Root Canals: Another Risk Factor for Cancer that Most Doctors Don't Know About
Last time I told you how common silver amalgam fillings can cause cancer due to their high mercury content. Now let me tell you why root canals can also be risk factors for cancer.
What I am about to share with you is generally not known by most doctors and dentists. Fortunately, it is well-known by both alternative cancer doctors as well as dentists who practice biological, or holistic, dentistry. Unlike other dentists, practitioners of biological dentistry treat the teeth and jaw structures based on how treatment will affect the entire body and its organ systems. As my good friend Dr. Hal Huggins, DDS, a true pioneer in the field of biological dentistry says, “Dental problems such as cavities, infections, toxic or allergy-producing filling materials, root canal, and misalignment of the teeth or jaw can have far-reaching effects throughout the body.”
Alternative health practitioners who are familiar with the principles of biological dentistry have long known about the link between dental problems and degenerative disease, including cancer. When there are problems in the teeth, mouth, or jaw, they can block the energy flow along one or more of the body’s energy pathways. In traditional Chinese medicine, these pathways are known as acupuncture meridians. When the flow of energy along one or more of these meridians is blocked it will eventually lead to the deterioration of the organ or organ system that correspond to the meridians that are affected by these various dental factors. Such deterioration, if left unchecked, can lead to cancer.
One of the first physicians to recognize this fact was the late Dr. Josef M. Issels. Dr. Issels was the first physician to integrate conventional and alternative treatments into a comprehensive treatment program that not only focuses on the cancer cells and tumors but also, with the same importance, on the regulatory, repair and immune mechanisms of the cancer afflicted person as a whole. In his more 40 years of treating terminal, end-stage cancer patients, Dr. Issels found that 97% of them had root canals. So convinced was he of the link between root canals and the problems they caused that he would not begin his successful treatments until all root canals had been removed from his patients.
One of Dr. Issel’s influences as he began his medical career was the work of Dr. Weston Price, DDS, a leading holistic dentist whose research dates back to the early 20th century. Dr. Price was the first dentists to warn of the bacteria that are in and around root canals. According to Price, the primary bacteria found in root canals include streptococcus, staphylococcus, and spirochetes, all of which can seriously negatively impact your body’s immune system. A weakened immune system, in turn, can cause cancer. In addition, these bacteria, once it enters the blood stream, travels to organs and tissues, causing further harm.
Rather than acknowledging Dr. Prices pioneering work in this area, the American Dental Association (ADA) claims that his research is outdated. But modern testing methods using DNA analysis confirm Dr. Price’s research.
The work of past doctors and dentists such as Drs. Issels and Price continues to be advanced by a growing number of health experts today, such as my friend Dr. Huggins. Another expert in this area is Dr. Thomas Rau, MD, medical director of the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. Dr. Rau has found that in approximately 90% of the breast cancer patients he has treated there was some type of dental factor that was contributing to their condition.
“Each tooth relates to an acupuncture meridian, Dr. Rau explains. This means a problem in a tooth can focus its energy imbalance elsewhere in the body, in this case his patients’ breasts. Dr. Rau has created a dental chart that maps out the precise relationship between teeth, meridians, and illnesses, including cancer. The breast, for example, lies on the stomach meridian. This means that if you have a problem (such as a root canal or jaw infection) in or around the teeth situated on this meridian, said problem can block the flow of energy along the pathway of the stomach meridian, causing degeneration and eventually cancer. Like Dr. Issels before him, Dr. Rau has also found that such dental factors can also be involved in the development of other cancer.
Why Don’t More Dentists Treat Root Canal Bacteria?
Most dentists and doctors fail to consider root canals and other dental factors as risk factors for various illnesses, including cancer. One reason for this lack of awareness is the fact that pockets of bacterial infection can exists under the teeth and be undetectable using screening methods such as x-rays. This is especially true for teeth that have had root canals. These infections can persist for years without either the patients’ or their doctors’ and dentists’ knowledge. Compounding this problem is the fact that bacteria and other toxins that can build up in root canals can be very difficult to eliminate. As a result, just as mercury vapors from amalgam fillings continually leech out to be absorbed by the body’s tissues and organs, so too do harmful bacteria and related toxins leak out from root canals and the gums in general to depress immune function. Left untreated, these unhealthy microorganisms can wreck havoc in the body.
There is an estimated 3 miles of micro-canals within a single root-canaled tooth, according to George E. Mening, DDS, author of the book Root Canal Cover-Up. That is an incredibly wide area for bacteria to set in. Once bacteria start to gain a foothold inside a devitalized tooth (teeth that have been given a root canal are for all practical purposes “dead,”; this fact is something else that many dentists don’t share with their patients), they can’t be killed by antibiotics because such drugs cannot penetrate into the affected tooth. This leaves the bacteria free to migrate down into other areas of the body where they can set the stage for a variety of crippling degenerative diseases, including cancer.
According to Dr. Menig, “One third of all disease in this country can be either directly or indirectly traced to dental infections.”
What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
As with everything else to do with health, prevention is superior to treatment. To prevent the health risks I’ve outlined above, educate yourself about the dangers of root canals and seek out a biological dentist in your area to work with if you can find one. (If you need help locating one, please feel free to contact me through my website.) Also get in the habit of taking proper care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. This means not only regularly brushing your teeth, but also flossing. For best results, consider purchasing a Water-Pik device, and use it twice a day to eliminate as much bacteria and plaque buildup as you can. Also consult with your dentist twice a year. And avoid eating junk food and foods with high sugar content. All of these simple steps, when combined, can go a long way towards keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy.
However, if you already have one or more root canal, or suffer from gingivitis or other types of gum disease, follow the advice of your biological dentist. Dr. Price discovered that approximately 25% of people who came from families without a history of degenerative disease and who had excellent immune function could safely go on living with root canals without problems. But for most people this is simply not the case.
A biological dentist can help you determine if you are among that small percentage of people. If not, you may need to have your root canal and its corresponding tooth removed. Another rule of thumb to consider is whether or not the infection has spread into the jawbone or is still contained within the affected tooth and gum area. If the bone is not affected, in many cases removal of root canals will not be necessary so long as the infected tooth and gum area are properly disinfected. Biological dentists achieve disinfection using laser therapy and/or ozone therapy, both of which are highly effective at killing harmful bacteria.
Should removal of a toot canal prove necessary, be sure to only have this procedure done by a biological dentist. That’s because only such dentists are trained to do this work properly and completely. In addition to extracting the affected tooth, Dr. Huggins teaches that the periodontal ligament that attaches the tooth to the underlying jawbone should also be removed. Otherwise a pocket of bacterial infection could remain that will continue to cause you problems. Full removal of the tooth, the ligament and the surrounding area of the dead jawbone stimulates the old bone to produce new bone for healing, Dr. Huggins says. Once full removal has occurred, a thorough cleansing of the affected jaw area must also occur. In some cases, however, root canaled teeth should not be pulled due to difficulties that could arise with regard to chewing food and the potential for misalignment of the surrounding teeth. The best approach is always a conservative one, trying other measures first and only removing the tooth as a last resort.
What To Do In Case A Root Canal Is Still Necessary
Despite their potential health risks, it’s important to note that biological dentists are not opposed to root canals in all cases. It depends on what each patient needs. I myself have a number of root canals. But unlike conventional root canal procedures, mine were done using bio-compatible materials, which is something that all biological dentists stress the use of. If your dentist determines that you need a root canal, be sure to insist that the procedure be done according to the principles of biological dentistry. To do that, you will need to find a biological dentist to work with. Fortunately, their number continues to grow, and you can get help in locating one by contacting the organizations you’ll find listed at the end of the article. Working with such a dentist will ensure that your root canal does not put you at risk for the health problems I’ve mentioned above, including cancer. Instead, you will be able to keep your affected tooth, just as I have been able to do.
For more information, contact:
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)
8297 Champions Gate Blvd, Suite193
Champions Gate, FL 33896
Telephone: (863) 420-6373
International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM)
19122 Camellia Bend Circle
Spring, Texas 77379
Telephone: (281) 651-1745
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