My former traditional dentist friend weighs in about MERCURY FILLINGS

toothpasteDear readers, it’s been a while since I posted on my research about the exciting, burgeoning field of “biological dentistry.” A couple of years ago I wrote fairly extensively about my own dental saga (thanks to the first 30 years of my life eating a LOT of sugar, and doing lots of toxic dental work needing to be replaced).

I have been fascinated by Dr. Michelle Jorgenson’s conversion from traditional dentistry to “biological dentistry.” Today I was in her office and saw her employees reading articles she required, on how to treat dental problems as part of the whole organism’s overall health. Very exciting! Because she lives near me and has shown her education in, and commitment to, holistic dentistry, she is now my family dentist.

I think you’ll find this very interesting, Dr. Jorgenson’s story, and her thoughts on mercury fillings and the state of modern dentistry:

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Dr. Michelle Jorgenson

My name is Dr. Michelle Jorgensen, and I am a second generation dentist.  My father is a dentist, and knew I wanted to be just like him. He is an avid runner and has been extremely healthy his entire career, and that’s what I thought all dentists were like.  When I started to have nagging health issues about 15 years into my practice, I didn’t think it had anything to do with dentistry. Food sensitivities, numbness in my right hand and arm, forgetting things, my nose constantly plugged, difficulty breathing…what in the world could all of these things be from?

Gloomy days started and I thought about leaving my practice.  I emailed a colleague about my issues, and he said my email reminded him of himself 10 years earlier.  He suspected mercury toxicity. I was shocked. I had not placed a mercury filling for over 15 years. He asked if I removed mercury fillings in my practice.  Every day I do!  That was the beginning of my journey to become a biological dentist.

Mercury + Silver = Amalgam

Let’s step back.   The first mercury dental filling material was made in France in 1816.  A Frenchman mixed mercury with shavings from silver coins.  It formed a soft paste that could easily be packed into a hole in the tooth, and shaped before it turned hard.  This was brought to the US in 1830 and was an instant success.  This new filling material was inexpensive, easy to use, lasted a long time, and sealed the tooth fairly well.  It became popular very quickly.

That first filling material was 50% mercury (the liquid shiny stuff in thermometers) and 50% silver.   When I told a friend, who was a successful professional, about my health problems from mercury, he looked confused. “There is mercury in silver fillings?! They don’t put mercury in, anymore, do they?” I’m afraid so – in fact, 50% of those “silver” fillings today and 150 years ago, are mercury.

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When this material was introduced, barber/dentists did much of the dental work, and they loved these new fillings. They were easy to place and they could make money on them.  The few  doctors that did dentistry were not so excited about it.  They knew the symptoms of mercury exposure from watching hat makers. The hat makers would use mercury to turn fur into felt.  After repeated exposure to this mercury, the hat makers started showing bizarre behavior.  This is where the term “mad hatter” comes from – the mercury quite literally was making them mad!

The doctors were concerned that mercury was being placed into teeth. but the barbers didn’t care.  They were making money on these easy fillings.  Mercury/silver fillings were here to stay.

Toxic Material

That is the background to dental mercury fillings, and they are still being used today in nearly 50% of dental offices in the US. Science and medicine has since confirmed that mercury is a poison to our system.  Why are dentists still placing these fillings?  Recently, I talked to a dentist who graduated from dental school 4 years ago.  I explained my concerns about my patients and myself  breathing in mercury vapors as I remove old mercury fillings.  He said he’s never heard anything about it.  He didn’t know it could be a problem for patients or dentists.  He graduated FOUR years ago. This is not new information. It’s obvious the dental community at large doesn’t even understand the problem.

Controversy

The safety of mercury fillings continues to be a very controversial subject.  For your information, here are some undisputed facts:

Mercury is the most neuro-toxic, non-radioactive element on the planet.  It is more neurotoxic than arsenic or lead.
Dental researchers now concede that mercury vapor is released from unstimulated amalgam fillings 24 hours a day.
Chewing, brushing, temperature increases and clenching/grinding have been shown to release mercury vapor.
The FDA and the American Dental Association promote amalgam fillings as standard of care dentistry.  Dentists who place amalgam fillings do so in good faith, believing in the efficacy, safety, cost-effectiveness, and longevity of amalgams.
Sweden, Austria, Denmark, and Norway have all banned amalgam fillings.

metal fillingsSo…  Do mercury fillings affect your health?  STUDIES SUPPORT BOTH SIDES OF THE CONTROVERSY.  You must do your own research and decide what is best for you. When existing amalgam fillings are still functioning, it must be your personal choice to have them replaced with other materials, either for health reasons or if you want your teeth to look better.

Fix What’s Broken

Even if you choose  not to have them removed for health reasons, mercury fillings aren’t a permanent fix for a tooth.  They have an average life-span of 8-12 years.  How long have you had your old fillings? You most likely will need to have them replaced, and you need to know how to keep yourself safe when you do.

I was a “mercury-free” dentist for 14 years.  Now I am a “mercury-safe” dentist.  There is a difference. The greatest exposure to mercury comes when the old filling is drilled out.  Safe procedures can reduce exposure by up to 90%.

What are those procedures?  There are 10 that are generally regarded as the standard to be mercury safe.

1. Keeping it cool–to reduce mercury release,  a lot of water is used to keep the filling cool.

2. Rocks, not pebbles–the filling is cut into large chunks, which reduces the amount of drilling.

3. Get it all out–the vacuum must be very strong and placed as close to the tooth as possible.

4. To breathe or not to breathe–avoid breathing through your mouth during the procedure.

5. Dam it – a rubber dam won’t keep vapors out, but it will keep particles out of your mouth.

6. Clean up, clean up–everything in the area and around the area should be rinsed very well.

7. Big vacuum–a very large vacuum is placed right below the chin.

8. Ions are friends – An ionizer traps any mercury still left in the air.

9. Rinse and spit–after the procedure,  rinse very well, even gargle in the back, and spit.

10. After the fact–removing mercury fillings ,even in a safe way, will always produce a temporary increase in a person’s exposure to mercury.  Make sure all of your routes of elimination are clear and ready to do their job.

total dental careI am now using all of the mercury safe procedures in my office, and things have started to look up for my health.  I don’t know if that was the main source of my health problems or not, but I don’t want to risk becoming a “mad dentist”!   I’m staying safe, and keeping my patients safe from now on!  For more information, look up biological dental information at www.totalcaredental.com.

–Dr. Michelle Jorgenson’s practice, Total Care Dental, is in American Fork, Utah

Xylitol as a sugar alternative—GIVEAWAY today! part 1 of 2

too much sugarThe average American eats 152 lbs. of sugar annually, compared to 20 lbs. a century ago. That’s 750 calories daily, from refined sugar–which is half an adult woman’s daily calorie requirements! Some doctors have predicted that since Americans are eating 100 times more sugar than the human pancreas can process, in 20 years, every single one of us will be diabetic.

Americans think everything has to be syrupy-sweet. We have to find a way out of the disaster course we are on.

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Blane Yates CEO Xlear

The CEO of Xlear, Blaine Yates, was next to me on the plane as we both returned to Utah from a SoCal speaking tour, and a one-day stop at natural-products Expo West recently. Xlear is a local company and a leading manufacturer of xylitol products, and it turns out he lives just up the road from me.

He went to check out GreenSmoothieGirl.com when he got home, and I have now taken the opportunity to learn more about birch and coconut shell and corncob-derived xylitol, too.

Quite a few readers have written asking my opinion of this alternative sweetener. It’s plant based and non-GMO. It’s not a whole food. As I recommend it here and review the basics of what is known about xylitol, please don’t assume I’m saying it’s a superfood. It isn’t.

But neither is stevia a whole food or a superfood, which I recommend. Both are vastly better than sugar or chemical sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, or Splenda, and it has no aftertaste. You can use it in a baking recipe nearly 1:1. (Blaine recommends using 7/8 of a cup of XyloSweet xylitol for 1 cup of sugar in a recipe.)

xyla teethSugar is a six-carbon molecule, and Xylitol, a sugar alcohol, is a five-carbon molecule that is not easily ingested and metabolized by cavity-causing bacteria, like sugar is. So when you eat xylitol, bacteria does not stick to the teeth, and the pH of the mouth does not become acidic, leading to tooth decay.

I knew that xylitol gums and toothpastes are often recommended by dentists because of documented positive effects on the teeth, specifically, that it prevents decay, plaque, and cavities. Regular xylitol gum chewers have up to 80 percent less tooth decay. In Finland, studies show a positive effect on upper respiratory infections in children, using xylitol chewing gum.

xlearSo Xlear developed a nasal spray of xylitol mixed with saline, a natural and effective way to clear sinus infections. It not only makes the nasal climate inhospitable to bacteria, but it also hydrates the sinuses and helps the body rinse away infection-causing bacteria. It is preventative for ear and sinus infections. It is preventative of biofilms, as well, a topic I’ve been studying lately. You can read more about the university research on xylitol at xylitol.org. Some doctors even use a xylitol wash in the operating room.

Xylitol as a sweetener is also safe for diabetics and hypoglycemics, with its negligible effect on blood sugar and insulin release, and 40 percent fewer calories.

Again, xylitol is not a raw food or a whole food or a superfood. Don’t get it mixed up with things like greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Those are our STAPLES.

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Xlear Give Away Package

It is, however, a good option for a person with a sweet tooth, and it has a number of benefits. No other sweetener has any health benefits (besides some minerals in coconut sugar and molasses and maple syrup). And most of them cause, rather than prevent, dental decay. I am going to start using the mouth rinse since I come from a big family of soft teeth and lots of cavities! While I’ve had no cavities in the past 10 years, the cavities of my childhood are now haunting me, and I’ve had two oral surgeries in the past year, related to tooth decay from my years of the Standard American Diet.

The giveaway package today is the Xlear Sinus Care System, xylitol gum, xylitol toothpaste, a package of XyloSweet xylitol sweetener, a book on healing respiratory infection with this substance, and much more–see the photo for everything the winners get!

Write support123@greensmoothiegirl.com with your name and address, and the first three to write will be selected as the winners and shipped all the freebies. (We can’t write back to everyone, so we’ll write only the first three.) Watch the blog for the winners and their hometown.

Xylitol is derived from birch trees, and non-GMO corn cobs and stalks. Some companies use some harsh chemicals to process their product, but Xlear does not. Buy Xlear products at your health food store–find a store locator HERE. And if you don’t win, don’t despair–get products HERE using the coupon code: smoothie, for a 20% discount off of all products for the month of April!

Tomorrow I’ll share a banana bread recipe using xylitol!

 

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.

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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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.