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The Root of It All:A Deeper Look into Root Canals and the Effect on the Body

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Many patients are getting root canals from innocent dentists or a dentist in denial.

Bill Anderson, a health advocate and well-known cancer coach wo hosts a radio program about cancer, states “the most common cause of all cancers, is root canal teeth”.

Let me give you a little bit of history first. In the early 1900’s, a dentist by the name of Weston A. Price led a team of about 60 dentists to evaluate the safety of root canals. About 20 years later, they submitted a 1,000-page paper to the American Dental Association.  Guess what they found?

There is “no safe way to do a root canal filling.”  This may be the belief of many dentists who still perform root canals, but possibly, they are afraid of retribution by the dental society to step out.

Dr. Price, actually put pieces of root canals under the skin of rabbits to see what would occur. Within weeks, these rabbits developed the same sort of issues that the human whose teeth it was had. Heart disease was transferred 100% of the time, which shows that root canal teeth are correlated to heart disease. Other diseases hosted by the human, were transferred through the root canal bacteria, to the rabbit.

One study worth mentioning was one done by a Dr. Haden.  He studied over 1500 root canal teeth and he found that 87% of the teeth were infected with bacteria. Other studies revealed about the same percentage of infection in root canal teeth.

Another interesting fact that Dr. Price found was that the front teeth has over 75 channels running from the chamber where the pulp is to the outside of the tooth and all of these can become infected. Most dentists think there is only one channel.

There are many diseases that can be linked to root canals. Dr. Joseph Mercola talks about DNA alteration related to the bacteria that gets trapped under the root canal that not only infects the tooth, but testing has revealed that it infects the periodontal ligament. This is the ligament from the tooth to the bone and the bacteria infects the surrounding blood of the tooth, by about ½ inch and is very contaminated with bacteria.

It has been implicated that an increase in diseases related to an increase in root canals as well as proven by the above study with rabbits.

So, one would wonder, can’t sterilization handle the whole situation. Well, not exactly.  The brilliance of the bacteria that get stuck in the dentin of the teeth, which is the part between the enamel and the root canal, is they are capable of morphing into anaerobic bacteria, in other words, bacteria that do not need oxygen and part of the unbelievable quality of these nasty little guys is that they are 1,000 times more toxic than bacteria in the body. The bacteria produce a gas called “thioethers,” which travel throughout the body and infect the body, causing the majority of illnesses and most often, one will never heal, if this is not handled.

I would like to mention a few revolutionaries in the discovery of this pervasive issue and what they have found.

Dr George Meinig was an endodontist who performed thousands of root canals, and after retirement saw the impact of what he had done.  He spent the last years of his life writing the book called “The Root Canal Cover-up” in order to get this serious message out to as many people as possible.

Dr Hal Huggins, DDS is another pioneer in the field of root canal teeth. He did something very interesting. He actually discovered 82 unique bacteria that ONLY originate from the mouth!! Wow!

And to take it a step further, autopsies of people with heart disease, showed 30 of these bacteria in their heart…which could have only originated from the root canal teeth.

And let’s not forget about Dr. Issels, a renowned Integrative cancer specialist in Europe. Dr. Issels said that in the 40 years of treating cancer, 97% of the patients had root canal teeth.

Here is a somewhat sad story of one New York City dentist. He wrote a book, called “The Roots of Disease: Connecting Dentistry and Medicine.”  The general idea in the book is that significant diseases start in the dentist’s chair. This dentist was so harassed by the dental community, he closed down his practice, changed his name and moved his family away from the area.

So, like most health issues, the Integrative Community is most often about 10 years ahead of the mainstream community. With this issue, I hope it is the same and more dentists realize the impact of root canals and what is occurring.

At LifeWorks, with our special, unique way of Autononic Response Testing, we can check to see if your root canals are an issue and refer you to some of the best, most progressive biological dentists in the area.


About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.