While this has been a standard procedure for decades, numerous dentists beginning with Hal Huggins raised serious concerns about the long-term safety of the procedure. Unfortunately, unlike a modern implant the dead tooth contains miles of microscopic canals which eventually become populated with bacteria, yeast and other critters. These critters make toxins that can then affect the health of the entire body. There are cases of people with chronic illness stemming from one bad root canal; upon extraction of the tooth health vastly improved. Therefore in holistic medicine, root-canals are strongly discouraged, and when possible, removed.
The question becomes what to do with an infected tooth? In both the case of an abscess and an old root canal, the concern is that the teeth are close to the brain and infection can spread. So there are three choices: heal the infection (if possible), root canal, or extract the tooth. Whether an infection at a late stage can be healed remains a controversial question and can only be addressed with the evaluation of a knowledgeable practitioner.
Further problems with the root-canal procedure is that the very tip of the tooth often cannot be reached by the cleaning procedure, so infection can occur years later at the tip. If it is decided to “save” the tooth, the endodontist approaches the root tip by cutting into the gum and jaw, removing the infected tip and instilling local antibiotics. This procedure is called an “apicoectomy”. The long-term prognosis for this situation is mixed.
Thomas Levy MD, a cardiologist, lawyer and vitamin C champion worked with Huggins for years and co-wrote a book with him that is available on Amazon (link here, new tab, may not work). The connection between gum/mouth disease and the heart is now well-established. Oral infections can spread through the bloodstream not only affecting the blood vessels and heart but potentially every organ.
Dairy from female mammals contains two proteins, whey and casein. They vary by species (human, cow, goat, sheep, etc). Whey protein has some valuable amino acids but also can be allergenic. More to come…
Food & Supplements Program
Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin. Hormones act as signaling molecules, which affect how cells work. Vitamin D not only influences bone formation, but immune function, other hormones (including sex and thyroid hormones) and coagulation. The RDA remains at the 1970 value of 400 IU, while most people need between 4,000 and 10,000 IU. Recently the units of vitamin D have been changed from IU’s to mcg. The pdf below shows the conversion. Recent data suggests that the best time to take vitamin D is before bedtime, as some of the activities of sleep can be enhanced by the presence of higher levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D levels should be checked at a minimum of once a year. Primary Care Practitioners should include Vit D levels in annual preventive testing. Levels can be influenced by several factors including: gut function (fat absorption), presence of vitamins A, E and K, presence of toxins including lead (Pb), and other hormone levels.
Vitamin D and Cancer
Vitamin D and Autoimmune Diseases