No Energy? Fatigue Causes You Haven’t Considered But Must Address NOW
Do you spring from your bed in the morning, ready and eager to begin your day? Unfortunately, many people can hardly remember a time when they awoke with energy and vitality, at least not before they’d downed their first cup of coffee, or two … or three.
No energy is synonymous with the American lifestyle and is considered so “normal” that most people drink some kind of stimulant beverage every day.
Google “fatigue causes” and you’ll be faced with habits, routines, lifestyle, mental disorders, and dozens of physical diseases.
A compelling possible source of the problem, however, is that you may very well be tired because of your teeth.
In this article:
- Fatigue Causes in the 21st Century
- Fatigue and Your Teeth
- Fatigue and Your Amalgam Fillings
- Fatigue and Root Canals
- Fatigue No Longer
Fatigue Causes in the 21st Century
An estimated 6 million people a year visit their primary health care provider because of fatigue.
In a recent survey asking, “How many days a week do you wake up feeling tired and poorly rested?”, only one in seven Americans said they woke up feeling refreshed every day.
Almost half of those who got an average of 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night said they felt tired up to 3 days a week, while 54 percent of those who only got 6 hours of sleep reported waking up tired 4 or more days every week.1
A growing number of North Americans experience more than just fatigue; they experience extreme fatigue—a debilitating tiredness that leaves them unable to function on a daily basis. When it has been with them for six months or more, it’s defined as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and can be accompanied by muscle weakness, impaired memory, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and insomnia.
Modern medicine has found no answers for people who suffer from extreme fatigue, and I don’t think a drug will ever solve the problem anyway.
Fatigue and Your Teeth
So how can your teeth be a cause of your fatigue and lack of energy? Let’s start with an example—a woman who had experienced CFS for 12 years. This case study was reported by the International Center for Nutritional Research.
This woman presented to Dr. Gerald H. Smith with a tooth that had an old root canal that was infected. This same tooth had two small mercury fillings. In addition, various metals in the mouth (including aluminum and platinum) were creating electrical currents strong enough to interfere with the brain’s electrical impulses. She also had bite and cranial bone problems.
The doctor removed the tooth, restored her bite, and put her on a program to address the heavy metals in her body and boost her immune system. Three weeks later she reported “having more energy than she knew what to do with.”
Fatigue and Your Amalgam Fillings
Did you know that the silver fillings in your mouth are made up of 50 percent mercury? And that this heavy metal is one of the most toxic naturally-occurring elements known to man?
An amalgam filling, once removed from your mouth, cannot be placed in a landfill. In fact, it must be picked up by hazardous waste collectors. When schools used mercury thermometers, if one broke, the school would be evacuated and the hazmat team called in!
And yet, in the fight to eliminate tooth decay, mercury amalgam is placed just three inches from your brain.
The American Dental Association (ADA) claims that when liquid mercury is combined with the other metals in a silver filling, the amalgam that is formed bonds the metals together so that mercury does not escape.
Mercury vapor, however, does escape, on a daily basis and with each breath. Micro cracks in the filling are virtually inevitable. Eat or brush your teeth, and the amount of vapor increases dramatically.3
This heavy metal does more than just poison your body; it suffocates it. Oxygen is transported via your bloodstream by hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells), which carries life-sustaining oxygen to all the cells of your body.
Think of hemoglobin like a bus. This bus has four binding sites that allow oxygen to “jump on board” so that it can deliver it to your tissues that need oxygen, where the oxygen then “jumps off.”
Mercury, unfortunately, likes those same seats on the bus. And when the hemoglobin bus is full of mercury, there is no room for oxygen. In addition, mercury doesn’t like to jump off, but rather becomes a permanent passenger until the red blood cell, with a lifespan of about 120 days, dies.
Fatigue and Root Canals
Root canals are performed when a tooth is infected or injured. In essence, its blood supply and the nerve in the center of the tooth are removed. Your dentist or endodontist then sterilizes and packs the now-hollow tube with material to prevent bacteria from entering what is now a dead tooth.
But a tooth is actually made up of millions of tiny tubules that transport nutrients from the center of the tooth to the enamel. These tubules harbor bacteria and are estimated to be at least 100,000 yards in length!
Without the cleansing flow of blood, this bacteria mutates into an anaerobic form that does not require oxygen and later morphs into powerful toxins.
Over 460 different bacteria have been identified in teeth treated with root canals, with a high percentage being anaerobic species. These toxins drain from the lymphatic system and blood vessels to the rest of the body.4
Dr. Boyd Haley, a professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky, tested 900 teeth with root canals to determine their bacteria levels. Half of them had enough bacteria to challenge a healthy immune system. But even more disturbing was the 25 percent that contained toxins more powerful than botulinum, one of the most toxic organisms known to man.5
A passage from The Toxic Tooth, a book by Robert Kulacz, DDS and Tom Levy, MD illustrates this fact:
“My dental assistant once described an extracted root canal-treated tooth as smelling like a dead mouse that had been decomposing for a while.” On the other hand, healthy teeth that are extracted have no smell to them.6
In essence, your body’s immune system is fighting a serious bacterial infection 24/7. It’s producing white blood cells to combat these invaders, leaving less room in your blood vessels for red blood cells, the transporters of oxygen.
The result? No energy and increasing fatigue that grows worse with each passing year.
Fatigue No Longer
At this point, you may be thinking that your teeth could be contributing to your fatigue causes and increasing exhaustion. It’s important to know that you don’t have to live with it!
There are biological dentists (also known as holistic dentists or natural dentists) who understand how dental work can actually cause an illness and contribute to fatigue causes. These dentists have been trained to assess previous dental work and determine if it may be causing health problems.
From there, your biological dentist will recommend steps that can restore your general well-being. Steps they may take include the following:
- Remove teeth treated with root canals that are harboring bacteria.
- Remove amalgam fillings and replace them with material that is compatible with your immune system.
- Evaluate the body’s electrical system using an EAV (“electro-acupuncture according to Voll”) diagnostic device.
- Determine if a mixture of metals in your mouth is causing galvanic currents (electrical currents that interfere with your body’s own electrical impulses).
- Recommend a detoxification program that may include herbs, homeopathic remedies, an oxygenating diet rich in greens, vegetables, fruits, etc. Protocols to detoxify may include baths, saunas, red light therapy, or other modalities.
Of course, to begin this in-depth process, you’ll need to find a dentist trained in these techniques and procedures. Unfortunately, some dentists use the term “holistic” because they no longer use silver amalgams, but that’s the extent of their “natural” approach. It’s crucial that you make a consultation with a dentist who’s well-versed in the many facets of whole-body dentistry.
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Robyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.
1. McCarthy, Niall. Americans Are Tired Most of the Week. Statista. 06/2015. https://www.statista.com/chart/3534/americans-are-tired-most-of-the-week/
2. Smith, Gerald H. Dr. 12 Years of Chronic Fatigue. International Center for Nutritional Research, Inc. http://www.icnr.com/cs/cs_11.html.
3. McGuire, Tom, DDS. Mercury: The Poison in Your Teeth. YouTube. 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp8Rg8hNGwA
4. Siqueira, J.F. et al. Diversity of Endodontic Microbiota Revisited. Journal of Dental Research. 2009. http://www.endoexperience.com/documents/diversityofendodonticmicrobiotasiqueira2009.pdf
5. Kulacz, Robert, DDS, et al. The Toxic Tooth. MedFox Publishing. 2014.
6. Chronic Fatigue In-Depth Report. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/print.html
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