the ADA in 1986. He had become too vocal and visible on the issue of the deadly nature of mercury amalgam fillings. Dr. Huggins was not particularly concerned. He had already begun his second career of researching dental toxins. He has discovered 75 different types of unique anaerobic bacteria which originate only in the mouth.
In autopsies of people who died of heart disease there were found 30 of these types of bacteria. They could have originated only in the mouth. From 1994 through 2000, Dr. Huggins with Dr. Thomas Levy, a cardiologist, attempted to replicate the research done by Dr. Price but with more sophisticated testing techniques.
Dr. Levy told me in 2007, when I interviewed him on my web talk radio show, that he and Dr. Huggins had studied over 5,000 recently removed root canal-filled teeth. Every one of them was taken to the lab and tested. Dr. Levy said that every single one had toxins coming out of it more toxic than botulism.
Dr. Huggins has trained about 80 dentists on the protocol that should be used to clean up your jaw. You can call his office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at (719) 522-0566.
If you cannot contact Dr. Huggins, or find a properly trained dentist near you:
Example No. 3) Dr. Josef Issels M.D. was a famous German cancer doctor. For 40 years, from 1947 until his retirement in 1987, Dr. Issels treated thousands of cancer patients. He is credited with being a world renowned pioneer of integrative cancer treatment. In 1993, he called Dr. Hal Huggins. In his broken English, Dr. Issels complimented Dr. Huggins for “picking up the torch” and trying to get the message about dental toxins to more people. Dr. Issels said that in his 40 years of treating cancer patients, 97 percent of them had root canal-filled teeth. Dr. Issels insisted that they get these teeth removed before he began their cancer treatment.
Example No. 4) Dr. Thomas Rau is the head of the Paracelsus Cancer Clinic in Switzerland. This clinic has been one of Europe’s most prominent cancer treatment centers since 1957. For some 20 years, they have had, as part of their intake procedure for new patients, review of their jaws by the dental section of the clinic.
Any root canal fillings are removed before any cancer treatment is started. In 2004, Dr. Rau became curious about the prevalence of root canal-filled teeth in his clinic’s breast cancer patients. He examined the records of the last 150 women who had been admitted to his clinic. He found that 147 of them (98.5 percent) had one or more root canal-filled teeth on the same meridian (Chinese meridian system) as the original breast cancer tumor. The other three had cavitation problems (see below and next chapter).
Example No. 5) Dr. Robert Kulacz, D.D. S. is (was) a prominent dentist in New York. Why do I say “is (was)?” Because in 2002, Dr. Kulacz published, along with Dr. Thomas Levy, a great book, The Roots of Disease: Connecting Dentistry and Medicine. It is the best book I’ve found on the subject of root canals and other dental toxins.
Dr. Kulacz describes in detail the many people whose health he restored by freeing them of their dental toxin problems. The primary theme of the book is stated in the Introduction: “It is our opinion that the evidence clearly shows that many, if not most, significant diseases get their start in the dentist’s chair.” Why the “is (was)?” Well, you can imagine how popular Dr. Kulacz became with the conventional dental community after this book was published. He was harassed and threatened to the point that he had to change his name and take his family underground. He abandoned his dental practice and took up another profession. It is a great book!
Example No. 6) Dr. Dawn Ewing, N.D. is the Executive Director of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). For a list of the practitioners who belong to this organization who practice near you, go to their website. Dr. Ewing has put together a 30-minute DVD describing with color pictures the most common dental toxin problems — root canal-filled teeth and cavitations. You can get a copy of this DVD from her for $10, including the shipping.
She describes the root canal filling with an analogy. She says that if a surgeon took your smashed finger, cleaned out all the flesh and bone in it and stuffed it with straw, it would be a similarly ridiculous procedure to stuffing gutta percha in a dead piece of tooth bone in your jaw. She calls root canal fillings “taxidermy.” In addition to the DVD, you may want to ask Dr. Ewing for the list of questions she would use to qualify a dentist before you spend any money on him / her.
Bill also has three radio show transcripts which mention cavitations:
- Root Canal Teeth and Liposomal Vitamin C
- The Roots of Disease (on Cavitations)
- Root Canal Case Studies (on Cavitations)
Determine if dental infections apply in your case
It is strongly recommended that anyone who is concerned about dental cavitations get a “thermograph” which extends from the top of the mouth all the way to the waist and to where their cancer originated.
If their mouth has significant red blobs it is almost a certainty their cancer was caused by dental cavitations. This is especially true if there is a thin red line from the mouth to where the cancer is originated. This thin line may be the spreading of the infection via the lymph system, but we the Independent Cancer Research Foundation doesn't have enough evidence yet as to exactly how the infection and toxins travel.
Resource for more information
Cancer is just one of the health conditions which can be caused by dental issues. Alzheimer's, other emotional issues, heart disease, arthritis, and a host of other health conditions can be caused by dentists.
There is an absolutely superb book on the issues Bill Henderson talks about above. Not only does it go into great detail on all the relevant issues, but it also explains several options on how to find a dentist in your area who is qualified to deal with infections and toxins which are in the teeth and jawbone and which are the cause of many health issues.
These dentists can also diagnose what kind of problems you have in your mouth.
Suzin Stockton on jawbone cavitations
About seven years ago I made the eye-opening discovery that my chronic health problems, which had eluded resolution for many years, had their origin in — of all places — my jawbone. I would never have deduced this had it not been for a fortuitous chance finding: the complete disappearance of bladder problems of one-year duration within days of having an abscessed tooth removed.
When I reported the coincidence to my dentist, he was incredulous. He shouldn’t have been, for he considered himself to be a holistic practitioner. That same dentist would later, despite his lack of understanding of focal illness, unknowingly help me to learn more about it by creating the conditions that triggered the full expression of a long silent jawbone disease — ischemic osteonecrosis. (a.k.a. cavitations and a dozen or so other names). This disease is actually quite common, though infrequently diagnosed, and is perhaps the most common focal condition in the body. A “focus” is a walled-off area of concentrated toxins and necrotic (dead) and / or infected tissue.
Ischemic osteonecrosis (bone death due to poor blood supply) is a disease of the entire skeleton — i.e., it can affect any bone in the body. It is best known as a hip condition, and yet it is actually more common in the jawbone, though unacknowledged as such by mainstream medicine and dentistry.
A jawbone cavitation is simply a hollow space or pocket in the bone. It is not readily visible to the eye and often causes no local discomfort, though it can be the hidden cause of facial pain syndromes (hence one of its names, NICO — Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis). The chief initiating factor is trauma to the jaw, often brought on by standard dental treatment.
I’d first encountered the word, “cavitation” many years ago in the writings of Dr. Hulda Clark. She’d described it in her books as “a bone infection resulting from an incompletely extracted tooth” – i.e., an extraction where tissue (bone and ligament) that should be completely extracted is not thoroughly removed. That description didn’t resonate in me then, despite the fact that it was exactly what had been silently going on in my jawbone for many years. I guess I thought if I had an infection in my jaw, I’d know it: Surely there would be pain, inflammation, tenderness – and my dentist would find the problem in the course of my routine check-ups. WRONG!
Chronic osteomyelitis (cavitation) of the jawbone is not characterized by the usual signs of infection (inflammation, redness, fever, pus) – it most often is a silent condition. And it’s one that dentists are not trained in school to recognize. In fact, they’re not even taught that the condition exists. This is a somewhat perturbing state of affairs, for the jawbone cavitation is not a new disease.
It was described as early as 1848 by Thomas Bond in the first oral pathology book. He wrote about a jawbone necrosis that existed independently of abscessed teeth and gums. In 1915, Dr. G.V. Black, the father of modern dentistry, described the condition as “chronic osteitis.”
Jawbone cavitations are exquisitely described in the eye-opening book Death and Dentistry written in 1940 by Martin H. Fischer, medical doctor and professor of physiology at the University of Cincinnati. Citing the research of Drs. Frank Billings and E.C. Rosenow (early 1900s), Dr. Fischer speaks of “infarctions induced of microorganismal emboli” that have broken into the general circulation from a peripheral focal point in the jaw or tonsils. This metastasis of microorganisms is the cause of a surprising number of conditions.
Fischer goes on to explain the role of metastatic infection in gastric and duodenal ulcers, cholecystitis, cystitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, rheumatism, asthma, pleuritis, nephritis, thyroid disease, herpes, iritis, poliomyelitis, multiple sclerosis, certain skin disorders, diabetes, migraines, hypertension and more. He gives case histories and much clinical and laboratory evidence, including impressive photographs of cross-sections of infected teeth and microscopy slides.
Although infection in the oral cavity may be a triggering event in the formation of a cavitation, biopsy of the site typically shows few, if any, bacteria. It is the toxins produced by these anaerobic bacteria that are most damaging to the body. However, until local defenses break down and these toxins gain systemic access, the problem remains localized and most likely silent.
Symptoms develop when the body burden of toxins increases to the point that nutritional reserves are depleted, and the system is no longer able to confine the toxins to their point of origin. They then travel via blood and lymph channels and through nerve pathways to other areas of the body.
Toxins create an extremely acidic environment. As long as the body’s alkaline reserves (primarily calcium and sodium) remain intact, pH is kept within acceptable limits, homeostasis remains intact, and the body functions normally. Once alkaline reserves are depleted however, balance is disrupted. It is not only acid-forming foods (like grains and meat) so prevalent in the standard American diet, that deplete the alkaline reserves, but also the bacterial toxins generated at the site of jawbone cavitations.
These toxins create an acid environment and destroy critical enzyme systems in the body, including enzymes essential for energy production. The inactivated enzymes are then unable to fulfill their function as mineral chaperones. The net result is that key minerals, even though present in the system, become bio-unavailable, for the enzymes needed to activate them have been destroyed by bacterial toxins.
It is important to understand that such a mineral deficiency is unrelated to mineral intake. It can exist in the face of ample intake, though insufficient intake certainly compounds the problem. The toxins responsible for mineral deactivation and breakdown of homeostasis are carried throughout the system via blood and lymph vessels, tending to settle in areas of inherent or acquired weakness.
This means that my jawbone cavitations may result in an entirely different symptom picture than yours, simply because my weaknesses are different than yours.
The over-acid conditions that result once alkaline reserves are depleted have many deleterious systemic effects. When the pH of the blood becomes too acid, its viscosity increases – that is to say it becomes thicker. Consequently, it does not flow as smoothly through the vessels as it once did. Clotting anomalies result. A tendency to excessive clotting is very common in chronic cavitation patients, affecting approximately 80 percent of them. Hyper coagulation leads to infarctions in blood vessels.
Jawbone infarctions were spoken of by Dr. Fischer more than half a century ago. Although the word, “infarct” has come to be associated with heart attack, the condition is not confined to the large vessels associated with the heart. Webster defines an infarct as “an area of necrosis in a tissue or organ resulting from obstruction of the local circulation by a thrombus or embolus.”
Jawbone necrosis does indeed result from impeded circulation, commonly stemming from trauma to the jawbone. Such trauma is largely iatrogenic, the result of standard dental treatment. Any large fillings, crowns, bridges (including the once healthy teeth used as abutments for the bridge) veneers, endodontic treatment, periodontal scaling, tooth extractions, injections (particularly of vasoconstrictive anesthetics), placement of toxic and/or incompatible restorative materials — all of these insults to the jawbone seriously reduce the blood supply to it. Where blood supply is compromised, toxins can’t get out, nutrients and oxygen can’t get in.
By the time toxins gain systemic access, alkaline reserves have become depleted. The blood then becomes hyper viscous, and infarction can occur. Such infarction tends to occur initially in the small vessels associated with traumatized bone tissue in the jaw. These infarctions of the microcirculation, it would appear, are a major factor in the development and spreading of jawbone cavitations. Fischer understood this years ago when he wrote of “infarctions induced of microorganismal emboli.”
The dental trauma most often associated with cavitations is the standard tooth extraction, particularly if it involves the third molar (or wisdom tooth) sites. Although taught in dental school, it is not common practice today for the surgeon excavating these teeth to thoroughly remove the periodontal ligament that attaches tooth to bone.
Once the tooth is removed, this ligament serves no purpose, and if any part of it is permitted to remain in the jaw, it serves as a barrier to healing, impeding blood flow and preventing re-growth of bone. While the extraction site will invariably heal shut, the healing is quite often incomplete, for below the healed-over surface, a pocket or hole has formed. This hollow space becomes a breeding ground for anaerobic microorganisms.
It is very possibly these microorganisms that form the infarction-inducing embolus of which Fischer wrote so many years ago. When the metabolic waste products of these bacteria interact with chemical toxins (from restorative materials, anesthetics, etc.) in the oral cavity, the result is the production of super toxins. The extreme toxicity thus created may well reduce bacterial population.
Whether or not a cavitation forms following the standard extraction of a tooth will depend largely upon how much of the periodontal ligament happens to be removed with the tooth (some portion usually comes out, even when the surgeon is making no attempt at removal of it) and the type of microorganisms which are present at the site.
More damaging than the microorganisms themselves are the extremely potent toxins they produce. Once these bacterial toxins gain systemic access, they can do a great deal of harm through inhibition of enzymes and minerals as described above. The necrosis they produce is actually a gangrenous condition, which tends to spread to other areas of the jawbone. Detoxification is a significant challenge at this point and an absolute impossibility in the face of the continuance of the focal condition (infected tooth and / or jawbone).
Treatment of choice for jawbone cavitations is surgical removal of the necrotic and infected bone, for in the presence of such bone, the conditions that created the infection remain, and blood supply continues to be impaired. This surgical procedure is a relatively simple one when done in conjunction with a new extraction.
It is much more difficult where old extraction sites are concerned. Here the task is complicated by the fact that there has been, up until very recently, no way to clearly visualize the cavitation site and gain information about its dimensions and other distinguishing features short of opening up the site and ‘looking around.’ Even then, the site cannot be viewed from all angles.
To the trained eye, the panoramic x-ray can reveal indications of the presence of a cavitation, but not always. Even when it does, details are often not clearly discernible, and the surgeon is still operating ‘in the blind’ to some degree. The 2-dimensional x-ray image cannot adequately reflect anomalies in the 3-dimensional jawbone. In some instances, cavitations can be depicted on x-ray; however, as much as 50 percent of the bone must be affected before their presence is apparent.
The MRI, while the gold standard for detecting osteonecrosis of the hip, does not work well with the flat bones of the face. Tech 99 bone scans are about 70 percent effective when a special contrast medium is used. Jawbone cavitations can also be imaged through CT scan, when a spiral scan is taken from about the middle of the sinus to the bottom of the mandible.
These methods, however, are neither practical nor cost-effective for use by the dental profession. They expose the patient to the adverse effects of radiation and require the interpretive services of a radiologist who is unlikely to recognize jawbone cavitations because he has not been trained to do so. The aware dentist has long been in need of a reliable instrument for clearly and safely imaging jawbone cavitations; ideally an instrument that could be used in-house. Such an instrument is now available, due to the unflagging efforts of Bob Jones. The story of his dental drama is interesting, more dramatic than my own (told in my book, Beyond Amalgam) and worth telling here.
A decade ago, Bob was a specimen of perfect health — or so it seemed. He was employed full-time as a commercial airline pilot, worked part-time as a ski instructor. This avid outdoorsman was slim, trim and fit. That all changed in 1987 when he was stricken with chronic debilitating fatigue, muscle atrophy and a neurological condition that baffled specialists.
By 1992, he had become completely disabled, was wheelchair bound, had lost use of his arms and gained an excessive amount of weight. While the MDs couldn’t come to agreement on the exact nature of the problem and finally settled upon a speculative diagnosis of ALS, they were in agreement on one thing: Bob’s condition was terminal.
They had given him no more than six months to live, when he stumbled upon an understanding of the source of his problem and a way to turn it around. His search for solutions led him to the realization that potent toxins, by-products of standard dental treatments were essentially poisoning his system. Bob’s symptoms subsided, and his condition dramatically improved once his diseased bone marrow and “silver” fillings were removed.
Today he is completely mobile and moderately active. Much of his excess weight has been lost. Bob is quick to point out, however, that his recovery has not been 100 percent. At this point in time, chronic cavitation patients can expect improvement but often not complete cure, owing to the severity and duration of their condition.
Even before his recovery, Bob set out to develop an instrument designed to detect jawbone cavitations. Since these lesions routinely elude detection through standard diagnostic procedures, the need for an improved imaging device was apparent. As a design engineer with a background in sonar technology, Bob was convinced from the onset that such an imaging device could be developed using sonography. Six months after commencing the arduous task of ‘cleaning out’ his jawbone, Bob had developed the first working prototype of the CAVITAT. There would be many design revisions and obstacles put in his path in the years to follow, but he worked diligently to make his vision of a perfected CAVITAT the reality that it has now become.
The CAVITAT’s proprietary analog to digital circuitry has been awarded 19 patents. There are 22 additional patents pending on the flexible circuit receiver and its advanced cross-channel noise suppression technique. The device is unique in the sonography market in that it is engineered to show only bone, no soft tissue. All other ultrasound devices do just the opposite – show tissue but no bone. And, the image they display is 2-dimensional, while the CAVITAT displays a 3-dimensional color-coded image.
These colors (green, yellow, red) reflect the degree of bone loss and necrosis. The 3-D computer images may be rotated so that they can be viewed from all angles. One image is generated for each of the 32 tooth sites, and all can be displayed on the screen simultaneously. This allows the operator to see the overall picture and how one affected site can influence adjacent ones. Each of the 32 images consists of 64 elements or pixels. These detailed images are identified as to orientation — “B” for buccal and “D” for distal.
The new Generation 4 CAVITAT differs from its prototype precursor in many important respects. The resolution has been increased 800 percent, making for a much clearer image and enabling detection of smaller cavitations. The Generation 4 is capable of detecting jawbone defects down to 1/64 of an inch in diameter.
Bob Jones had introduced a limited number of Generation 3 CAVITATs to a select number of dentists at the end of 1999. These were prototype models used for field evaluation. The feedback from the dentists using them provided the data necessary to make desired improvements. The software was totally rewritten, and the net result was a user-friendly state-of-the-art precision instrument. It is this version of the CAVITAT™ that is now being made available to doctors and dentists to assist in diagnosis of jawbone cavitations and other bony defects of the jaw.
The significance of this technological break through cannot be overemphasized. The success of cavitation surgery is dependent upon many variables. A major one is the extent to which necrotic tissue is removed. Before the advent of the CAVITAT, dentists were operating very much in the blind, unable to see the full extent of the necrosis and therefore unable to remove all necrotic bone. The result for many patients was poor bone healing, unchecked spreading of necrotic lesions and consequent need for repeat surgeries.
While excision of all diseased bone will not necessarily assure full recovery, it certainly does improve the odds. Most patients have had jawbone cavitations for a number of years before they are discovered. Consequently, by the time treatment is initiated, a great deal of serious damage has been done.
Dr. Fischer had stated in Death and Dentistry, “It is only in the earliest stages of oral disease that arrest of progressive infection seems possible.” With the development of the CAVITAT, early detection is finally possible. It may be our only hope of putting the reigns on this silent, insidious condition that appears to have reached epidemic proportions.
While thorough excision of osteonecrotic lesions is necessary in the treatment of cavitations, for the chronic cavitation patient, it is often not sufficient. Aggressive detoxification measures are also in order. These must be tailored to the needs of the individual patient with regard to his/her specific detoxification capabilities and overall condition. Nutritional support is also essential — for rebuilding bone, improving circulation, combating infection, chelating heavy metals.
While surgical treatment of cavitations falls within the domain of the dental profession, the metastatic infection seeded by these lesions has systemic consequences that should be of interest to all physicians. It is therefore imperative that every patient history taken by all physicians and health care providers include questions about dental treatment. Remember: Any trauma to the jaw can be the beginning of cavitations.
The high-speed drill routinely used by dentists cracks enamel, thus allowing bacterial toxins to penetrate the dentine. There is evidence that such drills cause actual pulp damage. Drilling done then in preparation of a tooth for routine fillings, crowns and bridges can be damaging to the jawbone.
Root canals will unquestionably cause cavitations sooner or later, as will routine extractions (where the socket is not properly cleaned out, with all necrotic / infected bone removed). The eclectic physician will not only want to question his patients about these procedures, s/he will also want to be in a position to diagnose jawbone cavitations, or to refer patients to a dentist who is able to make such a diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, it is desirable that the dentist and primary physician work together in instigating a treatment plan and following up with patient.
In working with the chronic cavitation patient, it is imperative that the entire jawbone be considered and examined – not just the site(s) of extractions. A mistake that is frequently made is to clean out new extraction sites, while ignoring old ones. If all necrosis is not removed, it will spread — and will ultimately re-infect a new extraction site, even one that was properly cleaned out.
Taking things a step further, it is important to be aware that the spreading of jawbone cavitations is not confined to edentulous areas. When the bone beneath an apparently “vital” tooth becomes affected/infected, blood supply to that tooth is greatly reduced, and it begins to die. Neither oral exam, nor x-ray evaluation will likely reveal a problem with such a tooth.
ElectroDermal Screening and muscle testing may also miss the problem. The patient, however, frequently has a sense of something being not quite right with the tooth. (The chronically sensitive tooth often is an indication of the presence of jawbone necrosis beneath it) If he or she insists upon its extraction (usually against the advice of the dentist) and manages to talk his / her dentist into removing it, that dentist is counseled to carefully examine the extracted tooth.
Chances are very good that upon drilling into the pulp chamber, s/he will find that the tooth is dead or dying. This avitality is reflected by lack of moisture in the pulp chamber, a result of severely restricted blood flow. I say all of this from personal experience, for three of my mandibular extractions done in ’99 and ’00 were performed at my insistence against the initial protestations of my dentist, who fortunately was open-minded and curious enough to drill open the pulp chambers of the extracted teeth.
Dentists are taught to save the tooth at all costs. Frequently, however, the price paid is the systemic health of the patient. Dead and dying teeth should not remain in the jaw, even if they are causing no acute distress to the patient. If a CAVITAT scan of the jawbone shows pronounced necrosis under a vital tooth, please entertain the possibility that the tooth only appears to be vital, and is, in fact, dying. Healthy teeth don’t grow out of necrotic bone.
For the chronic cavitation patient, extraction may be both the beginning and end of his or her health problems. The improperly done extraction (usually of a wisdom tooth) is frequently the beginning of a problem which may go undetected for decades, and then only be resolved by the proper extraction of some, or possibly all, of the remaining teeth, along with removal of necrotic bone from edentulous areas and aggressive systemic detoxification.
Prevention and early detection are the keys to avoiding this outcome. Improved imaging capabilities give us the tool for such early intervention.. The first step in solving the problem, however, is awareness of it. You have taken that step and are urged to take the next one.
Doctors: Learn to recognize jawbone cavitations and to either treat them surgically, or refer your patient to a qualified cavitation surgeon for treatment. Patients: Seek out a dentist familiar with jawbone pathology: It may be the unsuspected cause of your systemic problems.
So what does all of this have to do with cancer?
Many cancer cases, as noted by Bill Henderson, can never be cured unless the dental issues are corrected.
The reason is that cancer is caused by a very special highly pleomorphic, cell-wall deficient bacteria which can be found inside of every cancer cell. These microbes block the production of ATP molecules in cancer cells in several different ways. The microbe which causes cancer can “hide” in the mouth. This microbe, and the massive toxins caused by dental procedures, can continually reinfect the cancer.
However, not all cancer patients need the $10,000 or more procedures to fix their dental issues and finally cure their cancer; though for those who can afford it, it is certainly a highly recommended procedure for general health, if not for cancer.
Breast cancer patients are almost certainly in need of these procedures, and should automatically have them done, but any type of cancer can be caused by these procedures.
Mike Vrentas, who developed the Cellect-Budwig Protocol, has developed a special expertise with regards to breast cancer cases and is highly recommended as a telephone consultant even if the Cellect-Budwig Protocol is not used.
It should also be emphasized that biological dentists and holistic dentists generally are not qualified to deal with the dental issues mentioned above.