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97% of Terminal Cancer Patients Previously Had This Dental Procedure…

97% of Terminal Cancer Patients Previously Had This Dental Procedure…by DR MERCOLA


dentist sqDo you have a chronic degenerative disease? If so, have you been told, “It’s all in your head?” Well, that might not be that far from the truth…


The root cause of your illness may be in your mouth.

There is a common dental procedure that nearly every dentist will tell you is completely safe, despite the fact that scientists have been warning of its dangers for more than 100 years.

Every day in the United States alone, 41,000 of these dental procedures are performed on patients who believe they are safely and permanently fixing their problem.

What is this dental procedure?


The root canal.

More than 25 million root canals are performed every year in this country.


Root-canaled teeth are essentially “dead” teeth that can become silent incubators for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria that can, under certain conditions, make their way into your bloodstream to cause a number of serious medical conditions—many not appearing until decades later.


Most of these toxic teeth feel and look fine for many years, which make their role in systemic disease even harder to trace back.


Sadly, the vast majority of dentists are oblivious to the serious potential health risks they are exposing their patients to, risks that persist for the rest of their patients’ lives. The American Dental Association claims root canals have been proven safe, but they have NO published data or actual research to substantiate this claim.


Fortunately, I had some early mentors like Dr. Tom Stone and Dr. Douglas Cook, who educated me on this issue nearly 20 years ago. Were it not for a brilliant pioneering dentist who, more than a century ago, made the connection between root-canaled teeth and disease, this underlying cause of disease may have remained hidden to this day. The dentist’s name was Weston Price—regarded by many as the greatest dentist of all time.


Weston A. Price: World’s Greatest Dentist

Most dentists would be doing an enormous service to public health if they familiarized themselves with the work of Dr. Weston Pricei. Unfortunately, his work continues to be discounted and suppressed by medical and dental professionals alike.


Dr. Price was a dentist and researcher who traveled the world to study the teeth, bones, and diets of native populations living without the “benefit” of modern food. Around the year 1900, Price had been treating persistent root canal infections and became suspicious that root-canaled teeth always remained infected, in spite of treatments. Then one day, he recommended to a woman, wheelchair bound for six years, to have her root canal tooth extracted, even though it appeared to be fine.


She agreed, so he extracted her tooth and then implanted it under the skin of a rabbit. The rabbit amazingly developed the same crippling arthritis as the woman and died from the infection 10 days later. But the woman, now free of the toxic tooth, immediately recovered from her arthritis and could now walk without even the assistance of a cane.


Price discovered that it’s mechanically impossible to sterilize a root-canaled (e.g. root-filled) tooth.

He then went on to show that many chronic degenerative diseases originate from root-filled teeth—the most frequent being heart and circulatory diseases. He actually found 16 different causative bacterial agents for these conditions. But there were also strong correlations between root-filled teeth and diseases of the joints, brain and nervous system. Dr. Price went on to write two groundbreaking books in 1922 detailing his research into the link between dental pathology and chronic illness. Unfortunately, his work was deliberately buried for 70 years, until finally one endodontist named George Meinig recognized the importance of Price’s work and sought to expose the truth.


Dr. Meinig Advances the Work of Dr. Price

Dr. Meinig, a native of Chicago, was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II before moving to Hollywood to become a dentist for the stars. He eventually became one of the founding members of the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists).


In the 1990s, he spent 18 months immersed in Dr. Price’s research. In June of 1993, Dr. Meinig published the book Root Canal Cover-Up, which continues to be the most comprehensive reference on this topic today. You can order your copy directly from the Price-Pottenger Foundationii.


What Dentists Don’t Know About the Anatomy of Your Teeth

Your teeth are made of the hardest substances in your body.


In the middle of each tooth is the pulp chamber, a soft living inner structure that houses blood vessels and nerves. Surrounding the pulp chamber is the dentin, which is made of living cells that secrete a hard mineral substance. The outermost and hardest layer of your tooth is the white enamel, which encases the dentin.


The roots of each tooth descend into your jawbone and are held in place by the periodontal ligament. In dental school, dentists are taught that each tooth has one to four major canals. However, there are accessory canals that are never mentioned. Literally miles of them!


Just as your body has large blood vessels that branch down into very small capillaries, each of your teeth has a maze of very tiny tubules that, if stretched out, would extend for three miles. Weston Price identified as many as 75 separate accessory canals in a single central incisor (front tooth). For a more detailed explanation, refer to an article by Hal Huggins, DDS, MS, on the Weston A. Price Foundation website.iii (These images are borrowed from the Huggins article.)


Microscopic organisms regularly move in and around these tubules, like gophers in underground tunnels.


When a dentist performs a root canal, he or she hollows out the tooth, then fills the hollow chamber with a substance (called guttapercha), which cuts off the tooth from its blood supply, so fluid can no longer circulate through the tooth. But the maze of tiny tubules remains. And bacteria, cut off from their food supply, hide out in these tunnels where they are remarkably safe from antibiotics and your own body’s immune defenses.


The Root Cause of Much Disease

Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread.


No amount of sterilization has been found effective in reaching these tubules—and just about every single root-canaled tooth has been found colonized by these bacteria, especially around the apex and in the periodontal ligament. Oftentimes, the infection extends down into the jawbone where it creates cavitations—areas of necrotic tissue in the jawbone itself.


Cavitations are areas of unhealed bone, often accompanied by pockets of infected tissue and gangrene. Sometimes they form after a tooth extraction (such as a wisdom tooth extraction), but they can also follow a root canal. According to Weston Price Foundation, in the records of 5,000 surgical cavitation cleanings, only two were found healed.


And all of this occurs with few, if any, accompanying symptoms. So you may have an abscessed dead tooth and not know it. This focal infection in the immediate area of the root-canaled tooth is bad enough, but the damage doesn’t stop there.


Root Canals Can Lead to Heart, Kidney, Bone, and Brain Disease

As long as your immune system remains strong, any bacteria that stray away from the infected tooth are captured and destroyed. But once your immune system is weakened by something like an accident or illness or other trauma, your immune system may be unable to keep the infection in check.


These bacteria can migrate out into surrounding tissues by hitching a ride into your blood stream, where they are transported to new locations to set up camp. The new location can be any organ or gland or tissue.


Dr. Price was able to transfer diseases harbored by humans to rabbits, by implanting fragments of root-canaled teeth, as mentioned above. He found that root canal fragments from a person who had suffered a heart attack, when implanted into a rabbit, would cause a heart attack in the rabbit within a few weeks.


He discovered he could transfer heart disease to the rabbit 100 percent of the time! Other diseases were more than 80 percent transferable by this method. Nearly every chronic degenerative disease has been linked with root canals, including:

-Heart disease
-Kidney disease
-Arthritis, joint, and rheumatic diseases
-Neurological diseases (including ALS and MS)
-Autoimmune diseases (Lupus and more)

There may also be a cancer connection. Dr. Robert Jones, a researcher of therelationship between root canals and breast cancer, found an extremely high correlation between root canals and breast cancer.iv He claims to have found the following correlations in a five-year study of 300 breast cancer cases:


-93 percent of women with breast cancer had root canals
-7 percent had other oral pathology
-Tumors, in the majority of cases, occurred on the same side of the body as the root canal(s) or other oral pathology

Dr. Jones claims that toxins from the bacteria in an infected tooth or jawbone are able to inhibit the proteins that suppress tumor development. A German physician reported similar findings. Dr. Josef Issels reported that, in his 40 years of treating “terminal” cancer patients, 97 percent of his cancer patients had root canals. If these physicians are correct, the cure for cancer may be as simple as having a tooth pulled, then rebuilding your immune system.


Good Bugs Gone Bad

How are these mutant oral bacteria connected with heart disease or arthritis? The ADA and the AAE claim it’s a “myth” that the bacteria found in and around root-canaled teeth can cause diseasev. But they base that on the misguided assumption that the bacteria in these diseased teeth are the SAME as normal bacteria in your mouth—and that’s clearly not the case.


Today, bacteria can be identified using DNA analysis, whether they’re dead or alive, from their telltale DNA signatures.


In a continuation of Dr. Price’s work, the Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF) used DNA analysis to examine root-canaled teeth, and they found bacterial contamination in 100 percent of the samples tested. They identified 42 different species of anaerobic bacteria in 43 root canal samples. In cavitations, 67 different bacteria were identified among the 85 samples tested, with individual samples housing between 19 to 53 types of bacteria each. The bacteria they found included the following types:



Are these just benign, ordinary mouth bugs? Absolutely not. Four can affect your heart, three can affect your nerves, two can affect your kidneys, two can affect your brain, and one can infect your sinus cavities… so they are anything BUT friendly! (If you want see just how unfriendly they can be, I invite you to investigate the footnotes.)


Approximately 400 percent more bacteria were found in the blood surrounding the root canal tooth than were found in the tooth itself, suggesting the tooth is the incubatorand the periodontal ligament is the food supply. The bone surrounding root-canaled teeth was found even HIGHER in bacterial count… not surprising, since bone is virtual buffet of bacterial nutrients.


Since When is Leaving A Dead Body Part IN Your Body a Good Idea?

There is no other medical procedure that involves allowing a dead body part to remain in your body. When your appendix dies, it’s removed. If you get frostbite or gangrene on a finger or toe, it is amputated. If a baby dies in utero, the body typically initiates a miscarriage.


Your immune system doesn’t care for dead substances, and just the presence of dead tissue can cause your system to launch an attack, which is another reason to avoid root canals—they leave behind a dead tooth.


Infection, plus the autoimmune rejection reaction, causes more bacteria to collect around the dead tissue. In the case of a root canal, bacteria are given the opportunity to flush into your blood stream every time you bite down.


Why Dentists Cling to the Belief Root Canals are Safe

The ADA rejects Dr. Price’s evidence, claiming root canals are safe, yet they offer no published data or actual research to substantiate their claim. American Heart Association recommends a dose of antibiotics before many routine dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis (IE) if you have certain heart conditions that predispose you to this type of infection.


So, on the one hand, the ADA acknowledges oral bacteria can make their way from your mouth to your heart and cause a life-threatening infection.


But at the same time, the industry vehemently denies any possibility that these same bacteria—toxic strains KNOWN to be pathogenic to humans—can hide out in your dead root-canaled tooth to be released into your blood stream every time you chew, where they can damage your health in a multitude of ways.


Is this really that large of a leap? Could there be another reason so many dentists, as well as the ADA and the AAE, refuse to admit root canals are dangerous? Well, yes, as a matter of fact, there is. Root canals are the most profitable procedure in dentistry.


What You Need to Know to AVOID a Root Canal

I strongly recommend never getting a root canal. Risking your health to preserve a tooth simply doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, there are many people who’ve already have one. If you have, you should seriously consider having the tooth removed, even if it looks and feels fine. Remember, as soon as your immune system is compromised, your risk of of developing a serious medical problem increases—and assaults on your immune system are far too frequent in today’s world.


If you have a tooth removed, there are a few options available to you.

1)Partial denture: This is a removable denture, often just called a “partial.” It’s the simplest and least expensive option.
2)Bridge: This is a more permanent fixture resembling a real tooth but is a bit more involved and expensive to build.
3)Implant: This is a permanent artificial tooth, typically titanium, implanted in your gums and jaw. There are some problems with these due to reactions to the metals used. Zirconium is a newer implant material that shows promise for fewer complications.

But just pulling the tooth and inserting some sort of artificial replacement isn’t enough.


Dentists are taught to remove the tooth but leave your periodontal ligament. But as you now know, this ligament can serve as a breeding ground for deadly bacteria. Most experts who’ve studied this recommend removing the ligament, along with one millimeter of the bony socket, in order to drastically reduce your risk of developing an infection from the bacterially infected tissues left behind.


I strongly recommend consulting a biological dentist because they are uniquely trained to do these extractions properly and safely, as well as being adept at removing mercury fillings, if necessary. Their approach to dental care is far more holistic and considers the impact on your entire body—not JUST your mouth.



If you need to find a biological dentist in your area, I recommend visiting toxicteeth.org, a resource sponsored by Consumers for Dental Choice. This organization, championed by Charlie Brown, is a highly reputable organization that has fought to protect and educate consumers so that they can make better-informed decisions about their dental care. The organization also heads up the Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry.

Sources and References:

 ****Reposters Note

In January,  2 of my friends had root canals – He has had abscesses and  has been suffering severe trigeminal neuralgia since. He is still off work on antibiotics and very significant pain killers. She is diabetic, with in a week of her root canal, tooth was abscessing and she had an awful flu. They worked on the tooth 3 times after that, over $2500.00 and 6 weeks later they had to remove that tooth and the one beside it as nothing would touch the infection.****

Thank You to Dr. Mercola for such an excellent and comprehensive article.


Study: Sugar now linked to Dementia

Study: Sugar now linked to Dementia
Yes, eating too much sugar widens your backside.
But that’s just the beginning.
The health dangers of sugar continue to grow, and now there’s even evidence that flooding your bloodstream with sugar on a regular basis can also cause memory impairment and decline!

According to German author and neurologist Dr. Agnes Floel, elevated blood sugar levels (from regularly eating high-carb, high-sugar foods) are fast becoming significant markers for cognitive decline and dementia.
In a recent study of 141 participants performed at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, researchers measured and compared sugar levels in 2 test groups—one had normal sugar levels and the others’ were elevated.
After testing which included an MRI scan and a word test, the researchers noted that the higher blood sugar participants consistently did worse during the memory assessments than the normal blood sugar group! 
The reason why this happens is because sugar clogs the nutrient channels in all of your cells.  Not only can this weaken your bones and muscles, but it can slow down communication between your nerve cells–which can lead to mood swings, memory problems and eventually dementia.

More ways this “Sweet Poison” destroys your health:
It encourages insulin resistance
Sugar binds to the hormone receptors in your cells, jamming them up making them insensitive to the hormone insulin.
Once you’re insulin resistant, you have opened the door for Type 2 diabetes, more weight gain and even sexual dysfunction!
It ages you
Sugar stiffens the collagen in your tendons, joints and skin, which can lead to arthritis and premature wrinkling.
At the same time it interferes with the production of NEW collagen throughout your entire body, so you get a double whammy here.
It impairs your immune system functioning
Sugar alters the “sensors” that your white blood cells need in order to be able to distinguish normal, healthy tissues and cells from dangerous invaders.
This opens up the door for infections and viruses of all kinds to flourish as well as the development of cancer.
In addition, sugar also weakens your immune system by “slowing down” your white blood cells too.
White blood cells travel through your blood vessels “patrolling” and waiting for an SOS from a tissue that’s injured or inflamed.
Once they sense that their protective services are needed to help you heal and prevent infection, they wiggle out of your blood stream through little spaces between your cells (called the “matrix”) and go to the troubled area to begin their work.
But sugar can react with proteins in your body and “close off” these tiny crawl spaces, thereby preventing your white blood cells from getting where they need to go to protect you. The more of these “sugar blockages” you have, the more your immune function is impaired.

It interferes with your circulation
Your circulation and your red blood cells are affected by sugar too.
Your red blood cells sop up sugar like a sponge in your bloodstream and in doing so, they grow old, stiff and bloated. 
Now, normally your spleen can filter out these worn-out red blood cells by passing them through a series of corridors—and any that are too “puffed up with sugar” get removed from circulation.
But when your blood is consistently overloaded with sugar, your spleen can’t keep up with its fast-growing filtering job.  Eventually, the puffy red blood cells can build up and clog your capillaries.
This is what’s happening when diabetics go blind and develop numbness in their feet and gangrenous infections.
It can cause dysbiosis
Sugar also harms the important little inhabitants in your gut, and this is another sugar double whammy.
About 70% of your immune system resides in the beneficial bacteria (AKA friendly flora) in your gut.
Also residing in your gut are “bad guys”–harmful bacteria and yeasts–that you can get from your food and the environment.
In order to have a strong flora balance (and hence an effective immune system), many experts recommend that you strive to have at least 85% friendly bacteria in your gut and no more than 15% harmful.
Your friendly flora is nourished by things like vegetables, fermented foods, whole grains and legumes.
The harmful bacteria, on the other hand, LOVE sugar.
So when you give your body a regular onslaught of sugar not only are you starving your beneficial bacteria, but you’re feeding the dangerous ones.
This can cause dysbiosis (harmful bacteria overgrowth), which can not only make your immune system practically non-existent, but it also can hamper your digestion causing gas, bloating and anything-but-normal BMs.
What to do
If you suspect you are suffering the health effects of too much sugar, in addition to seeing your doctor to rule out Type 2 diabetes (among other things), it’s absolutely VITAL to change your diet to replace most of the refined sugar with healthy, complex carbs.

Having a more healthy diet can certainly help reverse your flora balance into the more healthy range, but for many people it’s not enough. This is especially true if you take medications of any kind (particularly antibiotics or acid reducers), are under a fair amount of stress, drink tap water or are exposed to pollutants in the environment or on your job.  All of these factors can also upset your flora balance.
A quality probiotic supplement can be very helpful for most people. there may be some initial discomfort but persrvere through it and experience substantial health improvements.
Speak to an expert at your local health food store or a naturopath. Get Pre-biotic and Pro-biotics with multiple strains of potent, friendly bacteria to help beef up your flora population and bring your balance to a more health-enhancing level, and help you “recover” from a long history of being a sugar-holic.
Take the necessary steps to minimize sugar’s harmful effects on your body…and I’m sure it will thank you many times over!

***Reposters Note
Thank you to Sherry Brescia for many of the paragraphs used in this post.

I am a sugar-holic. The Oxygen Spa mentioned in my previous post cleared up a 20 year yeast infection and has kept my yeast in balance for 5 years now. It also provides an excellent massage and really gets the blood moving – my flexibility and joint inflammation has definitely improved. My cold hands and feet are long gone evidencing a very significant improvement in circulation. My bowel flora balance has improved very significantly and I am free from many years of intense IBS symptoms and severe adult acne.

I suffered from Tonsillitis all through my teens. Finally as an adult, it was recommended that they be removed as the constant infections were having such negative impacts and antibiotics were becoming useless. I believe my IBS and adult acne resulted from long term antibiotic use.

Many years later I learned of Oxygen Therapies but none of the delivery methods was very pleasant. I tried them with success but due to the unpleasantness of the therapies, I could not achieve the needed level of oxygenation to recreate the proper aerobic/anaerobic bacteria balance in the bowels or the rest of my body.

The Oxygen Spa came into my life and finally IBS and Adult Acne symptoms disappeared from my life with a lot of other inconvenient minor health frustrations like yeast and bladder infections. That you get the most amazing massage in your own tub by millions of Oxygen/Ozone bubbles is a total bonus.

Pre-biotics and Pro-biotics are a huge part of the solution but an oxygen rich body that is of the appropriate PH level are also an extremely important part of the equation fro achieving true long term health.

Along with reducing sugar and carb intake, drink plenty of water and do something every day that gets your heart rate up and your blood moving. Our brains need good blood flow and oxygen just like the rest of our bodies.

This article will be very educational for some, for others of us it is a reminder of what we know but continue to ignore. For me and those of you who read this, it is a call to do better. Not only is our physical health and longevity at risk so is losing our minds.*****

Raw Potato Poultice – Excellent to Draw Infection from Wound or Abscess.

Raw Potato Poultice – Excellent to Draw Infection from Wound or Abscess.

Recently my husband’s thumb became infected at the large joint. There was no apparent wound, bite or bruise. He went to the doctor, who could not determine the cause either. The doctor prescribed antibiotics – which provided some assistance but did not clear the situation up.

We were a large family, who grew up on a farm over an hour away from any medical assistance, Our parents were used to treating many wound/abscess situations successfully.  I recalled how effective they had been. When we had fresh farm milk, mom would typically make the bread and milk poultice otherwise we used the raw potato poultice.

I suggested we try an old-fashioned poultice. We made a raw potato poultice as we have new baby potatoes from the garden and by the next morning the inflammation was significantly reduced and the wound discharge was a clear fluid instead of pus.

We maintained the poultice throughout the day changing it about every 4 hours after rinsing the affected area in a salt water wash.

By the next morning, there was no sign of infection or inflammation. We washed it well in salt water, rinsed with colloidal silver, let the wound air dry thoroughly and covered with a breathable bandage. The bandage came off before his nightly shower, and that was that – the wound had healed beautifully.


1. Take a raw potato and grate it finely to produce a soft,pliable, mush.

2. Spread this onto a clean cloth and apply it to the affected area.

3. Cover over it with glad/saran wrap.

4. Cover with glad/saran wrap with a cloth bandage to hold the poultice in place.

5. Leave overnight and remove in the morning. ( if you are seeing healing progress but feel the wound/ abscess would benefit from an additional application, can apply a new fresh poultice following the steps above)

6. Cleanse affected area with warm salty water.

7. Cover with a clean dressing.

8. Continue salty washes twice a day until completely healed over!

Please consult your health professional if not sure about this great healing recipe:)

Other Poultices

Poultice for Infection

Thank You to Buzzle for the following article

If you have an infection on your skin, then you can make use of poultice to get rid of the infection. Making the poultice at home is not a difficult task. It will be of help in getting rid of the infection easily.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/poultice-for-infection.html

All of us have suffered from skin infections at some point of time or the other in life. Although there are antibiotics available for the same, one can make use of poultice for treating infection. It will not only be of help in drawing out the infection, but it will also speed up the healing process. The poultice increases the supply of blood to the affected area, at the same time, they also relax the tensed muscles as they soothe inflamed tissues. They are also able to draw out the toxins from the infected area. The skin is known to absorb anything, which comes in contact with it instantaneously. Therefore, when poultice is applied on the skin, the medicinal benefits are also absorbed into the skin and that in turn, starts the healing process.

How to Make a Poultice for Infection?

For treating infectious diseases of the skin, different types of poultice can be used. It is important that the right type of herbs are used for the same. One can either use fresh herbs or dried herbs to make herbal poultice. The poultice recipes mentioned below will help in treating boils, infections, abscesses and inflammation.

Onion Poultice
To make onion poultice grate a raw onion. Combine it with warm water. Place a thin cloth on the infection and place the onion poultice on the cloth. Place a bandage on the onion poultice and leave it on the skin overnight.

Calendula Flowers and Lavender Oil Poultice
To treat infections of the skin combine quarter cup of crushed Comfrey leaves with quarter cup of Calendula flowers and a couple of drops of lavender oil. Add all the ingredients to a jar filled with sterile water. Shake the ingredients well and place the jar in a dark and cool place for four days. On the fifth day strain the leaves and flowers out. Dip cotton swab in the liquid and place the swab on the infection and wrap it up with a bandage. Change the swap at least 2 to 3 times a day.

Mustard Poultice
Soak the mustard seeds for 10 to 15 minutes in water. Grind them in the grinder by combining it either with water or natural oil. Place a thin cloth on the skin and then apply the poultice on it. Do not apply the poultice on the skin directly, as it can cause the skin to burn.

Turmeric Poultice
To make turmeric poultice, combine turmeric powder with water. Apply the paste on the affected area. It draws all the infection, therefore it is often referred to as drawing poultice. It can be used to treat boils, as much as it can be used to treat different skin infections. Along with the poultice, you may also want to drink a cup of warm milk combined with half a teaspoon of turmeric once in the morning and one cup in the evening to hasten up the healing process.

Bread and Milk Poultice
The bread and milk poultice has been used for many centuries. Soak bread in warm milk for some time. Then make a paste of milk and bread and then apply the poultice on the infection. It will help in getting rid of infection fast as it also hastens the healing process.

Potato Poultice
One of the poultices to get rid of infection is the potato poultice. All you have to do is to grate a raw potato. Place the grated potato on the infection site and cover it up with a bandage. Leave the potato poultice on the infection overnight for better results.

No doubt the poultice for infection is great to treat the infections. However, if the infections refuses to die down, then it is best to consult a health care professional. If along with the infection, you also have fever, redness, which is spreading away from the infection site, severe pain, foul odor, etc., then it is time that you consult your health care professional. At the same time, it is important that you do a patch test to know if the poultice does suit you. Last but not the least, the advice given in this write-up cannot be substituted for medical advice.
By Bhakti Satalkar
Published: 1/11/2011