Medical Medium: The Role of Microbes in Oral Diseases

Medical Medium

I recently read Medical Medium, a new book by medical intuitive Anthony William, and it has resonated immensely with my own intuition about the role microbes may play in many diseases, including oral diseases.

According to William, the medical establishment is decades away from uncovering the truths espoused in his book, largely centering on the Epstein Barr virus.  The Epstein Barr virus belongs to the family of herpes viruses including those that cause cold sores, genital herpes, chickenpox and shingles and has been found to be responsible for mononucleosis and Sjogren’s syndromeContinue reading

3 Strategies to Improve the Oral Microbiome

Oral Microbiome

In last month’s blog, What if the Real Cause of Cavities and Gum Disease is Incorrect, I introduced my belief in the necessity of exploring and acknowledging the oral microbiome as a key to really understanding and treating oral disease.  As I continue to research and learn, I have developed 3 key strategies to help my patients improve their oral microbiome:

  1. Don’t routinely use mouthwash
  2. Eat a minimum of grains and processed carbohydrates
  3. Consider oral Probiotic supplementation

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Dental Decay is a Systemic Disease: Part 2

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As I mentioned last month, there is a rather shocking conclusion to the research that Ralph Steinman did involving diet and tooth decay.

Firstly, what is simply profound to me as a dental professional is that they observed the tracers that they used in the food show up within the rat’s teeth minutes after they ate!  I want to stop here and have everyone reflect on this for just a moment:

Food eaten affected the teeth almost immediately!!! Continue reading

Another Study Linking Oral Health to Pancreatic Cancer

19902279_sIt is now a known and accepted fact that an oral/systemic health link exists and that heart disease, diabetes and yes, even cancer, are related to the condition of one’s mouth!

In a small study recently published online in the journal GUT, the researchers suggest that levels of particular types of bacteria, some of which are found in gum disease, can be linked to the development of pancreatic cancer. Continue reading

FDA Panel Deliberates the Health Effects of Mercury Fillings

bigstock-Mercury-hg--145233a copyTwo days of hearings in Gaithersburg, Md. ended last week with a recommendation from the advisory panel that the FDA examine all relevant scientific studies and evidence presented pertaining to Mercury fillings.

In four petitions submitted by various consumer and dental groups, there has been some indication that the FDA’s decisions regarding mercury fillings are flawed and based upon insufficient data to draw conclusions.  Specifically, when dealing with a very sensitive subpopulation such as: pregnant women, unborn children, children under 6 and mercury-sensitive adults. Continue reading

The Root Canal Cover-Up

19902298_sThe title for this week’s blog is “The Root Canal Cover-Up” and it is the title of a book written by Dr. George Meining. You can find out more information on the book or purchase it by clicking here.

Dr. George Meining was a leading authority on root canals and was one of the founders of The American Association of Endodontics.

During his dental career, Dr. Meining not only performed many root canals as a specialist, he traveled across the United States teaching the technique to other dentists. Continue reading

Root Canals: What You Should Know

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Having worked in the dental profession for over 30 years I have seen many clients who have had root canals, myself included.  The very words conjure up visions of excruciating pain and torture for many, depending on your personal experience.

During the health sabbatical I took from active clinical practice, I did a significant amount of reading and research and I found out just how much I did not know about this widely accepted means of saving a tooth and that a growing number of dentists are totally opposed to performing them. Continue reading

Celebrity Diagnosis and Oral Cancer

UNDERSTANDING ORAL CANCERS

Michael Douglas’ recent diagnosis and treatment for throat cancer has brought oral cancer into the spotlight.

While other cancers like breast and skin have received a great deal of attention, this may be changing.  In the past, throat cancer made up to 18% of head and neck cancers but these days that number has climbed to 33%. Continue reading

Removing Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Mercury Toxicity and Chronic Health Issues

bigstock-Shiny-Mercury-39978211Many people may decide to have their mercury amalgams removed for preventive reasons but there are a good many who may be experiencing chronic health issues that appear to be related to heavy metal toxicity.

I have recently read “The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health” by Thomas Rau M.D..  Lauded as the “Mozart of medicine”, Dr. Rau is the world’s foremost practitioner of biological medicine.  He is the medical director of the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland and his program has proven effective time and again, especially for those with chronic conditions like allergies, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer. Continue reading

Should You Consider Having Your Mercury/ Amalgam Fillings Removed?

bigstock-Portrait-of-young-male-dentist-38579554It has been two weeks since my last blog post at which time I wrote about the possibility of elemental mercury exposure being an underlying component to a myriad of chronic health problems.   If you were to ask most dental professionals what they think about this possibility, they would likely disagree and defer to the American Dental Association’s stand on this issue; mercury/amalgam fillings are safe.

The problem may be rooted (pun intended) in the fact that the mercury exposure typically associated with amalgam fillings is a low level mercury poisoning (micromercurialism) which may present itself as: moodiness, memory loss, inability to concentrate, anxiety and even severe depression, all symptoms that are commonly thought to be caused by stress or aging.  But, not everyone believes this! Continue reading