If one of your teeth begins to hurt, your dentist may suggest that you have a “root canal.” This is accomplished by drilling a hole on the top of your tooth, inserting an auger, and ripping out the artery and nerve. The root canal area is cleaned, sterilized, and disinfected. Then the inside of the tooth is filled, and the hole is typically sealed with a crown. Each year, millions of root canals are done with an apparent success rate of over 90%. In other words, there is no pain, and the X-rays indicate that the tooth has been “healed.” Unfortunately, this masks a problem which can still be occurring. You see, there are over 3 miles of tubules (tiny channels) in every tooth, and only an insane (or delusional) dentist would claim to be able to clean or sterilize 100% of the 3 miles of tubules. This then leaves areas of necrotic (dead) tissue in the tooth to continue decomposing and being infected. Our immune system’s white blood cells don’t travel into tubules nor do antibiotics filter into these areas. Thus, the tubules become a “safe haven” for microbes (viruses, yeasts, fungi, molds, bacteria, etc). And since the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and living tissue inside the tooth have been removed, it is now dead. If you went to the doctor and told him that your appendix hurts and he told you that he was going to cut the nerve to the appendix so you won’t feel the pain and then rip the artery off the appendix so it will die, I think you would probably find another doctor. To my knowledge, dentists are the only physicians that purposely leave *DEAD* tissue in the body. Dentist Frank Jerome stated: “The idea of keeping a dead, infected organ in the body is only thought to be a good idea by dentists. A root canal-treated tooth always negatively affects your immune system.” Using the example above, if your appendix dies and you don’t remove it, you will die from peritonitis. The medical fact is this: ALL DEAD TISSUE GETS INFECTED. In the image below, you can see a study published in the Endodontists Journal. (Endodontists are root canal specialists.) In the study, they took people that were going to have wisdom teeth removed and performed a root canal on one side and then removed both wisdom teeth in three months. As you can see, the tooth that didn’t have anything done had only 1.1% of the tubules infected (i.e. 98.9% healthy). However, the tooth that had a root canal three months earlier had 39% of the tubules infected and only 61% healthy. Way back in the 1920’s, Dr. Weston A. Price performed experiments which at first were hailed by the American Dental Association, but which were later ignored. Dr. Price suspected that bacterial infection accompanied many degenerative diseases, and he suspected that these infections arose from the teeth. He decided to implant an extracted root-filled tooth under the skin of an animal. He found that by implanting the root-filled tooth, the disease of the patient was transferred to animals. Whatever disease the patient had, the animal with the extracted tooth under its skin developed the same disease as the patient. He also observed that when root-filled teeth were taken out using correct techniques then a variety of health problems improved, from arthritis to kidney problems to cancer. This was done with hundreds of patients. What Dr. Price reported and what he found with the tests which involved some 5,000 animals over the 25-year period was that “root canal teeth,” no matter how good they looked, or how free they were from symptoms, always remained infected. Dr. Price documented his findings in two monumental volumes entitled Dental Infections Oral & Systemic and Dental Infections and the Degenerative Diseases. Not surprisingly, the books were effectively suppressed for 50 years until Dr. George Meinig, a retired endodontist discovered these books and republished a shortened version of these books called Root Canal Cover-up. Meinig, who actually invented the root canal procedure, spent the last years of his career trying to get dentists to stop doing the procedure which he invented. Obviously, many people appear to be able to handle root canals with no ill effects. The problem is that we have no way of knowing if or when our toxic threshold will be reached or how much it will damage the immune system. Without question, root canals are a burden to our bodies, and especially to our immune systems. When our immune systems are at a low point, the microorganisms or toxins produced by the bacteria more readily move toward a target organ in the body based on acupuncture meridians. If you are healthy and strong, the better the odds that the toxins from the root canal will be quarantined and not have a systemic effect. Based on my research, the safest action is extraction of the tooth.