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The Trouble with Root Canals

March 17, 2015

Ever had a toothache and ended up with a root canal? Did it come back? Were you cured? Do you have a chronic, unexplained condition from which you can’t recover? An autoimmune disease? Are you losing weight, and don’t know why?

Westin Price was just fascinated with this problem. He was a Cleveland dentist who practiced during the 1920s and 1930s, who should be rated as one of America’s genius scientists. He also traveled all over the world, taking pictures of peoples’ teeth and studying their diets, concluding many of the findings of modern-day nutrition 70 years before the rest of us caught up (He discovered Vitamin K-2 15 years before the Nobel Prize folks gave it to someone else.) But he also did a huge body of research connecting inflamed, infected teeth with other medical conditions.

Many of his experiments involved removing infected teeth from folks with chronic medical conditions, and then observing their chronic medical condition improve dramatically. He then implanted those teeth into healthy rabbits and observed them to become ill with the equivalent illness the human had; not just once or twice, but several thousand times. He produced a huge body of research that has laid undiscovered for approximately 50 years. He is first now being studied and found by credible dentists (Meinig was the president of the American Endodontal Association and made his living for years doing root canals.)

Here are a few of the pertinent facts he discovered that you should know: your teeth are not solid. Even the hard dentin is filled with miles of tiny channels where bacteria can hide. When you have a root canal and have the tooth put back in, it’s still infected. You can’t fix it with antibiotics, as the antibiotics cannot penetrate into the tooth. You may not be sick after a root canal, but years later when you have extra stress in your life, like a car accident, a divorce or a death in the family, you are more likely to come down with a chronic disease. Modern dentists will tell you that the tooth is safe and nothing can get out. It may be that the bacteria can’t get out, but Westin Price did elegant experiments that showed that toxins still escape. Those toxins play havoc with your immune system, triggering exaggerated responses and thereby starting many other illnesses.

He also had pictures of bacteria in the dentin tubules of infected teeth in his textbook. Price would take inflamed teeth out of folks, cut open the dentin, culture the bacteria he found inside, filter the bacteria out, but just leave the toxins in the fluid and inject that fluid into rabbits. He did it over 1,600 times and always found the same results. The rabbits got sick and died, or developed the same or equivalent illnesses the humans had.

One of the unique findings that I find fascinating is what sugar does to the flow of fluid in dentin. Usually the flow is outward from the inner body of the tooth. With sugar ingestion, your tooth reverses flow and dentin flow goes inward. That allows bacteria to penetrate and take up shop in your teeth. This was not discovered by Price but corroborates his findings and gives a credible explanation for how our modern diet causes so much tooth decay. He did show teeth then change from oxygen-consuming to being able to live without oxygen and, they start secreting toxins. With enough of the right stress at the right time, you get sick.

WWW – What will work for me? If you have an unexplained illness, look at your teeth. Do you have gum disease? Are you losing weight and just can’t keep it on? Do you brush AND floss daily? Are you going crazy with symptoms you can’t figure out? If you are desperate and are grasping at straws, read this book*. It may be a lifeline for you. This knowledge was discovered back in the ’20s by one of our genius scientists and got lost for 70 years. I’m certainly going to floss a lot more. And eat much less sugar.

*Root Canal Cover-up by George E. Meinig DDS

John E. Whitcomb, M.D. is founder and medical director of Brookfield Longevity & Healthy Living Clinic. He is a Yale University School of Medicine graduate and is board certified in holistic and integrative medicine from Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

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