DENTAL PROBLEMS

by Walter Last

A major problem causing or contributing to poor health and many diseases are our teeth. Frequently there are mercury amalgam fillings or different types of metal in the mouth that act like an electric battery and dead teeth with filled root canals or inflammation inside the jawbone (cavitations) even after removal of teeth. These problems may not cause any local pain and so are difficult to detect but they cause a lot of health problems in other parts of the body. Through acupuncture meridians each tooth is connected with a specific organ or other part of the body as shown in the following table.

TEETH - ORGAN CONNECTIONS

(Teeth are numbered from 1 to 8 starting at the mid-line of the jaw).

1 & 2 upper & lower jaw: kidney, bladder, pineal gland (upper jaw), adrenals (lower jaw), frontal sinus, sacrum, coccyx, foot.

3 upper & lower jaw: liver, gall bladder, hip, eye, pituitary (upper jaw), gonads (lower jaw).

4, 5 upper & 6, 7 lower jaw: lung, large intestine, shoulder, elbow, thymus (upper jaw), arteries, veins (lower jaw).

4, 5 lower & 6, 7 upper jaw: pancreas, spleen, stomach, breast, thyroid (upper jaw), lymph system (lower jaw), jaws, knee.

8 upper & lower: heart, small intestines, shoulder, elbow, ear, nervous system, pituitary (upper jaw).

Heart disease, for instance, is commonly connected with inflammations or infections in the number 8 or wisdom tooth positions, while kidney problems are related to the front teeth. A four thousand year-old papyrus describes the dialog between the Pharaoh and his physician. The Pharaoh complains of severe arthritis and his doctor replies that this is due to the bad condition of some teeth that need to be removed. Even orthodox medicine is now slowly catching up to realize that heart disease is frequently associated with microbes originating from infected teeth, gums or jawbones.

Root-canal filled teeth appear to be a major contributing factor in many health problems, not only cancer but also heart disease, kidney disease and auto-immune diseases. This is due to microbes that multiply in the multitude of tiny canals or tubuli in the dentine and gradually leach out into the lymph system. Even normally harmless microbes become very dangerous under the anaerobic conditions in dead teeth.

Weston Price, a former Director of Research for the American Dental Association, observed that the removal of root-filled teeth from patients with kidney or heart disease would in most cases lead to an improvement. When he then inserted a removed root-filled tooth under the skin of a rabbit it would die within 2 days. When he implanted normal teeth there was no adverse health effect. In some experiments he implanted the same fragments of root-filled teeth in succession under the skins of up to 100 rabbits and they all died within 2 weeks of the same disease that the human donor had!

If you cannot immediately have all dead teeth removed but also after their removal continue you may use a magnetic pulser on these tooth positions for several weeks or months, in addition to courses of colloidal silver and other natural anti-microbials.

In addition try to have amalgam fillings replaced with plastic composite preferably by a holistic dentist. A rubber dam and suction should be used when removing old fillings. If you cannot pay for proper replacements, just seal them with cheap temporary filler and do not chew any hard items. However, with serious conditions and large fillings, extraction of amalgam-filled teeth can bring much better results than simple replacement.

In a large German study of Multiple Sclerosis patients extraction resulted in a 85% recovery rate versus only 16% for filling replacement alone. Other studies have found that recovery from serious autoimmune diseases, dementia, or cancer may require more aggressive mercury removal techniques than simple filling replacement due to body burden. This appears to be due to migration of mercury into roots & gums that is not eliminated by simple filling replacement. Such mercury in the teeth and gums has direct routes to the brain and central nervous system.

A main problem with the replacement of amalgam fillings is the use of analgesic or pain-relieving injections. These dull the pain response so that dentists more easily drill into the nerve cavity. This then causes them to suggest or simply do a root-canal filling. Therefore, just endure the temporary pain of drilling, and your reaction will show the dentist when he gets too close to the nerve, and that is likely to save your tooth.

Try to find a dentist who is familiar with safe amalgam removal procedures as recommended by holistic dentists associations. Before and after amalgam removal use a supplement program high in vitamin C, the amino acids L-cysteine and L-methionine, as well as MSM, chlorella and fresh vegetable juices. These are also helpful in removing mercury from tissues. Preferably also use homeopathic mercury 1M and higher potencies.

Professionally injections of the mercury chelator DMPS may be used. However, these have occasionally lead to complications and the oral DMSA not only is much cheaper but apparently also safer. Nevertheless, both of these chelators can activate very high mercury levels from the bones and cause serious problems especially with sensitive individuals and neurological diseases. Therefore, I generally prefer the slower but safer method of using careful cleansing diets together with detoxifying natural supplements.

The pink color of dentures may be due to heavy metals, possibly mercury or cadmium. If you cannot get a guarantee that the coloring is free of heavy metals, it is safer to ask for clear plastic dentures made of Methyl Methacrylate or Flexite for partial dentures. Use plastic denture teeth rather than porcelain teeth that have a metal base. Bridges and metal partials should be changed to clear plastic partial dentures. Nickel as in stainless steel can suppress the immune system and is generally classified as being carcinogenic.

Even dental gold can be a problem because to make it cheaper it is commonly blended with 20% of the more harmful palladium. A small amount of gold as for one crown may be acceptable but as a general rule keep your mouth free of metals and make sure only metal-free plastics are used as replacement. Nevertheless, any metal in the mouth can lead to allergy and on average about 30% of individuals are allergic to the metal in their mouth. For wide-ranging scientific information on the harmful health effects of amalgam fillings and heavy metals see www.melisa.org. For a detailed documentation of the problems associated with amalgam fillings see Bernard Windham: www.flcv.com/dams.html and www.flcv.com/indexa.html.

Even after removal of bad teeth, health problems can arise or continue from root or metal fragments or due to chronic infection and inflammation in the jawbone. This may be discovered by an experienced dentist with panoramic X-rays. If you cannot do all of this to sanitise the inside of your mouth, just do the best you can and do not worry. Compensate any shortcomings here with a better diet and positive thinking.

Inflammatory gum diseases or periodontal diseases such as gingivitis and pyorrhea are greatly helped by removing amalgam fillings and other metals from the mouth. In addition, alkalise the body with dolomite and select foods with a high calcium-phosphorus ratio as suggested in The Acid-Alkaline Balance. Furthermore, often rinse the mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide, use a diet high in bioflavonoids and check for food allergies and chemical sensitivities.

MERCURY TOXICITY QUESTIONNAIRE

This questionnaire is part of a US FDA approved study called an Institutional Review Board to assess how body burden of mercury is determined, toxicity levels etc. It will serve as a warning or alert to clinicians when patients have scores of 'yes' in five or more of the questions. It is recommended that such patients be referred to dentists with special knowledge of safe mercury amalgam removal and replacement.

MERCURY & TOXIC METAL SENSITIVITY QUESTIONNAIRE

Have you had sore gums (gingivitis) often over the years?
Have you had mental symptoms such as confusion, forgetfulness?
Has severe depression been a frequent problem?
Has ringing in the ears (tinnitus) been present?
Have TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) problems been a concern?
Have you had unusual shakiness (tremors) your hands or arms or twitching of muscles?
Do you have 'brown spots' or 'age spots' under your eyes or elsewhere?
Have you tended to have more colds, flu, and other infectious diseases than 'normal'?
Have you had food allergies or intolerances?
Have you been to many doctors and they have usually said "there is nothing wrong"?
Do you have numbness or burning sensations in your mouth or gums?
Do you have numbness or unexplained tingling in your arms or legs?
Have you developed difficulty in walking (ataxia) over the years?
Do you have ten or more amalgam fillings?
Do you often have a 'metallic' taste in your mouth?
Have you ever worked as a painter or in factories or in pulp/paper mills that used mercury?
Have you worked as a dentist, or dental assistant?
Have you ever had Candida or yeast infections (vagina, mouth, or GID tract)?
Do you have a lot of bad breath (halitosis) or white tongue (thrush)?
Have you frequently had low basal body temperature, below 97.4 degrees F/ 36.5 degrees C?
Do you have problems with constipation?
Are you on antidepressants now or have you been in the past?
Do you have heart irregularities or rapid pulse (tachycardia)?
Do you have unexplained arthritis in various joints?
Is your sleep poor or do you have frequent insomnia?
Have you had frequent kidney infections or do you have significant kidney problems?
Are you extremely fatigued much of the time and never seem to have enough energy?
Do you have unidentified chest pains even when ECG, X-ray and heart studies are normal?
Do you have irritability or dramatic changes in behaviour?
Is it common for you to have a lot of mucus in your stools?

MERCURY TOXICITY ~ FREQUENCY OF SYMPTOMS

Percentage of 1320 respondents indicating presence of symptom.

Symptom Percentage

1. Unexplained irritability 73.3%
2. Constant or very frequent periods of depression 72.0%
3. Numbness and tingling in extremities 67.3%
4. Frequent urination during the night 64.5%
5. Unexplained chronic fatigue 63.1%
6. Cold hands and feet, even in moderate/warm weather 62.6%
7. Bloated feeling most of the time 60.6%
8. Difficulty remembering or use of memory 58.0%
9. Sudden, unexplained or unsolicited anger 55.5%
10. Constipation on a regular basis 54.6%
11. Difficulty in making even simple decisions 54.2%
12. Tremors or shakes of hands, feet, head, etc. 52.3%
13. Twitching of face and other muscles 52.3%
14. Experience frequent leg cramps 49.1%
15. Constant or frequent ringing or noise in ears 47.8%
16. Get out of breath easily 43.1%
17. Frequent or recurring heartburn 42.5%
18. Excessive itching 40.8%
19. Unexplained rashes, skin irritation 40.4%
20. Constant or frequent metallic taste in mouth 38.7%
21. Jumpy, Jittery, Nervous 38.1%
22. Constant death wish or suicidal intent 37.3%
23. Frequent insomnia 36.4%
24. Unexplained chest pains 35.6%
25. Constant or frequent pain in joints 35.5%
26. Tachycardia 32.4%
27. Unexplained fluid retention 28.2%
28. Burning sensation on the tongue 20.8%
29. Get headaches just after eating 20.1%
30. Frequent diarrhoea 14.9%

Data for this table is on file with Toxic Element Research Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Patient database was composed of 1320 patients who had completed the most current questionnaire format used by the Huggins Diagnostic Center for patients in treatment or consultation for heavy metal toxicity. All percentages have been rounded to nearest 1/10th percent.

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SELECTED HEALTH SYMPTOM ANALYSIS OF 1569 PATIENTS WHO ELIMINATED MERCURY-CONTAINING DENTAL FILLINGS

The following represents a partial statistical Symptom summary of 1569 patients who participated in six different studies evaluating the health effects of replacing mercury-containing dental fillings with no-mercury containing dental fillings. The data was derived from the following studies: 762 Patient Adverse Reaction Reports submitted to the FDA by the individual patients; 519 patients in Sweden reported on by Mats Hanson, Ph.D.; 100 patients in Denmark performed by Henrik Lichtenberg, D.D.S.; 80 patients in Canada performed by Pierre Larose, D.D.S.; 86 patients in Colorado reported on by Robert L. Siblerud, O.D., M.S., and 22 patients reported on by Alfred V. Zamm, M.D.

% of total of 1569
Symptom
Reported total
Number improved or cured
% improved or cured
14%
Allergy
221
196
89%
5%
Anxiety
86
80
93%
5%
Bad Temper
81
68
89%
6%
Bloating
88
70
88%
6%
Blood Pressure Problems
99
53
54%
5%
Chest Pains
79
69
87%
22%
Depression
347
315
91%
22%
Dizziness
343
301
88%
45%
Fatigue
705
603
86%
15%
Gastrointestinal Problems
231
192
83%
8%
Gum Problems
129
121
94%
34%
Headaches
531
460
87%
12%
Insomnia
187
146
78%
10%
Irregular Heartbeat
159
139
87%
8%
Irritability
132
119
90%
17%
Lack of Concentration
270
216
80%
6%
Lack of Energy
91
88
97%
17%
Memory Loss
265
193
73%
17%
Metallic Taste
260
247
95%
3%
Migraines
45
39
87%
7%
Multiple Sclerosis
113
86
76%
8%
Muscle Tremor
126
104
83%
10%
Nervousness
158
131
83%
8%
Numbness anywhere
118
97
82%
20%
Skin Problems
310
251
81%
9%
Sore Throat
149
128
86%
6%
Tachycardia
97
68
70%
4%
Thyroid Problems
56
44
79%
12%
Ulcers & Sores in Mouth
189
162
86%
7%
Urinary Tract Problems
115
87
76%
29%
Vision Problems
462
289
63%