Dental practices Intentional Replantation, Apicoectomy, and Root Canal….part 3 of 7

Thanks to GSG reader Sheryl, whose husband is a dentist, for suggesting I research Intentional Replantation. It has been practiced for 1,000 years, and it is not difficult for dentists, although very few do it or even think to do it. It involves treating the tooth outside the mouth and re-implanting it, and the dental research literature indicates 70-91% success rates five years later.

This may be a way to keep your tooth—and they clearly aren’t always “dead” if they can re-implant and grow ligament and tissue a vast majority of the time. I think the default position for most dentists and endodontists is to go straight to a root canal. It’s what they know, what they’ve been taught.

Sheryl (whose husband is a D.M.D.) had an Intentional Replantation recently by Dr. Kurt Brimley of Copper Creek Endodontics, after a FAILED ROOT CANAL. The tooth is extracted, the diseased part on the roots is removed, and the tooth must be replanted in the socket within five minutes! The replantation was successful and the infection subsided. You can google the term and see what the diseased pulp looks like when a tooth is pulled, right before that diseased part is cut off and the tooth is reimplanted.

I imagine a replanted tooth has the same risks. I would imagine it removes infected pulp but also creates another problem. All the theory I have been studying is that the beginning of a systemic infectious problem occurs when the inviolate, naturally sterile environment of the vast network of channels under the tooth is violated, exposed.

Ditto, then, for the endodontic procedure of the apicoectomy, where an incision Is made in the lower gum tissue to expose the bone covering the tip of the tooth root. A hole is then made in the bone, infected bone scraped out, and amalgam filling replacing it. Now mercury is implanted inside the body, in contact with the jawbone and its blood supply. Authors Drs. Kulacz and Levy say in addition to the glaring problem of the world’s most toxic heavy metal now offgassing in blood and bone, the procedure also leaves a tooth still infected since the procedures cannot sterilize the infected area, so bacteria should be expected to continue to grow, and their toxic products circulate to other parts of the body, just as with a root canal.

The sources I have read said that taking Vitamin C, silver, or any number of other good safe and effective anti-microbials (not antibiotics, which are not safe) will do no good in these dental situation, because they will not ever get to the approximately 3 miles of dentin tubules below each tooth.

And, Dr. Weston Price’s research showed that it is extremely difficult to sterilize root-canal-treated teeth even after they have been extracted! Dr. Walls’ office recommends I extract my two back molars that have been root-canal treated.

Several researchers have found that trapped, anaerobic bacteria in the focal area of the tooth escape that area and migrate to other parts of the body. A diseased, mummified tooth (i.e. root canal) can cause a different disease in you than it causes in me, which is part of why this practice has gone on so long, without obvious links.

But Drs. W. D. Miller, William Hunter, Weston Price, and Edward Rosenow studied and documented very well the principle of focal infection traveling to become systemic disease. Various organisms that morph in the body have specific affinities for specific parts of the body, or they may migrate to weaknesses you have.

This research makes me that much more motivated to eat a consistently alkaline, low-sugar diet. To avoid as many dental dilemmas as possible.

Dentists are good, skilled, ethical people, by and large, of course—but perhaps when all you’ve got is a hammer, sometimes everything looks like a nail? Two dentists’ wives told me as I was researching, that their husbands had to leave other practices to start their own, because they were “undertreating.” In other words, some dental practices push the most invasive, most expensive procedures.

I am disturbed that I had two root canals before knowing all this. The more recent one, I just had some mild tooth sensitivity. I was leaving for Africa and afraid I would get there and have the horrible, mind-numbing, no-sleep-possible pain that I had with the first root canal many years ago. So I let the dentist refer me to an endodontist for the procedure. Should this ever happen again, now I know of options in holistic or biological dentistry.

In fact, I plan to have Dr. Walls remove the tooth for six months and then do one of the options mentioned above. I may have him ozonate root canals multiple times, given Dr. Price’s caveat that once you’ve had a root canal, even with the tooth extracted, it’s terribly difficult to sterilize 3 miles of tubules.

Tomorrow I am going to share some of the other comments of dentists who replied to me on the topics of root canals, fluoride, and metal fillings.

More on mercury amalgam and other dental controversies….dentists weighing in….part 2 of 7

I got back last week from my Northern Cali speaking tour and went right to Dr. Ulm’s office right here in Lindon, Utah. He’s the first dentist in Utah accredited with the IAOMT (Intl Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology). Accreditation requires a rigorous examination of mercury-safe practices and demonstrated knowledge of materials, toxicity, fluoride, and nutrition.

Dental schools don’t teach holistic or biological dentistry. That’s the art of preserving teeth, conservative approaches, considering the health of the entire organism (rather than just a trouble spot in the mouth), and finding solutions that are gentler, integrative, and more natural.

Dr. Ulm does root canals, but much more selectively after other things fail, and in a different way. As it was described to me, he floods ozone in the root canals, which unlike bleach (used to kill organisms by traditional dentists), it can continue neutralizing bacteria over an extended period of time. Then he packs the roots with a highly alkaline material called calcium hydroxide to completely sterilize the tooth. Then after a few weeks, he uses ozone again.

His is a FLUORIDE FREE practice.  Dr. Ulm offers ozone treatment during cleanings as an alternative to fluoride.

He uses digital, collimated x-rays  for 70% less radiation. He does blood analysis to determine reactivity for a specific patient to dental materials. He is trained extensively in removal of mercury fillings safely. He uses high-powered vacuums, dental dams (latex are the only kind that are effective), and supplemental oxygen, for safety for the doctor, staff, patient, and environment.

My family will be switching to Dr. Ulm, and I am considering having my root canal teeth removed by Dr. Walls. These are exactly the kind of dentists I have never had.

My dentists are good, caring professionals. But they toe the line with the ADA’s recommendations to use dangerous chemicals and metals. Clearly they don’t know any better. (If they did, they wouldn’t put themselves at risk either—which is exactly what you are, if you’re packing mercury into people’s mouths every day.)

I have read too many books and studies, I guess: I simply don’t believe in general that more chemical exposure protects us from anything or enhances life or creates health. We are destroying the world with now over 80,000 chemicals in use.

A couple of readers commented when I began the dental topic a couple of weeks ago, that I should just chill out, that the dose makes the poison. My opinion is that some things are poison in any dose. “

All things in moderation” is a popular LDS (Mormon) scriptural reference. However, it does not mean we should eat, inject, or pack into our teeth…..arsenic in moderation, gasoline in moderation, or the second-most toxic element on the planet. (That’s what mercury is.) It means all GOOD things in moderation.

Dr. Ulm’s wife, Dana Robison, who manages his practice, is articulate and educated about the travesties in modern dental practices, and what the alternatives are. They have one of the only ozone machines for dental use in the state. Her husband was an associate in other practices, where he became increasingly concerned about how he had to remove amalgam fillings and dispose of them as hazardous waste. So he finally went out on his own, and sought specialized holistic training not offered in the traditional schools.

Keep in mind, Dana said, we aren’t talking about BIOHAZARDS, but actual HAZARDOUS WASTE. It’s too toxic for a landfill. It’s so toxic Dr. Ulm must use special materials, a mask, special procedures, as dictated by the FDA! No wonder Dr. Kulacz, author of The Roots of Disease, found himself suffering from low-grade depression that only went away when he went on two-week vacations—and then permanently when he banned mercury fillings from his practice.

More than one reader wrote us about the fact that dentists commit suicide at a higher rate than almost any other profession. Actually 6.64 times greater than the rest of the working-age population, according to researcher Steven Stack. He speculates it’s because they don’t have as much status as doctors. (Well, they still have far more social status than factory workers or garbage collectors—but those professions don’t have high suicide rates! And, doctors have a high suicide rate too.)

Others say it’s because people are afraid of dentists. What if it’s because depression is a common side effect of chronic mercury exposure?

Amazingly, even though the FDA has stringent rules for eliminating amalgam as a hazardous waste, it is somehow okay to pack this material into our teeth, right next to soft gums and brain tissue? Many fillings are compromised and eroding, one dentist told me, and the mercury is not completely bound by other elements in the filling as the dental organizations tell us.

Next I’m talking about a practice called Intentional Replantation, and then some comments from dentists I have received.

More on mercury amalgam and other dentistry controversies…dentists weighing in….part 1 of 7

I need to revisit the dental issues, as we’ve had a ton of email about it.

What to do instead of a root canal, you’re asking? It’s a very good question that I have, too. I interviewed Dr. Ulm’s office in Lindon, whom I will talk about in a minute. They told me Dr. Judson Walls in Bountiful (Utah) is a phenomenal holistic dentist. A couple of you had sent his name or mentioned it here on the blog, too.

I called Dr. Walls’ office, and it turns out his staff are GSG readers who’ve read my books—and his home page says you’ll be served a green smoothie in his office! I LIKE HIM ALREADY! After our chat, I promised to visit their new office when they move, soon.

There in his practice, also, is Marietta Bergdorf, NMD, funny, because I just recommended her today to a Stage III lung cancer patient who sought me out at the gym two days ago and asked for my help. I invited her to my house to use my infrared sauna, where she was in tears today because of pressure from the oncologist and his staff—and her husband and children—to get a needle pumping poison in her vein TOMORROW. The oncologist, as I predicted to her that he would, scoffed at the idea that her diet has anything to do with the cancer, or its reversal. She questioned him about the drug he wanted to prescribe, which has been used since 1974. She said, with he and his nurse and everyone in the room looking at her sternly, “I felt so small.” I reassured her that she is not small, that this is HER life and her choice, that she has time to research before submitting to a therapy from which you can never go back, and that her questions are good ones.

Dr. Bergdorf helped cure Parker Jensen’s grandfather of Stage IV colon cancer, and she helped my mother get the LDS Church to approve thermography instead of mammography for her to be able to go on a mission.

Ah, back to holistic dentistry. Dr. Walls will not do root canals. That is courageous. Instead, they extract an abcessed tooth and wait six months until it heals. Then, your options are a bridge, partial denture, or zirconium implant. His staff said he is an “artist” and makes these options look beautiful and natural.

A traditional endodontist believes teeth must be saved at virtually any cost and considers himself a professional failure if he extracts.

What if extraction is NOT the worst option? What if the most toxic pleomorphic organisms on the planet, according to some experts and much research, is the very worst option? The kind that evolve when a dead tooth is mummified on top of miles of tubules full of decay and bacteria that become deadly when deprived of oxygen?

Every holistic dental text I have consulted praise the work of Weston Price, whose research was apparently thorough and methodical, with very high standards. Every time he took a diseased tooth and implanted it under the skin of a rabbit, that rabbit developed the same diseases the owner of the tooth. The evidence that trapping a dead, infected tooth in the mouth forever is incontrovertible, that it’s highly disease-causing.

Dr. Robert Kulacz, DDS, says this in his book co-authored with Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D., called The Roots of Disease: Connecting Dentistry and Medicine:

“After a total immersion into both the remote and current research on dental products and procedures, I discovered that my beliefs about many of the currently accepted views on the safety of some dental materials and….procedures, such as the root canal procedures, were wrong. The link between dentistry and systemic health was real and absolutely undeniable. Furthermore, much of the most pertinent information I discovered has been known for a long time and seemed to me to have been covered up. I became angry about being misled in my education and I immediately changed the focus of my practice—and totally regained my health.”

Dr. Kulacz had been experiencing mercury vapor toxicity signs for a while before studying the issues, and he didn’t know what he would later learn, that the U.S. EPA stated in its 1997 report to Congress that the highest body burden of inorganic mercury comes from amalgam fillings. The average American with eight surface amalgam fillings is over 35 times above the U.S. Public Health MRL (minimal risk level) for chronic mercury vapor exposure!

If you search on the internet, you can find ADA-apologist dentists claiming that mercury fillings are safe and that eating a can of tuna gives you far more exposure! Infuriating and ridiculous. Your mercury fillings are constantly offgassing, every single day. The tuna isn’t.

Why would the A.D.A. allow this? Drs. Kulacz and Levy say, “The ADA has backed itself into a corner by continuously declaring amalgam completely safe. Even now, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, this amazing assertion continues to be ADA’s official stance. To admit now that the use of amalgam should be discontinued or even that it might be harmful would undoubtedly invite a barrage of lawsuits. Furthermore, if amalgam was banned, the insurance industry would be hit with a major increase in claims, as the alternative fillings are most costly and people would demand that their amalgam be replaced. It would cost…$250-300 billion to replace all the amalgam fillings…in the teeth of the American public. It would cost an additional $12-15 billion a year to use alternative non-mercury fillings from this day forward.”

Mercury amalgam is not officially approved by the FDA. Federal law requires that any material implanted in the body for 30 days must undergo extensive evaluation for safety. The FDA didn’t put amalgam in this category because dentists manufacture it in their offices so by their reasoning, it doesn’t need to meet safety criteria. This goofy reasoning has led to no safety studies conducted on amalgam.

Just because amalgam has been used in dentistry for a long time does not mean it’s safe. For many years, “experts” told us asbestos, DDT, dioxin, and Agent Orange were safe, too.

One dentist wrote that people should not remove intact fillings. I am not here to advise all my readers to run to a dentist to get their metal fillings drilled out and replaced.  I have, and I know many people educated on this subject who have. I know several traditional (not holistic) dentists who will not put amalgam in their children’s mouths.

I do not believe that only cracked/damaged fillings are dangerous. Both holistic dentists whose offices I called this week state that even intact mercury fillings are not completely bound in the materials and are significantly off-gassing.

What I have written here should simply give you a starting place to do your own investigation. If you ARE going to have your amalgam fillings replaced, I now feel that it’s important to go to a biological dentist with the high-suction vacuum, extra training in mercury removal, latex dams, etc.

Root canals….at the root of much disease?

Over 20 million root canal surgeries are done each year in the U.S. alone. I unfortunately have had two of them, before I knew that I had any other option. Dr. James Howenstine says, “Many chronic diseases, perhaps most, are a result of root canal surgery.”

This week I’ve been studying literature on cancer clinics in Germany and Switzerland to see if I want to visit any of them. Dr. Rau of the clinic Paracelsus, said that 147 out of 150 breast cancer patients had root-canal infected teeth on the meridian that includes the breast. Of non-breast cancer patients, only 35 percent had root canals on that meridian.

A root canal is done to save a deeply infected dead tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. You have 3 miles of tubules in every tooth, so it is not believable if a dentist says he cleaned and sterilized everything before capping the dead tooth. Bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and molds, are then trapped there.

White blood cells do not travel so deep. These organisms, then, morph to learn to live in the absence of oxygen, causing all kinds of health problems. Dr. Hal Huggins writes of those pleomorphic organisms becoming thio-ethers, the strongest poisons on the planet that are not radioactive.

Dr. Weston A. Price most famously discovered that if you implant a diseased tooth in an animal, that animal develops the diseases of the host. Other experts have written extensively about the problem of leaving a dead tooth in the mouth and sterilizing and packing some of the channels but not others.

Most of the research I have seen linking root canals to a phenomenal amount of seemingly unrelated disease is indirect, such as what I quoted from Dr. Rau above. It predominantly notes that those found to have a variety of diseases have a much higher-than-average rate of root canals. Though the links are indirect, there are many of them—it seems unwise to me to ignore them.

Medical and dental sources you may wish to consult confirming what I’m writing about today are Dr. Weston Price, Dr. Karen Shrimplin, Dr. Frank Jerome, Dr. Josef Issels, Dr. James Howenstine, Dr. Hal Huggins, and Dr. George Meinig (author of The Root Canal Cover-up, summarizing the 1200 pages of published work by Dr. Price).

Any reader who would like to point us to root-canal alternatives, please do!

if you want alternatives to root canals, fluoride, and amalgam fillings, or if you want your amalgam fillings removed, you may wish to find a holistic dentist, also known as a biological dentist. In Utah County, we have Dr. Wendell Robertson.  In Salt Lake County, try Dr. Mark Flack. Holistic dentists nationwide are invariably involved in the fight against fluoridation of the water supply.

Locally, Dr. Flack calls attention to some of his patients’ allergic reactions to fluoride, and to a Massachussetts study of 280,000 children that fluoride in water caused children to absorb lead.

Incidentally, I do not know either of these dentists so I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a recommendation—I know they’re holistic, and I know they’re brave to stand up to the ADA. But I don’t know if they’re good, so you’ll have to find this out for yourself. Should a root canal be advised for anyone in my family, I will definitely be contacting them in the future.