The root canal is a dental operation wherein the infected pulp of a tooth is cleaned out. The dentist then sterilizes the adjoining canals, and seals and refills them to prevent them from getting re-infected. However, in sealing off the canals, they also seal off the maze of microscopic tubules that run through the tooth’s dentin (center). When these tubules get sealed off, the fluid stops running and whatever remains in the tubules is trapped there. This means that at least some bacteria remain, no matter how much sterilizing the dentist does.
These large, relatively harmless bacteria are then imbedded deep in the structure of a tooth, which completely changes their environment. However, bacteria have an amazing ability to mutate and adapt. These bacteria specifically shrink in size to fit the cramped quarters and learn to exist and even thrive on very little food. Those bacteria that previously required oxygen now mutate and adapt to get along without it. The formerly friendly "normal" organisms now produce much more potent toxins.
The tubules (tiny channels in the teeth) enable those bacteria to migrate out into surrounding tissue and from there they can hitch a ride to any organ, gland or tissue. Therefore, the localized latent infection under or in a root canal-treated tooth can plague a person with recurrent and chronic infections just about anywhere in his or her body.
Once the infection spreads to other parts of the body, the physician may prescribe antibiotics. However, even though these antibiotics may treat the infections in other parts of the body, they cannot reach into the tooth where the source of the infection is growing and thriving. Since the blood flow to the root canal-treated tooth has stopped, there is no blood supply to the tooth -- therefore, any antibiotics circulating in the blood would not be able to reach the bacteria in the treated tooth. The bacteria inside the tooth are able to multiply and mutate, and continue to cause infections throughout the system. Therefore, patients who have ever had a root canal have increased their chances of developing continual infections and other chronic conditions for life. No matter what the patient does to strengthen the immunesystem -- infections will continue to be a problem until the source of the infection -- the root canal-treated tooth -- has been removed. Unfortunately, this is something dentists will rarely, if ever, inform their patients of.
Root canals are frequently recommended by dentists when a tooth is infected. Additionally, millions of root canals have been done when the dental professional misconstrues a gum tissue abscess as being nerve abscess. Gum tissue infection can be healed and the problem might be resolved without having a root canal. There are some ways to differentiate an inflammed / damaged nerve from a gum abscess:
Some dentists will even recommend root canals in cases where teeth are not infected. The only obvious motivation being the associated profit. The cost to the customer, the pain associated with this procedure and the potential health consequences are given little consideration.
Some researchers state that there is a strong relation between the presence of root canals and the development of cancer and heart disease.
According to Dr. Frank Jerome, the author of a book called "Tooth Truth," the acute infection in the tooth may subside, but a chronic infection continues and the bacteria continue to produce toxins.
In his book, Root Canal Cover-up Exposed, Dr. George Meinig examines the work of Dr. Weston Price that shows how a simple root canal can affect your heart, kidneys, lungs, eyes, stomach and brain.
Dr. Reinhard Voll points out that many people are extremely sensitive to chemicals and foreign materials in their bodies. Root canal therapy involves the use of materials which may set off allergic-type reactions in those individuals.
Dr. Weston Price began his important research after seeing hundreds of patients with severe and chronic diseases that could not be cured by the medical profession. He led a 60-man team of researchers and his impeccable research stretched over 25 years and the results of this research rank with the greatest medical discoveries of all time.
Dr. Price found that a high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases can originate from root filled teeth. The most frequent were heart and circulatory diseases. The next most common diseases were those of the joints, arthritis and rheumatism. In third place were diseases of the brain and nervous system.
One patient was a woman who had been confined to a wheelchair for several years with severe, crippling arthritis. After Dr. Price found out that she had a tooth with a root canal, Dr. Price suggested that it be removed -- even though it looked perfectly normal and showed no evidence of infection. The patient made a complete recovery from her arthritis after the extraction. Dr. Price implanted the tooth that he had extracted from his patient under the skin of a rabbit to see if the animal would develop a disease similar to that of the patient. To everybody's astonishment, the rabbit developed the same crippling arthritis as the patient. Price repeated this experiment numerous times, with the same result in almost every case. For example, in patients with kidney trouble, the rabbit would develop kidney trouble. Heart trouble, stomach ulcer, phlebitis, osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) - all would be mimicked by the rabbit after the insertion of an infected tooth. This was so even though the teeth might not look infected. As rabbits have a poor immune system, most of them died within two weeks of infections.
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