What happened when my root-canal teeth were pulled

Can you stand one more update related to traditional dentistry versus holistic (biological) practices? It’s the last chapter in the story I told you in August.

I told you that when I had my two root-canal teeth extracted, I paid a few hundred dollars for an analysis of what bacteria were found in them. I just got my results back from the lab in Colorado.

Dr. Wall (my biological dentist in Bountiful, Utah) told me BOTH my root-canal teeth he pulled were failing. Since then, I’ve talked to half a dozen other dentists and people who have extensive experience with root canals.

You would think that, with all the things I do right, I would have better luck than that. I confess to being more than a little disappointed that a bone graft and so much dental work would be required, notwithstanding my earlier years of eating lots of candy, ice cream, and diet soda.

But did you know that the EXPECTED time that a root canal lasts is a max of 10 years? That’s right—endodontists KNOW that their procedure has a very limited life. My brother Dave was in an ATV accident 10 years ago, where his teeth planted in the steering wheel and killed ten of them. He had root canals on all, and guess what.

Yep, they’re all failing.

Not that those pleomorphic organisms trapped in an anaerobic environment, in a dead organ, are really contained during that 10 years anyway. They’re not! “Failing” just means that there are visible, discernible signs of rampant infection and decay. (Obviously it didn’t get that way overnight!)

In my case, the signs were mild tooth sensitivity, and a blister on the gums covering the tooth. A raging, itchy rash on my trunk and arms that came and went for 2.5 months, until I realized it was related to my teeth.

Have you ever thought about the fact that the tooth is an organ? The biological dentist knows this. It is part of an interconnected meridian in the body. When it dies—or is injured and we kill it dead and leave it there—we are truly fossilizing a dead organism in our living mouth. And we think this won’t cause problems!

So, my sample came back saying that 10 bacteria were detected in the tooth sample. None of them were in the “active” concentration, where the microorganism is alive and well and not being effectively attacked by my immune system.

But two were in the “bright” concentration, which means “heavy concentration of the microorganism.”

They were:

Campylobacter rectus
Prevotella melaninogenica

I’m not panicking about this. Fact is, everybody has candida, everybody has cancer, most people probably have strep and even MRSA micro-organisms too. Everybody has many yeasts, molds, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and the toxic waste byproducts of those critters, in our blood and gut and organs.

Believe it or not, candida can actually have valid functions in the human body. In proportion, in tiny amounts in a teeming, healthy ecosystem, it’s not a problem.

The problem is when those baddies get out of hand. When the good guys in the body, like macrophages and healthy micro-organisms, are overcome (by antibiotics! GMO-frankenfoods! Sugar feeding yeast and fungus!) and the baddies get out of control.

Killing tissues / organs such as your teeth, then trapping the bacteria in the teeth, deprived of oxygen, makes the baddies become super-psychos. That’s a gross oversimplification, but a google search on those two bacteria reveal that my own two breeds of baddies cause heart attacks, impaired immune response, and…..genital tract infections!

Shudder.

It’s weird to be missing two teeth. But I’m glad the super-psychos are gone.

Dr. Wall had offered me an antibiotic the day of my surgery, since he knows the baddies are now out, and running around. I said no thanks, that I wanted to help my body manage it. And it did. Every time I think of this, I send a gratitude message inward, thanking my body for heroic immune function during a rough patch!

For two weeks after the surgery, I didn’t feel great. Not sick or anything, just like my immune system was straining. Like it was for the few months between the root-canal “failure” and actually having the teeth out. I just didn’t feel like myself. I did my workouts, but they were tough.

Then I went to my Body Talk practitioner, Ellen. Learn about it at bodytalksystem.com. I have resisted “energy work” for years. I still love things that are evidence-based, so I gravitate towards things mostly easily proven.

Body Talk uses EFT, muscle testing, and more to listen to the body and shift its energies for clearing and release through shifts in various systems. The results show up physically, in relationships, in emotions, and in well being.

I’m not the world’s most metaphysical person, even if I understand there’s a mind-body-spirit connection. (I just don’t trust human beings to be able to decode something that sophisticated. It always seemed kind of…..unknowable.)

But my friend Wendy had been nagging me to go try it out, for years. Her children had phenomenal results, utterly life changing for their whole family. And my amazing employee Amanda felt the same way, and repeatedly told me she wanted me to go see Ellen.

I went, with my rather notoriously skeptical (but committedly open-minded) attitude.

I’ve been several times now. And the results are undeniable. I won’t get into a detailing of ALL of my results. Too much for this blog.

But after my oral surgery, plus two weeks of feeling like I was struggling, Ellen told me I had 48 microorganisms ranging my body since the teeth were pulled.

And she did her voodoo on me. I’m not kidding when I tell you that you have to be OPEN MINDED to receive and accept this kind of work.

And I left there completely WELL again. I mean, I never felt, for one minute, like I had for 3 months prior to that. Shocking. I didn’t even EXPECT that from the session. I just noticed the next morning that I felt like myself for the first time since the blister appeared on my gums and the rashes started. I have not had one minute, since then, of the old feeling of being only 80%. I have felt only 100% healthy and energetic.

So, it’s too good not to share, if you’re open to some mind-body connection-energy work. If you’re in Utah County, or Boise, Ellen can be reached at 801-669-1745.

And Dr. Sean Ulm in Lindon, and Dr. Judson Wall in Bountiful, are my holistic dentists.

WINNERS from my last post, back to Dr. Wall for a checkup

Look who won the fabulous Zen Society skin care products—I’m sure you’ll love them like I do!

Candi Nicholls, Lehi UT  84043

Sarah Peterson, Suwanee GA 30024

Deidre Gibb, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Congrats, ladies!

I went back to Dr. Wall to get my stitches out yesterday. I’m now missing two back teeth, and 5 fillings on the OTHER side of my mouth are re-excavated and filled, plus a “bone graft,” (really it’s just implanting my own blood, spun down to stem cells, a fibrin-rich plug that allows you to BUILD bone where the jawbone was excavated). In six months, that bone will be ready to accept a zirconium implant, screwed in. I’m not going to fossilize any dead teeth in my mouth, ever again—but that doesn’t mean I don’t want pretty, white, straight teeth! None missing! If I do implants to replace both my lost teeth, my total bill for all these procedures will be about $14,000.

I told Dr. Wall the task of the biological dentist is to give us a beautiful, white smile, without killing us in the process.

I’ve had a hard time eating much else besides smoothies, vegetable juice, and soups.

Tomorrow, I’m sharing a couple of YUMMY soup recipes we made up, with our garden produce, to help me limp along on my liquid diet.

This time, my Bioscan was 87,000. Up 7,000 from 2.5 months ago. That’s a super-way-crazy-psycho high score. I was glad to know that my antioxidants are still gonzo, because if you have a raging infection, your cells are gobbling up nutrient reserves, and FAST. Dr. Wall said everything is healing brilliantly and my bone graft looks excellent.

I could feel that since my surgery, even though I hiked to Stewart Falls with Emma on Labor Day, did a hardcore spin class last week, and generally carried on with life, I felt my immune system still straining. I was vegetable-juicing, but all those deadly pleomorphic organisms from those two tooth cavities are now ranging my body, and I FEEL it.

I told Dr. Wall this, and he asked me if I wanted a low-intensity antibiotic. He doesn’t like them, stated that they mess up your GI tract and immunity for TWO YEARS, throwing multiple systems out of balance, but also said, “I also don’t like all those micro-organisms running around inside of you either.”

I said no thanks—I’m doing okay. But I showed  him a swollen lymph node in my neck, just downstream from the removed molars.

He massaged the side of my neck. It hurt. He showed me how to “milk” it—like squeezing thick stuff out of a straw, he said. A few hours later, the swollen painful lymph gland was back to normal, not painful or swollen.

My whole life, if my immune system is taxed, that’s my inherent weakness: lymph glands back up. (Some people, it’s their lungs, or sinuses, or something else, where acidity and infection tends to settle.) Fortunately, lymph glands can be easily manually stimulated.

I met a couple of GSG readers there in the office, who have been going to Dr. Wall since I first blogged about him. (Good luck! It takes weeks, or even a couple of months, to get in! But don’t give up—he is outstanding and moving to a larger office. I want him to train another dentist in his modalities to shorten the wait time.)

I want to promote biological dentistry because I’m SICK that people are putting poison in their mouth every day all around me. They’re cutting the nerve and artery to an ORGAN, and shellacking it in the mouth, and then assuming everything will be just fine. This practice is anything but fine.

I told Dr. Wall he is one of my heroes. He loses popularity with the A.D.A.-loyal dentists, and many other people, in the interests of doing what’s right. I respect that.

Tomorrow, the recipes for an amazing vegan cream of tomato soup, and an out-of-this-world Indian carrot soup with garam masala in it. My survival strategy for the past 2 weeks.

 

Recovering from oral surgery….part 3 of 3

I am more committed now than ever, to good nutrition. I want to keep my teeth healthy! I don’t want to face more dental decay. We live longer than people did back when infectious disease and dreadful working conditions were rampant. And we’re vain as a culture. So we have to have beautiful, straight, white teeth for, what, 75 years or more? Two nights after my surgery, I was with my family, parents and siblings, listening to all the dental problems we have—we aren’t great for teeth, most of us. Eating an alkaline, low-sugar diet now seems even more important than ever. We can’t eat a rich, acidic diet and expect to have pretty teeth till we’re old.

I went to a famous national park in China, where more centenarians live than anywhere else in the world. The drive into the park is lined with 20’ tall photos of those in the province who are over 100 years old. They were all toothless, except a few who had one or two teeth. To an American, it looks comical. But at what cost do we fossilize the teeth in our mouth? There have to be ways to have a pretty smile and NOT fill our mouth with metal and pleomorphic bacteria. I believe your best shot at doing that is with a good biological dentist.

Undoubtedly right now, there are millions of white blood cells frantically neutralizing, cleaning up in my body. This is a critical time for me to acknowledge and honor the work my body has to do, to adjust to the insult and eliminate the toxic organisms undoubtedly circulating everywhere right now.

Dr. Wall asked if I wanted to spend $350 to send the teeth in to a lab, to get a report of what bacteria were in them. I said yes—in the name of science, and so I could report about it here. And at my upcoming Utah classes.

My own biological dentist in Utah County, Dr. Sean Ulm, is sponsoring my Sandy lecture on Sept. 19. Dr. John Augsperger sponsored us in Colorado Springs last month, a wonderful doc who blogs here occasionally.

Dr. Ulm here in Lindon is excellent too. My family and I will continue to go to him. I went to Dr. Wall way up in Bountiful because Dr. Ulm and his wife Dana (who manages his practice and is a very articulate and educated advocate for biological dentistry and against toxic dental procedures) think very highly of Dr. Wall and have received training from him. And because Dr. Wall is the only one in Utah who can do zirconium implants. (No metals in my mouth, ever again! And no root canals!) My research seems to point to the fact that Dr. Wall is the most experienced, and the most technical, of Utah’s biological dentists. Dana and Dr. Ulm were supportive of my going there.

Dr. Wall serves green smoothies to his patients every day, made from ingredients in his garden and fruit trees. His lobby table is piled high with all the right books—not only many of the books on the evidence against current dental practices, but also The China Study. (That’s the report, for the lay reader, of the biggest, most definitive evidence that a plant-based diet prevents disease, and that eating animals puts us at high disease risk. It’s the biggest nutrition study ever done.)

Dr. Wall’s office also has a Pharmanex Bioscan device in their office. (Go in and get a scan—it’s free! It tells you the level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin, which is a good indicator of the overall level of antioxidants in your body. The average American is well below 20,000. When the technology first came out, I was eating the Standard American Diet, was overweight, and scanned at 24,000.

Last week I scanned at 80,000, which is off the high end of the chart, even with my immune system revving and having to use a lot of antioxidants to clean up the 10-year old root canals. (Did you know that they only last 10 years? I guess dentists know this. Mine did not tell me.)

Dr. Wall’s assistant, GSG reader Cheryl, said they haven’t had anyone scan that high except Dr. Wall himself, and maybe one other person. (I wonder if that one other could be GSG reader Shellie, who responded to my last blog entry?) Kristin scanned at 56,000, which is also impressive! I’m so proud of her, my meat-and-potatoes, former Diet Pepsi addict.)

Dr. Wall is also sponsoring my Bountiful lecture on Sept. 13.

Some people’s bodies handle and protect the body from mercury and other poisons better than others. Dr. Buttar taught me that some people are decimated by just one amalgam filling, while others (like me) had many of them removed (with no oxygen, no dental dam, nothing) and seem to be fine.

I recently met a woman at my lecture in Mesa, Arizona, who was covered with horrible-looking lesions. She described it as an auto-immune condition. This woman was clearly miserable. She said she ate no gluten. No sugar. No dairy. She was doing everything right. I asked her, “How many root canals have you had?” She said, “I don’t know, a lot! Four at least?”

I met another woman in Atlanta—same basic story. She had driven hours to be there. She eats a very clean diet and even makes her own probiotic foods, and that’s probably the only reason she is alive. Because she is miserable and very ill with several diagnoses. I asked her how many root canals she had, and she said EIGHT.

I sent her to go talk to Dr. Buttar, who was there with me—for another credible source encouraging her to examine the toxicity in her mouth as the potential cause of her misery.

No one had ever made the connection between root canals (and toxic, unbound metals in the mouth) to medical conditions, for either of these women! My friend Holly, a competitive tennis player at my club, just had Dr. Wall remove her sister’s root canal tooth. Who knows if that’s why Holly’s lovely, young sister with three small children has been diagnosed with Stage 3 ALS that is currently crippling her….but Holly says the symptoms began a year after the root canal.

Yes, this information I’ve been blogging about the past few months makes the entire practice of endodontics a travesty. Yes, it’s hard to imagine why the ADA would continue to insist that amalgam (mercury) fillings are safe and that root canals are good, safe, and necessary. But we have to realize that the entire dental industry would crumble under the weight of hundreds of billions of dollars of liability, if the dental industry admitted how deadly their practices over the past 50+ years have been!

This isn’t me giving you advice to have your teeth pulled. This is me suggesting you may want to see a biological (holistic) dentist. They have departed from the protocols of dentistry’s “standard of care” because they observed and self-educated to understand how devastating what they WERE doing is, for their patients, and then they sought out additional training to practice in far more helpful, more holistic procedures.

This is worth paying attention to, my friends.

Recovering from oral surgery…..part 2 of 3

 

Dr. Wall gave me IV Vitamin C during the procedure.  I am also using ACS and ACZ, to kill micro-organisms and safely remove them from the body.

I told the anaesthesiologist I wanted no benzodiazipenes.  Jeanette, also a patient of Dr. Wall’s, warned me that the anaesthesiologist wouldn’t like that. She was right; he didn’t. He pitched me on using these “date rape” drugs. He said they would protect me from the memory of the traumatic surgery, and he said he would recommend them for his own loved ones.

(Of course he would—those who operate in drug use every day are very comfortable with them. I am always wary of advice from pharmacists, drug reps, and drug-intensive medical practitioners. They’re good people, but they come from a different planet than the one I come from, ‘nuff said. I’m glad they are there, when we need them, don’t get me wrong. But I think massive caution is needed, with drugs in general.)

I stood my ground, he used no benzo’s, and I have no memory of the surgery. Not only that, but by the time I was driven home 90 minutes after surgery, I worked on my computer for the rest of the day and went to bed at the normal time and slept a normal amount, 6 hours. I felt fine and went first thing in the morning back to Salt Lake to watch my team play.

I experienced ZERO pain for three days. Shocking! He dug out roots of my teeth all the way up into the jaw, he debrided the jaw bone of any decay, and did a bone graft. I have stitches not only over the place where teeth once were, but also up high in the gums, where the tips of the roots were. He also did some major work on the other side of my mouth, redoing fillings that date back many years, 14 individual procedures total, in 5 hours. On Day 4, I did feel a little bruised.

All I can figure, with so little pain, is that this doctor is a genius, as Dr. Ulm’s practice told me he was. He did excellent, precise work, rather than tear up my mouth. I can’t say enough good about Dr. Wall.

I’m on a mostly liquid diet. Dr. Wall found that amalgam was NOT entirely removed from my mouth 10 years ago. He dug out another chunk of it. L I am glad to have that done. But I basically now can’t chew on either side of my mouth very well.

Fortunately I can drink lots of green smoothies and vegetable juices. I’m also drinking Rejuvelac every day. A good idea anyway, since I need to detox from the pleomorphic organisms that were trapped in what Dr. Wall told me, post-surgery, was TWO failed root canals. He said, “We knew the front tooth’s root canal had failed, from the imaging, but the roots of the back one that I dug out were decayed, too, through the jaw bone!”

I am so glad, now, that I had this procedure done. (My tennis team won against two states the day of surgery, but then lost to teams from Boise and Las Vegas anyway, the next day. I am traveling so much in October and November, I didn’t feel I could wait.)

It’s a little weird to be missing two teeth, not gonna lie. Americans are conditioned to keep our teeth, cosmetic concerns over health, at any cost. (I intend to value the cosmetic and functional aspects, too, by getting an implant to replace the front tooth.)

My main thought is, what a travesty to spend so much energy eating the right food, juicing and blending vegetables, traveling all over Kingdom Come teaching others about it…..and having deadly pleomorphic organisms mutating and moving all around my body, undoing the good work that nutrition, and my body’s defenses, were doing.

More thoughts on our dental choices, tomorrow.

Recovering from surgery….+ thoughts about YOUR dental treatments, part 1 of 3

Last Friday, I had five hours of oral surgery under general anaesthesia. I had my two root-canal teeth removed. I had read multiple books and papers on toxic dental practices, and had become convinced that root canals are UNIVERSALLY a terrible idea. I’d learned that the research of Weston A. Price, possibly the most well published dentist in history, showed that trapping fossilized dead teeth in the mouth causes the bacteria in the miles of dentin tubules to morph into some of the deadliest thioether organisms on the planet, and range the body, causing deadly auto-immune conditions and cancer.

I recommend Root Canal Coverup by George E. Meinig et. al. (a great synopsis of Price’s vast research), The Roots of Disease: Connecting Dentistry & Medicine by Drs. Kuacz and Levy (DDS and MD / JD); Toxic Dentistry Exposed by Drs. Munro-Hall; Uninformed Consent: The Hidden Dangers in Dental Care by Drs. Hal Huggins and Thomas E. Levy; Whole-Body Dentistry: A Complete Guide to Understanding the Impact of Dentistry on Total Health by Dr. Mark A. Breiner.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’m an information and research junkie and consume a lot of info in a short period of time. About the time I discovered how root canals (not to mention mercury in amalgam fillings) are contributing to disease, I developed a blister on the outside of one of my root-canal teeth. The gums were a little sensitive.

And I just had this sense that my immune system was straining. I don’t know how to describe it, exactly. I still looked and felt healthy, still running and playing tennis and working long hours and traveling with intense schedules, without incident.

But I’ve become pretty attuned to minor phenomena in my body, in my quest to be as healthy as I can be. And I FELT that my immune system was under assault. Was I impressionistic because of everything I’d read? Maybe. I don’t have anything more compelling than the fact that I just felt like my immune system was revving, and maxed. That, and I had these weird rashes. Arms, legs, stomach.

It’s not easy to get in with Dr. Wall. He does a lot of meticulous research and planning before a major procedures, and I had to go for a few hours for many diagnostic procedures. Then my $7,000 day in his office included 14 procedures, including bone cavitation, putting a fibrin plug/clot of my own blood rich in adult stem cells in the wound, to help heal and to help bone fill in. Plus a bone graft for the zirconium implant I will get for the tooth in front, in six months.

(You can see that the front one of the two extracted teeth is missing only if I laugh really big. The two extracted were at the back, on the top.)

I planned to be down-and-out for a couple of days. In fact, the Friday of my procedure, I had to make a tough decision. My undefeated tennis team had gone to the State playoffs and won. I had to miss sectionals, against 5 other Western states’ top teams, to have my surgery. I didn’t want to cancel and wait two more months.

So I chose to have the surgery.

More tomorrow.

Antibiotics and dental surgery….do I agree with taking AB’s preventatively? Part 2 of 2

Answer:

Dr. Larson, I have always appreciated how conscientious you are in your practice, and in your ongoing study to legitimately find the truth. And I think it’s impressive that you stay open minded….plenty of docs wouldn’t even ask me what I think. Like I once did, they trust only peer-reviewed-journal-published clinical trials. Of course, the drug industry INVENTED the clinical trial, which hasn’t ever been tested.

There’s plenty of evidence that should be considered that didn’t go through a multi-million dollar drug trial.

I am aware that occasionally antibiotics may be necessary, in a life-threatening situation. Thank goodness we have them for meningitis!

But I also believe that preventative antibiotics lead to ever-downward-spiraling health problems. I just can’t accept that 20 men on a firing squad are needed to remove a splinter. Just one trained practitioner, with fine instruments, is needed for that. We have lots of natural options that work, outside drugs.

Antibiotics—just one dose!—destroy the vast majority of healthy gut bacteria that is the crux of our immune system. A healthy gut has more organisms flourishing than the entire body has cells! And one round of antibiotic can cause cascading problems for years, even decades. I believe that virtually everyone in North America now has gut issues, and impaired digestion. The reasons?

Number one, antibiotic use. Number two, processed and preserved foods. Number three, genetically modified corn and soy, and hybridized wheat.

I wish that medical professionals would talk about the OTHER side of that issue—the guaranteed health problems that result from antibiotic use—and let the patient decide. That seems fair and right to me, that “professional liability” (CYA) not trump patient best interests to the point that so many of us are just avoiding the medical professional altogether.

I realize none of this is your fault, nor any single practitioner’s. The system has become very broken, where the American tort system has terrified doctors and made malpractice big business.

But I am on the patient advocate side, and I always look at what is best for the whole organism, for the long term. And I know quite a few docs standing up against the codification of medical care to be a monopoly for drug approaches—docs who are so angry that they risk status and even license to “do the right thing.”

I listen to people every day. At my lectures in 50 cities annually, and in emails, facebook, and my blog, people detail the chaos and devastation from their broken immune systems that always starts in the gut.

How do they have a chance, if AB’s are prescribed for just EVERYTHING? The body is never trusted, by the authors of the “standard of care,” to send white blood cells to the rescue and to do its job.

The medical system in the U.S., unlike in Europe and most other parts of the world, absolutely refuses to use natural plant extracts (herbs, essential oils, etc.) to aid and nurture the body’s immune system.

Antibiotics are a good thing only if they’re used once or twice in a lifetime, at most, to deal with an absolute crisis.

Twenty years ago, many who are well educated about the ramifications of AB use were sounding the alarm bell about overuse for ear infections and every cold and flu symptom.  Nobody listened much.

So we’ve gotten worse, rather than changing course. Now we prescribe antibiotics as PREVENTATIVES before every surgery, even dental surgeries. I worked on a mental hospital children’s unit where the kids were given MONTHLY antibiotics as preventatives!

I was told that endodontists would refuse to do a root canal on me, if I didn’t take a preventative AB. So I found an endodontist who didn’t have that policy. Perhaps he was stepping outside “standard of care.”

Or maybe he just looked the other way. (Later this month, I am having the tooth with that root canal, which failed 18 months later, removed. At the time I did not know how toxic the practice of fossilizing a dead tooth is. But now I do.)

Sure, on a rare occasion, there’s an infection that morphs to become something dangerous. But I take issue when doctors are alarmist about a possibility that is one in ten thousand. (That’s how docs got my mother to agree to AB’s every few months when I was a child—by telling them my strep could become scarlet fever.) I consequently spent a lot of my adulthood recovering my broken immune system.

Some of the risks of antibiotics are nearly 100%–yeast overgrowth and devastation of healthy flora in the gut, for instance.

In fact, on a rare occasion, an AB can be fatal too.

Most of the time, the body does its job after an insult like surgery, and the immune system is consequently strengthened.  My biological dentist has natural things to prevent disaster: before my oral surgery, I will have a high-dose IV Vitamin C. Dr. John Augsperger, who hosted my class in Colorado Springs last week, does the same, and he gave me his favorite dental hygiene product, the all-natural Tooth & Gum Tonic by Dental Herb Company.

I LOVE this stuff. No chemicals, alcohol, flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, chemical poloxsamers or fractionated ingredients. It’s essential oils, herbs, all organic or wildcrafted. It’s the best mouthwash you’ve ever used, gum-disease preventative, and it’s really STRONG, too.

Dr. Augsperger is a biological dentist. I’ve found lots of them who research far beyond what the ADA-controlled dental schools teach, to discover a whole world of different thinking. It’s exciting, it’s empowering, it has lots of innovative solutions….and it’s just way outside “standard of care.”

Outside just dentistry, there are lots of natural antibiotics for child and adult use, that are cell specific and don’t destroy gut flora or healthy cells.  Colloidal silver. Garlic. Herbs like goldenseal.

Antibiotics virtually guarantee yeast overgrowth. They virtually guarantee that viruses and bacterial organisms will bring the whole organism to its knees, over and over, because now its defenses are down.

My friend Ben got a sinus infection and now he’s on antibiotics over and over, I think about 6 times in 2012 already. He has tons of devastating consequences for this vicious cycle, including terrible digestive problems, that many people suffer with now, thanks to our sick love affair with antibiotics.

(Similarly, medicine uses steroids with even more devastating effects on immunity.)

Anyway, Dr. L, this is my opinion and my experience. Since I started refusing antibiotics completely 17 years ago and using alternatives, my family has gotten dramatically healthier, and I’m happier with my arsenal of options, rather than being dependent on pharmaceuticals and waiting to get in to see a doc who, in the end, is kind of a one-trick pony with the prescription pad.

The main one, of course, is to keep them eating a plant-based, high-raw, mostly alkaline diet. Then they’re strong and far less susceptible to the scary stuff.

Your thoughts?

Antibiotics and dental surgery….do I agree with taking AB’s preventatively? Part 1 of 2

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:

I think you are pretty conservative and avoid antibiotics, but I had an interesting experience recently in my dental practice that I want to share with you.  You influence a lot of people to make better choices for their health, and if you agree with me and my position as a health care provider and trying to do what is in the best interest of my patients, maybe you can pass this on to your readers.

The AAOS (american academy of orthopaedic surgeons) currently recommends that persons who have had total joint replacementsshould take one dose of antibiotics one hour prior to high risk dental procedures (not a whole week of antibiotics, just one dose) to avoid bacteremias forming in the artificial joint and causing a systemic infection and possibly failure of the artificial joint.  I had a patient recently who refused to take an antibiotic before a procedure because she avoids taking antibiotics in general.

Hand holding pillsI contacted her orthopaedic surgeon, and the nurse from his office recommended the same protocol for her, and she still refused.  She walked out of my office informing me there was no way she was going to take the antibiotics and she would find another dentist who would do the work without making her take the antibiotics.  I worry about her health and the risks she is taking.  I also worry about the dentist she finds to treat her without following the standards of care, as his license may be in jeopardy for treating her this way if complications were to arise anytime down the road.

I try to avoid antibiotics whenever I can for myself, but there are times when it may be worth the major complications which could arise.  I am not willing to put my license and my career on the line to treat someone who refuses to follow the written protocols and standards of care for surgeries which they have had done in the past, which now place them in a higher risk category.  I don’t know if you understand what I am saying here, but let me know if you agree or disagree with me.

Sincerely,

Dr. G.L.

Comments from another dentist, Kristi……part 7 of 7

A reader and dentist, Kristi, shared these observations after my root canal post. I have paraphrased some of her comments for length:

“ I have much respect for Robyn and her goals of sharing important life saving information with all of you. Her willingness to stand up for what she believes in is admirable. I would mention a word of caution though about jumping on bandwagon before you’ve done your own due diligence as there are always consequences for the decisions we make.

I always use dental dams and highly recommend you not use dentists who don’t put dental dams in place for root canals and other procedures.

As for amalgam, indeed there are gases that are given off from amalgam fillings; however, it is very minute and your exposure to mercury from air pollution, car exhaust, among other things, particularly if you are big fish eaters is much MUCH greater than what is given off from metal fillings. In fact, the greatest exposure to mercury when it comes to amalgam fillings is in the process of putting them in OR TAKING THEM OUT for all of you considering this procedure.

Trust me, dentists LOVE doing composite (plastic) fillings and usually are more than happy to do this if you insist. You know why? Because they tend to not last as long as amalgam fillings (often replacing in the range of 5 or so years) as compared to metal which many times last 20 plus) and because they can charge you more to put them in. (They are more technique sensitive, take longer to put in and thus they can charge more). Just know there are pros and cons to both. Just as there are some studies that show this leakage of gas, there are many more studies that show that the exposure is VERY minimal in comparison to other routine day to day practices. Especially with today’s techniques of placement.  Unless you are planning to make a radical lifestyle change you will not notice a difference as you are unfortunately exposed in so many other ways where with much higher loads than a filling would give off. Also for interest sake, there are studies that show blood levels of mercury being the same for people who have never had a metal filling before and those who have a mouth full of them.

Now, am I saying that I would put amalgam in my own children’s mouths? No, I plan on never doing that but I also plan on doing everything I can to prevent them from getting a cavity in the first place and that is the reason I love the things that Robyn is teaching about whole food and healthy eating because I believe this is the first step in prevention.

Which brings me to the topic of root canal therapy. Before you start walking into your dentist and refusing root canal treatment, you need to understand why it is done and what the alternative is.

Root canal treatment is done (MOST TIMES) because a person has a cavity that has gone so deep that it has eventually gone into the nerve of the tooth. It takes a lot to get to this point and is usually because someone has neglected to see a dentist sooner to deal with the cavity before it got too big. And then we must look at why that person got a cavity in the first place? In MOST cases it’s because they don’t take proper care of them, they have a poor diet and perhaps at no fault of their own, were never taught how.

So a root canal is a dentist’s last attempt basically to save a tooth that in most cases has not been properly taken care of in the first place. Unfortunately the alternative to root canal therapy is extraction. For those of you who have had root canal therapy done, are you now considering pulling all those teeth? Do you think that you would be better off having NO teeth? Do you think that your standard of living would go up having no teeth to chew with and trying to eat a plant based diet? Trust me, dentures are not a bed of roses. If you decide that you don’t want dentures but that you would rather have implants placed (titanium posts drilled in your jaw bone with a fake tooth built on top)? Are you prepared to pay $3k to $5k (depending on the dentist) PER TOOTH to have each of these teeth replaced? And that entirely depends on whether you are even a candidate for implant placement in the first place. Do you recognize that as you start losing teeth there is a tendency for things to break down more rapidly and that you can start having more jaw joint issues? There are a lot of other consequences to pulling teeth.

About those studies, I will not dispute their validity; however, I think it’s very difficult to determine that root canals are the cause of cancer in those cases. I think there are way too many other factors.

Consider for example the fact that generally speaking those who have need for a lot of root canal therapy, usually have had in the past or do have a poor diet and could that have not been the possible cause of the cancer? I’m curious how many of those people were smokers, or ate high meat diets, or highly processed diets…I just think there are much bigger fish to fry here. If you compared the number of people out there with root canals who have never had cancer, I don’t know how convincing that material would be.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that one must consider the alternatives. Yes having fillings and root canal treatment is unfortunately a compromise and it would be better if we never had to do them, but it is what it is and the alternative is not any better.

I would agree that most dentists don’t do a very good job of promoting prevention and that is what this really comes down to: Being educated on how to prevent cavities and the need for root canal treatment in the first place.

A few of my suggestions are as follows:

-Make sure you are brushing at least in the morning after breakfast and at night before you go to bed.

-Floss at least once a day (preferably at night)

-Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice or anything but water (I’ve pulled enough teeth on 1 and 2 year olds to know this is important). Breast feeding, that is a different story but you still must wipe out their mouths as there is still sugar in breast milk and they can still get cavities from it.

-Definitely try to have a diet that is whole foods based. Eating more of what Robyn promotes and less of what she doesn’t will definitely steer you in the right direction.

-Have regular checkups to the dentist so that if you do get a cavity you can catch it while it’s small and before it turns into root canal therapy.

-A couple of cautions about a whole foods diet is that if you like to eat dried fruit such as raisins, you are still at risk of decay because these chewy sticky foods are very good at sticking in the grooves of teeth as well as between them and if you don’t get it cleaned out, bacteria will break it down into simple sugars and cause cavities. So brush brush brush.

-If you are a big vegetable and fruit juicer, be careful, drink it in one sitting and don’t sip it all day long. Fruit juice especially is still sugar and if you are bathing your teeth in it all day long, you are much more likely to get cavities.

-Also watch the amount of acid intake. Vinegars, lemon and lime juice, they all have acid and can break down & weaken tooth structure rapidly. So be cautious, rinse with water, and brush about 30 or so minutes after.

-Please help your children brush their teeth as they cannot do it on their own. Until they can hand write their name legibly or tie their own shoe or maybe even longer, they literally do not have the manual dexterity to get everywhere so you need to help them…and don’t forget to floss their teeth too ?

Robyn’s response: Thanks to Dr. Kristy for sharing her thoughts, especially these suggestions. I would encourage more dentists reading this to seek out additional training to practice biologically. You have three different organizations accrediting or promoting holistic practices that deeply respect the human body and which are not afraid to question modern practices that are harmful to the human organism in general.

Dentists cold-mix mercury with other metals to make amalgam fillings in the office. The resulting mixture is neither chemically stable, nor biologically inert. It’s an oft-repeated but untrue statement that fish and pollution are higher sources of mercury, and that the amount offgassing in your mouth is “tiny.” The EPA stated in a report to Congress in 1997 that the highest body burden of inorganic mercury comes from dental amalgam fillings, and the report shows that dental exposure totals more than from food, including, fish, and water.

The ADA is far too invested in a few specific practices. It spends far too many resources defending harm and high risk. It’s time to support holistic dentists, and call more attention to alternatives in dental practice so that they gain more traction if they are effective.

In Utah, they are Dr. Wall in Bountiful (Dr. Ulm’s wife told me he is fantastic), Dr. Ulm in Lindon, Dr. Bruce Pyper in SLC, and Dr. Robertson in Spanish Fork. Thank you to GSG readers who have pointed me to these dentists.

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Should I shut the heck up about all things not green smoothie?…..Part 6 of 7

About Dr. L telling me I should not talk about toxic dental practices and stick to whole foods topics only?

That is precisely the reason I have a blog in the first place.

I don’t want my readers to be as ignorant as I was when I was 27 years old and allowing doctors to tell me to feed my little boy spoonfuls of liquid steroids. I had dentists wanting to fill holes in his teeth with mercury as he got older (luckily, I never allowed that in any of my children). I’m livid that a dentist sent me home with little blue fluoride pills to feed my baby, not giving me the very real “other side” to the recommendation to have him eat sodium fluoride!

(Fortunately, in the case of the little blue pills, they sat there and expired during the two years after filling the prescription—I felt guilty every time I saw them, but I could not make myself feed them to my little boy. And fortunately, I knew enough that no child of mine has ever had an amalgam filling.)

I don’t have any interest in denigrating any profession.  Certainly not dentists. I have had email correspondences with Dr. L since he attended a class I taught two years ago, and I know him to be a thoughtful, purposeful, open-minded vegetarian athlete who influences his patients for good.

However, I hope more dentists self-educate to offer other options and educate their patients against toxic practices. I’m sure it would be scary to have many practices that underpin your livelihood called into question—dentists carry debt on expensive equipment to perform these procedures and use these materials. But I’m not the researchers who have documented valid, massive concerns for the public health. I’m just one person waving a red flag towards it.

But I’m fierce that since I am blessed with an audience, I hope for my readers to start YOUNGER THAN I DID—or at any point!—with knowledge about controversies regarding their health. That way they won’t unwittingly allow unnecessary root canals in their mouth, as I did.

I hope my readers learn to QUESTION AUTHORITY. I don’t mean REJECT all authority across the board. I mean make your own decisions, do your own thinking, use your intuition. Study an issue well before doing something like fossilizing a dead tooth, or feeding your baby little blue pills of a known poison, or injecting your child with, well, anything. Expect that major industries—all of them—have an agenda. That agenda is often in conflict with the public health.

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Learn to be a savvy consumer of information so you know what’s more likely to be true, and less likely. (In the intro to 12 Steps to Whole Foods, I write about evaluating research.)

I will not go silent on subjects where I think we are asleep at the wheel.

 

I may not be an “expert,” as Dr. L wanted me to know. But I am a HUGE FAN of parents becoming educated about the chemicals they feed their little ones. We should become layperson experts as much as possible—these issues have massive implications.

And while I believe dentists are good people trying to help us (Dr. L states that I am criticizing dentists), they do not always understand the implications of our drinking and eating synthetic fluoride.

If that’s the criticism—that I shouldn’t blog about dental issues because I’m not qualified—well, then, I’m not an expert on whole foods either. He didn’t like the quotes I used by a chemist, and he dismissed an entire book on the fluoride travesty by a journalist, because the journalist wrote a book for money so clearly he fabricated a fake controversy.

Adding fluoride to water is forced medication, and it’s not a fake controversy. It’s a real controversy for good reasons. Even if I accept Dr. L’s belief that children have fewer cavities if they drink fluoride or take fluoride pills, he offers no evidence that it’s safe for other organs and systems, to ingest it regularly. That’s because there IS no evidence of its safety. There is plenty of cause for concern and many studies documenting how dangerous it is.

If you feel that my blog should be limited to non-controversial topics related to whole foods only, perhaps you can just skip any posts on other topics? I’m a renegade, and this is a counter-culture blog. It just is.

If I’m blogging 5 times a week, for nearly 5 years now…..I don’t want to have limitations like that. I want to talk about what’s on my mind. Eating whole foods and giving the S.A.D. the boot will always be my favorite topic, though, so come back soon for more on that!

Tomorrow, I will post some interesting comments from a dentist who wrote in with her opinion on my comments on amalgam fillings and root canals.

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Should I shut the heck up about all things not green smoothie?…..part 5 of 7

I started using a Sonic toothbrush a few years ago. It’s incredible! I had quite a few cavities as a kid, but I haven’t had any, since using the Sonic. It vibrates the plaque off your teeth. My gums were receding from my scrubbing my teeth too hard, and with the Sonic, I have stopped eroding my gums. Moreover, my dentist tells me when I go in for cleanings every six months, “There’s no plaque on your teeth—there’s nothing to clean here.”

You can get a Sonic toothbrush at Costco or any store. It’s not cheap, $50 for the electrical unit or something like that? But so worth it. I bought one for each of my kids a few years ago for Christmas.

One dentist reader, Dr. L, had written me last year asking why I talk about fluoride being a poison and a byproduct of a number of industrial processes. That was news to him. After studying the issue, and following my recent blog series on toxic dental practices, he wrote me a lengthy report, which I read.

Dr. L wrote me an email saying one of my readers came to him about increased dental decay. His own dentist had told him green smoothies were causing it. LOL!

(And so he should eat, what? More Junior Mints instead of kale and berries? Wait, how about hormone-soaked animal flesh? Dr. L discovered the man had stopped using fluoride. Of course I stopped using fluoride many years ago too…..and QUIT getting cavities. Could be my Sonic toothbrush though!)

Dr. L’s defense centers on fluoride treatment being just a little extra of a necessary minerals. Kind of like table salt—it’s fine, in moderation, is his reasoning.

Actually, refined table salt is far more toxic than sugar—I need to talk about that more. The Gerson therapy has cured thousands of patients of cancer for 80 years, with lots of raw vegetable juices and completely, vigorously eliminating all sodium from the diet. This pushes sodium out of cells, and potassium into the cells, which allows the body to metabolize cancerous cells.

Just because lots of people are eating refined salt doesn’t mean it’s fine in moderation. I have quite a few people testing the diet / recipes / shopping lists in the Detox Manual I’ve been working on for 8 months.

Every single one of us has lost 2-5 lbs. in the first day or two, and 5 lbs or more in the first 5 days. That’s partly because the diet is completely sodium free. (It’s also high bulk, so you don’t have to be hungry at all, and low calorie.) When you give your body a break from eating sodium chloride (NaCl, table salt), you body sheds water. It’s not that your body is dehydrating and you will just drink that water back—it’s that your inflamed cells are releasing fluids and waste products trapped there. And those cells can then heal and rebuild!

Dr. L implies that what is in your water supply is just the natural fluoride that occurs in a mountain spring in trace amounts. But no, it’s a chemical synthetic, a compound with sodium bound to another element, and it’s added in far greater amounts than anyone would encounter in spring water. That’s why Dr. Ulm, Dr. Wall, and many others have fluoride-free practices. More than 90 percent of U.S. fluoridating communities now use inexpensive silicofluorides, because it’s cheap—a compound never tested by the FDA but which was recently shown to elevate lead levels in children.

I was told by Dr. L, at the end of his email, that he wishes I would stick to talking ONLY about whole foods, in my blog. The implication, to me, was: “Don’t trouble yourself with this; you don’t know what you’re talking about. Just trust us, the experts.”

Tomorrow I’m going to talk about how I feel about that.

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