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Removing dental work could save your life
by Hal Huggins, D.D.S., M.S.
Did you realise that your dentist can have as much of an impact on your overall health as your doctor? Chances are, your answer to this is no. But it's the truth. A truth that, unfortunately, is not being heard. Mainstream physicians and dentists refuse to open their eyes to the connection between dentistry and medicine. While I've managed to help hundreds of patients eliminate their sickening symptoms and disease, the establishment continues to ignore the fact that what goes on in your mouth can have a great impact on what goes on in the rest of your body. And that their standard dental procedures are making people sick and putting your health at risk.

Thirty-one years ago, Melvin Page, D.D.S. opened my eyes to the vital connection between dentistry and medicine. He taught me that dental decay is not about acid attacks or bacterial assaults on a tooth. Instead, decay is a systemic process dependent upon what you swallow and what your body then absorbs. What you chew and then leave behind on your teeth is not the real cause of decay and disease. And, if you were to examine your blood levels, you would be able to predict whether or not your body is in a decay-prone or decay-resistant mode. When you are susceptible to dental decay, you are also susceptible to degenerative disease. Thus, it's important to realise that what your dentist does can have a huge impact on your overall health.

Your teeth are living things
Although the close relationship between dentistry and medicine is often overlooked, it isn't hard to understand. Consider the landmark research of Ralph Steinman, M.D., at Loma Lima University. He demonstrated that teeth are actually comprised of living structures that transport fluids completely throughout each tooth, including dentin and enamel portions. This transport system pulls bacteria and debris into the tooth and also supplies nutrients to the tooth, helping it to actively resist decay.
Once you understand that teeth are living structures, an "organ" so to speak, it's easy to see the importance of the communication between medicine and dentistry. It's accepted that treating the heart or liver - or any other organ - has ramifications on the body as a whole. So, if teeth are in fact living parts of the body, is it not possible that dental treatments could also affect the whole body?

The silent poison - mercury
Once I accepted the interconnectedness between dentistry and medicine and recognised the incredible healing potential in a complementary approach, I also realised the implications of my treatments and the dangers that lie in traditional dentistry. Olympio Pinto, C.D., of Rio de Janeiro, was the man who first showed me the danger of mercury fillings.
He explained to me that mercury coming off the silver-coloured fillings I had been replacing so feverishly in my patients actually contained about 50 percent unstable mercury that leached out of fillings on a minute-to-minute basis. He pointed out that white blood cells are especially sensitive to dental mercury and that I should monitor their levels while placing or removing silver/mercury-amalgam fillings. Sure enough, when I pursued his suggestion, I saw he was right.

The leukaemia connection - dismissed
In fact, I realised that there might be a link between the silver/mercury-amalgam fillings and some forms of leukaemia (characterised by extremely elevated white blood cell counts). Sure enough, when I removed the fillings in a specific way the results could be dramatic. White blood-cell counts that were in the 100,000 to 200,000 count range due to leukaemia could drop to 60,000 points -in 24 hours.

Finally, I thought, a chance to bring treatment to the thousands of people suffering from so-called "untreatable" diseases. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. I had crossed the line. My practice, and success, was not accepted. Dentistry cannot affect medical diseases. Neither profession likes that.
Unbelievable? How could such incredible results be dismissed? Is there something wrong with the procedure? Absolutely not, but while dentists and doctors fight over territoria1lines, innocent patients are dying. Prejudice like this must be abolished.

A lesson to be learned
If you think I'm being overly dramatic let me give you an example of what can happen when doctors and dentists don't see the need to work together. Years ago, I learned of an 8-year old boy in dire need of care. His grandmother had read one of my books and called me. She told me that after getting two fillings the boy was diagnosed with leukaemia. "What should we do?" she pleaded. By this point in my practice, I had found that leukaemia and other "non responsive" diseases require a particular protocol in order to elicit a positive response. Unfortunately, the family and doctors were not supportive of the idea of a dentist helping to treat the boy's leukaemia.

Thus, the doctors treated the boy with chemotherapy -six different types -over the next six weeks. Only then was the boy finally given a few days at home. Under the grandmother's urging, a colleague of mine secretly removed the boy's fillings. As soon as the fillings were out, the leukaemia went into remission. However, it took the doctors six days to finally tell the family.

Unable to accept that it was a real remission, the doctors speculated that the leukaemia was about to come on even stronger. Thus, in order to save the family from false hope, they administered an extremely large "protective" dose of chemotherapy. Tragically, the little boy died.

Did the leukaemia never go into remission? Or did the boy's tiny body give up after the final assault of chemotherapy? I suppose there is no definitive answer, but I do believe that his death might not have happened had dentistry and medicine been able to work together.

Root canals bring deadly toxins
Sometimes medicine and dentistry do work together, and the results speak for themselves. Allow me to tell one more story. A few years ago, a former patient phoned me. "I have been hearing about you lately and, not having spoken with you for 10 years, thought I'd ask what's new," she said. I told her how I had recently learned about the problems with root canals and how they harboured a toxin as deadly as botulin. The dental establishment, unfortunately, did not agree with me.

That afternoon, my former patient noticed an ambulance pulling up to her neighbour's door. The neighbour's 11-year-old daughter was carried out, accompanied by her distraught mother. Being a caring neighbour, my patient went with them to the hospital. The daughter had slipped into a coma. She had been totally healthy, and the doctors could find no reason for her sudden illness. After yet another specialist confirmed the seriousness of the young girl's condition, the two neighbours began to talk.
My patient learned that just three days before, the 11-year-old had gone to the dentist. Although he found a mouthful of nice-Iooking teeth, with no cavities and no fillings, he insisted on X-raying the roots of her teeth, just to be safe. The dentist determined that, according to the X-ray, the girl had a tooth that needed a root canal. It turns out that this particular tooth had only recently erupted. With no decay and no pain, why did she need a root canal in a freshly erupted tooth? Could it be that newly erupted teeth still have wide- open root ends, which don't completely form until after they have been in the mouth for a few years?

Instead, the dentist had determined that the normal wide-open end was in fact a "painless" abscess - which is impossible, as you know if you've ever suffered an abscess.

The girl had behaved somewhat abnormally that night, and didn't go to school the next two days because she felt "fuzzy." Then she slipped into the coma. My patient, thinking back to our conversation, suggested they tell the doctors about the dental procedure and that they call me.

Of course, their paediatrician assured me that if there were anything wrong with root canals, the authorities would protect us. I pushed for a while, talked with two more doctors, and then finally ended up with a "double degree" man. This was a maxillo- facial surgeon with both a medical degree and a dental degree. I told him what I thought about the case, and, after thinking a few minutes, he said, "Sounds reasonable to me. What do we have to lose?" Within seconds of the removal of the root canal, the child began to respond. Within an hour, she was up, walking around and was hungry. The doctors were shocked and wanted her to stay in intensive care for a week. By the next day, however, she was discharged because she had disrupted the hospital by running all over the place and hiding from the nurses. A miracle? Hardly. Toxicologists tell me that toxic responses happen as fast as electrical responses in the body. Once you remove the source of the problem, nature takes over -and miracles aren't needed.

Achieving an integrated approach
So where exactly do these two disciplines blend? There is a lot of overlap in autoimmune and degenerative diseases. Besides leukaemia, I've seen over 1000 multiple sclerosis patients respond postively to my treatment. It has also been highly effective for those with myriad debilitating symptoms.

Sadly the delay in integration isn't due to the complexity of the procedures; it exists because the concept is still too threatening to mainstream physicians and dentists. And this senseless fear is more serious than just creating inconvenience for those seeking a complementary approach to dentistry -it can be downright dangerous. Consider mercury fillings, for example. It's easy enough to understand why you need to remove the fillings: mercury from fillings likes to cling to the oxygen- carrying sites of haemoglobin in your blood cells. The result is that you carry lots of mercury in your blood but not enough oxygen.

Removal can become dangerous, however, when one professional is set on doing it without the help of the other. A dentist can't just remove a mercury filling or correct a root canal and think a patient is cured. The protocol of dental revision involves removing fillings in a certain sequence, according to their electrical current. If your dentist violates this principle, you as a patient may end up learning firsthand about autoimmune diseases.

Removal procedures yield the best results when vitamin C is given intravenously at the time of the removal. Most dentists, however, haven't the first clue as to how to set up and administer an I-V solution. Thus, it is ideal that the dentist be working with a physician. I have also found acupressure or massage to be an effective means of controlling pain during a filling removal. And, of course, no one can recover fully without considering the point that I started with -the future health of your teeth and body is dependent upon the food the body is given as a source of nutrition and energy.

For you to really reap the benefits of having dental work removed, I recommend detoxifying your body. Just getting fillings and root canals out of your body does little to cleanse it. Afterwards, it requires the combined cooperation of several health professionals to determine the exercise, IV procedures, chemical or nonchemical detoxification, and nutritional protocol that may be appropriate to you specifically.
Many of my patients report feeling liberated after experiencing complementary dentistry. It can provide relief from ailments and symptoms for many who have been told over and over, that their problems are all in their heads. Of course, the irony is that they truly are. Once the source of the problem is eliminated, the patient will recover.

When I think about all this foolishness and the patients who have been made to suffer because of the prejudices between dentists and doctors, it makes me extremely frustrated with the system. I've heard many patients who have experienced personal frustration and pain due to the lack of complementary dental offices say such things as: I "Who needs doctors?" and "Who needs dentists?" The truth is that we all do, but the two professions need to work together more.

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